Return of the King ?

We’ve all seen the leaked pictures of the next Call of Duty, a WWII title which has now been confirmed. The official reveal is scheduled for tomorrow, 26’th April. The franchise lost a lot of fans due to its insistence to go all futuristic and move away from its traditional real world settings.

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The image that was ‘leaked’, depicts a soldier in WWII uniform, but if you check his eye’s closely, do they hide a secret yet to be revealed ? The hype train has left the station and is now picking up speed, and you know it when UK GAME bombard you with emails trying to get you to part with your money before you get any solid details.We got excited when we saw that picture, as did many old school CoD fans. A return to the boots on the ground game, fantastic. As usual if you “pre-order” the game in advance of its release, you can get access to a beta of the game. Traditionally the CoD games release around the last quarter of the year, and this one is no exception with November 3’rd 2017 being rumoured.

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If you checkout the image on the Internet  (Material acquired by charlieintel) You can see clearly that this release date is pretty accurate. The game will reportedly be set in Normandy on D-Day and will have players battle across multiple iconic European locations. The story will supposedly focus on the “unbreakable brotherhood of common men fighting to preserve freedom in a world on the brink of tyranny” and will feature “bold, lifelike visuals.”

 

Now if this is true, and it looks pretty good to us. We are right to get a little excited about the Return of the King don’t you think ? The last time we played a WWII CoD game, was in 2008 with World at War. That particular game was a favourite of mine, and truth be known I miss it, I think we all miss it. Modern Warfare 2 came after WaW and was the foundation of the ACOG clans rise. So to see a return to its roots pleases us a LOT !

CoD WWII will include a co-op mode that’ll tell an original story separate from the main campaign. The multiplayer will let players socialize and interact with their friends and the Call of Duty community in “exciting new ways” and contain maps set on “many of World War II’s most iconic locations.”  Storming the Normandy beaches on D-day ? Let’s hope so. Without a doubt Activision have a winner on their hands here, despite the haters, and I was one of them during the “sci-fi” years. We are looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us, but we’re also reserving a little bit of excitement as it’s a CoD title and we’ve been let down before. No doubt paid dlc will be the norm as per usual with CoD games, or do you think there’ll be a shift away from this ? Tomorrow we want to be blown away enough that not only are we reaching for our wallets, but our blood pressure tablets too. PLEASE DON’T FUCK THIS ONE UP ACTIVISION……..

So set your alarms for 17.45 tomorrow ready for the reveal at 18.00 hrs UK time, don’t miss it. If you do it’ll be all over social media within seconds so don’t sweat it.

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Two Fooking Years !!

Can you believe it ?! It’s been almost two years since we last put out an ACOGBLOG, such a travesty should have not occurred.

Where do we start ? In gaming a lot happens in three months, but TWO YEARS, jeez. Needless to say we, ACOG, are still about and plodding on at the pace us older gamers like. We were very excited by the remaster of Modern Warfare 4, and also the news that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming out later this year.

Are we boring to say that we still mainly play, Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty games ? Or is it just that they feel cosy and warm to us. The pace of modern online gaming has sped up slightly. Wall jumping in Infinite Warfare, and Titanfall 2 (Getting your Ticks out for the boy’s is still the best). Are both excellent by the way. The astounding graphics now presented to us by the Playstation Pro, coupled with a decent 4K TV. Well frankly, make the ol’ todger twitch a bit.

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Anyone lucky enough to own a Pro will tell you how much better the enhanced games look and play. In our opinion, the Pro is what should have launched as the PS4 originally. Although it’s strange that Sony still don’t offer HD Blu-ray support for its flagship console ?

A good number of ACOG members still play regularly on a weekly, nightly basis.But with family & work commitments ever present.The number of hours spent playing into “the night” have dropped. It has nothing to do with wanting a warm cocoa and our bed we can assure you.It’s normally related to double vision !!

As a Clan, we remain committed to our ongoing survival and can happily say that since forming in 2009.We currently stand at 364 total ACOG members. All these are not active we admit, but it’s great to see that new (older) players still joining our ranks.

As we go public with this Blog.Tonight Tuesday 24’th January 2017, we have a new league starting on MWR. It’s about time we had some Tuesday night league action. To those guy’s signed up for the league, 10pm starting tonight 24’th running for the next few weeks. So make sure you’re ready and fired up.

New games coming that may tickle the old taste buds Include : Ghost Recon Wildlands in March. This is looking very good, and if you liked the FarCry games, then it’s gameplay system is almost identical.Personally looking forward to this in online co-op.

Today Resident Evil 7 comes out, and if you own the PSVR, have some clean under crackers handy you’re gonna need them.

Mass Effect Andromeda is another game that makes fans salivate, and with its 4K enhanced game play, it’s looking great.

For hack n’ slash fans, we have For Honor (Spelt wrong !!) and Nioh which may be worth a look.

There are beta’s suggested for Ghost Recon & For Honor, so be quick and see if you can still get signed up if you fancy them.

Ghost Recon website : Ghost Recon Wildlands

For Honor website : For Honor

We’ve also seen lot’s of internet chatter about Battlefront 2 coming sometime. I bought Battlefront as digital content, and just recently got the season pass too. But,for some reason doesn’t keep me coming back.Don’t get me wrong I love the Star Wars concept, it’s just that so many other games keep me interested more.

What is a laugh is Killing Floor 2 online Zombie killing action.That is a real scream, (literally) with fellow friends.

If like me you’ve taken advantage of the January Playstation sale.Your hard drive is full of great games that need your attention.Head over to the Playstation store before the sale ends as there are some bargains to be had right now.

