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Archive for January, 2007

37 Fads That Swept The Nation

37 Fads That Swept The Nation: Hypercolor, Pac Man, Fallout Shelters, X-Ray Specs, Hula Hoops, Ouija Boards, Wacky Wallwalkers, Rubiks Cubes… (via Kottke)

Tomorrowland: A History

A 24-minute long tribute to Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland from 1971 through 1995 and includes many many memorable classics including the Wedway Peoplemover, Flight to the Moon, Mission to Mars, Autopia, Dreamflight, Carousel of Progress, Space Mountain and the Skyway. The film is put together from home video, official Disney film footage and concept art. I remember much of the stuff here and I, like many others, have watched the land struggle to find its footing in this more cynical age. (via BoingBoing)

The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés

The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés: Including such gems as “All bookshelves contain exactly one book, which only has enough text on it to fill up half a page.” and “The strongest weapons/items/spells in the entire game can only be found by doing things like racing birds.”

Why Super Nintendos Lose Their Colour

Why classic computers and video game consoles turn that yucky yellow-brown colour with age, and what you can do about it. Short answer: not much.

Happy 300th Birthday Great Britain

Today marks the 300th anniversary of the 1707 Acts of Union, where Scotland joined England to form The Kingdom of Great Britain. In a true British style we’re celebrating by mostly ignoring it… and releasing a special two pound coin. Happy Birthday Britain!

Burning Crusade starts midnight tonight

Azeroth’s Dark Portal opens tonight at midnight. My cynical expectations are: World of Warcraft fans will eagerly hammer the servers as soon as registration opens, causing crashes and irate geeks to complain to the forums that they can’t log in, causing the forums to crash.

Meanwhile, the uber-geeks will be down HMV on Oxford Street, all garbed up to the eyeballs in Mage gear made out of tin foil and dressing gowns, to get their complimentary in-game baby Murloc pet. Well worth getting your arse kicked on the way home for, I think.

Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III

Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III: An interesting read for Star Wars fans. “If we accept all the Star Wars films as the same canon, then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels…” (via Kottke)

The Microsoft Zune 2006-2006

The Microsoft Zune 2006-2006: Penny Arcade on the Zune and the announcement of the iPhone: “I can hardly look at it now, it’s like holding a dead squirrel. On its 4:3 screen – the exact ratio of obsolescence – I can see destroyed futures.”

Jarvis Cocker’s “Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time”

A fantastic video for “Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time” by Jarvis Cocker.

UK buys a lot of crap games in 2006

The UK buys a hell of a lot of crap games, according to Voodoo Extreme in their list of top 10 purchases of 2006.