My Xbox Role of Honor

I was kinda of bored today so I was messing around with my Xbox profile when I came across my achievement section which shows all the games I have ever played on my trusty Xbox 360 and Xbox One so I thought I would share that list with you!

So here it is (In no particular order!)

Elder Scrolls – Oblivion

Elder Scrolls – Skyrim

Dead Rising

Dead Rising 2

Saints Row

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Bioshock

Call of Duty 3

Mass Effect

Call of Duty 2

The Bourne Conspiracy

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Zuma

Soul Calibur 4

Viva Pinata

Smackdown Vs Raw 2007

Spiderman Friend Vs Foe

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Lost Via Domus

Ghostbusters the Video Game

Hexic HD

Assassins Creed

Assassins Creed 2

Assassins Creed Brotherhood

Assassins Creed 3

Max Payne 3

Call of Duty – Modern Warfare

Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3

Red Dead Redemption

La Noire

Army of Two

Prince of Persia

Dead Space

The Simpsons Game

Guitar Hero 2

Guitar Hero 3

Guitar Hero World Tour

Left 4 Dead

Batman Arkham Asylum

Batman Arkham City

Dragon Age: Origins

Teken 6

Alan Wake

Dante’s Inferno

Fallout 3

Fable 2

Fable 3

Viva Pinata Party Animals

Dorito Dash of Destruction

Street Fighter IV

Scene it?  Box Office Smash.

Pro Evo 2009

Street Fighter 2

SoulCalibur

Halo 3

Halo 3 ODST

Sega Superstar Tennis

Viva Pinata – Trouble In Paradise

Bejeweled 2

Mass Effect 2

The Beatles Rockband

Bioshock 2

Lego Indiana Jones

Final Fantasy 13

Darksiders

Halo Reach

The Sims 3

Marvel vs Capcom 2

Fallout New Vegas

Kinect Adventures

Dragon Age 2

Lips

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Classic Arcade

Yoostar 2

Mass Effect 3

WWE12

Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit

Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Left 4 Dead 2

Kinect Sport

Kinectimals

The Orange Box

Goldeneye Reloaded

Ghostbusters Sanctum of Slime

Dead Island

Metal Gear Rising

Tomb Raider Legend

The Maw

Toy Soldiers

Rayman Raving Rabbids

Mortal Kombat Vs Dc Universe

Bioshock Infinite

Civilization Revolution

Crysis

Borderlands 2

Scarygirl

Castlevania

Bully

King of Fighters XIII

Super Street Fighter IV

Minecraft Xbox 360

 

Xbox One

Need for Speed Rivals

Dead Rising 3

Call Of Duty – Ghost

Assassin’s creed IV – Black Flag

Ryse – Son of Rome

Fifa 14

Forza 5

Crimson Dragon

Thief

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Titanfall

Watchdogs

Max the Curse of Brotherhood

Peggle 2

Lego Hobbit

Battlefield 4

Destiny

Minecraft Xbox One

Chariot

Alien Isolation

Killer Instinct

Middle Earth – Shadow of Mordor

Halo The Master Chief Collection

Dragon Age Inquisition

Worms Battlegrounds

Assassin’s Creed Unity

The Evolution of Meks – Consoles

It’s been over 30 years since Mummy Meks and Daddy Meks produced little old me!   A lot has changed in 30 years,  VHS is now Blu Ray,  Microwaves are no longer the size of bungalows and I can no longer pop into my local Woolworths, Our Price or Kwik Save!   Consoles have changed a lot since I was born so I have decided to chart the evolution of Meks the gamer by showing you all the consoles I have once called my own.  So sit back because where we’re going we don’t need roads!

 

Atari 2600

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My first ever console which was bought by my mum and dad one Christmas when I was about 6 or 7.  Really if they are honest it was bought for them as I remember being unable to play the thing for the first few months while they played Pac Man Jnr.

It was pretty basic compared todays modern systems however it still has good memories for me.  I loved playing Yars Revenge, Centipede, Pitfall and Ghostbusters!   I was also given some game paddles and a game called Circus in which you basically had to move a see saw around catching the falling men. 

C64

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This was another gift bought by the parents for the parents.  It came with the Dizzy Collection!  5 games about a lovable egg called Dizzy who went on a Treasure Island, Fantasy Island and any other Island you can think of.   I loved that little egg and if there was one character I can blame for my love of all things gaming it would be that little dude.  Some other classics I played were a game called Creatures, Rainbow Island and the original Street Fighter which had a different version of the same game on each side!  

Sega Master System II

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Ok this is a sore point.  I basically asked Santa for a NES however it fell on deaf ears and I ended up with a Sega Master System II.  I had my revenge on old Saint Nick but due to legal reasons I’m unable to say more.  At the time I loved going round to my mates and playing Super Mario 1, 2 and 3 and really really wanted a game glove but alas it was not meant to be.   To be fair the Master System II was a good console and had built in Alex the Kidd in Miracle world.  I played this game so many times and loved the underwater levels and the scissors, paper,  stone games however to this day I can still hear that damn song in my head!  Other fantastic games I had were Mickey Mouse & Castle of illusion, Golden Axe, Lemmings, Lucky Dime Caper with Donald Duck, Rainbow Island and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (Grabs his groin and hollers)!

 

 

(Ok at this point I would mention the Gameboy and classic games like Tetris, Super Mario Land and various others however I technically didn’t own a Gameboy as it was my brothers.   I just used it an awful lot!   For the purpose of this post only consoles I owned will get a mention.)

