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  1. 20 Questions with 2 Veterans at PHX Comic-Con

    Welcome back gamers, Veterans, supporters and readers, Thanks for stopping in and reading the new 20 Questions here at Front Towards Gamer! This round of 20 Questions will be with Rona K (RK) and Jason M (JM), Veterans and OSD Team Members. 1) First and foremost thank you for your service. 2 What branch where you in? & Where did you serve? RK- Navy , on board the USS Cape Cod AD-43 two tours in the the Persian Gulf during Gulf War JM- was in the Army as an Infantryman and I stationed at Ft. Wainwright and Diyala Province, Iraq 3 Did you dress up or Cosplay at Phx Comic-Con ? What did you dress up as ? RK- I wore geeky dresses, Tardis dress, R2D2 dress, Wonder Woman dress/ USA corseted dress, Cat Woman Dress, Fantastic Beasts dress. JM- I wouldn't say I dressed up, I wore a Deadpool mask with my regular clothes 4 Have you been to a Comic-Con before? Which one? Multiyear? RK- Last year was my first, Operation Supply Drop took me to it. JM- This was my fourth time in a row to Phoenix Comic-Con 5 What was your favorite panel and or exhibit? RK- Toss up, I went to the Robin Hobb and Sherrilyn Kenyon panel Thursday, I'm a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan , been reading her for the last decade. Friday I went to the Terry Brooks panel, I am a life long fan of his, started reading his books in 7th grade! Del Rey Books had a booth there, and were giving out tons of book, half of the free books I got were signed by the authors, everyone, was personable, gracious, friendly! I went to the Erotic literature panel Saturday night, and it was loads of fun, with contests to come up with naughty euphemisms of all kinds. Authors and the publishers Are the Bomb! JM- I really like the BRA party, The Dork Knight Rises 6 Which cosplay did you see the most of at Phxcc? RK- Deadpool of course (manacle laugh) just the best anti-hero! JM- Deadpool 7 Which Cosplay did you expect to see more of and did not ? RK- Wonder Woman JM- Wonder Woman 8 What was your favorite Cosplay at Phxcc ? RK- A group dressed as the aliens from Sesame Street. I had fun with them when they went by the Operation Supply Drop booth. I would say "yep, yep, yep" and they would copy. I ended with " ring, rrrrring, rrr rrrrrring" as they were leaving and they copied..... the funny thing is I just said days before that we should do that.... how awesome! JM- There were too many to pick a favorite. 9 What artists did you get to hear, meet or see? RK- I ran out of time, next year god willing! JM- I got to meet Neal Mcdonough, he was a very nice guy. 10 What did you not see at Phxcc that you wish they had? RK- I wish Tor books had a booth, they had a panel, but I was getting Sherrilyn Kenyon signing and missed it. Also it's would be awesome to have free signing from movie/tv stars. JM- Sci-Fi Speed Dating 11 What did you get at Phxcc? RK- Tons of free things A bag from gyro Like 15 books from Del Rey, half are even signed. A dark hunter pin from Sherrilyn Kenyon. An advance signed copy of the Shannara series from Terry Brooks. A hero tshirt from WB along with a hat, USB adapter, and posters. A beach ball from sprint. Steven King IT buttons for a friend from AlliedIM. Poster of the new Spidey movie coming out from AlliedIM. JM- I got some stuff from Flex Comics and Moto Glass 12 What one superhero power would you pick for use at Phxcc ? RK- The flash, then not only could I get around fast, I could make remnants of my self and be at multiple places at once. JM- Flight 13 What song would best fit as your theme to Phxcc? RK- Jaws, my legs were swollen so had a hard time walking, so was stalking free books, movie posters, and such slowly. When I would find it, I would pounce on it, lol JM- Madness by All That Remains 14 What would be Phxcc's theme song? RK- Benny Hill chase song! JM- Madness by All That Remains 15 Would you rather fight 100 duck size horses or a horse sized duck? RK- 100 duck sized horses because they luv me! Ducks are mean! JM- 100 duck sized horses 16 What one item you eyeballing for next year? RK- I would love to be in a cosplay competition! JM- Getting more Moto Glass 17 Phxcc staff and Phx PD did a great job this year, is it to much security? RK- The day after was over the top, and no props is to extreme! If they just have more lines and inspect the props coming in, no problem, I love security, as long as it's reasonable, light sabers are only a real weapon to star wars people! To those with training our keys, and even our cloths are a weapon. Concentrate on real guns and sharp edged blades. Thank you for keeping us safe! JM- I feel that the Prop Ban was too much but the level of security was good. 18 What was your first comic book or superhero show? RK- Batman tv show, then Wonder Woman came out, we never missed a show. Also loved all hero shows, made me want to be a hero, that's why I chose fire fighting in the Navy. JM- Captain America 19 What fantasy comic or superhero world would you like to live in? Why? RK- Toss up between bat girl and Wonder Woman, Batgirl got to laugh at the corny villains, Wonder Woman got to ride horses all the time , And she was an amazon! Ok fine I just watched the advanced screening of Wonder woman, so she wins, for now. JM- Marvel, I just like the Marvel heroes more. 20 What is the strangest thing within arms reach right now? RK- A silk rose given to me by a cosplayer JM- 6 year old Mtn Dew can I got from Call of Duty XP that was in L.A in 2011 21 Name two items in your refrigerator currently? RK- Bacon and spinach JM- Beer and Eggs Was fantastic speaking with Rona and Jason in this edition of 20 Questions. Was an honor, and big thanks for taking the time. For more info on Operation Supply Drop and its missions, please visit this link for more info. Thanks for reading folks see you next time!
  2. 20 Questions with Ernesto Rodriguez, Walking across America for 22 a Day

    Agreed, he is about done, throw him a share, he wants to makes sure the finish is beyond special!
  3. Welcome back gamers, veterans, supporters and readers! Thanks for stopping in and reading 20 Questions here at the new Front Towards Gamer! This edition of 20 Questions will be with Ernesto Rodriguez (ER) Veteran with the Army for 4 tours of duty. After a long hard battle with the "system" and researching online he found a 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that an average of 22 veterans committed suicide every day because of mental health issues stemming from PTSD, traumatic brain injury or simply the stress of transitioning from military to civilian life. Surviving suicide twice Ernesto understands what his brothers and sisters face and wanted to assist. After that he picked up his American flag and started walking, with a goal of walking across America. Currently in California, about one month away from finishing. My name is Ernesto Rodriguez, I am a 15 yr Army Combat Veteran. I just got out in March of 2016 and started walking across the country for Post Traumatic Stress within the Veteran community and the 22 average veteran suicides that occur daily. 1) What was your first video game? ER) My first console was the Atari 2600 and i believe the first game i got was Asteroid. I have been hooked on gaming ever since. I have quite a collection of games and consoles and used to frequent arcades when i was younger. My favorite arcade game back in the day was Dragons Lair. 2) Why did you join the military sir? ER) To be honest it was out of boredom in my job before the service. I was in basic training when the towers fell and just like most of America i was angry and my sense of pride for our country tightened, that is why I stayed in so long. My original plan was to stay in long enough to get the GI bill and go to acting school, that obviously wasn’t in the cards. 3) What did you take away from your service sir ? ER) A sense of duty and purpose. to protect those in need and to truly understand the service to others was the most fulfilling thing a person can do with their life. 4) What is Nerdesto22 ? ER) Nerdnesto is just a nickname because of my love for pop culture, Sci-Fi comics video games Etc. the 22 is to symbolize the 22 fallen everyday 5) What is 22 a day, and what does it mean? ER) 22 a day is the average veteran suicide rate. it is based off of a skewed 2012 census that came up with that number. In my opinion it is higher. At this point that number is more of a symbol for people to recognize how high that number has gone and educate those that don’t know. 6) What is the best way to help 22 a day? ER) Be involved with your local veteran community. It is surprising how effective just involving yourself and being proactive in your communities can be. Spend 22 min a week with a veteran just listening and you may save a life that day. 7) How can I get more involved with 22 a day? ER) Visit your VA hospitals or volunteer. go to retirement communities (the suicide rate is higher above the age of 60) or just talk to someone who has served. 8) Where did you stay at night? ER) I have been lucky enough that most nights a hotel will donate a room, but I have also had to sleep under the stars. Rest stops, camp sites, even just on the side of the road. 9) How long did it take you? ER) I started Nov 11 (Veterans Day) and will be done by mid April. 10) What was the hardest part of your walk across America ? ER) The Desert in California was a Beast. Your mind goes to weird places when you are alone for that long. the heat and sun didn’t help either. 11) Did you have doubts about finishing, how did you overcome then? ER) I wake up everyday and want to go home. there was not one moment where I didn’t want to turn back, but a community of people grew from this and all the messages of love and encouragement kept me walking. 12) What was the scariest moment you came across on your trip? ER) Getting Clipped by a Semi on the interstate wasn’t fun. Luckily it was a rainy day and my arm slid right off the container and threw me in to soft muddy dirt. 13) How did people receive you in smaller towns, did you notice a difference vs cities? ER) I would say smaller communities have been a bit more welcoming. it is actually the difference in states that has been the most prominent. Texas was the most friendly. 14) What was your favorite part about your trip? ER) Way to many to name off, but flying in a T6 Texan in Midland Texas sticks out. And shaking Stan Lees Hands. those are my personal ones. when it comes to the community. Helping Homeless veterans and also meeting a world war 2 vet in West Texas that was driven out specifically to meet and sign my ruck sack. 15) Would you do it all over again? ER) I would in a heartbeat. not specifically for the walking but all the connections i have made. 16) What was your first job? ER) I was a Buss Boy at an Italian restaurant when i was 15. 17) How long did you last & What did you learn from the first job? ER) Didn’t last too long and I learned how to clean a table lol 18) Which Bond is your James Bond ? ER) They all have their merits, but I gotta go OG and sat Connery 19) Kirk or Picard? ER) Han Solo! lol 20) If your going to be stranded on an island and can only bring two items you own, what would they be? ER) An Axe and a copy of The Little Prince 21) If you can meet with one person from now or the past and ask three questions, who would it be and what would you ask them? ER) Van Gogh and I wouldn’t ask him anything. I would just sit there and watch him paint and drink. I think his art spoke for itself. 22) Would you rather fight 100 sheep sized bunnies or 1 bunny sized sheep? ER) 1 sheep, they are lazy I think I could take him out pretty fast. 23) What is your favorite weapon to fire? ER) My M4 was great. It was pretty decked out. 24) Do you own any guns currently? What guns? ER) I do not own any. I have nothing against having any, just not really someone that would go shoot often. 25) What is your favorite Disney movie? ER) Star Wars now that its owned by them. Was fantastic speaking with Ernesto Rodriguez in this edition of 20 Questions. Was an honor, and big thanks to Ernesto for taking the time while walking. Please take a minute and reach out to a veteran, active duty or donate to 22 a Day. Thanks for reading folks see you next time! Are you a veteran or concerned about one? Call the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 or visit veteranscrisisline.net
  4. A closer look at Death Squared

    Death Squared is a Puzzle strategy game on PC, PS4, Xbox 1 made by SMG studios, launched March 13 of this year. Once the main menu is loaded you will notice how easy, smooth and simple it is with 3 options to choose from. Making sure you are going to find what you need. When I picked the story mode it loaded a report on the screen with a voice in the background, a computer voice. It jokes around with you as you ask it to load a game or test routine. With two modes to pick from Story (2 square boxes, 1 or 2 player) and Party (4 Square boxes,1 to 4 player) you can face endless puzzles with hours and hours of fun. You can do a local mulitplayer but sadly no online play as of yet. The idea is simple and basic, you have to move your two square boxes to the matching color circles on the ground. Your left joystick moves the Red Square box and your right joystick moves the Blue Square box. You have obstacles to navigate and edges that you can plummet to your death from. In some rounds moving one of the Squared boxes will move blocks around near the Squared box. Hidden mines, moving walls, lasers, traps, mustaches, and more! The game makers went beyond the basic obstacles when devising ways to stop your progress in this game. As each round loaded I thought I would be able to figure it out easy, but some of them even got me thinking. While I still have not finished it yet, I am sure some of you out there can breeze by all these levels. In round 5 I came across some lasers that would kill your box of opposite color from the laser. You had to use same color box to shield the other box. This was very fun to figure out and try and beat. Well looks like we can carry each other too. You have to use each other to move around and sometimes carry each other. Check out what I came across in the 8th round of play. The party mode allows you to play with 4 Square Boxes. This is even harder as you must use all 4 of the Square Boxes as a team and timing is very key as you will see in this video. You have to do things in a certain order or not everyone can complete the level. Overall it is a fun game with hours of play value, while it does seem to border on repetitive, the voice overs from loading computer and test subject offers great comic relief. The jokes poke fun at your current situation from repeated fails to almost making it to the end of a level. You can make it dance in game and add logos to the little Square box, two more ways to enjoy this far beyond its simple concept. Final verdict great fun puzzle game that can be enjoyed solo or with a group that knows what it is and pokes fun at its simplicity. This would be a great party game and challenge to our thinking outside of the box so to speak.
