Welcome to Empirical Purple

A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pixels the Size of Your Fist

Top: Treasure Island Dizzy (1988)
Bottom: Resident Evil 6 (2012)
I know which I prefer.
Photorealism does not always a good game make. It's something I've said before and will always maintain. It doesn't matter how many polygons or pixels of horizontal resolution you can jam into a TV or monitor screen, gorgeous graphics won't save an atrocious game, while poor graphics won't hurt a great game.

Don't get me wrong, graphics get nicer and smoother as processing power goes up, and this is a good thing. It would just be nice if game developers concentrated on gameplay, level design and scripting before attempting to add the cutting-edge graphics.

I have an XBox, on which I play such egregious present-day titles like Tekken 6, Street Fighter IV, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Red Dead Redemption and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. I've owned a PS2, Mega Drive, Gameboy (original, none of this Advance or  Colour nonsense) and a ZX Spectrum 128k, with plenty of play-time on NES, SNE, a dash of PS1 thrown in and, of course, a boatload of PC gaming from 3.5" floppy disks up to present day. Present day consisting currently of the raft of Mac-supported 'PC' games from Blizzard and on Steam.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fire Pro Wrestling - XBLA

The best part of any wrestling game for me is the CAW section - Create A Wrestler. As much fun as it is to be your favourite WWE Superstar, it's much more fun to play Booker, Creative and Talent all at once by moulding Joe Brown from Outta Town into the next wearer of the shiny gold strap.

What's also fun is XBox Live avatars. For games like Doritos Crash Course where your avatar is running around in a Total Wipeout style, the cartoony, Wii-esque look to the graphics is part of the charm.

So, when you combine the two, what do you get? All sorts of shades of awesome is the answer.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dafuq, Tweeps?

Unusual for me to post twice in the same day, I know, but this was too topical to ignore (told you I was refreshed, didn't I?): Twitter has it's weird moments and people on it are weird.

Maybe I'm getting old and prudish, maybe I'm not (or should that be 'no longer') some strange internet pervert or horny net geek. Maybe I've grown up enough to consider that how many square inches of flesh women show is not proportional to how much interest should be shown in them. Or maybe, attempts at claiming modern, enlightened man points aside, it's just trashy crap.

I'm speaking about one of the trending topics of today, #boobsthursday.

Day Off with Darkness & DS9

I loved DS9 with a passion.
Some times you just need a day off. Whatever it is that you do, it can get to the point when all you need is a break.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy, with both weekends and weekdays filled to bursting with... well, just stuff. Blog posts, of course, come second to stuff. Hence why there's not been many of late. So, yesterday, I took that most wonderful of things, a day off.

What did I do with this fabled holiday? Absolutely nothing. Lounged around in bed, played some silly games on my phone, watched an episode or two of Deep Space Nine*, went to the supermarket and then watched a film.

Oh, and Terry Farrell is still smoking hot in the late 1990s, just as I had remembered.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Mano a Diablo

Let it never be said that I am not ahead of the curve and up with the times with my finger on the pulse. It only took me ten years to watch Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, for instance, and I managed to review The Force Unleashed on this blog at least two years after it came out.

Taking those posts into account, this one about Diablo 3 is practically a preview. I'm still three and a half months behind release but, crucially, only two weeks behind the release of version of the game that I'm playing.

Diablo 3: Starter Edition, is in the grand tradition of Blizzard giving you some of their electronic crack for free, then waving an oh it's not so big after all pricetag at you for all the content. A few days of Starcraft 2, 20 levels of World of Warcraft and, now, 13 levels and one Act of the new Diablo.

I've taken a Barbarian through the act twice, getting him to Level 11 with some neat gear, and also tried a Witch Hunter. Admittedly you only get five or six levels/dungeons/encounters in the Starter Edition, and it's fun, don't get me wrong, but it's all a little... samey.