Happy Halloween!

31/10/2016

It's my favourite time of the year again; Halloween, and I thought it'd be great to write about all of the hallowed, horrific and spooky themed things that I've been up to throughout the month of October. In previous years I've often dressed up (below), gone out and had far too many drinks, leading me to forgetting half of the events I'd even been to. This year I thought I'd take a break away from that and experience a more chilled out halloween filled month of general day-to-day, gaming, TV and film. I guess you could kind of say that this is my monthly favourites post but taken over by Halloween. Yeah, lets go with that.


Pumpkin Carving & Hallowed Brews!

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To start things off, it wouldn't be Halloween without a pumpkin to carve. After a lot of toying ideas back and forth about what I wanted to carve out of my pumpkin this year, I came across some templates on the Overwatch site for users to print off and get carving their pumpkins with. I decided to go with the awesome Reaper template which was based on his new skin as a part of the Halloween Terror patch (more on that patch below). What better reward after carving a pumpkin than a few hallowed brews to enjoy while watching some horror movies. I'm a sucker for any kind of product or packaging that gets a halloween makeover at this time of year and when I saw these ales in my local shop I had to bag them up.


Halloween In The Gaming World(s)


As I mentioned earlier, Blizzard are back in the Halloween spirit again this year with the addition of the new Overwatch Halloween Terror game mode patch, titled: Junkenstein's Revenge. Released October 11th, The mode pits you and three team mates as Soldier: 76, Hanzo, McCree & Ana in a horde defence based game mode against waves of the evil, zombified Omnic robots; aptly named Zomnics. At certain points of the match the AI controlled bosses Dr. Junkenstein (Junkrat), Junkenstein's Monster (Roadhog), The Reaper and The Witch (Mercy) will drop in and give you a real bad time with their ultimate abilities which is can turn into absolute chaos on the hardest difficulty setting. The patch is great fun and packed with new Halloween lootboxes to earn that are filled with spooky new Halloween themed skins, sprays and victory poses. I've been playing so much of Halloween Terror and can't recommend it enough if you're an Overwatch player to go and give it a try before its taken out of the game at the end of the Halloween period on November 1st.


The spookiness has also once again taken over WoW with the annual return of the Hallow's End event with the addition of The Halloween themed toys, pets, weapons and armour and a mount. Adventurers who are brave enough to take on the Headless Horseman have a chance of obtaining the rare Headless Horseman's mount, among other odds and trinkets. Hallow's End is my favourite annual event in WoW as the theme just fits the lore and setting of WoW so well, with an olde world, peculiar and twisted spooky medieval theme. Over the years of playing I've managed to bag myself most of the Hallow's End treats with the mount being my favourite.


Terrifying TV


Finally, it wouldn't be the month of Halloween without some horror shows. I started the latest season of American Horror Story last month but haven't really had the time to sit down and commit to watching it so I thought I'd get myself in gear and set the time aside to watch it while in the spirit of Halloween. The latest season is just as gripping as the previous ones and so far I'm absolutely loving it! Also, The Walking Dead season 7 is finally here and I've just made it through the first episode.. wow - what a whirlwind of emotions that was. Negan is an amazing villain and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the part is phenomenal; I can't wait for more episodes to air!

That just about wraps up all the spooky things that I've been up to during the month of Halloween! What are your plans this Halloween, do you have an awesome costume? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Halloween!

Being an Extroverted Introvert

11/10/2016

A couple of years ago I kind of became obsessed over the Myers Briggs Personality Test. A test which sorts you into one of sixteen different personality types depending on how you answer the questions on the test. The sixteen different types are all made up of various combinations of the following character traits of how someone's personality is comprised of:
  • Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E)
  • Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

I was sorted into the Architect - INTJ category, which stands for Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judging. After reading through the details about the category that I had been placed into I felt like someone had just given me a step by step guide to my entire life that I had lead thus far; filled with what kind of emotions I have, how I act around others, relationships, friendships, career goals - everything and it was so accurate!



My test results have been on my mind quite a lot lately as I've taken some time to reflect on what kind of person I've been in my past and what I want the future me to be, because who doesn't want to better themselves every now and then, right? I've always typically considered myself an introvert, someone who would rather sit on the side lines and let others take the spot light in social situations though, if push came to shove I could handle being the centre of attention also - I feel like I've become more extroverted over the past couple of years.

