Dream Diary: 17th October 2017


Considering that I posted about weird dreams on two different occasions on my blog I decided I’d paste this from my 17th October 2017 diary as 3 whole paragraphs about an odd dream definitely felt like something that would be a waste to keep to myself. I may make a post at a later date about something odd I’ve noticed about some dreams. Feel free to come up with a name for this entry (so its not just the date).

 

“Last nights dream was quite odd, at first me and some other people I cannot remember were in a building on the top floor. For some reason there was a little korean girl in a wheelchair there. When the building shook the first time we escaped rather easily minus the building falling over while we were still on the stairs of the bottom floor. I don’t know why but there was a scene change to people talking about mentioning it in a movie and accidentally using ‘’celebrate’ which annoyed me enough to splurt out I was one of the survivors (somehow people died). Though I found it boring, the korean girl was temporary and useless so despite not feeling entirely like a lucid dream I reset it to the building. First reset was the building immediately falling over and everyone dying.

 

The reset that interested me was one where the building started falling but seemingly leant against another building directly next door. The korean girl was japanese and now 14 while there was a boy around that age in the floor below. On the way down I did what I believe is called a fireman’s lift to both people, no complaints or talking so I assumed they had fainted. The part where the building falls completely while we were still on the bottom stairs still happened though.

 

The weird thing though is how it forked into completely fantasy/scifi with me meeting up with the boy and girl being 10 years older and no longer physically disabled. I mention something caused 10 years to be taken off them but it wasn’t the end of the world as it was really just a few days after the accident (I assume interviews were dealt with) as she seemed insistent she wanted to see family. There was this odd feeling/hints that the japanese girl would eventually be the love interest of the boy or whoever I was in the dream. Weirder still was how I calmly mentioned natural portal (?) magic was relatively rare before we walk over to an odd and very small incomplete set of rails with a tiny cart and a loop of metal over where it seems like some is missing. She then comes over and without surprise puts both hand out towards the ring and suddenly a portal opens (suggesting the mysterious 10 years may of been training or something). As soon as she did that the small cart started moving I looked through the other side of the portal but I swear it was somewhere in space or not on earth, perhaps even another dimension. Sadly though it felt like the dream ended there. There was a bit where I was in some institution filled with magic users where I seemed to not take stuff seriously, my favorite ability being the simply named ‘ghost’ which let me go through walls and stuff. Including a group of people firing at me at one point and a magic user at the other point. I was annoyed though something told me they weren’t enemies and it was something else. Too bad I couldn’t find out though, that’s where I feel the dream ended before I woke up and started writing this.”

 

Looking back at what I writ I can’t help but find some stuff strange, why could I remember what country the girl was from but nothing else and why was a boy mysteriously added and some things changed (like their age). Also how comes I can write stuff like this in a diary no one reads but still have writing block when it comes to starting a story. Thanks for reading if you did.

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Dead Space Dev Now Dead – EA Shut Down Visceral Games!


So it finally happened, EA has murdered yet another studio and this time its Visceral Games. Its not even a surprise since everyone saw it coming, Jim Sterling (video here) even made a video over 2 years ago predicting it and it went just like he predicted. It wasn’t even the badly made Deadspace 3 that killed them off but rather EA’s almost vampire-like tendencies to suck the life out of any studio they buy and promptly leave them to rot when they inevitably don’t make a success for them (making a game they obviously didn’t want to make).

In this case it was Battlefield Hardline a game that got a surprising amount of decent reviews from ‘critics’ but was seemingly found very boring by everyone else or at least its one of the only Battlefield games not mentioned by many people to the point I almost forgot about it. It was destined to turn out that way either way, no matter how good the stuff Visceral Games had made before I can’t imagine having any real motivation if I were told to make something with what I also assume had little room for creativity especially with EA’s well known love of ‘focus testing’ the soul out of everything it makes. This even includes the Star Wars game that they were working on where a story based linear adventure game was apparently not good enough for EA, probably because it would be hard to shove loot boxes and microtransactions in it.

