It's a brand new world…..

Actually, that’s a lie. It’s a new subdomain on my existing domain with the new version of my site on it. I haven’t posted in ages and I’m not sure that state of affairs will be changing any time soon.

In reality the only reason for the change is to basically remove the shitty dependency on InvisionBoard because it basically keeps fucking up on me cos its out of date. I can’t really complain, I could have paid for a full blown copy, but on the basis that I don’t update this site very often and also that InvisionBoard isn’t a fucking blog, it seemed a bit stupid.

I’ve been through and manually imported most of my old BarrysWorld columns into WordPress. If anyone has a way of automating the process (i.e. knows of a script) then I’d love to hear from them because I’m not looking forward to doing every single post by hand!

In other oh-so-boring news, I decided to register another domain name. This time called I didn’t really have much of a reason for doing this, I just figured it would be nice to try and start a Europe wide board where people can come and chat about anything and everything.

Might cya in 2007 if I can be bothered to post!

Backtrack?!? Moi?!? Never….. (ok Well Maybe)

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Sunday, February 2, 2003, 01:36

Engine room, full reverse!
Anybody that knows me, knows for damn sure that getting me to admit that I was wrong is about as easy as getting blood from a stone…… using a cotton wool bud….. in a dark room….. while hanging upside down from the ceiling….. having small children beat you with sticks like you’re a piñata….. while naked. Basically it’s more effort than its worth.

So if it’s so damn hard, what am I about to confess to being wrong about?

Microsoft’s X-Box

Yes, that’s right. You didn’t read it wrong. The above line does indeed contain the words “Microsoft’s” and “X-Box”. They are not typos, this is the real deal. Yes I’m serious.

Now to understand my backtracking, you have to understand the history. When I first laid my eyes on the X-Box I literally started laughing. You know, like we all did when we first heard somebody had given the Cheeky Girls a recoding contract. Why? The usual reasons of course, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about;

“You can’t be serious, that thing’s bigger than my house”….. “Will I need to reinforce the floor in my living room before buying that?”….. “Can I order mine now and pick it up in 2005, because by then I should have been working out long enough to `actually` pick it up”….. “No really, where is the actual controller?”

Anyway to skip forward, we’ve been through all the days in 2002 now. Those calendars have all been torn down, 2k2 is dead and buried, 6ft under, alongside all those john doe’s and right beside the Christmas console title releases. Frankly in my mind “stank worse than a rotting corpse” is the only accurate comparison for the Crimbo releases of 2002. Not a single gem, no diamond in this rough. Bad, bad, bad, bad, BAD!

So there I was, it’s January 2003 and, despite the `upcoming` (read as: taking too fucking long to arrive) release of the Sonic Mega Collection, the amount of dust gathering on my GameCube is making such a mockery of its beautiful design that I’m contemplating stamping on it to put it out of its misery. If only I could use it to play the spinky Red Dwarf – Season 1 DVD (if you’ve not got this, GO ORDER NOW & pre-order Season 2 while you’re at it) maybe I’d feel better. Then again, DVD playback was about all my PlayStation 2 had been doing. While I confess that Capcom vs. SNK 2 & Marvel vs. Capcom 2 had forced me to shower my PS2 with a minute amount of my attention, it simply wasn’t enough.

So in summary, Console Freakoid (moi) + Crimbo 2k2 (shite releases) = Loss of faith in Nintendo & Sony (shit, that is bad)

Then it happened, a mate of mine who had owned an X-Box for a while got a copy of MechAssault. I didn’t need to have somebody explain to me why the concept of “big killing robot style machines making pretty explosions” was such a winning one, I was hooked. Did it have something to do with me beating the crap out of my mate, was I under the influence of certain substances that shall remain nameless, I can’t be sure. The only thing that I do know is there and then I decided I was to become an X-Box owner.

So, now on my left as I type, sits my latest acquisition, it’s big, it’s black, it makes a whiney noise….. no it’s not a bloody Doberman for god’s sake! It is of course an X-Box, comprising the Console, DVD Playback Kit (so very gay), Controller S, Live! Kit and MechAssault, with an empty wallet thrown in for good measure.

So, what’s my backtrack? The X-Box is a good console. Yes, it’s fucking huge. Yes if you’re not American the original controller is gay. Yes uncle bill is still a wanker for making extra cash on a piece of shit remote control for DVD playback (what’s new). But the games are good, Live works & is good, Controller S is good. There you go, my piss poor backtrack. I hope you all enjoyed it more than I did, really I do.

Forums….. Consoles….. nah, that’s a shit idea
Started work on a new small project I’ve wanted to do for a damn long time. is now up and running, admittedly in a half-arsed capacity but did you expect anything else. So if you like, Consoles and Forums, well erm click the link!….. woo!…. ok, I’ll shut up now.

Ch3tan`s Gone!
Good buddy of mine in real life, one of the more charismatic (?!?) Counter-Strike admins & all round “in the community” bloke, Chetan has departed from the shores of good ole blighty and headed off for an adventure (with his lass there to hold his hand should the big ole world prove too scary, obviously).

Read about his adventures on his website (which I have to keep fixing because he breaks!!!).

That’s all folks
And with that, I’m outta here.

Remember, watch the skies….. another space shuttle could explode :{
Rob / MYstIC G

Barrybeer 2002

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Saturday, December 7, 2002, 01:57

Well with the amount of Red Bull that overflowed my glass this evening, I`m going to be up for a good while yet. So I thought to myself what better way to put myself to sleep than to proofread my own ranting about this evening’s merriment.

Where the heck was it?
The Devereux
20, Devereux Ct

Who turned up?
(from memory so sorry for any glaring omissions, please feel free to kill me, steal my identity & put yourself in here if I miss you out 🙂 )
TedTheDog (\o/), Luap (\o/), Steiny, Athan, TdC, Summo, WPKenny, Damini, Will, Ch3tan (\o/), gremlin (\o/), Scooba Da Bass….. stupid bloody word, stop underlining these in red….. DJpringle, Excession, Horus (\o/), Lecter, MrBenn, pixie, pills, Zarjazz, SK, Whisk (\o/), uberfrag, Daishi….. erm struggling now….. CJRavey, Duke Mook, granny (\o/), whipped, camacotz (or xane *spit*), Zappeh….. *end of memory*….. and of course myself (\o/).

*(\o/) denotes secret #HAI undercover assassins.

What happened?
Its one of those things that’s entirely too hard to actually describe. Suffice to say there will no doubt be a vast array of pictures appearing about the place in the next few days/weeks that (if I can be bothered) I’ll link to from here. However the highlights included: Drinking, Smoking, passing on IRC hate messages from people to TedTheDog, the avalanche of a good couple of hundred BarrysWorld beer mats being chucked all over the bar, much more drinking, redecoration of the bar with the obligatory BarrysWorld logos, a promise from the honcho at GAME that acquired BarrysWorld that we could keep the green (VICTORY! \o/), flying peppered chicken, Prizes!!!, Lecter not being the worst dressed, reasonably attractive barmaids, finding out that TdC was “lubed and ready for action”, more smoking (thanks to the generosity of Summo, bloody cigarette machines)….. too many of these, nuts to using list tags to sort them out…..

You mentioned Prizes, who won?
Can’t remember, will ask about & add that in.

I’ll be mirroring as many of these as I can at as & when I get the chance. For now the only gems are from Lecter and can be found at – 10.jpg

Anything else?
No, not really. That’s a lie, I’m losing interest in typing what with it being around 2am.

Until next time, take care crossing the streets
Rob / MYstIC G

Good Luck Peeps

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Friday, August 16, 2002, 12:43

My commitments to my work and an agreement with TedTheDog have kept me from updating this column for a very long time, however I feel this one needs to be done.

I`d like to wish all the guys at BarrysWorld the best of luck now the service is going P2P, I hope it all goes well both now and long into the future.

All the best
Rob / MYstIC G

P.S. – Links are cool….. 🙂

The Powers That Be?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2002, 02:55

Sorry, too tired & too hastled to even try for something that will push the limits of thinking about gaming (yeah right, like I do that anyway). So instead I thought (seeing as the opportunity arose) that I`d post something akin to QuakeNations IRC lamer of the day, except this time its the IRCops taking center stage.

QuakeNet: the british rail of IRC networks 😉
(Because on QuakeNet even the netsplits don`t happen on time 🙂

