Indelacio.co.uk

Rants, Raves And Reviews

Browsing Posts in Rants

Having been through over two years of sleep deprivation as a result of antisocial tenants in the flat above me and my landlord doing nothing about them and in fact rather than investigating the issue they chose to discriminate against me for having suffered from depression, and deciding to frequently demand my doctors details and claim that is their action towards solving the problem, which lead to years of suffering severe sleep deprivation being lucky to get 4 hours sleep split up through being woken and kept up by antisocial levels of noise, causing damages to my health, and severely effecting my depression so I had little energy to be productive and often even resulting in difficulties in life, as well as neglecting my site here and putting out poor quality content whilst depressed and having little energy to do anything.

I had to as a result of the discrimination faced involve my mp and even go as far as involving the local government ombudsman to get things resolved and actually investigated but this was still a slow process, having taken over a year itself to get action taken about the antisocial tenant, while their binbags piled up attracting rats outside in a gigantic trash mountain which itself took a year to get the council to do anything about, and finally eventually being provided asb diaries after over a year of suffering the antisocial behaviour, it took a further year for those antisocial tenants to be removed, and life was good for a while where I was able to rest and sleep and be more productive, however the replacement tenant they bought in it seems that was deliberately sought out to have exactly the same problems, piling up trash not using the wheely bins, and staying up all night making deliberate antisocial noise.

So as to avoid this becoming a habit for the new tenant I reported this and expected the council to talk to the new tenant and outline reasonable behaviour and ensure he used his bins, looked after his share of the garden and didn’t stay up all night making deliberate antisocial noise, yet the council once again decided to take a path of discriminating against my mental health issues, of course in the process they lied to me claiming that they would talk to the upstairs tenant, however after a few attempts to get them to speak to the antisocial tenant they claimed they needed to speak to me first, however upon meeting the council worker with a smug grin stated he would not speak to the upstairs tenant, made discriminatory claims that because I’ve suffered mental health issues in the past and it’s possible for “mental health issues to result in imagining noises and sounds” which is outside of the realm of issues I’ve ever suffered and was very discrinitaroy. Also he kept pushing that because I’ve stated that my mental health is suffering from the sleep deprivation that he was twisting it to claim that my mental health was the issue preventing me sleeping which isn’t the case and never has been, and once again demanded that I provide my doctors details and that this is a solution to the problem. Obviously as a result of this discrimination I contacted my mp having already began an investigation with the ombudsman and him being my appointed representative as you have to go through the mp for these matters, as a result the council claimed that I had gone outside of the realm of complaints and insinuated that I’m a serial complainer (because they ignore complaints that are valid to such a state that I have to go outside to get things resolved)

As a result of involving the mp and mentioning how I had been discriminated against, after a few months of the new tenant moving in and being antisocial nightly deliberately, sometimes even shouting “goodnight” for half an hour after having stomped slammed and shouted for most of the night until 4am before letting me finally sleep as to taunt that he’d kept me up and was finally going to bed, before being woken up at 7am the next morning not being remotely allowed enough sleep to be healthy, which always left me feeling so drained I couldn’t operate and desperately needing sleep. I’m going a bit off track there, anyway after involving the mp who made sure that the council at least follow procedure they spoke to the upstairs tenant who admitted to being deliberately antisocial, yet they still insisted on blaming my mental health and pursuing me rather than the actually antisocial tenant so I had to push further complaints to ensure the procedure was correctly followed, eventually I got them to speak to the neighbour (who they made excuses for saying he’s a refugee and how he’s never had a home to himself before etc) so as a result of them making such excuses I asked that they speak to him about acceptable behaviour and outline being a reasonable and considerate neighbour and stopping the antisocial behaviour at night, finaly they did, and whilst he does have seriously disturbing freakouts at times, like when I was watching the flash he screamed “ree” and stomped into the floor nonstop for the whole hour one time to such a degree I had to turn my tv up significantly to hear it over him, and another time on stream during singing he was shouting “what the fuck” and stomping into the floor repeatedly as though I was being unreasonable singing at 8pm which is a perfectly acceptable hour.

When the council member stated he wasn’t going to speak to the upstairs tenant with his smug look and also claimed that the upstairs neighbours share of the garden which has become overgrown suddenly was my responsibility despite previous council members claiming differently (because every time I have a valid complaint they try to create some nonsense claims against me in order to cause problems) at this point it felt that things weren’t remotely hopeful and I was going to be stuck in this nightmare situation once again for several years straight and the council weren’t going to do anything and were instead going to cause problems to such a degree that would cause problems for my tenancy, after this I ended up in the bank and the lady on the counter bought up the help to buy isa and said about how the government would provide an additional 25% of whatever you save, obviously because the government are bringing the ISA to an end but I got to wondering if there was somewhere that I could get somehow in order to escape, and this lead me to see a place listed for sale at a guide price of £5000 at auction, and being a single floor home with no above tenant it seemed ideal, after viewing it seemed a pretty perfect place, so hope was revived again.

Unfortunately the guide prices for the auctions were deliberately so low as to encourage further bidders, and whilst speaking to some nice people at the auction who also unfortunately were outbid on the properties they were interested in everything was going severely above the guide prices and this meant that the possibility of escaping this nightmare this way was not a possibility so I looked into other possibilities, as the council refuse to put in necessary noise isolation between the floors which are paper thin and literally have no noise reduction I started to look into other matters as I had also heard that the government may be approaching removing the right to buy for council houses, having seen a lot of mp’s complaining about it on politics live I decided to look at what the remote possibilities were after having researched that putting up noise isolation may cost £9000 but if I owned the place I may be able to get grants towards getting the work done on improvements to the place.