Despite usually hating any kind of horror games Dead Space was one of my favorite series to the point that I have almost all the achievements from the first game minus the incredibly difficult one, the only ones I hadn’t played was the third game that was seemingly hated and the action puzzle game Dead Space Ignition. I may not have been able to get the games until a very long time after they had released but I would’ve totally waited for a Dead Space 4 but sadly that will never happen. I even though Dante’s Inferno was nice as well.

Do you think EA are finished with them though? Of course they aren’t. Forget all those stories of teams having fun together and achieving their dream because when you’re part of EA you’ll just get scattered into other teams or just fired and who knows whats the worst of the two. Either way there is now the hashtag #VisceralJobs on Twitter for those now looking for work and I hope they find something. It’d be nice if they could have the chance to go their own way and make a game free from EA’s strict boundaries (kinda like Hellblade) but then again do they even want to make games anymore. Thanks for reading and hopefully it won’t all be terrible news these days.

A Match Made In Hell? – IGN Now Owns Humble Bundle


I woke up earlier today to news that legitimately surprised me, for whatever reason Humble Bundle had posted that they were now part of “the IGN family”. Its hard not to be paranoid but the post felt suspicious to me like claiming that they chose IGN and that they “can’t think of a better partner”. The claim that they’ll keep their team and everything “with IGN helping further out plans” sounds good on paper but then again pretty sure that sort of thing has been said before. There was even a bit where they mentioned how they started which was possibly ironic considering that people think they are dead.

The reason for this stems mostly from IGN’s reputation which sadly I don’t really know that much about being someone that barely bothers with most sites but there are plenty of rumors of bad reviews scores, paid review scores and being outright sellouts as well as a few things that seemed kinda stupid. However it could honestly get much worse, after all review sites are sometimes seen as nothing without game publishers and with IGN’s reputation is where the real problem lies.

While we can assume the money will still go to charity the main thing to worry about would be the games in the bundles themselves for various reasons. What’s to say they won’t sneakily mess with the store to prioritize things they’ve given good review scores to or something no matter if said score was truly legitimate including the games in bundles. Instead of just being a (mostly) unbiased source it feels too much that publishers may try to corrupt Humble Bundle by using IGN as a conduit of sorts and thats what worries me.

That’s really it at the moment though, hopefully I’m just being worried for no reason and it turns out to be as good as the CEO claims it’ll be. Its really worth speaking your mind out on things before they happen to prevent the worst from becoming true. Thanks for reading or watching.

Eri Is Overpowered! – Boku No Hero Academia (Manga) Chapter 156 Impressions


As always read the chapter first to not get spoiled, last chapter was interesting with a lot of info and hints at things especially about Chronostasis though the sudden appearance of Team Ryukyu seemed like both a blessing and a curse. It was nice that they’d actually do something but a lot of people wanted Deku to 1 on 1 Overhaul even if he lost.

Luckily this chapter mostly explains how Team Ryukyu actually got there, while I didn’t mention it in the previous room I had been wondering to myself how it would be possible since the room Overhaul was in couldn’t of been anywhere close to the surface and I was right. As it turns out Toga and Twice had actually been working in the background with Twice digging a tunnel and getting Compress out as well as preparing the hole while Toga pretends to be Izuku.

The temporary enemy that Team Ryukyu was fighting was quite strange, the ability to touch an enemy and then kinda breath in their vitality seems really odd although once again he was only really a threat when temporarily upgraded so the touching part was no longer necessary. Of course he only seemed strong for a few seconds until you realised all he was really doing was making them feel tired and like it says in the chapter “Go Beyond! Plus Ultra!” accidentally crashing the party unlike what the end of the previous chapter seemed to suggest.

The craziest part though is how it seems to be heading towards some kind of happily ever after type ending that I never saw happening with Eri turning out to be far more powerful than anyone ever imagined with the power to rewind which was insane (to the point even Chisaki considers it terrifying). I also liked how we learn what happened to her family with her power being a rare mutation completely different from everyone else and her father being the unfortunate victim of said power.

