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.

Murr

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

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

March ACOGBLOG

Easter is earlier this year and Spring is in the air, and our thoughts turn to the outdoors and some good weather we hope, at least.

Who want’s to sit inside playing video games ? Well, the very latest Tomb Raider has recently been released, and this time out our heroine Lara Croft has to contend with a more brutal environment than she has ever faced before. The gameplay is slick, the character interaction is one of the best, and it will immerse you with its action sequences. Lara Croft has been around since 1996 and she has never looked so good.

Watching that video showing a young Lara, you would be justified in comparing it to the Uncharted series as they both have similarities in gameplay style and feel. Third person games are not always a strong favourite, but we think this one is definitely worth a look. Multiplayer has also been added this time out, which is a first for the Tomb Raider series, and as you can see from the video below it is looking good.

Broaden your horizons and give it a whirl. Again, there is some potential for some ACOG MP fun here with Tomb Raider 2013.

Playstation Plus  

Are you taking full advantage of this paid for feature on your system ? PS+ has taken a turn for the better the last few months with some very decent games arriving for you to download for “free”. F1 Race Stars,Vanquish, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Bioshock 2 and Sleeping Dogs to name just a few. With up to 65 games a year there is no better way than to try out games that you wouldn’t normally play or consider for your collection. Among these games there must be a lot of ACOG MP content available for fun game nights surely, for instance Uncharted MP has gone free to play recently and must be worth a pop !

February Competition

The winner of the Child’s Metal detector was Martin Breslin and we’ve told Mart that we only want 10% of the finder’s fee should his kid’s strike it rich. The March competition will be up soon and this month the prize is for the older kid’s, or adult’s if you wish. Keep checking our Facebook page and the ACOG site for details.

EXPoo is a go !!

This year EXPoo will be on the weekend of June 8/9th and as usual looks to be a great weekend.I’m excited for this one as I am actually attending this time. I’m looking forward to seeing “old & new” ACOG friends and sharing some falling down water with you guy’s.

This could be you ————> 

EuroGamer_Expo 2013 26-29’th September 

Tickets for this years Expo went on sale Friday 1’st March and already the early bird tickets have sold out for the Saturday 28’th ! However, if you’re a Virginmedia customer some £7.50 early entry ones are still available at the time of writing. : EuroGamer_Expo tickets Click the link if you want to attend as we’re sure with all that’s happening in the games industry this year, its bound to be good.

Ok I’ve put it off enough ……. The PS4 has been announced !

Watching the Live SONY event of 20’th February, you would be forgiven for feeling a bit cheated for not actually seeing a PS4 console. But, SONY did an excellent job of informing it’s PS fans of the Next-Gen’s hardware capabilities.

PS4 Official Tech Specs

CPU Single-chip custom processor.
Low power x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” 8 cores.
Graphics 1.84 TFlops, AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine
Memory 8GB GDDR5 RAM
Storage Built-in.
Unconfirmed size.
Optical Drive Blu-Ray drive 6xCAV.
DVD drive 8xCAV.
Input/Output Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0).
AUX.
Comms Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000-BASE-T).
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n.
Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR).
Audio/Visual HDMI.
Analog-AV out.
Digital output (optical).

Apart from the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and USB 3.0, this really don’t mean a lot to me. The techie’s amongst you will see that this next console from SONY will be more than powerful enough to provide you with what you’ve been looking for in the realms of frame rate’s and graphics. SONY has stated that the next PS will be for developers, and that can only be a good thing, right ? No more porting an XBOX developed game to the PS4 as SONY have made the architecture developer friendly, a SONY EXEC recently said :  “most powerful platform ever” will allow “worlds to come alive with greater fidelity and intensity than ever before”. You can read more about the PS4 on CVG if you’re interested. The box all this comes in will just be for Aesthetics.

What will this mean to ACOG ? If you’re looking to get a Next-Gen console this certainly looks like an exciting time to be a gamer, but at what cost ? Speculation has put the price of a PS4 at between £300 – £450, although SONY has yet to confirm any pricing strategy. Also to be considered is the price of the games. SONY has said that digital content will be available for “all” it’s games on PS4 but this doesn’t mean they will be any cheaper. What would put you off buying a Next-Gen console, the hardware or the cost of the games ? All eye’s are now on Microsoft to release details of its next re-iteration of the XBOX, rumoured to be sometime around April 26’th. There are arguments for both systems in that they both have platform exclusive games, so the next few months will be interesting to say the least for us console gamers. One thing we do know is what the PS4 controller will look like. It’s a familiar sight and for those of you thinking about an XBOX, will Microsoft change their design ?

