Monday, 31 January 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Once the probe is in geostationary position over the Carlisle launch site, they will remotely attempt to check their emails and go on Facebook before the battery runs out.
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute For Studies, said: "Outer space has always held a promise of strange new worlds and the idea of being able to use an iPhone for the primary function it was designed for does seem like some crazy science fiction film."
Experts hope that if the experiment succeeds thousands of iPhone owners can be subsequently blasted several hundred miles straight up into the air every week until they have all gone.
Brubaker added: "We'll tell them there's an app of a talking panda that only works in zero gravity.
"Meanwhile I see no reason why we can't also squeeze in a load of iPad arseholes on the promise there's a prototype of the iPad 2 on the moon.
"They paid 400 nicker for that fucking thing so of course they'll believe me."
iPhone user Wayne Hayes said: "I can't wait to see the majestic sapphire sphere of Earth nestling in the sable arms of the eternal cosmos and then type 'coooool' into Twitter."
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Friday, 21 January 2011
It's the start of the new year gaming release season, and today i was torn between Mass Effect 2 and Little Big Planet 2.. Tough one, but ME2 came out on top with a note to get LBP2 later on, but i fear there is just soo much hitting the shelves that's worth getting i will have to put many many games on that list.
Piiiiiiiiiiiiigsssss iiiiiiiin Spaaaaaaaaaaaace....
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
But the topic has been declared defunct after both sides put everything in context.
Tech blogger, Stephen Malley, said: "I had always been a rabid advocate of one of the companies because their doo-da was open source and delivered full multitasking. The issues arising from this seemed interesting and important to me.
"But last Tuesday I was posting simultaneously on several online forums to that effect when, overcome with annoyance by the mere thought of technological imperfection, I turned momentarily away from my monitor to stare out of the window.
"The sun was setting over the distant hills, and the late evening sky was a peaceful yet dramatic canvas of crimson and azure.
"The sudden sense of the enigmatic perfection of the universe was such that my soul seemed to leave my body via the top of my head and I imagined myself floating aloft, as much a part of nature as the birds and the trees. When it ended I found I was no longer concerned with non-Google syncing.
"A phone's a phone. In two year's time they'll all be buried in a landfill with a load of dirty nappies and rotting chicken carcases.
"Would you like to see my drawing of a tulip?"
Former telephone fanatic, Roy Hobbs, said: "I was so devoted to this phone, it was like being in a cult except without any of the group sex, UFOs or cool stuff.
"Sure it's terribly fancy, but I work for a company that makes incredibly bad television programmes not the Pentagon, so I really don't need an artificial brain in my pocket, irradiating my scrotum."
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Agarest: Generations of War
Been looking out for this since my brain imploded playing Disgaea.
Criminals across the country will be looking at their getaway cars with new uncertainty today because the police have unveiled a powerful weapon in the fight against crime.
The Lotus Evora police car is the fastest in the UK with a top speed of 168mph and a 0-60mph sprint of less than five seconds. Staying out of reach of the long arm of the law just became a lot more difficult.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Got a call yesterday from BB to say they had finally located the game disc for Blood Drive, so i picked it up afterwork, they knocked a fiver off for messing me around so it only stood me at 15 beer tokens in all. I have to say i am v.pleased with the game, it's not original by any means, arena based car combat! Carmageddon, Twisted Metal, Vigilante8, you should know the score. But it does have teh Zombeez!!1! The gameplay and controls are solid, the graphics pretty nice, someone said it used GTAs engine, not sure how true that is mind. And you know what, it's FUN (and cheap) and has that you gotta keep moving or you're deadness to it that Unreal Tourny has, there is no room/time to camp and when i hit my first 25Kill Streak i couldn't help but grin like a mad bastard, cars + weapons + cliches + zombies = a good laugh.
It has the sort of game modes you'd expect, capture the flag (skull), elimination, kill everything, head to head, checkpoint races. you pick you vehicle/driver at the start of the round and the roulette wheel spins to name your rival, you get bonus points for beating them, or killing them, it's up to you. There are no perks, XP, killstreaks or any of that bollocks, everyone starts on a level field each game. can't get much fair than that.
All in all, a big bowl of Frosted Flakes sprinkled with zombie bits of approval.
Friday, 7 January 2011
UPDATE: OK I've some massive backtracking to do here:
I dug out my bank statement which had the Toys R Us transaction on it for Feb last year, then I tracked down the well hidden support number for Playstation (it's 01923 476426, thanks saynoto0870.com) and made the call...
Call answered quickly, I explained the YLOD and the chap said this is no problem and a like for like (i.e. same age and model) refurbished unit will be couriered out on Monday for an 8am-6pm swap. I have to watch the courier open seals and give him my unit
I confirmed the serial number and place/date of purchase, this was all good enough, no fuss no bother - just a cheerful 'thanks thats fine'.
This is EXCELLENT SERVICE - really really impressed. He talked me though what I need to do, I kind of knew this anyway, so being Friday I've the following to do for Monday:
1 - get the sod started as is!
2 - run a backup of everything on there
3 - de-authorise my accounts so my limit of 5 is kept down.
4 - swap my hard-disk out and put back the original
5 - entertain my family on Sunday, they're all over for lasagne.!
Also regarding the 5 user limit, he mentioned that they can only address the limit if it is exceeded, so if I do have a problem getting this started I can call back, should my limit be reached. He mentioned gamesharing as a problem, fair do's.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: I paid way too much attention to hearsay on forums about Sony needing the receipts, sitting on repairs for months etc. whereas they now have a very efficient swap out service - well done Sony.
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Here are the top and bottom 5 games of 2010 by your favorite ex-pat hat wearing cynical gaming bastard. I'm with him totally for the top 3 in each catagory, what are your best/worst games of the last 52 weeks?
admittedly i was still playing the hell out of Borderlands for most of 2010, which should technically be my favorite game of the year. but i've gone cold turkey on that now. NOTHING before or since has even touched the replay value that game had. i may have spent similar hours on other games, but.. but... oh god i miss Borderlands.. sob sob sob pout sob...
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Monday, 3 January 2011
And is hooning A CRIME? Had a fun set of head-to-head races last night against my fellow petrolhead Serial_K113R, shame there is no LAN option in this game, which is a bit odd, but there's much that doesn't make sense in GT5... Online wasn't as smooth as i'd liked last night even on standard setting, with my mates car frequently jinking around in front of me on the track, bizzare seeing as he's practically sitting in the same room as me. i've had smoother games from people on the other side of the planet.
Well, back to work tomorrow.. joy.. kind of got used to dossing around like the great unwashed masses, can kind of see why they do it. If daytime tv wasn't so bad i'd have more time off ;P
Looking forward to Mass Effect 2 in a few weeks, shame it clashes with Little Big Planet 2, that can wait. 2011 is looking a bit bleak for me on games i'm really hyped for. Way too many sequels and not enough innovation for my tastes. says teh guy who has GT5.