GT4 verdict

I've spent some time with the just released uber-hyped Gran Turismo 4. What an absolute load of crap. PD claim it's the driving simulator? Simulator where?

It's an absolute joke, there's no damage at all. You can ram into things all day and not get penalized for it, you wanna use another car to get you around the corner? Yup you can, come on even Sega GT nailed something as simple as that. Physics are just as bad the cars just bounce off each other, it's like bumper cars, I mean seriously, what have you been doing for the last 3-4 years PD?

Then we come to audio - absolute rubbish, some of the Japanese cars sound all right, but everything else just sounds synthesized and tinny, you wanna try and work out what wheels are locking up or how much grip you've got on some tires? Dream on, you get a mix of like 5 different tire sounds. Then of course it's only Pro-Logic - read stereo, although to be fair this is a limitation of the PS2.

Graphics, the area where all the hype goes into. What an absolute let down. The screenshots look great, but if you actually see this thing running on a PS2 - disgusting. Extremely low resolution textures, silly border lines on flat polygons (all over the side of the tracks). You've got the standard PS2 flickering rubbish, it also doesn't support PAL60, the standard PS2 lack of decent filtering (resulting in shimmering textures) then the low resolution, no anti-aliasing. The only near good looking thing in the game is the sun-glare you sometimes get on the cars. The screenshots were obviously totally touched up, the game looks nothing like the screenshots.

Online? Doesn't exist. So much for Sony's online flagship title. Oh and still no Ferrari.

One of the biggest dissapointments ever. Forza Motorsport - going from a 6 month old demo with one track and a handful of cars absolutely destroys this game in every aspect - imagine what the full version of Forza Motorsport will do to it in May when it's released.

New Xbox 2 article

Just written up a bit of a news round up on the Xbox 2.

Xbox 360? Back nearly a year ago, a list of potential candidate names was unveiled for the Xbox 2, on this list contained Xbox 360, now considered by many the final retail name for the next generation Xbox. The reason being to better compete. Xbox 2 sounds older then PlayStation 3 - therefore if they bump it up to 360, it sounds more cutting-edge and more modern. Microsoft often up version numbers, from memory they've done this with DirectX and Windows Media, why bother with 360? Why not just call it Xbox 3. This could well happen, but again total rumours. Microsoft have only referred to the next generation Xbox as, the next generation, Xenon (codename for the development kit) and Xbox 2.

Check the whole article - Xbox 2 rumour control #2 - out.

Tory health crap alert

The scum bag Tories have been up to their usual tricks again lately. This time involving an individual who according to her had her NHS operation canceled seven times, only three times according to the NHS Trust.

Tory scum bag

The Tories are of course using this woman as a political football - she denies it of course.

From the BBC:

Tory spokesman for the North West of England Chris Davenport said he had spent the day at Mrs Dixon's home because his party had "set this running".

"All we have been doing is meeting the press and media and trying to sort out queues for phone calls and interviews so Mrs Dixon can speak to people," he said.

Yes so the Tory scum are in her house just to organize all this. Talk about Political Football 2005.

This really pisses me off. The Tories don't give a damn about the NHS - the eighteen years they were in power they almost killed the NHS, now they're being the worlds biggest hypocrites. The NHS has improved massively under Labour. If the Tories were in power, she'd have to wait twice as long and pay for the operation herself!

What is Crossfader?

Usually nobody would pay attention to a website like Crossfader. Well not this time since Robert Scoble mentioned it on his blog.

Here's an interesting bit of information

Microsoft Corporation
Domain Administrator
One Microsoft Way .
Redmond, WA 98052

It now seems like it's spreading across the internet at a good rate of knots, people trying to work out what on Earth it's all about... Microsoft's version of GarageBand, a Microsoft Podcasting application? What are they up to now?

The PlayStation 2

GayStation 2

Need I say more?

Firefox fanboys

Back two or three years ago I was a solid Mozilla browser user. Mainly for the built in popup blocker and Java script controls, when Firebird (forerunner to Firefox) emerged I switched over to using that since I didn't need Mozilla's mail/news client etc.

However when Microsoft released Service Pack 2, I switched back to IE, I much prefer the way IE renders pages, it's much nicer to have everything sized out first then rendered than having things chucked around the screen like Netscape based browsers.

Just yesterday I came across my first PHP script that blocks IE, why? No reason what-so-ever, it all works fine in Internet Explorer.

It seems over the last few months the ravenous swarms of Microsoft haters have been propping up Firefox - this script forced me into wasting several seconds while I wait for slow Firefox to load up (at least Mozilla had a tray application that kept it in memory reducing the dreadful load delay). OK not a big problem - but to then insult me by saying my browser is not modern enough and refusing to work. That's just childish.

Who do they think they are?

The big case against Internet Explorer was always that pages were written specifically for it and many web designers just didn't bother ensuring their sites were compatible with everything else - obviously not a good way to do things.

Now I've come across pages and scripts specifically designed not to run on Internet Explorer - and for no good reason at all - once the browser check is removed they worked fine.

That is just going too far, ok some web designers may be lazy and not bother ensuring their pages work on something other then IE - but purposely blocking Internet Explorer and then trying to advertise some other browser is just madness.

This kind of fanboyism and total ignorance is really starting to turn me very anti-Firefox. They're the same kind of people as the Apple cult - they refuse to accept that Firefox has bugs, trust me it has loads, more then IE, I come across them every day, bugs that have existed for years and years and years that probably won't ever be fixed - inconsistent rendering and blockquote spacing issues. Then we come to security - the same ignorance again, "we're immune to security problems" they chirp on, only a few days ago was a vulnerability addressed that became public months ago. What kind of security is that?

It's a real shame I'm so annoyed now, Firefox is a good browser, I recommend everyone to try it, but the kind of scum that try and push it down your throat, purposely block other browsers have thier heads up where the sun doesn't shine that seem to believe it's "perfect" really, really put me off.

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