Battlefield 4 Forum Question of the Week

With the introduction of Battlefield 1 came a whole new user interface for both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 4. The purpose of this new change in BF4 was to help get players who haven’t bought BF1 adjusted to the new interface in hopes that they would eventually pick up a copy. However it seems as though BF4 players aren’t very happy with the change.

This week question, which is more of a complaint, comes to us from Freshthrowaway1138, who asks,

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Personally I have found the new user interface to be refreshing. I didn’t mind the change and actually appreciated it when I got my copy of BF1 before returning it.

 

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New Interface:

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Now although the experience and benefits from having the new vs old UI is extremely subjective it seems like a lot of other players want their old BF4 look back.

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Most of comments on the community reddit page were like this. It’s unfortunate that others don’t seem to like this change. In fact in the gaming world, change (big ones that is) seem to usually be disliked by the communities that are affected by said change.

I consider myself to be more of a casual gamer, but don’t get me wrong. I rag about your typical gamer issues like campers, lag and getting killed by noobs. However, at the end of the day I still realize that I’m just playing a game. So changes to a User Interface may take some getting used to but it would never affect me to the point that I would take to the forums to vent or rant about how sucky the new “thing” is compared to the old “thing”.

Yet I also know that gamers can be very, no, extremely passionate about the titles they play. There are some die-hard battlefield players out there that honestly have logged so many hours playing this title that almost any negative nerf or major change, as perceived by them, can be the antithesis of good in their eyes.

So as an answer to the question posed above I simply say, Yes. As a gamer it is your right/freedom to express your views about the changes that have/are/will take place in a game that you have bought. However if your gripes pertain to a game that has already been finished and won’t be receiving anymore updates or content then is there really even a point?

Honestly BF4 has been out for years. It’s a finished game and complaining about it’s new user interface is pretty much synonymous to a dog barking at a parked car. Yeah, you’re making a lot of noise. Others may begin to bark with you. However the car has reached it’s destination and isn’t going anywhere, no matter how much noise(or complaints) you make.

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BF4 Question of the Week!

Once again I’m back with another question straight from the forums. This week’s question is pretty good in my opinion.

It comes to us from Yoyonny who asks,

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Now LMG’s in BF4 vary. It depends on which one your using and the attachments (this is a comprehensive list of all weapon modifications) that you’ve got equipped. For example, the LSAT is one of my favorite guns in the LMG class. It has a regular 100 round magazine and a pretty decent rate of fire (700 RPM).

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Now you could throw a bi-pod on it, find yourself a corner and enjoy your spray n’ pray camping excursion. However, I find that this weapon fits my run and gun style pretty well if you equip a suppressor and an auto-fire grip attachment like the vertical grip. This helps to mitigate the recoil and make it damn near non-existence from my perspective.

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However some players like RizzlyBear see LMG’s as being good for only one type of play style.

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Although I disagree, I do see his point.  Usually people who do play with light machine guns tend to follow that path. However I am not one of them.

Xxdavidpwns seems to agree with RizzlyBear.

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In fact a lot of the reddit users on the BF4 page seems to have this singular view of LMG’s.

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In all honesty it really comes down to how you play and what works best for you. Although I’ve encountered a majority of players who do play in a very defensive and supportive role with this weapon I have also seen some who play in a run and gun offensive style as well.

Some tactics just work better for some. It may be aggravating to others, but if you’re at your best hiding in a corner then by all means go for it. In the end it is just a game. So do whatever makes it enjoyable to you and forget the haters!

The Minority of Minorities: Being a self-identified “Black Male Gamer”

Being a gamer, for me, is like being black. It’s in my genes, my DNA. Games are one of the things that I can’t imagine living without. Personally, I feel like the term “Gamer” adequately describes me. However what percentage of the population feels like me? More specifically how many people who are black/African American feel as I do?

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Disclaimer: In these studies gaming can be done on multiple platforms, i.e. tablets, consoles, computers and phones.

In a 2015 U.S. study, it was found that 50 percent of men and 48 percent of women play video games. Of these two groups 15 percent of men and 6 percent of women identified themselves as “Gamers“. If broken down into age groups 77 percent of men(18-29) and 57 percent of women(18-29) also play games. However, in this group, 33 percent of men and 9 percent of women identified themselves as “Gamers”.

It appears that there’s a trend among those who game. The younger you are, the more likely you are to play video games and identify yourself as a regular gamer.

I did find it interesting that the study found that Hispanics are more likely to use the term “Gamer” to identify themselves more than whites or blacks. In terms of self identification, 19 percent of Hispanics, 11 percent of black and 9 percent of whites felt that this term accurately explained who they are as a person.

In regards to views on gaming there was a lot of variation in beliefs. At 19 percent, blacks view games as being a good way to promote teamwork and communication while only 10 percent of Hispanics and 8 percent of whites believe this statement.

On the flip side 28 percent of whites believe gaming is a waste of time while 21 percent of Hispanics and 15 percent of blacks agree with this statement.

Among all of this data I was also able to find that, in terms of “If video games painted minorities in a bad light“, 13 percent of blacks said that this was true for most games, 22 percent said true for some but not others, 17 percent said not true for most and 47 percent said not sure. In regards to the last percentage, 50 percent of whites said that they were also unsure if games portrayed minorities negatively.

In the end it seems that being a self identified black gamer is pretty rare. It’s like the minority of minorities if that makes sense.

However, I could care less. Im glad to be an African American gamer and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

BF4 Question of the Week!

Once again I have another BF4 question straight from the forums for ya! For those who don’t know I like to search the Battlefield 4 Forums and search for a question that speaks to me. Then I provide my own answer like I do in previous posts.

This weeks question comes to us from Citysurvivor who asks,

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Now I also personally dislike stingers. They are auto-lock on anti air weapons. They do help in taking out annoying air support and they don’t require any skill to use (in video games that is). Although it is quite easy to avoid (if it is the only prominent threat at the moment), it is still a pain to deal with.

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I do agree with Therealsix here. It does help to provide a way to sort of combat insanely good pilots. However I have found, through personal experience, that if I’m going up against a Heli I usually get destroyed because either the gunner spots me with infrared/thermal vision or the pilot flies out of range and guns me down from afar. In regards to jets all they have to do is fly straight up into the sky and that alone will put them out of locking range on most maps. So although it was put into the game to deal with anti air it isn’t the most effective or best way to do so.

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This is also a problem as well. Im not the best aircraft pilot in the game, but I’m definitely far from the worst. I do tend to do well in servers when I’m in the Heli, but it seems like with every person I kill they respawn with their stinger and make me their main point of interest. I can empathize with Fightthafight, because I take it as a complement when the other team makes me their main target but it also takes away some of the fun from the game.

You go from being aggressive, flying all over the map during strafe runs on anything that moves, to running back to your base flying out a few hundred yards then making a strong u-turn because your constantly being locked on by an anonymous number of players hiding all over the map.

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So as an answer to the question, I don’t think everyone hates stingers. They are useful when someone on the enemy team is becoming a real aerial threat. However when they get over used by campers and spammers then they become quite annoying.

Simple Math: Favorite Weapon + Weapon Nerf = Broken Heart

In the Warframe community weapons are always being created, added into the game and modified, via updates/patches by the game developers. With so many weapons (I won’t even bother to count but here’s a list) it is almost certain that someone will find something to their liking. But then you start to here the dreaded talk of how “OP” (overpowered) something is and how Digital Extremes plans on giving it a nerf.

Here’s an instance of how one weapon nerf affected a player who was a big fan of the Tonkor, an in-game grenade launcher.

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Although this post is meant to be satirical and was written with loads of drama it is still very evident that the nerf had some sort of effect on this player. I mean the person said that they may name a child after this weapon as a way of paying respects. Who knows if they were joking or not. I mean these guys named their kids after Final Fantasy Characters. Who’s to say that by tomorrow there won’t be a Keyblade (Kingdom Hearts reference) Johnson or Poke’ Ball Williams.

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I could go on and on about how people don’t like nerfs and enjoy the game how it was. Although I do believe that these fixes serve a purpose in balancing a game and do help to even out in-game mechanics I also think that the community should have a say-so in what gets changed as well. But all we can do is voice our opinions because in the end the developer has gives final judgement.

 

 

 

Battlefield 4’s Forum Question of the Week!

Once again I’m coming in hot with a new BF4 forum question. Like my previous posts, I will pick a question from the BF4 community forums and try to add my input of a possible solution. So without further ado let’s get right into.

This week’s question comes from Dumple who asks,

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What a great question! In the game of Battlefield there is absolutely nothing more annoying then an enemy jet pilot that just wrecks your team. I’m talking total annihilation of anything that flies, hovers, glides or floats in the air or on the ground. There’s actually a whole forum about how aggravating jet pilots are in BF4. So it makes sense as to why this question does hold some value in terms of it’s relatability to a lot of players.

Although I’m not an attack boat player myself, I did find some really good solutions on the forum.

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This solution has an “easier said than done” sort of tone to it. Yes the burst cannon would be much more effective in damaging a jet but learning to lead a target while taking into consideration a multitude of variables can be quite difficult. For example, when trying to lead a ground target you have to take into consideration the speed of your target, their level of elevation, bullet drop, bullet velocity and the relative motion of each wave that passes under your boat. All of that just to hit a enemy soldier while sitting still in your watercraft!

So imagine trying to do all of that in addition to accounting for the pitch, elevation and the increased speed and direction of a jet all while being fired upon by said jet as well as a bunch of other threats. It becomes highly difficult for an average player and nearly impossible for a novice or inexperienced one.

Naycherboy seemed to provide a more feasible strategy to use.

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In BF4 the anti-aircraft guns by your home base are indestructible and have an auto-aim quality that makes them highly accurate and extremely deadly. In conjunction with a joint strike, a well focused anti-air vehicle working with base AA can shoot down enemy aircraft in no time. The only catch is that they need to be spotted. Unfortunately spotted enemy vehicles can be lost if they deploy ECM or flares which serve as countermeasures for locked on missiles.

So even this plan isn’t fool proof. However there is one solution that works like a charm whenever you’re faced with an advanced jet pilot who takes no prisoners and shows your team no mercy.

MrFroggins, from that forum that hates jets, said it best.

Just leave and play a map without jets. Even I can guarantee that you will no longer have to be bothered by those pesky flies in the sky, especially when there are no jets to be flown in the first place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk of the Town: Horizon Zero Dawn

In a previous post I highlighted the significance of this game and how people have seen it as being a great addition to some of the games with female main characters. Well, after the first two weeks of being out, over 2.6 million copies have been sold worldwide. This makes Horizon one of the best selling games on the PS4 right now.

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Although it has a way to go to catch up to Uncharted 4 with over 8.7 million copies sold its success should still be noted. What has made this game so interesting is the main character Aloy. Having a female protaganist set in this different and new twist of a world has given people something new to make unique gaming experiences with. Although this isn’t the first game with a female main character it is the first with a woman protagonist in this type of post-apocalyptic open world RPG genre.

It makes sense that this game would sell so well especially since the reviews were so high throughout the gaming community. Every major reviewer gave this game atleast an 8 or 9 out of 10. In addition to this most blogs and forums praised this title for being fresh and a bit different from most other games. However I don’t want to be misleading and make it seem like this game is perfect, and it’s not. However the pros seem to heavily out weigh the cons.

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With game critique and community feedback like this it may be possible for this game to reach or even exceed Uncharted 4’s sale amount of 8.7 million copies, but for now all that can be said is that Guerrilla definitely made a hit. It’s just great to see some more diversity being received by the gaming community so well. For me Horizon Zero Dawn is definitely a nice break from the male dominated genres of today’s games for sure!

 

Nintendo Switch, More like Nintendo Fix

After being out for a few weeks the nintendo switch has received a variety of reviews both good and bad. However there seems to be more complaints about the newly released console. From having a lack of games to common problems like having un-chargeable battery packs and games that wont read it becomes evident that the Switch is far from perfect.

In addition to this the Nintendo Switch doesn’t support wireless headphones and doesn’t have backwards compatibility. However this has usually been a trend with console developers and I’m honestly not surprised. It isn’t living up to gamer expectations and is also driving some dedicated consumers away and has caused some discrepancies concerning it’s unit cost of $500.

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The console is still fairly new in terms of it’s release dates and updates are coming. Hopefully some of them can help to mitigate the problems that people have been encountering with this new system. Possibly a price decrease may be in order as well since many consumer don’t seem to think that something that costs as much as a new PS4 or Xbox One, but doesn’t do the same or more than the two other systems, is really worth the full retail price at all.

Hopefully nintendo is listening to their gaming community or they may be subject to losing more people to their competition.

 

Why Travel When You Can Game!

It’s spring break and many people are flocking to the beach and a variety of other vacation locations. However I have found myself at home chilling in an exclusive resort called My Room. Although I’m not on an exotic resort in the Bahamas I can still enjoy the immersion provided to me through videos games.

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I know it sounds a bit sad but for those who don’t have the funds to travel abroad a good video game can be the next best thing. You’d actually be surprised to find that gaming can help provide the same benefits as taking a relaxing vacation.

Gaming can help ease pain, make kids more active, and relieve stress much like taking a vacation at a 5-star resort. Although nothing compares to traveling the world, for those who can’t afford it or don’t have the time to do so, video games can be the next best thing.

In addition gaming can allow you to skip the aggravations of travelling too. Whenever I fire up my PS4 I’m never worried about packing, making sure I have all my necessary tickets and documentations, getting some foreign disease, etc. I also don’t have to worry about the problematic individuals who sometimes frequent popular vacation spots either.

I mean let’s be honest. Who wants to spend their time on a crowded beach getting sunburned anyway. In addition to that I get enough aggravation from obnoxious college students during the semester. Last thing I want to do is spend my break around a bunch of drunk obnoxious students with nothing better to do than act wild and loud.

So in the end I will happily take my PS4 over a trip to Cancun or Miami beach because for now I am too poor to travel. Yet also because I find it quite relaxing to get lost in a good game in the comfort of my shorts and the familiarity of my room.

Post-Apocalyptic Female Protagonist is a Win-Win so far!

With the release of the well reviewed game Horizon Zero Dawn we were also given a new female character. Aloy, as she is called, is the games main protagonist. Since it’s release the game has been getting some great reviews. It has even been associated with some other great titles with female lead characters like Tomb Raider and The Last of Us.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by mechanical dinosaurs you are a huntress named Aloy. Trying to uncover your past, and survive, you get to explore an open world that has been lost to humans for ages. It does still take place on Earth but appears to have been conquered by something else.

At first Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s head of world wide studios was a bit apprehensive about the development of the game. There was a bit of uncertainty surrounding the overall aspects of the game as well as the main character being female. However since it’s release the game has been getting a lot of praise from players and critics alike.

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Maybe it’s the combination of a post-apocalyptic world, some robotic dinos, and a huntress that makes the game so appealing. Maybe it’s the fresh new idea of the game in collaboration with having a young woman help lead the story rather than a guy. Honestly who knows. But on thing is for sure, it’s good to see another great female character added to the vast relm of gaming that has been trying to become more diverse throughout the years.

Currently the game is a bit to pricey for me but when I get the coin to get it I will definitely pick up a copy.