Still settling in – but xbox play more the priority

Evening, still getting used to this and amazed that I get these little prompts from WordPress about streaks?  What are these if not Achievement earning related, am I giving up game time to compose a small note here?


I haven’t had a chance to turn the xbox on for a couple of days admittedly due to other things getting in the way, but I’ll be on Overwatch as soon as this is published to ensure I continue crawling towards that goal.

It will also give me the chance to see if any updates have installed during the past 2 days.

Following yesterdays blog post, I started compiling what I want to ensure that I dedicate time to in February, we can look into that further later.

I have essentially had as much of an unplug as I allow myself, allow the xbox to cool down for a few hours before setting up a some sessions to get things cleared.

I need to have a look over the options at the weekend and maybe give the blog a bit of a better look, as I haven’t really had the chance to play with that yet.

Let me know what you think.

I will stream often, so follow me on Mixer the support is appreciated.  Eventually I’ll pick up a headset and join the chat.  Nothing personal, just haven’t replaced one that just broke due to age and wear a while ago and got used to playing without it.  But I normally have the chat box open.

Do suggest games, I am always on the look out for somethig to play, my favourites are pick up and play’s and that is whay I actually love the “xbox acarde” games from the 360 days, Trials HD was great for a quick couple of minutes if that’s all you had.  And I can still play it as backwards compatible.

Well, off to play Overwatch.


My story so far…

I was sitting here earlier, putting together a brief summary piece for the About page.  When the this became a little than really required, I decided to simply delete the lot.  Quick paragraph, which can be edited later.  And then after a little Human Fall Flat and Overwatch I ended up here.

What I had started composing was a piece about what I have played, consoles etc.  It just got a little long.  And so I thought I would share a little more.

My gameplay memories start with the classics, Pong, Paperboy but a number of hours were spent on games like Chuckie Egg and Repton 2 pre console.

We did not have a NES or SNES so I didn’t get hours of Mario growing up, like most children though, I was aware of the plumber and a friend had a SNES when they came out and occasional after school sessions of Mario Kart were enough to hook anyone to the series for life.  We did pick up a few consoles from Nintendo when we started doing the purchasing.

Console wise we started with the SEGA Master System, and I dedicated many hours to Alex Kidd in Miracle World until Sonic the Hedgehog came along.  So many games were played on the Master System it is hard to keep track (I was young).

When the Mega Drive came out we added that to the console collection.  Games like Streets of Rage, Desert Strike, Sensible Soccer all getting hours of game play.

Then came the PS1 and I remember having a game Tunnel B1, spent hours trying to figure that out.  But I think I wasn’t the only person that lost a few weeks to Dual Shock controllers and Gran Turismo when they were released.

I also remember getting a card from Game, inviting me to preorder a game soon to be released.  It was from a series I had never heard of and it was the 7th in that series.  Looking at the pictures on the card I gave it a try, and the number of years I have lost to Final Fantasy 7, are well, I am playing catch up with some others.

The first console that I purchased was the SEGA Game Gear, I picked it up on a holiday to Florida.  My brother had a Nintendo Gameboy, so Tetris got a few hours play.  I picked up the Nintendo 64, got the obligatory selection of games.  Had a Gamecube too.

Then went a little SONY way and the PS2 was the console of choice for a few years, GTA has come along way from the early days.  But generally there was a great selection of games.

Now, the choice to define a generation.  Xbox came out, I queued at midnight, carried it home and then sat until I don’t know when playing Halo.  This was me, settled, just how I liked it, the games coming out just started to edge my PS2 into the corner.  And eventually it was traded in for games.

I owned 1 original xbox, I think we all had numerous 360’s, not necessarily due to issues.  Hard Disk introduction, I really never could understand the Arcade version.

We purchased a Wii and had fun bowling, then the Kinect came out.  Now I enjoyed the Kinect, Kinect Adventures etc on the 360 was fun.  What I didn’t enjoy was when they tried to build it into games when it really wasn’t needed.  When I was happily running along on Halo Anniversary and my son shouts “Grenade” so Master Chief obliges and throws, suddenly I have none and really could use 1.

xbox controllers

Now that we are into Xbox One and moved on to the X, I have got the room set up as is required to experience the games as designed.  4K TV, and Dolby Atmos Home Theatre, some games really make look outside because you wonder what the noise is.

what is the first game you remember playing?


Weekend Play

Hi, you will probably have seen that some of my stream titles on Mixer have the simple title “weekend play”.  These sessions are exactly what they say, although the Achievement popping that goes with them is the added bonus.  So maybe I should change the title to “weekend achievement session”?

But, as you know, some of can take a little longer and more gameplay than others and so general play is requiered to reach the goal.

Last night I was streaming when I had the “Point Leader” Achievement pop on NHL 15, another one of those that I have been slowly working towards over recent weeks.  It’s a game I noticed I only had 1 achievement on and so I aquired it from the EA Access Vault and am now raising my completion of the game.

Another game that I am working through from the Vault is Star Wars Battlefront, so seeing what I can pick up there.  Though not many people for Multiplayer?

So far this weekend I have been spending the hours on a number of different games as well as ensuring that my Laptop is up to date with insider builds.

alienware laptop

My Alienware has been with me since 2013 and is still doing well, upped the memory to 24Gb, and changed from Windows 8 to Windows 10.  But as mentioned on my previous post, I do think that there are minor issues that need addressing in terms of ability for streaming.

Anyway, back to weekend play, I am nearing another milestone in the world of Achievement collection.

See you online.


New year, more games

Hi, join me whilst I move into a world of game streaming and the bad game play that goes with it.

What you’ll get from me is someone that is chasing the goal that will not be attained. The achievement completion target that I have set myself is more than realistic, I just need to stop playing new games and moving the goal out of reach.

You’ll see me playing games new and old, because of this as I often grab games I hadn’t finished to attain those last few Achievements. Just starting Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Battlefield V whilst catching up with Lego Movie Video Game and Hopper. So as mentioned, really can and do play a little of everything.

I’ll update you on what games I’m playing my way through, and maybe I’ll see you online.

So get in touch, what do you like to play? Do you have a channel? What’s your favourite games?

I am also starting up on YouTube Gaming @ and whilst sorting a few things uploads will trickle through.

I currently have a simple setup and so settings are very much in the trial phase. I am using the AverMedia Plug and Play Game Streaming Capture Box, so if anyone has any experience then let me know.

I am 99.9% certain that the couple of issues that I have are more PC and Internet related though and so tactics change and not equipment.

Gameplay will continue and so the streaming trials will too.