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With the average UK household said to be wasting £60 in food every month tesco have introduced measures to cut down on their own food waste by launching a community food connection program which donates surplus food from their stores to local charities, alongside this they are introducing “perfectly imperfect” ranges to take more fruit and veg from their suppliers which wouldn’t fit the normal standards, but essentially is a replacement for the value ranges rebranded and perhaps repriced.

Of course this doesn’t reduce the fact that households waste so much food on average, instead that would come down to changing the way you shop and the way you use the food in your household, where various suggestions are made, through a leftovers tool where you can look up recipe’s to use the leftovers in your fridge rather than allowing them to go to waste, along with recipe’s at lovefoodhatewaste which has been launched to help waste less.

I received vouchers to try the perfectly imperfect fruit range with apples and pears currently available but these would change throughout the year with whatever fruit and veg they have growing which would have imperfect options, along with a voucher to try the eat fresh, keep fresh chicken range at £2.50

Perfectly Imperfect Range

The perfectly imperfect range is fruit and vegetable products which may just be off shape or a little small or large, but could have other imperfections too. It would seem they are a replacement for the tesco value range by another name, and as such varieties in the fruit and veg would vary from week to week depending on what products are available at that time to tesco to fill the range, and these would not last all year but be very seasonal, however while they’re there you can get necessary fruit and vegetable fulfillment at a reasonable price.

Finding the products proved to be rather difficult, and while staff would promise a new delivery every day if you went in 4 time in a week and a half like I did they never had a single delivery, and staff will use the go to “there’s a delivery tomorrow” without actually checking if the range is coming in or not as the products never got refilled, I ended up having to resort to talking to tesco’s twitter account to get help sourcing the product as even though deliveries were stated it never arrived either, and I got sent to another store which had some in stock, price may also seem to vary from store to store as my store stated 70p for the apples but I got them for 60p in the store I went to where they were in stock.

The range is fine, and when I worked at festivals the fruit would often be gala apples much the same as those in the perfectly imperfect range, and the conference pears look perfectly fine to me, maybe they don’t have noble shoulders but that doesn’t matter and eating them it’s simply that these fruits haven’t aged properly, there’s no pips inside, but once they’ve ripened and gone softer they taste perfectly fine, and if you’re into hard pears you’ve got them off the bat! All in all the range is perfectly fine, and the fact is other than looks you’re really going to get the same product at a cheaper rate, maybe you might have to peel the fruit and remove the imperfections if there are nips in the flesh, but that’s minor and you’re likely to get that in most instances anyway.

Eat Fresh, Keep Fresh Chicken

The “eat fresh, keep fresh” chicken range contains 300g of chicken which is more expensive than the willow farms range which is £1.89 for the same amount of chicken, the only variation is that both breasts are together in the willow farms where the tesco keep fresh range has two separate compartments, but at nearly 60p extra this probably isn’t ideal. With the 60p extra you could buy some clingfilm to wrap the second breast and this would last hundreds of packs not just one, and at nearly 25% off for exactly the same product it seems a rather wasteful range, especially if most people would cook both breasts together if they’re having a meal with a partner, and single people can store the other breast fine without it’s own vacuum sealed pack, unless they’re really silly and leave it uncovered several days straight, or even out of the fridge but that’s their own fault then and a lack of common sense in consumers doesn’t justify such expensive packaging options which is actually very wasteful in terms of product packaging.

Cooking the product itself it is an inferior chicken breast also, as it has a lot of added water. because the juices coming from the breast when cooked on the george forman grill were mostly water, having cooked a lot of meats and chicken on the grill I know the fluids that come from these and this was very watery, also when cooked the flavour was missing and it was a very disappointing product, you can definitely find chicken which hasn’t been pumped with preservatives and water as much as this for a better price, and at £8.34 a kilo you expect unmessed with chicken not something that is inflated with water to make more profits. (For reference beef brisket on the counter is £8 a kilo or you can get pork for significantly less) I just found the chicken very disappointing, and is probably the worst chicken I’ve ever had.

Another thing I would change is that the skin is removed, with such a product if the skin was left on the breast it could easily be removed if someone didn’t want it but those who like the skin it’d be nice to have it included, but if as it seems the chicken has been inflated with added water injected then it’d be a flag saying hey this is so much bigger than the skin so you can see why they’ve had to remove it, but a nice piece of crispy skin on the breast is very nice, and if the “added water” is supposed to keep it moist, that’s the job the skin would do, keeping the moist breast during cooking and leaving a very tasty crispy outer layer, and I know a lot of people don’t know just how good a salted crispy chicken skin is, it’s chicken crackling and it’s very good. (just keep an eye out some celebrity chef will eventually steal the idea when they realize how good it is)

Reduced To Clear

One way tesco reduce the amount they waste is reducing products to clear so they’re cheaper and affordable with those who cannot afford to pay full retail, the problem with this comes two-fold in some instances the shelves contain out of date products not reduced more than 25% as they wont reduce the full range, and the other major problem comes in the fact that the price reductions occur at the same time every day and in my local store there’s a group of 6 women that act like piranha’s and block the isle with their trolleys and take absolutely everything that the assistant reduces to 80% every single day (quoted by the staff at the tesco store I visited) not only do they block the isles but if you do get past to look at the reduced produce, they will try to push you out and then grab and hold every single product to hold onto and pass to the assistant so nobody else gets reduced to clear produce.

Now I’m not suggesting reducing to clear is a bad thing because there are a lot of things I would rely upon reduced in order to live, it just needs a little reform where people every single day with entire trolleys of reduced products are clearly either selling on or wasting all of that food, which goes against the food waste scheme, as if they’re taking so much home simply because it’s cheap just to waste it this isn’t good. The other problem is that some ranges such as the ready meals and meat don’t seem to get reduced and get ignored so much so that on the 6 visits I made in short succession over a few weeks trying to get the apples at various times on 3 occasions I found out of date products in the stores ( and in my own personal shopping I keep coming across out of date products in tesco not reduced below 25% and that’s why they go unsold, sure they might go to charities but people would buy them to use and not want to rely upon the charities if they got reduced enough to actually sell)

The reforms I would suggest would be not to take products off the shelf to leave unreduced or even reduced at a small ammount of 5-10%, instead starting off at 25% the night before at the same time everything is reduced 80% save a job by doing it all together. There are people who would then buy it at 25%, with at least an extra day on the range, then in the morning/noonish it could be reduced to 40-50% and then later reduced to the 80-90% savings. I can guarantee some ranges get skipped as I have even gone in an hour before the store closed and asked the staff at the reduced section if the products were getting reduced any further and they were not, and this was one of the occasions where there were out of date products on the reduced to clear, and most of the range was only 25% off which was not good, and with discounters in the area offering similar products at much cheaper than even those reduced to clear prices it becomes a hard sell for those who are price savy and shop around.

Who is to say how the reduced to clear range may change with the new system, perhaps more ranges won’t get reduced because they will be passed onto charities, but in that instance tesco really are wasting more food, sure it’s going to charities but when there are people who would buy just what they would eat without wasting it if it was reduced to a price they could afford then reform might need to be done to ensure everything gets reasonably reduced so more gets sold, because surely it’s better to sell than to simply pass the buck to charities to seem like nothing is getting wasted.

What Can You Do To Reduce Waste Yourself?

The main reform which would need to occur is with yourself when you are shopping, if you are one of those wasting anything close to £60 of food every month you might want to think about what you are buying, do you need it, will you eat it? Will it go to waste? How much have you already got in your fridge going to waste? And if you’re reduced to clear shopping don’t take the entire shelf just because it is cheap, just take a few things some treats and some essentials and only what you know wont get wasted. Be kind and polite so other shoppers can also take advantage of the reductions, and in turn you might notice there are products left for you on other days too rather than a mad rush to grab everything in a sea of piranha munching your flesh if you put your arm in the section.

Other than that if you know you have some food which will be going to waste, cook it before it goes off, freeze it, or use a recipe to use it all up and enjoy the food you’ve purchased rather than throwing your money directly into the bin.

I think I should post on here more, even if my camcorder is playing up and wont charge unless you mess with the socket for hours and get lucky for it to connect, and even then connecting it to the pc to transfer files off it make it rather difficult, add to that the fact that sometimes when it is charged it’ll make a whine that increases in pitch much like science fiction films when something is overloading and about ot explode by simply turning it on.

There are a few game reviews I have recorded and edited but haven’t gotten around to writing the articles for, and some more which I need to edit together and I have been putting things off a lot, a lot of things have been getting me down and I’ve spent a little time off from this just so there wasn’t so much to cope with, but I will be getting back to this, and probably should write more even though I can’t get video’s out on the camcorder I shouldn’t let that hold me back and neglect the site entirely, reviews did take a back end simply because I didn’t want to write while feeling really down because in the past I’ve done that and it’s never been good and I want to write good well composed and considered reviews, there are also a few gameplay series I started and in the past I’ve posted links to the lets play series while writing a review of sorts around it, and I don’t want to put up lets play series in the place of reviews where I should be putting the edited and composed reviews with an associate video and I don’t know how to go about posting lets play series as well (new games haven’t even been playlisted yet, but I wonder should I add playlists on games where I’m doing that on the bottom of the review and the let’s highgight at the top?

At least I have the newer system up and running even if it’s on a poopy 3.6ghz quad where it should’ve been 4.2ghz quad, I’ll upgrade it another time and make do for now simply because there’s too much to get on with to not let people down.

So there will at least be an othello review soon only needing writing, others need editing and sorting out more, along with some unused camcorder footage I might make into articles and blogs, I’ve also got some cooking footage for wackykitchen I haven’t touched as that’s on the back end and another thing I’ve put off.

The main thing I really need to do is elevate my mood and get my health back in order, and having to spend 35 hours per week jobsearching and also go to interviews and be let down constantly doesn’t help with that or having free time, but I am going to make more of an effort to get things up to date here, add to that still battling the council for compensation for ruining 5 years of my life which is not only time consuming but also drags me back down emotionally having to dredge up all of that stuff over and over and over because they constantly delay and request the same facts over repeatedly.

Should I post more with written only articles? I know this is web 2.0 so adding associated videos is better but I know there’s a lot of people who just read and don’t watch so I guess it wouldn’t be so bad to simply post, and it’s better than doing nothing.

I should probably rejig the site too and change up some things, add some computer specs and make subscribe buttons easy and noticeable etc with social media links, but that’s a more labour intensive situation and there’s a lot of other things which would take priority over that.

There is gameplay going up on the lets play channel with new content and games, I just have a lot to review on top of that and keeping up with gameplay rather than reviewing perhaps isn’t what I should be doing.

The following video chronciles my unboxing of what I expect to be as described a 4.2ghz quad core processor pc, and how I get triggered as the seller gets around the promised refund by scamming me for a triple.

So I had been having some issues with my current pc as technology progressed, the main two being that I couldn’t upgrade the ram on my current system and the graphics card at 1gb only reached opengl 3.1 equivalent where more and more games required 3.3 minimum despite being within specifications so I decided if I’m going to upgrade I might as well do it properly, freeing up my other pc to be able to switch between both while one is doing intensive actions like processing or even when uploading to sites which require full persistent use of the system otherwise it cancels and causes problems. So when I found this system for a reasonable price I was happy, and being able to get an 8gb graphics card to go with it made this a really good upgrade which should last for a while.

Of course when first booting up the system I was shocked to discover it was in fact only 3.1ghz quad core (although it says something about 10 when booted up the bios confirms it’s quad) The seller agreed instantly to the refund request, so perhaps you’re thinking at this stage things are fine, of course the seller starts saying how he’ll take it back severely and dangerously overclock the processor to 4.2ghz, such a large leap would burn out the computer in no time and not be good especially with playing intensive games while recording as I planned, this would not be a safe system. So I refused and wanted my refund, still not coming I suggested very specifically a 4.1ghz a10 7890k processor would be ideal as a replacment as it is the closest to 4.2ghz I could find compatible with the system, unsure if it was fm2+ though as I needed that for the graphics card I had also purchased to be able to work.

The seller replies yes we can do that for £50 extra, great you would think I didn’t mind paying an additional £50 to avoid having to do this entire process again and just to get it over with, I would get my 4.1ghz quad core processor and everything would be fine right? Wrong, the seller delays in sending the processor to the point I have to ask where the processor is, before I get a response in my inbox within 10 minutes of each other (I really should’ve added this into the video) the seller has contacted ebay from it being a refund to it instantly being closed, then the seller informs me that because of the delays instead of the a10 7890k processor we agreed upon he would “UPGRADE” to an a10 7860k which is in fact a downgrade at only 3.6ghz quad core, and oh here’s a tracking number which when you enter into royal mail comes up as non existent, so triple scammed.

The seller knows we agreed upon the 7890k I did make another suggestion for a 3.9ghz quad core processor but we agreed upon the 7890k, so to be informed he would send another where he specifically closed the return first before stating the processor would be a different processor was very scumbag behavior. At this point I had been completely triggered, already severely depressed and ill over the situation taking forever and feeling like I’m letting down developers I have made promises to on the assumption this pc would arrive correct I had planned to get some good review on games that would only run on this system, whilst also taking on additional load of smaller games I could do on the old system while things render and upload, of course getting ripped off and scammed has spiraled me into depression so next to nothing has been done other than publishing already uploaded video’s

Being very triggered, angry and depressed I decided it was appropriate to post negative feedback at this point, he had closed my refund somehow in an instant whilst scamming me additionally knowing that not only did my payment mention the specific processor but we had agreed on a specific processor which would put things right and a price for this, where he could’ve named any price and it would be up to me to accept or refuse and continue the refund, the scammer decided he wanted to go for that elusive triple and oh baby a triple did he get.

So I posted my feedback, stating how it was only 3.1ghz not 4.2 as advertised, how the seller promised an a10 7890k for £50 extra but states he’s sending a10 7860k (which I doubt because of the fake tracking, he’s simply fished for agreement words to get the refund closed and keep his scammed funds.)

I’ve tried messaging ebay but ebay are on the scammer’s side, so you cannot trust ebay, oh and my feedback which was correct and showed exactly what happened in the entire process, yeah ebay removed that too instantly for the scammer, so how on earth can you trust any ebay feedback scores if scam artists can do whatever they want to get feedback which is correct and appropriate warning other buyers of exactly what happened removed in an instant? And I will note there are other negative comments besides those I have shown that I saw before which seem to have since been removed by ebay also, so somehow this scammer is getting away with constantly scamming people and getting negative feedback removed which shows the true extent of how much this ebay user scams people

Oh and don’t think they’re just on ebay, a little research shows they have their own website and also do sell as a third party on amazon, so beware what you buy, you cannot trust the item descriptions and you have no protection from ebay when you get scammed, especially when the scammer triple scams you and rips you off additional funds deliberately making the entire situation a mess avoiding sending the very specific processor agreed upon for an agreed price which would have fixed the entire situation, the scammer had to go that extra step to extort extra funds and make this even messier, how hard would it to have simply sent the processor we agreed upon, or got a correct price for whatever they needed to get that processor? I wanted a very specific processor and the scammer could not resist that extra level of scamming.

Users like that need to be banned forever from ebay.

I ordered a new pc off ebay to get around the issues I’ve been having with ram difficulties with some more recent games and decided if I’m going to upgrade I might as well do it completely and get a really reasonable rig for the best price I can find, well I did get a reasonable one but it didn’t come at the specifications it was listed as on ebay, moral of the story is that you should never buy off ebay as this and my last pc both had problems with not being as described… Well you can but expect things to not be as described and have to get around those issues, and my way around this was to pay an extra £50 to get the processor of the standard I expected and not a downgrade but still get a reasonable upgraded rig, which I will do another post on later.

I haven’t got as many updates and articles out as I would have liked, I had intended for this new pc to arrive and make life a lot easier with being able to do other things on the other rig while edited video’s render on this one and vice versa without having to worry about lack of memory issues preventing rendering and causing problems (as 4gb just isn’t enough these days) and it doesn’t help that my camcorder died and has been buggy since I managed to partially revive it (sounding like it’s going to explode with a high pitched whine growing in intensity by the second when you turn it on is not fun, and the troubles connecting it to the pc makes me avoid using it. I will post a review of the camcorder finally at some point too, show how that wasn’t as simple as record and upload as the stupid thing records in mono and very quiet so I need to use the samson microphone separately to record a stereo track and edit this onto the track and then process and render which creates additional problems and editing time.

Anyway with this update I hope to add more content soon, I have a number of reviews I’m working on which on the old pc are of a lower quality than I can provide on the new pc, as I could ideally use full graphical settings on the new system while recording without having input lag or other issues, and hopefully OBS will actually record at 60fps and not need processing as camtasia does reduce everything to 30fps only in output.

I have also been thinking about redesigning the site in some form as it is a little outdated, it has the word blurb I thought was clever when the site started out as simply written articles, and since expanding into video’s I feel maybe I should make things a little more colourful and include pictures of myself even though I don’t feel very photogenic at present and need to get back into shape. But I do feel maybe I should have better more obvious social links on the site and have a nicer looking banner that isn’t word spaghetti, as most people don’t get the joke just as they don’t seem to get the hand drawn logo, but it is good to see some bigger youtubers appreciate the anti troll terrible pun because you can’t please them anyway as pewdiepie has his hand drawn intro and ssohpkc has the hand drawn bioshock thumbnail, and the point is you can never please them anyway and even if you make it look reasonable they say it’s shit so why not make it as shit as you can!

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Thanks for your support and if there is something in particular you are looking for more of do let me know, or any particular games or content you’d like me to make I welcome suggestions, I do have some upcoming things I have put off as they need the new system including syndrome which has just been released and the embargo has now passed and I want to play on the better system, clustertruck without any input lag so I wont flop about like a fish, D4 as hopefully it’ll actually work on the new system even though it should on this one lol! Soul axiom as I really like wales interactive and I’ve been looking forward to getting on with that. Along with many more reviews and other indie games I’ve got in the line as well as finishing off the existing series’

Stay tuned very soon for some steam based board games which I have also got under review and are being uploaded very soon.

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Woven is a story driven point and click adventure game around a metalic flying creature which finds itself thrown into a woolen world where there is an immediate bond of friendship with stuffy, a toy elephant of sorts and the two of you set out exploring the world and meeting new creatures and finding new colour patterns along the way.

Narrated much in the style of dr seuss the quest is narrated along the way, with rhymes of the chronicles unfold while you play. Yes that was intentional, so you can see what I mean with the rhyming and it is definitely intended for a younger audience and it is nice to see a friendly colourful world to explore and a good setting for a game for children as most of the games you see released these days tend to be much more adult and action packed where this is definitely an adventure for the younger audience, and a good way to play and learn with each animal part having it’s own skillset to solve mild puzzles in order to progress and based on a disneyesque theme with mild danger and dark elements not too scary for a younger player but enough to add a motion of tension and excitement to exploring the colourful world.

The game is still in kickstarter phase and as a result not fully developed, but essentially as it stands the story revolves around discovering why the metal creatures are invading the woolen lands and what this might ultimately hold for our two characters each with their own skill sets and learnable abilities.

There is a demo available on the kickstarter page and there isn’t long left, I was hoping to have my better pc in time to get better footage but there were problems and that had to be sent back, but check out the page there for updates and more information about the goals and what you can get for your funding of the project.

I think it’s nice to see something aimed at the younger market in modern times and would be an ideal game for a younger child as a first game perhaps, learning about animals as well as being entertaining but hopefully not too scary, saying that disney/pixar movies themselves these days have scarier concepts at times so this should be no more of a worry than any of those.

Support the kickstarter for woven at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1355836783/woven-solve-puzzles-by-reknitting-your-character

I was sent a voucher for tesco meat products in order to put up my opinion’s of selected by tesco wine’s but I didn’t receive any discount off the wine perhaps for a variety of reasons, partially from the government changes which have been implemented to “prevent” cheap alcohol being sold, which far from preventing drinking problems just makes alcohol more expensive in the lower quality end of the market and those with drinking problems will still have those issues and spend whatever the cost to maintain the habit. So as always www.drinkaware.co.uk and stay responsible.

In store you wouldn’t get a lot of the information put in the campaign with food suggestions and pairings or any highlight on the selected by tesco wines, and regardless of the sales and promotional side perhaps if the wine section selected food pairings (as part of the responsible theme being portrayed of enjoying with a meal) on the shelves along the wine this might encourage people to try the suggested accompaniments, however in store you would not know anything special about the new range as they are hard to spot on the shelves and hard to spot on the bottles, supposedly to make pricing easier despite clearly not being the case shelf wide as other wines remain on promotion and with money off so only the selected by tesco range of usually cheaper wines avoids being put on further promotion and I do question heavily the true nature of the change.

The selected by tesco labeling is rather well hidden on the wine, not highlighted and easily spotted, and amongst other wines on the shelves it can be hard to find the particular bottles in the range, and the price variation is definitely not any different to existing products, so claims it is perhaps somewhere between full retail and discounted for convenience all year round seems incorrect as it is simply full retail all year and never discounted ever again while more expensive wines may be discounted to this price range and give a better quality of wine.

Something else you wouldn’t know by simply purchasing off the shelf is that all the wines are taste tested and selected by the master of wines james davis, however tasting the £4 merlot I purchased heavy in tannin and very inferior it is hard to see how this was “specially selected” amongst merlot’s to be sold on the shelf as the best tesco could offer and specifically selected by tesco to be sold for around £4 when I have tasted much better merlot’s for £4 with no tannin ready to drink and of a good quality.

The recommendations listed in this campaign for a sunday roast are a rioja reserva at £6.50 for red meat and an australian chardonnay for £3.95 for chicken, which may have been reasonable suggestions however with my own studies of wines and spirits with an intermediate WSET wine tasting certification which involved tasting a lot of wines and champagnes both high end and low I can safely identify the qualities of wines as well as know what foods to pair with which wines and I would always recommend a merlot with red meat dishes, whether a roast or a steak even though a rioja is adept and as a reserva and knowing the quality of their merlot perhaps it was a better suggestion out of the two wines, but going in blind I would’ve found a better merlot if I was tesco’s master of wines!

So not receiving a discount on the wine I chose a £5 meat voucher out of the choices, and cooked up a roast dinner with a tesco counter brisket and the making of this will be over at wackykitchen.co.uk The other choices were tesco cheeses, where the wine recommended is a bordeux superior again no mention of this on the shelves near the wine nor the cheese selection. The tesco party food selection suggests an australian shiraz £3.95, and a rose zinfandel £4.50

The blurb that prices are being simplified rather than half price promotions seems a little stale when prices vary so much ranging from £3.95, £4 products to £4.50 £6 etc etc so rather than being simplified it seems that all the wines tend to have their own prices and do not pertain to the quality of the wine, as you will be getting a cheap tasting wine, in the case of the merlot at the very least as this was definitely a bottom of the range wine that needed perhaps another year or two aging to remove the tannin and to open up the flavours as it was very bitter and hard to identify any flavours behind the tannin, perhaps if this was decanted for a week it would be drinkable but freshly opened it lacked the quality I expected for something seemingly “selected” especially for tesco by wine tasting experts, which again you could get a £6-8 merlot often discounted to £4 of significantly better quality than this, there seems to be no noticeable saving and simplification, instead this is a fully retailed £4 wine which really should be discounted to possibly £2.50 to be of any noticeable value and my recommendation would be to look for the wine discounted to £4 from a higher price which will be the good quality ready to drink merlot with good flavour.

It does state that perhaps the selected by tesco wine range will make it easier to make your selection and this may be the case, that you avoid the selected by tesco range and look for a better quality wine discounted, as often the discounted merlot which is reduced to £4 will be noticeably better than the full retail merlot of £4.

The meat counter brisket however was good quality and definitely recommended, I just wish the wine was as the quality is stated to be and not the tannin filled disappointment it turned out to be as anyone unfamiliar with merlot would buy this once taste it and think never again simply because this was released far too soon and utterly bitter with tannin.

Human Fall Flat is a physics based puzzler in which you take control of bob, a morph like character who you can paint to any theme or meme you desire as you explore the 8 dreamscapes of the game. Obvious similarities have to be noted to gang beasts and your character as the control and shape of the main character are obvious however where gang beasts is a multiplayer adversarial brawl in human fall flat the objective is to make your way to the emergency exit through any means at your disposal, and while there are obvious laid out paths with a little human ingenuity there are a plethora of intended and unintentional ways to progress through the game.

Since the alpha two extra levels have been added along with an expansion on the castle level along with additional plans to add steam workshop functionality which could lead to unlimited dreamscapes and puzzles as well as the possibility to create your own scenario’s, even without this though the main game itself will take around 6-7 hours in a single playthrough so if you go through a few times having fun experimenting and exploring the different area’s and ways to solve the puzzles there is a lot of replayability in the game, and if you have the capability there is local co-op as you can take control of an extra bob along with a friend which adds even more ways in which you could get around the obstacles that stand before you.

Each dreamscape has it’s own theme both in the level design and the methodology in which you can solve the puzzles, with simple box and button puzzles, manipulation of platforms, levers and switches along with brick walls to knock down! and even electronically themed levels with batteries and vehicles to drive. The range of items and solutions also means that steam workshop compatibility will allow for any creative idea to be realized due to the diverse range of puzzle items available for use in the gameworld with little difficulty.

If you want to create your own bob however this can be a time consuming process depending on how clean you want the final look to be as lining up paint jobs without accidentally painting on another surface can be a little difficult, and if you don’t have a good webcam, especially if you try to use an android cam service putting your own face on bob might not be as ideal as if they had the ability to simply upload a photo and resize this to fit bob’s face, but with a little human determination you can make this work, my personal second bob did take 2 hours to get right and still didn’t match what I would have liked for facial clarity!

Other features include adventure mode upon completion of a level however this is currently not as intended as bob will be unconscious on the floor while you move the camera around which doesn’t allow you to make mini-sodes much like on the remote control’s as bob lays sleeping on the job rather than moving with a dynamic camera and not even attempting to spawn a second character fixes this issue at present, but the developer is still working on some features and there may be more that happen in the future that aren’t available at the time of release of this review, but without all of these the game is a very fun game, even in a second playthrough finding new things and still enjoying traversing the levels again I can definitely recommend a purchase especially if you like what you see as there is a lot more fun in playing the game than simply watching someone else play.

Get Human Fall Flat on steam now at http://store.steampowered.com/app/477160 with a launch retail price of £12

I purchased through amazon some items including some thomson noise cancelling HED 2303 headphones and even though I selected free delivery it seems that my package was taped within amazon prime tape, perhaps this was just to advertise prime but I hope not to charge me for expensive prime services I did not want and would not use. The reason I splashed out on a purchase was a variety of reasons one being that I had been needing noise cancelling headphones for a while with my computer graphics card giving off ridiculously loud noise and they were definitely needed.

The headphones themselves were reduced from £70 to around £30 and amazon does tend to have fluctuating pricing so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on things see if you can find the product you want at a better price, and at these prices you do get free amazon delivery. This along with the fact that I had some credit from old surveys I had completed unspent needing to be used meant that I decided to splash out on a few things.

