Welcome to the brave new digital world…. Eventually.

Sorry, Mr Carrot - you'll have to grow an afro for now.The new issue of Edge was waiting for me when I got home last night, and I sat down on the sofa to flick through it with my son (who’s six). At the end of the reviews section, we came across a review of a game called ‘Bonsai Barber’ for the Wii. I knew nothing at all about this, but my son instantly took a liking to it and wanted to know if we could order it from the shop. Realising it was a downloadable Wiiware title, I told him we could do better than that – we could get it right now if we had enough points kicking around. And lo, there was much excitement! Well… from him, anyway. Read more of this post


The Tip Top Ten of E3

Lloyd Mangram would be proud!Well, E3’s all over (including the shouting) and by and large it was a pretty good bash, especially compared to last year’s table-top/car-boot sale thing. There was a shocking amount of stuff up for perusal, so much so that I could barely bring myself to check the RSS feeds at one point – that “1000+ articles unread” indicator was just taunting me. But at the end of the day… there have to be winners! And these are mine – an alphabetically-ordered list of the ten most exciting games from last week’s coverage. You will probably disagree, but hey – this is my song! 🙂
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E3 Conferences: Nintendo

NintendoTo say I wasn’t expecting much from Nintendo at E3 is possibly the understatement of the year – I wasn’t expecting anything from Nintendo at E3, not for me, anyway. We may have a full complement of Nintendo machines at Chez Blerk, but I tend to spend very little time with them due to a conflict of interests between me and the ‘rich guys’. That said, last year’s conference was famous for being ‘diabolical beyond belief’, so there was a certain amount of car-crash fascination which lead me to look forward to this year. Could they surprise me? Actually, they did. Read more of this post

Breaking The Habit


I’ve never been one for rushing. At anything. Yes, yes – including blog posts.

More to the point (and I assure you there is one, for those of you gasping at the huge expanse of text here), I’ve never been one to rush into buying new console hardware. These things tend to cost money you see, and being the terminal pessimist that I am I’ve often found it difficult to muster up the excitement that many people seem to be able to generate in the run up to a new hardware launch. When the Xbox 360 first launched waaaay back in 2005, I eagerly tuned in for the hideous MTV launch show but I had no intention of buying one at that point. In fact, truth be told I had no intention of buying one at all – I was perfectly happy with my PS2 and was 100% certain that it’d be the PS3 on my future Christmas list rather than Microsoft’s bile-green-tinged offspring. Read more of this post