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With e3 life is strange before the storm was announced and people are wrongly proclaiming it to be life is strange 2 when we know dontnod entertainment are working on life is strange 2 and it is going to be completely separate in characters and storyline from the original, this is simply what I would refer to as a standalone dlc, made by a Deck Nine and being a prequel to the existing game and trying to match the characters and storyline which itself has it’s own flaws.

In before the storm you play as chloe price, formerly the sidekick of max who entirely selfishly focused upon finding out the fate of rachel amber with no thought or care for anyone else let alone max this game is set in the time when chloe first met rachel and how their bond and friendship grows to fight the challenges of the world around them. The game is set over three episodes with an optional bonus episode where you play once again as max as a child probably without rewind powers and not important to the main story.

You can see some aspects in which they’ve attempted to recreate the original gameplay mechanics, firstly cloning max’s photography ability with chloe now tagging everywhere with graffiti perhaps not understanding that it was most likely nathan prescott dealing with his psychosis tagging everywhere and especially the residence of those who wronged him, and also tagging his beloved vortex club’s logo everywhere as he felt he was all powerful and beyond reproach and wanted everyone to know how he and his family ruled the town, whereas this game makes chloe the tagger, just to replace photography as a gameplay mechanic you can use for achievements and something hidden to look for, and not only that instead of the vortex club logo it’s just an illuminati eye you have to wonder if there was any consultation with the original writers of the game to ensure there was continuity between the two titles.

The next problem they had was the fact that chloe clearly couldn’t rewind time and they needed some mechanic to replace this, of course in the original game chloe had become so focused on finding rachel that she was narrow and focused and willing to do whatever it took to get to her and make those who hurt her pay, this game seems to have taken that but made chloe keep this before ever even meeting rachel. I feel this doesn’t go well as the character progression because I feel under the military father she would have been quite repressed and not so outgoing, she had a secret hideaway with rachel in the scrap yard and clearly she opened up to rachel in ways she couldn’t with anyone else and would not have been the bolshy outgoing selfish individual she because, it was only through losing rachel she was galvanized into that in my opinion.

Regardless of how you see the character chloe before meeting rachel the issue is that the barbed tongue doesn’t replace the external gameplay mechanics added through the time travel abilities, there was a lot that was added through being able to find out facts with someone and go back and then create further narrative and choose how you wanted to progress conversations, and then onto time based puzzles where you used the time travel ability to do things before consequences happened and use this to progress through the game, and it was also integral to the entire plot of the game, whereas a simple choice to use wit or agressive talk to get your way does not add a lot to the gameplay and it could leave it feeling a little bare and boring as a game outside of the conversations and a little too much like a telltale game adventure, with pointless walking around between the conversational aspects and then a few choices which really make little difference whatever you pick.

The game does promise multiple endings, however it remains to be seen just how diverse you could get over three episodes especially without any form of powers to make big differences to the world, and at the end of the day it’s pretty predetermined that rachel is going to go missing in the end even if it isn’t during this storyline, and that is another big problem this developer needs to face, not only is the game only three episodes and such a short time to tell a good story but also what could you do to live up to the grand climax of the escalation of consequences with max’s time travel powers (or in fact just being drugged and overdosed by jefferson and perceiving the world crashing down around her in the final throws of life) They would have to introduce a grand jeapordy and resolve it in such a short period of time whilst also developing the character relationship between chloe and rachel that I just can’t see a big draw at this point for a well written storyline, to me it just feels like a cash grab on the life is strange franchise trying to get a little extra out of it in the gap between the original and a sequel, without playing it I can’t tell you anything for a fact but from the trailer and the teasers on the twitch e3 coverage I don’t feel like there’s going to be a lot to this, yes there’s a little jeapordy in the club and at some mechanic’s place but it doesn’t feel a fraction of the grandiose world ending cataclysm max was facing, and the relationship between chloe and rachel doesn’t feel anywhere near as emotional as kate’s storyline arc. I will play the free first episode and see what I have to say based upon that but the choice of character wasn’t the best for me, any of the other characters even minor ones felt more human than chloe to me, and if they had to persue this relationship I feel rachel would have been the best to have as the main character as it allowed more freedom on a creative perspective and would have felt less intrusive to fans.

I just hope this doesn’t ruin things for a sequel because I can see a lot of fans being let down by this title without any powers or rewind ability, and simply being a storyline perhaps twisting characters out of shape and not understanding the subtleties of telling a great story like the original did, I never was close to chloe as a character as she was a selfish brat but it remains to be seen just how this will go down, I also provide a few theories on what would have made a better choice for this game or even the sequel dontnod stated they were working on if they were to follow the original storyline in some form.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr who returned to our screens with season 9, and of course everyones “favourite” doctor, peter capaldi who has been commented by many people as reasons they have stopped watching the show. On top of his breaking of the fourth wall to explain a plot last season, and constantly insisting he’s cool and things he does are cool just like a dad trying to insist to his children he’s actually cool he has now gone on to break one of the majorly established elements of being a doctor.

The doctor has always had his big blue box, the tardis trapped in the guise of an old telephone box despite the fact that this is irrelevant pretty much everywhere in the universe and space time. However he has also had for some time, and especially through every incarnation of the new season his sonic screwdriver in various forms, changing this to another form of sonic was acceptable however removing the screwdriver aspect and turning them into a pair of sunglasses is about as cool as those pathetic slatted sunglasses or wearing 3d glasses in the 80/90′s and also breaks one of the main characteristics of being the doctor, changing from a sonic screwdriver is essentially the same as changing the form of the tardis from an old telephone box, especially to something as stupid and douchey as a pair of sunglasses, it’s almost as though he’s trying too hard to insist he’s cool when sunglasses aren’t really cool fashion and haven’t been for a long time, sure they’re effective for blocking the suns rays and good for helping you see in bright light, but as a fashion accessory they’re rather stupid and as a sonic tool quite stupid considering how much harder it is to put on a pair of sunglasses in order to activate something.

Perhaps had he simply kept them as an additional tool for seeing things possibly it would have been fine, but to remove the screwdriver because he doesn’t want to be seen waving a magic wand essentially around is just silly in my opinion. Let’s face it holding out the sonic screwdriver and pointing it at something or holding it up like a sword ready to use at enemies is far more impressive visually than someone putting glasses on and putting their hand to their head.

This isn’t the only fault with season 9 however, additional problems come on the fundamental plot-lines which are reminiscent of 60′s batman serials, where every episode is essentially a two parter, and for the majority either the doctor or his companions, or in the case of last week pretty much the entire of the uk were dead, and stay tuned for next week to see how what happened at the end of the episode or in the teaser doesn’t actually happen and how he’s actually alive, the world is safe and nobody was actually ever in any danger as expressed in the end scenes.

The world is currently in jeopardy, the uk has been replaced with an army of shape-shifting aliens, which actually may have turned the humans into their form as they are constantly requesting for the truth to come out and for them to have their planet and their life back (whoops is that potential spoilers, I’m no insider but that’s the obvious solution, with the feared box perhaps being the key to the transformations and to put everything right) Will it be down to the doctor escaping from a plane about to be exploded by a heat seeking missile, probably using teleportation technology held by the dr who fangirl who wears nods to his past live’s outfits and keeps photo’s of them within unit on the walls as easter eggs to see.

Maisie williams was introduced as a new immortal in the only episode to not have anyone dead at the end, sure masie died but he implanted her with a chip to make her live forever much like captain jack harkness, and the teaser there was that she would live to see the annihilation of the entire world with what appeared to be a nuclear explosion behind her. This would hint along with word that was spread that torchwood would be returned that she may be the new leader of a torchwood team for her own series, put this together with the world jeopardy and unit being destroyed the perfect opportunity for her to step in from her established position of watching over the doctor (shown during a photograph in the end of an episode with her watching behind him in a previous plot)

With the doctors sidekick deemed to be cocooned, although she could easily be infiltrating pretending to be the alien in order to foil their plot and the doctor in trouble it could come down to masie to save the day with torchwood, possibly saving the doctor then stepping in to help take back the world and prepare to launch a season of torchwood during the doctor who season break. If they do not bring masie in to do torchwood it does feel like a missed opportunity having established her as a pseudo jack, another immortal to live forever but follow the timeline never to time travel and be stuck on earth in the perfect position to defend them, having established this would prevent her going insane in her previous plotlines.

I personally think the whole everyone’s dead, oh wait they’re not dead, oh we broke the established rules of what happens when the tardis explodes but that didn’t happen, on next weeks episode we never really destroyed it bullshit rather boring and predictable and seemingly inflating deliberately false plotlines. All of this is so old fashioned and pathetic and likely to destroy the entire franchise, I would like it to go back to how it had been, with intricate well woven plots along with individual episodes that wouldn’t necessarily tie together and never having this falsely implied death principle repeating over and over every single time.

