Ok, rant time. I’m a multiplatform gamer, and my PC is still a key platform for me. Every time a new console comes out people predict the death of the PC as a gaming platform, but it never happens - sure, the traditional retail model continues to favour the consoles, on account of them having the marketing muscle of the console manufacturers behind them, plus the ‘idiot proof’ nature of the devices means that there are less issues with support (although the advent of patching on consoles does appear to be engendering more of a ‘release it and patch it later’ attitude in some quarters that we used to only see on PC).

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Near the end of 2006 I was bitching that games were getting dull, repetitive, and far too obsessed with how best to graphically represent war, big guns, fast cars and loose women (preferably all at once). It was the very worst of Hollywood banality regurgitated  - only the Wii seemed to be flying in the face of it, and even it failed to deliver a lasting riposte to the trend, suffering from the all-too-familiar condition of only Nintendo being able to make good games for their own console.

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I recently discovered that the Nvidia 169.x driver stream has a new bug with GLSL, which manifested itself as this error message from the linker: fatal error C9999: Bad scope in ConvertLocalReferences() This is with GLSL that worked perfectly fine in the previous major driver version, and it cropped up in our HDR compositor. Upon checking, this was a known bug in the driver since it was in beta, but unfortunately it appears the driver was let out with it still there.

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It’s that time of year again, when we’re inundated with the release of more games than we could ever possibly play. I know that a huge proportion of game sales are made in the run up to Christmas, and thus that it makes complete sense for everyone to try to get in on that action, but you can’t help thinking that good games inevitably get missed in the festive bun-fight.

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I’m one day late, but then I didn’t have time to touch a computer yesterday 😀We were hosting this Christmas, which meant Marie and I were in charge of all the cooking. We’ve done an xmas meal before, but only for ourselves so this was our first time inflicting our yuletide culinary creations on others. Luckily we were only cooking for 4 so it wasn’t a huge deal, but still there was quite a lot to do.

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XBox Live Xmas Woes

Wow, Microsoft have a bit of a crisis on their hands over the xmas period. I’ve signed up with XBox Live and am having no problems with it, but my wife also has a profile and wanted to connect too, albeit as a free Silver member just to get a gamer tag (really I feel it’s very cheeky that they ask you to subscribe once per profile anyway rather than once per machine).

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DJ Rage

(Apologies to people who haven’t played the Burnout Paradise demo yet and are thus bemused)

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I probably shouldn’t keep linking these because I’m getting predictable, but they’re so bloody brilliant I can’t help it (even when he is bashing a game I’m personally still looking forward to playing). The music at the start made me think how great ‘A Little Less Conversation’ would be as a Rock Band track…

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360 Reasons To Play

So, now that I have my lounge wired networking sorted out, the ground was prepared for my 360 purchase. I was going to wait until between Christmas and New Year before purchasing it, because I put all the games I wanted on my xmas list so people could choose from it, and thus I didn’t want to buy any ‘bundle’ that included games (I’d seen some with Halo 3 and Assassins Creed for example) until I knew what people had got me.

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As regular readers will already know, I recently made my choice between 360 and PS3, in favour of the 360 (on the basis of the view that right here and now, it best matches the gaming experience I’m personally looking for). After that it really just came down to practicalities, and one of the things about the 360 is that it has no built-in wireless. An odd decision in hindsight, I can only assume that it was decided early on when the machine was being designed, and that they couldn’t add it in later without having major space or shielding issues - certainly the cost of a wireless chipset is low enough now not to be an issue, so I assume it’s a design problem related to fitting wireless in with the other components.

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