Archive for November, 2007

29 Nov / 2:51 pm

The Experiment vs. Doctors: Highlight Reels

Saw this go by in a thread on Catacombs, someone took the time to take Pangu’s demo and make a sniper highlite reel with it. I have mentioned Pangu before, but we used to play in Negative Influence, -i, together in Quake3 and he was always a tremendous player. There are some people talking smack about his Counter Strike skills on the forum, but he never was really serious about such a stupid game in the first place and still beat people around. Keep it up pangu!

Pangu – Sniper Highlights – The Experiment

View the video full screen here.

George – Demoman Highlights – Doctors

View the video full screen here.

29 Nov / 2:18 pm

Valve’s Opinion on Critical Shots

In my insatiable quest for all that is TF2, I ran across an article about crits on another new (to me) site called TF2 Insider. In this article, which is a copy of a post on Catacombs, the interviewer asks a few questions regarding crits and how they change the game from a boring deterministic system to a somewhat random tactical experience. They also talk about the logical fallacies made by players who don’t fully understand the system.

Adding randomness increases the range of possible tactical skill options. Sometimes, the crazy thing works. If a game is 100 percent deterministic, then only one tactic works. The more randomness you add, the wider the range of options becomes.

29 Nov / 1:30 pm

Adrenaline Gamer beats down 4o7 DeathClan in CEVO semi-finals

4o7 Couldn’t even field players for the semi-finals. What the hell is up with that? I know there were lots of clans that got beat that could have at least gotten 6 players to show up at the same time and place.

Either way 4o7 got beat down, literally with scout bats, by aG. It’s pathetic for 4o7 to complain so much about not getting recognition or respect and then when it comes down to the final match of their CEVO existence they couldn’t give the people that are continuing to follow the tournament a decent game.

Oh well, aG got bored with this, and it shows in the TFTV coverage where one of the best soldiers in aG switched to scout and started batting people in the head. I’m sorry 4o7, but you owe it to yourselves and the rest of the participants in the tournament to show up for your games.

Without anymore rants, here’s the TFTV video covering this ridiculously crappy match. Hopefully aG vs. Doctors will be more exciting.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXf0nDDBk6E]
28 Nov / 2:53 pm

The Experiment: Backstabbed

For our 1st Playoff match in CEVO we played The Experiment and lost poorly. The only shining moment from the match came in the beginning warmup when we all went spy and disguised as our own team color. After taking screenshots everyone went invisible on cue and then stabbed The Experiment’s entire team. I think this made them angry because after this they beat us handily on Well.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LgbL5Cymig]
27 Nov / 11:41 pm

Stronger Than All Match: DJedi over KQ

Tonight DJedi played in our first STA match for TF2 on CTF_2Forts versus Kaipira Quake Clan. Our defense was both bored and baffled by the interesting strategies they were running to try to get into our base.

Round 1 Round 2
djedikq-round1.jpg djedikq-round2.jpg

Rental’s Writeup

Yah so we won. 16 Caps. Not bad.
Like an elderly person with gas though, we let one out. I was standing at the top of the stairs with pipes at the bottom saying “i hope they dont go spiral” …sure enough.. no big deal. Lunk has recieved 40 lashes for his tomfoolery.
He made up for it by not getting killed at all round 2.

Totally my fault for letting that one go. I switched to heavy to clear the bridge and got hit with a crit on two runs for 40 seconds of awesome respawn waiting.

27 Nov / 2:32 pm

TF2 Heavy HowTo Video

As a follow up to my recent post to about howto play Spy and Pyro I found a new video on Youtube that illustrates how to excel at Heavy. While much of this is obvious to us veterans, it’s still pretty cool to reflect upon the tools that are available now, such as youtube and the blogosphere, and just how much more information is out there to consume compared to being a newb in the late 90’s trying to figure out all the intricacies of QWTF.

Enjoy the video.
[youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z66iWDH_lgU]

27 Nov / 1:54 pm

Hellgate London Patch version 0.6

Finally, Hellgate London to become playable as a multiplayer game. The most annoying part of this game, the invisible party member bug, that should have been fixed *BEFORE* the release, has finally been fixed. This bug was so annoying, you and a single buddy could possibly see each other and destroy a board, but if you had more than that, forget about it. At least one person on everyone’s screen would be invisible, sometimes the entire party. I haven’t played this game in more than a week due to the stupid faults that weren’t caught before going live.

Patch 0.6 has one very notable fix – the invisible group member bug has been slain. This was a crafty, fierce thing with rows of nasty sharp teeth, but we believe it has now fallen into the mists of legend. We’ll stay vigilant in case it raises its ugly invisible head again.

I wish that Flagship would have waited until all major bugs were officially fixed before beginning to sell a faulty product. I hope that their oversight has not caused would be players to drop the game and go with something that doesn’t suck so bad. Patches are great, but the game is forever tarnished by this ugly bug. Read the full post over at Hellgate London Underground.

27 Nov / 1:40 pm

TF2 Visual Artifacts

Tendril has been complaining about seeing artifcats in his TF2 since the game came out. He finally decided to take some screenshots of the weird phenomenon and post them to his picasa web gallery. I have no idea how this is happening, I would imagine somewhere deep in his hardware a transistor has fried, or maybe his drivers are having some serious problems. Either way, some of these images are pretty trippy.

odd-shit-3.jpg odd-shit-8.jpg
Train Tracks on the Roof Pretty LSD induced colors.
27 Nov / 11:24 am

Interview with RentAKnight from Adrenaline Gamer [aG]

Konspiracy.org has a great interview up with RentAKnight talking about the aG team and how they have progressed through the CEVO tournament. They discuss competative gameplay as well as their takedown of Comedy Option in the quarter finals of the tournament. Thanks to SolarEclipse for taking the time to talk with the community.

This is an interview with aG.Rent A Knight from clan Adrenaline Gamer. We cover topics such as TF2, competitive play, CEVO, Criticals, and what makes a team successful.

Adrenaline Gamer faces Doctors in the CEVO finals and should prove to be an excellent match. It turns out that they then turn around and play the same team in the TGL league. Good luck to you both.

26 Nov / 11:17 am

TF2 Spy Howto and Pyro Howto

Ubercharged had two HowTo posts for two specific classes. I liked them both so much I had to post them too. Hopefully this guy, EvilDaedalus, will cover all the classes and I’ll be able to dedicate an entire page to the videos. Until then, enjoy what’s out there

How To Play Spy
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-qD30EOO-o]

How To Play Pyro
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGIISxhYRYE]