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On the train I had a feeling seeing a scratch card abandoned on the floor in front of the seat I chose that something wasn’t right about the ticket, and upon picking it up I noticed that it had won, only £1 but a win is a win right? Now this wasn’t going to change my life in any significant form, and probably the reason the person purchasing the ticket discarded it, however I figured that as the purchase price was £1 I would use the ticket to get another ticket and try to see how far we could take the winning streak.

Of course the second ticket won £4, so essentially whoever threw the ticket away could have used it and won another prize, maybe not the £4 I won as they would’ve got another ticket another day but still I was on a winning streak, following my own personal gambling strategy I pocketed half of the money as profits and played on with £2 using lucky pennies I had found on the way.

A lucky penny by definition cannot be one that you have received as change as there is absolutely no luck involved in the procurement of that coin. Now some say that the shinyness of a coin effects how lucky it is and it could be possible as finding a clean shiny penny in the streets would be luckier as most coins would be dirty and used especially just lying about like that. When you take the coin you want to take care not to put it with other coins as much like an electric charge the luck would dissipate and it would just become another coin and worthless lost amongst your change, treat it with respect and care and keep it separate until you are ready to use the coin.

There are a few ways you can use your lucky penny, the first and obvious use here is to scratch off a scratchcard in the hopes of winning, other uses include spending it at a wishing well or lake in a park by flicking it into the water as you make your wish, or making a wish and placing on a point of interest in a public location. Artificial wishing wells may not be as lucky as using it on a public lake, there is less water and it seems so artificial and when everyone has spent lucky pennies there is it truly lucky? Plus you have to get the penny into the water with your flick so having a bigger target does help.

Choose the way in which you spend your lucky penny carefully as you only have one chance to use the luck and once it’s spent it is spent whether you gained favour from the luck or not. If you have used the coin to rub a scratchcard then obviously the coin remains in your possession unlike using it for a wish in other locations, this presents the problem where you do not wish to spend the coin as it would be bad luck after this to do so, instead it would be recommended to donate to a charity and pass on the luck, do not try to gain another piece of luck by flicking into a lake either as the luck is already spent and would give you bad luck to do so.

When donating to a charity I would suggest flipping the coin into the charity pot as a symbol of flipping the bad luck back into good but I wouldn’t say that is important as you are giving the money to charity, passing on the luck and flipping it for extra luck if you wish the luck on the charity can be a good symbolism and I’m sure any charity would understand that, even if you flip it and catch it then place it into the container. If you really want to be extra charitable you could even give them a completely unused lucky coin straight from picking it up and give them your full unused luck as well as a small donation towards their goals, and if their bucket is full of lucky pennies then obviously the dissipation of being amongst other coins isn’t an issue as there are so many lucky coins in the pot it gathers rather than dissipates.

Playing on with the £2 I had a little luck winning a further £1 out of the two tickets, and I used this to play on but with no winnings. I probably beat the odds by winning so frequently but I did maximise my chances by swapping stores and tickets used rather than playing off the same ticket rail which would reduce the chances of winning as if you’ve just purchased a winning ticket off that rail it’s likely the next few won’t win.

Remember to only play with money you can afford to lose, www.gambleaware.co.uk do not chase winnings or victory, and I only played with a ticket I found so I won with no loss to myself, the actual odds of winning are far lower than the 3/5 winning tickets I had here, perhaps a sign lucky pennies work? Judge for yourself, I only played for entertainment purposes and the chance to win big, the odds are stacked against you.

The classic binding of isaac has had some free dlc added since the launch of rebirth that most of you may not be aware of, adding “eternal” bosses and enemies which add an ultra hardcore mode truly pushing the limits over what is possible within the java engine version of the game, you think you’ve beaten the classic? Not until you’ve mastered the eternal edition and beaten all of the eternal bosses and things truly have gone to hell.

