My disappointment with GamerCon

Yesterday saw the first ever GamerCon event happen from the Convention Centre in Dublin and oh boy, it was a mess. Not just from a ‘booking’ perspective but from the event itself. It was lackluster!

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room, the queues and the capacity!
As far as we (the general public) is aware, the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) has the capacity of about 7,000! Yet, GamerCon was expecting over 20,000 people. That is nearly (if not more) than 3 times the capacity of CCD. Could you have not had this in a better location? Like the RDS or Croke Park?

Anyway, the major problem here is the ticket availability and booking.
According to this tweet on February 25th, ALL Saturday tickets were sold out and ONLY Sunday was available.

But yet, I managed to secure a Saturday ticket quick easily on the Monday night before the event! (13th March)

So, what happened in that 2 week period…magically there was capacity for lots of other people or was GamerCon trying to push the boat out? I don’t know who’s decision this was to make the tickets available and it should have been noted with someone at CCD. I bet you a pound to a penny that CCD didn’t know the numbers that GamerCon were expecting!

I arrived at about 9:40am and entered the building at 10:25am or so after the long and unnecessary queueing. I could have explored half of Dublin in the time I was queueing. It was terribly planned out and I don’t think the stewards knew what was going on.
My 1st friend arrived at about 11am and took him a full hour to get to the door where the staff were scanning tickets and he was stopped. “We are at full capacity” said one of the staff members. There was at least 100 – 200 people (if not more) with kids behind him.

At one point, one of the staff members said to another “If they start storming in, let them…we can’t stop them”, which showed how much interest CCD staff had in the event.

It took him another 45 mins before he would get in.

My 2nd friend was a bit behind him and took him ANOTHER 30 mins to get through the door.

My 3rd friend arrived at 1pm and just walked through the front door…no ticket scanned, no security, nothing! Yet, there was people still queuing at the door.


When I actually got in, there was full queues for everything and it was difficult to know where to start. There wasn’t any paper information about what was where or what time was what…You were forced to download their app in order to view this information.

I first queued for the Razer bus. The wait time was anywhere from about 30 – 45 mins but we can safely say there was a massive queue for not a whole lot. You sat along with 7 other people and played either Rocket League, Call of Duty or Street Fighter for a few mins and then you head upstairs in this bus to sit at a station with a Razer Blade Stealth hooked up to monitors, Blackwidow X Chroma keyboard and Deathadder Chroma mice with Battlerite being played.

(THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THIS EVENT IS HERE)

The new Razer Blackwidow X Chroma keyboard felt nice and Battlerite is a very nice game. I have even picked up Battlerite on Steam and I am about to place an order for the keyboard soon.

After about 10 mins, we were quickly escorted from the bus.

I walked around a bit, but couldn’t get to the stands nor any of the merch stalls because they were in chaos. All of the stalls (especially Gamestop) was nuts. I had to force my way to get to the counter to see anything and items were VERY expensive (Simple black t-shirts with a Horde logo from World of Warcraft costed €18) and figures costed about 10-20% more than what they really should have!

Gamestop was a nightmare. Lots of pushing and shoving (which seemed to be a normal thing at the event (again, I think we are about 13,000 – 15,000 people over the allotted capacity of CCD) and halfway through looking at the stuff, I bailed.

The Creative SoundBlaster X stand had 1v1 CSGO tournaments going on, so I decided to join it for the craic (Another 45 mins for this queue). When I got to the front, I couldn’t play because the last round of that particular tournament was finished and that I would have to wait another 45 mins before the next tournament started…After 45 mins of waiting, I was not going to be awaiting another 45 mins to play…So I said, “I’ll just play for the 4 mins and go” – 2 mins later, the guy said that there were going to start a new tournament right away.

(Why was there a 45 min wait in the first place???) I played one game, won, went to the other side of the booth, played again and lost. “Thanks for playing, here is a badge).

After that, I needed to get some food and drink, so I proceeded up to the first floor where there was, you guessed it…Another queue for the the ‘coffee station’. (I would have accepted if there was a few people queueing, but there was upwards of 30 people queueing)
Another 20 mins of queueing and hey…no food…Only crisps, a ricebar and a coffee. How disappointing. No sandwiches or light finger food.

(Btw, I should point out, you can’t leave the CCD to get food or else you won’t be allowed back in…How stupid).

As my friends and I explored the 1st floor which had the eSports & Console floor (We’ll get back to this), there was a League of Legends tournament and a CSGO tournament. I wasn’t that interested in League of Legends, so I looked around as my friends watched League. Nothing else on the 1st floor besides this and on the 2nd floor was the “Omen by HP” floor. There was an ampitheatere. I wanted to go in and check it ou- “Full Capacity” screamed a staff member.

I was turned away from this thing (I don’t even know what it was) and all the staff would say to me was “Full Capacity”…ok…fine then so.

Back to the first floor and in typical League of Legends style, matches were delayed, so my friend and I decided to look at some of the console stuff.

I couldn’t see any of the screens due to sheer amount of people queuing and blocking the vision. Apparently there was a ‘For Honor’ stand, a ‘Ghost Recon: Wildlands” stand, and Rocket League/Street Fighter V area and the CSGO area (Along with a couple of other uninteresting titles)

At one point, there was this one kid (About 11 or 12 years of age) going around shutting off Xbox’s while people were playing and started to disconnect the Xbox’s from the power. People were lifting PS4 controllers from tables and walking away with them.

Myself and my friends left and proceeded back up to the 2nd floor of the CCD where there was actually HOT FOOD! Whoo hoo! Now, it might have just been either a Chicken Burger or Nachos and Chilli, but it was still hot food and it was very nice for the money (This was provided by CCD and NOT Gamercon staff). Granted, I had to wait 15 mins for this, but was indeed worth it.

After we had the food, we decided to leave. I couldn’t put up with it any longer. My friends agreed and it was just a shambles of an event.
Overbooked, under whelming, staff didn’t care!

It might have been the first year but this should have been planned better and the manager for GamerCon needs to address this properly going into today (Sundays) event and hopefully then can resolve their issue going into their London/Berlin GamerCon’s.

WWE Fastlane PPV 2017 Predictions!

WWE Fastlane PPV 2017 Predictions!

We-VVVVVRRRRRRRRRRRRRR-re on the F-VRRRRRRRRRR-lane to Wrestle-VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR-Mania!

(Sorry those promo graphics on RAW are a tad annoying. Every few minutes, it’s always VRRRRRRRRRRRRR)

Anyway, here we are with the 2017 predictions for the WWE PPV Fastlane.

(C) = Champion Bold = WINNER

Non-Title Matches
  • Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax – PREDICTION: Nia Jax. After RAW last night (Spoilers), it is going to turn out to be a squash match unless there is interferance from Bayley or someone else. If Bayley does interfere, it could be problematic later on in the PPV and I do not want Bayley to not fight!

  • Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe – PREDICTION: Samoa to win. Ah, an old fued from NXT has been rekindled on RAW and we see these 2 square off once again. I don’t see any reason for Zayn to win this match so I would like that Samoa wins so that he looks strong going into Mania.

  • Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman – PREDICTION: Braun to win. Oh look…It’s this shite again. I am getting angry at this non-existant fued…They are doing this so that Roman actually has a match, there is no reason for these guys to be in a fued. This match should have been Roman vs Undertaker after what happened at the Royal Rumble, but hey…beggers can’t be choosers.

  • Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar – PREDICTION: AHH! AHH! AHH! AHH! and Rich Swann to win. Yes, I know they are the face team and Brian/Noam need to look strong going into Mania and this match should help them going forward.

Title Matches
  • Gallows & Anderson (C) vs Enzo and Cass for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship – PREDICTION: Enzo & Cass. As it pains me to say, they are good on the mic…And just OK in the ring, but it would be massive POP for them to go into Mania as tag champs.

  • Neville (C) vs Jack Gallagher for the WWE Crusierweight Championship – PREDICTION: Neville to retain. He is going to hold onto this for a long time and Jack can’t get it right now. Hopefully Jack can face Tyler Bate for the UK Championship belt after Mania

  • Bayley (C) vs Charlotte Flair for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship – PREDICTION: Bayley to retain and Charlotte’s streak to break! Just like the Undertaker’s streak at Mania…Charlotte’s PPV win streak has to be broken and the only person right now that can do that is Bayley…with some help from Sasha. (Possible outcome…Sasha turning on Bayley and Charlotte getting the DQ win)

  • Kevin Owens (C) vs Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship – PREDICTION: Goldberg to win! Yes, I know, it’s a cliche at this point where Goldberg is going to win in x amount of seconds, but this is going to be a long match which ends up hurting NOT JUST Goldberg but Owens as well. This should be a great match and I would like to see Goldberg go into Mania as Champ!

And that is my predictions! What do you think will be the result of the PPV this Sunday night! I’ll be in Taima as usual at https://taima.tv/r/sc (Unless it breaks again)

Enjoy! :)

WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 PPV Predictions

WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 PPV Predictions

Welcome to my predictions for the SmackDown LIVE Exclusive PPV, Elimination Chamber 2017! It has been 2 years since the last Elimination Chamber PPV.

