16 December 2019

Gaming Gadgets You Need Now

Gaming has changed a lot over the last few decades. When we think back to our SEGAs and Gameboys, to the very first Playstation, and then the travesty that was the (thankfully) short-lived Gamecube. Though you might love the nostalgia that comes with the vintage consoles, the future is bright when it comes to gaming. We’ve seen innovations that have changed the way we game and revolutionised the industry. But what’s coming up in the world of gaming, and what are the newest inventions we’re itching to get our hands on? Read on to find out…
Voice Recognition
Can’t be bothered reaching for your controller? No problem. Voice control has been around for a while, but the gaming industry has finally caught up with the likes of Siri and Alexa. Now you can activate your console, manage your social media, and search the web, all by simply talking to your gaming system.
Ultra-high Graphics
If you’re gaming on the go, you don’t want to be focussing on fuzzy graphics. The resolution of modern gaming systems, whether it’s your phone or your system at home, can really make or break your immersion in a game. And, if you game when you’re out and about, that’s the last thing you want. Check out the best gaming phones you can get so you’re not held up by poor-quality graphics. Also, look for 4 Things You Need for Gaming on the Go if you’re really into taking your game worlds with you when you go out.
Virtual Reality
Headsets are available, but there hasn’t yet been a huge drive in the console market for ones that cater specifically to this fully immersive method of gaming. We’re waiting with bated breath though because, once this enters the market, gaming is never going to be the same again. The prospect of fully entering the world of the game, with incredible graphics and 360 views of the landscape, is one we can’t wait to try out.
Wearable Gaming
And, to really bring you into the game, wearable technology to allow your avatar to move as you do is becoming more widespread. Initially developed for sporting companies, the gaming industry has just started to realise the potential this has for them. Imagine if you could actually control your character with your own movements, rather than the click of a button. RealSense technology from Intel is already incorporating similar motion trackers in their games. Using a 3D camera, 22 points of the hand are controlled via every gesture you make. This would have been completely unimaginable in the days of the first Nintendos…
On-demand Gaming

We’re consuming media in a way that wasn’t even dreamt of a few years ago. Services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have completely changed the way we watch TV and movies. It surely won’t be long until the games industry catches on and we get on-demand services for games. It just depends on who gets there first as to what we end up with. Our fingers are crossed for Intel but watch this space to see what happens. 



25 November 2019

Family Time With giffgaff

Spending time with your loved ones has got to be one of the most precious things to do but it doesn't happen that often for us. There's always something which gets in the way, most of the time its work, but something always seems to creep up and get in the way. When I say loved ones, I don't just mean family, this also includes friends.

You see me (Carl) and Dan who both run this blog together are best mates and also out partners get on and with also have little ones similar age. We always talk about arranging a little get together to have a laugh and let our hair down but... I'm the last 3 to 4 years this has never happened, even though we live around 20 minutes away from each other. Me and Dan often do stuff blog or gaming-related but as a whole, we just haven't had a chance.

People may think this is crazy but, if they know how busy, our circumstances and a few other factors, then maybe they may understand.

I (Carl) work a stupid amount of hours and whenever there is a chance of overtime I snap it up, Simone works Saturday and Sunday night, so she can earn something to go toward the Bill's after having to give up her own childminding business so she could become Willows carer ,this was the only hours she could do so it doesn't interfere with my working hours and chances of overtime.

Willow had just turned 4 and has never slept out so you can imagine us trying to arrange anything on a night time through the week would be impossible and even inviting friends around to ours on a night is impossible because and a weekend like I said Simone works and gets home just before midnight both days and through the weeks after sometimes a two hour mission to get Willow settled in bed.

I (Dan) don’t necessarily work a stupid amount of hours but I do spend 4 hours a day travelling to and from work. This definitely takes extends the working day! Whenever I have any free time it’s family time. I get home and my routine is to bath Jacob (my son), followed by getting ready for bed. I then have some time playing toys with him, this usually consists of building a new train track. Time is so precious when they are growing up.

