Also Epetitions has been down since before the election stating it would be online “shortly” after the election, having been down for a few months it is now back in a new format, stated to be delayed to allow the system to be revolutionized into a better more efficient format, this does not seem to be the case as you now require 5 signatures in order for any details to even go live on the site, and without 5 people signing the petition blind it only simply states your name and to sign your agreement to whatever the petition is about blindly. If you remove the sponsorship and visit the petition page itself it them claims that 5 people have already signed and that it is under review when this isn’t actually the case as from the outset having just set up the petition I can guarantee 5 people have not signed, this seems to be further discouragement to sign as though it has already been supported and you’re not needed, so don’t bother in that sort of psychological influence, when truly the petition still requires your support.
Following the pre alpha demo of lumini I highlighted we have a more recent alpha stage demo as the game gets closer to release, further from its initial stages this build has new area’s and the start of what appears to be a form of branching storyline and purpose towards an end goal.
With puzzles and the backgrounds still hinting towards some secret hidden in the depths and reviving not only the lumini by taking pollen from plants to the crystals but also growing fauna in the planet and restoring life to desolate area’s.
The alpha does have some frame rate issues which will undoubtedly be resolved ready for the final release, as optomisation tends to be a later process when everything has been prepared fully, this however does cause some issues with the puzzles with the turbines in particular being difficult to turn correctly due to input lag, do not expect this to be a problem in the main release however as there will undoubtedly be the usual options of minimising shadows, bloom and textures in order to optimise correctly to your setup especially when recording at the same time which is notorious for creating further framerate lag.
I may have neglected to point out that the final release will undoubtedly feature further lumini to unlock, some of which may be hidden in secret paths and be harder and unessential but may ultimately make progression and completing the game easier, and others again may perform useful actions such as lighting up darker area’s and depths, perhaps traversing the toxic skyline, going under water, and even moving rocks and scenery or planting grass spores in new locales.
Who is to say what other secrets are yet to be discovered and what the storyline could entail, but I am definately looking forward to seeing how the final game pans out and exploring all the world has to offer, obviousely the final game will have more open worlds and area’s that branch out in more diverse ways true to the format, but obviousely this would not be possible to demonstrate in an alpha demo which does not wish to show off everything the final game has to offer and ruin all of the secrets, perhaps it’s for the best I could never pass the turbines and maintain the secret of what lies beyond for you to discover.
Check out lumini on speelbaars.com to keep up to date with the latest information about release dates and teasers as they become available.
The video attached was recorded before spontaneous protests which have since happened, including the one where charlotte church attended, all of which shows we will take it #NoLonger
“Institutional Oppression occurs when established laws, customs, and practices systematically reflect and produce inequities based on one’s membership in targeted social identity groups. If oppressive consequences accrue to institutional laws, customs, or Practices, the institution is oppressive whether or not the individuals maintaining those practices have oppressive intentions.”[wikipedia]
With the conservatives getting a majority in the 2015 general election, and thier main policies being to oppress the socially unfortunate who are unable to find work despite trying, with only 1.1% of unemployed people having never had work when you discount students. The majority of the unemployed market would like to find work but are unable to for a variety of reasons, ranging from toxic zero hour contracts where you can have just about enough hours to pay your bills one week, but the next three weeks get absolutely no hours whatsoever. This is not only unsustainable but completely against the ability to find a sustainable job.
The unemployed are demonised and treated like strains on society when the majority are good natured people who would like to find work and employment in thier hometown, often being happy to take less hours as long as they would pay the bills and provide the ability to live, in amongst a time where mp’s are able to not only earn thier base salary of £67,060 (which might as well be 666 is many instances) they are also requesting pay rises and are also able to claim ridiculous expenses, often resulting in completely immoral tactics of taking advantage of the expense system, yet they are still able to hold office and run in the position even when ousted as being completely soulless immoral scum of society, yet that is a tag they would place on those who are unfortunate and wish to work, stating instead we are the drains on society where £72pw is such a drain on the tax system compared to thier ridiculousely high incomes of £1289,62pw+expenses. Not only are they earning such levels but most of them do not even perform thier mp expected position and instead work additional jobs, and represent the issues of big companies which pay them off or are associated with thier own business interests rather than the political interests of the people they are supposed to represent.