In 2015, we seen Ryback obtaining the Intercontinental championship, Dean Ambrose won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Kevin Owens had won against John Cena while still holding the NXT Championship.

A lot has happened in the 2 years since and now it’s time to run down the predictions!

(c)= Champion – Bold Name = Winner

Non-Title Matches:

  • Luke Harper vs Randy Orton – PREDICTION: Randy Orton. It seems kinda baffling that Randy Orton would lose to someone like Luke Harper. Outside of this recent ‘family fued’, they have never fought in a 1v1 match before. Luke is good, but not good enough to win against Orton.

  • Nikki Bella vs Natalya – PREDICTION: Nikki Bella needs to get back into the title scene and the way to do this is to fight against Natalya and then perhaps jump in the fight with Alexa later into the night.

  • Becky Lynch vs Mickie James – PREDICTION: Becky Lynch. I honestly do not see a good sustainable future for Mickie James. Personally, I feel that her time in WWE should have be finished and done with after that NXT match with Asuka or even better yet, keep her in NXT for a while. SDLive has enough of talent at the moment.

  • Apollo Crews & Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. – PREDICTION: Apollo & Kalisto with Apollo to pick up the win. This was a thing? Heh…ok, Um…well..Jobber match. Dolph needs to get out of this shtick that he is in and get into the IC title scene again. I don’t know what WWE are trying to achieve with him at the moment.

Title Matches:

  • American Alpha (c) vs The Usos, Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Ascension, Breezango & The Vaudevillains in a Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships. – PREDICTION: Alpha to retain. Other the Usos, who the hell would you give the belts to. I know you could give it back to Slater & Rhyno, but honestly, this seems like a snooze fest. PISS BREAK to be quite honest.

  • Alexa Bliss (c) vs Naomi for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship – PREDICTION: Alexa to retain. I was worried that Alexa was going to be a chicken-shit heel and was going to run away from the matches against the bigger women, but no, this should be a good fight and I am actually looking forward as I do like Naomi. (Can we forget about Heel Naomi from last year shudder )

  • John Cena (c) vs Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles vs Bray Wyatt vs The Miz vs Baron Corbin in a Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship. – PREDICTION: Big Match John to retain. I would like to think that WWE has a plan to keep him and the belt together until WM33. This would be awesome and it should be set in stone. It would be a nice surprise for The Miz to get the belt.

And that is the predictions. I will be staying up this Sunday for the PPV, and I will be watching in Taima /r/sc so join us there :)

[Spoilers] WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Winner Reaction

[Spoilers] WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Winner Reaction

Last night saw the 30th Royal Rumble match occur from the Alamo Dome in Texas with a a surprising amount of people attending (52,020) and while the entire card was fantastic, the Royal Rumble match was slightly disappointing.

I am not saying it was a “shit” match, but it wasn’t the best.

First of all, there was really 3 surprise entrants. 1) Mark Henry [RAW] 2) James Ellsworth [SDLive] and 3) Jack Gallagher [205Live]

Tye Dillinger [NXT] was not a major surprise as we have been looking for him to appear as #10 for the past while.

The match overall was OK, but seemed a bit…slow, especially when Braun Strowman [RAW] was taking out everyone and was waiting for the next jobber to come in.

Then we skip onto the end, Chris Jericho [RAW] being there to near the end was pretty good. According to WWE.com, Chris lasted over an hour inside the Rumble.

Goldberg [RAW] looks wayyyy too strong to take on Brock Lesnar [RAW]. Any other day and Brock would annihilate Goldberg. But now, he is 2-0 against Brock. The Undertaker [Not signed] was also looking very strong in this Rumble.

Now to the finish…Randy Orton [SDLive] vs Roman Reigns [RAW]. Well, we could have seen this a mile away with Roman being at #30, and I thought WWE was done at pushing Roman for the title…Perhaps there would be a showdown between Roman Reigns and The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 33.

Let me say this:
“Randy Orton is the winner of the 2017 Royal Rumble and will face the WWE Champion John Cena [SDLive] at Wrestlemania.”

This video was uploaded some time ago, but is still relevant going into this match at WM33.

Am I happy that Randy is main evening WM again? Yes.
Am I happy that it is not Roman? Hell Yes!
Will John Cena defend at WM33? Well, he’ll have to defend at Elimination Chamber…but we’ll go with yes for now.

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 PPV Predictions – Part 2

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 PPV Predictions - Part 2

Welcome everyone to the 2nd part of my WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Predictions. If you missed Part 1, click here to see it.

In this part, I run down the rest of the card for Sunday night’s 4 hour PPV beginning at midnight Sunday 29th January on the WWE Network.

