Welcome to another addition of Blog Between Blogs. Because I donít have a single solid topic to write about, I randomly jump from one topic to another in a (not so) well-thought out blog. Itís eco friendly!
So, if you didnít know already, I have a PC now, and Iím currently enjoying the hell out of it. I think itís a nice little gaming PC, it does what I want it to; run Team Fortress 2, Borderlands, and Bad Company 2. Iím not going to pull out all these specs and shit, because I know as soon as I do, some of you PC Perfect Lifeforms are gunna come out and start comparing your 6 Core Processors and Fermi Graphics Cards and your fucking liquid cooling to my modest Quad Core, HD 5570, and blue fans.
I will, however, show you crappy pictures.
I am looking to upgrade sometime in the fall. The 5570 isnít going to cut it in the near future (Bad Company 2 frames drop anytime I blow something up), and I really wanna play stuff like Brink and Bulletstorm when they come out. Also, the 5570 isnít the best looking card out there. I want something sexy.
Speaking of sexy and Bad Company, I recently caved and bought the game. I was hoping for a sale on Steam, but fucking Modern Warfare 2ís two Free Weekends/Discounted Weekends in the span of a month made me crazy, so I dropped the $49.99 and went to town. Besides what I stated earlier about losing framerate when shit is going down hardcore, I quite enjoy BC2ís single player. Bad Company is, as always, hilarious as hell. The shooting things part of the game isnít bad either, thought the A.I. can be a bit erratic, going from really good to really stupid in no time flat. Destructible environments are destructible, and I can now justify shooting into fences as ďIím shooting through the fence!Ē which is always nice.
Of course, the real meat of this game is its multiplayer, and after a few rounds, I have to say itís pretty excellent. Of course, me jumping in late in the game means I have a huge disadvantage against the other players in terms of weapons and overall getting used to how shit works, but even then, marking people is an easy way to get points, as even if you donít kill the motherfucker, if someone else does, it kinda acts like an assist. Yay points for me!
Also, Iím liking the Engineer the most, because I get to blow up tanks. I hate tanks. HATE THEM.
In other games news, I also bought The Orange Box a few weeks ago, but Iíve been bothered to play it ever since I upgraded to Windows 7 (which is ballin beyond ballin, by the way) and found out that Half Life 2 doesnít feature cloud support, so I canít continue where I left off. Iíd really like to at least finish Portal again before Portal 2 comes out, but every time I work up the nerve, I go and play Borderlands or TF2 or something instead. I dunno, maybe itís because all this AP writing and testing and shit, I donít want to think smart, I just wanna kill stuff.
But yeah, since schools almost out and Iíve (sorta) committed myself to not buying anything till Portal 2/Brink comes out. Iíve got a backlog of games I can complete this summer before senior year.
Which reminds me, Iím hopefully off to college in a year. Shit hit me a long time ago, but I still canít believe it. My public schooling career is almost over, and in then I wonít be home anymore. Itís exciting and scary at the same time. Itís exciting because, fuck, Iím going to be out of the house, on my own, maybe in a brand new place Iíve never been to, or never dreamed of living in before. Iíll be able to make a brand new start on friends, activities, everything. Hell, depending on the situation, I might even be able to go to PAX with some of you bastards.
Itís also freighting as hell because Iíll be all out by myself. I wonít have people to rely on, but even scarier, I wonít be comfortable out alone. I started looking for colleges last month, and my ideal plan was to move up north, and try up there. My ideal college choice is RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) up in New York, and it still is, but thatís far away from Texas. Really far away. Being that far away from home scares the crap outta me. I donít really have family up in New York, or much less up north besides my cousins up in Jersey, and to top it off, Iím not the outgoing social type I need to be if Iím going to start making relationships. How I usually made friends was through joining an Fine Arts extracurricular activity such as Band or Choir, being forced up onto a stage all alone because I supposedly have talent (I really hate my voice, it sounds way to classical), and then being congratulated. I was in a situation in which people came to me. Iíve never actually tried to go out and talk to someone I didnít actually know.
So yeah, Iím kinda conflicted, but the way Iím thinking about it now, Iíve got one year to learn how to be a social badass, and if that doesnít happen, Iíll just try and take Ďem as I see Ďem wherever I end up. All I know is, I really hope I can go to RIT. That place is badass beyond badass.
