Archive for the 'Gaming' Category


Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Last week I bought an xbox 360. My justification, and believe me, I had to have one, was that we needed a bridge between our home network and the main TV. This has been an obvious gap in our otherwise comprehensively digital lifestyle (CDLâ„¢), and of all the options the xbox was just about the […]

Snow Crash in Second Life

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

3pointD is reporting that Neil Stephenson’s prescient cyberpunk novel Snow Crash is coming to Second Life. A Robotperson favourite (how could you not love a story where the main character is called Hiro Protagonist), Snow Crash is credited as inspiration behind SL, so there’s the relevance. But what does it mean to bring a book […]

Super Monkey scrubs

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

According to US research, video-game players make better surgeons. The study … showed that video-game players make better laparoscopic surgeons. They scored 40 percent higher on the “Top Gun” laparoscopic suture-training course than their non-video-playing counterparts. Do they also get to ride their motorbikes into the sunset without helmets, and snog the instructor? (with tongues).

PS3: £425

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 3 will retail for an astonishing £425 in the UK, £109 more than the US retail dollar equivalent. Doh! “It’s got blu-ray” is not nearly enough to persuade this robot that it’ll be worth that kind of outlay. I won’t be going near the PS3 until the price drops […]


Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

First impressions of the PS3 at the E³ Insider official website. Screenshots are both impressive, and, at the same time, nothing really new. I’m utterly unconvinced that the jump in processing power will bring any advancement in gameplay. The controller is out, too, and after all the brouhaha about the concept ‘boomerang’ controller, this duplicate […]

PSP update

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I’ve had a few weeks to get used to the PSP and whilst it’s undeniably sexy to look at, I thought that my impressions of actually using it might be interesting: Battery life is excellent. I’m not very good about remembering to charge it but I haven’t had a crap-out yet. The ergonomics are okay, […]

Gaming links

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Early history of real money trades in MMORPG’s Cosplay girls in Akihabara geek cafés. I really should have checked this out. Half Life 2 domino effect machine on Google video. Definitions: retcon, fanon What WarioWare can teach us about Game Design. Wario Ware is going to be the first game I run on the PSP […]

PSP problems

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I’ve had something of a reverse Midas touch when it’s come to consumer electronics recently. Everything gold I’ve touched has turned to shit. At Christmas I bricked Lara’s iPod mini whilst trying to change the battery. I don’t want to go into details as the memory is still painful – financially, partly, as I had […]

Destroy them all

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Last weekend I burned a good 10 hours playing Gradius on the PS2. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a session like that. It felt pretty good. The game is a truely old-school shoot-em-up. I fed the Gradius II coin-op, in the 6th form common room, many 10p’s (it’s still the only coin-op […]


Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

The arrival of an X-box has re-ignited some gaming passion in me. My brother bought it for me as a thank you, and I would like to publicly thank him back because it’s excellent. More accurately, Halo is excellent. Very excellent. When contrasted with some of the other games I have, Indiana Jones and the […]