Portal 2 – Perpetual Testing Initiative – My First Look

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks then you should already know and have played with the new feature that Valve added to Portal 2, the Perpetual Testing Initiative! Ever since they announced this awesome news, I have been wanting to get my hands on it. So, on May 8th they finally released it to the public. It is awesome!

I recorded my first time on it and uploaded it to YouTube for all to see!

The map isn’t brilliant, but its not bad for 25 minutes of work. If I was to do that in Hammer, then it would have taken perhaps a couple of hours to do! So there it is. It’s now out in the wild and people have been mapping like crazy fools over the past 2 days. As I write this, there have been 28,641 maps made.

If you haven’t jumped on the Portal band wagon, then I suggest you do it right now. For the next 12 hours Portal 2 will be £5.09, then will go back up to its usual price of £14.99. If you’[re real smart, then you will also spend an extra £3.40 and get both Portal 1 and 2 together!

If you’re one of those people who need to buy the game on a physical disk, then head on over to Amazon and buy it for £16.00 and free delivery if you live in the UK.

Steal my money, please!

I got an email from Apple this morning, telling me that I have been charged £2.99 for an in-app purchase made on the Ant Smasher Free Game on my iPod. I felt that this is very odd as I would not have purchased the ad remover!

Recently I updated the apps on my iPod, and when you do this, your store account stays active for around 15 minutes after inputting your password. This is because Apple don’t want to you to put in your password every time you download an app.

When launching Ant Smasher Free Game on my iPod, for some reason it is asking me to input my store password; this generally happens when you are trying to purchase something. In this particular case, I am not!

As you can see from the video above, it is asking for my password, when I press cancel, it takes me to a video and then asks me if I am sure about making my in app purchase. Something is definitely wrong here. I have contacted Apple and they have agreed to give me my £2.99 back, but it doesn’t look like they will be taking the matter any further with the app developer, which means they will be getting loads of money from everyone illegitimately!

Have you had any problems like this with your iPhone / iPod / iPad? If so, what happened, and how did you resolve it?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

I have been ill for the past week or so, so I haven’t got around to writing about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive yet. I finally took a nice long look at the intro trailer that Valve released a while ago.

I have to say that I am very disappointed with Valve on this one. If you knew me before my Call of Duty days, you would have known that I was a hardcore Counter-Strike fan since around November 1999 when my friend introduced it to me.

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