So, it’s confirmed - December 8th, £179 including one Wiimote / nunchuck and Wii Sports. Zelda and Monkey Ball at launch, 15-20 other games, WarioWare just after launch, and many old games on Wiiconnect24 (no prices announced yet but I understand the US conference said $5 for NES games, $8 for SNES and $10 for N64). Not too shabby. [edit]And, completely unrelated - this made me laugh today. Bush does U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.

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Domestic post alert! 😉 I know some people reading this wanted to see how the renovations to our lounge & dining room finally turned out, as (among other things) we got the 1930’s oak parquet floor repaired and refinished, so here are the final shots. Turned out pretty well in the end, and although it burned through a fair amount of cash it would have been a lot more had we not had help from family & friends, so thanks to them.

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5 years on

It’s amazing how vividly you can remember the day of a single event, even when you had no direct connection with it. I think 9/11 will forever be defined for many people by what they were doing when they first heard about it - the typical ‘Do you remember where you were when…’ scenario, and people they knew who were more directly affected. I remember quite vividly - for me it was around lunch time, and I was working with an Irish friend whose girlfriend’s sister worked in one of the towers, I forget which.

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A break, of sorts

I’m taking a break right now, which is why my quotient of inane ramblings has decreased at faster rate than the national average, both here and via all other electronic channels. We hadn’t arranged a ‘proper’ holiday this year, which was down to a number of uncertainty factors running the gamut of work, Ogre, and home improvements - we almost booked something a few times, but then something else came up - repairs needing doing, opportunity to go to Siggraph, work deadlines changing, etc etc.

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The only paper games magazine I get anymore is Edge, mostly because it covers all formats and takes a very mature & sophisticated approach to games. This month I was reading through it and to my surprise I noticed that their ‘Internet Game of the Month’ was The Blob - a game based on OGRE. I guess I shouldn’t have been that surprised - The Blob is a really fun game and a superb piece of work from Oogst and his compatriots (they’ve had a mention in major French gaming mag ‘Joystick’, got an award at GameTunnel and probably more), but I guess I still haven’t got over seeing stuff I’ve contributed to popping up unexpectedly in the ‘real’ world.

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I did an interview this week for a new game development website called GameDevNews, and they’ve just put it up. Not too much spleen venting I hope 😉

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I use a fair amount of scrap paper. It’s no secret that I like it to brainstorm on, write todo notes, message myself if I wake up in the middle of the night suddenly and inexplicably knowing what that bug I was bashing my head against into the early hours was caused by, making paper planes, that kind of thing. For most of these things, I don’t think I could use an electronic replacement.

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You might have seen this on the OGRE forums, but Digital-Tutors has released a new DVD which covers using XSI to create game characters, using OGRE as the target engine. It’s on their front page right now in fact, nice banner. I’ve never actually used one of their DVDs before, but they had a pretty big presence at Siggraph when I was there, and were running a whole load of XSI tutorials over at the Softimage booth, which I You might have seen this on the OGRE forums, but Digital-Tutors has released a new DVD which covers using XSI to create game characters, using OGRE as the target engine.

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Sand-a-floor?

Somehow I don’t think the Karate Kid would have done quite so well at the end if he’d used his initiative and used a power sander instead of following the teachings of a wise old Okinawan gentleman. Still, it’s clearly a lot faster when it comes to getting the job done, as demonstrated by the latest pictures of our lounge. We’ve had people round repairing, filling and sanding, and the lounge floor is now starting to look pretty good.

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I don’t know how many of you have already seen this, but it had me grinning: Lego Star Wars 2 Trailer. Lego Star Wars was a charming little game that didn’t take itself seriously, poked fun out of Star Wars and kept you chuckling at the in-jokes. The sequel is based on the original trilogy, which of course is from when Star Wars was actually good, and not a hammily-acted, attrociously scripted, Jar-Jar Binks infested shambles that Episodes I-III would unfortunately become.

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