#WAWIn1Week – Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week – The Gear…

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So having just recently completed my trip of the West Coast of Ireland in 1 Week, along the longest Coastal Route in the World – The Wild Atlantic Way, taking in over 2,600km it is now time for me to put this trip into some sort of words, and more importantly share my photographs of this stunning area with the rest of world, and hopefully inspire a few more of you to take on this route.

The route itself is no secret, it is brilliantly signposted from start to finish and is easily completed without a sat nav, map of even the slightest clue about the geography of Ireland.  There are numerous towns and villages that you will pass through and the options from accommodation range from a bit of wild camping to official campsites, or gorgeous little family run B&Bs right through to Hotel Resorts and Spas.  Brilliant.  Initially I had planned on completing this trip with my only accommodation being at the side of the road where I stopped.  Just prior to my trip I decided on changing this due to the predicted weather, and the constant rain the Met Office told me I would be facing.  It turns out on this trip over the one week timescale the change to B&B style accommodation was a good one!

This first post though will cover the gear that I used on my trip, it will touch on my motorcycle, and the gear I used for the daily ride and how it held up with the weather of an Irish ‘Summer.’  Summer in this case needs the ‘ ‘ marks, as at the time of typing I think we are somewhere close to Day 60 of consecutive rain falling somewhere in the country (its a small country) and having just passed the coldest, wettest July since 2003.  On saying that as you will see over the up and coming #WAWIn1Week posts I was pretty lucky with the weather.  I did get a good, in fact severe soaking, twice – enough to test the gear to the absolute limits, but for most of the time I was only hitting passing showers, or trying to keep them in my mirrors!  With this route hugging the West Coast of Ireland and therefore the limits of the Atlantic Ocean it is subject to some pretty extreme weather conditions and one thing to remember if you are over and on the route what looks grim ahead may take a dramatic change around the next corner.  The weather is really that changeable and if you just look out over the ocean you will get a very good idea of what the jet stream is bringing across to you over the next couple of hours.

So here we go, the gear I used and how it coped with taking on the world’s longest dedicated coastal route, 2,600km and six days on the coast…

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Sony / Game / Playstation Make a Right Balls Up of UK PS4 20th Anniversary ‘Competition’

Sony PS4 20th Anniversary Edition Competition Fails

If you follow my twitter feed or Sony / Playstation or Game UK you will no doubt have seen the fury spread across the internet of foul play, cheating, link sharing and as Sony as so very prone too, hacking! #4thePlayers #notfortheplayers #forthecheats

On 15-19 December 2014 Playstation UK and Game UK ran a competition that meant the first 100 correct entries to this competition got a opportunity to purchase – at full price (£399) – a 20th Anniversary Edition of the console.  One of only 13,500 globally, so a very rare item indeed.  Well at least that was their plan until link sharing, web site crashing, cheating and hacking took over and left the genuine gamer with no chance whatsoever of bagging one of these much sought after machines.

Allegations flew but facts remain, users (cheaters) ended up with multiple consoles…

User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions

You will see from the screen grabs above that this user even claims to be a genuine gamer, but is so very kindly prepared to accepted £3000 for a console (but yet they mean so much to him and he is so blessed) yet towards the end of his posting he is getting rather abusive and showing his true colours!

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04/09/2014 : Soccer Saturday Chosen Bets

If you follow my Twitter (@TomBoyNI) you will have noticed I have just posted up my three chosen bets for the day.

Generally speaking I do three bets on a Saturday, a big one (#thebigone), which is a huge accumulator which if it comes good pays out hugely. This week for example it sits at over 900/1. I have never hit this.

But here it is…

Then there is my both teams to score bet (#btts #bothteamstoscore). This is seven matches where I fancy both teams in the fixture hitting the back of the net. This is a fixed odds bet at 55/1. Last season I hit this twice and that pays for the rest of the season!

Here it is…

And finally I do a reasonably safe accumulator of five or six strong favourites. It is by no means a certainty but it often makes for an anxious second half. I hit this only a few times last season.

Here it is…

If you follow me good luck to us both! Only bet what you can afford to loose, and remember these bets are big odds, they are just a bit of entertainment for the best show on TV – #SoccerSaturday

Good luck!

How to Replace / Install PS4 Hard Drive

The PS4 is a cracking’ machine. Brilliant in fact. But really, Sony what were you thinking with only giving us a 500GB hard drive. ‘Oh it was to keep costs down,’ you will no doubt reply, but that is a bit of a false economy, as the costs go back up when we have to replace our HDDs ourselves.

It also to be far has been a bit of a slow start for me when it comes to PS4 gaming as at this moment in time I simply have the games that came free with PS+ as well as The Last of Use Remastered, Wolfenstein, Sniper III, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Infamous Second Son, Watch Dogs and Killzone. So a reasonable mediocre collection at this point, so imagine my surprise when I checked my free space and noted I had had 92GB out of my initial 500GB left!

Well all that meant was it was upgrade time.

The story is not that simply however. As in the past, probably January (isn) 2014 I did try to pre empt this situation and took it upon myself to do an early upgrade to limit the hassle of re-downloading all of my games and game data. however back then I was one of the PS4 users who couldn’t upgrade to 2TB. The reasons for that were that at that time Seagate made the only compatible and affordable 2TB drive for PS4. However it came in an enclosure, you had to take it apart…

That wouldn’t put me off however and I did purchase it back then, that’s when the problems arose. It was quickly established that if you cracked open your PS4 and found a HGST drive staring at you chance were that the Seagate drive was going to be incompatible with your system. Basically there was ‘handshake’ issues between the hardware, but I won’t bore you with that as now it is all thankfully ancient history! (Workarounds were present but I like things to work right 100% of the time, so I shifted the drive on to someone who could use it properly.)

So after a bit of reading I established with a degree of certainty that I could live with that the hand shake issues that were previously present were now gone. No matter what drive you had in your PS4 the Seagate 2TB M9T drive was / is now 100% compatible.

That’s all I needed to here, and off to the shops I trekked picking the drive up for £69.99 and back to the house I hurried to try it out.

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Back from a Summer Break…So Here’s some Kaley Cuoco on a Summer Break!

Firstly I would like to apologise to everyone for my extended silence but I simply took a little summer break.  Thanks to everyone who contacted me during this break with queries, questions or just to say hello.  But I am back now and have come back with some great stuff to get posted up.

I will start of with my apology gift to you all – a small but awesome gallery of The Big Bang’s Penny – Kaley Cuoco on the beach!  What a way to spend a 4th July 2014.  This alone would be a great reason to be American, have the 4th July as a holiday and to go to the beach!

Enjoy!

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Shadow UnBoxing

I have never been one for earphones whilst gaming, however the guys that are say that there is simply no comparison to gaming with a decent set of ‘cans’ as opposed to a television speaker set up or a basic 2.1 system. Then when you start to move into good 5.1 systems you may be unfortunate enough then that your house, or worse your neighbours’ house starts to shake when stuff starts exploding on screen. It is this point that a good gaming head set starts to come into its own.

For me I have taken the plunge with a mid range set of headphones, namely ‘Turtle Beach Ear Force Shawdow.’ I have been on the lookout for such a set of headphones for a while but was always put off by the price tag. When these came up in a recent flash sale that was effectively saying, ‘Here you go chum, take these and male a small donation to our store,’ it was simply impossible to say no! (Oh and they are PS4 compatible!)

Here is what Turtle Beach have to say about this set. At the time of writing the price is £79.99 GBP.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Shadow

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Ten Second Game Review : Battlefield 4

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With the release of the next gen consoles so close together the fight was on for who would take the first person shooter title. And to be fair whoever takes this title will probably make more money in a weekend than you or I will make in 10 life times.

So it’s definitely worth playing for.

The contenders being,
1. Call of Duty : Ghosts
2. Battlefield 4

If you look back a wee touch you will see what I have to say on Ghosts in my other 10 second review. (I suppose I really should include Killzone as a further Contender. Personally it isn’t for me though).

So here it is my ten second review. As the norm in this situation this only refers to my experiences with the single player campaign. As far as the multiplayer goes it is very much a similar story to that of FIFA v Pro Evo. Everyone has their preference and all the writing, reasoning or arguing in the world will never change that.

As far as Battlefield 4 goes the story is decent, not gripping but decent. Who the hell Jun Jie is I have no idea and I doubt I ever will. Character development is there and attempted but Hannah, for example, is far too hard to warm to yet all the rest of squad are quickly kissing her ass. Irish is likeable but too much of a pain in the ass to be truly liked and you (me) doesn’t even mutter when spoken too. Come on Sergeant, don’t be rude!

Graphics are as you would expect, great. He old blip, rip or glitch appears but that is forgive able in this early stage of this generations cycle. Sound is great, animations are quality and the details on the guns is as far as I am concerned best in class.

Gameplay is average. The missions, in fact the whole game, is relatively short, although there are three different endings which adds to the ‘lastability.’ The game being short (about 5 hours) I don’t necessarily see as a bad thing. Think bad to the days of Golden Axe and Streets of rage. You could sit down and have a complete play through. That option still exists with Battlefield. And of course let’s be honest. The majority of players are getting this for multiplayer. Single player campaigns are now unfortunately considered a bit of an afterthought.

One afternoon and you could rip through this and have some fun doing so.

But there are some bad points. Some parts of the game especially in the latter (two) missions are ridiculously frustrating. You will just die from an explosion and hell knows from where. Restart and boom, same explosion and same untimely death. By the 10th death incident this Ground hog day is unbearable.

Then take the crashing. On my first run through I was about 60% through the game when it crashed, corrupting the save and meaning a complete fresh start. Heartbreaking. I have no problems with repeat play throughs but it should be because I want too. Not because the game just shit itself. I was lucky and in my next play through it crashed another 4 times but the game saves were not corrupted and each time I only had to retrace a few steps.

However it is unforgivable for games to be so buggy that they are crashing systems and corrupting saves at this stage of the gaming calendar. Maybe in 1979 it would have been more acceptable but come on DICE these are the basics.

All in all Battlefield 4 is a decent game that can easily be picked up and enjoyed. It’s doing nothing ground breaking on the single player FPS campaign stage but it is still holding its own. Iron out the bugs, remove the ridiculous frustrations and you be edging towards a winner.

Ten Second Game Review : KillZone Shadow Fall

In a ten second game review I plan to sum up a game in guess what – ten seconds!

This time it is the turn off Killzone Shadow Fall. My first game for the PS4. Here we go…

KillZone : Shadow Fall is a rather mediocre game that has a few moments of brilliance. They are too few.

However there far too many moments of pure frustration where the developers have got it so wrong making things difficult to the point of ridiculousness, which equals anger, rage and an (temporary) intense disliking for the game. Which is a shame as it completely masks the good bits.

It does do one thing well… Visuals. As a release game the visuals coming through already point towards some great eye pleasers in the PS4s’ future.

Thank you! (18 seconds maybe).

Ballistic HC iPhone 4 / 4s Case – Thoughts and Photos…

The Ballisitc HC is one of the range of cases in the Ballistic range, in this instance the ‘HC’ meaning ‘Hard Core!‘  The others in the range are :

LS – Life Style & Life Style Smooth
SG – Shell Gel & Shell Gel MAXX

There is also a full range for all other popular makes of phones and tablets, which you can check out here :  http://www.goballisticcase.com/collections/all

This is my second Ballisitic HC case, the first I had was with my iPhone 4, and was black, all black.  Then when I updated by phone to the 4s I was so convinced on this particular case, I purchased the white one, to go with the new phone.

It lasted 2 days!

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