Although eternal enemies have a white aura to them they are far from angellic, instead being the hardest version they could possibly be, double the health, faster, stronger and with more tears you will need the extra eternal hearts they drop as getting to the end alive is going to be a true challenge in itself and passing any floor undamaged on eternal mode must surely be deserving of a medal.

If you haven’t encountered the binding of isaac at this point essentially the game is a top down twin stick shooter, but with a twist where the theme of the game is a very twisted and morbid story about a child and his fears coming to life through the most horrific twisted enemies. Each room locks you in with randomly generated floors and enemies based upon the progress you have made so far, and with upgrades that blend together to make further twisted abominations of your own body and weaponry every run is truly unique and you can sink thousands of hours into the game easily without getting bored trying to get every unlock and finish the game with every character.

Floors are generated from two versions with procedurally generated layouts so although you can expect the majority of enemies to be familiar to that floor the layout and items within will never be the same, and occasionally you will be faced with rare enemies which do not belong there! Within every floor there is a golden room requiring a key which contains a free random upgrade/item to use and a shop which you can purchase something to help you on your quest to victory, sometimes there are libraries and curse rooms and even arcades which can help you on your way, or waste your time, money and health and it is that mechanic along with whether you are overpowered for a floor and want to explore everything for maximum benefits or rush to the next floor after defeating the boss which keep things interesting between runs.

Other secrets are included in the game such as devil and angel rooms as well as truly secret rooms which I will not spoil in this mini review, but I do find in my gameplay video’s. These add strategy to the use of your items and health as well as the way you play a game to try to turn a losing run into one that you could possibly win.

Check out the eternal edition of binding of isaac as this is different in some ways to the current afterbirth game, although with the binding of isaac afterbirth++ you could incorporate many of these features and even create a truly twisted version of the game as everything is modifiable within that game and you can even create your own enemies, bosses and items so definitely check that out as well.

Get the original binding of isaac eternal edition on steam now and see if you can 100% the game store.steampowered.com/app/113200

How safe is your fire alarm? You might think that pushing the test button and hearing the alarm sound confirms that the alarm functions correctly, however this may not be the case. Recently my alarm failed to function in a situation where an alarm should definitely be sounding, where having avoided an encounter with a leaping spider pouncing at me in an attack I was distracted while turning on my cooker hob while I had left plastic containers on one of the rings, having activated this incorrect ring and leaving the room this vapourized into smoke and upon returning to the room I was surprised the alarm had not functioned.

The smoke levels were significant and the heat in the kitchen high enough that any alarm should have functioned as short of there being a fire on the actual alarm burning down the house I cannot see how this alarm could not have functioned by this level of smoke.

So I wonder, are your fire alarms truly safe? Can clicking the test button really ensure that your alarm functions or could some be so poorly designed that they don’t actually detect smoke or a fire and would never sound in a situation where it would save your life, indeed my alarm did not function at a point where it would make preventing a situation which would be beyond salvage would occur and obviously I have no method of testing whether a true house fire which would require the fire brigade would actually even set off the alarm, and would not wish to push the limits by lighting my house on fire.

Could some fire alarm companies be relying on this to create inferior cheap alarms which simply look and sound the part in order to provide you with a sense of security but would never actually save your life in the event of a fire? This is a worrying discovery.

Brawlhalla is a FreeToPlay online multiplayer brawl game for steam where action takes place with up to four players fighting in frantic button mashing combat on a single screen.

There are a variety of characters each with two specialised weapons which you can collect in level making all of the characters unique as well as their individual stats as the weapons all have their own individual playstyles leading to people often specialising in one particular character.

There are daily challenges, unlocks and cosmnetics to purchase as well as the fast paced brawl action, the game is very fun and this is my playlist of gameplay video’s

Checkout brawlhalla on steam now store.steampowered.com/app/291550

With the plethora of issues I have been fighting against with the council while they tie everything in red tape and be belligerent in avoiding and delaying in every way possible in dealing with the situation they placed me in I finally have a place back in my town, so having lost the majority of my possessions through when they illegally witheld my benefits causing me to lose my home in the first place I unbox the few things I have and the items which were left in my moms attic from my childhood.

This mini-series of video’s follows my progress of sorting through the boxes through getting furniture and putting my life and home back together again to a liveable standard.

Zombie Kill Of The Week Reborn is a 2d zombie defense blaster action game where you face endless hordes of the undead with limiting conditions from being in a tiny room to a rapidly depleting ammo supply on weapons which may prove ineffective for the task at hand.

The action is very fast paced and the waves progress very quickly which is what you want in an action game for a little light relief, there are unlocks including the ability to call in AI partners to assist you in the carnage and help keep you alive one wave further along with more game modes and levels to unlock. If you fancy a blast you can also invite a friend to join you in online multiplayer to help survive the carnage together, or perhaps leave your friend to get chomped by the horde while you make your escape through the now unlockable door to get a decent weapon and make good your escape without them.

Every 10 waves or so there are boss creatures such as the yeti or the terrifying were-banker and each drop an upgrade if you are lucky enough to take them down.

Check out zombie kill of the week reborn for yourself on steam store.steampowered.com/app/342300

With the UK holding an EU referendum as to whether to exit or leave we have a look at the over eager £9.2million expenditure leaflet sent out by the conservatives and how effective it is at making your mind up as to whether to stay or whether to leave the EU at vote time.

I will note that at the time of recording the leaflet stated around 250thousand EU permanent migrants per year, however since recording this number is up above 333Thousand migrants from the EU alone from the year 2015 to the beginning of 2016. However this isn’t the true statistic on migration as around 750 thousand national insurance numbers have been issued to EU nationals during that time period alone, under the promise by the conservatives to reduce immigration below 100thousand things are clearly out of control, and up from around 40thousand per year before the conservatives came into power.

The leaflet focuses on stating how the UK has a special relationship protecting it’s borders and how we are different from other EU countries however in recent weeks daily politics and other news outlets all you ever hear is how we have to have open borders the same as the shengen area simply because we are part of europe, and it is very clear that under david cameron and the conservatives any “special relationship” held by the uk has been slowly stripped away as we become just another nation within europe as is constantly stated towards an ever closer union.

It would appear however that despite his assertions the prime minister himself is a closet brexiteer, wanting to remove the human rights act and enable a bill of rights which could strip many rights from both workers and the unemployed, which has previously been prevented by the human rights act, of course the queens speech enabled a beginning to this bill of rights, and people have stated that if this fails you there is always the human rights act to fall upon however leaving the EU this would no longer be the case, as cameron wishes this gone so if we leave we would not have these rights in our country, and there are many issues cameron wishes to pursue which are prevented by the eu for the protection of our citizens.

Being on the side of remaining serves two aspects for the conservatives, with a split bench following both sides they can claim victory regardless of the decision, with boris jhonson set to take over as prime minister should we vote to leave and still have conservative issues being pursued which are not for the best of the rest of the country, while if we remain cameron remains in charge and continues his reign of austerity, removing public services, being in control of councils proven to illegally withold benefits and delay applications in order to remain within ridiculously low budgets set by the conservatives, all the time reducing taxes for the rich where I have proven in europa documents the EU had demanded reform by the UK in the opposite direction, to reduce taxing upon the poor and increase taxing to the rich where no change had occurred for far too long. These issues along with many more were country specific recommendations towards a 2020 target set by the eu, which I refer to as europa2020. Other problems looming with europa2020 are the fact that we will never be able to repay the deficit by the deadline even with ridiculous and increasing austerity measures set by the prime minister effecting the poor in all forms whether working or looking for work, and those who can afford taxes and to reduce their luxury spending get further tax cuts which creates a truly unfair and divided nation.

Parliament petitions have passed the hundreds of thousands demanding a vote of no confidence in the conservatives however under laws passed by the conservatives themselves in their first act of coalition when elected the new law is that parliament must serve a fixed term and cannot be voted out in no confidence no matter how terrible their reign or how many electoral promises they fail to deliver upon, claiming they need a full 5 years to do things, and even if they fail after those 5 years they will blame previous administrations, even if that previous administration is themselves!

