Modern Warfare 2 sucakge 
Friday, February 26, 2010, 12:07 AM - Rants
Dear Infinity Ward and Activision, whichever is to blame.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is at the core of the game, a good game. It has all the good parts of a COD based games. It has good, solid gameplay.

That being said. I HATE it! What on earth were you thinking when the retards you call execs made the decision to do what was done. I will get to the list shortly. I am a PC gamer, and as such i expect to have my PC games live up to a standard. Without sounding snooty i would dare say that PC gamers are a more adept and tech savvy than console gamers. No one would argue with me if i said it was easier to start a console game than to chew gum. That is their design, to be dummy proof. Fine, let the dummies play their consoles. I have to ask... WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY ARE YOU DUMBING DOWN MY PC GAMES?!?!! WHY!!!!? I do NOT want a lobby system. I want a server, with people, people that can come and go without dicking the game up. If i wanted to be treated like a damn retard, i would buy an xbox. (no offense xbox'ers)

the controversial decisions made around the PC version of the game were made in order to benefit the consumer experience as much as possible.

Those decisions include removing all dedicated servers and user-generated content, as well as halving the maximum number of players supported in the game.


W T F!!! Ya, its much better now. Thanks for no custom... ANYTHING. Thanks for letting the cheaters go rampant. Its great, i love it!

Did anyone mention that there is a petition with over 250,000 signature to get dedicated servers in place? Their response..
...


Mouse control!? Really?! no way! So what your saying is "Yes, its the same"
Moriarte: Ignoring IW.net, is the PC version a direct port of the console version?

Mackey-IW: No, PC has custom stuff like mouse control, text chat in game, and graphics settings.



Pros:
-Good gameplay
-Nice graphics

Cons:
-"Dumbed down"
-no dedicated servers
-no moderation
-rampant cheating
-Lobby system
-no customization
-"Cheap" PC version
-Lack of caring from Mike Griffith
-User hosted matches
-host migration
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I found these amusing:
http://static.arstechnica.com/drawing2.png
http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/cfs-fil ... Blog01.jpg
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* confirmation that there will be no dedicated servers whatsoever How outstandingly fucking retarded of them.

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Q. Is it true that IW has removed keyboard support? do I have to use a console controller? A. yes, we felt that because so many people who can't read play games, that we would simplify the control scheme to exclude any complicated characters besides Y B A and X, or X, square, triangle and circle in the case of the PS3.

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sources:
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/200 ... w2-on-pc/1
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009 ... hought.ars
http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showth ... amp;page=4
http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showpo ... stcount=83
http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showpo ... stcount=77
http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showpo ... stcount=23

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XBOX 360 Firmware upgrade 
Sunday, December 20, 2009, 01:37 PM - Hacks
I was commisioned with a task to upgrade a couple 360's. Needless to say one of them was brand spanking new. Still in the box to be exact. Well, the 83850c Lite-on drives don't like to have their firmware dumped. Reading through countless articles and posts i decided a solder method was the only way to go.

With permission, i dove in.



This is the board with the protective film removed. I used my leatherman and scraped it off with my knife.



Here are my soldered joints. Not bad for a first time on a super small board ;)



And a close up of the solders. For size reference, these wires are strands of cat5e cable.


The switch to enable/disbale the ground.


All put back together and ready to dump :)


Notes:
Use jungle flasher
1. Intro the drive
2. Read the firmware.
3. Make a dummy copy (right click)
4. Load dummy in source, let it auto-ixtreme it.
5. Repair drive (put all the cuts and solders back)
6. Intro it again.
7. Click "Write"
8. Enjoy

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Job promotion. 
Sunday, August 23, 2009, 10:53 PM - Family
Its true, i got a job promotion. yay! i will be leaving my job as a help desk team lead to go work on the unix deployment team. This was not an easy decision, as i love the job i currently have. It seemed like my current boss wouldn't talk to me for a few days after accepting the job, which is sad because i love working with him. DD, if you ever want to torment the help desk people... i'm game, sign me up!

I'm excited to learn at my new post though (granted its in the room next door). I will be doing Mac deployment for the most part, with some server and AIX thrown in the mix. Good times, except for the part when they said my i-phone is getting taken back :s boo!




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Numara training in Dallas, pt #4 
Thursday, June 4, 2009, 01:11 PM - School
Yay! last day! Training started as normal wit the exception of me checking out in the morning before i headed over.

We wrapped up and took the assessment test. I passed, yay! I promptly checked to see if i could get an earlier shuttle to the airport, i was able to get one and get to the airport in time to catch the earlier 5:50pm flight.

After the maze around the airport and a shuttle link to a terminal and back i found my gate and was good to go.

I made it home alive, and my wife brought me a pizza when she picked me up. wahoo!

I'm tired...

I helped her burn DVD's for her class video...

zzzzzzzzZZzzz......

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Numara training in Dallas, pt #3 
Thursday, June 4, 2009, 10:05 AM - School
Hello, day #3 has ended. I didn't feel like wandering the mall by myself again today, so i bummed a ride with some of the other guys from training. We hopped in the rental car and headed out to the restaurant area. We picked some Brazilian-Texas place. They had valet parking and people were walking in with suits. Ya, we found out it was 45$ a person for dinner. So we promptly left and went next door to Pei Wei. The food was good.

This is a picture of the huge bowl of soup a couple guys got when they ordred. It was enough soup for 3+ people and a couple guys got them for themselves. We shared one, and the big guy attempted to eat his.


Here are the crab and cheese wontons i got to share with everyone. They were quite good. The sauce wasn't the best. Still good though.


I got some fire chicken or something, it was rather good. The sauce was different than i expecred, but it was a nice change from pizza the other night.


This is the outside of the hotel as i am coming back from dinner, i was on the 5th floor, so i had a view of the tops of some buildings. Couldn't see much really.


Here is the lobby of the hotel in case anyone cares ;)





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Numara training in Dallas, pt #2 
Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 02:25 PM - School
I'm back! I'm in the middle of day 3, so i can now post about day 2.

I woke up to a nice gray cloud. When i walked into the training room it was pouring outside. Good thing i didnt have to leave the building to get to training.



Last night i took an earlier shuttle to the Galeria mall. Still the same mall, this time i tried to find specific store. The Mall directory was horribly out of date. The only two places i wanted to go were not actually there.

I wandered around for a while before deciding to walk to the next complex to the north. I got all excited when i finally found out how to get there. When i rounded the corner to the building i was hoping was a movie theatre, it turn out to be a furniture store. :( On to the next store! Furniture store >:( On to the next! Shoe store.. grrr! One more try! Lakeview teaching store. Wonderful. I turned around and walked back to the mall. On the way back i found a World Market behind yet another furniture store. Inside i found some bacon chocolate.




After my long walk i had pizza for dinner. Sbarro FTW! i saved my stromboli for my lunch the next day.





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Numara training in Dallas, pt #1 
Monday, June 1, 2009, 10:00 PM - Family
So i was sent to Dallas for training on Numara Footprints (help desk software). This is the account of my journey ;)

Yay, plane was cramped, but i had all 3 seats to myself, so it wasnt too bad. A little black girl, who was about 1 year old, was sitting in front of me and she was adorable. I played some DS, watched "the boy in the striped pajamas" and ate a sandwich.

I'm staying at a Hilton Hotel, which i will post about next time when i get batteries for my camera.

This brings me to my next picture the soda cabinet. I was sad that i didn't get a free breakfast, but i was pleasantly surprised when i found out my training provided free snacks and food and stuff. They have a whole cabinet full of pop, bagles, fruit, granola bars, cookies, etc.


Here is the view from my hotel window, 5th floor. This place is flat as a pancake. But what really surprised me is that its super dark here. No lights like anywhere, where are all the street lights? Not even the city it lit up. Strange...


The first night after i got here i went to the mall to find some food and a treat for my girls. It was quite the mall, it even had an ice skating rink inside!


I decided to go to 5 guys burger and fries, and the potatoes were from Driggs! I told there girl i was in Driggs last weekend and she just looked at me and continued what she was doing. Hey, i felt special...





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