PS4 real? Making sense of the Playstation 4

PS4 image from Kotaku

The future of gaming is just around the corner, or so they say: the Playstation 4 has finally been announced. Yesterday, Twitter and the wider web was buried under an avalanche of excitement and speculation (well, the bits of it not already knee-deep in the BRIT Awards) – so much information, it was just too much to take in. Especially when the console itself was nowhere to be seen.

Luckily the commentators of the gaming world were on hand to interpret the hyperbole and give us a realistic impression of what to expect.  Continue reading

I predict a riot

Riot police in August 2011 - photo BBC

The politician looked uncomfortable as the news anchor asked him yet again why the police and government response to the past three nights of rioting had been so inadequate. Even though I thought Michael Gove was a bit of a tw*t, I felt sorry for him. What he was trying not to say is that nobody took the riots particularly seriously for a night or two because, well, rioting is what we do. Not as frequently as the French and not as violently as the Greeks, but often enough for it not to be a big deal. I was four when the riots broke out in Brixton, nine the last time Tottenham was ablaze, 13 years old during the Poll Tax riots and 15 when they were setting cars on fire in Moulscoomb. And so on. Continue reading