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  1. Yea. Title pretty much sums it up but here goes.. First off. I’d like to apologize to damn near everyone a part of the clan for my behaviour over the last 4-6 weeks. As some, if not all know, I’ve been clean and sober now for almost 15 months. Great in the short term and I honestly thought I was handling it fine. I haven’t had a sip of booze in that time nor have I gone to other means such as drugs.. But the past month or so have really put my head in a very shitty place. I’m not going to get into details but there’s been a lot of personal/work/life stuff that’s bombarded me all in a very short time and I’ve had a hell of a time coping with all of it. Not too mention that my anxiety is utterly through the roof.. I’ve always had bad bouts when I’ve got health concerns and such but with all this happening in such a short span, it’s really done a number on my nerves. The old me would’ve grabbed a case of beer and drank my worries away but that me is dead. The new me is having a hell of a time trying to deal with a lot of this crap and it’s put me in a really anti-social behaviour. Not only that, but trivial and very minor things that shouldn’t bother me at all have ended up really pissing me off or put my mood into a darker set then I normally am. I don’t like that. A lot of you that have known me for quite sometime KNOW how I am. The Batman, Micheal Caine happy go lucky guitar playing, impressionist that can be the life of an FG Friday and put a smile on someone’s face when they feel down. I haven’t been that lately and I need to do something about it. It’s started to effect a lot of the folks in this group that I consider friends and I can’t let that continue. It’s not fair for me to inadvertently take out the shitty things going on in my life on any of you. We’re all here to have fun enjoying the hobby we all share. If anything, I should’ve been more social and up front with my issues rather then trying to push everyone away. That’s my bad and I truly would like to apologize for being that asshole as of late. I know it’s not much but right now, it’s all I can offer. I know I fucked up and I’m working to fix that. I figured I’d let you all know. I’m incredibly thankful I have my wife Sarah @Rumelylady in my life whose been by my side when I’ve been shedding tears from being overwhelmed by all this bullshit to helping me find ways to cope with all this mental trash without resorting to my old habits. I feel I would be in a much darker place if I didn’t have her today. So, yea… Im working on my mental health. I want to get back to what normal feels like in my eyes. I’m finding ways to help cope with it and I felt this would be one way to do that. The road’s never clear and there’s always gonna be bumps.. I just ended up in a landslide and I’m digging my way out right now. GGs FG. Again, I’m sorry for being that jack ass.
    16 points
  2. So just received this awesome present from the FGFGF and i am lost for words!! I am loving being a member of the FG after being introduced by @G_dub52 , and have got to know some of the guys like @GazzaGarratt, @jordie1892 , @Macca89 , @Lurch and @tronic44 among many others through Monday night Fifa, and have even managed to have a little Cov meetup with a few of the lads which was an awesome night. I really enjoy the banter we all have together and all the different discussions that go on here, and the fact that we all have each others backs for anything is truly awesome. Thank you again guys for this awesome gift and i'm looking forward to many for awesome FG nights and meetups in the future. GGs peeps!!!
    10 points
  3. I truly appreciate all the kinds words and everything from you folks. I’m getting there slowly but surely and it’s definitely helped, I can assure you. I’ll get there. Each day sees things getting a bit easier. 🤘🏻❤️
    8 points
  4. Best start a new thread then. This is more of a journal of what I'm doing, what I want to do, any challenges and stuff along the way. If it helps someone then great 🙂 First off, I absolutely loved it. It felt so good to be coding again, I forgot how much I enjoyed doing it, even if it's been 25 years or so since I last did anything. So after spending a few hours this weekend coding and fiddling, I now have a very basic COVID statistics tracker and a very basic weather app. The reason I did this is because I just can't stomach a full 8 hour lesson to have a simple bit of text saying "hello world" at the end as that's always been where I've lost interest in the past. I wanted something that although pretty much useless, is an actual piece of software that works, and also provides real time information. For this I had to use API calls. So I set my sights a bit higher and went for it. All I can say is that it's piss. It's really so much easier than I'd have anticipated, what would've been a 500 page project before was done with no more than a single page of code. The tools nowadays are so much easier too, making it a lot easier than I'd have anticipated. I'm shuffling things around a bit in order of what I would say is the easiest, then the most difficult, in case anyone else wants to have a go. If you're keen, then follow this guide: 1: Download Python from their website. 2: Download PyCharm. This will be your code writing software. 3: Start writing code! This COVID tracker is extremely basic and simple to make, you can have this up and running in an hour or less: If you have problems running the code with something about the requests package not being installed, then simply right click on the word "requests" in the code, click on "context options" or something similar, then "install requests package". Try again. Took me a little while to figure out, I installed the requests package on my PC which didn't work, until I realised that PyCharm is a closed working environment when testing, so it has to be installed inside Pycharm. 4: If you've got all that up and running and want to try a new project, then sign up to Openweathermap.org. Do this first as there's a two hour delay after signing up until you can actually use their facilities. Then follow this video: IMPORTANT: Since the vid was made, a few things have changed in how the API calls work. These will be in the API URL, most notably where it'd say "London" before, it'll now say "London,uk" - small little things like that will drive you nuts. I'll post up anything else in here, but this is a fantastic little side hobby. Even if you just spend an hour doing the COVID thing to see if it's for you or not, it's worth it.
    6 points
  5. Emma McManus

