Thursday, 18 January 2018

What I do in my free time in real life and online Revisited.

So its been a long time since I have talked about what I do when I am not writing this blog including what I do online, other blogs I visit, things I like to follow on youtube etcetera so I thought I might do a bit of an updated version. I still follow a lot of the things I used to follow like the Angry Video Game nerd and the Nostalgia Critic so I wont be mentioning them. I wont mention every thing I have watched or every thing I have done but I just want to talk about a few things and give a rough idea of what I have been up to.

So before I start I am sad to say that I am not going to be recommending any other small blogs, I am very sad to say all of the ones I loved have either massively slowed down or just seem to have died.

In my day to day life a lot of my time has been split between spending time with my Fiancée and my daughter. My daughter has just sat her mock GCSE's so I have been trying to support her and offer whatever help and encouragement I can. With my Fiancée we have been watching a lot of shows together, visiting different coffee shops and we even had a day at a Spa together, which was actually the first time I ever visited one and it was pretty darn good, I got to spend lots of time in various different pools, infinite pools, candle pools etcetera. I do have to thank both my Fiancée and my daughter for pointing out things in the news that will interest me, for talking to me a lot and allowing me to debate things with them which is something which helps me come up with ideas for what to write about on here. I have dedicated a decent amount of time to keeping this blog ticking, and I have managed to play quiet a few games but a few of my shall we say hobbies have suffered a bit. I have stopped writing novels and short stories not sure if this is the end of that particular part of my life or if it is something I will return to in the future. I did just loose a hard drive which was full of half started story ideas so if I ever do go back to trying to write then whatever I end up writing will be completely fresh. I haven't even done a lot of reading recently. I am currently reading a great book my Fiancée got me about conspiracies which I am sure will feed back into this place at some point in the future.

As for online I do spend a fair degree of my time on a new Forum which I would like to highly recommend. This is the Retro Canteen, which you can reach by clicking on the hyper-link embedded in its name. Its a great place where not only do people talk about Retro games, they also talk about all things retro, modern games, there is an off topic section and they even have there own irc style chat every Sunday night.

I have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks watch a whole bunch of videos about wrestling by some guys which can be found at http://oswreview.com/. 
I absolute love this OSW guys. They watch all of the old Hulkamania time period wrestling events and talk about them. They talk about the matches the kind of way that you I would talk with my friends, they laugh at some of the bad angles, the missed moves, the over reactions. It is so obvious that they are having an absolute ball making there videos/podcasts and well its infectious, I just cant help but have fun watching them. It has actually made me want to watch more wrestling, I do have a few older shows on DVD so I might actually watch and review a few of them here seeing as beyond talking about the hall of fame I haven't said much about wrestling on here in a long time.

I guess that sums up what I have been up to online and offline recently and I would strongly recommend that you check out both the Retro Canteen and OSW.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Humble Bundle Change 30 controversy.

I have often played advocate for the Humble Bundle website and its bundles. I mean who doesn't love the idea, you can get a bunch of games for cheap if you haven't gotten much money while also having the benefit of being able to help a charity at the same time (or you can pay more and give a bigger donation).
Well if you visit the Humble Bundle website now then one of the bundles you will currently find is one called the Humble Hope For Orphans Bundle. Now the first time I saw this bundle I did have a little chuckle at the sort of weirdness of it, its called the Orphans Bundle and yet oddly enough the bundle is basically a war games/shooter bundle but when looking at it again I sort of realized why its called the Orphan bundle and thats because its supporting one charity, a charity called Change 30. In the past bundles have had a charity attached to them but usually you have been able to pick one that personally means something to you, but in this case the only charity available is Change 30 so even if you really didn't want to donate to this charity your only other option would be to lower the charity bar to £0.

OK so I'd like to say that I'm not against charity, I have worked for two and I am very proud of the fact my daughter works for one. I do think though that it's important to look into charitys who they are what there agendas are and how the cash they raise is used. Now if you read the description of Change 30 on Humble's website, it reads as follows.
" Our mission is to inspire purpose in Russian orphans by providing them with the love, guidance & resources they need to lead fulfilling lives. Our heart is for the orphans of Russia to not only survive, but thrive."
They go on to explain how the money raised will be used.

"Proceeds from this bundle will help provide care, life skills coaching, and housing and education resources to young people who have been left without support systems."

I had personally never heard of Change 30, I knew zero about them something which is probably true of a great many people visiting the humble bundle website. So in this case youd like to think Humble has vetted them and that you can rely on the descriptions and intent stated on Humbles site. Well the homepage for this charity reads much the same if you take a look at their About Us page you see a slightly different story with the following statement.

" The mission of Change30 is to inspire purpose in Russian orphans by providing them with the love, guidance & critical resources they need to lead fulfilling lives & develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."

OK so I have known some wonderful Christians who are very inspirational People, I have no issue with any religion or the strength of will power and character some people gain from it but I don't like anything being sold through desertion or trickery. If the charity is a religious one it should have been stated not hidden, the fact it is hidden makes me ask why was it hidden. Sure they could argue they didn't lie but this situation doesn't sit well with me.

Something else that needs asking is are Humble not aware of this and if so you could argue they haven't shown due diligence in respect to checking he charity it's donating money to, or does it know and simply not care?

If Change 30 is proud of its Christian mission, why is it hiding that fact? I have issues with this because potential customers are not being given full information, information that might make them decide to donate to another charity in another way. When this charity has already tried to hide something many may worry what else would they hide. Upon researching Change 30 a bit they have a history of being anti LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans) things like this raise questions on wether money donated will help orphans or wether it will help them push forward there agenda. One would like to think that someone who truly believes in God and Christianity would want to help the poor, and the suffering simply because it's the right thing to do regardless of if they share your world view or not rather than seeing a crisis or a vulnerable group of people as prime for conversion.

Once again I am not anti religion in fact I have a post planned about a group of fantastically charitable Christians who are very deserving of a bit of praise.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

SNES Review 135: Animaniacs

Animaniacs known in Japan as Animaniakkusuis a platform video games developed by Konami for the Super Nintendo, based on the hit animated series of the same name, there was a MegaDrive Animaniacs game but it was a totally different game even though both of them were developed and published by Konami a company that was certainly very much in the lime light back in the 16bit games. I never owned this as a kid in fact I have only just recently gotten my hands on it, I have played the MegaDrive one before so I guess in a way that is sort of a template my mind will be comparing this one to as well as well.

Now its important to say that I have a very big soft spot for Animaniacs I used to watch it when I was younger and its just this perfect mix of humor, awesome pop culture references and just a sprinkle of learning. Songs from the show that listed the various countries in the world or American presidents or other such things were done with such a charm and were just so darn catchy that you were entertained enough not to realize that they were daring to educate you a little bit. Then at other times it would literally have me in fits of laughter. I loved everything about the show, it was filled with the most amazing characters so full of life surly this would make them perfect characters for the world of gaming?

Ok so whats the games story? Well Pinky and the Brain steal an important movie script from Warner Bros. Studios, and plan to make the film themselves so that they can become filthy stinking rich and then use this cash to do what they try to do the same thing they do every night try and take over the world. The CEO of Warner Bros. recruits Wakko, Yakko and Dot (the Animaniacs) to retrieve the script pages and stop Pinky and the Brain. Each level contains a number of script pages, you don't have to collect all of them but the ending that you will get if you finish the game depends upon if you got enough of these pages or not. In general it is quiet a good idea for a game story and they use it to decent effect as each level has a different theme be it Sci-Fi or Adventure, and there are plenty of humorous parodies of famous films to be seen if you keep your eyes peeled.

 The graphics in this game are quite good. There are nice, bold characters that look very much like their cartoon versions, and a fair amount of characters from the series pop up in the game, throw on top of this that there are some very detailed backgrounds and enemies as well. The sound is also pretty decent. The music is very  fitting to the game and the shows theme is used so there is a plus point for fans, the sound effects are best described as average though and also kind of under used.

I have always liked the saying ''gameplay is king'', what it basically means is that the most important part of a game is the gameplay, a game can have a good story, it can have good graphics, it can have an awesome soundtrack but all of that sort of stuff is just nice, the real important thing is gameplay. If a game plays badly then it doesn't matter how pretty it looks or how great it sounds, if it plays bad then the game is bad. The gameplay here well its not awful but it is kind of awkward and frustrating, its one of those games were it is hard in places not because of any challenge but because when your jumping your not quiet sure if you will land where you think you will. So when your in a game which at a time could feel a little unfair youd want a lot of extra lives and such wouldnt you? Well here you get three lives, each of the Warners is basically a life, so to die you have to get Yakko, Wakko and Dot killed then if your lucky you will see a continue screen, and when you continue it will be from the last check point. So the obvious question is how many continues do you get? Well that depends you see the whole time your playing the game there is this like slot machine at the bottom of the screen which when you collect enough coins it starts to spin and you can win continues and stuff, personally I find this the most annoying waste of screen space in a game, it doesn't only take up screen room it draws your attention to it and away from what your supposed to be doing. Also if you had a set number of continues then you'd possibly get a little further into the game each time you play and as you improve but here we are adding some luck to the proceedings so I am not overly keen on it. I could go on to moan that the passwords are long but I think if the game was a solid diamond then no one would realistically give a monkeys about that

OK so I guess its time to say how I feel about the game overall. Well in honesty I think this game is a very very average game, I would give it 5 out of 10. The most surprising thing about this all for me is that the game was made by Konami, and when it comes to the 16 bit era you think Konami on the SNES and you think about a company which was probably one of the companies with one of the best records on the machine. I spent £7 on a loose cart of this game and in all honesty if you really want to try this game I would advise that you don't spend anymore than I did if you want to avoid disappointment. In fact if you own both systems I would advise spending your cash on a copy of the Megadrive Animaniacs instead

Friday, 12 January 2018

NEWS RANT: Swatter charged and bail set, my opinion.

OK so I meant to talk about this back when it happened but I don't think I did. I am sure I have made it very plain that I don't really like online competitive games like shooters and such. I like playing first person shooters dont get me wrong but online you just end up being surrounded by pricks, people screaming at you telling you that they are going to screw your sister, accusing you of cheating if you do well, telling you that you suck if your doing poorly, basically I game to get away from pricks and hassle and escape into another world so I am not going to spend that time with screaming idiots. I have played online with friends before on things like Halo 3 and Gears of War and had a great time but playing with random people is just not my jam at all.

I didn't think the whole online competitive crap could get any worse and then people started doing something called swatting. OK so basically people decided that it would be a good idea to call the police on opponents/other people playing a video game in the hope the police would think the gun noises etc were noises of some kind of violence and bust in there.It is a deeply messed up thing to do as not only does it put the person whose address has been given to the police in danger it also wastes the time of various emergency service. When the police are answering a fake call they are taken away from doing actual police work, from stopping real crimes.

Well towards the end of December a 28-year-old man was shot and killed by a US police officer after the police arrived at a reported hostage situation. At a press conference the police said it was a false call meant to draw SWAT officers to the scene and that it appeared to have been linked to an argument over Call of Duty. Well today the Swatter (the person who made the fake call) Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Barriss was charged in the US state of Kansas for involuntary manslaughter and two other counts because of his call that led to a police man killing an unarmed 28-year-old. The maximum sentence varies but if found guilty, Barriss could face a hefty fine and years in prison.

Police say that Barriss had called police to report a hostage situation, telling officers on 28 December 2017 that he had his family at gunpoint and had doused the house with gasoline. He then gave them an address for 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was shot and killed by an officer when he answered the door. That officer is now on paid administrative leave. I don't know what caused the officer to shoot so I cant comment on if he jumped the gun or not but I am sure that this will have unfortunately greatly effected and continue to effect the officers life and career.

Barriss reportedly made the call after an argument between two Call of Duty players led to one giving the other an address. That player then reportedly gave the address to Barriss, who was known in the community for swatting. The address turned out to be unrelated to anyone involved with the dispute, however, and instead led police to Finch and ultimately lead to his death.

