Posts Tagged ‘ps3’

The Gaming Addictive Personality

May 16, 2015

addictI have been a gamer for many years, spending much of my teenage years piling money into my gaming hobby.

As I have grown older, and responsibilities have grown my spending has reduced drastically but there is still always the desire to get the latest games.  I am not alone in this and I am sure many gamers would agree.

No matter how many barely played games you have sitting on your console shelf/hard drive there you find yourself looking for the next game to buy.  This can lead to serious problems if you have a weak mind-set.

There are however alternatives to spending your life away on gaming:

Deals, if you spend just a little time searching you can quite easily find large discounts on most games, it just takes a little time and effort.  You can easily get discounted credit from sites such as www.cdkeys.com (e.g.. £50 Xbox credit for around £41).

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I however have found the solution that meets my needs in Boomerang game rentals http://www.boomerangrentals.co.uk/.  The majority of games I play I will get tired of in a very short space of time, there are only a few that I come back to time and time again so rentals are a great solution to my desire for the latest releases.  Boomerang offer various packages and I currently have the Priority 2 package, this gives me access to latest releases and I can have two games at a time.

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Whether it be trying out 3DS games or getting the latest Xbox One releases I have found the service excellent. 

Some people have had issues with fraud on their accounts in recent months which many have blamed on Boomerang.  Boomerang did handle these accusations in a very poor manner, despite the fault lying with a 3rd party vendor they were very lacking in their responses to queries and still have not admitted any responsibility, although in my opinion this is more the responsibility of the 3rd party vendor to make customers aware, but either way no one had given a conclusive message to the customers.

I myself was not victim to any money loss as my bank’s fraud systems stopped any transactions leaving my account however I am aware of people I play games with having lost £1000 from their account for a period before the bank would refund it which is a horrible situation to be in when you have bills to pay and mouth’s to feed.

However personally I cannot fault the service I have received from Boomerang, from their speedy responses on Twitter to queries to sending me games on day of release, they have saved my bank account and my sanity and I would highly recommend them to anyone, who like me has a burning desire to play new games and is always looking for their next fix! 

If anyone wants to join Boomerang please let me know via twitter @SXFoxstar as any recommendations I make help build up loyalty points!

C.O.D.– 2 New Game Types, Injecting Life Into a Dying Franchise!

December 24, 2013

For the first time since buying Call of Duty: Ghosts I tried the second of two new game types today.  Blitz is a team game whereby you must defend your teams zone whilst also entering the opponents zone to score points.

This is a great game which injects life back into the dying franchise, looking through the various game types showed quite a few with very low numbers of players, thus meaning I have to sit and wait for enough players to join the game before it will start.  I really enjoyed this game type though and if it can be tried by more players I think it could become a staple game type for the franchise.  One of the issues however is getting players to try the new game type out.  No matter what time of day there are always lobbies full of players wanting to play the standard team death match, however this can become tedious very quickly after so many years of playing the franchise.

Cranked is another new game type whereby once you kill an opponent you have just 30 seconds to kill another before you blow up.  The idea of this is great for players like myself who hate the FPS scumbags, the ‘campers’ however in reality it just doesn’t work that well in the new maps.  The maps are just so large that you can find yourself wandering around just trying to find someone to shoot at before the time runs out.  Perhaps if they introduce some smaller maps this game type could take off but at this current time, as proven but the low numbers of players in the Cranked lobbies, it just doesn’t work.

I think if Activision can put some real promotion into the new game types, particularly ‘Blitz’ they could find players unsure of the new game coming back to the franchise for at least one more year.

Next Gen Console – Why I Have Finally Settled on the Xbox One.

September 16, 2013

Let me start this blog by making it clear, I am an Xbox fanboy, I have owned a PS1 and 2 but my last few years have been spent with Microsoft.

I have spent the last few months agonising over which console I would be going for.  I did a large amount of reading on both consoles and a couple of months back I would have said I am going to get a Playstation.  This decision at the time was purely based upon the rumour that the Playstation was going to be more powerful, the cheaper price and the fact that more of my friends would be going for the Playstation.microsoft-xbox-one

However, a few months on and I have made my decision and actually pre-ordered the Xbox One.  The reason for this complete 180 is down to a number of reasons which I will go into below.

1.  Price – The Playstation is cheaper however if you purchase the Sony camera to go with the console, thus taking advantage of the tech, the prices are almost identical.  This however is not as good as the Xbox One Kinect camera and also not being a mandatory part of the console also means that it will follow the way of the Kinect and thus games using it will be limited as developers are not going to waste money on camera development if only a small percentage of the gamers have it.

