Thursday, July 31, 2008


I know it's been out for a few days now... but I've just rewatched it...


Oh Yeah!

Who's watching the Watchmen...

The countdown has begun.


Well I went for an ultrasound scan today and it would appear very likely that I have gallstones.

Looking up on the internet (Bupa website), I have found the following description of symptoms which can be associated with gallstones:


Despite being very common, most gallstones cause no symptoms at all, and most people aren't aware that they have them. Gallstones that don't cause any symptoms generally don't need any treatment.

However, gallstones may irritate the lining of the gallbladder (this is known as cholecystitis). Or, most commonly, the stones can get stuck in the tubes leading out of the gallbladder (the bile ducts). This can cause an attack of abdominal pain, called biliary colic, which:

* develops quickly
* is severe
* lasts about one to three hours before fading gradually
* isn't helped by over-the-counter painkillers (the kind of remedies you might normally take for a headache or stomach cramp)
* isn't helped by passing wind

The attacks can be quite frightening, and people sometimes fear that the pain is due to a heart attack because it can travel to the right shoulder or arm. Attacks are not frequent, and if they do re-occur they can be weeks or even years apart

Yep - that pretty much sounds like it...

Got a doctors appointment for next week (after I'm back from London) to discuss this in greater deal...

Oh the joy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Snake vs. Raiden (SCIV style)

Well it looks like some people have managed to get their copy of Soul Calibur IV early and have put the user generated character tool to good use. The result, Soul Calibur versions of Solid Snake and Raiden to fight it out

Okay, whilst Snake looks a tad off (but still not bad - needs a hair cut), I'm impressed at how close they managed to get Raiden.

Think of the possibilities!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Not a Heart Attack 2 - The Sequel

Yep, that's right.... It happened again.

Last night at around 12:30, I had another acid reflux indigestion attack, same pain, same lack of breath, same trip to A&E, except that this time I spent the night at A&E whilst they undertook blood tests.

I'm fine (again)... I think I just need a new body... Does anyone know one going for spare?

Monday, July 28, 2008

WALL-E & Elliot’s party

Film watched:

Fantastic story and characters, gorgeous animation. Must be Pixar.


I’ve also go to add that it was Elliot’s birthday on 26 July and his birthday party on 27 July.

We hired out a hall and also a huge bouncy castle for the party. In total there were around 25 children for the party running around (and trying to beat me to death with balloons mainly)… All in all it was good fun and Elliot seemed to have a really good time. So, success :)

We went to see WALL-E at the cinema on Elliot’s birthday. It was the first time that he has ever watched a film in the cinema (if you can call our local cinema a cinema, but that’s another story). Previously he has only ever watched a few films at home on DVD, and generally that is in bits, rather than all in one sitting.

Overall he enjoyed the film (smart kid, that one) and also the experience, although he did seem quite surprised at the length of a full blow movie (all 99 minutes of it)

Lastly, got to add that the Pixar short before WALL-E “Presto”, was also absolute genius and had me laughing out loud.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dr. Horrible, Eastern Promises and BSG

I have managed to watch Dr. Horrible recently (which I will definitely be buying on either DVD or Blu-ray when it eventually graces our shores).

For those not in the know, this is a video blog/musical written by Joss Wheadon (Buffy/Angel/Firefly), during the writers strike earlier this year (as there is a loophole in the strike, allowing for writers to write for online and gaming material), just as something to fill the time.

Most of the people involved in the 3 part “show”, did this for free or at least for a reduced salary. Also, it is apparent that the show was produced on a limited budget, not that this matters in the least, as it is an absolute blast. I cannot help but compare it to the magnificent Buffy episode “Once More With Feeling”, as the style is very similar. Anyway, it really is great, great fun and continues to prove that Wheadon is one of the most gifted writers out there.

Highly recommended.

Film watched:
Eastern Promises

Gritty and violent, but I failed to find it engaging.

I’ve also just started watching series 4 of Battlestar Galactica, having watched the first 2 episodes. So far it has been great, much better than the start of series 3, which I found rather lacklustre.

A special mention has to go to Doctor Gaius Baltar, who is always a highlight, but seeing him conversing with the imaginary second Baltar in episode 2 was absolutely priceless.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Dark Knight weekend takings

A quote taken from Warner Bros in relation to the weekend takings for The Dark Knight:

“The sequel took $155.3m (£77.7m) in North America, beating the record set last year by Spider-Man 3, which took $151.1m (£75.5m).
Batman, which opened on Friday, took $66.4m (£33.2m), which was also a single-day box office record.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, it cost $185m (£92.5m) to make.”

