Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Sun Dodging

I absolutely love summer. I'm a summer baby and I live for June to August, spending as much time outdoors as possible doing summery-type things with friends, such as barbequeues and walks or just lazing in someone's garden. Lets face it, this summer has been shit. Last weekend I was getting drenched at Bloodstock, this bank holiday weekend was absolutely amazing.

Not that I saw much sunshine.

Sure, Saturday evening was spent enjoying a nice barbequeue in Jamie and Chrissy's garden (until the attacking flying ants took back the garden), but for the rest of the weekend I was shut away indoors with my 360. Even when I was literally drenched in sweat with the desk fan blowing directly into my face could I not tear myself away from the glorious weekend of gaming that I'd been gifted with.

It doesn't happen very often these days - I can no longer spend more than a couple of hours with a game until boredom strikes but let me tell you: Bioshock ticks all the right boxes. It draws you in with gorgeous visuals, pins you in your chair with an atmosphere that absolutely
oozes style, slaps you round the face with tense gameplay and refuses to let you look away with its fantastically deep storyline. To make sure I don't miss any of the story, I printed out a list of the locations of all the audio logs in the game, and I've been making a point of collecting them all. That involved some backtracking, but I'm fairly certain I've collected them all up to my last save point. I'm currently just over half way through the game.

I imagine that I would have finished Bioshock this weekend if it wasn't for Space Giraffe. As I mentioned in my last entry, I purchased this wonderful little Llamasoft game on XBLA just before the weekend and now I've fallen in love with it. It's a lot more involved than a straightforward shooter, and awards tactical gameplay over lightning-fast reflexes, which suits me fine. I'm currently sitting at about #200 on the leaderboards, but I know that I'll be able to get in the top 100 with little more effort, maybe even the top 50.

This weekend I finished reading
Peter F. Hamilton's "The Dreaming Void". I don't get a lot of time to read, but when I do I'm currently favouring sci-fi novels, particularly the works of Hamilton and Iain M. Banks. This particular book is the first in Hamilton's lastest trilogy and is shaping up to be another page-turning journey and I enjoyed this book just as much as any form the Night's Dawn trilogy and the Commonwealth Saga. As always, the book ended with a couple of great cliffhangers and it's going to be a long wait until next year's second part. In the meantime, I'm going back to Banks' "Use of Weapons" which is a seriously hard slog of a book. After that, I'll get on with the rest of Banks' Culture series.

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