*** MYstIC_G sets mode: +ws
[00:53] !lou! yes
[00:53] !jewel! froo =(((((
[00:53] !splidge! aww 🙁
[00:53] !Softis! froo.. :/ w00t?
[00:53] !lou! froo … ieeks
[00:53] !lou! hairy old man
[00:54] !lou! gnihihihihi
[00:54] !jewel! bwhahaha.. and u are a virgin =/
[00:54] !lou! 😮
[00:54] !splidge! /me huggles jewel
[00:54] !lou! tell no one!
[00:54] !slug! abuse!
[00:54] !jewel! ehr… 50% of Qnet probly knows by now =)
[00:54] !splidge! must have more abuse!
[00:55] !froo! abuse me, Softis!
[00:55] !lou! ok 50% is ok
[00:55] !lou! but tell no one else
[00:55] !jewel! goodie =))) /me hugs lou
[00:55] !splidge! /me tells everyone
[00:55] !lou! 😮
[00:55] !slug! do i keep having to remind you to m00 m00re?
[00:55] !jewel! oi splidgey, lets do some broadcasts =))
[00:55] !splidge! m000000000000000000()()()()()o()()o()()o()()0000
[00:56] !slug! m 0 0 () o () oo ()oo()
[00:56] !splidge! /msg q broadcast set +w NOW
[00:56] !slug! laff
[00:56] !splidge! the fun is about to begin!
[00:56] !jewel! /msg q broadcast i have a secret about lou!
[00:56] !splidge! it`s data`s attempt on the world record for Number of Netsplits in a 5 Minute Period!
[00:56] !lou! ~ *_* ~
[00:56] !slug! \o/
[00:56] !Softis! /me abuses froo in all ways possible..
[00:56] !jewel! data is 1337
[00:56] !splidge! the record is currently (fumbles a bit)
[00:57] !froo! OMG! Ze Britz Are C0ming!
[00:57] !splidge! erm
[00:57] !lou! he is not
[00:57] !lou! != 1337
[00:57] !splidge! we don`t actually know!
[00:57] !jewel! he`s not? =(
[00:57] !splidge! but he`s going to try anyway!
[00:57] !lou! date != 1337 even
[00:57] !jewel! e+a
[00:57] !splidge! and if softis and froo would stop abusing each other there we might be able to watch!
[00:57] !lou! s+f
[00:58] !lou! foftis
[00:58] !lou! *gnihihihih*
[00:58] !splidge! only a few minutes to go now!
[00:58] !splidge! I hope you all have your popcorn ready!
[00:58] !slug! /me hands out coke
[00:58] !splidge! soft drinks, crisps and other light refreshments are available in the foyer!
[00:59] !Softis! switch($netsplit>reason) { case `splidge`: blame “splidge”; break; default: blame “lou”; break; }
[00:59] !splidge! i didn`t think anyone could be more annoying than lou but splidge is getting close 🙂
[00:59] !splidge! go me!
[00:59] !froo! makes a mental note about abusing
[00:59] !jewel! gg splidgey!
[01:00] !jewel! and philosophychica, lou is not annoying.. he is cute
[01:00] !splidge! jewel is biased!
[01:00] !froo! /me starts chanting: “lou, lou, lou, LOU!”
[01:00] !slug! while ($lou ne `sane`) wallops `cat /dev/urandom`;
[01:00] !splidge! I can optimise that slug
[01:01] !lou! heh!
[01:01] !lou! stop
[01:01] !jewel! splidgey, i am not
[01:01] !splidge! wallops pointless comparison!
[01:01] !lou! picking on mw
[01:01] !lou! sgkjdfskljsdf
[01:01] !lou! ME!
[01:01] !splidge! I`m so exited I`m double wallopsing!
[01:01] !slug! exited? lol
[01:01] !froo! i`m the cutest (next to lensiepoh)
[01:02] !splidge! and news just in from our observation team
[01:02] !splidge! we believe the man to make the attempt, Mr. ]data[ (applause please)
[01:02] !splidge! is lost on the DLR!
[01:02] !splidge! DLR, for those who don`t know, meaning Docklands Light Railway
[01:03] !slug! overview here: [URL=][/URL]
[01:04] !slug! splidge: where is he on the map?
[01:05] !splidge! No idea
[01:05] !splidge! /me looks at map
[01:05] !froo! /me points for splidge
[01:05] !HellMagic! /me looks at /map
[01:07] !lou! omg, attention pls
[01:07] !splidge! I hope he remembered to change trains!
[01:09] !slug! and hope he isn`t on the circle line =)
[01:10] !splidge! or even doing the circle line pub crawl!
[01:10] !splidge! not the ideal prelude to router reconfiguration
[01:11] !splidge! although thanks to the UK`s marvellous licensing laws I doubt the pubs are open!
[01:15] !splidge! * rolls drums more
[01:15] !HellMagic! 😀
[01:15] [S] Netsplit: Remote SQUIT by HellMagic
[01:15] [S] Netsplit: <> (rerouting to
[01:15] !! Remote CONNECT eXscape* 4400 from HellMagic
[01:16] [S] Netmerge: >< [01:16] !splidge! * crashes cymbals [01:16] [S] Netmerge: Net burst completed [01:16] !splidge! yes! [01:16] !HellMagic! 🙂 [01:16] !splidge! and now that the prelude is over [01:16] !splidge! it`s datataatatataatatata himself for the main event! [01:18] !splidge! someone has stolen data`s b0rking stick! [01:19] !Nomad! splidge...are you drunk ? [01:19] !splidge! somewhat worryingly.. no [01:20] !Nomad! splidge...forgot to take your medication ? [01:20] !splidge! ah, this might explain a few things [01:20] !Nomad! splidge...remember...3 m00`s a day [01:20] !splidge! oooh dear [01:21] !splidge! I think I`m up to about 10 [01:21] !splidge! this might explain things [01:21] [S] Netmerge: Net burst acknowledged [01:32] !splidge! he`s back! [01:32] !splidge! with a shiny new b0rking stick [01:33] !HellMagic! yay! [01:33] !splidge! TIME TO BREAK STUFF (tm) [01:34] !HellMagic! â„¢Much Later (Warning: Boring bit alert) [02:28] [S] Netsplit: <> (Ping timeout)
[02:30] [S] Netmerge: >< [02:31] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst completed [02:31] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst acknowledged [02:31] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst acknowledged [02:31] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst acknowledged [02:31] !! Remote CONNECT* 4400 from pils [02:31] [S] Netmerge: >< [02:31] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst completed [02:32] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst acknowledged [02:33] [S] Netmerge: >< [02:34] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst completed [02:35] [S] Netmerge: - Net burst acknowledgedMuch Much Later 02:50] * +meg¦afk slaps data[teleh0se] around a bit with a large haddock [02:51] <+data[teleh0se]> nothing has gone wrong
[02:51] < +data[teleh0se]> 😛
[02:51] < +Acronym> ….. YET