Saturday, July 30, 2005
Creamy Curry Recipe
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Two new blogs
The reason I have added these two new blogs is to stop my main blog from becoming cluttered.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Fungus the bogey man
I tried this and got:
fungas the boheyt man
funghas the bohey man
fungas the bokey man
funas the bohey man
ginhas the bohey man
ginhas he nohey man
fungas the nohey man
fungas the kogey man
funga the bgey man
gunhas the bnogey an
Bloody aweful eh :-)
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Rockstar games sued by crazy old lady
July 27, 2005
Rockstar Sued Over Hidden GTA: San Andreas Content
After being roundly castigated by politicians and special interest groups, then having its game removed from store shelves following a rerating to Adults Only, Rockstar has now been sued over the "Hot Coffee" module normally inaccessible in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
The plaintiff, 85-year-old Florence Cohen of New York, is alleging that Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games used false and deceptive practices in failing to disclose the sexual content of the game. Interestingly, Cohen apparently had no problem with the existing violence descriptors and M rating for 17 and up when purchasing the title for her 14-year-old grandson.
Despite this, attorney Lawrence D. Paskowitz, Cohen's attorney, insisted that parents would not buy adults-only software for their children. "They should really make sure this doesn't happen again," said Paskowitz. "The least this company can do is offer refunds." The amount of damages Cohen is seeking in the lawsuit has not been disclosed.
In addition to the lawsuit, Take-Two has released a statement confirming the previously announced Federal Trade Commission probe investigating its advertising practices for the title. Take-Two announced that it would comply fully with the investigation, saying: "Rockstar Games and Take Two Interactive regret that consumers may have been exposed to content that was not intended to be accessible in the playable version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."
Is it just me that thinks this is totaly insane. I was reading a games industry forum earlier on and someone posted what I thought was a funny court room scenario. So thanks for this from fiendishmonotreme from the chaos engine forum.
Me: "Madam. You purchased GTA: San Andreas for your grandson, is that right?"
Old Lady: "Yes, for my Joey. He's such a good boy. The hidden game in it, it's so DREADFUL!"
Me: (using lower screen to check evidence) "HOLD IT!"
"Isn't it true that your grandson is only FOURTEEN?!"
Snippy Prosecution Guy: "Objection! What is the relevance of this?"
Me: (smoothly) "I will show the jury, sir!"
Judge: "I'll allow it. Madam, answer the question."
Old Lady: "Why, yes, yes he is."
Me: "Are you aware that previous to this, the game was rated M - for individuals 17 and up - and that the clerk at the store warned you about its violent and sexual content?"
Old Lady: "Well, yes, but -"
Me: "And have you SEEN the supposed 'dreadful' minigame that is unlocked by applying a mod you can get from the INTERNET... which, I may add, is the same place that has MANY things not appropriate for children... are you suggesting we legislate the Internet, madam?"
Snippy Prosecution Guy: (flustered) "Ob - OBJECTION!"
Me: (all cool-like) "Withdrawn. Madam, have you SEEN the game in question?"
Old Lady: (flustered) "Well I... I mean, I heard..."
Me: (slamming hands on table) "MADAM! Have you seen the minigame or not?"
Old Lady: "Well I, that is, I mean... no."
Me: (spinning around grandly) "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury! I ask you. Does this woman deserve a refund when she not only bought the game against the advice of the store that sold it to her for being TOO VIOLENT and TOO SEXUAL for her underage grandson, but is protesting against content she has NEVER SEEN?!" (whirls around grandly once more. The hot Head of my Law Firm is impressed, Snippy Prosecution Guy is huffing with frustration and rage, Old Lady is stammering, and Judge is smirking surreptitiously). "I have no more questions!"
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
This is a public service announcement
Now you've been told :-)
Hot Coffee in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
For a start, the mini game in question was disabled in the original code, and it is because someone has reverse engineered the code that this has come to light. But I really don't see what the problem is. The game was age restricted anyway, so kids shouldn't have access to it. But the problem is as always that parents go out and buy them for their little jonny. Also stores should be controlling who the game is sold too. Now the game has been rated adult only, so who cares if there is a sex scene in the game. You can go onto the internet and download gigs of porn quicker than you can access the locked mini game in GTA.