  5. 20 Questions with RobocoxTV Community Director at FTG (Featuring Video Answers)

    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!
  6. 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.
  7. *Important Meeting*

    To easy, Get to the Chopper
  8. 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.
  9. 20 Questions with Zach Mumbach Video Game Producer

    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.
  10. 20 Questions with Project Manager Jaqub Ajmal

    Welcome back gamers, veterans, supporters, readers and first timers! Thanks for clicking on the link and reading this edition of 20 Questions here at Front Towards Gamer! This round of 20 Questions will be with Jaqub Ajmal [JA] aka @JaqubAjmal Project Manager on the Battlefield Series and Mirrors Edge. I'm Jaqub, a 35 year old gamer working for EA DICE as a project manager handling the QA team at EA DICE on the Battlefield series and Mirrors edge. I'm just another random white dude that enjoys music, movies and games. On ward with this edition of 20 Questions with the ever gracious Jaqub Ajmal. 1) what was your first job ever? [JA] My first job ever was as a gardener at a cemetery. It was a summer job and it was a pretty chill experience. Laying out in the sun, trimming some bushes and watering flowers. Sometimes a few tombstones need a good scrubbing. Good times! 2) What was the worst/most challenging job you ever had? did it change you? how? [JA] The most challenging job I ever had was as a salesman for a mobile company that did business to business sales. The salary was amazing, I've never made that much money in my life ever since then but it was really soul crushing and very stressful. What made things worse was that Massive Entertainment (Developers of The Division) had their offices just across the street and I could see straight into their offices from my window seat. I was asking myself everyday, why am I here and not there? That question became a catalyst for me in a way that I finally got the courage to quit my job and pursue a career in game development. 3) 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? [JA] Funny you should ask that, I actually have quite a collection of video game movies. Sadly most of them are awful, but those that I think worked the best are the Resident Evil movies and the first Mortal Kombat. The director of those movies, Paul WS Anderson really understands how to adapt a game and make it into something that actually works as a movie. I wouldn't exactly call them masterpieces but they are fun enough to watch once. I also thought the Need for Speed Movie was good fun. If I could pick a director to make a movie I would go for James Cameron. For actors I would go with Christian Bale, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Ha ha that would be one bad ass movie. 4) Do you think that game makers have a right to police users on social media? [JA] I believe in freedom of speech so everyone can say whatever they want. Game-makers are nothing special, just ordinary people like anyone else with various different opinions. 5) What do you think about the HoloLens and its possibilities in video games? [JA] I think it´s always cool with new technologies that can create new and immersive experiences for gamers. I have had the Oculus Rift development kit 2 since release and I am pretty amazed by some games such as Elite Dangerous. It wouldn't want to play it in any other way. I think the magic really happens when a developers creates and experience that uses the technology in such a way where it becomes and advantage of using it instead of trying to shoehorn a game that wasn't designed for the technology in the first place. With the right games HoloLens can really be something special. 6) What was your first and favorite Easter Egg in video games? Megladon, Phantom, Yeti, or from previous years or different game? [JA] My favorite Easter Egg is one I found myself as a child. If you beat Starfox on SNES (Star wing in EU) and if you leave the game running for 15 minutes after the credits have rolled by you will hear a special tune. I am pretty sure that I was one of the first people that found it because that Easter egg wasn't even on YouTube until a few years ago. 7) What was your last game played (mode)? did you win? [JA] My last game was Domination in Battlefield 4, it was sadly a loss. 8) Is that your favorite game mode and map? if no what is? [JA] My favorite game mode is Rush, I really enjoy how it sends players to the same area and gives every game a cinematic flair. I mostly play games for the experience rather than being competitive so it fits me really well. My favorite map is Damavand Peak as it has a little bit of everything and at the same time manages to be extremely cinematic and full of Battlefield moments. 9) If you could pick the next thing to be a Easter Egg what would it be? (ie Bear,T Rex,Clown) How would we trigger it? [JA] Haha I would make something really complex where the entire server would have to do something to trigger it. This Easter egg would take to much time to make, but when you would trigger it I would have the Skybox of the level rip open by a gigantic monster that comes in from behind it. And the server would then suddenly turn into a Final Fantasy style battle game where you would have to fight this monster. It would be really difficult and all 64 players would have to co-op to have a chance to beat it. Haha that would be pretty nuts. 10) Tell us about your worst testing experience in the past? [JA] The worst testing experience is always on those games that you work really hard on and then suddenly get canned. Sure we did get paid for the work we put in, but it´s heartbreaking when you have spent so much time and energy on something and then no one even gets the chance to play it. I have been lucky though as I haven't worked on that many games that got canned. 