Looking into the right to buy I was surprised to see that there’s also a discount available based upon how many years of tenancy you’ve had in public rental homes, with houses having a 35% discount after 5 years and 1% increase per year thereafter, whereas flats like mine have a 50% discount going up 2% per year thereafter so there’s a possibility that I may be able to get this place and make it a liveable situation. Of course in the meantime my case came to a head and this is when the council finally spoke to the upstairs tenant and stopped his nonsense and deliberate antisocial behaviour, but my application is now in as the fear is that the antisocial behaviour could return especially with the upstairs tenants freakouts which occur. In the meantime I will now be able to return to being more productive, depression provided but at least I won’t be getting deprived of sleep and will be able to start getting better, not having to eat so many sweet things and chocolates to try and give me the energy to operate so now I’m on the quest to get back in shape again too.

My case with the ombudsman also ended, and after the council had claimed that I was a serial complainer on the matter, it was stated in the case that the council completely mishandled the entire situation and that they should not have operated as they did and that they wholly failed to investigate properly. I’ve only been provided £400 compensation which is distinctly not remotely equal to the suffering I was subject to due to these problems (where my vlogging youtube outlines much of it as well as previous posts on this site) though it does show that I was justified to go outside of the council with my complaints to get things resolved, and again it was wholly necessary to involve the mp in order to get the council to investigate the new tenant as otherwise they would’ve ignored it discriminating against myself and allowing the upstairs tenant to remain deliberately antisocial throughout the night.

I will be attempting to move forward and be more productive now I’m able to rest better, and whilst the singleplay games were bought in so I could put out quick reviews for short games or fairly simple games I never really posted them on here as writing reviews again was something that really required a lot of effort and really needed me in a not depressed mood to put out a decent review (which at times may have failed on lets highlight reviews I’ve written as I’ve felt depressed and not happy entirely with some of the reviews I’ve written feeling they’ve not been as great as I would like them to be or portrayed everything I’ve wanted to) Anyway as a result I will be doing a 12 days of Christmas sort of thing bringing 12 of the single play reviews over the days towards Christmas highlighting some of these single play sessions which I’ve briefly reviewed on my steam curator page, but deserve some recognition and might even be something you can pick up as a cheap little bit of fun in the steam sales as often these tend to be severely discounted or they’re something particularly fun amongst the single play games I’ve reviewed, so I’m going to bring some fuller written reviews of these games here over the days approaching xmas and the steam xmas sales.

Game of thrones returned to our screens for the final season, where we would discover the final outcome of all of the events that had passed and whether life would win over the white walkers and just who would sit upon the iron throne as the dust settles at the end. However whilst the previous seasons had followed storylines established in the books this season was left up to the show writers to decide the fates and outcomes of our favourite characters, and as a result this has lead to a lot of controversy over the way things played out and how characters have acted in manners different to we have come to expect throughout the series’s lifetime.

The final season itself was only over 6 episodes where the previous seasons all had 10 episodes each filled with so much action and intrigue that it held everyone’s interest throughout the entire saga, filled with intricate plotlines and subplots as well as characters all acting with their own secret interests not so subtly hidden from viewers. I believe this was in part because the show writers didn’t want to introduce any new plotlines, but also because it was difficult for them to imagine how they could playout events as they were unfolding with character developments which had been occurring in the show, as a lot of these seem to have been ignored and thrown by the wayside, much as the episodes of the show seemed to simply put a wet cloth over everything and bring all of the events to as an abrupt end as possible just so there were no loose ends and they could consider the show closed and over.

Many of the main characters which were left in the show had began to unveil specific changers which were apparent in their nature and demeanour changes on screen in the previous season which was unveiling a path towards certain outcomes, however in season 8 any character development seems to have been thrown out of the window as though a big reset button was hit leaving all of the characters returned to an earlier state of mind just so the show could draw to a close without creating further plotlines or developments which could have lead to further episodes or seasons requiring filming.

In the final episode itself events were very unclimactic which was very disappointing for a show that had gained such a following for it’s spectacular action and highly intriguing plotlines, however things felt rather flat and dull as the events played out landing with as muffled an ending as daeneris dying softly and quietly in john snow’s arms. There seemed to be very little going on in the episode as daeneris began a speech in front of her armies (which had somehow risen from the dead after the battle with the white walkers where all of her dothraki forces and most of the unsullied were wiped out by the white walkers) and then john snow simply being allowed alone into daeneris’s chamber even though it was stated at this point she wouldn’t trust him and may want him dead as he’s a threat to her reign, yet allowed to simply assassinate her quietly. Other than this most of the episode revolved around cringe worthy politics and establishing how rule would be decided, even going as far as to having the most awkward scene where the show literally breaks the fourth wall and rubs dirt in the face of the book writer for not mentioning tyrion in the least in the first book. I realise this may be intended as a play to say an explanation for why he’s not in the books but really it comes across as an unnecessary dig at the book writer, which after the terrible writing and plot of this final season just leaves me feeling very awkward watching the show.

There are quite a few subtle character differences I would like to raise where I feel certain events seemed to be playing out towards which were completely ignored in this final season, often flipping personalities of characters entirely upon their heads. Starting with arya stark who in the last season had been acting out of character much like she was dead inside and simply there to fulfil her deathlist, and this seemed to play towards a plot where arya had been eliminated by the female many faced god servant and was simply fulfilling the bargain made with the many faced god to wipe out those on her deathlist, where ultimately it would be revealed that arya was just a face on the many faced god’s wall all along and her persona was being worn to fulfil this promise of servitude. Instead the show had her return to a more carefree state wishing to explore and become more human again, with a seemingly pointless sex scene doing nothing other than reveal Maisie’s boobs to the world and doing nothing for plot or character development in the show.

Another character who had made significant progress in their personality arc throughout the show was Jamie Lannister who had discovered essentially his soul as he had fallen for brianne of tarth, and had changed everything he did in his quest to ensure that she was kept safe and alive, even trying to manipulate his sister into sending her forces north to protect winterfell against the armies of the undead, and through sleeping with her he was hoping to manipulate her to desire to keep him alive, and he was working with the idea that having the armies of the capital there brianne’s chances of survival increased, however in this season whilst there are still redeeming moments like him knighting her, he simply reverts to “I’m just an arsehole” and rides off to save his sister and run away with her which doesn’t seem to fit in with how things play out in this show.

Daeneris herself was twisted to be an evil dictator rather than the true ruler of the 7 kingdoms which had been the entire story arc of the show to date, and a lot of her actions within the show this season were very questionable in my opinion. I realise they had to follow this path in order for her not to be ultimate ruler over the seven kingdoms, however it feels that simply they have done this in order for the least likely potential candidate to be the one who ends up ruler of the kingdoms, almost to the degree that it feels someone has placed bets on the longshot and thrown the fight in order to make a lot of money on a rigged gamble. Even her final scene just seems so anti climactic like a puff of smoke as a matchstick is extinguished, which isn’t how such a pivotal character deserves to go out in the finale of the show.

While there are a number of other things that don’t fit with the show’s established lore like her advisor who was destined to betray the one true ruler of the seven kingdoms and be reunited with his testicles in a magical manner he ends up simply being eliminated for betraying daeneris who turns out not to be the true ruler of the seven kingdoms, as established bloodlines would make that john snow but neither ends up on the iron throne anyway, especially as the throne itself gets melted symbolically during a scene in the finale. They did do some things right like arya fulfilling her prophecy to eliminate many white walkers and at least that got fulfilled in what seemed to be correct, which maybe makes it worse as some established lore and prophecies are followed whilst others are twisted or ignored in a show that’s always had this magical lore as an underlying backbone to it’s story.

I feel that the final season has been very disappointing overall and hasn’t fit in with the rest of the show in the slightest, however this could work out very favourably for the written works of game of thrones, as many may turn to purchase the books in order to discover how the plot actually plays out and how the show was destined to truly end. I understand that the show wanted to hold it’s momentum and finish off the series having already delayed a whole year for the final season as it was, however I would have preferred to wait until the books were written and released and had the show follow the ultimate true storyline and watch the true ending of the show. I doubt that the show writers would ever return to remake the show should the books plotlines differ vastly from how the show did end, however I’m sure that there will be many people who would wish it to be so especially as many are already petitioning for the final season to be changed and how much disappointment there is all over social media at present.

Game of thrones has been a show I have enjoyed through it’s lifetime from having watched the first 6 seasons on binge 10 hours a day before season 7, then having been hooked since, and everything but the final season has been of a vastly greater quality which is probably why so many people are disappointed and raising all of the issues they’ve had with the final season because it just doesn’t live up to the rest of the show’s history, and the finale especially being filled with so much politics and drivel rather than being a true climactic ending with a satisfying outcome is why I feel the show just ended with a fizzle rather than the dragons fire it had held throughout the rest of it’s lifetime.

I’ve gone through a lot over the years and the quality and output of this site has been effected by a number of events throughout the time and I wanted to take the time to thank those of you who have stuck with me through all of the problems and changes, and while I expected getting rehomed to be a fresh start I’ve had a significant number of issues which have got between me and outputting the content at the quality I would like, from computer’s breaking to windows 10 updates becoming a nemesis breaking a number of settings and destroying quality of output in new and creative ways I have to work around (not always successfully) as well as the unending nightmare of being sleep deprived by my upstairs neighbour and the paper thin ceiling as they stomp and bang around all night in a drunker stupor never allowing me to sleep.

Thankyou for sticking with me as I’ve been through everything here and I’m working to resolve a lot of the problems, and while I can’t fix the problem with stream window size with whatever the windows 10 update did in November last year ruining my ability to stream directly off the gaming pc being beyond my ability to solve I have been working through streaming off my secondary recording pc, which only has 1gb graphics card and as it’s a budget motherboard despite being powerful it might not handle a graphics card upgrade directly on that so there are some issues with this out of my capability short of yet another upgrade which I’m not in the state of mind to go through all of the hassle for again at this time. You will notice that there was a time where the frame rate started to stutter which I failed to notice having only checked one video and it seeming reasonable I had to change from mp4 recordings to flv due to this update and I can’t preview these before uploading so it went unnoticed that actually most of the recordings weren’t great quality and while I have a backlog I’ve made some changes that should at least resolve this quality issue in the future.

I aim to get back to writing good reviews for this site as well as the well edited lets highlight video’s to fit the content I’m talking about from my playthrough of the games, and have been putting this off for a number of reasons mostly being sleep deprivation and not being in a good state of mind to write content in the quality I would like as well as spending a lot of time and effort to fight against this problem unsuccessfully, though adding webcam footage to my video’s has made this job also even more difficult needing to essentially edit the footage to fit around without showing the webcam.

This obviously is a time intensive process as I not only have to edit the footage together to look good I have to sift through all of my gameplay to find the appropriate moments I’m referring to and still have a decent output of a product, as well as all of the processing and time spent writing the article in a meaningful and appropriate manner without forgetting things or being so sleep deprived you’re not in a good mood to write a happy article and this has not been possible during these times, and especially when I was in my last job overworked and underappreciated essentially spending my entire life in that restaurant or travelling to and from it and never really having the free time I needed to spend on the site and as a result content did drop off entirely.

Throughout the years obviously the site has evolved from simply being written articles to attempting to switch to video content alone through a partnership with blip.tv and realising that most of my readership were more into reading articles than viewing video’s to ending up on the hybrid content we have today.

