Got out early on Saturday in the hope of a good sunrise. Weather was perfect and not only got some cracking images but it was good to get out and about. Got a walk in through a totally deserted forest – loved it.
All or Nothing:Manchester City – enjoy a good doc and this one on Man City is well worth a watch. They got some amazing access to both manager and squad.
August 1993 and the UK saw a new type of gaming magazine. Edge was a serious look at the gaming industry and focussed on technology, the studios and in depth stories on the development of games themselves. I loved it and have blogged about Edge a few times over the years.
I’m still a subscriber and enjoy getting a physical copy each month. It’s read cover to cover and joins the full collection of Edge magazines that I’ve been close to ditching a couple of times but glad I held on to them even if the shelves storing them collapsed recently. They do weigh quite a bit.
Edge launched at a key time. The first PlayStation came out a year after launch in 1994 and a few years later saw the launch of the PS2, Gamecube and the first Xbox. It was a golden age with lots of hardware and game studio changes and Edge was often the first to break stories, have exclusive game previews and conduct interviews with developers that no one else could get.
The internet quickly changed the magazine market but Edge has survived mainly thanks to it’s original content. In the past I’d decide game purchases based on Edge reviews but not anymore. Games are often out for 4 or 5 weeks before a review will drop through the post. They are still a great read and the rare Edge 10’s still something to covet but they don’t make or break a game anymore. Looking back at issue 1 feels like ancient history – they had 2 pages dedicated to format charts and Syndicate was number 1. Rise of the Robots was previewed, just one of the many games that looked amazing but was actually terrible. Issue 3 was previewing VR which took some 23 years to land in anger – you can’t say Edge wasn’t ahead of it’s time. It was also when import games were king and paying £80 – £120 for a game wasn’t unheard of as it would take 6-9 months to land in the UK.
One last noteworthy aspect about Edge is the covers. Some of them have been amazing featuring exclusive art, use of different finishes and in pre-internet days and sometimes still today would reveal a new piece of hardware or preview of a game. Don’t get me wrong, some of them have been awful but they give a great visual history of the last 25 years of gaming. Click on the image to the right to see all 323 covers or visit my Edge Magazine Covers Flickr album to see them in detail.
Hard to believe that 25 years have passed since that first issue. I’ll also confess that I didn’t buy the first one and had to order a back issue after a few months. So glad I did! It seems unlikely with the pace of change, but here’s to another 25 years of the worlds best gaming magazine.
Too much social media angst. Instead thinking about money, pensions, shares…you know, really positive thinking 🙂
A quiet weekend so treated myself:
Batman Begins – Well made with great performances. A new darker Batman.
The Dark Knight – The best bad guy performance in a superhero film. Ledger lifts this and alongside a great story and some strong performances this still feels fresh despite it being 10 years old.
The Dark Knight Rises – Good but not great, the overall film just doesn’t land and despite the ball of rage that is Tom Hardy it doesn’t match The Dark Knight.
Watched them all in 4K and HDR. Batman Begins looked OK but the other two really shone especially the sections shot in IMAX format. There’s also an obvious difference between a 4K Blu-ray and 4K streaming. Tried some scenes on iTunes which was also 4K and HDR and the difference was notable.
End of another great sporting event in Glasgow. This one was a wee bit different in that the time trial passed my street. The speed these top cyclists can reach is impressive.
Deadpool 2 – more of the same and pretty average.
Succession – off to a really strong start.
No Mans Sky – still enjoying. Updates have delivered a much better game.
- I was humiliated on TalkRadio for talking about my rapeWhy does (did hopefully) he still have a platform?
- The Bullshit Web — Pixel Envy
My home computer in 1998 had a 56K modem connected to our telephone line; we were allowed a maximum of thirty minutes of computer usage a day, because my parents — quite reasonably — did not want to have their telephone shut off for an evening at a time. I remember webpages loading slowly: ten […]
Loved this. So much of the web feels broken.
- Here’s How America Uses Its Land
The 48 contiguous states alone are a 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures.
Love a visualisation
- Magic Leap One Creator Edition preview: a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential – The Verge
We tried the $2,295 Magic Leap One Creator Edition, the debut product from mixed reality startup Magic Leap — and found an ambitious vision facing serious technological challenges.
All that hype. Also reads that the marketing team were putting out bullshots that the techies knew they couldn’t deliver. Shocker.
- Scorching Summer in Europe Signals Long-Term Climate Changes – The New York TimesExtreme weather around the whole world…what happens when it’s no longer extreme?
- Will Climate Change Remake Human Biology? – Future Human – Medium
In 1977, a nuclear power plant in Forsmark, Sweden, began pumping cooling effluent from its reactors into “Biotest Lake,” a manmade, 84-hectare enclosed body of water jutting out from the Baltic Sea…
Somethings got to change over the years as the climate shifts
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 best jokes: 25 of the top gags from the Fringe | London Evening Standard
The city of Edinburgh has been beset with a case of the stitches for the rest of the month, thanks to the return of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Throughout August, some of the world’s best comedic talent will be trying their best to tickle the funny bones of slightly hungover audiences.
We all need a lift
- Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned – The New York Times18 folk in a room and they can’t make a decision. Madness. People are leaving due to their indecision.
- ‘It’s our time to serve the Motherland’: How Russia’s war in Georgia sparked Moscow’s modern-day recruitment of criminal hackers — MeduzaModern wars are so different
- It’s not just you, everything looks the same on Instagram — QuartzyHard not to fall into this trap. Sunrises, sunsets, reflections, long exposures. Still enjoy the process and getting out and about though and I find so many locations and shots from seeing what others do.