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GAME REVIEW – Portal 2: Peer Review DLC (Xbox 360)

By Stewart Sutherland

Portal 2: Peer Review DLC

In the past, gamers could honestly protest against rubbish downloadable content – how it was disappointing, or should have been part of the main game. And sometimes DLC just plain costs too much. Valve has avoided these problems entirely – Peer Review for Portal 2 is first, incredible and second, free.

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GAME REVIEW – Snakes of Avalon (PC)

By Jamie Downes (Guest Writer)

Snakes of Avalon

If Snakes of Avalon were to be anthropomorphised, there is little doubt that it would instantly be arrested on multiple drink and drug charges. Its continuation as a theoretical being would see it go on to spend mere hours in a rehabilitation clinic before all concerned realised that no amount of help could possibly rectify the situation. Transportation to a mental-health institution would swiftly follow where it would be avoided at all costs; free to live out the remainder of its days in its own alternate universe, visible to no sane member of any population… ever. Returning this review to the real world however, Snakes of Avalon is a traditional point-and-click adventure title made with Adventure Game Studio (AGS); one which sees its unabashed insanity create a charm that is difficult to deny, and all too easy to become entirely engrossed by.

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The 7 Event Midwinterblood Blog Trail: Guest Post – “Every book I want to write is The Wicker Man…”

By Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick Midwinterblood Guest Post

Today, Alternative Magazine Online is proud to welcome award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick as he writes a guest post about his latest book, Midwinterblood!

“Every book I want to write is The Wicker Man…”

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FILM REVIEW – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By John Fanning (Guest Writer)

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Based on John Le Carré’s novel of the same name, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is director Tomas Alfredson’s latest adaptation of a well-known book. In 2008, the Swede’s version of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire horror story Let the Right One In achieved critical acclaim around the world, and with Tinker Tailor he seems certain to repeat that success. Alfredson is a master of context, his attention to detail effortlessly capturing the Zeitgeist. In Let the Right One In, he depicted the eerie isolation of a Stockholm suburb in the 1980s; in Tinker Tailor, he portrays the tiredness of 1970s Britain. This is a time of grey suits, typewriters and fallen empires, a world gripped by Cold War paranoia and political intrigue.

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FILM REVIEW – The Inbetweeners Movie

By Elena Cresci

The Inbetweeners Movie

Moving on up from their humble small screen beginnings, the motley foursome from the hit Channel 4 sitcom The Inbetweeners have moved on up to the big screen with The Inbetweeners Movie. The film version sees Will (Simon Bird), Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas) heading to Malia for a traditional lads holiday at one of the top Greek party destinations. What follows is a plotline unlikely to please the Greek tourist board but for the Inbetweeners boys, it’s awkward business as usual.

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BOOK REVIEW – A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom by James Howell

By Elena Cresci

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A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom is the debut offering from author James Howell. Touted on the official website as “a harrowing, savage and sexual exploration of a broken mind”, this thriller explores the world of a girl willing to go to extreme lengths to appease the boredom of her life. With her job as a regional reporter providing nothing but tedium for our ‘disturbed’ protagonist, Hannah’s attempts to appease her boredom lead her down a twisted path as her sanity quickly slips away.

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GAME REVIEW – Lume (PC)

By Stewart Sutherland

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A charming little labour of love, Lume is a game that comes with just the right blend of fun visuals, soothing sounds and clever puzzles. An indie game by State of Play, the title revolves around Lumie, a granddaughter on a mission to turn the lights back on, one at a time.

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