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So I find myself here writing again in the very few hours of free time I get at the moment, and there is so much I wanted to write about however it has dawned on me that all games I have recently played are old and have been reviewed, all films I have seen will have been reviewed to death and the whole PS4 or XBOX One debate rages on from dawn until dusk right around the globe.

So since I would like to write about things but want to also cram in so much I think I’ll just touch on everything I have played and watched in the next few posts but just give a straight to the point, no babbling opinion rather than a review, first a few good bits, few bad in a sentence and leave it as that. Think of it as reviews for the TL:DR group ūüôā

So here we go.

Monsters University 

muWell it is not proper animation unless it is Pixar animations in my book and MU was no exception. The detail is divine and the  starting short almost had me in tears. The story is well put together and told, characters are loveable and well thought out.  It is arguably not as funny as the previous film however me and my girlfriend enjoyed it so much that we actually found ourselves shouting out at the film at one point.

Little kids or big ones like me? Go see it. It’s not going to write the way we tell stories but what it sets out to do it does very well. Highly recommend.

 

 

Pacific Rim

pacific rimOH Jesus H! What a film. I thought it was amazing, basically because it is a no bullshit film. No pretence that it is anything but a mad CGI filled monster mash. That is the films biggest feature! The sheer cheekiness to throw almost all twist, arching story or any “Oh but it will make it sell” bull shit into the film is an ingenious twist all on its own. ¬†Too many times have I gone to see a film that I need around 4 brain cells to watch, in the hope it will be Pacific Rim and too many times it has trudged through story I don’t give a shit about.

For a day when you just want to watch a ridiculous film with huge set pieces  , go see this, near flawless because it does exactly what it says on the tin.

 

 

This is the End

thisisendA good take on a tried and tested formula from the past. Get a bunch of famous people, put them into a stupidly over the top Scenario ¬†and make them¬†funny. ¬†It is clever at parts, it is daft in others however it goes together well. With a few off bits now and again this is still a solid film and I found myself laughing out loud on more than a few occasions on this film. ¬†If sophisticated humour, class and decency is what you’re looking for then stay well away from this one, if the opposite applies to you then go see it now.

 

 

 

 

Despicable Me 2

disp2An adorable film that is very good to watch. I would not say it is actually that funny but then again I was a little tired when I went to see it. The film does not really link to the first at all, or at least not in may way and I feel this could put some off. Never the less it was an enjoyable film that did make me giggle all the way through. Plus who can’t resist the little minions and their cheeky ways.

 

 

 

 

The Internship 

intershipThis is again is not a film that is going to blow you away. I found its silly houmor good at times however I felt the pacing of the film was just a little slow. I didn’t get bored but felt that at times more could be going on in the film to liven it up just a tad more. Altogether though it is well written and has some very nice touches. It will become apparent that Google paid for 95% of this film by minute 11 of the film however, very heavily advertised throughout, even though the placement in the film is at Google it did see at times if I was being punched in the face with a Google logo.

 

 

 

Now You See Me

nowyouseemeDidn’t know what to make of this film at first and was umm’ing and errr’ing over seeing it. Sat down with am instant scepticism¬†for it and it turned me around. I would love to see this film again with a far more open mind. See if I cannot full give it the go that this film deserves. ¬†The film is clever and intriguing, it draws you in and leaves you wondering how it could be done, just like magic shows themselves. It’s very well put together and expertly told. This film is different, its fresh and I really really enjoyed it.

Give t a go. give it a chance, I don’t think it will disappoint.

 

 

 

Croods

croodsI forgot to mention this before in anything else I have written but it is defiantly worth a mention. It is beautifully made, the visually stunning and the story is quite good. The main reason why I put this up here is simply the fact that not since UP have I cared for an animated character/s so much. I really felt there was peril, love, danger and loss in this film and for an animated film to do that, well it is simply amazing.

Go see it and see if you can stop from gasping or shouting out at the screen ūüôā

 

 

 

Well that kind of concludes my little blog today.  I hope you have enjoyed the simplistic review format and non rant like comments. Tell me if you like things this way or would rather full-blown spoiler ridden rants of a review.

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(Please note that before you read this there is slight use of bad language! All pictures are clean but some text is NSFW, Thank you for reading.)

Hey guys and girls just a little post today on something that annoys me a little and not because it really upsets me, or it affects me anymore than making me a little sad, I am talking about the lack of sportsmanship in computer games now! Obviously I am talking about the real-time strategy and first person shooter elements more than other games, although it is abundantly lacking in MMO’s and in recent weeks my iPad apps that you can play with strangers online!

