Can you imagine having no internet ever? 

It's funny saying that, when I am sat here typing this using my internet so I can log on to my website to write up this post and then when it's ready, I can publish and then my readers can use their internet to log on to my site to read a post about why the internet and the right internet is so important in this day and age. 

What a crazy world we live in, where the Internet is KING!

If you're as old as me then you will remember the dial-up internet (and the dreaded tones) and to be honest if you don't remember this you are pretty lucky, well not just because you are younger than me but because it was shocking! Half of the time it didn't work and when someone wanted to use the phone... Well, that's another story. 

We are definitely blessed in today's times with company's offing us such amazing deals on fibre broadband, you are 100% spoilt for choice.

I know a lot of people get confused when It comes to internet options, basically, the difference between your standard internet and fibre is that the standard uses the existing phone line cables to transfer data and Fibre uses new fibre optic cables which can transfer data a hell of a lot quicker.. which then means faster speeds!  

I must admit, in my household, we do get the fasted speed internet possible and they know to give me a ring if they increase the speed or make any changes to their service, the reason for this is because of it gets used so much by every member of my family. 

Let's start with me, if you have read my blog before then you will know that I am a massive gamer and have recently started streaming so you can only imagine the speeds I would need, not only run the best online games but then to stream them for a good 3 to 4 hours and almost every day. also, the usage when I'm working on my blog and editing videos for the Youtube channel... Let's be honest the list is endless.





Then we move on to my 13-year-old son who is doing what every other kid is doing at the moment which is draining the life out if their parents' internet playing Fortnite, from the moment they get home from school until they go to bed also with a couple of hours of watching their favourite YouTubers in between.

Then we have my 3-year-old daughter, who does love watching videos and play games on her tablet but like all good parents we limit her time using it, but what she does like doing is watching her favourite programs on the BBC Iplayer app on our Smart Tv. She has certain episodes which she likes to watch over and over again and she loves singing along to the theme tunes and loves interacting with the characters from the shows.



Whats the internet usage like in your household?
Whos your provider?
Let me know in the comment section below.

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So this is the first of a new blog-series #ABEVMeets, We will be firing questions at streamers so we can get to know them a bit better! First up is the first person to ever really engage with us on stream, we introduce you to The Black Sheep!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 36 years old. I’m a full-time caregiver for my disabled wife. I look for ways to connect with
people on a personal level. I know I’ll never be as good as MOST people at video games. And I try
and take that into perspective when streaming. I don’t have GOD-LIKE aim and I’m not on an Esports team. I just want to be a person that everyone can relate to.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I used to do vehicle graphics and wraps. I love taking a car and turning into something amazing!

What do you like the most about Streaming?

I love the versatility of the streaming platforms. I enjoy meeting new and interesting people. I enjoy
learning about other people and what makes them do what they do.


What are your streaming pet hates?

Complaining about viewership and subs. If you notice that you are streaming to 0 viewers, then find
out why and change what you are doing. Don’t complain to everyone about how crappy your stream
is and that you never have anyone to stream to. Find out ways to improve your stream.

Describe your streaming style in 3 words?

Fun, Chill, and Interactive

What advice do you have for new streamers?

Find out what drives you to be a streamer and focus on that aspect of yourself. Don’t try to be like
everyone else. Use your strength to your advantage.

Which streamer inspires you the most and why?

I have 2. The first being TimtheTatman because I can relate to a tattooed bearded guy playing video
games. But I also like his personality. Then there is CohhCarnage because of his chill streams and his
ability to be as interactive as possible.

What is your favourite game to stream?

I enjoy any game that has bullets. Whether it is FPS or TPS. I like taking my frustrations of life out in a violent matter in video games. But I would have to say that right now my all time favourite game
would have to be Escape from Tarkov.

What are your future streaming plans?

I am currently in the process of changing my stream up. I plan on pulling away from the gaming side
of it and focus more on building relationships with my community and giving them a place to come
and feel comfortable with sharing the things that are on their minds. I will still play games but it
won't be the focus of the stream.

Outside of streaming, what do you like doing in your spare time?

I enjoy hunting and I am also getting into fitness.

What is your earliest gaming memory?

I remember being about 4 or 5 years old playing Pitfall on an Atari my parents got at a pawn shop.

You’ve got friends coming round for a night of gaming, what’s on the menu and what games are you playing?

Definitely, have to get some hot wings and corona. And probably play some Cards against Humanity.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Don't follow the crowds and NEVER do Follow for Follow. Those situations never pay off for growth.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I always wanted to be in Law enforcement. Whether it was local police of state. But I love the feel of
a gun in my hand. So anything I could do that involved a firearm.

You are having your last ever pizza, what topping do you choose?

My all time Favorite Pizza is one of those that gets lots of kickback in the pizza community. I
absolutely love Canadian bacon and pineapple!

Where can we find you?


What is your streaming schedule?

As of right now its as followed. But is subject to change at any moment. And all times are in MST
(Denver Time) I am more than likely going to change it to a shorter evening stream and only stream
3 days a week but times are still in the air.

Monday 10am-3pm
Tuesday OFF
Wednesday 10am-3pm
Thursday OFF
Friday 10am-3pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sunday 10am-3pm

Thanks to legendary Black Sheep for being the first in the series and please do head over to his socials drop him some follow and show him some love.

