Minecraft, modern day phenomenon?

Over the last 6 months or so I have a few gaming friends who have been playing Minecraft on the PC.  To be honest, as much as I really enjoy playing games, I don't enjoy PC gaming (Football Manager being an exception).  A few weeks ago Minecraft was released on the Xbox 360.

Minecraft on the 360 broke day one XBLA sales records and recouped developer costs within an hour.  With so many people buying it, it must be good right?  So I downloaded the trial one night and left it.  A few nights ago I remembered that I had downloaded this.  The hysteria that was surrounding the game on release day had died down.  So I installed the game to see what it was all about.  I was met with this screen.

Well this looks quirky, was my first thought.  Sadly it didn't get any better.  After 30 minutes of basically digging a trench, I started to pay a little bit of attention to the tutorial.  However there was only so much of looking at this type of image I could take.


I tried to like this game, I almost wanted to like this game but its headache inducing graphics were too much.  Couple that with the facts that the game in itself seemed pretty pointless.  Maybe if I played the full game then I might get to the point of what I am supposed to be doing but I didn't find this game either fun or relaxing.

The thing that annoys me the most is I wasted an hour playing this and now I have wasted another hour putting this post together.  This is 2 hours of my life that I am not going to get back.

Day off and a game of Golf

Well yesterday (Tuesday the 22nd of May), I managed to get a day off work.  Lucas had a play at school so I was going to watch that in the morning.  With the weather being nice I wanted to squeeze in a game of golf as it was a rare opportunity to get a game during the week.

The friend that I was meant to be playing with called off on the Monday, so I was left with the dilemma of should I go and play alone? Fortunately, plans changed again and we were back on.  We went to play Broadlees.  This is a 9 hole course which was good as it gave me the opportunity if I was too tired to just play 9.  However I went for the 18 anyway.  This was a nice wee course to play, although to be honest I don't really have much to compare it with.  It also made a difference being able to play in decent weather and not have to battle the rain.  Also for the first time I managed to score under 100.  For some this will be no big deal but it was to me.  I have been close to getting under 100 on a few occasions but always failed right at the end but this time I managed it with a 96.  I am sure its the new clubs.  My new challenge will be to consistently score under 100 now.

So back to my nearly dilemma of going out and playing golf on my own.  This was something I wasn't sure about.  I find golf a bit of a social thing.  Its good to be able to catch up with what's been going on with friends for the 3+ hours you are out.  However, it would appear that playing golf on your own is a fairly common thing.  Yesterday I noticed 2 different people playing on their own.  It seems that the thing to do is tee off with 1 ball and then when you are playing your approach to the green, it seems OK to hit a couple of balls.  I guess this is a good thing as it saves you from catching the group in front and also gives you the chance to try a few different shots.  I have to admit though that I am not so sure if playing alone would be something for me.

Anyway, I have got another game planned for Saturday.  Hopefully the good weather will remain.

Golf - That's what's next

I recently got my domain name renewal invoice in.  This got me thinking about this blog.  When I first wrote a post it was all about my struggles with CFS/ME. At the time it was a good outlet for me, I was not in a great place with it and I couldn't really talk to anyone about it.  So having somewhere to vent some anger or just a place to moan was helpful.  Over the months I have always wanted to move away from just moaning and to move onto something that would appeal more to some of the other people that follow me.  I play online with many people from Frugal Gaming and that has been something that I have enjoyed doing. I briefly thought about reviewing games that I was playing, however the things that people would look for in a game review is not something that appeals to me.  The music, the graphics, the game engine is all something that I pay little to no attention to in a game.  I want to know if the game will keep me playing it, if its a bore or not.  So I decided not to take that route.

At the end of last year I started playing a bit of golf.  Then when on a coaching course I fell on my wrist and damaged it, so the 6 weeks healing pretty much put an end to that.  However this year I have started with a vengeance.  I have flirted with golf over the years.  Never invested any real money into it, my clubs were always giving to me by someone else and they were often many years old.  So this year I bought myself a new set of Irons. I spent a good few weeks looking into which clubs to go with.  I was looking for something that would give me a little more distance but was forgiving.  Technology has changed over the years and I was trying to catch up.  I had narrowed it down to 3 sets, The Cleveland TA7's, the Wilson DI9's or the Nike Slingshots. I spent days reading over reviews of each set of clubs.  Trying to find reviews that would be relevant to me.  On golfing forums people would ask what is the best clubs for them and the answer would always be go and try them out. This however is not always practical.  Most of the golf shops in my area close before I get a chance to get there and try them out.  I had then narrowed it down to the Cleveland or the Wilson.  I had planned on using American Golf to buy them but they didn't have either set in stock.  So I took my old clubs and met up with a friend at the driving range and explained my dilemma.  Well it just so happened that he used Cleveland irons now and had used Wilson's before. I then had a hit with his and that was me sold.  So that night I went online and ordered the Cleveland TA7's and they were delivered on the Wednesday.

So on the Thursday I went down to the driving range to have a hit for the first time.  I was hitting them straight and with a little more distance but nothing major.  I have however at 34 realised I am never going to make the European tour so distance wasn't really an issue.  So the next day, with a rush of blood to my head I then joined a local 9 hole course as a member.  I decided that 9 holes would be best for me as I am unsure if I can make 18 holes regularly with my CFS/ME and then on the Saturday played my first ever medal.  I have to say this was not something I was looking forward too.  I am quiet a shy person and the idea of being rubbish and having people seeing that I am rubbish is a bit of a put off.  I did manage however to complete the round with a score of 101.  I know that is pretty high and hopefully over time it will come down but I was happy that I had completed it.

A couple of years ago, I asked myself the question of what next?  Well I can safely say that the what next for me sports wise will be golf but I will always have gaming there along side it.