How Comfortable Are The Headphones?

The headphones do have softened ear pads and an adjustable strap on the top so you can resize to fit your head for the most part however the ear cups do seem to be a little small to contain your ear within the padded area, and so you have the pads pushing onto your ears which can be a little uncomfortable for long periods of use. If you have smaller ears or different shaped ears you might find things more comfortable but the tips of my ears which are a little more pointy do get sore wearing these for long periods as the pressure focuses down on this area.

How Effective Is The Noise Cancelling

The noise cancelling is probably the main reason you would want to buy a pair of headphones like this and with the retail price noted around £70 you expect it to be rather effective, and having tried noise cancelling headphones at shows like the gadget show in the past of a more expensive standard I had a baseline to compare to even though they were out in the open cancelling background ambient conversation noise rather than close by noisy repetitive fan whine.

This being said the fan the fan can still be heard over the noise isolation of the insulated cups, and there is a noticeable reduction of fan noise with the noise cancelling feature turned on as well as some noticeable audio noise which perhaps is a feature of noise cancelling where I may have gained tinnitus from the fan alone and as a result I am hearing the counter noise through the headphones, or perhaps the microphone just might be poorly calibrated at noise cancelling and is making additional noise in a separate frequency. Overall I feel there is some noise reduction but not to the level and standard I really expected for such an expensive set of headphones, as you do have to take things at their retail price and not the reduced price you might have purchased a product for.

How Is The Sound Quality?

With the noise reduction feature on the sound is as expected and clear as I have come to expect from headphones, however with the noise cancelling off as this amplifies the treble and muffles the base while switched on slightly due to the construction it could be how I have become use to headphones, if you prefer bass heavy headphones noise cancelling will reduce this and you’d prefer it switched off, however I prefer the sound with the amplified treble and lower bass so when the batteries run out switching it to noise isolating alone does sound a little unusual.

So What Are My Overall Thoughts?

The headphones do state that they should manually switch from noise cancelling to isolating when the batteries run out however as the batteries run lower and lower the volume becomes minuscule so you cannot hear anything and you are forced to switch manually from noise cancelling and even if you force it by switching up the volume again and again eventually you get very distorted sounds before finally the batteries run dry and you still have to manually switch off noise cancelling to hear anything, however the batteries do last a reasonable amount of time, using 900mAh Ni-MH (nickel metal hydride) rechargeable batteries the noise cancelling under heavy use would last at least 50 hours of constant use before needing a recharge or battery swap, perhaps longer if you force turning your volume up.

Are they worth the retail price, possibly not I would suggest to look for sale’s as at £70 it is a large commitment even with noise cancelling, but at around £20-30 then these are a reasonable purchase and only because of the added value of the noise cancelling, perhaps if the earphones were a little more comfortable for all ear types and the folding feature actually did anything rather than be pointless the cost might be higher but these might as well be generically shaped headphones you could get for £10-15. The fact that the product comes with a separate cable does add a little to the value as it means if you break the cable you don’t have to replace the entire headset which is good, however I have dropped these off my desk once and it did leave the sound a little strange for a few days, and the adjustable ear pieces if swiveled too far in one direction even though they are designed to swivel more to adjust to your head shape can knock off the noise cancelling feature perhaps due to a loose wire or something getting caught which is disappointing.

However if you need a set of noise cancelling headphones these are the cheapest I could find at the moment and that is a good thing as they tend to be a lot more expensive, sure the noise cancelling isn’t as good as I hoped but there’s no guarantee’s that more expensive noise cancelling would do any better as I can’t test them with my computer fan either.

Don’t confuse “noise cancelling” with “noise isolating” which often get’s branded as noise cancelling, this is active noise cancellation technology and you will struggle to find another pair cheap at this time, perhaps this is the herald of cheaper active noise cancellation technology but for now if you’re not willing to wait a few years for prices to come down this is the best you will find at a very affordable price!

What About The Whiteboard?

I did get an “add on” item from amazon, something you have to buy other products of a minimum price to get, with toothpaste and a whiteboard, the whiteboard would normally be £15 but I got it for under £3, and it’s only really worth the price I paid for it, sure it come’s with a pen which magnetises to the board, 2 magnets and hanging strips but the whiteboard is a little flimsy quality seperated in half from the corkboard and looks like it could fall out or break off easily, which could be fixed no problem with something perhaps gluing the whiteboard down so it doesn’t flim flam around or if the corkboard simply was seperated with a little plastic divider so the whiteboard was held down, but this looks like a corkboard with a flimsy bit of whiteboard plastic attached inside it cheaply and it wouldn’tve taken much to make the quality better to justify the retail price, however at under £3 it wasn’t a bad purchase but would require you to buy other things on amazon to meet the £15 criteria and also to qualify for the free shipping.

Life is strange episode 5 Polarized has been out for a while now and did polarize people in many ways with some hating the whole series as a result of how the game ended and some still loving the overall theme despite how it ended, however many seem to have missed the possible explanations for why and how things have gone as crazy as they did in the final episode through the natural plot progression.