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If you love being a gamer then chances are, you'll love keeping up with all of the latest developments in the gaming industry. Whether it's the launch of a new game or an exciting update for one of your favourite games, you want to be one of the first to find out, right? Whilst you may not have the time to keep up with everything in between battles and dungeons, keeping on top of things doesn't have to be difficult. With that in mind, here are 8 ways to keep up with the gaming industry:

- Follow Gaming Influencers On Twitter And Instagram

There are 100s and 100s of gaming influencers in the industry and those that have a large number of followers and engagement are likely to be involved in campaigns when new games launch. Because of this, they're great for following because you are likely to find out about launches as soon as they are announced. When it comes to events, influencers are also likely to be invited in order to share their experiences with their followers. For a list of influencers in the gaming industry, you can visit this site here.

- Watch Gaming YouTubes And Subscribe To Their Channels

Similarly, there are a lot of gaming YouTubers for you to subscribe to. If you hit that all-important subscribe button you will receive notifications and emails whenever they post a new video - whether it's a review of a new game or an exciting announcement, you won't want to miss out.

- Subscribe To Gaming Magazines So You Receive A Copy Each Month

Although most people will do their reading online, there are still lots of different gaming magazines you can subscribe to. Whilst you can stop by your local store to pick up a copy when they're released, having them delivered to your door will ensure that you never miss an issue. Magazines may not have exclusive news any more, but they are definitely a great way to get insider information and interviews with key people in the industry.

- Read Gaming News Sites And Subscribe To Updates

One of the most popular ways to keep up with the industry is to read gaming news sites. With lots of different websites and blogs dedicated to gaming news specifically, these will often be the first places to get exclusive news and interviews. If you want to ensure you don't miss anything exciting, a lot of sites will also have apps and newsletters that you can sign up to. For more information, you can visit Kiiings.

- Sign Up To Any Newsletters That Keep You Updated

Whether it's an influencer, a gaming site or a developer, signing up to someone's newsletter is a great way to keep up with all of the latest news. As newsletters are now used as a powerful marketing tool, these are often one of the first places people go in order to receive information. Whilst you don't need to sign up to every single newsletter going, having a couple that you read every single week will definitely help keep you on top of things.

- Follower Developers And Companies On Social Media

Although we talked about following gaming influencers on social media, following developers and companies can also be beneficial. Most of the time brands will be the first people announcing their news, so following them on Twitter is probably one of the best things you can do. Set up notifications for your favourite game development companies and your phone will buzz every single time they post. Ideal for those times when you're expecting a big announcement!

- Keep Up With Conferences And Events

There are lots of different conferences and events to attend in the gaming industry and if you're serious about keeping up, they're definitely worth going to. Not only will you be able to meet likeminded people, but you will also be able to attend all of the announcements whilst you're there. As these events are so well known in the industry, they've quickly become a milestone for exciting developments and news.

- Join Facebook Groups And Communities

Finally, if you want to keep up with the latest news in the gaming industry then you can join Facebook groups and communities. People will share rumours, theories and exciting announcements as their favourite developers tease all of their new launches. Great for those that want to make friends in the industry, Facebook groups can really help tie the community together.

Are you an avid gamer? How do you ensure you keep up with all of the latest releases and news? Let me know in the comments section below.

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The digital era is here and we are seeing more and more of our gaming items and services been moved onto a digital-only platform. We think it brings some amazing opportunities. However, we also think there are quite a few downsides to this as well. So sit back and have a read -


Do You Prefer A Hard'en

Let's talk about hard copies - This opinion is more aimed at console players as PC is mostly digital now anyway. A lot of serious collectors prefer to have a hard copy of the game, as a console gamer previously its quite satisfying seeing that line up of games on your shelf in all its glory - Especially if they are special editions. This also poses another issue, special editions usually come with a bundle of extras whether that be game guides or merch, could this mean the end of big game bundles or will there be collections points?!

A Physical Place - Not The Gym!

Next up is physical shops, we are not going to lie! We love a physical shop, you know the ones you actually walk around. We know these can be hard work but they make our high streets a better place. If everything goes digital it would just be shopping from home, we know that is probably really attractive to some people however we need to get out more - even if it is just going to the local GAME for a chat or even to CEX to pay crazy prices for retro games!

Storage


Just about all of the big games, these days have a digital download version available, however, they are all ridiculous in size. On top of this, we then need to take into account save data, patches that may increase the game size and any digital add-ons purchased. PC gamers can upgrade their machine if they need the extra space, however, console gamers would be stuck with whatever storage they bought in the first instance. There is however a chance that this would enable manufacturers to cash in on either local storage hard drives or subscribed cloud services,

Talking of cloud services, this is a substantial enabler for digital gaming and storage. It would mean you could pay for the storage you need and not actually have a physical version at home, HOWEVER! Where would this leave offline gaming? If your games and data are cloud stored and you need online access to retrieve them, when your internet goes down you will be pretty stuck - Time to bring out Battleships or your ages copy of Hero Quest.

Online Transactions

Then we have the time old favourite of microtransactions, but how would going fully digital change this? Well, today if you go into a shop and buy a full copy of the game you get the full copy of the game, minus extras that are bought via microtransactions. Due to this, you get the majority of items available at that time, because let's face it developers would get some serious stick if they started splitting out each game type to a different disc and selling them separately. However these days there are no rules with online transactions and they can charge you as much as they want for what they want. More recently Black Ops 4 has had an online-only version of the game release - This we are not saying is a bad thing because the price was decent and some people might only want the online gameplay. However imagine if you had to buy each level of a campaign mode for a game, then on top of this having to pay for each online gameplay mode (TD, Battle Royale etc.)

It's not a rant we promise...

This might seem like a bit of a rant but a digital future could wipe out a lot of the gaming industry in terms of collectors and the stores we visit. There are a lot of positives such as environmental effects, which we will discuss in a later post, however, we can't help but feel unless there is more regulation around online transactions across the board this would put a lot more power in the hands of the big developers.

We would love to know what your thoughts are and whether or not you would like to see the future of gaming fully digital?

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