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May 31, 2008

On Video Games

I’ve been playing video games practically all my life, so it’s rare I find something new. But the past couple of days I’ve been missing the great stealth action of 60s-style spy thrillers No One Lives Forever 1 and 2, so decided to try out the Splinter Cell games to see if they offered something similar but in a modern setting.

They do, and they’re quite fun. But they also do something else: give me a gigantic headache. Now I’m not saying they’re too complicated and my head hurts thinking about them, in fact they’re quite fun. But I’ve played through half of the first one and after half an hour I develop an awful migraine. I’ve played literally hundreds of games, and this has never happened on a regular basis before. I guess for my health, I’m going to have to stop playing. Which is a shame as I’ve been enjoying them. I think it’s something to do with shifting between the high contrast black and white nightvision and normal, fairly dark modes. But testing this theory would hurt so I doubt I’ll bother.

It’s odd, I always knew games could cause such reactions in some people, but I figured I wasn’t one.


Edinburgh Comedy Festival

Writing about web page http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/article4036501.ece

So there’s a big row going on about the fact that the ‘Big Four’ venues in Edinburgh (Gilded Balloon, Assembly Rooms, Pleasance and Underbelly) have joined forces to package everything up in one brochure under one heading.

While I’m very much against it, it’s just another in the cynical marketing ploys that happen every year. For many years past these venues paired up with each other to make 2 big brochures instead of 4, and now we’re just getting one, it seemed an obvious step. Also having all the booking systems linked is fairly handy, as you can buy tickets for one venue at the box office for another.

This is nowhere near as bad as the stunt Avalon pulled a few years back, where they printed off brochures with a cover and design just like the Fringe program, and called it a “Fringe Highlights guide”, with only those in the know able to figure out it only actually had Avalon acts in it – your average punter would have taken it as an official festival production, with genuine ‘highlights’.

One thing that stood out for me in the article linked above was that they wanted to be ‘bigger than Glastonbury’ and this led me to thinking about the one case in which I would support this “Edinburgh Comedy Festival” and that’s if I could buy an “Edinburgh Comedy Festival” Ticket for say £150 like most other festival, and then get in to any shows I wanted to see that were at these venues. It’ll never happen though.


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