Sunday, 22 September 2013

Things to do before I'm 30

Hello bloggers and readers, I apologise for the lack of updates as of late, been reeeeally busy what with going to see one of my best friend's getting married, starting a new job and sorting out some problems this end, I haven't really had the time to do so. I will try now to get one blog entry done every week from now on.
Anywhooo... for this week's blog entry, I am taking an idea that I've seen on another blog by Lauren Cope for '101 things to do in 1500 days', I thought this was a cool idea to do so I started thinking of ideas of what I want to do by the time I turn 30 (Please no jokes to those of you who think I look 35!) So here is my list:

Personal

Graduate from University
In a relationship/ Get married
Have a kid
Move out of family home
Create a professional look for first home
Move to Cambridge
Spend new years in London
Pass driving test
Buy first car
Take up new hobbies and interests
Complete Nan's memory journal
Buy organiser/ year diary
Get first tattoo
Photoshoot with friends or girlfriend
Own a dog
Create scrapbooks of my friends
Start saving scheme
Purchase a new professional clothes selection

Career & Events

Find a full-time job in Marketing industry
Look into post-graduate education - Marketing/ Events
Create busines cards for TP Events
Set up website/ email address
Make TP Events an authentic Events company
Aim for 5 events completed
Start budgeting for company
Go to events exhibitions
Start paying off tuition fees

Random

Manchester United membership and see them play
Watch TV shows never watched: Walking Dead, CSI:NY & Game of Thrones.
Go to a Formula 1 race weekend
Make dinner for friends
Go to a recording for a TV show
Buy items for own place
Visit Great Yarmouth
Accomplish 'First's & 'Bucket' lists
Conquer my fear of heights - Charity skydive

Blogging

Blog alot more - Reviews (Restuarants, Movies, Events, Games)
Reach 10 followers
Guest Writing with friends
30-day blogging challenge
Set up joint Football blog
Attend blogging events

Health

Cut out fatty foods to absolute minimum
1 month vegetarian challenge
Buy a bicycle
Join a gym and stick to it
Take up a sport (6 a side football, badminton)
Learn how to cook
Run in a half-marathon
Learn how to swim
Learn to dance
Buy gym clothes

Travel

Go on a Lads/ Friends holiday
Go to centre parcs weekend break
Go to different music festivals (V-fest, Reading)
Go to Winter Wonderland
Visit Ana in Austria
Go to see sights I haven't seen in London (London Dungeons, London Eye)
Visit Alton Towers
See my family in Delaware
Go on annual holidays abroad
Go to Comic Con/ Wizard's world with Luke
Go to Los Angeles
Go to Las Vegas

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Console War - My Opinion

Every gamer has been strugling with the decision of which console to go for - Playstation 4 or Xbox 1. For me, I weren't too sure whether to get one until after the new year - however, the Gaming conventions like E3 and Gamescom have helped me with my decision. Here is my verdict on the newest chapter of the Console War.

Microsoft Xbox 1

When it comes to the Xbox, I've never owned one and never really saw what was so great about them, fair do's to Microsoft though, they managed to defeat Sony in the current console war with their Xbox 360 against the Playstation 3 - but in my opinion, at E3 they well and truly screwed up with a high premium price set at just under £500 with the fiasco of paying to play online etc., it has thrown committed Xbox gamers off the new system and converted to the decision of the PS4.
However, at Gamescom from the reviews that I have read, they have turned it around and looked much more appealing with the online restrictions lifted and reduced the price to a similar price and releasing the console a week before the Playstation 4 is released - wise tactics there. Obviously if the back and forth dance Microsoft has been doing since the Xbox One's announcement has left you baffled or cold to the console, I doubt there's anything that happened over the Gamescom conference that altered such a stance, and why should it? For those on the fence, though, or those who were happy to wait and see where the company would finally lay its foundations, the Xbox One is a much more attractive package than it was a few months ago.
The battle lines will continue to be drawn well into November, and ultimately there is no right or wrong choice. Most people's guts will have already told them which console to lean towards and why. In terms of public perception, however, Microsoft have been doing a great job in attempting to winning people back.

Sony Playstation 4

After losing to the Xbox 360 previously, Sony had to improve and provide a stand-out, unique product to win over the gamers.
At E3, Sony showed that they had listened to their customers in how they can improve the system and how the next-gen console can win the console war. They provided a first look of their console when the Xbox One wasn't revealed until later in the year, the architecture and sleek look of the Playstation 4 does give it more of an industrial design.
The first impressions of the PS4 showed that there is still plenty that we haven't experienced yet. Sony didn't show us whether the menu interface has changed, how the share button on the controller really works, or what other treats it has in store.
In the battle against Microsoft's Xbox One the feeling on the show floor was that Sony has the upper hand, mainly thanks to the gaming press's hatred of the way that Microsoft was forcing gamers to connect their console to the internet every 24 hours, and that trading and sharing used games will be a lot harder than before on the new Microsoft console, until the criticism kicked in and Microsoft finally changed their mind. Sony is keeping everything simple, including region free support for games (we suspect movies too) and that will appeal to many.
With the list upcoming games that are exclusive to Playstation look really juicey! Destiny looks an amazing prospect from Bungie alongside the makers of the Halo series.

My Verdict

There is plenty more to see from both Microsoft and Sony who will continue to persuade potential customers into investing in their product providing unique features, packages + freebies. In my opinion, I am sticking with Sony and pre-ordering the Playstation 4. Now that I will pre-order it after August 5th, I have no idea what date I will actually get my PS4 now. It has always provided a worthwhile console system for a low price which is worthwhile - from now until the release date more information will be released from both companies and more exclusives & packages available for the customer. I would still stick with Sony and Playstation because I've never had one fail on me.

What I Would Recommend

Well, that comes down to what you are looking for. The consoles don’t have quite as big a divide as they once did after Microsoft’s DRM reversal but there are still key differences between the two. It is hard to say one console is objectively better than the other one as they both have their pros and cons and it will be up to you as to what exactly will suit you.
The Xbox One is a console that is well fitted to offering you options in your entire entertainment library. The focus is on the content you consume and being the center piece for all of your media, with extended entertainment capabilities, transforming your TV into a Smart TV and handling much of your viewing content. On top of that the Xbox One is promising a bunch of exciting AAA games, with a larger library and, I would argue, more profitable games.
However, the PlayStation on the other hand has some great benefits also. First off, it a cheaper option for a better piece of technology. That is a massive point in PlayStation’s corner and could well have a lot to say about how well its numbers track at the beginning of the upcoming generation. The console also comes manufactured by a company that are in consumer’s favor at the moment and who they trust to not go back on their promises. The console has less extensive entertainment features and at this time doesn’t have a slew of massive game titles but Sony have some big events left where they will undoubtedly build on that library while also having a pedigree of slowly building up a great library in the long run due to their extensive studio list. That coupled with the massive potential of an open platform where many smaller independent developers will publish new, interesting and exciting games throughout the console’s lifespan, and it means that the PlayStation has a rather vibrant and exciting future.
The next console generation is going to be a fascinating tug of war between Microsoft and Sony. As we saw with the DRM reversal and Don Mattrick leaving Microsoft, still being two months out from release, anything can change. And the likelihood is that it will. There will of course be revisits on this subject as we get closer to the console’s release, but if you were looking to pre-order, I hope I cleared some stuff up for you.