Pact Coffee is the new coffee equivalent of the weekly boxes which have become very popular, but in this instance you recieve a different roasting of coffee from the selection available. You can choose to have the same type every time (initially weekly or bi-weekly but you can postpone delivery for longer periods)
Choices will be recommended when you sign up based around the method of brewing you use and wether you include milk and sugar, and the option will be given as to wether you would prefer whole beans for home grinding and the freshest taste, or wether you desire pre ground for convenience and easier ability to brew at home but maybe with a compromise to that freshly ground quality.
Coffee’s are roasted in very small batches so bear that in mind when placing an order as you may have your order changed should supplies be short, although there is a variety from wet and dry roasted varieties it is hard to say wether they stick within this as I have insufficient data but if you have a problem with the coffee they select you could always specify to hold off delivery until you get the type you desire.
Gifts are rewarded for referring others to the site, from very basic items to much larger coffee themed essentials such as grinders, coffee pots and the like which is a very fun way of rewarding you for spreading the word, but also giving out a discount to your friend to try the coffee where naturally it would cost far more.
If you like what you see and want to try the coffee for yourself use the link below, where you’ll get a coffee bag of 250g for £1, and it would seem your next bag half price with it regularly being £6.95 per bag, however you can cancel at any time and place delays if you haven’t quite got through the last delivery.
The coffee I chose was a chocolate chip cookie variety, well I chose sticky toffee but that proved too popular so I got this instead, and I could definately taste the fullness of body specified with the “chocolate” consistancy rather than a chocolate flavour, I would have been interested to taste the stickyness or sweetness of the toffee, but maybe another time, I would note that your setup will stay with whatever variety they changed you to rather than your initial selection, so if you got changed due to thier shortage be sure to change that within your account section, otherwise you will get another delivery of what obviousely wasn’t your first choice.
All being said though the coffee does feel and taste high quality, even pre ground so for £1 why not try some for yourself, and if I get any of the goodies I’ll be sure to show them off on camera for you. https://www.pactcoffee.com/spread/Indelacio@tw
This video shows what has updated since the alpha highlight, with improvements to the graphical interface, the addition of automitons and individualised mele weapons for up close combat, as well sa some new arena’s with different mechanics, such as walls which loop around, and maps with death at every edge.
The game itself remains a very fun and frantic multiplayer game ideal for quick plays in close groups, rounds typically only last a couple of minutes, sometimes shorter depending on the skill level of those playing, and remains manic and fun throughout where the action never stops for a breath.
Maps are inspired by passages from literary backgrounds and as a result are selectable from tomes holding the knowledge within, with great care taken over the art style, including dust within the levels such as you would expect opening a dusty old book (which can be set by the user to be heavy or less noticable if it gets in the way of the map) All of the levels look very pretty and have thier own individualised style, fitting the book they are selected within and also having thier own unique character bringing the passages to life.
Guest appearances of characters from other indie titles as well as thier own selection of well drawn and imagined characters are playable in a selection of colours meaning there is plenty of variety in which character best suits you, be wary that some characters are thinner or smaller than others and as such hit boxes might be more difficult on those players, but someone with skill shouldn’t have too much of a problem with that and when it comes action time with up to 4 players you’ll be distracted more than micro managing things like that.
The literary style continues with weapons including running and throwing scissors, ink bombs and if selected escaping through a rip in the page when you reach the target while your enemies attempt to prevent your escape.
I think the game is definately something everyone should own, so check it out for yourself and see what you think
In spring playstation will be launching a private beta test of the upcoming psnow service, where users can play ps3 games noted as big hits (“blockbuster and critically aclaimed games”) using a streaming cloud service, different to existing cloud based gaming platforms such as steam the playstation now service notes that users would never need to install, download or update the games and that they could be played immediately without delays of any sort.
There is a minimum requirement of a 5mbps download speed in order to be able to use the service effectively, but this is understandable considering the nature of streaming the games directly, anything smaller would cause problems.
Initially the service will choose candidates from the pool of ps4 owners subscribed to the playstation plus service, but it will branch out further at later stages of the beta to include playstation 3 owners and possibly even those not on playstation plus.
Anyone wishing to express an interest in participating should register at www.playstation.com/psnow where the initial testers will be selected
When the service launches proper it will be a rental service where a small fee will be charged per rental, however during the beta it is noted that this service will be free of charge. There is no note on the actual price of the titles, however I am sure it will be only a couple of quid much like renting a game from a shop would cost, without the delay of going to the store and searching, installing, updating, having to return it on time and all of the other associated hassles.
Examples of titles come from SCE’s worldwide range of titles and noted examples are Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, The Last of Us and God of War Ascension, Rayman Legends (Ubisoft), Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Ubisoft), Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package (Koch Media), Just Cause 2 (Square Enix), The Walking Dead (Telltale) and Dirt 3 (Codemasters), although there is a Notes to Editors that games included in the private beta won’t necessarily represent what’s offered in the full PS Now service however, and may change during the beta trial so this is worth bearing in mind, however gives an impression of what can be expected, and titles noted should become available.
So why not sign up if you’re able and check it out for yourself.
Playthrough of life is strange attempting to make the right decisions with our ability to rewind time, at least the decisions I feel I would make in life along with a social commentary and theories and assumptions over what is going on. There are potential spoilers as well as potential red herrings depending on what I get right and wrong.
Want to play yourself and make different choices and see how the story unveils differently? Then buy the game for yourself on steam, at £4 per episode it’s not an expensive buy and you’re free to make the choices you wish rather than watch someone else’s actions and decisions, theres always the chance I’ve missed things, I know I did in episode one so there is a good chance I’ll miss things in the future again which other people might pick up on
Fun times playing the jackbox party pack with a variety of people, along with some solo plays here and there to show off some features.
Guests are highlighted in the individual videos and you should check out thier content wether its videos, games or websites and the like.
The jackbox party pack has five diffferent games which are all highlighted in the main review elsewhere on this site, this is simply a playlist for the individual playthroughs and the hilarity and sometimes terrible humour that ensues, yes I know my sense of humour is really bad at times! There is an adult content warming so take care as adult language, jokes and drawings will be involved throughout.
Like the game and want to get it for yourself it’s available now on steam, want to join in for a few episodes? Tweet me and we can make some plans.
Just get through is a platform trap avoidance game with one simple aim, to just get through the level by any means, including destroying all the scenery if neccissary.
The game is a lot of fun and very affordable, and considering it is proceedurally generated no two runs will ever be the same. The playlist will automatically update as new episodes are uploaded, and if you like what you see and want to buy the game for yourself it is available now on steam
Standpoint is a first person puzzle game based upon the five stages of grief, inspired by other titles of a similar nature such as portal, q.u.b.e and the like, standpoint allows you to explore the world through the eyes of whatever entity you happen to be exploring stages based around the five stages of grief.
It would seem that you are a thought process traversing the inside of someones mind as they progress through the five stages, all too quickly loss is overcome as much in life important things can be lost in the blink of an eye with no explaination, there are secrets to be discovered which might aid you in the process of understanding exactly what has been lost and the nature of your place in this world, but it could be easy to miss these factors as it can be easy to miss the important things in life which help you understand.
There are 20 levels in total and while you may feel this is a little short the puzzles can get rather challenging very quickly, and this also allows the developer more freedom to introduce new elements every level and give a more diverse experience whilst still following the main themes for the different area’s, where denial focuses on denying you access to area’s in some form, or even denial of solving the puzzle in the way you would initially wish, then onto anger where it could be very easy to get frustrated and lost as the puzzles are designed to be very devious and frustrating in a successful manner which has left me in a state of not being able to progress beyond this before the major release but not at a state that I would never want to quit the game entirely leaving me to come back another day and try again to progress. This is what you want with a puzzle game really, if the puzzles were too easy to solve out of the box especially on a game where there are 20 levels you would feel cheated and dissappointed to complete the entire game so quickly, instead this has the right balance of challenge whilst somehow managing to theme the levels rather well to the emotion desired, not only in the level design but also the temprement and nature of the narator who appears to be the same voice actor for maggie from tinykeep so particular associations can be made while playing both games together.
I am unsure if there will be alternative endings depending on how many secrets you find or wether you get some but not all, however if you want to hear the full story of what is going on you will probably want to find all of the secrets which are hidden away in sometimes easy to see locations, but in later stages are hidden to a much less obvious degree.
If you enjoy games of this nature this is definately another you will want to purchase, not only because of the different mechanics of gravity and mind bending qualities which work without fault, but also by buying the game and showing the developer you enjoy games of this nature it encourages sequels or more games of this nature to be made.
From what I have been able to complete so far the story does follow the stages of grief well, perhaps if you find no secrets you might be left more confused as to what is going on, but if you do find them the secret hidden memories do fill in the plot very well for such a brief insight into what has caused the grief or the joys which have been lost in the past, and if anything the game itself does a good job of highlighting depression and grief and bringing the subject out of the shadows, perhaps even allowing it to become a platform for people to talk about more openly, or even see they aren’t the only one holding these things inside or feeling these emotions, and that it is all part of the process of recovering.
Of course the five stages of grief can naturally cycle and jump, it would have been clever to put warp zones and mix the stages of grief a little, however being lost in anger I can not state outright this doesn’t occur, but it could perhaps be something for a sequel where the character relapses into grief and cycles in some form, the length of time to complete levels and stages though can be a clever way of associating the fact that different stages of grief are overcome by different people in thier own times and no set length.
With the united kingdom national elections coming soon I wanted to get my rant out about some of the policies that the government have been enacting lately, as well as covering issues and promises which have been made by the various parties in the past claiming them to be thier own policies, such as how kind and generous the government were to be offering a base wage increase over the next five years, and how every party were offering differing but very insignificant increases to the minimum wage over those five years when it is an EU mandate that the UK must increase liveable wage from how it is to a liveable standard before then. I also point out how the increases mentioned don’t live up to that standard because baseline inflation is essentially the same as the increases promised and as such not enough is being done to provide a liveable income for those on the minimum wage.
“Social Justice” is a term used by the government in means of cutting off benefits to people who haven’t been able to find work in the past 3-4 years (or even less in some area’s as housing benefits are a devolved issue down to a local level, not just nationally, so your local government office has full control over that) despite living in area’s noted as being very difficult to find work, and in the gender/age range where employers will actively choose other people, and youth unemployment being 2.5 times higher than national unemployment it is immensely difficult to find work despite trying you still get penalised, and lose your home out on the streets to essentially be socially excluded and as a result not a statistic for “unemployment” which is only based on jobseekers claims as opposed to those actually unemployed, as can be seen by the large gap between employment figures and unemployment figures which basically matches the socially excluded statistics.
Another major problem with the EU’s own findings is that not only are we a poverty stricken country, at larger risk of social exclusion than some other major member states, but we have basically the same level of employment (using the employment statistics not “unemployment”) however while other member states such as france and germany (both equally employed or better than the uk) get a rebate from the EU the UK is ordered to pay £1.7 billion to the EU because “the economy is thriving” compared to others, this goes against thier own statistics in every sense, clearly germany and france aren’t listed as poverty stricken and at risk of social exclusion while the UK are, there is no significant factor marking us as better than them in any way to have to pay this rebate, perhaps austerity and cutting off every benefit under the sun killing off the poor is having a saving factor on the defecit, and the economy has been noted to have improved for the wealthy, those who perhaps pay mp’s to influence things in thier factor, and who’s tax hasn’t been adjusted and often have the best reliefs and definately on the grand scale of %age tax vs income pay next to nothing in comparison to the poor, yet they’re happy to be gaining all the reliefs under the sun.
After making this video https://twitter.com/camillalong stated on question time “mp’s do not earn enough” and should “recieve a 10% pay rise to prevent them doing dodgy things” as an encouragement to stop our MP’s doing illegal things, to stop them claiming for second homes and every dodgy tax benefit, selling thier souls and political positions and abusing the government and how easy it is to do whatever scummy behaviour they want with no recourse because they’re in the power and influence? This all sounds very dodgy and someone claiming to be national press shouldn’t be stating such, and with MP’s earning £67,000+ per year on average do you really think that’s not enough to live off, and that MP’s should have second jobs, taking up thier time, preventing them doing thier public duty where they have been voted in to ensure they represent thier community and not thier own agenda’s? Do you really think its fair that they cut off benefits of around £5k per year all in the name of saving money to reduce the defecit and increase austerity while increasing the gap between the rich and the poor, and all that time taking even more money and demanding wage increases far beyond what they claim to have saved in the most savage and inhumane way possible, not only jobseekers, it has been noted over the recent years severely disabled people have been cut off, there are severe increases in youth suicide (another video incoming when I have statistics from national rail) and severe increases in youth having to live at home on sofa’s or at friends and ex’s on sofa’s increases in “escorting” drug dealing and other illicit means of making enough money to just live on the bread line as a youth because the youth “don’t vote” and as such MP’s don’t particularly care about issues that revolve around them.
Another recent “incentive to vote” was the introduction of pensions being able to be cashed out immediately in full rather than doled out over the entire term of your pension, initially I thought this was a silly idea especially while they were attenpting to save money to reduce the defecit, however it is noted that by cashing out early you run the risk of not getting the full ammount, as a shortfall in pension funds means that only 90% up to £30k per annum is guaranteed, and quite frankly I’m okay with that because it means it’s another illicit means of saving money rather than just incentivising the elderly to vote in thier favour and being given everything while the young and poor suffer immensely, and lets face it if you can’t live off £30k*35 years paid off in one lump sum (essentially one million pounds) then there is something severely wrong. I do think those with pensions much lower should get a 100% top up though, and those richer should suffer or take it on a slower basis rather than screw the entire country over in the name of greed, as if you can’t live off such large figures in retirement there is something wrong.
Youth unemployment is noted as being 2.5 times higher than the national unemployment average, and this is even harder for male youth’s with females occupying almost double the number of jobs than males, whilst the next level up in management males have dominance because society deems ladies to be a pretty exterior to encourage people to come in to spend rather than having any actual skill, this is so wrong on every level, because not only are males fully capable of doing shop floor work, operating tills, waiting, etc and being skilled enough and pretty enough to encourage customers in, but ladies are also equally capable of management and supervisory roles where there are less ladies employed. The EU mandates that “better childcare” should be supplied to get ladies in to work, but this isn’t really the issue considering most ladies aren’t mothers and do choose to work but there is just a social stigma and social imbalance in the views of society where they’re chosen as sex symbols to represent front and center and draw people in to spend and tip while the males remain in charge, until both of these statistic balance and there is equal opportunities of employment on all fronts there is a severe imbalance in society that needs addressing, often seeing jobs being advertised as “ladies only” for regular work, and being told “not enough experience” for management roles despite having supervisory and team leading experience, it just isn’t recent enough or several years worth to be able to apply for such roles in todays competitive market.
Increases in “zero hour contracts” and those signing out of the working time directive and the national working week resulting in people working anything from 0 hours to 80+ in a single week is another major problem in the employment market of today, because it grants employers greater flexibility to never have to supply a single hour or enough to cover the basic essential costs while still having the employee on thier teather and not able to claim benefits or search for work elsewhere as working hours could be anywhere any length and at such short notice that you couldn’t work two jobs in case of clashes, as well as the prevelance of 5-8 hour long working weeks which is never enough to live off. There are fixes to this issue such as removing the ability for regular employees to sign out of the working week, and being bound by the 48 hour working week, or even reducing the working week down to 35 hours in line with continental hours. By only allowing employees in management and ownership positions to sign out of the working time directive, and reducing the working week you would not only increase the number of jobs available significantly, you would reduce the number of burnt out people with no free time, but also increase spending on leisure activities and the like, which in turn creates a greater need for employment and stimulates and boosts business on a level far beyond the pathetic austerity measures of cutting off benefits. Also by creating further employment slots from the increased working hours available through cutting back there will be more work, and as a result less people claiming benefits, more tax from those incomes rather than them being a drain on taxes, savings and increase tax income something the government doesn’t want? Spending and stimulating the economy sounds too stupid for the government? Having a fairer and balanced society not one of thier aims and mandates?
Don’t forget that although you get to vote at the elections, your selection is often limited to those who have been nominated for those positions from within thier own offices, so often its the same good ole boys which you’re voting in who have been scumming the system for years, and a great deal has been made about how conservatives have been “turncoats” changing to ukip in the area’s where they were no longer guaranteed, so rather than supporting ukip they’re simply changing to whichever ship still gets them into the mp’s chair and thier income and position to be able to scum the system and earn extra corricular incomes influencing things for big businesses and the wealthy who are able to pay them extortionate fee’s. However they take advantage of the fact that many people are not willing to vote as a result of this, however the only way you can ever really prevent it is to go out and vote on election day, go vote for someone other than these old boys, vote independants, vote green, vote whatever way you feel just as long as you go out and vote. Minor seats do make a difference, every corrupt politician you prevent from getting a seat is a victory, even if you don’t get the entire office for whichever party you choose you’re getting devolved influence in your area so it makes a bigger deal especially in modern times than you would think. Keep a local MP you can trust, this article doesn’t say all big party politicians can’t be trusted because Jack Dromey MP for erdington is often supporting the poor and underprivelidged and he is a main party mp, its voices like this you want in office, and in positions to influence thier party to stop austerity measures designed to take advantage of and kill off the poor rather than those in a position to pay who get greater tax haven’s.
Don’t believe every social media smear campaign you see, do your own research and look into things yourself, and only believe things with a trackable proof trail, not bullshit muttered behind the bike sheds. “Don’t be a social media zombie” as life is strange would say.
Don’t forget to vote, how can your voice be heard if you don’t open your mouth and speak up?
Life is strange is an episodic story driven game split into five episodes each being released six weeks apart so as to allow time for the player to play through at thier own pace and replay and change any consequences they weren’t entirely happy with before the next episode. This may sound rather simple at first, until you consider that you also have the ability to rewind time.
This might seem rather straight forward at first, test out the consequences rewind and choose the one that seems to fit best, however its not quite that simple as any objects and information you gain are retained as you exist outside of the rewind facility entirely. So while you can gain information to use in conversations and obtain a better outcome there is the possibility that you may learn things you wish you didn’t know and not be able to forget.
It is fairly easy to miss things on your first playthrough, especially as time goes on wherever you exist in the environment so chances are things are happening off screen and you have no idea. Episode one itself is very focused on setting up the moods and interactions with the main characters for future episodes, for example do you rush through life not talking to anyone or do you piss people off rather than be kind to them? Do you focus more on gaining evidence rather than socially interacting? All seem to have future consequences even down to the small things such as wether you watered your plant, which will undoubtedly have an influence on your emotional state which also seems to have an important standing in the plot of the game.
There is a licenced soundtrack, which unfortunately I could never show you due to third content ID claims by merlin despite having permission to show content of the game it is better to be safe than sorry, even if the music creators wished to be seen and heard by far reaching audiences through the game sometimes record labels have other idea’s. The music itself does seem to play an important part of the story as it is focused that you have to play the music, perhaps as a prelude hinting how it effects emotional states which could become important, especially with the nature of the game revolving around the social interactions and moods of all of the students of blackwell academy.
Stating that though the game revolves around several themes, much as quoted “a dream within a dream” the game has the main plot of max and her reunion with chloe and how you choose to interact with her after such a seperation, but also the sub plot of rachel amber’s dissappearance, and the superceding plot of time travel and the mysterious threat of the tornado.
There are a number of easter eggs within the episode, such as max’s tshirt, the posters and scribbles on the walls and other things I couldn’t possibly state without spoiling things entirely, but if you keep your eye open there is much more than just the main game and the pretty hand drawn artwork and textures of the game to keep you entertained.
Any issues that were initially present such as stutters in cutscenes, and mysterious tye-died textures appearing have been since resolved so were you to purchase the game and play through yourself you would not experience these and for future episodes these should not be present upon release.