    New to Gaming

    And the ball is rolling………. Thanks everyone!!! Never believed I’d actually get this sorted but you’ve all made it possible!! 🙌
    6 points
  6. I guess this could be in health and fitness also. I have always wanted to try out martial arts, and I have finally just gone for it, joined the local school and started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Been building my strength back in the gym for the last few months in preparation. Had a few sessions so far and I am enjoying it a lot, its basically fighting chess. The sessions consist of learning various take downs and submissions, with sparring at the end. The sparring is a killer but its fun to test your strength and brains at the same time. Obviously I am not that great yet but hoping to get a notch on the belt before the year is out. I am wondering if anyone else in FG has done Jiu Jitzu or any other martial art? The only thing I have done thats anywhere close was boxing for a year and a half.
    5 points
  7. Leeesh13

    YOOOO WASSUPP

    whats happening guys? my name is leeesh you can call me whatever the fuck you want, bitch, whore or prostitute I really don't care. I am here to help those in need so if you are like depressed, suppressed and or oppressed hit me up with a msg and I try and help. and I be around for whatever you guys need help! hope to enjoy playing with ya guys😉
    5 points
  8. Diddums

    YOOOO WASSUPP

    Hahaha console peasants
    5 points
  9. Deluxe Editions are pure ass and I wish Bungie would keep it simple instead of using tiresome and overused terminologies to flog their convoluted content model. Sell the main expansion, sell the battle pass and then flog the extra shite separately so there is no confusion or nasty surprises when someone finds out they can't play a portion of it because they didn't buy the Super Deluxe Expansion Year X Seasonal Deluxe Edition when all they bought was the Deluxe Edition Expansion Season Pass. If they are alienating longstanding players then god help newcomers trying to get their heads around what is available and what isn't. All these years later and Bungie still haven't got an ideal publication framework in place.
    4 points
  10. In a word, no. But two things bother the Destiny community and in many ways, Bungie keep doing this to themselves. You also have to take a pinch of salt the broad Destiny community on social media and reddit because if you spent every day on there, you could probably find the next drama event 24hours later! I said a while back I would do a breakdown for what you get for your money with the upcoming DLCs. Ironically, I haven't done this yet and this point shows why. Bungie have decided to move the Dungeons to a separate pack to purchase IF you don't buy the Deluxe Edition. So, no, its not more money as what we're paying for is what you will still get....but Bungie wanting to try and be the most actively open game company completely miss the ball when it comes to any communication regarding the monetization of Destiny. The second point is more so what people are buying and what timespan it has in the game. The Destiny Content Vault which is basically a fancy name for just removing older content and bringing back old content that has been improved, really doesn't sit well with people - even if they have either a) no intention of playing old content again and b) no one really ever owns any of the game in a live service (once the server switches off in years to come, thats it. Its done). The more I think about all of this is that in reality you just have to step back as an individual and ask yourself, will you get value for money out of what you buy next in Destiny. For pretty much everyone here, based purely on time spent, it will be worth the money as you'll always have something to do every single week that is varied within one game. You can't pay for it all now? Not a problem, buy a-la-carte for what you want...just know that if you buy it all individually it will cost a little more, which surely is to be expected, right? One last point to mention. People will say its a subscription based game already so just go to monthly subs. I can agree with the idea that it kind of feels like that, but I won't endorse moving to monthly subs only. You should be able to buy what you want, when you want and not have a bank account set up (cos it isn't just adults that play it) for all the content not be accessible if you don't pay your monthly X dollars on the next payday. Plus, there's just not enough content like how WoW on PC run a proper MMO - and even then some say they don't get value every single month. I do hope they can find a way though to get back permanently some old missions from D2 so new people can experience a better story to follow and we can have some replayability in it.
    4 points
  11. phil bottle

