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  7. Will add it to the read list. You should check out Death by Black hole and other cosmic quandries by Neil De Grasse Tyson. OMG beyond great. Yes you could bring a pencil too! Great answers. Stay tuned for more next week! thanks for stopping by!
  8. Let's see ..... what 2 items would I bring (& I'm assuming the "items" can't be people) .... I'd say the first would be a book. I would bring my favorite book of all time - "The Things They Carried", by Tim O'Brien. I love studying the Vietnam War (I'm a social studies teacher, btw) & that book is full of meaning and insight. If you haven't read it, go get a copy and read it NOW! The second thing would be a big notebook & pencil. I'm being a little "cheaty" adding the pencil, so maybe better to say "a journaling set" - I'm sure thise exist. Writing things in a journal would help me pass time & process my whole "being stranded" situation. Great interview & article! Love it!
  9. 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.
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  11. 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…
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  13. 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. 7/10 Review originally posted here
  14. going to do a stream for OSD with team_warfleetz on twitch at 11am SET

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  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. Badass! That's some serious dedication right there! That comment about "just enough to be depressed about staying in business" got me, hah!
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    Just going to be streaming my "training" for the next 1v1 tourny last one had 500 people in it! Will be playing my main Orochi.
  21. Recently we had the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Alarik, the CEO of Grunt Style! (www.GruntStyle.com)! During this interview we were able to ask him some questions about his time in service, his transition into grunt style, and the struggles of getting his company where it is today! We discussed various things throughout our conversation but the one thing you learned quickly about Daniel, he is humble. Daniel has this presence, even through the phone, of someone who does what it takes to achieve their goal and he has a way of projecting that motivation to other people as well. It was honestly a great learning experience for all of us, and we hope that it can assist others transitioning out of the military also! First we just want to give a huge shout out to Grunt Style, Daniel Alarik and Christine for their support along the way and making this happen! It is awesome to be able to provide some insight into the mind of a CEO especially one that transitioned from the military like many of our readers and community members! (The following are the Questions and Answers from our discussion with Daniel Alarik. For the article purposes, RC : Rob Cox - FTG Community Director, DA: Daniel Alarik - CEO, Grunt Style) RC: So what I did was, I asked the community what questions they would like to ask you, and I just got like, a bunch of responses, so I guess I will just go through them, if that’s cool? DA: Alright, Let’s get weird (Laughs) RC: This one is from DBLDeathDealer, he would like to know where you grew up? DA: Alright so originally I was born in Anaheim California but I grew up in right outside the Chicago area suburbs it was still Suburban but had plenty of outdoor area so it was fun. I got to play in the pond as a kid so I used to catch tadpoles when I was a little kid growing up and go fishing down there when I was younger. RC: He also wants to know when and why did you join the military DA: It was 2000 so I just graduated from high school, I didn't want to go to college, my grades sucked, I was a very average student. I think I graduated exactly at 2.5GPA. I just didn't care about school at all I didn't want to go to college specifically because you went to college and you had to go get a job then you have to go to work the next 40-50 years your life for something that didn't really matter. I wanted to go do something that mattered, something that I felt was important, I wanted to do something bigger than myself, and the Army just made sense. RC: Did you transition directly into Grunt Style when you got out or was this something you planned for you were getting out, basically how did Grunt Style become a thing? DA: So I was a drill sergeant out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Brand new wife, brand new baby, I hadn't seen them in nearly two years, my baby probably like nine months. So my wife's like “hey you need to start thinking about getting out” so I'm like okay great. What does an infantry drill sergeant do when he gets home? Probably like Paul Blart Mall Cop or something. I didn't want to leave and I was transitioning in the National Guard in Illinois so I thought how do I take it with me and better yet can I share it with others? The best way to show off your pride is to wear it on your back, so I started making some T-shirts and slept it in my car selling around the country for about two years and now we're here with over 200 employees, we design, produce, and ship our own product! RC: So is there a moment when you were selling things out of your car and stuff and it suddenly took off and you realized that you made it? DA: Not while I was selling out of my car, those years sucked! So what I would do is I would do those and stretches so it wasn't like the entire 3 years living in my car, I would do like scheduled trips and we go to different posts and I would do a route and it would take like 1 to 3 weeks of doing that then I would head back home and work maybe one or two other jobs during that time or something like that so it's very sporadic put it was working the entire time the problem was I really didn't