Using it on the first episode fine, but now it’s been used 4 times over this season it’s dead and buried, and don’t bring it back alive next week this is one thing you should leave dead in the ground and get on with actually writing some good episodes before you kill the entire franchise. Also get rid of the sonic sunglasses they’re as offensive as if you change the tardis to a portaloo, he might as well be flying around space time in a turdis with his douche glasses and a sonic e-cigarette with weed in to provide all the aliens a sonic e-toke and mellow them out so the only thing they wish to exterminate is the contents of the fridge… in their stomach. At least an E-spliff would be more impressive than sonic sunglasses.

I like dr who a lot, and I gave the new doctor his chance but he’s gotten progressively worse, I know it’s established he’s meant to become the enemy of the universe, but that’s meant to be in show, he’s not meant to be destroyer of the franchise, just destroyer of worlds.

Life is strange episode 4: Dark room continues where episode 3 left off, in an alternate timeline where chloe’s father is still alive and the consequences on reality that have occurred as a result of this single change.

Things in the new timeline are very different, effecting not only those around us but also max herself with her now being part of the vortex club and close friends with both nathan prescott and victoria chase. Although the game sends alternate texts on max’s phone (contradicting the fact that things held in max’s possession during time travel do not alter) we never get to explore what we could find out in our newly altered position instead spending the entire day with chloe and her unfortunate situation resulting from a car crash she never had when her father died in a car accident himself originally. This whole situation is creating heavy financial burden on her parents and a situation she wishes to leave in this timeline. A problem I had here, other than being forced to make a hefty decision which would have no consequence on our main timeline was the fact that after you have made the decision to either end her life or not you have such a long wait before you’re able to continue possibly forcing you to alter your decision feeling like the game pushed you one way or another, this has been fixed so the wait isn’t so ridiculously long now but at the time caused problems as I wanted a different decision to I ended up taking.

The rest of the episode revolves around obtaining evidence and finally chasing down whoever is responsible for rachel amber’s disappearance with far more vigor than has ever been placed into investigating before, which is unusual considering the timeline for the natural disaster being mere days away all effort goes into this rather than finding out what will cause the natural disasters being given via premonitions by max. Whether you’ve saved kate or not has little effect at this point in time, with her simply providing a text location for nathan’s room which you could find naturally and a minor visit where she appears happy and well now things have passed on a little.

Around the story you find a lot of clues which all seem heavily forced towards pointing at the prescott’s regardless of what evidence you’ve uncovered from previous episodes, what you’ve personally noticed, and who you blamed to the principal all have little effect when it comes to deciphering the information you gather. Although there are hints towards other people in all of the evidence factors you are forced to choose those which implicate nathan in order to progress, where I would have chased jefferson based on how he pushed kate onto the roof with his conversation just prior, and the dodgy phone-call he received just afterwards with a third party which wasn’t nathan who was in class talking to victoria at the time, and the fact that all of the facts we had gathered pointed to tw1np3aks car rather than nathan’s sex offender car that although it looks the same was not the car responsible with some noticeable differences.

Of course I’m not stating nathan had no involvement as he was being initiated into the ways by jefforson, but there are also severe disconsistencies with the fact that chloe woke up in nathan’s room after her attack and not in the dark room where evidently kate and rachel were taken, and how the farm bunker has nathan driving there but also how the paperwork scattered everywhere has bills from the prescotts but also letters to the prescotts in a contradicting manner scattered everywhere carelessly as though planted for evidence.

Another major inconsistency and problem is that in the photo with nathan and rachel either both are dead, or unconscious from drugs and it is not questioned who would be taking the photo so perfectly staged and arranged, yet after this nathan is seen in a photo burying her dead body, again by a third party. Nathan has disappeared by this point, likely after the confrontation with warren running to jefferson in a rage demanding something be done and possibly being taken care of or locked up in the dark room at the very least, yet we continue to receive text messages at least possibly from jefforson using his phone, but still making the timeline obscurities unusual.

