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Live streaming of gameplay is getting more popular with people preferring to interact with content creators live during the creation process, as a result I have taken up to doing some live streams, obviousely in my current situation it isn’t the easiest to record as standard let alone find time for regular streams, however I do plan on doing some streams in particular when I fancy playing a game but not actually doing any recording, these will be surprise unannounced livestreams without the mic attached. The mic won’t be attached because you’ll here crashing and banging from pests that prevent me from recording at all hours, but I will be able to possibly read chat, and if I get enough followers who actively watch then I will be more interactive and find things to do with viewers.

So head over to twitch and click the follow button below the video frame in order to be informed of any livestreams as they are broadcast, as I will not announce most on twitter or in any other form and simply broadcast wether people come or not as I play.

Streams are also available on this site at directly on this site, through twitch, with chat and the video available.

I know I don’t usually ask for subs or follows or the like, but if you want to watch the content and in particular be informed of unannounced livestreams it is the only way to do so without sitting on the site all day hopeing that I begin a random unannounced stream.

Frozen synapse is one of the games I recommend through steam curators, it is a turn based strategy game played entirely online.

With different game modes from extermination of the other team, to hostage rescue, capture the flag and even a “how far do you think you can run accross the course before being eliminated” challenge there is quite a lot of gameplay on offer from this seemingly simple strategy game.

Play is formed accross usually 8 rounds, with planning phases for both teams and then the excecution is calculated online and shown before the next round of planning to hopefully lead to an outcome of victory for your own team.

There is a single player campaign but this isn’t the main draw of this game, and really you should see it for yourself to know if this is for you or not. Watch the video and make judgements for yourselves.

I definately recommend it and have got many hours of enjoyment from the game.

With mixed reviews from critics and viewers I decided to give my opinions on the latest season of doctor who and how everything fits into the existing timeline as set out in the previous seasons, how his regeneration works and why the doctor behaves as he presently does.

Following on from the silence timeline the current regeneration is essentially a blank slate with clara having erased all knowledge of the doctor from history which leads to the inevitable confrontation at river song’s birth in which the doctor is known to be the enemy of the universe and a soldier, the previous season attempted to throw people off with the implimentation of john hurt as a soldier incarnation, however this was already a past regeneration and not the one in question on the timeline, also the whole plot of losing gallifrey is a little silly because they know it exists in the pocket dimension inside the painting itself, and even visited it during that episode.

All of this aside there were some other potential flaws in the writing in where matt smith had began a regeneration cycle on the beach where the silence’s plan to eliminate him culminates in a fixed point where river succeeds, however because of her love for him she decides to give up all of her regenerations to save him, this could have been done in such a manner that already overwrote the 13 lives issue, having provided all of her regeneration energy. Instead though they decided that as she was “dying” in the future anyway that it didn’t matter, but also to provide an alternative method of providing further life to the doctor with the timelord race itself providing energy through a crack on trensalore to help him to regenerate anew.

Hints towards the conclusion at river’s birth were given in this final episode of the last season where he meets the young soldiers that inevitably meet him there, and how the silence from that day vow to eliminate the doctor, which is a timeline that has already passed, as such wibby wobbly nature of time and plots.

Furthermore there are many unexplored themes in the series such as river marrying the doctor who clicks his fingers and the tardis responds as second nature, not just experimentation as previous doctors have done. Also a future doctor still has to provide river with his sonic and associated memory storing device in order to save her to the computer, so this is yet to happen in the series thus showing the doctor always lived beyond trensalore.

In order to correct potential paradoxes you will notice that clara is travelling to her existences through spacetime, she has interfaced with the brain of the dalek in the episode where they travel inside, inevitably she will end up back in the victorian era yet again, perhaps at a point where she loses her mind and ends up abandonned in the past, or at least pretends not to know the doctor so as to maintain continuity.

Lastly you will note that “missy” keeps appearing in a garden of eden place much like that of the computer in which river is stored in the library of the Vashta Nerada, and although these individuals have died they can still be saved in much the same way that river was saved, with hidden memory storage devices that can be collected later, and obviousely dropped off in time discreetly without the doctor noticing. To the individual involved they will die and awake inside the computer, and this can even pass to those who were killed by the brain sucking monster, thier body died but thier brain could have been saved and backed up prior to this.

So how does the doctor free these people, well given that the doctor and river are travelling at opposite ends of the spectrum, and she knew the first day he met her and didn’t recognise her she would die it would be a given that the same would happen where he would meet her and the first instance where he meets river and she doesn’t recognise him would be the day he knows he is going to die, and at this point being smart he would realise he has the opportunity to harness his regeneration energy and feed it into the computer to free river and the others, either by entering it himself entirely or just linking to it and running his energy through it and into the teleporter system to restore those who didn’t have bodies giving up some of his own regeneration energy.

