Friday, 12 December 2014

Shenmue and Pokemon

Hello my moonbeams. Its time for another blogpost. i havent had the best time with fibromyalgia the last couple of months so i havent been very productive so lets talk about the exciting news that Shenmue will be coming to PS4....

So i was reading earlier that the Dreamcast/Sega classic Shenmue will be getting released for PS4. If you haven't played this game you're in for a treat. Its genuinely a brilliant game. I played it years ago on my friends Dreamcast as i had a Playstation, but a few years ago i got my own copy for 30 euro. Its set across 3 discs and then theres the Passport disc which allowed you to play online. which was a very new thing on consoles then. The game was produced and directed by Yu Suzuki. He came up with the term 'FREE' for the style of game that was Shenmue. He wanted to give the player full interactivity and freedom by simulating real life through the game. For instance, the game works on a day and night system and real time variable weather effects, this in particular was quite unheard of in computer games at the time. The characters in the game are fully voiced too with their own schedules and events. Theres other stuff to do in the game like go to arcades, (Play Space Harrier or Hang On)~ use ATMs and go to shops. Theres minigames including forklift and motorbike races, bar fights and Darts.

Its the kind of game you need to speak to people to progress but if you choose to just walk around Yokosuka, there is plenty to keep you occupied.Talking to just about everyone in the game proves very useful albeit time consuming but you never know what you may learn be it moves or receive useful info regarding the game. It isn't strictly necessary to do all of this chatting but if i know PlayStation there will be some obscure trophy involving talking to people.I don't really want to write about the actual quest because ill ruin it for people but when it does come out i would urge people to get it. I like kung fu and martial arts games like Sleeping Dogs and Yakuza etc. This will be an easy buy for me.

Right now I'm playing through all the Crysis games. The first one is making me shout at the TV in all honesty but its great fun and i am doing it on hard mode. In between this I'm also playing through the Batman games (finally) and in the process of gathering all the Assassins Creed games. My Saints Row platinum is coming along nicely but just taking a while, they involve killing aliens in certain ways with certain weapons, a certain amount of times but ill get there ;)

Michael has got me addicted to Pokemon too. Playing on emulators i am currently playing Leaf Green and Emerald version. I am sad enough to have favourite Pokemon now too *facepalm* Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, and Far-Fetch'd and of course Pikachu. Jiggly-Puff is a fucking menace though. If you fall asleep throughout her song , she just scribbles all over your face. Bulbasaur is my favourite though. I like Squirtle too. Hes so cute and rocks those sunglasses he wears.

 So now we want to get DS's or another gameboy SP to collect all the games and battle with one another. Even as i write this i do realise how geeky I'm sounding so ill leave it here with Tay Zondays epic version of the Pokemon theme tune....

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Walking Dead/PS3 post

Recently Ive had to sell my PS3. It was for a good reason but it is personal and I'm not going to go into it. So Ive been giving a lot of love to the PS2,PSP and game cube. I do have other consoles but sometimes the hassle of having to go rooting through a box full of tangled wires is just too much at times. One day i will sort them out....but not today.

Before i sold the PS3 i platinumed 2 more games. The Walking Dead and Megamind. To be honest i did Megamind purely to get the platinum and i call it my Platinum of shame. one, because its a kids game and two, its so simple to do its embarrassing. I was guilty of trying to raise my platinum trophies. I literally sold it as soon as i did it. It was so boring and i was like 'oh come on already how many levels do i have to put up with' I feel dirty even thinking about it :D

Weirdly, i was never into getting trophies as such. I used to just play games and that was it. Then one day i remember a trophy going PING in the corner and i got all excited and whispered 'what was that' in a hushed tone. The kind you would have were a God appear to you in the bedroom. I didn't find out for a while because i had no Internet at the time but every so often a PING would go and i got all excited. This was of course in early days when the trophy system started to appear more for games. I then found out and thought it was amazing. (I'm easily awed) But i still didn't go exclusively to look for them. In the last 2 years i start going mad for them. I liked the extra challenge of completing certain objectives in games. it added that bit more fun and a lot more competitiveness to gaming sessions. I have my own personal thing with someone. He had hundreds more than me and in a matter of a few months i had caught up with him so much theres only 48 in it now. He plays xbox more now so i can well surpass him as soon as I'm back on ;)

