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Laptop Rage

Hello folks,

It’s story time again. This story has a happy ending, in the scheme of things. Also a fair amount of grumbling.

About a shop.

A particular shop.

Pc World.


My previous laptop had been playing up for a fair while, and it was nearly 6 years old so it was about time I updated to something new and shiny. I’m very indecisive when it comes to laptops, I never know what I want and I either pick the wrong thing or panic and leave before I pick one.

I took backup with me, and we all know how much boys like to poke computers and things. We found a guy on the shop floor that we knew, and he talked me through my options for laptop stuff. He was good, not too pushy, answered all my questions, was patient with me. So far, so good.

When I’d chosen a machine to come home we went to pay. I know it was the young chap’s job to try and sell me insurance, and word processing nonsense and virus protection and he was very swift with it all, and accepted all the no answers. He went off to check something and the business manager came over, and went through all those options again. In a far pushier manner. He was downright rude. We told him that we’d been taken through all the options and we didn’t want to pay monthly so I could ring a free helpline for help with Windows 8… I’m not a cretin I can get used to new operating systems. He was pretty patronising about that. How about if I give you 2 months free? By which he meant take my card details, and sign me up for said service, discount the laptop by that amount. And hope that I forget about the whole deal. No sir, I said no.

The whole operation was just a big scheme to get as much money out of me as possible. Yes, I defo want to pay montly for Microsoft Office, Cloud backups, and goodness knows what else he wanted me to fork out for.

I was very close to walking out in the middle of his sales pitch… and I should have, but I had an Alex shield and he battled on for me.

It was quite possibly one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had in a shop… worse than the zombie hordes in the supermarket on the last shopping day before Christmas. I walked out of the shop, and I was cross. I didn’t want the bad feeling that came free with buying it… the only added ‘perk’ that I got thrown in.

I looked on the internet for the complaints department of PC World… but there isn’t really much point in taking this any further with the company. I will never set foot inside one of their stores again, any future laptops I need to buy will not be done in store… I’ll probably make this computer last until the end of time now, so I never need to upgrade.

So many other people have had bad experiences there, some a lot worse than mine. Mostly with the sales people just not caring enough to do their job properly in the first place. It just seems so stupid, at a time where the high street is struggling, that the people have jobs in a retail outlet don’t care enough about their jobs. If I hadn’t been bullied by the business manager I probably would have considered going back in the future. I like shops, I like to see what I’m buying before I take it home. I don’t want to run the risk of something getting lost or damaged in transit in the post. Now, I know I won’t.

Still… the laptop is new, sleek and silver. And it turns on. Every Time!


– girlinthenerdshop

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Oh, Professor Layton

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When I got my 3DS I got it for the sole purpose of playing 2 games. I wanted to try Luigi’s Mansion 2, and I really enjoyed it. I also wanted to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I love those games; I love the open world, and the way that you can just potter around the map doing what you feel like. [I’ll probably do a whole separate post on why I love it so much]. I got a bit obsessed though, and after spending weeks of playing for hours each day I had to take a break and I haven’t looked back. To fill the void, and make use of the gadget that now lives in my day bag I decided to try out a new game. Well… a new type of game for me, but an old one for the DS world. I saw that the newest Professor Layton game was going to be the last one, so I thought I’d try the first one and play through the whole series, it would probably have given me plenty of play time until the next open world game fell into my lap.

Before buying Professor Layton and the Curious Village, I had a few expectations. I thought it would be a really easy to play and casual puzzle game. And in those respects I was right. The game play itself was very simple, almost to the point of being boring. I thought that I liked puzzles, most platform games have some element of that going on… must find this item, that lets me turn this gear that opens the door and hey presto. The puzzle in this game? Some were worded in a way to obfuscate the question purposefully, some were just really weird, and some were blatantly stolen from our favourite puzzle adventure movie Die Hard 2 [I’m talking water jugs in the fountain people, catch up]

The kind of puzzle I was presented with, whilst varied between word, picture, shape and lateral thinking puzzles were infuriating. The play experience is very guided, there is very little to explore at the start. You get told that you have to get to the mansion… so you go to the mansion. If you try to divert yourself from that task, you get a friendly villager telling you that the mansion is in the opposite direction. Altogether I found it to be an awful lot of reading for a game… if I wanted to read a murder mystery novel, then I’d go to the library and I would probably enjoy it more.

It took several frustrating attempts at this game for me to realise that it isn’t for me. From now on, if I want to pass the time I’ll stick to my other hobbies. If I want something with a good narrative, I’ll pick up a book. And for those days I just need a puzzle fix? I guess I’ll do a good old fashioned cross word puzzle or a Sudoku.

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