Casinos, Nightclubs & Making That Bread: Returning To GTA Online

I have been playing Grand Theft Auto Online on and off since it’s bumpy launch back in 2013. I found myself getting bored with it a few years ago, and found myself favouring other games like Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege.

It just couldn’t hold my attention, at that stage, it felt like I’d done it all.
Recently, it caught my attention again. The idea of buying an in-game nightclub and then the new casino DLC just felt like the right time to come back to see what’s what.

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I bought a nightclub at first, this came with a cameo from Gay Tony from Grand Theft Auto IV. I never did play that DLC, but a throwback to earlier games is always a nice though from developers.

Setting it up was a simple affair. You drive around and collect the required nightclub staff, then you collect your first resident DJ which doesn’t start off smoothly, but do things ever go to plan in video games? 😅

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Any businesses you own can be run from your nightclub, you don’t seem to earn as much as you would if you were to go to each business individually, but it is much easier this way. Tony takes a cut of what you earn too.

You run your warehouse from your office computer, shown in the screenshot above. The selling missions are the same as the others, you drive to a location, deal with any threats, be it AI or other players, and drop the items off at a designated point.
I prefer to try and find an empty server, or play with friends because trying to get anything done against other human players can be a nightmare, but I digress. 😊

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While on my virtual spending spree, I purchased my character a penthouse in the casino and have spent, well, wasted quite a bit of currency in there! 😆

I have yet to dabble with the missions that come with the casino, I’d rather wait for my friends to have time to play it with me, but so far, I’m just enjoying the idea of being able to play all these high stake games, without battering my actual bank account.

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You get a chance to win a car and various other prizes, shown in the screenshot above, you can do this every 24 hours. I’ve won money each time, until the instance shown in the picture.

I’m not complaining though, free stuff is a win in my book.

I’m planning on spending more time with GTA, then I can do more detailed posts. Things have been fun again for me, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the highs and lows with friends!

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Mental Health Monday’s: Perfectionism Meets Depression

This post is pretty much a last minute thing. I have been bugging myself all week about wanting to perfect all the things that I do, without accepting that I am human and mistakes are a part of learning.

Depression is hard enough, it can feel even worse when you feel like you have to perfect all that you do. I made carbonara for dinner yesterday for Ben and I. It drove me mad constantly asking myself “am I doing this right?”, “why doesn’t it look the way I expect it to look?”. You know what happened? It turned out okay.

I wish I’d heard these words a lot sooner in my life, you do not need to be “good” at anything straight away. Sure, there will be people who just adapt to things straight away, but you don’t need to compare yourselves to that.

The famous chefs you see on TV learned their craft. The famous athletes train daily. The famous authors, the famous artists, actors, comedians? The exact same, time and practice has gone into those crafts.

If you feel like you need help, ask for it! Don’t be afraid of being judged! If a person judges you, they obviously aren’t worth your time anyway.

Keratoconus: Video Games & Adapting To Vision Issues

In October 2018, I was diagnosed with a progressive eye disease called Keratoconus. To put it simply, my cornea isn’t round anymore, it’s cone shaped and will continue to change shape, if I wasn’t getting treatment. You won’t go blind with this condition, that is a misconception, but your vision can worsen to the point it becomes hard to live a functioning life.

As of the date of this post, I am on the waiting list for cross linking, I will post about my experiences once I have had the procedure, in the meantime, this link will provide you with the relevant info about the condition.

As my tweet above shows, my vision is horrendous. I do wear glasses which do help me see pretty well, all things considering, but they do not always stop the other not so fun symptoms and issues this disorder brings.

I love video games and I’ve been gaming since 1995, from the SNES up until the current console generation. When I was diagnosed after my thoughts had calmed down from wondering if I was going to go blind, I started thinking about my hobbies. I pretty much play video games daily, if it’s not that, I’m looking at a screen in some shape or form, I was petrified of that changing.

I won’t go as far as saying I’ve seen a drastic change in my vision to the extent gaming has become impossible, but, I have seen some changes here and there I am learning to adapt to, which I’ll be talking about in this post.

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This was my old setup, guess which team I support, before I got my glasses, I could barely see the images on that tv. When I would play games, visually it would feel like I was on a delay, it was frustrating.

So, to help myself, I purchased a smaller TV, it is much kinder on my eyes and I find it more comfortable to play games on. There’s less delay for me and it doesn’t strain my eyes too much trying to take it all in.
I still have my bigger TV, but that’s now relegated to movies and TV in general.

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This is my current setup and TV, Ben and I don’t live together yet, so if he stays over my parents with me, he shares my space, I also have my own space for my setup when I spend the night in the flat with him. Like I’ve said earlier in the post, this smaller TV has done wonders for my vision, I feel much less strain.

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I’ve used this screenshot from Modern Warfare Remastered to talk about another struggle of mine, I have to mess around with the brightness settings all too much these days, I have the colour blind settings on in this game, fought with the brightness, and I still struggle to see in this type of environment, which as you can imagine, makes games like Siege a bit of a pain on the darker maps, especially if there are operators are equipped with darker uniforms and headgears, 8 times out of 10, that’s a wrap.

I’ve yet to find an actual solution to this problem, so my only choices so far seem to be, messing with the contrast, the brightness and praying I don’t burn my retinas.

It’s been a hard change to adjust to, so I just take it day by day. I’ve started taking more breaks while I’m gaming, which we all need to do more, I’ll walk away and finish a task that doesn’t involve screens.

This is a scary process, but I’m ready to take it head on!

