Monthly Archives: September 2011

“Call of Duty” – Insane, Gamer Rage edition.

Not big, not clever but that kid might think twice about trash-talking online again...

Unemployed Brit gamer Mark Bradford needs to explore anger management.

Joystiq today reports that Bradford, 46, became so enraged by a 13-year-old boy killing him in games of “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and his constant online taunts that he tracked the child down to his home address and assaulted him.

Putting aside the fine example offered by a parent who lets their child play “Call of Duty” online, this is a fairly disturbing story and one which perhaps reinforces the idea that you might want to be a bit more careful when you call out people on PSN, Xbox Live or PC gaming sessions for being cheap, camping douches who noob tube and don’t play the game properly.  It also confirms the worst prejudices of many people in society who see gamers as maladjusted, rage-aholic nut-jobs who are a harsh word away from gunning down the people in their office because they screwed up a ‘capture the flag’ match.

Not many people emerge from this story with much in the way of honour, but the key thing to remember is that this guy’s an ass first and a gamer second.  Everybody gets yelled at on Live by 13-year-old boys but not everybody has the absurd desire to track down the little buggers in real life.  ‘Real life’ being the key phrase here.

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Do you have Rolling Eyeballs?

Borscht is recommended, people. It's quality eating...

Become a fan of lovely blogging, fine (re)fashions and the generally awesome world of Mrs Rolling Eyeballs at her fantastic blog.  Which, by way of some coincidence, is also called Rolling Eyeballs and is guaranteed to make you attractive, popular and irresistible to small terriers.

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“Inspector Spacetime” – the question isn’t where, but when…

I love nerds. Nerds effing rule.

Over at Tor’s blog, there’s a fantastic piece about “Community” and it’s insta-cult “Doctor Who” parody, “Inspector Spacetime” – which you can watch here on IO9.

A 45 second throwaway gag in the “Community” season premiere now has its own fandom.  Sometimes, I really love Teh Internetz…

The show that "Doctor Who" wishes it was. Or something. My head hurts.



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When customer service goes bad…

Enjoy the dole queue, boys...

Bitterwallet, my very favourite consumer blog, have a quite wonderful story today which may very well cause you to fall off the sofa as you read it.

It concerns a Melbourne clothing boutique, staggering levels of bad customer service and epic, deluded levels of self-importance when the store in question was called out on their shortcomings.  An excerpt from the letter that this soon-to-go-out-of-business store wrote to their aggrieved customer?  Why, certainly…

“Insofar as our employee goes; Similar to our product offerings, our employees are selected with a similar approach. Chris whom served you is a qualified stylist whom has a sixth sense for fashion, and Chris’s only problem is that he is too good at what he does, and as I am sure you are aware, people whom are talented, generally do not tolerate having their time wasted, which is the reason you were provoked to leave the store”.

More awesome stupidity over at Bitterwallet.

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Kindle Fire – but not in the UK.

Amazon have announced their tablet, then.  Which is very nice if you live in the US and slightly less interesting if you live in Europe.

How very unexpected.

Tech company covert the business of middle class Americans. News at eleven.

The Guardian has full, live-blog goodness from the big reveal (new, ad-supported Kindle for £89) but the upshot of the press conference announcement is a $199, 7″ screen tablet,shipping on November 15, which is so utterly married to Amazon’s US-only Cloud services that you won’t be able to buy one outside the States. Yet.

Really nice, but not available in Europe until much, much later.

Cue lots of people either Bundleboxing the Kindle Fire for giggles and getting their VPN on or deciding to give Apple’s iPad their Tablet business.  Which is perhaps not the result that Jeff Bezos intended…


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“Dead Island” – the movie (of the trailer)

In a move which either spells creative bankruptcy or a refreshing belief in the possibility of an adaptation far exceeding the quality of the original source material, film studio Lionsgate have announced plans to adapt developer Techland and publisher Deep Silver’s hit Zombie RPG “Dead Island”. can check in, but you'll never leave.

With horror form in the shape of the “Saw” franchise at least Lionsgate are unlikely to get the genre jitters with marketing the end result if it actually goes into production, but it’s a topic of debate online as to which “Dead Island” we’ll be seeing at the multiplex.

The evocative, haunting horror tone poem of THAT trailer?  Or the slightly shonky, fairly broken shambling corpse of a game which the trailer had the slight misfortune to have advertised (honestly, trailer, you could do so much better than this game.  Have you considered perhaps advertising a Bioware game?  Something from Valve, perhaps?).

If Lionsgate’s film-makers go the literal route and adapt the game, expect dodgy voice acting, mental pop-in aplenty and the film to crash mid-way through the running time.  Not that the PC version is bugged beyond hilarity or anything, of course…

I kid, of course.  The DVD will explode in your player instead and kill you (it’s a +5 melee weapon…).

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“Doctor Who Confidential” – survived Daleks & Cybermen, killed by BBC cuts

Still, at least "Hotter Than My Daughter" got the chop, too...

SFX has sad news for Whovians – “Doctor Who Confidential” has undergone its last regeneration – the BBC have cancelled it with effect from the end of this series.

What am I supposed to do after “Doctor Who” episodes now?  Talk to people? Do productive things? A pox on this absurdity!

Citing a 20% cut in budgets across the BBC, controller Zai Bennett is focussing the smaller pot of cash available to the corporation on ‘post-watershed, original commissions’.  Perhaps my media-speak is a little rusty – doesn’t that usually translate as ‘cheap, schlocky tat’?   Can we be brave enough to hope for several more series along the lines of Snog, Marry, Avoid’, only more crass?  Are there enough former members of Atomic Kitten available to front such peerless examples of quality television?  Or must we – gulp – go down the Steps route…

I, for one, will miss “Confidential”.  It did a great job of taking you behind the scenes of the best show on television, showing you all aspects of the production process and even showed you just how terrifying the idea of Karen Gillan learning to drive really is.

A nation (of picky, slightly grumpy nerds) salutes…


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A “Doctor Who” wish list…

Over at the Tor Books blog, there’s a fantastic post pitching five writers who should write for “Doctor Who”.  As for the suggestion that “30 Rock” creator and awesome nerd genius Tina Fey should take a crack at an episode – yes, yes, YES!

This. NEEDS. To. Happen.

My own, humble suggestions for hypothetical “Doctor Who” episode writers?

1) Dan Abnett.  He’s written “Torchwood” and “Doctor Who”  novels, surely this is just a matter of time.

Novelist, 40K mainstay, comics creator and bloke who should write "Who"

2) Jasper Fforde.  As we’ll never see a “Thursday Next” film, wouldn’t it be interesting to see what he could do working in this universe, and utilising his love of literature in the service of the Doctor’s adventures.

Creator of "Thursday Next" and fantastically imaginative heir to Douglas Adams' tradition of witty, absurd SF fantasy

3) Audrey Niffenegger.  Author of “The Time Traveller’s Wife”, “Her Fearful Symmetry” and compadre of Neil Gaiman.  I’m just saying…

Unashamed Sci-Fi author, visual artist and ace Q & A-ist...

Your list, perhaps?

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“Doctor Who” – ‘The Wedding of River Song’ – spoilers!

SFX have only gone and done another one of their excellent, slightly maddening, question-inducing spoiler-free previews for this Saturday’s season finale.

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As ever, the non-spoiler preview does a great job of giving you out-of-context info, asides and speculation and letting you go wild with it as you will.

I’m going to guess that the nature of the eye-patches above is dealt with – I have a theory – and that the remark in Dave Golder’s “SFX” preview which relates to some seriously impressive visual effects stuff might refer to the world created in the US press release for the episode, which is so fricking spoilery that I’ll not tell you where I read it, just in case.

Seriously, stay away from the US press release if you want to go in blind.  You’ll thank me.



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Karl Urban in “Riddick 3”?

More news from the “Riddick” verse – Horror blog Bloody Disgusting reports that Karl Urban may be about to return in “Riddick 3” as Lord Vaako, the sort-of-bad-guy he played in “The Chronicles of Riddick”.

And I ask you again, milady - what the frak happened to my chuffing hair?

Not a confirmed return yet, but a welcome one, should it actually happen.  As Empire’s story notes, it’s good to see that Universal, David Twohy and Vin Diesel don’t appear to be ignoring the second movie entirely with this reboot and are keeping continuity in play.

Bad ass mother trucker or Oakley spokesmodel? The eternal debate.

With the rejuvenated success of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, a third “Riddick” movie and a potential third “XXX” actioner, does anybody else feel like they’ve woken up back in the early part of the Noughties?

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