Due to the absurd cost of motor insurance, my parents never let me take either of their cars out for a spin when I younger - probably for fear that I might take 'spin' a little too literally. If they had however, I bet they would have wanted one of these on board.
Meet the Wasp Knife. Wasp Knife's creators had a problem. It seemed that boring old traditional knives weren't quite deadly enough, so they decided to evolve the long-standing design and put a compressed gas cylinder and firing mechanism into the handle.
Remember the days when video games were packed full of wincingly bright characters, sharp sunny backdrops and vivid primary colours. God, they were awful weren't they? I mean, what kind of acid trip were those designers on? Look outside - it's all asphalt and concrete, aluminium and corrugated steel, heavy clouds and lingering smog. Real life is a kind of kind of dirty vomit colour.
According to my watch, E3 is now finished. The conference has been shifted and downsized and generally turned upside down by format changes but it is still one of the biggest video games spectacles in the world. Nearly everything worth looking out for in the coming months and, in several cases, years was on show. I'm can't write up each one individually as it would take me till September, so here they are in a convenient Haiku form. I take no responsibility for whether these actually conform to rigorous Haiku format requirements.
A judge has ruled in favour of World of Warcraft developer, Blizzard, which is currently engaged in a legal battle against the creator of a WoW bot program called MMO Glider. The Arizona district court ruling on the case has supported Blizzard's claim that the program infringes on its copyright, giving a first stage victory to the MMO maker.
Much to our disappointment (but certainly not surprise) Sony confirmed following its E3 press conference that the newly unveiled PlayStation Store TV and Movies download service would not be hitting European shores until next year. Maybe. But don't fret, telly loving gamers out there, Sony has something in the way of a consolation prize: Sony PlayTV. And it's landing in a little less than two months.
A new survey by The Carphone Warehouse has found that children as old as 18 are avoiding pornographic websites and even less are having sexually explicit conversations. The study, conducted in part Dr Tanya Byron, the very embodiment of Psychology 2.0, also found that children even lie about what they are doing and that parents have ALMOST NO IDEA AT ALL.
Just to clarify: that's not one individual mouse - such as a cheeky, fun-loving rodent inhabiting said analyst's house, much to the annoyance of his hapless, accident-prone cat. No he's talking about the humble computer mouse, invented back in 1963 by Douglas Engelbart and probably now attached to over a billion personal computers even as I type this. No matter; Garter analyst Steve Prentice reckons that their final days will come in the next 3-5 years.
Console manufacturers and games publishers aren't the only ones living it up at E3. Accessory-makers are out in force too, including Logitech. It has a load of new goodies for console owners including this Driving Force Wireless Racing Wheel for PS3.
We learned yesterday that the sort-of-new, sort-of-cut-price 80GB PS3 model was due for North America shortly. But what of little old Europe? Sony has since confirmed that the same model - a non-backwards compatible, larger capacity version of the current 40GB model - will be landing here on August 27th. The price is set at £299 / 399 Euros, the same as the current version.