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Saturday sketch

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Sat, 25 Jul 2009
Subject: Sketches

Ste Pickford

This is a little sketch I drew last year of the 'Cyber Emporium' shop in Buxton, viewed from the beer garden outside the Sun Inn over the road (we had a little bit of sunshine in April last year, and that was it).

It was a 'cyber cafe' type of place - loads of computers set up for internet access and online games. I never went in the place, and I've no idea if it was successful or not, but it's shut down now and is being turned into a carpet shop, so I guess it probably wasn't.

It seemed a bit of a strange idea, as pretty much everyone has a PC and internet access these days, or everyone who wants it, I imagine. Not like about 10 or 15 years ago, when internet access wasn't quite so common, and lots of people wanted to give it a try and could only get their email once a week or something. Still, the place always used to looked busy when I walked past, mainly with teenagers playing online games by the looks of it.

I spoke to the owner once and he was quite interested in our game Naked War, but our game was designed to fit into somebody's regular computer usage pattern (play a quick turn before you fire up Excel), and to be played against your existing friends rather than online strangers, plus we didn't charge to play, so I'm not sure there would have been any advantage to hooking up with a single, local cafe.

They had posters for Team Fortress 2 in the window, which made me smile, and a massive 50 inch plasma screen that I was envious of. I don't think I'll bother drawing a sketch of it as a carpet shop.


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