Jan 032016


No Man’s Sky, developed by a small core group of British indie developers, is due for release in June on the PS4. It looks like a combination of Spore and Elite. Procedurally generated (random) certainly opens up an opportunity for a truly massive universe but the worlds are clearly reset on every visit so leaving a planet and returning will result in exactly the same experience – i.e. the world may not evolve of change between visits – so if it has resources (oil fore example) does it run out? I doubt it. Also you might find an ice planet next to a desert planet – odd.

Anyway, I spent hours on Elite on the BBC Model B in the 80’s and I see this as basically Elite with one heck of a visual makeover!

I’m a keen follower of ‘open world’ games and this looks like an excellent one – the pennies are in the bank waiting for June…

 Posted by at 4:00 pm
Jan 032016

According to the Guardian you could have purchased 200g of smoked Scottish salmon in Lidl at Christmas for £2.65. Today, direct from the Inverawe smokehouse, 200g will cost you £12.75. Quite a saving, but the Lidl Salmon is not from Inverawe.

Scottish salmon, processed, but of course, in Poland. It has not come back from its holiday refreshed. The texture is greasy and gelatinous and its ineffectual smoke is one-dimensional. You might be able to use it as an ingredient in, say, a quiche, but served on its own it would be badly exposed.


Clever marketing. Use the best bits of the product (Scotland) and leave out the worst. A lot fewer people would probably buy a pack of “Polish processed Scottish smoked Salmon“. Apart from the insanity, are you thinking about your carbon footprint here? No.

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 Posted by at 10:58 am
Sep 112015

The PlayStation engine is 20 years old! (well, in Europe it’s 20 on the 29th September, so I’m a little early).

With a Playstation, PS2, PS3 and now a PS4 to complete the set I’m feeling happy. Some zombies to kill now…(currently playing The Last of Us)


 Posted by at 6:01 pm