Final Fantasy XIII-2 TV Ad

(I was hoping to find the ad on Youtube to include at the start of this post, but I’ll be damned if I can find it. Odd how pretty much all the ads that I did find were all better than the one that we’re currently being subjected to on UK telly).

I wouldn’t want to be a gamer trying to explain the ad to a non-gamer.

“What the hell was that? And what’s with the XIII-2?”
“Well it’s a sequel”
“And the XIII bit?”
“It’s the thirteenth game in the series”
“So it’s a sequel to something that’s had lots of sequels already? Why not call it XIV?”
“Because it’s a sequel to XIII which had nothing to do with XII or any of the prior ones.”
“Um.. ok. None of this is particularly ‘final’ though, is it?”
“…”*
“And the music? Is it supposed to sound like it’s from a dire children’s programme?”
“Err…shush. the programme’s starting again now”

* Seemed apt.

Amiga Blues

So.. a quiet Sunday. What better time to dust off my trusty old Amiga 1200 and test some of the old disks I’ve had lying around for months on end? Every six months or so I get the urge to get back into Amigas and a few hours later, I’m always reminded why I don’t bother…

  • First up, the A1200 decides it’s not going to read any floppies. Not to worry, I’ll plug in my external floppy drive…
  • …which doesn’t work either.
  • So, I dig out the A600 instead and load up Pushover (it was the first to hand) and sit and wait for it all to load while fumbling around for a joystick. Ah, a Cruiser – my favourite! Oh.. the fire buttons don’t work.
  • A Zipstik. They were popular – that should be better. Fire buttons work but the movement is temperamental. Next…
  • The Terminator joystick. A joystick shaped like a grenade…
    If you're thinking 'That's a stupid shape for a joystick', you'd be right.

    (excuse the poor picture. My camera didn’t want to work today either, so it’s a phone pic)
    Although it’s rubbish to use, this one does actually work, so some progress at least.

  • Decided that although Pushover worked fine, it wasn’t actually worth playing and put Lotus 2 on instead.

So after far too long arsing around with cables, PSU, Amigas, floppies and joysticks, I’ve tested two games and am now surrounded by junk. I need to remember all this next time I get the urge to tinker with Amiga stuff. No wonder I prefer consoles.

Blogging again

I was never the most prolific of bloggers in the first place, but I’m finding that I’ve got stuff swimming around my brain that’s too long for Twitter (if I can’t make my point in one tweet, I won’t bother) and too geeky for facebook so I figured I’d dump it all into a Blog instead. It might not get read by anyone, but at least it should get it out of my head at least.