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Christian. (That means that I know that Jesus is Lord!) Programmer. Gamer. Weak 3D artist. Geek.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Christmas Games

For those who care (and by that I mean Monkston, probably), the games I'll be playing this Christmas are:

Gunstar Super Heroes (GBA)
Contact (DS)
Luminous Arc (DS)
Bleach DS: Souten ni Kakeru Unmei (DS)
Metroid Prime (GC)
Killer 7 (GC)
Wii Sports (Wii)

Reviews to come for those games that I actually play sufficiently..

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Stories. Books. Games.

I'm starting to realise that one of the things I really have a passion for in videogames is a great story.

I love a gripping story, something scary, something thrilling, some romance, some action - but ultimately something enthralling, involving and engaging.

Bioware, creators of great Star Wars Xbox RPG games, 'Knights of the Old Republic' and 'KOTOR 2: The Sith Lords' recently released their debut Xbox 360 game, 'Mass Effect'.

Mass Effect is a trilogy on 360 and will, in typical Bioware style, have an amazing story with a great dialog system - so all in all a game made for me. :-)

So when I heard there was a novel to precursor (is that the right use of that word?!) the game I was straight onto Amazon. (Mass Effect: Revelation)

This morning on the way to work I finished the novel and found it to be a great read that got me really excited about the game and told me lots of backstory so that I'd fully understand all that went on before the plot of the game begins.

It was a brilliant and gripping novel and kept me entertained for the last few weeks during my commute to work (my iPod hasn't had much of a look in consequently) but suffered from a week ending - that did serve the purpose of introducing (presumably) the game's villain.

So my new read is 'Black Hawk Down' which was given to me as a present for my last birthday by Monkston - so my aim is to have it dusted off by my next birthday ;-) (Given what I slow reader I am - it's a lofty goal..)

So now I have two stories to be engaged in - I can now start the Mass Effect game and get going on the, apparently classic, 'Black Hawk Down'.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

My Flat

Both of my parents and some friends and some others have been asking about what my flat looks like..

My parents both separately bought me lots of nice furniture for my flat and here are some photos to show how it's going:

Recent Cooking Endeavours

Last night I cooked dinner for Laura and often I take photos of these meals because I genuinely feel proud of myself!

I'm not the kind of guy who'll cook for himself for no reason - I need to be cooking for others to be bothered I guess - but I really feel that I outdid myself this time..

For starter we had:

Pear, walnut and whole grain mustard salad with singed Goat's Cheese.
The reason there are two weird dollops of Goat's Cheese is because I over cooked the first batch and it melted so I made more.

The Goat's Cheese is just 100g of cheese rolled in seasoned flour and then fried on either side for 30 seconds.

It. Was. Delicious!! Especially the walnut and mustard combination - I couldn't really see that one working but it was great!

I was a little dubious about Pear because to be honest I think it's a hideous looking fruit - but the flavour has completely sold me - I'll be using Pear again!

Then for main course (oh this really was amazing..):

Chicken with Cambozola cheese inside, wrapped with two sheets of Parma Ham covered in a creamy Parmesan sauce.

This was amazing and I think my greatest cooking achievement yet! (That says it all really :-) I have a long way to go!)

All in all Laura liked it a lot - and I think it'll probably get made again at some point.. :-)

Both of these recipes were taken from the 'Ready Steady Cook: Ten Minute Cookbook' - a new edition is out soon which'll hopefully be just as useful!