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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. When it comes to advertisement the video game industry seems to be leading in terms of garnering hype for certain AAA titles that are undeserving. In the last few years though there has been a trend where the hype train is so powerful that you are convinced that this game being advertised is the greatest game that has ever been made. I know what you're thinking, how could that be a bad thing? How many times have you gotten that game and played it and felt utterly disappointed? There are a few games that stand out that I won't name *cough* No Man's Sky *cough* that has all the makings of a standout hit. An outstanding reveal at a major video game conference, the backing of a major publisher, stunning visuals (in the demo), and a story that seems to be expertly written. What happens when the game comes out and you play it for the first time? The honeymoon phase is something that we have all experienced when it comes to a hyped game. You get it and you start playing and your excitement for the game overshadows any bugs or problems you initially encounter. You are convinced though everything that you have read about the game that it is the best game you have ever played. Once that wears off you start to nitpick certain things about the game then you come to the realization that this is not what was promised. This is not what was advertised and more importantly you realize that you have been fooled. The problem is that the marketing is so well done, the conference presentations so perfect that we all rush to pre order and line up for midnight releases with the thought that we will get our hands on something incredible. By the time we realize what has happened we have already spent our money and the developers have turned a profit. Sure there have been class action lawsuits in the past but this trend doesn't seem to be slowing down or stopping. Have developers and publishers let us down in order to make money on false promises? Is this something that they willing and intentionally do?
  8. Thanks for stopping by and checking out another OSD team Phoenix event. Pokemon Pokemon Pokemon, its everywhere. Pokemon has invaded Team Phoenix too. On Sunday Aug 14th we held a Mandatory Fun Pokemon Meetup at Tempe Beach Park. Even with the sun blazing up the Beach park to over 100 many folks showed up before sunset. Soon as the sun set it was walking time, and boy did we. Walking around our marked off .5k we meet many new friends and a few Veterans and Active Duty members of our armed forces. Was great to see everyone out having a good time! Over the next 2 hours everyone tried to throw a little ball at some sort of creature on a phone trying to catch the most Pokemon for some Dback tickets.. but eventually the winner caught over 125 Pokemons!! wow As the Catching Contest ended, we counted up the totals announced the winner and then we started the raffle for Dback tickets, a Super Nintendo and a Nintendo. Everyone had a blast playing Pokemon at the park, we even got in a little trouble..Someone was getting thrown in the water one way or another. With the volunteers we had helping out, we had the numbers to be able to run the event and take the time to speak with some of our Active Duty and Veterans. Wanted to thank Rona, Chris, Chris, Kyle, Alicia, Mattie and Jeremy for helping making this event a fantastic fun time! Everyone had such a good time at this event we are doing another next month on Sept 4th. Check out more info here 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. Hey gamers! August 2016 is a little light on releases this month but that doesn't mean you won't have anything to do! There are some really great games coming out this month and here is the list: August 9 - No Man's Sky August 16 - Valentino Rossi: The Game August 23 - Madden NFL 17 August 23 - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided August 30 - World of Warcraft: Legion
  10. 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 Glenn Banton [GB] CEO of Operation Supply Drop @OpSupplydrop 1) We all had that first video game experience that hooked us in one way or another, what was your first video game moment? [GB] While I'd played plenty of games prior, the first moment was beating Super Mario Bros on NES. I even remember the friend's house I was at in Austin, Texas and have showed my kids. It was not however a fulfilling experience. As you may know, beating the game, isn't "beating the game" it simply starts over on Hard Mode. I can remember clearly how my excitement changed to immediate frustration when this happened. I guess you can say that was the beginning of my overly critical point of view on gaming. Aside from this moment, I remember saving my money for those tiger hand held games, Bo Jackson Football/Baseball in particular. Back then earning 20$ was difficult, that could be a weekend of collecting cans for recycling at a nickel a pop. 2) 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? [GB] Odd question. Am I trading places because of their circumstances in which I then make the decisions or because I simply become them and then live out their life for a month? If the former, I have no ideas because my changing stupid policy in the past may harm irreversibly where we all are now. For the latter, I'd pick Teddy Roosevelt either while in Cuba for the Spanish-American war, during his safari in Africa or on his excursion to the "wild west". 