Monday 31 December 2007

DragonForce Rock!

Awesome. That is the only word that can describe the force that is DragonForce.

Until very recently, my only experience of DragonForce was listening to some crazy double bass drumming that leaked from Joe's headphones. A couple of casual attempts to listen to DragonForce did not make me want to listen any further.

Little did I know, that is because DragonForce cannot be listened to casually. Oh no, you have to become immersed baby! You need to become one with the DragonForce. You need to feel their awesome-ness coursing through your veins!

My recent introduction to DragonForce has come through the highly cool game of Guitar Hero III, which Fraser got for Christmas. More on that in a second.

First, so that you too can feel the awesome-ness of DragonForce, have a look at this video:

Next, to also hear how awesome DragonForce is, plus see how difficult Guitar Hero can be, see this video:

It could be argued that if you spent less time playing computer games and more time playing real musical instruments, you would be able to play the song on a real guitar.

Sunday 30 December 2007


This video is guaranteed to have you singing at least one of the Harry Potter character's names!

Sunday 2 December 2007

Nokia N95 accelerometer applications

In the past week my Nokia N95 has gone from lingering disappointment, to actually meeting expectations. Main reason is the aforementioned firmware upgrade. GPS locks in less than 30s baby!

Now I've started playing with the accelerometer. The only Nokia use for this so far is the stabiliser on the video camera. However, lots of other people have started writing software for it.

So now I have RotateMe, which allows my phone to act similar to an iPhone and automatically rotate the screen (I had to play around with self-signing a certificate to get this to work - not exactly straightforward but the instructions are okay).

Then I got the lightsabre. Completely pointless but kinda cool:

And from Nokia themselves we have the ball game, which really just demonstrates the accelerometer in action:

I expect that when the N-Gage is released in December there will be lots of Wii-style games released.