After the night time routine with Jacob, it’s time to eat and refuel. By the time this is done and we have eaten it’s almost time to go to bed and get ready for the next day ahead. It leaves very little time within the working week to get together with friends.

To be honest we both wish we could have that family time together, get our families together play games, consume crazy amounts of food and have a great laugh. Realistically at the moment, this is extremely difficult. Despite talking to each other EVERY day we never find the time to meet.

So when we received an email from the amazing people over at giffgaff about the importance of spending time together and that they wanted to send over a party box full of goodies, so we could all get together and spend some quality time together. 

At first, we all became really excited but then came the realisation of how on earth were we going to get both families together and spend some quilty time having a laugh. After a few weeks of trying to arrange time and day well were getting ever closer to to the post-deadline. It just was impossible to arrange, we both just are too busy and had to come up with another plan. 

So a few weeks ago, me (Carl) and my family had a little break planned for the weekend and we headed off to the East Coast, so we thought what a perfect time for us to have a good laugh and take the party box with us and play some games and just spend some quality time together, obviously we put willow to bed first, she would of just wreaked the joint and no games would have been played. 

We were sent a couple of games from a company called Big Potato Games but the one we decided to play was a game called Weird Things Humans Search For and you know what, It was an absolute blast. We all kept taking turns on being the so-called games master whilst the other two go against each other to guess the correct answers to what humans search for. 

Wow, humans do search for some strange and funny things! 

Its was such a good feeling just to sit down together and have a laugh and I've never known all three of us to smile so much, I think the humour of the game brought us a lot closer than we normally are. 

We must have played the game for a good two hours but they could only be one victor! 

Yeah you guessed correct, it was me but I don't think it is because I am the brightest of the bunch, I think it may be because I spend too much time on the internet.

Working with giffgaff on this post has made us both realise one thing - Life is too short not to make time for amazing family outings. Next year we are going to try and change this, with family outings and epic game nights! I mean we both have a geeky side so our wives will have to get used to playing some tabletop games as well.

In collaboration with giffgaff

11 October 2019

Men's Fashion And How It Has Evolved Over Time

As with anything to do with Fashion, men’s Fashion and style have changed dramatically over the decades, there have been many changes in the making of clothing, how clothing is worn, and also how men accessorize their outfits too. There is also a significant change over time in the way in which men groom and style their hair as well (aside from hair problems read more- a comparison article). From influences such as movie stars and sporting heroes. To trends that people pick up and run with. And right the way through to the catwalks. There is always something different to look at and choose from when it comes to Fashion for men. It hasn’t always been as simple as picking what you want and wearing it. And in 2019, clothing is becoming much more relaxed and comfort-based. However, there is still a large portion of the population that watches closely and chooses based on the brands they love and advertising and sponsorship, here is a brief history of Fashion for men and how things change over time.

In the early 1900s, Fashion was more to do with social standing and wealth. Top hat and tails, with turn-ups, were the signs of a well-to-do person. Men would wear three-piece suits as standard when needing to look particularly smart, and not only because there is a meeting or a wedding to attend. Comfort may not have been at the forefront of these options, but a waistcoat and trousers with a matching coat really showed how people cared about what they wore. Creativity other than a slightly different colour suit or a different way of tailoring this suit really didn’t become part of the equation for quite some time after this. Luckily we are in a much better place, and many men are choosing to wear much more bold, creative, and comfortable clothing know.

A little further into the timeline of men’s Fashion in the 1920s, following the war, there were plenty of jackets cargo clothing, and button-down shirts coming to the forefront. Inspiration taken from newsreels and magazines and men were considering taste more so during this time. It’s worth noting that the popular TV series peaky blinders is set around this time, and while they’re all clearly wearing suits to a degree, flat caps and different materials such as wood and overcoats and bowties, with watch chains, became a classic look. Clothing in the 1920s for men indeed became more about comfort without leaving the style behind. Although Fashion didn’t necessarily move too far away from the three-piece suit, some of the patterns and colour of the fabrics used during this time most definitely became bolder.

