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Why you should choose a refurbished phone

Here at Hairyboy I am a huge tech head and so I was slightly aghast reading the recent news that globally there is over 50 Million tonnes of e-waste created a year. Yes, you read that right, 50 million tonnes a year. And yes, just e-waste. 

You really don’t want to look into the data that discusses the forecast for the overall number of tonnes of all waste types we will generate by 2025.  It’s scary reading.Even more surprising is that Brits are the biggest generator of e-waste after Norway according to the Global E-waste Monitor report. 


So, how can we still remain tech heads and save the planet? Well, I have a solution my friends and that is, to choose refurbished phones instead of shiny new ones. 

Why? Here are my reasons below. 

Saving some pennies and saving the planet.

Buying a refurbished phone means that you can get the exact same device that you want for a massive cut to the price, we are talking hundreds of pounds here. In fact, refurbished phones aren’t just second hand phones, in fact many never properly got used - some people returned them after changing their mind after purchase or there was a minor fault on them like a cracked screen which once addressed, et voila! A top of the range phone but for a fraction of the price. Nice.

Who can turn down state of the art tech for less money? Not me, mate.

Sustainable and savvy? 

It doesn’t just end with purchasing a refurbished phone though, I mean we all have THAT tech drawer where we store all of our old devices (I can’t be alone in this, surely?) Well, it turns out that this drawer of shame may be full of potential pounds in your pocket. Many websites actually will buy any old phones that you don't use and either recycle them or refurbish to resell them. 

Basically, you’re being kind to the planet and your pocket.

Sites such as giffgaff not only sell refurbished phones but also offer opportunities to recycle them. They are pretty big on refurbished to be fair - they even have a dedicated Refurbished hubNow, if you want to do something extra kind to the planet and those on it, charities such as Little lives UK accept donations of old devices - has there ever been a bigger reason to check your drawers? 

I think not...

well, maybe… 😀

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to choose refurbished, and if so make sure to share your stories below and on our social channels.

Hairy Boy

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Resident Evil 3 | Open Beta

Another Resident Evil title has just opened for beta testing by Capcom. I caught wind of it the other day on Twitter and had no idea it was even in the works and what's more, it's a multiplayer game and comes packed with the Resident Evil 3 Remake out on the 3rd of April.

The game is a 1 vs 4 survivor/escape game where you and four other goons are put against the so "mastermind", whose goal is to stop you from escaping. The mastermind is another player who is able to view the progress of the survivors using security cameras littered around the map and place traps and creatures using a deck of cards that have nice, or not so nice, pictures denoting what they do. The cards range from, spawning zombies to weaponising the current camera you are looking through, isn't it nice to be able to shoot at an unsuspecting person, whilst they are trying to fend off a zombie that you placed just a moment before?

 The survivors, who you will most likely control 90% of the time because people will almost certainly want to play as the mastermind, have their own set of skills, ranging from healing to hacking. All of these skills can be used in some way to help you progress through the map.

With that out of the way, I can get to the story. The survivors are people infected by the T-virus and must find their way out of an escape room type facility, they aren't willing participants, obviously, and their role is to provide combat data for Umbrella, the bad pharmaceutical company throughout the franchise. The game is listed as non-canonical which, for purest like myself, is a bit shit, but whatever. All of the survivors are pre-named and have a bit of a back story that will tie them into the Resident Evil universe in some way, such as a park ranger who is good with firearms and a chemist with healing capabilities.

There are six-characters available to choose from. First, you have the damage-dealing characters. Samuel Jordon, an ex-boxer, is really good at punching and using his "dash punch" attack, he can hurl himself forward into the nearest enemy, damaging them with his fists. Becca Woolett, who has the ability to use her "bullet storm" attack that, for a brief time, gives her unlimited bullets. 

The support providing characters are Valerie Harmon, a chemist that has the ability to activate a passive healing effect, that will, over time heal her teammates; Martin Sandwich, human bait by the sounds of it with that name, or as Capcom intended, the engineer with the ability to create traps and finally, January Van Sant, the hacker, who can disable security cameras, making it harder for the mastermind to see that specific area. The tank character is Tyrone Henry, a fire officer who is able to use his "rally" ability, which increases the morale of his teammates in the way of decreasing damage taken by enemies.

The first thing I noticed when jumping to the game, aside from the decent graphics, was the controls, they feel weird, and take a bit getting used to with the keyboard and mouse, you might want to try a controller for this one. The controls were only an issue when playing as the survivors, the mastermind controls are very minimal, and to be honest, I had more fun playing as it. Other than the shitty controls, the game itself is pretty good and the voiceover from the mastermind is a creepy and sinister touch.

Throughout the game, you will collect "Umbrella Credits" that you can use to purchase weapon upgrades, healing items and repair kits and running against the in-game time limit (The timer goes up if you carry out a task that is deemed as a success) you will definitely need better gear.

I couldn't help but notice how much better this game would have been in the first person, like Resident Evil 7, or the option to change between the two, perhaps dedicated servers for each camera view?

As it is, this game is a good way to get your team style, zombie fix and as I will be purchasing the Resident Evil 3 remake, I will, no doubt, be playing this.


Hairy Boy

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The Resident Evil 3 remake demo just dropped and I'm bored of playing Plague Inc (funny how I've moved from one game about infections to another, during this time), so I thought I'd pick it up. I really enjoyed the original games and the sheer terror I felt when playing it as a teenage boy during the late 90s, has yet to be matched.

If you are new to the series and a fan of zombie and horror genres, I'd suggest that you check out the remakes as you'll find really unique graphics and better AI. I am aware know from experience, that older games really do not appeal to the younger generation because the graphics suck, or at least the younger folks can't appreciate them in the same way we do, this is one way to enjoy those classics with modern graphics and varied camera angles. 

That being said, I'm a sucker for the old ones and the nostalgia I feel when playing them. The demo, just like the Resident Evil 2 remake from last year,  uses the game engine developed for Resident Evil 7, and take it from me, it looks absolutely stunning. Resident Evil 7, by the way, was a nice diversion from the usual 3rd person camera angle (It's completely 1st person!) and is probably one of my favourites amongst the newer games. 

Of course, the demo game in its current state is not a proper representation of the final product, which will be released on the 3rd of April this year, and because we are most likely cooped up-indoors. I will be writing that date into my nonexistent diary!

So, where can you get the demo? Well, it's currently available to download, for free, on Steam. Initially, I had to do a bit of digging around for it, as it isn't listed on the actual Resident Evil 3 page, however, you can get it over on Steam if you don't fancy searching around! 

The game is around 8GB in size so it shouldn't take too long to download, given the speed of the internet these days. The demo is pretty short so I won't spoil anything that happens in it and leave it to you guys to experience it for yourselves!

Happy Isolation, get yourself stuck into outdoor living vicariously through Resident Evil. 

Hairy Boy

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Games That Will Scare You | Part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of Games that will scare the life out of you! You can find them here - Part 1 and Part 2.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The last time we saw a first-person Resident Evil game was back in 2000 with Resident Evil Survivor. The no-save, kill or be killed game where you had to survive until you finished the game or risk starting again was a refreshing change to the traditional camera angle the game had utilised in the past. It's been 17 years since Capcom were bold enough to take the risk - breaking with tradition and trying the first person view again, and I believe they have succeeded greatly.

You play as Ethan Winters who apparently lost his wife, Mia, in a babysitting job 3 years ago but after receiving a cryptic email from her, things start to get weird and he begins his journey to Dulvey, Louisiana where she is allegedly located. His final destination leads him to the Dulvey mansion, owned by the Bakers who coincidentally also went missing back in 2014, along with Mia. The mansion is where the majority of the game takes place and where he discovers that both Mia and the Baker family are alive and well - or are they?

Without revealing too many spoilers, things start to go very bad for Ethan, very quickly. He encounters a possessed Mia, loses limbs but has them magically reattached and attends a "Hillbilly" tea-party where he is force-fed offal by the Bakers. You will be seeing a lot of the Bakers and they hate you with a passion!

Jack, the dad, is the first one you will encounter early on in the game and he's a brutal, hard-to-kill son of a bitch, often jumping out at you when you least expect it creating a very "edge of seat" atmosphere when you are traversing the mansion. His wife, Marguerite is arguably one of the most grotesque and frightening beings I have ever come across in a game and she can turn into a crazy looking, daddy-longlegged freak. I caught her in a glitch in the video below which makes her even more creepy! 

The son is called Lucas. A childish but also a very clever individual who has a penchant for puzzles, in the game he uses his inventive mind to make your life a misery while you progress through the game.

The game utilises the in-your-face aspect of the first person view very well, and he is fully compatible with PlayStation with a VR headset. If you do own one of these then you are in for a treat as the game will come to life-sucking you in - can you handle that?

In conclusion - Resident Evil 7 is an excellent addition to the franchise and definitely one of the scariest ones! You can pick up Resident Evil 7 here for the PS4/PSVR, XBox One and PC.

You can check out the trailer here before you go purchase: 

Hairy Boy

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Games That Will Scare You | Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my 3 part series of 'games that will scare the life out of you!' If you missed the first post you can find it here 'Games That Will Scare You, Part 1'.

Alien: Isolation

I was late to the scene when it came to watching the Alien movies, however, they still left their mark on me. The fact that they were on old VHS tapes, making them crackly and jumpy at bits (in turn causing voices/sounds to be grossly distorted), didn't help with the fear factor. The fright created by this series was something that introduced me to the genre and, funnily enough, made me want more!

Alien: Isolation was created by Creative Assembly, a British game developer based in West Sussex a company that started life porting games to DOS from the Amiga and ZX Spectrum, and they have really succeeded in encapsulation the dread and impending doom conveyed in the movies.

Where other games featuring the "Alien" title have tried before and failed miserably Alien: Isolation really does redeem the piss-poor gameplay of the other titles.  Alien: Colonial Marines, for instance, makes you feel that you are never in any real danger and the game itself isn't really all that scary. Fear is a component that you must have present in these type of games and Creative Assembly has shown that they understand this through the utilization of scary atmospheres and awesome ambience scores.

You play as Amanda Ripley who is the daughter of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver's character from the movies) who goes missing at end of the actual movie. Amanda receives information regarding her mother's disappearance and is en-route to Sevastapol Station to find out the fate of her long-lost mother.

Sevastapol is the derelict space station where 2 months prior to your arrival an incidence had taken place that caused the majority of the inhabitants to be wiped out. Home to survivors, crazy android men and of course the main villain, the Alien, Sevastapol is where the game takes place and the playpen for the Alien of which ''you'' are the main attraction.

Being smart and aware is a huge part of the game and you must use your wits to progress throughout the levels and the adage "You can run but you can't hide" is emphasised greatly. Sure, you can hide under a that conveniently placed desk or cupboard when an enemy is nearby, but don't linger too long or they might just pull you out of your temporary hide-out. This was something that caught me off guard when I played it, as in truth, AI in most stealthy games are never really programmed to do that, often giving them a more human-like aspect and preying on your already high strung nerves!

In conclusion, I think that this game really brought a lot to the genre and will definitely be one of the ones I will revisit in the future.

You can see the official trailer here:

You can purchase the game here for the PC (Steam code)Xbox One and the PS4.

Hairy Boy

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