Archive for the 'Geekery' Category

Star Wars theme played on a floppy drive

June 9th, 2008 by Ian

The iPhone3g has just been announced, and it’s allegedly going to cost us $199. Interesting. I’m going to wait until the fight has died down and for now, stick with some old skool tech.

Star Wars + obsolete hardware. booyah.

Via hackszine.com

omg zerg rush kekekekek ^_^

March 10th, 2008 by Ian

I used to love RTS games but ever since the Command and Conquer games turned into a rubbish pile of EA crap, I’ve not had many good ones to play with. It’s a good news Starcraft II is on the way. It looks good and effects heavy, but I’ve also got a feeling that all the units will be balanced perfectly, the AI tuned and the story interesting as well. Basically, it’ll be nothing like the new C&C games that seem to fail on all accounts.

The new Zerg got unveiled in a trailer shown recently in Korea (where else?) and they look especially foreboding. This could be the first RTS I’ll buy in a very long time.

Bloody Zombies

February 26th, 2008 by Ian

Bloody ZombiesMore of this sort of thing please. ‘Bloody Zombies’ is an ‘experimental’ game. One man, a lawnmower and a load of Zombies. Yeaaaah boiiiii. It’s the perfect way to loose 5 minutes. Indie games ftw etc. etc. The only thing is, as it’s such a small project for the developer, he’s not added sound. I suggest the Shaun of the Dead soundtrack, in particular the 80’s Matchbox B Line Disaster.

You can download this little game from the makers website, Kloonigames. Apparently the chap is doing a new game every week, so it’s probably worth keeping a look at his blog.

GTA IV Trailer; finally

March 31st, 2007 by Ian

GTA 4 logoAfter keeping the gaming/geek community on edge for so long, Rockstar Games finally released the trailer for GTA IV this week. I actually spent enough time with the last two GTA games that I finished them. They’re great fun. Plus when they get released, it’s great to read the Daily Mail columns complaining about how they are corrupting our youth. arf. Not entirely sure when (or even if) we’ll see this on the PC. I hope we do; I don’t fancy selling a kidney so I can afford to buy a PS3 (seems no one else does either). The trailer isn’t all that action-packed, it’s more tantalising; drawing fans in to make a load of predictions about what absolutely every little bit means. Interestingly (well, for me anyway) it uses Philip Glass as a soundtrack, complete with trade mark formulaic cadences. Guess it makes a change from the expected Kim Wilde/Grandmaster Flash (and anything in-between) of the previous games.

View the video here. Warning though; the huge hi-def copy almost crippled my (admitedly long in the tooth) computer; low-res copies are also available.

Evolution under question by Brits

January 28th, 2006 by Ian

Bowie once didn’t sing; “Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, I’m evolved from a funkee monkey“. So fascinated have I been by the battles in US schools over the teaching of evolutionary theory that I never thought that we in the United Kingdom would be quite as sceptical of Mr. Darwins ideas. However, only 48% of us believe Darwins selected evolution theory to be correct and 40% of us think intelligent design should be taught in schools. If this is in Religious Education or Biology lessons the article doesn’t say. That’s the question which concerns me most.

The real cause of grief in the US isn’t; “Is the christian fundamentalists’ ideas on creationism correct”, but; “should I oppose the teaching of science in our childrens science lessons as my faith doesn’t recognise it as valid”. Fortunately this question isn’t being raised (yet!) as the division between scientific education and religion, or perhaps more importantly; the division between church and government, is perhaps a little more reasonable in the UK than it is in the US. Your thoughts, gentlemen please!

> View BBC news article

Intelligent Design isn’t just bad science, it’s bad religion

December 7th, 2005 by Ian

Flying Spagetti MonsterIf somebody told you that Intelligent Design Theory could have anti-Christian implications, you might get exasperated, and understandably so, given the political leanings of the theory’s proponents. But, in fact, the harder you look at Intelligent Design, the less genuinely Christian it feels.

The ID argument which seems to be raging quite fiercely in the US at the moment is one that I often find very interesting. This article at therevealer.org is a good one. It takes a somewhat less frequently seen approach and reminds us again that not all christians are creationists! I’ll be reading those comments just as soon as I get this exam out of the way. grrrrr…

It’s a hard time for Pastafarians at Christmas who must be asking WWFSMD? Bless ’em.