Monday, 16 June 2014

Dead Island: Epidemic impressions

Dead Island: Epidemic is currently a closed beta, fast paced action game, labelling itself as the world’s first “ZOMBA”. As its still in closed beta there is plenty of content, balance fixing and bug squashing the game needs, however it’s still a very fun game shining with potential.  A few key unique points that make this game stand out are:

  • Workbench crafing system
  • 3 Way PVP

The game mechanics will feel familiar to any experience MOBA player, it’s a basic top down view with the levelling system for your skills in the same way you would any other MOBA.  Gear Points and Character points are earned at the end of matches you play, regardless of which mode type. (These are the currencies used to craft weapons and unlock new playable characters)
At the time of writing this there are 2 game mods;

 Horde (a PVE game mode focussing on team play and fighting off waves, ultimately leading to a boss)

Scavenger (3 way team PVP match, fighting for capture points and supplies)

I have to say, Scavenger mode is AWESOME. It has the same frantic feel of a competitive MOBA game but with added zombies (and mutated super zombies!). The addition of a 3rd team and zombies really adds to the dynamics of the game, keeping things fresh and interesting, as you fight for supply capture points you’ve got plenty to contend with. Even when a team is close to victory by filling their truck, the opposing teams can raid their truck and siphon the supplies, potentially turning the entire game around, even the underdog has a fighting chance. I look forward to seeing future developments on this game mode.

I’ll wrap up by giving a mention to the workbench system. When outside of a match you can craft unique weapons of varying types using the blueprints you have looted or purchased at the in-game store. Being a Dead Island game you can expect some very interesting combinations of weapons you’ll be able to bring out into your next match. Each of the playable characters possess certain strengths wielding particular weapons so this leaves for some interesting experimentation.

That’s it for my brief impressions, hope to see you in game.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Flappy Bird DOWNLOAD

Missing the hit popular mobile game Flappy Bird?

Fear not!

Heres my short guide on how to download and install Flappy Bird on your android device. 

Download the APK File here: 

Steps to Install:

- Download and install an APK installer from the Play Store

- Copy the flappy bird APK to your phone or SD card

- Use the APK installer to install Flappy Birds

- Profit :) 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Planetside 2 beta giveaway


I've a special treat for Big Beard readers today - 2x Planetside 2 beta keys.
Simply drop a comment below and lucky winners will be picked at random!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

iPhone 5 Camera problem

So, with a newly released apple product we have a new assortment of problems (but we're probably just holding them wrong, right?)

This time its an issue with the camera - an unwanted purple flare plants itself on the image whenever taken near a light source. This is something common across all the iPhone 5's believed to be due to the sapphire glass covering, but according to apple a giant purple flare is perfectly normal - you're just taking photos with the wrong lighting.

Check out this support letter in reply to a customers support ticket -

Dear Matt,

Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5's camera. If you wish to reach me regarding this case number *********, please contact me at 1-877-***-**** ext. *******. I currently work Thursday-Monday: 7:00am - 3:30pm Mountain Time. If you reach my voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, case number and the best time to reach you. Email is ***********

AppleCare Support

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Apple Maps apology letter

This made me giggle... it had to be posted, i particularly enjoyed the part:

"Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us"

Fuck you apple, nobody expects the best in the world from you, we just expect another hipster piece of shit thats been done over and over. Go fuck yourself, thank you kindly.

Heres the full letter:


To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO


New Crucial M4 firmware

Thats right folks, the best fucking SSD just got better with new firmware released; grab it from -

Release Notes:

Release Date: 09/25/2012

Firmware for the Crucial m4 2.5” SSD is being updated from version 000F to 010G.
The m4 is updatable to this new firmware starting from any previous version in a single step.
Do NOT use any other m4 firmware update for your 2.5” SSD such as the 01MG firmware for the mSATA form factor.
Version 010G includes the following changes:
  • Improved Trim response time
  • Improved power-on-to-ready time (known as POR, or TTR for Time-to-ready)
  • Improved resume-time from low power modes, and improved reliability of warm reboot
  • Improved power consumption by disabling HIPM (Host Initiated Power Management)
Additional details can be found in the firmware guide

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Skyrim Visual Mods

There are thousands of fantastic mods available for Skyrim but with so much choice it can be a little overwhelming so I’ve composed a little list of some of the greatest, compatible visual enhancement mods for Skyrim. 

Most of these mods are available through both Skyrim Nexus and Steam Workshop.
Grab yourself Nexus Mod Manager and go through this list of mods. The ones in bold are in my opinion the most significant for true visual enhancement.

- Skyrim HD 2k Textures
- Static Mesh Improvement Mod
- W.A.T.E.R.
- XCE Xenius Character Enhancement
- Improved NPC Clothing - high res
- HD Misc
- HD Furniture and barrels
- Enhanced Night Skyrim
- Enhanced Distance Terrain
- Ruins clutter improvement HD
- Realistic Smoke and Embers
- Realistic Lighting with customization
- Sounds of Skyrim (not a graphics mod but heavily adds to the immersion with some great extra sound packs, comes in 3 parts: Dungeons, Wilderness & Cities)