Playstation store : Playstation Store Sale

So to all ACOG, we’re glad you hung around and we will endeavour to make a BLOG more frequently.Just like the old days.Keep watching and as always, any content you’d like to see just give us a shout in the comments.If anything else, this BLOG proves I’m still alive..

Uncle Albert out for now

 

ACOG is on the rise

Hello fellow ACOG members.

This month’s ACOGBLOG is going to start by talking about our beloved site and the mobile lives that we all lead. Visiting the site and contributing with your infinite wisdom is something that we admins would love to see on a daily basis. However, we know this isn’t possible,so for our daily contact Slickers has introduced Chatbox. Slickers has found a cross-platform Chatbox that allows us Android / Windows & Apple mobile device users to communicate. It’s early days, but it looks promising and could see the end of the old Quad app. Although Quad has served it’s purpose well, this new Chatbox will allow your input to display on the site and allow those desk bound Coggers to get involved. Nice job Slickers, great find. Go to the ACOG site and give it a try, or download to your preferred device here :

1. Apple : iTunes

2. Android : Playstore

Here you can find various chats to give you valuable input on your current game and generally join in the banter that ensues after a night on the PS4. Using this app is one way to stay in touch with your fellow “coggers”, but don’t forget to visit the main site on occasion and show it some love.

Join in, we’d love to hear your input

GAME DELAYS

We’ve recently seen that a few of the most anticipated games on our calendar have been delayed. Uncharted 4 : A Thief’s End has been pushed back to Spring 2016. Project Cars has been pushed back more than once and now comes out mid May this year. You can understand gamers disappointment when this happens, but this can only be a good thing, right ? I mean if you go back to the release of Battlefield 4, holy shit that game should have been delayed at least 6 months. It took DICE a further 10 months after release to get the game running anywhere near playable. They learned their lesson with Battlefiled Hardline, as this has only just been released and, fingers crossed, so far plays really well.,

Delaying games release dates, although frustrating is done for you, THE GAMER – for the experience they try to provide. It costs the developers and publishers a shit load of cash to delay a game, so it’s not done lightly.

So, prepare those driving gloves, (We said “Driving, NOT WANKING” ) and get yourself ready for what will undoubtedly be THE DRIVING SIM since the Gran Turismo series. The trailers and video’s already released look amazing and can fulfil our NEED FOR SPEED come May.

The same can be said for Uncharted 4. You don’t need us to tell you all what a fantastic franchise this has been. The 3 previous games have ALL delivered in bucket loads, and UC4 being on “Current-GEN” hardware, can only be beyond expectation. Uncharted has always delivered a believable story and characters, the story locations have been great eye candy, and the gameplay has always drawn you in. Roll on new release dates and DON’T delay them again, PLEASE !

Incidentally Project Cars has just announced that Fanatec hardware will be compatible with the game on launch. Never heard of Fanatec ? Take a look at their website here : FANATEC

CLAN WARS

As you’re aware, we’re sure you are.Our fellow ACOG Call of Duty players have been participating in the Clan Wars. These Clan Wars pit teams from all over the world against each other to prove whose best. Well, guess what ? Our ACOG COD AW gamers are pretty fecking good at it and have won a few of the Clan Wars in the Platinum division. WELL DONE GUYS and keep doing what you’re doing, having fun with your ACOG buddies playing a game you enjoy and proving “You’re never too old to game”. (PROMOTED – Diamond Division ? )

EGX 2015

Regular EGX ACOG visitors will already be aware that tickets for 2015 at Birmingham NEC are already on sale. The early bird tickets for the Saturday 26’th September are now limited, and the Virginmedia cheap early entry ones have already all sold out  !! If you plan on coming this year be sure to visit EGX soon or you’ll miss out.

Tickets can be found here : EGX Tickets

Splashing the Cash

This is just to let you all know, we are in the process of writing to various games retailers to see if we can secure a discount for ACOG members. We spend a lot of money on our hobby with games, DLC packs, accessories etc, that the bulk buying power of ACOG may have a bit of leverage when it comes to getting some money off. We’ll keep you posted either way, and if you have a specific retailer you think we should try, reply in the comments below the BLOG.

In the meantime check out : http://frugalgaming.co.uk/ for information on their latest deal found on t’internet

New Members

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A BIG HELLO to ALL our new ACOGGERS. Welcome on board and hope you enjoy your stay with the clan. You can check all the ACOG members online on PSN via the Playstation App, provided you accept friends requests from the regulars. We have a Platoon for Battlefield and there’s Call of Duty with Clan Wars. To join in just go online find the ACOG you want to join with, then check out their friends list to add anyone you would like to. If you see a username on the ACOG site then it’ll probably be the same on PSN. All we ask of you is that you have fun, and join in the banter when you feel comfortable taking the piss out of each other.

If you see above in the EGX section, a good few of us meet annually at the EGX which this year is proving to be popular. If you fancy seeing us in real life, buy a ticket and nearer the date we will let you know where and when we’re meeting on the day.

Star Wars Battlefront

APRIL 16’th !!!! Put this date in your diary guy’s. because The game will make its first public appearance at the annual Star Wars Celebration, this coming April 16-19 in Anaheim, California. If you want to catch the first glimpse of the game you will need to check out http://starwars.ea.com/battlefront or watch our Twitter feed around that time @acogsocial for ALL the information. EXCITED !!!!!! Believe it or not but GAME are already taking pre-orders for the game which is due out Holiday Season (Christmas to us Europeans) 2015.Make sure you have this one on your christmas wish list.

Rainbow 6 Siege

If you’ve been watching out for news on this game, you will have noticed that a BETA is available if you pre-order the game or sign up via this link. BETA Sign up If you have been living in cave then this is your chance to sign up to have a go (hopefully) at what looks to be another great looking game. More info on this game can be found here

And Finally……..

