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I can haz new blogs?

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Here we are again, I'm begining to get into the habbit of writing these:P

Anyway, I'm back in Soton now :D I'm loving it down here. The weather is begining to feel more summer'y which makes a pleasent change. I really love being at uni but what I dont like the mountain of work I have standing before me. But thanks to Mr Ash cloud, some of my lecturers are stuck abroad so we *might* get an extenstion on some work.

In other news, I managed to make an arse of myself again (nothing changes :P ). I was with a friend and we were ordering McDonalds for lunch and they have this Monopoly "peel and win" game going on. So while waiting for the rest of our food. We decided to peel off the card thingys. I got Park Lane, when I saw this I thought I'd already got Mayfair. Get them both and you win £500,000! Needless to say, I up ended my wallet on to the counter, scattering change across it. When I went through all the ticket things I already had, my heart sank when I find out I dont have Mayfair but only another Park Lane. So I felt a bit of an idiot. My friend found it very funny though.

Oh, one more thing before I sign off. I'm looking to run the London marathon next year :D

I've been away for too long!

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Well its been far too long since I've done one of these.

Well since the last update, alot has happened. Far too much to list here but I'll cover the basics :D

I've gotten into uni now and its made me grow and mature so fast. I went from stable life back in my home villiage to a completely unknown area and being forced to stand on my own two feet. I'm now only 9 weeks away from the finishing my first year :O

Over the last few months I've experienced a lot of highs and lows. Last month I split with my girlfriend of 11 months. It hard me hard but after 6 or so weeks I'm begining to forget about her and focus on my life. I've made a plan, get fit, get a job, learn to drive, get a car, get awesome :P ( in any order :P )

I've also had some issues with family which has caused some problems at home. I've been spending most of my Easter break sleeping on my friends sofa. Hopefully I'll try and resolve those issues before I go back to uni.

On the plus side of things, I've had one hell of an Easter break! On monday of this week, I spent a brilliant afternoon with Tofu-Lion91 and Wolls. We watched Kick Ass and indeed that movie is really Kick Ass :P I've seen a lot of old school friends which was awesome!

In gaming news, I've gotten quite a games. I've been spending more time on my pc, I went a bit mad with the Steam sales at Christmas and ended up buying a lot of games. But I've always been spending some time on my 360. I really do like sales because I've spending less and getting more! I remember buying Mirrors Edge for £5, Tropico 3 for £15 (one on PC thanks to the Steam sales and on 360 thanks to a mess up on Zavvi's part. Not that I'm complaining, the 360 version was £35, I payed the same price as the PC version :D ).

I also bought my first Final Fantasy game! It took me a little while to get used to the new battle system and to be honest I'm not really a fan of it. Sure it works and it works pretty well at times but I miss the old skool battle system. Lining up your moves, pressing go and hoping you picked the right ones. I payed about £60 for the game and the special edition guide which is helping alot!

I've now become a owner of a PS3, its broken thought but I got it for free. Its costing me £130 to have Sony replace it for another 60Gb launch model (I've heard they are pretty rare now). I'll have to lug through London on the way home though. Hopefully I'll be able to play it on a new HDTV :D

I think thats most of the things I can remember, hopefully I'll be able to update my blog more often.

Thanks for reading!

GTA4 achievements: real or fake.

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I found these little beauties last night, now I'm not sure if their the real deal or an April Fools joke so take them with a pinch of salt.

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Off the Boat 5G
Complete the first mission.

One Hundred and Eighty 10G
In a darts game score 180 with 3 darts.

Pool Shark 10G
Beat a friend at pool.

King of QUB3D 15G
Beat the High Score in QUB3D

Finish Him 15G
Complete 10 melee counters in 4 minutes

Genetically Superior 25G
Come first in 20 singleplayer street races.

Wheelie Rider 30G
Do a wheelie lasting at least 500 feet on a motorbike.

Gobble Gobble 10G
Score 3 strikes in a row, a turkey, in 10-pin bowling.

Driving Mr. Bellic 10G
Unlock the special ability of taxi.

Rolled Over 30G
Do 5 car rolls in a row from one crash.

