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Iam a gammer from the harsh uruguayan jungle (we dont even have a jungle down here, too cold, go and do some wikipedia of Uruguay). I used to do a podcast in spanish about videogames at Radio LevelUp but I dont do it anymore... anyway those guys are there still making it so you can give it a try if you understand spanish
And i can say "�aca �aca �aca" and i know how to pronoaunce it well since im a spanish speaker, so Im a superior race.
A couple of idiots may find funny that I dont have good english grammar, but again, they are probably idiots since they only speak/write one language...

Most of my time in the internet is because of games. I love videogames so much that i sleep with my girlfriend and my ds, at the same time... i call that a "threesome" and my humor doesnt get anything better than that.
Mostly im a PC gamer, i was going to buy a 360 but faulty crappy hardware told me not to since if it goes RRoD here I would have lost my money, and as a man Im entitled to the sweat of my brow. I want to fuck the Wii and I believe the PS3 is going to be the first console in space.

In the "real" life (come on, internet now is part of our lives anyway...), I study medicine (takes a lot of time and I cant spend enough of my time playing videogames). Is not what you would call a marriage made in heaven, if I wanted to game more I should have sutdy something related to pc�s, but I grown surrounded by computers and stuff so I chose the bio stuff instead. Anyway, little time to play video games if you dont want my biographical shit.

And the main reasson I play games for the story behind them. I love well written stories like Half Life series, of course Portal (kind of a Valve fan). Other great games include World Of Warcraft (not currently playing, actually I was never hardcore, but I enjoyed the experience a lot), and of course the classics like System Shock 2. Other great titles had stuck with me over the years, classics adventure games like Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango.

So, best game experiences:
Half Life 2 (and the original Half Life of course).
System Shock 2
Grim Fandango
Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis
Monkey Island

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My videogame blog in spanish
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Velt
8:57 PM on 04.06.2010

Dtoid on Steam...
well, sort of.




It was about time someone used a quote fom dtoid. After all they are all funny.
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Velt
7:00 PM on 03.25.2010

Some would say that political frenzy about videogames is as old as videogames, but the truth is that of late it has reached a dangerous level.

I think about the China-Google issue over censorship. Like it or not China is not-so-democratic regime (I could call it a police state but I wont go as far), we (the rest of the world) make business with them because it would be stupid not to do so. But they rank as low as Cuba on the human rights fields, they are not a democracy so it doesnt surprise at all if they need a different World Of Warcraft version to keep the authorities calm and to comply with regulations.

So China doesnt bother me. I always say that those countries serve as a bad example. But when I think about democracies like Australia and Swiss with legal projects for censorship for the internet and videogames I have a chill down my spine.




The Swiss are moving forward with a project, and I will quote from GamePolitics: the Socialist Party's resolution seeks to "stop the manufacture, advertisement, importation and sale of any game that promotes as a means of advancement or 'success' acts of violence against humans or 'human-like' creatures." The resolution passed 19-12. The second, by the Christian Democratic Party, wants to restrict the sale of violent shooters to children, and passed 27-1.

And then Australia also has a project to help keep the morality of all those cangurous safe from the profanities of the internet such as porn. The new great firewall of Australia will also keep the children safe from violent videogames and other indecencies of the internet such as profanity. You know how the world is today: you just cant be too safe.

Part of this happens because of noble intentions, politicians dont have noble intentions but most people do. Most people want a better future for their children. And even I, a monster that plays videogames, want a better future for everyone.

We are all about the common good here at Destructoid.




But then we have to watch things like this. In this video I think we can all recognize the common enemy of the gamer, the stereotypical mother that has nothing to do, so bashes against a medium that she doesnt even get, but even then feels that has the moral superiority to come down against it with the think of the children argument. The belief in their crusade against all things digital is maniacal. They are Jack Thompsons, but more dangerous since they are mothers, and mothers are hold in a high place in society, and because of their role only we give them an almost aura of knowledge about kids. These people have an enormous amount of power in local communities and even the government.

At this point Im going to give a little background about myself (in case you are too lazy to read the right column); I live in Uruguay, which is a mostly free country. A Latin American country, a poor country, but a democracy. I could describe myself as a libertarian; I hate government intromission into business and my freedom. Maybe is because Im from a poor Latin American country that I know violence doesnt come from videogames, around here you wont hear the discussion of violence and videogames since videogames would be good to keep some kids off the streets.

I have issues with my closing statement, in part because I dont know where to go from here. A lot of energy has gone into voicing our concern about the danger of censorship over the internet. I remember the movement by Jim Sterling (games for gamers??), it didnt take off. Is a shame, but we need something more broad, and something that goes beyond the internet, because after all and if we follow Australia we will end without a free internet. So maybe is just me, maybe Im the only one worried about the fascist trend. A trend where soccer-mums, priests, hard-right politicians, moralists and a carpet of so-called scientific data are there to tell us what we can or cant do. Where everything we do or every piece of legislation is meant to keep the children safe, we are also giving away a lot of our freedom.
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Velt
6:14 AM on 11.06.2009

Nowadays for PC gamers everything seems to be IW new hate against us. So Im writing something to sum up how I feel about this bad joke from a developer I used to respect. Since most of the people over here dont care, maybe because they all play games on consoles anyway, Im going to send this straight to IW (since Activision is probably getting too much hate mail anyway).

Dear IW.

Quoting:
[i]All I can say is that we changed it to make it a better and easier experience. Also, not all of the names on that list are legit," said Infinity Ward, when talking about the MW2 server petition and downplaying the significance of its 178,000 signatures.
"402 signed it 4 times I heard," adds IW's Mackey McAndlish, while also revealing that, "Games cap out at 9v9. The software has great latency tolerance."[/i]

A logical explanation of course, capped to 9v9 while you can get up to 32 players on a TF2 match or whatever other FPS on PC with a dedicated server... An easier experience? Of course, because a list of server with a couple of filters like ping, number of players and type of game is SOOO CONFUSING that even my grandma wouldnt know what to do with it so much clicks can disturb anyone (that was sarcasm btw, Im just pointing this out because from all the stupid decisions you have made who can really say if you got it). I mean, matchmaking is O.K. but what about you know, the freedom to choose something?

A real shame that a developer that was so friendly with PC on COD4 had turned 180 degrees towards stupidity if you ask anyone who knows or cares dear developer. Because the support of COD4 for the PC was quite awesome. Is very sad to see all the support COD4 was getting for the PC and now... nothing. Matchmaking, 60usd price tag and no dedicated servers.

And what is sadder is that you would have sell more on the PC platform. I bought COD4 last year because of the MP over STEAM guys, and Im from Latin America, 50usd for me is a lot of money. Dont call me a pirate because I do PC gaming, I know more people with an xbox right here that doesnt own a single official copy while I have a huge list of games on STEAM that I bought all their 360s are cracked. So what is up with that? They still play on Xbox live and they still pirate all the games. And at the end of the day a company says buh, pirates on PCs, and thats it for the PC port? Way to go with the logic there!

I know that you as a developer dont seem to count that much PC gaming (as every other gaming journalist nowadays it seems). Mouse flu or something? Afraid of video cards maybe? Too much freedom to play as you like? Is Modern Warfare 2 a virus that will spread like Ebola if you dont have it contained in a boring environment?

I dont know the real argument of IW and you master Activision, for such dumb and stupid moves on the PC side, but they all suck, no matter if it is pirates or because they want to deliver "better MP" (lets call it "stupid MP"). I have nothing against matchmaking, but a list of dedicated servers with a couple of filters is nothing a user cant handle... so, come on, just say the word "money" and "screw pc gaming" and call it a day IW. Really dont treat us like retarded kids. Because that is the most infuriating thing of all the issue.

I know that PC gamer here dont count that much, but still, lets face it, this is a "screw you" for every customer that has supported the series on the PC platform that saw the game born. I know the reason behind it is money, and that is O.K. too since I like money. [b]But thinking that dumbing down a version of a game for the sake of anti-piracy and convenience is going to make you do more money with that version is so stupid that Im going to make you see the error doing the most logical thing:

Im going to pirate the game and not even play it at all.... Im going to give away free pirate copies on the streets, send them by mail to Africa in TB med shipments, I will even send a pirated copy to Valve HQ for them to see how retarded and stupid your decisions regarding PC gaming are.
And then Im going to sh** on a good copy, a legit copy, put it on a box with a camera and make it deliver to you IW.[/b]

And Im going to stop there.... only after uploading the video to YouTube because Im just another internet troll.
So beware of boxes being deliver to your offices.







Velt
6:07 AM on 11.06.2009

Nowadays for PC gamers everything seems to be IW new hate against us. So Im writing something to sum up how I feel about this bad joke from a developer I used to respect. Since most of the people over here dont care, maybe because they all play games on consoles anyway, Im going to send this straight to IW (since Activision is probably getting too much hate mail anyway).

Dear IW.

Quoting:

[i] All I can say is that we changed it to make it a better and easier experience. Also, not all of the names on that list are legit," said Infinity Ward, when talking about the MW2 server petition and downplaying the significance of its 178,000 signatures.
"402 signed it 4 times I heard," adds IW's Mackey McAndlish, while also revealing that, "Games cap out at 9v9. The software has great latency tolerance." [/i]

A logical explanation of course, capped to 9v9 while you can get up to 32 players on a TF2 match or whatever other FPS on PC with a dedicated server... An easier experience? Of course, because a list of server with a couple of filters like ping, number of players and type of game is SOOO CONFUSING that even my grandma wouldnt know what to do with it so much clicks can disturb anyone (that was sarcasm btw, Im just pointing this out because from all the stupid decisions you have made who can really say if you got it). I mean, matchmaking is O.K. but what about you know, the freedom to choose something?

A real shame that a developer that was so friendly with PC on COD4 had turned 180 degrees towards stupidity if you ask anyone who knows or cares dear developer. Because the support of COD4 for the PC was quite awesome. Is very sad to see all the support COD4 was getting for the PC and now... nothing. Matchmaking, 60usd price tag and no dedicated servers.

And what is sadder is that you would have sell more on the PC platform. I bought COD4 last year because of the MP over STEAM guys, and Im from Latin America, 50usd for me is a lot of money. Dont call me a pirate because I do PC gaming, I know more people with an xbox right here that doesnt own a single official copy while I have a huge list of games on STEAM that I bought all their 360s are cracked. So what is up with that? They still play on Xbox live and they still pirate all the games. And at the end of the day a company says buh, pirates on PCs, and thats it for the PC port? Way to go with the logic there!

I know that you as a developer dont seem to count that much PC gaming (as every other gaming journalist nowadays it seems). Mouse flu or something? Afraid of video cards maybe? Too much freedom to play as you like? Is Modern Warfare 2 a virus that will spread like Ebola if you dont have it contained in a boring environment?

I dont know the real argument of IW and you master Activision, for such dumb and stupid moves on the PC side, but they all suck, no matter if it is pirates or because they want to deliver "better MP" (lets call it "stupid MP"). I have nothing against matchmaking, but a list of dedicated servers with a couple of filters is nothing a user cant handle... so, come on, just say the word "money" and "screw pc gaming" and call it a day IW. Really dont treat us like retarded kids. Because that is the most infuriating thing of all the issue.

I know that PC gamer here dont count that much, but still, lets face it, this is a "screw you" for every customer that has supported the series on the PC platform that saw the game born. I know the reason behind it is money, and that is O.K. too since I like money. But thinking that dumbing down a version of a game for the sake of anti-piracy and convenience is going to make you do more money with that version is so stupid that Im going to make you see the error doing the most logical thing:

[b]Im going to pirate the game and not even play it at all.... Im going to give away free pirate copies on the streets, send them by mail to Africa in TB med shipments, I will even send a pirated copy to Valve HQ for them to see how retarded and stupid your decisions regarding PC gaming are.
And then Im going to sh** on a good copy, a legit copy, put it on a box with a camera and make it deliver to you IW. [/b]

And Im going to stop there.... only after uploading the video to YouTube because Im just another internet troll.
So beware of boxes being deliver to your offices.








Im not a big blogger around here, I know that, you know that and I dont have a lot of friends sniff.
But lets talk about some great game that got me into spending some time writing this. If you are anywhere near to this game you should at least give it a try.



The first Operation Flashpoint was too much for my taste, I got to acknowledge that I got into a point in the game were the level of difficulty was too steep for me to handle so I dropped it; checkpoints were too far apart, I wanted to have fun and not keep a trial an error formula. Lets remember that this is supposed to be a war simulator, and Operation Flashpoint was perhaps one of the first of its class (dont forget the first Rainbow Six, that did a very good job too).

So I had high hopes for ArmA2 for example that is also war simulators that come out for the PC not too long ago. The main issue with that game was that it felt like a game with a lot of work needed to be done, very buggy, at least the single player experience was incredible buggy, and I felt like a beta tester. I had to leave ArmA2 to be finished by their own developer (they have released a lot of patches since then, I will go and try it again in a few months).


Lets just say that ArmA2 looked good.

So ArmA2 was a bit of a disappointment. No worries, Operation Flashpoint 2 (or Dragon Raising if you want to call it that way), is out now and is a great war simulator. Graphically is not nearly as impressive as the engine the guys from ArmA2 had there (you have to give them that one), but is more easy to control your squad, to keep track on what the hell is going on and to finish the objectives. And also it seems more polished, from the single player experience at least you dont have such a buggy ride. On the other hand the AI is not fantastic, is pretty good, but you will see enemies and allies doing stupid things. They usually know how to get to cover, but I have run into some weird situations already.




The story is pretty standard, China needs an island that has oil and that belongs to Russia. USA jumps in and you are that guy with a squad that will follow your orders. So far with me the experience is to secure some strategic points (three missions over a total of 20), but I dont know how it will play out in the end.

The island is big, very big. You can do whatever you want but that will probably get you killed. Anyway you will find vehicles for moving around and giving the mission a nice twist. Thats the part that I love, you can mess around a mission and it will play out different every time. Call some artillery or mortar strike when you can and watch the fireworks. Capture a jeep with your squad and use it so you dont have to walk so much.


You may not see them but they are there.

Besides some things that I have read about the AI I can tell you that dying can be frustrating. The title has not lost that trial and error of the first one. Interesting isnt it? Checkpoints seem to be well placed, but on the other hand you may have to walk five minutes because you died in a sticky situation. Just try to avoid doing the same thing again and that should be ok.
You wont always see the enemy, but for that at least you have something to tell you were they are and you should thank your squad members for that. 100 meters is also a long distance, you will even have to rise that crosshair a bit since actual munitions drops in the distance.

I hope that they release some SDK so the community can start working on custom missions. In the original Operation Flashpoint the multiplayer was a lot of fun because some friend could work on a custom mission for us to play.
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It is hard to explain the Venezuelan government and their brainwashed voters (most of them), if you look at the history of President Chavez you wont see anything you like (that is if you like democracy), but he become President just years after a failed military coup. Still years later they voted for him and now he remains in power; thats democracy in Latin America at its best.

Im from a small country named Uruguay, is small, only three million people or something. And most of the people around here think good things about a gorilla that likes to beat his wife from time to time. We can spend a lot of time talking shit about President Chavez, quite a hypocrite a guy that spends thousands of dollars in the best suits and shoes and is a communist at the same time; I can only imagine then that being a communist nowadays is to go with the fashion. But you can tell the level of ignorance/desperation of the people in Latin America to follow a dictator like the god of oil he is, then you can imagine that a move to ban videogames is nothing worth a headline. Just another act against freedom and what is an act against freedom if it is for the common good?

In 2007 I wrote at radiolevelup.com that President Chavez was very angry because a videogame called Mercenaries was taking place in Venezuela. Some other member of the blog was very offended by my calling Chavez an idiot, I left the blog because I would not compromise my view of things just because someone else thought different.

So right now the idea of the law is to ban the sale of violent videogames. I will tell you what will happen, he is going to sign the law and then he is going to have an orgasm on his TV show explaining how evil and capitalist (and therefore if something is capitalist is evil), videogames are. If you watch his TV program you will see a lot of people wearing red that will applaud him, but thats no surprise since they always applaud everything he says.

What a brave new world: a Dictator that has his own TV show; he bans everything that he dislikes such as violent videogames (Imperialist videogames!!), a lot of red shirted idiots applaud him... he is so charismatic when he waves the ban-hammer! Almost as charismatic as when he is verbally attacking other countries. On the other side no one dares to move because this is just another item in a long list of things you have to tolerate from a guy that is sitting over oil.