She’s available for Birthdays, bar mitzvah’s and weddings !

Stay frosty fellas

February ACOGBLOG

We are very late to the New Year Party this year and apologise for this unforgivable oversight…. Like F^ck, it’s been a busy start already and the BLOG got sidelined I’m afraid. However, we’re back !!

First up, hope we’re ALL okay, and no matter which gaming platform you’re on, we hope you are enjoying the “Next-Gen” if you’ve switched, and if you haven’t then rock on Tommy !!

Where do we start : So much time and so little to see ??? No reverse that…. So did you switch to Next-Gen or are you still playing your old loyal PS3 / Xbox 360 ? Was it Santa who dropped that new shiny in your lap ? Or did you have to sneakily stick one on your credit card then look suprised when DPD turned up ? (If you’re married you will understand the last comment)

The PS4 / Xbox One have brought with them a renewed optimism for the future of console gaming, albeit the future currently looks slightly brighter for the PS4 owners among us. Why say this ? Well, it has turned out that poor old Xbox One has some catching up to do in the hardware capabilities area. But none the less, the Xbox One is out there alongside the PS4 and doing a pretty good job of it.

Rumours abound about what’s happening to these systems and what can be achieved in the future with updates etc. Only yesterday, Microsoft announced the first of two updates for the Xbox One UI starting Feb 11, with the next one coming in March. These are to address some issues with the Party system,Battery level in the controller warning. (This is the 21’st century, we should have plutonium powered controllers not batteries!!) and HDD management to name but a few.

The PS4 has already received a system update 1.60 which included support for wireless headsets. So things are starting to bump along and in time the issues that you may find annoying will hopefully receive some love from Sony / M$.

Now we turn to the games : We will start with BF4. We are not going to dwell on it’s issues as DICE are actively trying to update and repair them on the fly. We are going to talk about the DLC for BF4, or the upcoming Second Assault to be more specific.

As an Xbox One owner I have been fortunate enough to have been playing these maps for a while and all I can say is, wow !! If you played : Metro,Caspian Border,Operation Firestorm and Gulf of Oman on PS3 and think you know these maps, think again. These maps are truly amazing to look at on Next – Gen. All these maps have been updated for BF4 with the addition of “Levelution” and dynamic weather, and boy what a difference it makes. For an example and not giving too much away (As if that’s possible with the internet.) Caspian Border is breathtaking on 64 man Conquest Large. The first time I went on this map I was just wandering around going “Ooo look at that, and look over there”. If you think you have it sussed how to take position C on the Hilltop, you’re in for a BIG suprise and a shed load of fun !!! Gulf of Oman changes the instant the sandstorm hits and you just revel in the shear fun of it all. So for those of you that are BF fans and have the PS4, hold onto your lugnuts boys you’re in for one hell of a ride !

COD Ghosts is our other favourite, and this game although again isn’t without issue, is a real time sucker. IW will hit us with a plethora of DLC and game modes for one and all to enjoy, and as always a real blast with your ACOG buddies. The Onslaught DLC is currently available on Xbox. with the PS4 getting it on 27/02. Extinction is a twist on the Zombies theme and makes for a tense bit of alien bug busting action. In this DLC on the map FOG you will be able to play as the character Michael Myers from the Halloween films, I love the fact that the Halloween theme song plays when someone changes to him and you know he’s after you.

Clan Wars is where ACOG have excelled this time and put us out there where we belong, in the spotlight. Congratulations to ALL the ACOG members that have done well in Clan Wars and hope you continue to do so.

Just released is Outlast. What we know of this game is that you will need clean underwear and a strong ticker !! Have you seen the trailer ? No, take a look :

Holy shit, this looks intense.

Coming next month on the Xbox One we have Titanfall, this game looks like COD with Mechanoids thrown in. There is a BETA being released on Valentines day, great timing that is. So we can give it a blast and see if it lives up to the hype it’s been getting.

This generation on PS4 will see : Thief, Metal Gear Solid:Ground Zeroes,Infamous Second Son,Minecraft,Watchdogs,Driveclub and Destiny to name but a few. The Xbox One will see : Titanfall,Watchdogs,Thief,Halo and Tom Clancy’s The Division among it’s releases.

Good times are coming in the gaming world on whatever platform you have chosen. Don’t forget if you are still on your trusty PS3 / Xbox 360 then some of these games are also being released for you, so you haven’t been forgotten.

Eurogamer Expo and Expoo 2014

These are two dates you may want to put aside in your busy calenders for the annual ACOG get together. Expoo will be on May 17’th, more details will be available nearer the time, and Eurogamer is running again 25-28’th Sept. Tickets will go on sale for EGX in April so keep watching here for details.

And finally :

Roll on the Summer

Until next time fellow coggers

November ACOGBLOG

We start this month with an apology : There was NO ACOGBLOG last month due to a few reasons. One, I got locked out of our BLOG for the best part of the month and two, by the time I got back in, what I wanted to say was too late to put  into print. But this month we have made up for it with some great content for your perusal.

November as we members know is ACOG Birthday Month. This month on the 14’th see’s our 4’th Birthday as a fully fledged A Clan of Old Gamer’s. Those of us that have hung on in there have made some great friends, and those that have made it to one of the many meets, IE: EXPOO or The Eurogamer Expo know what a great bunch of Old Gamer’s we are.

So Happy Birthday ACOG

As a birthday treat, possibly the BEST video you will watch this year !!

