Jimbob

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  1. 8 minutes ago, Julius said:

    Got my pre-orders in for Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls with ShopTo as well earlier today, so other than keeping an eye out for Cyberpunk 2077, my launch day pre-ordering is all done! 

    :peace:

    Pretty much done myself, got Spider-Man: Miles Morales ordered which will do nicely.  And ordered Sackboy for the Mrs to play.


  2. Took a walk to GAME in town, put a deposit down to secure the 2nd to last disk PS5 they had allocated to them.  The digital version sold out in-store by 9am, and they had some more allocations come in at 11.  Even though i have a pre-order down on Shopto, before the site went down they had something mentioning you'll be emailed if there's stock for launch.

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  3. I'm monitoring things around Newport.  Meant to be going down to Cornwall next weekend, but cases continue to rise in Newport.  The Welsh gov have pinpointed that the most likely source of the number of positive cases rising came from a house party over the August bank holiday.  This party had individuals who came back from Ibiza and didn't isolate, most likely Covid carriers which have in turn spread it to others.  These people then (unknowingly) have gone to various pubs/clubs in the area and spread it further.  Have seen these pubs put on facebook that they're closed for deep cleaning, staff are isolating until they've had a negative test / 2 weeks is up.  More and more schools are having positive Covid tests (think i've heard 7 schools).  Luckily everything i've booked up is free cancellation, so if we go into a local lockdown like Caerphilly and other cities, i won't lose any money.


  4. For my first Go Fest, the weekend was decent.  Didn't get many shinies, well not event ones.  Got a shiny Chansey, Growlith, Bunnery and Grimer.  And the Rocket stuff on the 2nd day was good.  The fact that Niantic made it easier to defeat the Rocket captains and Giovanni allowed me to finally finish the one that was defeat them all and Giovanni on top of the Go Fest missions.  I agree with @Mandalore, having the Saturday organised made it better. 

    The table booking in Brewdog at least let me charge my phone up whilst enjoying some beers (and where i caught 2 of the 4 shinies that weekend, the other 2 i caught at another pub on Sunday (i'm sensing a trend here).

    Probably not something i'd be doing again, unless more regionals made an appearance.  Heatmore and Servipor were nice to see popping up.

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  5. The way Microsoft have been doing Gamepass, it seems the best way going forward to experience what Xbox has to offer.  From yesterday, nothing really stood out to entice me to get a Xbox Series X (so far).  I might get one when Fable comes out, quite enjoyed the series on the 360.  And i'm interested in playing Ori, but that's on Gamepass already which i can play on the laptop when needed to.


  6. Living in a private rental flat with my partner, we have space out of the back for chairs, tables and a BBQ (there's some green space, but it's mostly concrete).  Saving up for a house, we have about £20k saved (parents have set aside £10k, me and my partner have about £12k between us.  But before that, need new jobs first.  Covid-19 isn't helping things too much, but interviews have meant Skype meetings over travelling.


  7. I've learned since moving out from my parents house to manage my finances more responsibly.  I had savings when living with them, which i used some towards an apartment with my partner (i say used, we had to furnish the place and put a bond down).  Still have the bulk of savings left.  Credit card isn't too bad, and by not bad i mean it's about £50 in credit which i can clear at a moments notice.  It's just hit into the interest period, so i try to keep it as low as possible so the interest isn't stupid on paying it back.  Probably need to use it more to improve my credit score, most of my purchases are on debit card and i tend to use the credit for more bigger purchases and holidays (this was mostly for insurance in case the company folded).

    Never been overdrawn, always lived within my means each month.  And i put a little away each month, not that it's making much with low interest rates.


  8. I can't remember if i posted in the last thread or not, but never the less.

    • I'm James
    • 34 years of age
    • In a happy relationship of 4 1/2 years
    • Currently living in Newport, South Wales with my partner
    • Currently working in the Civil Service, have done for 9 years
    • Working at home at the moment (which i'm hoping becomes permanent, as i love it)
    • Don't have as much time for gaming as i used to, but still have time to put in a few hours a week.  Home working is helping add the hours on as i'm not commuting
    • Have a hamster which prefers me over my partner (it's her hamster, and keeps biting her)
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  9. Social media seems to be the way forward, however even that isn't the best place to go.  Forums can be moderated, so any toxicity can usually (i say usually, there are forums out there which allow it more frequently and challenges to this results in a ban) be stopped in their tracks.  Facebook is a great tool for keeping in touch with people, however some group pages certainly don't seem to be moderated and can provide a toxic environment.

