Thursday, February 19, 2009

Off Topic: New Alice Videogame!

Breaking News: Electronic Arts just announced a sequel to my wife's favorite non Silent Hill video game: American McGee's Alice.

Kotaku's got the (scant) details on the (tentatively, I hope) titled The Return of American McGee's Alice.

For anyone who doesn't know or can't figure it out from the box cover, Alice is a dark re-imagining of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (sort of in the vein of those Todd McFarlane Wizard of Oz-gone-goth action figures from a few years ago) in the form of a third person shooter/platformer. It's been awhile, but I remember it having sort of "meh" gameplay with outstanding (for the time) visuals and design.

I can never put my finger on it, but there is a strange impression I occasionally get from videogames that I'm running around in a tiny, meticulously constructed diorama. The two most prominent examples I can think of are the first level of Alice and the '30s gangster level in Timesplitters 2.

I call it the House on the Rock effect and I think it is primarily created through the use of lighting.

Anywho, here is hoping that the new Alice game is sufficiently rockin'.

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