    Online Characters

    That's really cool man. I roleplay Dungeons & Dragons and other paper and dice RPGs but it's not something I thought about in computer games, other than DayZ RPG where you have to create a character and back story just to get white-listed. It's a great idea though to get more immersed. I love games that allow you to create your own character but I suppose i always play a version of myself in most 😁
    4 points
  12. It was a shame that you missed this weeks races mate as I think you and the GT86 would have suited this track with the Toyotas low tyre wear and fuel saving capabilities! Really enjoyed this weeks race especially the race long battle with @Greboth in our aircraft carrier length Stuttgart specials! Shoutout to @GazzaGarratt whose pace in practice and qualifying certainly worried me as I think there was even more pace there, and if you can nail the race pace as well you would be extremely difficult to catch! The Mazda race was absolutely hilarious between @GazzaGarratt @Greboth @slamminbones @phil bottle and myself and until the last two laps it genuinely could have been any one of us who could have won it! However I am extremely glad it turned into demolition derby and I could get away 😂 I urge everybody to get on for next weeks race if they can as it will likely be one of the funniest races you will ever compete it!!!
    4 points
  13. 4 points
  14. Celebrities making tits of themselves is what they do best, it's all about self publicity. Seriously guys, don't beat yourselves up about what some non entity shits out of their mouths, it only encourages them 😉
    4 points
  15. please someone stop the planet, i want off this ride!!
    4 points
  16. I also love a good whinge so there's that. I'm the yang to Leigh's ying.
    4 points
  17. If they put the games on a modern engine that would be interesting but if its just an airbrush over to make it 4K or whatever, you can already have that on PC. Pointless. But yes @GazzaGarratt like @J4MES OX4D said, the stories are magnificent if you've never played them. Vice City and San Andreas are both brilliant and both so different. Best radio stations as well 😁
    4 points
  18. MrBiron

    Cold War Season 2

    I've jumped on this game again recently and it's actually not bad now. Loads of maps now we're at the end of it's support cycle. Seems the best thing to do with a COD games is wait to buy it until a year after its release and then you'll play a finished game. I can only manage maybe an hours play and then it starts to piss me off 🤷‍♂️
    4 points
  19. Figured I'd post this here rather than start a new topic. I FINALLY got this car out for its first ever run today. Have owned it for a few months now but just between my custom rod business being so busy this year, and many other projects I've been working on, I had not got around to charging the packs and taking this one out yet. So finally took a break this evening and got it out. It's what I would call Stupid Fast 😬 Way too fast for the parking lot I took it too. With the current gearing it'll hit 70mph, but I couldn't get it up over probably 50mph tonight because I would run out of room so fast. So gonna tryin find a larger lot to take it to next time. It's definitely a blast to run that's for sure.
    4 points
  20. I’ve been wanting to play a golf game since og tiger woods so I’ll probably try that out.
    4 points
  21. Golf could be fun for FG Friday depending how many can play at once but MK X wow really happy about that one.
    4 points
  22. I'm so excited for him!!!
    4 points
  23. Thanks so much @Diddums, he’s only 9 turning 10 in January but nevertheless I know he is just going to busy with excitement when he sees this. He’s such a good wee boy and asks for very little but has had his heart set on a “gaming pc” as he’s called it for the last 2 years now. So I just know he’s going to love it! And if it wasn’t for you all, he wouldn’t have half the quality of things hes going to have so I honestly I can’t thank you all enough. I’ve no doubt I’ll have more questions along the way but I wouldn’t hesitate for a second jumping on here and I know I’ll be sorted in no time! Yous are a fountain of digital knowledge!! 🙌🙌
    4 points
  24. Diddums

    New to Gaming

    Steam = Netflix for games, except that you purchase them outright rather than pay a monthly fee. Install on PC, punch in some card details and you can start buying games. Keep those card details under wraps though, kids have been known to bankrupt their families with in-game junk. There are other platforms which give you access to a plethora of games for a monthly fee but honestly that's Phil's bag, he's like The Wonderful Wizard when it comes to that. I wouldn't worry about a webcam yet, maybe some speakers if you want. Loads of creeps on the internet and 13yo boys are very gullible so simply don't even have the hardware to snoop and it'll never be a worry.
    4 points
  25. steam is both a site and a program you install on your pc, it's an electronic store where you buy games and then download and play them, you buy games like with any e-store by using your credit/debit card, it has an option to remember the card number or not too so you can control when and how often he buys games if you want so he doesn't bankrupt you😅, avoid if possible the microsoft store cause i have heard many problems with it and their discounts aren't the best, but in general the most complete store with the most games is steam, then you have uplay, gog, origin and epic, my advice is to install them all as they all give freebies from time to time, yes not all games are great but it doesn't hurt to try them, half the games i have were given for free another thing, you should prefer digital for games because most pcs don't have cd/dvd player anymore and you would have to buy it extra, it's not expensive but it's unnessecary hassle and you have the boxes/discs taking up space
    4 points
  26. Diddums

