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12:11 PM on 01.18.2009  

Otronicon 2009 in Orlando FL - Saturday's Show


Rather than make a informal post covering the Otronicon 2009 event, this is more or less going to read like LiveJournal post on my day with a crapload of pics and video (I'm not embedding all videos, but links are spread throughout, including some pictures that link to videos). My initial intention was to check out the "Halo Wedding" (a couple who met playing Halo online and now were getting married publically at Otronicon) and my other reason was to play on "The Ultimate Rock Band Drum Kit."

Both my dreams came true and much more. I had been to Otronicon in the past, being held at the Science Center and not being as big, it really felt more like an exhibit than a video game convention. This year, it felt a bit bigger and slightly more organized.

I had turned up a little earlier than the seating for the wedding, so I quickly checked out the "Evolution of the Mac" exhibit then went off to see some games. "Simulation Universe" was on the first floor, lots of racing and flight sims were available to play, and as I've noticed at almost all gaming events now in days, the US Army was on hand with their games to let kids of all ages kill.





After making the rounds in the "Simulation Universe" and the "Wii Family Arena" it was time to hit up the wedding. It seems only the family was being allowed inside first, a guy walked up to me and seen me in my suit asked, "Are you with the family?" .. I said "No, I'm Mike Murakami, I'm with the press" .. "With what press?" ... "Binge Gamer!" I exclaimed as though we are some known site, and I guess my tone was enough to convince this guy to yell to some other lady with a tone that suggested he knew who I was.. "Hey, Binge Gamer is here, let him in!" So then me and my brother walked down the little corridor to the stage room where I was shocked as all hell to see familiar robot head (footage of Destructoid interview going on by some media outlet.. hey, free interview without having to think of questions, woo).



(Note: Despite the look on my face, I was not farting during that picture)
(Double note: Niero has pimped out jewelry on top of a pimped out suit)

As I sat down, minutes later low and behold Mr Mtv Multiplayer Blog himself, Stephen Totilo appeared. WTF!? I thought. First we have some main Destructoid players here, now Mtv! Otronicon is getting better (or this wedding must have garnered more attention than I thought).



Random: Colette Bennett was there as well, but I did not recognize her at first (I just thought it was a random short cute chick with Niero, but then I imagined a NES controller in her mouth and felt like a tard not going up and saying hi). Doing camera work for DToid was, as my brother in law informed me "that guy who slept on Hulk Hogan's daughters couch on Brooke Knows Best" .. well, I didn't believe them, but sure enough, the tattoos match.



The wedding itself was really nice. The music beforehand was great. Master Chief was marrying the couple. The bride and groom had trouble hearing a few vows so there was some repeats, it was funny and cute. I missed out on the question & answer session afterward (I was told that they were going to do something at 5pm-6pm, but it ended up taking place right after the wedding it seems). So I was off to watch people play games and then play some myself.


(Kids playing rated M games OMG)




(The 501st Legion represented)


(Star Trek > Star Wars)


There was an exhibit called "Artronica Digital Art Studio" where I nabbed some photos, but they were not game related (if you want to see them, I'll post them in the comments).

There was an "Xbox Rocks Stage" which was actually just a room with a bunch of 360's hooked up. While my brother waited to play on Halo 3, I noticed something very disturbing, a crowd gathering and shouting while playing Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. Something neat about the 360 room, some of the staff (who were all middle/high school students, I kid you not, they were running stuff), started taking names down and put together mini-tournaments. Just whoever was standing around and wanted to play jotted their name down and the winner had bragging rights. I was cracking some people up during my Halo 3 round (I stopped playing Halo 3 for Call of Duty a long time ago, so I was just messing around talking crap about the game.. it was all in good fun though, no fanboyish hate I swear).



I had entered the MK vs DC mini-tournament, where I was pitted against a kid who was 4 or 5 years old, so I won the first round, then in good faith started letting him hit me around during the second match (there was the crowd cheering him on and stuff).. well, that little bastard, he started doing some move with Scorpion that I couldn't block and he won the second round.. then the third! Bah! Shitty game.

On the same floor as the 360's was a bunch of Playstations hooked up with all the Guitar Hero's. At least five of them with two guitars on each set. All the little kids had a lot of fun, while the real men were downstairs playing Rock Band on a stage (more on that a little further down).



