Saturday, March 31, 2018

Speed Champions and Virgin Media

I was not surprised to see the snow ☃ again this month, even though now we have had more rain. Snow is nice, just as long as you don't have to travel in it. Last weekend was daylight savings, so we are now moving towards lighter mornings and evenings. 😊
The above photo was taken in a supermarket car park, Aldi to be precise. I thought the shrubbery looked quite interesting amongst the snow. Thankfully, the car park was well gritted and no skidding or wheel spins took place whilst parking. πŸš—

Virgin Media ::
Last summer, a Virgin Media sales guy knocked on our door and informed us that their services were being installed in the area. We were offered a " Lightning Deal " special offer! However, the Broadband contract with EE was still locked in for another eight months. If we switched then, we would've had to pay several half payment months to end the contract. Thankfully, Virgin Media locked in the deal for us and at the end of February 2018, we had their services installed. 😁
The Tivo V6 box is really awesome and allows for up to six programs to be recorded at once and the extra channels and programmes are a welcome addition to Freeview ones. I have noticed that the internet speed is only around 38mb. The lowest available speed in 50mb and the next is 100mbs ( our package speed ). At the moment, I am not sure why it is this low! I am thankful to have a respectable speed and our phone now uses VOIP technology.

LEGO :: ( Speed Champions | 75885 Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC )
As March was the month of my Birthday πŸŽ‚ ( and Mrs A ), I decided to buy a LEGO set, a Speed Champions one. This is my first of this theme. I really liked the build and design but didn't like the fact that there are lots of stickers. I can only think that it is much cheaper to produce a sticker set include printed bricks. If I can at any point, I'll look out for another set of stickers on eBay or Bricklink.

Gaming :: ( PC / Commodore 64 )
Not surprisingly again, on my birthday πŸŽ‚, I decided to buy two games πŸ•Ήfor just over £10 GBP. The first game or games is a pack or anthology called GameDevDan vs Life which is available on Steam. For less than £5 GBP you get 50 games covering different genres with lots of interesting types of gameplay. It definitely comes along way from the Cascade 50 Games Tape back in the 1980's. There is more passion and effort with GameDevDav vs Life for sure. Worth every penny! πŸ˜‰
The next purchase £6 GBP was Galencia for the Commodore 64 by Jason Aldred.  This is an awesome shoot'em up including 50 levels loosely based on Galaga, but even more addictive. I quite embarrassingly can't get off level 5 at the moment!
I am currently playing this awesome game on RetroPie via the Vice Commodore 64 emulator, bringing it home on the big screen Television. I try to spend a good few minutes every month if I can to play some classic games. It helps me unwind and brings back nostalgia for the good old computing days! 😍

GameDev :: ( PC | Shooter - 16 Degrees )
This month I only worked on a couple of things and the collision detection event is going to happen during the month of April. Luckily, I have a few days off over the Easter period for which I'll use some free moments. The weather element features have worked rather well and the Fire level will star a spouting fire geyser.
There is still more cosmetic tweaking to do and that will be attended to during the phase by phase checking until I am happy that everything is looking and working as expected.

And finally ...

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