This review will contain heavy spoilers so I would advise simply buying the game and checking it out for yourself if you wish to avoid these spoilers, however if you have played and completed the game or don’t mind spoilers feel free to read on, in the meantime you can find the game at http://store.steampowered.com/sub/56692/

Episode 5 begins in a natural position captured by jefferson waking up from being drugged at the end of the last episode and attempting escape, it is worth noting how jefferson establishes that max has this way of staring blankly into space as though daydreaming perhaps as she always has and how under his drugged state allows her to fall into her daydreams feeling them to be real, and how the entire game has been max’s way of escaping what has really happened to her. There are many points in this episode where she “escapes” the dark room by focusing on photo’s to enter their timeline and enact changes allowing her to escape, however in a drug induced state these could easily be explained away as a daydream especially as in every instance within the game no matter what she ends up back in the dark room with jefferson even when reality had no way to establish her ending up there poorly explained as jefferson burning her photo album, however this was in a halted timeline so having escaped and not been his victim this should never have occurred unless she never escaped the room other than in her mind.

Max does initially manage to escape to a perfect possible reality in which she has won the everyday heroes competition, where the other entries in the gallery are more heroic themed photo’s like firefighter’s, people training for running, pets etc, however max’s wall of selfies somehow wins the competition perhaps simply for being award winning jefferson’s prize student, or as it is max’s delusion of true happiness of course she won the competition, however a nosebleed quickly reminds her that arcadia bay is doomed and she cannot stay in this reality. These nosebleeds continue in the darkroom with jefferson noting how it must be a result of using too high a dosage of the drugs to incapacitate her and leave her malleable. Don’t forget that in previous episodes in the rewind you can hear voices stating to “stay with me max” as though she is dying and attempted to be coaxed back to life.

To save chloe once more she rips up her prize winning photo, which she had always ripped up in the original timeline before “altering” thing’s with her powers in order to save chloe’s life in the first place, her childhood best friend who she had not had a chance to reconnect with since returning to town, who’s death in the original place may have lead her to investigate the situation in a similar manner to the main game plot but on her own and to investigate why nathan shot her and the unraveling plot from there leading to her inevitable kidnap by jefferson for snooping.

So why do I believe she is still in the dark room and always has been? There have been far too frequent opportunities throughout the entire game to “sit” at every opportunity as though it is a common theme that you’re always sat down in thought, and while jefferson was photographing you he kept the dose rather low, but at this scene just prior to “escaping” he notes how it will be the final time she will have to listen to one of his lectures knowing it will be the last time she is conscious and alive. It is at this point when she has the needle to her neck that miraculously she is saved by chloe’s stepdad cop, and being heavily induced by the sudden drug overdose she enters the storm itself attempting to save the residents of arcadia bay on the way to the diner to see warren in order to be able to save chloe, however altering the timeline on this occasion doesn’t result in escape or reality forming to her will instead she awakes back in the classroom again, with jefferson wanting her to say how chloe deserved to die, how her selfies are shit etc and max’s subconscious states how she doesn’t want to say any of the options provided however her drug induced compliant state means she has to make one of those options before she can leave the classroom which itself has reminders that max is in fact “dead” already, and after getting out of the classroom she enters the corridors of her dorm (and perhaps symbolic of her mind and memories) with kate talking like jefferson’s puppet stating how max was responsible for her death and everything that happened to her as though he is roleplaying her or saying these things to her on the floor as she slips away as jefferson had liked kate as his new muse and felt max’s interfering prevented him taking it further.

After a few crazy corridors with the facts of rachel, haunted memories of victoria and her own life and time’s flashing through as selfies on the wall the drugs overdose really starts to kick in with time flowing backwards while max moves forwards and everything being woozy before everything goes dark and she’s hiding from a plethora of jefferson’s coming to hunt her down and take her back to the dark room, now unfortunately she follows the symbolism that escaping the light is staying alive, perhaps as he flashes a flashlight across her eyes checking if she’s alive or even the possibility that someone has discovered her body perhaps on the side of the road where she begin’s the game attempting to revive her, but rather than go into the light and awake she hides from everyone and everything following the road to the lighthouse at the end of the tunnel, which if she was actually going into the light could be considered holding onto life but she does avoid it at every turn sticking to the dark. There is an optional bottle hunting mission here which can even be accidentally skipped without realizing, perhaps symbolic of your own torture trying to find that fifth bottle in the first place! However you once again return to the familiar seated position, where if you escaped and examined your chair you will note max “still feels the bind’s” as though she never escaped and was still tied up in that chair in that dark room.

Reality begins to unravel further as the drugs take further hold, as you find yourself escaping reality within the snowglobe sat on chloe’s mantelpiece seeing yourself perform the actions you had made in the past, although knocking off the snowglobe and shattering it would have been a fitting snap from this scene transition to the next it’s not essential as max passes onto a room trying to find the combination from a million possibilities carved into the walls. If you find the combination it leads to a diner filled with all of the people significant to max with an etheric reality outside of the diner filled with all of the other meaningless souls which may have passed.

The diner is a mirror of symbolism for judgement in death, filled with all the people you’ve helped in life and those you’ve wronged to sit in judgement over your eternal soul, and you can hear the voices echo out to you some questioning why you didn’t help them and others thanking you for saving them or helping them resolve issues in their life which leads me to wonder whether there might have been a perfect possible ending to the game hidden away in which you help absolutely everyone there and turn all of the voices positive and perhaps allowing you to leave the diner and escape back into the room and take down jefferson once and for all with him being in shock at you surviving the overdose. However instead you talk to yourself the only true judge over your soul as to whether you are deemed worthy of heaven or deserve eternal damnation in hell, this perhaps is mirrored in your actual decision at the end of the game as you move on from the diner to watch the last moments with chloe you shared flash by as though your life was flashing by in the last moments before death, heading into the lighthouse at the end of the road, of course you return to a reality within the storm with chloe to face the final decision as to who to save.