How apt that this month see’s us celebrate our Birthday with the launch of our favourite Next Generation console, the PS4. There has been a lot of debate on the “web” concerning the PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, but it is starting to become very clear there can only be one : The Mighty PS4 is standing out as a clear favourite for Next- Generation with gamer’s, including the current Xbox gamer’s. So be prepared for an influx of fresh players on the battlefield and the inevitable “you’re a camping fag” comments from the less mature ones in a lobby.

PS4 released in Europe 29’th November and 15’th November in North America.

The PS4 has been reported to support 8 people in party chat as is the Xbox One, so if you find yourself in a game with 10 ACOG and 8 are in a party, you will be able to talk about the other 8 as they wont hear you !! Just a heads up : If Darkdeceiver79 (Carl’s current XBL GT not his PSN GT) is ever in a party chat with you,he’s on the other side and he goes quiet and you’re playing BF4. WATCH YOUR TAGS he’s sneaking up on you !!

The Great PS4/Xbox One debate.(Xbox One is it all smoke & mirrors?)

Over on The Darkside, we Xbox guy’s have been pulling our hair out with indecision as news surrounding the Xbox One just goes from bad to worse. We have had a daily debate as to which console we are getting, some of us have swapped our pre-orders more than once ! But, and I think I can finally say that after all the shit we have read and seen, (or not seen in 1080p) it will definitely be a reunion with the Playstation come the New Year. Both the PS4 and the Xbox One have issues amongst gamer’s for one reason or another. But, for sheer hardware oomph it is clear that SONY will be taking our money. How can we justify paying £80 more for a console that simply cannot match what is on offer by its rival. Resolution issues aside, Microsoft appear to be heavily reliant on “The Cloud” and it’s ability to enhance the Xbox One’s capabilities. However, what if your Internet goes down or that it just isn’t up to carrying the bandwidth required. What then ?

Microsoft released an info video showing the UI / dashboard and how smooth it all looks & runs…. yea right.

This is where I am personally losing faith with M$ as they continue to pad out their product to look as good as the PS4, it aint gonna happen M$, so give up now !! Read this as to why : Thing’s aint what they seem The Xbox One will not do anything on release until the mandatory update is completed. So NO internet, NO gaming or watching DVD/Blu-rays ? WTF is that all about ?

Battlefield 4

It was no good, we couldn’t resist getting BF4 on our current gen consoles and it’s pretty good. Ok, like most games out for release today it has it’s “bugs”, but come Next-Gen all will be good.BF fans among us will love the fact that this time out it plays with a mix of BF3 and BFBC2. For those of you that are holding out to get it on next gen will NOT be disappointed, and those of us that are getting Next-Gen in the New Year we have all that to look forward to again. Some of us will have to start from scratch in the transition from Xbox to PS4, but at least will we have a familiarity with the maps.

CoD Ghosts

As we all knew it would, CoD Ghosts has been reported to have sold shit load in it’s first few days of release. I cannot comment on the games looks or playability, but from reading the chatbox & forums it would appear that it has mixed reactions among ACOG members. Like always when it plays well it’s great, but when it don’t we want to throw our controller at the TV. Let’s hope that it improves as we all want those heady gaming nights like on MW2 back.

Movember

A good few members of ACOG have decided to participate in Movember and raise some money for good causes. Well done guy’s and be sure to check out the forum links  : Team ACOG to sponsor your mustachioed favourites. Some of the profile pics have been corkers !

Star Wars / Battlefront 3

This is one game that I think we could ALL get excited about if DICE manage to pull this one-off. Gamesradar do this weekly series discussing what we’d like to see in a Star Wars game. Here is their latest episode showing some awesome ideas for the game  :

I’m buying it…..Also coming in December 2015 : Star Wars Episode VII.

Chewwy approves to

Do you fancy an R2-D2 watch ?

Saw this on Twitter and couldn’t help but post it here :

Are you a budding photographer ? Fancy winning a PS4 ? Then check out the Playstation Symbols Competition and enter before 23.59 29’th November to win.

If you fly Virgin America you may want to watch this Safety Video

Anyone know where this bar is ?

And finally……

That’s all for this month and remember : Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not,in fact, just surrounded by assholes. William Gibson

Stay frosty

August ACOGBLOG

We’re starting off this month with a picture to make ALL red-blooded males happy

If you didn’t already know, Jennifer Aniston has a new film coming out in a week’s time called “Were the Millers” where she plays a stripper !!!

Were The Millers Trailer

In cinemas in the UK 23’rd August – take the wife / girlfriend

Oh okay, one more picture then

Back to business :

Firstly this month we remind you that the “ACOG whack” competition is currently ongoing until Oct 14’th, so you have plenty of time to get them URL’s into JC and beat the current leaders Bres & Cyber.  Check out the link for details of how to enter and the rules. The prizes are Call of Duty Ghosts & Battlefield 4 on the format of your choice,  so make the effort and have a go at winning a copy for yourself or a friend for Christmas.

The GTAV Lyrical Challenge Competition has now been won by : Cyber. (No prizes on backing the winner.)

Here is the full playlist of all the songs chosen in The Lyrical Challenge :

Thanks to those that made the effort to take part and win a copy of GTAV.  Enjoy your new game on release Cyber.

As Christmas approaches (only 18 more Saturday’s to Christmas) and the release of the next generation of consoles this coming “holiday season”, to use an American phrase. What is it that you would like in your stocking on Christmas morning ? First I’d ask, WTF are you doing wearing stockings ?

A plethora of games will be available for Santa to deliver to you, ok I lied, a small selection of games will be available at the time of launch on both PS4 and Xbox One. Check these links for full details of what’s to come for the PS4 & Xbox One . 

Interlude : Remember this fact

Do you know who this guy is ?

