LittleBigPlanet — The Creation Begins

Posted by | October 31, 2008

We’ve been keeping an eye on LittleBigPlanet over here at Vox, and not only because it’s a charming puzzley platformer with adorable characters and a theme to transform even the most cynical among us into a child playing in the back yard. Nope. LittleBigPlanet also lets you make robotic cock dinosaurs.

Gaming is play, and to us, the most important part of play is changing the rules. LittleBigPlanet earns high marks in our book because it includes the same level designer that Media Molecule used to build the game. Giving that kind of power to the players is a daring move, even more so since players can upload their levels online. The first rule of creation is that if you give someone unlimited freedom to build, they’ll use it to slap giant dicks over everything.

To help put away that sort of affair, here’s


Azeroth the Electoral College

Posted by | October 31, 2008

The presidential race is on, election day looming, and curious minds want to know: if Azeroth were a state, who would the population vote for? Players of World of Warcraft are a diverse bunch, but are largely made up of teens and tweens, with a heavy subset of hardcore gamers in their twenties.

While this movie is a bit of an irreverent look at the concept of polling and makes fun of news man-on-the-street news broadcasts about the election, it provides an amusing lampoon of Azeroth and the World of Warcraft itself.

What race/class do you think McCain would be? Obama? Cast your vote here at Vox ex Machina.


Rock Band Bags the Beatles

Posted by | October 30, 2008

Although the battle of the fake bands has been heating up for some time, Harmonix has taken things to an entirely new level by signing up the Beatles to their popular Rock Band series. The result will be a game pack that lets you pay good money to pretend to play the timeless Beatles classics that you’ve already paid good money for on tape, then CD, then a second CD after the dog chewed up the first.

“It gives me great pleasure to be part of the Beatles/Rock Band partnership,” said former Beatle Ringo Starr, “Once again, the gig I lucked into over 30 years ago will keep my aging, careerless ass in money.”

The computer company, Apple, who gave their blessing for this use of the Beatle’s music in the project could not be reached for a quote as they were too busy shoveling fistfuls of …


Fallout 3 — Holy Jumping Deathclaws, it’s Good!

Posted by | October 29, 2008

Before we get into this I’d just like to say that any slack-jawed moron who seriously uses the phrase “Oblivion with guns” is a filthy cockmongler who needs his priorities re-adjusted with a steel pipe. You can figure out where I stand in the Great Fallout Debate from there.

So now Bethesda’s desecration of the great Fallout lineage is on the shelves and word has filtered down the street. It’s good. Great, even, a shiny syringe filled with poison to kill any productivity you might have been planning in the next week or two. At least, if you bought the console version. And didn’t pre-order.

The pre-order crowd once again has taken a well-deserved ass reaming for being stupid enough to give a company their money well in advance while locking themselves into a single retail outlet as the sole source of their gaming heroin. Why …


The Experiment: First Impressions

Posted by | October 29, 2008

Here we come with the next title from Dreamcatcher Interactive and Lexis Numerique. We do like these guys, they put out some of our favorite adventure games, and we do adore them for it.

The Experiment is no Johnny-come-lately when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of the presentation of adventure; instead it offers up a totally different take on the atmosphere of point-and-click by presenting instead a strange surveillance guided storyline. We walk into the middle of a devastated laboratory aboard a US Navy sea vessel, overrun by foliage, and are thrust immediately into the strange life of one scientist.


Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! — Slightly Late Game Reviews

Posted by | October 27, 2008

The breathlessly named Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! is a boxing game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System out in the heady days of 1987. Designed as a port of the popular Punch Out!! arcade game, it took advantage of one of the first celebrity tie-ins on that console. Of course, none of that means a crispy damn because you’re waiting for the cannibalism joke.

Fine.

In this game you take on the role of Little Mac, a half-baked boxer looking to sit at the table with the big boys. Standing in his way is a buffet of flavourful characters, all cooking up their own special ways to eat Mac for lunch. You must chew your way up through the Minor Circuit, Major Circuit, and World Circuit to face the champion, Mike Tyson.

The boxers in …