Tv interviews revolving around immigration point towards one clear aspect, whether we leave or not they state how useful to the economy european migrants are, which is under biased data as low paying jobs which would be taken by the unemployed of this country naturally born here and reduce unemployment in one fowl swoop seems to be ignored completely, and the other aspect they over dramatize is stating how we would be shutting out entrepreneurs or highly skilled workers which again isn’t the case, having a more selective process over who can live long term in the country to be a higher skill level than a basic worker would be beneficial and having taken “aptitude tests” which essentially check can you speak english, can you resolve an impossible quandary to prove you’re not an AI who explodes at a paradox (a future article), can you do basic maths, you might think well this is stupid of course anyone coming to this country and claiming benefits and looking for work can do that, I have seen too many people walk out stating they cannot speak english, hello we’re england if you’re living here to look for work that is pretty much essential skill number one, being able to speak the language.

The main thing any side would need to do in order to gain advantage would be to point out a control over immigration numbers, firstly being the leave campaign which could guarantee no more than 100,000 migrants per year as a hard limit rather than a “points based system” which could be abused and difficult to implement, while the remain campaign could promise much like the scottish referendum to leave the uk a reformed agreement with the EU to set a hard figure of 100,000 per year and regain our special status in the EU controlling the number of people coming the uk as we are not part of the shengen system, so being able to impose limits would be something which would be required and being able to negotiate these as a requirement for staying would give a great boost to the stay campaign solving the main issue of the debates without backlash and without losing the majority of the benefits of being inside the EU.

Personally I am finding it hard to decide but at present staying in the EU seems safest as the leave party will not do anything significant enough to reduce migration levels and will cause us to lose many protections and laws coming across from the eu with little to no benefit.

Since publishing jeremy corbyn made a speech to manchester highlighting many of the issues I raised and you should listen to his speech as it shows not only why we should stay in the EU and what we would lose, but also it shows why he should be the rightful leader of our country as he represents the common people, the working people, the disadvantaged and the disabled instead of the elite at the top who can afford to be taxed instead of those who cannot who face the deepest austerity measures to pay for those rich people to get tax cuts and benefit most from times of austerity. He was calm and decisive and spoke the truth without spin on the matter in a way that shows his leadership potential. I hope he gets to see a general election as he deserves to be prime minister rather than david cameron who lies and avoids questions during prime ministers question time instead goading the house and the speaker about how “nobody gets away with avoiding questions” while he does that very thing. It’s time for a straight politician who can reform the country for the good of the majority and make britain great again.

Cluster truck is a first person physics puzzle game where you have to jump from truck to truck avoiding the obstacles of the level in order to reach the goal, but it is not as simple as it seems, as a plethora of trucks all on random trajectories can create a cluster truck of a situation. You have the ability to slow down time in order to make things a little more manageable and this can also have effects upon how fast the trucks reach moving obstructions in the scenery.

The game is still in early alpha and this is where you can keep up with the footage of my gameplay through the alpha and as the game progresses to completion, even at the early stage the game is very challenging and fun, and you can see some of the modifications and mutators which will be available and are planned for implementation to add a bit of spice to the game for replayability once you have completed the main challenge of simply completing the levels.

Check out clustertruck for yourself now at www.landfallgamestudio.com/clustertruck

The gadget show live returned to the NEC for 2016 and I received tickets and decided to take an unofficial review of the event along with trying a more on the go style of recording footage.

This year there were a number of record breaking attempts along with the usual gadget show live experience, and the plethora of stalls with all of your gadgety needs available to purchase. New to this year however there was also a yogscast special event, which it was lead to believe would be through the friday ticket but turned out to require it’s own ticket so while I would have attended it seemed I was unable to as a result of the ticket type I had been provided.