    New to Gaming

    This looks pretty good, and CCL are a decent shop too so I suspect their after sales will be good too. This is a good foundation which will provide a solid upgrade path. CCL Hyper Ryzen 3 1200, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD, GTX 1650 Gaming PC WWW.EBAY.CO.UK New, Latest Spec Version! Now features an improved case design with USB 3.0 ports, front RGB LED strip and feature-rich MSI B450 chipset motherboard <p></p> <p>Amazing Gaming PC with the latest AMD... You just need peripherals then, happy to help with those too 🙂
    4 points
  27. Drifter

    Gun room finished

    Thanks Dave, I've lost about 180lbs total since I started getting back in shape some years ago. I'd still like to drop another 20-25lbs. Have been working on cutting back and eating better again. Pushing up against 50 yrs old here in a few months though, so body does not react quick as fast now at this age as it did when I was younger.
    4 points
  28. If I was playing Density regularly with this bunch of reprobates I'd also... But seriously, take care of yourself mate, all for one and one for all ❤
    4 points
  29. Sorry to hear about your troubles mate and congrats on not dropping off the wagon and instead trying to find different ways of dealing with it. We are always here for you buddy !
    4 points
  30. GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas look to be officially on the way
    3 points
  31. This update looks amazing. Look forward to seeing all the new stuff for myself in the new year when it's released. 
    3 points
  32. yooo Brazilian jiu-jitsu is fucking great man, getting out of submissions and getting that satisfaction then getting back into a kak position, like going from a triangle straight to getting an armbar🥲 its amazing man hope you enjoy it!!
    3 points
  33. James

    Online Characters

    Role-playing is a big part of the games for me and part of that is creating a good character to fit the role of the story. Here are some example of my characters and their strengths and styles. Would love to hear if anyone else plays this way. Christian Hunt Age: Young Adult Nationally: English / Swedish Style: Traditional / Ordinary / Messy Isaac Lacelles Age: Young Adult Nationally: English / Nigerian / French Style: Extravagant / Street / Indie Manuel Knight Age: Mature Adult Nationality: US / Nigerian Style: Professional / Clean / Neat I also plan to write some back stories on these characters however I just haven't had the time yet.
    3 points
  34. The Division Z is looking pretty cool. I could get into this.
    3 points
  35. 3 points
  36. phil bottle

    FIFA 22

    I think FIFA got a sniff how much EA rake in and they want their piece of the micro transaction. Fuck FIFA long live PES...oh😬
    3 points
  37. What I don't get is the inconsistency. Some folks are reporting that the game ran fine with a few bugs, for me it was utterly broken. No exaggeration, I'd get a few seconds of decent gameplay then as if by magic, it'd be a stuttery mess for a few seconds, then it'd behave itself for a minute or so, then I'd suddenly fall through the map. My experience was a disaster. I know I like to be dramatic and all that but sadly on this occasion there was no exaggeration - the game was literally unplayable, and just when it'd settled for a few minutes and I started to think "this might not be that bad" I'd suddenly be suffering screen tearing, teleporting, bad guys hovering in the middle of the sky, helicopters flying upside down and then I'd be disconnected and staring at the logo screen. Doesn't make sense.
    3 points
  38. Teenwolf25

    YOOOO WASSUPP

    Imagine being stuck on PS4 😂
    3 points
  39. Leeesh13

    YOOOO WASSUPP

    I play on ps4 and I play destiny 2,genshin impact, mhw and a lot more!
    3 points
  40. Well done dude great work!!
    3 points
  41. Diddums

