I have been meaning to do a weekly post about something. I love three things about games; Guns, Blood and the unique moments that will NEVAR be recreated in other mediums. Well, I don’t feel like writing too much about blood in games (good idea however) and I’m too lazy to examine the psychology of how Video games are unique among means of expression. Soo…
I’m beginning a series of blog posts on video games guns and their awesomeness (or lameness).
Real life equal: Barrett M82A1
Game: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Ammo: .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
Legality in US: .50 BMG rifles posed a “terrorist threat” in California. (no rly!)
If you want to reach out and touch someone, that’s no better where to do it then with this beauty. Nothing says “hiya doing?” than a .50 caliber round to the torso. Sadly, Call of Duty 4 doesn’t have gibbing or dismemberments, the real life effects of being shot with a M82A1 are extremely Gorerrific.
In CoD4, going no scope (as in not aimed and no scope attachment) makes for real fun. The M82A1 has a few things going for it high damage, possible deepest penetration, and good rate-of-fire for when some SMG interloper tries to spray and pray. You can pimp out your .50 caliber high five with blue camo and perks like stopping power (overkill AMIRTE?).
Real life equal: 12 gauge flare gun
Game: Team Fortress 2
Legality in US: In some states, they’re considered "any other weapon" under the ATFA.
If used in the correct manner, these things can be used to save lives. However, in Team Fortress 2, it’s used to set your enemies aflame when your flamethrower just can’t reach them. It comes in red or blue. True, it’s not an elegant weapon nor is it a weapon that a Navy SEAL team would use (unless they were lost at sea). But, it works for the Pyro and that’s all that really matters to the little gimp man in a gasmask.
The longer the Flare is allowed to burn, the more damage it will impart on its target. It’s only got one flare per shot and sets the intended target on fire for 10 seconds. The flare itself is part of the rarest kill icon: Killed With an Airblasted Flare. That means you a Pyro shot a flare in your direction, you air blast the flare back AND it hits someone with low health and KILLS them. Good for you.
Real life equal: Tactical Riot Helmet with Face Shield
Game: Rainbow Six: Vegas
Who in their right mind would wear a bandana or faux gas mask to a fire fight? Not me. The Riot Helmet has always been the bread and butter of realists and wannabe LAPD. It doesn’t have any real bearing on your armor or health. It does, however, have a cool Cobra Commander or Strom Trooper effect on your online terrorist fighter.
Its one part combat helmet, one part tactical face shield and one hundred percent badass. Not to mention, it can be used with custom faced characters.
That’s it for this week. I’ll be playing some more Left4Dead and COD WAW.