Category Archives: Rants

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

10 Things You Need to Stop Typing

Stop try­ing to be lazy. Stop try­ing to be cute. Stop try­ing to muti­late the Eng­lish lan­guage. Just type out the damn words, peo­ple. The let­ters are all there on your key­board — you just need to press the but­tons with those curvy things on them. You seem like less of a moron when you do. Just try­ing to help.

  1. 1Pl0xNot cute.
  2. 2I Can Has?Moronic and ruined.
  3. 3Wat/WutTry sound­ing it out. Sounds stupid.
  4. 4YWhy is a fuck­ing three let­ter word.
  5. 5LolOverused and means noth­ing now.
  6. 6any1It takes one sec­ond to type one.
  7. 7kkThe extra k is SUPERFLUOUS.
  8. 8n00bIt’s a sad insult.
  9. 9pwnNo.
  10. 10uYou is another three let­ter word.

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

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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10 Shows You Should Have Seen

Kings CastPrime time tele­vi­sion is a cruel place. If a show scores below two mil­lion views con­sis­tently, you can expect it to be cut by the exec­u­tives. Some­times that hap­pens to truly great shows that just hap­pen to be com­pet­ing with other already pop­u­lar pro­grams like Amer­i­can Idol or even the Super­bowl. Nonethe­less, while every­one else is watch­ing Simon Cow­ell in his ill-fitting shirts, there are still those one mil­lion loyal view­ers wait­ing to see what hap­pens in their favourite (albeit unpop­u­lar) series.

Today, I’ll be shar­ing some of those shows that had great poten­tial, but a bad time slot. With all the garbage on TV these days, it might be good to shed some light on some shows that were unique, well pro­duced, or ahead of their time.

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