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There is no gene for the human spirit

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Quote of the day #2

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For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.

(George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm)

I’m glad for one that George is sticking to his word and not making, at least directly, any further Star Wars movies. Disney is an excellent choice to take over Lucasfilm based on their recent track record with Pixar and Marvel.

Other than what others had said, I for one would expect Disney to raise the look of the Star Wars movie franchise. To me that means far less Chroma Key and far more location-based filming. I think Lucas went way overboard in his use of this just to get the recent trilogy(episodes I-III) made quickly. I also believe that Disney do CGI better than anyone else which can’t be bad for the franchise.

I hope that Disney will give the generation that grew up with the original trilogy something to cheer. I remember how awe-inspired I was seeing my first Star Wars back in 1977 and Disney could do well by remembering those adults that still enjoy those original three movies.

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October 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

Low chaos thoughts on Dishonored

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For a game that I nearly passed on, Dishonored has given me a good innings. It runs a close second to the game I consider the best of this year so far. If I had felt a little more attachment to the game-world and Corvo – I hate mute lead characters – then it would have been on par.

Saying that 2012 has been a patchy gaming year for me. Dishonored is the first full game I’ve completed since Mass Effect 2 back in March. So that says something for how well the game was developed. Other than the ‘Blink’ ability that has Corvo manoeuvre the world like a cat after catnip, the other standout feature was the way NPCs would be dynamic to how you approached them. I found the dialogue of those one-sided conversations excellent but would have been far more enriching if Corvo had a speaking role.

Low Chaos then. It did seem the obvious choice really. That’s not to say I ran away or hid from every situation. I found Low Chaos more in keeping with the way I like to play but when things did go wrong I rolled with it. If you employ that type of play-through yourself just make sure you remember to save your game and save it often!

Next up is AC3…

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October 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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Brief thoughts on the first season of Homeland

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Homeland is the first American TV drama my wife has watched with me probably since LOST. The first night we watched the first four episodes and we are now up to date with season two – 16 episodes in. But although its great TV my original concern is still at the forefront of my mind. By announcing a third season I fear my concerns may have just been compounded. Homeland really is a 2-3 season show at best based on the original premise. Introducing another story arc now would feel like dilution but by only having 12 episodes a season helps to keep things fresh.

Another trend that I did post about before looks to be reproduced in Homeland and with the most recent US TV drama(excluding The Walking Dead). I’m not ‘feeling’ the characters like I use to. Is this me getting older and possibly wiser…unlikely…or am I that much out of touch? I am only just connecting with Saul in Homeland while I feel nothing for the rest of the cast. Carrie irritates me more than anything else and I have seen nothing in her character that allows me any sympathy. All rather odd really.

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October 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

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Devil in the details

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As well as enjoying the time I have spent blogging – I started either in 2006 or 2008 – I also appreciate a good post from the number of bloggers I still read. From the bloggers I read there are not many that do the type of post I enjoy the most. That is the blog-reflective type.

One such blogger who has just celebrated six years of blogging, writes a monthly review of his blog without fail. Wilhelm of The Ancient Gaming Noob blog is an out-and-out MMO gamer but I still enjoy the posts where he reflects on what his blog has attracted and what he’s written over the years.

In earlier blogging incantations, I too have attempted something similar. Being as this blog now looks settled I’m looking to revive this type of post here. These posts will be titled, ‘Devil in the details for…’ so if this kind of post does nothing for you, please feel free to skip those.

So let me begin…

57 Days since the blog began

29 – Posts made since the blog began

32 – Comments made

91Post likes*

21 – Followers**

A nice start for the first 50-odd days of blogging. Better probably than any of my aborted recent attempts. I’ve taken far more to what I want from blogging which has been helped by my move away from using Google reader as my main feed reader. I now use the WordPress reader which is far more useful.

*This really highlights the work WordPress are pressing on with to create that community feel. By posting under their Weekly Photo Challenge it opened up my blog to readers I may never have found by my words alone. I got many ‘likes’ but rather little in the way of comment on this post. But I do like the WordPress ‘like’ far, far more than say the FaceBook variety.

**Not really surprising that I got my most ‘Followers’ on the day I began Blackened Skull. The blog has a little under 2 months of life and so I don’t expect to see a better day for follows just yet.

The one other item I’ll mention in closing is the most-read post so far. I took advantage of a breaking news item in the media to discuss my upbringing in Claygate a little. The post was picked up by a FaceBook and Twitter account for Claygate shopping which lead to a surge in views. My reasons for posting during this time was to try to highlight that nothing ever use to happen in Claygate and how safe it felt growing up there. The 25 years growing up in this village went a long way to making me who I am today.

During the last week of November I will post my reflections on that past month with a little more detail than this introduction. I will hopefully keep the current post rate up but I’ll only do so if I can increase the quality of content along the way.

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October 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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Back in 2010 I had an interview at the MCV offices for the very same position that Lauren Wainwright holds there – Staff Writer. On that occasion I lost out to the fine chap, Dominic Sacco. At the time I was gutted but I knew the reasons why I didn’t get the position. Dom was a far better candidate.

It’s sad to read these words from Pete’s excellent post but it does highlight what needs to be highlighted. It is also a reminder to me that maybe I had a lucky escape NOT joining MCV and that I do now know that mainstream ‘journalism’ is not for me.


I'm Not Doctor Who

Boy, it all kicked off earlier. Again.

For those who missed the whole shebang, basically, this is the flow of events over the last two days to the best of my knowledge.


  • Twitter “debate” erupts over whether or not it was ethical for UK games journalists attending the annual “Games Media Awards” ceremony to be tweeting promotional hashtags in the hope of winning a PS3.
  • Winners of said competition name-checked by several Twitter users.
  • Several of said winners speak up and say they are giving away their PS3s.
  • Eurogamer publishes this article by Robert Florence (now recreated on GAF because the Eurogamer-hosted one has been edited) in which he notes that journalists defending such a competition could be seen as corrupt. He quotes tweets from several public sources (mostly Twitter) in said article.
  • MCV staff writer Lauren Wainwright, who was originally quoted in Florence’s article, posts on Facebook “Yes, I’ve…

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October 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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