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.

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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.

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