(C) = Current Champion
| BOLD = Winner of match | RAW = Monday Night RAW | SDLive: SmackDown Live | 205: 205 Live

Non-Title Matches

SDLive: Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella & Naomi vs Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natayla in a 6-woman tag match. PREDICTION: I can see shenanigans happening with this match which will end up with Alexa beating down Becky along with Mickie James. Alexa, Mickie and Natty to win!

RAW: Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax (Kick-off Show) PREDICTION: Nia Jax. Simply put; Destroy Sasha Banks ASAP.

Title Matches

205: Rich Swann (C) vs Neville for the WWE Crusierweight Championship PREDICTION: Neville to win. This guy has been deserving a belt since he was brought to RAW. He is at his peak right now and we need him to win!

RAW: Cesaro & Sheamus (C) vs Gallows and Anderson for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (Kick-off Show) PREDICTION: Cesaro & Sheamus to retain through DQ. I’m predicting a chair shot will end the match from Gallows & Anderson with a beat down and a few Magic Killers. Should be a good match!

RAW: Charlotte (C) vs Bayley for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship PREDICTION: Charlotte to retain. I don’t think that Bayley is ready for this championship. Give her another 6 months and then put the belt on her (Maybe Wrestlemania)

SDLive: AJ Styles (C) vs John Cena for the WWE Championship PREDICTION: John Cena to break Ric Flair’s streak! John would love to go to WM33 as the WWE Champ against a rubber match against AJ. This would be a good fight and I would like to see Big Match John get the win!

RAW: Kevin Owens (C) vs Roman Reigns in a No DQ for the WWE Universal Championship (with Chris Jericho suspended in a shark cage above the ring)

PREDICTION: Kevin Owens to retain. It’s kinda hard to call this. Roman has a good shot because Vince loves Roman but at the same time Kevin is a good champ. With Chris Jericho in a shark cage, he might have a couple of items in his pockets (Think back to NXT Toronto where Paul Ellering was in the Shark cage) but I would like to see Roman getting killed by chairs.

And that is my predictions, for the Royal Rumble. I will have a 3rd Part for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio with a quick predictions…I don’t watch NXT but I’ll do a simple “X v Y – PREDICTION: X.” with no explanation.

What is on my Mac? Q1 2016 Edition (X/Post from TechTalk.Blog)

What is on my Mac? Q1 2016 Edition (X/Post from TechTalk.Blog)

I recently done an article on “What is on my Mac” over on TechTalk.blog – Here is the full article below:

Just as a foreword, this would be my first proper Apple Mac. I had purchased the 2015 Mac Mini and I was honestly disappointed by it. It was only used for web browsing and nothing more.

At Christmas 2016, I was thankfully gifted a Late 2016 MacBook Pro from my parents after I failed to purchase one locally. It would be the base model of the 13″ MBP without the TouchBar. I will be doing a review of my experience of the MBP on TechTalk soon!

Anyway, it’s time for “What’s on my Mac!”

I will not be commenting on everyday tools that I already use on Windows (Discord, Spotify, Steam…everyone knows that already)

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

When I got the Mac, I figured that I would be doing some web graphics and I figured that I need Photoshop. I was going to “obtain it”, but for the sake of €12 a month, I decided to buy it from Adobe. It comes bundled with Lightroom which I have never used and I probably won’t be using it.

Link: Adobe


iTerm2

After using the regular terminal on Mac, I decided to try out iTerm 2 which appears to be the most popular alternative and I love it. While I have only used it just to connect to the servers; opening tabs, splitting windows is just so handy and simple to do. I will play about it a bit more before I give my full recommendation on it.

Link: iTerm 2


Puush

(Contradicting to the above where I wouldn’t cover daily use applications)

While there might be better screenshot, upload and copy URL applications out there (ie. ShareX for Windows), puush has always been the “go-to” application for myself. I have been using the service for many years now (I think about 5 yearschecks – 6 and half years) and I use it because it is so simple to use.

Link: Puush


TextWrangler

There is plenty of text editors out there for Mac. You have Sublime, Atom, TextEdit and then you have TextWrangler which I would compare to Notepad++ for Windows. Throw anything at it and you can work with it. The nice thing which I have used on it was the FTP option. Connect to your FTP server…open a file, edit it and save it back! Fantastic.

TextWrangler is as simple as it gets. While I love Brackets, I can’t get away from TextWrangler.

Link: TextWrangler


While this list might not seem that “great”, please be aware that I have had this laptop less than a month and thus I am still finding my feet with it.

I will hopefully come back in the spring with a more expansive list.