So far you only see Overhaul and that truth guy (lucky him) being seperated but the possibilities are crazy, Lemillion will likely regain his quirk and Nighteye will probably also be saved perhaps even if he were dead. I’m also rather curious as to whether she may decide to use her power on Compress too who went down there this chapter and give him his missing arm back.

Overall quite good although not entirely sure how its going to go next chapter. Part of me would love it to be all happy with people being save though at the same time they could easily make it even worse if they wanted it to.

Re: People Making Assumptions About Anime Based On Tags


Not really a proper post but more like something random I’ve been thinking about lately, there’s been a lot of times when someone has complained about anime or refused to watch it because of a misunderstanding on the genre on anime it was. Its usually a common mistake as anything with a hint of something will be tagged as it and people will assume its focused on that.

The reason I had this thought was because of the current arc in the One Piece manga and some people’s reactions, while there definitely was fights which were good it wasn’t enough for some and there was even anger at the fact Sanji was doing some cooking despite it being an important part of who he is. Why was that? Because the editors (not Oda himself) claimed it was the year of Sanji and since people assumed One Piece was an action story there was a lot of negative feedback at the fact that Sanji didn’t have many fights or showed off any new moves. In fact I am so sick of people that think Luffy is just going to pull out some new overpowered move whenever he’s in a pinch (there are serious people that think a Gear 5th will be revealed already).

However there’s even an entire genre of manga/anime that people assume things about and that’s anything set inside a videogame (usually a futuristic MMORPG). Since actual RPG’s would need the player to defeat monsters and level up its always assumed that it would be the “Zero to Hero” variety but that’s mostly not the case and there’s a surprising amount of times when the main character is already powerful. Here are some examples (based on how I see them):

  • Log Horizon definitely has some interesting action but the main focus is really about how the characters adjust to living in the RPG/Reality hybrid they’re stuck in. It helps that some of the characters are quite smart so they always have interesting plans but some people didn’t like it.
  • Sword Art Online has some action but while I personally think its just badly made and a complete mess in general I believe my thoughts on it wouldn’t be so harsh if I knew it had such a focus on what seems to be Romance, Harem and just living inside a virtual world (unlike what the anime opening suggests if I remember correctly).
  • .hack//SIGN is probably one of the most different ones out of the genre, while its incredibly slow pace could put anyone off watching it the reason most people don’t get that far is because its premise is more focused on the idea of escapism with a lot of talking between the characters. Its honestly something that you react and watch (I personally love some of its OST like Aura, Stray Child, Obsession and Key of the Twilight).

That’s not saying that I haven’t made the mistake and made assumptions that caused me to refuse to watch good shows. After seeing just how bad Ecchi shows can be there was a period of time where I absolutely refused to watch anything with that tag, I learnt to get over that thanks to an anime (and manga of course) called Food Wars (or Shokugeki no Soma). If you don’t know what it is its an awesome story of someone who enters an elite cooking school (academy?) after being told to by his father, I’m terrible at explaining btw. The reason its tagged Ecchi is because the food is essentially so good that it makes who eats it hallucinate or something (similar to how Yakitate Japan did it, an older cooking anime focused on bread) with them being quite weird (The usual ecchi tentacle groping is there thanks to Soma’s rather cruel dried squid combinations being one of the only ones easy to explain).

Basically the point of this random post is when you choose to watch or read something whether its anime, manga or something else don’t make assumptions based on whatever the show is tagged as there’s usually no way of telling (without watching or reading reviews) if its focused on it or simply has hints of it. Thanks for reading.

Chronostasis Is Super Weak! – Boku No Hero Academia (Manga) Chapter 155 Impressions


When there is a video version of a impressions I’ll probably do it like this from now on, its good to save room where I would’ve put a screenshot. READ THE CHAPTER FIRST TO AVOID GETTING 100% SPOILED. The video is 10 minutes so reading may be faster.

Chapter 155 was quite interesting especially at the start for me, Chronostasis (real name is Hari Kurono) has taken Eraserhead into another room and the idea is that since Eraserheads power is to temporarily erase quirks Overhaul would obviously quite interested in it. For some reason though not only did he reveal his face (he turns out to be what you’d call a “pretty boy”) but he actually turned out to be incredibly weak. Not only does it seem he only has one of each ‘hand’ (actually his hair) but to stretch them out and attack with them he can’t move so the only reason he got Eraserhead was entirely because he was taken by surprise. While I guess he has a chance depending on how far the hands can go (since its his hair I guess barely anywhere) he’s completely defenseless against projectiles. He has potential though if he trained his body and if his hair grew like anybody elses would.

As for the fight there were multiple different things i got from it, the main thing being that despite probably forcing himself to use 20% Full Cowl Deku is still incredibly disadvantaged as his attacks are too simple and the only reason he lived was because Overhaul couldn’t effects the ground that had been broken into pieces. There’s also this thing with Eri (who turns out to be the bosses daughter) willingly coming back despite Lemillion desperately trying to take her away because of something Overhaul said who decided to put a mouth on his hand.

It was “Because of you I had to die again” which interested me since he may of counted when he used his quirk on himself as dying considering the fact that it definitely would look (and feel) that way with your entire upper torso exploding. On top of that though was the fact it was specifically again which suggested that he has ‘died’ before, either by going into the crazy form or perhaps something to do with his past and the reason he has thrown away his real name. In fact he gave quite a speech which could be summed as the heroes being cruel for giving Eri false hope.

Sadly though with Deku still claiming that he was going to save her despite Nighteye being completely set on the idea he’ll die its suddenly interrupted with Team Ryukyu suddenly bursting in through the ceiling which a lot of people were not a fan of since honestly I was hoping for something along the lines of Deku getting beaten up and that mysterious presence of the former All For One users appearing again or something although people have also been wondering what the other characters have been doing this whole time. I’m guessing they can go save Eraserhead quite easily now. Technically if Overhaul were to deconstruct and reconstruct Deku and Nighteye (despite how insanely unlikely it is) it’d probably make Nighteye’s prediction come true considering even Overhaul considers it death.

Overall quite a good chapter, its not like there was tonnes of action but there was plenty of interesting info to think of and many possibilities that could happen in the next chapter.

Super Mario Run (Android) Review


Super Mario Run is a 2017 runner game on Android by Nintendo starring the popular Mario (who is usually only on Nintendo consoles). There are plenty of levels by the looks of it as well as leaderboards, the full version is £5 until October 12th which worries me (can’t buy anything from Google Play at the moment since it 100% needs a card) but I may try to obtain the full version in the future.

Loading up the game you are immediately asked if you want to link your Nintendo account in order to get Toad as a playable character and it was odd how it had to open the web browser to do it but luckily I just used my Google account (but it did cause the game to deload the first time). After giving yourself a nickname you are given an incredibly brief cutscene before you are thrown straight into the game.

I was surprised at how they chose to put many controls via the touch screen by having Mario automatically perform simple tasks like vaulting over small obstacles and enemies with the player being in control of an adjustable jump (and wall jump) which worked rather well even including some tricks like jumping while vaulting over an enemy to go higher.

Oddly there are 5 coins in each of the tour level with 3 ranks each, so by collecting all 5 pink coins you can do the level again and try to get ones that are harder to collect. There’s also an easy mode which gives you infinite bubbles (saves you from dying) and time and surprisingly it lets you keep any coins you get merely not letting you get a coin hi-score. You also had to complete challenges to unlock the castle levels with the first (and only one in the demo) needing either 15 pink coins or 100 toads.

 

Luckily Mario stops when he crashes int stuff.

 

In order to get the 100 toads since 15 pink coins seems impossible you need to play Toad Rally where you and someone else (not sure if AI or not) competes to get as many coins as possible while performing tricks along the way eg the vault jump. Its actually quite fun especially since it has a few courses unique to it alongside Tour ones (useful if you only have the demo).