At this point river should explain how he cannot regenerate in his current nature, as a soldier as he doesn’t stand for what the doctor stands for, and a healer of time while he stands for death and not caring about saving each and every individual whatever thier race and the idealism that comes naturally from the doctor, and provide him the opportunity to travel through time and save everyone he let down himself in the same way he saved her allowing the next regeneration to truly be a rebirth of the doctor.

Why missy though, well simply put the computer is able to rewrite the programming of people, within the computer river would be able to be restored as a timelord with all of her regenerations, and she could choose to regenerate anew inside the computer, and also when reborn out of the computer to also have a new start with the doctor both now travelling through time in the same direction together.

These are just my theories and idea’s, and fit the timeline and current events rather well wether or not this is how things progress will remain to be seen, but it makes sense that the current doctor would behave as he is doing given the timeline and established continuency of time from previous events.

Rive is the latest game from Two tribes games usually known for puzzle oriented games, and more recently an open world sequel to toki tori in which they spent several years perfecting the code and game in order to provide an open world exploration puzzle experience where you don’t gain new powers but gain knowledge throughout your exploration on how you can interact with the world and cause things to happen around you. It was a very good and well designed game which unfortunately wasn’t recieved as well as it deserved to, partially due to a steam sale release date and getting lost amongst that, but also partially because of confused loyalty offers via a prior humble sale.

This aside the code behind toki tori 2 has been adapted, so it keeps all of the visual aspects such as multi layered elements and great exploration, but instead of being puzzle based this is a platform shooter action game, promising to be very open world but with obvious progress gates with elements you can only gain from exploration and defeating bosses for new upgrades.

Also being built on the toki tori 2 engine means that there will be the inclusion of the level editor in a very simple graphical format allowing the basic user to create thier own levels, or even full seperate adventures, and with the steam community sharing system these additional levels will also be online available for anyone to download to expand thier playtime potentially infinately beyond the main game.

No word on a price point or length of the game at present, but with such expansion possibility and such a smooth and playable game at such an early stage I believe two tribes are on to another winner with this one, hopefully it will be planned for a better release date which won’t get lost in the draft of sales and usual seasonal steam related hijinks, and get the audience it deserves.

You will have to excuse the lack of sound on the video, problems with my recording software, and also footage freezes and unsmooth frames, these aren’t issues when playing, and you can also turn down settings to lock to 30fps and create a more smooth experience, and also a good base for lower powered machines to still be able to play and enjoy the game.

I will hopefully bring you a better video closer to release when more content is available and a full review can be made on the final copy of the game, but definately looking forward to seeing progress.

As it stands the housing benefit system is very unfair to young people in that anyone under 35 are forced to apply for shared housing, and in a market where full time employment is very difficult to come by, and especially for graduates who are negatively punished by employers of basic jobs in that they fear the employee will seek better work and promotion and leave, so they do not get chosen for employment, and being so young that they have no savings to purchase a home or ability to pay for rent they are punished and forced into living either with parents or friends or really terrible overcrowded and dirty accommodation.

In particular this is not suitable for many including the 1 in 4 who suffer from mental health issues such as depression, and also those who require a clean environment such as seperated fathers who require a clean home for the baby to visit, also secure from strangers and dangerous individuals who clearly don’t care for cleanslyness or the safety of those around them.

Initially my e-petition to the government was worded in focus of depression and those who need these special circumstances for not being punished into shared accommodation rate, this was deemed “outside of the government’s control” even though they control and set housing benefit. So it was reworded to focus on simply reducing the age to 25, and wording it to focus on keeping youth in education as this was thier intention (however who stays in education 15 years, hence 35 being ridiculous)

Find the petitions here.

And the archive link to the absurdly rejected petition of exactly the same matter.

Please sign, so youth isn’t punished into living out on the streets and dying, while the government focus on giving the elderly everything they desire, rather than providing a home to young people so they can seek work and be productive to society.

Eurogamer 2014 kicked off with a bang, with hundreds of people queing at 8am in order to be first in line when early bird entry opened at 10am, eager to get thier hands on the latest consoles and up and coming game titles.

The event itself is spread out over 2 floors in earls court in the center of london not only housing booths to play games but also incorporating special shops and many competitions and tournaments.

When gates opened at 10am people could be seen running for thier favourite stand in order to be the first to play that particular title and have bragging rights over the first to complete the demo.  I opted to head for the hotly contested 18+zone and queue for assassins creed unity in order to avoid long waits in the queue for the booth later, ironically it resulted in a longer wait due to “health and safety” issues, but it was worth the wait as I got to see that the game was reverting back to a standard I could get along with rather than being very on rails and punishing you for diverting away from these.  I still need to see if they’ve improved boss mechanics, but it does promise a completely different fighting system which is good because of the new protagonist, and having everyone fight the same throughout history would be a bit stale for the series.

After this I headed out and took advantage of a free seat at dead island two, congratulations for reading this article as I forgot to mention this in my video, but dead island two follows the story which is lead out in dead island epidemic, you might not have played that as it is a moba style game, where dead island two follows the usual gameplay of the origonal, but in a world where the infected who are immune have become enhanced humans, better and stronger, but are being hunted down and eradicated by a terrorist group of some sort.  I played for a while in the demo where stealth was very much necissary in order to not set off the gas in the room, it was a little challenging and I gave up after a few attempts as I had other things to see, but definately looking forward to the release to see how things pan out as it could be a promising title.

The bafta’s were also at EGX and I did have an invite and permissiont to film at the side event, however I was unable to make it back on time with delays at hotel checkin, but I am sure that you can find content elsewhere about this.

Alien isolation is very much a suspense strategy game where you have to navigate the station under the constant threat of persuit from the sole alien on board, without testing out the mechanics I would be interested to see how it progresses as it could be possible to cheese the alien somewhere and leave you free without worry, or wonder wether its hard coded to teleport into your vincinity so you can never truly lose it, but this is definately a deviation from the heavy infestation shooters that are usually a part of this franchise and instead trying to revert to where the films like to venture of isolation with a single alien and suspense.

To be continued.

Steam have introduced a new curator system for reviews, where you can post a short synopsys and link this off elsewhere to reviews you have posted such as youtube, or your own website.  It seems a convenient place to keep easy links to all of the steam based game reviews as not only does it link to reviews here but also the steam games and you can keep an eye on wether any go on discount in the store.

My curator page is located at if you would like to follow and keep an eye on any game reviews I create, this should be easy as it doesn’t require me to post full content there also, just a short statement and then a link to wherever I have posted the main content.

So you can still read here and view reviews I post in video format while also being able to checkout the game for yourself and see the accurate current pricing in your district.

The state of britain today is often in question, with many popular media outlets stating how lack of housing and government debt are major problems in society today, and how ukip is racist for wanting independance for the uk from the EU however the scottish independance party, or france and other countries wanting independance are perfectly fine and not remotely racist (where many people are confusing ukip with the BNP) however nobody really ever looks under the surface to investigate matters themselves, most people blindly take what they’re told as fact wether it is true or not and ignore the underlying problems that might be causing these.

One example is how there is a rise in homelessness, media outlets would have you believe that this is as a result of a lack of housing available to the market (offering so called “help” where someone else ownes part of your home that you can never own and will always owe them a part of whatever you sell the house for, and this is only ever available to those who have the significant incomes required to qualify for a mortgage and never anyone who could afford repayments, as for a £50,000 mortgage you need to earn over £23,000 per year just to qualify, which means that this will never be affordable to someone on low income regardless.

As for the rise in homeless youth, this is directly as a result of benefits only being offered at a shared housing rate, which is calculated to the 30%th percentile from the lowest rent (which includes discounted council housing) so on a private rental market there are no suitable houses available other than overcrowded filthy squats, and these are snapped up instantly in desperation so many are left with the option of thier parents, friends or ex’s sofa’s or a life on the streets for those who do not have those options (because nobody has a home to share with)

Harsh savings such as these and cuts to disabled benefits are claimed to be in the name of government savings because they are deeply in debt (and not remotely to do with thier snub nosed policy of getting back at the general public for stopping them wasting taxes on thier own expensive second homes in the countryside and london) while at the same time they decide it is a great policy to pay out entire pensions in lump sums rather than slowly over the course of a pensioners life, this does not seem a very smart policy considering this increases the stress on the government pockets and will mean more harsh savings have to be made at least in the short term, let alone when pensioners have spent thier entire lump sum and start complaining how they require more funds in the name of human decency so they can afford to pay for rent, food and heating etc.

I will be starting a crowdfunded kickstarter project to see if people would be interested in funding a government group which is run by a true democracy via policies decided in forums and voted on by the general internet at large.

Whatever happens I know that the way things are being run right now aren’t working, and forcing young people out on the streets will only end badly, as once enough people are out on the streets and had enough they will join together in social media to take down the government by any means necissary, and far worse than recent riots have ever escalated to.

So a while ago blip decided to “downsize” its content creators removing a selection of users to provide a more streamline service, this wasn’t an issue for me however several months later they have decided to further downsize to a very select type of content being created, choosing to specialise in homemade web drama and the like completely removing all other channels, this includes both this and as these aren’t considered the exact form of entertainment they are looking for.

