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Thursday, 26 March 2009 at 22:07
Wow! What a day! I was in at 8 this morning, I've got a ton of marking to do. At around 10am I went down to our learning resources centre in the basement to get some quiet time and before I knew it, it was like 3pm! Gosh!

Loads of guys and gals came through the door today mostly wanting to join the games course. Arrrgh! The places are running out rapidly. So, if you haven't yet done so, get those grades to us ASAP so that we can process your application quickly.

Also, if you're stuck, confused or anxious - just get on the phone or on the email for a chat... Ok?


FFVII Is Back???

at 22:04
Well, it had to happen...
Square Enix has plans to revisit Final Fantasy VII according to producer Tetsuya Nomura.
"The company recently announced that the upcoming Blu-ray release of Advent Children Complete will bring the curtain down on that saga, and is looking to expand on Final Fantasy VII for its next project. A feature length film, PS2 spinoff and a PSP prequel have already been released as tie-in material to the PlayStation original but it appears that Square is not done yet, with Nomura already planning "the next product in the compilation".A FFVII remake has been rumoured for some time, but could be a long way off with Square Enix currently preparing Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy XIII for release."

Zomg! Is this the best news evah? Let's see if it happens... :)

International Ada Lovelace Day 24 March 2009

Monday, 23 March 2009 at 16:39
Who knew that a chick could be a pioneer of gaming? Well, it's true. Tomorrow sees the first international day to celebrate Ada Lovelace and I'm really proud to be a part of that movement to ensure that this woman gets some recognition. After all, without her, we wouldn't have Killzone 2!

Who is she, and why should you be bothered? Read on...

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. Read more about her here:

Basically the idea is for her to be a positive role model for anyone (esp. Females) in computer sciences (which includes gaming). This inaugural day has been set up to highlight the need for more female bloggers funnily enough! Let’s see whether we can share the love by promoting something web 2.0 related on this day!

From Confetti Girls Forum

DS De Rigeur?

Sunday, 15 March 2009 at 18:55
I love this story, so I thought I'd share it with you...

DS made essential in Japanese schools

Elementary and middle schools in Osaka, Japan are distributing free Nintendo DS consoles among students to aid learning.

The Osaka Board of Education made the devices mandatory in January, with software such as Brain Age and My Japanese Coach being put to practical use in classrooms.

Critics of the scheme have expressed their anger at taxpayers' money ending up in Nintendo's pockets, and the potential for students to abuse the scheme.

Around ten schools in the region have opted in to the programme, but it remains to be seen whether it will be adopted on a wider scale across the Far East.

Square Enix: 'Games could surpass films'

Monday, 9 March 2009 at 12:14
ZOMG! Check it out. No surprise to some of you but hey!

Square Enix producer Yoshinori Yamagishi has claimed that games have the potential to surpass films as a storytelling medium.
Speaking to CVG, the Final Fantasy producer indicated that games have untapped potential as a narrative form, but that interactivity is their biggest hurdle.
"In TV, film and theatre, the creator has control over how he gives the story to the viewer - it's easier to control the emotions," he said.
"If we manage to get over this hurdle, then I regard video games as a greater medium to provide people with deep emotional and exciting experiences."
Square Enix is currently preparing Star Ocean: The Last Hope for its European debut in April.