Total War: Warhammer announced

Total War: Warhammer, for those of you who like war, is some war from makers of war set in war universe of war war. WAR!


See the trailer here:


Press release ahead:

It is an age of endless conquest, thousands of warriors clash in titanic battles as entire races wage war on one another, each led by a formidable hero seeking dominion over the world.

All at your command.

The valiant Karl Franz marshals the men of the Empire, seeking to unite the fractured elector counts under a banner of strength against their common enemies.

Hungry for the vicious brutality of combat, the Greenskins flock to the tribe of Grimgor Ironhide; Orcs and Goblins alike filled with an insatiable thirst for carnage.

High King Thorgrim orders the stoic Dwarfs forth from their mountain strongholds, marching to vengefully right the grave injustices dealt to them over the millennia.

Yet the motives of the Vampire Counts under Mannfred von Carstien are shrouded in murderous secrecy, his armies raised from the rotting ranks of the dead.

And while the Old World becomes torn by betrayal, war and the unleashing of unfathomable power, a greater threat still whispers in the winds from the north. The fabric of reality itself begins to rend and buckle…

A unique combination of colossal real-time battles and an addictive turn-based sandbox campaign game of statecraft, politics and empire building, Total War™: WARHAMMER® will deliver hundreds of hours of absorbing gameplay.

What is more, this title will go on to combine with two further standalone instalments and additional content packs to create the largest Total War experience ever. An epic trilogy of titles that will redefine fantasy strategy gaming.

This is the dawn of a new era. Total War™: WARHAMMER® brings to life a world of legendary heroes, towering monsters, flying creatures, storms of magical power and regiments of nightmarish warriors.

Our rules have changed; the only constant… is war.



Dark Souls 2 Screenshots and Artwork

Got sent some more Dark Souls 2 pictures today, so here they are! Click to embiggen!8020_battleagainstgiant


New Dark Souls 2 Trailer – “Cursed”


Have a bang on that!

I think I’m gonna have to go through the original sometime soon, it’s a little shameful that I’ve only played a few hours of Dark Souls and over 1000 of Dota 2. Dota 2 is awesome though. Here be details from the press release (Yeah, lazy journalism, I know. Still, at least I’m straight up telling you that it’s just a press release, and not pretending these are my own words, eh?):


Dark Souls II – New Trailer

Still considering to go beyond death? Watch this new trailer for a sneak peek of the mysteries and monsters you’ll face in Dark Souls II.
In the tormented kingdom of Drangleic, a cure to the Curse awaits to be found and countless deaths awaits to be endured.

Dark Souls II will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 on March 14th. The PC version will be released soon after.
For more information and pre-order offers, please visit the official website or your local Namco Bandai Games website,

To watch the trailer via YouTube, please visit

For a full list of pre order incentives, including the Black Armour & Collector’s Editions, please see below. Numbers are very limited, so avoid disappointment and pre-order now!:


Pre-order the ‘Black Armour’, ‘Collector’s’ or ‘Standard’ edition of Dark Souls II™ from GAME and receive a specially produced T-shirt. Available only with pre-orders and while stocks last.

Click here for full details



Pre-order the ‘Black Armour’, ‘Collector’s’ or ‘Standard’ edition of Dark Souls II™ from Amazon UK and receive 1 of these 4 highly collectable ‘steel art cards’ (12x15cm) featuring conceptual artwork from the game.  Individually etched with their own unique number and limited to 2,500 per design, each will also be inscribed with Yui Tanimura’s signature – Game Director of Dark Souls II™.

Click here for full details



Pre-order the ‘Black Armour’, ‘Collector’s’ or ‘Standard’ edition of Dark Souls II™ from ZAVVI and receive a 22 page Dark Souls II™ ‘Into The Light’ comic written by acclaimed British writers Andi Ewington & Rob Williams, with artwork provided by Simon Coleby. Fans will receive a physical copy numbered and signed by the creators themselves.

