Please Stand By – Bitscreed will be back soon!

An explanation for the lack of updates over the past few weeks, or "How I became a Crime Statistic."

If you’re short on time or too lazy to read then the following video will explain everything, so long as you replace all mentions of “channel” and “videos” with “site” and “updates.” Please be advised the following video contains graphic scenes of my face that some viewers may find disturbing. It also contains footage of a cat that most viewers should find adorable.

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If you’re still reading then you either have time to spare, prefer to actually read, or want me to go into more detail. This post’s for you good people.

As you may already know from watching the video on Saturday February 16th 2013 my flat was broken into between the hours of 12 and 1pm, while I was out doing some shopping. My flat has two doors: the first a sturdy-looking thing with a yale lock and a deadbolt, the second with a regular yale lock. You have to get through both to get into my flat and being the paranoid soul I am I always secured both doors whenever I went outside.

Turns out two sturdy doors aren’t much of an obstacle for determined thieving shitbags with a crowbar. Thankfully the criminal scum “only” got away with my Xbox, two controllers, a Kodak Playtouch flipcam and a small money box containing about £1 in 5p coins.  They’d been in the process of unplugging my PC monitor when they were presumably disturbed and scarpered. Immediately after the police had done their thing and left I began making preparations to get the hell out and move somewhere else. I was intending to move somewhere less “troubled” anyhow: the burglary merely forced my hand.

I packed up my PC (which thankfully hadn’t been touched), along with nearly every other valuable possession I had left, and moved them all to a secure location. After that I subsequently moved myself to a more secure and comfortable location, which took about a week. I spent the following week sorting out insurance, cancelling internet and other such real-life stuff when not working at my day job. That along with not having regular access to my own PC meant no site updates or YouTube videos, though I could still annoy people via twitter from my phone.

What this all means for is a temporary forced hiatus and nothing more. I have no plans to take the site down or stop chucking my tuppence-worth in on all things gaming-related any time soon: you can’t get rid of me THAT easily! What it does mean however is that I’m rather limited in what I can do, content-wise, until I get my living situation sorted out. I am currently in the process of doing just that and if everything goes smoothly then normal service should resume sometime in April.

Meanwhile you can still expect regular outbursts from me on Twitter (@bitscreed) as I’ll still be keeping a beady eye on all things to do with gaming, even if I can’t do much to cover them. You can also watch a bunch of my Let’s Play videos for XCOM: Enemy Unknown and The Walking Dead on my YouTube channel if that’s your cup of tea. Finally if you have any questions or comments then feel free to post them in the comments below or send them to me directly, either via the contact page or to my twitter account.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time, and I’ll see you all again soon.


Matt McDermott

Degenerate-in-Chief of
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About Matt

Matt is the irresponsible degenerate behind and the sarcastic writer, editor, director, presenter and tea boy of Pixel Burn.