Archive for December, 2011

Every once in awhile I have a little crazy spell and I dip my toe into the EA/Dice/Origin forums connected to Battlelog.  Every time I regret it almost as soon as I click the first post with an intriguing title.  First I have to say, a lot of people need to go back to playing tiddly winks or COD.  There is so much crying there it’s unbelievable.  The one that really makes me laugh though, especially with the release of the new maps, is people crying about fairness.  I should probably start by explaining the new maps, more specifically the game mode that comes with them.  Conquest Assault, is a game mode where one team has no main base, but all the flags to start, and the other team has a main, uncapturable, base and no flags.  The object is for the defending team to hold at least one flag, while the attackers (those with the uncappable base) to take them all.  Once the attackers take all the bases the defenders basically have whoever is left to try and take one of the flags.  It’s a classic battlefield game mode, and been around since BF1942 if I remember correctly.  It’s NOT FAIR!

Of course it’s not fair.  Battlefield 3, like its predecessors, is a battlefield combat simulator.  It’s not an arcade shooter, a competitive shooter, or any of the other descriptive designators for FPS games out there.  Last time I checked combat is not fair, period.  The objective of the game, is to overcome the disadvantage and win.  What really confuses me is all the people that say they have played other BF games and are still complaining.  This is how it’s always been people, stop crying.  If it really bothers you, step back, take a breath, and find a server that plays a map twice.  By this I mean one that gives you a chance to play both sides back to back.  Nothing is worse, even for me, to be on a server that does a map only once and you are always on the team that’s getting whooped, either because your whole team is subpar, or you are always on the side that has the disadvantage and your team is unable to overcome it.  If you are still having trouble, still have the urge to cry, complain, scream, or whatever, don’t.  I have some very simple troubleshooting techniques.  Let me preface them by saying, this is a game.  If it is ruining your life with undue stress, then you are foolish to let it.  Now…

Problem:  “This game sucks!  I can’t stand it!”

Solution:

  1. Uninstall
  2. Go play something else

Problem:  “This server sucks!  We aren’t winning, my team sucks, blah blah blah!”

Solution:

  1. Go to a different server
  2. Stop crying, there’s no crying in Battlefield

Had to put that last one in.  You would be surprised (well, only if you had never played the game) at how many people complain all day about a server, but stay as if they signed a contract to play there all day.  Go somewhere else.  If we are there, then obviously we like it, and we don’t want to hear your whining all day.

Stay tuned, we are going to start our monthly gamer girl feature at the beginning of the year.  If you would like to nominate yourself, or your gamer girl, please send a photo (tasteful, though bikini shots will not disqualify 😉 ), gamer tag/callsign, and a brief description of her gaming bio, and why she should be picked to: magus_taliesin@hotmail.com.  We will pick the lucky winner and feature her in a post here, along with her picture and bio.  Names can be withheld, and no personal info will be given out of course.  Also look for my review of Back to Karkand coming soon, once I get done drooling over the maps enough to actually get into the nitty gritty.

 

Every once in awhile you run into a server admin that thinks they can do whatever they want, simply on the premise that they are an admin.  I ran into such an admin yesterday on the Digital Anarchy server for Battlefield 3.  First let me say, I generally have fun on that server.  I visit it when my own clan’s server isn’t populated.  I have never had an issue with an admin on their server before, and this one admin didn’t wear the DA tags.  The way it works there is, if you pay a monthly fee you can get admin rights.  It helps the DA clan out by having admins on at all times, and it gives those that play at odd times the ability to keep the server clean and fair.  No, I won’t go into names or details, let’s just say this guy has no business being an admin anywhere.  He was extremely rude, let’s just leave it at that.

Anyway, as I promised the admin, I got a hold of Illuzion, who runs Digital Anarchy, I believe.  He listened to what happened, asked a couple of clarifying questions, and then assured me that he would take care of it.  The admin I had trouble with seemed to think that talking to Illuzion would have no effect.  I guess he was overconfident in more than one aspect.  So, thank you to Illuzion, and Digital Anarchy, for helping out an old gamer.  I’m also an admin, I know what it’s like, and how tempting it is to be a jerk, but a good admin doesn’t give into that.  I’m confident that DA will keep their server fun, and free of tools as best they can.  I recommend them to anyone looking for a crazy, 64 man game, that is generally always full.  When the 5307th isn’t populated that is, you should always come see us first.  See you guys on the battlefield, I’ll definitely be back!

****Update!****

Alright, I was on their server yesterday, and the admins were using the commands to kill players so that admins could have vehicles.  Of course the players being killed were upset and the admins were being  jerks hardcore.  I repeated a message, that posts in their chat window every couple of minutes, to get in touch with Illuzion if there’s an issue.  Of course, an admin kicked me for it.  I went to their forums to see if there was anything to indicate the next course of action, and saw some pretty telling stuff.  If anyone goes on their forums to complain about staff, they get hammered with insults, cussing, trolling, etc.  Basically they are told, if you want to be left alone, join and donate.  Good bit of extortion they have there.  Anyway, I take back all that was said here.  Illuzion must have been feeding me a line of bull, and I doubt ever had words with the admin that I ran afoul of.  Avoid this server.  More to follow in a full post.

