Apr. 28th, 2010

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It was hot and muggy in the office today, even with the windows open. The air conditioning system still hasn't quite cottoned on to the state of the weather yet. It's like the situation with the radiators which are always guaranteed to come on full blast on the first of October, regardless of the ambient temperature.

There was a bit of a fresh breeze outside though when I went out for a walk at lunchtime, making it two days in a row. I don't know if I'll make a habit of using the Runkeeper record, but it was interesting to see where I ended up yesterday. I do get slightly irritated by the automated Foursquare posts that some people generate on Twitter that give a public account of where they are at any given moment, but at least with Runkeeper it is under my control.

Two items of games news.

I downloaded the demo of Blur on xbox the other day, which to my mild disappointment is not a Britpop sim but is instead an utterly crack-a-lack ding-dong racing game that is something like a cross between Project Gotham Racing and Mario Kart. It takes various real world cars like the Focus and the Sirocco, gives them a selection of colourful power ups of various flavours and then sets them loose on some ludicrously frenetic multi-player races. Good fun in short bursts on Live, but I don't know if I'd be that fussed about getting the game just to play the single player mode. Being hit with a lightning bolt or an earthquake just as you are about to cross the finishing line is bad enough when it's your friend doing it, but just plain nasty when it's the computer.

Alan Wake, a psychological thriller due out in the middle of May, now has a series of prequel webisodes to set the scene. The game is heavily influenced by Stephen King, featuring an amnesiac writer as the eponymous protagonist, with a generous helping of Twin Peaks in its Pacific North West woodland setting and cast of eccentric town folk to boot. Needless to say, I have the game on pre-order already, and these videos are well worth a gander.

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