Archive for The IT Crowd

Board Games on “The IT Crowd” [Board Games]

Posted in Games with tags , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

A stack of four board games sit on the top shelf behind Roy’s desk. They are, from bottom to top: War on Terror: The Boardgame, Ticket To Ride, Mystery of the Abbey, and Wage.

Underworld in The IT Crowd [Comics]

Posted in Comics with tags , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

A copy of the “Underworld Volume 3: Ink Punk” comic book can be found standing up behind the previously mentioned “Back In Bleck” album, located on the shelf right behind Roy’s desk.

“Every week for years, the cartoonist known as Kaz has doled out an Underworld strip to his readers. There was a time when an Underworld collection was the only place to see this little-known strip outside of a few big-city alternative tabloids, but thanks to the Web and the Fantagraphic collections, it is reaching a new audience.”

[via Pop Matters]

Johnny Ryan in The IT Crowd [Stand-Up Comedy]

Posted in Comedy, TV with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

A “Back In Bleck” album poster (or perhaps a 7″ record) by Johnny Ryan stands on the wire shelf behind Roy’s desk, to his right.

“Johnny Ryan is my current favorite “modern” comic artist, even though he occasionally pisses me off. He’s an angry guy who picks both appropriate and inappropriate targets, and will aim for an easy poop and pork joke whenever possible. And because he doesn’t appear to like competition, he’ll occasionally aim a sharp barb at hard targets that include some of the early alternative comix masters without whom there would be no Johnny Ryan. The bottom line, however, is that Ryan’s comics are balls-out hilarious.”

[via Mania]

Tony Little’s Gazelle in The IT Crowd [Gadgets I never use]

Posted in Gadgets with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

You can see the handle of a clearly unused Tony Little Gazelle (it is folded) on the floor, next to the wall found to the right of Jen’s desk, as she walks past it to greet a visitor to the IT department.

My wife and I purchased this no-impact exercise machine when it was popular 5 years ago, not only so I can build abs like Tony, but also because it was so revolutionary, and the infomercial was very convincing. After all, 30 minutes a day exercise is more than I was getting anyways, so what did I have to lose ? That trend only lasted 3 weeks for me. My wife, on the other hand, loves it, so I set it up for her in the basement in such a way that she can watch Oprah while working out. While she does that, I think I’ll stick to my daily exercise program of getting out of bed.

Mr. Scruff in The IT Crowd [Music]

Posted in Music with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

A poster for Mr. Scruff‘s album “Beyond” hangs on the wall next to the doorway found to the right of Jen’s desk.

If you haven’t yet heard the rhythmic performances of this British DJ, I highly recommend you head to his web site and sample a few of his songs – my wife and I already own two of his albums, and I think that “Beyond” will be our next one. In addition to providing a great listen-to, most of his songs tell a great story, mostly inspired by animals and children. Mr. Scruff can be enjoyed by anyone looking for a refreshing musical sound.

Anti-Piracy Stickers in The IT Crowd [Hobbies]

Posted in Culture, Hobbies, Tech, TV with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

Fun anti-piracy stickers can be found pasted on the door to the IT department: MP3 is not a crime, “Fair use has a posse”, as well as two Electronic Frontier Foundation stickers. An ominous “Danger of Death” sign warns visitors to the IT department of impeding doom.

Guitar Hero on The IT Crowd [Video Games]

Posted in Games with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

A Guitar Hero poster is clearly leaning on its long side against the shelf behind Jen’s desk, to her left.

I recently came across an article talking about a version of the popular console game “Guitar Hero” for the Blackberry and other mobile devices. As if the game itself wasn’t addictive enough, adding it to the Blackberry lineup can only serve to feed typical obsessive compulsive behaviours normally associated with typical users of these devices, namely teenagers.

Don’t get me wrong – I personally love the game. I have had the chance to play it numerous times on my friends’ consoles, and just fell in love with it right away. The graphics are first-rate, and the originality of the game play makes any player stand up and take notice.

Yet, that is not what makes this game unique.

For decades, we have used all sorts of devices to control objects on a screen: paddles, joysticks, game pads, mouse, keyboard, etc… What makes Guitar Hero such a phenomenon is the unique way of taking a common object (such as a guitar) and turning it into an interactive device that makes you, the player, completely responsible for the way the game looks and sounds. And the controls are so simple – five buttons, a strum bar, and a whammy bar are all you need to sound like Jimmy Page on steroids.

Sure, the game feeds into our fantasies. After all, who hasn’t dreamed of one day walking up on stage and performing in front of a live audience ? But that is what makes the console game so unique – the look and feel of the game. When I am holding the guitar controller by the neck, and strumming those notes as they whiz by, I am immediately immersed in a truly realistic simulation.

That is where the Crackberry version loses me. I am having a hard time picturing myself on a crowded bus, constantly thumbing my way across the top row keys. It would seem to me that all I would get is a sore thumb! Not to mention the wear and tear it would place on those keys. (Have you ever tried to type without the letter “E” ? It’s not prtty.)

No, I think I’ll wait until I can afford to get an Xbox or a PS3. And if I can’t wait, my friends are only a phone call away.