Finally, I got some quick thoughts on FUEL. You know the game with the large, open, free roam space, the off-road cars, and the Tornado Storms. Yeah, you remember.
Lemmie tell you, FUEL is a great game for $3.75. Even though I havenít put that much time into it, whenever I load up the game, I always have a really good time just driving around and exploring shit. The races are long, and thatís a good thing, because with so much space, I would expect a race to take longer than 2 minutes. The graphics arenít that bad, and even though nobodyís online to play with, Games for Windows Live isnít that bad. Plus, ACHIEVEMENTS YAAAARRRR!
So if Codemasters ever, for some highly odd reasons (since I hear FUEL didnít do so well critically, and sold like shit), there are a few things Iíd like them to fix.
ē Big world needs stuff to do: All this space, and there arenít even any animals to drive my bike along side of. Iíd really love if there was specific animal A.I., that would interact with you differently depending on which vehicle you where in. Iíd also like to see some sort of dynamic race A.I. What I mean is, have different races going in while Iím in free roam mode. For example, the A.I. is having a race from point A to point M, and along the way, I meet up with them at point E. I canít actually join the race, but I sure as hell can be a dick and fuck up the other racers.
ē More Dynamic Weather: Take it to the fucking max. I want fucking hurricanes, earthquakes, and throw in a volcano in that bitch. Flash flooding during races, area wide blizzards, and to top it off, one scared Weather Man yelling over the radio as all hell breaks loose.
ē Speaking of Radio: Get some licensed music in this bitch. I loved the games title track by UNKLE. Heíd be good for making music in this game. Get yourself a DJ personality thatís not completely fucking annoying ala Burnout Paradise, and youíre set.
ē Make It an MMO: I think itíd be easier to implement all these changes, plus add some more, if you made it an MMO. I know MMO racing games donít always work, but with such a wide open space to free roam, with the dynamic weather effects, and multiple races going on spanning hundreds of miles, a FUEL MMO would be a really interesting prospect. Plus, live radio stations.
And now for the bullets:
ē Got a new phone. Samsung Moment. Itís all good with Android and all, though, if I had know the HTC Evo 4G was coming out, I would have waited.
ē Slowly but surely getting through Soul Silver. I took a long hiatus because of Borderlands, but Iím slowly getting back into it. FUCK YEAH GARCHOMP.
ē Iím actually thinking about picking up Starcraft 2 sometime. I really wanted to play Starcraft beforehand, but my ďGive It Away to Ur FriendzĒ BlizzCon copy isnít working on Windows 7, and nobody wants to give me a beta key, but yeah, I just hope thereís an easy mode. I havenít RTSíd in a while.
ē I really hope MS decides to expand on Games For Windows Live now that Steam has gone Mac and PC. At least, open up a GFWL Arcade, so I can play Limbo on my PC. Please?
And thatís all I got. Hopefully you werenít killing yourself trying to read all of this, and if you where, Iím sincerely sorry. My GFWL is Daxelman, my BC2 tag is Daxelman, and my Steam is Axeldan or something with Daxelman in it. Come blow stuff up/drive through tornadoes with me sometime.
Hey, welcome to another addition of Blog Between Blogs, where instead of just focusing on one topic for epic amounts of text, I condense many topics into one blog, usually separated by pictures. WARNING: pictures may or may not be funny. It doesnít look like I can be hilarious, Iíve checked.
So, if you didnít know, Iím going to be building a PC. My brother is helping me build my first PC as a birthday gift, and Iíve already got the motherboard down. Now, Iíve never been one to completely advocate or completely dog down PC gaming, but more or less supplement it to my console gaming. Iíd play anything I didnít think I could play comfortably on a keyboard on my PS3, and Team Fortress 2 on my PC. I also got Mass Effect and some other gems for really cheap off of Steam, of course.
The problem with that idea now is that I donít have my PS3, so the only major gaming outlet that I have thatís not a handheld is this laptop that doesnít even truly belong to me anymore. Go figure.
Anyways, yeah, Iím building a gaming PC, with some of the bells and whistles. Iím doing my best to keep costs under $800, but hey, anything for Bad Company 2 at this point. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders ainít gunna save themselves.
Next topic is the Playstation Move. I wonít say that Iím ďso fucking excitedĒ or ďcasually optimisticĒ or ďthis shit sucks, $ony is desperate lolĒ, but I do want to comment on the ďfinally, devs are going to port over Wii only games to the PS3.Ē
Wouldnít that cost way too much money to do that in the first place?
I mean, look at it; Developing for the Wii if fucking cheap, really fucking cheap. So cheap in fact that those who manage to sell 200,000+ copies probably broke even long ago, and are starting to make a profit. Itís crazy to say that it costs as much to make a Wii game than it does to make a game like Final Fantasy XIII on the next gen consoles, and from what the Square Enix developers keep saying, theyíre going to have to sell boat loads upon boat loads to even dream of recouping that money back, might have to throw in some extra DLC as well.
So, assuming that some of the Wii developers are developers who donít have the money to waste on making a true next gen upgrade of a Wii game, why would they do that? Thatís a spell for disaster on the game developers part, because if they donít half-ass the port, theyíre going to have to spend a lot of money, and if it doesnít sell shitloads, the just lost a lot of money. Even if they half-ass the port, they still spend some money, and then nobody buys the game because it sucks, which means they still lose money.
I donít think weíre going to see Wii specific developers or low budget Wii games come to the PS3 (or in some cases, the 360) in droves, at least not until development costs for next gen gaming in general drops substantially. And I donít think theyíll be dropping anytime soon.
So, thereís this game called Pokťmon Soul Silver, right? A lot of you know from my past monthly musing that I suck at video games. Well, Iím here to prove myself wrong. 4 days in, and Iím already almost halfway though. And Iím talking the whole game in general, which means 16 badges instead of 8. Iíve got 7 badges, and Iím working on importing some of my Pokťmon from Diamond for badge number 8 and so on.
How did I do this? How did I manage to go from suck to slightly awesome in no time flat?
I FUCKING TRAINED ALL OF MY POK…MON (somewhat) EQUALLY.
A lot of people fall into the ďOnly Use the Starter to Rape EverythingĒ trap, and that works. What happens is, everything else on your team is HM fodder, and your Starter Pokťmon is a level 80 badass that kills everything, and I mean everything, in one hit by the time you get to the Elite 4. I donít know if this is true for anyone else, and it probably isnít, but by using that method, it took me about 3 weeks to get to the last gym. Everything but my Infernape and Dialga was below level 20.
Out comes Heart Gold/Soul Silver. By this time, Iíve been properly introduced to proper Pokťmon management. Keep the weakling out in front, switch Ďem out when battle time comes around, gain EXP for both, so on and so forth. So looking at my team now, my Typloshion is level 42, my Kadabra is level 37, and everything else is approaching the level 30 mark. Iíve had a lot more trouble with the gyms since I canít OHKO everything, and for some odd reason, Miltank has a higher base speed than Qualiva even though Miltank is describe as a COW TANK, but last night I realized to myself, ďdamn, 8 badges in 30 hours, thatís insane!Ē
And Iím not even spending the time to EV train. Hah, bring it on Pokťmon, I got your number right here.
Finally, I told you guys I was going to try and be a game developer right? Well yeah, Iím going to try and do that. Iíve spent some time looking at Source Mod wikis and what not, and I wanna start creating a TF2 map sometime soon. Obviously, I canít do it know, because one, this laptop isnít mine, two, Hammer crashed on this laptop once, and three, fucking AP testing got me writing more than I actually want to write, but yeah, when I get my desktop all up and finished, Iím going to be looking more into it.
Iíve also started looking at colleges who offer more than just the basic Computer Science merit badges. Currently, my number one candidate is looking to be R.I.T., the Rochester Institute of Technology, up in New York (all you New York DToiders, Iím coming to make it rain like Freaknik in Atlanta!), and my second is SMU, down here in Texas. Any and all help finding colleges would be appreciated, as long as none of them being with ďYĒ and end with ďaleĒ, for the sole reason that Yale is filled with a bunch of dicks.
And now for the stuff that I donít think deserves 2 or more paragraphs;
ē My God, why is the Charge Ďn Targe so fucking cheap? Being a Pyro is totally useless now that those Scottish bastards are running around with higher resistance to my flames. I might have to pull out the critaxe for these motherfuckers.
ē The Luiga figure that came with Soul Silver proves that that even Nintendo thinks Ho-Oh sucks intense shit. It looks so much more badass than the timid looking Ho-Oh figure. Just look at Ďem.
