Unexplainable Cravings: BF1

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Last week I mentioned about my unexplainable cravings for games that distract me from getting through my backlog. In that post, I spoke about the desire I have to get back into Battlefield 1 and Rainbow Six: Siege. As of late, I’ve been very much a single-player gamer; enjoying titles like Horizon Zero Dawn, dabbing my fat toes into the pool that is Uncharted, Firewatch, Dying Light, over the past few months without much of an online noob-culling to whisper about.

But I kind of miss it.

The glory of competitive gaming and dragging your team over the finish line. The mouthwatering prospect of striking up vendettas against opposing players, creating nemesis’s left, right and centre, is pushing me towards slapping an online game in the tray of my console and downloading a much-needed colossal update…

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My sniping phase has really dragged down my stats. I need to boost these back up!

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Weekend Run-Through Ep. 15

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Episode 15 – “Watch the thrust!”

Weekend Warm-Up!

I’ve made a vow to make Horizon Zero Dawn my very first PS4 platinum. Having said that, I’ve actually already got a platinum trophy linked with my PSN account and that was for Resistance: Burning Skies on the PS Vita. Hey, I’m pretty new to the whole PlayStation thing so don’t scoff at me like that! As much as I enjoy trophy hunting, I’m certainly not obsessed with getting them all. Sure, the nice round 100% figure looks lovely, but it’s not something I’d tend to strive for unless it was for a game I’m truly in love with… which is certainly the case with Horizon Zero Dawn. Although I’m relatively new to the PlayStation side of things, I’ve very much been an achievement whore in the past on my Xbox, there’s many a game on there I’ve gotten 1000G on. The one I’m most ashamed of? Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth of course… 1000G in less than 2 minutes? It’s so cringe-worthy.

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Weekend Run-Through Ep. 14

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Episode 14 – Happy Easter!

Over the Easter weekend, I’ve been rather busy. So much so that I never had chance to write the first part of my Weekend Run-Through, so I’ll be doing things a little differently this week. I’ll just get straight down to business and let you all know what mischief I managed to get up to without the bulk (I’m not even sure if you guys appreciate that stuff anyway!). So, let’s start with Good Friday.

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Weekend Run-Through Ep. 08

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Episode 08 – Finish Him!


“Just like that, as mysteriously as he arrived, he was gone”…

That’s right, the weekend has been and gone. If you blinked, you may have missed it!

In these series of posts, I’ll be documenting all the little goings on that happen to me over those precious couple of days. Religious folk believe they’re rest days, Sunday in particular, but I think we all know that they were really designed for sitting in our pants, playing video games.


Weekend Warm-Up!

The Switch is here! Not literally here, I don’t have one but it’s in stores across the globe. As much as I would have loved to have sat in my knickers playing The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild all weekend, I’m afraid that gleeful experience will have to wait.

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Use your Xbox Wireless Controller on Samsung Gear VR

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If you manage to unwrap yourself a Samsung VR headset this Christmas, don’t turn your nose up to it! It might actually turn out to be something more than just a novelty! If like me, you already bagged yourself one, this might add some life to it. Yep, you might actually feel the need to wipe the dust off of it.

With the release of the Xbox One November update in 2016, you can use your Bluetooth-capable Xbox Wireless Controller to play games on the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus

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Console Wars: Attack Of The Trolls

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A short time ago, on a webpage not too difficult to find…

Ah, the war of the console. We see it all the time, everyone’s expert opinion plastered all over the internet. Those sad little whiners who have nothing better to do with their time than to hurl abuse at another console user. I’d much rather get stuck into a decent game than participate in one of these altercations (the backlog is only getting bigger!), but I thoroughly enjoy reading them! These losers come out in their droves it seems and there are usually three types of commenter on these posts; whether they’re on Facebook, Twitter, in the dark depths of Reddit or in the comments section of YouTube:

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Hey, Cortana..? 

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Back in July, Microsoft replaced the Xbox voice commands with the Cortana assistant. As much as I love the Halo series, I’m not a Cortana fan. The actual in-game AI, yes. This god-awful Siri clone, no.

It’s supposedly more powerful and you can do more with it, but it’s just nowhere near as responsive as the old voice commands. 

The reasoning behind Cortana’s sluggishness isn’t because the Flood’s Gravemind has made away with her. Cortana’s “Hey Cortana…” commands take so long to process because everything you say is sent across the internet, made sense of on Microsoft’s servers and a response is sent back to your Xbox. The original “Xbox…” commands, however, are processed locally on your Xbox, so the waiting time is minimal.

Obviously, you need this if you asking questions or verbally searching for content. Cortana needs a few moments to understand what you actually said and to gather whatever information it can.

But if you primary use voice commands for simple navigation then Cortana is far worse at doing this than the original built-in commands. For example, “Hey Cortana… Go home” might take between 3 to 5 seconds whilst all those bytes fly round the internet. “Xbox… Go home” will take less than a second.

Take me back to what I know! I hate change.

Thankfully, Cortana can be disabled. This will revert your Xbox back to it’s original set of voice commands if you prefer them. Other voice features will also be disabled, such as the voice dictation and the functionality to use a headset to issue commands rather than the Kinect. Unfortunately, you can’t keep both the new features that Cortana brings and the speedy old Xbox commands – it’s one or the other. 

Of course, you can always re-enable Cortana and all her features at a later date if you so choose.

To change the setting on your Xbox One, head to All Settings > System > Cortana Settings. Hit the first slider and you’ll be prompted to restart your console.

Upon your next boot, the old commands will be back. To revert these changes, just go back into the Cortana settings and re-enable the slider.

Enough of these tips, back to what really matters… “I need a weapon”.