Nerd Notes 10/28/23

A long delayed Nerd Notes of music videos and trailers that have caught the attention of PCS and its consituents recently. Coming soon on this site will be a review of the game VLAD Circus, posts with videos you would have missed if you don’t follow Reid Harris Cooper on Youtube from offsite NYCC 2023 events as well as footage from the show floor of NABShow 2023 and shortly after a review of The Invincible after embargo, as well as who knows what. Until then, here’s them videos.

MIKA is wonderful in any language.
Just sharing good eye and ear candy.
RHC volunteers by request as a moderator as well as a remote producer on their Monday Pop-culture for live programs on Perception Studios stuff. This 3 part Halloween Special is a pre-recorded YT exclusive and some of the most fun you might have. After watching go over to Part 2 and subsribe for more.:
More MIKA!
I have read Matz and Luc Jacamon’s comic about 5 times since it first came out in English from Archaia in 2007. I am more than quite interested to see what long time creative partners Andrew Kevin Walker and David Fincher did with the material.
Mckenna Grace just gets better and better.
This strange movie looks excellent.
Sami Esmail adapted this 2020 wonderful but also dismal novel by Rumaan Alam into a movie and got a what could be called stunt casting cast.
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Nerd Notes 10/18/23

Rally enjoy the videos Ghost Machine have been releasing to promote the new comics company.
Umfamiliar with the novel this is based on and it looks fascinating.
The Flames of Love AKA (Billy Avery & Leslie “Hydra” Butterscotch) haven’t posted a promo in 10 months. Before that it was 10 years. I hope this is just the start of something!
“It is so much more vast than you can even imagine”… this is just one of franchise expansions that are mindblowing.
Cooking sim and visual novel in the “Chicken Police” world? Yes please.
Tiger is now a legit franchise.
New animation short series worth watching.
Dumb Ways to Die lore… amazing!

If you don’t already watch Mukpuddy cartoons, go now

New Craig Wedren!
Next on… Alan Wake.
Good sounds.

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Nerd Notes 10/17/23

Love when the romantic comedy genre gets a twist in the style.
We don’t play COD:MW2 but this little short is awesome.
The demo for this was great. Here’s a release date trailer.
This an excellent featurette, original content and marketing for the show, which you should watch if you can.
McKenna Grace is fantastic.

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Steam Next Fest October 2023 (Part 3)

There are demos I will have played but will not be mentioning on my site. Mostly if I quit a demo it’s one of two reasons, it is not optomized well and can barely run or… the game even if amazingly beautiful has extreme control issues and needs to be reconfigured completely. Pop-Culture Spectrum makes efforts to only promote, discuss or speak of the positive unless recieving a key and putting in enough effort to mention the game and find the merit even if disliking it. That won’t happen here, but there have been at five demos I have played and chosen to not speak of because of gameplay design issues by the dev and I’m not a pro gamer, but a DEMO should NEVER cause you frustration and anger, so “buyer beware”. Now here’s demos I loved.

What I could explore of the one room offered was excellent. Music was fun, the art is beautiful and exquisite. I love how simple it truly is. You can draw, take photos, play guitar, even bird watch… but I also can’t get a feel for what the rest would be. A dorm room? An apartment? Would it be like Unpacking but more elborate with more to do then unpack, but actually play with items and a paintered digital art look? I’m curiously interested for more.

This feels like it’s still very much in development, but it is part of the Steam Next Fest and a first person point and click exploration it’s interesting. Discovering story elements through memories, videos, digital devices, etc. via a VR recreation of a crime scene (I think) feels wonderful. I don’t fully have the gist of what our mission is other than we are in the future, we’re cops of a sort and we’re exploring a cult that suddenly disappeared. I’ll be keeping my eye on this and so should you.

Absolutely adorable platform puzzler. Not easy in the least. I have NO idea what the story is or what my motivation is from the demo, but the visuals are wonderful. I would watch the hell out of this as a cartoon although it is reminscent of Adventure Time meets a Boy and his Blob from both stylistically and gameplay. An alien like backpack that helps you grab enemies to jump higher cause your jump sucks while hunting down disc pieces for… I don’t know why. Again though, it’s adorable looking and super fun, even though I didn’t beat all the levels and I’m not even sure how to, I enjoyed my time and it is worth looking into.

Traditionally I don’t enjoy isometric games or games with with rounded strategy combat yet those are two things this game are built heavily upon and I enjoyed them immensely. Mystical horror magic in the “olden times” (scarily not so LONG ago) of Rasputin (a character in this game) is definitely a good approach to make something feel different and original. Lovecraftian and/or Baba Yaga seems to be the go to a lot and instead Thaumaturge goes another approach. The investigation, keeping track of your skill management, discovering what is missing and solving the mystery on way to battle. I must admit at press time I did NOT finish this demo… I’m missing, something… but it is a marvel of an experience.

Hidden cats are great. Super fun. Zen and yet also challenging. The story part of these both makes it even cooler and more fun. The demos only offer two hidden pictures, in the arcade the year 1995 with involves finding cats, but the other involved beating an arcade game to get cats an item so they can unlock other levels in the game if it was the final product. In Tower there were three levels and more objects to find as well, it’s a tower of time so it was prehistoric and egyptian These games were so fun it makes me wants to experience what Dev Cats did with Castle full of. 15/10 score.

At first this escape room weirdness is something I can wrap my head around. Then it just gets way too much for me. It’s really well done though. If I had the patience to rteally think about the logic or not logic I think I would have a blast. The exploration is very well done, the puzzles are sound, but they just take a lot of mental power at a certain point. The kind of mental power where you’re like “Okay, that opens this, so that opens that, but… I can’t open that cause I need this and to get that I need to decode the morse code, but the morse code of what cause it’s a word but where’s the morse code itself? Oh I need to figure out this graph to figure out the code? Can I call a friend?”. That might be exactly what you’re looking for and if it… this is the game for you!

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Nerd Notes (10/13/23)

As always these are ICYMI. They are not endorsements or promotions.

An A24 sponsored series… they rule with films and release wild esteric horror. Very interested to see what a series they chose to pick up is like.
A fuller trailer to the Bennett & Huettner series developing their 2016 short into a full series. This is a thing Max has been doing with animators and it’s created excellent stuff.
The newest SNL short film phenomenon made their first full length feature.
I am not a Christmas fan, but I am an Eddie Murphy fan. I also love Reginald Hudlin films and the script is an original personal story from Kelly Younger, who has “cracked his teeth” at Disney Animation, Pixar and Muppets as well as in plays.
Pepetual Doom’s Stay Tuned is a personal favorite and this is another brilliant cover from the project.
2:44 of pop perfection.
This looks captivating.
Episode 1 and 2 of Night Eyes by mukpuddy are now out. All mukpuddy cartoons are the bestest.
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Following is the official press release for Ghost Machine comics as seen on Image Comics website. Super excited for this imprint that features some of my favorite writers and artists, including one of my top 10 artists of all time Gary Frank and one of my top 20 in Francis Manapul.


The groundbreaking creator collective is led by prolific writers and artists whose bestselling works include Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Flash, The Ultimates, Black Lightning and Green Arrow – Jason Fabok, Gary Frank, Bryan Hitch, Geoff Johns, Lamont Magee, Francis Manapul, Brad Meltzer, Peter J. Tomasi, Maytal Zchut

The forward-thinking business model allows its creators to jointly own, run and operate the company and together share in publishing, media, merchandising and beyond, disrupting the status quo

The company launches with four shared universes of character-centered titles including Geiger, Redcoat, Rook: Exodus, The Rocketfellers and many more

NEW YORK 10/12/2023 — Ghost Machine, a first-of-its-kind creator-owned and operated media company officially launched today at New York Comic Con. Creators co-own all the characters and universes developed for Ghost Machine, sharing in all publishing, media, merchandise, and beyond. The pioneering creator collective is a global best-of-class roster of artists and writers whose award-winning and iconic works include a who’s who of comic book legends such as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Flash, The Ultimates, Black Lightning and Green Arrow: Jason Fabok, Gary Frank, Bryan Hitch, Geoff Johns, Lamont Magee, Francis Manapul, Brad Meltzer, Peter J. Tomasi, and Maytal Zchut. The company plans to announce additional talent in the months ahead, including one major superstar creator. All creators will be exclusive to Ghost Machine for their comics work after completing their already committed to projects.

As the recent Hollywood strikes have shown, creatives are disenfranchised with the traditional industry model—creators seek increased empowerment as a natural progression to an ever-changing entertainment landscape. Ghost Machine’s enterprising business model is at the forefront of this evolution with the characters and full company ownership shared by its creators in every way.

