* Posts by Stuart Evans

2 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

Six Wiis sold for every PS3 purchased in Japan

Stuart Evans

Missing The Point

To say that the Wii isn't next gen is surely a tad patronising, Microsoft and Sony have given consumers exactly the same type of game that they've always played, on practically the same box shaped console they've always used. They've given them HDDVD/Blueray, sure, but ultimately it's just a graphics upgrade. The gameplay's the same, but with additional (and costlier) disc formats.

Nintendo have given us the first step in true environmental gaming, with the next generation in controllers AND for the same price as the original playstation! They've opened up a whole new arena in what can be done and it's now up to games creators and developers to let their imagination go wild.

Sony and Microsoft can only make their games (no matter how fantastical) more 'real' graphically. Nintendo can do what ever they want because the Wii gamer's physical interaction is so much more involved than that of the other main players.

UK Gov boots intelligent design back into 'religious' margins

Stuart Evans

A Common Sense Triumph

As a 31 year old father of an 8 year old, I find this news encouraging. I would rather my son view the world through questioning eyes, wishing him to form opinions and then test them through sensible observation, and/or trial and error. I want him to develop his sense of morality with help from his friends and family (because we are good people) and his social environment (because that's normal).

I do not want him learning from a book with 200+ authors and no vaguely provable basis in fact. This is not religious intolerance this is just good old fashioned common sense. As his family, we're good people and have never needed an imaginary police force to tell us not to kill, steal, covet our neighbours’ asses etc.

When my son's troubled, scared, hungry or in pain, I want him to know that he can come to us at any time or place and we will do everything in our power to help him. This will be real, concrete and quantifiable. Hopefully, this will prevent him from needing an invisible emergency service that doesn't actually work, or do any tangible good.

I don't blame religion for the excesses of its followers; I blame their stupidity (an all too common human complaint). I don't think the curse of human stupidity should be encouraged in our young.

Science is common sense, taking the nearest possible thing to proven, as fact. Religion is like believing in lord of the rings; comforting, but fairly daft if you think about it properly.