Game On


After falling completely out of love with Madden 2004 only a few weeks after I bought it, I’m now right back in the mood again for some reason.

Maybe it’s the fact that the NFL play-off’s have been very exciting so far, or maybe it’s the fact that I found a great set of AI slider settings after some good advice over at the Madden Mania forums. Whatever has re-newed my zest for the game, though, I’m really enjoying it at the moment – and with the new-found balance in the game that the sliders have brought, I’m experiencing some really close games compared to the shoot-outs that were so common in Madden 2003, or 2004 with default sliders.

There are still a few bug-bears in there that stop it from being the perfect game, though. The interceptions that the AI linebackers can get are simply ridiculous – snatching bullet passes out of the air from five yards away, for example. I could cope with them deflecting the ball and then it being picked off, but the ninja style reflexes need toning down and unfortunately there aren’t any sliders to control that.

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Painted into a corner

Being house-bound with no car meant that Fliss and I could focus all our attention on decorating the lounge this weekend.

I have to admit that she’s put in a bit more work than me, but I did put some time in both on Saturday and today, applying the second coat of our chosen shade of yellow paint on top of the groundwork she’d done last weekend. It’s hard going, painting – I cant say I’ve done a lot of it in my time, but the whole reach and kneel thing you have to do while you roll the paint up and down the wall from ceiling to floor really does take it out on the arms and legs. Fortunately we’re almost finished, although I reckon we’ll have to get a little more of the paint to finish it off, which will drag it out until next weekend.

From the “perfect fucking timing” department, we got a letter from the estate agency just after we’d got stuck into the work on Saturday. Turns out they want to come and do a mid-term inspection on the place. Since we have no car at the moment for me to get back during the day time I’ll have to stall them until next week, which should also give us time to get the painting finished. I’m thinking that if we make a good job of it and the smell of paint is gone then they wont even remember the previous hue of lilac with blue-tac polkadots.

It’s not like they can open a big can of whoop-ass on us just for brightening the place up a bit, is it?

We’ve endured a year and a half of tempermental central heating, plus the leaking roof, so if they do have a problem with the new look lounge then I’ll be opening up my own can of whoop-ass!

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