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Razorclown Roundup: August ’11

I recently beat Portal 2 co-op with my brother-in-law. Great story, great gameplay, great for bonding. I also learned something valuable: it’s easy to get snippy with someone when you’re playing a collaborative puzzle game past midnight, when you’re both mentally dulled. For the sake of your friendship — and science — call it a night and come at it fresh later.

I’m planning on running a couple roleplaying games. I have a couple interested friends I’d like to initiate. I also want to run a Pathfinder game for our usual DMs; it’s rare that they get to be players together. Ideas are beginning to percolate for both games. Now, to get my notes together and schedule some sessions (aka the tricky part).

I’ve been playing Team Fortress 2 and Black Ops. You can find me on Xbox Live or Steam on Thursday evenings and during the weekend.

Speaking of video games, the Extra Life Ministries LAN-tacular is coming soon. More details shortly.

In the meantime, check out my new Tumblr page for occasional randomness. That’s where I’ll post pictures I take with Instagram, cool dystopian stuff from my friend Cody’s feed, and what have you.

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Methods of Delivering Bullets

So, I was playing along in Call of Duty: Black Ops. I’d outfitted my classes that reviewers had recommended: my most-used guns were the AK74U and the Famas. Then, around when I hit level 34, I switched out most of my weapons for fun.

Below are my current loadouts. A few notes: I rarely use my secondary weapon, and I never use it if it’s a pistol. I’ve been working toward all the Pro perks, which is why several of my classes have Ninja. And I like frag grenades because you can cook them.

Any suggestions? What do your loadouts look like?

CUSTOM 1
Primary: PM63 – Rapid Fire
Secondary: RPG
Lethal: Frag
Tactical: Decoy
Equipment: Claymore
Perk 1: Scavenger Pro
Perk 2: Sleight of Hand Pro
Perk 3: Ninja

The PM63 slings lead fast. And it reloads über-quick. I’ve been able to reload mid-firefight and get the kill in a snap. With Scavenger, I can keep bullets in the air at all times. Fun to play.

CUSTOM 2
Primary: AK74U – Extended Mags & Suppressor
Secondary: RPG
Lethal: Frag
Tactical: Flashbang
Equipment: Claymore
Perk 1: Lightweight
Perk 2: Warlord Pro
Perk 3: Ninja

When I need a silenced class, this is my go-to.

CUSTOM 3
Primary: RPK
Secondary: Crossbow
Lethal: Frag
Tactical: Concussion
Equipment: Claymore
Perk 1: Lightweight
Perk 2: Steady Aim Pro
Perk 3: Ninja

I recently discovered the joys of light machine guns, and wanted to give the RPK a shot, as it were.

CUSTOM 4
Primary: Stoner63 – Extended Mags
Secondary: RPG
Lethal: Frag
Tactical: Decoy
Equipment: Claymore
Perk 1: Lightweight
Perk 2: Hardened Pro
Perk 3: Hacker Pro

The Stoner63 is a beast, but given how often I miss, I need extended mags to get the job done.

CUSTOM 5
Primary: AUG – Reflex Sight
Secondary: Crossbow
Lethal: Frag
Tactical: Flashbang
Equipment: Claymore
Perk 1: Scavenger Pro
Perk 2: Sleight of Hand Pro
Perk 3: Hacker Pro

I’ve also been impressed with the AUG. I’ve often stayed alive with it long enough to need Scavenger, which is usually a rarity.

Hypocrisy!

Anyone remember my rant on achievements? How I said they’re not to be taken seriously? How they’re not that big a deal?

I spent hours getting this:

Here’s what you have to do to get it:

It was really hard.

…don’t judge me.

Add to Friends List

I got the chance to play some Halo: Reach online yesterday. I do love me some shooty action, but playing online is always a mixed bag. There are some not-fun types out there that love nothing more than to cuss you out or – perhaps worse – scream nonsense into the mic until your ears bleed.*

Yesterday, though, I had the pleasure of playing with several people that just made my day.

The icecreamKi Gamertag A hilarious South-African-turned-Aussie.

Cruzon63 GamertagCruzona63 Gamertag

A brother and sister who play together.

Son of Attack Gamertag

killawat55 Gamertag And several other fun chaps.

In a world of griefers and sore losers, you guys stood out. Thank you for a good time. Stay awesome.

And a special thanks to Cruzona63 for the shoutout! That warmed my heart.

 

*I try to give people a chance before I mute them. I think I’m too generous, sometimes.

Nazi Zombies: The Pumpkin

 

 

Carved by Kyle Cronin

Memorial Day

I sit here in comfort, writing about fictional soldiers and playing first-person shooters.  Meanwhile, real, flesh-and-blood people duck behind rocks to avoid rockets.

War – the real thing – isn’t cute.  It isn’t funny.  It’s not glamorous.  If it were in theaters, you wouldn’t want to watch it.

Generations of citizens have fought to make sure we have the right to buy and sell, believe and practice how we want.  For that matter, they’ve fought for the rights of people we don’t even know; sometimes, people we don’t even like.

The reason you’re free is that someone else died.  It’s a Christlike sacrifice, tremendous and selfless.

What are you doing with the freedom they bought for you?

You know a soldier, or a soldier’s family.  Maybe you know someone who didn’t make it home.  Remember them today.  Remember what they bought, and how much they paid.

Hooah.