Category Archives: Gaming

The PlayStation 4 Pro can wait until 2017.

No we are not been suckered into getting the PlayStation 4 Pro before Christmas. We are not stupid. January Sales will be the time.

It is crazy to think we have had our PlayStation 3 console since June 2008. It still works be it very loudly, but is lacking somewhat in the graphics department. I’ve replaced the hard drive a few times to something larger, as 20GB or even 40GB is not enough these days.

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I have priced the PS4 Pro console and controller and a few games we would like to get on Amazon. Hoping it goes down by next year when we revisit the online store.

Guitar Hero Live looks amazing. We are big fans of the franchise having played all the previous versions.

Alto’s adventure is a great Android game.

I am not a big gamer when it comes to mobile devices, but once in a while a great game comes along that offers plenty of challenges, is easy to play and has great graphics. I discovered Alto’s Adventure on Google Play is such a game.

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Noodlecake Studios Inc created the game and have the following to say about it.

Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.

Along the way you’ll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain

Continue reading Alto’s adventure is a great Android game.

Battlefield 4 is awesome on a PlayStation 3.

I got an email from Origin yesterday to tell me my Battlefield 4 PlayStation 3 disk that I pre-ordered was delayed for some reason, but they saved the day by giving me a download code for the digital copy (Genius as BR discs are so old school). I went to my PS3 Account Management Redeem Code section and after entering the code it told me there was not enough space, That is because my PlayStation 3 is old school and is one of the original 40GB versions from 2007. Bummer! Battlefield-4-Art

Reading up on the model I discovered Its actually got 37GB to start with a 3GB partition used up by the system and profiles. I checked my system and found I had roughly 26GB free. 11GB was being taken up by my Battlefield 3 saved games and game data, so figured the new BF4, which was 12GB’s would be more than enough but alas it kept saying “Not enough disk space”.

I had read earlier that the PS3 was made to be upgraded with easy access to the hard disk (unlike the maze one has to go though on the Xbox). Armed with a Philips screwdriver and a few simple steps (as described here by Gamespot.com) one can easily remove the 40GB 2.5″ disk and replace it with a larger 2.5″ SATA disk.

Fortunately I had an old broken HP Pavilion Dv9000 Laptop from 2006, which came to the rescue as I remembered It contained 2 x 120GB SATA hard drives.

I first backed up my PlayStation 3 onto a 32GB microSD via my SWEEX CR013 USB card reader  which took about 35 minutes. I then swapped the SATA disks, the PS3 automatically formatted the 120GB disk, and then I restored the backup (BF3 and profiles) back onto it. Then I entered the redeem code and downloaded the 12GB BF4 file. It took about an hour to download and another 30 minutes to install.

Battlefield 4 loads quickly and plays perfectly well. The graphics are awesome and there is no lagging or lock ups whatsoever. I am quite impressed and there I was thinking that I needed to upgrade to the PlayStation 4.  Maybe in 2015!

Band Hero Babe – Taylor Swift.

We are currently playing Band Hero and what an awesome game this is for the XBOX 360?  Band Hero falls into the Guitar Hero World Tour/Rock Band mold and if you enjoy these games, you’ll absolutely enjoy this one as well. We discovered it is possible to play all our other Guitar Hero songs in this game which is brilliant considering one doesn’t need to replace the CD with another game. Game play is really slick and the game supports up to 7 instruments at the same time.

One song in particular is great fun and that is “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. It’s definitely a favorite of Mrs Bowen and most definitely growing on me. To be honest I’ve never heard of her before until this game so I did a search for her online and wow, this young honey is clearly doing well for herself.  She most certainly has the looks and appears to be doing very well for herself.  I am not a big fan of country music, but after listening to some of her songs on Youtube she most certainly has talent. I just hope she doesn’t end up like Miss Spears.

Here the Lyrics to “Love Story”. It’s a good song and even better on Band Hero.

We were both young when I first saw you.
I close my eyes and the flashback starts:
I’m standing there
On a balcony in summer air.

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns,
I see you make your way through the crowd
And say hello.
Little did I know:

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said: “Stay away from Juliet.”
And I was crying on a staircase
Begging you: “Please don´t go.”
And I said:

“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run.
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess,
It’s a love story,
Baby, just say yes.”

So I sneak out to the garden to see you.
We keep quiet cause we’re dead if they knew,
So close your eyes,
Escape this town for a little while.

Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter,
And my daddy said: “Stay away from Juliet.”
But you were everything to me,
I was begging you: “Please don’t go.”
And I said:

“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run.
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess,
It’s a love story,
Baby, just say yes.

