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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – September 27, 2023 – Vlad Circus: Descend into Madness, the 2D pixel-art horror adventure from developer Indiesruption (Nine Witches) and publisher Blowfish Studios, unleashes its terrifying mysteries on PlayStation 4|5 with backwards compatibility, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S with backwards compatibility, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC via Steam, Epic Games Store and GOG starting Tuesday, October 17, 2023.
In the year 1921, the beloved Vlad Circus fell to a devastating fire, killing hundreds of innocents and forever scarring the survivors. Haunted by the tragedy, the circus troupe disbanded, only to be reunited by a mysterious invitation from their original ringleader eight years later.
Explore the eerie halls of the Victorian-inspired Petrescu Manor as Oliver Mills, better known as his clown persona “Lazy Ollie.” Several years in the Pennhurst Asylum have proved ineffective in restoring his memories, but reconnecting with old friends and a lost love may do the trick. Unease festers in Ollie as he explores the shadowy estate, unaware of the sinister secret dying to be set free.
Manage Ollie’s stress and survive horrifying hallucinations while solving perplexing puzzles. Fight or flee from awful abominations. Recover tortured memories to assist with mysteries, and unravel the ghastly truth of that fateful day.
“Vlad Circus: Descend into Madness marries a creepy atmospheric setting with a haunting narrative full of evocative storytelling,” said Diego Cánepa, lead designer, Indiesruption. “Enthralled and disturbed by Ollie’s trauma-induced nightmares, players will be on their toes until the very end.”
Vlad Circus: Descend into Madnesswill be available on all major platforms, with support for Windows, as well as language support for English, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), French, German, and Russian.
One of the few shows a SAG-AFTRA member can write about being a weekly animated series scheduled to air on a regular cable network is Rick and Morty. Sure the show itself is still admid the controversy of its co-creator but the show has moved far removed from Justin. Before being removed from the show completely he was even only doing voice work for it. No writing, no art, no concepts, nothing… just acting. So I am very excited to see what the team has made for the next 10 eps and based on these new openers I expect crazy fun.
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Disclaimer: It’s A Wrap! was provided to PCS for review gratis. This reflected the review in neither positive or negatives, all views are purely from the experience and skill level of the reviewer.
It’s A Wrap! is puzzle platformer where the puzzles and the platforming both start quite easy and then get much harder and at least for me not experentially without a high degree of patience and willinging to try and try again. When it comes to video games that is not me. It does not make the game bad or good, it is just not me. I also don’t have the greatest controller skills. I don’t play FPS for that reason. I tend to stick to games that for the most part are easy or can be set on a “story” mode. That is not an option or setting in this, at least not from my searching at present time. Again, not a deterrent.
The first thing I must praise is the graphics. The art style is excellent, the animation is fantastic, the character designs burst with flavor. The cut scenes are clever and wile have no voice acting seem to still feel cinematic. The sound design and music is also polished, fits the themes and works really well in conjuction. The level design is where the game maybe falters a bit. While the editing bay concept is brilliant for the puzzle portion of the gameplay, I do wish the scripts were less outlandish, causing for scenarios that even when solving the editing pay issue, split second button pushing still matters in the platforming and this is where my personal skill fails me. It isn’t the game… it’s me I am positive. You (the universal you) are probably a better game player than me. I can figure out HOW to do something, physically doing it is another. So I can yell “jump now!” but you better be the one jumping when I saw now… not me yelling at me. You know? Like the director character in this game who has set up elaborate death traps and pretends they are normal stunt scenes. That isn’t the actual plot, just the feeling I got while playing.
Seriously, if you don’t mind having to die many many funny, well animated deaths to finally figure out not just the right puzzle solution but the exact timing on running and jumping than It’s A Wrap! is truly the game for you. On top that you’re getting laughs, three different movies/scenarios of completely different campy action adventure genres (Cave Explorer, Sci-Fi and Robots, Explosions and Crime) and even some human plot of frustration, drama, excitement and laziness from the actors, director, producers and all various other jobs [gaffer, sound, camera, set designers, costume, etc.].
I must state again there is a grind of frustration. This review got delayed because I was hoping maybe just maybe I could get further in the game than I have so it’d be a more polished fully entrenched one. The fact is I can’t even get past scene 4 in the first movie and my thumbs hurt because of it. Once again, NOT a bad thing. Just a truth of the matter. I had fun and tons of it, but at a certain point I realized I had to at called “It’s a Wrap!” so I could write about the game instead of playing it in hopes of completion. I can only hope you’ll do better or maybe you’ll be like me, but since you’re not reading a review and just playing, you have all the time you want.
IDW TO CELEBRATE COMICS IN ARTIST ALLEY WITH ACCLAIMED CREATORS KEVIN EASTMAN, G. WILLOW WILSON, SCOTT SNYDER, AND MORE
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 8, 2023) – When fans enter New York Comic Con’s awe-inspiring Artist Alley, the IDW Publishing booth will be there to greet them, front and center in the giant hall of talented and passionate comic book creators.
Located at booth HB905, IDW Publishing’s booth will feature an exciting lineup of creator signings with fan-favorite writers and artists including Kevin Eastman, G. Willow Wilson, Scott Snyder, and many more. Plus, the IDW Publishing booth will showcase artists as they sketch, host giveaways for fans, offer portfolio reviews (more details to come, keep an eye on IDW’s social!), present large art displays for photo opps that will change each day of the show, and much more.IDW Publishing co-publisher Mark Doyle remarked on his personal history with Artist Alley and explained why the hall of creators means so much to him.
“I really think Artist Alley is the heart of any convention. It’s where I spent all my time at shows as a fan and then when I started my professional career in comics whenever I wasn’t working at the booth and I had free time I was always in Artist Alley. Talking with talent who I work with, scouting for new talent, seeing what the fans are gravitating towards… it’s the place to be. It’s also great for fans because they can have easy access to all of the creators who they want to see plus see all the great books IDW has to offer, go to our signings, and get con exclusives!”
Additionally, IDW Publishing will have two can’t-miss panels for fans attending NYCC 2023. Information on the STAR TREK and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES panels are below, with more details to come soon!
Star Trek: Boldly Going with IDW Publishing Fri, Oct 13, 2023 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Room 408 The Eisner-nominated STAR TREK comics embark on a bold new mission with IDW Publishing, and there has never been a better time for new or lifelong fans to join the mission! Brand-new comics and info will be declassified as the brilliant minds behind the books unveil a spectacular selection of Star Trek stories for fans of any age to enjoy. Plus, a spooky sneak peek at HOLO-WEEN, Star Trek’s month-long celebration of Halloween! Comic fans, attending this panel is highly logical.
TMNT: The Next Mutation of Turtle Power from IDW Publishing Sat, Oct 14, 2023 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Room 406.2 From the eagerly anticipated THE LAST RONIN sequel to celebrating 150 issues of mutant mayhem, IDW’s TMNT panel is packed with exclusive announcements and awesome art that’ll make turtle fans want to give each other a high three! Featuring TMNT’s iconic co-creator Kevin Eastman and the radical creatives bringing extra Turtle Power to the pages of the acclaimed Ninja Turtles comics, the secrets behind IDW’s TMNT stories will be revealed to fans at the panel before anyone else in this spectacular shellabration of everything TMNT!
IDW Publishing’s booth will be in Artist Alley all four days of New York Comic Con, from October 12-15. Stay tuned for the full signing schedule and list of NYCC exclusives. See you at the show!
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Chilling new trailers for both titles debut as part of this year’s Fear Fest terrors providing an extended look at gameplay
HAMBURG, Germany, (September 6, 2023) — Daedalic Entertainment revealed two frightening new trailers for their upcoming horror titles REVEIL and Edge of Sanity today as part of Fear Fest 2023. Learn more about them by watching the trailers below!
REVEIL is a narrative first-person psycho-thriller game that focuses on story, puzzles, and exploration. Find out what’s going on inside Walter Thompson and what his dark past at the Nelson Bros Circus has to do with it.
Versatile, handcrafted puzzles, unanswered questions, captivating clues, and a disturbing psyche demand a lot from both the player and the protagonist, Walter Thompson. Can you manage to make sense of it all? Should you persevere, there is a chance to find answers to your questions.
More details can be found on the REVEIL Steam page here.
Edge of Sanity is a survival horror game with a psychological edge set in the unforgiving wilderness of a cold war-era Alaska, featuring hand-crafted 2D art and an intense atmosphere inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
You were part of a resupply group helping scientists working in the Alaskan field lab. Finding the site devoid of humanity you stumble upon horrifying creatures, and during the escape, your group splits up. You were lucky enough to make it out alive and set up camp to plan your future expeditions to find your missing team and learn what happened.
Each day in this area is a tough fight for survival. Limited food and supplies, and your sanity stretching over the edge. Be prepared to improvise and look for any advantage you might have against various monstrosities. It’s all up to you whether the darkness fully consumes you or you manage to cling to what remains of your sanity.
Further details on Edge of Sanity can be found on Steam here.