("PC Gaming Dungeon" ..aptly named section, I had the flash on my camera on, but it was really dark in the room where people were enjoying Left 4 Dead and World of Warcraft)



(Note: It was kind of amusing seeing a broken Dig Dug machine in the "Classic Arcade Lounge," as a couple of years ago I specifically remember they had a Dig Dug machine.. and it was broken then as well, maybe it is time to stop bringing this out to the show)

While walking into the Rock Band room I was treated to an amusing sight:


I watched other bands hit the stage (surprisingly a lot more good than bad... then again, many people playing on Easy/Medium). There was a kid named Logan who was owning everybody, played on only Hard/Expert and kicked ass plus but on a good show (people were requesting him to play with them, he had to be only 6 or 7 years old)

It was time for me to get my Boston on:


Now, if you notice in the above video, the drum kicks during the first half were basically non existent. Because the damn foot pedal was broke!

I was bitching the whole day on deaf ears, well I took my complaints to the experts at the Rock Band thread on NeoGAF where I was vindicated by them noticing and confirming it was broken.

There was a huge IMAX+ sized screen (dome) where Halo 3 was being played. First with the bride and groom who were married earlier, and then just regular matches being played with an audience yelling, helping, cheering, making fun of people, etc. It was honestly really fun. In this same room they later had the Halo machinima, which seemed to be just Red vs Blue episodes being played on the huge screen, which was cool, but by this time I was tired and ready to head out.


(Note: Taken at the "Evolution of the Mac" section, where they were playing nonstop all those stupid Mac vs PC ads, bit spammish much)

In the end, Otronicon was not like other conventions I have been to. It was not about selling you anything here, no venders. It didn't seem to be focused on upcoming titles either, so it was not much of a preview type show. This was completely for gamers to have fun with other gamers. I couldn't say this is necessarily an even to drive out of state for, but if you are in Florida, head up (or down) to the middle in Orlando and enjoy a day with a bunch of games (still open till Tuesday, January 20th, or wait until next year where I'm sure it'll be a bit bigger/better).



Thanks to Dan Ginader from the Orlando based Radio Rickshaw podcast for letting me use his video camera during the whole show. Thanks to my "little" brother Anthony Murakami for being a secondary camera man and all around good guy. No thanks to Anthony for kicking my ass in Halo 3 on the big screen in front of everybody, go to hell! For all the video I got, good or bad, check the Binge Gamer YouTube page.

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8:43 AM on 04.09.2008  

GTAIV - The ONLY Version is the Xbox 360 Version


I have read across many forums (where else can you find people spouting their opinions on every subject and non-subject in the world). Finding people actually considering what system they should be getting Grand Theft Auto IV. I couldn’t help but easily list the reasons why there shouldn’t even be a question of what system you should get this on. First I will start out with something small..

Custom Soundtracks - The talk radio in GTA is classic, the songs they tend to put in the game are usually great, but you will be playing GTAIV for quite a while. At some point you’ll want some new music, maybe your own music, thus the 360 comes in with the custom soundtracks (PS3 possibly one day?).


Achievements - This should never be a deciding factor, but more of just icing on the cake as far as a game purchase. When you think of a game like Crackdown, the achievements in a sandbox type game really do add a lot. Also the great names (”Warm Coffee”..classic)


Controller - Yes, the Grand Theft Auto series, started on the PC, made it big with the Playstation 2, and then was perfected on the Xbox. The tight controller made to fit comfortably in a person’s hand was what the game needed to be complete.
No more having to use the ‘too light’ toy like PS3 controller in the game. No need to spend $50 to get a controller that should of had rumble in the first place. The Xbox 360 controller gives you everything you need (except a good d-pad, but that won’t factor in for GTAIV).

More than just technical aspects, the Playstation 3 is the reason why we all have had to sit through delays until now to finally get a hold of the game.

It’s really no surprise to anybody that the PS3 was definitely a contributing factor to that” - Rockstar Games Vice President of Product Development Jeronimo Barrera

How can you morally support a company such as Sony for doing this to us! Seriously though, the fact that delays were made because of the PS3 version shows that the game was basically made for the 360 in mind and the PS3 version is almost just a port.

On the positive side, as the development teams had to take more time to get the PS3 version up to speed with the 360’s, there is no doubt the devs on the 360 were able to use this extra time to test and tweak the game to get the most out of it.

A possible situation on the extra time for the the Xbox 360 is by benefiting from better graphics. Look at a lot of the multiconsole releases, Devil May Cry 4, Call of Duty 4, even Lost Planet, a port they had all the time in the world to work on, all these games in the end are just plain better looking. I can admit I am nitpicking here, but if I had a choice, I would go with what looks as good as the game can of course.

Xbox Live - There is just no comparison with this versus the Playstation Network. PSN is getting better, that is all well and good, but it is still no Xbox Live. Looking past all the great features Live offers over PSN, the main focus should be your friends, and we all know your friends are on Live. With the 15 multiplayer modes, you know you will want to be doing some co-op with your friends, and of course they will be playing online on the 360 (Note: Also know they have a headset because it was included with their system, I’m sure Sony will fix this some day).

Exclusive Downloadable Content - Microsoft paid money to get the goods. If you are a true GTAIV fan, this part should have already made up your mind for you. Feel free to be in denial about this being a factor on what version of the game you should get, just remember what was said about this DLC, “It will be bigger than a lot of people think. GTA Vice City and San Andreas were basically expansions of GTA3. Think of the DLC that way. We are talking major expansion for GTAIV” - Consider those words, and think of how big Shivering Isles was for Oblivion. This should not be overlooked if you have both systems and honestly can’t decide.

For at least another year, I would count on multiconsole releases to be superior on the Xbox 360. Developers say it, it shows in gaming sites reviews, in fact, the only group of “gamers” that would tell you otherwise is GamePro, and I think we all know how credible of a source they are. While Playstation 3 owners are making a sandwhich because their version of games require a forced install time, Xbox 360 players will already be experts in cop killing.


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The above post got front paged on N4G then taken off in record time. I am proud that it lasted that long, even I recognized how much of a fanboy I sounded like (despite I am a Nintendo fanboy). Either way though, the 360 version owns the PS3 version, I just don't understand how people try to argue it any other way.

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3:58 PM on 03.10.2008  

I Am Giving Away - Call of Duty 4 on Xbox 360 (Plus Other Stuff)



I have Call of Duty 4 Collectors Edition for Xbox 360, a CoD4 T-Shirt, Strategy Guide, and Hardcover Artbook. I have tried to give this away before, however after three attempts to contact the winner the last time I tried to give this away, I said fuck it, I am keeping this stuff. But now I have a new site, and it is time to try and give this baby away again.

I am doing it the same way I did last time, just leave a comment with a gun sound... this time around I will accept bomb sounds as well, god damn I am so nice... just make sure it isn't as a reply to this page, but the below link:

CLICK THIS LINK RIGHT HERR

(Click the above link that said for you to click it)



(RANDOM: I also have a Hudson Bomberman "Bomb Squad" T-shirt that I will be giving away sometimes this week, I will make a post here on dtoid to let you know when that is happening)

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11:48 AM on 03.09.2008  

Not my Turning Point gaming rig



Above is my baby. It is in no way a Turning Point gaming rig, in fact, it isn't a game rig at all. I can do most emulators, as long as it isn't N64 or above. It does surprise me by running Crazy Taxi just fine, which is great because what games need to be played more than Crazy Taxi? None (except of course for Turning Point).

The model is a Dell Latitude C610. It has one of those nifty red nubs in the middle of the keyboard which seem to be lacking on some newer model laptops I see. It is necessary, touchpads blow (I keep a mouse handy in my laptop bag though).

Some specs:
PIII
512mb ram (upgraded from the 256 it came with)
20gb hard drive
14.1 display (1024x768 max resolution)
ATI Mobility RADEON M6P 16MB



Featured in the above picture is the fact that I have no disk drives. I do have a dvd drive and a floppy drive somewhere in my room, but for the most part they go unused, I ended up having instead to get an additional battery because the original battery can maybe pull 2 hours of use tops :(

Also you can see my special WaveLAN wireless card. This is the equivalent to an Orinoco card, which was awesome back in its hay day to scan routers and break passwords. It was compatible with so many programs. Now it is just a very solid wireless card.



Above is sadness. As I watch my porn, my penis is constantly distracted by that red line. Sometimes a blue and/or green line will show up just an inch to the right, I have no clue why, but it isn't always there. The red line though.. oh, that is always there.

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7:53 PM on 03.07.2008  

MegaCon 08 - A Story In Pictures (Cosplay Cosplay Cosplay)

MegaCon started today, so me, my brother, and a girl friend of his went off to attend (I think I have missed only 2 or 3 MegaCon's since it started, I am a geek and a half even though I no longer buy comics on the regular).

So it starts... waiting in line (took about an hour to get tickets).


The nerds get restless in line, so they fight.


Robin... DICK grayson.... the UPS man.. has a package for you.


I think this is a Final Fantasy character.. but.. im not sure. I tried to make sure I have no anime kid pictures, because their costumes tend to be horrible.


Predator (duh)


This guy looks sad and/or is talking to his foot.



Kid spidey (hard to see), the thing, and a jedi, playing DS.



The first costume winner of the night.



The awesomeness of the Phoenix Right guy is thrown out the window because of this guy.



And these two guys too.



Meh, I respect the Harley Quinn. .. but Bob the Builder... wtf. And why do I know that is Bob the Builder.. bah.

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First Link of the night (I only got a picture of this one and one other, but there was at least two more)


Resident Evil guys, they kicked ass, very detailed costume for the short one.. the big one didn't have to be all detailed, cause he was huge.


The first cross-dresser of the day (there had to be at least 8-10 throughout the day. No mistaking ugly girls, they were dudes. Not cool.


Oh this poor little kid being raised like this.


C'mon, No More Heroes. Overall costume sucked, but the "lightsaber" was dead on looking like NMH.


This Hitman guy was detailed. I didn't get a picture of the back of his head, but he had a barcode on it where you can see in smaller letters "Hitman" were a serial number would go, plus he had a serious look the whole day.


Even Link can't help but rock out.


This threw me off, a dentistry place grabbed one of the spaces right in the middle of the floor. Out of the 6 or so MegaCon's I have been to, I have not seen a thing like this, sad times (even worse than the fact that they had belly dancing classes this year).


Smash Bros Brawl has a crowd around it all day, didn't get to play (I am not that impatient though, I can wait a few days).


This Luigi was sad the whole time.


My little brother, some random guy who didn't mind doing vocals, and a Storm Trooper that felt the need to rock. Who is drumming!?!?!


My fat ass is drumming mother fuckers (I kicked ass on "In Bloom" of course.. but KISS came on the next track.. I hate KISS and didn't know the song well so fucked up.. just so you all know).


One more picture of the Storm Trooper.


My greatest picture ever. A Spartan (ala 300) and a Spartan (ala Halo). The 300 Spartan's belly must be experienced first hand in movement to truely understand its horrors.


I'm easily amused.


God damn people liked playing Brawl. Some kid was using Olimar (from Pikmin). It was awesome watching him run to where no enemies were just long enough to yank a shitload of Pikmin out the ground, it was so bad ass (I love Pikmin and can't wait to play as Olimar).


Uhh.. random heroes that I don't know. Seriously, am I that out of touch with comics :(



I am at this time leaving, so all of the following pictures were taken within about 5-10 minutes, some of the best costumes were seen as I was walking out. I am not sure who the chick is supposed to be, but I recognized Pyramid Head right away.


Gears of War. So bad ass. Their whole costumes were very solid and 'hard' looking, not cheap at all, these people took their time to make it as "real" looking as possible, it paid off.


As I was taking a picture of the GoW people, my brother is like "oh, look behind you!" .. I turn around and am forced to snap a photo post haste.


I love Go GO, this made my day right after the Companion Kid.


I don't even like GI Joe (I know, blasphemy).. but damn, I knew exactly who this old man was portraying. BAZOOKA.


Well, they can't all be winners, the last pictures prove it. I wanted to make an animated gif out of two pics of this guy, but its not as great as I thought, I feel bad for wasting this retards time.




As for the rest of the show. Brandon Peterson, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmoitti, Mark Waid, and Steve McNiven were all cool ass people (met them all before except Waid and McNiven, so I expected no less).

I was pissed that Andy Kubert, Chuck Dixon, and John Romita JR did NOT show up while I was there (basically from the start of the day till finish). That sort of pissed me off, I had a couple of issues for each of them to sign.

Mark Texeira seemed like an a-hole. I can't complain that he allowed me to get a comic signed even though he wasn't doing signings until 4:30pm (only for one hour though).. but I can complain that he seemed more of a dick than George Perez, who is king dick of MegaCon every year.

I have some videos I need to upload. Just a random fat guy playing DDR who looked as though his pants were about to drop. Some geeks fighting. And I forget what else. I'm tired, but wanted to resize and upload these pictures before taking a nap. So thus brought about this post.

~Fin~

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6:29 AM on 01.23.2008  

Tetris Splash Snubbed by Xbox Live Arcade Awards - Write In!



The following categories easily could/should have included "Tetris Splash" for voting:

Best Overall Arcade Game (I know, Dtoid is represented in Bomberman, so I can see not everyone writing in Tetris here)

Best Classic Game (what is more classic!)

Best Family Friendly Game (No Wii game can compare!)

and Best Competitive Multiplayer Game. (6 PLAYER MADNESS!)

Vote by clicking here and write in Tetris Splash as much as you can.

I made an damn Digg.com entry for this cause. I am cereal.

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10:47 PM on 01.05.2008  

Assassin's Creed - Keeping the HUD on or off?



My brother has rented a copy of the glitchiest game evar, that he has brought to my house, he is in the other room playing it, but soon, soon my time will come to finally give this 'average to good' title a try (I kid, but I keep seeing the most mixed reactions about this game).

Either way, like the question asks, about the HUD, I remember browsing through one of the million page Assassin's Creed threads and had seen people not only play with the HUD off, but recommending it. So starting out my file, should I just adapt to playing without it if it gives that much of a better gaming experience?

Thanks for any help on this random question.


Note: I posed this question elsewhere, but I want a few more replies about this, here are some answers I have received so far:

The game feels better without the HUD on. But you might have a hard time finding everything.

The game does feel better and a bit more immersive without it, but you'll probably be hitting Select (or Back) a good amount without it. (To bring up the map) The other three elements of the HUD are not really needed.

Knowing your health, especially when it regenerates back to two bars after a near death experience, is essential. Same with radar, the only other reasonable way to find pre-assassination info would be listening for people to call for you, I'd guess. The hud really does help more than it hurts, you can't escape the sci-fi elements either way, so I'd just keep it on.

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10:08 AM on 12.14.2007  

I Am Legend (IMAX) Movie Review (Also, Batman/Joker)


The movie made me appreciate "Children of Men" and "28 Days Later" a hell of a lot more. Don't get me wrong, I Am Legend isn't a bad movie on its own, but, I would highly suggest making it a Blockbuster night and skip it.


UNLESS

You have an IMAX theater in your area, as they do a 7 minute The Dark Knight trailer/preview (Batman Begins 2). It was better than the movie I paid to see. Joker was a fucking maniac, the scene they used was awesome. Now below, I will describe the scene, but first some actual thoughts on I Am Legend.


It had a decent storyline. The action scenes were well done. Has a 'sci-fi' feel, but it isn't a sci-fi movie, it is one of those end of the world type situational flicks that come out so often that are supposed to make us appreciate life or something. There was a sad part (even I was sad about, I won't say anything except 'woof'), but in the end of course all is well (with some sad loses to get to the great big goal of life again). As far as my final thoughts, well, out of what is in theaters right now, it isn't too shabby, but honestly I just can't wait for Maddox to get a hold of it.

Now for some Batman spoiler shit (nothing big or plot ruining, but i am describing a full scene)

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It starts off with about 5 bank robbers. All having clown masks on as though it is the Joker's thugs. There is the "gun men" .. there is the one who cracks open the safe, there is the driver, and I am sure there was a fifth one somewhere in there.. anyways, point is, they all have cheap clown masks on and are robbing a bank that is owned by mobsters. One by one you see the robbers killing each other off, saying that the Joker told them they would get a bigger cut of the money from the heist and some even talking shit about the Joker because he set the whole gig up and isn't doing the hard work. Eventually you see the last clown masked thug kill the getaway driver and then of course he reveals himself as the Joker. He looked crazy and worn out, it was awesome. Also, the issues with[url=] Batman's costume[/url] I had seem non-existent when on screen. Maybe though it was because the whole trailer/preview was basically selling me on a Joker movie, Batman wasn't shown nearly at all (which I did not mind).

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9:30 AM on 12.14.2007  

Call of Duty 4 Updates/Patches Coming This Month (Full List)



The bringer of all that is Call of Duty 4 news, Fourzerotwo has made a post on the official Xbox forums letting us in on an update/patch that will be coming sometime this month. There is some cool shit coming, other than a few playlist changes/removals, there is some maps being added to some game types, host issues solved, and even something I didn't know I wanted, the addition to a Kill Cam for everything (like if you get killed by an Air Strike, it will follow the bomb from the plane to you so you can see that in the after death screens). Here is the list:

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Hey Everyone –

I wanted to give you the heads up on a lot of cool changes coming to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare multiplayer in the month of December. Before you ask, there is no ETA on these changes, most are included in the upcoming patch, with all the playlists stuff happening independently at some point in the near future.

All of these changes are thanks to YOUR direct feedback and suggestions through Xbox.com forums, emails, IMing me personally, and any other way you managed to get your feedback to us. So what can you expect?

Multiplayer Playlist Changes:

The multiplayer playlists in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare are always evolving based on community feedback and stats we track behind the scenes. We’re focused on constantly keeping the game fresh and tweaking it based on your feedback, so expect the following Playlist changes to be hitting soon:

Team Deathmatch

* Map Added to Rotation: Showdown - now available in map rotation.

Mercenary Team Deathmatch

* Brand New Playlists: No Clans / Parties allowed.
* Players who don’t want to be matchmade with clans (or people in parties) can team up with fellow lone wolves and play some TDM.

Free-for-All

* Map Added to Rotation: Showdown - now available in map rotation.
* Score Limit Change: 100 Points

Domination

* Map Added to Rotation: Ambush - now available in map rotation.
* Map Added to Rotation: Bloc- now available in map rotation.
* Map Added to Rotation: Pipeline - now availalbe in map rotation.

Ground War

* No changes.

Sabatoge

* Map Added to Rotation: Showdown - now available in map rotation.

Headquarters

* Map Added to Rotation: Ambush - now available in map rotation.
* Map Added to Rotation: Bloc- now available in map rotation.
* Map Added to Rotation: Pipeline - now availalbe in map rotation.

Search and Destroy

* Map Added to Rotation: Showdown - now available in map rotation.

Team Tactical

* Map Added to Rotation: Ambush - now available in map rotation.
* Map Added to Rotation: Bloc- now available in map rotation.
* Map Added to Rotation: Pipeline - now availalbe in map rotation.

Hardcore Team Deathmatch

* Brand New Playlist: 100% Hardcore Team Deathmatch Only
* No longer switched between Hardcore Search and Destroy and Hardcore Team Deathmatch
* Map Added to Rotation: Showdown - now available in map rotation.

Hardcore Search and Destroy

* Brand New Playlist: 100% Hardcore Search and Destroy Only
* No longer switched between Hardcore Search and Destroy and Hardcore Team Deathmatch
* Map Added to Rotation: Showdown - now available in map rotation.

Old School

* Rule Set Change: Free-for-All Only w/ Old School Rules
* Increased Health (slightly)
* No Health Re-gen
* Score Limit Change: 100 points
* Map Added to Rotation: Showdown - now available in map rotation.

Cage Match

* Rule Set Change: No Longer Old School Mode
* 1 v 1: Normal Rules
* Map Added to Rotation: Countdown - now availalbe in map rotation
* Map Added to Rotation: District - now available in map rotation

Oldcore

* Playlist Removed

Team Objective

* Playlist Removed
* All gametypes included now available individually.

Upcoming Patch Updates (Seperate from above Playlist changes):

Addition of Host Migration

* If Host of lobby leaves, all players will be deposited back to the lobby where next best host will be selected before new game restarts. Players will no longer be kicked out of game entirely.

Improved Network Performance For Larger Games

* 18 player games now require more bandwidth to host, resulting in smoother performance for players.

Optimized Server Selection for First Match

* Server selection is now optimized to select best bandwidth servers associated by LSP.

Updated Spectator “Chase Cam”

* Change Spectator Mode: Switch between First Person and Third Person.
* 360 Degree rotation around character you’re spectating.

Fixed “Playlist Older Than Host” Error

* Player will no longer get error when entering games.

Optimized Corrupt Create-a-Class Handling

* Players will no longer be kicked from game when their create-a-class data is corrupted.

Added Kill Cam To Everything

* Kill Cam view Added: Air Strike Bombs (Follows bomb from plane to target)
* Kill Cam view Added: Grenades (Follows frag from hand to ground, then rotates to view target)
* Kill Cam view Added: RPGs (Follows RPG from launch to target)
* Kill Cam view Added: M203 Rounds (Follows round from launcher to target)
* Kill Cam view Added: Claymores (Views from behind claymore until explosion)
* Kill Cam view Added: C4 Packs (View from pack rotating to watch target)
* Kill Cam view Added: Martrdom (View from grenade rotating to watch target)

Optimized Old School Experience

* Added Unlimited Sprint
* Doubled Magazine Size
* Added Ragdoll Cam

Additional Start Spawn Locations in All Maps

* Added a minimum of 9 extra start spawns on each side of all maps.

Optimized Sniper Rifle / ACOG Scope Accuracy

* Sniper Rifles and ACOG scope accuracy improved due to fix.

Fixed Weapon Sprint Bug

* Bug which gave players more sprint when using particular weapons.

Thanks again for your constant feedback and support of the game, keep in mind that playlists are constantly evolving, so everything is subject to change based on feedback and results. If we feel something isn’t fun or based on your feedback we’ll continue to change it up and I’ll continue to keep you in the loop.

Thanks everyone.

(The Playlist changes apply to both the 360 and the PS3 versions, but the PS3 will have different patch changes)
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6:32 PM on 12.13.2007  

GameFly Just Got Better - East Coast Distribution


In the past I have tried many different rental services for games. When I last wrote up a bout between Blockbuster and GameFly, I still had enjoyed Blockbusters service, but a lazy part of me enjoyed GameFly.

There had previously been rumors of a facility opening in Texas, I am unsure if that had went through or not, all I know is I get all my games coming and sent to, California, which as a Floridian, blows. Still, I use their service, and I am glad I have stuck around so far, as I received the following email:

Dear Mike,

Starting this week, you may notice that the return address on your GameFly mailer will be Tampa, FL. We’re pleased to open this new Tampa Shipping Center as part of our continued effort to improve mailing times for GameFly members across the entire United States.

Your area will be supported by this new Shipping Center. Depending on inventory availability, you may continue to receive some shipments out of Los Angeles or Pittsburgh. We expect your shipping times to improve over the next few months.

We would appreciate your feedback, both positive and negative. Please send any comments about your experience to [email protected]

The GameFly Team
E-mail: [email protected]
Online Help: www.gamefly.com/help

With East and West coast covered, hopefully the turnaround time for games will be as low as Netflix gets it (ie 3 days), put this with the fact that the last 3 times I have went to BlockBuster, they always have 10 copies of something like “The Bee Movie Game” where as the one copy of Mass Effect is of course rented out.

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4:33 PM on 12.12.2007  

Call of Duty 4 Huge Giveaway - Enter Now!



The prize list:

Call of Duty 4 Collectors Edition (Xbox 360 Version)
Call of Duty 4 T-Shirt (XL, has a cool design btw)
Call of Duty 4 Hardcover Art book (sweet!)
Call of Duty 4 Official Strategy Guide

A pic of the goods:



And now how to win, I am making this possibly the most simple contest I have had on my site, just make a comment on this page (click link) including two things:

# Type a gun sound effect. (”Bang” / “Pew Pew” / and just about anything else is acceptable as an entry)
# Your Xbox Live GamerTag.

Make sure the email contact you are required to put in to leave a comment, is a valid address. Contest will end on Wednesday, December 19th at 11:59pm EST, so make sure to get your comment in before then.

All valid entries will be thrown into a random.org list with the top number being the winner. Keep in mind this contest does not interfere with the Super Mario Galaxy contest going on, so feel free to enter both. Big Thanks to RocketXL and Activision for this awesome CoD4 pack.

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12:19 PM on 12.08.2007  

PS3 + Blu-ray Remote + Stranglehold = $399



Amazon seems to have an offer up called the “10 Days, 10 Deals.” Starting today, each day a different video game related deal will be going on. Right now is a pretty nice PS3 bundle, where you can buy a PS3 40GB, and get a blu-ray remote and Stranglehold Collector’s Edition for free (about $100 is being saved, well if you were planning on buying Stranglehold and a Blu-ray remote that is).

Click here to pick up the PS3, or just bookmark the page to see the other deals coming up each day, if a really big one comes up ill post it if -D- doesn't catch it.

In another offer not part of the “10 Days, 10 Deals”, -D- has put up that Lair is $25 off, so you can pick it up on your brand new PS3 for only $34.99. If you were on the fence with the PS3 before, Sony has been giving plenty of incentives the past month or so and it just seems to continue. Now if they only had a few more 'must have' games I think I could eBay some crap in my room to get one.

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