“Our ambition for Ghost Machine is to push beyond superheroes, introducing new genres, characters and shared universes, completely co-owned by all the creators involved. We see this as the future of how creatives will work and retain creative control and meaningfully participate in success like never before,” said the Ghost Machine founding creators joint statement. “Our passion is for the magic of graphic storytelling and the emotional resonance of compelling characters. But we are not just a comic book company—we are the first wholly creator-owned and operated media company of its kind, born out of a desire to create and succeed together.”

Ghost Machine’s titles will be published through the original champion of creator-owned comics—Image Comics—the industry’s third largest comic book publisher behind Marvel and DC, which launched in 1992 when seven of the top comic book creators left Marvel Comics to own their own work and ideas. Now, Ghost Machine drives the industry norms and opportunities even further by having top talent collaborate and build out shared universes that they entirely control together. If Image Comics pushed the original boundaries, Ghost Machine is breaking barriers and creating a new frontier for creators.

Eric Stephenson, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics, said: “It’s been incredible to see how much planning has gone into what the Ghost Machine collaborators are putting together. It’s an amazing list of talent, but beyond that, they’re giving every aspect of this line a lot of thought, so that it’s more than just another series launch, it’s a true event. The way they’re working together, and working with Image, make this a noteworthy development for us, as well as a must-read comics lineup for anyone looking for something different and new.”

A two-issue prequel series, GEIGER: GROUND ZERO by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, ships in November and December before Ghost Machine’s first official release in January 2024 with GHOST MACHINE #1, a 64-page special which will introduce its FOUR SHARED UNIVERSES of characters: 1) THE UNNAMED; revealing a mysterious group of genre heroes from across history, featuring characters and titles like GEIGER, JUNKYARD JOE, REDCOAT and FIRST GHOST. A GEIGER series, based on Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s hit comic of the same name, is already in development at Paramount TV with director Justin Simien. 2) ROOK: EXODUS; a sprawling sci-fi epic which takes place in the far future, on a world where every aspect of nature is controlled by humanity. 3) The universe of FAMILY ODYSSEYS centering around the time displaced family, THE ROCKETFELLERS, and their friends. And 4) An epic HORROR UNIVERSE co-created and illustrated by one of our secret superstar artists to be announced, currently under contract. Following Ghost Machine #1, Ghost Machine’s titles will begin shipping in April 2024 with an all-new ongoing GEIGER series, REDCOAT and ROOK: EXODUS.

Ghost Machine will be at booth #3045 at New York Comic-Con with its entire creative team holding signings from 2-3pm ET Thursday, October 12, through Sunday, October 15. Talent will also be signing in the Artist Alley at various times throughout the convention. All booth guests will receive an exclusive GHOST MACHINE #1 ASHCAN with a cover by Gary Frank. The first-ever Ghost Machine panel will take place on Friday, October 13 from 12:15-1:15pm ET, moderated by Victor Dandridge, with attendees receiving an extremely limited GHOST MACHINE #1 ASHCAN featuring an exclusive ROOK: EXODUS Jason Fabok cover. Additional collector editions for sale at the booth will include: GEIGER #1 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK LIMITED EDITION, JUNKYARD JOE #1 BULLETPROOF LIMITED EDITION (silver foil cover) and REDCOAT SPECIAL #1 RED REVOLUTION LIMITED EDITION (red foil cover) for $20 a piece or all three for $60 with an exclusive GEIGER BORON ROD GLOWSTICK and a copy of the limited GHOST MACHINE #1 ASHCAN from the panel.

Visit the Ghost Machine website for more information, and the Ghost Machine Threadless store for available merchandise. For updates on all things Ghost Machine, follow ghostmachinepro on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and others.


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Steam Next Fest October 2023 (Part 2)

The fest truly is big. Some demos are larger than others. Some make you want to explore as much as you can because who knows when you’ll play the whole game? Some take 30 minutes, some take 2-3 hours withstanding. Here are 5 more demos I played to completion and truly enjoyed to discuss and tell you (the universal) to go check out yourself.

Imagine if everyone on The Truman Show didn’t know they were on it. Now imagine if someone who worked in production found out someone would be eliminated and they for reasons to be told wanted to save this person. Now take that but turn it into a video game that is half puzzle platformer and half first person narrative puzzle exploration. You get America Arcadia. The demo gives a perfect taste of this for me personally highly anticipated game, which trailers only gave a glimpse of. Now that I know how it’ll actually play? I really am all in.