A lot of people didn’t think that The Dark Knight would stand a chance of beating any box office records, seeing as a) it’s a relatively long film, b) it’s a 12 (and therefore not kid friendly) and c) it’s actually a very dark movie. In fact most sites had pegged an opening weekend total of £100m tops…

Good for Batman :)

It also has to be said that it currently stands at a 94% rating on Rotten Tomato’s, which also makes it one of the best reviewed films so far this year.

Less than 2 weeks now and I’ll be watching it in the IMAX cinema in London (which I’m glad I’m booked, as they are now pretty much fully booked, weeks in advance).

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Heroes - series 3

A lot of people had bad things to say about series 2 of Heroes, I on the otherhand didn't find it as bad as people made out. I could understand why people disliked it, but at the same time, I can understand the approach taken by the writers.
Saying this, however, series 3 looks mighty impressive. Roll on September!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

E3 my reactions (so far)


I didn’t watch the Microsoft press conference and therefore cannot comment too much about it. It is clear, however, from what I have read that Microsoft is trying it’s best to capture the casual market in much the same way that Nintendo has, with the likes of the avatars (by Rare) and games like Lips.

The BIG announcement from the press conference, however, was that Final Fantasy XIII was going multiplatform, and would be released on both PS3 and 360. A big coup from Microsoft, stealing one of the crowning exclusives from Sony.

I was also a tad disappointed (for me naturally) that Portal: Still Alive was announced as exclusive to Xbox Live – but what can you do!


Ah Nintendo… a show which I’m sure that will be remembered for many years to come… for all the wrong reasons.

Prior to the show, Reggie promised that a game would be announced which would appeal to the core gamer, ready for the holiday season… Maybe you can tell me what game he was talking about, because I sure as hell didn’t see any.

We have Animal Crossing – which looks just the same as the Gamecube and DS versions (and since I have played both, and there doesn’t appear to be much new here, I’ll likely skip). We have Wii Music, which, lets be frank, looks a little lame, especially compared to the much more proficient Rock Band and Guitar Hero series. Only Wii Sports Resort looked promising, and that’s not due until next year!

What’s more, the presentation itself was frankly embarrassing. Like an overeager school teacher talking to a bunch of children. I was cringing through pretty much all of it.

So for this year, it looks like there is next to nothing coming from Nintendo (apart from the new Wario game, which looks like good old-school platforming fun).

At least a port of Dead Rising for the Wii was announced a day later, to raise my spirits.


Sony’s presentation was a much slicker affair than Nintendo’s and what they showed of Resistance 2, DC Universe and Infamous looked very promising. Unfortunately they didn’t have too many big surprises up their sleeves and as such, much of what was shown had either been heard about before, or seen previously.

MAG was probably the only surprise of the evening, but much like the God of War 3 footage (of which I have zero interest in), this was all prerendered, and as such, was not exactly indicative of the eventual game.

I had, kind of hoped that the oft rumoured Final Fantasy VII remake might have made it’s way into the presentation to counter the announcement of Final Fantasy XIII for the 360, but no luck. Maybe at the TGS!

Even so, Sony still impressed.

Oh, and I love the Penny Arcade strip, which perfectly summarises the three conferences…

Penny Arcade: E3 strip

Monday, July 14, 2008

Boob power!

I just spotted this on The Independent (via Digg)...

The title says it all... why has nobody thought of this before?

Bionic Bra to Harness the Energy of Bouncing Breasts

Has the world energy crisis been averted?

Friday, July 11, 2008

Rambo, clan and Siren

Film watched:

Silly, pointless, needlessly violent and banal. With some slight fun.


Had our second arranged clan game last night, and once again we lost. I opted to step out of the last game so that a sub from our clan also got a chance to play, however prior to this I was really little more than cannon fodder and pretty inept cannon fodder at that.

All the same, it was still good fun and even if we NEVER win a single game, it’s still a great experience.

A demo for Siren: Blood Curse was also put on the US PSN store last night and as such I downloaded this, as it is a game I’ve been intrigued by. A had a go last night and was impressed, it is a very atmospheric game, similar in some respects to Silent Hill, but maybe with a touch more action (or at least that is what the demo seemed to suggest).

My only issue with the game is that in the US and Europe it is being released as a PSN only game, split over 4 chapters. In Japan you have the choice of either downloading or buying on Blu-ray. The problem with this is that the game, in it’s entirety, is rather big, weighing in at around 7gb. I do have room on my HD, but with a lot of games these days requiring a HD install, I’m reluctant to use up 7gb for Siren. It’s a shame, I might of considered buying it had they released the physical version over here, but as of now I’ll skip it.

