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Alice Madness Is My Abner Shark

Oh no. No, no, no. Alice in Wonderland has always, always freaked me out. There’s something about how those characters have always been depicted that makes me want to run and hide behind the furniture. They are the sharks to my Abner, you might say. The latest trailer for American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns, A Game By American McGee, You Know, American McGee? is just too damn freaky for me to even consider playing. That spider looking teapot? Hells to the no.

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Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

11 thoughts to “Alice Madness Is My Abner Shark”

  1. Maybe I’m weird but I think that looks totally awesome. Every game that does NOT feature soldiers of some sort is a huge plus for me, and that game looks exactly like my kind of craziness. Of course I need to know how it will play, but I’m much more likely to buy this than Battlefield 3.

  2. Oh, I think it looks AMAZING. I just can’t play it. Because I’m scared. Like, really, really scared.

  3. Looking forward to this one. I like the look of the combat, though I think I’m mainly drawn to it because I feel they can make an awesome story out of what they’ve got.

  4. Looks like McGee finally caught on that he hasn’t been relevant in over a decade and is trying to cash in on the last thing he did that was any good. That said, it does still look pretty cool, visually, and I liked the first one enough to give it a chance.

  5. As someone who really, really liked the first game… I’m not quite convinced of this one yet. The ending of the first game was a really great moment in gaming for me. Though it’s hard to say if my older self wizened by newer paradigms in design would find it as compelling…

    I found the rendition of the Cheshire Cat extremely compelling, so I’m glad to see that he’s been resurrected at least. The spaces look much less intimate than in the first game, which strikes me as a bit odd.

    Though I do agree with the following commenter… poor American McGee is still trying to recapture a bit of the old glory… to find relevance in the post 90′s world… it’s honestly hard to predict how this will be perceived now so much closer to Tim Burton’s inevitably similar take on the material…

  6. If you don’t mind articulating… why does this scare you?

    I think it’s pretty hokey honestly… I like the visual design; it’s just very cartoony. It’s certainly no Silent Hill 2.

  7. I’ve always been freaked out by the Alice in Wonderland stuff. I have no idea why. I think that this stuff is just an amped up version of something that already freaks me out, hence the aversion. Like Bill and his digital sharks.

  8. I always wondered if American McGee went around trying to leverage his compeltely irrelevant name at different places…like getting reservations for a high-end restaraunt that’s booked- “Don’t you know who I am? I’m American McGee!”

    Seeing his name on top of a product like it’s some kind of selling point is so funny to me. It’s one thing if you’re Steven Spielberg or Sid Meier but it’s another if you’re…American McGee.

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