know what I was doing I literally Googled what is business cuz I had no idea what I was doing. But there was a moment in January 2012 that really was the turning point for us and it was down in Las Vegas it was our first trade show and I say us because it was me and my wife she would help me with the work she was like hey it's not working we've been doing this for a few years you need to start thinking about shutting it down and I said well okay I guess you're right we're spinning our Wheels not really doing a whole lot for us and we're just burning money and again I started the whole company for 1200 bucks. We didn't have a lot of money at this point, we were broke but we weren't poor if you understand the difference, so we had our first trade show in Las Vegas and I'm like listen we're going to do this trade show I can't make 6 grand at this one trade show then we're going to shut down our doors for good. So we hop on the plane, we take the free shuttle back to the hotel we walk a mile and half to the grocery store,we buy a jar peanut butter and a loaf of bread and that's all we have for the next two and a half 3 days, My Wife had one Groupon, so we had a hamburger on one night. We would hustle this entire show telling everybody about this great product, what Grunt Style means, what it means to us, what it means to others etc etc, and by the end of the show we hopped back on the plane and we were just exhausted and as I'm tallying up all the receipts and it comes to $6,200, just enough to be depressed about staying in business and I thought damn why is this so hard? So I pulled out a yellow legal pad and drew a line down the middle and on the left side I wrote down everybody that I believed was doing business better than myself and what they were doing better, and I thought to myself okay what can I do that the winners are doing how can I use them to mentor me cause I didn't know them personally, I didn't know anyone that was successful in business, my family didn't have any money, so I didn't know anybody. I started watching them on social media, watching how they operate their stores and slowly but surely I started to pick up a few things! We realized if you can humble yourself enough to realize there are people who are much better than you and if you are able to watch what the winners do you can be successful as well. RC: Could you tell us more about your Beer Guarantee? I just recently used it, and it’s amazing! DA: So, when you're first starting out you don't have a name for yourself people don't know if they're going to take a risk on you right? With our stuff you may be paying a little more than your 3 pack of shirts at Walmart but you're getting the guarantee that it's good for life and that does two things. One, it gives you the confidence that you're getting a great product and two, it forces US to have great products, because I can't afford to have a bajillion returns, I have to keep it under a certain number and we will honor every single one no matter what, we don't quibble, we don't ask questions. When we get these returns, we know this one's coming back because this piece washed out or this thread is messed up and it allows us to identify the problems and fix them and put out better and better products in the future. RC: I can attest to that! I recently used it when I ordered 3 shirts one size too small, and I didn’t have ANY issues getting credit back from Grunt Style and getting my stuff back within 1 week! DA: Well I am glad to hear that it is working! RC: Has there ever been a shirt that you guys had made that just flopped that, just didn't work, wasn't good and just wasn't selling? DA: All the time, all the time. The rule in business is, and this is something I learned the hard way, promote the winners and you kill the losers, so if your team is the average sum of everybody on it and you have laggers or people who can't pass their PT test or they can't shoot BRM. well they still make up the sum of your team. So the faster you can rotate those things out or enhance them, the faster your whole crew will become more effective, and it’s the same thing in the product world as well. I'm not going to try to promote the losers, I'm not going to try to make them better, I'm going to kill it, it's done, get it out. People vote with their wallets, there is no marketing strategy or campaign that's going to significantly help it, all you're doing is throwing good money after bad. The same thing with the team member and I don't mean if you have someone on your team that sucks you should kill them, but the attitude that person really is what makes the most impact so if people want them on the team and they improve the team then yes they're adding value. RC: So just one final question, do you have any words of wisdom to other veterans who are thinking of starting their own business after getting out of the Military? DA: Absolutely! BE HUMBLE! Find someone that is doing better than you and find out what they're doing right. If you're starting a business, you have to spend 80% of your energy in some form of sales, you have to sell your product that's the fastest way to know if you have something that's going to work or not and just because you fail on this product or this business doesn't mean you're going to fail permanently. Business is all about how fast you can fail, if you think about it, it's like Land Nav, you know whats on the map and it made sense to go from here to here, but you happen to just run into some deep gulch or some wait a minute vines that you didn’t see on the map, so now you can change your course and circumvent them and still get to your goal. Once Again we just want to say a huge Thanks! To the Grunt Style Team for giving us this opportunity and we ask that if you haven’t already, head over to www.GruntStyle.com and check out their website and their products! Robert Cox @RobocoxTV Community Director, FrontTowardsGamer.com
  22. Haha, I like the Andre the Giant answer!
  23. Welcome back gamers, veterans, supporters and readers! Thanks for reading this edition of 20 Questions here at the New Front Towards Gamer! This round of 20 Questions will be with Zach Mumbach [ZM] aka @Zachulon Multiplayer Producer on Battlefield Hardline Without any further delay, here we go with the self proclaimed #1Wheelman in Battlefield Hardline, Zach Mumbach 1) Please pick one of the two.. Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat? [ZM] Street Fighter, loved both as a kid but I still play Street Fighter to this day. Ryu and Bison are the guys I like to play most for those wondering. 2) What are your thoughts on video game movies? if you could make one and pick the director and 3 cast mates which and who would you pick? [ZM] They are different mediums that don’t translate well all the time. Honestly I wouldn’t want to work on any movie based on a video game, I’d prefer just to make games. If I had to though I’d make a Dead Space movie starring The Rock cause why not. 3) What was your first video game? and online one? [ZM] First game I ever owned was Galaga for the NES. First online game I ever played was the first Warcraft game. 4) How did video games effect you at that time? [ZM] I thought video games were amazing growing up. We had a computer lab at school and I would play Oregon Trail and these other old games as much as I could. I just thought video games were so much better than watching TV or Movies. I was pretty obsessed. 5) Rainbow 6 Three changed gaming forever for me, how did (first online video game) change you? [ZM] Well, the first time I played online was Warcraft and I just remember being amazed that it was possible. I remember thinking, “How can a video game go through a phone line!?!?” and just being amazed. After that I started playing Quake, which I sucked at, so a lot of my online sessions were just me getting whupped on. 6) what comes first transporters or warp drives ? [ZM] Warp drives I guess. I don’t think transporting people will ever be possible, sadly. I sure wouldn’t trust it. How do I know that’s the real me coming out on the other end and not some clone? 7) If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? [ZM] Maui because when I am there I am the happiest version of myself. 8) Is Hotwire your favorite mode from Battlefield Hardline? [ZM] Yeah, Hotwire is easily my favorite. I can’t get enough of that mode. 9) What was your favorite project to work on ? [ZM] Battlefield Hardline. I know it’s the most recent one and that makes the answer kinda cheesy but it really was my favorite. Awesome high-profile franchise and just a great combination of people making up the team. I’m actually sad in a way that its done because it was so much fun to work on. 10) In another life in the old west who are you and what do you do? [ZM] I don’t think I’d survive long in the old west. I got a big mouth. Maybe a farmer outside of some little prairie town. Just tending my crops and enjoying life. 11) What do you miss about working at EA Maxis? [ZM] The people. I worked with some really amazing people at Maxis and sadly, the way this industry works, it’s hard to stay in touch with people once you move. 12) Pick your favorite multiplayer map of all time from any video game? why is it your favorite [ZM] 2Fort from Team Fortress Classic. It was the first map in any MP game that I completely memorized, I knew every corner of that map. Lots of good memories playing 2Fort. 13) Who plays the best James Bond? [ZM] Pierce Brosnan no doubt. 14) With how far gaming has come in last 20 years, the next 20 will be extremely promising, imagine your a game maker in 20 years, tell me about your game. [ZM] I think VR is going to come up a lot. I don’t think it takes over 100% but it will be a thing. In 20 years I am making a VR Skate game or some kind of VR Mech fighting game. 15) Mash up map, if you could merge two BF maps which two would you merge? [ZM] I’m going with Caspian Border with Metro running below ground. Some other great answers we have received.. [DanSheridan] Tricky one – Damavand Peak from Battlefield 3, I love the jump off the edge of the cliff, a great use of the parachutes. At the bottom of the cliff I would put Valparaiso from Battlefield Bad Company 2, for an epic Rush battle. [BobbyMiller] Hainan resort and Zavod 311, they’re my two favorite vanilla maps! [Matt Kelly] Siege of Shanghai’s levolution meets Downtown/High Tension from Hardline. I like the idea of cops C4ing an office block to stop criminals reaching the heli-pad. The net loss to the city over a bag of money would be amazing. [Crunch] Noshahr canals and Wave Breaker. Just imagine how that would come out! [P4D] Mine would be Davad Peak on top of metro match B to B. 16) Social media is shaping the way we play and interact with games, what do you see as biggest advantages and disadvantages may be? [ZM] Well the big advantage from my viewpoint is fast direct feedback from the fans. Social Media really helped us make Hardline. Disadvantage is as developers we can’t always answer every question on there. Some things are just not announced or we can’t talk about and some fans can get upset about that. 17) Do you think that game makers have a right to police users on social media? [ZM] Nah, I think you let people say what they want. Take the good with the bad and if someone is really bugging you on there, it’s easy enough to just ignore them or block them. 18) You are going to be stranded on an island, only have a few seconds, name the three item you will bring? [ZM] I’m going to bring a Nintendo DS, a copy of Link Between Worlds and a Helicopter. I’ll be the first person to beat that game on a deserted island then I’ll fly home. 19) Do you have a preference between XBOX and PS? [ZM] Nope, I have both and I just play on whatever system I have more friends playing on at the moment. They are both great systems. 20) What was your first job in video games? [ZM] QA Tester on James Bond: The World is not Enough for the Playstation 1. 21) Name the weirdest item within arms reach right now? Everything on my desk is pretty much work/game related. Weirdest thing is probably a copy of Dr Dre’s Chronic album. It’s good to listen to while playing Hardline. 22) What historical game do you think changed the way we play games forever? [ZM] I don’t have a good answer for this one, ha ha ha. For me it was Wolfenstein 3D because of this hidden rooms. That game made me think about what else might be hidden away in other games. 23) What would you tell yourself if you could send back a message to the 16 year old you? Nothing. If I told 16 year old me something I might set in to motion a series of events that would lead me somewhere else. I’m really happy with where I am no both professionally and personally so I wouldn’t want to mess anything up. 24) If you could ask one person from history 3 questions, what would you ask and who? [ZM] I would ask Andre the Giant. Question 1. How tall are you really? Question 2. Can you lift me above your head? Question 3. Can you put me back down now please? 25) What was your first and favorite Easter Egg in video games? Megladon, Phantom, Yeti, or from previous years or different game? [ZM] In Duke Nukem 3D there was this room you could sneak into and it was Homer’s desk from the Simpsons. Blew my mind as a kid. It was fantastic speaking with Zach Mumbach in this edition of 20 Questions. What was your WOW moment in Video Games? Share with us in the comments section below.
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  26. Deck 13 has released a new platformer for XB1 that shows that size does matter. Shift Happens is the story of 2 blobs that must make there way through challenging environments in order to survive. You can take on this challenge solo, controlling both characters yourself - one at a time - or have a friend hop on the couch with you and tackle them together. In Shift Happens - be careful when saying the title fast, people may stare at you - you control Bismo and Plom, 2 blob like creatures that have the ability to change size. When you start out, they can shift size independently of each other, but a strange lab accident soon links their transformations. This means that you will have to coordinate their size to clear puzzles and advance through the levels. There are 49 levels spread out among 4 very unique areas, plus several Bonus Levels for you to conquer. In each level you will not only have to reach the end, but you will have to try and collect all 75 coins that are strewn about. Most are in plain sight, but some will require you to solve extra puzzles or find hidden areas. Some levels also contain a bonus item that you must work together with your teammate to return to its proper location. If all of this isn't enough to keep you busy for a while, they have also tossed in Timed versions of the levels for you to try your hand at. The graphics are bright, sharp and fun. Bismo and Plom are strangely cute characters that will remind you of a less defined, liquid, gingerbread man. Switching their sizes is a fun animation to watch, and one that you will see a lot in the game as you progress through the levels. The levels are very well designed and a nice mix between platforming and puzzle solving. You will really have to have the characters work as a team in order to complete each level. While this is a fun game to work through on your own, the title really shines once you hook up that 2nd controller and play with a friend. Trying to work together, figuring out who will be what size and how to progress adds another level to this game. Solo, you can figure it out - but when you have to have 2 brains working together, in sync, there will surely be a battle for control. It is like a video game version of the 3 legged race - only those that get a rhythm down will win. Shift Happens is out now for XB1 and you can add it to your collection for $14.99. This is a fun game to play and really shows its greatness when you play locally with a friend. It can tax your mind and your friendship with the puzzles it holds. 8/10 Original Post : Here
  27. Well, it wasn't a demo, it was a Beta, which means the game is still in testing mode before release. They may still change some things before release, like they did with For Honor
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