Then you get people who go “why don’t you just get a job” as if applying to 40+ jobs per week which you have to prove at the job center just to claim jobseekers isn’t enough, as though you aren’t putting any effort into looking for work, and they state that you shouldn’t be entitled to a home or any form of life if you’re unable to find work but would like work, meanwhile they’re happy to hoard all of the hours of a job, where people could reduce the working week to 35 hours and provide work for millions of people accross the country by the 13 extra hours per week which gets freed up for new jobs which increases employment and reduces the spending on benefits as a result, which creates more free time for people which in turn leads to further spending on leisure activities by people, a happier better rested workforce, boosted spending leads to further jobs required to cope with the increased spending in the area’s so boosts the 13 hours extra to a good 20+ sustainable job, all of which leads to increased net tax income for the government to spend elsewhere, but they’re just too dumb to see that and instead focus on demonising and killing people throwing them out onto the streets.
And what about human rights? well mr cameron hitler decided people don’t deserve human rights, and instead chooses to write his own bill of rights which will undoubtedly remove any rights for those who want to work but cannot find work, remove all rights to the underprivelleged, all the time while never doing anything to increase taxes on the rich, which as noted previousely has not changed for a very very long time, so the poverty gap widens.
Focusing on demonising one section of the socio economic group, is a social sector, so we are an oppressed people, and people suffering from oppression only put up with it so long, peaceful protests are planned, including on the 20th of june at 12 noon in front of the bank of england, however if peaceful protests won’t be listened to people will rise up in revolt. We have had enough and will not stand for any more oppression, do you want us to take jobs and homes by force, we want them so don’t put us down when we put all of our effort into trying to get work and sustainable income, if you want chaos and force and us to do WHATEVER it takes to get work and sustainable incomes, don’t tread on us and put us down, the downtrodden will fight back, you create your own enemy, we have a voice and we will be heard.
With the UK General Election Date set for the 7th of may I wanted to inform people about the party policies and manifesto’s so that they could make an informed decision on voting day, and vote based around the declared policies as opposed to which face they find preferable and who’s slanging matches they believe, or which parties they’re told to avoid rather than actual voting on the issues which matter, which is what changes you would like to happen in the next term of government coming up to 2020 as opposed to avoiding getting certain parties into majority power for the next election, which lets face it if you believe the statistics state no party has a majority and party power will be shared and decisions will be influenced by MP seats in parliament over decisions as opposed to actual power held.
Of course the whole seat system and the forecasts are a matter of discussion because not only can these be completely inaccurate they seem to change on a daily basis, and with some news organisations omitting some parties over others, and often including others which really shouldn’t count such as SNP in the english sector where mp’s aren’t even held for voting and won’t hold primary power where other parties could.
Ignoring all of that, your vote does matter, and if you actually go out rather than listening to forecasts you can make a difference, because forecasts themselves are an influencing tactic, stating you’ve got no chance to put you off voting against that party so they will get the majority in your area, and only by voting can you make change, and by voting you can get a council power in your area that works for you especially over devolved matters, and only by getting seats in parliament which represent the issues which agree most with you can you actually get things in the country to change in a manner which suits you.
So watch the video, or visit The BBC Manifesto guide and have a look through the issues that matter to you, and see which party most closely matches the interests you wish to be represented in the next term coming up to 2020, which itself has its own political issues, especially with the EU mandated changes expected by 2020 which have thier own consequences, and issues which effect young people such as the availability of jobs, homes, the working week, working time directive and “zero hour contracts”
Perhaps some parties have issues which effect different classes or age ranges, and some represent certain socio economic groups and others might better represent another sector, the only way to know who represents you best is to look through the manifestoes, and short of that read the highlights pointed out in the bbc page as I discuss in the video, whatever the option the only way you can truly have an influence is to vote on what matters to you, as opposed to which particular leader you like in a popularity contest, especially when some leaders (IE david cameron) aren’t going to be in power for a full term and you will be represented by some unknown party throughout.
It is a shame that corrupt mp names who have been involved in previous scandals do not get published, as I would have liked to have pointed out a distinct list of names to avoid completely, as you do not want expense grabbing scummy leaders in parliament representing thier own interests as opposed to those of the country and thier county which they have been elected to have a greater responsibility to cover, and are paid more than adequately to cover without looking for every excuse to scum the books while in the name of austerity cutting off benefits and services to those in need.
