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Games ARE Good for You
29th May 2003
Claims a study in American science
journal Nature! I cannot believe
there are STILL people out there who believe that computer games are a "Bad Thing" and that all gamers
are geeks. Part of the reason for the explosion in the games industry
in the last decade has been the demystifying of computer games and the
production of titles for the mainstream - ordinary, sociable kids and
Of course using your reflexes, survival instincts and initiative in
a virtual world improves those skills in the real world, in the same
way that working out in a gym makes you fitter to cope with life's
I have to add one bad point though. My driving (in the real world
that is) has definitely taken a turn for the worse recently since
playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for a whole week...
Published on BBC
Talking Point / 29th May 2003, Tone.
Related: See my latest Vice City stats at: Grand
Theft Auto Vice City PHP Stats. This site HTMLises your stats.txt file from
Vice City and uploads them to a database so everyone can see just how villainous
you've been lately...
Idiots Screw Up - More Idiots Fooled
15th May 2003
Microsoft had planned an April Fool joke with a fake product announcement in
the form of the I-Loo, that is, a toilet with internet access. The announcement
via MSN, came in late April, which obviously lent the joke more credence. So it
seems that more were fooled than originally planned. I mean come on people - one
wall of the I-Loo was going to be transparent, could nobody see through this
whole thing? Special
Reserve fell for it hook, line and sinker...
Name This Mystery Game Tune!
8th March 2002
For God's sake put us out of our misery! Nici has been whistling this game
tune tonight and she can't even tell me what it is (what a rock 'n' roll
lifestyle we lead....not). She knows that it was a
Commodore 64 game, it was on cassette, dates from around 1985, isometric 3D. She
remembers it had a hundred levels and that there was a competition to be the
first person to do them all. After every level was a minotaur boss and the game play
was adventure/ puzzle. There were death's-heads (flying winged skulls) in the
game. The title was some sort of wordplay on "knight" and
"night" but beware, this may have not been in the case in the English
version - the one Nici played was in France.
If you can identify this game let us
know, and get your name up in lights. Or something.
The Sims Get a Break At Last
12th January 2002
Maxis have announced the latest add-on for The Sims. Entitled Sims: The
Vacation, it will allow to take your virtual entities for a much needed break on
a holiday island. Read more at www.maxis.com.