Category Archives: Geek

Geeky stuff that’s game-related.

Ditch Your PS3.. for Just $100?

I have heard little praise for Microsoft’s Xbox One, so little that I can honestly not remember seeing someone say a good thing about it, although the games have had praise, the fact the console seems to crash often detracts from the quality of the games.

I will admit to being pro-Xbox when the Xbox 360 was launched as I just didn’t like the PlayStation, specifically the controller (I still don’t like it), in fact, I didn’t own a PlayStation 2 until around 2010 and that was only because I started getting review copies of games for it.

I only really wanted the PlayStation 3 because of its Blu-ray capabilities, but then PlayStation Plus was announced and BOY was that a game-changer.

I had long been considering the worth of Xbox Live, I was literally getting nothing for it, just the ability to play online and have access to apps on the console. I very rarely played online, so I was just paying to access apps that I could do so for free on the PlayStation 3, so I let the subscription run out and never renewed it.

 Anyway, getting side-tracked… Recently, Microsoft sneaked out an ad which was caught by people, it claimed they would give you $100 store credit towards the Xbox One. Let me just say why MS can go screw themselves:

  1. Only $100? (approx £60) My PS3 is in great condition, it’s worth 2x that.
  2. Why would I want to when I get great games and cloud space on PlayStation Plus?

Microsoft are playing catch-up this generation. They’re still relying on their main gimmick, the Kinect to sell the console and to be honest, it’s just not working. The PlayStation 4 has a lot more to offer and so does the PS3.

There is no way I would get rid of my PS3, even if M$ offered to give me a free Xbox One with every available game right now, maybe if they offered Xbox Live and free games for life…

Let The Following Begin

I had a mass sort out on Twitter by putting people into lists, so that I can control what I see better, it also means I can follow back without being spammed constantly by tweets.

I mostly only have two lists in view at the same time, the other two lists contain followers that aren’t particularly relevant to my interests, but are mutually following.

I probably shouldn’t admit that here in the event someone reads this who are not in the two main lists (I think you could probably work it out if you know what I tweet about).

Anyway, been playing more GTA Online today and saw the most obvious glitcher yet:

GTA Online Glitcher

There is NO way he got to level 1000 legitimately, in fact, I don’t think anyone over level 300 got there by playing the game properly.

As for The Following, it’s back on TV and I’m just off to watch the first episode of season 2!

A Blog To the Past

Sundays are just too relaxing. Once I’d prepared the dinner and got it cooking, I didn’t have much chance to do a lot before it was cooked (only took about 45 minutes) and dished up.

I had one of the bottles of beer I received from my Dad for my birthday and within a few hours, I felt tired. In those few hours I’d played some more Borderlands 2 and more specifically, the Mighty Morphin’ mission as given by Sir Hammerlock.

Sir Hammerlock
Image courtesy of BL4UPUNKT

I don’t think Sir Hammerlock realises just how difficult his missions can be, it’s not that easy trying to kill a Mutated Badass Varkid, although, once you find a strategy, it can be made a little easier. But then, it’s only like other missions which seem to take longer than they should to try and eke out the gameplay.

Making Wilhelm Scream

I’m at the point in Borderlands 2 where I have to go to the Tundra and face a crap-load of enemies before facing what is the first main boss of the game, Handsome Jack’s sidekick, Wilhelm.

I’m not just rushing in though, I went to Dust to do side missions for Ellie and Loggins and I still have a couple of others (one of which includes going to the Tundra anyway) to help level up a bit and have a better chance at beating Wilhelm.

Lilith and Roland in Borderlands 2

I’ve also been trying to complete some of the challenges to get more Badass points, the main problem with those is that if you raise the stats too much on Health, when you exit vehicles, your health lowers to what it was before the boost.

Just glad I finally rescued Ronald though, that mission went on forever…

Progress… or Not

Finishing off the video and then adding the voiceover tonight, I’m actually quite pleased with what I’ve accomplished so far with MoviePlus X5, WAY more than if I’d stuck with Windows Movie Maker.

I think the ‘ProTip’ there is, spend a little to get better results. I’m just blowing the dust off what X5 is capable of, I don’t want anything too fancy and don’t have the funds (or knowledge or need) for high-end stuff like Sony Pro Vegas or Adobe Premier.

Kindle app

As for the reading, I may have to replace Life of Pi (which I wasn’t particularly bothered about reading anyway) with The Hobbit of which I have literally just located under my Half-Life² Collector’s Edition tin!

Keeping Busy…

I’ve really dug in to putting a video together as my YouTube intro vid, it’s taken quite a while to get things together and work out what I was going to put into the 6m 45s blurb, but it’s coming along.

I haven’t had time to game today yet or read, which is a bit more important, but that said, I should finish The Colour of Magic in no time since I’m near the end anyway.

Borderlands 2 Ellie

The PS3 is running while I type this and carry on editing for a little while longer, but I’ll soon get back to playing just as soon as I save progress for now!

Video Editing Headaches

So yeah, I bought Serif MoviePlus X5 at the end of last year for the bargain price of £8.99, I’d tried the starter edition and really like the features, so figured it was worth at least that much.

Talk about a pain in the butt! When you see some of those gaming videos on YouTube which have been edited down to about 5 or 6 minutes, when you try doing that with a program you haven’t figured out properly and got zero help from video tutorials, you really appreciate the time and effort they put into them.

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer access only

I kept trying the trim method and got absolutely confused by how I was supposed to trim parts of the video out, so I did it in a more reliable way, just played the video and split it in parts I wanted while deleting the chunks in between.