All in all episode one has been a great teaser of things to come with a cliffhanger at the end showing things are definately not as they seem, depending on how much you read into things you could draw a number of consequences.
Either way I suggest you buy the game and play through for yourself, wether you buy episode one for £4 or the full season for £16 you won’t regret the purchase with a playtime of 1-3 hours for a single playthrough depending on wether you rush past all human interaction or take your time to explore and converse with the characters, and I can presume at least 2 hours play per episode for those yet to be released with the more complex puzzles and interactions which will undoubtedly be coming forward.
Check out life is strange for yourself, it is avilable to purchase now on steam and a recommended purchase from me.
The Jackbox Party Pack is a selection of party games suitable for fun in a variety of situations, wether for a family gathering at christmas after dinner, or down to simple weekend gatherings with friends for a little extra entertainment there are games suitable for all.
To play along you simply need only one copy of the game for all players no matter where they are based in the world, and they join in by entering a room code at jackbox.tv, from there they are given the appropriate tool for the game wether it be the choices or a drawpad. With this working on google chrome you can turn any mobile device, laptop, pc or pad into a platform for joining in, wether in the same room or on the other side of the world.
Although the games are suitable for all family members there can be more adult humour based upon the answers and mindsets of the contestants playing, with obvious blanks for inuendo’s in fibbage xl that could be answered very innocently but this will often not be the case. This game is perfect for playing over streams also because there is no timing element involved and filling in blanks and choosing the correct answer from those proposed is a fairly easy going way of playing with audience members or other youtubers, and with up to 8 players the answers you have to choose from could truly be anything.
The five games included in the pack include a highly polished multimedia quiz experience that contains 50 episodes which last anything from 15 to 20 minutes long each and can be played from one to four players. The quiz itself however has a twist where often the questions are concealed in some way wether it be a hidden question within a question or a pupper and old man who speak in such a manner that the question is very distinctly obscured. Points are awarded based upon how fast you answer, and also taken away if you get it incorrect in equally measured scales so often if you don’t know jack the best option is to sit back and wait for your opponents to answer.
Wordspud is the most adaptive game where you can set your own rules as points are awarded by the players themselves, and you can set themes and punishments of your own devising or just cheat and award nobody any points and hope not to get noticed depending on how mean you’re playing.
Drawful tends to be everyone’s favourite game of the pack where you’re given something to draw and then one by one your pictures are put up for other players to place titles they think other players will choose in order to steal the points, bear in mind that the game will deliberately mask answers sometimes with typo’s or really obscure answers so it won’t always be the simple and easiest answer provided.
Lie swatter is the final game in the pack, where the question is sent to all players and with up to 100 players is the most stream friendly game for audience interaction, however you will most likely lose everytime to an audience which always seem to know more than the streamer in every instance, especially when you have a lot of viewers taking part the chances become ever slimmer that you’d succeed in being number one. The challenge has been set.
Although there is no DLC at present this game could easily adapt the quiz standard expansions such as themed question packs following common tropes like movies, sci-fi and even video games (ironic) This would be easily transferred into most of the games in the pack and perhaps give some people with a less broad knowledge a better chance of success, especially with you don’t know jack which often the challenge is simply completing the game with a positive score.
I even have the idea that any future games developed by jackbox games could potentially be added to the pack as dlc for convenience and one idea I had that would be rather difficult to code would be a version of family fortunes/family fued where the viewing audience fill the blank for the answer pool and the main players on teams could then pick the answers to win from those, this would make it immensely difficult especially if you have a viewer audience of trolls or there are common themes and tropes in your audience like “dongers” “fred durst” or other commonly used tropes.
Without any expansion though this game still has enough to last you for pretty much your whole partying life, even if you are a hardcore gamer and hold many parties in the pack you’d never get through the entire content to have to worry about duplication too much, the only issue would be if you’ve played on someone elses pack but that has been addressed with an episode select feature so you can skip past the questions that your guests may have already played elsewhere and have everyone on an equal footing for playing along.
I’ve had a lot of fun with the game and for a price of £18.99 I think its well worth the investment, because it can become a good escuse to hold more social gatherings and spend time with friends and family.