The Walking Dead is FANTASTIC. I cannot recommend this game enough. Its so gorey in parts, so sad in other parts. This game brings you on a rollercoaster of emotions leaving you feeling that particular something inside you that only truly spectacular games can....unlike Megamind lol....The decisions you have to make are so hard and are done in such a way that the game can have several different directions. Its truly a wrench to play at times. Its just so sad. Id love to go more into it but i don't want to ruin it for others. Unfortunately i found out who died at the end because someone said it on a game page. But it was out a while by then it couldn't be helped lol... because of it i didn't want the game to end because i didn't want this person to die. So i stopped playing it for a few weeks then realised i was been stupid and resumed my tearful journey.

Michael has got an interview next week. So hopefully he'll get the job :) He looks so hot in a suit. That and a whack of Brut and I'm in heaven lol He said he'd buy me a new PS3 should he get the job so i wont be offline for too long and hopefully be back gaming by Xmas :D

Until next time... (its time for Thw Walking Dead..the programme ;)

(which the game WASNT based on)

and is awesome....

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

New Kittys

A few weeks ago a cat just came into my house and promptly made himself at home. He was a marmalade cat and we called him Mork. I put up 'found' posts around various pages on facebook but no one claimed him for about 3 weeks. He was missing for 6 weeks and they assumed he was dead. He was absolutely adorable and very affectionate but i was happy enough to find his family and have him back where he belonged. This was him playing the PlayStation ;)

Then about 3 days later a neighbour came in and told us about 2 kittens her friend had to get rid off because of her landlord and her little girl was too rough with them. We initially were only going to take 1 but realised they were brothers and had been together since birth and we didn't want to separate them so took both. They are soooo cute together and have really grown since we got them. They are about 4 months now and are getting more mischievous by the day. One is a Norwegian Forest Cat. We named him Spock. Hes a tuxedo cat meaning he is black and white. Hes so fluffy and wide eyed its so hard to stay mad when he does something wrong :D This is him

Then there is Sulu. He is a regular tabby cat with what looks like eyeliner on his eyes. He is adorable and is a bit more nervous than Spock but he is starting to overcome that now and i tend to pick him up for a few minutes at a time and then place him gently back down on the floor. Now he loves the cuddles and is starting to want to be picked up. Then are quite predatory too with the catnip mice getting the brunt of their hunting skills :) This is Sulu

Both of them are hilarious, Spock is a total clown and often gets stuck in places he shouldn't be while Sulu sort of just walks away from him. They tend to cuddle up together and naturally have ignored any soft beds in favour of the top stair. Sulu has a bit of a sensitive tummy too so we need to keep him to a strict diet of dry food but it doesn't stop him going mad, miaowing for a bit of meat while we have dinner. I had a feeling Mork wouldnt be around for long myself but i know these two are ours now ...well we are theirs really.

If anyone owns a cat you know what i mean lol

(i also had a pretty big game blog written out a couple weeks ago but Mork walked all over my laptop and deleted it all...i thought it had backed up but was all gone...i have since gotten 2 more platinum's on PS3 but that's for another blog, which i will write after a cup of tea)

Monday, 26 May 2014

Platinum No.2: Borderlands

Just a quick one.....that's what she said
Myself and Michael just got Platinum on Borderlands. I'm soooo happy. We aren't that far from platinum in Borderlands 2 either so we will have both platinum's by the time the 2 new Borderlands games come out and 100% completion.  Tonight we are going to complete the DLC for it to 100% complete the game then move onto number 2.  Then Saints Row 4 ;) Then Dead Island...i say hopefully lol Dead Island can be a bit intense. We've always had problems playing online with Dead Island but no more :D Its really addictive when you start getting them so I'm going to become a bit more 'hardcore' completing games i have. My war face is on now >:) RAWR 

I just thought id add this part in too as i couldn't believe it when i saw it. I thought id cheekily send Randy Pitchford, the president of Gearbox ( who make Borderlands) a screen shot of my platinum on borderlands from my Twitter account and he wrote back congratulating me on it. Made my week :)   

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Sleepless in Dublin Part 2

Its so late. It's nearly 3am And I can't sleep. I'm in a lot of pain and have horrible anxiety building up. I feel really annoyed too. Same old feelings again. I've to be up really early too. Tomorrow I start a pain  management course to help me deal with the pain I have with fibromyalgia. It's about coping techniques and how to manage your life around it. It's supposed to be really effective and helpful.

But I'm really dreading it. I find it hard to cope with new people. To talk in front of them etc and to do this with at least 10 people is going to be really, really difficult. What people don't know about me is i have a bad social anxiety thing going on. I get really nervous around people I don't know and get really nervous and can't speak. I must come off as been rude at times but it isn't rudeness. I just clam up to the point of nearly passing out. I can't breathe and silently panic as I know they expect me to talk and stuff. Its horrible. In college and school I never went out. Everybody would go out in school on a Friday night for example, but I stayed at home playing video games or  basketball. I went out occasionally in college but it was too much. Before going I'd check online of  whatever place we went to and I'd be checking where the exits were. If i didn't know, it'd be the first thing I'd check getting there. It was too much hassle and I could rarely relax to enjoy myself much.

   So tomorrow is going to be a nightmare.   I don't want to go. But I have to otherwise I'll get nowhere trying to deal with having a chronic illness. I tried talking about it but I know people don't really get it. So I stopped. I have sort of learned just to keep it to myself. I guess maybe I just won't get upset that way. I dunno, it's a bad night.

I moved the bed a bit earlier and hurt my back and twisted my knee a bit. The really annoying bit is, the side that isn't sore is going numb from lying on it. Frustrating night all around.

Man, I'm a moany git tonight. Maybe I should Try sleep and I'll do another blog tomorrow when I get home.

'Til then moonbeams.... Keep watching the frelling stars

Friday, 11 April 2014

i got platinum!

Its been quite some time since i did a blog. I haven’t been very well for a while but yesterday i found out why. Well whats causing a lot of pain and tiredness so hopefully once its sorted i wont feel as bad. 5 treatments and 4 more times every 3 months and ill be right as rain. Ill still have the fibromyalgia to deal with but hopefully it’ll be much more manageable. :D happy face

Michael has just entered the room and started dancing seductively in front of me lol I don't know whether to be turned on or horrified lol

But that’s what I'm here to write about. Yesterday i got my first Platinum playstation3 trophy. I’m a trophy hunter. I'm level 13 on my PlayStation account but never got platinum before. It can be quite difficult to obtain these trophies so I'm very happy i got this particular one.It was for Minecraft. To be honest i thought id be a while getting this trophy particularly because of one trophy in particular which is called 'sniper duel' Basically you have to shoot a skeleton at 5o feet, about 45 blocks or so. Sounds easy but its really not. The bastard keeps moving once hes been shot the first time. Michael got this before me because his skeleton was already on fire as it had turned to day. Were were playing the next day when he pointed out a skeleton for me to shoot. He was miles away and didn't expect to get him but i did. I actually fist pumped and screamed 'FUCK YEAH' One of the most satisfying trophies to get.

I was quite lucky with my first world. I built a pretty impressive house in survival. Its huuuge and has 3 main houses within my compound. (I plan to do a blog including pics soon of what i have done in creative and survival next) But what was so lucky about this particular biome and where i choose to build my house was i started a huge mineshaft under my house. I got so much iron, gold and diamonds as well as a constant lava and water supply to make obsidian. But even better than all that i stumbled upon the End Portal. RIGHT UNDER MY HOUSE. I eventually got it activated and jumped in yesterday. You have to collect 2 things to make the Eye of Ender to activate the portal so it can take some time to get enough pearls and blaze powder. AS both enemy's to get both items can be hard to kill and they don't always drop the items, only XP.

Our first attempt to kill the EnderDragon was disastrous but the next day we went in we got it done in under 25 minutes. Which is pretty impressive even if i do say so myself lol. Then we came back into the real world and had to ride and injure a pig for another trophy and then PING went the platinum. Michael got it just after me too. We also did the 'ride the rail' trophy just before all this which was so much fun. Its hilarous to ride the minecarts because they go so fast. Mine stretches over 2 biomes. So its nice and grassy , loads of trees then over water into the desert area. Where i have another house and mineshafts going.

This was one of the most fun trophies to get and really rewarding. Next up for us is 'Saints Row 4' which we both only have about 5 trophies left to get to platinum too. They are gonna be fairly easy to get too as it mostly involves killing a bunch of enemies in certain ways. Borderlands 2 is a pretty close one to platinum too just the trophies there are a bit more arduous to get but we have some really good friends to help us out there too. Over the last year we both have met a good few gamers through a PlayStation page who are 'mature' gamers shall we say lol but I personally am good friends with a few people from this page and at least 3 are huge Borderlands gamers so its always fun when its a full lobby ripping through on the harder modes with them.

The weekend is gonna be fairly busy Minecraft wise as a few of these people want to come into my world to get the rail and End trophies. I love this game so much. A lot of people don't really understand it so much so I'm thinking of also doing a blog alongside the picture one explaining the basics of the game to start of with. Most people think its just mining and building and don't really grasp the amount of stuff you can do in it. Its so much fun to play. Ill be getting it for PC as soon as i can too as theres so much more to do in it.

I'm itching to get back to it now so ill leave it here and definitely wont leave it as long next time..probably ;)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

lets talk about cannabis for a minute....

Hello its been a while. Theres a couple reasons why i haven't been writing.  (1) Ive just got over a bout of pneumonia and Bronchitis (2) Minecraft PS3 edition When i saw minecraft was coming to PS3 i was very excited. I had originally played it on android and hated it but the pocket edition has vastly improved since. Of course, Michael rolled his eyes when i got it but now he is just as addicted and were both well on our way to achieving Platinum on it. Just a couple more trophies and PING first plat. Well it'll be that or Borderlands 2.
I'm just getting over a horrible bout of illness as i mentioned so I'm still not 100% i don't even know as such what I'm going to be writing about but i just feel like i need to be writing. So lets talk about Cannabis!

Since this time last year so much has changed in the cannabis community. Unless you've been living under a rock, you will be aware that many states in the U.S have legalised cannabis. Theres a pretty big movement now going on...well to be fair there always has been but the right wing shriekers have always shouted us down with their 'facts' and 'truths' but now that's ending. They are now claiming that cannabis has killed a women in the UK. They say its 'cannabis toxicity' that she overdosed on cannabis. On a single joint.  Now, a quick google search will disprove this immediately. Its impossible to overdose on cannabis unless you smoke 20,000 to 40,000 joints...not one. This poor woman died of something but because she had 1 joint..that's what killed her.. Its ridiculous. This is a mother and someones daughter. Not a thing to use to try further your 1950s propaganda. The funny thing is, Ive had people who wouldn't really understand cannabis ask me about this saying that whatever they believed themselves about weed, they couldn't believe that a single joint could kill a person. So my thing is let the shriekers dig themselves further and further into a hole. Let them sprout their nonsense that's outdated and wholly untrue. It helps further our cause and our work. I could go on about the statistics, drink drivers, cocaine, etc etc but you all know this data. You all know that alcohol , obesity are much bigger threats to our society. Drinking is just acceptable because its the norm.Its a fucked up norm. Yet no one bats an eyelid. But whip out a doobie and you may as well be eating a baby.

