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If you missed the steam summer sale or didn’t get everything you wanted then the green man gaming summer sale is the place for you, it’s the opportunity to pick up those titles you might have missed out on, or find something new for a reasonable discount. Starting officially on the 19th and lasting for 2 weeks the press release states it to be “the store’s biggest ever event with thousands of games discounted, flash deals, special daily promotions, giveaways and lots more.”

The previous sale had additional bonus discounts for members of GMG once they added items to their cart, and in this manner members are able to get early access to the savings if they add something to their cart today. Other bargains usually available on the summer sale pages include mystery boxes which contain mystery keys which could be randomly for any game available on the site, and they have a variety of DRM codes available for different games.

The promise of giveaways could be in the forums, in the blog‘s or with the VIP pages which usually occur with get them before they’re all snapped up freebies judging by past experience on the site.

Flash deals will be similar to on steam, with a limited time period to take advantage of the discounts available and a variety of daily promotions across several games available every day and usually visible from the main page.

Check out the summer sale over at GreenManGaming for yourself, and you don’t know whether the discounts will be better than you expect unless you go see for yourself, there are usually some rather hefty discounts on a wide range of titles so it’s worth taking a look see if there’s something you’ve been waiting for at the right price.

I have also received a game called stifled from GMG to show off, and I will be doing a playthrough over on my lets play channel, it’s a vr capable title where you’re exploring a first person game, but your vision fades to darkness and you use sound to navigate around, but unseen creatures are hunting you and will listen in to your microphone to find where you are, it’s a very unique game and definitely something I’ll be checking out, and something I wouldn’t have heard of but for getting it from greenManGaming

Sony released a new in ear headphone on 4th December in the UK. The headset is available at a recommended retail price of £77.99 and is compatible with a range of devices, including PS4, PS Vita, smartphones and tablets – allowing players to enjoy immersive connected gaming, and entertainment on-the-go.

The headset is wired and features “audiosheild” noise reducing technology to restrict unwanted noise from the world around you, it isn’t stated if this is active noise cancelling but under the premise it appears to be the case, so you wouldn’t be wasting money on something labeling itself as noise cancelling when all it does is act like a blockage doing nothing to actively cancel out the unwanted noise (of a computer fan for example) meaning greater immersion into a game and lower volumes required for great audio quality.

The headset also has approximately 15 hours of rechargeable battery for the noise reducing feature, which can be charged via the USB cable included within the box along with In-ear Stereo Headset which includes a built-in microphone for chatting with friends on PS4 and can also be used for taking calls on smartphones and tablets. In addition, the headset includes an In-line call button and +/- volume buttons for easy control of your audio.

For more information visit http://blog.eu.playstation.com/

The Insomnia gaming festival returns this weekend with I56, renowned for its 24 hour lan gaming competitions and E sports you might want to plan your sleeping schedule to at least get a little sleep over the 3 days if you plan to attend.

With a convention showing featuring playable games and talks from game developers, sessions and talk panels with youtubers, and the well known BYOC (bring your own computer/console) tournaments there is a little something for every gamer here.

The known playable games are as follows:
· City of the Shroud, Abyssal Arts
· DiscStorm, XMPT Games
· Flight of Light, Crystalline Green Ltd.
· Gang Beasts, Boneloaf
· GRIP, Caged Element
· Havenrise, Pixel Balloon
· Help: Real War is Not a Game, Sheena Bourke (War Child)
· Jump Stars, Pixel Blimp
· Lifespeed, Wee Man Studios
· Natures Zombie Apocalypse, Aniode
· Networm , Cuddly Zombie Games
· Perpetual Night, Studio Genkan
· Spectra, Gateway Interactive
· Super Rude Bear Resurrection, Alex Rose Games
· The Mists of Audazzle, Audazzle
· Cuphead, Studio MDHR
· SUPERHOT, Superhot.
· Aaero, Mad Fellows
· Beyond Flesh and Blood, Pixel Bomb
· Gear Gauntlet, Drop Dead Interactive
· Jump Stars, Pixel Blimp
· Kingdom, Noio and Licorice & Raw Fury
· Raging Justice, Makin Games
· Spectra, Gateway Interactive
· Super Dungeon Bros, Wired Productions & React Games
· Unbox, Prospect Games
· ElemenTales, Total Monkery
· Kaiju Panic, Mechabit
· Pure Space, Gateway Interactive

I will be attending the event and giving you more information about what is available and what you could see on the friday, but for now I would suggest if you’re into gaming and wish to take part in the competitions or even play any of the games listed you should definitely attend.

There are still details yet to be confirmed including evening entertainment, but if you wish to find out more and see a full list of youtubers you can see around the event and holding panels check out the insomnia website for full details.