Battlefield 3 ENDGAME DLC : Is this the end ? 

This piece of DLC releases on March 5’th for Premium PS members, and 12’th March for Premium XBOX / PC members.And this is the last for BF3, but is it? Granted BF3 will be nearly two years old this October, but its still going strong with its hardcore fans. BF4 has already be touted and shown to game retail outlet managers, who say that it looks fantastic. Now if this is the case and there is no more DLC for Bf3, isn’t it a long time between BF3 finishing it’s DLC run and the release of BF4 ? We have been told (rumours again) that BF4 will release on Next-Gen consoles, and as we know PS4 has been given an availability date of Holiday Season 2013. (Christmas to you and me.) So has DICE / EA got something up their sleeve’s to keep Battlefield fans craving more with some secret DLC, like a WW2 or another Vietnam style add-on for BF3 ? We can only hope, as that would really keep the interest going, or are we about to be bombarded with BF4 video footage ? What do you think ?

Assassins Creed IV : Black Flag

This recently announced new title comes hot on the heels of Assassins Creed III which was released in Europe less than 5 months ago. A trailer has been released showing the story of the main character Edward Kenway as told by Black Beard

This title will be released on Oct 29’th later this year and it’s known that it WILL be available for Next-Gen consoles. Another trailer has been released today 04’th March, showing more detail of Edward Kenway. So, Conner is no longer the main protagonist in AC4.

Rumours circling the interweb allege the next Assassin’s could pack in a co-op drop-in, drop-out campaign mode.It’s an idea the devs have toyed with in the past during development, but never implemented.

The Caribbean Islands

The leaked map shows we’ll be treated to exploring at least the Caribbean, with areas including Havana, the coastlands of Florida, Andreas. the Cayman Islands and Cape Bonavista. So once again the Q4 gaming releases are looking to empty your wallet !

AND FINALLY …… 

This is supposed to be ART ???? WTF !!! Give me Page 3 any day.

Until next month ACOG.

February ACOGBLOG

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EXPOO 3 is Coming !!!

It has been announced that EXPOO3 will be the weekend of June 8/9 this year. As usual, the location will be Runcorn and for those of you who have not been before (Inc me), a good time is had by all who attend. The hard work put in by Slickers,Poorash,Rebel and other’s is always greatly appreciated, and we must not forget Slickers & Poorash’s family also have a hand in the proceedings. So get your EXPOO face on, grab your sleeping bag and get yourself to Runcorn for this weekend in June to have some ACOG fun and camaraderie. All the details can be found here :  EXPOO3 with more being added as it’s announced. So if you’re attending and can help out with equipment then please let Slickers know, any help is appreciated. So if anyone from the SARF is travelling up by train and want’s to meet up with an old geezer for the trip, let me know.

We could also get some more pictures of the ACOG brethen for posterity to adorn our social media pages.

EXPOO3!

8/9th June 2013

PS3 Black Ops Tournament

XBOX Kinect Tournament. (Hope it’s not Dance Central )

FAMAS Shooting Range.

Camping area. (Is this a euphemism for a specific game ? )

Food Provided (by Slick’s mum!).

& Much more to be announced.

The January Competition was won by Social_Outcast or Pete as he’s known in the “real” world. His kids love the WRC Subaru Imprezza R/C car, and he’s still trying to get a go. The next competition will be up soon and this one will feature prizes to get your kid’s outside into the garden hunting for treasure !!

That’s right, we’re offering a child’s Metal Detector.

Children’s Metal Detector

8+ years (guide only)

Hunt for buried treasure with this sensitive detector.

Detection depth 8cm

Simply move the search coil along the ground and when metal is found, an audio tone sounds and LED lights up.

Height is adjustable (approx 56cm>70cm).

The height being adjustable is a great feature which allows tall and small children to use.

Waterproof search coil.

Weight approx 1.5lbs.

6.5 inch waterproof search coil (find treasure in wet grass, in puddles etc).

Requires one 9v battery (not included).

