Not entirely sure how this happened but I was recently invited to be an Xbox 360 ambassador. What does this mean? Well I have been asked to write a couple of blog posts and post some tweets about Xbox. The reason for becoming an ambassador is to promote the new Xbox 360 dashboard functionality that turns your Xbox from a pure games console, into a full blown media hub. New Dashboard When you first load the new dashboard the first [...]
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An amusing & educational look at the history of sex in video games. Sex has been around in games for almost as long as game have existed. Sure, there's lot's of controversy now, but really - is it needed? There's so much more violence than sex in games, and sex is required for the survival of the human race whereas violence... isn't. Anyway the video is by Daniel Floyd who's a student (not a professor) at Savannah College of Art [...]
I have now updated my game Roll so that it makes use of the new highscores system from Mochiads. The system is very easy to use and I'd recommend it for anyone who wants a quick and easy highscore system for their flash games (does anybody who reads my blog make flash games?) I'm not convinced it's perfect just yet, although any faults will be my end, and not with the Mochiads leaderboard service. If anyone can score more than [...]
I have just got back from Disneyland in Anaheim (I'll write a post about my trip when I get the photos sorted out) - and one of the first things I found in my overflowing feedreader when I returned was this post on Wired about an interactive Disneyland map for the Nintendo DS that Disney are beta testing. Thankfully I have a pretty good sense of direction so after a couple of hours in the park I knew where I [...]
The People, a UK newspaper, are reporting that the Queen has really gotten into playing with Prince Williams Wii (no jokes please, this is serious news). A Palace source told The People: "When she saw William playing a game after lunch at Sandringham she thought the Nintendo looked tremendous fun and begged to join in. "She played a simple ten-pin bowling game and by all accounts was a natural. "It was hilarious. William was in fits of laughter. He was [...]
Steven Poole, a journalist from the UK, is someones whos insight into games has always intrigued me. I used to be a regular reader of Edge magazine, a UK gaming journal that catered for the more mature gamer. Edge tended to steer away from the childish stereotypes and over the top-ness of many gaming magazines, instead they tended to have more insightful features and reviews, never fearing to be honest - in a critical way. Occasionally they were rather too [...]
This is equal parts cute, cool, and awesome. The latest game from Valve, Portal, involves a clever device that let's you create portals to travel from one place to another. This awesome papercraft replicates the wonderful game. I love the simplicity (something I am a big fan of in general), the colours, the design - the lot. Unlike most papercraft it's even something I could do myself. Check out the original Portal, papercraft post on Blogspot.
This is a major geek out but it combines science and video games. I have no idea how they did this buy I am incredibly impressed. Thanks to Tranism from Electroplankton for the heads up.
Bioshock was released last week, and it's been getting great reviews. To go with the special edition release of the game they were designing an "art of" book, however the idea was scrapped - so the book has been released for free as an ebook. But with a game as beautiful as BioShock, that just didnâ€™t sit right with me. Because everyone should be able to experience the beauty of BioShock, see the concept art and visualize the evolution of [...]
I was recently invited to Segas England Headquarters in London to preview the new Sega Rally game. In return all I had to do was write a preview on my gaming site Binary Joy - and that's exactly what I've done. Anyone who has been to an arcade in the last 12 years must have seen a pair of SEGA Rally cabinets sitting thereâ€¦ even today theyâ€™re a surprisingly common site. Apparently Sega Rally is Segaâ€™s highest earning arcade machine [...]
My love of Zelda extends to the music.I do actually have a Zelda album on CD. I got it on the cover of a magazine a couple of years ago, but this music is wonderful. Hearing the overland theme is so stirring it's indescribable. I've watched this at least 10 times now. Wonderful!
I mentioned before that I would write a review of my Nintendo Wii... that it took me nearly 6 months to purchase. Well - a month later - I have finally written my review. Nothing earth shattering but if you're interested you can read about it over on Binary Joy.