Problems with life began in 2011 when my benefits were being illegally withheld and this lead to me losing my home and floating around often without internet between locations attempting to get rehomed and the 4+ years of nonsense I had to deal with tyring to get rehomed and it was supposed to be a new beginning and new hope to get here, yet I’ve had more problems than anticipated which have stood between me and the output of quality I’m aiming to achieve.

Upgrades have occurred through the years as we’ve moved from the old VHS tapes I use to record on (an artistic choice) to the 4k video I’m able to record on today (though youtube seems to just downscale it annoyingly) though changing all of the sites embeds from blip video’sto youtube after they shed all of their content creators was a bit of a pain and rebuilding a subscriber base on there after years of hiatus quality is hopefully getting back to the level I hope to achieve, as I’ve said though windows 10 update seems determined to be my enemy, having broken my ability to use my sony bravia tv resulting in a tiny screen being used until I find a replacement but putting it off to avoid stress as I’m going through enough and on a short tether with sleep deprivation anyway, to sound being broken in another update not noticed for 2 weeks of recordings along with the months of video quality suffering after having changed to flv trying to defeat current issues caused by updates.

Ideally I would be able to make enough money to fund a solution to all of my problems and fully upgrade my recording setup to match my gaming setup and have two top quality rigs so no issues would be experienced and output would definitely be of the quality expected and maybe even record separate gameplay footage without webcam and microphone so I an isolate the gameplay footage and use that in edited reviews with sound but without my VO. Another good thing would be I would be able to buy a home and get away from this nightmare of being tortured all night kept awake by a horrible neighbour who refuses to sleep at night often having loud conversations all night long directly above my bed as well as slamming around in what I recently discovered was an alcoholic stupor which explained a lot but doesn’t make things better.

Effort will be made to start getting the reviews back up in a timely manner, although I still want to maintain the quality of actually playing through the games to a significant enough standard to give a well rounded and considered review of the game perhaps along with an expected length and replayability standard, along with due consideration of other products and events I will be reviewing all with the quality standards I aim to achieve.

Obviously during my homeless nature without the capabilities of recording and editing to the standards I wanted to it was difficult to achieve reviews of a lot of events I wanted to put out, and after getting rehomed and going through all of these current issues I’ve put off attending any events and not attempted to put out any content for these even as press releases with information about the event, however I’m definitely going to start making efforts into getting back into this.

I have a small backlog of events I attended over the xmas period close together I have recorded video’s for and uploaded, not in the full expo style with editing and scenes from around the event as these were music events I wouldn’t have permission to record music footage at, but nonetheless I’ve got my views and I aim to give a written output on these events, and I’m also planning on attending some future events in the coming year including visiting insomnia64 in april and putting up some content around this on the site.

So while I have been ignoring and putting off a lot of issues and neglecting the site to avoid stress as I’ve had a hard enough time dealing with my antisocial neighbours and the nightmare in attempting to get anything done about this, along with the stress of rebuilding my life and putting a home together and getting any compensation above £20 for the years of suffering I was put through and the fact that I lost everything in my life has been very difficult to cope with. I feel like I’m ready to start pulling things together again here now I’ve got a bit more free time and attempting to solve some of the problems again (until inevitably another windows 10 update breaks everything again and I have another nightmare to deal with) so I would like to thank you for sticking with me through all of this as I hope to resolve even more of the problems, and while I know there are still things not as I would like it to be I have to take things one step at a time to avoid being overloaded with stress and get so depressed I’m not able to function.

You can look forward to at least 6 lets highlights coming very soon once I’ve edited them together and reviewed them as well as around 4 gig reviews I need to write the articles for as well as the upcoming events I’m going to be attending over the coming year and stepping back into.

Once again I apologise for neglecting the site and you whilst I’ve been going through all of this and I’m glad a number of you have stuck with me through this time and I aim to output content at the quality and level you deserve though it may be a process to get there fully due to things beyond my control or ability to fund I do aim to keep things up and get back into updating the site regularly, without lazy playlist posting and short written reviews rather than a decently edited and considered video review.

Happy valentines day, and for those of you not with someone hiding your feelings away too scared to make a move, life’s too short so why wait forever hoping that one day they’ll notice you or be more than just friends. If you’ve got deep feelings for someone and you want something more then take the risk and let them know how you feel, if they’re a good friend it won’t matter as you’ll still be able to be good friends but if they’re feeling things for you too you might just get what you’ve always dreamed of.

You might ask yourself why certain people get the girl while you don’t and how some people bat way out of their league, it’s not magic it’s not trickery or “super seducer” nonsense, the simple fact is they’re at ease with themselves and not afraid to make a move, chances are you’d hit it off with that girl you’ve always liked from afar if you just talk to her, if you’ve got things in common that make you like them then they’d probably like those things in you and often it’s these connections that lead to better relationships than physical attraction as looks change over the years. Obviously you would like someone who’s attractive to you but attractiveness is always subjective and different people find different looks and styles attractive so don’t rule yourself out whether you’re ultra thin or plump and round, the most manly of men or androgynous there are people that like different things and I’m sure there’s someone that meets what you’re looking for who’d be in to you too so don’t rule yourself out if you’re not out there and trying to find your perfect partner.

The other valentines tradition is that it’s said to be the one day girls can ask out guys, I find this a bit silly in 2019 where the world is supposed to be even and not sexist sure it’s a tradition but you’re ruling yourself out of all of the days of the year you could ask out that guy you’re interested in and rather than waiting for him when perhaps he’s unsure if you’re in a relationship or remotely interested to put a move on you it might be an idea for you to make the first move, if you’ve got feelings for them you’re free to start making moves and ask them out on a date to see if there’s a future there.

