My Electronics are on Strike

Computer says NO

I have had a horrible technological weekend.

My laptop has been dead in the water for 7 months, a laptop that I used every single day, every day. It was my entertainment centre, and web portal. I loved it dearly, and it’s charger went fuut.

My other PC is 6 years out of date, shouldn’t be considered, but I was forced to shlep around with it instead. I hate it very much, and it refuses to do anything more complicated than to moan at me.

My cellphone is also a little out of date, but really, it’s been working fine, until my Opera Mini app keeps seizing, crashing and generally doing things that it was doing fine 2 months ago. I guess I shouldn’t have dropped it, but I mean, really, it’s not a smartphone, far from ‘sensitive equipment’.

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Assassin’s Creed: Conspiracy what-what?

Assassin's Creed cover.

Image via Wikipedia

I recently finished Assassin’s Creed 2. Yes, I know, it released over a year ago, but I went through a bit of a dry spell with new releases in 2010. I’ve still got about 7 AAA titles I have to work through, oh my, the horror…

Anyway, With Assassin’s Creed 1, I lest than impressed with the repetition of fetch quests, eavesdrop and other bad game design choices. Those were thankfully removed or improved in its direct sequel, Assassin’s Creed 2. A better era to screw around in (Renaissance Italy), more weapons, better designed cities that looked lovely and awesome scenes, in-game and in-cutscene. And the story is amazing. Really, I could see this in a movie house not too long from now. Really. Continue reading

WGA-Videogame Writing Nominees, Found Lacking

The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominees of Outstanding Achievement in video game writing, 2010. This is great news, as it helps the reputation of gaming as a whole, giving it some credibility, as does the BAFTA awards.

The Nominees

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,
  • Fallout: New Vegas,
  • God of War III,
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands,
  • Singularity,
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

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A Smashing Phone Experience

Dropped my phone last night. I drop it more often than I’d like, but it never seemed to mind, kept working fine, and usually didn’t even switch off.
‘Till now.

I dropped it trying to get it out of my jeans pocket, while trying to exit the kitchen. Slight slip and my phone now has a crystalline pattern all over the screen, with some lovely looking bruises that seem to be spreading. Lovely.

Well, this obviously pissed me off to no end, but I think repairs will be cheap enough, it’s easy to dismantle this phone. But it got me thinking, my contract upgrades in April next year. It’s a bit far when you consider all the phone coming out in South Africa now, namely the HTC Desire HD.


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Apple Only Likes You For The Money

I should explain. Apple, the fruit, not the company, is a crunchy, juicy and flavoury treat that is grows widely and helps keep the doctor away.
Apple, the Company, is a giant bully that makes great products, sells them for exorbitant prices, and would feed you your foot at a 50% mark-up if they could just put a brand on it. It does not help keep the doctor away. Oh, and they label every thing with a prefix of i-.

The iMac, iPod, iPhone, iTouch (naughty naughty). All lovely products, I have owned two of those products. I know people who only use Apple products. It really is a great company, and they have always been there. They used to the tool of nerds and trendy people, and … it still is, but in a cooler way.
If you don’t have an Apple product, it can be said that you aren’t really living in the tech world. For some this is true, others not, but we all can see a great big flag of INFLUENCE flying over the headquarters of Apple. Underneath is a smaller flag saying BOW DOWN, but that gets less press.
Well, I feel I should take on a giant. Imma regular David.

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DRM – Damn Right it’s Mine!

DRM – Digital Rights Management. The latest in war against Piracy. Well, not the latest, but the current trend. DRM, put loosely, is a way for a company, or publisher, to make sure that a piece of their digital product gets used by a purchaser, and only that purchaser. To stop copying and and thus, stop the loss of revenue. I think. It could be used to piss us off.

There have been many different ways of implementing DRM, from the very subtle, to the very intrusive, in your face methods, some of which can hurt your PC’s performance. (Please note, for Gaming, a console never gets these issues. Eat it PC fanboys)
DRM is different to other anti-piracy methods, as Wikipedia explains. “The term (DRM) is used to describe any technology which inhibits uses (legitimate or otherwise) of digital content that was not desired or foreseen by the content provider”. So in layman, DRM restricts the way something is used by the user, whether legal or not. It’s a double-edged sword. The company protects itself, but it hurts legitimate users. So they look elsewhere, or simply pirate. And the pirate version does not feature these restrictions, so the DRM only ever affects the legal user. WTF?? That’s arresting someone for being capable of murder. You know, they do have hands! It’s targeting the wrong people.

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Kick-Ass Will Kick a Spartan's Ass

Kick-Ass won’t be an amazing film. It won’t break ground, and change peoples minds about comic book movies. Everyone who is going to see this movie wanted to see this type of movie. I mean all this in all the good ways. This will be the new 300. Technically, is shouldn’t be great, but it will be, and it will make millions of dollars, it will trend on twitter, and will become a meme in and of its own. But not amazing, in the classical sense.

Just like 300.
This will be good Cinema, like you would say good TV. You put your mind on snooze, looked at the pretty colours, laughed at all the ironic and droll humour, you enjoyed the movie for what it was. It does have some social commentary, but it won’t be forced down your thought. Popcorn will be, as this is a popcorn movie, not trying to be more. Which is nice. Think of it in the same vein as Transformers. By no stretch of the imagination will it be the new way of doing things, but it made its money, that’s really what they wanted.