Changing the age of driving from 17 to 18 because we don’t know WTF we’re doing.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 11, 2013 by Kat

Here in the UK, it has been proposed that the legal age of driving is changed from 17 to 18 to reduce the number of accidents and deaths caused by inexperienced drivers.

WHAT?!?!?! How does that make sense?  By moving the age from 17 to 18 is only moving the inexperience to a different age!

If a person learns to drive at 40, they will be just as inexperienced as a 17 year old that has just started to learn to drive. Neither have ANY experience. Age has nothing to do with it. Sure, they’ll have more life experience, but life experience doesn’t give you better road experience or better reactions. In fact, it would have the opposite effect. Surely the younger you can get someone learning, the more time they have to gain experience?!?!

Surely common sense will prevail.

GTA Online stimulus (and I’m still worse off for it)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 11, 2013 by Kat

Yes, this is a child-like moan about not being restored fictional money.

First off, as Rockstar have explained, their $500,000 to everyone is a ‘stimulus’. So this means Rockstar are doing nothing about my in-game loss, or anyone’s loss for that matter. Instead, they’re giving everyone some cash regardless of their circumstances. This means you’ll be 500k better off, but so will EVERYONE who has played or will play the game this month (at time of writing). Exploited the game and already have $5,000,000 in the bank? Have another $500,000! Lost $1,000,000 hard-earned in-game dollars? Have $500,000! You’ve only lost $500,000 overall!

Those that think that they are actually getting this as compensation, I assure them they are not. They will be no better off than those unaffected by Rockstar’s complete fuck-up of an online launch. In fact, they will be just as worse off as they were before. Let’s look at the maths:

Me – lost 87k. Given 500k. Balance = 413k

Anyone who has lost NOTHING – lost 0k. Given 500k. Balance = 500k

Effectively, my stimulus is 413k. Theres is 500k. And I’m the one that has had the loss!

So… I’m not compensated? I’m clearly 87k down against anyone else in the game, so my loss still remains.

So… Someone like me who has experienced losses will still be $87,000 worse off than someone that starts playing in two weeks time.

Not only am I not compensated, but I’m STILL worse off than anyone that hasn’t had any problems.

With regard to Rockstar’s mention of economy, I would have to ask… what economy? This is not an MMORPG. I cannot buy from others, and I cannot sell to others. In addition, some people have exploited the game and gained $2,000,000 in an hour or so of gaming. In that time I made a significant loss due to my -$87,000. They speak of economy and giving 250k in two stages not to wreck it, but whatever economy it apparently has is surely already shot to shit within a week of launch?

I accept they can’t rectify individual issues, so I guess my gripe is with the abysmal launch of the online mode. Before anyone starts moaning that there will be issues at launch and blah blah blah, let me explain that I am not criticising the server-related issues. However, it appears there has been little thought as to how the game should behave when a loss of server connection occurs.

I am assuming it was the connection issues that have caused the many losses people have experienced. Allowing players to continue progress without being able to save immediately sounds alarming! Was this not considered? The many exploits in the game are glaringly obvious. If they really wanted to protect this non-existent economy, why not identify these during testing? This all smacks of a rushed launch without adequate testing time.

Rockstar have botched this online launch, where people are at end-game content after just hours of playing. So much for the long-term. Yes, more content will be coming, but by then I’ll have moved on. This is partly because I don’t believe the game can now become what it could have, and I feel that their handling of issues is somewhat illusionary.

R.I.P. Blake Edwards

Posted in News with tags , on December 16, 2010 by The DvS

Being thrown out of this place is significantly better than being thrown out of a leper colony.

The Assassination of Yogi Bear

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2010 by GW Paperstacks

Thor Blimey (again)

Posted in News, Trailers with tags , , , , on December 11, 2010 by The DvS

If I got to be honest, this trailer for Thor poses more interest than that elongated Comic Con leak a few months back. Now I’m rather keen to see it, where as before I was rather in two minds whether I should take a toilet during Hopkins hamming up Odin. Watch, people.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Thor Blimey (again), posted with vodpod


Transformers: Nothing like Pink Floyd. Shush.

Posted in News, Previews, Trailers with tags , , , , on December 9, 2010 by The DvS

Dark Of The Moon? Really? That’s the best you could come up with? Sounds tragic on name alone.

Nevertheless, Michael Bay is back with his take on big robots who seem really crap at hiding. The third instalment of Transformers is on the way, and Blammo don’t half love a bit of robot on robot action. Well, personal opinon differs amongst us all, but even though Megan Fox has departed (SHAME, no really I’m serious, I love her. LOVE. A LA STALK), we still have those lovely little clunk click noises to look forward to!

We needn’t analyse anything here. There’s a situation involving the first men on the moon (not HG Wells folks. Sorry, run along…) and it’s clearly been covered up that they run into a Decepticon ship on the moon and potentially awake something that’s probably not going to do very well on the toy stakes unless it’s really cool in the movie. Don’t you hate that? Your big bad in your film is £3.97 in Toys R Us within four weeks of release? BOOOOO.

Tease us then. I enjoyed them clunks and clicks.

R.I.P. Irvin Kershner

Posted in News with tags , , , on November 29, 2010 by The DvS

So soon as one leaves us, another one goes…

Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again and my favourite, Robocop 2. Rest in peace.