Southwark in South London is the location of a test phase for a scheme organised by The Metropolitan Police's Riverside Safer Neighbourhoods team. PROJECT GAMERZ invites anyone aged between 11 and 18, who live, or attend school, in the Riverside Ward of Rotherhithe, to get involved with their local community through Video Games and eSports. Video Gaming is the fastest growing form of media entertainment in the world, and eSports – electronic sports – is computer and videogames played as a competitive sport.
Riverside Safer Neighbourhoods team feel the scheme is a perfect forum to launch a fresh and innovative social network between young people, neighbourhoods and community centres. Sergeant Rob Evans of the Riverside team said: "The aim of the project is to enable young people to re-connect with their local community in a way that reflects their interests. By creating this social network we hope to encourage responsible participation across the age group, where we can also engage with local youngsters on policing and community issues that can affect them".
The Metropolitan Police have enlisted the help of XLEAGUE.TV, the only broadcast outlet for eSports in the UK, who offer the opportunity to participate or view major sporting events in the virtual world – online and on TV [PULSE, Sky Channel 208]. XLEAGUE.TV have brought together major brands such as Microsoft, EA Sports, Packard Bell to provide games, consoles, equipment and TNWA Group for the technical delivery and event management for the first phase of the scheme.
[The press release then degenerates into an advert for XLEAGUE, so we'll save you that]
This thing which is, on the surface, about boring cross-promotional media deals. But is actually just an excuse to link to an amazing YouTube clip of an Airbus A310 nearly crashing at an air show. This thing in which we casually, and some might say effortlessly, slip the old agenda onto a Nintendo blog. Just for fun. This thing about people that needs to done gone gets themselves a-killed. Or at least segregated off from everyone else and chemically castrated. This thing about a collapse in the meat-based dog industry. This thing about something to do with the Eee PC that happened somewhere foreign, because you can't not use pictures like this when they come along:
SCE Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison Resigns
SCE Group CEO Kazuo Hirai Assumes Responsibilities
Tokyo, February 25, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that Phil Harrison, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), will resign from Sony Computer Entertainment Group as of February 29, 2008. Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI, will immediately assume responsibilities as president of SCE WWS, in addition to his current duties.
Prior to the launch of the original PlayStation, Phil Harrison joined Sony Electronics Publishing, Ltd. in 1992, which later evolved into Sony computer Entertainment Europe, and since then, he has made a tremendous contribution to the company playing a strategic role in the launch of four PlayStation platforms, as well as building strong relationships with game developers and publishers throughout the world. Since his appointment to the position of president, SCE WWS, Harrison applied his considerable skill, knowledge and expertise to lead SCE Group's first party game development as well as aggressively pursuing the development of new online entertainment experiences.
"As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry," said Kazuo Hirai. "It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors."
"The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far," said Phil Harrison. "I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can."
Labels: WAR ON PS3
This thing which was the now-customary weekly rabble-rousing piece to waste the time/energy of PS3 fans. This thing about cynical Valentine's Day marketing activities. This thing about Dixons selling flowers, in what's clearly one of the least thought-through business initiatives in decades. This thing which - brace yourselves! - is a look at Tails playing Virtua Cop with tennis balls in SEGA Superstars Tennis. This thing about maybe having to find a new way of downloading porn in the future. This thing about the staggering Teclast M30 babes, because you can't not use pictures like this when they come along:
Labels: DREAMCAST LOGO IN REAL LIFE
This thing which was last Friday's go at rousing up the rabble for the weekend. It went very well! This thing which was a bit more rabble rousing, as it's really hard to resist when you have access to such a vast collection of willing rabble. This thing. More of the same. Just can't help it. They get SO ANGRY! This thing about a big printer. It's nice being able to introduce your odd technology fetishes to a wider audience. If just one person goes out and spends $280,000 on a really big printer because of this update, it will all have been worth it. This thing in which we fail to mask our contempt for some "Halo shoes." This thing about the "sexing up" of Bluetooth headsets, because you can't not use pictures like this when they come along:
SOMEONE'S ANECDOTE ABOUT RICHARD BEING IN A GAME AND AN IDEA FOR SOMETHING WE COULD DO AN UPDATE ABOUT
"Hello UK:R, I have an interesting fact I thought you'd like to know: Richard Jacques is in Smash Bros Brawl. No, not as a playable character, but the song Super Sonic Racing, from Sonic R, features, as composed by none other than Richard Jacques. I thought you might want to know this, as it could make a good update when you're dry. You could do it in this way: make a joke about how Brawl is over-rated and is probably going to be crap. Then you mention how Richard Jacques will probably make you have to buy it, but you will send a letter to Nintendo explaining that Richard is the only reason you bought it, and that he should be given the money from your purchase. You could play with the whole "should I buy it" dilemma thing for a few lines, and probably make a good few sarcastic jokes about various Nintendo characters. You know, your usual. Go ahead and use it, but I won't cry if you don't - Sandy."
This thing which is a textbook piece of rabble-rousing. They fall for it every single time! Wasting the energy of PS3 fans like this is one of the many ways we fight. If one man doesn't go out to the shops to buy a PS3 game because he's busy slagging people off on the internet today, it will have been worth it. This thing where we did more purposeful rabble-rousing again two days later, to see if they'd fall for it twice in one week. They did! This thing about experimental teenage dress-up activity. This thing about adding vibration to Sony's rubbish SIXAXIS controller, because we are contractually obliged to occasionally write something about Sony products. There is nothing in our contract about having to be NICE about them, mind. This thing about Dr. Kawashima being mental, because we are also obliged to occasionally be nice about Nintendo's "magic wand" machine. This thing about a serious piece of tech and gaming news, because you can't not use pictures like this when they come along:
A site about games and game paraphernalia and how nothing's as good as we remember it, probably because we used to inhabit a FANTASY WORLD.
What are we half-heartedly skimming RIGHT NOW?
Each post .02% worse than the last.
THE HTML ERAS
When men used to till the pages by hand.
12 years of wheat and chaff in one vast and impenetrable mass.
Some updates weren't universally hated by the entire world within seconds of being uploaded.
Links to that blog of yours you started up and were excited about for a whole weekend.
Some people we might've MET. Or at least seen in a room and been near.
Other sites we are happy to officially endorse without requiring Adwords spend.
Having one is compulsory, apparently. Ours is here. It is not meant to be funny.
People off the internet. Quality and commitment levels may vary.
It came with the template. Maybe in 2014 we'll jump on board the Twitter train and put that in here. Or a radio. That'd be nice.