Don’t think about what could have been and wish while keeping your feelings secret forever, if there’s someone you want to be spending valentines day with go let them know, even if it is getting them a card as if you’re extra shy leaving a card can be a good way to communicate your feelings without having to get nervous or scared. Just don’t leave it anonymous that doesn’t help anyone.

I have stayed out of the discussion on epic games deciding to spread out into becoming a fully fledged store and having their own exclusives trying to compete with the success of the steam store by valve being the primary marketplace for maintaining your game library on the pc, however with the latest news on metro exodus actively removing their game from the steam store despite having had it up for pre-orders for some time and even word of physical store copies including steam codes but removing all of this last minute to have it’s own exodus over to the epic games store

This move however goes to show that my feelings on the matter were right all along and far from the rhetoric of this being a great thing for the consumer providing further choice in where to purchase your games and increased competition bringing prices down instead it goes to prove that it’s just an attempt to cash in on the marketplace by epic games using the billions they’ve earned through their free to play game fortnite to invest in building their own store and paying off developers to have their games exclusive on their marketplace trying to run steam out of the business and paying off consumers in some forms by providing a vast number of free games at periods throughout the year as an incentive to change to their platform.

Epic games have been stated to offer developers 88% share vs steam offering devs only 70% and many have claimed that this would provide the opportunity for prices to be offered cheaper however in my opinion it just means that actually developers would simply just make larger profits selling on their platform and in actuality prices would remain stagnant as the developers choose the pricing structure and knowing customers are happy to pay X for the game they would simply choose to gain larger profits as opposed to offer any savings to the customers.

Obviously there are many reasons a developer would choose to offer a game on steam as opposed to epic mostly being the increased customer usage base and how many users like to have their entire game library under one DRM giant, and having been using steam for years they would have loyalty and wish for their games to be accessible on steam, some might even pay a premium to keep their titles all under the steam umbrella. However this move by metro having their game removed from the store despite being up for pre purchase for a while goes to show that this isn’t about offering greater consumer choice it’s about greed as not only have the metro devs been paid to be exclusive on the epic launcher but also they will get a greater share of the cut. Rumours are that the US price has dropped slightly however the UK price seems to remain the same between the pre release steam and the epic store price.

This move shows that this isn’t about end user customers or about providing more consumer options for purchase as if this was the case the devs would still list the game on the steam store and the choice would be offered for those wishing to make a purchase which platform they would rather play it on and keep their library under. However this clearly shows that epic store are actively trying to take down steam and clearly this has resonated with gamers who are actively boycotting metro and epic games because of this move. Sure they are claiming that those who purchased in advance will still get updates on the game and be able to play through steam it’s just that it’s no longer available for purchase on the store, but this just highlights that this is indeed active moves to invest the profits from fortnite scales into attempts to take on and take down the gaming giant, and people aren’t going to be happy about their primary marketplace for games coming under threat in any sense.

Desura is a platform which use to exist in the gaming marketplace and was pretty large in itself offering a publishing platform for any game that wished to list itself there and was considered a competitor to steam however this company went out of business suffering problems with their company and operating in the marketplace, since this went under steam itself went through some changes with developers demanding the ability to publish their games and this lead to the steam greenlight process which was eventually removed due to lack of use and abuse of the system and now any dev can publish directly to steam by simply paying the fee and this has lead to vast releases of shovelware and basic game clones along with some controversy over bitcoin miners and viruses being released on the platform as well as the barely cobbled together youtuber bait shovelled out to get a profit.

Steam has implemented some methods of adding additional monetisation to the platform itself with it’s innovative idea of offering steam trading cards, emote icons and profile backgrounds which are essentially just artificial digital content collectibles that can be traded on the steam marketplace for digital currency to spend on the steam store (or to buy further collectibles) and this is a clever move to keep an income stream from providing a sales platform for these games especially where developers might be giving away vast numbers of keys for free and using valves servers in a less than agreeable way. This was a clever move by the platform taking a percentage of the sale of the digital goods whilst also providing a percentage to the devs and the rest going to the user selling them on the platform and this has created it’s own digital marketplace which as with all things some people abuse the system both on devs and user ends though I can see how this does a good job of mitigating risk providing a platform for these small devs to publish their games on the platform.

This adds further reasons why people might want to be able to purchase on steam also, having collectable trading cards for their games as well as the achievement tracking system and steam profiles and the interesting things steam does during it’s more increasingly than semi annual sales now, though the summer and winter sales often have special events, though to a lesser degree since the steam coal collectable scandal of 2011 where steam users could earn a prize for performing steam achievements in game especially created for the winter sale, some far more difficult to achieve than others. Of course this system was abused by many who not only used cheat engines to get all the achievements but also multi accounted to get the prizes from very cheap and free to play games and farm for the coal. Why did they do this you ask? Because coal wasn’t the only thing on offer there were also games as prizes and other digital content including big discounts off already discounted games, and 7 lumps of coal could be refined into games as well so there was a large potential for free games and greedy people abused the system heavily which ruined things for those legitimately putting the time and effort into getting the achievements properly, and having the fun of playing and trying to earn these in the attempt of getting a reward with a chance of a game but mostly ending up with consolation coal.

Further sales since then have had lesser abuse heavy systems with a fair way of gaining the rewards for all, often involving trading cards or going through clicker based mini games they’ve specially launched for the sales in an attempt to keep the fun aspect of doing something special for the sales but in a fair way that isn’t abused by many. This also goes to show how much effort steam make in keeping their platform the top of the leaderboards and first choice for consumers when they wish to purchase their games by going above and beyond expectations and being very generous at seasonal sale times when many would have in the past cashed in on the full retail price knowing people are trying to get them as gifts during these times and has lead to an industry wide sales time for all following steam’s example.

