Prometheus, Tech Support and Play Station

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Over the last week, most of the stuff I’ve done can firmly be placed in the ‘geek’ category. I finally got around to seeing Prometheus which I was very excited about. Being pitched as prequel to Alien, plus the hype and cool looking trailers, I went in with some high hopes. Sadly, it didn’t quite do it for me.

The acting was good, the landscapes and imagery were very pretty, the story was also ok, but it seemed to pose more questions than it answered and all of the parts that should have made you jump were so predictable that it really wasn’t much of a thriller at all. I’ve since read a few reports that, although originally pitched as an Alien prequel, the movie simply uses concepts that relate to the Alien franchise and the movie is set in the same universe.  Apparently they are looking at making another movie or two to fill the gap between the ending of Prometheus and when Alien actually begins, so hopefully with a bit more content, it’ll fill those gaps and tie all the unanswered questions together. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a terrible movie, but it just didn’t live up to my high expectations.

What has exceeded my expectations is PlayStation Plus(+) Network . Basically, if you have a PlayStation you already have access to the free PlayStation Network which allows you to download game demos, purchase full games, movies and other customistations for your PlayStation console. If you opt to pay a fairly low annual fee, you are then upgraded to PlayStation+ which previously just gave you the odd free minigame and slight discounts on other full games available for purchase. But now, they appear to be giving the Plus network a push and they’ve started providing some awesome full games completely free. I just downloaded a copy of Little Big Planet 2, Warhammer 40k Space Marine and Infamous 2.

I’ve spent most of my non-working waking hours playing Infamous 2 and simply put, it’s awesome. Basically, the concept behind both Infamous 1 and 2 is the story of a guy that has awoken in a post apocalyptic world with electric super powers and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve been giddily gliding from roof tops and zapping bad guys like a school kid that has just discovered how to build-up a static charge by rubbing his shoes on the library carpet. There’s also a morale component to the game where your actions will either take you down the path of becoming a super hero or a super villain. I’ve oped down the path of being a super hero and it’s great that I get to save peeps without having to don a cape or turn my smelly, holey underwear into outawear.

Although even with my underwear tucked firmly away in my pants, I have had the privilege of being able to ‘save the day’ (ok, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration) with my IT skills. Despite the fact that I run a web company and I’ve spent most of my life in front of a screen, tapping away at a keyboard, I still find it very daunting when a family member or friend needs technical assistance. Inevitably, the issues that seem easy turn into diabolic debacles and sometimes the stuff that seems impossible is solved by a few stealthy Google searches. You just never know and agreeing to fix something for someone is always a bit of a gamble.

Fortunately, the two call-outs I had over the weekend (one for my bro, and the other for a friends sis-in-law) were two of the smoothest and most enjoyable tech experiences I’ve had in a long time. Needless to say, it was certainly helped by the scrumptious food and wine I gained as compensation for my time. My brother’s amazing French-inspired chicken dish which was followed by my sister-in-law’s literally mouth watering chocolate pudding were more than any geek would expect for setting-up a PC.

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