This is a shamelessly short post just to let you know that I’m still here. My move to the sunny shores of Australia is progressing and entering into its final stages. I envisage my posts being sporadic to non-existent for the next month.
That doesn’t mean that I haven’t got anything to say. A Christmas tree/Plasma screen interface has meant that I’ve ended up with a new 3D capable 42″ Panasonic ST50 plasma TV. This new bit of kit has got me going through all my 3D-enabled games to see what the fuss is all about. Watch this space for Vic B’Stard’s take on 3D gaming.
Other than that it has been a bit quite of late. The arrival of the highly regarded Max Payne 3 did seem to be set to shatter the peaceful second quarter of the year and kick off the early run up to what promises to be another Christmas of madness.
For me, as a former PlayStation and PlayStation 2 owner, the term “driving simulator” was synonymous with the Gran Turismo series.
Then, one day, I played Forza 2.
Whilst Gran Turismo‘s cars would come out of scrapes unscathed, Forza‘s cars got visibly beaten and battered if driven irresponsibly. And then there was the Forza auction house. I spent hours buying a selling cars, right up to the point were I suffered a two-week ban for dealing in cars with adult-themed and thus contraband paint-jobs. A situation brought on by a combination of naivety and greed (boy those nudie cars earnt me some serious cash).
Felicia Day and her cronies from hit web show The Guild have release a video for theirgeek anthem, I’m the One That’s Cool.
The video highlights the day-to-day struggles that being a member of geekdom brings, waxing lyrical about having to deal with all the cool kids that may find a game of Magic: The Gathering…well…a bit sad. It is a great track and forms part of something calledGeek & Sundry, Day’s new nerd hub.
The inspirational French artist Jean Giraud AKA Moebius passed away on 10 March 2012 in Paris. He was 73.
Moebius was most famous for his contributions to the magazine that he co-founded, Métal Hurlant, known in the English-speaking world as Heavy Metal. Moebius’s distinctive art style inspired the likes of Ridley Scott, who used his designs in the 1979 film Alien and inspired the visual style of Scott’s sci-fi followup, Blade Runner. Continue reading RIP Moebius. Jean Giraud has passed away→
The success of Star Wars owes everything to the look and feel of the universe that the films portrayed on the big screen.
Unlike the whitewashed sci-fi visuals that had gone before, Star Wars looked lived in, the worlds and the spaceships all looked like they could actually have existed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. This is all down to Ralph McQuarrie. Continue reading Ralph McQuarrie has passed away→