Romeo, save me,
They try to tell me how to feel.
This love is difficult, but it’s real.
Don’t be afraid, we’ll make it out of this mess.
It’s a love story
Baby, just say yes.”

Oh oh oh…

I got tired of waiting,
Wondering if you were ever comin’ around.
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town.
And I said:

“Romeo, save me,
I’ve been feeling so alone.
I keep waiting for you, but you never come.
Is this in my head?
I don’t know what to think.”
He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring
And said:

“Marry me, Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone.
I love you and that’s all I really know.
I talked to your dad,
Go pick out a white dress.
It’s a love story,
Baby, just say yes.”

Oh oh oh…
Oh oh oh….

Cause we were both young when I first saw you.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 or BFBC2 rocks!

I have being playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 Multiplayer sadly / happily for over 48 hours now. Not all at once of course (that privledge is only offered to the benefit thief or youngster bunking school – :-)), but if one thinks of 2 days 6 hours and 26 minutes that is a bloody long time to play one game.  If the truth to be told, the only other game that I have played longer over a period of a year or two is Guitar Hero or Rock Band on the Xbox 360. This is the only online game I have played on PS3 that comes close to the fun and enjoyment of GH or RB! This game truly rocks in multiplayer mode.

Most of my friends who have Xbox or PS3 are now playing BFBC2. One major shame is that we cannot play across platforms. I wish the Electronic Arts and DICE sort this out, because it’s impractical to buy the game twice for both consoles.

So I found this cool site that displays your online statistics. The site is BFBCS. Below are just a few that I like. It is difficult to pick one because they offer different information.


XBOX 360 red ring of death – a FREE Fix.

This is my 2nd XBOX 360 in se7en years of owning consoles and I’ve had the misfortune or fortune (depending on how one sees it) of having the RED RING OF DEATH as pictured appear after a boot up.

It normally occurs when you are starting up your Xbox and about to play a game and it is extremely annoying as there is little one can do to fix it. If you search the Internet there are a few fixes available, which take time and effort and they will cost YOU money and most likely void your warranty completely.

DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AS THERE IS A FREE SOLUTION:

Go to the XBOX Live website and register your console, then submit a ticket to them describing the error and you will find the “red ring of death” is covered by them regardless of your warranty, as it is a known XBOX fault. 🙂 – Well that was my experience as my Xbox was over 3 years old and had definitely passed it’s warranty date.

After a successful fault submit, Xbox send you an email with your a UPS barcode stamp that covers the postage. All you need to do is buy a box to hold the console safely. My total expense was £5 and UPS delivered my broken Xbox to Microsoft Repair Centre in Germany within a day. I received an email from them saying they had my Xbox and it would be repaired within 2 weeks.

Well, imagine my surprise when I received my Xbox today (it took 10 days from the day I sent it off, to receiving it back in working order). That is incredible if you consider the UK had a bank holiday weekend in between.

That is fantastic support and service from Microsoft / XBOX.com and UPS.  Well done to all concerned. 😀

For Sale: PS3 (40GB Version) + Bluetooth remote + Games

We have used our Sony Playstation 3 perhaps four or five times to watch hired Blue Ray disks from Blockbusters. It’s time this PS3 moved in with someone who is going to use it in the way it was meant to be used (games / movies  / online browsing / facebook / twitter / social entertainment console).

We have an XBOX which we use all the time so that is the only reason why I am selling the PS3.

Note: This is not the slim version of PS3.

Specifications:

This the the 40GB version that comes with a built in Blue Ray disc drive for high definition gaming, movies and entertainment. It’s got true 1080p HD support. The box includes the motion sensitive SIXAXIS wireless controller. The built-in hard drive means there is plenty of space for movies, music, games and downloads. There is also a Gigabit network port and full broadband connectivity for easy access to the Playstation Network and online entertainment. It’s WIFI certified (B, G), can support up to seven Bluetooth devices, has USB ports on the front, which support USB Keys, USB Hard disks etc. It outputs Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, has an HDMI port and can read DVD Video/Rom. Finally it is a region 2 player with PAL support. The box weighs 6.5kg with everything packaged inside.

I am also throwing in a Bluetooth remote control + my only two games (Grand Turismo 5 Prologue and Formula 1 Championship Edition).

If you are interested, you can contact me via email on lookatbowen@gmail.com. I can also be found on Twitter under the name @lookatbowen and on Facebook if you are lucky enough to be in my circle of friends. Of course you can leave a comment below with your name and email address and I will get back to you. All comments are moderated as it is.

Name your price – I will tell you YES or NO!