Ok, so I touched on teamwork a bit when it had to do with squads and taking flags.  You’d be amazed how much teamwork is needed in Battlefield 3.  Do you pick the assault kit and only throw down health packs for yourself?  Do you play support and keep all the ammo kits in your pack?  If you said yes, I’m talking to you.  These two jobs, probably more than any other, are crucial to a squad, and team’s success.  A squad that can last in a firefight, can survive to move on a flag.  An engineer that has enough ammo can lay waste to armored vehicles, and in general, if a team is getting ammo and health support they can last longer, move further, and take more objectives.  Plus, you get points for this!

I used to think that it’s because they only care about their points, but that isn’t logical, you get more points if you are throwing down health packs and ammo bags, especially if you do it for squad mates.  It makes no sense that these guys would hoard the gadgets that they can be sucking points off of.

So, as the title says, this isn’t COD people, you have a job to do.  Support guys, throw down ammo all the time.  You see some guys holding a position, if you run by, throw them some ammo, or health if you are assault.  Throw the packs down at every friendly flag.  Toss them down next to snipers, or in the uncap even.  If you are in a chopper just catching a ride, toss them out the window.  They don’t do you any good just sitting in your pack, get them out there and suck down the points.

To a lesser extent, engineers, repair!  Granted this is a more limited job, as you need a vehicle, and it’s much more dangerous, but don’t run by that tank getting shot up, get in there and repair him.  Just a few seconds from an engineer can mean the difference between who wins a tank battle.  Snipers, drop those TUGS, don’t just use them to tell you if you are about to get knifed.  Put them down near a flag and help your team.

I will keep saying it, this is a different game.  This isn’t your typical shooter, and it’s not all about you.  You have a job, get in there and do it.

So, I’m playing Battlefield 3 today, on one of my regular servers that I visit when there’s no one on ours, and I was blown away at how anti-teamwork my team was.  Granted, I’m used to lack of teamwork in Battlefield games.  It has been that way for awhile, even in Battlefield 2 to an extent, but today it went above and beyond.  Here we are, losing the match, no one is capturing flags, people are just sitting or hiding, and generally playing more like it’s Team Deathmatch instead of an objective based capture the flag match.  So, I ask my squad to start spawning on me (I was squad leader), and I get back “You are just sitting back and sniping, what do you need us for?”  Well, I had been running at flags the entire map, trying to capture them.  This bozo just saw that my kit was sniper, not that I was running close combat sniper, so I told him I was trying to capture flags.  My squad actually spawned on me, once, and we almost had a flag, but then they respawned all over the map and went back to their individual game.  All except one, the other two got kicked right after that.  Would rather run solo than with a squad of ‘me’ players.

So now it’s just me and one other guy, who is trying, spawning on me, and generally working together to capture flags.  A couple more join the squad, and I ask them to spawn with me and help.  One says “No” to which I reply “Then find a different squad.”  He said “OK” but never left, I booted him too.  The other guy in my squad, one of the new ones, proceeds to team kill me, completely intentionally.  I’m guessing because I had the audacity to ask him to help his team and squad.  We lost that match, and pretty much every match after, mainly due to lack of teamwork.  Teamwork is really the key to winning these matches.  This isn’t Call of Duty, though I’m beginning to think that the time between a real Battlefield game and this one has been too long.  Too many went to other games like Call of Duty, where teamwork isn’t as highly valued, and people play for their own points and achievements.  In those games, there’s no benefit to teamwork.  You don’t get extra points for helping your team, all your points come from getting as many kills as possible before the map ends.

In Battlefield 3, a squad’s members will average far more points if they are working together.  If the squad leader is calling out flags to take, the supply is throwing down ammo, the medic is getting medpacks out, and the sniper is tossing out sensors and spawn beacons.  All four members of that squad will come away from the match with far more points than they would if they were all doing their own thing.  You also stand a better chance of winning the match, especially if all the squads on your team do this.  I watch a team dominate map after map, if they have squads that work together, and they get far more intense if both teams are doing this.  Sadly those are few and far between.

I’ll keep pushing for my server to institute a rule that used to exist on a lot of BF2 servers.  Texas Team Players, for example, had a couple of strict rules that kept me coming back.  Squad leaders must do their jobs, call out objectives, and basically lead.  Squad members must follow the squad leader’s commands, work together, and if you didn’t do either, you got booted.  Finally, anyone not in a squad on TTP, was kindly asked to ‘Squad up!’, and if they didn’t then were shown the door.  This isn’t COD folks.  If this is your first Battlefield game, I can cut you some slack, but try to learn how this type of game works.  If you are from a battlefield background, and you still don’t use teamwork, then I have no qualms about calling you a nub.  Get with the program, squad up, work together.  Trust me, you’ll find that your stats go up much faster, and you will have more fun.