On to the overarching factor of the coming apocalypse and how we awoke on the path to the lighthouse in the very first episode, previously it has been noted that this could all be part of a dream state while unconscious in the tornado itself but with the ending of this episode getting drugged by jefferson, far from being a first aider calling for max to “stay with me” while in the rewind it could actually be that the entire time we have been locked in the basement or unconscious on the path to the lighthouse dumped by jefferson after being used and abused. So there are alternatives for what is possibly going on and how we will see the ending pan out, but still fits the theme of reliving the events up to this moment in a way max’s brain can comprehend, inventing the time travel ability to explain being in the past up to this traumatic event rather than simply daydreaming the entire thing as we regain consciousness.

I look forward to seeing how episode 5 polarized turns out, and whether or not we will retain our rewind time travel abilities or if these will be gone, explained as being under the influence of drugs as opposed to the entire thing being made up in our heads, and whether everything we’ve done to this point truly has an influence as although some factors changed overall the whole point of trying to have things have a real meaning seems to have been missed overall. And will we ever find this missing laptop with cat pictures?

Get life is strange now and prepare for the finale and the end of the world
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With the steam controller due for release in early 2015 I wanted to have a closer look at what was known about the controller and how it and the steambox with steamOS could impact the marketplace for determining which operating system people choose for thier personal computer systems.

I personally question how the trackpads would operate, because with gaming set up primarilly for use with dual sticks, using swiping actions could become increasingly difficult with many playstyles, and if they have a zone further than the direct center which operates as a click of a button, and how sensitive trackpads are wether this would create further difficulties and alienate players who might get caught up in the action and be a little heavier handed.

One question I forgot to cover is wether or not the pad itself will operate truly as an xbox 360 controller on games which are programmed only to work if they detect an xbox pad directly plugged into the computer, this is a vital question because my previous venom gamepad was on the most part the same control inputs as an xbox 360 gamepad with only one axis on the right stick being incorrect, however this resulted in being unable to play many games as they looked natively for the 360 pad and if this wasn’t present they would not allow the use of a controller in any way shape or form, and you could only then use it via joy2key.

The gamepad itself does come with a native version of joy2key in that it maps to a set of keyboard controls so it can be compatible with games that don’t allow for gamepads and also those with which it wouldn’t be fully compatible, however some games and in particular multiplayer games this could be increasingly problematic, especially if the gamepad does not work in the same way as the xbox controller in that it would port to one of 4 seperate control schemes and wavelengths so everyone had thier own input and could play locally together.

I think it would be a requirement that it enable at least 4 players locally to have thier own control pads for some multiplayer games if it wishes to truly take on other gamepads on the market and be established as a commonly used peripheral. Some paths to the market would be to sell it alongside valve games in the local stores, but considering they haven’t released anything in a while other than free2play content this would be difficult, and wether microsoft games would continue to only support the xbox 360 gamepad when ported to the pc and deliberately alienate the product so it is a useless peripheral or not would cause problems

I hope to be able to get my hands on a steam control pad myself soon so I can put it through some proper testing, and ideally two in order to assess local co-op play also.

Stay tuned to find out.

Also in the video I talk about the steamOS being linux and how this could change the market for operating systems and how the new generation of consoles allow for half life 3 due to the new engines being used to develop games rather than the old source engine most previous valve games were based upon, and how they could also impliment the free2play version of half3life deathmatch in order to continue that monetisation scheme with free to play skins and models for sale and even a plethora of boxes to sell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It should also be noted that peter capaldi’s eyes appear in the day of the doctor episode when they state “13 doctors” during the transportation of gallifrey from the space time continuum into a painting, so obviousely he would have to return to that point to collect it, and obviousely he would be the safeguarder of the painting. This is also an inevitable spoiler that he already would survive beyond the battle of trensalore, which was already shown in other ways but this particular way is the biggest spoiler considering he has already regenerated beyond it at that point. Wether or not this has an influence on gallifrey offering up extra regenerations to him remains to be seen, but he could influence them considering without him being there to save them they wouldn’t survive in the pocket universe.

For years people have thought the tongue could only taste sweet, sour, bitter and saltyness, and some people even believe that you cannot taste anything and that your entire sense of taste is based on your sense of smell, recently they added the 5th thing which is savouriness, of course his is still not entirely categorising senses known to be tasteable on the tongue, much like the human body having more than the 5 senses people believe, I think people should be taught the correct things in school so everyone knows, as you can also taste the spicyness of food, the metallicness, the fattyness, dryness (tannin), coolness (like menthol), and I am sure there are more, as for senses other than touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste there are things like pain and heat to name some basic senses, you dont need to know them all, just know that they exist because it seems we’re in the dark ages of the elements of earth fire wind and water in comparison, because as we all know now theres a whole periodic table of elements beyond the basic four that use to be believed in.

In recent years it has become much more publicly known that one of Saturn’s moons known as titan has an atmosphere very similar to our own which would mean a breathable climate and conditions that could support our life. Of course I found out about this before it was made much more publicly known through the news statement of a probe being launched to see if there was any land or if it was entirely a water based planet.

How I discovered the breathable planet (although technically it is a moon as it orbits the planet Saturn) was due to not being able to complete a computer game on the amiga 500+ there was a game called battletech and I got to a stage where there was an underground map and the game gave no clues what to do whatsoever, and you were able to select and unselect planets in a solar system as the planet you were on was in danger, so I presumed you would have to map a route for finding another planet capable of supporting human life, so I went to the school library and began searching planetary books for some form of planets capable of supporting life that might have been included in the game, of course all the names of things in the game were under older names and more mythological names as the sun was known as sol and earth was terra. Either way my research there proved unhelpful, however it was when looking up planets I noticed that the elements in the air and atmosphere were very similar to our own, and although smaller it would be capable of supporting life.

With this knowledge I started talking to people around me and nobody whatsoever believed me that it was capable of supporting life as they believed if it was possible it would be much more widely known, of course in future years it did become much more widely known. However I am sure that the probe that was launched should have reached the moon by now as it was supposed to take 7 years and it would have been there by now however I have not heard anything since, did something go wrong or are they withholding the knowledge again (as its not beyond this government to hide things away for years)


This is also a reason I believe that the artificial islands we have on our planet were created for, as a test to see if we could create an island on a water based system that would survive and not erode, it would be ideal for creating land if there was none on titan in order to be able to colonise the planet/moon. What they would need to consider of course is that such a move would not match circumstances precisely, tidal forces on an entirely water based planet would be higher, and with the various gravitational forces of the sun, Saturn (which would be very strong due to its proximity) and Saturn’s other moons and rings, the islands may not naturally survive. Of course there would be a number of options for making the moon more hospitable.

Another thing that would need to be taken into account is how much sunlight the moon gets, depending on its location in orbit of Saturn much of the year it may not even get sunlight as it would be shielded by Saturn itself, and the rotation of the moon would also create varied days, some of our plant and animal life would possibly not survive in such circumstances, however as it is a system with a very similar balance of gasses in the air it is highly likely that the planet has life of its own, even if it is simply bacterial or water based, there could or could not be complex life already there, but disease could be a huge issue.


If you ignore the issues with unencountered diseases and super bacteria which would be stronger than anything on earth as we would have evolved around our own system but be completely unprepared for bacteria which evolved in another atmosphere. Then you would need to make the moon less risky with so many moons in orbit around Saturn there is a high chance of a future collision, the safest option would be to liberate the moon from Saturn’s orbit and place it into a stable orbit around the sun, and provide it with its own moon as a shield against space debris much like our existing planet has. This would then be the ideal situation for a secondary life based planet in our solar system. The calculations for doing such would be tremendous you would have to place the ideal spin and ideal moon size in order to make it retain its hospitable atmosphere. Or you could simply use a tony robinson style approach to making the planet (based on his programme catastrophes, not that he came up with the ideas but he presented the programme so Im giving him credit.) Find another moon/planet of the right size, and right density that it would break up entirely by skimming off titan whilst leaving titan generally intact but molten with some of the debris from the other planet and has its own ring creating its own moon, this would increase the size slightly, should knock it off saturn’s orbit, and into a proper special orbit of the sun. Of course this could naturally happen anyway with so many moons orbiting Saturn eventually they could collide especially as the ring of Saturn is supposed to be moons still in creation.


Going back to the series “catastrophes” it mentioned how millions of years ago asteroids hitting the earth created water on our planet which lead to oxygen, it states that the oxygen was deadly to most of the bacteria breeding on the planet, only some adapted to the oxygen based atmosphere, which means that the large amounts of bacteria which died off could have formed other forms of life possible creating more than just humans as intelligent life on our level, however the program’s view was without oxygen we would not be here, chances are the bacteria which evolved to create us would still have evolved to intelligent life levels but it would have breathed the atmosphere which the earth originally contained rather than the current oxygen based atmosphere. The fact that bacteria was breeding in a different climate also produces evidence that there is a good possibility life exists on other planets in some form, bacteria could easily evolve in the same ways it has here, perhaps slower or faster, depending on the elements available electricity may not even be possible on some planets, if it weren’t for lightening striking here we would not even have electricity. I personally believe that complex life would have evolved elsewhere in the galaxy, but the chances of them being so superior in evolution as to have space travel far beyond our capabilities is pretty low, most forms of life would probably be at an equal level as ours, their technological capabilities would depend on what discoveries they have made in their existence, and how they cooperate, is knowledge shared or hidden away etc, shared knowledge on a global level would increase the technological development speed whilst hidden knowledge would severely delay things as several people over the world may be working on the same things making the same mistakes and remaking old discoveries that weren’t made public knowledge wasting time which could be used on research and development elsewhere. It is said that we are transmitting our tv signal into space and people would pick it up, they may be able to detect the electric signals, but it would be so distorted through spacial noise and degradation (we have to have local signals for our radio waves and tv waves after x amount of distance you cant pick it up imagine that on a interstellar scale anything picked up would be worse than white noise and ignored on our own seti scale.) On top of that they have to have technology that works in the same ways as ours does, they have to have the precise decoders we have in our television sets etc, the way we presume other life would notice that you would never get noticed.

If we were really wanting to be noticed by life elsewhere in the galaxy we would have to approach things from a scientific point of view, what do we look for as signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy? We look for a persistent repeating signal which isn’t a pulsar, so would have to have some sort of varied rhythm. We presume numbers would be known throughout the universe but I believe this would not really be the case.. but some sort of repeating tune broadcast out into space (by tune I mean a signal that turns on and off in a set pattern repeating like dots and dashes on morse code like very old mobile phone ring tones) Music and noise would probably be more universally recognised as intelligent life, so if we broadcast a simple tune like chopsticks throughout the galaxy on a repeating signal from a point in space separate to our planet so as to not get lost in our special noise we transmit this would be a better signal to point out to the galaxy “we are here and we are intelligent enough to make music”, of course the signal would have to be very strong so as to reduce the degradation as it travels throughout the universe. Imagine seti searching through the stars for the noise they are searching for, rather than a repeating pulse (which would be highly unlikely from our planet just transmitting scattered noise on a large scale we would be presumed to be some electrostatic star of some kind spewing out random electrical signals) that you get a tune being played to you, undeniable proof of intelligence to come up with a tune. Heck its just popped into my head that close encounters of a third kind would be ironic, the spaceship plays a tune and communicates in music, which is quite clever as I just thought that music would be more universal, and the creators of the film must have realised this too. (again back to the issue of shared knowledge, our planet would be far better if knowledge was shared worldwide rather than kept secret, wikipedia is a great idea if only the entire world could contribute including scientific minds etc, this would then be the internet truly being put to good use as a global knowledgebase.


Back to the main issue of titan, if it was hospitable who would be chosen to go there, would it be like when the america’s were discovered, the rich took great boats to go there, and took poor people along promising them land in exchange for building the properties and community. I do believe that something along those lines would occur rather than the worlds best and brightest etc being chosen to populate the new world. I do believe that those with a desire to run their own country, those with a desire for change from our governments etc would wish to go, for the chance of creating their own community where things work out better and fairer, it truly would be the chance to start fresh and create a fantastic community from scratch and make things right. Inevitably once we have populated the moon (titan) we would have transports between earth and titan, which would lead to commercially produced superships (like ferries we use to cross the channel, but for the journey between planets, I would imagine they would dock at a spaceport orbiting each like the international space station but on a larger scale, which shuttles people between the station and the planet/moon as this would be easier than attempting to land a huge ferrycraft each journey. And from it becoming commercial many more people would be investing in the technology and research and our space travel would improve and we would have faster and more efficient spaceships which would lead elsewhere. Of course anyone who was to take the journey would have to be committed to giving up all they have here, it would be like a jump back there would be no internet, no television or radio, no supermarkets, truly fending for yourself from scratch, there wouldn’t even be electricity until some form of power generation was created on the planet, unless of course we prepared some form of fast install power generators etc. And with the journey you probably wouldn’t see anyone from this planet again, not as an initial settler, so anyone you cared about would have to go with you.


After seeing james may’s 20th centaury I noticed an invention known as the duck, basically it’s a form of energy generation which uses tidal forces, it would be ideal on a water based planet for generating energy, the tremendous upside is that beyond the point of the device which is gathering electricity it leaves perfectly calm waters, so this could be used as both a way of creating electricity and of preventing tidal erosion.

