Originally published on Aeropause.com
You know what? It’s actually good!
Alright, let’s rewind. If you played the dire mess that was the first Red Steel, and somehow managed to avoid every trailer for this game showing how very different it was, you would have been very surprised indeed. Gone is the vaguely real world setting, jerky controls and N64 graphics. Instead, we have a East-meets-Wild-West setting, silky-smooth controls and rather pretty cel-shaded graphics.
s may remember back in the day (i.e. last year sometime) this blog had a podcast. It was pretty much Scott and I talking for about half an hour about things and stuff, edited together (badly) by me on Garageband, with some loops running in the background. It’s actually still on iTunes (the link is not an invitation to listen. Please don’t listen.) despite the fact that we haven’t posted an episode in nearly half a year. However, due in part to laziness, and in part a desire to mix up the format, we did Episode 3 in a different fashion, so rather than a structured, orderly show, it was like listening to a conversation between Scott and I.
I’d love to do a long and interesting blog post today, but sadly, I’m tied up with coursework of various sorts. At the moment, I’m doing a biology essay about hypothyroidism. It’s a condition whereby for one reason or another, your body isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones, so you have to take some artificial stuff. Trouble is, that can have side effects, and that’s rather problematic… but you’re probably not very interested in the working of the thyroid gland.
What about my physics, measuring the Young Modulus of copper? The Young Modulus is a measure of a material’s stiffness, calculated stress/strain, stress being force/cross-sectional area and strain being extension/original length. I take measurements on a bit of copper wire, hang some weights from it, measure the extension et al and put it all in a graph. Figure out the limit of proportionality, and bingo! There’s your answer
I’ve got a rather large set of questions for chemistry that I’ve made some headway in, and a calculation exam tomorrow, which involves takings some numbers, multiplying or dividing them and writing down the answer (that’s seriously all it is folks. Just remember n=m/M and c=n/v and you’ll be fine).
As for maths, well, I’ve just got lots and lots of sheets to do, practice practice practice. I’m going to be quite busy over the Easter holiday; what with all the schoolwork and the writing comedy songs and visiting the relatives, I’ll barely have enough time to lie around playing videogames! What sort of a holiday would that be, I ask you?
There you have it, folks, possibly my lowest point; a blog post talking about college work (when I should actually be doing college work). Never mind, time to finish that essay…
This review originally published at Aeropause.com
Being a game about combat in a current-day context, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has been compared by a lot of people to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Now, unlike the rest of the Earth’s population, I don’t own Modern Warfare 2, so I cannot compare the two. I can, however, say that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a very good game. Read on, then, as I uncover a game of shooting, explosions, and destructible buildings…
So, I spent the best part of the day in the Great Hall of Queen Mary University, London, due to the rather amusing UK Webcomix Thing 2010, where we were hawking our paltry wares (sort of). It was a truly remarkable experience. The only thing it was similar to (for me at least) was back in the day when we were doing Robot Wars; sitting around in a big, crowded space with a bunch of like-minded, friendly and cheery people. The difference (apart from the lack of robots) was that at Robot Wars, the sitting-around stuff can be rather dull, ’cause all you’re really doing is waiting to be told when to take your robot and go fight. At Thing, the sitting around was the main event! Oh, and there were chairs, rather than just benches. That was definitely a plus.
Just completed Mass Effect 2. It’s really really good.
Tired now. G’night.
As a science student, I often feel that the general public’s lack of scientific knowledge should be somehow remedied, and it’s entirely possible that the best medium for this is television. Alright, ITV is completely meritless in this regard, and I’m not sure you can count Channel 4 and 5′s endless parade of freak shows as ‘science broadcasting’) but the BBC covers science for the lay-person with a handful of shows, the long running Horizon, which has been described somewhat unkindly (by me, on occasion) as science for dummies, when really it’s just ‘science for humanities graduates’ (
same thing really), or the more recent (and interesting) shows by Jim Al-Khalili, and the high-profile astrophysics lovefest that is Wonders of the Solar System with Prof. Brian Cox, which has flaws that I’ll discuss at a later date, but is actually well worth watching. Not something that can be said for possibly the worst televisual event since the last two episodes of Doctor Who. I’m talking, of course, about the return of Bang Goes The Theory.
Sorry, dear reader. A combination of college work, story writing, Mass Effect 2 and taking out a hit on certain BBC commissioning editors took up too much time. This isn’t the real post for today – my pronouncements on Bang Goes The Theory’s return and the general state of science programming and the media will be along shortly. I committed to One A Day, and One A Day I shall damn well do. Oh, I’m going to the UK Web and Mini Comix Thing 2010 at the Great Hall of Queen Mary University with my dad and my brother, for the comic that they’re doing, for which I’m writing the novelisation, which can now be found at wychwolf.co.uk. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned that before…
Anyway, back in a mo. Got some other writing to do; but will try not to slip again (this is the first time, bizarrely).
This was my response to a friend of mine accusing me of narrow-mindedness over the health reforms in America. He contended that my statement that the UK’s healthcare system was better than the US’ was wrong, and that Obama shouldn’t have pushed through the healthcare reform because people didn’t want it. While I’ll probably phrase this better elsewhere, this is my response. I rather liked it, which is why you’re getting this, rather than a year-long rant about Bang Goes The Theory (again.).