It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for good food. The thought of eating anything from a fast food establishment utterly repulses me, and although I did go through the usual period of bachelorhood that most of us males do, when plastic knives and forks, take-away food and Pot Noodle were de rigeur, I quickly came to the conclusion that I was going to have to learn how to cook. Luckily Marie feels the same way and while we don’t claim to be experts, at least the majority of the meals in our house are prepared with fresh ingredients rather than from packets and we have quite a varied menu.
Visual C++ Express 2008 came out while I was away I see, which inevitably was going to draw calls for a VS9 version of our SDKs (I always buy the Pro version of Visual Studio myself, but I keep an Express version for testing too). I’ve always been pretty relaxed about this particular version though, because unlike many previous versions it holds precious little for the native C++ developer. Sure, you can use Vista native controls, which will undoubtedly be useful for some people, and if you’re a purely Windows-targetting .
The first stop on our Thailand trip was to spend a few days in the capital, Bangkok. When you fly into Thailand you have to pass through it anyway, so it makes sense to stop off there for a while, and particularly at the start of the holiday rather than the end, especially since one of our main aims was to relax. Having done quite a few multi-stop holidays in the past, I’ve learned that doing a city at the end is a mistake if you want to get any lasting benefit from the unwinding you do elsewhere, particularly a city like Bangkok which is one of the more chaotic.
I’m sorry to say we just got back from a great 2 week holiday in Thailand - sorry because I could have easily stayed there a few more days at least. I’d been before, about 13 years ago, but this was the first trip for my wife, and she thoroughly enjoyed it too. We’ve relaxed, eaten some fantastic (and of course, at times extremely hot, if you head for where the locals eat, which we try to) local food, and generally had a good time.
You’ll be relieved to hear that the Interweb will be spared my usual rambling nonsense for a while, as we’re off on holiday. It’s been a bit of a rush to get up to date after being rather ill with the ‘flu just over a week ago, so sorry for the rather quick postings in the forum these past few days. I’m literally only just shaking the last vestiges of the ‘flu now in fact, which is way longer than I’m used to being under the weather for.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think cutscenes have no place in modern videogames. Yeah, I really do feel that strongly about them. I finally got around to playing the Crysis demo last night. I wanted to jump in and play, but instead I had to sit through a couple of minutes of pre-rendered wankery, followed by an in-engine sequence where I’m presumably strapped to a bench with someone forcibly moving my head around to where the designer wants me to look.
So, the PS3 is starting to do a bit better sales-wise since the price cut it seems, rather unsurprisingly. The price has always been the #1 obstacle after all, and all the Sony posturing about consumers feeling honoured to pay gold dust for such an awesome machine have long been proved the very worst kind of arrogance. Indeed, if you go into the shops these days you’ll find fairly similarly priced deals on 360 and PS3, assuming you ignore the cheapo Core and Live Arcade systems which aren’t really a decent comparison.
Well, the ‘flu’s after-effects are certainly dragging on and I still feel like I have a nasty cold, but I have at least been able to return to work and start catching up, with the Ogre forums too. One of the other things that’s been on the back burner is that I’ve needed to revamp my ATI test rig, which also doubles up as my wife’s machine when she uses it.
I don’t generally like posting negative, self-indulgent stuff on this blog, particularly multiple times in succession (hence the light sprinkling of comedy to lighten the mood), but I’m also aware that people will want to know why I’m not fielding their questions in the forum just at the moment. So, here’s the excuses. I’ve had what turned out to be one of the nastier bouts of ‘flu I’ve had in a pretty long while; the last time I can remember feeling this crappy was when I developed flu on the way back from Canada in 2004 which led to an apalling 10-hour flight.
I’m still sick as a dog, merely the form of my illness has changed - I’m now onto the ‘coughing until you’re sure you ejected a major organ’ stage. In my semi-vegetative state I’ve made my way through one and a half books and way too much TV, owing to the fact that my clogged brain can’t cope with anything more demanding. However, it’s not all bad since it led me by pure chance to be watching ‘Dave’ (a TV channel over here - don’t ask why) when something exquisite appeared: