General Ramble

I’ve decided to sit down and write something. Hopefully, I’m not too much out of practice at this. This is going to be a bit of a ramble; a writing about many different topics. It is bound to be long and diverse, but I will split it up into paragraphs as I talk about different things. Alright, here we go.

Let’s talk about Modern Warfare 2. I’m now working for Gamebattles as an admin, and I recently started working on the Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) ladder. The quota for tickets, or individual issues (usually) is 250. That is a LOT of people complaining about things. It also brought to my attention a few things I didn’t know about before, such as “Infections.” Infections is the name given to a particular mod for MW2. It gives various unfair advantages to those who use it, and it can indeed be used online. There was a lot of crying about multiplayer exploits when and around when Modern Warfare 2 came out, but now there are also a lot of software exploits as well. Some friends of mine that picked up MW2 again for a bit have also complained that there are way more people somehow messing up the game than there should be. Now, this may be due to Infinity Ward’s employment issues; leaving much fewer personnel to take care of older games as opposed to working on their next one. Or it may just be shoddy work. I don’t know, but MW2 was a big disappointment. It’s quality gave it the possibility to be great, but for whatever reason it just came up short and, 1 1/2 years later, it is being cursed for the sheer amount of exploitation that is taking place… but… people are playing it aren’t they? Infinity Ward had the recipe for success, and while they may have succeeded in pulling it all together, they missed a few things in the process, and haven’t fixed it in the long run. Patches have been few and far between, not giving permanent solutions to a lot of problems. Is there a point here? No. I’m rambling, but maybe the reader will find a point, because there is most definitely something to be said of a masterpiece spoiled.

Now lets get on gaming. Figuratively, of course. There have been a lot of very, very important happenings lately in the game industry. The one I would like to address first however, is the Playstation Network Outage. This is so huge. For years, Sony and Microsoft have been duking it out, with Nintendo sitting on the sidelines with it’s very specific user base. For all real intents and purposes, each side and it’s console had it’s ups and downs. Now however, something has happened that may severely upset the balance. Playstation Network down for more than two weeks. Private information from any Playstation Network user- compromised. Even if no one actually suffers from this, it points to a gross inefficiency on Sony’s part on the matter of security. Now with Playstation network down, people are turning to other activities, and/or consoles to play games with their friends and online. This is a huge hit for Sony, and a big boost for Microsoft. And, considering it affected millions of people it is a big event for life as well, and a wake up call to the dangers of information being on the internet.

Finally, just a note. Modern Warfare 3 will be going up against Battlefield 3 this year, and it is actually shaping up to be a good competition. Seeing as no information on MW3 has been released yet, I have no idea whatsoever which is better. I do know that Battlefield 3 has ridiculously good graphics, a well fleshed out story, and an awesome multiplayer (That last bit is because Battlefield games always do) my main hope is that Battlefield will lose the control sluggishness. They do that, and it’s a definite buy for me.




About Dominic Ricci

Dominic has worked in the industry as both a producer and designer, absorbing many skill sets and branching out as much as he can with his experience to be as competitive as possible. He feels video games are the premier medium for thoughts and expressions in the world, and he wants to help make those experiences as successful as possible. Outside of work, health and fitness are also passions that Dominic holds, and nothing is more fun than going to the gym and then crashing at home to play a game with some friends.
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