The end of the Walking Dead, aka: one of the best gaming moments ever

…and why it’s a perfect example of an experience only possible through gaming. What do you mean “It came out two years ago, have you been living in a cave?”

The point and click adventure genre was always more character and dialogue focused than action-oriented games, and in retrospect it’s unsurprising that as gaming continues to mature this genre has seen a fair bit of a resurgence. Not to poo-poo the sheer action-blasty-kill-splat-death joy of a ‘mindless’ shooter but you get the point. There’s probably a whole thing to be written about games writing in general, even in the action-shooty genres gamers are expecting to see fully-voiced dialogue (even when this costs a huge amount to implement in sprawling RPGs and MMOs), mainstream audiences get annoyed about things like facial animations and romance options. Technical ability and good writing are bringing more options to developers, whether you’re going for stylistic ultra-violence (say, Bulletstorm) or seemingly humdrum existence (say, The Stanley Parable)

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The Lyons Review

“The 180-page review, probably the most extensive single piece of policy produced by Labour in opposition, sets out a plan for building 200,000 new homes by 2020.” (The Guardian)

They want to double the amount of custom/self build

Headline figure: They want to double the amount of custom/self build

Politics aside, the Lyons Review is a real whopper and took around a year to produce. I’m obviously not going to dissect the entire thing, but let’s see what lies within…

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Local housing co-op – loan stock invitation

A local housing co-op has had an offer accepted on a property in Scraptoft/Humberstone-ish area. They are now looking to raise loan stock (from people like you!) as well as securing a mortgage from Triodos for the remaining amount. Investment starts from as little as £50.

Download the full blurb here: Scraptoft Housing Loan Stock Invitation

Well worth a look if you are interested in the general concept or are looking for a local investment. Contact doug.golding@ntlworld.com for more info.

Tires, worms, rammed earth, apples…

A mix of things from further experiments at Saffron Acres:

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Some things we baked in the earth oven – apple pastry, a gently melted camembert with fruit and nuts stuck in for good measure, and a classic baked apple. The apples were from the site. Keep your eyes peeled for another bakin’ day. We did some bread and mini pizzas too.

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