(Adjustable sensitivity)

Detects all metals

Please note that the Search Coil needs to be unfolded before fitting the battery, otherwise (in folded position), it will BEEP constantly because of the search coil detecting the metal rod.

 

So if you want your kid’s to find your retirement fund, keep watching out for the links on the ACOG site and our Facebook page.

There was a recent announcement that GTAV will be put back to a September 17’th release date. A lot of GTA fan’s are disappointed that they will have to wait still longer for their favorite game, but the developer Rockstar Games have declared that the game will be “right” on release. With this Autumn release now only a few months behind the Next Call of Duty title, will this finally make a dent in COD’s impact this year ? Pre-order your copy now for some ACOG gang chaos online as this game will be like the advert say’s “EPIC” !

This year will also see us give away a copy of GTAV on the platform of your choice in our “Heroes & Villains” Competition, more details will be announced soon. Do you know your Heroes from the Villains ?

All this ACOG goodness coming your way this year, what better reason is there than to be an ACOG and game with friend’s ?

So what games are you currently enjoying ? Are you drifting away from COD & BF3 and playing the open world games like FarCry3, Sleeping Dogs etc ? Although these games are predominantly for the SP, the online MP of these games have some real fun factors thrown in. Take FarCry3 for instance. If you still haven’t played the MP Co-op with ACOG buddies, get yourself online asap, as you are missing out on some real great gaming.

I’m hoping that the next rendition of FarCry will have Co-op, but in Free Roam with friend’s, now that would be awesome !

Battlefield 3 ENDGAME

One of our favourite games is finally seeing the last DLC offering this March. ENDGAME will see a new CTF mode with the addition of motorbikes. BF3 has been like an old friend who has given countless (over 600 in my case) hours of fun online. But, as one chapter closes hopefully a new chapter begins. Battlefield 4, we all know is coming as those who pre-ordered MOH : Warfighter received a beta key. But will BF4 be playable on our current Gen console’s or will we see it arrive with the Next-Gen hardware ?  I can’t wait for BF4 as I have loved every minute of it with my ACOG XBOX squad mates. If you’re a BF fan, do you agree with these 10 thing’s  we want to see in Bf4 ?

It has also been rumoured that a BFBC3 may be next and that this will be current Gen, but as with rumours you just don’t know. However, BFBC2 was also a cracking game, especially the Vietnam DLC, that was probably one of the best DLC pack’s released for a game. In all BFBC2 & BF3 have been like marmite for some ACOG member’s, but for this “Old gamer” some of the best games have been played on the Battlefield with friend’s. Bring on the next chapter……

I’m not going to dwell too much on the Next-Gen hardware as we will hopefully know soon enough, what with SONY’s tease of a video announcing a press conference on 20’th Feb in New York.

So, this time next week we will be excited for a new PS4 or we’ll be WTF was that about !! I am not going to start a fanboy argument about XBOX & PS, but I will ask you this :

When it comes down to Next-Gen hardware, are you certain in your mind what console you are going to buy, if any ?

This decision, assuming you’re buying will be easy for some but, not so for others. Both consoles have their Plus points and Negatives, but which one will see you gaming into the future ? If XBL went Free to Play that would be good, and if the Comm’s were great on SEN, then we’d be happy.

If the rumours are to be believed about both platforms, used game’s will seem to be a thing of the past. This will certainly influence our game buying as no-one want’s to splash £45 on a game and then regret it. Microsoft & SONY may have some future business plan regarding Digital Downloads and alway’s on Internet. Mind you, you could alway’s buy both…….Watch this Space.

Aliens Colonial Marines is out now, and if you were wondering :

Black Ops 2

This game is full of great entertainment and frustration all at once. It would appear that the problems suffered annually by the Call of Duty franchise is NOT console specific. When it plays well, it’s fecking brilliant. But, when it play’s about it’s the biggest pile of dog’s doo going. Yes, I’ve been duped into buying the Revolution DLC, and again it play’s great most of the time, but then “Fuck you, you pile of crap!” Please, Please COD franchise, sort out this reccuring issue and that cash cow you already have would see you into the next century. Oh and yes, we’ve heard that there will be a “NEW” COD game this November.

And Finally : 

Could anyone tell me what the f…. this is about ?

also Katy Perry has the power  :

Until next month ACOG.