Barriss was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with law enforcement. His bond is set at $500,000 (£364,100) which is pretty darn high so I guess he is going to be sitting in jail unable to pay it. There are a few questions I have one of which is will the guy who gave Barriss the address be done for anything? I mean if I told a nutter I knew would burn down a house the address for a good house he could burn wouldn't I be at least partially guilty if anyone died in the fire? The guy who gave out the random address I also hope at the very least realizes the part he has played in someones death and feels bad about it, I mean there was no reason for him to give any address at all. Its all a very very sad situation which makes me feel bad in general. I guess I hope that this guy gets nailed to the wall and it encourages other people to stop and think before being dicks but I don't really see that happening, I think whatever happens people will still scream and shout and threaten each other online.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Nintendo Direct on the 11th of January 2018 my rundown and opinions


OK so today on the at
Nintendo released a Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on us. The presentation lasted about 15 minutes more or less but in all honesty a lot was said in what you would think would be a reasonable short amount of time.

The World Ends With You – Final Remix was announced for the Switch. For those who don't know basically The World Ends with you was an RPG on the Nintendo DS which gained an excellent reputation but in this country at least seemed to be pretty darn hard to get, as such it still demands a pretty high price. To put it basically The World Ends with you Final Remix is a Switch port of this title with HD graphics, touch controls and optional joycon controls. The port is not apparently going to just be a tarted up port it will also have new story content and is going to be released this year (2018) I think this is a great idea, its a game I have often considered buying but never quiet got around to. I think this is a very good news and I am about as excited about it as I can get over a re-release.

 

So Pokken Tournament Deluxe is getting some new DLC characters that we will be able to buy, they will come in two ''Battle Packs'' Wave 1 and 2. Wave 1 will contain Aegislash and support Pokemon Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Wave two contains Blastoise, and the new support Pokemon Mew and Celebi. The battle pack will also  include new avatar items. Wave 1 launches January 31st 2018, with wave 2 following on March 23rd.This doesn't really excite me at all as in all honesty Pokken hasn't really grabbed me, sure I got a second hand copy of the Wii U one but it just didn't grab me at all, I am interested in seeing how much Nintendo charge for these and I am also interested in seeing if there is every a game of the year version in the works including this later on but only from a curiosity point of view.

A demo for Dragon Quest Builders is available from today on the Switch. I have looked at this game and considered buying it for the PS4 quiet a few times, it looks pretty good but I am afraid If I buy it then I will still buy the PS4 version, look at it on the PS4 its an old game you can probably grab on there for very little or you can pay more and have it for the switch, now if you only own a Switch or need to have it in a portable fashion then fair enough pay more but I feel for those of us with other options the release of this game on this platform is a little bit pointless.



Kirby Star Allies was showcased in a trailer showing Kirby's new Painter and Spider abilities. It looked great and in my opinion Kirby always brings home the bacon, he is a great little character and his games are always light fun and charming. I will be excited when this launches which it apparently is on March the 16th 2018.

 

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. OK so its a port of Hyrule Warriors which contains all of the content from both the Wii U and 3DS versions which were previously released. Well I own the Wii U version and don't give a crap about it so in honesty I don't give a monkeys about this re-release. For those who care when docked the game runs at 1080p and 60FPS, there are also new outfits based on Breath of the Wild added for Link and Zelda. Its going to launch sometime in spring 2018 for those who care

 

Mario Aces Tennis was announced for the Switch and with its title it doesn't take a brain surgeon to work out that this is a new Mario Tennis game. Apparently the game will feature a story mode and is due out this spring.I have to admit to having always having been a big fan of the Mario Tennis and Golf games and this one looks good so I am looking forward to it.

 

Ys VIII. So a Switch port of Ys VIII has been announced. The Ys games have been around forever and while not as popular as the Final Fantasy games its good to see an RPG coming to the Switch, its already on the PS4 and available as we speak but its not like its in the bargain bins like some of the other titles that have been getting the porting treatment.  It is being released during summer 2018. 

 

Super Mario Odyssey is receiving free update. This update is aimed at players who have completed the main game. The update adds a mode called Balloon Mode. Balloon Mode can be activated by finding Luigi in each Kingdom. Players are given 30 seconds to either hide a balloon in the world, or 30 seconds to find other player's balloons, as part of online leaderboards. This is not everything though apparently the update will also add new outfits, and camera filters, to the game. The update is due in February. Hey its free so there if nothing to complain about at all, in fact  is it sounds pretty decent overall.