I had a look into this and it appears that the recent cull has left blip with less than 10% of its existing stock, so 90% of its users have now been removed (and conveniently asked to sign up to thier youtube network, still earning them a commission on your videos but with youtube’s viewers and advertising as well as using thier bandwidth.)

It just seems a little bit like they are slowly closing down blip by pushing people over to youtube, just for convenience for themselves and eventually completely closing down blip because pushing viewers from your own website would be the primary source because few people outright went to blip to view video’s other than perhaps content creators themselves, it would also be noted that “sponsorship opportunities” and the like of cross branding is something youtube itself is working towards, so it is not something unique to blip, and by being a youtube content creator you are gaining access to all of this yourself.

I am unsure as to wether blips youtube partnership offers anything beyond what the youtube partnership programme itself offers at present, but I remain open to see what is on offer, but until then you might experience some downtime on old videos on this site due to my hardlinks being blip video boxes, and these will have to be changed over to youtube videos at some point. This could be a good thing for my youtube views and subscription count etc, but either way you visit here for new videos and to read these anyway so as long as I continue to post here I’m sure you’ll see any new content

Thankyou for your understanding in this time.

Codemasters sent a trailer and a link to thier page for providing a review of the upcoming game GRID Autosport, although there is limited information available and the trailer provided shows interviews with touring car drivers giving generic tips on driving interlaced with CGI of the game (no actual gameplay footage) so it is hard to give any actual opinions on how the game will actually play, and really for that I would need to get my hands on the game, to give a feel of how the game plays and handles, how cars crash and if there is any actual varience between the feels of cars and handling, how the AI actually comes accross etc.

Having said all of this there is information on the different game modes on offer and the cars available, the full list of cars and video clip can be found at where I am sure more releases will be published as well as the blog they link to where up to date information can be found as it is released (or even discussed between other users)

I found the video a little amusing that a soft focus lense was used on the interviews to blurr out the sponsors however the game itself included many of the sponsors in prime shots in the expected locations (possibly just for the real touring car experience as having these plain would just look strange considering) however I guess these were blurred just in case not all of the sponsors were included in the final release.

The press release states that codemasters consulted with the drivers to get an authentic driving experience as to recreate the handling and bring alive the driving experience authentically, wether that goes to the full extent of testing each individual car for the individual feel or the car being represented or just the generic feel of being in a touring car race I could not say.

Classic and modern cars are represented in the game, and I expect the feel of the different standards of cars to be noticeable, although I wouldn’t complain too much with a fun user frienldy experience, and races are held on authentic recreations of existing tracks such as brands hatch and bathurst so you can live out fantasies of driving on your favourite tracks without having to be a qualified touring car driver.

The single player carear campaign promises over 100 routes across 22 locations, with realistic features like managing tyre wear and tuning of the car. Races will consist of up to 12 online players, and 16 offline for the feel of a full heated race, not one of those empty 4 car races that have been commonplace in the past. Online races are promised to be cars of similar or pre-defined specification so you won’t come accross someone with a completely unfair advantage in thier car tuning and it will come down to actual skill on the track and actually provide a far more fun experience for everyone involved.

AI is promised to be aggressive and defend the lie and attack the corners, however it is not stated if it will hold the features mentioned by console developers as the next gen features where AI competitors are based upon real life gamers playstyles, if this was incorporated the AI could be really challenging depending on if it was balanced to your play level, and ruled out hacks and cheaters.

Races span accross multiple rounds, again this is not stated wether it is just the singleplayer campaign or if the online matches are accross several rounds and tracks, perhaps even a special tournament board could be established, with qualifiers being held online and then the best qualifiers compete in a tournament like real racing, perhaps even with real prizes on offer for the very best accross the season. It does state races are held at day, this could mean just that the races are in game daytime, or they have considered this and actual gameplay races are in daytime with qualifiers and practice outside of this, I could comment more when I know more details.

Trading of paint is emphasised, and this doesn’t mean trading designs but instead focusing on the aggressive gameplay of doing whatever it takes to win, even if it means nudging your opposition off the track, I would again have to see how the gameplay handles crash and damage to see how this could effect races.

Either way you look at it, if you’re a fan of racing games you may want to check it out for yourself, GRID Autosport comes out on 27th of June for £34.99-£39.99 depending on wether you’re playing on pc or console, and you can pre order now for access to the limited black edition. (price may vary, price quoted from GAME at time of print)

I hope to be able to get hold of a press copy so I can give you more deeper insight into how I actually get along with the game, and if the press copy allows me to divulge footage I will show you actual gameplay along with my review showing off the features and my favourite parts.

Until then watch codemasters for more details.