Recent updates

I’ve been absent from my blog for quite a while now, mostly down to Twitter where I can moan in short bursts. I therefore thought it might be a good idea to do an update with all the things I have (or haven’t) done since the last update.

Star Trek @ IMAX

On Thursday 7th May I travelled in to London to go to the BFI IMAX to see a film I’d been waiting years to go and see – Star Trek! I’d reserved my tickets back at the beginning of April and it was lucky I did, the showing at 3pm I attended was sold out, even the rubbish seats in the front corners were sold.

I’d never been to an IMAX before but I was sure that I didn’t want to see it at the Bedford Cineworld fleapit. Walking in to the IMAX auditorium not only was there no coca-cola sloshed up the screen or popcorn stuck to it, it was bloody huge! The seat I’d booked (K19) was perfect dead centre, the screen occupied my total field of vision. This was the 2nd showing of the film (the previous being at midnight) and the place was packed with Sci-Fi fans discussions about Fringe, Lost, Cloverfield, BSG, DS9, Voyager, TNG, and Babylon 5 were banded about like Britains Got Talent and Big Brother are in the ‘real’ world!

After a few trailers (annoyingly no Transformers 2 trailer) the film started. Amazing film, looked and sounded great, the storyline was good and the new actors bought the old characters back to life, lots of in-jokes for the trek fans but still fresh for everyone else to enjoy. I did have a couple of complaints, I wasn’t fond of the music, mostly down to preferring the cinematic Star Trek theme rather than the TOS wailing theme. Also wasn’t fond of Scottys ‘tube trip’, or the new Engineering. Overall though, I really enjoyed it, so much so I’m paying to go in to London again and see it on June 8th.

I’m also rather in love with the IMAX Experience, and would consider going back to see Transformers 2 and Harry Potter, so long as they don’t fall during School Summer holidays!

Photos

FlowerHaven’t really had chance recently to go through them properly but have been out and about to take a few photos. Still getting mixed results, I really need to ask on a forum what I’m doing wrong! I’ve uploaded the latest sets of photos to my Blog gallery and to Picasa. Also want to get a small portable tripod as lots of my photos are still betting blurred because I can’t hold it still, just don’t want some massive 4kg thing that will be awkward to carry around.

Gaming

It’s been a quiet few months on the gaming scene, nothing new has come out that really caught my interest. Been playing some Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2 again, both have recently had content additions. I was more than a little disappointed that L4D didn’t introduce any new campaigns only one proper new map and a bunch of modified ones for the Survival game mode. Survival does exactly what it says on the tin, you have to survive against unlimited attacks of zombies, and assorted monsters, it is fun for a quick game and you aren’t stuck playing a campaign for two hours. Team Fortress 2 update has been interesting, some new weapons and maps, not sure about the time release weapon upgrades but we will see.

Also been playing a lot of Supreme Commander/Forged Alliance with friends online, a tough challenge with some games lasting three hours! Only issue we’ve had is the rather inconsistant AI, several games the AI seems to simply give up or get stuck. Could do with more decent maps as well.

With E3 just finished I’m definately looking forward to Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Alan Wake, and Supreme Commander 2. I was a little disapointed that there was no mention of Half Life: Episode 3 but I’m still hoping for a release in November this year! Also Unknown Worldshave finally officially announced Natural Selection 2 which I’ve already pre-ordered, loved the original Half Life mod.

Home

After my last entry life has continued much the same, only now I’m getting daily alerts from Rightmove.co.uk about houses I can’t afford or mobile homes I don’t want!

That’s about it for now, hopefully the next blog post won’t be so delayed. Off to play Supreme Commander Forged Alliance now, I’m getting moaned at for delaying the game!