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Category: Toys and Tech

Gears of War Meccano Toy Review – C.O.G. Centaur Tank

Ruaidhri Walker

When I was about 5 or 6 I remember being at a family friend’s house. Being a petulant child I wanted something to entertain me, when a bright yellow metal briefcase was laid in front of me I finally felt like I was growing up. I was seen as too old to play with Duplo or Lego, I was now moving onto the toy for adults and engineers. Of course the Meccano which was held within the yellow case was too much for me. I was too young and without instructions, I wasn’t able to produce anything more than bolting various metal pieces together in a straight line; to be honest my skill with Meccano was much like that of a relatively bad clown making balloon animals “look kid a snake!”

Assassin’s Creed Hidden Blade Toy Review

Ruaidhri Walker

Oh the fun of Assassin’s Creed, running along roof tops like a fiddler and leaping from great heights just to shiv a guy. Assassin’s Creed is one of many games where I’ve taken the game sub consciously into real life. I’ve been waiting at bus stops and looking at the buildings around thinking “I’d run along there and climb that, jump over there and swing down that pole” all the while tracing a route with my eyes. Of course I can’t do those things, firstly because of the legality of prancing about on other people’s roof tops and secondly because I am a man in his late 20’s who is overweight and with a bum knee.

The Boxee: My Favourite Gadget

Ruaidhri Walker

So lets get this out of the way now, every TV show and film I have on my hard-drive are legitimately sourced and are on the most part just digital rips of my hefty DVD collection. I need to point this out now so that I can talk more openly about my favourite gadget I own, The boxee.

The boxee is a media centre. The weird melted cube that sits next to the TV allows you, the viewer, to plug in hard-drives (many if you find a USB hub that works with it) and the boxee will play the media files on the drives. The thing is that it will recognise nearly every codec and media file type going in the world today, and with a relatively frequent update for the OS and the Boxee itself it means that rarely will you find something that will trip it up.