Whatever your thoughts, and wether they match mine or disagree completely the simple matter is you should vote, as the only way to make a difference is to go out there, if you’re under the impression it makes no difference and only certain parties get in, that is how they continue to get away with it, playing on your mind to put you off voting for a party that goes against them and playing on your insecurities over a split power rather than a majority, when split powers with mutual interests which benefit you as opposed to a majority power which goes completely against your interests is surely a better choice?
Potential spoilers as reviewing this episode would be next to impossible to review without talking about issues and themes which reveal what happens in the episode, so if you wish to avoid spoilers watch and read no further.
Episode 2 of life is strange deals with some hard hitting plot lines dealing with issues from depression, rape and drugs to gaslighting and suicide throughout. The main plotline of this particular episode is kate marsh and how you have dealt with her in the past and throughout the current episode and the problems she has been going through with the release of a viral video, we soon discover that this isn’t illicitly filmed footage of her in her room with a boyfriend but instead out at a vortex club party where she has been drugged by nathan prescott. Of course proving this and simply knowing are two different matters which will pan out diffferently depending on the choices you have made throughout the playthrough as perhaps directly blaming nathan and confronting him on every instance could cause him to destroy any evidence you may have been able to find, whilst supporting kate and keeping things on the lowdown may be more likely to cause him to slip up in the future.
Divergent paths can be seen to begin as to whether you get a party invite finalised on the list, whether you choose to go on a date with warren or avoid him entirely, and also whether you actually suceed in saving kate marsh from the rooftop or not, and also who you ultimately blame in the final scene all have consequences, with mr jefferson losing priveledges if you blame him, perhaps the security guard losing his job or being put on repromand if you blame him and nathan getting suspended regardless of blame for simply being involved in the party.
The game begins to develop some new gameplay mechanics also, pointing out that noticing the little things which have cause and effect and also memorising the little details might be something immensely useful in future episodes, especially as you learn that you have a very limited time travel potential, not only the the ammount you can go backwards in time, but also that max’s health deteriorates if you use it too often, so perhaps adding a limited time travel potential per room which could cause the instances of missing possibilities for change even more likely in future episodes.
The ultimate reveal of the episode however is that max can also freeze time, or slow it down to such a degree that effectively time stops, whilst being very draining on her abilities and removing any ability to use them in the future this could become an essential mechanic later.
Regardless of how you have treated kate to this date she will end up on the roof, simply because mr jefferson gaslit her to end up there by being accused of making things up for attention and blowing everything out of proportion, this can be hard hitting if you’ve put everything into caring for kate but also reveals potential further involvement from mr jefferson, which I am happy to say isn’t highlighted to be something to rewind when they have a confrontation outside of the classroom and simply remaining as something you can learn if you utilise your ability to manipulate time correctly.
It would also appear that the security guard is simply misguided and overreacting in a protective manner to his daughter over the majority of instances as opposed to being more directly involved in the dissappearances of the students, and persuing things in an incorrect manner, because as stated he is not cut out to be a cop, and perhaps resents this and hopes to investigate himself without involving others, causing increased danger to the students at blackwell academy as a result where if he had simply handed in evidence to the police things might well have gone different, although the prescotts essentially own the town and may be able to get around police investigations confronting kate and simply gathering evidence rather than acting in her interest also did have some influence on her not being prevented from getting on the rooftop.
Chloe herself seems to be coming accross more unstable owing money to drug dealers and perhaps not being so honest with max as she comes accross, being far more invested in rachel amber than max and being selfish in many instances insisting max perform tricks for her and spend all her time with her instead of others, getting jealous at max taking kate’s call for example, and seeing max as a way to solve all of her own problems rather than simply being her former best friend.
I can see how the plot could be very different in future episodes depending on how you have played through so far, and I would be very dissappointed if they wrote kate out of the game entirely even with a win condition especially considering how much effort some people have put into saving her life and making her feel good about herself, and also that she could be the very key to getting a conviction on nathan and unlocking the whole mystery of rachel ambers dissappearence. I would hope she remains a full character in the game who you can interact with and even bring along on investigations, perhaps storming nathan’s locker or dorm room while everyone else is at a party as an option rather than ending up on a date with warren, or off helping chloe with her drug dealer debts.
Also at the end of the episode the mystery depeends around the flashes forward to inside of the tornado itself and a solar eclipse which could be a metaphore for max’s life light going out and dimming in a future where she may already be dead or on the verge of death having been knocked out by a falling lighthouse, depending how you interpret what has occured in the game to date.
I can’t wait for the next episode to come out, and so far to date this is definately an award winning work in my opinion, and if it doesn’t win an award from a larger institution at least it deserves an IStar, which any readers of my reviews will note I very rarely give out and are only awarded to the most very exceptional works in thier field, and this is something I believe definately deserves such an award.
Life is strange episode 2 is out now on steamstore.steampowered.com/app/319630 be sure to check you’ve unticked and reticked the dlc for episode 2 if you’ve purchased it and it won’t download.
After having put complaints in over the past 3-4 years (depending if you count complaints prior to my home being reposessed by the housing association) and constantly being ignored, recieving responses from different departments and districts to I sent messages to, with heavily delayed responses and despite asking for messages to be forwarded to correct departments and for a direct email for the correct department because the ones listed on birmingham city councils website themselves proved fruitless I was forced to involve the ICE and LGO as well as mp’s to get the situation sorted.
Having filed ICE and LGO complaints last year (where they stated they would have to wait for official final responses, which never arrived or constantly arrived from incorrect departments despite every effort to contact the correct departments and asking for responses from the correct departments) I have been forced to involve local and westminster MP’s in the situation to investigate, and it is only because of thier pressure as well as the ombudsmen actually taking on the case now that significant efforts have been made constantly over the past 3 years after losing my home, and significant time since messaging the ombudsmen to investigate and thier own attempts to contact the correct departments for a final response that I have finally recieved a response from the benefits department of the birmingham city council.
This response clearly states that payment should have always been in place and I should never have had to resort to filing a new claim in september 2011, which was only filed because efforts by myself and family housing association to get due benefits into payment were proving fruitless and contacting the correct department, providing proofs both postally and directly to the office were doing nothing, and emails and phone calls to sort out the situation were proving fruitless, it was hoped this fresh application would get the housing benefit into payment; especially as in august 2011 investigations had been completed after providing all of the requested proofs and my benefits were reinstated (yet housing benefits remained unpaid)
In september 2011 the new benefits application was accepted, with provided proofs, and yet actual payment of housing benefits remained unpaid, constant attempts by myself and family housing association were ignored and went unresolved, and family housing association began reposession of my home in september, ultimately reposessing it in the begining of january during the period while the job center and council were closed for the christmas period. Forward to the 17th of february 2012 a whole 6 months after the filing of a fresh application (which they note themselves was not required to get housing benefits paid, yet clearly was due to thier non payment) they paid PART, not all just part of the housing benefits due, only backdated to that claim, almost a whole 2 months after my home was reposessed and I was forced to stop attending jobseekers to an inability to look for work with no stable home and being scared to leave the house for being locked out of it while I attended the jobseekers as they would know when my sign on dates were to lock me out as they had sucessfully filed for reposession in the courts.
None of this would have happened if the council had paid the housing benefits that were due, on time without delay (8 months of delays essentially) I would still have my home, all of my posessions, had been able to look for work and sign on, yet despite all of this they deny being responsible for me losing my home and everything, and three years of my life as they “lose” housing applications, forwarded proofs and more to attempt to get back to birmingham and my life, and also asking unreasonable proofs of where you’ve stayed temporarilly on sofa’s and clearly could not have bills and registered bank statements at very temporary accommodations and other excuses to simply avoid putting right what they’ve done wrong.
Still they send a message stating they will arrange an interview to put me on the housing register, which now almost a month later, and despite sending another email asking why this has been delayed no interview has been made, and I remain off the register as they unreasonably delay further where I should really just be given a place back in birmingham as I never should have lost my home in the first place, and would not have if they had simply paid the housing benefits that were due, and constantly chased for from myself and family housing association to get into payment which was actually due, and they admit should have been paid.