3) We currently have been asking this question with some interesting responses, BF map mash up, what two maps would you "mash" together? [GB] Operation Locker with Shanghai literally combining them so that there is more playable space on the surface and 6 spots for domination. The make it 64v64. Madness ensures. 4) How often do you get a chance to play BF Hardline? What is your favorite mode so far? [GB] Not a lot. I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around the whole cops & robbers theme and it being called "Battlefield" The few times I have turned it on for multi-player I play a map then turn on BF4. I have played some of the campaign, the story is solid, the voice acting is good, the flow make sense, but even so, it's a bit of a tedious game. I just feel BF4 still has legs. I need my military theme, tanks and destruction. 5) What has been your favorite map in BF Hardline? [GB] No opinion, though any with a city theme make the most sense. 6) What game do you think changed the way we play games forever? [GB] I don't believe this is a single game, it's more certain games, even series change and the hardware itself that changes thing. The games that changed how I viewed gaming over the years were GTA (starting with the first), Fable 2, World of Warcraft and the Battlefield 3. 7) What was your first online game? and on what? (pc, ps, xbox) [GB] World of Warcraft PC. I'd never considered playing online and couldn't figure the draw, WoW changed my perspective. 8) If you were an animal what type and why? [GB] Hmmm. A wolf. Because they are awesome. On a different question about animals, I want to ride a rhinoceros, that's on my bucket list. Sadly I'll likely kick said bucket before that happens. 9) What is the weirdest item I find in your refrigerator right now? [GB] Carbonated cold-brewed Coffee is probably the weirdest. It's still there because I'm a bit uncertain of wanting to actually drink it. 10) If you could make your own Easter egg for a game, what would it be and how would it be triggered ? [GB] Some sort of weird super glitch where the gravity turns off and all the other players launch to the sky, but glitch style where they may get caught on polygons somewhere. I love a good glitch, even writing this has me chuckling. 11) What has been your favorite Easter Egg? Megladon, Phantom, Yeti, or from previous years? [GB] There is an Easter egg in Undead Labs game Lifeline that is a supply room representing Operation Supply Drop - can't get better than that. 12) What is your favorite gun to shoot sir? [GB] Any gun that is in my hand. I'm an equal opportunity trigger puller... though I'm partial to my own AR since it mine (with ACOG and suppressor)... there are many like it, but this one is mine. 13) If you could shoot any gun what gun would you pick? and why? [GB] I'd love to shoot a Mark 19 Grenade launcher or M240... why? Because guns. 14) What one thing sticks out as the biggest thing the serving in the military has taught you sir? [GB] I personally did not serve, I serve those that do or have. I can still answer that these individuals have taught me a lot about sacrifice and loyalty which I've then applied to my own life as much as possible. They serve naturally as the inspiration for everything I do with OSD. 15) What is Operation Supply Drop? [GB] OSD is the most generational relevant troops support organization in the world. We serve US and NATO troops, both active-duty and prior-service, using gaming as a catalyst to develop community. We are a 501(c)(3) as classified by the IRS. Link 16) How does it work ? [GB] We have a number of different programs that span from active-duty through prior service including supply drops, thank you deployments, vet-owned business mentor-ship, and our newest program The Teams. We strive to connect both the military community with itself as well as the civilian supporters to change the culture of how we all collectively support our troops. 17) How is this helpful to the Veterans and Military troops? [GB] There are many benefits of each of these programs depending on where a troops is in their life. These range from providing a safe distraction and fun while downrange, to empowerment to our vets wanting to start a business, to actually saving lives within the context of our program, The Teams. This is a community, first and foremost. There is no "home" for this generation, we will provide this much needed hub for those that have sacrificed so much. 18) What one super power would you want and why? [GB] Ability to clone myself. I love what I do and wish I could accomplish even more, faster. 19) What does OSD need the help with the most right now? [GB] On equal footing is both fund raising and program evangelism. We need funding to continue to support and grow our services, but we also need to continue to find the people who need this type of community. 20) How do we help out? [GB] In line with the above question, I recommend looking at the local chapters of our program, The Teams which is for active-duty, vets and civvies. On a monthly basis the members get together for what we call "Mandatory fun" which spans from picnics to paint ball to sporting events to just hanging out. 21) This last spot was saved just as thank you from myself for your service to the Military and their families! Thank you for everything you do sir! [GB] Thank YOU for the opportunity to participate. Was fantastic speaking with Glen Banton in this edition of 20 Questions. Looking forward to see what OSD brings to its troops next! What do you want to do on your bucket list? Tell us below in the comments.
  11. The "Underground" DLC released on 6/28 for Xbox one and PC. Playstation gamers will have to wait at least a week longer. For me the underground was a test run. If massive and Ubisoft can deliver a unique, fresh, fun yet challenging experience I would get a season pass. As a gamer playing every first person shooter since before we had them. Wolfenstein created a genre in 1992, which lead to the ever classic Doom. With Half Life and Half Life 2 in the shadow of Doom, known as Doom clones the release of the Half-Life mod Counter Strike and Nintendo's Golden-Eye really put the First Person Shooter genre on the radar for millions of gamers and non gamers alike. We have come a very long way from open leaning to drop shots, texting locations, skyping, vehicles, air vehicles, fan built maps, community maps, and so on. The folks at massive and Ubisoft have been fantastic with the Division. Listening to the feedback the community offers, fixing bugs in a timely manner, battling cheaters and exploiters with ever increasing measures. All steps to ensure our enjoyment of their game is not influenced by outside measures, Bugs, cheaters, and un intended glitches. The DLC "Underground" has a few parts to it, the Underground, the game update, and Dragons Nest. First we will talk about the game update. With this update Massive/Ubisoft addressed over 50 bugs and issues while adding a plethora of new features and weapons. Some of the highlights include.. 5 New Gear Sets. New social place to fast travel to. Ability to re roll weapon talents. Added a new DarkZone for gear scores of 231+. Increased the stash size to 70. You can no longer kick players when you are in a boss fight. Sentrys Call and Strikers Battlegear Gear sets bonuses changed. They have made changes to Shotguns, SMGs, LMGs, and Assault rifles. (complete list of changes linked at bottom) The new Gear Sets AlphaBridge (Solo/Survival) Reclaimer (Support) B.L.I.N.D. (Hybrid/Darkness) DeadEYE (Sniper) FireCrest (DPS/Offensive) Secondly lets talk about "Dragons Nest" the new incursion. This incursion is longer then Falcon Lost and Clear Sky and as such will reward you with more loot. It has multiple checkpoints that may come in very handy. Fighting cleaners that pack some sneaky tricks lick RC cars with fire bombs on them. Battling against the four horsemen just to get to the end is crazy. This is far better than the previous two incursions I have played. Teamwork and coordination is something you can not survive without in this newest incursion. Be prepared for anything and lots of fires! Finally lets talk about the "Underground". With the underground Massive wanted to bring us a new content that stays fresh and is different each time you play it. They have succeeded in my eyes. When you enter the new terminal as pictured at top of article you have vendors, HVT Targets, a crafting table and matchmaking hub. There is a staircase at the back that leads you to the TOC Tactical Operations Center in the "Underground" There you can set up your operation with Random Objectives, Enemies, and Hazards. Each time you start an Operation you will face one of the four factions Rioters, Cleaners, Rikers or LMBs. The objective for each operation is randomly selected, it can range from killing a Named NPC, saving a JTF soldier, or get supplies. Sometimes it will have a timer forcing the action. Now the enemies can use a Zone Alarm that will keep allowing new enemies to spawn if activated. You can turn the alarm off by interacting with it or just shoot it to destroy it. You will also have new random hazards ranging from environmental to traps. One of my favorites is a Skill Jammer. As the name suggests it jams the use of all your skills until it is disabled. (shooting it) Here it is in action. Overall this update 1.3 "Underground" is solid all the way around. Enjoying every minute that I have played it and very impressed with the depths of the "Underground" from the looks of it to the various hazards, its fantastic. They have fixed issues in the game, improved our game play experience, and added a plethora of new stuff for us to hunt, craft and combine to build the best Agents with! Thanks for reading my take on the "Underground" DLC for the Division. Here is the complete list of changes and additions made with the 1.3 game update.
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