A very basic and also in ways simple low pixel side scrolling brawler/shooter, yet through the mechanics of “powers” becomes very interesting. You jump, you punch, you kick, you shoot, you dodge, you parry, you melee but the world around you and some of the weapons you get, that’s what changes things up here. Very easy to pick up and play as well. The little in jokes, the writing, this is something. No puzzles, just hand/eye and a tale.

Also a pixel art game, but a horror survival puzzle this time. The demo I don’t believe ever gets to the combat part of things, but the other vibes are there. Solving where to go, what to do next to trigger events, and what a dark sad event. These circus characters are full of life in their dialogue and backstory, and the main with being a clown who now suffers delusions in a horror game where there may or may not be dead bodies or all his friends from the circus reunion for 8 years ago might not exist is… a lot. It also is NOT what I expected. From trailers I thought this would be a point and click, but the gameplay surprised me pleasantly by being different.

I have played and beaten this before but I still really had fun. If you have not been a dog who doesn’t care yet, then go be one and be as expectant as I am for Rotub’s game/toy. I loved the graphical improvements and the ability to interact with way more than I could before, destruction is fun. How much trouble will Doggy get into when the parrot sends him into the city? There’s not much more to say here, it’s just adorable and zen while also making you think a bit and well, doggy don’t care.

I don’t know how to describe this, but here goes. Among many other emails, you get a friend asking you to buy them soup. Using hints from other emails, you go to other websites, you find info, you input info, you play games on an old computer, you listen to music, you watch videos, you send emails, you read emails, eventually, you get soup and then? Well… then the demo ends. It’s a trippy experience inside a computer… but is it all in the computer?

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Nerd Notes (10/11/23)

Loved the other TROLLS films and cartoons and this I feel will be no different.
This might be wrestling, but Toni Storm’s “Timeless” character is just that and she is rocking it both in and out of the squared circle to create something that lives beyond wrestling.
This is also wrestling but this film looks wonderful. A tragic tale of lots of loss and very little actual victory. The cast seems to have turned in amazing performances. A great addition to the A24 library.
Rule 63 South Park? This doesn’t even make sense. Kyle said so.
Very intriguing that a Danish film about a family in WWII got a sequel telling the following years. Especially it being an original story and IP, not from a book.
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NYCC: Oni Press Unveils ONI 2024


Oni Press is proud to reveal ONI 2024—a high-intensity first wave of five propulsive new monthly comic series from a wide-ranging cast of award-winning creators and fast-rising stars that will fully embrace the potential of the comics medium to invert, collide, and reinvent the foundational genres of horror, science fiction, crime, fantasy, and beyond throughout the new year . . . 

Beginning with INVASIVE #1—the terrifying new experiment in surgical horror from Eisner Award nominee Cullen Bunn (The Sixth GunBasilisk) and blockbuster artist Jesús Hervás (The Empty Man)—in December, each month will feature a new, must-read ONI 2024 debut: 

  • JILL AND THE KILLERS #1—a razor-sharp teenage thriller from Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (Mary Shelley Monster Hunter) and Roberta Ingranata (Witchblade) in January
  • CEMETERY KIDS DON’T DIE #1—a near-future descent into a virtual world with killer consequences from Zac Thompson (Hunt for the Skinwalker) and Daniel Irizarri (XINO) in February
  • NIGHT PEOPLE #1—an uneasy odyssey into the provocative and surreal periphery of the American underworld from award-winning novelist and screenwriter Barry Gifford (Lost Highway, Wild at Heart) and writer Chris Condon (That Texas Blood) with artists Brian Level (Poison Ivy), Alexandre Tefenkgi (The Good Asian), Artyom Topilin (I Hate This Place), and more in March
  • AKỌGUN, BRUTALIZER OF GODS #1—a fearlessly unrelenting reinvention of the barbarian mythos from creative powerhouses Murewa Ayodele (I Am Iron Man) and Dotun Akande (Moon Knight: Black, White & Red) in April.

“With ONI 2024, we’re setting out to redouble the mission that has made Oni one of the most innovative and influential publishers of the past quarter century: to produce utterly distinctive, wholly unrestrained, and singularly provocative series by creators with a relentless passion to make stories that can’t be told in any other medium,” said Oni Press president and publisher Hunter Gorinson. “These are maximalist comics made for maximum impact, with stories and formats specifically tailored to allow creators to do their best and most daring work.”

“The first semester of ONI 2024 delivers something for every reader, with stories that are rooted in genre, but twist and turn and deliver new ideas from a delightful cast of established and up-and-coming storytellers,” said editor in chief Sierra Hahn. “Is it 2024 yet?!”

