“It is the custom, particularly among magistrates, to attribute half the crimes of the Metropolis to cheap novelettes.” G. K. Chesterton pooh-poohs Conservative MP David Ruffley’s claims that video games are contributing to a surge in juvenile crime in the UK, particularly among girls. Although, come to think of it, locking up the Women in ...
“…the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” Ecclesiastes offers its melancholy perspective on the outcome of the next-generation video format war ...
“I don’t trust a man who makes toys in a land where children are forbidden.” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Childcatcher expresses his distrust of RockStar’s Sam Houser following the news that the next, 18-rated Grand Theft Auto will be released on 29th April 2008.
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” Abraham Lincoln reminds Florida attorney Jack Thompson of a higher calling than that of his current obsession with Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two.
‘One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.’ André Gide on the dearth of forthcoming Nintendo Wii games.
“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” Albert Einstein gives Todd Goldman some late advice as to how to keep the entire internet from scrutinising his work and uploading all traces of plagiarism.
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. Kurt Vonnegut advises humanity as to the most sensible response to his death last night, in vain.
“There ain’t no such thing as a free launch” Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein on Sony’s miraculous piece of PR at the Playstation 3 launch last Friday. The Japanese hardware giant gave out free 46-inch Bravia W series televisions worth £2000 to the 125 people waiting in the queue at the London launch event thus ...
“It is so much simpler to bury reality than it is to dispose of dreams.” Don Delillo responding to Sony boss David Reeves’ pre-emptive spin that the PlayStation 3 not selling out upon its release this Friday would be a good thing.
“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” Samuel Johnson on why blogs (especially those without google ads) are a bit silly.