    New to Gaming

    Remember this? 😄 Honestly for a 10 year old boy that monitor is more than enough. However, there are a few ways of looking at this. The first being that you can buy him a nice fancy monitor, but he won't be able to use it to its full potential as his PC won't be powerful enough. In order to get the most out of it, you're looking at a £1500+ PC at minimum. Then factor in the £600+ or so for the monitor itself, and you're very easily staring down a £2.5k bill. Before all the accessories. That said, you can buy a nice fancy monitor with all the bells and whistles with a view of upgrading the graphics card in the PC (the graphics card is what puts out all the pretty images, the stronger they are, the more images and better images they can put out) and use it as it is now, however it'll only be a matter of time before he goes "mum I want to play at 4k" and then you're looking at insane costs. You can very easily spend £2500 on a graphics card alone, which is like buying an engine for a car, and then still needing the rest of the car. If this is a one-time purchase that's got to last him a few years, then it wouldn't hurt to maybe spend a bit extra to make sure that's at least one component that won't need upgrading for a while. Tell us how much you'd like to spend, and more importantly how much space you have, and let's go from there.
    3 points
  42. Diddums

    New to Gaming

    That's a Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headset. It will likely have come with a little bluetooth dongle which you plug in to a PC (it might be plugged in to his playstation). If you have it, it'll work. Great headset too 🙂 Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 review - SoundGuys WWW.SOUNDGUYS.COM The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 was a great wireless gaming headset. Is the second generation version a worthy successor?
    3 points
  43. The Microsoft Store is a good one if your son has the Xbox games pass, as with some games you can choose if you want to play them on PC or Xbox. I wouldn't buy games from there though as it's often more expensive and the platform isn't as stable as it should be. I do use it myself though for certain games and Minecraft is a Microsoft game these days so your son will be aware of it I'm sure!
    3 points
  44. Diddums

    New to Gaming

    Hi Emma 🙂 Ideally at this sort of money, you're looking for a solid foundation upon which to build or upgrade in future - is your son likely to start looking to upgrade his own stuff in a few years (bearing in mind that I was building PCs from whatever bits I could find at the age of 13, and they were much harder to build almost 25 years ago!)? If so, then get a decent monitor (I always stand by this, there's no point spending mega money on a fancy PC if you end up looking at a poundland screen). As it's his first PC, I'd say go for 24", there are hundreds of good ones going cheap at this price. Keep in mind that PC gamers are absolute nerds of the highest order and will bore you to death with refresh rates, panel types, response times etc. He's unlikely to see the difference between a £100 monitor and a £1000 monitor at his age, but will still like all the "gamey" stuff they put on them, like fancy logos and stuff. Keyboard and mouse you can buy for as little as £20 for a cheapo set, and then buy him "gaming" models for his birthday or when he mows the lawn or whatever. As for the PC itself, as @phil bottle says you're buying in the middle of a gold rush, coupled with a worldwide pandemic and brexit. And no fucker wants to drive trucks anymore. That doesn't mean you won't find good deals, it just means you'll have to look harder, and manage your expectations. The games he plays and what he wants to do is screaming 1080p, but as he wants to do VR, you'll need a fairly chunky graphics card, I'd say a 3060ti at minimum (which is sort of the least I'd recommend anyway). How far can you push your budget realistically? I've had a quick look around and to get everything you're looking at around £1200, however this will be a decent system with tons of space for upgrades. It also includes a monitor, mouse, keyboard and headset. You could go as low as £800 but then you're heading in to "integrated graphics" territory, which won't serve his wants well unfortunately.
    3 points
  45. Drifter

    Gun room finished

    Yet another "happy place in Steve-topia" pretty much finished the gun room is about done. Only ones not on the new wall I built are a new tactical 12g which I'll be picking up from my FFL Mon/Tues & the home defense one which stays next to the bed. Everything is not only nicer looking in the new area, but nice and secure behind steel dead bolted doors, blocked off window, and also have a bunch of trigger locks on the way so that the only gun usable without being unlocked will be the home defense 12g I keep with me. I dunno if I'm an introvert whom hardly leaves home because Steve-topia is such a cool place....or if Steve-topia is such a cool place because I'm an introvert whom hardly leaves home. I dunno, chicken or egg I guess. Introverts unite!....alone, in your own home, away from me 😁
    3 points
  46. Been so busy with my custom rod business working 10hrs in the shop per day I haven't had much time to do anything else. So finally set a side a few hours for myself this afternoon and got around to painting "Dobby" from Harry Potter that I printed last month. He's about 19" tall. Should look right at home in the theater room.
    3 points
  47. Baabcat

    VoG run

    Just join one of the regular raids we post up , we have a good raid group who can easily help someone through VoG
    3 points
  48. Baabcat

    VoG run

    You did great @techno , join up whenever you like. First run through there’s a lot to take in even for a VoG1 veteran like yourself. Second time round will feel a lot more familiar. The overloads are a pain in the ass, I managed to kill myself with 1k feedback from him a few times, swords are a better option often
    3 points
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