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Rocky Says No More December 8, 2006

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I’ve got a new blog called NosyParka, so in future I’ll be posting to that instead of this one. So there you go.

I haven’t yet had time to customise the design – at the moment it’s using the same WordPress theme as this one – but have patience, my young padawan, hopefully I’ll get time sooner rather than later to personalise it a bit.

Colour Like No Other October 17, 2006

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Sony’s long awaited second Bravia ad is now available to view on the official campaign website. Having just watched it through, I can’t say I was impressed with it as much as I was with the ‘Balls’ ad. It’s still head and shoulders above most ad campaigns though, and you’ve got to appreciate the amount of work that’s gone into making this

Lost Season 3 Episode 1 – Sneak Peek October 3, 2006

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So season 3 of Lost premieres on American TV tomorrow. Lord knows when it’ll premiere in the UK; season 2 only finished last week! Anyway, here’s a sneak-peek trailer of a scene from season 3, episode 1

Assassin’s Creed on Xbox 360 September 28, 2006

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Amazing in-game footage from the X06 press event in Barcelona.

Incidentally, Virgin Megastores across the UK had an offer on this morning for a 360 Core System for £99, although they were in very limited numbers (something like five per store) and were being sold on a first come first served basis. I considered turning up outside our local store at 6am to try and get to the front of the queue, but having read blog posts on the chaos that ensued at stores in London and Leeds (one blogger commented that people were like animals, grabbing anything and everything they could lay their hands on), I’m glad I stayed in bed. I still want one though. Maybe there will be a price drop on the Premium system when the PS3 is finally launched here next year – fingers crossed

Surprise surprise – PlayStation3 delayed in Europe September 6, 2006

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Well spank me silly with a wiry brush – just days after the launch of the official European PS3 website, Sony have announced that us poor unfortunates in Europe won’t be getting our grubby hands on their new wonder box until March next year. According to Sony, the delay is due to problems with “the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode within the Sony Group, thus affecting the timely procurement of key components to be utilised in PlayStation 3”. The North American and Japanese launches are still due to go ahead this November though. My guess it that Sony want to make sure they’ve got enough consoles for the States and Japan, and the most obvious way to do that is to continue their long held tradition of shafting European gamers. Why don’t Sony just hand over the European games market to Microsoft now, and save embarassment later?!

inflatable ladies slip out of hands August 30, 2006

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This could be filed as ‘Most Bizarre Story of The Week by Miles’, or it could be filed under ‘Well What Did You Expect?!’

At this year’s Bubble Baba Sex Dolls Rafting Tournament (what do you mean you’ve never heard of it?) near St Petersburg, a competitor has been disqualified for sexually abusing his apparatus. As Igor Osipov approached the finish line, the jury noticed Osipov’s strange position and told him to moor. Sure enough, when he came out of the water, spectators saw “signs of recent sexual activity on the swimmer’s doll”, according to mosnews.com. The jury found the swimmer guilty of sexual abuse of the apparatus and disqualified him. Air sex dolls can be used only for swimming, organisers said. Now there’s an interesting point…is it possible to sexually abuse a sex doll? How far is too far?

Image courtesy of www.bubblebabachallenge.ru

That’s a lot of paint August 18, 2006

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70,000 litres of paint
358 single bottle bombs
33 sextuple air cluster bombs
22 Triple hung cluster bombs
268 mortars
33 Triple Mortars
22 Double mortars
358 meters of weld
330 meters of steel pipe
57 km of copper wire

Sony have very cannily started building up anticipation for the next Bravia ad campaign by posting info on the production here. Well it works for me – I’m really looking forward to seeing the ad, directed by Jonathan Glazer. Judging by the image above, it looks like it’s set in a slightly less glamorous location than the “Balls” ad. That definitely isn’t San Francisco

A YouTube for videogames August 14, 2006

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Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?! OK, so it was essentially marketing prose from Microsoft’s Peter Moore, but it’s a great idea.

Microsoft have announced a free software suite called XNA Game Studio Express that will enable anyone running Windows XP to create their own games for PC and XBox 360 (although if you want to create games for the 360 you’ll have to pay an annual $99 “Creators’ Club” subscription fee). Given the amount of manpower and time it takes to develop a console game these days, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what can be accomplished by small indie studios, or even bedroom coders. And considering the grumblings coming from developers about just how difficult it is to code for the PS3, this is a really canny move from Microsoft. The beta version of XNA Game Studio Express is due to be launched on August 30th. You can read more here

A Scanner Darkly – UK preview screenings August 9, 2006

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The Guardian are offering free tickets to preview screenings of A Scanner Darkly, the new Richard Linklater movie, this Sunday, 13th August at various screens across the UK – the full details are here. If anyone’s going to the screening at FACT in Liverpool, I’ll see you there!

Go Jensen August 6, 2006

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COME OOOOOOONNN!!! Jensen Button has just won his first Formula One Grand Prix in Hungary. It’s taken him 113 races to get there, but when the winning moment came there wasn’t a dry eye in the Honda house (I was getting pretty emotional myself). Let’s hope it’s the first win of many.