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Jul
13
PermalinkTalking this out cause it helps with motivation :D
Another blog...Seriously, what the frick is going on here?! laugh So, I walked back to the 'dark side' and hooked my 360 up to my PC monitor.

First thing it had to do a massive update as I hadn't been on since 2015 I believe...The updates came in quickly unlike the X1 and I was good to go. Now, with my PC screen means no audio UNLESS I use a headset...BAH...Easy enough, I hooked up my wireless Tritton headset and I had NO sound...

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Pulled out all the cords and re-plugged everything in and there was a fresh set of batteries in the headset so everything should of worked first time round but didn't. It took a bit of replugging things in a few times and then FINALLY I had sound...Soooo, in all likely hood my headset is on the fritz..cry Well, the headset is fine..It's the receiver that's having issues but honestly, I'm not mad, it's an old headset now. If it completely stops working I might hook the 360 to the TV but that will be a nightmare which is why I avoided it this time.

Looking at my wall of games I decided to go with a shooter and one that I'd been intending to play for a long time but never got around to it...BLOPS 2. The game fires up and I play a little bit but as I go into the next mission my screen turns completely black...It occurred to me that this is an old game so the loading times might be sucky...So, when it finally loads I think nothing of it and go about my merry way of killing more enemies. Happy with the days progress I quit and wait for the next day for playing more games. Plus it looked like the games campaign was pretty short like most CoD games are which made me happy enough.

This afternoon after kinda forcing myself to play instead of watching a movie I load up the game and plunge straight back into the action only it doesn't last that long...angry I complete the training and fail the tactical part of the game..laugh..I was doing well until the 3rd wave...I had about 3 to 4 minutes remaining on the clock but my brain was still getting used to the button layout of the 360 and well, I was stuffing up due to that mostly. SO, the game enters into the loading area for the next mission and tells me about the side quests for the tactical missions...IF..I can avoid the tactical missions I might leave those for last and just play the storyline bit...

I press A on the controller and my screen plunges into darkness..I think nothing of it because of last time...I wait..and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait and go grab a drink and wait and wait....Black screen isn't changing...I do all the usual stuff to see if the console has frozen or it's the game taking a bloody long time to load...Turns out the game had frozen. Soooo, I reboot the console and same issue again..Argh! facepalm

Googling this problem it shows getting 'the black screen of death' for Blops 2 is a super common thing..I remove a shit ton of stuff stored on my HD and go to install the game after removing the update for the game....Game fails at 20% install..Urgh..Tells me disc is scratched...Try again and another fail...So, I take the disc out and wipe over it softly and try again...Game installs to 23% then FAILS...shockfacepalm

This time I take the disc out and see a HUGE ring around the outter of the disc just like what I used to have happen years ago with my original fat 360..I notice little scratches but I've played games that have had more scratches that haven't caused an issue...SOMETHING about that ring around the disc is the issue.

Now, like I say, I either bought this second hand or very,very cheap...I usually rent all the shooter games..I'm thinking I got this from EB years ago on one of their cheap sales that they have and they gave me the faulty disc. EB have been known to sell 2nd hand games as NEW if they look perfect so I'm wondering if that happened...Only reason I'm questioning this is because I DON'T like buying second hand games from EB online after an incident years and years ago with the no disc cover...I basically learnt my lesson...So, I'm thinking something dodgy happened? But whatever, it was years ago and I can't honestly do much about it. A bit frustrating, yes but my own fault for not playing my games quicker laugh EVEN if I did test the game it would of worked straight away anyways so I probably would of still had this issue.

Oh but I did hear a loud spinning/crunching noise at one stage while the disc was in the console..LOL...SO like I say it might be my console with the problem...I'll see after I remove this next game.

On the advice of my friend to play a game that starts with H I went straight for a crappy kiddies game....My collection of unplayed games is filled with a lot of crap...I started Happy Feet 2...IT'S CRAAAAAAAPPPPP!!! I don't mind my bad video games, I even enjoy them to a point but this one is REAL CRAAAAAAAAPPPPPP!!!

Which brings me to my next choice...For all the games I've got there are some games I've just waited to play...I'm thinking of putting all the stupid easy 1k games aside and leaving those for a rainy day (aka probably never) and really get stuck into the games I SHOULD of played ages ago. Cause as I keep saying I've no desire to play for points anymore...I'm not even going to finish Lego games to 1k unless I get the itch to do it,. Plus I figure if I spend all my time on the crappy games I'll never get to the good ones..Or I will but it'll be alot slower.

Reason for the blogging again..It motivated me to actually DO what I said..So, if this is something that will help me I'll probably do it a bit more. I've got to consider what will be my next game because I don't really want to go back to Happy Feet 2.
Posted by takutoneko on 13 July 17 at 10:20 | There are 5 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jul
11
PermalinkJust a rant..lol..But there is other stuff also!!
I wasn't planning to blog again so quickly but I need to get this out of my system cause I'm just pissed off at the moment so maybe, just maybe, blogging will help get rid of that anger..angrylaugh

I have one trophy left in Gems of War which for the most part is based on luck..Collecting TWO vaults sounds pretty easy but it appears to be that one trophy I cannot get. Yes, still taking a break but I thought since I have no responsibilities with the guild I'd try and earn that frigging trophy...

I ALMOST had the frigging thing TWICE...I'm angry because the first time I was close, I REALLY was that close but only had ONE turn left and I couldn't make anything to cycle spin (meaning extra turns or extra big cascade)...I had like 4 RED chests near each other and I just couldn't line up 3..I had two of them together but yeah..I fell short...angry

Second time I got close was when I had low on turns again...THIS is the main issue..If I had like say two or three more turns I'd more than likely have gotten this damned trophy already!!