Walk Free 50G
Lose a 4 star wanted rating by outrunning the cops.

Courier Service 10G
Complete all 10 package delivery jobs.

Retail Therapy 10G
Unlock the special ability of buying guns from a friend.

Chain Reaction 20G
You must blow up 10 vehicles in 10 seconds.

One Man Army 40G
Survive 5 minutes on 6 star wanted level.

Lowest Point 5G
Complete mission "Roman's Sorrow".

Over Fulfilled 10G
Complete all 10 Exotic Export orders.

Manhunt 15G
Complete the most wanted side missions from the police computer.

Cleaned the Mean Streets 20G
Capture 20 criminals through the police computer.

Fed The Fish 5G
Complete the mission "Uncle Vlad".

It'll Cost Ya 5G
Complete a taxi ride without skipping from one island to another.

Sightseer 5G
Fly on all helicopter tours of Liberty City.

Warm Coffee 5G
Successfully date a girl to be invited into her house.

That's How We Roll! 10G
Unlock the special ability of helicopter.

Half Million 55G
Reach a balance of $500,000.

Impossible Trinity 10G
Complete mission "Museum Piece".

Full Exploration 20G
Unlock all the islands.

You Got The Message 20G
Deliver all 30 cars ordered through text message.

Dare Devil 30G
Complete 100% of the unique stunt jumps.

Assassin's Greed 20G
Complete all 9 assassin missions.

Endangered Species 50G
Collect every hidden package in the game.

Under the Radar 40G
Fly underneath the main bridges in the game that cross water with a helicopter.

Dial B For Bomb 10G
Unlock the special ability of phoning for a bomb to be placed.

Gracefully Taken 10G
Complete mission "I'll Take Her".

Liberty City (5) 20G
After meeting all possible friends, the ones left alive all like you above 90%.

No More Strangers 5G
Meet all random characters.

That Special Someone 10G
Complete mission "That Special Someone".

You Won! 60G
Complete the final mission.

Liberty City Minute 30G
Complete the story missions in less than 30 hours.

Key To The City 100G
Achieve 100% in "Game progress" statistic.

Teamplayer 10G
Kill 5 players who are not in your team, in any ranked multiplayer team game.

Cut Your Teeth 5G
Earn a personal rank promotion in multiplayer

Join The Midnight Club 10G
Win a ranked multiplayer race without damaging your vehicle too much and with damaged enabled.

Fly The Co-op 15G
Beat our time in ranked versions of "Deal Breaker", "Hangman's NOOSE" and "Bomb da Base II".

Take It For The Team 10G
Be on the winning team in all ranked multiplayer team games.

Top Of The Food Chain 10G
Kill 20 players with a pistol in a ranked multiplayer deathmatch.

Top The Midnight Club 20G
Come first in 20 different ranked standard multiplayer races.

Wanted 20G
Achieve the highest personal rank in multiplayer.

Auf Wiedersehen Petrovic 30G
Win all ranked multiplayer variations, all races and "Cops 'n Crooks", as both sides.

Let Sleeping Rockstars Lie 10G
Kill a Rockstar developer in a ranked multiplayer match.

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/news/news.php?id=885

I have pics from a thread that show the achievement blade with these on. Ill post them next.

Microsoft breaks out the ban hammer.

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Looks like the gamesavers days are numbered. For people who own a 360 and like to play for achievements we have been waiting a long time for this.

Gamerscore Corrections

About Gamerscore corrections

A gamerscore correction occurs on a player's LIVE account when they gain achievements through avoiding game play and the use of external tools. LIVE is committed to keeping the service free of this type of behavior as it violates the LIVE Terms of Use. When abnormal achievement or gamerscore activity is found, LIVE modifies the gamerscore of players who meet specific and automated criteria.
A LIVE player who obtained their gamerscore in this abnormal way will

  • Find their gamerscore reset to zero, and
  • Be unable to regain all previously earned achievements, and
  • Be labeled as a "cheater" for the community to view.
While players who have been identified by these criteria will start from a zero gamerscore, they will still be able to gain achievements for future games. In other words, we give them another chance to earn future achievements by earning them as other "fair" players do. The original gamerscore correction will remain permanent without any way to appeal.
Questions and answers

Under what circumstances does LIVE correct a specific gamerscore?Specific and automated criteria are used to determine if a player has earned achievements by using tools that circumvent the game or avoid game play entirely. A player who meets these criteria has their gamerscore corrected.

