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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

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

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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