The lazy boy's digital duvet day
5th Nov 2008 | 16:51
The best ways to fill those precious lazy days off
As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, there's often nothing more appealing than spending the day wrapped up in digital entertainment (and a duvet). It's why you own the big TV and have the games consoles. Don't want to leave the house? Then consider the following time-wasters:
Who's pre-ordered Little Big Planet?
Little Big Planet is the highlight on PlayStation 3, its release initially delayed due to a dodgy background song that used lyrics lifted from the Qur'an (all fixed). Post-apocalyptic, railgun-toting, gore-splashed RPG Fallout 3 is close behind. Fallout 3 is also the stand out release on the PC and the Xbox 360 this week (although Xbox owners might not have time to play it after the recent launch of the excellent Fable II).
Quantum of Solace, released this week on the PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, Nintendo DS and the Xbox 360, will be hoping to break out from the 'all videogames based on movies are crap' cliché. I'm not holding my breath.
There's nothing else of note from Nintendo as usual. The lack of regular software is one of the only problems with owing a Wii. You could buy Carnival Funfair Games: Mini Golf, but you might as well hold out for Wii Sports 2 next year.
In fact, if you don't own Nintendo's console, there's a good argument for buying a Wii.
What's on HDTV?
Iron Man is the big Blu-ray/DVD release this week. The movie, starring Robert Downey Jnr, has proved that there's blockbuster life in the superhero franchises beyond Batman, Superman and X-Men. You can also pick up the Godfather Trilogy on Blu-ray – an offer few movie connoisseurs will be able to refuse.
Petrolheads rejoice! A new series of Top Gear started on BBC 2 on Sunday at 8pm. Clarkson, May and Hammond buy second-hand lorries and try to become HGV drivers, no doubt with hilarious consequences. You can sleep safe in the knowledge that, if you missed it, a convenient repeat is only a few iPlayer clicks away. Why not watch it on your Wii? The iPlayer UI has just been revamped.
New music and gadgetry
As for background music, Snow Patrol's new album, A Hundred Million Suns, was officially let loose on 27 October. iTunes here we come, sidestepping all mentions of High School bloody Musical. Is there no escape from the fresh-faced Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens?
And if the iPhone didn't exist, I'd probably be first in line for a T-Mobile G1. It's the world's first commercially available Android phone, challenging the Apple OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian with open-source software that's backed by the might of Google. If anybody gets one, let us know what you think of it.
Finally, if you want to spend your day on the Internet, open up a new tab and swing by a new Web 2.0 startup called Viewbug. More than just another media-sharing site, Viewbug encourages you to share videos, photos and other media, which are then reviewed by a panel of judges.
"Weekly winners are chosen by our judging panel based on the artistic composition, creativity and originality of the art," says the Viewbug FAQ. Winning submissions are rewarded with cash prizes. Now there's an incentive to abandon Facebook.