All entries for August 2005
August 25, 2005
Dear ladies and gentlemen, I have just been violated in the mouth. I was poked, prodded, polished and flossed in a violent manner. Yes, i mean flossed.
After this rather painful experience, I had the pleasure of being told that my teeth were fine, and shown a rather patronising video about how to brush them. However my wallet obviously wasn't looking as good as my teeth, so they decided to perform emergency surgery and extracted £50 from it. What the hell happened to NHS dental care??
Note to self: Get a new dentist.
August 17, 2005
Ok so I'm jumping on the game review bandwagon, now that it's here in an official capacity (thanks Mat or whoever was responsible). I'm not going to do a full review, but I want to draw your attention to one of the best games of recent years, and one that was sadly overlooked by so many people.
Beyond Good & Evil is a game unlike any other I have played. While on the surface the game mechanics are similar to those of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Ubisoft's other much-overlooked Christmas 2003 game), the actual experience is completely different. Beyond Good & Evil is an adventure game – an interactive story about war, propaganda, friendship, and the struggle to expose the truth. As Jade, reporter and photographer for the IRIS network, your job is to do just that. (On a side-note, Alyx from HL2 looks suspiciously like Jade's less interesting sister.)
The game features wonderfully stylised graphics (which obviously look better on a PC than any console), some great set-pieces, and in my opinion, the best music in any game ever.
It isn't perfect – there are times when the controls are a bit annoying, and the PC version can have an annoying bug about half way through – but it comes closer to perfection than anything else I've seen in the last 3 years. That the 2 sequels which were originally announced seem to have been shelved for good is a crying shame, and I would encourage everyone who enjoyed the game to find and sign as many internet petitions requesting these sequels as possible (and there are quite a few). Rarely does a game provide this much innocent pleasure.
9/10 (Yes, 5/5 can = 9/10 dammit)
August 16, 2005
August 15, 2005
The above picture tells you two things:
- I have 1337 m1N35w33P3r 5k1llz
- I have waaay too much time on my hands
Anyway, how do you fair?
August 06, 2005
In 11 days my ITS user account expires, as the two scary emails I've received recently have told me. While I admittedly haven't been using this thing much of late – I've gone elsewhere – I would still like to maintain it for the odd occasions in the future when it will be useful.
I joined the WGA for two reasons – 1) to get cheaper access to the sports center next year, and 2) to be able to continue using this blog.
1) Hasn't worked out very well. It costs £132 to join the sports center as a WGA member, a reduction from the £144 you pay otherwise. A year's membership to the WGA costs, yes, £20. Spot the discount…oh wait…it actually costs MORE this way. What utter cheek! Only at Warwick…
Anyway, with regards to 2) (and the POINT of this post), I haven't heard anything yet from anyone. Can someone please tell me what is going on?
Thank you for your time,