Archive | January, 2012

So i had a go….

16 Jan

So recently i decided that i wanted at some point to create my own little YouTube show. I watch a lot of videos by big YouTubers such as Happy Console Gamer, Pete Dorr and Dodger at Press Heart 2 Continue. Watching these videos daily gave me nothing but inspiration, so i thought i would give it a go. I mean what’s the worst could happen? The trolls roll along? So what, at least you gave it a go. But this wasn’t what held me off from doing it for so long, it was the lack of equipment i had. Although i had sufficient editing experience and even had Premier Pro, the lack of a decent camera was annoying.

But it got to the point where i was bored and sick of waiting around, so i just grabbed my tablet (HTC Flyer), set it down and just recorded 20 minutes of myself talking. As you can see from the below link, it ended up that this was to be my first video, although it has some problems such as picture quality, sound and i sometimes mumble like i have a stutter, it wasn’t a bad first go. I have received many positive comments which is always good. So here it is my first attempt in the world of video. Let me know what you think, and also look forward to some future videos.


2012 – A great start

13 Jan

With only less than 12 months to live according to the Mayans, it seems like a good year to try and play a lot of titles. Although i play games daily and in 2011 completed around 50-60 titles, i decided that 2012 would be the year i would catch up on some titles i missed previously. I had also decided a few months ago that with end of University looming, that i would start collecting too. I use to be a big trader of games and consoles, and i would always trade new games in soon after finishing them, this was mainly due to being a poor University student. Recently i have been picking up titles that i may have owned previously but at the time had to get rid of, or picking up games i might have overlooked. Over the festive holidays i had a lovely temp job in the UK retailer GAME. Luckily due to the perks of being an employee, i got a nice discount off games and i would also find out about great deals and prices straight away.

GAME are sometimes criticized for their prices and lack of sales. But you can’t fault them at the holiday times, their GAME sale is fantastic. And being an employee at the retailer i would find out the sale prices just before they go live, so being able to quickly collect all the titles i wanted to buy myself before customers are able to get their grubby hands on, was an advantage to getting some brilliant deals.

What you see in the headline picture is some of the titles i picked up. I hadn’t originally planned to pick up this many titles over the holidays as i was quite content with playing Star Wars: The Old Republic most of Christmas, but alas things change. I was originally only picking up a sweet (literally) fighter called Arcana Heart 3. I had found out that it was coming down from £30 to £4.98! I had had my eyes on it for a while, being a big fighting game player i am always interested in smaller experimental fighters and seeing what they can offer. Having played it now for a few hours it’s safe to say it certainly is interesting. The ability to completely switch up a characters move set and either hinder or improve their stats by choosing from many of the different Arcana partners, is nice and refreshing but quite overwhelming to begin with.

Thanks to GAME’s amazing deals i ended up buying around 20 titles overall and at some insane prices:

Shadows of the Dammed – £2.98
Xenoblade Chronicles – £9.98
DoDonPachi Resurrection – £14.98
Deadly Premonition – £7.98
Aliens: Infestation – £9.99
Dragons Quest VI – £14.98
Trauma Centre: Under the Knife – £4.98
King of Fighters – £19.98
Dungeons Siege III – £3.98
The World Ends With You – £10
Kingdom Hearts 385/2 – £9.98
Guitar Hero III complete set – £2.98
Arcana Heart III – £4.98
Shinobi 3DS – £12.98
Phoenix Wright: Justice for All – £4.98

The start of 2012 has been a good one so far. I have so many titles to play, all these games featured as well as some games like Pullblox, SWTOR and even Steam games. As you can see also i have been buying a lot of DS titles recently. My first stint in collecting is an attempt to buy the good and the rare from the DS’s back catalogue, and with the titles i got over Christmas i am off to a good start.


New beginnings

11 Jan

Wow. It has been a while indeed. In fact it has been getting on for probably three years since i originally started this blog. Originally it was an outlet for my opinions on the video-games i was playing at the time. Back then i didn’t quite realise the impact video-games had on my life or indeed how much i was deeply in love with our culture. I just started out with the intention of having people read my thoughts on the games i loved. Never did i have the intention of doing this as a job or for financial gain (as great as that seems), for it was out of love for my fellow gamer and their opinions that made me want to be heard and read. And now i return the wiser, better, greater writer i am today thanks to many steps i have taken in the past two years.

Back in late 2010 i started to write for the well known website Hooked Gamers. It felt like a dream, and a good start as a way for me to reach more people with my words and opinions. Since then i have been writing for HG and many other sites, all while learning and improving as i go along. With the HG team i have met some fantastic people, travelled Europe and even beat CAPCOM’s very own Seth Killian at his own game. It’s been a roller-coaster ride for way over a year now, and all while studying here at University. But it is with today i realised for once and all, that nothing can deter me from working in the video-game industry in the future. I have nothing but knowledge and skill that relates to our wonderful industry. And with the circulation of video-game journalism tips once again on Twitter, i figured that doing this for a living is what i want to happen. After spending a year in dream land and thinking i was a part of the industry, i have come to the realisation that i was only just scratching the surface.

It's with one of these that many can be deluded into thinking "I've made it"

May (2012) marks the end of my University life and the end of what has been 17 years of non-stop education. With it i will enter the big, wide and open world, much like Link’s first adventure into Hyrule. I am (hopefully) moving on to being more professional and hopefully “succeeding” in what seems to be a gamer eat gamer industry. So here are my “new beginnings”, this blog will be the HQ of ButtonMashEffect, and you’ll be able to find all my work and the odd occasional post here.

So thanks for reading, and watch out. Follow me, support me, read me, entertain me and game with me. It’s going to be a long road.


I leave you with ONE OK ROCK’s song Dreamer