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Gaming: Spotlight on Biscuit – Space Marine

It's less 'Gears of Warhammer' than screenshots suggest.

Spotlight on Biscuit was an occasional feature on Rock, Paper, Shotgun, and you can see them all by clicking here. In it Quintin Smith (who has since left the site, which is why the feature stopped) picked out a video from the Cynical Brit team, one of Total Biscuit’s ‘WTF is…’ videos, and shared it with the RPS community. Being RPS they also gave an opinion on an actual biscuit, which is part of why RPS is the best gaming site on the web.

I was watching the ‘WTF is Space Marine?’ video earlier and decided to link it here, but then a thought occurred to me: Why not shamelessly copy the RPS approach? So here’s my best Rock, Paper, Shotgun impression (alternatively, you can click the image above to be taken straight to RPS’s opinion of the demo):

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Quick Link: Autumn Days

A couple of days ago my post about atheism went live on the blog, in which I mentioned singing hymns at school:

I remember being stunned at the realisation that people really believed it all, despite going to a school where we sang hymns every day that praised Jesus and which had close ties to the local church (and has even named itself for a saint since I left).

While catching up on my RSS feeds (which I don’t have time to get through on work days) I read this post from Campfire Burning, listing pieces of music of significance to him. It included one of the hymns I used to sing, Autumn Days, the one that’s stuck in my head more than any other:

I thought that little coincidence was worth a quick link.

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Quick Link: Johnny Gat

I have nothing to say that wouldn’t be repeating myself, so just watch:

Quick Link: Saints Row 3

July 27, 2011 1 comment

I read yet another rumour recently about Grand Theft Auto 5 being officially revealed soon, but then I watched this video and wondered why anybody would care:

With the direction Rockstar have been heading these days GTA5 will likely be another serious, linearly structured story that apes cinema without ever being able to reach the same quality of story, playing a lackey working for the real criminals, with rigidly designed missions full of scripted events and poor checkpoints, the world lovingly constructed but lacking most of the fun activities that defined the series in years gone by. Or you can play Saints Row 3, with full character customisation, co-op, a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously and puts you in the role of the boss, the game itself full of ridiculous weapons, vehicles and activities.

I know I’ll only be playing one of those games and it’s not going to be Rockstar’s effort.

Quick Link – The Mountain

This is a lovely clip of timelapse footage taken from atop Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, with footage of the Milky Way in the night sky and even a sandstorm that happened to strike during some of the filming. Beautiful. There are more details on the Vimeo page.

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Quick Link: Another Chance

Annoyingly the video isn’t watchable embedded, because apparently the last thing a record label wants is for their music to be easily listened to and which would encourage purchases.

Upon hearing this song again last year I vaguely recalled liking the video, with a woman walking through the city with what I remembered as angel wings. That wasn’t quite right as there are no wings, so I was either mixing it up with a different video or just misremembering. This is definitely the video I was thinking of though.

Somehow when I rewatched it I managed to miss the ending and thought of it as having an unambiguously happy conclusion, the woman finding somebody who could love her despite her ‘problem’. It was only when I watched it a couple of weeks ago that I saw the full ending and discovered that ultimately he’s scared off by the size of her heart, though the sadness of the story is tempered a little by her renewed optimism (her heart doesn’t shrink again because she knows that there can be another encounter like that, that there will be “another chance”).

I really do like the video.

Film: Star Wars – Han’s First Thought

What exactly went through Han Solo’s mind in Return of the Jedi when Leia told him the truth about Luke? Probably something like this:

(via Unreality)

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