This move has clearly alienated a lot of customers both from metro but also the epic store itself as loyalty to steam by many customers goes a long way, and it’s hard to say how this will effect the industry and what steam will do to combat this move, as in the past where some indie devs with popular and good games were going over to epic for their launches was an initial step in taking on the giant as they have some interesting games like ashen and super meatboy forever coming out on their platform and not steam, but actively stealing larger developers titles already listed in the steam marketplace for exclusives both taking metro exodus and also the walking dead’s final season from steam despite telltale going under the final episode of the final season of the very popular walking dead title migrated to epic alone despite having sales on steam and this is a worrying sign that all of the money made from fortnites success is being used to migrate popular titles over to the epic platform.

With the case of the walking dead it could be seen as a generous influx of funds to try and save the developer and provide them as a platform in exchange, however the metro move can only be seen as greed and also taints other migrations to the platform as well as the exclusivity of the other indie games as this is not a wise move. Had metro exodus never been offered or provided on steam this would have a very different public perception however both epic and the developers of metro must appreciate the public backlash by the move they have performed here and how this will effect their reputations and the reputations of all developers choosing to go exclusive on the epic games platform.

If this was indeed offering further customer choice then new games such as metro exodus would be also available on the steam store, and epic could compete by offering better prices if that was indeed the case and this was additional competition allowing savings to the end user customer it’s just that these actions seem to show otherwise and that this is all about taking down steam and denying them the ability to sell big titles boasting instead exclusivity on their platform having paid them off to make the move.

I am very interested to see how this story progresses because steam surely won’t take this move lying down and I expect them to perhaps offer secret better rates to larger developers in order to keep good titles coming over to steam, and perhaps they might invent some new incentives or other special unthought of methods much like steam trading cards was an unthinkable thing in the past but has proved a great success for themselves and also the developers using them as additional cash streams (and lets face it you would have to consider the income streams from steam trading cards in the balance of a fixed sales percentage being better in the calculation too because long term marketplace of these trading cards could provide far more income than the additional percentage cut of the initial sale) It is worth noting that sales already finalised on steam of metro exodus are stated to be held up and will include future updates however I still feel this doesn’t make up for the fact that they have essentially been paid to boycott steam in favour of epic.

I would expect steam to be coming out with some response to this in their platform in order to remain the industry leader in choice of gaming platform, and never forget that platforms like these aren’t too big to fail as many state and I would be heartbroken to see steam go under so of course in the battle I choose the side of steam and I hope you would too, so I can understand why many are boycotting epic games as a result of this move along with the metro developers. I like you will just have to stay tuned as this drama escalates and I don’t think this is the end of it, officially the DRM platform wars have begun.

YouTube recently changed it’s requirements for partnership so that you needed at least 1000 subs and 4000 hours viewed within the last 12 months to monetise your youtube channel, now there has been some backlash at this from smaller channels however in the past there have been a number of smaller channels that have had their adsense completely blocked for supposed “click fraud” with youtube only allowing a single appeal where they would state as a reply unless you know what the cause of the click fraud is they won’t restore your account, which is terrible for false positives because unless you’re causing the click fraud how would you ever know what the cause was?

This is why having a minimum viewership is going to be good for you, because while you might make some money that helps keep your channel growing or help to grow it during it’s smaller time you’re likely to have a small selection of the same people viewing your video’s and clicking your ads when you’ve got a smaller subscriber base, and youtube will detect this as click fraud thinking only you or people you know would be clicking if there’s a small field of IP addresses generating the revenue, so by having a much broader field it eliminates false positives as you’d have a significant enough viewer base at that point that the IP range would be varied and false positives are far less likely to occur, obviously if youtube had a better appeals process and understood that you would not have control over who watches your video’s and who clicks on them when you’re smaller it would have also worked but that would create more work for youtube and clearly they’re against that.

Of course this can be offputting to using adsense anywhere else as if you’ve previously used it on your website and you know a lot of robots (especially google’s own spider for it’s search engine) traverse your site at three times the rate of actual visitors because they crawl it non stop and ignore don’t return for X time protocols completely. Whether these bots crawling the site trigger adsense to believe bad traffic is another consideration (not knowing whether it was over zealous subscribers, this or by being related to my scumbag sister) so I’m offput from even using adsense anywhere outside of youtube so that when I build up high enough I can actually monetise it and if they trigger a false click fraud claim again when not performing this then youtube itself has serious problems.

One final reason hidden in the depths of the explaination for what determined “click fraud” at the time they closed monetisation on my channel was that if they suspected you to be related to anyone who had been deemed bad for adsense (so having a similar name or just being related to them) would also result in a click fraud closure for your adsense wether you’ve performed clickfraud or not, just being related to or suspected to be related to someone who did would get your account closed, and I would suspect my sister very likely to be a click fraud person because she is a scumbag, she’s performed illegal things in the past, she still does illegal things and she even tried to forge my signature to steal our dads inheritance when he died, of course she still succeeded in stealing it but should really be arrested for criminal fraud in that instance, forging my signature is fraud and I deleted her from my life that day not that we communicated much previously but I had her on facebook as a relative, I gave her birthday and xmas presents but that was about it but after that disgusting behaviour she’s not a relative.

So you’re one of the people who had your adsense closed for click fraud in the 2011-2012 timeframe when google were taking down a lot of adsense accounts including from some medium size channels, well with this new system in place it might be worth putting in a new appeal, I know I had been trying to appeal again when this system came into place and might have resulted from my appeal showing that the only monetisation I had in my account was from America and couldn’t possibly be anything to do with me, and probably was from over zealous subscribers as I had a growing channel in a time when comments sections were encouraging each other to click every advert to support youtubers (and kony 2012) so it was a weird time. However if you’ve had a channel in good standing since then and you’ve never known what the click fraud was it might be worth sending in a new appeal, and then going into your account clicking to change your adsense ID but if you associate it with your channel regardless of if it was the same adsense ID it will restore it back to a state that states pending review until you get enough viewers and subscribers rather than demonetised which gives you a hopeful system for the future, and also backdooring into your adsense account through that link you’re able to see that you’re in a restored adsense account and you could use it in your regular websites if you choose to take that risk, or save it entirely for youtube as I’m choosing to do so.

