Monthly Archive for January, 2008

A Moment To Reflect…

Tonight I managed to finish watching the first three episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – A continuation of The Terminator trilogy now serialised by the Fox network. As I watched this a few thoughts came storming in to my head as I saw one of the CGI Terminators in Episode 3. I cast my mind back to 1991 when Terminator 2 came out.

For those who know their computer hardware, did you know that the transformation scenes for the Terminator 2’s evil T-1000 were done by the legends known as ILM – Industrial Light & Magic? Most people will be nodding their heads round about now. However did you know that the machines they used back then consisted of 40MHz Silicon Graphics workstations with 64MB of RAM? Just think about that for a moment and look at the power we have with today’s hardware…scary isn’t it?

Dell XPS M1530 Notebook Review

Does it impress?

Oh yes! After almost blowing £1,100 on a better specification XPS laptop, which was sadly from the older XPS range I ended up being talked in to buying the M1530, the bigger brother of one of the best laptops from 2007, the M1330. Despite having a 2-3 week delivery delay on their laptops they managed to get it to be extremely fast. I ordered the thing online on the 3rd January, and it arrived on the 7th of January.

I have spent the past few days jotting down notes and have come up with my first review of 2008! Top dogs!

World of Warcraft – 10 days of addiction

Corp Por dude!

I read a interesting article today over at Halfmad.com, owned by my good old mate Phil aka MMO Addicted Tart. MMO’s also known as Massively Multiplayer Online games as most gamers know can be incredibly addictive. People often lose their lives in a virtual world that is inhabited by thousands upon thousands of players. The great thing about these games is that the world is still living and breathing even when you’re fast asleep. Players can engage in quests, develop their characters and before you know it, whole communities have developed.

Fuelling every MMO title is the game’s economy. You earn money in these games, and players often pay real life money for in game currency and before you know it, there are players with millions upon millions of hard currency even though they haven’t the knowledge about the features of their virtual world. I lost myself in possibly the best title of them all, the grand daddy known as Ultima Online. From 1998 to 2002 I played the game before realising that I was essentially wasting my time. During that time I became one of the wealthiest players on my shard (server) by working hard for my money as a warrior swordsman and as a trader.

However I never looked in to the dark side of this gaming habit. Players could ‘dupe’ (duplicate) gold using various in-game bugs and make millions in the process. This in-game currency could then be sold for real life money. It’s all rather geeky to be honest.

Phil at Halfmad.com is the chap who got me in to all this MMO gaming years ago, and our history in these games spans a huge amount of MMO’s. He recently returned to World of Warcraft – one of the more overrated, yet popular MMO’s in the world. However he never returned with the intentions to play the game. Check out his article, it’s certainly a big eye opener to any MMO addict out there.

I Am Legend

"They mostly come out at night…mostly"

Coming from director Francis Lawrence we have the cinematic adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel and has been in development for years now. It was originally to be directed by Ridley Scott featuring Arnie, except by the time the final details were confirmed Arnie was a big shot governor in some U.S city…

I pretty much know what goes on this film but wanted to see it on the big screen. This was a Boxing Day release so I thought we could wait a week or so before watching it. There would be less chav’s in the cinema and we could actually watch in peace without bloody default Nokia or Sony Ericsson ringtones going off every 10 seconds. It wasn’t too packed so I could really take in the grim reality faced by our protagonist Dr. Robert Neville played superbly by Will Smith.

Xmas & NY’s Ramblings

Happy New Year and all that!

How was everyone’s festive break then? Mine was rather dull. Prior to breaking up from work I had all these little tidbits of things that I wanted to do, but instead I ended up doing other things. For example I wanted to re-wire my bedroom but instead ended up clearing out junk from the room. Christmas Day came and went faster than anything I could have imagined.

The arguing over who was to cut the Christmas Turkey once again resumed from last year as me and my father threatened each other with knives. Yes I know the head of the household normally does this task but he’s always done it wrong! I knows better I tell ye! He also had picked out possibly the worst champagne from Marks & Spencer’s ever – it was almost undrinkable.