Oni Press will dive deep into the ONI 2024 line-up at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 3:15 p.m. ET during the ONI PRESS: CLASS OF 2024 panel presentation in Room 406.2 with creators Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (Jill and the Killers), Melissa Flores (Nacelleverse), Matt Lesniewski (Faceless and the Family), Jarrett Melendez (Chef’s Kiss), Emmet Nahil (Let Me Out), Jordan Thomas (The Man From Maybe), Zac Thompson (Cemetery Kids Don’t Die), and LySandra Vuong (Covenant), alongside editor in chief Sierra Hahn and president and publisher Hunter Gorinson


Written by CULLEN BUNN 



Beyond excess, beyond ethics, beyond science . . . Enter a terrifying new experiment in pain from Eisner Award nominee Cullen Bunn (The Sixth GunBasilisk) and acclaimed illustrator Jesús Hervás (The Empty Man, Cyberpunk 2077)!

Dr. Carrie Reynolds was a veteran trauma surgeon with a godlike mastery of muscle and bone. But outside the operating room, her rigidly ordered life spiraled into chaos when her daughter, Heather—a recovering plastic surgery addict—suddenly disappeared, only to mysteriously reemerge in a catatonic state, her vocal cords removed . . . the latest in a series of victims scarred by a battery of brazenly cruel medical procedures that have baffled police and left an alarming number of once-ordinary citizens maimed, mutilated, or dead on arrival.

Deep beneath the streets of Carrie’s city, a new kind of underground hospital has opened its doors . . . and, once inside, there are no rules, no oaths, and no taboos too deep to not to be broken. Together, a new class of surgeon has sworn to pierce the final threshold of accepted medical orthodoxy one incision at a time.

The scalpel is their tool. The alleys are their operating theater. Murder is their medicine. And only Carrie can stop what they’re planning next . . .






A DOUBLE-SIZED AND DANGEROUS 48-PAGE DEBUT! Rising stars Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (Mary Shelley Monster Hunter) and Roberta Ingranata (Witchblade, Doctor Who) present a new kind of game where even murder is much more than it seems . . .

Returning to school after the unsolved disappearance of her mother, teenager Jill Estrada can’t wait for things to return to normal . . . even as her friends become compulsively obsessed with Box Killers, a true-crime subscription game where each month’s “unsolved case” is custom-tailored to the life of its player. There’s only one catch: Jill’s game seems to be all too real . . . and when her clues begin to connect to a series of disappearances in her town, Jill and her friends must uncover the truth behind these mysterious crimes before one of their own becomes the next victim.




Written by ZAC THOMPSON 



YOU’RE ONLY ALIVE IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . . Experience 2024’s most exhilarating, terrifying adventure downloading from critically acclaimed writer Zac Thompson (Hunt for the SkinwalkerThe Dregs) and blockbuster artist Daniel Irizarri (XINO, Judge Dredd)!

The 21st century sucks hard, but it’s been made somewhat tolerable by the latest and greatest media innovation to finally unseat the iPhone. Enter the Dreamwave: the first gaming console played entirely while you sleep. 

Now the obsession of millions around the globe, it’s also the one point of solace for four friends whose lives have been marred by trauma and dysfunction. Together, this group of ultra-online “Cemetery Kids” spend their nights roaming the open world of the most immersive and brutal horror game ever created: “Nightmare Cemetery.” Together they seek to dethrone an enigmatic humanoid monster known only as the “The King of Sleep.”

Which was fun—until one of them doesn’t wake up . . . and finds their consciousness locked inside a horror game that is anything but imaginary. Now, the three remaining Cemetery Kids must navigate the game’s forbidden landscape to rescue their friend . . . and pray that the secret lurking at its center doesn’t follow them home. 







From the mind of literary icon Barry Gifford—internationally renowned creator of Wild at Heart and cowriter of David Lynch’s neo-noir masterpiece Lost HighwayNight People is a pulsating roadmap of the American subconscious, where neon-lit Southern nights give way to lipstick, sweat, and blood, and the odd, the innocent, and the evil are all fellow travelers down an interstate of dark, elusive dreams. 

Adapted from Gifford’s acclaimed novel by breakout writer Chris Condon (That Texas BloodThe Enfield Gang Massacre) and a rotating cast of stunning artistic talents—including Brian Level (Poison Ivy), Alexandre Tefenkgi (The Good Asian), Artyom Topilin (I Hate This Place), and more—follow an uneasy cast of wanted men, cartel-killers, and lost souls through four interlocking tales as they travel a path of intoxication, lust, and spontaneous violence from New Orleans to Egypt City, Florida, and back again.

