Microsoft's unveiling of its latest
gaming entertainment platform, the Xbox One, means the future is pretty much upon us. And in the future, it seems, I'm going to want a relationship with my television. I'm going to want to talk to it and more importantly want it to listen to me and respond. At all times. I'll want it to know my favourite games content and recommend things I might like to do. I'll even want my TV, by proxy of the Xbox One's fancy new Kinect camera, to keep track of my vital signs. I'll be nicknaming mine 'HAL'.
One of my favourite childhood memories revolves around trying to find my way into this secret box that my great granddad made. It’s a wooden box that’s designed (in the most cliché of fashions) to appear like your average hardback book, but if you slide out certain panels in the right order it reveals a hidden compartment perfect for storing stuff in. Naturally, as a kid I therefore assumed some great treasure lay within, and yes, the reality was less spectacular than what I’d imagined.
Boxes like this were quite popular during a period of history that people my age simply refer to as 'the olden days', as they allowed people with valuables somewhere concealed yet convenient to keep them; more affordable and portable than a safe. This was especially useful at a time where money in the bank wasn't quite as easy to get instant access to and burglars were harder to prevent or even catch. Now, my family aren’t exactly in need of such dastardly means to ward off thieves, but my great granddad was clearly a talented craftsman and wanted leave something with a personal touch that could be passed down through the family. Given it's still in good condition some seventy years later, you'd have to say that he succeeded.
The reason for that self-indulgent intro is because I've been reminded of my childhood afternoons spent trying to crack the secrets of that box recently while playing Fireproof Games' 'The Room' on my Galaxy S III.
Real Racing 3 has been available on iOS and Android for a few months now, and I've taken the time to give it a spin over the last few days. I'd read reviews from a number of sources that EA was bleeding the Free to Play model dry in this latest installment, but even I couldn't believe to what extent until I actually calculated the real world value of some of the things that can be purchased via its in game currency.
The kind folks at musicMagpie have asked me to spread the word about a competition they’re running, so I’m going to happily oblige because I’m also a huge fan of shiny objects and because the prize is undeniably awesome. They’re giving away a brand new 500GB Super Slim Blue Playstation 3, with second prize receiving BioShock Infinite: Premium Edition, and third prize winning the standard edition of BioShock Infinite. The winners will be chosen at random & announced on May 19th 2013.
If you want to enter, just head on over to their Facebook page, follow the brief instructions aaaaand you’re done. Literally as simple as that. Especially if you’ve got a Facebook account already, which (having looked into the matter) about 3 in 4 people likely to visit this site from the UK already do. You can find out anything on the internet these days.
Also, if you want to spread the word about the competition then use the hashtag #magpiewin on the Twitter.
Best of luck!