So what am I babbling on about? Well it’s that lack of maturity maybe, or is it the violent nature of the games I play? Or it is simply people so god damn bored with their lives they need to try to make others the same. What ever it is I can’t help but feel that it is getting way out of hand. Now you start an RTS game and you beat the opponent/s and in return on a number of occasion I am called a cheater, hacker, noob, twat, fucker and far far worse which I will not repeat, this behaviour actually culminated in a threat on my life last night whilst playing Command and Conquer 3 Kane’s wrath! My friend Dai and I were playing a 2 vs 2 map, after around 30 mins of intense fighting in the game, ¬†Dai and I started to get the upper hand and it snowballed, from luck, play style and quite a bit of experience and teamwork we won the game, the second person from the other team then tries to disconnect from the server just before we win ( This is pulling out the Ethernet lead/wifi USB etc) which if done has around a 50/50 chance of causing the game to crash and awarding no one with a win or a loose!

Now I ask you, what on earth is that all about? It has got to such a state just on this game that I actually have a list on the iPad of people we don’t play with anymore! That strikes me as a little odd, ow and as for the person that threatened me, well it was disturbing to say the least. “Your address!” he kept saying, “I will find you and I’ll break your neck” he continued, upon giving the person my address he changed to caps lock and demanded “I die!” A request I am not entirely sure he had thought through completely!

Now this sort of behaviour can be laughed at and ridiculed but I am here to play some games, not to be verbally abused! Does one now expect people to head butt them over the dining room table all because the person opposite won’t sell you Mayfair on Monopoly, or punch your sister as she had better letters than you in scrabble? No it’s¬†absurd!

The massive amounts of “camping” is a clear indication of this too, in an MMO a person’s character will sit it out, waiting for you to re-spawn so that they can kill you instantly again, this can go on for hours if you are silly enough not to just leave the game, it’s the same for first person shooters. I have lost count of the number of times the enemy is camped out in your base, the very place you load back into after death to then shoot you in the back of the head. There is no game in this, you have managed to take the game out of the game, a feat that is quiet extraordinary considering everyone evolved is actually playing a game! A game that has cost all concerned on average ¬£40? ¬£40 for a something you don’t actually use as intended, it’s like having a life raft but deciding to drown instead! Makes no sense.

This behaviour is all the worse when playing with a microphone and headset. Now not only does the person write to you with threats against your life, they now verbally spew them into your ears via the wondrous Internet we all know and *cough* love.

Now what happened to just playing for fun? Just playing to pass the time, playing with some degree of sportsmanship and not flying off the handle because your imaginary tank was blown up. This level of sportsmanship can still be seen in certain sports around the globe, but they tend to be very old games steeped in hundreds of years of tradition, the one that comes to mind is Tennis, I don’t think you will ever see the umpire running for his/her life from a mad man with a tennis racket who is shouting how he is going to insert it up the arse of the one who beat him, in “real life ” these kind of things would be dealt with by the police and you would face serious charges!

So I ask you as gamers to not take it too seriously, I understand the “awwwww” the “arrrrrr WTF that’s rubbish” and also the other frustrations that may come from gaming but really, if you’re ever even getting close to feeling like threatening someone’s life then step away from the console, the PC the iPad, anything you’re playing and calm down. Remember that these games are meant to be for recreational purposes and not a step closer to getting a criminal record.

It’s Olympic time soon and I could not give less of a shit about it I don’t think.

This is not because I am against the idea of hundreds of the very best athletes fighting it out in their chosen events this time in the city of London, ow no, it’s for the very fact it is not about that anymore. Once upon a time it was about the athlete, it was about the sheer excitement of who was going to win, the taking part the being the best you can be tagline went perfectly with it but sadly, these days the Olympics has sold out, it’s been taken over by the multinational corporations, all of which I might add are neither healthy or British!

Take the official food sponsors. You have mac Donald’s, a fast food super corp with no less than 33 thousand plus stores around the world, serving what I consider to be disgusting food that only helps to kill you a little quicker if abused. It’s food is modified to be fattier, cheaper and addictive all of which has nothing what so ever to do with the Olympics

Secondly there is Coca Cola who sell billions of cans of corn syrup induced lovelyness which again is catastrophically bad for you in high enough measures over long periods of time. Since studies indicate “soda and sweetened drinks are the main source of calories in [the] American diet”,most nutritionists advise that Coca-Cola and other soft drinks can be harmful if consumed excessively, particularly to young children whose soft drink consumption competes with, rather than complements, a balanced diet. Studies have shown that regular soft drink users have a lower intake of calcium, magnesium, ascorbic acid, riboflavin, and vitamin A.The drink has also aroused criticism for its use of caffeine, which can cause physical dependence. A link has been shown between long-term regular cola intake and osteoporosis in older women (but not men). This was thought to be due to the presence of phosphoric acid, and the risk was found to be same for caffeinated and noncaffeinated colas, as well as the same for diet and sugared colas. Again this is not very Olympic, be the best you can be super athlete now is it.

And last but definitely not least you have Cadbury, a company that up until recently was more or less British but now like the other two is American owned, this time by the massive Kraft corporation. Cadburys is a confectionary maker and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how too much chocolate is bad for you lol

So there we have the food sponsors. Pathetic but the stupidity does not end there, ow no, in recent days mc Donald’s fries were to be the only chips to be served anywhere near the Olympics unless your chips were being served with fish! Now I have heard that this “rule” which I’m sure a lot of businesses would have ignored anyway, has been quashed and this pathetic bullshit well and truly thrown out by understandably very angry local business owners – Good for them i say!

Also the fact that this is now in its 9th billion to host is astonishing! Why does it need to cost so much? Why the hell does it have to be done this way, what happened to just having the games, the whole point of the games is the actual games themselves not greedy corporations taking over a city for the best part of the last 4 years, controlling a nations Capitol to the point of bringing it to its knees to suit their money making agendas. Now I understand it created jobs and I understand it will bring in money, but in a country struggling to stay afloat in a world wide economic crises I could think of a damn sight more worthwhile things to spend 9 billion on.

So I think I will end this rant of mine with something I literally saw when I was writing this peice, that is this. Source http://boingboing.net/2012/07/13/london-olympic-committee-says.html

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal, who has estimated how long it would take to read every privacy policy you encounter highlights an interesting bit from the “Linking Policy” in the Terms of Use for the London 2012 website:

“a. Links to the Site. You may create your own link to the Site, provided that your link is in a text-only format. You may not use any link to the Site as a method of creating an unauthorised association between an organisation, business, goods or services and London 2012, and agree that no such link shall portray us or any other official London 2012 organisations (or our or their activities, products or services) in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise objectionable manner.”

So I think that says it all, when they have to try and control media and free speech with this attempt that they deserve nothing but multiple links defying their made up rules..

So LOCOG you’re a money grabbing, greedy, horrendously run, fat cat, corporation loving bunch of tosses. Have a great day.

Hey one and all and welcome back to my blog. ¬†This is a little catch up on me, gaming, things going on in the world and anything else I’ve been up to ūüôā

So we start off this post with the news that I a now completely Linux based now. I found that I was gaming less and less with the so called¬†triple¬†A titles and that indie games along with a few other games worked great on Ubuntu which in my opinion is far¬†superior¬†to Windows 7 that I was using, plus I like the way it simply runs, uses far less sytem resources AND how much¬†quieter¬†my computer is when running it not to mention the fact it installs all it’s updates in one go and that’s it, nothing, nada, no more silly updates that need your computer to be switched off or restarted etc etc.

In other news I find myself wanting to get back into Minecraft after a number of months away from it, hopefully I can get into the Tekkit mod as I have heard it is a fun way to change the game up. Minecraft, and more over it’s community never cease to amaze me, their efforts in modding is¬†superb¬†and really brings a different¬†dimension¬†to the game. ¬†In general Modding communities are awesome anyway. ¬†An example of this is the breathtaking mod “Tiberium Essence” run through Desura for the game Command and Conquer 3 Kanes Wrath, it changes most of the units, looks and even particles in the game giving an old tired game a new lease of life. ¬†If you have an old game you loved but feel it has gone stale then head over to Desura and/or ModDB and see if your game can be brought back into the now with their¬†excellent¬†mods.

Now for a little personal news. As many of you will know I am currently taking my Ex partner to court for the right to see my son. ¬†I am unaware of where he is living and he has not seen me since 2 march 2011, well our first court date was on the 26th of June and we are a step closer to winning. ¬†The court voted in favour of a report to be done by social services which they have to complete by 18th September this year. This¬†decision was in favour of me and¬†against¬†my partners case that I should never, under any circumstances see my son again. ¬†This news, although slightly disapointing is still a step in the right direction and one that is giving me hope for the future. At least now I have a timetable of events that “should” eventually lead up to a happier child with a far more stable up bringing.