Get your tickets to insomia now while you still can. http://insomniagamingfestival.com

@Upstream_Arcade a new gaming company established by Adam Langridge and Imkan Hayati, who previousely worked on the marvellous miss take, and before that lionhead studio’s games such as fable 2, black and white 2 and max payne 3.

They sent a nice email asking if people would follow their new company as it has been a lifelong dream for them to go independant and obviously starting out on a new venture can be a little scary, so getting support and people following helps along with the nerves.

Their first project is funded, and is said to be a stylish, kick ass action game, and they have promised more details as development picks up, along with a review copy so I can provide a glimpse into the game when it is ready.

Their official statement is “They have decided to use this power for good – making bombastic action games that will make players look and feel so good, they will want to share the show with their friends by uploading and streaming their gameplay.”

So if you’re in the gaming industry in some way or just like to follow games you should check them out upstreamarcade.com

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.

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 http://blog.codemasters.com/grid/05/discipline-focus-touring/ 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.

I have been lucky enough to obtain press access to the bbc good food show winter event at the NEC and will be bringing you coverage from the event, I will be attending on friday and get you the roundup of what goes down and if I’m lucky I’ll let you know what the supertheatre events were like and the tastiest produce and the best bargains at the show, supertheatre tickets aren’t a garuantee though as it isn’t included in my press access.

The show officially launched today and here is what you can expect from the show based upon the press release.

BBC Good Food Show

Opening for its 23rd year the good food show returns with big names such as Brian Turner, Frances Quinn, James Martin, Lisa Faulkner and Natalie Coleman launching the biggest food event of the year.

What can you expect to see?

A variety of kitchen appliences, gadgets and accessories from well known brands, as well some of the best local and regional produce, live cooking sessions, book signing by celebrity chefs, and plenty to taste as well as 50 chefs and experts from around the country demonstrating on 7 stages throughout the event.

Tesco Finest Supertheatre

The supertheatre will be where you can expect to see the big names, tickets are available for purchase on the door, and promise to be “your favourite tv shows come to life” with expected guests to be James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry amongst others.

The Great British Bake Off Village

Fans of the show will be pleased to note that not only will the winners and contestants from the show be baking thier favourite dishes, but you can also book an afternoon tea session in the garden, no word if this is actually outdoors but it sounds a relaxing place to have a nice lunch.  I will have to look at this and the prices to let you know what you can expect once I am at the event itself.

M&S Christmas Theatre

Seasonal christmas produce from celebrity chefs Phil Vickery, Michael Caines and James Nathan are promised on this stage made only using ingredients readily available from M&S, visitors can pick up tips for the christmas season and if there is anything more unusual or wacky suggested you know I’ll be taking a note of that one.

Producers’ Village – Bursary Awards Winners & Good Food Champions

A showcase of six producers who were awarded burseries for thier award winning foods will be showcasing thier products, I will definately be taking a look to see just what is so special and hopefully sampling some of thier produce for you. The winners this year were

Ross and Ross Foods, Benjamin Chocolatier, Beach Food Co, Manfood, Edwards Cordial, and The Fruit Pig Company

Masterchef

Not only will there be live displays from masterchef contestants showing dishes you can create at home yourself you also have the opportunity to dine inside of the masterchef restaurant itself, an experience you would not be able to find elsewhere.

Wine tasting

WineTubeMap offer tasting tours of a variety of wines, offering three different tours, it is not stated if this is a map of the show, a train around the show or much more than the tour through different tastes and flavours and the food matches, but I will get more details for you on this, and having a wine tasting qualification myself I can let you know if the quality is just right

The world cheese awards

Not only will the event itself be taking place along with judging but it is also promised that you can view and taste the cheeses after the awards take place for the rest of the show, no word on what day the actual awards take place but if tasters are available I can get you the inside scoop on my winning cheeses of the day.

The magimix theatre

Who would have expected not only there to be an entire theatre for the magimix but also a selection of celebrity chefs showing thier recipe’s using it including Theo Randall, Glynn Purnell, John Whaite and host Marcus Bean.  But there will be the theatre running the entire event and showing just how versatile the Multifunction Magimix 5200XL Premium can be in your own cooking and how it can save you time and effort.  Definately an experience to watch.

How will you cover all of this?

With so much to see I probably won’t be able to bring you footage from everything, but I will definately bring you the highlights and the bargains of the show and give you a full roundup of the experiences.  If it comes down to it the show does run a further two days and I can always return on the weekend to look around anything I missed just so you do get the full experience.

Tickets on the door will cost £24.50 which for all of this plus much much more and all of the tasting experiences you will discover at the event you will definately get your moneys worth especially if you have cook books to have signed by the celebrity chefs.

If you can make it maybe I will see you there

bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com