Now they have offered compensation… yeah “compensation” of £250 for losing everything you own (valued far higher) all the stress and discomfort, three years of your life and being unable to look for work stuck arguing with them trying to get back to birmingham and get this sorted, not really an adequate level of compensation is it.
Quite frankly I’m getting sick of the way they think they can treat people, and something needs to be done. The entire council needs to be fired and replaced by competent individuals who aren’t scumbags, and they need to stop treating people like this as I’m not alone in this, and only by speaking up and being heard can we prevent this happening, and by voting for someone who isn’t going to be scummy towards those unlucky enough to not be able to find work despite trying.
If you’re in a similar situation speak out and be heard, especially now they’re under investigation, get your voice in, get your case heard and get this situation changed for everyone.
TorqueL went a little unnoticed as a steam release due to the new nature of the steam front page where instead of having a list of latest releases products get hidden behind layers of “curator content” and “recommended products” and by the time you do get down to where the releases are located it tends to be automatically set to “popular new releases” despite changing the setting, it always reverts to this, which is unfortunate because TorqueL was one of the games I wanted to show off so much I got permission to show the prototype in early form, if it wasn’t for the fact that the developer sent me a product key through youtube the release would have passed by completely unknown
As it stands the release was in january, and as I do not actively check that inbox this video has been delayed in being released due to late discovery.
The game itself remains higlhy polished, with smooth well designed totional control involving extending sides of your cube and rotating, using the physics of this to traverse over pits of death or difficult terrain in order to reach the exit. New features added since the prototype include things such as gravity flipping funnels, moving platforms and scenery of increasingly difficult nature to traverse, accross 50 chambers with 8 routes, one of which is noted to be very secret there are reasons to replay through, wether attempting to speed run through the game or traverse all of the routes possible.
Whatever route you choose the game is challenging and fun and if you enjoy puzzle games this is one that you wont want to miss, the mechanics of the rotation and physics of the extended limbs just feel so right and satisfying and must have been very difficult to programme, the object feels like it has a correct mass and weight every time you extend a limb, wether to help gain a rotation you couldn’t achieve before or to launch yourself accross the terrain, things operate as you expect when using the torque to your advantage.
Check out TorqueL for yourself on steam, I know I’ll be playing it through and I think you should too.
As part of the #OneLittleChange campaign, tasting some products in tesco’s own brand noted as being healthier options where one little change to your eating habits can make a difference, I try out the products and give my opinions as well as noting what might be different wether it is a reduced sugar content or simply changing to a healthier product which seems to be the change.
As part of the campaign I recieved coupons for some soups, which are healthy by nature but I would guess to be healthier than bigger brands with a reduced calorie content, although the products themselves do not seem to mention the #OneLittleChange or anything healthier tesco themselves state they have made changes from the previous versions to make them healthier so I go on my best comparison, and there seems to be no compromise on taste and quality in terms of the soups I chose, which includes lentil soup which is always the option I go for when choosing a soup.
Other products I chose were the healthy living yogurt, where there is no noticeable difference between the healthy choice and the ordinary, so if you’re looking for a healthier yogurt you might as well choose a healthy living variety as there is no compromise on the flavour and quality of the yogurt, comparing this to the arla protien quark I recieved with the bzz campaign, where 20g of protien is promised per pot (and no idea on how that compares or if this is a significant source of daily protien) all I could note is the product was powdery dry and impossible to finish after a few mouthfuls becoming too dry and disgusting to eat. I would state that if anyone was looking for a protien shake or the like they would probably be preferable as they would be more liquidy and you could at least down that to finish it off, or choose pulses, nuts and other sources of protien which quite frankly will taste nice rather than dry and disgusting, so as a product itself I don’t see it lasting long on the shelves especially as specifically looking for the product within tesco it was difficult to spot masked by its own boxes containing the product.
Also recieved as part of the campaign I got some frosted flakes which may as well be standard cornflakes by the time you put the milk on, so although being healthier with a reduction in sugar it becomes one of the products where the reduction has seriousely effected the product integrity, making it a higher sugar content cornflake which you cannot taste the difference of, rather than a lower sugar frosted flake. I even tested the product on a resident frosties eater, my mom. She stated that you couldn’t taste the frosting and she wouldn’t change brand as a result even if it was healthier because you lose the ability to taste the frosting entirely and as a result rendering the product pointless.