Well in this mix-mash of tip bits I bring you to the news that HTC and Apple have finished at least one of their court battles over here in the UK with HTC¬†coming¬†out on top. In the seemingly never ending mobile phone war on patents world wide, HTC’s and Apple’s “slide to unlock feature”, suing and counter suing was finally decided to be basically invalid with HTC coming out as the victor. Out of the 4 patents that Apple claim had been violated 3 where not valid and the forth did not apply to HTC’s devices. ¬†I just hope that this suing culture that the Americans seem to be slowly bringing this way does not stick and judges around the world just stat to use commen sense and start throwing these¬†useless¬†cases of blantent bullshit out and stop wasting time and money on it. Source – BBC News

And I think we shall end on a high (or maybe a slightly scary) note by introducing you to the technology of surrogates for those unable to move! ¬†Yep that’s right robots surrogates have become a little step closer today as scientists have managed to make a robot move via brain waves, also the person could see through the eyes of the robot that he/she was controlling. ¬†Previous attempts to control robots remotely have used joysticks or track pads where as this tech uses a brain being scanned by¬†¬†fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to monitor blood flow through the brain, this procedure can then pin-point actions such as movement. ¬†Now I am not sure about you but this tech does give me an¬†unsettling¬†feeling in the pit of my stomach although I am sure (at least at first) it will be used to help those in need, and helping those in need is always the right thing to do. Source – BBC News

So hey guys and girls, a little break from typing this blog due to a catastrophic lack of common sense on my part while cocking around with the PC.  So after a few days of no PC working at all, many hours with a good friend Neil and some slightly frustrating time with Ubuntu and a wireless connection I am back up and running.

So PC is now running a partitioned, 50/50 dual boot with Win7 and Ubuntu. ¬†To be perfectly honest the only, and I mean only reason I don’t use Ubuntu for my desktop and leave Windows out to dry is because I play PC games, mostly through Steam and that sadly does not work yet, however there are words from Gabe himself that Steam will be¬†hitting¬†Linux, and hitting it soon. ¬†This in my book is an awesome step forward with Linux and gaming and also strengthens other ties Linux has with gaming, such as the very very popular Humble Indie Bundle which as of today, (please note it has just over 4 days left at the time of¬†writing)¬†has made over 4.2 Million USD. That’s Windows, Linux and Mac compatible, pay what you think for some games¬†set-up, that is proving to the world it is possibly time to think a little more about Mac and Linux users.

Now I have to say I am not one of those anti Windows people, personally I don’t care what you use and what you use it for, however the ease and smoothness of use that Linux gives you after the¬†initial¬†faff¬†around of getting a few bits and bobs working is sublime, if you think something should be accessed via a right click there or a slide over here or whatever then it is usually the case, as¬†intuitive as the first Iphone was and as up-to-date as any modern PC OS it really does amaze me that Linux and in my Case Ubuntu has not got to this stage quicker. ¬†Change is coming however and baby steps as it might be, it is steps in the right direction.

Many people forget or are not aware that Linux servers are a massive player in the world market and you possibly already use a web service running from a Linux run server. Also in September 2008 Microsoft CEO¬†Steve Ballmer¬†admitted that 60% of web-servers run Linux versus 40% that run¬†Windows Server.[86]. So this Linux “thing” as some put it is not going anywhere, only going to get bigger and better ūüôā¬†

Also headlining my thoughts recently has been the release of Windows 8. A very pretty, colourful display I can see working very nicely on a tablet or large screened phone but useless as a desktop operating system.  It has made the perfectly easy aspects in Windows into a chore, for example the having of two applications or windows open side by side at the moment on Windows 7 is as easy as pulling each window to the side of the screen, one left, one right,  it automatically snaps them into a 50/50 split on the screen, alternatively you can press the Windows key and the direction you want the windows via the arrow keys, simple.  Not so simple with Windows 8 as demoed in this video. It even has restrictions on size of resolutions and limiting it to only 2!  ,

Apart from this, the whole¬†experience of using it for me was pathetic, it failed to deliver a proper desktop¬†experience and was confusing to use, finding an item usually¬†easily¬†found by start then searching via the bar at the bottom is now clumsy and all over the place. ¬†Pictures, for example now have this annoying way of just showing you one at a time which you then scroll through, adding of items if not dragging them and dropping is more complicated and even finding an app to use from the Metro interface can be a little annoying. With all the bright colours and different¬†shaped¬†boxes it is easy to be stuck staring at the screen not able to see the button you want to press.. ¬†There is an easy way to change the shape etc of the boxes but this for me would just mean a wall of brightly coloured boxes all one size which still would not help me at all,¬†however it would be lovely on a tablet with a screen as big or bigger than an Ipad as it lends itself very well to a touch screen device. ¬†I fail to see what the hell MS were thinking with this utter tosh. ¬†So this radical change by Microsoft in my opinion will see them push away existing customers¬†towards¬†Mac and Linux, especially since MS are going to put this Windows 8 OS (if you can call it that) into all new computers, so you won’t even have a choice! ¬†I sense that companies such as Dell will do what they did with the god¬†awful Vista and offer customers the option to have the previous Windows installed rather than the new, which in this case would be Windows 7.

