Annnnnd we’re back !!

Hiiiyyyyaaaaa, ACOG members it has been a while !!

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Unlike most of you ACOG members the author hasn’t been around much for the past 8 months, but that has now all changed. Some of you had been wise enough to pick up your new Playstation 4’s around launch, but some other’s among us didn’t, some of us chose to go along a different path…..

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But that has now ALL changed and the ACOG clan has been once again reunited with lost members.

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bf4

Although Battlefield 4 has had a very dubious and rocky period, it’s starting to come together with all the progress through the CTE (Community Test Environment) servers.This is of course gradually filtering down onto the PS4 which is good news for us BF4 players. The ACOG platoon has a very robust membership and of course now, thanks to CrazyGoldfish and members donations, we have our very own server up and running. We will endeavour to populate this server, but also make good use of it for our own private BF4 mini league which has just been proposed. If you fancy taking part then look here : ACOG BF4 Mini League

Battlefield Hardline it would appear will have another open BETA in January 2015, just ahead of its rumoured release in February 2015. Not having played the last BETA, I am looking forward to seeing what’s in store from this game. Personally I don’t believe it should have “Battlefield” in the title, as this may put hardened BF fans off.

GAMESCOM has just ended and Playstation had a great conference with lot’s of good news for the players. Full conference video

The Playstation 4 has given our ex Xbox One owners a new zest for gaming, and the line up of games is looking very strong

Next up for us at least, is Eurogamer Expo on Saturday 27’th September. We’re really looking forward to this one, as the likes of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4 and hopefully some The Order 1886 game play. Not forgetting The Division, DriveClub,Rainbow Six The Siege, GTA V, Alien Isolation, the list goes on. So if you’re coming down to the smoke this September, get your queuing legs ready. Oh and OriginalSin have a good nap before you come down this time !

Games we’re looking forward to :

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Multiplayer reveal Trailer

Far Cry 4 Reveal Trailer

The Order 1886

The Division

DriveClub

Rainbow Six : The Siege

Alien Isolation

It will be a good time to be a gamer on PS4

If any of you fellow ACOG members need to search out a gaming deal, we can recommend @FrugalGaming on Twitter or visit their site here : Frugal Gaming for some money saving ideas.

 

You thought we’d forgotten this didn’t you…….

 

And finally for this time :

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Digi

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September ACOGBLOG

Have you got a Wobble on ? 

Both the PS4 & Xbox One have strong game launch title’s with some of our favorites making a Next-Gen comeback, plus some new exciting IP’s in there as well. ACOG is predominantly a Playstation Clan, so it’s no surprise that the PS4 is the console of choice. However, there are a few “Darksiders” among the clan that have stated they will be returning to the PSN at some time later this year or in the New year. But recently one or two have had a wobble and become uncertain in which hardware to invest their money in.

The PS4 has been the clear leader since February’s reveal and when Microsoft’s made their May 21’st launch of the Xbox One, née Xbox180 it became clear that the PS4 was the way to go for ACOG. When Microsoft announced their DRM policy and unpopular always on Kinect, there was uproar among the gaming masses. SONY didn’t help Microsoft by announcing no such restrictions on used games or always on Internet check ins. Microsoft has tried hard to redeem themselves and win back some of their lost fan base with Day One Edition “extras” like FIFA14 or FORZA5 digital copies included in their bundle, SONY of course hasn’t had the need to follow suit. Microsoft have now uprated the CPU & GPU to increase its speed in all Xbox Ones in another attempt to recover sales and compete with the PS4’s edge.

Microsoft has today (05/09) released a new TV ad slot in America promoting the new Xbox One, which you can view below. But when you watch it, ask yourself this : Is it a game console I’m being shown ?

The answer to the above question is NO, you’re not. Microsoft is intent on promoting the TV / Entertainment features of the Xbox One above the game capabilities, or so it appears.

SONY meanwhile are able to sit back and wait for Nov 29’th without trying too hard. But what’s this ? Microsoft has said the Xbox One will release on 22’nd Nov, 7 days before the PS4 in Europe but that’s not the case in the US. Where the PS4 will release on the 15’th Nov, 7 days before the Xbox One. So we will be able to see how strong the sales and the ratio of sales will be in the US before we get them both here in Europe. If there’s one thing the Internet is good for is unbiased consumer advice …………… (Holding my tongue in my cheek there trying not to snigger.) Youtube will be full of fanboi videos of both systems, just wait and see.

We are not falling for any Microsoft marketing ploys, with their included freebies or  today’s news (06/09) of the revamped Xbox rewards scheme. The reason some are considering staying with Xbox is this : Have Microsoft actually got it right, and Xbox One will be THE console to have ?

