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I’m No Longer Gold

So today is the day that I am no longer on xbox gold, it’s an interesting feeling even though honestly nothing has changed. It just means no weekly sales for me but I have lots of games to play. I actually became Non gold or “silver” (microsoft term) last night at some point in time but with me being in a different time zone than microsoft I didn’t know exactly when things would kick if it was at midnight for me or for them. Plus with us getting hit with some very heavy winds I didn’t want to turn my xbox on last night I wanted to wait until today when things have died down a bunch or so it seems before I turn things on.

I know last night before I shut down I had something like 224 games that I can install that was still apart of my “games I own”. However I know with getting free games each month that I can choose to claim or not I no doubt will see that number drop, I’m kinda interested in seeing what it dropped to.

This morning when I turned on the xbox I had a system update, yea I’m a beta tester… I think I beta test most things for microsoft.. I know I’m a Windows Insider and I guess with being a beta tester for Xbox it means I’m a Xbox Insider too. I haven’t seen any really cool features pop up lately they’re just polishing things right now because the “spring” update is getting released to everyone in the next week or so, which means the latest update I just snagged up (which just finished as I’m typing this) means that it’s just bug fixes.

I thought about making a category for gaming but at this point in time I don’t talk much about it, but who knows I might I haven’t fully decided right now…
Since the Xbox has booted back up lets see what my game count is..

Interesting enough my game count didn’t drop, I find that kinda interesting but I know I have  a few games I’m going to have to uninstall like Destiny which is online only.. I’m sure my count will drop in a few days, no worries I’m not concerned.

Kennie

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First Few Days Of April

Hello Folks;

As we all know we’re now in April and just three days into it, well tomorrow (wedneday 4th) is the day that my xbox live gold subscription ends, knowing the way xbox is they will no doubt give me the entire day before it actually ends so in one way it will just end on the 5th. I’ve planned for this for quite sometime I have lots of games I haven’t played and honestly I went on some sort of spending rampage racking up quite the bill of games that I would like to play in the near future. I honestly think the games I have will no doubt last me for a good year or maybe two it will depend on how frequently I play them plus it will also depend on how long each game is. I still have games that I’ve started and barely have gotten 2% into and have moved onto something else. Not only that but it wouldn’t surprise me if between now and when I finish my games that a new game might come into my hands between now and then on a few occasions I know I’ve talked to my girlfriend about getting FarCry 5 at some point in time, I’m still working on FarCry 4 truthfully and I’m only about I think 40% done it, I have to say it’s a long long game, or maybe it’s cause I did a bunch of the side missions and things like that before diving into the actual story so that my character already had a bunch of crap that he unlocked prior to doing the missions and I basically have everything unlocked for my character before I crossed over to the second part of the island (or land mass or country… ) I’m not saying that it makes the game that much easier but who knows maybe it does since this is my first time playing it and running around solo doing the offline version, what can I say I have zero friends online.. Most of the time I have random people add me for one reason or another but I guess they figure that I’m going to swoop in and save them, but truthfully that’s not going to happen since tomorrow as I said is the last day that I’ll be playing online.

I have learned one thing… Xbox does two big sales a year, they do a summer sale and a Christmas sale, the difference from being a regular and a gold membership ? … 10% So I will still come across sales twice a year and that’s fine.

Last year when I had to renew my xbox gold I really hesitated and I waited until the last day before I actually did it, I more so did it for the gaming discounts because I’m not a online gamer. I more so play with myself… (cue the dirty thoughts) . I’m fine with that though. I know more and more Xbox is bringing 360 games to the world of backwards compatibility so here’s hoping that they bring forth some of the games that I own and it will allow me to play more items without having to worry about it.

So that’s where I stand in terms of my Xbox gaming.

Lets see what all else is going on with me, I’ve struggled with some thoughts recently some sad thoughts. I guess the nightmare or two that I had didn’t help the situation with that either.

Been thinking alot about me this year though, I’ve came to the conclusion that I’m 36 and I have no life path whatsoever. Some people plan there lives out, others follow the parental footsteps and do what there parents do. I honestly don’t know what I want to do, I’ve tried getting an actual job and nobody has hired me at this point. I dread this year because companies are closing up because of the minimum wage hike, what will make things worse is it’s suppose to go up again in 2019… So I can see that not helping me.
I sit here and I look at the rest of this year and I don’t know what is going to happen with me this year in all honesty. I know I will no doubt continue to write and release stuff when I have ideas or when something triggers a thought.

I want to do something more than write poetry, as I’ve said before I’ve tried short stories or stories the problem is I get frustrated / bored with things so quickly that the idea leaves me and I end up giving up on things which is why certain releases I’ve done recently happened the way they did.

I would never blame anyone for what goes on in my head besides me, I’m the one who has to be alone with myself and live with my own thoughts, I know I have a girlfriend who will gladly listen to me ramble about anything possible if it would help me out and I’m greatful for that but at the end of the day I’m still alone with my own thoughts and have to listen to those voices. I know I’ve said to her a dozen times if not more that I’ve wanted to run away and show up at her place and be with her just so that I wouldn’t be alone with my own thoughts but I know at some point in time I would end up being alone with my own thoughts.

I know that I write in the positive sense because I’ll be the first one to tell everyone “I wouldn’t want anyone else to know what’s going on inside of my head besides me” I more so say that because life is a complicated place and I know many people run through there own personal struggles on a day to day basis so why have anymore. I’m not worried if people would call me “psycho” or shit like that, been called names like that enough through high school they all lost all meaning.

So there ya go, it’s not even the fourth day in April and that’s already what’s going through my mind.

Kennie

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Gaming Habits

Alright so I’ve been a gamer for as long as I can remember however the last few years I’ve struggled with keeping myself focused and wanting to play video games, I would go long periods of time without playing video games and it wasn’t because I had nothing to play. The problem was when a new game came out like lets say Assassin’s Creed Origins which came out October 27 2017. I would check out the videos and say “ahh that’s awesome, I want that game” but it would take me a year or longer to get it because I would buy up older games of Assassin’s Creed because that’s what I could afford. Plus I would buy up 2-3 different games of Assassins’ Creed at once so it was kind of a nice way to build my library. It wouldn’t cost me a whole lot to do that either which is why I did it, it was cheaper than dropping $80 on a new game.
But in my heart I wanted to play the new one cause that’s what looked cool to me.

This would constantly happen to me, I would get newer games at Christmas time. For example this past Christmas I got: Call Of Duty WW2 and Wolfenstein The New Colossus, I beat COD WW2 in little time and had that listed on my ebay account in about a week after Christmas. Wolfenstein I haven’t touched yet.

But since October of 2017 my gaming habits have increased  because not am I going back and playing games that I wanted to play for so long that I bought digitally and just haven’t touched for years, but I’ve managed to get myself a few newer games as well.
On my birthday my girlfriend bought me Forza Motorsport 7 because it came out a few days before my birthday and I kept talking about thinking about preordering it on facebook. So that really started my gaming habits… I finally had a very very new game to play.. Then at Christmas you read what I got, then my girlfriend of mine gave me a Xbox Gift Card  and with this week Assassin’s Creed Origins being on sale, this allowed me to snag up the game for the expensive price of about $10 .. yup just $10 out of my own pocket.

I know on April 1st my Xbox Gold needs to be renewed but with having a great selection of games at my finger tips already, I don’t see me renewing things because I want to play what I have bought over the years.. I also really don’t play video games online, at first I thought it was a cool concept but with some idiots out there it’s best left alone.

I also have 2-3 xbox cards that will allow me to get online for free for a week or so, which I would like to use as well, I’ll hold onto those for a rainy day.

So that’s my gaming habits and where I stand right now…

Kennie

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Cutting Back & Doing More For Myself

So later this year I have to renew two things, I have to renew my top level domain (TLD) plus I have to renew my Xbox Gold, I have decided that I won’t be renewing either or.

Xbox Gold
I honestly don’t play enough online to make it worth my while anymore, that and with all the idiots online that is certainly I can do without, April 1st is when I have to renew things by and as I said and have made my choice I have no intention of renewing this, I’ve talked to a friend of mine who feels the same way about his xbox gold subscription. I renewed it last year but I questioned it because they raised the price by $10 so instead of it costing $60 it now costs $70 . I get the reasons for them doing it and it’s not that I couldn’t gather up the coin if I wanted to keep my xbox online, cause I could. It’s more so because over the last year I’ve paid attention to how much I actually do play online and what I’ve noticed is one thing.. I think I might play 30-50 hours online which it’s not really enough in my eyes to pay out money to play online. So in just over two months I’ll no longer be on Xbox Gold, honestly I’m looking forward to it.

Top Level Domain (TLD)
Ever since I started to create websites people have been telling me “you need a TLD to do anything with your website” the fact is that is completely false. I have owned 3 different TLD’s in my life and neither one of them have done anything for my site. So later this year (March & June) respectively I will be getting rid of both of mine and won’t be renewing them.

So that’s partly how I’m cutting back, the other way is I have a few bits of paid software which they say one should update the software every few years well I have 3 bits of paid software that are at that point of renewing, well honestly they have all been replaced. Essentially this is it for those who are wondering:
Magix Music Maker & Magix Movie Maker & Corel VideoStudio

Movie Maker & VideoStudio got replaced by OpenShot (freeware.. meaning no money)
Music Maker got replaced late last year by Mixcraft 8 home studio for a cheaper price through steam than what it would have cost me to update Music Maker…  Right now Music Maker will cost me $100+ … MixCraft 8 at the time of purchase only cost me around $20. Right now I’m happier with MixCraft than I was with Magix anyways so the $20 was well spent. The only program I have that I’ll have to worry about is Corel Paint Shop Pro, but I just bought it back in 2016 so I’m currently not worried about it I will see what sales get tossed my way since Corel is always sending me sales to upgrade..

Alright well that might bring out a second post for me later today, we shall see.

Kennie