GTA San Andreas

I normally get very bored by computer games. The only ones I like really are ‘sandbox’ type games where you can wander around a world choosing what you want to do. I used to love Elite for this reason. Clever programming gave the illusion of a huge and detailed world full of other people going about their business independently of you. You could genuinely choose how you wanted to play the game: as a trader, pirate, bounty hunter, or just explorer.

The only other game I’ve any time for is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Even though this is quite an old game and the graphics are not all that, it still impresses due to its vast and lovingly detailed world, with three very different cities spread across a landscape of deserts, forests and mountains, and its rich and varied gameplay.

Because you can go anywhere you like and do almost anything, it’s hard to get bored. Although there are some semi-linear storyline missions you need to complete to unlock the whole world, there are plenty of side missions you can do or just explore. You can steal and drive any cars, motorbikes or boats you find, and there are also helicopters, stunt planes, airliners and military jump jets to fly. You can be a pimp or a vigilante or a taxi driver, or export stolen cars for cash, or gamble in the casino, or take part in race tournaments or lowrider contests.

Mostly, though, I find it comforting because it’s a complete fantasy world that you control and that you can go to any time you like and do anything you want with no real consequences. If you die, you just wake up again outside hospital, minus your medical expenses. If you get arrested, you just get released again straight away.

If things in the real world are not going very well, I can always go to San Andreas and blow some people up with heat-seeking missiles and machine guns, and then steal their car and crash it into the police. I find this immensely cheering.

Some intresting news

It is not really, that was just to grab your attention. Still you are reading this, that is the true power of skilful copywriting.

I do not have that much to say in fact, I was meant to go on holliday but I had a problem with my back, so I had to stay at home and look after it. I have been mostly cooking and playing Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. It is a terrifying simulation of the brutality of real war, except normally you are not piloting an attack helicopter and firing laser guided rockets at aliens while sipping a delicious Burgundy. Unless you are in the French army.

I bought some extra RAM for Susan, so my girlfriend now has an expanded memory, which if unlike me you actually have a real girlfriend, is the last thing you want. Also, if anything goes wrong, I just put her to sleep and she forgets everything I’ve done! Which would be great in real life.

War on Terror, the board game

Julie sent me this link which is fantastic:

percyprune, is this one of yours? Also, won’t somebody think of the children?