Overall it seems most of the little changes can make a difference without effecting the integrity of the product, however if you are making a little change to eat healthier cereal you are better off changing directly to cornflakes, or bran flakes rather than a reduced calory sugar frosted flake where upon adding of milk it all gets washed off and loses the ponit of being frosted in the first place, everything else however remains high quality, with the yogurts all being very tasty and healthy, and the soups maintaining high quality and flavour with whatever changes they have made, which are difficult to note individually as they aren’t revealed on the products themselves. However it is noted as a healthier choice, so if you’re making one little change to eat healthier these products can help, as part of a balanced diet and excercise reigieme of course.
Pact Coffee is the new coffee equivalent of the weekly boxes which have become very popular, but in this instance you recieve a different roasting of coffee from the selection available. You can choose to have the same type every time (initially weekly or bi-weekly but you can postpone delivery for longer periods)
Choices will be recommended when you sign up based around the method of brewing you use and wether you include milk and sugar, and the option will be given as to wether you would prefer whole beans for home grinding and the freshest taste, or wether you desire pre ground for convenience and easier ability to brew at home but maybe with a compromise to that freshly ground quality.
Coffee’s are roasted in very small batches so bear that in mind when placing an order as you may have your order changed should supplies be short, although there is a variety from wet and dry roasted varieties it is hard to say wether they stick within this as I have insufficient data but if you have a problem with the coffee they select you could always specify to hold off delivery until you get the type you desire.
Gifts are rewarded for referring others to the site, from very basic items to much larger coffee themed essentials such as grinders, coffee pots and the like which is a very fun way of rewarding you for spreading the word, but also giving out a discount to your friend to try the coffee where naturally it would cost far more.
If you like what you see and want to try the coffee for yourself use the link below, where you’ll get a coffee bag of 250g for £1, and it would seem your next bag half price with it regularly being £6.95 per bag, however you can cancel at any time and place delays if you haven’t quite got through the last delivery.
The coffee I chose was a chocolate chip cookie variety, well I chose sticky toffee but that proved too popular so I got this instead, and I could definately taste the fullness of body specified with the “chocolate” consistancy rather than a chocolate flavour, I would have been interested to taste the stickyness or sweetness of the toffee, but maybe another time, I would note that your setup will stay with whatever variety they changed you to rather than your initial selection, so if you got changed due to thier shortage be sure to change that within your account section, otherwise you will get another delivery of what obviousely wasn’t your first choice.
All being said though the coffee does feel and taste high quality, even pre ground so for £1 why not try some for yourself, and if I get any of the goodies I’ll be sure to show them off on camera for you. https://www.pactcoffee.com/spread/Indelacio@tw
This video shows what has updated since the alpha highlight, with improvements to the graphical interface, the addition of automitons and individualised mele weapons for up close combat, as well sa some new arena’s with different mechanics, such as walls which loop around, and maps with death at every edge.
The game itself remains a very fun and frantic multiplayer game ideal for quick plays in close groups, rounds typically only last a couple of minutes, sometimes shorter depending on the skill level of those playing, and remains manic and fun throughout where the action never stops for a breath.
Maps are inspired by passages from literary backgrounds and as a result are selectable from tomes holding the knowledge within, with great care taken over the art style, including dust within the levels such as you would expect opening a dusty old book (which can be set by the user to be heavy or less noticable if it gets in the way of the map) All of the levels look very pretty and have thier own individualised style, fitting the book they are selected within and also having thier own unique character bringing the passages to life.
Guest appearances of characters from other indie titles as well as thier own selection of well drawn and imagined characters are playable in a selection of colours meaning there is plenty of variety in which character best suits you, be wary that some characters are thinner or smaller than others and as such hit boxes might be more difficult on those players, but someone with skill shouldn’t have too much of a problem with that and when it comes action time with up to 4 players you’ll be distracted more than micro managing things like that.
The literary style continues with weapons including running and throwing scissors, ink bombs and if selected escaping through a rip in the page when you reach the target while your enemies attempt to prevent your escape.
I think the game is definately something everyone should own, so check it out for yourself and see what you think