The end choice here is rather a silly one and does render the entire game pointless as regardless of who you saved and what you did in the game everything is the same if you choose to save arcadia bay, you get the happy ending with everyone alive and happy, even kate regardless of whether you saved her or not. This does fly by in a flash though, with flashes of photographs quickly explaining how jefferson was taken down somehow by simply not saving chloe this resulted in him being arrested and kate never jumping! Ending on chloe’s funeral without a word being uttered as life fades away, and focusing on max’s face looking into the light perhaps happy fading away to heaven, whereas if you choose to save chloe you have doomed arcadia bay and everyone in it to utter destruction and you know that no matter what you will always be fighting to save chloe over and over never learning from your mistake as the world and universe continues to rain down destruction wherever you go hurting the lives of everyone around you and destroying the entire world for the sake of one life who never should’ve lived, truly creating hell on earth and always being in danger and with something to lose which you would always have to protect.

I do feel the ending could have gone better but if it is explained as either passing away peacefully or continuing to defy the reality of the situation as the drugs rage through your system to an inevitable painful death the crazyness at the end can be explained away, and this is the only way it leaves room for a sequel season, as if you are max again following on with the time travel abilities she knows she can’t change anything for fear of causing catastrophe’s or she fights on in a universe falling apart keeping chloe alive and neither would make a good game, however a narrative where jefferson (or someone else) has kidnapped a new victim knowing or not knowing they were kidnapped and drugged trying to come to terms with it (perhaps realizing later and actually having a chance to escape depending upon the choices made and the information gathered) could make for a good second season, and jefferson noted himself he wanted to kidnap kate again, so perhaps season 2 could focus on kate having been retaken by jefferson trying to figure out what is going on and using time travel abilities to gather the facts and attempt to wake up and escape from her inevitable fate. This would make a compelling second season and allow for different narratives and timelines and different effects and influences, as max was influenced by the stormy weather for her dreams perhaps kate or whoever is the new victim would have other thing’s going on around their delusional state.

Those who have played season 1 would also for the most part be unaware of what was going on as they took the time travel ability for granted and didn’t question the possible natures of realities within the game, so a reveal that she is kidnapped later would be a good twist to the plot and this allows for a narrative world to be established without having to be fully influenced by the factors of the first game as for the most part it was all in the delusional state of max’s mind as she slipped away inside jefferson’s dark room. If the victim was kate obviously thing’s could take on a more biblical front as she is very religious and takes influence from her experiences and thought processes, and the game could even begin with her in the hospital recovering and perhaps believing she has been granted these powers by god to change things for the better and that her life was spared for this very purpose.

Of course I am expanding and theorizing heavily on what could be coming for season two as nothing is known but simply following max would not make a compelling game it does need to be a new protagonist and with a reasonable explanation for what is happening, and in my opinion max dying in that dark room from that final overdose is the only thing that explains why the walls of reality collapse as much as they do, and the symbology used within the game at the end fits the theme’s of dying and the end of life far too well for there to be any other explanation. Go play life is strange for yourself and explore the game and experience the plot and the emotions as that is the point of a narrative game such as this, and make up your own mind as to what is going on.

The full season of life is strange is available on steam at http://store.steampowered.com/sub/56692/

A long awaited update explaining why I haven’t posted here in so long, firstly I have been moving house and sorting everything out from getting services connected and getting the essentials and furniture together have taken some time with having to be productive and look for work along with cooking, eating etc so things here took a bit of a back seat especially after getting combo’d by the brexit depression and massive rise in interviews I suddenly received after brexit (brexit at work and employers needing british workers?) but this did lead to a massive drain feeling terrible from both waking up very early for the interviews and the creeping mould in the flat effecting my health, and no way to clean clothes effectively still waiting on a washing machine promised to be delivered, but now I can at least clean clothes properly and managing my time better I can get back into thing here.

So there are a number of projects I need to catch up on, some being less urgent like updating channel trailers and more creative projects, but some like catching up on reviews and well edited review highlight video’s I really should have done by now rather than waylaying with let’s play series of the games with a reasonably written but rushed article for the site being pushed out. Having more time now and having recorded a reasonable backlog of gameplay video’s I can get back onto getting these reviews put together decently and to a standard I feel happy with, as well as producing the lost footage of EGX where everything was so dark at the show I wasn’t happy with the quality to publish, so have spent many cycles editing and adapting the footage to make something worthy of publish and we’re getting close to being able to do that.

Of course there are shows upcoming like I58 and this seasons EGX which I really should have applied to but feeling down I stupidly didn’t apply to stuff which could have raised my mood and been things to look forward to because I didn’t want the burden of heavy editing, especially having fallen behind with the one EGX video, but I can get that together and maybe at least an article for this year’s EGX even though I’m not going as a way to make up for that, and there are many other articles I really should have been doing too with press releases I have been receiving, however not being one to simply copy and paste these I would have to write them in my own manner and do associated video’s to feel happy in myself making them (unlike some places who simply copy and paste releases without even reading them) and perhaps even get some teasers for shows and events coming up in the hopes of getting press admission as I really should try to get back into doing that effectively and not let complications in life get to me.

So this is a beginning of content returning and being done properly once more not rushed out, yes I took some time out to be able to get things together after moving but from here forward I should be able to get things out in a manner and quality I feel happy with, decently edited when it comes to reviews and with suitably considered and written articles with my twist on any improvements and highlights I feel noteworthy.

I always welcome any contact through the correct channels, so feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions for video’s or want me to review something for you.