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Review: UFC: Undisputed 2010

Yes, I know. Will do Doctor Who Script Editor tomorrow

This review was originally published on Aeropause.com
I’m not a ultimate fighting fan, or indeed much of a sport fan at all, but I was rather intrigued by UFC: Undisputed 2010. Last year’s UFC game from Yuke’s and THQ was very well received, and ultimate fighting isn’t a particularly ‘traditional’ sport. With the brutal violence of boxing and the theatrical prancing of wrestling, it’s certainly rather different, and while I still have no interest in the sport, it does lend itself rather well to the videogame treatment. Hit the jump to find out if Undisputed is a punch well landed, or misses the mark.
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Chibbers Strikes Back


(thanks to Make for the video)
The above video is the band ArcAttack! who perform music on Tesla coils using a Faraday suit, and their first song on the video is the Doctor Who theme. It’s really, really, really cool.

I completed Fable 2 today. I know, I know, I’m late to the party, but I didn’t have a 360 in ’08, and I’m only playing thanks to the generosity of my friend David (hello David) who lent it to me. It’s a very good game. I’m still enjoying Red Dead, and I need to play some more UFC for review. I’ve been disappointed by the early reviews for Alpha Protocol – it sounds like the game’s a real mess. I was hoping for Mass Effect 2 turned espionage thriller, but nope, it just sounds bad. Which is a shame, but there you go. I’ve also been replaying Half-Life 2 on the Mac – still as good as I remember it. It’s a little odd that what could arguably be considered the ne plus ultra of first-person shooters is now six years old (I engineered that sentence to allow myself to use the phrase ne plus ultra and I already hate myself for it).

My uncle Stephen sent me this video – a young Chris Chibnall criticising an episode of Doctor Who as “Very clichéd… running up and down corridors.. stupid monsters!…Routine…” You know, that’s funny, because… well, I could have sworn I saw an episode of Doctor Who just the other night packed to the rafters with cliché, stupid monsters, and running around in corridor sets which looked like they belonged in the ’80s. Who could have written… oh wait. I’ve been challenged to a game of Doctor Who Script Editor, which I’ll do tomorrow if I have the time – the rules stand thus:

You are given a Doctor Who script to change, what would you alter and why?

To make it more realistic, the following restrictions apply:
(1) The sets and costumes have been made
(2) The locations have been paid for
(3) The effects are already in pre-production (giving a little bit of leeway – e.g. still spitfires, still in space but what they do and where they fly can be different)
(4) As script editor you can given strongly worded suggestions in the script to the director.
(5) You can choose not to use any of the resources
(6) No extra money can be allocated for the episode

I’d like to encourage any and all readers to give this a go. The results could be interesting. I’ll do it for Cold Blood tomorrow, and I might give some other episodes a try at some point – The End of Time might be a bit tricky though…

Anyway, that’s all for tonight. See you tomorrow!

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Review: Doctor Who: Cold Blood


I honestly thought that we’d seen the last of the Russell T. Davies era, but no, apparently it lives on through Chris ‘im a riter’ Chibnall, a man so obnoxiously devoid of storytelling ability he burns through clichés with a speed that would put those Silurian tongues to shame (or homo lizard, or whatever the hell we’re calling them now. Join me as we venture into the depths of the Earth, and as usual, spoilers from the beginning.
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Follow the fake BP Public Relations Twitter! It’s very funny!

I’ve discussed the book I’m writing (by the way I’m writing a book, have I mentioned that before?) with a number of friends, and I keep encountering the same thing. All of them say damn near exactly the same thing, some variation on “Yeah, I started writing a book, but then I got bored/tired/hungry and when I came back to it a week later it was rubbish.” Weird, because I’ve also had this experience numerous times. Is this something that happens frequently? Thinking back, any of my attempts to write books have been dogged by apathy, laziness, and the slow realisation that I’m copying the plot of whatever book I’d read and enjoyed enough to galvanise me to try and write a book of my own.
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Piers Moron

I had two exams today. Maths Unit 2 (which was good, apart from question 9) and Physics Unit 1, which was alright. Now I’m afraid that I’m currently rather tired out, and so I’m going to sit down and read my copy of Private Eye, which came through today. In other news, the BBC iPlayer beta is quite good, as is Spotify Premium (I like being able to listen to stuff on my iPod Touch when I’ve not got teh internets). I’m also feeling good because I subscribed to Rock Paper Shotgun ($2 a month, so I don’t know why I’m so proud) and donated some money to This American Life (Ira Glass’ nagging got to me eventually). Now I have a half-term in which to revise. And rest. And then A2s begin. How exciting.
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more piffle.

Things I forgot about the BBC: iPlayer – they were the first to this particular party, and they currently do it the best. Wish they’d put up more archive stuff, but beggers can’t be choosers. Quality content – this was a central but never explicitly stated component of the argument – the BBC do nearly everything well. Apart from BBC 3, which I’m fairly sure the majority of the population have mentally consigned to the stygian depths of the Bottomless Pit. Seriously, look at any other channel. Are they producing (or commisioning) quality content? Other than the occasional American import, they all fare poorly – here and there – ITV’s crime dramas, Channel 4’s Time Team and Scrapheap Challenge – but they’re just letting us nibble at the edges of a delicious cake, while the BBC gives us slices to spare.

Anyway, I’m afraid that’s enough shilly-shallying around here for tonight. I need to get some sleep for my exams tomorrow. These are, however, the last until after half term, so hopefully more quality here, rather than… well, rather than this sort of post, which is barely worth your time, and could be considered insulting to my reader base. If I had one, that is, I’m under no illusions in that regard, although recent traffic figures show an upward trend in readership…

Goodnight.

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Why I Love The BBC


I was listening to The Electric Hydra podcast , when I heard Jim Sterling, a man I think is very funny, express negative views toward the BBC. Now, I sometimes (well, mostly) disagree with Sterling’s opinion, but it’s been something I’ve been hearing from a few people that the BBC ‘isn’t worth the licence fee’. There’s the usual bellyaching about high cost, but there are also those who are of the view that you shouldn’t have to pay for it at all. So, with that in mind, let me take you on a whistle-stop tour of Why The BBC Is Worth It.
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Adam Englebright is on borrowed time at the moment, and begs your forgiveness for the criminally short posts of late.

Going to have to be short today, I’m afraid, biology exam in the morning. Bad news: due to Georgy the Wonder Boy’s planned cuts, my dad’s probably going to lose his job. Good news: I got my provisional driving licence today! I also think I did fairly well in my maths exam this morning: confidant on around 75% of the marks. Righty ho, I’m afraid that’s going to be it for today. Tomorrow, I’ve got a bit more time, and I’ll probably finish up my UFC 2010 review! See you then!

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What I’ve Been Playing This Week(end)

Four things!
1) Red Dead Redemption.

Many have compared this to Grand Theft Auto for obvious reasons, and while there are very definite similarities, what with it being the same dev, etc, etc, it’s a very different game in tone. Rather than the drab, brown-and-grey-cityscape look of GTA, Red Dead has beautiful desert plains, valleys, verdant areas of grassland, the sort of odd rock formations you expect – and it’s full of Stuff. In a way which rather reminded me of Spider-Man 2, you will be going along when suddenly you’re called upon to do something, help someone, and you can choose to either carry on your way or help them, or if you’re really evil, save them then kill them and loot their corpses. Whereas the New York of GTA IV felt barren, almost empty – there was loads of stuff going on, but nothing actually going on – the New Austin of RDR is stuffed to the gills with things. The city of GTA was meant to be ‘living and breathing’, but the deserts feel more alive than the city ever was. I walk into the town of Armadillo, and there are eight or nine things I can do, or just wait until something happens to me. John Marston is a really likeable protagonist – he’s the most polite and respectful I’ve played in quite a while. So, I really like this game. There’s something about galloping across the plain on a stallion while the sun rises behind you. I had a weird existential moment when I had spent a while playing RDR, and then stepped outside only to be accosted by a wave of heat. It was as if my village had been transformed into Armadillo! Where did all the heat come from? I’ll be doing a full review… sometime.
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Review: Doctor Who: The Hungry Earth

Nom nom nom

Well, we always knew it was coming. We haven’t had a properly bad episode this series yet, so I suppose it was inevitable. Filler, there’s been. Mediocre, yes. Brilliance, in greater-than-usual amounts. But bad? Real, proper bad bad? Not until now. Delivered unto us by Chris Chibnall, whose last sclerotic attempt at Doctor Who was ’42’, quite possibly the worst episode in Season 3 (or maybe it was Gridlock. Or The Lazarus Experiment. Or…) I wasn’t expecting much. Sadly, my expectations were met. Hit the jump for more. Spoilers, etc.
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