    I'm sort of 50/50 with forums and social media.  I like forums still as they can provide a good base for conversations and can be friendly places, however social media does have the ability to provide breaking news faster.  You can find some people who'll happily have a conversation, but most of the time you'll just see spam messages akin to a streamers chat on Twitch.


  10. Felt some more normality today since lockdown eased.  Ventured out of Newport for the first time since March 22nd and went to my parents house, but made a visit to a friends house first.  He's been stuck in his parents place since this all started, only seeing the same 2 faces day in day out.  Took a bottle of rum over, we shared a drink (I bought a glass, he had his own too).

    Spent the rest of the afternoon at my parents, sister popped over (say popped over, my Dad went to get her, her baby and her partner).  Had a BBQ and a few beers, the day felt like a piece of normality (at 2m apart in the garden)


  11. Started and finished Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero on the Switch this week.  It's easier than previous entries in the series, however it's not bad.  Decent bosses with some element of a challenge.  Finished with 86% of everything, all powers but not all collectables.

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  12. The rumours of Boris relaxing some lockdown measures has caused some friction between the Welsh Government and Westminster.  There's a press conference today from the First Minister announcing how Wales will deal with the lockdown, and if it'll be extended it further like Scotland or follow suit with Westminster.  Who knows, all i hope is that any restrictions being lifted doesn't cause another spike.

    It's not phased me as much as other people, don't get me wrong i'd love to see friends and family in person instead of over video calls.  But it's given me more time to get things done around the flat that i'd have not had the time to do so.

    Edit: Wales has extended lockdown another 3 weeks, but Garden centres, Recycling centres and Libraries can re-open (councils have the power to decide on this one).  And we can go out more than once a day for exercise as of Monday


  13. Last Friday, i was watching a PlayStation Access stream of Uncharted 4.  Which got me in the mood to play said game, and as of yesterday i finished.  I'm still amazed at how great this game looks and how much detail went into everything, right down to the mud graphics.  Played it with headphones so i enjoyed the sounds and audio in more detail than i did before, and i honestly can't fault it.  Naughty Dog went all in on this one, and i thank them for it.

    Most likely will replay LA Noire this evening onwards.  I'm still taking an Assassin's Creed break, tried to get back into Odyssey (might just play the story and a few side-quests as the game feels overwhelming at times).  Don't get me wrong, i love the setting and Kassandra is a great character.  But after Origins, this feels more padded out than prior entries.

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  14. Finished Days Gone yesterday.  It started off a little slow, but the story picked up and was extremely satisfying (for me at least).  Deacon is a decent character overall, and each of the camps provide something different (be it weapons, bike upgrades and missions).  The world is certainly full of opportunity for exploration, but with the right upgrades on the bike you can go further and faster.

    The big challenge comes from the Hordes, which vary in size (50 to 500) and the location.   Best to leave the Hordes until later in-game, when you get (literally) the big guns.  They provide a lot of satisfaction, especially if you use strategy over the run and gun method (nothing wrong with this, the Horde just will be relentless in getting you.

    I enjoyed it that much, i platinum'd it in 1 play-through.

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  15. Even though it is Wrestlemania, it doesn't feel like a Wrestlemania.  No 80,000 fans in attendance, no epic Wrestlemania entrances.  It was good to watch, but WWE should seriously consider an off-season for a while whilst the world sorts itself out.  Most other sporting events have done so, and i believe a break might refresh creative a bit as the product hasn't been ideal in recent times.

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  16. Finished the final Assassin's Creed title ive not played on PS4 being Assassin's Creed Rogue the other day.  Can't fault it too bad, story is decent enough and I quite like Shay as a character.  A few people didn't like this title, but it's underrated as a whole.
     

    With that done, decided to give Days Gone another go.  Bit more into it, the story's coming out more.  Have upgraded my bike a bit, so at least I can travel further between fuel stops (a nice feature which at the moment I've been lucky on for refueling, but I guess you could be unlucky and have a horde come through as you need fuel).  Deacon seems a decent character, but I'll find out more as the game progresses.