Let’s Plays for June

So June has been a pretty busy month, Had extra hours at work to deal with but saying that I have still managed to keep up to some kind of schedule.

I have decided to aim for at least 2 video’s a week aiming to release Tuesday and Thursday and I have done pretty pretty well in this.

Despite June being busy I still managed to publish 5 let’s Plays and one trailer the links for which I will post below. Hopefully I shall keep up the pace and the fact that I have posted so far this month 3 Let’s Plays its looking good.

Check out the videos at the links below and don’t forget to subscribe HERE

Let’s Play Hearthstone Arena Part 2 Jaina v Malfurion 

Let’s Play Hearthstone Arena Part 3 Jaina v Uther 

Let’s Play World of Guns Tutorial Parts 3 to 8

Let’s Play SubCommander Part 1 

Let’s Play SubCommander Part 2

 

These are the video’s so far for June

Let’s Play Toribash Free to Play

Let’s Play Breach and Clear Part 1 Team set up And Missions

Let’s Play SteamWorld Dig Part 1   

 

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The End of Games For Windows Live….. Or Prehaps Not

It had been widly reported that come the end of the 31st of june the much maligned and some would say hated games for windows live would become no more as microsoft were set to switch it off for good.

This would have left several games unplayable with out a patch not unlike the recent closure of gamespy.

However according to MCV this is not happening and microsoft themselfs saying that they are continuing to support the platform which is good for games that rely on it and didnt look like they would have had any chance of a patch.

It’s good news for the games that were in limbo and for the players that still play them.

The big question is what have Microsoft got planned for games for Windows live now? What do they have planned for the pc? Time will only tell.

A tax on all our plastic (bags)

So it finally seems that like the rest of the UK, England will be getting charged for the use of plastic bags from next year.

The queen in her speech at the opening of Parliament today said:

“The Government will introduce a 5p plastic bag charge in England from October 2015, which it hopes will cut the number of plastic bags used in the country.”

It’s not really that much of a surprise perhaps it’s actually a bigger surprise that it has taken this long seeing as how Wales, Scotland and Northern island have done it for a little while now.

Personally I think that it’s a good thing as plastic bags really are horrible for the environment and they are very difficult to recycle so many end up in landfill and others just end up flying around and when they end up in the environment  they cause issues for wildlife as well as just looking horrible hanging off tree’s and bushes or floating in rivers

The idea is that the money raised from this charge does not go back into profits but is donated to charity which means that it doesn’t feel like an extra tax which it so easily could have been.

It does only affect large retailers and smaller stores arent going to be affected which is good news for them. I would kinda hope that they would try to also discourage their use and I know some already do.

From what I have heard from people who life in Wales it does take a little while to get used to but the scheme does cut down on the amount of plastic bags around and it makes people think about using and reusing bags that they have or bags for life.

You can read more

Daily Mail

Telegraph

Independant

 

 

New batch of lets play video’s

I have been pretty busy on the video front. I have several new videos on my youtube Channel

Check it out Here.

 

Main recent videos of not as far as I’m concerned are

Let’s Play World of Guns Tutorial Parts 1 and 2

World of guns is a game where you have a 3d model of a gun in this instance an ak47 and you can disassemble and reassemble it. The game part is pitting you against your friends and the world and challenges you to disassemble and reassemble in the fastest time possible while remembering which part goes where.

The 3d models seem very accurate and things like xray mode and split mode which allow you to fire the gun and see how it works make this game really interesting if your even remotely interested in guns or how they work.

 

Let’s Play Don’t Starve Day 7-8

The next part in my Don’t Starve let’s play series. I’m really enjoying this still have no idea what im doing as you maybe able to tell but at least im not dead yet.

 

Let’s Play Simraceway. Race!

I love racing games but it can be very difficult to play and record them. This is one of the two video’s that I have done playing the game Simraceway a really good Free to Play racing game on PC. For anyone interested I was using a Playstation 3 controller with MotionJoy to control the car. I can tell you it was a pain in the butt to get working but it is an ok way to control them if you don’t have a wheel. Unfortunately I didn’t count on the lag both network and fps.

 

 

There are a few more videos as well that I have uploaded Including a nice trailer for Project Cars [That game is looking amazing] And I have a load more coming soon. Check them out on my channel Here and  if you like what you see please do Subscribe 

RIP CombatTesting.com

On the 10th of march 2014 part of my digital life off 7 years came to an end.

CombatTesting was a company that specialised in community led alpha and beta testing of the highest caliber. It was also a community of gamers from all walks of life across the globe that were and still are passionate about gaming and doing there damnedest to make sure that the games that was tested were as bug free as possible.

I have made many friends and learnt  a lot during my time at Combat Testing.I have learned about the processes that goes on behind the scenes to make games and how even a small change can cascade down the line into a massive problem. Its a shame that the latest trend is for publishers and in some cases developers choosing to go for paid beta’s/alphas  and cutting costs in QA costs in general. For some it works and I cant deny that it does but for most it doesn’t and just leads to a far greater cost down the road. It is I’m sure in large, part of the reason that has led to this unique community shutting its doors.

