Call of Duty – Advanced Warfare

I have had my Playstation 4 for around 6 months now and I believe I have adapted to console gaming quite well. When I first had a console it was in the year of Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Alex The Kidd, Street Fighter and Coolspot. Console gaming has advanced to the level of PC gaming now, so I thought it was about time I had my turn with it.

When I first started playing games properly I was a dedicated PC gamer, but it’s an expensive hobby to keep all my equipment up to date, and I just don’t have the time or money to do that now. Now days I don’t have the time to spend hours and hours playing, so it’s a just a once in a while thing, and with console gaming, you don’t need to update any hardware yet you can still play all the latest games unlike with a PC

You can see how far I have progressed with my console gaming from the two videos below.

The video below is from October 2014. It shows one of the better runs I had at the time. It’s still quite crap though.

Now compare it to how I play now. As you can see from the video below there is quite a difference. Not only in play style, but in technique and ability too.

I’d have to say that I’m quite proud of myself from going from a PC gamer to being able to play on a console. It’s quite a dramatic change.

Bedgebury Pinetum

I took the kids, niece and my sister to Bedgebury Pinetum yesterday for the day out. The kids had so much fun playing in many of the purpose-built play areas. Some of which are brand new for this year. At least I think so, as I didn’t see them there last year when I went with the kids!

If you or your kids like going to forested areas for walks, trails, playing or what have you then I would definitely recommend Bedgebury Pinetum, however you should be aware of the parking charges. It’s not too expensive, and it’s well worth it.

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I took my two, my niece and sister to watch Home at the Odeon Cinema in Chatham this afternoon. It’s a pretty good film, and much better than I expected it to be. The kids seemed to enjoy themselves too, which is always good when spending money on them. If you have kids I would recommend taking them to see it before it leaves the cinema.

The plot as quoted from imdb.

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Have you seen it yet? What did you think of it? Did your children like it?

The Facebook lies

Last night I was browsing Facebook and noticed someone had posted the following image.

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According to the image every 823 years there is a phenomenon that occurs where there are 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and if you pass the image or at the very least the information on it according to Feng Shui you will receive good luck.

This lie that is making the rounds on Facebook is so easy to debunk is hardly worth doing, but I was bored and wanted to destroy it.

Lets start with Feng Shui. Feng Shui is something you do to help with the flow of energy through a house or apartment. It suggests arranging the furniture in a specific way to help channel the energy or Chi in a positive way to help. Help with what though I can’t say. I can honestly say I didn’t look into it that deeply!

Having 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only happens every once 823 years. You can find this information out simply by looking at a calendar. Take May of this year for example. It has those exact same 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays that this myth talks about.

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It’s a phenomenon. No it’s not! If there are 31 days in a month and the first of the month falls on a Friday then it is guaranteed that there will be 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the month. It’s really rather quite simple.

I still can’t get over that I am seeing people post utter crap like this. If you do some simple fact checking on the lies you find on Facebook you will find that they are nothing more than that. Lies. Myths. Fiction. Crap. Bupkis. Stop believing everything you see posted and the more people who adhere to this the less likely you are to see this crap posted again. It’s a win win situation!

Obviously there are many more other examples of crap that I see posted on Facebook, but I’m not going to post about those right now. However I do recommend that you visit http://www.snopes.com to see if you can find the ones that have you or your friends have fallen for.

At the woods

Today has been lovely and warm, so I thought it was a good idea to get the kids out and about down Cromer Woods and a little walk around Cromer Quarry in Sittingbourne, which is one of my favourite local places to walk. I took some photos while we were out and have decided to share them.

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With any luck we will have another warm spell coming very soon, which will provide another chance to get the kids out and about again, as they loved being out today.

My Children

Finally after a long wait I have my kids staying with me for the next two weeks. I haven’t seen them in such a long time. They’ve changed that much since the last time I saw them in person. Both of them have become so tall! I’m keeping this post short and sweet because I want to get off here and back to them. I just want to give them cuddles constantly!

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Age restricted gaming

As you all know I’m a gamer and I have been since 1999 when I got my first PC. I now have two children. My boy Ryan 9, and my girl Chloé 6.

There has been an issue raised recently about age restricted gaming products such as Call of duty, or Grand Theft Auto, and children playing them.

The law states that anyone below the age stated on the product should not be allowed to play it. The main census according to a recent poll on the Telegraph website is that it should primarily remain a parental personal choice.

The fact that gaming products are age restricted should be a general indicator that the product is unsuitable for certain age groups. As a parent I would tend to agree with that statement, but being a gamer and having played certain age restricted games I would have to disagree, well at least partially.

If you stay with me for the next bit I will tell you why. If we look at the online multiplayer side of the games Call of Duty and GTA as examples they both have guns, killing, explosives, knives, and stabbing in it.

Lets look at them individually. If we look at GTA’s online free roaming world it pretty much allows you to do anything you want. You can hijack cars, rob convenience stores, run people over, use explosives, have sex with prostitutes and kill people and from what I remember there is a torture scene where the player has to engage to move the story along.

Now lets take a look at Call of Duty’s online game play. You plant bombs and kill people. Yes! That is literally it. Kinda basic.

I’m not being bias while writing this because I have played both types of games, and this is the main reason why I disagree partially with the age rating on some games. I understand why they are there, but it should be more a guideline rather than a strict law.

I will admit that I let my son play Call of Duty even though it is an 18+ rated game. I don’t think it represents proper violence in the way that GTA does. I would however not let him play GTA. Don’t get me wrong though, as I do know that Call of Duty has some very graphic scenes in it, but these are all in the single player, which he does not play.

You can watch a video that deathmule has put together for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Single Player, but as I said above my boy doesn’t play single player, so he wont even see any of it. So this is why I condone him playing it.

Now watch a video I found for GTA by Dat Saintsfan. I find it epically disgusting, and if I had a choice in the matter I would not let him play it.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you feel children should be allowed to play age restricted games? Would you let them play it if you played it first to “vet” it? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Waste

I’ve never understood why in the commercial world there aren’t proper considerations for the enormous amount of waste packaging.

I bought some food today where the packaging was exceptionally large for what was inside, and this isn’t the first time I have come across this when buying something either online or from the shops.

Take the below bit of meat as an example.

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All of that meat fit into roughly one-third the size of the original packaging. I understand that no one wants to see all their meat bunched up as it’s not “aesthetically pleasing”, but should that matter in the modern-day world? It shouldn’t, but evidently it does.

Amazon is a huge culprit of oversized packaging. Take this chap who posted a photo on Reddit of his recent purchase of batteries (yes you read that right – batteries) from amazon.

bIPf0umThis happened to me when I ordered something from Amazon a couple of years back. It’s all good and well getting a customers product to them in a safe condition, but at some point the company have to realise what they’re doing is causing huge amounts of waste even if it is recyclable. Does it really need that much packaging?

What are your thoughts on the subject? How many everyday objects do you buy that are covered in excessive packaging? Do you think its acceptable?

 

The bucket list – Is there any point?

Is there any point in a bucket list these days? Of course there is! We’re not all immortal gods and have unlimited wealth, so some of us mere mortals have to plan for the future and do things to make us feel good before we die.

I have compiled my bucket list below in no particular order. For now there shall only be a few things, but over time the list shall grow and accomplishments shall be ticked off. I hope to do all of them before I die.

