The Slits

I won’t pretend to have ever heard of Ari Up before today, but it’s sad that the day I get to hear this is the day that she died. Her stepfather, John Lydon, described a “serious illness” on his website, the BBC reported today. The Slits were a highly influential punk band, and if this is anything to go by, they were bloody great.

5 Great Moments From Fallout 3

As Fallout: New Vegas sits waiting in my Steam folder, locked but ready to go, I’m once again mentally preparing to explore the post-apocalyptic Wasteland.

Here are of my favourite moments from Fallout 3. What are yours?

WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK!

About midway through the Broken Steel DLC mini-expansion, I was making my way through an underground network of caverns, and getting a little creeped out by the sound effects. There were deathclaws down here, and those things could kill me with a single blow. Things were getting pretty tense until there was one bit where I thought the end was in sight and started to relax. Suddenly – WHUMP! – something flew at me from above! A freaking dead body had gone flying through the air and landed about two inches from my feet. I barely had time to register it before a deathclaw jumped down about two feet in front of me. I unloaded into it at point-blank range and very luckily managed to bring it down just before it could finish me off. If the heart attack didn’t get me first, that is.

 LITTLE LAMPLIGHT

From the beautifully-scripted introduction to the part where we were wandering through the fairylight-filled cave system, I was as wide-eyed and spellbound as a kid in Disneyland.

TICKETS, PLEASE

Just a tiny little moment. I found a subway ticket stub, and then one of the game’s robots marched past. “Tickets, please” it barked, and I wondered for a minute just how cool it would be if it actually inspected my ticket, before dismissing the idea as just too trivial and silly for any developer to bother with. When the robot took my ticket, I was grinning from ear to ear for about an hour. Continue reading