SONY is scamming gamers on refunds!

From a customer point of view, downloadable content that is unusable for ANY reason should be refunded.  Sony USA customer support [+1 800  345 7999] declined my request to use The Division’s Survival DLC ($14.99) on my US account because I have a UK disk.

Fuck you Sony…..Regional lock is a total scam for global gamers.

So here is the consideration….do I go for the download version of Division 2 or a UK Disk?

Also, it shows that the motherfuckers track everything gamers are doing.  I made the same mistake a few months ago and actually got a refund.

My bad.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – Sony fucks you if you made a purchase mistake

On the plus side, I did actually get to speak to a human being and being a frugal gamer it didn’t break the budget just annoyed the hell out of me on principle.

So I accepted the loss and promptly purchased the DLC from my UK PSN account with the goal of actually using it on my US account…

How did that work out for ya?

2.758GB, 25 minutes and £11.99 later….it worked

Being the Bad guy

With only a few days left before FarCry 5 is unleashed, it’s time to pause and ponder on the merit of being the Bad Guy.  I’ve deliberately not focussed on the FarCry 5 story as not to spoil the first time experience but the image of a Black preacher with a Bible in one hand and a grenade in the other is classic inner conflict that promises excellent gameplay and storyline.

I’m not sure if this is a playable character but if so I’ll jump into this role from Day One.

Trophy grinding

My first gym session of the year felt great last night and is the perfect antidote to my PS4 Withdrawal. Grinding my way every night through FallOut4 will have to wait for now.

One pretty bad side effect is my tendency to trigger real-world arguments to feed my Amygdala.  There is nothing better than a “good” argument to say the things you normally keep to yourself.  Of course, for me, arguments have an even worst side effect of sparking MG symptoms of sleepiness and chronic fatigue.

Leaving my PS4 in another country is pretty much the only way I could whine myself off my trophy hunting addiction.

So, the extra 20+ hours I week I’ll gain from no gameplay will be spent on watching Twitch, research study, Movies and exercise.  Most of all I need to work on my Cryptocurrency portfolio.  After the last quarters rise in Coin values, the average business person is acutely aware of the potential and looking for stables ways to make a big buck.

I came across a new breed of company a few weeks ago.  Hash Power Service provider meets Network marketing is an interesting blend that makes it easy for anyone to buy-in but it seems these hybrid business models for Cryptocurrency try to paint too much of a pretty picture for the consumer.  In the meantime,  the Meltdown vulnerability makes it clear that hardware Wallets are probably the way to go in the long-term.

30 mins cardio yesterday…no meds

How to play Mind games

Working or gaming. What difference does it make? Well, in most people’s heads, work is honourable and Gaming is not. This attitude maintains the digital divide between gaming professionals and everybody else.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a beautiful mind game. The screen warning only appears for 2 seconds and it’s clear from the outset that this game could mess with your mind.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – A serious Psychosis warning

The game’s opening credits feature a mental health advisor and it’s interesting that not many people are streaming it right now.  Anyhow, this looks like a tasty treat for me to tackle this month.

Trust me I’m a Mind Doctor – Fallout 4

10mg Lecithin yesterday

Bring Your Own Diversion (BYOD)

InfoSec Acronyms and hype come and go but for me, the most notable of 2017 is the absence of Bring Your Own Device.  Are people still using their own gear with company data? Yes.  Is the risk any less this year? No.

So why the sudden lack of focus on BYOD? Well, it’s been brutally replaced with acronym monsters GDPR and BREXIT where you feel like an idiot if you don’t what they mean.  Don’t worry sooner or later some know-all will share his or her expert unsolicited opinion on the subject.

What the hell is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is poised to change the strategies for all Information security folk (Hobbyist, Pros, Good guys and Bad).  But is this another hype like the Y2K Bug? And if so, what’s the big one for 2018-2019?

Without PR and marketing, we wouldn’t know what to be scared of and what to spend money on.  In the meantime, I’ll sit up on the moral high ground in my sniper nest for a few months and watch the panic.

Always grinding in Sniper Medic mode

40 days without exercise

Running away from the Real World

FallOut 4 has proven to be the ultimate escape from reality especially when things are not going so good.

15+ hours of full-on FallOut gameplay this week.

…not good.

Fallout 4 – Back at Yard

Killing zombies and building virtual houses is much more fun than dealing with things I “should have” or “could have” done.

Fallout 4 – Got my Eye on You

The problem with Digital content games is that you simply can’t take out the disk from your console if you want to lay off it for a while.

It took 5 seconds to delete a game that will take hours to re-install.

Fallout 4 – If only hacking was so easy

Initial Game release date: November 10, 2015