Saturday, 31 October 2015

Entries to the Asylum - Saturday 31st October 2015

It's Halloween guys! Sadly I've not received anything super spooky today, which would have been fitting, however I have received not one, not two, but three awesome things in the mail!

- Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition [Xbox One].
- Back to the Future: The Game 30th Anniversary Edition [Xbox One].
- Playstation 20th Anniversary Steelbook [PS].

Very happy with all three items and can't wait to get into the games (and Allan can't wait to splash that £20 voucher on the Playstation Store from the Steelbook!).

I am just about to do a quick video for you all, just showing off the room a little. I do apologise, it's not the neatest, and also, we have a cot in the room taking up a chunk of space so apologies for what you won't really be able to see due to that (mainly just a TV with the Halo 4 LE Console, LE Pikachu N64 and then my Bluray Steelbooks/small editions).

But anyway, check back soon for that!

- V x

PS: I have not long woke up as of recording the video, so I don't think I'll show my face, especially as I badly need to wash my hair and am currently sitting with my Pikachu hat on (from last month's Loot Crate) ha ha.

Entries to the Asylum - Friday 30th October 2015

Our entries to the Asylum for yesterday included something that was long-awaited (as it should've been here a while ago!)...

- Mad Max: Fury Road Limited Collector's Edition [Bluray].
- October's "TIME" Loot Crate.

And no, the "long-awaited" wasn't a pun on the "TIME" Loot Crate, haha. It was in reference to the Mad Max CE. This CE was released on the 5th October in the UK, from Zavvi, no less.

Sadly there were some issues with my order but I finally got it resolved. I did however enquire about changing my delivery address on the order, as I'd prefer if it came directly to myself, rather than my parent's address, only to be told that there is no way to change delivery address in the system, and that if I wanted to change the address, they could cancel my order and I could re-order the item.

Hell no.

Mad Max: Fury Road Limited Collector's Edition was £100 when I ordered it. Since then, it "sold out" then was relisted at the price of £139.99. So if I wanted to change the address, purely to save my mum from no doubt having to collect from a neighbour/sorting office (which she did), I'd have to pay the grand price of £39.99 for the privilege.

No thank you.

But, it's here now, and I'm really happy with it. I'll go into more detail in my actual unboxing of it, but I will say that the statue replica of Max's Interceptor is great quality as it is made out of polystone. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the edition being £100, but I certainly wouldn't have paid £139.99 for it. I don't know, maybe I would have, as we're big Mad Max fans, but knowing that it was £100 beforehand, I'd have certainly not wanted to pay the extra £40, but that's just natural I suppose :)

Anyway, unboxings of these two entries to the Asylum will be uploaded very soon, as we are looking to get a whole load of videos/reviews/etc up for you all during this weekend.

Aaaand, we've got something very special planned for you all, for the release of Fallout 4. So I can't wait for that. 10 days to go, eeeeek!

So what have you all received lately? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Entries to the Asylum - Wednesday 28th October 2015


One entry to the Asylum today, but it's a good one!


- Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Claptrap-in-a-Box Edition [Xbox One].


Very happy with this edition, and really looking forward to playing the game as we still haven't gotten round to playing the Pre-Sequel yet. Claptrap seems to be fairly sturdy (albeit a little lighter than expected), and have just downloaded the controller app ClaptrAPP to get him going.

Will post a full review very soon, once we've tried it all out, taken lots of pictures, videos and of course, had a wee shot of the game :)

What new things have you received/purchased today? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Grief.

It's a funny thing, grief. It can consume you entirely, leaving you an empty shell, or it could make you go off the deep end, overflowing you with pent up emotions, etc. Or it can land you anywhere in between. It really can fuck you up in a multitude of ways.

As you'll have read in one of my most recent posts, last week marked the one year anniversary of the death of my Granda, so naturally I've been feeling pretty low. He was the greatest. I've never met a friendlier guy - he'd go out for a quick nip to the shops, and he'd be gone for hours because he'd talk to every single person he'd bump into on the way there, whilst he was there, and then on the way back.

His (and my gran's) life revolved around my dog, Pal. They bought him for me when I was 8, but as my parents both worked, he had to stay at their house - due to my parents working, I was almost always at theirs, too, anyway. When Pal was put down in August last year, it broke them both. But whilst it hurt my Gran emotionally, it had also taken away my Granda's "purpose". I don't say that in a bad way, as though he was only there to walk the dog. Far from it. But my Granda lived for Pal. He'd get up super early to take Pal for a walk, something my Granda adored doing. He loved to get out the house for a bit, so he'd be out walking Pal a million times a day, and with Pal gone, his reason for going 500 walks during the day had gone, too.

Two months after we lost Pal, my Granda had to go into hospital for his leg. This was common as he'd always had problems with the skin on his legs, but this time he'd fallen too, and was getting checked for that also. Within a few days, my Granda's skin was bright yellow with jaundice, and we received some horrible news. He had cancer, and they expected that he wouldn't last till Christmas. Almost instantly, my Granda went from being the warm, funny man I'd always known, to being quiet, withdrawn and confused. A week passed, and they told us that things didn't look good, and they let my Granda go home to be with family. He was in his bed, screaming in pain every night until he passed away, less than a week after being allowed home. Seeing him like that will haunt me forever.

Christmas was hard. New Year was even harder. New Year is difficult as it is, as that is when you tend to remember everyone you've lost, and my Uncle Jim (who was my Gran and Granda's youngest son) has always been in our thoughts every New Year, as myself and my dad are still struggling with his death. But now, this was combined with us losing my Granda, too. We tried to stay positive, joking in that way that families do after a bereavement. Laughing about how Granda was just desperate to go and walk Pal again, and that at least he was with Jim now.

It kills me that my Granda didn't get to meet Eva before he passed away. It hurts that he didn't even know that he was getting another great-grandchild, because at that point, we didn't even know.

In May, just a week or so after Eva was born, my Gran (who hadn't been the same since my Granda's death, as you'd expect) fell and broke her hip. This caused a chain reaction of events, such as surgery, then infection, more surgery, then more infection, etc. This lasted a couple of months, with my Gran in hospital the whole time. My gran was a feisty character, she was the nurses' worst nightmare. She would shout at the nurses, she would give everyone a piece of her mind. She hated the physio, so would refuse to do it, but of course by not doing it, she was just making her mobility worse.

She already struggled with her memory, but it was getting worse. She shouted at me on one of my visits for being covered in mud and having a black eye, neither of which were true. The doctors said they thought it was a combination of being on so many painkillers, and her infections that were messing with her. Within weeks, she was non-responsive, and taking multiple seizures a day. The nurses took us to one side and let us know that nothing else could be done with her, so all that was left to do was to take her off her glucose drip, and to let her slip away.

So in less than a year, I've lost both my grandparents. They were practically parents to me, due to my parents always working. I'd be dropped off at theirs every morning before school, super early, and then picked up later on at night. I'd stay at theirs overnight every week, firstly on a Thursday, but this changed to a Monday night as I got older. After I got my own house, I went down to visit them every week, taking AJ with me. 

Losing them has really messed with me. I try to keep everything fine on the surface, but underneath I've been really struggling. I often find myself just staring into space, just feeling totally numb. I know I'm okay, I know that life goes on, as I've been told. But it's hard. My dad is feeling it worse, and it's painful watching him go through this, even though I'm going through it myself (but obviously, it being your parents is worse). And not only have I lost both of them, but everything at the start of the year didn't help either, what with losing my job, finding out I was pregnant and then losing my house. (Don't get me wrong, Eva is one of the best things to have ever happened to me, but she was certainly a shock! Only knew she existed for 6 weeks before I gave birth to her!)

I have been struggling to find motivation to do things, even things as simple as tidying up the house. I've always been lazy, no doubt about that (haha), but this just feels different. I have good days, where I feel like I get loads done, but those don't happen too often. Today feels like one of them - despite the fact that I've been bawling my eyes out writing this.

I don't really know why I'm writing this to be honest, I just kinda wanted to get it off my chest. Maybe explain to you all a little bit as to why I've been so shit at doing things here lately. I'm going to force myself to do more though, as it definitely helps when I do. The more I do, the more I feel motivated to continue. So I need to keep going in order to not fall back into a slump.

I will try to get all of my backlog of posts up over the course of today, so expect to see a whole load of things as the day goes on. I will put updates on facebook and twitter when each post goes live, so make sure to check there, too.

And sorry for the super depressing post, I just wanted to offload a bit haha.

- V x

Friday, 23 October 2015

Update and PATREON.