I'm not one to fuss over trophies anymore...I'm really not...I don't think my completion rate will go any higher than this site mentions...Not unless I get the trophy bug....BUT this damned trophy I want. It's the only one holding me back on a complete and for some reason I feel like I need this game completed. I don't feel like this trophy should be so hard to obtain.

I burnt through 200 maps and I can say without a doubt I only came close a handful of times to having over 80 turns per map. I got better as I played but I had so many stinking turns map layouts that no-one could turn those around. Since I used all my maps I either have to farm for them using Tyri.

It's not like I can't do it as I did accomplish it when this trophy DIDN'T exist..And we were giving a starting of 15 turns..It got slaughtered a while ago to just 8 turns and I simply gave up on the idea...It was more than dumb luck to get it then..Now they've upped that to 10 turns..It's a lot better than 8 but it's still not enough.

Anyways, since I'm out of maps and I'm not going to farm or spend my glory on the maps I'll just bank the ones the guild gives me and wait until I have enough to spend time on it. Plus I don't want to play the game that much while I'm taking a break.
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SO rant is over...I feel somewhat better...Still irritating me but not as much...laugh

Besides logging into my PS4 to watch Netflix...Yes, I should just watch it straight through my TV than using the console..Maybe I'll change that tonight now that I think of it...I really haven't touch the console. I've been meaning to play Aliens since I'm enjoying it like my last blog indicated but I haven't had the driving need to play it.

Lots of different thoughts have been cycling through my head lately..It's the one thing I hate about GoW..I play it on silent cause I'm sick of the music...I sometimes have audio books going but as of late I haven't. I picked up a new phone last month and just haven't installed the app so I can have my books read to me...I should do that. Which means my mind has lots of time to think things over especially while playing all those fucking maps in a row...Not so much about games...More about life and where it's currently going. I feel like I'm just calling this year my WALL year..lol...It's not the best and it's certainly not the worst. Maybe it's the year of recharging...I'm not sure...I just want my wrist to be back to 100% but I'm not really sure that'll happen. IT is progressing, I'm not doubting that..I just want it to be more functional so I can think about working again. TBH, I'm scared of how my wrist will be after a days work. Only way to know is to try but I don't feel ready just yet...Trying to work out exactly when is the BIG thing I'm so uncertain about.

My small amount of game thinking has been pondering over the idea of going back to the 360...I've said it before...It usually takes me a while and thinking things out BEFORE I do it. It's that damn wall of unplayed games that really gets to me..Not so much that I miss the 360 cause I actually don't. I'm thinking of moving my NTSC console into another room and putting my PAL 360 on the pc monitor then hooking up the headset and just playing it whenever I want. I really don't need an amazing screen for that console..It's so dated these days that playing those games on a huge screen feels like it will do the games a disservice..facepalm

I am happier these days that I can cycle through my thoughts a lot easier than I've ever been able to do so..I also take action a little bit quicker than I used to do so. I'm pretty sure I suffer from depression or something of its ilk but I'm taking a new supplement and it's changed my life in more ways than I can truly describe..No, it's not from big farma!

Anyways, I'm in a middle of a movie that I should get back too. But I'd just like to say/think/write I appear to have some plans now in place..IF I stop earning trophies it'll be due to playing the 360.
Posted by takutoneko on 11 July 17 at 09:45 | There are 2 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jul
07
PermalinkAliens on my doorstep..
If you've ever been in a situation with an MMO you might know exactly how I feel...As much as I love GoW the playing every single day was really starting to wear thin..Don't get me wrong I really love the game and it saved me when I could barely hold a controller correctly at the start of the year...BUT joining a guild and making requirements is a big request sometimes. While my guild has one request play GW and donate gold when you can...It all just got a bit too much. SO, I told the guild leader I needed a break for a month because the game was wearing me out. I have no doubts that I'll be fine to play after this break..I'm really hoping that 505 don't release anymore Trophies for this game....I'd even like it to be fully over so I can properly decide what to do with the game.

I love the mindless fun that the game is..Well, that's a lie...The game can be more intense than you think especially the higher you get and while I'm in the 200's that considered a lower level..There are shifts in difficulty..I don't mind the spike but sometimes you can tell the AI is just outright cheating cause the next battle will be more fair and it can go any way. I know I'm not the only one experiencing this problems because many of my guildies complain about the same thing.


This leaves my month wide open when it comes to games....OH and I know I could leave all the GW until the end of the week so in a way I might only need to log in once a week but my points help each day towards winning each days matches..So, there is a draw back to that theory. Anyways, yeah, my whole world in terms of gaming is now anything without worrying about GoW.

I've been really enjoying Aliens...At times the game frustrated me but in many respects that's the way the game is meant to be...It's not going to be a cake walk...And yes you do need to sneak around. I've had many funny moments where I've pretty much slapped my head in shame but got a laugh out of the situation going pear shape. The type of stealth in this game I'd consider FUN over the type of stealth needed in Assassins Creed. I hated when you thought you were being stealthy enough BUT the game doesn't think so and makes you restart the wwwhhhoooooollllleeee mission..THAT infuriated me and I started to think I that stealth was my least favourite type of game to play. Hitman was another that kinda urked me until I put in enough time and effort and ended up loving one of the various Hitman games.

My Alien game is progressing nicely..I'm more than half way through the game...I just need to stop playing it when I'm tired. Lately I've been watching a LIVE on IG during the weeks so I've kinda nixed out a few hours a day (well..3 days).

I'd planned to write more but something has come up but I do hope you're all doing well plus for those in the ABC challenge GOOD LUCK...Toodle pip! toast
Posted by takutoneko on 07 July 17 at 05:39 | There are 8 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.