Sterling Lyons, better known in some circles as "Aiayla", is an avid videogame player of all genres. From Genesis, to Playstation, to PC, Aiayla does it all. League of Legends, and other PC and MMO games remain the current focus of not just time, but also contribution to Destructoid.
APB: Reloaded is now in the third week of closed beta testing. Along that way, the fine folks on the dev team have been consistently updating the public APB:Reloaded Developer Blog(as well as Facebook and Twitter) to keep people interested in the know with what's going on.
The big announcement for the past week is that the Closed Beta Build 3 has been released. It comes with some user interface changes/fixes and some balancing to a couple of cars and some of the weapons(including making the enforcer's less than lethal ammunition affordable). Aside from the small stuff, comes with that build another fix for a problem that's been plaguing the game since the closed beta began. A bug that essentially crippled the framerate of the server, and the client, resulting in frequent stuttering to the user.
And someone else who is obviously not me throwing my voice to sound like someone else is talking to me suddenly yells out: "Why, Aiayla, surely you cannont be within the realm of the NDA if you talk about a bug like that, now can you!?"
Well, this bug has already been made aware to the public through the dev blog, and it's actually rather funny what the bug actually is. Unlike the original APB, the death camera has been changed to point in the direction of the person what killed you(like any good shooter should) so you have a better idea of why you died. This new camera, unfortunately, caused the server to lag for a moment while it's running the "look at killer" camera functions.
Or as they put it in the blog: "...one could say the server is sad for the loss, and will take a brief 100ms moment of silence :).". Talk about a ghost in the machine, hehe. =3
In other news, people complained about the free accounts being too limited with the clothing/car/ect. creation and customization system. Of course, GamersFirst has been releasing images across the facebook and their forum to alleviate those concerns.
And to cover my fragile little butt, these images below belong not to me, nor were they made by me, nor were any of their contents, and as of the time of this posting, are totally not related to APB in it's Reloaded and/or "Closed Beta" state. All names are in reference to the APB forums.