At this stage it’s difficult to tell, as the information overload can make your decision-making paradigm unreliable. The reason for the current wobble is why some went to xbox in the first place, the gaming. By this we mean, XBL is a solid online experience, and with the addition of 300 000 servers this cannot be ignored. There’s also the games themselves, developers have mostly preferred the Xbox platform, and will this be the same of Next-Gen? The cross-platform games like CoD GHOSTS & Battlefield 4 are the games we’re concerned about, and these are the ones that will see the most hours from us as gamers. Platform specific games like DRIVECLUB or FORZA 5 will look fantastic on their respective consoles because they were developed for that specific platform.

SONY will step up and provide the gaming experience that we will come to expect of Next-Gen I have no doubt, as the introduction of the requirement of PS+ to play online can only mean better things for PSN users.

The most important opinion that will sway any buying wobbles will be their ACOG buddies. Although the Xbox contingent is small, but we have built up a great rapport and what one or two decide to do could greatly influence the others purchasing decision. The bond of ACOG brothers is strong, and having everyone back on PS4 for 64 players BF4 has surely got to be one of the most anticipated reasons to jump ship and go back to SONY. I for one do miss the fun of league nights and the after games. So if you are one of the undecided, wait for some genuine ACOG feedback from those who will have launch day models and take it from there, because in the end, its your gaming experience and YOU alone can decide that………..

 F*CK IT I’m buying the PS4 !!

Peer Pressure wins again ? 

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Look at all this gaming goodness coming this November and beyond on the PS4 :

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Blacklight Retribution
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Contrast
  • DC Universe Online
  • DiveKick
  • DriveClub
  • FIFA 14
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Minecraft
  • NBA 2K14
  • NBA LIVE 14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Pinball Arcade
  • The PlayRoom
  • Resogun
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • Super Motherload
  • Tiny Brains
  • Warframe
  • War Thunder
  • Watch Dogs

Here are the rest of the games expected to release for the PlayStation 4:

  • Assault Android Cactus
  • The Rebirthing of Isaac: Rebirth
  • The Crew
  • The Dark Sorcerer
  • Daylight
  • Deep Down
  • Destiny
  • Diablo III
  • The Division
  • Don’t Starve
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • EA Sports UFC
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • FEZ
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Final Horizon
  • Galak-Z
  • Guns of Icarus
  • Helldivers
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Mad Max
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Mirror’s Edge 2
  • Octodad: Deadliest Catch
  • N++
  • Oddworld: New n’ Nasty
  • The Order 1866
  • Outlast
  • Primal Carnage: Genesis
  • Planetside 2
  • Ray’s The Dead
  • Rime
  • Rogue Legacy
  • Samurai Gunn
  • Secret Ponchos
  • Shadow of the Beast
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • Starbound
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Switch Galaxy Ultra
  • Thief
  • Transistor
  • Velocity 2X
  • Volume
  • Wasteland Kings
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Witness
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

ACOG GoogleWhack : Don’t forget that this competition is still ongoing and you can still enter by following the link and e-mailing  jcdaddy@acog.co.ukwith your entry URL. A copy of BF4 & Call of Duty Ghosts is up for grabs on the platform of your choice, so get them entries in and win yourself some booty !

EXPOO 2014 is already being planned and a preliminary date has been suggested, so if like me you have to book your holidays 18 months in advance ! Keep your diary clear for that weekend, check out the forum for more accurate details. ( I am not saying anything about attending next year because every time I plan to go, it goes t*ts up)

EuroGamer Expo Tickets are now ALL sold out, so if you haven’t got one your only chance of being there now is in spirit. (Unless you’re going to splash out £100 for a £15 ticket on e-bay) The line up has been announced and with both SONY & Microsoft being there with their new consoles its no surprise its the hottest ticket in town. Those ACOG members that are attending, we ask that you fully test out all you can get your hands on and feed this back to us hungry for info on the day. CoD GHOSTS & Battlefield 4 are a MUST play and a look at DRIVECLUB and FORZA 5 would be good. So take plenty of cash as a pasty was £4.00 and a bottle of beer was £7 last year !! Have a great day and TELL US what’s going down when you play these.

Love it or Hate it : Marmite  GTA V hits the shops on 17’th and like every RockStar game before it, looks to be a real game changer. GTA Online will arrive on Oct 1’st and this is where you can crew up and take on the rest of the world for kudos, plus get yourself at the top of the ACOG hierarchy. Check it out, like FarCry 3 if you didn’t play that don’t miss this….. It’s going to come to Next-Gen at some point, they can’t afford not to.

While we are A Clan of Old Gamers, most of us do have children, and with your shiny new PS4 how about a new game for your little ones (Rated 12).

