Why Battlefield 3 > Modern Warfare 3

This is me speaking as someone who played the Battlefield 3 alpha and beta trials, in addition to owning all of the previous Call of Duty games on the PC. This may read as a bit of a rant but I’ll try to stick to laying down the facts. I could go on for paragraphs, but let’s keep this brief.

  • Price. I was able to get BF3 for $42 USD on Amazon (you can still get it for ~$50 USD), compared to $60 USD for MW3.
  • Content. Battlefield will ship with more maps than MW3. Not tiny maps, mind you… MASSIVE, SPRAWLING landscapes.
  • Destruction. Dynamic cover is something you come to appreciate, and the Call of Duty series is ignorant of this.
  • Redundancy. Modern Warfare 3 is essentially the same game its predecessors have been. Watching gameplay shows a blatant disregard for innovation.
  • Armour. Helicopters, jets, tanks, quads, humvees, light armour, and other vehicles add so much more fun to gameplay in Battlefield 3!
  • Scale. Battlefield 3 runs up to 64 players while the “other” game is only balanced for 18.
  • DLC. I was really irked that Activision continued to charge $15 for map DLC. If you decided to buy Black Ops plus all of its DLC, you would have spent $120. Not a great investment.
  • Prestiging. I’ve never prestiged in Call of Duty and never considered it to be worthwhile action. Not only do the costs vastly outweigh the gains, but it’s an obvious attempt at player retention. They try to push you to keep playing (one more prestige, one more prestige, etc.).
  • Community. From what I’ve experienced in both games, Battlefield has a much more… “mature” community. Guys that can actually make rational decisions regarding objectives… not to mention intelligent conversation. I’ve never met an unpleasant person in Bad Company 2 – can’t say the same for Modern Warfare 2. That game is saturated with mic-spamming tweens.
  • Evolution. Correct me if I’m wrong, but MW3 is still using an older version of the IW engine that dates back a few years? Yeah, Frostbite 2 is leaps ahead.
  • Team-play. Even though you can play as a lone wolf in BF3, you’re drastically stifled in your success. However, if you play in a squad and move as a team… you’ll get those “Battlefield moments”, where you become lucid to the fact that you and your friends are moving as one in synchrony. It’s hard to explain, but it definitely kills any monotony and gives you a bit of  a rush. Sounds silly but trust me.

To close, here are just two Battlefield 3 videos you should watch if you’re on the fence. This game is far superior to Modern Warfare 3. If you do happen to get BF3, let me know and we’ll drop in as a squad! Continue reading “Why Battlefield 3 > Modern Warfare 3”

UPDATED: Always have a Contract – My Story of Getting Screwed by MyRuneLog

8/27/11 Update: Harley has posted a rebuttal. I reciprocated. Read here.

Harley “Ability44” Dishon seemed like a decent fellow human. He was introduced to me via a mutual friend quite a while ago and was in the market for some web development work. While he didn’t quite have a clear cut goal yet, he was willing to pay, and truthfully that was all that mattered since we could hammer out the details as we went on. Web development is my gig after all. It’s what pays the bills.

I tend to run an informal operation. Minimal contracts, work by the hour, and just that sort of jive. In addition I try to be as fair and personable as possible. Hosting client sites for free, offering access to select source files, etc. The nice guy.

Well, shame on me for assuming people wouldn’t take advantage of that. Let me explain. Continue reading “UPDATED: Always have a Contract – My Story of Getting Screwed by MyRuneLog”

RyanHamilton.me Relaunched!

Hello! This is just a quick note to tell you that I have moved all “professional” stuff over to RyanHamilton.me and will be re-purposing this site to serve as my personal blog.

This has been something I’ve been passively working on for a long time and it’s great to finally have it ready to show off. Technically this is version 2, but I went though about 5 design comps before I was happy. I wanted to keep it clean and professional basically. The back-end is my own, and while it’s not the next WordPress, it should be much easier for me to do things like update projects.

It’s quite heavy in HTML5 and CSS3 stuff, so I may need to still hammer out some kinks in inferior browsers. You know the ones.

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!

Edit: Turns out the site works fabulously in IE7, 8, and 9! I love it when that happens!

Steam > Origin

I was just invited into the Battlefield 3 Alpha, and was absolutely thrilled until I read that I would need to download BF3 via Origin. “Dammit,” I thought, “I’ve been avoiding Origin at all costs since it’s condemned by practically every gamer out there.” Oh well, so I bit the proverbial bullet and played around with Origin – comparing it to Steam of course – and will now document my experience for the posterity. Try not to spot my bias.

Orgin by EA
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Ten POWER Songs for WINNERS

Awesome is a Synonym for YouYOU’VE GOT THIS. GIVE IT YOUR ALL. IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE AND SHOW EVERYONE ELSE WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF. NOTHING STANDS IN YOUR WAY. IT’S JUST YOU AND YOU ONLY. IT’S TIME TO GET PUMPED – SCREW THE OTHER GUYS. THEY AREN’T AS FLY AS YOU ARE. WHAT? IS THAT THE SOUND OF BOOING? HELL NO. THAT’S EVERYONE ELSE CHEERING YOU ON. THEY KNOW YOU’RE A WINNER AND WISH THEY WERE AS KILLER AS YOU.

Here are ten songs that WINNERS listen to. Enjoy!

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