While you might think this is an unreachable target especially as youtube makes everything on it’s platform more geared towards celebrities rather than smaller content producers I do believe this is more protective for you and you’re more likely to succeed without losing your adsense and hope to monetise your channel as you grow with the new rules, and it’s a target to strive for that perhaps once reached might give enough income to at the very least reduce the number of hours you have to work elsewhere in order to fund your life and gear towards moving into youtube fulltime.

E-Cigarette’s or “vapes” are portrayed as being more healthy for you than regular cigarettes because there’s no tar and you often hear people describing them as being “just water” which is quite incorrect because the vapourised fluids while becoming steam also contain purer versions of the drugs, while this might remove the risks associated with regular smoking this doesn’t necessarily make them safe as cigarettes and even uranium toothpaste were once deemed safe until years of use show the side effects and these products may have long term downsides, because inhaling steam could be damaging your insides in very different ways that are equally damaging to your long term health.

Since publishing this video some changes have been made to laws where drugs in the UK seem to be progressing towards being illegal at base before being legalised which is a step in the right direction towards safety as “legal highs” in the UK were often slight chemical differences to very dangerous substances, and perhaps more dangerous than their illegal countertypes only chemically changed to make them no longer illegal and unclassified, and this loophole allowed the market to be flooded with dangerous substances for sale on the high street and people believing them to be safe as they were marketed as being legal, and the assumption that being legal meant them to be safe or even safer than dangerous class A drugs they were based upon.

THC and the active substance in weed does seem to be branching towards legalisation in a lot of the world, and there are many products like oils where in small doses can be legal and help certain medical conditions yet the country still refuses to allow legalisation even in terms of prescription medication. I do believe however the vape market is missing a trick that they don’t have vapourised safe levels of illicit substances, of course when the law was on the side of things being legal until deemed illegal this would have been easier, however I do believe that in small enough doses for safe levels weed vapes would be a very popular product with the smell and the effects being pleasant for a lot of people and very lucrative which is why I’m surprised you don’t really see it anywhere, they could even have different flavoured versions of this and make a lot of money very easily off this, even if an intrepid drug dealer decided to corner the market and begin producing this.

I remain sceptical that vapour pens are as safe and clean as they are portrayed, and maybe they’re less hazardous than regular cigarettes and offer an alternative but it’s hard to say, and inhaling large enough levels of steam to create the exhalation that you see often from people who use vapes and even try to make vape shapes with their breath must have some effect on your insides, I can’t imagine having that much steam in your lungs on a regular basis can’t be bad for you.

I have been using these fuleadture headphones and while the sound quality is good, the noise isolation aspect seems to mostly just come out of the fact that it blocks out external noise rather than having any active noise cancelling as they may suggest, this perhaps comes via noise reduction of audio coming from the computer to clear up any distorted audio rather than active noise cancelling of irritating noises around you as it offered little to block out my heavy fan noise on my old computer, which was a primary reason for purchase of a noise cancelling headphone.

I would suggest that these also seem to be designed for a child or someone with a smaller head than me as although they offer resizing the actual ears are pushed in to such a degree no matter how you resize that it puts too much pressure on the headband that it inevitably snaps destroying the headphones, and the material for the band used seems to be 3D printed so it’s a flimsy and weak substance that snaps way too easily. This is probably the main downside as the quality and life of the headphones depends entirely upon whether you have a small head and won’t strain out the headphones headband, the other downside is that if you want to have active noise cancelling you’re better off looking elsewhere, and while these seem a bargain for active noise cancelling this is completely misleading as they seem to have no noise cancelling technologies at all, or at best they probably misunderstood the term.

When these broke within the first few weeks of use I was very disappointed and they did send a replacement product so the 1 year warranty was valid, and I did continue using the broken set to utter destruction, and then the replacement headphones also snapped in the same place within a month also but I’ve only just started using the replacement, and claimed my warranty early before perhaps newer models were released, passing on my feedback about the flaws with the product to the manufacturer.

True active noise cancelling detects the noise around you and emits a counter noise that makes it so that in your ears you don’t hear that noise around you, and I’ve used a few different noise cancelling headphones at shows such as the gadget show, often they have a button on them that activates and deactivates the technology but you can tell distinctly when it’s active, especially if you hold them slightly off your ear, and I can confirm that these headphones do not have any active noise cancelling, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t passive noise cancelling with the thickness of the padding, but this states to have active noise cancelling which is incorrect.

I will state that at time of creating the video and my purchase this was the case, however looking at the amazon page for the most recent version of the product they seem to have resolved the problems that I had with my purchase, the headband is fully coated in what looks like a more durable and flexible material so fitting to different size heads may result in the product not breaking and being more durable which is my major complaint on the quality, so this seems to have been resolved, also despite my purchase claiming to have “active noise cancelling” and lacking it, the product shown on amazon as the latest version of the product in fact has an active noise cancelling button on the product and seem to actually incorporate correct noise cancelling technology so may in fact be what I was expecting previously but didn’t receive in the product I purchased.

I would suggest that feedback I made on my purchase has been taken into account and the products they are creating have resolved the complaints I had with the product, but without being able to test out a more recent version I couldn’t say for sure and I am a little pessimistic on making a purchase with how easily these broke through use with my head size, but by looks alone the product does look a lot more durable and that it now offers true active noise cancellation rather than in line cancellation of noises from the pc calling that active noise cancelling.

