Well, I’m home on New Year’s Eve as a result of plans falling through and the Tube strike, but I don’t really mind because it’s given me more time to play Dragon Quest VIII, which is quite incredibly excellent for no obvious reason.

I mean, the music is superb and the graphics are lovely, but as far as I can tell it’s not doing anything more than millions of other RPGs. In fact, the story is actually weaker than most RPGs. So why’s it so playable, joyous and addictive?

I have no idea whatsoever. It’s very strange. Must be secret herbs and spices, or something.