At least, that's on my note to self for this evening, except I've had a power cut, and I'm blogging this from a neighbour's open wifi with limited battery left, so there's no point me starting a download. I've been following the tale of Plain Sight for a while now, and the news is spreading that this looks to be a seriously fun indie game. I haven't played it yet to tell you, but Brandon has, and he clearly likes it a lot. As does half the internet, as apparently they all turned up and crashed the servers on beta launch.
Who's "our"? Channel 4 education, in association with the Wellcome Trust, and conceived of and delivered by Oil Productions. Getting stuff to teens that's useful to them: in this case, we're going after the genome, DNA testing and other hot-button topics of the near future.
We really wanted to make a game that had real science in it: the Wellcome Trust provided us with scientists as well as access to the Sanger Institute, no less. This being Darwin's bicentennial year too, genetics seemed to be the right thing to explore.
As for the game: it's... evolved. It's got video, casual games, television, puzzles, and competitions. And a widget, too. Runs for around 8 weeks, ends sometime in March. Explore!
I'm still reinstalling stuff after the Big Wipe, and I was over at Curse picking up addons, and they showed me this.
GHD straighteners are expensive, "ceramic" (wtf?) straighteners *usually* aimed very much at the kind of lady who likes to fuss over her hair a LOT. Then again, they're also apparently quite useful in creating manga hair. Or belf hair, I suppose.
It was one of those moments, you know - zeitgeisty. Hardcore gaming sites advertising girlie hair straighteners. Who'da thought.
Remember Where The Hell Is Matt? BoingBoing has dug up a fantastic videogame version, and while it's missing Matt's very particular dance skills, it's even funnier overall (imhoetc) - the L4D and Assassin's Creed made me howl.