Video Games Live

June 27, 2008

Sheila and I went through to Glasgow last night for the Video Games Live concert, and weren’t disappointed. The whole concert was incredible, and I was very impressed by the orchestra and chorus. Favorite parts were melodies from Metal Gear Solid, Halo 3, and Zelda. We had excellent seats, front row centre, which meant I got some great pictures.

The video below was taken by someone a few rows back from us.

Rock Band Photos

May 27, 2008

Had some mates round for a blast at Rock Band. Went down very well, although I was bullied into sticking on Eurovision by the end of the night! Lots of photos here.

Selling stuff online for free

May 24, 2008

Yesterday I decided to sell my Wii Fit. The novelty had definitely wore off on that one, and I needed to clear out some room for Rock Band. I was hoping to get as near to the cost price (£70) as possible since it’s sold out everywhere and copies are going for over £100 on eBay. 

I didn’t want to go down the eBay route. Even though copies of the game are selling well there, I didn’t want to deal with eBay/Paypal fees and postage on such a large and heavy item. Instead I looked into ways of selling the game locally. I placed an advert on four websites (all for free), and this is what I found…

  1. Hot UK Deals. I’m a big fan of this site for finding great deals. It was the first time I’d posted on it. I initially received some negative responses, so gave up on selling it there, although later on I received a few offers (£50, then £75 although I’m not sure if these people lived locally). 
  2. Facebook Marketplace. Submitted the advert, but it never seemed to appear on the Marketplace. Seems to be very buggy, I’ve noticed adverts appearing and disappearing. The most recent ads are from a week ago, so either it’s not popular or they have server problems.
  3. Game Radar Forum. This is a games forum I frequent. They have a Trading Post forum, so tried my luck there, but had no takers. They’re all such enthusiasts there that anyone with an interest in the game already have it.
  4. Gumtree. This was the definite winner. I quickly had lots of interest. Accepted the first offer (£70) although had another 8 offers over the weekend (ranging from £50 – £80). It will definitely be my first port of call next time I have something to sell, and I obviously recommend them to you. 
Ironically later that night, Sheila was talking to a neigbour who said she had been looking for Wii Fit, and couldn’t get hold of a copy!! LOL. 

Photos from Feist gig

May 21, 2008

FeistWent to see Feist play The Queens Hall, Edinburgh last night. I’ve posted a few photos from the gig on flickr. Nice gig, she has some great songs and some which are on the dull side. The projections behind the band were all being created live, which was pretty impressive.

My Top 5 Video Podcasts

May 19, 2008

While most of you will be well aware of video podcasts, some won’t have experienced this great new form of entertainment. Think of video podcasts as on-demand TV shows which you can subscribe to and watch on your computer, ipod, or TV whenever you like. Anyone can make their own show, and anyone can watch them – for free. I use iTunes to subscribe to these shows, then watch them on my Apple TV or iPhone (they’re great for the bus).

Here’s my top 5. If you rate any show that I’m missed, let me know….

  1. Diggnation – A weekly tech/web culture show based on the top digg.com social bookmarking news stories. Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose present from their couch. Very funny, entertaining geeky stuff.
  2. Internet Superstar – Another show on the Revision 3 network. Martin Sergeant and Gator invite the online world’s most popular, compelling and outrageous characters into the shed to swap stories about what life is like at the top of the online heap. 
  3. The 1up Show – Videogames news and reviews from American magazine publisher, ZiffDavis.
  4. Tekzilla – Technology show. Patrick Norton and Veronica Belmont deliver product reviews, computer help, tech tips on everything from iPods to camcorders, HD to the Internet, plus do it yourself projects.
  5. The Digg Reel – Every Wednesday the Digg Reel covers the top rated videos from Digg.com, the most popular social news site on the web. 

Rock Band

April 20, 2008

I am stupidly excited for the UK release of Rock Band, perfectly arriving (Royal Mail willing) on my birthday, May 22nd. I love Guitar Hero, the rhythm-action game where you play along with rock anthems on a guitar shaped controller. It’s one of those games you keep going back to and can genuinely can make a musically-inept person like me feel like a rock star.

Rock Band steps it up several notches and adds drums, vocals, and bass guitar to the mix. The tracks listing looks fantastic, with 58 songs from the likes of Hole, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, R.E.M, David Bowie and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to name but six. There’s also over 100 downloadable tracks available at approx £1 each, with new tracks released every week.

All this comes at a price though. The RRP for the instrument pack and game disk is £180, controversially over double the price in the US. Although my pre-order at Play.com works out at £135.

I suspect it’s going to be a great laugh. I’ve already organised my first Rock Band party on my birthday weekend – photo’s up here shortly after, I’m sure!

Flashmob randomly chasing after people

April 20, 2008

A very funny clip I found on YouTube…

Twitter

April 20, 2008

Twitter is the new big thing on the internet. Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. You can update your Twitter from any computer or mobile phone.

It works much like the status updates on Facebook, but with the opportunity for other users to respond to your comment, creating converation. Millions of people across the globe (including the likes of Barack Obama) are keeping everyone informed of their every thought.

So who am I to miss out on a new internet phenomenon? I’m giving Twitter a try out. A great iPhone app called Twinkle, allows me to blog whenever I like. So why not sign up and get in touch? My Twitter username is JohnStuart.

The new site

April 20, 2008

I’ve changed the website again. It’s now hosted by WordPress rather than using my own database on a dodgy free server. Should be faster, and nicer to work with and allows me to link video etc.

I’m gonna try to make a lot more posts to my blog. Not just about things my family and I are up to, but also about anything that interests me. Internet stuff, games, music, gadgets, whatever. Hope you all find it interesting. If not, you can view just my family news by selecting ‘personal‘ from the categories list on the right.

Photos January/February 08

February 18, 2008

Finally updated my Flickr photo album with pics of the family over recent months.