Men’s Fashion took a dramatic turn during the 1930s and 40s with Hollywood films and American tastes becoming quite significant, “friends“ and ideas became quickly shared via magazines and movies. Suddenly men became more interested in Fashion and using film stars as inspiration for what they wore. Men finally became comfortable with the idea that passion and what they wear is an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and show them to be individuals. No longer so much about stature and wealth, and definitely more to do with personality and ideas. With knitted tank tops, canes, and a range of different hats to choose from, the suits from old times continued to clothe men through the 1930s, but with added flair and personality, plus the option to dress down for those important dances and dates. Shoes also became a big thing around this time, with brogues and other leather offerings becoming more unusual, and standing out from the crowd.

Moving out of the 1940s and into the timeline of 1950s, menswear sees a fantastic transformation thanks to artists such as Elvis Presley. Leather jackets and T-Bird style collars, Men around this time seemed to relax into a workwear style. Jeans were in, and three-piece suits were out of the equation for anything other than formal events. James Dean and, further down the line, bands such as The Beatles brought a whole wardrobe of inspiration that was not only stylish but accessible to all men no matter their income. Add some grease to the hair, and a pair of sunglasses, and you’ve got the beginnings of “cool“ attire. When style became iconic and exciting to many.

The whole point of the 60s was freedom with random neckerchiefs, and even open colours and shirts with chest hair becoming a common theme. The whole point of the 60s was freedom, and alongside the women of the 60s, the men weren’t going to be left behind with the choices of attire this time. Casualwear became more unusual than before, but much more beige and yellow matched with brown trousers became popular. It seemed as though the 60s were a time for experiments, and this extended right through Fashion as well as music and other forms of entertainment.

Looking at the 1970s, all trends and fashions seem to go out of the window, and flares matched with huge colours and Afro hairstyles became the in thing. Anything seemed to go in the 70s, including wild patterns on polyester shirts, or even random miss matching knitted suits with flamboyant neckerchiefs, and even open collars and shirts with chest hair became a common theme. We may look back in the 70s and laugh, but it opened up a whole world of ideas and creativity that has long continued into the early 2000s. Fashion became more accessible than before, and people that had not even thought about what they wore beforehand were quickly becoming a fashion icon.

As time passed and we reach the 1980s and 90s the idea that men had little choice when it came to Fashion was long gone, and catwalks and Fashion shows heavily featured men’s clothing, from some crazy neon creations in the 80s, with influences from artists, and big brands come into the forefront such as Hugo Boss and Gucci. The choice was much more significant than ever before for people. This opened up a new playground for all the men who like to become creative with their outfits. And allowed the opportunity to stand out more.

Fashion in the early 21st-century so far has been as eclectic as ever, with influences being shared by the Internet quicker than you can see new trends, and information is transferred faster than ever before, it's challenging to keep up at times. However, Jeans, as they have been since the 50s, are still featured heavily in many men’s wardrobes, and men can choose to be as casual or formal regardless of the occasion as they like. Creative people and everyday people I know able to collaborate and come up with some fantastic ideas. And with gender-neutral garments, designs on simple T-shirts With whatever you choose, it’s quite easy to accessorize, with hats and designer glasses with minimal effort. In 2019 it seems as though Fashion from the whole of history can be dipped into as inspiration to create any outfit you desire.

Ultimately we are fortunate to live in an age where we have so many options available, the creativity and past experiences to draw from, it’s not always easy to think of what to wear, but having the Internet at our fingertips will undoubtedly improve our chances of finding something suitable. We can really go as wild as we like when it comes to fashion now and it’s important to remember that around personal style is exactly that and nobody else needs to have an opinion.


8 September 2019

Tips To Help Make Your Clothing Last

Clothing can cost a lot of money over time, and as each season comes and goes, your bank balance will only suffer more when it comes to fast fashion. However, there’s a way of getting timeless pieces that can last longer than just a few months. Here are some tips to help make your clothing last.

Buy More Quality Pieces
Spending money on clothes is something we all need to do at various points in our life. For some, it could be once a year, and for others, it might be as often as every few weeks. However, it’s important that no matter how frequently you are buying clothes, you’re buying quality pieces. Quality pieces don’t have to mean that they are more expensive, but it does require you to buy clothing that’s durable and made out of good material. Always look at every item of clothing, regardless of what store you’re in. Test the fabric by giving it a quick feel and think about whether you’ll be able to wear this with a number of pieces already in your wardrobe.

Wash Your Clothes Less
Over time, washing your clothes in a washing machine is going to wear them out. Particularly if they are not hugely durable or you’ve got them on a vigorous wash cycle. To save your clothing, you may want to think about washing your clothes less. Not every item of clothing needs to be worn once and then washed. Some pieces like jeans, for example, can probably be worn a fair few times before needing to be put in the washing machine. Just be more conscious of how often you’re doing it and where you can, lower the spin cycle rate to a more gentle setting. 

Think Timeless
Timeless pieces are those that will never go out of style, no matter how many seasons go by. Think crisp white shirts and denim jeans, leather boots, and A-line coats. Even though men’s linen clothing is on-trend, it’s also worth it to have a range of clothing that doesn’t need to be part of a trend and can be worn with other on-trend pieces. There will always be items of clothing that are timeless to wear, so get these into your wardrobe!

Use Protectors On Leather
Leather is one material that can become worn after it’s endured certain weather conditions. To help stop this from happening and preventing the demise of your leather jacket or shoes, ensure you’ve got some sort of protector on it, whether that’s in the form of a spray or wax. Just like you would with your car, it’s important to protect that base layer as much as you can. And with leather being fairly expensive, it’s worth getting something that will help it to last that little bit longer.

The more sustainable we can all be when it comes to clothing, the better. Every item that ends up getting thrown away is only going to waste and if anything does tear or rip, then try to fix it or give it a bit of an upgrade with your own DIY skills. 



6 August 2019

Rules Of The Road

So, last month I turned 37 and I realised that I really need to be a little bit calmer when I'm driving.

But here I am, a month into this realisation I'm struggling to do anything to calm myself down behind the wheel.
I do quite a lot of driving at work and some of the things I see other drivers do just really rubs me up the wrong way, and I know I shouldn't let it get to me but it really does.

Last week, for example, I was making my way to a job traveling on the M62 and I noticed a lady deep in a text conversation right as she drove along in the middle lane.
And what made it worse was that I then noticed she has two little kids in the back of the car.

Beyond disgusting.

So, without disrupting my driving, I give her the dirtiest look I could muster to let her know exactly how I feel about what she was doing, and then, as I continued further down the motorway I exited on the slip road and then stayed in the right-hand lane but I then suddenly notice this woman again, on my right with her left indicator flashing away trying to get into my lane.
I couldn't move over has there was a car to the left of me but then all of a sudden she puts her foot down and regardless of there being no exit space left, she pulls straight across in front of me, driving directly over the chevrons and decides it's OK to leave around a foot gap between us and then continues to press on her brakes. 

To be honest I all most crapped myself and slowed right down and then I stayed away from her. 

But for the rest of the day, I was in such a bad mood and very nearly almost phoned my boss and told him I was going home because I didn't want to be on the road any longer that day. 

I mean for starters, does she even know the rules of the road and how can anyone put their kids in so much danger?!

I do see a lot of crazy stuff daily on the roads but this has to be one of the worst to date I think and it really did stress me out but it got me thinking too - and I am a bit over-thinker - is my driving OK?

Should I have slammed on just to let her in before the chevrons?  But wouldn't that have put the car behind me in danger?  Do I actually know the rules of the rood fully (because she obviously didn't but still took her children out in her car!)?  Should I be brushing up on my knowledge of the highway code a little bit?

And then I thought, if I were to take my driving test again - both the practical and the theory parts, would I pass it again?

I'm not actually sure...

I think that maybe after having a driving license for a certain number of years there should be a refresher course people should be made to take - it makes sense to really doesn't it.

Are all drivers confident that they are up to date with all of the newly brought out rules of the road and all of the changes which have been made to the old rules?

I know I for one am not too confident that I'm fully up to date on all the changes because I passed my test around 17 years ago...

Well, luckily for people like myself that do care, the guys over at Kwik Fit have created an e-Book that explains all of these recent rule changes.

The book covers things from changes to the MOT (like the 5 new MOT categories) and changes to the highway code (things like new rules on overtaking a cyclist to new penalties for driving in a closed lane).

After my daily disastrous experiences, this e-Book is 100% worth a download - some of the changes inside it are things I know I have very probably done and shouldn't have which I could quite easily be penalised for.

Well worth a read - it could be a read that reduces road rage stress, it could be a read which prevents an accident, it could be a read that saves a life...

Download it today


In collaboration with Kwik Fit 

19 July 2019

What's The Secret To Being Good-Looking?

It can be easy to tell yourself that you’ll never be as good-looking as some of the alpha males out there in the world. Obviously, genetics are of great importance when it comes to our natural appearance, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing any of us can do to change the way we look. The amount of effort you put into your appearance is about 90% of the bigger picture. Somebody who cares about their presentation is better-looking than a “naturally” beautiful person who has stopped caring. Still, what’s the secret to being good-looking?

Living healthily.
It’s not really much of a secret, of course. Living healthily is the best way to improve your appearance. After all, our outward appearance is a reflection of how well we take care of ourselves. And we’re not just talking about keeping your waistline thin; stress can lead to acne, poor hydration can lead to poor skin quality, and so on. If you want to look good on the outside, then you have to take care of yourself on the inside. Forget about the shortcuts that people suggest taking. When it comes to eating well, focus on following a healthy long-term diet. This will benefit your waistline, cardiovascular health, mental state, and even the appearance of your skin in the long run.

Exercising is obviously one of the most important ways to live healthily and, as a result, improve your appearance. Cardiovascular activity (e.g. running or anything that gets the heart pumping) is the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. This is the most important health goal for most people. It also benefits your mental health, so you’ll start feeling more confident about your appearance because your emotional state will improve. Confidence plays a huge part in attractiveness. Strength training is important if you want to gain muscle mass. Even if you’re not trying to become a bodybuilder, this is important for everyone. You should be trying to keep your muscles strong and flexible not only for the sake of your appearance but your long-term wellbeing.

Improving your fashion sense.
Being fashionable is another crucial part of being good-looking. It sounds obvious, but so many men fail to realise that the clothes they wear play a vital role in their overall appearance. We’ve talked about improving your appearance and your mindset by living more healthily, but body size doesn’t matter when it comes to fashion. Anybody can look good if they dress well. Wearing well-fitted clothing is the key; it’ll make your outfits look tailor-made to your natural physique, and that will show the world how much effort you put into your appearance. You might want to check out these Charles Tyrwhitt reviews. You’ll see that it’s a very popular store for smart shirts, formal ties, and fashionable accessories. Work on your wardrobe if you want your entire appearance to improve.

Speaking of accessories, you should definitely consider adding some small details to outfits if you really want to bring your entire look together. Accessorising is a great way to really make a statement. As we’ve already discussed in this article, the secret to being good-looking is to focus on the small details so as to show the world that you put effort into your appearance. A stylish belt could bring an outfit together, for instance. Some cufflinks could add a splash of sophistication to an otherwise-ordinary shirt. You have to find ways to stand out if you want to be the best-looking guy in any room. Remember, confidence is absolutely essential. The most attractive people are always those who dress well, stand proudly, and smile authentically. Appearing good-looking is about more than being naturally attractive.

Adopt a strong grooming routine.

