Who are you?
My name is Neil King and I live in the UK. There aren't many consoles
or computers I haven't owned, played or repaired at some point.
I write software (online and offline applications), do design
work and make games.
What software does this site run on?
This blog runs on a CMS (content management system) that I wrote
myself, especially for this site.
What's with the design and big text?
I know. I intend to improve the design shortly when I have time.
The text size is larger than normal so that the site is readable
on the high resolution Web browser built-in to the PS3. Yes, this
site is and will always be PS3 browser compatible.
How do I stay informed of new blog entries?
I have written an automatic RSS feed for the news, tips and views
in the blog. You can use any standard RSS reader to subscribe
to the feed. You may already have one but don't know it, as applications
such as Thunderbird and Firefox support RSS feeds. For example,
in Firefox (version 2) all you need to do it click on the RSS
logo on the right hand
side of every page. This links to the feed and you should be able
to subscribe from there. For other applications, copy the link
of the button or here:
How do I download the PS3 themes?
I have written the site so that if you use the Web browser on
your PS3, you can just click the theme you want to install and
the Playstation 3 will automatically download and install it for
you. Easy as that. You do need to have at least firmware version
2.0 to support themes, then just look for the 'themes' section
in the 'settings' area of the PS3 menu.
Where do the themes come from?
I make the themes myself. The images usually include photos or
pictures from other sources, but they are heavily edited and most
have custom backdrops created by myself. I compile the theme files
using Sony's tools.
Who provides the Chart information?
The chart information is provided by Chart Track and ELSPA. They
obtain the sales figures from a huge list of UK games retailers
so it is accurate and updated weekly. The retailers include Amazon.co.uk,
Argos, ASDA, Blockbuster, Chips, ChoicesUK.com, Comet, Currys,
Dixons.co.uk, Forbidden Planet, Game Group, Gameplay.com, Gamestation,
HMV, John Lewis, Morrisons, PC World, Play.com, Sainsburys, ShopTo.com,
Staples, Tesco, TGrav, W H Smith, Woolworths, Zavvi and Independents.
Who sells the games listed on the 'bargains' page?
The game bargains are listed from Europe's leading retailer of
computer and video games - GAME. They stock the games, send them
out and offer free UK delivery plus special offers every week.
The catalogue is downloaded from their site weekly so use the
links to visit the relevant page on their site to check the most
recent prices and stock levels.
Can I use part of this site on my own Web site?
You can link directly to the blog/news stories on my site, and
quote from them as long as you include a link to this site. Links
to any page on this site is allowed but please do not host anything
(e.g. the themes) on your own Web site. If you want to link to
the themes or games (when they become available) please link to
the main pages for those sections and not to individual files.
It would be great if you sent me a link to your pages if you do
link to this site. Feel free to use the contact form to send me