Feel free to make up your own mind and check out the latest product below.

In 2011 the council illegally withheld my benefits for 9+ months resulting in my home being stated as possession being handed over to the landlord in January 2012 stating clearly on the letter that if I left the property at any time they were within their rights to take hold of the property and change the locks, this lead to me being unable to attend jobseekers sessions. Even still after that they didn’t pay any due benefits until months later, ignoring that I had made a rapid re-sign, 3 fresh benefits appications and numerous emails and office visits attempting to get due benefits paid. Even the amount paid months later wasn’t fully due benefits as they had neglected and ignored due benefits that should have been paid and only paid from the latest application, still the LGO doesn’t pay due benefits that should have been owed illegally deducting them from compensation due, also ignoring the knock on effects of being unable to attend jobseekers sessions and the years of my life they left me homeless without putting things right or giving me a home ignoring all attempts to get rehomed and all attempts to get them to put things right.

While they have finally upped the compensation from the pathetic £200 they were offering for losing all of my possessions destroying my life and relationships, leaving me homeless and suffering for over 4 years as well as the months of continued suicide attempts and whatever damaging effects these have had on my body and my brain (I know I have mental failures I never had before) This isn’t fair because the primary point that the government and the council owed me these benefits they were illegally withholding and still never paid them and in fact deduct them effectively stealing them from my compensation and saved significant sums of money by not paying due benefits I would have been entitled to even though I more than likely would have found work during that time period, it is horrible that they can deem what they have done to me be effectively only worth £200 for the 4+ years of my life they’ve stolen. Also the value of the things that I have lost let alone the detrimental effects on my health are worth significantly more than the compensation offered and I have a deep hatred and resentment of the council and the government and what they have done to me that I cannot resolve burning within me which fair compensation would have dissipated but I’ve had to suffer and fight so hard and get so stressed just getting something for what they have done to me, feeling suicidal often and repeatedly throughout the entire process that I need more to put right what they’ve destroyed out of me.

Throughout the entire experience the LGO have been less of a fair ombudsman and more of a council scapegoat giving everything to the council and ignoring the laws and clear evidence in front of their faces, along with the fact that the conservative government removed the ability to get legal aid in these cases around the same time they created these problems on a national scale because this happened to so many more people than me it’s surprising that more hasn’t been done by other nations to combat how illegally this country has acted, and with brexit on the radar now I can only imagine laws being revoked and oppression against young people and the unemployed rising as this country becomes a harder place to live and life becoming more of a struggle.

I continue my fight always even if this is eating me and destroying me, I need fair compensation for what they’ve taken from me and recognition for how much of my life and my soul they’ve destroyed.

I wanted to update you because my gaming pc went out in a literal blaze of glory with the power supply making a huge pop noise with a large white flash of light coming out of the PSU with a blue tinge, it was rather spectacular and something you can’t really plan on recording or recreate, and after this my pc just would not do anything pressing any buttons so I purchased a new power supply hoping to fix this, however the new PSU is a different ampage and does not seem to power up the pc, so there may be further delays in diagnosing what has been destroyed and leading to lower end recording or delays until I get this fixed.

I noticed while trying to replace the power supply that the previous one was so poorly wired that they had built the pc with a 4 pin cpu power supply going into an 8 pin hole, I don’t know what sort of incompetent fool thought this was a good idea and how they’ve managed to get away with selling trash like this, but I can imagine this may have been causing problems I had previously thought associated with the RX480 as the crashing never occurred until I started using that graphics card, so it may have been the fault of the incompetent ebayer all along.

The motherboard connected states itself to be surge proof so there’s a chance it’s just the fuse that needs replacing to make the new psu work with it, however the entire board might be fried and who knows what else which leads to the entire ebay purchase being money thrown in the trash because they built something that would deliberately short circuit and burn itself out, I can imagine that’s a lucrative business for them as they’d expect people to purchase from them again perhaps, however I would never purchase from that seller ever again because of the terrible quality of the build and I would suggest buyer beware ever purchasing anything on ebay, not only are the stats completely misleading and lied about when you’re comparing components on the sale, but also the build is borderline dangerous let alone being suitable for use, just because it boots up doesn’t mean it’s suitable for everyday use. I can’t believe such trash is allowed to be sold on ebay, and I’m still frustrated they removed the correctly deserved negative feedback off that seller, now more deserved than ever before.

I’m working on replacing and fixing this so I can get back to my 2 pc recording setup, and my current one I record off isn’t suitable for high end gaming recording at the moment due to less ram and only 1gb graphics, so you’ll have to excuse a delay in quality content, but hopefully once I’ve fixed this I shouldn’t have crashing issues ever again as more than likely it was how poorly the motherboard was wired with incorrectly used power supplies that caused this entire problem.

What was I doing that caused this explosion you say? Well I was trying once again to record some games that had been known to crash, recording them on the lowest possible settings, and while I got some video’s out (and yes it still crashed on the lowest settings) the final crash was while setting up and not during recording and it crashed as normal, and I went to turn the pc back on as I usually do after a crash, and it was when powering up the pc that simply by pressing the power button it caused the explosive pop (at crotch height YIKES) and as a result wasn’t captured on camera.

I’m being productive in the downtime not able to record gaming by catching up on editing, publishing the backlog of previously recorded content, setting up social accounts for other sites and doing a lot of things like that, as well as getting stressed out still dealing with the councils incompetence.

I’ll be back to recording and publishing soon, and I’ve got a couple of games I’m due to put reviews up for but I want to capture more footage for the edited video’s first, and I want good quality content so I’m waiting til I’ve got this fixed and resolved before getting back to that so I hope you can bear with me for the delays caused by this.