Lucy Orr

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Having a scientist Dad, Lucy Orr grew up close to CERN and FERMILAB. Although surely exposed to high dosages of radiation, sadly her mutant talents never manifested, so she had to resort to playing MUDs, programming BASIC and reading comics. Now an expansively tattooed lecturer in digital arts and animation, she finds enough time to review games in between petting ferrets, drinking cider and listening to pop punk.

Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

1982 was a good year for sci-fi cinema. ET, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Tron, The Thing. All great in their own ways. It was also the year Blade Runner came out. Ridley Scott's telling of Philip K Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? didn't make the top 20 of most-grossing films that year – ET was number one …
Lucy Orr, 4 Oct 2017
X Wing Rogue One

Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

Star Wars New Hope @ 40 In the 40 years since the release of the original Star Wars, special effects have changed beyond recognition. Computers – critical to today's generation of Star Wars successors – were relatively rare during the mid 1970s. Expensive and huge, they were the preserve of governments, universities and big corporations. Personal …
Lucy Orr, 25 May 2017
Judge Dredd®. © 2017 Rebellion A/S. All rights reserved. Judge Dredd is a registered trademark. McCoy Wynne Photography

Master of Dredd: Judge inker John Higgins speaks to The Reg

Say the words "Judge" and "Dredd" and one name should rather forcefully present itself. Not Sylvester Stallone nor Karl Urban, who played the legendary futuristic lawman in two celluloid interpretations (one dreddful, one ace) of the comic book classic. No, it's John Higgins – the Liverpudlian comic book artist who helped …
Lucy Orr, 4 May 2017
Monopoly photo via Shutterstock

WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

With Christmas Day within sight, it’s time to dust off your Monopoly set and concentrate on your Settler’s strategy. Or, maybe, consider some new board-game purchases. It’s not just me caught up in this wave of nostalgia – venerated institution the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting a major board game retrospective. Of late, …
Lucy Orr, 15 Dec 2016
Arnie Total Recall

Brain plague or estate agents? I know which I'd prefer in Virtual Reality

Life in a London firm is tough: it’s full of jewel heists, flying bullets and car chases. Well, this was the case during my last foray into Virtual Reality. London Heist is one of the showcase games for Sony’s PlayStation VR experience from Sony and it’s virtually perfect, making me feel like the lead in a Guy Richie gangster …
Lucy Orr, 26 Sep 2016
Star Trek bridge crew VR Ubisoft screen shot

Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

Star Trek @ 50 Visiting the new Star Trek Exhibition in Blackpool recently I was reminded of my soft spot for quark – no, not the elementary particle or the curdled dairy treat but that ugly little alien who runs a strip bar in Deep Space Nine. I say “reminded” because things have changed considerably for the franchise since the Federation …
Lucy Orr, 8 Sep 2016
2001: A Space Odyssey

I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

Stephen Hawking is scared. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Hawking has said. With the creeping integration of soft AI into our lives in the form of Siri and personalized ads on social media, these computational mini-minds serve as a constant reminder that the evolution …
Lucy Orr, 29 Jan 2016
Battlefleet Gothic. Pic: Games Workshop

Total War: Warhammer, Blood Bowl and other Games Workshop table-to-screen delights

Game Theory Who didn’t play at least one Games Workshop game growing up? I remember still being in my early twenties and having a full blown Space Marine versus Eldar battle playing out across the kitchen floor of my small apartment, above a cheese shop in Toronto. Battlefleet Gothic. Pic: Games Workshop Battlefleet Gothic: One of the …
Lucy Orr, 22 Sep 2015
Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Reviewed: Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Until Dawn, Hearthstone expansion and more

Game Theory If you're waiting on the release of Bloodbowl 2 or an imminent Skaven battle, luckily there several games that can act as a welcome diversion before the avalanche of AAA titles arrive this autumn. There’s something for everyone here, from Steam indie RPGs to PS4 exclusives for the kids – and even a jousting tortoise. Shadowrun …
Lucy Orr, 14 Sep 2015
Far Cry 4

Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

Feature The other week a Viewsonic VX2475Smhl-4K monitor, boasting a 3840x2160 resolution running at 60Hz – though only 24-inches of it – shows up at my door. I’m happy as a clam until it dawns on me that this isn’t a job my faithful little NUC, the Gigabyte Brix Pro, is up to. I was going to need a rig and a half, probably costing more …
Lucy Orr, 4 Sep 2015
Mad Max PC video game

Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

Game Theory Having watched Mad Max: Fury Road I’ve been gagging to get my hands on my Magnum Opus car in the new Mad Max game. Up until the game’s release, all I have had to entertain myself has been news of the controversially rapey Furiosa comic and, joy of joys, a baking friend’s discovery for instant War Boy: silver spray icing. Lucy …
Lucy Orr, 3 Sep 2015
Parrot Minidrone Jumping Sumo

Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

Product Roundup Bored of summer yet? I'm guessing that you, just like everyone else, assumed that as a lecturer, I get the summer off. No chance. Yet on the days I do escape this hellhole of forthcoming teenage subjugation, I am keeping myself busy – during unpredictable lightning storms, or sweltering and unseasonable conditions – playing with …
Lucy Orr, 17 Aug 2015
Micro Machines

The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines

Antique Code Show The last couple of months have seen the release of MotoGP and F1 2015. Just round the corner is the new Xbox exclusive Forza 6, so there are plenty of driving games around if you feel the need for speed. Micro Machines Beat the machine or challenge a mate My driving skills were honed in simpler times on the Codemasters …
Lucy Orr, 30 Jul 2015
Sony Project Morpheus headset

Project Morpheus VR headset hands-on at the Sony Summer Showcase

Video This year’s E3 saw a bunch more titles added to the Project Morpheus roster and now it seems like the release date for this Sony VR headset is just around the corner – the first quarter of 2016, apparently. At the recent PlayStation Summer Showcase in London, I was given the chance to n00B it up on some of these titles. Sony …
Lucy Orr, 20 Jul 2015
Batman: Arkham Knight

Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

Game Theory Rocksteady Studios has stated that Batman: Arkham Knight is the last game of the franchise. Fans are in for a real treat. I really enjoyed Batman: Arkham City (2011) with its sense of progression but then thought the shock gloves were excessively overpowered in Batman: Arkham Origins (2013), making combat heavy handed. Batman …
Lucy Orr, 22 Jun 2015
Secret Cinema – Empire Strikes Back. Image credit: Paul Cochrane

Reg scribe feels disturbance in the force at secret Empire Strikes Back screening

Film Review Last week, I was transported to a galaxy far, far away (well OK, Sarf London) to barter with Jawas. Life’s hard when you’re a Jedi kitted out in eBay's finest robes, especially after a night drinking Spice Smugglers at the Mos Eisley Cantina. Secret Cinema started back in 2007 with an idea nicked straight from the cult classic …
Lucy Orr, 21 Jun 2015
Festival of the Spoken Nerd. Image credit: Kitty Walker

Stand-up and be counted²: Nerd is the funny word

Comedy Review Anyone who, like me, is keen to add an educational twist to traditional comedy or circus skills should check out these three geeky Edinburgh previews. With any luck, you'll be able to watch the shows at your local playhouse. As for me, I managed to pull myself away from the latest episode of King of the Nerds to join my fellow …
Lucy Orr, 6 Jun 2015
Against Captain's Orders. Image credit: Paul J Cochrane

Against Captain’s Orders – a half-term swashbuckling, squash-clutching adventure

Theatre Review There's no sign of Captain Pugwash as I make my way through the streets of Greenwich to the National Maritime Museum, although I do surprisingly spot several swashbuckling Jack Sparrows. After some initial confusion as to why I'm not a child or don’t have a kid with me, I manage to convince those in charge that – since I have …
Lucy Orr, 24 May 2015
New World Computing Inc, King's Bounty

King's Bounty (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon

Antique Code Show So as Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt stakes its claim as RPG of the millennium, I figured it’s time to look back on a turn-based fantasy questing classic of yesteryear, which definitely doesn’t feature any stuffed unicorn sex. New World Computing Inc, King's Bounty Hunt the sceptre: King's Bounty makes a splash King’s Bounty is …
Lucy Orr, 21 May 2015
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

Game Theory So, I've had sex with three women this week, and before you ask I haven’t changed sexual preference and succumbed to any Sapphic tendencies. No, it’s because I’m balls deep in what may be the defining action RPG of our time — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt As I walked out one midsummer morning... The world …
Lucy Orr, 19 May 2015
Munchkin Adventure Time

Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games

Product Roundup The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, so why not prepare for a wet weekend, as is the tradition, and go in search of some backstabbing board games? These games can involve working co-operatively with my fellow players, which can be rewarding, but you can always change your mind and there’s nothing like sadistic satisfaction of …
Lucy Orr, 2 May 2015
Golem. Pic credit: Bernhard Mueller

Golem: Prominent plasticine phallus caught in tech consumerist nightmare

Theatre Review Golem, coming straight from a critically acclaimed run at London's Young Vic, presents us with a modernist cautionary tale of mass media manipulation and conspicuous consumerism. Foremost in my mind on attending this show produced by multi award-winning theatre company 1927 – well-known for its visually arresting performance …
Lucy Orr, 26 Apr 2015
Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat: Brawler gaming's quintessential gorefest

Antique Code Show This month sees the release of the tenth (yes tenth) major Mortal Kombat reboot, Mortal Kombat X. Along with my favourite X-ray bone crunching moves, NetherRealm is promoting new features, such as some bound-to-shock brand new fatalities and, wait for it... LESS flesh on display for the female characters. With these enticements …
Lucy Orr, 21 Apr 2015
Alice in Alice's Adventures Underground. Pic credit: Jason Joyce

Alice's Adventures Underground: Don't be late for this very important date

Theatre Review As I head down to the revived Vaults below London's Waterloo, I figure that the Jabberwocky must be up to some mischief as the performance starts an hour and a half late due to a power outage. This wait, combined with an open bar, could see the opening gala of Alice’s Adventures Underground become more of a scene from an …
Lucy Orr, 19 Apr 2015
Logitech G430

Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

Product roundup After receiving an email with the recommended specs needed to run Witcher 3, I reckoned that if I’m going to have to update my graphics card, then I might as well update my headset too. Experiencing immersive surround sound and can make a huge difference to enjoying high-intensity games where split-second decision-making means …
Lucy Orr, 3 Apr 2015

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