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  • 20 Questions with RobocoxTV Community Director at FTG (Featuring Video Answers)

    Welcome back gamers, veterans, supporters and readers! Thanks for stopping by and reading this edition of 20 Questions here at the New Front Towards Gamer!

    This round of 20 Questions will be with RobocoxTV (RC) Active Army and Community Director at Front Toward Gamer. 
    1) We all had that first video game experience that hooked us in one way or another, what was your first video game moment?
    (RC) Have to say that my first real gaming experience that got me HOOKED, would have to be when I played counter strike on an old like big tube desktop computer. This was back when we had mouse-wheels still lol, and like AOL dial up, and some people may remember the 6 disk installation CD that you had to use for counter strike - ahh i love those times.

    2) What was your first online game? did that change everything for you?
    (RC) Counter strike was my first online game, and yea, it changed everything haha, got me hooked!

    3) What do you do in the army?
    (RC) I am a 13 Series, Artillery. I currently work in Recruiting for the time being though - but that time is soon to be over.
    4) Why did you join OSD?
    (RC)  I joined OSD because it seemed like a great organization to be a part of. They constantly had moving parts which were moving in the right direction towards helping others and I love that.

    5) What are you most proud of so far in life sir?
    (RC) My daughter - 100% I am excited to see where she goes in life and what she wants to do.

    6) If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
    (RC) Shit, I would have to say...Green Lantern - not that I like the story or anything, just because he can think of things and then they appear. I guess if he loses that ring or whatever than it’s all for naught.

    7) What does the current you tell a 16 year old you?
    (RC) Invest in Facebook, and, there is a cop shooting radar on Rt. 40 when you are like 18 (save myself a few bucks)

    8) What was your last job?
    (RC) I worked as a forklift operator. 

    9) How many times did you crash or drop something on the forklift, we won’t tell, it will be between you and me?
    (RC) For legal purposes, and I don’t know what the statute of limitations is on something like this, but let’s just say there was this place I worked that, if you crashed and damaged a product, you would be given 3 days absence and a drug test, if you pass the drug test, you get paid for those 3 days. SO, I may or may not have crashed once or twice on purpose and gotten 3 free paid days off. I was a terrible person.
    10) Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck?
    (RC) Duck Sized Horses, because, I can imagine myself running through them kicking frantically. Hell, I could even tape a few of them to the bottom of my shoes like little horseduck rollerblades.

    11) What would you do if you won the lottery? what is that first 24 hours like?
    (RC) Ok, so if I won the lottery I would travel, 100% all over the world, mainly the Buddhist culture area’s like Thailand and stuff like that. I LOVE those places. But the first 24 hours, I would hire a security team to watch my family and myself and immediately make sure I get all my legal stuff in order to collect properly.

    12)  Best movie you saw in last few years? and the top 5 all time?
    (RC) Best movie in last 5 years, I believe it has to be….The Accountant. I love that the movie was just action packed, it left my wife and I with a cool feeling at the end.  Top 5 of all time though, Shawshank Redemption, Green Street Hooligans, Godfather 2, American History X, I can’t think of another one lol, I don’t even think those are my top 5 because I just LOVE so many movies but those are the best ones that came to mind.

    13) What is the weirdest item I find in your refrigerator right now?

    14) If you could trade places with any other person for a month, famous or not, living or dead, with whom would it be? and why?
    (RC)  Well obviously not dead because that would be shitty, trade with them and just, be dead for a month =P. I think I would trade with my wife, because then I would be able to experience the awesomeness that is being married to me.

    15) What has been your favorite video game Easter egg over the years?
    (RC)  World of Warcraft used to have this glitch to get into certain areas of Orgrimmar (Horde Main City) and it would lead you to this secret area with an NPC named after one of the developers that had passed away in real life. It was cool and a bit somber to see that. 

    16) What was your first video game Easter egg?
    (RC) I think Counter Strike - they let you go through the walls and everything in private lobbies - sometimes you get deep enough into the level and you find some little cool poster on the wall explaining the developers names and contact info and stuff.

    17) What was your first job every? how long did you last?
    (RC) Pilot Gas Station - I worked as a maintenance man through high school - I think I was there for like 3 years. I got fired for walking around with a Mop on my head while the boss was away - turns out he watches the security videos...dick.
    18) What is the weirdest item within arms reach right now sir?

    19) What was your first tattoo? and last one?  (Images of both please)
    (RC) First tattoo was this little Chinese symbol for COURAGE, it was on my shoulder and it hurt like hell lol, we used to call it the “Running man” because of how it looks, it is since covered up.
     My latest tattoo is the Bod hi Tree (The tree where Buddha found enlightenment) on the front of my leg (shin).

    20) In your opinion what shooter changed everything for FPS in video games?
    (RC)  Counter Strike - 100%, that game has stood the test of time with the same maps, same guns, same feel, FOR YEARS!

    21) Mash up map, if you could merge two BF maps which two would you merge?
    (RC) Golmund Railway and Rogue Transmission - so much snipes.

    22) What is your favorite map and game mode from a video game?
    (RC) Favorite map would be - Slums - and game mode would be 1v1 Gamebattle Search and Destroy on Black Ops 2, Good times, good times.

    23) What was the last game you played?
    (RC) Last night I stayed up stupid late playing Wildlands, I actually saw you online but was deep in a heated battle playing against some purple guys with a car that does wheelies. Wtf.

    24) What was the last song you song?
    (RC)  I’m in love with the shape of you - that ed sheeran song, I sang it to my buddy at work here when we went across the street to starbucks cause it was awkward and people were around us so I made it even more weird.

    24) What 2 things within arms reach will you take with you if you are going to be deserted on a island? has to be within arms reach and no phones (no signal out there)
    We had a great time chatting with RobocoxTV for this round of 20 Questions. What two items would you bring with you? Share with us below in the comments.


    Crusader Kings 2: The Reaper's Due Review

    Crusader Kings 2: The Reaper’s Due is the expansion for the incredibly engrossing incest-and-murder simulator that is Crusader Kings 2.
    The general aim behind this expansion was to… expand… thoroughly on the mechanic of illness within the game. Previously, characters can become ill somewhat randomly; they would gain the trait “Ill” and it might become worse, or get better – nothing you do really affects what happens.
    Now, with the (perhaps slightly expensive price of $10) purchase of The Reaper’s Due, characters can contract a wide variety of illnesses, including developing specific symptoms with their own associated effects. Alongside this, you gain the ability to appoint a Court Physician, whose job it is to ensure the people within your realm don’t die horribly of food poisoning. However, when hunting for new Court Physicians, if you refuse one who is interested in the job, they just… die. They “disappear without trace”. It makes me feel like an arbitrary mad king; so… powerful: “Won’t someone rid me of this troublesome Doctor?”

    This, of course, comes with an expansion of plague – this is the Middle Ages, there are epidemics aplenty; to bring the game even closer to historical accuracy, you can now catch a variety of serious ailments, including Black Death, Slow Fever, Dysentery and so many more.
    The total amount of enjoyment and fun added by this expansion? It’s tricky to say; adding more content into a grand historical strategy game like this usually creates either more difficulty or more layers of depth within the game. The latter can generally be seen as superior to the former – mindless difficulty is almost always boring, whereas increased depth can usually be enjoyable.
    The Reaper’s Due causes you to need to deal with making sure your characters don’t die horribly from a random affliction of cancer. There are a variety of events added to create further flavor, including the ability to dictate how your physician treats you. So, it certainly adds an additional layer of depth not originally present.

    It is, however, rather frustrating that characters get a variety of illnesses and die more often. Sure, it’s historical and correct, but the increase in managing your family’s ailments can get a little tedious. Having more characters dying from ailments can feel pretty random at some points. Sure, it makes sense – people get sick and die! But, having your best kid (genius, with awesome military traits) die from a cough and then suddenly your wife has cancer and your physician is useless.
    I’ve certainly laughed quite a lot at random deaths, but I’ve also become very irritated at losing people when it was inconvenient. Such is Crusader Kings 2, however…  

    Sublevel Zero Redux

      Indie game developer SigTrap Games has released a new flying shooter along with game publisher Merge Games LTD.  Sublevel Zero Redux puts you in the shoes of the last pilot standing as you take control of a lone gunship and try to save the world.
      As you take over the last gunship, you will pilot your way through procedurally generated levels.  The pressure is on for you to destroy the enemies, collect parts and nanites to craft more powerful weapons, and of course destroy the reactor at the end of each level and move on.  Which guns, missles and hull will you pair together to make your ultimate death machine?
      The object of the game is fairly simple - destroy your enemies while you fly through tunnels of a large spaceship.  The execution is  where the game stands out from the other games in the genre.  Not only are you able to fly forward, backwards, left and right, but using the d-pad will allow you to increase or decrease you altitude.  Tap left or right on the pad and you will roll 45 degrees in that direction.
       You have full range of motion in this shooter and you will need it.  Dodging fast charging enemies will require you to learn how to deftly move your ship.  And since the weapons you start with are not the most accurate, you will have to try and get in close to make sure your bullets find their mark.  Having 6 degrees of freedom also means that you will be using almost every button and trigger on your controller to make the most of the control scheme.
      The graphics in the game may seem a bit simple at first, but as you progress through the levels the simple tunnels you are flying through give way to beautiful caverns.  Since the game is procedurally generated, there are no save points or extra lives, each play through is very unique. It also gives the game a high replay value.  Don't think if you complete the 4 levels that you see listed that you are done, that is just the start of this adventure.
      Sublevel Zero Redux is out now on XB1, PS4 and Steam for $19.99.  There is also a limited edition physical copy available on PS4 if you like to have the disc in your collection.
    Review originally posted here

    Blue Mammoth Games visits Bitrate Podcast Thursday March 9th @ 8pm EST

    Today we are happy to announce that Blue Mammoth Games very own Dan Nichols will be taking part in our Thursday night Bitrate Podcast which will be live at 8pm EST on OSD Twitch Channel.  Dan a military Veteran is going to discuss a bit about his service, working inside of the gaming industry and some of the amazing things they have going on currently with Brawlhalla.

    Brawlhalla for those that have not played it is an epic platform fighter for up to 8 players online or locally.  It is free to play and has a place for casual players as well as competitive ones.  The game offers both public and custom rooms if you are part of a gaming community like Front Towards Gamer.  They currently have millions of players enjoying the game, frequent updates, and over twenty-five unique legends to compete with.  
    Each year Blue Mammoth Games takes some time to support military Veterans and this year they are doing this through Operation Supply Drop.  Starting today (March 8th) through next Wednesday (March 15th) they will be selling their exclusive Salute taunt with 100% of the proceeds supporting Operation Supply Drop and their mission.  Help us promote and share this throughout the weekend as this is a rare taunt.

    Bitrate Podcast will also be handing out some of the Salute Taunts on their show on Thursday (March 9th).  There is so much to share but what is really exciting about the game is the competitive scene continues to grow.  If you want to learn more about Brawlhalla visit this link.  We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday at the podcast!

    Mandatory VR Fun with OSD PHX

    Thanks for checking out another Team Phoenix event!
    On Sunday March 4th OSD Team Phoenix teamed up with VR Junkies AZ  to bring Mandatory VR fun to our Veterans, Active Duty and their families. 

    What is VR Junkies?
    VR Junkies AZ is a Virtual Reality Arcade. Travel the world, fight zombies or aliens, create 3-D art and more!
    What is Virtual Reality?
    the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.

    The team was about 50/50 on who has played and has not played before, so we took turns on the arcade games before diving in to the Zombie shooter.

    After some practice, we all started playing Arizona Sunshine, the Zombie shooter on 4 person coop. This was the funniest game and so realistic folks jumped and screamed more then once.

    Everyone had such a fun time playing the Virtual Reality games. To see some of our team members play virtual reality for the first time was fantastic. Tammy was jumping around like popcorn. We also had a few highly functioning autistic children out, and it was beyond amazing fun for them to play. They picked it up right away and went crazy with it, we had to make them take a break.

    Big thanks to VR Junkies AZ, Drew, Sky, you all ROCK!
    Thanks for reading, as always we here in Team Phoenix look forward to sharing our experiences with all of you! if you would like to help Operation Supply Drop and its Teams please check out the Link for more info.

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