Hey guys, sorry for slacking on those posts I promised you all a few days ago. Other things have been on my mind (it was the first anniversary of my granda's death this week, sadly) and I've just not been up to sitting getting everything uploaded.

This will however change tomorrow. Our son is off to his gran's tomorrow so we'll be able to get a decent amount done.

I am also going to be opening up a poll in a few days for what you'd like to see us unbox first. Aaaand, we've created a Patreon page. We know it's highly unlikely that we will get many (if any) subscribers, but you never know until you try, eh?

So you can subscribe to our Patreon page here. More will be added to it over the next few days, it's still very basic at the moment.

So check back for loads of cool new stuff tomorrow!

- V x

Monday, 19 October 2015

Sorry!

Really sorry about the lack of updates the past little while. It has mainly just been quick posts for the "Entries to the Asylum" as those are quick to do. Life has kept getting in the way of my uploads, unfortunately.

I will be posting a tonne of stuff tomorrow, and will update you all on facebook and twitter when I do so, so make sure to check :)

- V x

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Entries to the Asylum - Tuesday 13th October 2015.

Forgot to post this yesterday as it wasn't a big thing that was delivered - or a recent purchase - it was:

- Fallout 4 Vault-Tec Preorder Bonus T-shirt. 

This was given out as a preorder bonus to everyone in the first 10,000 preorders for the Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4 for GAME UK. 

It was actually a nice wee surprise that it has been delivered now, rather than alongside the game on release day. As stated in the little letter that accompanied it:

" We hope you'll be sporting this when receiving the game on release..."

Sure will!
Can't wait for Fallout 4!

What games are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x 

Friday, 9 October 2015

(Forgotten Post) Entries to the Asylum - Friday 2nd October 2015.

I forgot to actually post about this, even though I mentioned it on the forum. One entry to the Asylum for the 2nd October:

- Fallout Anthology Mini Nuke Edition [PC].

We actually had this preordered as soon as it was announced. Sadly though, our order was cancelled from GAME for unknown reasons. We kinda couldn't afford to get it anyway, so we were a little gutted when 2nd October came and everyone was posting pictures of theirs.

And then...

Our friend Steven showed up. "I come bearing gifts!" he said when I opened the front door. And low and behold, he'd gotten us a copy of it :)

So a huge thanks to Steven for adding this to our collection :)

Did you get this edition? What do you think about it? Would you like to see me unbox it?

Let us know in the comments below!

- V x 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Entries to the Asylum - Saturday 3rd October 2015.

Three entries to the Asylum yesterday, two of which were subscription boxes, and one being a purchase I made last month:

- September 2015 "Summon" Loot Crate.
- September 2015 Arcade Block.
- Harold and Kumar Ultimate Collector's Edition [Bluray].

I will be posting unboxings and reviews of all of the above shortly. I shot some photos of them in our livingroom a moment ago, but unfortunately the lighting in here is horrific, so the photos are awful. And you can see all of our crap in the background...

So I will re-do them for our unboxings and reviews and get them uploaded either later tonight or tomorrow :)

So stay tuned!

Have you received anything in the mail this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

(Late Post) Entries to the Asylum - Wednesday 30th September 2015.

On Wednesday, we had one entry to the Asylum, and it was a little treat from Media Molecule :)

- Tearaway Unfolded Atoi Poster.

It's an absolutely gorgeous, colourful poster, and we really can't wait to find somewhere to get it framed and displayed :) 



Have you received anything cool lately? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Entries to the Asylum - Thursday 1st October 2015.

One entry to the Asylum today:

- Journey Collector's Edition [PS4].

A very long awaited release for us, not in the sense that we've ordered after the release date, no, but because we reaaaally wanted to play Journey when it came out on PS3, but we never, ever got around to it. And then when we found out it was being re-released on PS4, we just never bothered and instead decided to wait :)

It's called the Journey Collector's Edition, but it's not a CE in the sense we traditionally see today. It doesn't come with any physical extras, like plushies, replicas, or even just a steelbook. No, it's a Collector's Edition in sense that it has the two previous games from thatgamecompany with it: FlOw, and Flower,

I've yet to play any of the games (as I'm writing this not long after it dropped through the door), but I really can't wait to have a shot :)

Anything new arrived in any of your collections today? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Reviews: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame [Xbox One].

As I've said many a time before - LEGO games are always a big success in this house. With every game, there are improvements and ne...