ē Bayonetta needs a PC port. Now.
ē As a matter of fact, Microsoft should release a ďGames for Windows Live ArcadeĒ, so that we could play some of the XBLA games on our PCs. Maybe thatís coming with Windows 7 Mobile, which would be totally awesome.
ē New Predator movie looks totally baller.
ē I donít know what Scott Pilgrim is, but itís getting a movie, Michael Cera is in it, and it features homicidal ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, bands, and other means of epic. Ubisoft is making the game to accompany the movie, and the movie is being directed by the same guy who did ďShawn of the DeadĒ. SO EXCITED.
ē NIVIDA SUCKS. GO ATI MOTHERFUCKER!
And thatís all he wrote folks. Join us next time when Daxelman probably has enough thought in an idea that he can probably make a blog out of it. Most likely, weíll probably just get another one of these blogs, hopefully with more PERFECT LIFEFORM.
Seriously though, you guys are the best. From the editors, to the Community, to Samit, you guys make my day, every day. I don't know how I would have gotten the best internet experience I've ever had if Destructoid wasn't here to shove it down my throat, so thanks Niero(HAPPY B-DAY TO YOU TO BRO), the staff, the community, and all of your mothers for giving birth to all you sons of bitches. I salute all of you.
Here's to 4 more years of JOURNALISM excellence. And overall cock-ery.
Welcome to the Holiday Edition of Blog Between Blogs. I'm turning this into a reoccurring series since I still donít have anything remotely coherent to write about, except maybe a review for Audiosurf Tilt, but that can be summed up in a few words; Audiosurf, mobile, motion control, Zune HD, AWESOME.
There, now on with the rest of the blog.
Speaking of Zune HD, I got one over the holiday weekend with the money I pulled in. Since games have been pretty much banned in my house, I decided to blow $220 on other forms of entertainment. I buy nothing but the absurdly-expensive-to-my-parents for me.
Needless to say, itís been an amazing experience. The Zune HD is really a nice piece of work, the touch screen is really responsive, video quality is great, music quality is amazing, and it just looks sexy in my hands. Wireless sync is like a gift to the gods, and the Zune Software has inspired me to NOT torrent discographies so I can watch the screensaver update with pictures and info on the artist currently playing. Iím on Basement Jaxx right now, shit is amazing.
The only things that worry me about this wonderful machine is the lack of Flash support (no Youtube, shoutCast, Pandora), and the lack of App support. The apps that are available (and free!) are nice, as I said before, Audiosurf Tilt is amazing, PGR: Ferrari Edition is actually quite fun and looks REALLY good, and of course, Hexic is addicting as cocaine, but there just needs to be more stuff available. There is currently a Twitter app for the social networking crowd, but I canít get the damn thing to work, and besides some board games and MSN Weather, not much available on the Marketplace front. There are lots of third party apps strewn out across the vast reaches of the interwebz, but they require XNA and all that, which is not a problem, but the restarting every time you load an app on the Zune is a problem, a problem I donít want to deal with right now.
Overall, Iím impressed with the Zune HD. The Software puts iTunes and anything else to shame, and the hardware itself, with some additions and some goddamn marketing, could be a major contender to the iTouch monster wagon. For me, $219.99 well spent.
2009, Game of the Year and stuff, huh? I think Iíll kind of state my own and reasons why and all that jazz, because Iíd still like to feel like part of the community even though Iím here less and less do to massive restrictions of personal time. All I can say is college canít come soon enough.
Anyways, 2009, letís see, lots of stuff happened, yup. A lot of stuff I was excited for this year, such as Fuel, and itís ďWHOLLY SHIT THATíS A LOT OF SPACEĒ driving area. The time I had with the demo made me rent the sucker, but I wasnít that impressed with the full product. Yeah, there was a lot of space and tornados (which was awesome, by the way), but other than that, its race, drive around, do nothing. Not a lot to do in the world of Fuel, but still, a fun game.
There was Killzone 2, which I wasnít actually excited for. I doubted the game a lot; I just didnít trust GG after playing Killzone. GG did manage to surprise me with Killzone 2 though, and even if the aiming controls didnít feel right, it was still an excellent comeback from 2004. If what Jim Sterling says is right though, itís pretty sad to hear that the online community has basically gone to hell and never come back. Killzone 2ís online was where it shined, and with some tweaks and additions, it could have been something to really enjoy well into 2010. Oh well, always Killzone 3, aye?
