Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Ratchet & Clank PS4 - My Game of the Year (so far)

I've recently been working through Ratchet and Clank for the PS4, and I have to say that thus far it is my game of the year. I know it's only early but its been a long time since I've had this much fun with a game so I will not be surprised if at the end of 2016 it is still a contender for my top slit! It's part remake, part reboot, part movie tie-in, and for something that could have came out as a complete disaster - it is absolutely spectacular.

The gameplay is pure, unadulterated, fun. It's simple, addictive and rewarding - with great controls, interesting enemies, and best of all - a huge selection of unique weapons. This game also looks amazing - the screen shots are of actual footage and it honestly continues to blow my mind. It is hands down the best looking game I have ever played.

The story is also great though nothing revolutionary, but it ties in nicely to the movie of the same name (in cinemas now), and features some really sharp, witty dialogue with humor that had me laughing out loud more than a few times.

All in all, I cant recommend this enough. I am not finished quite yet - still  a few hours of game time to go, but it has thus far been one of the best gaming experiences of recent memory!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Meta is garnering some high caliber praise - but what is it?

On my walk to work this morning, I was listening to a great local podcast (I'm in New Zealand) called the NZ Tech Podcast. If you are from New Zealand or even abroad, and want to listen to some great tech commentary - check it out.

Anyway, during the podcast there was some brief speculation about a new product called Meta. I hadn't heard much about the product so did some quick research and expectantly, ended on the official website - https://www.metavision.com. So what is Meta? From what I can gather, it is an augmented reality headset, which sounds like it has capabilities somewhat similar to Microsoft's Holo lens. The things which really surprised me though, and the commentators of the NZ Tech Podcast, was the caliber of commentators discussing the revolutionary nature of the product. See the video below and you will see what I mean.

Now, I am used to reading about tech products that are going to change the world, but more often then not things over promise and over-deliver. A good example seems to be the holo-lens, which whilst still not in the hands of consumers, has been shown to only have a very limited viewing area which will be augmented. Is the Meta something similar but with a more impressive viewing plane?

Only time will tell (and not long to wait) - but I am thinking something along those lines will not be too far from the mark - particularly considering that the company has publicly demoed earlier iterations of the product in the past. The big question for me, is what is so revolutionary about the imminently to-be-released headset? I'm looking forward to finding out!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Silicon Valley - Season 3 Teaser Trailer

Silicon Valley is probably my favourite show at the moment, with Season 1 and 2 being some of the most hilarious, though nuanced satire to ever hit the small screen. With season 3 now on it's way, sit back, relax, and enjoy this very brief teaser!

OK GO - Upside Down & Inside Out - filmed entirely in zero gravity

OK GO are responsible for some of the best music videos over the last decade. Whether it be treadmill choreography, elaborate Rune Goldberg machines or dancing on motorised scooters - you know it will be something special when a new video is released.

Their latest work, Upside Down & Inside Out could be their most impressive yet, filmed entirely inside a zero gravity jumbo jet (they do the steep climbs then descents, giving short bursts of weightlessness). It's impossible not to smile in awe as you watch this!

Hello, Dear Ones. Please enjoy our new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out". A million thanks to S7 Airlines. #GravitysJustAHabit
Posted by OK Go on Thursday, 11 February 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016

House of Cards - Season 4 Trailer

House of Cards is almost back! Here's to hoping that season 4 improves on Season 3, which I feel was a bit of a mess. It looks promising, though still lacking the laser focus of the first season. Thoughts?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Official Final Trailer

I already thought that too much footage of the upcoming Batman v. Superman had been revealed, but it obviously wasn't enough, with a brand new trailer now out in the wild. The "official final trailer" has plenty of new content, including an extended scene of Batman infiltrating a building, and of Batman and Superman having a variety of hand to hand (or gun) encounters.

The more I see the more I am worried about this film. In this new golden age of TV, it honestly feels like there's simply too much content to fit into a 2 hour film. I really hope I'm wrong!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

How to look forward to exercise

With a small supercomputer strapped to our arms, there is no excuse to complain about exercise being boring. Below are a list of ways to make your time on the treadmill or bike pass effortlessly by.


The most tried and tested way to pass the time (though not the best in my opinion) is to listen to music. If you don’t have a huge collection of MP3’s but crave some variety, there are a variety of services available for both Android, iOS and windows phone devices. My favourites are below:
  • Spotify – Android, iOS, WP8
  • Google Play Music – Android, iOS
  • Pandora – Android, iOS, WP8
  • Tunein Radio – Android, iOS, WP8
With all of the above, make sure you are on a wi-fi connection or have a bulky data pack as they will chew up the mb’s quite quickly! Alternatively, enjoy the caching features that both Spotify and Google Play Music include – allowing you to listen to tunes even without data access!


If you find music really doesn’t cut it to pass the time (which it doesn’t for me), then I suggest giving Podcasts a try. There are literally thousands to choose from, varying in frequency from daily to yearly. For iOS users, the official apple podcasts app is the way to go and for Android users, I strongly suggest paying a few bucks to get Pocket Casts. If you something on the cheaper side (free), then check out Stitcher. For Windows Phone users, try Podcaster.
Once you have your apps installed, it is time to get a few good podcasts. Five great podcasts to get you started are:
  • This week in Tech – The latest tech news from an experienced panel of Tech industry enthusiasts and expert
  • The Empire Podcast – The latest movie news, reviews, commentary and interview
  • Still Untitled – The Adam Savage Project - General chats between Adam Savage (Mythbusters) and Will and Norm (of Tested, another great videogame podcast)
  • PSiloveyouXOXO – The #1 Playstation podcast around. You can't go wrong with this one
  • The Complete Guide to everything – 2 guys talking about nothing in particular, is somehow…. engaging
  • Serial - if you haven't heard of Serial... well, you know how the saying goes. Check out Season 1 then move onto Season 2.

Audio books

A great alternative to podcasts are audiobooks. I find that ‘reading’ through audiobooks is a far better way than actually reading. Trust me, if you are at all skeptical, give it a try. Audiobooks let your mind relax (not have to burden itself with reading), and instead focusing entirely on creating vivid imagery. Out of all the books I have ‘read’, it is the audiobooks I remember most!
To get started, you can’t go past Audible (iOS, Android, WP8). If you aren’t into paying for your audiobooks, then check out LIbravox (Android, iOS, WP8) which essentially crowdsources the reading of out-of-copyright books (with often great, sometimes varied results). Finally, if you have managed to obtain DRM-free versions of audiobooks in mp3 format, and are an Android user, you cannot go past.


If all of the above still isn’t enough to have your hours of exercise fly by – then check out the following apps which offer something a little different:
  • Umano – daily news, read allowed (Android, iOS)
  • Zombies, Run! – become part of the zombie apocalypse – run to escape! (Android, iOS)
The above tips should give even the most distracted user enough entertainment for a run, row, jog, walk or ride. If you have any other suggestions, let me know (in the comments).