There were some new games on show and available to play both in regular form as well as a variety of 3d methods ranging from simple headsets utilizing your smartphone, through a unidirectional treadmill used to traverse a van gogh experience to the advanced 3d experience of the vive which allows you to interact while moving fully around your own room. I did have a press session with esper2 booked which I will be bringing you a review of separately later.

There were some other interesting events going on around the hall with a “robot wars” clone with competition to pit the other competitors as opposed to dismembering their robots.

I felt there weren’t as many items which were featured on the show to see around the halls and it felt simply like an excuse to sell gadgets, even if it was a range of products which had been tested during john bentleys trials it would have been something more associated with the show. There were some unique things available to buy such as getting your own 3d printed model made at the show however this would really be something to know in advance so you can ensure you would look as you wish for the model whereas if you show up not ready for a model then you’re not going to wish to purchase one as they aren’t inexpensive.

Previous years had featured a chance to queue to get something signed by the gadget show crew however this year there was no such stall, as I had stated in previous years the security had been pretty terrible telling you not to queue early telling you to come back at X time then when you came back the queue was “full” so I missed out meeting the crew and getting things signed on my birthday because of that useless security guard ruining the day, so that get’s removed by removing the chance to get anything signed entirely but it also removes another step of the actual event being related to the gadget show as you would have to attend the live session in the hall with tickets to such in order to see the presenters whatsoever, while in the hall you could queue for the yogscast to meet them and have things signed it seemed more like the yogscast were the main draw for many attendees on the day I visited.

The day was enjoyable and if you wanted to attend it would be recommended that you purchase the supertheatre tickets in order to get your moneys-worth out of the experience, other previous benefits have included discounts on products for show attendees and special competitions which only attendees could participate in, there were very few of these with most stalls being full retail and offering little in special variety or discount over online purchase, but most of the stalls were things to participate in with the likes of the gaming section, and a very large creativity section encouraging youngsters to learn about engineering and creativity through paperwork, and another large section with driving experiences from learning to drive and be driven in a small circle in a tesla motor car, for a ridiculously long queue and a rather fun remote controlled vehicle race section with prizes, unfortunately I played in the session directly after the finals for that day and won my race which would have placed me in the finals to win the trophy had I been able to play and it would have been good to try out for the trophy but I played too late.

I felt something was lacking during the experience and it was hard to put my finger on exactly what was wrong, but I think there was a distinct lack of upcoming technology or anything particularly special, sure there were a lot of vr experiences but it seemed that the show had been downgraded for a much younger audience as opposed to providing a variety of products to try and buy, also looking for active noise cancelling headphones in any of the audio sections proved rather difficult and I was only able to find one pair at a ridiculously expensive price, however this provides ample ground to learn for next year’s event, to provide a wider range of products, more from the show, and perhaps a better chance to interact with the presenters on the show floor, as they would be the main draw for any attendee.

Check out the gadget show live website for more details about upcoming events www.gadgetshowlive.net

I can’t escape darkness is a first person exploration puzzle dungeon crawler, where you fall down a hole into a procedurally generated maze where your aim is to stay alive and find your way out of the darkness.

Escaping however isn’t as simple as this as not only are you surrounded by danger at every turn but you also have limited supplies, with a torch that is quickly running out of batteries and only the basics you have to explore the area to find supplies which will help keep you alive long enough to escape the dungeon. There are secrets to discover and many ways to die and fail in your attempts to escape.

The game is difficult but not unfair so it will keep you coming back for more, you could save and continue frequently to avoid the permadeath measure however this might make the game a little too easy to defeat in one run. The game is more designed for you to fail and learn why you failed and avoid dying in the same way again in order to finally find your way out of the dungeon and this is the best way to play for the most enjoyment, the save feature however is useful for if you have limited time and wish to save and continue playing the same run later without rushing in to your death when looking for all the secrets needed to escape.

The game would be ideal for virtual reality but even on an ordinary screen the mood of the darkness and the sounds which you will hear will immerse you into the horror theme of the game, and it is a very enjoyable experience.
Check out I can’t escape darkness for yourself on steam now http://store.steampowered.com/app/346090