Eurogamer Expo 2009 – The Review

EG Expo 2009So, yesterday I spent a rather long day at the Eurogamer Expo in Leeds. My legs may never forgive me, but myself and a small band of merry forumites had a marvellous day meeting the staff and playing some stuff that we hadn’t played before! If you’ve got a ticket for one of the upcoming days then you’re likely to come away rather pleased.

While it’s all still fresh in my head, I’ve done a super-quick round-up of everything I paid even slight attention to. Have fun! 🙂

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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

Recommended: De Blob

It's cheap as chips, too, you bloody cheapskate!We bought our Wii for my son’s birthday last November and to be honest I wasn’t expecting to like it very much. And what do you know? Shock, horror….. I don’t like it very much. Actually, that’s a bit mean – I don’t really have anything against the machine itself, which is kind of cute, it’s just that the games we have for it…. don’t really gel with my tastes for the most part.

That’s why I feel it necessary to start off my new ‘Recommended’ category with the only Wii exclusive that I feel is really worth the money – THQ’s ‘De Blob’.

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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

Doubling Your Chances Of Success

Tasty!Once, when I was but a naive teenager with little experience of the world, I bought a box of Double Deckers. Chewy but crunchy, covered with Cadbury’s chocolate and not yet ruined by the addition of raisins, it seemed like a remarkable deal when the owner of the shop I worked in offered me a whole box of 70-odd bars for a bargain ‘couple of quid’ because they were nearing their sell-by date. Sticking them in the cupboard at home, I was well chuffed – “that’s my chocolate sorted for the foreseeable future”, said I! And for a couple of weeks things were great, too – fancy some chocolate? Double Decker on tap! Nice. Read more of this post

Breaking The Habit

Matron!

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