Annnnnd we’re back !!

Hiiiyyyyaaaaa, ACOG members it has been a while !!

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

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

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bf4

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

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

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

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

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

Games we’re looking forward to :

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Multiplayer reveal Trailer

Far Cry 4 Reveal Trailer

The Order 1886

The Division

DriveClub

Rainbow Six : The Siege

Alien Isolation

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

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

 

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

 

And finally for this time :

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Digi

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July ACOGBLOG

STOP PRESS !!

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

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

For our Technical ADMIN.

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It get’s better

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

MICROSOFT, YOU HAVE F*CKED UP BIG TIME

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

 Amazon £349.00 Link

 Asda £349.00 Link

 GAME £349.00 Link

 Shopto.net £348.98 Link

 Tesco £349.00 Link                                      

 Toys R Us £339.99 Link  Currently best price / deal

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

GAME Bundle : KZ: Shadow Fall & Driveclub  

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

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

Much better

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

1. Call of Duty : GHOSTS

2. Battlefield 4

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

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

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

Thought for the day : 

When someone mentions CROCS, do you think of these

Instead of these  ?

Man Caves

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

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

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

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

Next Generation Games

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

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

Second thought for the day

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

Star Wars : Battlefront

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

I get goosebumps watching this

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

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

For all those ACOG with daughters :

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

Asta la vista baby ……….. I’ll be back

November Birthday Edition

Well, It’s our Third Birthday.

Happy birthday ACOG.!!

Well who would have guessed it…. We’ve managed 3 years as a CLAN, and in that time some great friendships have been formed.

Although ACOG predominantly consists of its core regular members, we have picked up some new friends along the way. ACOG’s common interest is gaming (& beer), it has become a very social site where we can dip in & out of conversations on a daily basis if we want to. We’ve also got members on multiple platforms now, PS3 & XBOX . This would have been unthinkable in our early days, as the XBOX was a dirty word ! but the XBOX side is growing and  could always do with more members.

We have our Facebook page and our @acogsocial / @ACOGClan Twitter accounts to reach other like minded “older gamers” as we continue on. Although I’m not quite sure where we picked up the 14yr old Yank kid ? ACOG is a lot of things, a gaming Clan, a social club, and a place to visit with friends for a chat. But above all, ACOG is here for its members to participate in and enjoy. WE are ACOG and we’re here to stay. So have a birthday drink and raise a bottle or two to Old Friends on our third birthday.

Cheers, and Happy Birthday ACOG

To all our long standing and new members, We Thank You for sticking around and for joining us.

On this day in History: 14’th November

1972 – Blue Ribbon Sports became Nike.

1975- Queen played the first of two nights at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, the first nights on their 78-date A Night At The Opera World Tour.

1975-Born on this day, Faye Tozer, Steps

1981 – 2nd Space Shuttle Mission – Columbia 2 returns to Earth

1987-T’Pau started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘China In Your Hand.

ACOG EVENTS

We will endeavour to have a few more organised events/competitions in 2013, whether they are online game nights, or physical meet ups in the coming 12 months. Keep an eye out on the Main page or our Facebook page for any details.

Speaking of which :

ACOG Christmas Drink

15’th December in the North ACOG constituency’s for the Christmas Drink with as many of you who can make it. – If you can go, check out the Forum for more details.

Upcoming Competitions

You may have seen a Forum post requesting some info on whether you have children and what age’s they are. Well, here is what’s going to happen. Starting in the New Year there will be regular competitions for ALL ACOG’s to enter to win Prize’s for your kids ! The prize’s will be appropriate to their age’s, hence the questions you answered. The competition will be fairly easy and will consist of simple questions / multiple choice like the one’s you see regularly on TV.

A selection of the prizes that will be available starting January 2013 :

Remote Control Cars

 

Magic Tricks

Remote Control Helicopter

iTunes Vouchers

3D Magic Colour n Glow

That is just a selection of what you could win for your kids, so keep watching the site and our Facebook page for details.

Black Ops 2 came out yesterday, and early indications are favourable at best. A league will be starting next week Tuesday (20th) on PS3, with an FFA league happening on the XBOX too at some point. I’m sure there will be some test nights as we get to grips with the set up of this new outing.(Those holding out….. What you waiting for ? *see below )
With this new COD game, we’re hoping the league will run smoother than previous attempts on MW3 and we return to the heady day’s of our MW2 game nights. The Zombie mode may well feature more heavily this time out as well, because Treyarch have devoted more standalone content into the Zombie mode. This mode could give ACOG some FUN gaming nights, we had a few on XBOX with the original BLOPS and they were a real laugh.

With BLOPS2 also comes the free ELITE this year, so we can probably make more use of its stats for some internal clan competition(s).

So, have you bought Black Ops 2 yet ? Is it living up to the hype or is it meh  ? The CBOX has been full of comments about the game, but what do you really think ? *Have you held off until another ACOG gives it the thumbs up ? Whatever you’ve done, you know you will end up with the game just to join in the fun/moaning. Won’t you !— PEER PRESSURE FTW

Hopefully this will get fixed asap

Sagar received his BLOPS2 Hardened Edition Prize for Winning the Expoo 2012 FFA Competition on release day.