 

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. Ok so this is an SNK (NEO-GEO) female character based two on two tag team fighting game for the switch. So far so good, I like SNK's stuff and everything but apparently you have to use a special move at the end of each fight to win which doesn't sit right with me but hey maybe it wont be too bad when it launches in summer. 

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong DLC. OK so I really really like Mario + Rabbids so new DLC for it adding Donkey Kong to the game, and what looks like new story content in the form of a plot centered around him well this is all good in my opinion. It wasn't made clear if this is the story DLC which is included in the game's season pass but I imagine that it is. The DLC arrives in spring, I haven't finished the game yet but if I am not tired of it by the end of the game then yeah I might give this a bash.

 

PAYDAY 2 on the Switch is getting a timed exclusive additional character called Joy, who is a female hacker with an LED mask. The port launches February 27th. Sorry but to me this is another port that I am just not bothered about, maybe its because I own lots of other platforms and this is a little bit late to the party and will cost most people more than getting it elsewhere but in all honesty YAWN. 

 

Fe is coming to Switch on February 16th. It's a very beautiful looking game  and its been made by a small studio with support and funding from EA so that kind of says little ambitious developer with good source of revenue hopefully this means excellent game but I guess time will tell but I am excited so see what it brings to the table.

 

Celeste is another indy title, basically in it you climb mountains, mountains covered in spikes, it looks decent enough but its not something which is going to blow the world apart, it looks like it will be decent enough but not really my kind of thing. If it sounds like its up your street then you don't have long to wait as its coming out on the 25th of January 2018.

 

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is getting ported to the Switch, with a new mode where Kranky Kong can surf through obstacles. The port releases on May 4th. I cant blame Nintendo for doing this, after all its not like games that came out on the Wii U really reached the audience they deserved but for those of us who had Wii U's and supported Nintendo at that point in time this is pretty much a pointless release. I hope that this game is not released at full retail but who knows I guess we will see soon enough.


Dark Souls Remastered. OK so Dark Souls is getting a Re-master for Switch. A re-master with both  visual and technical upgrades, the new version supports up to 6 player multiplayer but again I dont really care. Dark Souls is old now, and I am not buying things again just to have them on the Switch, I want to play new things not just the same thing again and again.

 


OK so thats everything covered and its not too bad, but I do think that things could have been a lot more exciting in some areas.  I just want less remakes, or if your going to remake something either remake something old where a demand has built up for it to come on stage and take a bow or either add lots and lots of extra stuff not available in other places or lower the price of it on release to reflect its rehashed nature.

Monday, 8 January 2018

High N64 sales in the lead up to Christmas 2017


According recent reports Christmas 2017 saw a large increase in the second hand market for demand for the Nintendo 64 and its games. A Kotaku reporter did a bit of research quizzing the owners of independent Video Game stores learning that overall there had been a heavy increase in N64 sales and people asking for N64's and N64 games with one independent store owner in New York, saying that he had sold more than 100 Nintendo 64s during the holiday season. Apparently according to sales data, this could be the best year of sales in the history of the console since it was discontinued and was integrated into the second-hand market.

I guess increased N64 sales at this time is not really all that surprising seeing as the people who grew up on the N64 are getting older they are naturally looking back at that console as the nostalgic machine of there youth one of the sources of there childhood joy. I guess a lot of people who were collecting NES and SNES games and things from that sort of time scale wanted to revisit that kind of thing because that is what they would have grown up on. When they wanted to revisit the games of there childhood they would have done so by buying SNES or MegaDrive games, now a new generation is getting into retro gaming and naturally they want to revisit the stuff from there own youth.

I guess one thing to take away from this as a collector is that if there is anything you want for the N64 you better grab it and grab it fast as for now prices are only likely to go one way and that is up. It also goes to show that sometimes it pays not to wait for something to become wanted.The games people are selling and getting rid of now, the games that they think are old and no longer wanted will be the games someone grew up on and one day they will most likely be wanted again by the people who have fond memories of them. I also think this should show Nintendo that a Mini N64 would sell like hot cakes right now, they should make one and they should make it in mass numbers because why let various indy games stores profit off of there games when they could profit themselves instead.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Reality TV Rant: Celebrity Big Brother 2018 Who is in it and what I think of them so far.

