PlayStation 3 and other time-wasting devices

Portal has officially warranted more replays than most other games I own. You might say I like the game, and you might be right. However, I don’t like it quite this much:

From an article on

Back in May, Kotaku reader Robin emailed us to let us know about the Final Fantasy bar he and some friends hosted at Scrollbar in ITU of Copenhagen. Now they’ve moved on to Portal.

As with the Final Fantasy bar, the Scrollbar has quite a collection of themed drinks for the game of choice. My favorite of the bunch is the GLADOS, a wicked concoction that includes absinthe and Sourz Apple.

The Portal Bar kicked off in November, with the most popular drinks being the Sentry Gun and the Teleportation shot.

…oh dear God.

In other, less alcoholic news, it’s been too long since I took on a stupid project that’s doomed to not work. Now that I have a month off from school, it seems like the perfect time to pick something to do and fail spectacularly at it.


A while ago I posted about a pretty badass calculator. Today I’ve come across a simultaneously more and less complex one.

It’s an 8-bit calculator from the PS3 game LittleBigPlanet (specifically the beta version) in which you can create your own worlds, or something like that. It’s one of those “You Gotta See This” games, and one that might possibly go against everything I believe in regarding video game design. I haven’t played it yet, but I’m certainly interested.

This video doesn’t look impressive at first. Then the second half blows your mind.

Hey Apple, is that the DMCA casting a shadow on you?

My PS3 and iPod weren't made for each other, but they found one another anyway.

A short while ago my laziness led me to a small but useful discovery. I’ve always been meaning to back up the music on my iPod, because walking around with several days’ worth of music and not a single backup was just begging Murphy’s Law to swoop down and kick my ass. There’s just not enough room on my computer to hold several gigs of music, when I could be using those same several gigs to be working on personal projects. I thought about digging my external hard drive from the depths of my room, but I still couldn’t get around to it. Besides, ripping music from your iPod is just a pain, considering iTunes won’t let you do it and you have to rely on other programs to get your own damn music off your own damn iPod.

Today I plugged my iPod into my PS3 in an attempt to charge it. I left them alone for a few seconds, and when I returned, I found they really liked each other.


If you consider the Companion Cube to be female, this is like lesbian porn!


There’s no sense denying it; several years late, I have still managed to join the ranks of players and bloggers who consider Portal to be one of the best video games ever. Yes, this means I cannot think for myself and my brain is now the property of the media. Deal with it.

However, this post isn’t about how Portal is mind-fuckingly good. We all know that. If you don’t know that by now, you must be a hopelessly underinformed and sheltered individual (i.e. me until Octoberish). What this post is about, is how to make a good game.

I look forward to people finding this page in the near future and shooting me down.

Without further ado, here comes the list.


The newest Ratchet & Clank game, Tools of Destruction, blasted onto the PS3 with full force, taking advantage of the PlayStation 3’s technology and pushing the graphics and gameplay up several notches. It’s an altogether fun game that I’m still not finished playing – some of the last Skill Points and Gold Bolts remain elusive.

Today, while browsing the Internet, I was surprised to discover that a new Ratchet & Clank game was announced already. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty picks up where Tools of Destruction left off with a (somewhat frustrating) cliffhanger ending, where Clank was taken from Ratchet by the mysterious robotic Zoni.

Ratchet appears to be flying solo for this one, although the return of Tools of Destruction‘s characters seems fairly definite. His OmniWrench – the nearly worthless hunk of metal he’s been carrying around since the first game – gains some new powers, allowing him the ability to move around objects in the gameworld. (more…)

So I wasn’t imagining things: The PlayStation 3 really does look like a George Foreman grill.

These guys certainly thought so. They turned a fully functional PlayStation 3 – and this was quite a while ago, when the PS3 was still new – into a fully functional grill. Say the folks from Engadget:

[T]hese sadistic modders decided to hollow out their fresh purchase and replace all the high-tech magic with a common tabletop griddle. Their mission statement claims that the project was carried out to garner fame and glory, and for a very brief amount of time, they will indeed be on top of the world. Soon, however, everyone will forget about this amusing distraction in favor of playing their new gaming systems, while all these guys will have are a hopelessly outdated PS2 and a couple of leftover steaks.

As for me, I’m really not sure what to think. I’m mostly too relieved that I’m not crazy. Well, not that crazy.

It looks like Engadget was right: The PS3-grill people had their fifteen minutes of fame and left. The original site,, has since been abandoned, but is still available in the Wayback Machine.

Here’s a video of the PS3 grill in action:

From the YouTube video’s comments:

this is so fake! the power lights are not even on! how could you cook something on the ps3 if the lights are not even on!! It looks like a skillet in side of a ps3 case!! No one buy this garbage!

No shit, sherlock. <3

Ooh, my PS3 plays Blu-ray discs. That’s kinda cool.

Yes, I’m discovering things about my PS3 very, very slowly. I could probably just look up the features, but then that sucks all the joy out of discovering “Woah, this thing goes on the Internet?!”

Anybody else find it ironic that, while people are working hard to pack more data onto a disc, trying to ensure that movies can be as high-definition as possible, the majority of the population is just fine watching mp4-encoded videos with a resolution of 480×360?

Oh yeah, and this is probably old news, but did you know adding &fmt=18 to the end of a YouTube URL shows the video in high quality?