(Waiting for picture Sagar)

Hardened Edition Contents looks good

Christmas is coming

What’s on your Christmas list this year ? We’ve found a few items that you might be interested in asking Santa for :

1. Pioneer DDJ-WeGo for all the budding music enthusiasts / DJ’s among us  From :  £230

2. VooDoo HooDoo Mountain Bike (2012)  Around £500

3.  Renegade Game Chair Around £230   

4. Spirits Dispenser Around £25

5. Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control Around £59,99

Better than socks don’t you think….

And Finally :

‘Cat Man’ Dennis Avner has been found dead at his home after reportedly killing himself, according to friends.

The U.S. Navy veteran spent years undergoing radical body modifications including whiskers, ears and a mechanical tail, so he looked like a feline cat.

His efforts won him a Guinness World Record and he was a regular feature at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! around the world.

The 54-year-old’s body was found in his Tonopah home on November 5.

That’s it for this month, see you all back here for the Christmas Edition

Digi

 

October ACOGBLOG

What a great start to October for ACOG. We have got an active Facebook site, a Daily newspaper and now a shiny new site!

While the old site suited our purpose the new one has more social integration and allows members…..No, encourages members to be more social with their content.
A great deal of time and effort has been put into this, mainly by Slickers who deserves a huge thank you on our behalf.

Other members have contributed with their ideas / time and input as well, and for this we are grateful. It may not seem it but a lot of time and effort by the admin goes into keeping your favourite clan site running and engaging.

If you need to know “how to” on the new site, Slicker’s has posted this Tips n Tricks entry for you

The latest season 11 is well underway on MW3, and with the near imminent release of BLOPS2, season 12 already has a listing in the groups section of the new site. (See Tips n Tricks) You can link directly with all the ACOG social media from the top menu bar, so you have everything to hand.

Some members have been noticeable by their absence, but lets hope the new site etc, will encourage them to put in an appearance in the cbox.
The site will develop and evolve as we progress and that can only happen with your continued support and input.

There’s some great games on the horizon not only on PS3 but XBOX as well. Medal of Honor:WarFighter  just had it’s exclusive beta on the ‘Darkside’, and most of us enjoyed it, here’s hoping the full game used the beta data usefully.

You can check out the BETA feedback here : Medal of Honor Warfighter BETA TEST DATA (Released in the UK 26’th Oct)

This week (16’th Oct) see’s PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale get’s a demo for PS3 owners to try out. It looks a bit like Streetfighter, but with all your favourite PS3 characters.

What with MoHWF & BLOPS2, the already released F1 2012, then FarCry3 , NFSMW and on XBOX, Forza Horizon, all coming soon. A  plethora of new games, a new site and a buzz back in ACOG. We can look forward to our 3’rd birthday next month and some decent game nights once again.

One game that has drawn some great interest among us is FIFA13. ACOG FC play regularly,with some good video coming from their games, which is thanks to Andy (STJimmyEFC). The goal of the week competition is a  feature I enjoy even though I know Feck all about Footy.

There has also been talk of an FFA league on XBOX with the release of BLOPS2! As well as a cross platform competition. I’m personally pleased about this, but I didn’t intend getting BLOPS2, peer pressure eh!

So let’s look forward to this new era within ACOG, and get some great game nights going once again.

I hate to say it but, Christmas isn’t that far away now. As the BLOG mentioned earlier there are some great looking games coming our way, so here is a proper list for you to check out :

   Released 26’th October. This is a follow on from the 2010 game which played good, but had a few issues in it’s multiplayer. The recent BETA hopefully addressed these and have been corrected in the full game.

Watch the Medal of Honor Warfighter single player footage first revealed at E3 2012. Tier 1 Operators land in Somalia’s Pirate Town in an effort to bring order to the country’s southern region.

  Released 13’th November. This game is a bone of contention among us. We have had some bad experiences with the last few COD games since MW2. But, this one is looking increasingly better the nearer the release date gets. It was announced that ELITE will be free with this, but the Map packs will be available at a discount with a Season Pass, or available seperately. The rumoured cost of the Season Pass is £34.99 currently, and as yet no price has been validated for the Map Packs. Although we are wary of any more COD failures, I believe this one will end up in your collection, “eventually”.

Black Ops 2 Gameplay : Extended Footage Mission 1

  Already on sale. This game has had some success amongst ACOG, but will it drum up enough support this time around?

F! 2012 Champions Mode – Lewis Hamilton Challenge (XBOX360)

  Released 4’th Dec. At the recent Euro_gamer Expo we managed a few minutes on this, and we have to say it is pretty good. This is an open world game and allows you to immerse yourself in the game in whichever way you decide. The multiplayer is 4 player Co-op, so there is some fun element to be had with fellow ACOG’s.

FarCry3 Open World Design

  Released 30’th October. If you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out below. This looks like it has potential for some great fun online with friends. It looks a bit like a Burnout game which gave us some laughs when playing it.