We’ve talked about improving your appearance and your confidence by living healthily and becoming more fashionable, but the presentation is the key here. As mentioned in the introduction, even people who attribute their good looks to winning the genetic lottery have to put effort into their appearance. Grooming is the most important thing to get right. You need to focus on the small details. Pluck unwanted hairs to bring the whole look together. If you want to grow a messy beard, keep your head hair tidy and well-groomed. If you want messy head hair, keep your beard well-trimmed. If both your facial hair and head hair are messy, then it appears as if you don’t put any effort into your natural appearance. It’s all about showing the world that you take pride in the way you present yourself.



26 April 2019

How Far Can Technology Take the Automotive Industry?

If you were to think even just a decade ago what things in the world would be like now, it would have blown your mind. Who would have thought Donald Trump would be president of the United States or that we would have self-driving cars? Even mobile phones have stepped up and can now do so much more than they’ve ever been capable of. In recent years, the automotive industry has been one of the industries that have been working hard with technology companies so that they can really create something advanced for their vehicles, but that still offers safety and comfort.

Cars are themselves becoming smart devices as they now have things like advanced braking abilities, autonomous driving, mapping technology, improved fuel efficiency, as well as things like one of the new Smart Cars that offer emission-free driving. So there really are many ways that cars have been benefiting our lives and improving how we do things, as well as making them better for the environment. But in the coming years, are we set to see even more progress? Here are just a few of the ways that tech is helping the automotive industry and what could be coming in the not-so-distant future.

Improved Fuel-Efficiency

Brands like Tesla are at the forefront of being fuel-efficient, as they have vehicles that are electric or hybrid, going for miles and miles without needing to be charged up. But in the future, it won’t be too long until other brands have been able to catch up and there will be a lot more choice in this industry, as well as more competitive pricing.

Improved Vehicle Technology

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are both things that have an important role in the automotive industry, as things like predictive capabilities are going to become more important in cars and help to make your driving experience more personal as it can adjust to you and ‘remember’ you as the driver. This can be through algorithms that manufacturers are and will use, that will automate the process of setting up the car and different system preferences.

Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous driving technology is something that has been in the news and something that will become more and more so, as more companies look to implement, install, and test their self-driving functionalities. Some cars already have some semi-autonomous abilities as there are driving assist technologies and parking assist. So there are likely to be more and more cars and manufacturers that look to develop this in the coming years.

As you can see, some great minds in the tech industries have joined forces with automotive companies to help improve things and how things go. The rise of electric vehicle technology helps emissions and isn’t making cars much more expensive. AI is playing a massive part in the future of cars, which can help driving as well as car maintenance. Safety and comfort can all look to be improved with improving tech in our cars too, so only time will tell.



15 April 2019

Imagine No Fibre Broadband for a week

Can you imagine having no internet ever? 

It's funny saying that, when I am sitting 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 companies 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 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 to 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 of 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 favorite YouTubers in between.

Then we have my 3-year-old daughter, who does love watching videos and playing games on her tablet but like all good parents we limit her time using it, but what she does like doing is watching her favorite 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.

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


12 March 2019

The Downsides Of Digital Only Gaming

The digital era is here and we are seeing more and more of our gaming items and services being 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 it's quite satisfying seeing that lineup 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!


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 favorite 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 spitting 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?


28 February 2019

Styled By Our Partners #Quizman

Lately, we have both been spending a lot of time planning out the blog, streaming and most nights (and let's be honest days as well) we are either chatting via text, collaborating on blog posts or online gaming. We have been kind of neglecting our wives a little and they don't deserve that so for this blog post we are officially putting the controllers down,

To be honest, Our wives don't mind all the blogging and gaming as they know its a hobby of ours and unfortunately, they had no choice but to accept the bromance that came along with it. This year we have been putting a lot more time into all of the above and there is a lot to come this year, hopefully making the blog a popular platform and give online streaming a really good go.

Valentine's day was fast arriving and the team over at Quiz Man got in touch with the perfect collaboration/challenge to get our wives involved on the blog! - My Partner Styled Me. What is the challenge I hear you ask? Basically, our wives hop over to the QUIZ MAN site, do a little bit of shopping and dress us - Yes that includes actually getting us into the clothes as well, it's not like we were at each others house to help each other get dressed!

Challenge Accepted!

We know that our wives know how to make good choices when it comes to clothing and they also know how we dress, so what could go wrong you ask? NOTHING! They know us far too well!

The other thing we were really impressed with is the quality of the garments themselves. We both asked our wives for something which wasn't too formal, even though Quiz clothing do offer some amazing formal wear including some quite fancy Mens Blazers.
  Nowadays, especially when you look at the high street retails brands you see a lot of fast fashion. You will find that a lot of the garments are extremely poor in quality, not colour fast and lose shape. This is not the case with the items we received from QUIZ Man, they are well made, have not lost shape or colour after wash and they are ridiculously comfortable. Something we could not say about some of the brands we have worked with previously.

The Chosen Ones

And now its time to show off the outfits and work it in front of the camera! All photography was done by TEAM ABEV (aka Carl & Dan)

Dan's Outfit

Whenever Lauren and myself go shopping she will always pick clothes out for me and for some reason I never listen. I think a lot of it is due to my confidence so when I am choosing clothes I always buy something I know I would feel comfortable in. This usually consists of oversized jersey tops and hoodies!

However, if there is one thing that I have learnt, it is to definitely start listening to her advice. I will eventually come around to the idea of what she picked out at the time and they really like it, then it's a - If only I had taken her advice at the time!

Lauren knows the style of clothing I go for, albeit sometimes a bit on the random side. So with the advice, she has given me in the past about what to wear along with her knowing me so well I knew she had this challenge in the bag!

I don't like to feel too dressed down so what she chose for me was spot on, to start with two a touch oversized chunky knit jumpers the one in the pictures is the lighter colourway but she also chose the darker grey and black one as well. Both of these are ridiculously comfortable and can be dressed up as well as down.

Lauren then chose me a new jacket, which was perfect timing as my go to has just had to be thrown out (Yes I wore it to death). She chose this short parker which has an amazing fit and the quality is great. I usually find that I overheat and don't need a jacket, however, this is just the right thickness to throw on, on the slightly cooler days. Again this comes in a few colours, however, I love the colour she chose for me.

Lauren has done an amazing job on this challenge, she has chosen what I would have eventually picked up. I felt comfortable and the quality is great. Extremely happy with her choices!!

Carl's Outfit

Simone never chooses my clothes, to be honest, she has bought me stuff in the past and they have been awful. I am quite a picky person when it comes to what I wear. However, she knew to choose something comfortable for me as I always choose comfort over look and price.

I suffer from quite bad claustrophobia so feeling restricted in my clothing brings out bad anxiety for me and makes me feel extremely uncomfortable.

Simone chose really well! The tracksuit she said would be really comfortable to game and lounge around the house in, as well as feeling comfortable outdoors its a very versatile outfit.

The winter jacket is something I have needed for years. I have complained for so many years that I am cold when watching my son Charlie play rugby - Especially in the winter when it is literally freezing. Charlie and his rugby mates said I look like a roadman in the jacket.. whatever that means.

Overall I am really happy with her choices.

I'm really happy with Simone's choices, and the items will definitely be getting worn a lot, I may even treat her to a nice takeaway and a movie night, we don't do nights out anymore due too childcare issues so I can get my lounging outfit on stuff my face and spend time quality time with her... and then probably turn the computer on for an hour or so ;)

I've not always been a massive fan of pinstripe but I think the combo of the hooded jumper and the and pants go well together when broken up with the black and yellow side striped zip top, they all are made from really light material and feel great on.

Like I said above I have never really owned a winter jacket so wearing this grey long lined quilted parker was something out of the norm for me, at first I was quite worried that I would feel restricted in it but I was pleasantly surprised how light it was.

When we took the photos it was baking hot and I didn't feel too bad at all and that was with three layers on.

This has been a really fun challenge for both couples, they could have dressed us in something ridiculous...... we will save that for another blog post!

The question is would you take the challenge and let your partner shop for you? or vice versa would they let you shop for them?

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