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Futurama

On 4 Sept in the US the “Final” episode ever of Futurama aired. Futurama has been a favourite of mine and I have enjoyed the lives of Leela, Fry, Bender, Amy, Dr Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Hermes, Kif and of course Zapp. There have been a few Finale episodes, but is this really the end ?

Did they or Didn’t they ? 

A quick test

What a Summer that was !

Whatever happens to our weather in the coming months, we can look back at Summer 2013 as one of the best in a very long time. This time of the year some celebrities start promoting their next years calenders. If you missed it in the chatbox, then check this out because this is not to be missed.

Kelly Brook 2014 calender preview and in case you want to see a snippet here is just one treat for you

Had a Bad Day ? 

So to end this month’s ACOGBLOG

Those of you getting GTA V on your current gen console, enjoy it. As its probably your last purchase before you go Next-Gen. To those of you not getting GTA V, there’s always this :

And lastly : “Dead or Alive you’re coming with me” Should Hollywood keep on remaking old CLASSIC films or leave them as what they are CLASSIC ?

Live long and prosper ACOG, until next time……

Competition Special

This is a Competition Special ACOGBLOG

Call of Duty : GHOSTS

Battlefield 4

There’s no doubt that these two games are the behemoths of the gaming FPS fraternity, and will be the stable gaming diet for ACOG members. Your opportunity to win a copy of each is coming right here. Read the following description from JC as to the format and digest the enormity of the prizes on offer.

Here is your big chance to win yourself a copy of two of what will be the biggest games on release day, for your shiny new Next-Gen console…..

Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4.

This would save you a whopping £110 on games you were probably going to buy anyway, but you’re going to have to earn it.

This is a competition where Google is not only your friend…. But your enemy too! Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to find as near to a  Googlewhack as you can before 14/10/13 when the competition will close. “WTF’s a Googlewhack” you may ask………

The definition according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googlewhack is
“A Googlewhack is a type of contest for finding a Google search query consisting of exactly two words without quotation marks, that returns exactly one hit. A Googlewhack must consist of two actual words found in a dictionary. A Googlewhack is considered legitimate if both of the searched-for words appear in the result page”

Here are some example of previous Googlewhacks (though once registered they no longer are as Google will find the registration page):
–   ovulating kleptomaniac
–   inculcating skullduggery
–   silverfish showstopper
–   rigamarole hullaballoo
–   formaldehyde explicator
–   blithering clops
–   obsequious plumeria
–   pseudonymous cockatiel
–   necrophiliac cockatiel
–   cockatiel colonoscopy

But finding a true Googlewhack is hard, real hard! Therefore the winner of this competition will be the one to find the nearest to a true Googlewhack as possible. The nearest will be the one with the least number of results returned.

This website http://www.googlewhack.com/ has more useful information on Googlewhacks. This site used to allow for checking and registration of Googlewhacks, but unfortunately this feature is no longer available. Therefore entries will be considered according to the rules below.

Rules For This Competition

  • Your Googlewhack must consist of exactly two words only, and must be submitted without quotation marks
  • Your search result page must include both words, though they can appear in any order, and not necessarily next to each other
  • Each of your two words must be a valid word which can be found in the online Oxford  Dictionaryhttp://oxforddictionaries.com/  under the category of “British and World English”
  • The modification of words into plurals to reduce result hits is not allowed (eg. “Episcopalian Gamelan” produces lots of results, whereas “episcopalian gamelans” does not)
  • In order to prove your Googlewhack you should submit a screen capture via e-mail to :  jc_daddy@acog.co.uk  Your image should show the URL (Google website address) both the search terms, and the results. Photoshopping is not allowed and will result in your disqualification for the remainder of the competition.
  • Entries will be considered in the order they are received via e-mail
  • This competition runs from 01’st August and is open to all ACOG members, including admin (with the exception of JC) who joined before 31’st July 2013.
  • The competition ends midnight on 14th October 2013. Entries received after this date (according to the email receive date), will not count
  • In the event of a tiebreaker, words used which have some relevance to ACOG or gaming will taken in preference to words which do not
  • JC’s decision is final, and includes the option of splitting the one prize between two winners (one game each)
  • In the event that nobody finds any valid Googlewhacks, JC wins the prize ………. (Read the small print)
  • The previous rule does not apply
  • The winner(s) will be announced within one week of the competition end date
  • The winner(s) may choose to receives games for their current console if they have no intention of getting a Next-Gen console

This prize was funded from voluntary donations by ACOG members for the running of the site –Thanks Guys!.

Don’t forget the  button on the main page as the more excess money we have, the more competitions we can run.

Good luck, and good hunting!

So you see, this one isn’t a steal, you’ve got to work for the booty….. Join in to NOT miss out on this one !

JC

July ACOGBLOG

STOP PRESS !!

We have a brand spanking NEW all singing, all dancing website !!! Hoooah …….

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Thanks to Slickers & Monkums for doing most, oh alright, all of the hard work in getting us back to a forum based site. The NEW site looks great, and we’ve seen some re-visits from old long-standing members returning to the fold. Couple to this the interactive chatbox we now have and there’s no stopping us. The old Oxwall site ceased on Fri 28/06, so what you see now when you visit www.acog.co.uk is the newness that is ACOG. Thanks must also go to Cyan & JC for assisting with the transition.

For our Technical ADMIN.

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It get’s better

With Microsoft’s piss poor showing at E3 and the fiasco that has surrounded their DRM policy, ACOG members will ALL be re-united once again on the PS4.

MICROSOFT, YOU HAVE F*CKED UP BIG TIME

As we are all looking to buy the PS4 at some point from launch to the New Year, here are the best deals available at the current time :

 Amazon £349.00 Link

 Asda £349.00 Link

 GAME £349.00 Link

 Shopto.net £348.98 Link

 Tesco £349.00 Link                                      

 Toys R Us £339.99 Link  Currently best price / deal

There aren’t many bundles available yet, but hopefully this will change as November draws ever closer.

GAME Bundle : KZ: Shadow Fall & Driveclub  

The list of games coming to the PS4 are here : Upcoming PS4 games these are expected to retail between £47 – £55 at the mainstream retailers.

For those of us returning to SONY PS4 from Xbox 360, we will of course have to also add the cost of Playstation Plus and a headset if your current ones won’t cross over. If you already have a compatible Turtle Beach PS3 headset, these will work with the PS4.

Much better

ACOG will be running a new competition to win NOT ONE, but TWO Next Gen games…. Yes, Two. The format of the competition will be announced soon,  and the prizes will be  :

1. Call of Duty : GHOSTS

2. Battlefield 4

Full details and entry will be posted on the ACOG forum soon, so keep checking as you do not want to miss this one guy’s !

This dropped 09/07 and it looks massive. If your a GTA fan, you’ll need this in your collection

Don’t forget as well as the forthcoming Next- Gen competition, we are currently running a competition to win a copy of GTA V.

Thought for the day : 

When someone mentions CROCS, do you think of these

Instead of these  ?

Man Caves

If you could have your Ultimate Man Cave. What would you have in it ?

That’s just one example of a Man Cave, but how would you fit it out ?

Large beer fridge, bar, 80″ 4K HDTV, a bank of PS4’s, large comfortable seats, a decent sound system, anything else ? Check out a few more :

So, WHEN you win the lottery and you need some inspiration check here : Man Caves for ideas.

Next Generation Games

In ACOG we have some big fans of Call of Duty, Gran Turismo & Battlefield games, and with the onset of PS4 we don’t see this changing much. What with the clan all opting for the PS4, it’s likely that KZ: Shadow Fall and Drive Club will be among the most played game along with BF4 & COD Ghosts.

The future of League Nights gets a bigger prospect as there will be a wider variety of games available once the system becomes established amongst us. If you have ANY ideas on how you would like to see League Nights develop or which games would be a good prospect, then let everyone know in the Forums. Don’t forget that we ALL as members of ACOG can start a gaming night, just let others know what you fancy and get some interest going amongst the rest of us. As a returning member to the SEN with the PS4, I’m excited to once again join in with ACOG league nights, be it on whatever game we choose. (Project C.A.R.S in 2014 maybe ? )

Second thought for the day

You can’t have everything….. Where would you put it ?

Star Wars : Battlefront

If you’re a Star Wars fan this is one game that you can’t wait to get your sticky mitts on in 2014, hopefully. The teaser trailer below don’t show much, but it’s enough to get you salivating for some Hoth action. The makers of the Battlefield series DICE are in the driving seat, and I for one have no doubt that this game will be incredible. The Force is Strong with This One….

I get goosebumps watching this

So guy’s, exciting times ahead, not only with the arrival of Next Gen but within ACOG as a whole.

If you would like to contribute any idea’s or articles to the ACOGBLOG, just let us know and you can have your words of wisdom right here for all to see.

For all those ACOG with daughters :

Employee : Sir, you called me?
Boss : Yeah, go to the restroom and masturbate.
Employee : (After a few minutes) Done sir.
Boss : Do it again.
Employee : Done again, sir.
Boss : Do it once more.
Employee : I don’t have the stamina for it, sir.
Boss : Very good, here is my car keys: drop my daughter home for me.

Asta la vista baby ……….. I’ll be back