Then thereís Scribblenauts. I cried a few weeks ago, as it seems, I canít find my Rooster Hat, but I still have the photos, so I can kind of remember what it was like. Anyways, Scribblenauts was a hit with my classes, everyone asking me what to input and see what would happen. Eventually, we just started throwing black holes in random places to fuck with the game, but hey, shit was fun man. Whatever 5th Cell tries next, whether itís an iPhone version of Scribblenauts or a sequel or something new and even more interesting, Iím sure itís going to be awesome.
He get's a big picture, because he's a big dude...
A clap of hands for Brutal Legend, and a moment of silence. The game is good, nice, funny, fun, but missed the top ten by two slots in the month of October, and hasnít seen good sales since. Iím glad it got some recognition though, seeing better sales than Psychonauts, but still, I wish the game did a little better than what it showed. Iíd like for Tim to be able to make bank, and that may seem kind of fanboyish of me, but I really do like Tim and his work. Plus, I want a Psychonauts 2, so yeah.
It's also Soundtrack of the Year...
And finally, oh hey, whatís this? BlazBlue, my game of the year? Blasphemy, you say, why not something like Demon Souls, or Modern Warfare 2, of Assassinís Creed 2, or Uncharted 2?
Well, first off, I havenít played ANY of those titles, save for Uncharted 2, which is a really nice game from what Iíve played. And second off, BlazBlue got me back into a genre I hadnít touched in 9 years.
The last fighting game I had owned before BlazBlue was MvC2 for the Dreamcast, and it wasnít even my Dreamcast. I havenít properly played, much less owned a fighting game since, nor had I any need too. Sure, I dabbed with Melee a lot, and watched a whole lot of Evo, but never did I ever sit down and try to better myself. Not until BlazBlue came along.
BlazBlue changed me; I started playing again, hours non-stop. I started training, I was beginning to memorize combos, I was actually winning matches, I was frames away from beating Yojimbo once (heíll deny it to hell and back, but deep down, he knows heíll never play with Ragna again), I was beginning to be good at a fighter. Hell, if it came down to it, I would have bought a fight-stick to really get down and dirty with. I think I spent more time with BlazBlue over the summer and into October than any other game I had on the PS3, save Burnout Paradise. So yeah, saying it's my GOTY is nothing short of being right for me. Because of BlazBlue, Iím looking forward to trying Super Street Fighter 4, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, and any other 2D fighting games anyone wants to throw at me.
Oh yeah, and BlazBlue PSP. Iíll jump on that as soon as I want buy a PSP.
And well, thatís it for the Holiday Edition. I think this Blog Between Blogs thing might be a starting series for me as I try to get my ass in gear and write something that deserves its own title. Plus, it allows me introduce little things I can say I invented for this blog series on my own, such as this thing I like to call ďthe HitlistĒ:
ē WELCOME TO THE HITLIST MOTHERFUCKERS
ē Found this really great TF2 podcast called ďKritzkastĒ. I subscribed on name alone.
ē Bayonetta is going to be awesome. Using ďFly Me to the MoonĒ as an opening cut scene theme means greatness.
ē Really looking forward to Bad Company 2. I hear it brings teamwork, which means I can do other things besides getting killed and trying (and failing) to kill others.
ē PodToid is recognized on the Zune Marketplace. Robotic Takeover is imminent.
ē The Jet Set Radio Future soundtrack is golden.
ē THIS IS THE END OF THE HITLIST BITCHES
Yeah, I think I like how that turned out.
Anyways, Iím out till 2010. Merry Belated Christmas, Happy Belated Hanukah, Happy Holidays and have a Happy New Year.
Iím back again with what the hell is happening in my life of gaming. Or lack of. I donít wanna talk about it, so letís just stay stuff happened and Iím out a PS3 at the moment.
I still got my DS though (SCORE BITCHES), which brings me to my first little topic;
BLUE 42!!! BLUE 42!!!! TONY ROMO SUCKS!!!! SET, HUT!!!
The League Ė Tokyo Drift
You know about The League, right? That new comedy on FX about a group of guys who take Fantasy Football way to seriously and it ends up spilling into their daily lives, or what remains of them?
