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.
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.
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).
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…
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.
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.
Rock Band isn’t here in the UK yet but here’s one of the songs I’m personally most looking forward to butchering recreating: Although John Entwhistle puts paid to the idea that the bass is the ‘easy part’ 😀 What a performance from all of them though - I envy the people who had the chance to be there in 1978 (I was a little young). Jump to around 7:45 for a classic rock moment if you’re in too much of a hurry.
Like any self-respecting geek, I like gadgets, and I like LEDs. They just add something to every occasion, whether it’s christmas decorations, keys, desktop toys. They’re like chocolate sprinkles - there’s nothing they can’t improve. I have two new LED-bristling gadgets in my household this week, so I’m happy as a pig in.. well, you know. **Powerball Neon Pro ** An implulse purchase this one, I just happened to come across it as I was buying something else.
This is a shame - The Orange Box, a game which gave me much pleasure on the PC mostly thanks to Episode 2 and Portal, has come a bit of a cropper on PS3. It seems that poor framerates in the prettier parts of Episode 2, long load times and lag in Team Fortress 2 have caused it to get much lower review scores than it did on the 360 and PC.