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(Note: PC-S has had a gratis review copy of The Making of Karateka for a week. This did not influence this review in anyway.)
The Making of Karateka encompasses a lot, a documentary, a collection of historical digital ephemera and designs, a short podcast, a remaking of a classic game going back to its original inception (unlike the version made in 2012 with Liquid, referenced with in THE program that is Making of) and new and original playable versions of prototype games.
In many ways it is unlike anything on the market, at least for a video game. Imagine your favorite movie from long ago, with the original version, but also a remastered edition, but also commentary, new documentaries, the old epks, but also the entire screenplay, every letter between the studio and the filmmakers, a deep dive into the score, home movies by the director, the screen tests and then maybe even say the dalies with all the various takes plus development about the never made sequel.
That is what Digital Eclipse has done with this project. Made the Ultimate Anniversary Collector’s Collector Edition of a treasured video game, telling its origins and then hidden secrets and further deep dives, it is a book, a movie and full fledged video game all in one. The best part is Karateka is just the first game planned in this series. I don’t know who or what games are planned but if they could do this same treatment with the likes of Will Wright, Sid Meier, or if sticking to Brøderbund, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
If they had even had half of what they stuffed in to this Making Of Karateka it’d still incredible. The heartfelt sitdown between Jordan and his father Francis, the sitdowns with various Broderbund, the look at the never finished Karateka II which eventually turned into a truly major franchise in Prince of Persia and the the ability to actually PLAY early versions of Karateka, a remastered version and even a remaster of a previously unpublished game?
One of the more fun things personally for me was to see some of images from the English edition Mechner’s autobiographical family memoir historical graphic novel, Replay: Memoir of an Uprooted Family being published by First Second through Macmillan. The use of these images added to the legacy of the game, as much as having established other game developers also talk about how much the game meant to them.
The Making of Karateka is available NOW on Steam, GOG, Epic Games, Playstation and XBox for $20. It’s a game, a movie, a book, an education and a treasury… a not miss for any video game lover, fans of video game history, fans of Prince of Persia, or just people who love good stuff made well.
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Traditions De France had a small presentation next to a French perfume company. While the company started in 1889, a former VP of sales at the parfume company chose to bring his grandmothers recipes Traditions to America upon a lack of finding candies of the type in the states. I have tasted the various fruit and also rose flavored and they were delicious.
Burlap & Barrel put out single origin spices coming from farms and locations all around the world. At the expo they gifted me Purple Shallot, Black Lime, Royal Cinnamon, Tomato Powder and Wild Mountain Cumin. I have used them in a variety of dishes including Australian lamb, Chicken thighs and rice and Eggplant.
The Nutrmachine caught my attention at the show right away. I was able to actually procure an order for one. Since getting it earlier this week I have made Brazil Nut, Walnut and Hazelnut drinks and each have been amazing. I look forward to making macademia, pistachio and even some hot sunflower & pumpkin seed “soup”.
LOS ANGELES 08/28/2023 – Today Skybound unveiled a brand-new trailer for Zach M. Stafford’s upcoming OGN Good Comics for Bad People: An Extra Fabulous Collection. This hardcover, collecting the best of the popular webcomic Extra Fabulous, arrives in comic book shops on November 1, 2023.
This new trailer grants a sneak peek at Stafford’s graphic novel debut. Collecting fan-favorite Extra Fabulous comics in print for the very first time, the 240-page hardcover hilariously tackles a variety of topics including life, relationships, teamwork, death, and dinosaurs! With 24 book-exclusive comics and an introduction written by webcomics superstar Sarah Andersen, AKA Sarah’s Scribbles, this release will not disappoint fans of the acclaimed webcomic.
Good Comics for Bad People first launched as part of the hit “The Extra Fabulous Experience” Kickstarter campaign alongside the party game Boo-ty Call in July 2022, securing worldwide media coverage and earning nearly $475,000 in pledges. The“Extra Fabulous Experience” became a top five webcomics graphic novel campaign of all-time. Good Comics for Bad People: An Extra Fabulous Collection (Diamond Code: MAY230133 I SRP: $14.99) will be available at booksellers, along with digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 and at comic book shops and everywhere comics are sold on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Official Good Comics for Bad People: An Extra Fabulous Collection Synopsis: Master of the hilarious, unpredictable, and just plain weird, Zach M. Stafford’s GOOD COMICS FOR BAD PEOPLE marks his graphic novel debut, and features all the laughter, absurdity, and bodily fluids that have made his worldwide mega-hit webcomic so (in)famous! For more info and updates on Skybound, visit www.skybound.com.
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