I remember this one particular house party that I went to during my stay in Brighton which sums up my increasingly extroverted introvert personality. To cut to the chase, the party was awesome but it wasn't until the following day that I realised something which changed how I perceived myself; I kept receiving messages off of people from the party, telling me that I was the life and soul of the party, the centre of attention and that they couldn't wait to do something with me again and soon. Being an introvert I couldn't believe it. Me, the life and soul of the party? "But I like to be in my own bubble and keep most people at arms length" I thought to myself at the time. That's when I realised how my personality and the way that I am around others had adapted to the situation that I was currently in - I became more extroverted at the party - but with a catch.

After the party I felt exhausted for the entirety of the following week from the sheer amount of effort that I had put in whilst in front of other people from entertaining them and meeting new people. I needed time to myself again. It was during this week of recuperating that I noticed how I shift from being generally introverted, to extroverted and then back again to an introvert. I began to see similarities in parts of my life where the more extroverted me would come out; going to my job, being with friends and family, meeting new people and going to new places - I come out of my shell, interact with people more and feel happier inside for doing it.

While I do enjoy my alone time when in an introverted mood, whether it be by reading, playing a game or just being in the comfort of my own home, there does come a point where too much of it becomes bad for me and I can feel myself slip into a kind of funk where I need to be around people again and be sociable, I get a feeling of needing to go out and do something new and put myself out there and be more extroverted again. Its a strange and quite fascinating balance that I've become increasingly more aware of in myself and am interested in what kind of personality I'll have years from now, whether it be more extroverted or introverted.

What are your thoughts? Are you extrovert or introverted? Do you get a kick out of being the centre of attention and being around people constantly or do you value alone time? Let me know below! 

September Favourites

02/10/2016


September came and went so fast for me, I seemed to be constantly busy throughout the entire month with two trips to London and whole bunch of extra hours at work, all while struggling to maintain a social life. It has been such a great month for me though and exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries and get a change from the norm, especially with my time in London during my visit to the Harry Potter Studios and then again for Hospitality In The Park. My favourites this month consist of TV, Gaming and Music due to what spare time I've had and what I've been able to fit in.

TV


Let's start with what I've intermittently managed to catch on the box whilst I've had an hour or so spare. American Horror Story Season 6 started and while I still need to watch season 4 & 5, luckily each season is a completely different story and doesn't really require you to watch the previous season so I caught the first episode and really liked how they're portraying the story like a documentary, with the characters talking about the events of this season's horror story. Its all quite in the dark at the moment and not much of the plot has really been given away but I'm liking the foundations that have been made so far! I've also managed to catch a few more episodes of MadMen and Peaky Blinders, with only one more episode of season 1 of the Blinders left to watch. Both have also been really good but again, its just finding the time to set aside to watch them both, hopefully I'll make some more progress on them through October.

Music

Drum and Bass has taken high priority this month with Hospitality In The Park absolutely smashing it this month. I had such a great time at Hospitality, it was hands down the best live music experience that I've been to. As such, when I got home all I could listen to was more and more D&B. Some of my favourite releases this month have been Deadmau5 - Strobe (Dimension Remix) and Kove - Bring Me Life. High Contrast played the Strobe remix during his set at the end of the night at Hospitality and it just killed the dance floor with a massive build up vibe and an explosive delivery once it gets going.


Gaming


After I managed to pull myself away from playing WoW in what small spare time I've had this month, I've also been making some slight progress on Uncharted 4 which my friend lent me for my PS4. I can't get over how good this game looks graphically and how well the voice acting work is with the cast. It does at times however, feel more like a movie than a game as some levels are very scripted and a slog to get through, leaving me with some fatigue and feeling that some levels were drawn out more than they should have been. I played the previous three games on the PS3 though and am interested to see how the story of Nathan Drake ends in this instalment.

I LOVE this time of year. I'm hoping to see a lot of horror movies, play lots of horror games and hopefully get dressed up over Halloween which is just around the corner. Until next month's favourites post, see you!


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