I’ve accumulated a big pile cds/dvds from the front of the various games magasines I’ve been reading in my sick bed during the week. although I still have a pretty heavy cold I’ve managed to make it as far as my study to stick a few of them in my computer.

dvd from the front of pc zone:

halo: combat evolved

I’ve already finished this game on the x-box and it is very cool. although on the pc the graphics are more detailed and it’s a relief to be able to play with a mouse rather than a controller it somehow doesn’t quite seem right – despite turning all the video setting to maximum I all the textures just seem a bit blurry from a distance. maybe it’s a sign I should get a new graphics card.

pro evolution soccer 3

couldn’t even bring myself to bother installing it.


I was almost imediately annoyed by my sidekick – sister celeste – who seemed to exercise no caution at all when going into battle. she’d disappear into the distance, sword waving and be fairly knackered by the time I got there. what is more stupid is that she would then fail to pick up any of the plentiful health packs lying around to heal herself. the in game graphics are quite pretty but I think enough wars have been fought over religion, I’d prefer to fight about something more realistic . . . like alien invasion !

chicago 1930

this game appears to bascially be syndicate the only differences being it’s set in 1930 and its crap.

silent hill 3
wouldn’t run as it apparently needs a video card with programmable vertex/pixel shader support. I really really need a new graphics card !


this was an online demo and I really couldn’t be bothered to find a server and play online so all I could do was start my own server and wander round like billy no-mates looking at the pictures on the walls. the game is a cell shaded fps and looks pretty good. I can’t really say any more than that due to the total lack of anything to go on. I would however be nice if stuff like sheets of glass, computers, plant pots, etc. broke when you shot them.

fifa 2004

ffffttt – football again. no thanks.

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time passes

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ok – so I got distracted for about 8 hours and went and bought hitman 2 for the x-box so I’ve been playing that instead – I’ll let you know how it goes.

but for now – bed.

the flu

well, it’s been quite a while since I wrote a diary entry – 17 months to be exact (how lazy is that). quite a lot’s happened in that time, the main things being getting married to janie and becoming a father to be. all in all it’s been quite an exciting year – although the culmination (the birth) doesn’t happen till january.

I’ve been in bed ill since tuesday night with the flu. I’m feeling a little better now so decided to put my spare time to good use and actually write an entry.

I bought max payne last weekend for my x-box. although it’s quite an old game now I was pretty impressed – a really good story line and a really “dark” feel to it. “bullet time” is really neat too ! needless to say I finished it after a couple of days – but thats ok, max payne 2 is out now so the only decision I have to make is wether to buy it for my pc or x-box.

I feel quite pleased that the article I wrote about installing debian with an adaptec hostraid controller has so far led two other people to contact me. when I wrote the article I guess I didn’t really think that anyone would read it – I guess I have google to thank for that.

steve cole is on holiday in florida at the moment leaving roland and I (infact mainly roland as I’ve been off work sick) to cope with the dizzy world of technical support on our own. before he went he manged to install moveable type so you can keep up with his holiday antics online.

tom and I have been gradually watching seasons of babylon 5 and farscape. I’ve been a long time fan of babylon 5 but have never actually watched *all* the episodes in order – we’ve just finished season 3 but unfortunately season 4 isn’t due out untill january – bit of a wait !. I only watched farscape for the first time this year, I have to admit I’m hooked – it’s great – not really like any other scifi show I’ve seen. I was quite pleased to be rated as a “manic academic farscape fanatic” on the farscape purity test at http://www.sadgeezer.com/.

well – it looks like janie may well be coming down with my flu, so I guess I better look after her and start cooking tea.