In our first tale of desperation, fanaticism, and murder: Two ex-convicts—a pair of inseparable lovers named Big Betty Stalcup and Miss Cutie Early—are out on parole using their newfound freedom to purify the world of men’s evil influence . . . and leaving a trail of mutilated bodies in their wake. As the psychotic dimensions of their star-crossed romance—and the twisting paths that first led them to their fateful meeting at the Fort Sumatra Detention Center for Wayward Women—come into full view, their experiment in righteousness culminates in the kidnapping of Rollo Lamar, a kindly attorney whom Betty and Cutie abduct just to see if they can reeducate at least one man on the planet before the demise of civilization.





Art & Cover by DOTUN AKANDE 

In an age thought forgotten . . . when man, monster, and the divine all strode the Earth . . . a lone warrior emerges to test the immortality of the cruel gods who would deal destruction with impunity . . .  He is a one-man reckoning that stands in defiance of his divine masters with a sword in hand and a thirst for godblood. His name: AKỌGUN THE BRUTALIZER!

In the tradition of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Thor, and the best-selling God of War franchise, superstars-in-the-making Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande—the creative duo behind I Am Iron Man and Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood—usher in a new epoch of African dark fantasy on the ancient continent of Alkebulan with a mythic cycle of cosmic destiny and unrelenting warfare colliding man against god . . . and blade against blade!

Told across three powerfully oversized chapters, steady your mind and spirit for a glorious new comics milestone revealing the fabled origin and battle-tested fury of . . . Akǫgun: Brutalizer of Gods!


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Steam Next Fest October 2023 (Part 1)

The following are descriptions of demos from the Steam Next Fest that caught my interest and which I actually was able to successfully complete enough to desire them in my library one day and to present to you as demos worth experiencing and games to put on your wishlists. The Steam Next Fest is a huge virtual show so I shall be presenting it in pieces so as not to bombard you or myself.

REVEIL: I got an early access to this game demo through Terminals. You’ll want this experience even though it’s a demo that leaves you with “more please”. Creepy, sad, and a lot of “What happened?”. Is it a dream, a nightmare, a delusion, a walking day dream through memory distorted through hellish nightscape or just through the breaking of the mind? Clowns, fun houses, circuses, what is past? what is present?

Take one part OLDBOY, one part Inception, a bite of Matrix, a little Shutter Island, and toss it in a blender with Final Fight and Streets of Rage, sprinkle with Ju-On, Akira, and some more horror and those ilk and you get a JIST of what this game is. This demo feels like it shows a lot but at the same time leaves you wondering what is truly happening. I was also amazed at how generous the ease was and I wonder if the final game is only using a side scroll beat-em-up as a story telling device instead of it being an actual beat-em-up. If so, I love that narrative concept.

A brilliant art style. The latest from the developers of Manual Samuel and Helheim Hassle and continuing that universe. A point and click and puzzle game with time travel manipulation (forwards, backwards and in between). Very clever, very fun to solve. Very interested on how big the game gets as you go along, as it feels it can get very big. Did I mention the art? Cause it’s so good… it looks like Manual Samuel but even better.

This is your daddy’s Flashback or even your Flashback. This sequel is a 3D rendered beautiful Open world scroller full of running, jumping, shooting, puzzles and story. The demo gives you a taste of the visuals, the gun play and an idea of where the story is going. It seems you’ll need to get a job, to raise money, to get a mech, to get info to save a friend. I’m sure along the way much more will happen. The demo gave me enough to know I’m in for the ride.

Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express:
A quiet subdued demo and which I hope the game itself is as such. Very good voice acting, an interesting visual design. Moving the story to modern times and creating something new while still revolving around the original mystery and Poroit’s style of investigation is fantastic. I enjoyed the most recent film versions by Kenneth Branagh but Christie work is so easily adapted and this seems to have done it quite well. Investigation work was simple, but will your intuition without enough evidence trip you up? The addition of more than one playable character is also special for this type of game.

THE GAP: A visual novel that you must pay deep attention to. There are in depth puzzles to solve, interactions to wonder. I reached the end with so much answered and yet so many questions. I also watched a streamer play through a more complete version with the Devs there for discussion. Knowing this is a two person project is also amazing. Alternate realites? Cures for neuro destruction? Excited for this.

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