The castle levels work exactly how you’d think if you played any of the other games with Bowser being at the end with the aim being to dodge him and drop him (or more likely a fake) into the lava. Nothing that special but you do get a hammer for it (I’ll explain in a bit).

As for other modes there is Remix 10 which grabs tiny bits from various levels and turns it into 10 micro courses with 3 special coins in each one, the reason to play this is to get items for the kingdom while collecting special coins to open special item blocks with rarer items and if you play enough you’ll eventually unlock Daisy to play as too. Sadly it also uses levels that are unlocked (including Toad Rally ones) so its a little awkward since its probably much easier than it would be otherwise. At least I had the luck to get a 5 star item (the Yoshi statue) first try.

Note that both of these modes need tickets to play but the game is surprisingly generous with them in the beginning so its not a problem unless you play it a lot.

 

I am not good at designing kingdoms.

 

Alongside the actual gameplay there are other things you can do, the screen above with the tent ans randomly placed stuff is customisable and you can place buildings and some cosmetics in slots with characters being unlocked eventually if you reach the Toad requirements for them (with some being impossible in the free version). It was nice that you got a Golden Toad statue for free and the other stuff was easy to get as well and coins to buy cosmetics (flowers, mushrooms etc) were easy to get. The hammer (that I mentioned earlier) destroys one of the Thwomp’s but unless you have the paid version its merely an extra building space, its obvious that you are meant to put a rainbow bridge there which connects to a different area so you can place down even more buidings and stuff.

Other stuff worth mentioning is that you can get gifts now and then, there is goals, there’s a bonus game where you can get coins and tickets plus item boxes give you tickets too. There’s even a surprising ability to mute the ingame music so you can play your own which doesn’t sound like much but the characters will actually wear headphones which is amusing.

Overall it looks like it is quite a good and in no way terrible like some of the games on Google Play, there doesn’t even seem to be microtransactions unless you count the £5 needed to get the full version.

A Forced Smile Like Corazon’s? – One Piece (Manga) Chapter 881 Impressions


[The YouTube aka video version can be found here, tell me in the comments if I should just embed it in the post]

The 881st chapter of One Piece was insane, so many things happened that took me by surprise in a good way. Obviously I’d rather you read the chapter first so it isn’t spoiled for you.

While there is some crossover the chapter could be split into two main parts, the first being the wave homie and the second being more Luffy and Katakuri.

Starting with the crew running from the ocean homie I was pleasantly surprised at how Oda decided to handle it. Instead of Brook freezing or Jinbei using fishman karate (with or without the help of  his former crew) to get rid of it Jinbei actually shows off some awesome capability as a helmsman and cementing his place on the crew by daring to go towards the wave and into the ‘green room’ which from what I could tell is the bit underneath the wave that surfers usually go into. Either way it looks like there are 2 new crew members with Carrot being a Lookout although there are still many people that seem to hate her.

Getting back to Luffy and Katakuri was even crazier though, in fact you may notice I don’t even bother to say ‘vs’ like other people do because he got beaten up even more. The main focus wasn’t on a fight though but Luffy making sure the crew didn’t lose hope, the chapter makes a big deal that he’d go as far as stuffing the broken pieces of the mirror he was talking through in his mouth and holding it shut just so they wouldn’t see or hear him getting beaten up which is crazy. We even see him pull a forced smile that looks surprisingly like Corazon’s, in fact it was almost like he had to temporarily turn his mind off for a second to do it.

In fact it doesn’t even look like he has a chance anymore with Katakuri not only pulling out a named move finally where he splits a leg into multiple legs but right at the end he seemingly unveils a spear from inside his arm. On the other hand though the fact that he is seemingly rushing to kill luffy despite the mention that the Sunny would take 10 hours to reach the island where the cake is being made, while I’m still convinced that Luffy will not win it sure is a little odd and might mean he has weak stamina.