As part of Combat Testing I personally have been involved in many different games, web apps and even gaming videos I am proud of the work that we have done although it could be frustrating at times due to circumstances beyond our control. Seeing bugs that we knew about and had reported early on in development still being there at launch or even the game being held back due to platform/time/cost constraints when we could see the potential that it had.

The sadest part for me is losing a group of dedicated and passionate bug hunters many like myself that were willing to spend hours a day to hunt out bugs or potential problem areas for free and not expecting any other reward than the satisfaction of a job well done.

I joined CombatTesting when they were working on the Northern Strike addon for Battlefield 2142 Im not sure of the circumstances but I found an advertisement for them somewhere and signed up and that was the start of what would turn out to be a 7 year journey. I made my way up the ranks over the next couple of years going from General tester, to Senior tester then Lead tester where I was in charge of Mantis the old bug tracking system we used until we changed to a diffrent system and finally to CT level. Each level added more responsibility and more of a challenge.

Here follows a list of some of the stuff that Combat Testing and In turn I had a hand in.

Combat Testing was a division of Combat Studios LLC. was responsible for the testing of:
*Medal of Honor Warfighter*

*Homefront*

*Crysis 2 XBox 360 Beta Support*

*Medal of Honor*
PC, PS3
and Xbox 360
Beta Support

*Outspark*
Download Installer
Fist of Fu
Divine Souls
Fiesta

*Battlefield: Bad Company 2*
PS3 and PC beta support

*Rock Band*
Alpha, Beta, and Load Balancing test support

*Rupture*

*Battlefield 2142*
Alpha1
Beta 1
Beta 2
Patch 1.05
Patch 1.10
Patch 1.2

Northern Strike Booster Pack
Patch 1.4
Patch 1.41
Patch 1.51

*Battlefield 2*
Patch 1.3
Patch 1.4

EA Downloader (EADM)
EA Web Sales

And many other titles you love to play!

There are many more that I have had a hand in this list is by no means all inclusive.
I hope that perhaps there is a chance that in the future CT will live again and if not then the possibility of something similar is possible. I’m sure that the current trend of paid beta’s will end up going away and there are signs already of change in that area. And I’m sure that recent events for certain games will mean that QA testing will once again become a very important part of the development process.

RIP COMBAT TESTING

2006 – 2014

Let’s Play Hearthstone. My First Ranked Game

I have finally managed to complete all of the practice games and unlock as many cards as I can for Jaina Proudmoore so now its time to hit the ranked game

The video linked below is my first ranked match.

Lets see how I get on.

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Unity And learning game development

I have had an interest in game development for years now often dabbling in to mod making or producing a few maps for games like command and conquer and unreal tournament. I have never really tried anything much more complicated as I have very very limited knowledge of coding. And the things that I have made I have never really felt as either complete enough or good enough to release and as you may be able to tell with how often I update this blog, I do have an issue keeping focused on just one thing at a time.

I have tried several different ideas for games and I have tried several different game engines. My most successful attempt was with YOYOgames Gamemaker Inspired somewhat by games such as Gunpoint. I managed to follow the tutorials and ended up with a end product that worked and that I was happy with. I have also tired to use unity several times and tired some of their own project tutorials and guilds but I have always ended up bouncing off it because I haven’t found the tutorials engaging enough. I keep coming back to unity because I like its flexibility in terms of the kind of games that can be produced and the sheer amount of platforms that unity supports with out to much fussing around.

I was browsing steam and came across a tutorial program for unity that was just happened to be under £2 so I  bought it. I normally rely on free tutorials because paid ones are normally very very expensive But I figured that at £2, if they were no good it would only be a small amount of money wasted. Fortunately they seem pretty good and you also get a few resources as well and although I am now only two and a half video’s in, I am enjoying it and the person that is talking you though it is not treating you like an idiot but also not expecting you to automatically know stuff. And the great thing is that because they are in video form you can see and hear what is going on and if you need to you can pause and go over things as many times as you need to.

The tutorial is called GTGD which stands for Gamer to Game Developer S1 and can be found on steam HERE 

The version of unity used in the tutorial is a bit old (version 3.4) and the teacher is using windows XP but its not really a problem and apparently if you want to use the new version of unity (version 4.0) instead S2 of GTGD tells you what changes are required between the versions.

I am looking forward to continuing on and seeing what I end up with. I already have an .exe of the prototype that he guides you to build and I’ll upload it here. Its by no means anything special at this point in the tutorial but you cant help getting that feeling of accomplishment when it works.

I am going to try and post with prehaps a prototype after every stage maybe that will also help me keep focused :P

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WASD = Movement

Mouselook

Space = Jump

CTRL = Crouch