Sunday, 29 April 2012

[Update] MvC2 on iOS + Beer

Not much has been written this weekend, mainly due to being in Manchester for most of it drinking. Drank large quantities of Peroni and didn't feel too bad Sunday morning. Result.

I did, however, prior to the weekend post a little review of Marvel Vs Capcom 2 on the iOS. If you don't fancy reading the whole thing, it's great..and cheap...which makes it greater.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

[News] Talking, Filming, Reporting

Few updates to report.

1. Newest Blast Process Podcast is up for download. You can find the links to download it from here.

2. Me and Mike recorded a video review of Hauppauge's HD PVR, of which we will now be using to record in-game footage.

3. New news post on Gaming Unity in regards to the incoming TV ads on Xbox Live.

Monday, 23 April 2012

[News] Spectrum and Call of Duty

My memories of playing on my dad's ZX Spectrum aren't very clear sadly...although I do remember having to wait an age for the games to load. Today marks it's 30th birthday, of which I've written a small piece about here on Blast Process.

Also, Call of Duty fans maybe interested in my latest news post on Gaming Unity.

Saturday, 21 April 2012


I'm an 80s child, so I grew up with Transformers. The cartoons were great, the action figures were great...hell...I even enjoyed the recent Michael Bay adaptations (of which I know many of you out there slated). I've also enjoyed one or two of the brand's videogames. This includes High Moon Studio's Transformers: War for Cybertron.

While I liked the recent Bay films, my heart still prefers the cartoon versions of Optimus, Megatron and co, so I was majorly excited by War for Cybertron. It wasn't a perfect game, but it did bring back strong childhood memories. The teaser trailer for the game's sequel filled me with joy as I watched it, for it was another cartoon-styled Transformers game...

...and then Grimlock appeared.

For those unaware of who Grimlock is, he's a Dinobot. A transforming T-Rex. He appears at the end of the teaser trailer. He's badass, plain and simple.

Check this link out if you don't believe me, for I have posted a news story at that link on Gaming Unity featuring the first gameplay footage of Grimlock in action.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

[News] Crysis 3

Just a quick post. Yesterday I posted a news story on in regards to the announcement of Crysis 3. You can check it out here.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

[Videos] Gadget Show + Interviews

As promised, here are the links to the videos shot during this years Gadget Show Live.

This one features footage from the show floor along with a short interview with presenter Jason Bradbury (technical issues meant we couldn't use the start of the interview footage sadly).

While this one is focused on Sniper Elite V2, which includes an interview with Rebellion's senior producer Steve Hart.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

[Event] Gadget Show 2012 -Edited-

Well, yesterday was a lot of fun!

Me, Mike and our friend Jason went to the press day at The Gadget Show Live yesterday. Much fun was had.

We managed to bag a short interview with Steve Hart from Rebellion Studios in regards to their latest game, Sniper Elite V2. Although their were a couple of other new titles there (namely Dirt Showdown and Spec Ops: The Line) we sadly couldn't get anyone on film to answer a couple of questions.

Speaking of Spec Ops however, last night I posted my first impressions of the title on Blast Process

We also played a little of Kinect Star Wars. Man, what a disappointment that is. True, I may have only done a small amount of 'lightsabering' and a tiny portion of the space combat, but it just wasn't precise enough to warrant my cash. I just couldn't see myself playing that game through to it's conclusion. I've heard a lot about the dancing side of Kinect Star Wars. I don't think I'm missing much there. Although it made a poor first impression I'm not going to lie...I will pick it up in the future once it's dropped a few pounds off it's current RRP.

The moment of yesterday though was managing to grab an interview (short...and while walking..but still) with Jason Bradbury, one of the presenters of Channel 5's The Gadget Show. He sadly was pretty busy, but was a legend for allowing us to film a quick chat with him. Sadly a technical hiccup has resulted in us only having just over half of the interview on film, but we'll still feature it in our upcoming Gadget Show video.

I'll link the Blast Process Gadget Show video here when it's online. It'll feature both the interviews already mentioned.

EDIT: As promised, here is the video interview with Jason Bradbury...while at this link you'll find my interview with Steve Hart.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

[News] BBC Article on Kids and Games

A few moments ago I was just harmlessly reading articles over on the BBC News website when I came across this.

A number of school ministers and teachers will be talking about the effects playing videogames has on young children to the The Association of Teachers and Lecturers Conference in Manchester.

Most of the comments on the article are aimed towards violent games that kids have been seen re-enacting at school:

"The inspiration for this motion was when I watched my class out on the playground throwing themselves out of the window of the play car in slow motion and acting out blood spurting from their bodies," Alison Sherratt - Teacher
What is refreshing about this article (compared to similar violent videogames articles) is that the teachers/ministers and such involved are looking at parents, and whether or not they're controlling the use of gaming consoles. They report that a large number of children stay up later at night due to playing games, thanks to many kids having access to games consoles in their bedrooms:

"If children come into school exhausted the next day - it's difficult for that child to participate and difficult for the school to teach that child properly." Nick Gibb - Schools Minister
A small dose of gaming can be fun, however children shouldn't substitute other social activities to play games at home. Worth noting as well that they should be playing games suitable for their ages.

I'll link the original article here too, just in case you missed the link at the top of the article. A little while ago I posted a piece about videogames and kids after reading a statement from MP Keith Vaz, which you can read here.