Of course the only other option is for me to buy a bigger hard drive for my PS3. It is something that I have considered in the past, but really I’m a little lazy and can’t be bothered with the hassle of figuring out how to install this and also transfer the contents from my existing hard drive…

Thursday, July 10, 2008


I've recently joined a group of people from a PS3 forum that I frequent to form a gaming clan called R.A.G.E. (play MGS4 for the reference).

This is a MGO and COD4 clan, but primarily I've been playing MGO. Anyway, yesterday was our first scheduled official game against another clan as arranged via and we lost... BUT, I thought that we did surprisingly well for a first attempt and I'm looking forward to the next game.

Anyway... back to sniping practice for me :)

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sunshine and MGS4

Film watched:

Initially promising, but ultimately disappointing soulless, cheap scares, Sci-Fi.


Game played:
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

I thought it was about time that I put down a few words about this game.

I’m not going to repeat what has been said countless time on numerous websites, instead I’ll bullet point my impressions of the game:

* It is every bit as epic as I had anticipated.

* The control of the game is far from east and requires some practice to get used to, but once you do get used to it, it is clear that there is a massive improvement compared to the previous games in the series.

* Each of the 5 chapters brings something new to the game. Chapter 1 is based in a city warzone, where it benefits you to fight with the rebels. Chapter 2 brings in jungle environments and tracking. Chapter 3 is mainly stalking. Chapter 4 is classic sneaking in a familiar environment, but against non-human adversaries. Chapter 5 (whilst short) is a mixture of sneaking and action.

* MGO is also great fun.

* The briefings are long and fairly uninteresting and the worst offenders as far as cuts scenes go. They could have been easily condensed.

* For anyone not familiar with the background of the Metal Gear saga (any even those of us not 100% familiar) it is easy to get quickly lost as the plots twists and turns.

* The Beauty and the Beast unit were each absolutely fantastic (and disturbingly sexy), with each boss fight being both memorable and thrilling. Quite possibly the highlights in the game for me.

* This is not a game for everyone. Anyone who has enjoyed previous games in the serious will likely love it, but others will likely loath it.

* The epilogue of the game is way, way, way too long and totally unnecessary.

* Overall I think that MGS3 is still my favourite in the series, although much of MGS4 was better, it was spoilt slightly by an overindulgent, sappy and boring epilogue.

* It is still the best game so far for the PS3…

Also, as a side note... Have just booked my IMAX tickets to see The Dark Knight when I'm over in London in a couple of weeks time :)

Friday, July 04, 2008

PS3 2.40 and FFTA2

Firmware 2.40 was released yesterday for the PS3 and I managed to download this and install it successfully (the same cannot be said for a number of people). I am aware that some people have had some difficulties installing this and as a consequence this has since been taken down for “further testing”. For me, however, it work flawlessly (i.e. in game XMB, trophy support etc).

I also have a slight confession to make. I’ve always said that I didn’t think very highly of Xbox achievements (and in turn did not hold high hopes for PS trophies), however, after downloading 2.40 I also downloaded Super Stardust HD (which I’d been tempted to get in the past, as I enjoyed the demo) to give trophies a quick test run. Super Stardust HD is fantastic game BTW, I’d even go as far to say that it’s probably my favourite PSN game to date, a great old school shooter. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I now hold around 6 bronze trophies and 2 silver trophies and have found myself actively trying my best to obtain the remaining trophies… so consider me a slight convert on the whole trophies / achievements issue, although I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I would compete against others to beat there score, I can now see how it adds additional motivation and replayability to a game.

On a side note, I also got through my copy of Final Fantasy Tactics A2 through the post yesterday for the DS. I’ve had a chance to play through this a little bit and so far it has been absolutely fantastic, even better than the original. I’m in SRPG handheld heaven (which is a good place to be). All I need now is Disgaea DS (which is coming later this year) and I may never need another game for my DS ever again…

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Simpsons and Rocky

Films watched:

The Simpson Movie

Absolutely great. Better than I had expected. Real class comedy.

Rocky Balboa
Quite possibly the best since the original. Nostalgic, but good.

Have also finished a fair few games over the last couple of weeks, namely Apollo Justice, MGS4 and also No More Heroes. If I have time, I may blog about these a little more.

Also just read that The Godfather trilogy is going to be released, restored, on Blu-ray. Hell yes. A must buy for me, two of the greatest films ever (it’s just a shame that part 3 couldn’t live up to the originals)