Overall its a good chapter with a decent surprise and a cliffhanger that makes me look forward to the next chapter. Hopefully Luffy won’t pull out any super moves although I wouldn’t be against him showing small signs of awakening, not to win but to get strong enough to escape and survive.

Black Clover (Anime) Episode 1 Impressions + Manga Comparison


Black Clover is an Autumn 2017 anime by Studio Pierrot based on the original manga by Yuuki Tabata. The plot follows a boy named Asta who, along with his rival Yuno, want to become Wizard King. The only problem is while Yuno is exceptionally gifted Asta couldn’t use magic at all, however he soon gains a rare grimoire of anti-magic aka the black clover. If you haven’t watched or read it go do it now, my posts are 100% spoilerrific.

It certainly started off rather loud with 2 kids (aka Asta and Yuno when they were younger) crying, it seems that unlike most stories where the main character has a rival thats different to them they were trying incredibly hard to cement the fact that they were opposites. Not a bad thing at all just a little strange. Although the setting were practically everyone knows and uses magic like it was nothing is interesting.

 

I don’t usually mix 2 screenshots into one but it seemed like a good idea (Reminder <- Asta, -> Yuno).

 

A mere two minutes in and we finally hear Asta’s voice and first impressions is that it is terrible, I guess they made it weird and annoying to fit the character especially considering another character aka Yuno actually calls them loud and obnoxious (he keeps trying to propose to a nun) among other things almost immediately. In fact all the other characters seem to find him annoying too. I guess I should hope its like Naruto where the character matures as the series goes on since I wouldn’t be able to take that for a long time (considering its an ongoing manga with over 100 chapters). At least he was shown to be hard working when it comes to training himself which is always a likeable point in a character.

The main point of this episode and the story as a whole is that both Asta and Yuno are 15 and are eligible to receive a grimoire. The interesting thing about it is from how its described its not something that has spells inside it but merely an amplifier for the magic the user already has. Yuno being a powerful magic user gets a special one only for Asta to, perhaps far too obviously, get a far more special one in the form of the titular black clover. Not immediately though, there’s the makings of a fight of sorts in the episode before that.

 

Some people say 3D effects, I say its just blurry visuals.

 

Speaking of that there was a weird 3D effects with the chains the bad guy used which was actually really annoying, I sure hope they don’t overuse it since in my opinion its one of those things thats done in an desperate attempt to make stuff look ‘cooler’ or something. There also wasn’t enough time to see if the story was the type that was fine with throwing characters lives away or something where they get beaten up and still survive.

In fact I was really disappointed how they handled the first episode, while cliffhangers can be good this seemed really awkward. He only just gets the Black Clover at the end of the episode and it give a the “5th leaf holds a demon” thing and then just ends. While it obviously is not a common practice it would’ve made more sense to do a double length episode like Re:Zero did so we could actually have the fight and see what Asta’s grimoire can do since merely not knowing something isn’t enough to keep people invested.

Overall its an ok episode but it could’ve been done better, I am not sure about the voice acting but since it fits the character I’ll ignore that problem for the time being. I will probably read the manga for now. Also the odd lack of any visuals during the credits music bugged me, gives the impression of an low budget despite how popular the manga supposedly is.

P.s. I will also be writing reviews for each chapter but now be making videos alongside them. I will also possibly delete and/or rework them into comparisons once the episodes come out unless the anime proves too annoying (but the story stays ok). Because of this it is likely they will be short-ish with no screenshots.

Manga Comparison

The episode only adapted the first chapter of the manga but while it was almost exactly the same I was shocked that not only did the manga show the power of Asta’s grimoire but he simply picked up the sword and slashed the guy like it was nothing (because it erased the guys magic plus its apparently heavy too) with only Yuno mentioning they compete to see who can become “Wizard King” first. In fact it was so little extra that I have worries that they may decide to stretch it out into an actual fight against the chain guy despite the fact that not that many episodes are going to be made.

 

Obligatory Support Links

Being a new anime there is obviously no DVD’s though there are plenty of manga volumes for those that read them. Only buy what you are interested in!