Yeah, I really like that show.
About 3 episodes in, a friend of mine showed up at school with a DSi, an R4, and a patched version of the Japanese version of Pokťmon; Heart Gold. Pretty excellent stuff, I got to see a little bit of the beginning, and Iíll tell you, it looks really nice. Really fucking nice. You donít know how close I am to getting a Mewtwo into a PokeCenter right now.
Anyways, another friend of mine has started making teams for HG/SS, and he wanted help from me, because face it; Iím the only Pokťmon badass in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Prove me wrong. Anyways, we got on to talking about nicknames and shit, and then, this weird idea popped into my head;
I know, it sounds sort of like an oxymoron, right? Really though, this could be some cool stuff. We gather a list of about 50 or so Pokťmon, just randomly choosing from the 493 that are out there. We do some crazy stunt to decide who gets draft pick priority, and we go to town. 6 Pokťmon each, off and train for about a month or so, come back, battle it out. 6v6, No Rules, Anything Goes. Whoever wins is the ďPokťmon MastahĒ until the next draft starts.
I donít know how weíre doing on the list of Pokťmon (damn Klempky, you havenít given me the list yet!), but once I get it, we are so on this shit. Iím also thinking I might make this Destructoid wide once HG/SS drops in everywhere-else-that-isnít-Japan; itíd be crazy to go all 493 Pokes, and watch what someone can do with an EV trained Ditto.
Modern Warfare 2
Itís all about the guns now. Talk and gossip about IWís latest masterpiece has taken some of my high school classmates by storm. Mostly, itís all about the multiplayer, but Iím glad to hear that many liked the single player a lot, as well as some talk about the co-op mode, Spec Ops. This was totally different from when Halo 3 dropped; back then, it was all about ludicrous frags and crazy acrobatics, 12 year olds talking about how awesome the Spartan Laser is, and hammers. Now even a single mention of the amazing fun that is and forever shall be, Griffball.
Now, while I donít see Modern Warfare 2 getting anything like Griffball (except on the PC scene, maybe), I like the varied talk that is being handed down. First, we had the whole ďNo RussianĒ talk, and while the guys I hang out around are pretty brutal, most agreed that the controversial level was kind of hard to swallow. Then we went to multiplayer, then we got on whether Gaz was Roach (which he canít be, because Gaz got totally wasted, right?), then on to some Spec Ops, then onto the crazy perks, then onto how badass but somewhat unfulfilling the ending of the game was, and finally we settled on crazy multiplayer stories and how impossible it is to get a 32 killstreak.
Ok, maybe it was a little multiplayer based, but at least they played the Campaign this time around.
NOT Modern Warfare 2
When weíre not talking about MW2, or nukes, I try to highlight some of the other titles out right now. One thatís been gaining some talk is Assassinís Creed 2, which a lot of people say it completely fixed the problems in AC1. While Iím subject to be biased in the other direction, I have not played the game yet, so Iíll be doubtful a little.
Another little wonder that comes up every now and then is L4D2. I really expected more talk outta this one, simply because you can be a fat black guy killing zombies with a ďninja swordĒ. Really guys, put down the FAMAS, grab 3 friends, and show people why pirates suck at killing zombies.
The PSPGo got a little love. A buddy showed me Assassinís Creed PSP, and it looked really beautiful, and ran really nicely. I donít know how many frames it was pushing, but whatever the count was, it was smooth and constant. Then there were the general ďOh, Thatís NiceĒ, from the clock, to the fact that it slides, to OMG SACKBOY ON THE GO SO KAWAII (I swear those Band kidsÖ), so yeah, people stopped fapping on the iPod Touch for awhile and gave Sony some sex. But only for a day.
And well, thatís it. Thatís all I got for you, nothing much happening. A lot of people jumping back on to Starcraft, New Moon doesnít suck (allegedly), 2012 does (fact), and Borderlands is totally Diablo with guns. A lot of guns; like 6.02 x 10^23 guns. Or so I hear.
It's got launch pads so you can practice your air shots.
The map is a long hallway, so you can practice your headshots.
It's got Scouts, so you can practice your Batting.
Pretty much if you're new to TF2, or just need some extra practice without wanting to go online and get your ass severely kicked (you know who you are), just try this nifty little map out. Hell, Valve supports it.