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  1. Reach the peak of a mountain – Mount Snowdon – 05/07/2015
  2. Go sky diving
  3. Fly in an aeroplane – I flew to Switzerland on the 11/11/2015 – Take offLanding
  4. Fly in a helicopter
  5. Travel to Scotland – Attempted the National Three Peak Challenge – 02/07/2015
  6. Travel to Italy
  7. Visit the Colosseum
  8. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  9. Visit Vatican City
  10. Travel to France
  11. Travel to Spain
  12. Travel to Germany
  13. Travel to Iceland
  14. Visit the Blue Lagoon
  15. Travel to Switzerland – I travelled to Geneva to visit C.E.R.N. 11/11/2015
  16. Visit C.E.R.N. – I visited C.E.R.N. on 11/11/2015
  17. See the ATLAS project
  18. See the ALICE project
  19. Travel to The Netherlands
  20. Travel to Amsterdam
  21. Get stoned legally
  22. Travel to Norway
  23. Travel to Finland
  24. Travel to Sweden
  25. Own a sports car
  26. Own a motorcycle
  27. Drive a super car
  28. Own a house– Bought a 2 bed flat in July 2017
  29. Walk my daughter down the aisle
  30. Hold my grandchild
  31. See the human race reach Mars
  32. Go to Disney World / Land
  33. Weigh 90 Kg or less
  34. Quit smoking
  35. Learn an instrument
  36. Go scuba diving
  37. Go on a cruise
  38. See the Great Pyramids in Egypt
  39. Do something for charity – Raised £500 for Charity for the National Three Peak Challenge – 02/07/2015
  40. Visit the Eiffel Tower
  41. Visit the Louvre
  42. Travel to the USA
  43. Visit the Smithsonian
  44. Visit the Lincoln Memorial
  45. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  46. Visit and Tour the White House
  47. Celebrate New Year in Time Square
  48. Own a real meteorite
  49. See an active volcano in person
  50. Climb an active volcano
  51. Look into the caldera of an active volcano
  52. Witness the aurora borealis
  53. Witness the aurora australis
  54. Witness a tornado F3 and above
  55. Be on television
  56. Be on the radio
  57. Go on a drifting course
  58. Go white water rafting
  59. Eat sushi– Took my Mum for lunch on 28th September 2016
  60. Try LSD
  61. Go to a concert at the O2
  62. Travel to Peru
  63. Visit Machu Picchu
  64. Hike the Valley of the Incas
  65. Travel to Australia
  66. Visit the Great Barrier Reef
  67. Swim with turtles
  68. See an orchestral performance in the Sydney Opera House
  69. Travel to Canada
  70. Travel to New Zealand
  71. Live near my children so I can see them daily
  72. Go to Alton Towers – I went there for the weekend with Ryan – 25/03/2016
  73. Visit the Grand Canyon
  74. Visit Yellowstone National Park
  75. Own my car outright – Paid the final payment on 10th September 2015
  76. Go bungee jumping
  77. Get tattoo sleeves
  78. Go on a ride in a hot air balloon
  79. Go to China
  80. See the Great Wall of China
  81. Visit the Forbidden City
  82. Learn to use chopsticks
  83. Eat an entire meal with chopsticks
  84. Complete a food challenge – Completed the 32oz Steak Challenge at Flaming Grill – 08/02/2016
  85. Get my tongue pierced again
  86. Travel to Japan
  87. Climb Mount Fuji
  88. Summit Ben Nevis
  89. Summit Scafell Pike
  90. Learn how to dance the Tango
  91. Learn how to take photos of the Milky Way
  92. Photograph the planets and moons
  93. Travel to Mexico
  94. Visit the Mayan Pyramids
  95. Tour the ancient ruins in Greece
  96. Go Zorbing
  97. Go Snowboarding / Skiing
  98. Ride a horse
  99. Take my son camping in the Highlands
  100. Blow glass
  101. Work on a pottery wheel
  102. Read a whole novel
  103. Visit Madame Tussauds
  104. See Swan Lake
  105. Visit a castle
  106. Sleep in a castle
  107. Write a recipe book
  108. Learn the alphabet in sign language
  109. Learn sign language
  110. Have a brief conversation with someone in sign language
  111. Go rock climbing
  112. Take an archery lesson
  113. Visit all seven continents
  114. Visit the Hoover Dam

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Call of Duty Championship 2015

If you’re a gaming fan like myself and so many others then you should of known about the Call of Duty Championships 2015!

I managed to catch the majority of the tournament over the past two days, and was deeply impressed by just how well covered each match is with the commentary.

There was match to match breakdowns of what happened just in case you missed it among all the epic battles, which made for a much better watching experience.

I have included the finals below for you to watch, but if you’re interested in the final battle you should skip to 5 hours 40 minutes. It’s intense as hell as Denial takes the win for 2015!

I’ve spoken enough. I only wanted to bring you this video filled with so much skill.