Friday, December 21, 2007

Random 7: December 21

1. Sensible World of Soccer is on Xbox Live! It may not look like much, but appearances can be deceptive. Many guys of a certain age (in the UK at least) spent an unreasonable amount of time playing this on the Amiga and the ST (and probably all sorts of other systems too; PC? Genesis? There was probably a SNES version too at some point.)

2. I just heard that Darren Gladstone is leaving Games for Windows: The Official Magazine to work at PC World. Best of luck, sir.

3. It's Global Orgasm Day tomorrow. I had no idea. I think we're all supposed to pop at once for the good of the Earth, or something. Could get messy. Apparently, it's all:
To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible instantaneous surge of human biological, mental and spiritual energy.

4. A Space Invaders scarf? Yes please. Apparently there's only 500 of them being made.

5. I really quite enjoyed Drew Karpyshyn's first Mass Effect novel "Revelation" so I'm pleased to learn he's working on a sequel (dubbed "Ascension.")

6. SpongeBob Squarepants Underpants Slam hits Xbox Live Arcade exclusively next Wednesday. It is:
a fast-paced, side-scrolling multiplayer slapstick collect 'em-up, set deep in the ocean. An incredibly powerful storm current has disrupted a Royal Laundry shipment of the undergarments of Neptune, Lord of the Sea, and has spread his unmentionables across the bottom of the ocean. Neptune now calls upon all the commonfish to collect his lost undergarments, and fix this "delicate" situation. He's offered a bounteous reward to the sea creature who collects the most bloomers!

7. Don't tell the wife, but I think I've found my next car. I may have to just dream about it, and play it in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue though.

7 comments:

Raydancer said...

Sorry for the off-topic comment, but I wasn't sure of your email and I figure this should make your next Random 7 post anyway. Take a look at the following YouTube video: Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote. Don't be put off by the name...this is the kind of thing that could further evolve gaming as we know it. It's rather incredible and it's cool that it's using existing hardware to accomplish it. Hopefully Nintendo will hire that fellow...

MonkeyKingJoe said...

Howdy John.

That's a costly car fella. How much are you making at that new job of yours. ;-)

Oh, and there was Sensible Soccer on the SNES. But it was the original not the world of soccer.

Catch ya later Mr.Davison

John Davison said...

Cars are my weakness. It's, er, been known to upset the wife in the past!

I still think the best Sensi was on the Amiga. Although not a big soccer fan, I burned a lot of time (and a lot of time at work) with it back in the olden days! Kick off had us first, but when Sensi came out, all time management was over. We only stopped for Cannon Fodder, as I recall.

iTrike said...

5. I recently bought this book, sheepishly trying to hide it under a Cormac McCarthy novel.

And frankly, I don't know what's worse; feeling slightly embarrassed for purchasing what essentially amounts to video game fanfic, or feeling somewhat snobbish for feeling embarrassed.

The classic push and pull of protracted adolescence.

John Davison said...

Give in to it! Yes, it's pulpy. Yes, it's professional fanfic (although the guy that wrote it worked on the game too, so it's not fanfic it's...something else) and no, it's not a groundbreaking work of staggering genius. It does a remarkably good job of setting the scenario for the game though...and embarrassment/snobbery aside (I know exactly how you feel) I quietly enjoyed it.

OK, maybe not so quietly.

iTrike said...

I'm definitely going for it, in fact I'm already a quarter way through the book.

And in fact, if THIS happens again, the book may be my only Mass Effect experience in the coming months.

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