Click here for full details



Pre-order the ‘Black Armour’, ‘Collector’s’ or ‘Standard’ edition of Dark Souls II™ from THE HUT and receive a 22 page Dark Souls II™ ‘Into The Light’* comic written by acclaimed British writers Andi Ewington & Rob Williams, with artwork provided by Simon Coleby. Fans will receive a physical copy numbered and signed by the creators themselves.

Click here for full details



Pre-order the ‘Black Armour’ or ‘Collector’s’ edition of Dark Souls II™ from ShopTo and receive an exclusive iPhone 5 cover specifically designed for the game.

Click here for full details



Pre-order the ‘Black Armour’, ‘Collector’s’ or ‘Standard’ edition of the game from GameStop UK to receive a high-gloss and collectible Dark Souls II™ poster, limited only to a small number of pre-orders. These limited edition posters come printed with their own unique number and protective tube casing.

Click here for full details – UK Site

Click here for full details – Ireland site



Throughout the UK and ‘Advantage’ distributors, many independent retailers will carry a one off high-gloss and collectable Dark Souls II™ poster limited to pre-orders only. These limited edition posters come printed with their own unique number and protective tube casing.

Please note all pre-order gifts are exclusive to each retailer in the UK. They are available for a limited time only and on a first come first serve basis alongside the ‘Standard’, ‘Black Armour’ and ‘Collector’s’ Editions. To avoid disappointment fans are advised to pre-order before January 2014.

So, that’s that then!

Cane Games for Cancer Research!


There’s a load of guys and girls who are streaming games and absolutely smashing them for cancer research. copy paste from

“Speed Demos Archive presents Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, a 7 day (January 5-11) video game speedrunning marathon benefiting the Prevent Cancer Foundation. See over 150 hours of games, new and old, get obliterated by top players from all across the world and donate for chances to win prizes, name characters, have the runners complete challenges, or even add whole games to the schedule.”

Have a gander!

Watch live video from SpeedDemosArchiveSDA on

My notes on Metro 2033

metro 2033 guitarist
metro 2033 guitarist

Still haven’t finished this – gonna have to get round to it before I look at the sequel, but Bioshock Infinite has kinda taken me over lately. Still, here’s some notes, written as I played the damn thing:

  • Reminds me of Russia – what I loved, and what I hated
  • Amazing feeling of foreignness, otherworldliness
  • Attacked by mutant rats while translating book title (n.b. – I was translating, not my character) – what was it, ‘istoria kultur drevna gretsii’? History of Ancient Greek Culture – culture has been ravaged – not dead, not destroyed, but forgotten
  • Life is hell
  • Horrible aftermath of battles
  • I am really in post apocalyptic Moscow, and it is HELL
  • Bloody baby crying. This is not Max Payne
  • Awful voice acting in English – genuinely terrible, bad enough that I won’t play it in English anymore
  • Real sense of transport (n.b. i do not mean this in the sense of catching a bus)
  • Although it may not completely please me (mechanically speaking), the atmosphere has me by the balls


Some photos from Rezzed


Interview with Alistair Lindsay

edit: looks like i’m having problems with my soundcloud plugin, but click on the soundcloud thingy above and it should take you to my page :)

A few shots from town


More reports from Izmir



Some words from my contact in Izmir:

“Hi Phil,

how are you? Hope u are well. I could not write to you because every evening ı am going to Gundogdu Square in order to take part in protests. Atmosphere here should be seen everyone olders youngers teens even childs are at Gundogdu. Most of them are coming with their childrens even six month old babies are there.
Till saturday i am also there. I want to share my “gas” experience with u :)
on saturday police forces was using gas bombs in order to scatter the protestors. gas bomb usage was so heavy that many peoples eyes effected, as you know we are using lemons and milk in order to temper its affects. police forces seemed to be furious we knew that ıf they cathc us they will arrest. you should know that many people are saying that police beating the ones that are captured. thats why we sheltered at Hilton Hotel. hotels security guards very helpful. When police wanted to arrest persons from the hotel they immadiately intervene in. They suggested us to be calm down and said this is an international hotel no one can intervene in. after 45min or almost 1 hour we stayed there then safety guards helped us to left the hotel after making sure by prowling outside that the police forces are gone.
on the other hand our prime minister consistently underestimates us. He is calling us as a few “marauder”. his most frustrating speech is that: ” I am the representative of 50 percent of the public and ı am hardly keeping them in their homes”. as you can see he is threatens the people. he ignores the ones who are not voted for him and this is not an acceptable political view. I dont know if you heard or not but the government brought restrictions to alcahol between 22.00 pn and 06.00 am it is forbiden to sell alcahol. ironically sometimes protestors are shouting as in the honour of Tayyip while drinking their beers :)
when ı have time ı will write u. thanks again for your concern”
And more:
“Phil thank u for caring about me. I am ok and ı am taking care of myself. Of course there are provokers among protestors thay are triying to pull us to the places where police blocade but now everyone is very careful we are not considering them. by the way yes you are right people are arrested related to facebook& twitter, but the examples that are used as an evidence are notably funny. ones who wrote ” meet at Gundogdu at 19pm”, ” there is police forces in Basmane(a place near Gundogdu), please do not leave Gundogdu”. Can you believe that these are considered as evidence to arrest protestors. In Izmir there is also civilians with sticks. They are spreading around and using violance against the protestors. Our chief police officer said they are civil polices but our governor did not accept this explanation by saying that every policeman should wear an uniform or even a tunic. I should add that Gundogdu Square is safe now all of the attacks are taking part in Basmane and Fair which are also in Alsancak. till yesterday police forces was blocking the roads to Alsancak. So nobady was able to come or left alsancak by car or any public transportation. But yesterday all of the roads was open. I will send you photos and videos as soon as possible. But they are in turkish ı will translate them for you.”


Some words from a friend in Turkey



Note – these words are not mine, but those of Osman Y, a friend from Ankara.

“things are going a little bit strange. you know we had a situation in the eastern part of turkey, until 6 months ago. terrorism was a problem that had been supported by some int actors – financially and militarily. finally six months ago its finished. everything is better; the economy reaches to top, people have better status etc. but some powerful guys which were more powerful in past, are not happy with this developments. they lost their contacts in army, in judgement, in the media of course. everytime, they try to catch an opportunity. then now they have one.

people on the streets doesnt know what they want. they say they wanna protect those trees but they burn other trees they burn cars smash shops .. they are under an incredible provacation which made by some anti islamic facebook and twitter pages and accounts. i actually dont know who but some people want to make people angry and enemy. thats all about ideological disinformation. we and our friends always say “calm down”. but you know turkish people have a bad temper. we become angry easily and forget easily. so it will have a small effect i think. everything is political or ideological. meanwhile, protesters actually want government to quit. but they also know there is no better party in parliement. we have the worst opposing nowadays. if you ask why these bunch of guys hate that government so much : the answer is easy : they dont wanna have an islamic party. if you ask what is their percentage over the population : i suppose max %20. if u ask what is the opinion of the rest: some of them hate protesters, some of them hate violence, some of them just dislike the loudy speaks:), some of them dont wanna involve, most of the population including me are uncomfortable with the protesting sht and find that not democratic but at the same time uncomfortable with the attitude of the police.. i hope after a few days they will realise there is no point to scream. everyone in the field thinks different -about the context of the walk-”


Tiny yellow flycatchers, don’t eat me!

Baby yellow spiders

Cute, or bloody terrifying?

Woolwich Murder


Again, the use of language is a problem in the media. What happened today is a terrible crime – a brutal murder in the open street. However, the way that this is being reported on is worrying. The focus should be on the murder, not the (implied – remember, we have very few facts) religion of the perpetrators, or the idea that this is an act of ‘terrorism.’ What this is, is a murder. To say anything more is, at best, speculation.

At this point it is far too early to say anything further with any level of certainty. So, we should not.


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