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Pokemon Go: Community Days & Team Rocket

I’ve been playing Pokémon Go a lot as of late, but nothing of note happened, enough to warrant its own post anyway. So I figured, why not just compile it all into one post and see how that plays out.

The June community day was a bust, technical faults made the event end early, they did give us a make up day though, which was nice. I did go out briefly with Ben to walk the dog and I got a few of the cute little sloths. What I have pictured below are what I caught during the community day, the 100% one was from a research stamp. As for the one with my name, don’t ask, silly inside joke!

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I did catch myself a shiny Mudkip and a decently leveled non-shiny during that community day, but I didn’t actually go out for that one, I caught them from the house, that wasn’t a great day for me on a personal level, but, I digress.

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Niantic has also implemented Team Rocket into the game! It’s been such a nice addition, I always welcome any new additions to expand on the already basic gameplay. Obviously, the features they add can’t be grand, but small things like this can add longevity to the game, although the game is already doing well.

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The image above shows what the Team Rocket addition looks like, they have taken over Pokéstops, spinning the stop has them challenge you, and you fight them for their shadow Pokémon, which are also a new addition to the game.

This part reminds me of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, where the antagonists of that game captured Pokémon and used them in the same way. The hero of that game also had to purify them.

The photo below is of the first shadow Pokémon I caught. Purifying them makes them stronger.

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And, finally! August community day!

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The August community day has just been and gone, the mascot of this day was Ralts, an adorable psychic type.

Ben and I went out with the dog, again and wandered around for 2 hours, we acquired a few shiny Pokémon, I even got a new addition to my team, Gallade! It took me a long time to get one of these, so I am grateful the event happened!

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Even after three years, I still play Pokémon Go as often as I can, I usually aim for weekly. It has been a pretty busy few weeks for me in game, and I’m looking forward to sinking more time into it when Ben and I go out for lunch again. Our relationship is pretty much us eating together, playing Pokémon Go and video games in general, and him sitting with me to watch the shows I like. Life with him is great.

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Mental Health Mondays: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

This is something I have always struggled with. I’ve never been one to rock the boat, or challenge myself. I even started to hide behind my mental disorders, which is a point I never wanted to reach.

There is no shame in that at all, the road to recovery, and even just wanting to grow as a person can be a terrifying prospect. But, it is worth it in the end. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. So if you feel like you want to step out of your comfort zone, start slow. Even small steps are the start of a journey.

Instead of going to the self checkout in the supermarket, try going to the express lane. If you do online shopping, leave out one item that you can pick up from a local shop. Small things like that make a big difference, they’ve been helping me a lot.

Ben and I are going to Aldi again this week, I feel like I need to put myself in situations where I need to be around people, so this is perfect.

Just remember, small steps. You can do this.

Spyro the Dragon – The Reignited Trilogy

I have been a gamer for 24 years, one of the games I fondly remember plunging countless hours into was the original Spyro the Dragon on the original PlayStation.
The game was released in 1998, it was developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony.
This game held my attention for so long, I’d notice myself going back to it on multiple occasions.
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After the success of a Crash Bandicoots revival in the form of The N. Sane Trilogy through Vicarious Visions, Activision decided to remake the original PS1 trilogy of Spyro through Toys for Bob, and it is beyond beautiful.

The screenshot above is the first dragon you encounter in the first world, and it filled me with so much joy seeing this stunningly recreated using the current console generations graphical capability.
I felt like I was 7 years old again starting this game for the first time, taking in the sights and possibilities this world had to offer.
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The visuals remind me of Saturday morning cartoons with their colour scheme, the original was obviously a lot worse to look at but what it looks like now is exactly what my 7 year old imagination would see playing the game!

The photo set above even accurately captured how I saw those enemies in the original in my mind! This game had me smiling ear to ear most of the time.
I don’t really have many complaints about this game, Spyro did seem to feel slippery during his charging ability, but I don’t know if that was actually the case, or I just remembered the stiff controls the original would have had, gaming has come a long way and controls have vastly improved, which is great!
The laugh of the little nightmare, pictured below, still annoyed me as much as it did in the original!
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Trophy wise, this is simple enough. I did miss the odd collectable, or miss a jump or two during a level, but it’s fun to play.
If you’re a fan of the original, you need to play it. Didn’t play the original? Play it anyway.
Personally, I don’t think Spyro faired too well after his PS1 adventures, I guess Skylanders is perfect for children, or people who are new to the games and who are after a simple experience. If you want to experience Spyro at his best, this collection is for you. It hooked me and became my 30th platinum trophy.
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Quick Update

I missed scheduling a post for my usual Monday slot, I honestly wasn’t feeling up to much of anything anyway.

It’s been really tough, to put it nicely. I’ve been dealing with on and off heartburn and acid reflux. As well as the usual issues with mental health struggles.

I have yet to receive an appointment in regards to my Keratoconus, I’m nervous and the anticipation is killing me. I just want that done with.

I’ve got gaming content almost at completion, finally. I just get really trigger happy when it comes to screen shot, and, I tend to waffle, a lot. I’m learning as I’m going, so I shouldn’t put as much pressure on myself.

I’ve also been entertaining the idea of adding a midweek post to my schedule, eventually, because, I’ve also been contemplating writing a few posts in bulk and taking a few weeks off, burnout might be setting in. I’ll also need time off once I get my appointment for my eye, and I don’t want to lose my routine with this blog, again.

I have many projects in the works for this blog, so content won’t be a problem. I just need to not allow myself to get overwhelmed. My partner and I will probably go for a dinner date, by that, I mean a trip to spoons, a British staple.

There will be content Friday, I promise!

Take care xo