How does LIVE know a player has been cheating on their gamerscore versus another player?
We look for abnormal achievement and gamerscore activity using criteria that identifies users who have used external means to earn achievements without really playing the game. Users who play games legitimately to earn an achievements are unaffected by this.

Does being a "cheater" change a player's experience on LIVE?
We only correct the player's current gamerscore and label them as a "cheater." This label can be observed on Xbox.com, and through the player's view of their gamercard on a console or PC connected to LIVE. They are still allowed to legitimately gain future achievements and the player's experience doesn't change in any other way.

I think I know someone who has been "cheating" – why haven't you corrected their gamerscore?
For gamerscore corrections, cheating is when you gain achievements through avoiding game play and the use of external tools. If a player hasn't met specific criteria then we don't correct their gamerscore. If your definition of cheating is different, then gamerscore correction isn't the answer – you should consider reporting the user through the feedback reporting system. It is also possible that the player is not cheating at all.

I've had my gamerscore corrected, is there any way to appeal the decision?
There is no way to appeal a gamerscore correction. We only correct gamerscores for players who meet the criteria 100%. Your best choice is to show the community you won't do it again.

But it was my little brother/roommate/guest that did this using my gamertag. Can I appeal?
No. As is outlined in the Terms of Use you are responsible for all activity on your account.I'm worried I might get my gamerscore corrected. What should I do?Like the vast majority of Xbox LIVE members, if you earn achievements by playing through games like any other player, then you have nothing to worry about. Gamerscore correction only applies to players who use external means or avoid game play to earn achievements.

I've heard of other players getting banned. Why don't you just ban these gamertags?
We believe in players reforming themselves, which is why gamerscore correction only applies to previously earned achievements. This allows these players to earn achievements like other "fair" players without having to get banned from LIVE. However, any user who violates the LIVE Terms of Use is subject to having their gamertag banned.

Here is the infamous StripClubDJ

The greatest sport in the world

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I'm so happy now. Formula 1 is back on TV again. I stayed up to watch the season opener in Melboure and it was a cracker.

I got a clip of testing session at Silverstone. This isnt mine I found it on youtube.

I used to live about 8 miles from Silverstone before I moved to Lincolnshire, I used to go with some mates on our bikes to watch the cars test. It was awesome.

EDIT: Scratch the vid, it doesnt want to embed and vixy.net cant connect to the server to download it so I got upload it here. I will try again later.

Time for rant

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I'm really sorry guys and girls, its time for a rant. I was (and still am when writing this) watching "The most annoying TV moments we love to hate part 2 on BBC 3. And something came up that really annoys me. The thing(s) in question is Global Warming, Green Peace and 4x4s.

Ill start with Global Warming: I dont get the whole deal with it. Its plastered all over TV, "we're destorying the planet etc". If its that bad, why havent NASA invented a machine that takes in CO2 and pumps out good clean O2. Why (and this is where Green Peace come into this) then are people jumping on the "save the planet" bandwagon. Every time I walk down to college I get pestered from people who have slighty unkept beards, who have slighty too short trousers, who have a slighty strange smell about them. Now dont get me wrong, more wind farms are great and I'm all for cleaner energy sources as being asmatic. But what is the deal with attacking cars, 4x4's in particular. I'm a petrol head through and through, my first word was car for petes sake. the internal combustion engine has been with us for about 100 years give or take, why start attacking it now. yes cars are bad but only when you give numbskulls licenses. a car on its own does not hurt people. The moment you give someone who you know shouldnt be at the wheel a set for keys then its a recipe for disaster. But thats not worrying Green Peace, according to them we should be driving G Wizz's. So if we crash into each other all that would happen is if we're lucky is a piece of cracked plastic. This will turn British roads into a giant bumber car arena. The governmen is allowing them to bend and twist their arms by slapping cars that fall within the "gas guzzling" range with increased tax (was 200GBP but now I believe gone up to 400GBP). This includes most cars but more importly the 4x4, the farmers car of choice.

The car that was been a symbol of manliness. If you havent taken a 4x4 through a field then your a wuss. As of a few years ago 4x4s were found in area's where farming in a major business, out of Green Piece's sights. The moment some muppet decided to take little johhny to school in the husbands big landrover killed the 4x4 and its tough image. Then within a week every mum were jocking for postion outside the school gates in their Chelsea Tractors. The BMW X5 is just one the namby pamby "4x4s". These mums sit outside the school in these big cars that they cant see over the dam bonnet, gabbing on their mobile phone, pumping the air with nastiness. Now I'm not calling for 4x4s to be banned, just for them to be returned the place they once were, the place where they were loved not loathed. The place where you saw your local farmer and you smiled because you know he wa using his 4x4 to trek across his fields to get to his cattle, to herd the cattle back to the farm so they could be milked ready for your breakfast ceral the next day. The only time you saw a 4x4 it was caked in mud. However these new "soft roaders" run away and hide at the site of a puddle!

TopGear tried to show the people of Gloucesterhire that you dont need a 4x4 by going across Botswana in 2 wheel drive cars that really shouldnt of been working, they are still the only people to drive across the Makgadikgadi Pan non stop. I'm really sorry about that,

I justed needed to get that off my chest, and I know its Italics I pressed a button and couldn't get it to go back, I'm using my mums laptop and its dark.:P

Two new additions to my 360 family

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I got two new items to add to my ever expanding collection. My free wireless headset arrived a couple of days ago, its very nice to use however the sound quailty is not as good as my wired mic, still it was free so must'n complain. The second item is a new faceplate, not just any faceplate mind. A very special one I won from Jam of the Fragdolls UK. I've never taken the faceplate off my 360 before so I was abit careful pulling it off, however getting the new plate back on was the hard part. I didnt want to break so I didnt push the clips in very hard. It took me 20 minutes! to work out how to get it on, but its now on and it looks very nice. Cannot wait for RSV2 next week.

P.S. I'd like to say a big thankyou to Jam, the Fragdolls and Ubisoft for these faceplates. I hope the other winners are enjoying them as much as me. Here are some pics

Games=expensive hobby

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As many for you know games are very expensive, but how much do you spend on games. More importantly how much did you spend on games. I've totted up my collection and how much it would be worth if it were still full retail price. *prepare to be shocked*

(this is just for the 360) (Also as the pound symbol isnt working all currency will be refered to as GBP- Great British Pounds)

Xbox 360 Bundle = 320GBP- included Tomb Raide:Legend, PGR3 and second controller.

Play and Charge Kit- 15GBP

XBL GOLD 1yr= 40GBP

2100 MS points= 18GBP (x3)

XBL Vision Cam= 35GBP

Wireless Headset= Free

Now we're on to games (In no particular order)

Saints Row= 40GBP

Skate= 40GBP

Mass Effect (LCD)= 40GBP

Devil May Cry 4 (LD)= 40GBP

The Orange Box= 29.98 (sale price)

StrangleHold= 19.99GBP (sale price)

Army Of Two= 40GBP

Call Of Duty 4= 40GBP

Halo 3= 40GBP

Command & Conquer 3= 20GBP (pre-owned)

Forza 2= 40GBP

Beautiful Katamari= 40GBP

Burnout Paradise= 40GBP

King Kong= 25GBP

Fight Night R3= 40GBP

Fear= 10GBP

Star Trek Legacy= 30GBP

Lego Star Wars II= 20GBP

Flatout UC= 30GBP

Battle Stations Midway= 25GBP

Test Drive Unlimited= 30GBP

Bioshock= 40GBP

Crackdown= 40GBP

Assassin's Creed= 40GBP

Dead Rising= 40GBP

Now that makes a total of = 1,263.97

Now if we factor in any A/V equipment

PC monitor= 155GBP

Speakers= 30GBP

VGA Cable= 20GBP

The total amount= 1,473.97GBP (2,966.96 US$) (1,924.48 Euros)

Thats a lot of money, but thats over the entire course of owning a 360 since January 07.

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