Finally. Taken much effort, but managed to shift the Gillen from my computer. Boy blew up his own, and ‘spects to use mine 24/7? Boy gotta earn some respect. Specially since boy in question had already decimated the machine, tearing off the power buttons, so we had to jump start it, and taken off the side ‘for ventilation’. Nuts. Only ventilation he needs is another asshole t’ let him breathe when he talks. Or something.

Anyhoo, no news here .Well, there’s plenty but not that I’m going to divulge with the likes of you, faceless voyeurs all of you. If there are any of you. I hear that there’s soemthing daft like more bloggers than blog readers. (Kieron’s theory was that this has to be wrong cos bloggers read their own blogs, not like professional statisticians would adjust for something like that.) Well, I woulda kept a diary anyhoo, so pouring my words into the unjudgemental void ain’t such a difference, just saves me buying pencil and paper. Which is good for the environment, right? Cos paper and pencil’s are wood, graphite, and machining processes, all detractors from the beauty of nature, by chainsaw and paint.

But then again, how much power is this thing using – frickin non-fissile fossile fuels pouring away, and no going back on them. Not that it’s going to stop me – this thing’s on all day, and I work for a bleeding computer magazine, in an office that uses more power and paper than an origami factory; so if I’m going to start setting up my own paper walls, getting neurotic (that is, finding a conscience, or seeing it as my benefit to do seem to find one), wood-pulp and fossil fuels probably ain’t the best place to start. Maybe I’ll start with letting those who are less fortunate have what they need/want. Starting with letting Kieron back on this machine, infernal though it is.

Large Quarter – Planetside

MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game)

170

Planetside has you taking the role of a soldier in one of three factions, in a futuristic Sci-Fi universe, not dissimilar to the creations of Phillip K Dick or J.G. Ballard. Advances in science have made the soldiers immortal, so a pointless conflict rumbles endlessly across the surface of the planet, with troops being constantly reborn as they die.

The game itself has you grouping together with other players to assault enemy bases, on one of the ten continents. These are enormous in scope, with various types of bases and defence towers scattered across them. Players travel across these in everything from armoured boots to supply trucks to light tanks to enormous dropships. As you earn more battle experience you gain a range of skills, but the balance means that newcomers still have a fighting chance.

The only problems are a relatively steep learning and experience curve, and it’s requirement of a broadband connection for the constant updates. If you can cope with these, this is simply the best game experience currently available.

15

For broadband owners, currently the best first-person shooter around.

publisher

price – 34.99

WWW – http://planetside.station.sony.com/

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Small Quarter – Day of Defeat

160

Day of Defeat is an online multiplayer mod for the seemingly immortal Half-Life engine. It consists of a series of World War II battles, where you choose from either Allied (British or US, dependent on the map) or Axis sides. When killed, you quickly respawn near your original starting point, to represent endless waves of assault troops.

The game is certainly thrilling; rushing up Normandy beach under heavy fire with your comrades can be described as nothing else; but it has aged badly since it was first developed, and other games (notably Battlefield 1942) have surpassed it in almost every way. It is certainly easier to join in than other online shooters, like Counterstrike, and its team play is particularly well-thought through

It is however questionable why you would buy this; it is available for free download (as is the much-superior ‘Enemy Territory’, based on the more up-to-date Return To Castle Wolfenstein) if you already have Half-Life.

15

Day of Defeat is an ageing online first person game that should be downloaded rather than bought.

Publisher Activision

Price £19.99

WWW – www.dayofdefeat.com

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