So all quiet on the Rossignol front, then. Or so youâ€™d think were you to gauge the activity in this here region of hypertext as representative of my output in the last couple of weeks. The truth is that Iâ€™ve been playing a fuck of a lot of games, and sometimes even writing about them. Hey: itâ€™s my job. I love that. Yeah, I can even sign off days of idling clicking at nothing in Eve Online as somehow My Job. Because it is.
Ah yes. Other games played recently include Age of Empires III, Fable: The PC Version, Darwinia: Buy The Fucking Game, F.E.A.R., Hulk, Battlefield 2, Second Life, Bone, and How Long Can I Sit Here Playing Games Before The Food Runs Out. I like that last one best, but Iâ€™m rubbish at it and keep going to the shop for
Iâ€™ve also been smirking at Enoâ€™s Oblique Strategies, which Gillen rediscovered the other day.
[19:29] Kieron: Also, I plan to cook
[19:29] Kieron: And click a Oblique Strategy for the road.
[19:29] Jim: heh
[19:30] Kieron: “Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them.”
[19:30] Jim: !
[19:30] Kieron: Right
[19:30] Jim: The Zen of Eno
[19:30] Kieron: This is going to be an imaginative stir fry
[19:30] Kieron: Hope Jane is okay with it
And so on. I am vaguely tempted to make a gamerâ€™s spoof of this, but thatâ€™s some kind of double nerd inversion, and I wasnâ€™t sure that the world was ready.
In the moments when I get a cup of tea and sit in the fading sunshine, I’ve been re-reading a selection of JG Ballard’s journalism, which is actually getting on a bit now, so I hope a new reader turns up soon.
Anyway, there’s a piece called Project For A Glossary Of The Twentieth Century, which was a series of possible feature titles on the subject of the human body that Ballard turned into a list of spoof definitions.
One of those:
“Personal Computers Perhaps unwisely, the brain is subcontracting many of its core functions, creating branch economies that one day amalgamate and mount a management buy-out.”
I’ve also come up with some incredible feature ideas for PC Gamer UK. That magazine continues to shine. Watch That Space.