Yep, that’s the musician Example (real name Elliot Gleave ), who has had a string of successful songs & albums released since 2007. But, did you know that he was married ? And have you seen his Aussie wife ? If you haven’t, you will now, meet Erin Gleave

I’m staggered what she see’s in millionaire Example …………

A Next Generation of Competition

Trying to keep interest up within ACOG is difficult and a challenge at the best of times. The admin do their utmost to keep members interested in the site and organise various ways to generate numbers within our ranks. A new site, the ACOG whack competition are to name just a few. When the new consoles finally hit the shops and ACOG has adopted the PS4 among the general populace of members, we hope to bring you rejuvenated league nights of more than one game, across different genres. Again, we ask you the members that if there is anything that you would like to see being played in a league, or just for fun nights, let everyone know of your interest via the forums or cbox. It will probably be the usual suspects of hardcore members that participate, but we hope to see a few more of our 159 (current) members taking part.

EuroGamer Expo

Next month see’s the annual pilgrimage of dedicated gamers to London’s Earls Court for the Eurogamer Expo. The numbers of ACOG attending this year are down on recent years, but this is still an event to be at. The guy’s who attend this year will be lucky enough to get a preview of the Next Gen games and kit, coming our way in a few months. It will be interesting to see/hear ACOG members reactions first hand what they witness in the great halls of Earls Court. This year’s Saturday event will be on 28’th September and ALL tickets are now sold out for this day. We look forward to some live reports from the guy’s and wait with anticipation of their reactions to the PS4 and the Xbox One.

Just remember if you’re staying over for Expo in London, don’t post any underpants wrestling pics as we could be scarred for life.

A quick question :

I’m not much of a football fan, but I’m aware that Wayne Rooney (pictured below) is looking for a transfer from Manchester United. I’d like to know, where will he end up ?

Wayne Roony going to Chelsea ? 

Talking of Football FIFA14 will be released on 27’th September for PS3 & Xbox360 and for PS4 & Xbox One December 31’st (according to Amazon)

FIFA14 Ultimate Team Trailer

Looking to take the kids to the pool ? How about this ……..

There appears to be a lot of Cosplay at game events and we spotted this picture at one event and wondered WTF was this guy on ?

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A mention this month to one of our long standing and popular members : Mr GarryMc. In case you’re not aware the big man is 40 at the end of the month, and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish him a very happy birthday and hope you have a great day.

Happy Birthday Mr Mc

(Sorry I typed in Scotsman and this came up.)

And lastly we’ll end with a Cheerleader. Why do we not have cheerleaders at football games here ? I’m sure they would be popular

Short and sweet BLOG this month, and remember : A megalomaniac is a person who is extremely full of themselves and overestimates their abilities.

Be Lucky ACOG

 

 

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

June ACOGBLOG

First, an Apology…..

The Blog this month is later than I intended, but unfortunately time has been a luxury this month so its better late than never.

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Apart from my personal disappointment at not attending again, EXPOO 3 was a great success. Thanks has to go to Slickers & Poorash primarily, as it’s these guy’s that do all the hard graft setting up the venue, and of course to their respective family’s input for allowing strangers once again to trespass on their property. ACOG members are very grateful for this and wish to say “THANK YOU GUY’s” for your hard work.

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We ran a little competition for EXPOO 3 and the winners got their I Was There set of Dogtags in the post. Congratulations go to GarryMc & Ori6inalSin.

This was a random drunk guy from our FB page and he is just that, random. No ACOG was harmed during EXPOO 3

This month’s BLOG  is dominated with Next – Generation Console

We’ve had the E3 conferences of Microsoft & SONY, and what a PR nightmare Microsoft is having ! SONY who at long last revealed the PS4 to the world.But it went a bit quiet at first because we all thought, “Oh no, another BRICK”!  But SONY managed to revel in glory as the PS4 details were unfolded before us. The crowds and the internet went mad when Jack Tretton announced that the PS4 would allow used games, and not only that, it wouldn’t need a permanent Internet connection. Hurrah, SONY saved gaming…..

Microsofts world collapsed even further when SONY announced that the PS4 would be £349 in the UK compared to the Xbox One at £429. Bang, that’s it game over for the Xbox One, or is it ?

As far as ACOG are concerned, we’re not touching “The One” with a barge pole now. This is great news for ACOG as this means that once again the clan will be re-united, and we can get back to showing some larger interest in the forthcoming games. Cyber put up a poll on the site which I have to add, was un-biased and asked which PS4 model will you be buying ? A resounding 19 at the last count have opted for the PS4, with zero takers on the one. Three ex- xboxers are returning to the fold, and I for one am very happy to return this Next-Generation to the PS4 along with Cyantiffic, DarkDeceiver79 and possibly a new ACOG member Livo360.

Microsoft have, for some reason, decided to alienate as many gamers around the globe as possible. Don Mattrick has gone on record and said “If you don’t have internet then we have a product called the xbox 360”. That one statement has damaged what little grasp Microsoft had of actually selling more one’s. Even the military have come out against the Xbox One because soldiers around the world will be unable to play their favourite games, plus they have concerns with the “always on” Kinect 2 device….. Way to go Microsoft. Of course there are Xbox fans out there, they’ll sell a shitload of Ones. But this time out, it’s not for me. And as Spongebob say’s

Pre-orders are high for the PS4, in some cases they are outstripping the One by 4 – 1 with some retailers. Personally,I have no regrets for not continuing to game on the Xbox. This time around I hope that SONY has got it right with Cross Party Chat and Online MP, so we can enjoy some more great gaming nights once again.

