Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Released

After nearly 10 years, the fan developed project Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn has been released to eager Wing Commander fans around the world. The Darkest Dawn is a fully standalone game that uses an enhanced version of the Freespace 2 engine to give players a chance to step back into the Confed universe with two campaigns, 55 missions, a full cast of voice actors, cut-scenes, varied ship and mission types and much, much more. Continue reading

An Important Message about SOPA/PIPA

If you follow any gaming or web TV news at all you have probably heard the terms SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) bandied about. These terms refer to legislation that is currently making its way through congress in the US. While the idea behind the act is noble (to make sure creators are properly compensated for their work), this is definitely a case of the road to hell being paved with good intentions.

The legislation as it stands at the moment has the potential to change the entire nature of the Internet as we know it. Sites can be pulled down without notice because of comments made by their users, the emerging professional gaming coverage on YouTube and other sites will likely disappear and worst of all, none of this will actually prevent any piracy from happening.

While the blackouts on sites such as Wikipedia and Reddit are a good start and those people in the US can write to their congressman/woman, the millions of Internet users around the world that will be just as affected as anyone else have had little recourse until now. Here is a short video from several notable figures in the gaming media/industry to show how you can make a difference.

So make sure to ask your favorite gaming websites and YouTube channel to join the cause by not attending and covering E3 this year until the ESA changes their stance on SOPA and PIPA. If they truly opposed this legislation the last thing they want to do is support an entity that spent a fortune on PIPA lobbying.

You can sign a petition to have the ESA remove their support from SOPA/PIPA here:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-esa-petition-and-boycott-e3

Esoteric Fish on Radio

Hi All,

Just a quick update on the state of the blog. Things are slowly settling down here and I’m hoping to have some more time to devote to the site. I’m currently putting together an article with my impressions of the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta as well as a few articles on the recently relaunched DC Universe Online. Given that there are so many games being launched at the moment the site will be focusing largely on game reviews for a while. Since these reviews obviously take longer to put together (having to play through them first) I’ll try to squeeze some movie and TV reviews in there as well as some editorials e.g. Top 10 Movie Tie-in Games.

For those of you looking for some extra Esoteric Fish, Lindsay was recently on the Weekly Geek Show on Triple H Radio to talk about his top movies of the year and other geeky good stuff. The podcast of the show is now available to download here.

As always, if you have any suggestions for reviews or articles, feel free to leave a comment.

Cheers,

Al

Get ready for 8 months of hype

Avengers Poster

Marvel’s experiment with bringing the Avengers universe to life through several different franchises has been a very interesting one to watch. When they started, nearly everybody scoffed at the idea that the classic comic tradition of crossovers would work when transferred to the cinema. Given that almost every single film thus far has been hugely successful for Marvel, most of those doubters are now silent. Continue reading

What’s been going on?

Hi All,

As you’ve no doubt noticed, I haven’t posted any new reviews for a little over a week, and they had been a little irregular for a couple of weeks before that. Things had been a little busy lately which had cut down on my viewing time, but my schedule seemed to be getting back on track until last Thursday when the universe threw me a curveball.

To put it simply, my father passed away unexpectedly after a massive stroke on Thursday night. He was only 54. Needless to say, I haven’t exactly been at my best for the last week, and most of my time has been devoted to sorting out the remnants of his life.

But life goes on and hopefully things will settle down a bit now, giving me time to once again post up my regular reviews. I have a review of Real Steel which should be going up shortly, and I plan to continue my weekly reviews of Boardwalk Empire and Terra Nova. Lindz and I are also planning to do a collaborative play-through of the MMO DC Universe Online (which will be going Free to Play in a couple of weeks) posting our daily impressions up on the site. There are some other collaborative reviews that we are looking at over the coming months.

Things will still be a little hectic here, so I don’t think I’ll be able to get back to the daily schedule straight away, but hopefully things will get back to normal by November. If there is anything you’d particularly like to see reviewed, please post a comment below.

Cheers,

Al

Rest in Peace Andy Whitfield

I was very saddened to hear that Andy Whitfield passed away yesterday after losing his battle with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Andy was best known for his breakout role on Spartacus: Blood and Sand although some may recognise him from appearances in various Australian shows and the movie Gabriel. Unfortunately we never got the chance to see him in many other things. While I didn’t know him personally, Andy always seemed like a fun-loving guy that really enjoyed what he did. A video of him hanging out with Freddie Wong and his crew provides a great look at the man behind the gladiator.

Andy passed away in his wife’s arms at their Sydney home yesterday morning. He was 37. Far too young.

Rest in Peace Andy, we’ll miss you.

The Quantum Cat

Just a quick shout out. My friend and fellow screenwriter Tom has started up his own blog over at The Quantum Cat where he covers:

  • REVIEWS OF MUSIC, FILM, BOOKS AND MORE… THE LIKE OF WHICH THE WORLD HAS NEVER READ OR HEARD BEFORE.
  • RANTS OF SUCH DIVINE INSPIRATION THAT YOU WILL DOUBT THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF YOUR BELIEF/POLITICAL/COMPUTER SYSTEM!
  • THERE WILL BE INTERNET MEMES, ANIMALS, MUTANTS, ROBOTS,  DINOSAURS! (Already coming through on that promise. To politics!)
  • THERE WILL BE EXCERPTS OF MY VERY OWN FICTION! (Not the good stuff, because WordPress would then own it and I’d be forced to pull out my laptop cord in frustration and then sue a pencil company.)
  • BULLET POINTS!
  • SHOES, SHIPS, CEILING WAX!
  1. NUMBERED LISTS!

…and a great many other things.

If you’re after a laugh, then check it out!

Al

Apologies

Hi All,

Sorry for the lack of reviews over the past couple of days, things have been a little crazy for me this week and I’ve used up my buffer. Lindsay’s reviews will be up over the weekend and things should be back on track by Monday.

I’ll try to get reviews of this week’s episodes of Falling Skies, Alphas and Eureka up over the weekend.

Al

Weekend Reviews

Hi All,

My friend Lindsay contributed several guest reviews recently which a lot of people seemed to like, so I’ve decided to rope him in as a regular reviewer. Lindsay will be writing reviews for the weekends from now on. His first review, a look at the X-Men Franchise, should be up shortly.

Cheers,

Al