Ach, welcome back. It’s been a while, so I’ve been one of lazy, dead, ill or maybe all three. News; have been to Normandy on press trip; will update soon on three days of appid debauch. (and on how it takes nine hours to go fifty miles.) Have moved flat; am now living in Bath City centre with man called Kieron Gillen who is trying to make a name for himself on the internet (unfrotunately the name he’s chosen is Minister Drillcock. Worries about sanity are not to be expressed audibly.) Am also ill, and have been all week. Finally got bored of fighting off cold today, and spent whole day recuperating in bed, drinking chicken stock, and blowing my nose. Had same impact on cold as hedgehod on express train. Nose feels like piece of meat kebabbed to face, fingers gone numb. Let’s see if more sleep can cure it…

In this month’s mag we’ve got a feature on the future of the PC, seeing what’s in store over the next decade. Our SuperTest this month takes a look at the whole removable storage phenomenon, and investigates which is the best option for storage and why. As for games we’ve got Unreal 2, the Doctor Moreau stylings of Impossible Creatures and the jingoistic violence of Command and Conquer: Generals. And then of course there’s the King of Kontroversy, Aga of the Argument, the GeForce FX…

As for the disc, that’ll leave you drooling too. We’ve got the sneering stylings of TOCA: Race Driver, the Fog-like horror of Mistmare and the imperial might of Praetorians as demos, with the sheepish form of World Empire IV sneaking in as a full game. As for those droolworthy full apps: all you aspirin-poppers out there will think Rave eJay sound, go weak at the knees for Truespace 3’s 3d models and never worry about spyware again with Advanced Uninstaller. And then there’s the usual endless selection of DVD extras.