2.  The specifications of both consoles are now much closer, particularly since the Xbox’s recent upgrade in GPU means that there is not a significant advantage to go with the Playstation.

3.  Despite my friends being likely to get the Playstation I have found that the fact I play in the same room as my wife watches TV means that I rarely talk to players and therefore playing against friends is such a rare occurrence it cannot justify a console purchase.

4.  Microsoft appear to be listening to their customer base.  At the original launch of the Xbox One, things could not have gone worse, Sony took advantage of that and took as many shots at Microsoft as they could.  They had good reason too, the used game policy, the always online although not major concerns to me were seen as a major issue by many.  However Microsoft (no matter what the reason) quickly did a u-turn on these decisions.  Therefore I feel more comfortable knowing that Microsoft will make further improvements as time progresses.

5.  Perhaps the biggest reason I made my final decision was due to the games.  With both consoles being very similar with regards to specs, Microsoft development is slightly easier as most developers will be programming on windows systems, therefore making the transition between PC and Xbox ports much easier.  I have also found that many of the PlayStation exclusives are directed at the Japanese market, ie anime style games which just isn’t for me,I realise this is not all they offer but it contributes to my feelings on this.  Also the exclusive titles, earlier releases etc on Xbox are more my style of games.  Do not get me wrong, games such as ‘The Last of Us’ on Playstation looked amazing but I felt that these games that actually grabbed my attention on Playstation 3 were few and far between, therefore my decision has been led by the type of games already being shown for the Xbox.  Also the massive server investment Microsoft has invested in the Xbox looks to provide a better gaming experience, yes Playstation are also making a large investment in this area, but in comparison they are a few years behind on this and therefore it will take some time for them to match the power house behind the Xbox One.

6.  It is only now, with the PS4 that Sony are focusing much more RAM on the operating system, I have heard many complaints from Playstation gamers regarding slow friends lists, etc on the PS3.  Xbox had this mastered in the 360 and this looks to continue into the next gen.

So this is why after month of boring my friends on Facebook I made the decision to stick with Xbox.  The discussions will, as with the current generation continue for many years as to which console is best, but I am going to remain an Xbox fanboy for the next 7 years at least.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Weapon Excel Stats Sheet

November 30, 2011


This is a sortable, colour coded excel spreadsheet for CODMW3 that makes finding your ideal Primary/Secondary weapon a whole lot easier.

Includes numerous stats colour coded for the best one in each category.  Excel 2007 onwards is required for the colour coding.

CODMW3 Weapon Stats Spreadsheet

Tech ‘No’ Savvy

March 11, 2008

As a supposed stereotypical modern man I am a big fan of gadgets and I am often an early adopter of new technology. However it still amazes me the way products get hyped up by corporations to the point that people queue for days, camping out on London streets for the latest boy toy. Whilst I am the first to admit I love to get a new gadget, I would never want to get it on the day of release. For starters the price you pay on day one will fall drastically within the first couple of months after the hype has died down. Secondly the people buying the first generation of a product will be the ones who experience all the bugs and glitches not picked up in system tests. Give the product just a couple of months of public use and the company will often produce a new and improved version at a reduced cost or at least a software upgrade.

For example the much hyped iPhone, this is a gadget that despite its obvious appeals of such a great touch screen and functions I have not felt any desire to buy. This is fairly unusual for me but the reason for my lack of desire is that I already have a phone and I already have an ipod so why combine the two. The iPhone also is in comparison to many phones low spec in some areas, the main one being it is not 3G. Yes the phone is Wifi and as they say you can browse the internet in any Wifi zones but is it me or when I want to access the internet I want to do it on the go and not have to spend ages registering with a local Wifi zone and pay extortionate rates just to access my usual sites. I must admit the browser is very good and the overall appearance of the phone is amazing but is it really worth queuing up for hours in London and paying such a large price and tariff? As announced at the recent Apple yearly show they have made some improvements already, which to their credit is just a case of a simple download but the new features include multiple person texting. I was astounded that this wasn’t a preset part of the initial software program but no Steve Jobs made the announcement as if it was a new piece of amazing technology! The PS3 also suffered from early buyers syndrome where a software update was needed to correct quite a few initial teething problems. Windows Vista is also a prime example of why you should be patient. Many people found numerous issues including the crippling fact that until their hardware provider produced updated drivers for items such as printers and iPods they became useless for a few months on their new operating system.

My advice is save yourself some money and inconvenience, resist buying the shiny new ‘excuse for someone to mug you’ gadget and wait just a couple of months for a device that is cheaper and better than the original.