November 19, 2013

Sports betting recap - October 2013

Total balance of betting accounts in October: -49.74%

As I feared, last month I had to take big risks to fulfil turnover rules related to past betting bonus offer. It turns out I was able to save only a small portion of the cash involved. This shows in the disastrous October result.

After this episode, I've taken a deserved break from betting. I've been quite busy with other things lately and therefore unable to reserve enough time to analyse the bets properly. I'm taking some work related courses and overall, autumn is not the greatest time in Finland. Rain, cloudy days and darkness take their toll. Thus, the break has been longer than I expected.

What comes to Finnish indie game front, Clash of Clans was released for Android. I actually downloaded the game just the day before the big Supercell deal was announced. My village is growing steadily and I find the game mechanics well fitting to casual gaming. There are many strategic elements to master as you basically get to play in both sides of the tower defense. Building projects are now getting longer, so the game not require as much attention as it did in the beginning. I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing.

While writing about PS4, I happened to mention my Pile of Shame, from which I was able to finish one game this month. Perhaps it would actually be worth blogging when I manage to finish a game. That doesn't happen too often, but I'll consider the idea - I have some serious classics in that pile. I tend to do a bit of web search on my writing topics and thus found a couple of good articles about how to tackle the Pile of Shame. Enjoy.

November 18, 2013

PS4 hype and latest Jolla news

It's after my €uros...
I thought I would not get into the PS4 hype, but I already did a little bit. I have PS3 and I'm going to stick with Playstation. I could not resist reading first comments in some forums and Sony sending a code for free PS4 theme for PS3 did not really help to keep my head cool. I know I will eventually buy a next generation console, and Xbox One probably should walk on water for me to choose it.

I can surely manage over the Christmas time, but after that it's going to be a struggle. My Pile of Shame on PS3 is quite massive, so rationally there is no hurry. However, I have already rearranged the furniture in the second bedroom to make room for the new console. Oh yeah, that's about how immune I was to the hype... So PS4, you have my heart. But could you just be a little less attractive for few months so that initial bugs are be fixed before we start our journey together, please?

It already has my €uros.
Another passion of mine is naturally the Jolla smartphone. A Finnish operator, DNA will be launching the Jolla phone November 27th. The first batch will be 450 devices only.  Pre-ordered, but sadly, I haven't seen any invitation yet. It's seems that waiting for Jolla phone will be another exercise in patience. I still have faith that I'll be holding the device in my hand this year.

For me, having a Jolla smartphone will be, more than anything, a statement. I'm sure many Finns will understand what I mean and based on what I've seen in social media, others will too.

PS4 at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk