OK so that right there, is a link to Charley Brooker's Gameswipe. You can thank me later.
Charley Brooker is a British legend, he generally takes the piss out of the news and TV and is kinda like Jim Sterling, if only Jim had stayed in the UK and got his own TV show.
The games show has a really funny look at how the media treats gaming, and gives an idiot's guide to game genres. All simple stuff, but being as though it's Mr Charley Brooker doing it, it's funny as fuck.
The only part i didn't like was 2D fighters being classified as "Beat em Ups" and the way that for multiplat titles they just picked a console and stuck it's name on it. Still, it's a really interesting and entertaining watch for anyone who likes video games.
OK, so maybe this was too big for the comments, or maybe Dtoid just doesn't like my ranting essays anymore, either way, below is my response to this: http://www.destructoid.com/details-emerge-on-mag-patch-1-07-180058.phtml
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE MAG and this is a very welcome update!
Make the maps look even better with new lighting? WIN
Happy hour? WIN
Faster updates? WIN
Neutral Suppression? WIN
I know, I know, i've used this image before...
I'm currently on my 4th Veteran (aka prestige / tour) and still cannot stop playing it, there's an awesome and active Dtoid clan on Raven, despite being in a different time zone i often stay up till 5am playing with those guys.
Also, to people worried about player count in this MP only game - don't, there are ALWAYS plenty of people to play with, at the very very very worst scenario you're choice of gametype is a little restricted, but Zipper actually alleviated that MASSIVELY recently by giving double XP if you let THE GAME choose what game type you go into (often putting you in the less popular ones, but DOUBLE XP) - I do wonder how this will work alongside the happy hour, 4x XP???
@PatriotSnake - Get Resuscitation, you'll get loads of XP reviving team mates!
@NapalmMcT DDS - I would splooge my fucking pants if MAG got Move support! Buying anyway, but it really would make my year!
@HPV - The vehicles are not supposed to be driven around like tanks, they're simply mobile spawn points, NOT WEAPONS! You put them somewhere safe and leave them there. Sure, they could handle better (Zipper did improve them greatly recently) It's really frustrating when someone takes your whole squads "forward spawn point" on a fucking joyride around the map!!!
I literally can't stress it enough that if you have the slightest interest in MAG, just get it. It's fucking brilliant!
I really don't remember the last game that i was so into even after 160+ hours, (I normally get really bored, really quickly, think it maybe borderline ADHD) and there are a lot of players like me, I think Elsa has about 500 hours, Clockwork-zombie has played a tonne, Tsukanda and Mongoose are often online too, JoeG's getting some time in, and many others. I mean there's a whole Dtoid crew, just waiting to play with you guys! What are you waiting for?
MAG it's self is probably my favourite game this generation. Despite all the "generic shooter" comments it got from, honestly, from those that were jealous of it or didn't understand it, it's like no other shooter Iíve ever played, and i've played a whole lot of online shooters since the Counter Strike days.
Sure BFBC2 has objectives, which controlling opens other objectives, but it's like 4 games of BFBC2 all going on at once, with tactical strikes, leadership, mobile spawn points, Anti Air emplacements, Paratroopers etc, all linked to what's actually going on. Not Battlefields "on this map you paradrop in" - more like "right, we've got the AA down so you guys can now paradrop in, Oh shit the AA is repaired, we can no longer paradrop in!" - Completely dynamic and player controlled.
When attackers push in the enemy in MAG domination games the forces come together until it's 128 people defending a building / compaound and 128 people attacking it! (It's split up by objectives, but you more often than not will go help other squads)
i could ramble on about this game all day, but Iíll save you from reading all that.
I'm personally PASSIONATE about MAG. I fucking LOVE it. At least rent it, give it a try, because if you do get into it you'll never look back.
(It is a difficult game at first, it's not pick-up-and-play like CoD, it will probably take a good few hours to climb it's learning curve, but it's oh so worth it when you do!)
Also, drop by the MAG thread in the forums - we're a friendly bunch, always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Aurain and I were having a discussion in the deep dark bowel of Destructoid, known as the forums, about whether single-player-centric games or Multiplayer-centric games are "better" or higher quality, I figured I would share my veiws on the topic with the toid community and see what you guys have to say on the subject.
Aurain: "Single Player games are consistently better than online focused ones.
Compare the quality of Red Dead Redemption to MAG, Warhawk, CoD6 or Battlefield Bad Company 2 and it's pretty apparent."
In my opinion, we all have our preferences, but personally I am ALL ABOUT multiplayer.
I'll take my latest (almost finished) single player experience: Red Dead Redemption and compare it to my current Multiplayer addiction, MAG:-
"I played perhaps, 20 hours tops of Red Dead single player, (more than that on multiplayer) and I'm bored, I just want to get it done and finished now. Whereas I'm currently at 100+ hours of MAG and STILL love every minute."
Don't get me wrong, Red Dead is a fantastic game! When the music played as I entered Mexico, it was pretty epic, and the story was excellent, with some great characters. But I KNEW it was still all scripted, all predetermined, I was literally just "along for the ride." If anything the addition of random encounters has really pushed Red Dead away from the "working through a scripted story" boredom i suffer from single player games, but just not quite enough.
When I'm playing MAG, barking orders to real people and they're replying and alerting the team to threats and such, suggesting attack routes, requesting support etc, it's just so much more natural and exciting, and for me, i would consider it on par with a good story.
In MAG when the enemy throws a whole squad at your AAA (again a decision made by another human in the game) and you're busy defending a bunker, that's not a situation designed by any developer, that's a situation where you need to make fast decisions based on what's actually happening and the info you have, not a situation that has been setup with a certain method for getting through it.
You might not even be able to get through it in MAG, you might take your whole squad to the AAA, lose the bunker, get killed and spawn miles away back in the base, or you could keep the bunker and slowly push back to the AAA while getting paratroopers dropped all over you and airstrikes etc. Creating the always difficult task of repairing an Anti Air gun, while having paratroopers landing right on it, all around you.
I just love how ad-hoc you have to be in Multiplayer games, especially games like MAG and to a lesser extent Battlefield Bad Company 2.
Many years ago, possibly about 10 years, I started playing Counter Strike on the PC, over a shoddy connection with horrible lag, but I loved it! Ever since that wonderful time, the whole "beating enemies that are simply AI, essentially designed to be beaten" lost all of it's appeal.
Multiplayer gaming is more like sport, it's a battle of skills between multiple humans. While a single player game feels like a movie with you making a lot of the decisions and controlling the actions of the protagonist.
Sure I enjoy blowing through a single player game for the story, kind of like I enjoy watching movies, but for me, it's infinitely more satisfying to kill/beat an enemy and to know there is someone on the other end thinking "GOD DAMN IT FOOLISHBEAN69 GOT ME!"
Sure, single player games tend to have better graphics and the obvious thing of a story, they often have more characters and those characters almost always have more depth to them, but multiplayer games, in my book, are a completely different animal. Something done for challenge, something in which I can dominate other real people, not something where I'm just going through the motions, getting stuff done and almost WORKING to get through to the end.
You may judge quality by graphics, story, characters etc - but i judge quality by FUN mostly, satisfaction, and also how many hours that it stays FUN.
I get far more dopamine released into my brain from playing online games than from trudging through a single player story, knowing every scenario has been designed to be played a certain way, with a certain (even if multiple) ways to get "past" that scenario and onto the next pre-scripted problem / challenge.
As far as I'm concerned, what "type" of "gamer" you are has got nothing to do with what you've played, how much you play, how long you've been playing games for or how good you are at them.
It is 100% in my honest opinion, a PASSION FOR GAMING that makes you a GAMER.
If you have a PS3, and an Xbox360 a Wii and a top end PC, but you don't really play them much, or would rather do other things and just hit up the odd bit of MW2, Wii Sports or Mario now and then - you are not a gamer in my book.
If you have only got a Wii, but you LOVE it, spend your time reading about forthcoming games and hunting out rareties, counting the days till the next big release - YOU ARE A GAMER.
My friend has a Wii and a PS3, I've spent the last week trying to persuade him to get Red Dead Redemption, he has always been a massive fan of Grand Theft Auto games and I'm trying to tell him that Red Dead is right up his street, he's not really bothered, he'll probably pick it up when it's less than half price and no-one else is playing it anymore. The one and only game he's bought in the last year, was MW2 (he has PLENTY of expendable money) and he plays that now and then, I lent him Fallout 3 many months ago, he hasn't touched it. I consider him a casual gamer.
My other buddy, is 46 has 2 kids and a seriously hot wife (unrelated to the story). He's got a Wii and a PS3 too. (not to mention a house littered with PSP's, DS's and DSI's.
He is shite at playing games! Fucking terrible. Watching him play RDR was nothing more than painful, despite having played GTA4 he just didn't understand the concept of cover, or how the auto aiming worked. Watching him crouching wiggling his corsshair around trying to get it somewhere near his target was literally hurting my eyes. He CANNOT handle online PvP games ("wah wah I can't kill anyone, wah wah got killed AGAIN") and he mostly plays Tower Defence games, Savage Moon being his game of choice, he has one more trophy to get on that.
But he's always got his eye on forthcoming games, he ALWAYS buys the AAA games at launch, more often than not buys the guide books too (I'm not a fan of playing games "by-the-book" myself), comes to midnight launches with me and is often asking "Have you heard about this game?" He loves his gaming t-shrits and proudly wears them everywhere.
He is a gamer in my book, perhaps even a hardcore gamer.
My Dad was wandering past a game shop when the Wii first launched (while there were serious stock shortages) dropped in and asked "Do you have one of those Wii things?" strangely enough they had just received a shipment and had 2 spare! He bought one, with WiiSports, Need for Speed and Tiger Woods. I later bought the godfather for his wii and mum saw WiiFit on TV so he got that for her. Later I bought him Rapalla fishing frenzy for his birthday.
He played a little rapalla with me on his birthday and forgot it existed. Mum got bored of Wiifit in a week and now my sister has bought Guitar Hero for it and when she comes back from uni plays that, occasionaly. Now and then my little cousins come over and will crack out the WiiSorts, but that's about it.
My family are not gamers, they're not even casual gamers.
I ONLY have a PS3 and a PSP, a piss poor laptop that won't play games and that's it.
I play games every day without fail, in my lunchbreak i go home and play an hour of whatever has my interest at the time. I read Dtoid every single day, very rarely miss a front page post, I know when games are due to come out and i have an account at the local store full of pre-orders. I get excited on Wednesdays (used to be Thursdays) to check out what's new on the PSN store, it's the first thing i do after work.
I thrive on Multiplayer but also love a good story, I play AAA games, weird rare games, downloadables, Japanese games ANYTHING. I often play games when I should be doing other things, I often spend money that should be spent on other things on games. My gaming habit sometimes gets me in trouble. I always stay up late playing games and it makes me tired at work.
I'm a hardcore gamer, I'd even happily say that I'm an addict.
So yeah, that's how I define the thre types of gamer.
Casual Gamer - Doesn't really care about games, couldn't tell you what the next AAA game is.
Gamer - Cares enough to know when the next big game is coming out, will buy it, but will only play it when they have some time to kill.
Hardcore gamer - Has that shit pre-ordered and is counting down the days, will sacrifice other things to get it and to play it on launch day, will probably play it for long extended periods, often until they fall asleep, controller in hand.