LSTAR: What a strangely great idea for a game... We need more voxels, people!
Also, faux Zelda!
1 x Twin RCA Coupler - £1.75
1 x Twin RCA Male to 3.5mm Female Lead - £3.40
2 x Post and Packaging - Free
Being Able to Hear the XBox Through My Headphones - Priceless.
Playing - Ground Control
Massive Entertainment's Magnum Opus seemed to ignore as much of RTS convention as it invented. 3D terrain, that had debuted the year before in Warzone 2100, was seen to full effect with pesky hills getting in the way of barrages of cannon shells and what not. With no economy, resource gathering or base building (units being limited to between 3 and 12 depending on how many dropships were available for a given mission) battles boiled down to pure tactics. Units had to be positioned to complement each other, avoid damage and (more importantly) minimize friendly fire. Juggling tank squadrons, pulling back units for repair and constantly trying to outmaneuver the opposition makes for incredibly compelling skirmishes. Graphically still holding up nicely today despite a somewhat hideous UI. All wrapped up in a Hard Sci-fi plot that's basically Starship Trooper, minus the bugs.
Reading - A Clash of Kings
George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire saga continues it's descent into GrimDark with more senseless violence, depravity and smart Fantasy writing. A slightly slower pace than the first volume with an interesting look into some of the Religions of Westeros.
Listening - Spotify
I can't really nail this down to any one album or even artist. I've been listening to everything from Chopin's Noctures through Gnarls Barkley's Odd Couple through to even poppier numbers like La Roux's La Roux and Röyksopp's Night Out. If there's one thing I can say about Spotify, it really does help with breaking down your inhibitions.
Watching - Movies!
I went to see Moon this week. It's very Clarke (high praise in my books) and looks a lot like a cross between 2001 and Dark Star. I also managed to see a screening of The Blues Brothers which was epic, as always.
Intel Q6700 @ 4x3Ghz (or really, as high as I can push them)
ATI HD 4890 PCS+
4 GB OCZ RAM @ 1066Mhz
1TB Samsung Eco Drive
DFI LANParty X48
And a few other, less important bits and bobs,
All wrapped up in a surprisingly attractive Antec 300 case
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree