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Elite Dangerous

On the 27th of this month – that’s June, if you’re not keeping track – the massively multiplayer space epic Elite: Dangerous finally arrives on PS4. In 22 days and 10 hours, at the time of writing this post, to be exact.

Am I looking forward to it? Yes, yes I am.

If you’ve read my previous ‘thoughts and opinions’ posts on a few other games you might have gathered that I’m an adventurer at heart. And you’d be quite correct – I always want to know what’s around the next corner, what’s over the next hill. Onward, ever onward. Way back in the mists of time when I first started playing World of Warcraft the first title I earned was the Explorer one. I was far too low level for a lot of the areas but nevertheless I had to persevere, had to uncover all of the map, just to see what was there.

That adventurous spirit is why I like No Man’s Sky so much. It is, after all, a game which is all about exploring and discovering. I played it to death when it first came out, getting the platinum trophy the month after the game’s release, and I still pop back into that colourful galaxy every now and then. Elite: Dangerous has the same attraction for me. Billions of star systems to explore, each with their own orbiting planets and moons, is too much of an attraction to resist.

But, as I said earlier, Elite: Dangerous isn’t released for the PS4 until the end of this month. So what am I playing in the meantime? As I’m busy writing these days, coupled with a few other commitments, I don’t have as much time for video games as I’d like, and so you’d expect I wouldn’t be playing many different games.

Ha, yeah, right.

The current ‘installed games’ list on my PS4 and its 1tb external drive – in no particular order – reads as follows –

Mafia III, The Elder Scrolls Online, Doom, Batman: Arkham Knight, No Man’s Sky, Nioh, Tales from the Borderlands, The Crew, Titanfall 2, Driveclub, Grand Theft Auto V, Dark Souls III, Bloodborne, The Walking Dead Seasons 1 & 2, This War of Mine: The Little Ones, Project Cars, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Division, Destiny, Far Cry: Primal, Far Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Dirt Rally, Trials Fusion, Terraria, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Salt and Sanctuary, Final Fantasy XV, LittleBigPlanet 3, Pac-Man, The Deadly Tower of Monsters, Super Stardust Ultra, Just Cause 3, ARK: Survival Evolved, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 1, Dying Light, Fallout 4, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Firewatch, Star Wars: Battlefront, Rocket League, The Golf Club, The Last of Us Remastered, The Witcher III: Wildhunt, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Steep, Uno, Minecraft.

In all honesty, and probably obviously, I’m not playing all of them. The one I find myself playing the most lately is Mafia III. I should be a lot further on in the story than I am right now, but I waste far too much time just driving around picking up all the collectables. I jump into Driveclub now and then, as blasting your favourite car along a mountain road is always fun. After watching a friend play Elder Scrolls Online lately I hopped back into that, but only for a brief moment. I loaded my level 50 toon, only to be informed I needed to re-allocate my skills points, so I’ll save that for a later date. Battlefield 1 and GTA V are always firm favourites as well, along with the wasted hour or three in No Man’s Sky hopping from planet to planet.

And so there you have it, a completely pointless blog post born out of boredom.

Elite: Dangerous needs to hurry up.

What games are you all playing lately?

As always, that shallot.

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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Gaming

 

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Contrived E.U. Racism

I’ve been hearing, for quite a while now, that those Brits who wish to leave the E.U. are racist, and don’t want any foreign nationals to set foot on our hallowed shores. This, of course, is utter bullshit. The vast majority of Brits who want to leave are proud of our multinational and multicultural background. The trouble is, the E.U. frowns on non E.U. citizens entering its borders for anything other than a brief holiday.

Most progressives believe immigration has been of great benefit to our society and economy, and this, of course, is true. But they also believe the E.U. has made this easier by enabling a more tolerant immigration system. Nothing could be further from the truth. Contrary to popular belief it is the E.U. which is racist, not Eurosceptics. Under E.U. rules anybody from an E.U. Member State is allowed to come to this country – ‘no questions asked’ – unless there are exceptional circumstances. No such rules apply to migrants from outside the E.U. As a result, large numbers of E.U. migrants have come to Britain. Not ordinarily a problem, but as overall immigration needs to be controlled, it does pose a dilemma. Reducing E.U. immigration is illegal under E.U. rules, so in order to reduce the overall migration the Government has been forced to apply very strict rules restricting non-E.U. migration. This policy is one of European superiority, with E.U. migrants considered preferable to non-E.U. migrants. We should want to see a system where immigrants are judged by the content of their character and contribution to our country, before they are allowed to settle here, not by their continent of origin. There is no justification for saying ‘yes’ to a Bulgarian builder who has the exact same characteristics as a Nigerian builder who is refused.

This sad reality is one of the reasons Africa as a whole is poor, because many countries do not encourage trade with it, imposing massive trade barriers – with the E.U. being the main culprit. Parts of Africa could compete in the agricultural industry, but the E.U. prevents it from doing so, forcing them into pitiful subsistence farming, condemning generation after generation to poverty. According to James Cleverly MP, “Tariffs mean that in 2014 the whole of Africa made just under $2.4 billion from coffee exports, while Germany made $3.8 billion…without growing a single bean…Germany’s coffee producers need cheap, raw beans to make money, so there is no import tariff on green, unprocessed coffee. That’s why the vast bulk of African coffee exports are unprocessed. But there are import tariffs on processed coffee because it is in the processing, branding, packaging and marketing that Germany makes its money.” This is nothing short of outrageous, and the E.U. elites should be ashamed of themselves.

We hear progressive arguments in favour of the E.U., such as the E.U. giving us workers’ rights. It has not. Time and time again, it’s said the E.U. gave equal pay to men and women. It did not. Our own Equal Pay Act gave us this right in 1970, before we joined the E.U.. It is true to say the E.U. extended these rights, but our Government would have done the same regardless. Workers’ rights have been increasing throughout the world over the last 40 years; the idea the UK would not have introduced similar legislation is fanciful at best. Those who make this argument unfairly compare workers’ rights in the UK back in 1972 with workers’ rights in the E.U. in 2016. It is a false premise – don’t get sucked in by it.

Deep breath… and breathe…

Rant over.

As always, that shallot.

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Rant

 

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