So Celebrity Big Brother 2018 is well underway. It started with all of this big fuss that its year of the Woman and that they are going to put Women in charge and that well basically they were trying there darned hardest to actually make it sound like a social experiment again as apposed to trash TV.  I know this might not be the sort of thing I regularly talk about on here but what the heck I had stuff to say.



So the thing that basically makes or brakes a Celebrity Big Brother is the celebritys they manage to get on board so lets first take a look at who we have this year and I will give a few quick words about how I initially feel about them. On Day 1, eight female housemates entered the house during the launch and on day 4  they were joined by eight males, so here they are in alphabetical order.

Amanda Barrie is an English actress who is proberbly best known for playing the role of Alma Halliwell in ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She also starred in two Carry On films, Carry On Cabby and Carry On Cleo. Most recently, Amanda appeared in the TV series The Real Marigold Hotel.She had previously been married to a man but later in life she has come out as bisexual and is now married to a woman, this makes her an intresting choice for the house because she has had a long career, and a life both full of experiance and of change. So far she seems to have held herself rather well in my oppinion

Andrew Brady is a British reality television personality best known for competing on the thirteenth series of The Apprentice in 2017.He didnt do too bad on the apprentace but he did come across as a bit of a piss head, but in all fairness he has seemed to be quiet a decent person on here.

Ann Widdecombe is a former Conservative politician and author. Ann became most known for expressing views opposing abortion, voting for the reinstatement of the death penalty and opposing same-sex marriage. Since retiring, Ann appeared on the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing. If anything she is an out spoken person not affraid to give an oppinion regardless of if it is a popular one or not. So far she has seemed to find the house a rather tiring afair, it doesnt seem like she enjoys being surrounded by so many people.

Ashley James is a British reality television personality known for starring as a cast member on the E4 reality series Made in Chelsea during the fourth and fifth series. Since then, she began concentrating on her music career as a DJ.I actually had to look up who she was when she enterd the house and in all honesty so far she is not really making any impact on my mind at all, she is tottally forgetable, at times it seems like she just litterally bleeds into the wall and ceases to exist, this might actually see her do quite well though as although at present shes not likly to stand out for praise nor will she stand out as someone people are desperate to be rid of.

Daniel O'Reilly, known better by his stage name Dapper Laughs is a British stand-up comedian and media personality. In 2014, he hosted his own ITV dating show Dapper Laughs: On the Pull, but was axed after one series following a rape joke controversy. I instantly wanted to hate him the second he walked in, I had found Dapper Laughs about as funny as being kicked in the balls and he well he just has a smug look about him a bit like a particularly salty bull dog who has just realised he can lick his own balls. Then I saw him have a conversation where he seemed to show genuine remorse but this was soon followed up by a trip to the diary room which saw him looking like the biggest laddish bellend possible, at this point at least he seems like a good reason for militant feminists to want to kill all males if I have ever seen one.

Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, known better by his stage name Ginuwine is an American singer, songwriter and actor who is most known for releasing a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles in the 1990s and 2000s. As well as singing, he has starred in films such as Juwanna Mann and television series such as Martial Law (an Awesome show staring a hero of mine Samo Hung). At first I was a little shocked by the fact he has like 9 kids with 5 diffrent women, I guess as open minded as I like to think I am even I can sometimes make snap judgements. So far I dont think he has.

India Willoughby is an English journalist and newsreader, who is most known for becoming Britain's first transgender television newsreader. She began her career on ITV in 2000. At first I kind of thought she was brave, I mean any situation where you are unique and you enter it you can kind of find yourself as being a representative for a whole group of people, if you do something good it helps everyone like you, if you make a cock up then it can reflect poorly on a whole group of people. Now though well I find myself liking her less and less. Amanda accidentally referd to her as a he, which seemed like a slip of the tongue to me and yes I can see her getting annoyed with it, she is well within her rights to say how it makes her feel but with repeatidly not accepting Amanda's appologies followed by her throwing a mardy because of the fact Ginuwine said he wouldnt date a trans person, I dont know it just feels like she is looking for reasons to throw a strop and only sees her own views as being important.