Charity Shops And Videogames: Stupidity, Greed, Or Both?


[Feel free to suggest a better title, couldn’t really think of one other than that]

This post was something I had been thinking of doing for a long time, there are 2 charity shops that I used to like and every so often me and nan would go to one and we’d find something we like and buy it. I can’t buy games brand new so other than playing games through emulators (or recently getting Open PS2 Loader working on the PS2 to play backups) this is really the only way especially since like most people I prefer physical copies of games I like. However both shops have gotten absolutely terrible for me, although for professionalism (or whatever it is) I won’t give out the names or locations of the shops themselves.

The closest charity shops is amazing if you like books and movies with cd’s and dvd’s being a crazily cheap 8 for £1 while books are 4 for £1 (odd but still good), there’s sometimes some interesting looking things there too. I enjoyed finding games and got a whole bunch of Xbox games once (and since they were cheap I didn’t care I couldn’t play most of them). Although that was because they had very recently been handed in, this and the fact that it was usually rather empty made me wonder something so one time I went down there I asked if they had gotten any non PC games and I got the worst answer you could possibly get.

They don’t just check Ebay for prices of old games but I was told by one of the staff that this charity shop in particular actually puts the games up for sale there for the absolutely shitty prices you’d expect from people that know nothing about gaming. This had apparently included gamecube games, something that before I modded a Wii console was one of my main priorities (I still haven’t played any of the Metal Gear Solid games). At least their stupidity backfired on them a tiny bit as PC games can be found sometimes (even if they were almost all bad ones), I theorize its because the boxes usually say something like PC DVD and therefore are put with the other DVD’s without realising they aren’t movies. Either way despite being the closest (and one I can actually walk too) neither me or nan goes there much nowadays.

The second charity shop which is a short driveaway is and will always be Nans favorite to donate stuff too but recently its gone from the best of all the ones around here to the least worst. While they do have games they are incredibly strange prices with PC games being £1 each, PS2 games being £2 each and both Xbox and Xbox 360 games being £3 or more (because they can’t tell the difference between Xbox and Xbox One somehow…). I understand that some of the prices may only seem expensive to me and I’d be willing to fork over £5 if a game was good enough but its usually sports games and the other stuff people don’t want to play.

If you didn’t think that was bad though they get even more idiotic when it comes to hardware, on the rare occasion that a controller comes in they’ll very like ask for £4 or more for it no matter the condition either (otherwise I’d have a spare PS2 controller). There are even times when the hardware is extremely niche and you know it’d never get sold but there’s nothing you can do. One of the worst cases of absolute stupidity happened today though (at the time of writing).

I went into the shop with Nan after dropping some clothes off and immediately checked the tiny section (on a very thin shelf) dedicated to games and noticed a lot of games that could of been ok but not worth. One of these games was Eye Toy Play for £2 and while it may be terrible I was having a nostalgia moment and honestly would of loved to get it but I put it down as I lacked the camera. To my surprise though I spotted it on one of the tables and hoped it wouldn’t be expensive (as Nan looks after my money and I’d say the limit would be £5). However it didn’t have the price on it and when I asked the old woman at the counter pointed at the table at the PS2 stating it came with the console (which was £15).

If it was a decent console I still wouldn’t of got it (since I have a PS2 already) but I wouldn’t of been so annoyed by it (although I tried not to show it). The thing was the PS2 in question had absolutely no wires of controllers other than the Eye Toy Play and yet they wanted someone to buy it. They also didn’t understand when I told them that the camera was useless without the game which as you could guess they were trying to sell seperately from the whole lot. I ended up leaving the shop with nothing but anger and disappointment although luckily (in a way) Nan was also highly disappointed and has agreed to try somewhere else next time. CEX is out of the question since many PS2 games from there never worked for Adam but we’ve yet to buy anything from Cash Converters which while it may seem expensive had quite the assortment of games that were well worth the price.

Thanks for reading, I will be recording a vlog of this at some point but probably tomorrow.