11) 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. [JA] I think that procedural generated data will be the norm. The world, the animations, the AI everything will be created with complex code. There is a certain stiffness in games today due to various limitations. But if you look at some games like GTA5 when it comes to animation or Elite Dangerous when it comes to the game world it´s clear to me that its the future. I also think that it will be very easy to make games, as easy as it is to make music these days. But instead of technical talent it will require more design talent. I think that compared to the movie business the video games business is still in an era where we actually develop the camera for every movie we make. While making a movie today is super simple, anyone can come up with a good idea, get a decent camera for little money and get high end editing software. It´s all about the talent. I think that in the future 3d assets will be so detailed that it wont make sense to create new ones as people wont notice any difference between games and hardware will be so fast that we can just buy all of the assets from a 3d assets company and there wont be much need for optimizations. I also think that mobile devices will be the platform that we will use for our games where you simply can stream the image in real time to a big screen wireless from the phone, and connect a gamepad or mouse/keyboard to it wireless as well. At some point those devices will just become so powerful that getting more processing power for a video game might actually not make a big difference. 12) What is your favorite video game map to play online and why? [JA] My favorite game to play online is Battlefield. (Surprise!) Battlefield is a great game to play with friends as it rewards team play, and at the same time it´s not to competitive as it lets you have fun as well.Pretty much no game plays out the same and the unique cinematic scenes that play out during the Battles are endless. I also really love the sound in the Battlefield games which I think no movie or game can match. It´s just truly amazing to put the game on War tapes while cranking up the volume on a 7.1 system. Besides Damavand peak that I mentioned above my other favorite map is Arica Harbor which is an amazing map with tons of variation. Playing it on Rush is really something special. 13)What is your favorite old school video game map to play online? (pre COD/BF) [JA] I think Facing Worlds in Unreal Tournament was a brilliant map, excellent design, interesting choice of setting, good mix of indoor and outdoor battle and pretty much perfect in size. The map had something for everyone. 14) Would you remake that map on a modern game? which one? [JA] Well I hope that Facing World ends up in the new Unreal Tournament game that is in development. That would be really something! 15) Mash up map, if you could merge two BF maps which two would you merge? [JA] It would be a Rush map that starts out as Damavand peak, then after the tunnel bit, instead of ending up in the construction type area you would come out of the tunnel and be in the Arica Harbor desert. And then play Arica all the way to the end. Haha that would have been amazing. Maybe even have some levolution where the Arica Harbor train would start moving and crash into the harbor area. 16) If you can pick an old school game to be re made into a modern version which would it be? [JA] I would love to see an open world games based on the Original Usagi Yojimbo game on the C64. It was a very revolutionary game for it´s time. For example it had a combat state and a none combat state, peaceful NPC would get scared if you went into combat mode for no reason, A karma system where if you did to many naughty things you would end up committing Harakiri, dynamic music, branching levels, boss fights and an actual ending cut scene. A truly underrated gem in my book. 17) what comes first transporters or warp drives ? [JA] I would go with warp drive as it seems "simpler" of the two. Haha 18) If you ship was sinking and you could only grab two things, what are they? [JA] A life jacket because I suck at swimming and a flare gun. 19) What is your favorite movie and thoughts on interstellar? are we alone? [JA] I thought it was really good, Christopher Nolan is an amazing director. I also really loved the score by Hans Zimmer. Was super disappointed that it didn't win more Oscars then it did. 20) Name the weirdest item within arms reach right now? [JA] Around 30 cardboard boxes. I just moves houses so my living room looks like a warehouse. 21) Any project you wish you did not pass on or had? [JA] There was one project where I wish that I would have tried to get more involved in regards to the creative bits. As QA I try to avoid getting to involved with the design as I think that the game designers need to do their thing and have their vision appear intact with not to much interference from others. But on Terminator Salvation that I worked on I just wish that I would have taken over or at least helped them with the creative vision because I am really in tune with the Terminator universe and have a great understanding of how one could convert that into a good gaming experience. Of course it´s always easy to say that in hindsight because Terminator Salvation was a game that was made with very little resources and not a lot of time, but I still think that I could have made a difference for the better if given the chance. 22) What was your first job in video games? [JA] My first job in the games industry was at a developer called Simbin that developed super realistic racing simulators. I worked there first as a designer doing scripting for weather effects and cameras, when I was done with my design work I also assisted with some quality assurance. They were very impressed with the work I did and pretty soon made me QA Lead. I guess I was a natural, as I didn't have any prior QA experience. 23) What are your thoughts on violence in video games? would you let your 5 year old play GTA, Hardline or a BF? [JA] No I wouldn't let my 4 year old play GTA or the Battlefield games.(He is 5 this summer). I honestly don't even think that he would enjoy them as they are quite complex and difficult to play for someone that young. I also think that GTA5 has some themes and scenes that are just to scary for someone really young to view. For me Battlefield isn't really all that violent, and as a kid playing cowboys and Indians in real life with friends our imagination was often a lot more violent and gruesome then those games. Also for me personally I watched a lot of violent movies as a child and it didn't really have any negative effect on me, but I think it really depends on the person and how they react to the content. But it´s a very difficult questions and I don't really think there is a right or wrong, I think its up to each parent to decide when they think that their kids are ready to play certain violent games. 24) If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? [JA] Somewhere that has nice weather and where I could get a job similar to what I am doing today, So probably somewhere in the USA like Austin, Los Angeles, Redwood shores or San Francisco. It was fantastic speaking with Jaqub Ajmal for this edition of 20 Questions. What is your favorite Easter Egg in video games? Please share with us in the comments section below.