UPDATE 19/06 : Microsoft has now back pedalled on the DRM and used game / region locking of the Xbox One. It will now function as per the 360, and the physical disc will need to be in the tray for you to play your games. You will be able to play offline games without a connection to the Internet, plus the Xbox One will no longer have a requirement to login in every 24 hrs.

The games listed on the release of the PS4 are as follows :

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft
Battlefield 4 DICE
Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward 
DC Universe Online Sony Online Entertainment
Diablo 3 Blizzard
DriveClub Evolution Studios 
FIFA 14 EA Sports
Just Dance 2014 Ubisoft
Killzone Shadow Fall Guerilla Games 
Knack SCE Japan Studio
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes TT Games
Madden NFL 25 EA Sports
NBA 2K14 Visual Concepts
NBA Live 14 EA Sports
PlanetSide 2 Sony Online Entertainment 
Skylanders: Swap Force Vicarious Visions
Warframe Digital Extremes
Watch Dogs Ubisoft Montreal

This is looking real good, and this is just for starters.

Just in case you are interested to see what The One has to offer, here you go :

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft
Battlefield 4 DICE
Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward 
Dead Rising 3 Capcom
FIFA 14 EA Sports 
Forza Motorsport 5 Turn 10 
Just Dance 2014 Ubisoft
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes TT Games
LocoCycle Twisted Pixel
Madden NFL 25 EA Sports
NBA 2K14 Visual Concepts
NBA Live 14 EA Sports
Killer Instinct Double Helix
Kinect Sports Rivals Rare
Ryse: Son of Rome Crytek
Skylanders: Swap Force Vicarious Visions
Watch Dogs Ubisoft Montreal

There’s a few exclusives to both consoles, but our favourites are multi platform.

Jeff Cannata of ShackNews in the U.S had this to say about the PS4 controller :

“Let me say this, the controller for the PS4 is sublime, far better than the Xbox One controller. I’m a little disappointed to be honest with the Xbox One controller. The bumper buttons in particular are actually more difficult to hit with my fingers than they used to be on the 360. I find it to be smaller and much more cramped and the triggers don’t feel as good.”

He went on about the PS4 DualShock 4 controller:

“The triggers on the PS4 controller are awesome! It’s super cool. It just feels so comfortable in the hand, the bumpers are nice, the triggers are SO nice, it’s got rumble on two sides, it is just a great controller.”

You may even be able to kiss goodbye to those bulky grips now…..

Everything you need to know about the PS4 is right here and the Xbox One is right here. There is still a lot of confusion and anger over the DRM issue but be sure of this IT WILL COME TO THE PS4 AT SOME POINT.

I can’t go any further without mentioning the two biggest games coming to Next-Gen. Battlefield 4 & Call of Duty: GHOSTS. There are others in there that ACOG will definitely be interested in, but these two will be for the long haul.

Let’s start with COD: GHOSTS

This is the Tenth title in the franchise to hit the shelves and the sixth one to be developed by Infinity Ward.

Call of Duty: Ghosts takes place following a devastating event that changed the global balance of power, with the United States no longer recognized as a superpower. Ten years after the event, a band of elite soldiers known as the “Ghosts” wage a covert war against an unseen enemy, with the outcome having far-reaching consequences for both themselves and the remains of America.

We all have that cynical approach to this next COD, but we also know that we will buy it. Some on release, others eventually due to peer pressure. Let’s just pray that this time out with the upgraded game engine and power of the Next-Gen console’s, they’ve finally got it right. Amongst the “New” features in GHOSTS is the ability to leap walls….. Woo, leap walls. Hang on haven’t we been doing that in BF3 for the last 2 years ? That’s not innovation, so don’t shout about it Infinity Ward. The other defining feature is that in GHOSTS, you have a Dog called Riley. Now I don’t know about you, but so far this game isn’t grabbing my balls and pulling me in to buy it. Oh well, we”ll see on November 5’th this year for current gen kit, and for Next-Gen on release.

Are you reading this and thinking “I’m NOT getting stitched up again”, but we all know we’ll see you playing it eventually.

Release date November 5’th

Battlefield 4

Unlike COD: GHOSTS, this game has myself and a few other ACOG members in a state of excitement I can tell you. Check out the Demo footage of MP below and then tell me this doesn’t look epic.

Where do we start with BF4. This game has been developed on the Frostbite 3 engine and combined with the power of Next-Gen, this game is going to run full 1080p at 60 fps with 64 players on console !!! Holy hell, I cannot wait to play this with my fellow ACOG squad mates. The DREAMTEAM could return with a bang on this one. So many NEW features have been added into BF4. The counter knife, diving underwater, shooting in the water, melee in the water, and the ability to topple skyscrapers for f*cks sake !! This is just a snippet of the new action available to us BF fans. I haven’t mentioned the soldier customisation or vehicle customisation either. This is going to be one epic game and I can see that at last the clan will recognise this game for what it is, true TEAM PLAYING online with your friends. We had issues with squadding up on the previous games, but I pray that this time those are gone and we can just get stuck in and kick some pixilated ass !!

PS4 and Xbox One games are thought to retail for £54.99 in the UK, so choose wisely.

Release October 31’st in Europe

So the PS4 has single handedly re-united ACOG, and this should bring back some classic nights of fun playing whatever takes our fancy. I mean Killzone Shadowfall is going to be another game that will spark a lot of interest among us, even I’m looking forward to it. All in all there are some exciting times ahead for ACOG running up to the year end gaming wise. Anyone who isn’t upgrading at release, we’ll keep your seat warm for you, just join us when you can. But, be sure of this : ACOG is BACK 

The rumoured release date for the PS4 and Xbox One is 21’st November, but this has yet to be confirmed. Whenever they are released for sale, Christmas is looking good this year.