So what of the rest of my time away, well as stated in a previous post I am not playing on the Xbox 360 at all and find it harder and harder not to sell the darn thing. I have actually rounded up all my games and sold them on as they were just money sitting around doing nothing and money these days is not easy to come by.  So now I am plodding through the Humble bundle on Linux and Anno 2070 and Fallout 3 on Windows side of things.  Minecraft still playing heavily in my gaming time which ironically runs the 64 bit version of Java better on Ubuntu than it does on Win7, go figure!

Sadly I have not had any new news on the job front but I continue everyday, ever alert to the call to action (Think I might be turning into Banana man!). But hey any jobs going out there in the South Wales area, that’s the original wet Welsh South Wales not the Wales anywhere else ūüôā please gimmie a shout ūüôā

So I find myself thinking to myself, “What is that black box next to my TV doing there?” On closer inspection I look around and see that it is some strange magic gaming machine called an Xbox360! ¬†A magic box of time gone past it would seem, a time now almost forgotten by my gaming time.

How did this happen? Well I think the time has passed, I think the black box that gave me such good times, so many hours of enjoyment is now collecting dust in the corner. Switched on every other month to cough and splutter into life, to be greeted by a smiling me, assured in my thoughts that today will be the day I put in that game, start to play and use it for what it was intended, then like a crewel child I take away that pleasure from my machine, change my mind, suddenly realising that what I have awoken is not what I desire, not what I thought it was and hence put the machine back to slumber.

I feel that this machine trying so hard to impress me is now overshadowed by the ease, power and cheapness of my PC, a machine that offers me far more than any console ever could. This monster can handle anything I throw at it. Play, work, casual chatter or full blown discussions of world events all wrapped up in an easily upgraded metal shell of awesomeness.

Now I am not here to hail the praises of PC gaming or to piss off any console gamers but the console market has stagnated, it is full of the same old games with slightly different stories, none of which are appealing to me any more and apart from a few exclusives here and there I miss nothing by leaving consoles behind.

So what to do with this perfectly capable but now seemingly obsolete electrical appliance of the past? Well I guess a little money wouldn’t go a miss.

So was just about to go to bed and saw an article about the new Hitman Absolution game Trailer.

It is violent and did have an age rating on the IGN site so you have been warned before you watch it kiddies ūüôā

Now here is the article http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/05/30/opinion-what-the-hell-is-with-that-hitman-trailer from IGN, written by Keza MacDonald is in charge of IGN’s games team in the UK. You can follow her onIGN and Twitter. Just to give full credit and impartiality to this whole thing.

The person that drew my attention to it in the first place was Twitter user Charlie Brooker who wrote, “Is that what people think gamers find cool? Breaking the noses of women in suspenders in slow motion?” http://go.ign.com/L3Uo23“.

Now Keza MacDonald says it is disgusting, degrading to women, far to violent and way over the top. Now my personal view is that if you don’t like gore don’t go see a film like Saw 4 and then moan afterwards that you thought it was disgusting and in bad taste, same here. You’re taking a game which is centred around a man with no real moral compass, born to kill and subjected to terrible injustices throughout his life, a man who is trained to kill professionally and there is a stink about it being too violent?

Now I understand that some may argue it is not really becoming of Agent 47 to use such drastic “open air” actions as the previous games have centred on stealth, also people will note the violence towards the women and sight that as wrong. To answer both of those I give you the case that they were out in the open, a number of them were killed in a stealthy way plus man or woman attacks you, you’re well within legal rights to use reasonable force to stop the attacker, I think he used reasonable force against a frikin’ RPG attack by a group of female assassins don’t you?

Also sighted by Keza MacDonald was the sexualization of the women used in the trailer, however I think she and others have to remember that sex has been selling everything from perfume and cosmetics, to toothpaste and chocolate for years and years now, it’s nothing new, plus would there be this much of an uproar if it were a group of topless men sent to kill Agent 47?

So guys and girls what do you think. I think it’s a bit of who har over nothing but what do you think.