I really don't think Rock Star games have done anything sinister. I personally reckon that they originally intended to have the mini game in there, but decided to cut it at the last minute. But to completely remove the code would result in the game requiring much more testing to make sure nothing got broken in the code, and with tight deadlines this is not acceptable. I work In the games industry so I know what the pressures are like.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Royksopp - The Understanding
I got Royksopps new album 'The Understanding' during the week, but only got around to listening to it this evening. It's rather good, a little different sounding to their first album, Melody A.M, but it is still a very good electronic album. Buy it now!! The album is very mellow. Would be good to listen to after a night out in town. My personal favourite track at the moment is track 1 which is called Triumphant. But I need to listen to the album some more.
But now that we have nice broadband internet connections we have restarted work on a new EP of songs. Because of the speed of broad band I can work on sequenced backing track, send them to mat who can add guitars and vocals. We can bounce the tracks back to each other as many time as we like. This is a great way fo working, and I totally recommend other people to do internet music collaborations. We hope to have the first set of songs ready by the end of the year so keep an eye and ear out. Mat has created a small microsite for the band that will contain news and also has some snippets from out older songs.
But in the mean time, here are some screen shots of the first song in the set being created. This song is called Rise. Mat has also added a small work in progress mp3 snippet of this song to the website. The song is no where near finished, but you can get a picture of were we are headed.
Lunch at the Blue Bell
Just been for lunch with Amanda to a pub called the Blue Bell which is just outside Belper. This place is really nice and the food is consistently good, and good value too. You can get 3 courses for £16 for sunday lunch :-)
If you're ever in the Belper area of Derbyshire you should check the place out. You can book by phoneing 01773 826495
Labels: Out and About
Cheryle's Birthday BBQ
We stayed there until about 10.30pm and then headed off home. When we got back Amanda wanted to watch a film and open a bottle of wine, so we ended up watching First Daughter with Katie Holmes. I though it was a pile of crap, but Amanda liked it.
Labels: Out and About
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Trip to Buxton
When we got to Buxton we went for lunch at the Weatherspoons pub, and then walked around the town center. That's when we saw this Cow statue outside a shop. Naturally I had to get a photo.
Labels: Out and About
Friday, July 22, 2005
Every now and again you get introduced to a new album that you just think is totally amazing. Well that happened recently when someone recommended that I listen to "Nothing Lasts But Nothing Is Lost" by Shpongle. This is not normally the type of music I listen too, but I have to say the album is bloody excellent. It's kind of trancey and tribal with all sorts of musical instruments from trumpets to flamenco guitars. Very strange. But I definitely recommend you check it out. You can buy it from Amazon.co.uk.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Weekday drinking is never good.
Have a good time in America Simon, We'll be out to visit you soon :-)
Labels: Out and About
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Trip to Goyt Valley
Goyt Valley is basically a big reservoir with lots of hills around it. It is a very nice place to go and we usually like to go once a year for a walk. The only problem was that today, in the morning, I helped my friends Neil and Caroline to finish moving into their new house, so after that I was quite tired, and the intensity of the sun that day meant we didn't get very far around the walk. Not even a quarter of the way around :-) We just decided to sit down, admire the view and have our lunch.
Whilst walking back to the car, we stopped on a bridge, and noticed the shadow of us on the rocks below. Me being me, I had to get the camera out and takes lots of pictures. Hooray for digital cameras.
When we started driving home, we thought we saw what was a suicidal sheep. As Amanda was driving a sheep ran across the road and jumped over the wall. But on the other side of the wall you couldn't see any grass, only water, so it looked like the sheep had jumped the wall and gone straight into the water. Amanda stopped the car and I got out to have a look, but luckily the sheep was safely standing on the grass drinking out of the reservoir. I guess he thought it was too hot also :-)
When we got back home, we went to the video shop and rented out the new version of Flight of the phoenix and watched it whilst sharing a bottle of wine. In the evening we went out to the pub to see our friends Liz and Ian who also live in the same town as us, Belper.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Camra Beer Festival
Labels: Out and About
Nine Inch Nails Concert
Originally I couldn't get tickets for this gig as they sold out very quickly, but my wife Amanda surprised me with a couple of tickets that she bid for on Ebay. I was over the moon, and so was Neil :-)
Neil took a few pictures with his camera phone at the gig, naturally they didn't come out that great due to our distance from the stage and the low light, but I've included them on here anyway.
Labels: Out and About