The Last 15 Blogs
Saturday, November 8, 2014
The Sorcerers (1967)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Unreal Tournament
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Star Trek Tos Mega Poster
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Dredd 3D Comic Prologue
Friday, July 13, 2012
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy (TV Show)
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Dark Judgement
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Jock Draws Batman
Friday, February 10, 2012
Happy Birthday 2000 AD
Monday, November 28, 2011
Johnny Alpha
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Ballad of Halo Jones
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The Galaxy's Greatest Comic
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Darth Vader Says No!
Friday, September 9, 2011
Dead Island
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Goons 60th Anniversary
Friday, July 15, 2011
Classic Game Spotlight - Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
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The Sorcerers (1967)
Category: General Blog
Tags: film horror 60's karloff

A bit of a classic film that I saw on TV as a kid which stuck with me. Boris Karloff is a crazy old professor who has perfected the art of hypnotism. Using the latest swinging sixties high tech kit he and his wife have the power to gain control of a person's mind and control them remotely, and to feel every sensation that the victim feels. For example if the victim swigs a whiskey they feel the taste and sensation, and if he cuts himself, they don't just feel the pain but also get an identical cut.
Along comes a bored and disillusioned Ian Ogilvy and Karloff persuades him to come back to his grubby council flat where he hooks him up to a rickety chair with some wires and headphone speakers. They dim the lights and turn on some ambient disco lights, switch on lots of sonic oscillators and project a psychedelic lava scene onto his face. Hey presto he is now under their control.

While going about his daily life, Ogilvy now 'receives' thoughts from Karloff and his misses. Karloff's wife starts to get greedy however and has him stealing fur coats and committing other hideous crimes so she can feel the sensations. She basically ruins the young mans life despite Karloff's disgust but they all get their comeuppance in the end.
Directed by Michael Reeves who also directed Witchfinder General. Nice to see it again.

Unreal Tournament
Category: General Blog
Tags: pc games fps

Way back in the year 2000 I installed a demo of Unreal Tournament on my humble PC powered by a Cyrix 166 processor with a PR of 200, and a 3DFX Voodoo 3 graphics card. I fell in love with the game, the science fiction overtones of the graphics and music as well as the fun gameplay. I bought the GOTY edition and over the course of several years I played it constantly, adding new maps and mods and also developing my own character skins and voice packs. Eventually I got a copy of UT 2003 but by then my interest had waned a little and I didn't take to the new release. It just didn't have the same feel to it, the gameplay seemed faster even though the original could get very manic, and the characters didn't seem appealing. Suffice to say I didn't play it much and I also skipped UT 2004. Cut to 2014 and I have recently purchased a copy of UT3 (released in 2007) and I feel like I have come back to my roots with PC gaming. A bit late to the party but I love the game. The sci fi elements and the music are just as good as I remember and the gameplay seems very much like it was back in the day. I have added maps and mods and some cool characters already and I find it great fun to play. The vehicles are a very nice addition, especially the towering Darkwalkers which resemble the tripods from War of the Worlds.

I somewhat miss the gametype of 'Assault' but the Warfare gametype is a decent replacement. And the hoverboard vehicle is really cool when racing away after capturing the enemy's flag. It's also got me searching YouTube to hear the old music from the original game. My setup of UT99 was pretty good in the end, a single player campaign akin to the official Nali expansion that you could play with bots and lots of really cool mutators and gametypes, a fun for a while favourite being 'Crotch Shot' which enabled you to make an instant kill if you hit an enemy square in the crotch, with the game announcer exclaiming "CROTCH SHOT!" It had amusing death explanations on the game hud such as "Kryss will never have children again" etc. Fun!

I created a backup of my UT folder so one day I might reminisce. Last time I checked it out the game ran far too fast under my processor but I believe there are fixes for that. And now I am very much looking forward to the release of Unreal Tournament 4, which will be free but will have purchasable maps and mods etc. I would definitely have to say that UT is my favourite game as I have never had so much prolonged fun on any other PC game.

Star Trek Tos Mega Poster
Category: General Blog
Tags: star trek tos sci fi

An amazing poster by the artist Dusty-abell which represents every episode of the original series of Star Trek. Check out the high resolution version in the link below, I found myself staring at it for several minutes in recognition of all the characters and stories.

Click Here For Hi Res Version (6000 9119, 14.4 MB)