  11. 20 Questions with BattlenonSense, Battlefield Content Creator

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  12. Madden Ultimate Team is Madden

    Madden Ultimate Team is Madden Feat. MUT10 VETS EJnfl24, DJ Mateo, Medusa, MrNICEGUY and Proxytron. Madden Ultimate Team was first available on Jan 7th 2010 as an update to Madden 10 which came out the previous Aug. Before EA released it on Madden they first tested Ultimate Team on FIFA09 5 months after releasing FIFA similar to the Madden drop mid cycle. Reasoning behind this mid cycle drop was by then players had already started drifting away from the game, as shown by last years usage data and this would keep the game "Fresh" as Adam Shaikh stated This update was the start of what has become the biggest hit in EAs history, and when I say hit I mean money maker. Lets be honest here EA has never seen returns from a project like this, Ever! No game or mode has had jumps in player returns from previous years as this one has had. Madden Ultimate Team is growing at over 90% per year. . and this last year EA profited over a billion dollars, yes a billion. From 1990 to 2012 EA has taken over many franchises, 36 to be exact with 20 of those since 2000(*5). EA has had some what success with these acquisitions (that can be debated at a later date) from Command and Conquer, the Sims, Sim City, Need for Speed, Bejeweled, Playfish (Mobile), Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Star Wars, Medal of Honor, the Settlers, Outlaw sports, MTV vs, Battlefield, and many others. For the most part with the exception of BF and EA sports giants like Madden, EA has seen dropoffs on player returns and very limited success on these franchises. Thats why the future of Madden Ultimate Team is so crucial. Earlier I stated that last year EA made over a billion dollars, Over 380 million of that coming from Ultimate Team(*4), its fair to say what is big daddy at EA. Any good business would see this years ago and maximized its profits in future versions. While this is great for the investors and shareholders at EA, it is not so good for us the customer or gamer. To maximize profits EA has created many ways to earn money from the gamers playing MUT. From charging to give cards away, to charging for the auction house use, to adding points (a currency to be bought only with real cash) Why do we get charged to give our already paid for cards away? Why make the game about how much money you can add for currency vs being about game play to earn currency in game? Is this how where you train your MUT team to get better?? Biggest problem in my eyes is the method of making changes to player distribution in packs. Players who you could previously get in one pack are placed in new higher level packs the next year, and each and every year since. From Gold, Silver, Bronze at start to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Elite, Legendary, Ghost, Fantasy, BCA, Playoffs, and Bonus now. When MUT started in 2010 you could very easily maintain a good team simply by winning, earning coins to buy new packs. Now its almost impossible to keep a team without spending real cash on it, so much so that there are hundreds of videos if not thousands on youtube on how to make coins without spending money. (*6) Over this holiday season we saw packs on the market place for 90$. This is getting crazy. From a game that was so easy to play and fun to experience with your friends in a unique way. Building your own team up from your favorite players and playing with it. Even sharing its greatness with your friends! To now a game where its almost required that you use real cash at some point to keep your team going. Ask any MUT vet who has played for more than a year if they have spent money on the game would yield an overwhelming 95% yes answer. As a MUT10Vet I held many pack parties with fellow gamers. (EJNFL24, DJ Mateo, Proxytron, MedusaMission, JohnDee, MRNICEGUY) Pack parties is one of my favorite memories of MUT10 and 11. Gaming is about a community, it always has been and always will be. I dont know what to expect from the future of MUT as they cant keep moving players up and increasing costs for the gamers, as sooner or later it will cost us more than Madden its self. Maybe it already has, I know I have spent more on MUT then the 55 I paid for Madden 15. THAT IS CRAZY. Maddens future is secure with the hundreds of millions of dollars MUT will generate. Lets just hope EA will realize gamers want to play the game to earn rewards NOT buy the rewards. Madden Ultimate Team 2010 I took a little time to reach out to some fellow MUT vets and friends, who all have been playing MUT since the start in 2010, and can offer some various points of view. Some of these guys are heavily involved in MUT and some are just hardcore players, but all are MUT professors in my opinion. Thanks for taking the time to answer these DJMateo, EJNFL24, MedusaMission, ProxyTron, and MRNICEGUY! If you have time to check out @djmateo904 and his streams, I would! MEDUSA @xmedusamissionx Former UMF/UTF MOD, Member of MUT HOF PROXY @Proxytron #MUT 10 veteran EJNFL24 @EJ_NFL_24 Invitee of EA Sports 1st ever MUT Invitational MRNICEGUY @MrN1CEGUY1337 MUT 10 VET DJMATEO @djmateo904 US Marine | Official EA Sports GameChanger | MUTHead Staff Q) You have been playing since the start correct? MEDUSA - Yes, MUT10, but not at the launch. I got heavily involved w/ MUT11 and that is when & where I started making my name in the MUT community. My MUT10 team stunk, I didn't have a ton of time to put into it and really anything good I had was thanks to gifts from EJNFL24 who I originally met in sports card trading on the Beckett online trading site. PROXY - Pretty much from the start, yes. I think I started playing within the first few days of release. EJNFL24 - Not from day one, but I did participate quite a bit in MUT10. I downloaded it probably a month, maybe two, after it's release. MRNICEGUY - Yes from the start DJMATEO - Yes, Jan 2010 back when it was DLC Q) What has changed the most since January 7, 2010? MEDUSA - 2 things top my list honestly 1. I'd sadly have to say the MUT community: In short, forums are not really needed or used anymore - I miss the days of just chatting w/ fellow players and not always about the game but just life in general. I've always tried to live by 1 rule in the community and that is to just keep it real. Also, The community doesn't seem as strong as it use to be, it may be strong in numbers but not strong as in helping each other out. I really appreciated alot of the community helping me out while I was in Afghanistan and that includes none other than EA's Josh Looman. Times have changed, the community has become GREEDY as a whole, still lots of good people out there tho, community just has blown up to an unreal size. 2. Again I have to use the word sadly, cuz sadly I have to say how EA operates. By this I mean while I get that EA is a business that has to make money, EA no longer has to cater to its customers as it use to because the game, format, and community has gotten so BIG, you should NEVER stop catering to some degree to your customers, this is where America as a whole is failing. I fight for this country for a living, so this disappoints me to see where we were and where we are now, because I Love America. With that said, I partially blame EA for what people call money grubbing & I partially blame the fact that MUT got so BIG that the shear size of the community made it easy for EA to do, plus you simply can not listen to everybody. PROXY - What's changed the most to me has been the community, for better or worse. I think at the start of MUT, it was definitely a tight-knit community where everyone knew everyone and we all helped each other out. Today, everyone seems to only know the players who are active on Twitter or do giveaways constantly. EJNFL24 - It's hard to pinpoint one thing in particular to be honest. The mode has changed a ton in just about every aspect. Packs, coin making strategies, the Auction House as a whole, etc. It's all changed. Some for the better, some for the worse. Packs, as most would agree, have gotten worse. It used to be so much fun hunting for cards in packs without having to blow crazy amounts of coins, or spending a decent amount of money. A lot of people focus on that, because it's most people's most enjoyable part of the mode. The thrill of the hunt. There are a lot of aspects that have seen marked improvement though. From adding collections, adding a trade feature (however flawed it may be), streamlining our collections, and increasing the amount of cards that we can have at any given time. Almost everything has changed in some way shape or form. MRNICEGUY - In a positive way their are many more solid cards to build a team with, In a negative way pack odds are damn near pathetic, you could spend $100 at any moment and if your lucky 1-2cards might be over 83ovr. DJMATEO - The entire premise of the game... it used to be to just buy packs and build the best team possible... Now it was turned into a task related gamed to obtain the best team possible. I like that, because it makes the grind that much more fulfilling Q) Why did you start playing MUT? MEDUSA - I started playing MUT because I have always been a HUGE football fan, fantasy football player, and football memorabilia collector. I've played Madden since the very first one & by that I mean 22 years before MUT and before alot of the community was even born. Ever heard of Commodore 64? Yes, I'm the OLD GUY. Anyways, I was at a card shop & some guy was talking about the game mode being like fantasy football so I downloaded the MUT game add-on to see for myself & the rest is history! PROXY - I was actually just browsing the Xbox Live store and came across a download for MUT. Back when Madden 10 first came out, MUT wasn't even on disc, it came out at a later date. So when I came across the download and read about what the game mode was, I was intrigued by the whole idea of owning cards of my favorite players and putting together whatever team I wanted, so I gave it a shot. The rest is history. EJNFL24 - I started playing purely out of curiosity. I saw the DLC advertisement just about every day while playing Madden, so one day I decided to give it a shot, and the rest is history, as they say. I liked the idea of combining card collecting (I do have a collection of actual football cards I've bought/pulled over the years) along with playing my favorite game, Madden. MRNICEGUY - The ability to create a fantasy lineup and play online without the commitment of sticking to a league schedule DJMATEO - LOL Because it was there on my screen. I played FUT back in 09 so i wanted to see how Madden handled it. (and it was free DLC, unlike the first FUT) Q) And why do you play now? MEDUSA - Why stop? I love football, I love Madden and I don't care about playing H2H games. I'm a CPU guy and just like "working" to make my Ultimate Team. Nothing worth a DAMN comes easy. But you can just make your own "Ultimate Team" in Franchise Mode you say, Where's the challenge in that? I say! It is about fun for me and not about bragging or showing off, only person I need to impress is the person who matters most to me - MYSELF! PROXY - What keeps me playing is the collecting aspect, and the constant drive to improve my team. I've always been a big fan of the collecting aspect of the game, getting my favorite players' cards and putting them all together on the same team. This year is much more fun to me so far because it's the first year where I won't be spending any money on packs, so it's even more challenging to get the cards I want. EJNFL24 - I play now because I'm an admitted football junkie. I still enjoy building up my team and taking it online to test my skills against other MUT gamers. It's a shame though, since with the integration of Twitch/YouTube into Madden moreso than ever that it's having a large negative impact on the online H2H community in my opinion. Just about every game you play on the upper tiers of the H2H ladder is the same old same old. This has little to do with the mode of Madden Ultimate Team itself, but having increasing H2H rewards toward the top tiers certainly doesn't help. I'm not sure if there's anything the MUT Dev Team can do to address this, but as it stands, the H2H aspect of the mode is less enjoyable than at any point before in my opinion. MRNICEGUY - Its the only mode in madden were I can use my own version of a complete squad and play online h2h Q) Will you play MUT next year if things stay on the current course? MEDUSA - I'll be as honest here as I can be. Yes! People say they will stop and it is EA's fault cuz of them being so money grubbing, well I say - look in the mirror. Could EA do some things better? Sure, but here's the honest part - EA doesn't force anyone to spend money and that's the look in the mirror part cuz the only person to blame for spending money is the person you see in that mirror. I'm more disappointed with gameplay in MUT15 honestly than the money grubbing. Life isn't always fair, you can't have everything you want. I sure as hell don't have World Peace yet, try buying that! PROXY - I think I'll keep playing MUT for the foreseeable future, unless they make it necessary to put money in the game. I know a lot of people aren't a fan of how the game is now and how hard it is to put together a really dominant team, but to me, this way is necessary to add to the longevity of the game. If everyone were able to get their favorite players right off the bat, they'd play for a month then get bored and never touch the game again. EJNFL24 - I'm going to be honest, I'm having serious doubts for several reasons. My main issue, as stated in another answer, is with online H2H. That's where I have the most fun and where my main coin income is from. Right now the H2H is almost unplayable at the top tiers. You literally see the same 5 plays 8/10 games anymore thanks to people biting schemes off of Twitch and/or YouTube. Packs are becoming less and less fun, and more and more of a money grab. The odds are considerably worse than in any year prior, and the cost of packs is higher. It's almost impossible to enjoy ripping packs and chasing certain cards without spending a ton or getting unbelievably lucky. At the end of the day, a lot of my friends have quit playing already and I probably won't be too far behind if the game mode continues it's current course. MRNICEGUY - Maybe but I wont spend as much time and damn sure less money.. or any DJMATEO - Absolutely, MUT is the future of Madden, I had been trying to express that when it started, but no one took me seriously. Now look at it. Q) Do you remember when we had to fight EA to give cards away? MEDUSA - No, really I don't. Plus, if I want to give cards away - guess what? I WILL! I've done my fair share of bitching, moaning, and venting about MUT and EA over the years as well as disagree with how some things are done but in the end those are my opinions & my rights to do so, just like it is EA's right to run their company however they do. I've also done my fair share of praising EA for stuff and things they have done for me. It's the nature of the BEAST! PROXY - I do remember that, and I'm not sure why it was a problem. EJNFL24 - I don't. I've done it in years prior and this year and haven't had issue with it. MrNiceGuy - They dont really know.. as long as customers dish out money and dont voice their opinion EA dont really care DJMATEO - I do, but that was at the time of no trade block. Q) Why do you think EA did not want us giving cards away? MEDUSA - No idea because I don't remember this unless it is paypalling or selling on EBay that you are referring to and that is because that is against their TOS agreement and I'll leave it at that because I have my own opinions on that matter that I'll leave at that. (And No, I do not sell or buy cards or coins for that matter - I have, however, given away alot to the community by the way of time, cards, and coins) PROXY - The only thing I could think of is that maybe they wanted the other players to earn their cards rather than getting them for free. Clearly it's not a problem to them anymore though, with giveaways happening constantly over Twitter. EJNFL24 - I'm not sure what might've caused their issue with it, as I don't remember it being an issue in the first place. There definitely shouldn't be an issue with people helping other MUT players by giving away cards. MRNICEGUY - Same reason, if they dont really know.. as long as customers dish out money and dont voice their opinion EA dont really care DJMATEO - Im pretty sure they didnt want us giving away cards because of the chance of them being taken by people lurking. Thus creating a hassle for them when the users call customer support and complain. Hence the introduction of the trade block Q) Our pack parties were so much fun were they not? MEDUSA - I didn't really do a ton of pack parties, but they def were cool when I'd join XBL parties. I loved wishing ppl good luck & MOJO. I stayed away alot cuz big parties seemed difficult to sneak in talk time, but pack parties lead to ppl helping each either w/ trading & Doing collections. Pack parties need to come back & I guess they still happen via Twitch and all. So,yes - when I was in them, they were FUN. I do remember those days w/ ppl like T1P,Clutch City,&Buhfalo. Pack parties also built lasting MUT friendships & reps. Miss da good old days. PROXY - Those pack parties were the best! There's so many things I miss about the MUT10 days. EJNFL24 - They're one of the most fun things I've participated in while playing MUT. I wish pack prices were more reasonable so we could still do 'em! MRNICEGUY - The thing that made the awesome was the odds didnt suck .. getting great value for decent content DJMATEO - I was just about to mention that in the last answer. Pack Parties were definitely the cat's pajamas. And back then it was only limited to the 8 people in the party. But now with social media and twitch becoming SUPER popular from the days of justin.tv Giveaways have more power and community interaction. Q) What could you change about MUT if you had the abilty to change one thing? MEDUSA - I think you meant what would I change if I could. First & Foremost I'd listen to the MUT players more despite the fact that you'll NEVER be able to make everyone happy. EA has in fact listened to some of my ideas, if you read this EA, you are welcome (cough cough Pat Tillman). Anyways, like I was saying... I'd listen to the vast majority of the community which would fix simple issues like lacking gameplay, recycling of promos, multiple versions of the same player, and all the DAMN collectibles. Well, at least I'd like to think I could, some times when the shoe is on your foot it is NOT as easy as you think it is. Now, while I say that... Let's also give some credit to the changes that EA has made over the years because they have made positive strides and listened to "us". Some times with positive strides come negative ones & with negative strides come positive ones. Trust me, for every constructive criticism someone like AirWolf (MutGuru) gets, he gets a ton of hate mail, think that over for a minute. I, for one, appreciate what Josh Looman did and what AirWolf (MutGuru) is working on. PROXY - I've thought about this so many times, and I feel like I always come up with a different answer. If I could only change ONE thing, I would make trading multiple cards a possibility. It's an obvious feature that would fix lots of issues with scamming and just make trading as a whole easier. EJNFL24 - Man, that's a tough one. If it had to do with just the mode of MUT itself, and wasn't inclusive of the gameplay aspect I'd have to say pack odds/prices. Some of the most fun I've had in MUT was ripping packs in years passed. This year it's impossible to have fun ripping packs unless you have insane luck. Pack prices have become a joke as well. With the release of "Ultimate Packs" we saw a single pack that cost roughly $30! That's insane! A 3 pack bundle for $90! Even then you weren't guaranteed any cards that would make a marked improvement to either your team or your coin total. If you spent that much in years prior you could make your team better in just about every aspect. MRNICEGUY - More gold or higher players per base pro pack or lower the price on premium packs, certain collectibles like totw u should always get tge collected versions of players back DJMATEO - TBH, every year they bring something different. And it's usually a good change from the year before. We asked for a trade block, we got a trade block, we asked for no caps on the Auction House, and we got no caps on the AH, we asked for more collections, we got more collections. We asked for more ease of use with the "reserves/pending/Active" and we got that... But one thing I'd like to in future MUT's is stat tracking on cards. If i am buying a Calvin Johnson Jr. I'd like to know how many TD's hes had, how many yards hes gained, the date the card was pulled. Things like that for each player. QBs, HBs, defensive players... That would be great. Oh yeah and also a DNF% for my opponent at the load up screen so i'll know whether to expect a quit from him. OH! And also BRING BACK "Continue vs. CPU" if the opponent quits on you Thanks for reading folks, till next time plug in your mic and play with someone!
  13. Welcome back gamers, veterans, supporters and readers! Thanks for stopping in and reading the new 20 Questions here at Front Towards Gamer! This round of 20 Questions will be with Chris aka Battle(non)sense [BN] @BattleNonSense Battlefield News, Design Concepts, and Easy Explanations of complex game mechanics. My name is Chris, I am 35. I am happily married for the last 10 years and we have 2 kids. For the last 17 years I have been working full time as an electrical engineer. My area of expertise is home and facility automation, project planing and project management as well as designing solutions that fix problems that our customers need to have resolved, or improve existing work flows. 1) What was your first video game? And online one? [BN] My first contact with Video games was with the C64 which still used a tape drive. The first system that I owned was the NES followed by the Amiga 500 and the Amiga 1200 before I got my first PC in 1995 which was a Intel Pentium running at amazing 133MHz. The first video game that I played was Super Mario Bros on the original NES in 1986. I am not sure about what my first online game was. We played a lot of DOOM, Quake and UT on the LAN back at school. The first online game I remember playing was Operation Flash-point in 2001 2) Playing Rainbow 6 Three changed gaming forever for me, how did (first online video game) change you? [BN] Playing Operation Flashpoint online brought an entirely new scale of gaming to me. It was incredible to feel that you are part of a bigger team, And how working together decided if you would win or loose. 3) What was that first experience on (first video game) like to you? [BN] Addictive 4) If you were a Star Trek® or Star Wars® character, which one would it be? [BN] Easy one. Captain James Tiberius Kirk 5) If you were an animal, which one would you want to be? [BN] Eagle 6) Over the years what is the one vehicle thats your go to when its time to mob with a group online? [BN] Attack Helicopters 7) Mash up map, if you could merge two BF maps which two would you merge? [BN] Hmm.... I can't think of any of the old Battlefield maps that I would like to merge, so I will choose two BF3 maps. Take Metro, expand the subway part with a LOT more corridors, and hidden paths so that you can actually flank properly and not have those silly choke points. On top of that you place Seine Crossing which should be make about 2 times of the current size with a lot more alternative routes that you can take + multiple entry points for the subway. xpray4deathx Metro and Damavand Peak, B on top of B. ZehGreek That’s a very cool question.. I’d say; Oasis and Final Ignition. Please DICE. Make it happen. dan_mitre Oh, that’s a good one. Propaganda on top with a subterranean Operation Locker. ThisIsactionman 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. Unitool I’d jam Karkand (BF2 version) onto Wake Island (BF3 version) and see how that works. Or maybe Karkand and Return to Karkand, in order to create Super Karkand: Epic Edition – Now with More Karkand Than Ever Before. WDA_Punisher Hmm, Hard question. One that popped into my head was Strike at Karkand and Arica Harbor. Both were epic infantry maps. UPSLynx Hainan resort and Zavod 311, they’re my two favorite vanilla maps! Driezzz Valparaiso from Bad Company 2 and Suez Canal from Battlefield 2142, don’t forget those Titans! 8) What has been your favorite video game Easter egg over the years? [BN] The elevator rave in Crysis 2 9) What is the weirdest item I find in your refrigerator right now? [BN] There are no weird items in there. 10) What do you see as the biggest drawback in BF4 was? [BN] Oh boy. That could result in a short novel. But if I would have to boil it down to 2 things then this would be the legacy code that is still present there, which is holding back the game and causes a lot of the issues that we see today (especially the netcode), and that the game is designed with a too strong focus on casuals and this waters down the gameplay a lot. 11) Did you see BF4 as an improvement over BF3 or other way around and why? [BN] A few things BF4 is doing better, others it does worse.Overall both games are disappointing because you clearly see the lack of time and thought that has been put into these. 12) You are going to be stranded on an island, only have a few seconds, name the three items you will bring? [BN] toothbrush knife cloth 13) What do you think about the HoloLens and its possible in video games? [BN] A lot is possible, but I see its application to be more valuable in other industries. 14) Robert Bowling Jason West and Vince Zampella have done fantastic jobs listening to the community and applying it to a game/system for use with its users, should other companies be studying/applying this to their projects? [BN] I think that DICE LA is also doing a great job these days when it comes to listening to the community. Even DICE Stockholm did a good job there back in the days of Battlefield 2. But for about 7 years they did an absolutely horrible job at communication and listening to their customers - just like EA.So I am curious to see how this will develop. 15) What is your favorite old school video game map to play online? (pre COD/BF) [BN] Quake 3 The Longest Yard 16) What are your thoughts on BF Hardline? [BN] Hardline has a lot of potential, but is still hold back by the baggage for the Battelfield 4 code as it sadly just copied a lot of the existing functions instead of overhauling and improving them. 17) We have came a long way in the last 15 years, tell us something surprising about the next 15 years? [BN] Consoles as we know them today will cease to exist. 18) Name the weirdest item within arms reach right now? [BN] Lipgloss my coworker left on my desk 19) Best BF to date is _____ [BN] Hands down Battlefield 2. Despite its issues it provided the best overall Battlefield game and experience so far. 20) What changed FPS forever? [BN] 3d FX VooDoo which brought us 3D acceleration. Thanks for reading, It has been great chatting with Chris in this round of 20 Questions, Cant wait to see your next project! If you could be any animal what would it be? Share with us in the comments section below.
  14. After spending as much time as I could playing Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands, I am proud to say I cant wait for March 7th to get my own full copy. We know all the facts about the game, and if you dont here is a quick recap.. There are 21 regions each with their own civilian populations 11 eco systems with different climates, plants and animals 26 bosses that you can if you want, track down and elimate Single player, Coop 4 player online or offline with AI Set in 2019 Bolivia Out March 7th The Good- The functional ability that you have over you player in game and out is the best I have seen in a very long time. All games adapt something from other games as we progress down the timeline of game history. When choosing your features for your player you get to pick from options that cover a wide range and offer so many variants that it gives you a great feeling of a personalized player. It took me a half an hour to get the guy right and I wanted to make another. Good thing you have 5 presets to do that with. Joining friends and inviting, teaming up is easy and fluid. Menus are not buggy and give you a clear indication of the use and its functions are crisp and not laggy. Loading times are fairly quick and the wait screen has a set of 90 tips and tricks you can scroll thru while you are waiting. Lets hope games start to put in mini games at wait screens (the patent that was stopping that came up last year) or maybe we are at the point in time that load screens are a thing of yesterday. Does anyone remember the load time for Gran Turismo? Wow. In game I found the views from the peaks to be intoxicating and graphics fantastic. It was a thrill to travel around in the air, the ground and on a boat. Teaming up with some friends, we finished the missions fairly quick on standard and had to bump up the difficulty. Oh man with that, you cant COD it, this is a tactical game that has to be played as such. Well you dont have to, but get use to that load screen, as you will see it allot if you try and to run and gun. Right now we know of over 40 guns, Assault Rifles, Light Machine Guns, Submachine Guns, Sniper Rifles and Shotguns. Scouring the game world for new weapons and items is a great way find these items. Gunsmithing will allow you to paint your weapon as over time it will get nicked up and worn down. The best part of Gunsmithing is its selection of attachments. The game offers more than 100 attachments (scopes, magazines, stocks, barrels, and more) that you can use to equip your weapon, allowing you to make YOUR weapon. Over 10,000 combinations are possible. The Bad- The car damage model was not accurate and feels like cars from games of 5 years ago Barrel roll for your player should be an option, your guy only barrel rolls when dropping from or falling from a height, and does it automatically. All and All I can not wait to get my copy of Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands on March 7th.
  15. Super Run 2017 with "Pop the Classroom"

    Thanks for checking out another Team Phoenix event! On January 14th Pop the Classroom held its annual charity Super Run. Dressing up as Super Heros and Villains and doing a fun run around Kiwanis Lake. What is Pop the Classroom? Pop Goes the Classroom develops and shares curricular resources related to pop culture arts integration as a tool for education. What is Super Run? The Super Run is a national series of 5k running events that partners with non-profit organizations to put on superhero themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. The Super Run is here to save your day! Operation Supply Drop Team Phoenix joined forces with AZ Deadpool Corps to cheer on everyone and hang out for some fantastic fun and excitement. The local tv station CW6 had a green screen set on site and was taking pictures with everyone. Here is a few of our deadpools in one of them. As we waited for the start of the race we bumped into the 501st Dune Sea Garrison. This was a great time to rock out to some tunes! Well of course get some pictures with them too, its the 501st! As the race was about to start we got lined up to give out some high fives and support! The count down.. 3... 2... 1.. Go.. Then it was high fives for days.. So many high fives we had to take turns. Even got some 501st high fives, yes he did the whole run in that outfit! Teaming up with our local community has been a great experience. This allows our team members to get out and be active, while having fun! 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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