You Don’t Know Jack

20 03 2007

I remember, way back in the distant past of my A Levels, when all I would do is play Magic and bugger around with the schools lighting rig; drinking black coffee and eating Wheat Crunchies. Such times they were, an innocent time: a better time.

In between listening to Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson (they were still cool then), I played computer games. Of course back then they’d just invented 3D cards that you didn’t have to plug your regular old 2D one though. Back on topic; Ralph gave me a freebie copy of You Don’t Know Jack, kind of a PC quiz game. I played it so much I could remember all the questions, as well as all the interstitial chatting.

I’m absolutely thrilled with the news that YDKJ now posts free quizzes online. I’m so excited it put me off my game and I scored -$24,411 Hooray for me!

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Anamanaguchi Barred from Entry

15 03 2007

This is a bit of a follow-up to last weeks post about fingerprinting the UK’s kids.

This week Destructoid reports that indie band Anamanaguchi (who make music with a NES sound chip) were denied entry to the UK on the grounds that they would pose a threat to the domestic workforce

Err, wah?

It’s a bit of a shame, since we were planning (well, half planning) to go and see them. Boo to immigration control!
[Via Destructoid]





No Guitar Hero Wireless

14 03 2007

Whilst shopping for a copy of GTA in order to exploit (read: actually use) my PSP I got chatting the bloke in Gamestation who told me with all certainty that the rep who had been in that very day had informed him that wireless controllers for the upcoming GHII on Xbox 360 would not be financially viable. Hence all my dreams of powersliding and such have been shot up in smoke.

This is borne out by reports here and here, and apparently there are talks with a third party manufacturer, but I’m so disappointed I could cry.

UPDATE: I wrote this on Monday, I’ve no idea why this didn’t go out as it should have 😦





Kitty Consternation

5 03 2007

I like this webcomic, it is entirely factual.

I have found myself enthusing to Menchi that he is the cutest wikkle kitty evar. I am weak.





Fingerprint Your Kids: Better Safe Than Sorry

5 03 2007

The Beeb reports that everybody’s favourite government (the UK’s for those not paying attention) is planning to fingerprint children for passports.
What’s next, numbers tatooed into our forearms? Mayhap I’m over reacting, but having a fingerprint database of children just seems all kinds of wrong. They justfy keeping our biometrics for ID cards to ‘prevent terrorism’, so what’s their excuse for kids?
I would really like to know what Labour’s long term plan is. I figure under the skin RFID tags and readers in every lamp post, they already want to tag our cars. Seriously, what is the real reason for all this terrorist scapegoating and sneaking in surveillance measures?





Howto: Effectively Manage Uppity Websites

2 03 2007

This story is really travelling the internet, so it’s high time I chucked my penneth’s worth into the ring.

For those too lazy to read the link, Sony is refusing further exclusive press contact to the gaming blog Kotaku, after they ran a rumour story about their plans to release a hybrid Mii/XBL achievements function to the PS3.

What I would really like to know is how Sony still keeps selling products. Their PR is universally worse than just about any manufacturing company out there (except maybe Cillit Bang). Alongside this new steaming pile, they also got called up for spraying graffiti onto non-consenting buildings, the vomit worthy All I Want for Xmas is a PSP fiasco, giving shite reasons for inflating the UK PS3 price and coming up with possibly the worst DRM implementation ever. That’s not even mentioning them backtracking on the ‘next-gen-ness’ of rumble, expecting customers to get a third mortgage to play Gran Turismo HD and trying to convince us that £425 is ‘cheap’.

Well this is it, Sony can go swing for all I care. I like their hardware, but if they keep throwing their weight behind ventures that show nothing but contempt for their consumers, they can take their PS3 and insert it into their proverbial. I can play most of the games on my 360, and if I want to pay extortionate amounts for an HD DVD player which nobody gives a tin shit about, I have the option to; it doesn’t get forced down my throat. It seems strange that I’m rooting for a Microsoft product here. Sure the 360 is slightly louder than my spin-dryer, and forces me to use Windows Media Centre to play videos on it but at least Microsoft don’t act like all gamers are cattle to the inevitable cull.





Simple Things

1 03 2007

I just noticed the amount of unread emails I have.