SNES

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Picture the scene its Christmas morning and you run down stairs in your blue flannel PJ’s to find Santa has emptied his sack on your floor.   No that’s not the details of the court case St Nick vs Mr Meks no I am taking about the day I came down to find a very large box under my tree.   I unwrapped the box and tears of joy filled my eyes when it revealed my very own Super Nintendo with Starwing (or Starfox depending what country you’re from).   The Snes will always be the console which has the fondest memories for me.   It was out at the same time I was coming of age and was an exciting time in gaming.  Memories like the time I had chicken pox and had to stay at my Nans.   I took my Snes with my and a copy of Super Mario World however my Nan only had a black and white portable in the back room.  It didn’t matter and I completed that game in a day!   There was also a local game swap shop that would let you swap games for a fiver!   The Snes introduced me to classic games like Fifa, Mario Kart, Yoshi Island, Zelda A link to the past, Secret of Mana , Street Fighter 2 and Zombies ate my neighbors!

Playstation

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On to the Playstation!  Released in 1994 this became a big part of my teen years.  One minute I was crashing cars in Destruction Derby the next being a demonic Ice cream truck in Twisted Metal.   The Playstation also introduced me to some classic franchises like Metal Gear Solid, GTA & Crash Bandicoot however Final Fantasy 7 will also be the stand out game.

Xbox

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 My next console was the Xbox.   With its black and green design and backed by Microsoft it had to be a winner.   The Xbox introduced me to other franchises which I would come to love.  Halo was a classic and had me hooked and I just love Fable so much!  Jet Set Radio rocked however my all time favorite xbox game has to be Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2. 

Gamecube

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I bought it from a Cash Convertors for £20 as I wanted to try Animal Crossing however found some classic games for it like Super Monkey Ball and Super Mario Sunshine!

 

Xbox 360

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Now it’s hard to believe but there was a gap when I didn’t have any consoles!  But about 7 years ago I purchased my beloved xbox 360.  I had 3 in that time, First one died the dreaded three red rings of death, the 2nd was given to a nephew and replaced with the Xbox Elite!  There are so many games I have owned and played in that time.  Fallout 3 & New Vegas, Skyrim, Dragons Age, Halo 3, Alan Wake the list could go on and on.  The last game I owned was the amazing GTA 5 which was a fitting way to say bye to my beloved 360.

Xbox One

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And here we are! The Xbox one is in da house!   I can sit here and shout “Xbox watch BBC 1” and not have to lift a finger while the Xbox turns the Tivo to ITV 1.  Ok so there are still some bugs to work out but it’s the dawn of a new era.   I have only owned the console for ten months and I have played some great games like Assassins Creed – Black Flag, Watchdogs and Battlefield 4 and Titanfall.   As I sit typing this I have just received my copy of Destiny which I hope to fall in love with.   Watch this space and wait and see!

Minecraft Xbox One

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Minecraft is back!   Today Minecraft was released for the Xbox one which means hours of my life wasted while I try and recreate historical buildings in blocks!

I owned it on the Xbox 360 and it took a big chunk of my life!   It is also one of the few games that I can play with my daughter and we both encourage each other to try and build bigger and better things.   She even has access to a Minecraft club at her school!

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I have only played it for an hour however it is more or less the same as the Xbox 360 version except it has a few more features added and the worlds are now bigger.   Unsure why the need to increase the size as I thought the 360 version was big enough!  I am also told that the split screen mode has been improved meaning that if the eldest and middle daughter both want to play then it won’t end up in screams of “its my turn its my turn!”.

I am a big fan of Minecraft as its just a all round creative family game. I guess it’s like playing with Lego except you can have access to unlimited blocks, it takes up less space and also you don’t feel the anger when you stand on a stray piece in the middle of the night!

I will try and upload some pictures or videos of me and my daughter’s creations… unless a creeper gets us!

Eurogamer Expo

Well My first bit of good news to report on my blog is that I am going to Eurogamer Expo in London at the end of September!   I am really existed and can’t wait!

 

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For many years now I have waited and watched the yearly event which is known as E3 from the comfort of my laptop or xbox wishing I could attend such an event.   Seeing all these games being shown off and watching the big 3 game consoles conferences waiting for the next exciting revelation of which game or hardware I will need to get next.      

In the last 5 years I have dreamed of going to such a conference but just never had the bottle to go alone.   My friends are not game fanatics and nor is my wife which meant that the only way I was able to go was to go on my billy. 

The wife and I have been to the Baby Show.  At first I was a bit wary of going but being a modern father that I am I gave it ago and enjoyed it very much!   Now don’t get me wrong I am not into baby clothes, cloth nappies or organic baby food made from 99% soya!   No I enjoyed it because of all the free crap that you get given at these events!     The 3 times we have been, we have left with bags full of toys, food and nappies to stock our kids up for years. 

It wasn’t just the freebies that impressed me.   It was the independent retailers who were passionate about their products that I liked.   I mean the big boys were at the show like Fisher Price, Pampers and Mothercare but it was the small sellers that made it, like a lady selling natural menthol sticks for babies or the guy selling Happy Hopper bouncy toys (I bought two!).

This is why I can’t wait to go the Eurogamer Expo.  Not just because it will be the first chance to play some fantastic games like Batman:- Arkham Orgins, Battlefield 4 and the Elder Scrolls Online but I get to play some new Indie hits and hopefully if I am lucky pick up some fantastic  Freebies!