Need for Speed, Find it Drive it

  Released 26’th October (XBOX only) The recent demo allowed us to try this one out and it looked fantastic. This is set in Colorado and again it’s Open World, allowing you to free roam and race wherever / whenever you want to. This has some great online game modes, including the “Rivals” which pits you against your friends list to beat the best times set.

Forza Horizon Official Gameplay Trailer

So all in all, some good games coming our way.It’s just a case of “choose wisely” and your gaming nights with ACOG will be full of banter & laughs.

On a membership note : The Admin will be amending our site Netiquette to include a section of the following statement :

The admin recently had to suspend an ACOG member for repeat violations of our forum Netiquette. We will add that if any ACOG member is serving a suspension / ban, then they will not be included in any ACOG events during that period. We are NOT trying to tell you who you can & cannot be friends with online, just that we ask you abide by any Admin ruling concerning ACOG events. (This includes ACOG league events.)

Again these Netiquette guidelines are there to make using and participating in ACOG a pleasent and friendly experience, if you feel you need to reaquaint yourselves with the guidelines, they can be found here : Netiquette

And finally : If you are not aware, we also have The Daily ACOG SPORT EDITION which runs alongside it’s sister paper. This SPORT EDITION will now include all your favourite lady pictures. The SPORT EDITION will NOT be posting any of these pictures to our Facebook page , so you can be assured that they will not show on your personal timeline. You can access it via the Daily ACOG link when you are looking at that. This will now include such lovelies as :

Melissa Debling

Alli Marie

plus many more……

Enjoy

Over and out for now

Digital

P.S Don’t forget if you wish to contribute to the ACOGBLOG or even have a news item you feel needs to be included in our newspapers, then let us know via the site PM, or email : acogsocial@mail.com.

 

August ACOGBLOG

Well it’s here…. The Olympics start today, so for two weeks we may or may not be watching the worlds greatest athletes compete for glory. The opening ceremony promises to be spectacular, but after Beijing , it’s going to take some beating.

All details of the events schedule can be found here : Full Event Schedule

The Beach Volleyball is always a fan favourite so here are some of this years contenders :

Zara Dampney Team GB

Shauna Mullin Team GB

Do you fancy yourself in the 100m final ? Then why not give London 2012 the official video game a try out.

London 2012 The game

Choose to take part in the Shooting,Athletics,Archery,Swimming or Kayak, plus many more. If you want to know more you can visit the official game site : London 2012 The game  here.

Here is why we will be watching…mostly !

Click this link for Michelle Jenneke

Thank’s to StJimmyEFC for that one !! (It was worth adding to The Daily ACOG as well).

We have already had a few events including the Team GB Football women and men’s opening games. The women’s team managed a win whereas, the men’s only managed a draw against Senegal. Read the latest here from The Guardian.

The Daily ACOG

The Daily ACOG has been running for a while now and I edit it almost daily to bring you all the latest news from around the net on some of our interests and distractions. I choose what is current and what has been mentioned by members on the site to try to keep it interesting, then of course I include the occasional nice picture or two. The Daily ACOG is released not to just ACOG members, but it is widely available to anyone who searches for what interest’s them amongst the Scoop.it fraternity. The Daily ACOG has received some great comments from people all over the world and has been subscribed to by Non ACOG members, so ACOG has gone GLOBAL. If there is ANY item you wish to see as a regular feature or even if you have a picture / video request, then let me know and I will endeavour to include it. The Daily ACOG is produced for YOU, ACOG members, so if you want it to continue with more of YOUR interests then tell me.

Back to what we do best : Play games (and moan a lot!)

NEXT-GEN…… This gets a lot of attention in the gaming community, and some seem obsessed by it. Here are a few articles on the latest rumour & wishes of some of the contributors :

  1. The Gamer Access : Nick McCandless Playstation 4 and XBOX 720 to be blessed with Mods.
  2. Techradar XBOX 720 release date and rumours 
  3. Gamerant Next-Gen consoles will be unveiled next year

That is just a few of the countless articles and posts on the subject. Are you looking to replace your PS3/XBOX360 already or are you happy with what you have ? We all like a new gadget, especially a shiny new console, but at what cost ?

Do you fancy Dead or alive 5 ? WTF am I talking about ? Take a look :

Any good ?

If you visit this game store in France, would this carpet mess with your head ?

WTF

Gran Turismo 6 in the making : Kazunori Yamauchi  reiterated that he and his studio always have their eye on the cutting edge of visual expression—which probably means Gran Turismo 6, whenever it’s finally done, will look impressive.

Eurogamer_Expo

This years Eurogamer_Expo is not too far off now : Saturday 29’th September is our normal ACOG meet day. So what’s in store for us on the playlist

Check out the what’s on site to see if your anticipated game will be playable. Assasins Creed 3, Tomb Raider are but 2 of what’s on show and playable this year, as the time approaches I’m sure there will be more games announced.

Tickets are still available here : Expo Tickets although it is reported that 20,000 tickets have already been sold !

For any stat heads out there, here is a site showing that at last the XBOX360 is as reliable as the PS3 : No Fuss Reviews Includes PS3 failure rates.

And Finally……

What really happens in Afghanistan & Iraq :

 

Until next time

Digital