Okay so its been a while since I wrote something, a few things I was going to write about have passed like the discovery that there is a black hole at the center of the universe, well of course there is everything is circling a big black mass at the center like water circling a plughole, I think that was a pretty obvious thing, maybe origonally there was a supermassive sun which exploded and created the hole in the center who is to know, but it certainly makes the “dark matter” theory some people had pointless as the massive weight of such a large black hole makes thier dark matter mean that the weight of the universe wouldnt be stable, as Ive always thought if you have to invent something you cant prove just to make something fit youve missed something, and they missed out the weight of black holes and the mass and gravitational effects they produce.

Okay now onto the title issue, of the credit crunch and how it is a self defeating circle, as people have less funds to spend there is less need for people to work so people end up losing shifts so they have even less disposeable income which means there is even less money being spent on the economy reducing the need for workers further.  The government try to bail out failing industries but are just throwing money into nothing as it would be far better to let a failing business fail and focus on saving those which are copeing and providing support for those without work as a result.  It also appears that as a result many people are buying the “value products” but as they do it means that most shops sell out of these products, and even tv shows encourage the migration to buy lower value products not realising that by everyone doing so those that have had to survive on these all along are finding that there is no longer the option to buy these as the supermarkets run out and dont restock them very often.

On another matter related, the euro exchange rate is 1.05921 according to www.x-rates.com however when I went into the post office to exchange some euros to pounds they charged me the rate of 1.1373 which is stealing rather a lot to be fair considering they are supposed to be commision free exchanges.  I would sooner pay some commission and know what Im paying rather than sneakily be taken advantage of with a rate much higher than the actual exchange rate.

I also think it was funny how dispatches were trying to make out that the supermarkets should take a hit on thier profits of a few pence on the value products and make better quality products, the chances of that happenning very slim, but of course the general public are going to say yes they should when asked, if you went around asking the supermarkets theyre all going to say no…

Finally that flora buttery advert, gary rhodes travels the nation asking people which margerine product they prefer flora buttery or lurpack spreadable (read the smallprint) by a majority of 6 people out of 200 they prefer flora buttery, and if they had prefered lurpack no doubt the advert would have been a lurpack advert, confirming that of course the public thought what the creators of the spread thought, that the nation preferred thier product, because it was deeply bias, one of thier products or the other.  And you could hardly say a 3% majority a landslide win.

With todays technology it is completely impossible. People are going about trying to have something that will instantly destroy something at one point and recreate it perfectly at another point without any damage to the being, and have all of the moving parts moving exactly as they were before being sent. Lets list the reasons why that cannot happen

Firstly it would not be possible to perfectly map and destroy something to be recreated exactly the same because the time it takes to map something so complex as the inner workings of a body cells and micro organisms would have moved thus making it impossible to have mapped. The only way around this would be to speed up the being to the point where all the molecules are transformed into light, and have this light sent to the destination and slowed down again. Of course that would not work for the other reasons teleportation would not be possible.

Think of how your computer picks up a wireless signal, if there is another signal transmitted at the same time it would interrupt the signal and corrupt the teleportation so the reciever would stand a good chance of losing the person before they arrived. Light and electronic waves are easily distorted by objects in the way, shifts in the atmosphere etc could easily corrupt a signal too leading to someones insides being in the wrong place and even outside. Also sometimes even conditions can be perfect like your computer gets but only half of the web page you are trying to get loads up for no reason only reloading it would fix the problem but with someone being sent as a beam of light there is no reload button, its you get them or they die.

A way around those problems would be to speed them into light place them in a capsule fire that at the destination have them remove the capsule and slow down the being but I still think things could easily go wrong there especially as the being would be stationary light in the capsule and possible change or start to reintergrate as there is no motion propelling them forward enough to remain as light molecules.

Also in this day and age we lack anything powerful enough to speed up a living creature to the point where thier molecules would become light thus ruling out the possibility the energy required and the space requirements of such a device would be enormous unless some sort of gravity well manipulation where involved spinning the space around the being to such a speed that they would be in a contained cyclonic event speeding up their molecules to the speed of light.

Reality is we should find another fast way of moving around our planet such as faster personal transportation vehicles which can fly, underground high speed magnetized trains between all continents, or some new feasible transportation method.