ACOG Site 

Admin are once again looking to keep the ACOG site fresh and interesting for its members, so we are looking into reverting back to the phpBB3 format that we all know and loved. This is an ongoing site refresh and when our technical guy’s are happy (Monkums, Slickers, Cyan) you as members will be informed. Watch this space http://www.acog.co.uk.

GTA V

We are into week twelve of our GTA V competition Lyrical Challenge  . Keep checking back for the latest lyrics & artist for you to identify and be ready to enter come August 17’th.

Do you and your little ones love LEGO ? Then next year make sure you take them to see this : The Lego Movie

This is for ALL the ACOG new dad’s among us, congratulations guy’s to you and your ladies

And this is for the ACOG fishermen among you. Look’s like he wore this one out

And lastly. This is for all those ACOG guys going for a curry the weekend.

Until next month ACOG : Be Lucky

May ACOGBLOG

Where do we start this month ? XBOX reveal coming 21’st May, Call of Duty : GHOSTS announced, GTAV released new trailers and more importantly EXPOO approaching fast !!

Busy times ahead in the console games industry and within ACOG. Season 14 has begun on BLOPS2 and the GTA5 night is a hit, we also have some extra “Darksiders” playing on XBOX which is always a good thing.

Let’s start with GTAV. If like me you enjoyed the previous games, you can’t wait for this one to hit your consoles this September 17’th. The last GTA  game came out in 2008 and it’s openworld action & adventure with Nico and Roman Belic was a blast.

**WARNING NSFW**

This time out we will be revisiting Los Santos, San Andreas with Michael, Franklin & Trevor.

The latest video’s show lots of detail about the game and includes a sh*t load of action to get our teeth into.

I’m hoping that the MP mode will include “gangs” similar to that of  Max Payne MP, where we will get the chance to perhaps form a “crew”, rob a bank or steal a security van in transit. There could also be territorial disputes with rival gangs online, this I see as some great ACOG nights. The game looks to be impressive as they always have been, there’s also the enormous size of that map which will be explorable from the onset.

GTA V is set for release on the current Gen systems and no doubt for the Next Gen, the question is : Will you buy it for your current system or wait for the Next Gen hardware to be released ? Don’t forget we’ve had rumours of NO backwards compatibility for the Next Gen (XBOX) kit so if you do decide to stick it in your current system, bear this in mind. (Unless all the speculation turns out to be just that, speculation.)

Next-Gen Hardware

Microsoft is to announce “A New Generation Revealed” on May 21’st from their Redmond Campus Washington.

Whether this will be like SONY’s back in February where we saw some new games, a controller and some great looking spec’s, or a full-blown “here it is”  we’ll have to wait and see. We’d like to think that Microsoft will actually put everyone who has been waiting out of their misery and stop the incessant rumors drowning the internet every few weeks. Nineteen day’s after this reveal, Microsoft has also got a meeting planned at E3 on the 10’th June at 10am PST.

Which funnily enough happens to be the same day that SONY have announced a press conference for 6pm PST. SONY & Microsoft appear to be playing their cards close to their chest with what the final product will look like. But there’s no doubt that when ALL is finally revealed, we can revel in their shinyness and think which one is best for me ?

Although Microsoft did announce their conference first, will SONY piss on Microsoft’s fire with a full PS4 reveal ? The PS4 is going to be a machine of great technical ability and will have PS fans all over the globe drooling, plus it’ll have XBOX fans wondering whether to jump ship this generation.  XBL has to make a major leap forward as well because PS+ has shown to be of great value and has gamers downloading some excellent “free” stuff each month.

Some side by side Next-Generation console comparison is what we need to see.

Whatever happens this next few weeks will be interesting and exciting for console gamers, at long last we will hopefully know what the next generation of our gaming future will look like and we can then get on with the hard decision of which one do we opt for. As an XBOX gamer I’m still not certain which one I will be replacing my 360 with as yet. It will depend on hardware reliability, network stability, games available and most importantly, what are my ACOG friends getting. Because lets face it, if it was gold-plated and made your dinner, if your friends don’t have one why would you ? Cost does factor in heavily when deciding which to get, but I think it will be a 2014 purchase for me and not 2013, I’ll let all the first day buyers product test the kit first.

Call of Duty : GHOSTS

It has been revealed recently that the next COD instalment is to be called GHOSTS and that it will run on a next generation engine. The BIG question is : Is this going to be a Next Gen XBOX launch title on Nov 5’th ? Microsoft have been renowned for tying up an exclusivity deal with Treyarch, Activision & Infinity Ward for the release of DLC content for COD games so have they done the same with this one ? It has been announced that the title will be available on your current console, but again are you buying two copies or are you waiting ?

May 21’st and June 10’th will be two BIG dates in the console gaming calendar and until then the speculation continues.

EXPOO 2013

There’s not long now and we’re getting excited for this one. The big meeting of ACOG members for some gaming, drinking, eating, drinking, shooting, drinking and of course some drinking. Events have been planned and as usual Poorash and Slicker’s family are the kind hosts and organisers. A ticket entry price of £5 per person is payable at the door to cover food and thank you gifts for our very gracious landlord for the weekend. Check out the EXPOO forum link for full details, and if anyone needs to meet up or arrange lifts make sure you don’t get left behind. To all ACOG members who are loaning equipment, time or any other assistance to EXPOO, WE THANK YOU.

May Competition

There will be NO general competition this month as this one is reserved for EXPOO attendees only. Anyone planning on coming to EXPOO will be automatically entered. Two winners will each receive paid entry to EXPOO, plus a winner’s engraved dogtag “EXPOO 2013 I Was There” to be worn with pride. Details will be up on the SITE ONLY this time out so keep watching in the next few days. It’s been a while since we have met up with some of the ACOG members and we’re looking forward to it. So make sure you’re registered to attend and turn up, then you will be in the prize draw.

Weird and Wonderful (Only in America) Estate agent offers employees pay rise if they get a company logo tattoo

How far would you go for your boss ?

A real estate agency has offered its employees a 15% pay rise if they get a tattoo of the company logo.

The owner of New York firm Rapid Realty has increased the salary of 40 members of his staff in the last two years after they agreed to the inking.

CEO Anthony Lolli – who is yet to have the tattoo himself but says he is planning to do so – told CBS News that he thought of the idea when a local employee got the tattoo voluntarily to show his loyalty to the company.

He explained: “He calls me up, he says ‘Hey, Anthony, I’m getting the logo on me’. I show up at the shop and I’m like, ‘This is cool, how can I repay you?'”

Lolli pays for his team’s green and black inkings, which cost up to $300 (£192) each and can be any size and anywhere on the body.

Employee Stephanie Barry had no reservations about getting the design saying: “I was like, why am I throwing my money away when I could give myself from a $25,000 to $40,000 for the same amount of work?”

Robert Trezza, who recently became the 40th member of staff to be inked, said: “I think it’s a good opportunity to show commitment to a company that makes going to work fun every day.”

Can I have one saying  (Insert Boss’s name) _________ you’re an arsehole !

IT’S official – Kelly Brook is the Sexiest Woman in Britain.

That’s it for this month, so until EXPOO. Be careful out there.

April ACOGBLOG

Unbelievably its April already. Hopefully we have shaken off the remains of that shitty winter and look forward to a summer of goodness ahead.

And the Sun has made an appearance 

Things have been quiet in ACOG again, not much activity to report but, the GT5 Tuesday League has had great success with some fun racing action and crashing of course. The next league is out there for you, ACOG members, to decide what it is once again that is played. You can vote for your choice of game on the site : ACOG and it has been suggested that a mix of games this time could be the way to go. Make sure you have a vote if you’re interested and join in on Tuesday’s.

EXPoo is creeping ever closer, so those attending keep watching the forum for the latest updates and information.

The Great Next-Gen Console Debate

The internet is awash with rumours and speculation over what the next PS4 & XBOX will do or won’t do, and what they will look like. Hell, we’ve even had a guy called Francis rage on camera and his XBOX on the speculation that the 720 (Other names are available) will require an “always ON internet” connection ! We have seen a great deal of technical information about the next PS4 released by SONY, they’ve even been so kind as to let us “see” the next controller. But as yet we have not been blessed with a glimpse of the actual console. Microsoft are as usual playing it close to their chest with again “rumours” that there will be an announcement sometime the end of April through to June at E3. Whenever it happens, whatever is presented, your time to choose will be presented to you, and what’s important is : Will it come in Black ?

The Next – Generation of the console’s it has been said will be the last, so choose wisely young Padawan and May the Force be with you. (While it still can as Disney have a habit of shutting the Force down (LucasArts).)

April Competition 

This month we have not One, but Two prizes up for grabs !! You can enter to win your little ones a :

Super Stomp Air Powered Rocket Kit       

Sending rockets safely high into the sky with a single stomp! Jump on the Stomp-Pad and a giant blast of air propels the Stomp Rocket up to 90 metres (300ft) into the air! No batteries or fuel required – it’s air powered! Ready to use out of the box in seconds and comes with an adjustable launcher. Comes complete with 6 rockets. Safe, clean fun for all the family.

To enter all you have to do is answer the question in the forum link : Here

Last month’s winner was GarryMc who has already received his prize and donned the green tights no doubt.

Good luck

MOVIE TIME

A selection of upcoming Movie trailers to tickle you fancy :

Hummingbird (Releases 17’th May)

Star Trek Into Darkness (Releases 9’th May)

The Prototype (Release TBA)

Gallowwalkers (Release TBA)

21 and over (Release 3’rd May)

The Colony (Release TBA)

Battlefield 4

In ACOG there is a small but dedicated Battlefield fan base, so to “see” a 17 min trailer for the next release of Battlefield 4 was exciting for us.

This trailer was played on a High end PC with the very latest graphics hardware as well, so what is there to expect from BF4 for console gamers. The release has been outed, although not officially as I write, as Oct 31’st in Europe and 29’th Oct in North America. This is in line with the last release schedule of BF3, so it could be correct. You can already pre-order for your PS3 and XBOX360, but as yet no mention of the next-gen units, although I suspect that it will be available as a launch title for one or both consoles as announcements are made. The dilemma is : Do you buy for your current console or have you got to lay out for next-gen as well ? The last quarter of each year always seems to herald a plethora of good games for us to buy, and it is an expensive time of year for gamers. If the rumours are true about the 720, you won’t even be able to buy a secondhand copy.I have already pre-ordered my copy on XBOX, but I don’t want to start putting in the hours then to discover that the new XBOX is out at Christmas and I can’t transfer my progress over to the next-gen, or even PS4 if it’s a better prospect. So BF4 fans in ACOG let’s have some debate on this. As I have put in over 677 hrs on BF3 so far and I’d like to do that again on BF4, but to have more ACOG friends playing on the same console would be good, whether that’s XBOX or PS4 remains to be seen.

Trailer with added Rhianna

Good times 

Black Ops 2 : Uprising DLC

Just in case you’re still interested in this, some new DLC is hitting the XBOX on 16’th April with a release on PS3 at a later date. Play as Ray Liotta and Michael Madsen in Mob of the Dead.

I’ll just leave you with a very important safety message

Until next month

Be careful out there