Jess Impiazzi is a British reality television personality and glamour model, best known as a cast member in the MTV reality series, Ex on the Beach during the second series in 2015 before later returning for the fifth "All star" series in 2016. Prior to this, she appeared on The Only Way Is Essex in 2012 as a "Sugar Hut Honey". She is another person I basically know absolutly nothing about but she does seem to be holding herself generally quiet well and so far doesnt seem like a bad person at all.

John Barnes is a Jamaican-born British former footballer, rapper and manager. He is best known for his time at Watford and Liverpool, as well as playing for the England national team in the 1980s and 1990s. In the run-up to England's 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign, he recorded a rap for the official team song, New Order's "World in Motion" which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. Since retiring from football, he became a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport. I sort of recognised him when he walked in but I am not much in to football I think if he hadnt played for England I wouldnt have even known him that much. So far he seems like a gentleman and a decent bloke, he hasnt been particularly exciting but its still early days.
 
Jonny Mitchell is a British business director and reality television personality best known for being a cast member in the third series of ITV2 dating reality show Love Island in 2017. So far he has seemed like a bit of a dick but then also a little bit like he has had a personality transplant with a mouldy cabbage.

Maggie Oliver is an English former Detective Constable in the Greater Manchester Police best known for exposing the Rochdale child sex abuse ring. Maggie quit the force after serving 16 years to expose the wrong doings of senior officers within the police force.So far I think she is the star of the house, maybe its because shes not a real star star, shes simply a Woman who has done what she felt was right even if it wasnt easy and was to her own detrement. I have the upmost respect for her and so far she seems to have been not only a very pleasent person but also a kind of peacemaker. At the moment she is my favourate to win.

Malika Haqq is an American reality television personality and actress who is best known for her friendship with Khloe Kardashian as well as appearing in her reality shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In 2017, Malika took part in dating show Famously Single. As an actress she has appeared in films such as Sky High and ATL. I was expecting her to be a shallow air head who was self obbsessed and so far shes actually been a very nice person who seems to have been trying to avoid drama and actually seems quiet down to earth.

Rachel Johnson is a British editor, journalist, television presenter, and author. She is also the sister of Boris Johnson. I cant help but think they got her in because of how well her father did in Im A celebrity get me out of here. So far I have very mixed feelings about her. She can seem nice and like the voice of reason at times but then I also sometimes feel that maybe she is playing the game, playing all sides, saying what she thinks needs to be said.

Shane Gilberto Jenek, known better by his stage name Courtney Act is an Australian drag queen and reality television personality best known for being a finalist in the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. As well as this, Courtney has appeared on Australian Idol and most recently MTV's Single AF in 2017. So far I have found him/her to be a decent forward thinking person. Most of what I have seen has shown her as Courtney, but she has been very open about explaining to people how he/she sees him/her self and doesnt seem to make a big deal of people getting it wrong. I think India needs to pull the stick out of her ass and look at how Courtney holds herself. I know that a lot of people will speak ill of him/her but she/he is tottally cool in my books. One of my top 5 contestants this year.

Shane Lynch is an Irish singer-songwriter best known as a member of boy band Boyzone. With the band, they had a total of 6 number ones in the UK Singles Chart including "No Matter What". Shane began his acting career, appearing in Sky One's Dream Team, and has since starred in pantomime. Shane has also took part in reality televsion shows such as The Games and Love Island.He has actually seemed to be a really kind straight talking bloke. I gained a lot of respect for him in the way he has carried himself and tried to be open and friendly to others. He has so far showed that he is very open minded and gentlemanly in his interactions with others. Also one of my top 5 contestants this year.

Wayne Sleep is a British dancer, choreographer and actor. He has also taken part in Celebrity MasterChef, the second series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, and was a judge on ITV talent show Stepping Out. As an actor, Wayne has had roles in films such as The First Great Train Robbery and Elizabeth.Seems to have a great sense of humour and to not take things to serious while also respecting other people. So far I like him.

Well thats everyone accounted for I guess time will tell how they all get on and who in the end is the winner of celebrity big brother 2018.