Saturday, 19 September 2015

VR Goggles Review & Giveaway

Are VR goggles the next big thing in gaming? we think that they have the potential. Ok so it won't be good for a couple of games but we think that they will be a huge hit in the years to come. We got to test out a set of the VR goggles, my boyfriend was like a small child on Christmas day when they arrived. There was me trying to take pictures and he was running off so he could have a play, an hour later he came back with sheer joy on his face. 

During the hour he was hiding away he figured out that you couldn't just them with any old game or video, so with the power of the internet he found a few apps. There are a couple of demo games and videos you can watch but we found it really hard to find a full length game but we are certain that there will be a good selection as soon as they really take off. We also found an app that can change MP4 files so that they can be viewed through the goggles. Before getting started you need to make sure that you get some apps for them you can use the Google cardboard app for these, then the bit that took rather a long time was adjusting them to the correct position. For most of the apps we used headphones the goggles have bits at the side you can remove them and plug your headset into your phone, this really enhanced the feeling of being in the same room as the scenes in front of you. 

The goggles have a strap that can be adjusted to fit your head and there is also some foam padding around where they sit on your face, however there is no padding on where your nose is so it can become a bit uncomfortable. This would be the first improvement I would make, then I would improve the lenses to make them easier to put in position. Overall the design is pretty good. As I have mentioned there aren't many games as such available just yet but in the future it would be great if you could connect a controller and be able to play shooter games or something along them lines and maybe make a full headgear type so you have sound built in. 
A few of us have tried these out my three year old loved the Google earth, we made my mum and sisters watch the "horror" app sisters my mum screamed and hit me my oldest sister took them off as you couldn't deal with it and my youngest sister thought it was amazing. My dad had a go he loves his gadgets so really wanted his input, he was impressed but said they hurt his nose and he felt silly but he has used them since. Me and Liam think they are great and keep looking for longer apps rather then just using the demo's we keep finding. 

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Eden Camp Trip

As you can see from the title, this post will be about a museums in Malton, North Yorkshire called Eden Camp, Jade has been pretty busy this week so I (Liam) will be writing this.

So our two weeks off work were slowly coming to an end, Jade asked what I fancied doing. Now with Jade being brought up in the armed forces I thought I would suggest Eden Camp. Its only a 45 minute drive from our house and is only £6.50 per adult and children under 5 are free. Now this is probably not like any museum you have ever been too. I mean sure they have the waxwork models, expensive antiques behind glass and lots of information to read. However its the location of this museum that makes it truly unique and magnificent. The site on which the museum is located is a former prisoner of war camp used by the British forces to house German and Italian POW's captured in Africa and Europe during the second world war.
From the minute you drive in you are immersed in wartime culture, there are planes, tanks, trucks, guns and bombs situated in and around the grounds. Each separate exhibit was in its own hut which is a nice effect as the mood can switch between one bunker to the next. Starting a hut one it takes you on a step by step journey from the rise of the Nazi party, the UK declaring war, the blitz, the holocaust and more key events during the conflict. Some of the huts use smells, sounds and lighting effects to give you a real look into the conditions that people were forced to live in. A key one for me was the German U-boat hut. The inside had been kitted out to feel like you were in a submarine. This was important for me as my Great Granddad was a member of the Navy at that time so to experience what my family would have felt was something many other museums simply fail to offer. Jared was not too keen on this hut as it was quite dimly lit and was pretty loud, along with the blitz hut. However I would not discourage anyone from going in them. They are amazing and really made me sit back and realise how lucky we are to live in a time where such conflict is not as close to home. By far Jared's best bit was the children's play area which looked fun even for us grown ups and the entertainment show in the music hall, puppets, singing and comedy. What more can I say, the puppets impersonating real people and a lot of crowd involvement made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all..  There is the ability to take a picnic if you wish however the on-site cafe is very reasonably priced and the gift shop is also surprisingly great value for money, also, what's a family day out without the pets? Eden Camp are happy to allow you to take your dogs round the museum.

Overall I loved every minute of Eden camp, it is not often I walk away from a museum after having such and enjoyable experience and actually learning something. As you will see from the pictures many if not all of the documents, photos and artifices held at Eden camp are originals. So if you fancy a cheap day of with the kids or if you a history addict then check them out! 

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