I hate cutscenes

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.

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A logic-free zone

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.

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Hardware!

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.

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Well, that sucks

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.

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Undeniable talents

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:

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Urgh, v2

I’ve definitely got the ‘flu rather than just a cold, judging by the uncontrollable shaking and alternating between shivering under 7 layers of blankets and sweating like it’s a hundred degrees. I’ve also had the worst headaches I can remember for a long time, for about 12 hours yesterday, which sucked. At least my throat is better this morning, and I think my fever has broken now (I have vague recollections of thought processes that I know seemed completely reasonable last night but now seem downright nonsense), but I’m definitely in no state to be doing anything today.

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This cheered me up a bit today after feeling thoroughly rubbish all day: Camelot have had to withdraw some scratch cards because some punters are too dumb to understand negative numbers. When told that to win you have to reveal a number (a temperature) lower than one printed on the card, some consumers were outraged that they were told that they hadn’t won when they scratched off a -6 when the number they had to get lower than was -8.

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Urgh

I started to get a bit of a sore throat yesterday afternoon - no problem I thought, sucking a throat lozenge while I got on with things. By the evening though, it felt like I’d been eating nothing but sherbert and vinegar all day and had developed a really nasty full-on cold. Sleeping was really hard and I still feel seriously rough today, so despite having plenty of work to do I think I’ll have to accept I’m not going to be very productive today.

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I’m just catching up with the news of a day or so ago, so feel free to yawn and comment on how slow I am on the uptake 😀I don’t particularly watch the phone market that closely, because I own a fairly simple phone right now, but I’ve been intrigued like most people about the fact that Google paid a lot of money to secure a segment of the newly available section of the wireless spectrum from the FCC, and had been testing all kinds of phone tech.

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TheEasyCompany have been posting more pictures of MOTORM4X (offroad driving game using OGRE) and they just posted their first couple of videos. They look great - here are the bandwidth-friendly but low-quality YouTube versions: Now, really you want to watch the high-res versions from their site, because they look gorgeous and really show off the great attention to detail. And don’t get freaked out by how fast the trees are blowing in some bits, if you look closely you’ll see a ‘FF >>’ icon at the bottom which indicates time is being accelerated, which they’re doing to demonstrate the changing weather effects (which you can’t see very well at crappy YouTube resolution).

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