Hello! I’ve had rather a long day, visiting the University of East Anglia in sunny Norwich. Very nice place, and I’ll hopefully be going there in September*. I’ve also been playing Dragon Age 2, which is excellent. I’ve been playing Origins for the last month or so, and the improvement in combat is VAST. The increased immediacy of the combat is such a welcome relief after the sluggish, shuffle-around-to-hit-anyone combat of Oranges. I prefer the Hawke character to the Oranges character, if only because he has a name characters can call him**, but also because his family and background affects you immediately and continuously, rather than in the origin story, wherever you visit that’s relevant and in the epilogue.
Charlie Brooker seems to have become the de facto face of BBC 4, because he’s the only one on there who’s programs are worth a damn. For those of you who don’t know, Mr Brooker is a acerbic, ranting former games journalist who now writes for the Guardian and makes programs ridiculing television, news and videogames for the BBC. So you can why I like him. Oh, and (of course) I need to point out he looks a bit like a white Laurence Fishburne.
On this episode of the NRBcast, we delve into the wild and wacky world of news, discussing, amongst other things, the Labour party conference and the tsunami in American Samoa. One was funnier than the other. We also laughed at Glenn Beck, applauded Charlie Brooker, mocked Michael Moore, we found that De Blob was free, Scribblenauts was flawed but charming, and Jim Carrey can jump off a cliff !