This is changing I'm pleased to say. I use cannabis myself to medicate. When i was younger i used it to smoke it like it was going out of fashion. I went to Holland at least twice a year and had a few dealers i could go too. As i became a bit more savvy about weed i stopped smoking the shit and only start buying organic weed. There was, of course the contamination of weed like using sugar, glass etc to weigh it down so for a while i just went without. See, Ireland is the dumping ground for all the crap. We have this shit here call soapbar hash. I try to tell anyone young that i know who start to smoke to avoid it at all costs. Its not even cannabis. You pretty much get fucked on the glue, rubber or whatever shit is in it. My ex was a journalist and he had various types of this soap analysed and there was not a single trace of cannabis found in any of it. I cant actually say what was found in it because my mind is a bit fuzzy about it but i know there was lettuce,tar, rubber, ash, nail clippings, grass clippings, petrol and a whole host of nasty shit. Again, if you do smoke this, please stop. Long term you don't know what damage its doing to you. Save your cash and find a good dealer. Preferably not some shady guy down an alley.

Nowadays i smoke to medicate. Ive been getting horrible tremors throughout my body, blinding headaches, reactions to smells and just not been able to eat at times. Not to mention the insomnia. All symptoms of fibromyalgia. I have been battling depression for nearly 2 years now and i am thankful that i am starting to get on top of that now. I know I'm still a long way off but its nice not to feel such despair anymore. Its hard when you have a chronic illness not to feel this way. I felt like i had been robbed of my life and health. There are still days i feel like this but they are starting to become more and more rare. I also have anxiety disorder which is horrible. I find it very difficult to meet new people. Once you know me I'm fine but i am always aware i come across as been either rude or just weird. But I'm not. I find meeting new people very overwhelming and i just clam up. I go into a blind panic and never know what to say. Its hard for people to understand this i know and its harder to explain. I can be the most talkative person when I'm typing and voicing my opinions etc but face to face i go to pieces until i get to know the person. Cannabis helps all that. It relaxes me and helps me chill. It helps my tremors, the pain, headaches, nausea from meds, helps me to sleep.It gives me hope.

I've never lost a job or a relationship over it. I don't smoke a joint or take a bong hit and go kick the face of someone, make bad decision's, sleep with a random dude or damage property. Hell, i don't even go outside. Now lets take the 4 drunk people i heard last night.. screaming at each other, one telling the other that she was going to get her face kicked in. the other shouting back, how she was going to smash her house up and the 2 lads screaming at each other to 'keep their birds under control or he'll end up with a broken jaw'

I smoke to keep my symptoms under control. Ive never touched any hard drugs in my life. I don't drink nor tobacco smoke. Ive never been in trouble with the law. Do i deserve to go to prison because i smoke weed? No i don't and neither does anyone who has an illness that can be made easier by smoking or ingesting weed. As Richard Ashcroft once sang, the drugs don't work..they just make you worse. My meds are so disorientating and strong. Why should i and countless others have to suffer for the sake of a few right wing shriekers wringing their hands screaming about the children. Lets have a proper adult conversation about this. No more lies and 'reports' that are outdated. Proper facts. Let the public have the truth and make up their own minds.

If you are sick of been told what to do, then research this stuff yourself. Read the facts. Look at how you are been lied too time and time again. I know a lot of people who don't smoke yet are in favour of legalising at least for medical purposes. My own boyfriend doesn't smoke yet in hugely in favour of it been legalised. When you read the countless stories of people with cancer and various illnesses who use cannabis in preference to pharmaceuticals and survive and bounce back so much quicker, you cant possibly still say its a bad thing. Just educate yourself and make your voice count when it matters.