Saturday, September 20, 2008

CG Singapore F1 Circuit

Two of my interests combine in this video - a CG version of the all new Singapore Formula One night race produced by AixSponza for Red Bull Racing showing a lap raced by the two Red Bull drivers and narrated by Mark Webber. Looks like it's going to be a good race - and the video is good too!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

LHC being switched on tomorrow

The Large Hadron Collider is being switched on tomorrow for it's search for the Higgs Boson. To celebrate this - I've linked to XKCD's cartoon about the LHC:

Large Hadron Collider

Maybe the pessimists will be right, so I've posted this the day before 'just in case'.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Lewis Hamilton Spa F1 Controversy

Hamilton Cutting Chicane at Spa

My previous blog posts about Lewis Hamilton have all been quite negative. However, time has moved on and now I think the guy is a superb driver - additionally I've found the mute button on my TV remote so I don't have to listen to what he has to say (or more specifically the way he says things).

Anyway, I watched the Belgium Grand Prix today and was thrilled at the last few laps with some of the best racing action I've seen this year between Raikkonen and Hamilton. I thought both drivers drove hard and well - Hamilton doing the best of the two. Initially I was a bit sceptical about the controversial manoeuvre for which Hamilton has been demoted 2 places; I suspected he was a bit too hot out of the corner but watching the footage again clearly shows he was slower and by the fact he passes behind Raikkonen demonstrates he gave the place back to Raikkonen. I completely disagree and am quite dismayed that Hamilton's well deserved win has been stripped from him. I fully support McLaren's appeal and only hope Lewis' win is reinstated.

Hamilton Behind Raikkonen at Spa after cutting chicange

Whilst I'm backing Massa to win this year's championship, I'd prefer Massa not to win based on stupid decision making in the courts.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Angry Man - The Wrong Door - BBC Three

A new program starting up on BBC Three soon, I sympathise with this guy - but glad my computer doesn't respond quite in the same way! Looks fun.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Grand Theft Auto Saves!

Amazingly about 15 minutes after I posted that last story about why video game violence exists, I read this story on digg's front page.

Basically a family's Jeep Grand Cherokee swerved off the road and rolled over a few times before resting on it's back. The 11 year old child who'd presumably been illegally playing Grand Theft Auto beforehand realised cars blow up in-game when they are upside down and that provided the much needed motivation for her to help her family to get the hell out!

Indeed, GTA IV is slightly different as the cars no longer blow up when upside down - however you do get a 30 point xbox achievement for rolling your car over 5 times from a single crash. An achievement they narrowly missed by rolling over only 4.

There is no word if the girl later car-jacked another motorist to take her family bowling.

Why Video Game Violence

There is a really interesting blog post on Gamespot about the reason why there is violence in video games. A question which for some reason and as far as the author (and I) can tell, hasn't been asked before. A very enlightening read for which I agree with all of it. In fact one of the games I'm playing at the moment sometimes gives you a choice at the end of a mission whether you should end the character's life or not and I find it quite satisfying that it allows you to spare their lives (which I often do).

I particularly agree with his point about sense of realism, quite rightly life isn't a fairytale and if you play with knives, prepare to see blood. If I play a racing game and skid off the track I expect to see my car damaged, why should a virtual human character be any different?

in much the same way voice acting, sound effects, or real-time physics are tools. If I fire a gun at an enemy in Half-Life 2, I expect him to bleed

You can read the full post at: