Archive for December, 2006

Eragon

Posted in General Blah! on December 17, 2006 by Shaun

Well I saw Eragon yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It did feel rushed though, as if big chunks were missing, the main character went from Hero to Zero a bit too quickly as most of the training and development stage was skipped.  The special effects were great, and in all the film was watchable without leaving me dissapointed.

As with all things Book to Film, the book is far better, but the film is a good effort.

I’m hoping that the DVD comes extended and that the missing pieces are fleshed out a bit more.

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Lego Star Wars II Rocks!

Posted in Gaming on December 16, 2006 by Shaun

Call me a big kid, but I absolutely love Lego Star Wars II.  I really enjoyed the first Lego Star Wars game and still love dipping in to try and unlock the secrets, but with the follow up Lucasarts have surpassed themselves.

LSWII has all the features of the first game, the fantastic humor and in game movies that tell you the whole story without a single spoken word.  The awesome characters and scenery that are right out of the Lego box and incredible ease of play.

Kids will love both games and it’s easy for an adult or big bro/sis to drop in lend a hand and drop out again all at the press of a single key.

LSWII takes you through the original three movies, by far the best story lines, where LSWI took you through Episodes I II and III.

There are several enhancements to this game over the first, one that I think is pretty cool is that any character, except droids, can build items in the game.  You’ll see as you go through the game that some Lego pieces in a pile will be hopping about, move up to these and hit the build key and the character will speedily build you something out of Lego.  Kids will love guessing what it is as they see it building up exactly as it would if you had the very Lego pieces in front of you.  Some parts of the game require you to build up complex machines that you can then hop into and operate.  I’ll not go into detail as it really would spoil the game.

there are secrets galore that will unlock different parts of the game.  the replay value of the Lego Star Wars genre of games is unequalled in the world of gaming as far as I am concerned.

I picked up my copy for £14.99 at Virgin, Play.com have it on for that too.  You can get it on PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, GameBoy Advance, Xbox and GameCube.  So that’s pretty much all bases covered then 😉

Warhammer…

Posted in Gaming on December 16, 2006 by Shaun

I never used to be a big fan of rts gaming, favouring the first person shooters. I still do prefer the first person shooters but after Dawn of War and the follow on Winter Assault I have to say I’m getting hooked. I recently got hold of Dark Crusade and recently the collectors edition of Mark of Chaos landed on my desk. Having played the role play and board games from the Warhammer genre as a kid, these games gain an advantage in the fight for my affections ;0)

For Mark of Chaos, expect to pply a little by way of tactics.  Storming the gates of a city all out will cost you a lot by way of troops and you’ll find future missions pretty tough when there’s just you and a horse against 500 seasoned Orks.  There’s no resource management required here, but you do need to ensure you assign your heroe’s experience points wisely and you can do this during battle phases as you win skirmishes and your experience increases.  You’ll also want to make sure to upgrade the armour and weapons of your troops, things will obviously go well for you if they are all on the best kit. (hint hint Mr Blair).

Dark Crusade for me represents risk on steroids.  Those of you that are seasoned rts players will know the format well.  you can skirmish so you get used to how the different factions operate and find the strengths/weaknesses.  you also get to play on different maps and terrains so it shouldn’t get too boring.  The main game phase consists of attacking adjoining territories on a global view map.  when you attack or are attacked the game moves into the battle phase which is pretty much like the Dawn of war games we know and love, you start with the need to build up resources, get your soldiers up and then go kill some [insert bad guy here].
One of the things I love about  Dark Crusade is that you don’t need any of the previous Dawn of War games to play it, but if you do then you can unlock extra races and extend the game, I think this is an awesome feature.

All in all it’s great fun and if you are into the Warhammer genre, you’ll love them all.

My First Gotcha!

Posted in Asp.Net on December 15, 2006 by Shaun

As You know I’ve just bitten the bullet and have installed Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Release version. Not being completely stupid I decided to use a VMWare session to check it out first.
Glad I did.

Once the SP1 install had finished, a painful process taking way more than an hour, I fired it up to build a simple Hello World with a label and a button in ASP.Net. All went well until I ran the project and Visual Studio dissapeared up it’s own binary equivalent ass. So round 2 try again. OK all seemed fine, project ran, click button, hello world yay!

No try something a bit more complicated, whip up a quick custom controll.

Right Click solution node in solution explorer… erm… where the frack is my solution node!
Took a bit of digging before I realised the damned check-box in the application preferences was unchecked. Solution nodes were no longer always showing. Damn!

Still… once I raved a bit and then dug around in the bowels of the property box, all was back to normal…

Just makes me wonder what’s next.

Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Service Pack 1 – Released!

Posted in Asp.Net on December 15, 2006 by Shaun

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 has finally hit the streets, download it here.
I’ve only just begun testing this release so I’ve no gotcha’s etc… just yet, as always though you can expect to see them here as soon as I know of any.

AS with the Beta version you should expect the application of the patch to be a slow process, this patches almost every file in the application. I’ve not found a list of exactly what is included in the patch though so your guess is as good as mine.

Expect to see the Web Application project type fully included though, and if the beta was anything to go by you should ensure that the pre-patch version of the Web application projects add-in is removed before applying the patch, it’s less painfull if you do.

New Animated Star Trek In The Works

Posted in General Blah! on December 15, 2006 by Shaun

Slashdot reports a new Animated Trek series may be in the offing… I’m hoping for a box set of the old original animated series for christmas. I’m busy watching all the original series on Sci-Fi at the moment I guess I’m just super geeky as I really enjoy it.

Ho hum ;0)

Philias writes “A new web-based Star Trek Animated Series may be in the works. CBS is considering a pitch by veteran Trek producer Dave Rossi for a ‘Clone Wars’ style animated series for StarTrek.com. Like Clone Wars the episodes would be just a few minutes long. Unlike the old animated Trek show from the 70s, this one would be with a whole new crew set in a new time period. The setting is to be a war-torn post-9/11-like Trek universe 150 years after the time of Picard.” From the post: “The Zero Room team felt that the time was right for a new approach to Trek. The setting is the year 2528 and the Federation is a different place after suffering through a devastating war with the Romulans 60 years earlier. The war was sparked off after a surprise attack of dozens of ‘Omega particle’ detonations throughout the Federation creating vast areas which become impassible to warp travel and essentially cut off almost half the Federation from the rest. During the war the Klingon homeworld was occupied by the Romulans, all of Andoria was destroyed and the Vulcans, who were negotiating reunification with the Romulans, pulled out of the Federation. The setting may seem bleak and not very Trek-like, but that is where the show’s hero Captain Alexander Chase comes in.”

[Via Slashdot]

RE: New Stargate Series In the Works

Posted in Ajax Links on December 15, 2006 by Shaun

Skythe writes “Gateworld reports that an exclusive, third Stargate series is in the works: ‘The new series is in the concept phase, and is being actively worked on by the Vancouver creatives behind Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. No concept for the show has yet been revealed.’ Gateworld also reports despite the cancellation of SG-1, the series is likely for a 2007 debut. I wonder if the direct-to-dvd movies will any influence on the new series, and what the concept behind the show will be?”

[Via Slashdot]

oooh! SG-1 lost it’s way once we lost the Jack O’Niel character. Atlantis is cool though I’m certain there’s only so far it can go. any ideas on what the third incarnation will be? and what the heck are the direct to DVD movies?