Evening Reading

Anyone watch the MLG festivities over the weekend? I only got to catch a little bit of the Halo 3 and StarCraft II events, but what I saw was plenty exciting.

I also managed to snag a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops early, finished the campaign, and put a few hours into multiplayer. You'll have to wait to hear my thoughts on the game, but I'll definitely post them this week. I'm sure many of you will be picking this up tonight or tomorrow, though!

Gaming News o'the Day

Links from Morning Discussion

From The Chatty
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    November 8, 2010 5:00 PM

    midnight black ops release anyone?

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      November 8, 2010 5:01 PM

      What is black ops? Does that have anything to do with BLOPS?

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      November 8, 2010 5:10 PM

      lol I feel like being a retard and getting the expensive one.

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        November 8, 2010 5:11 PM

        Hardened or Prestige? If Prestige, then yes, you are a retard. If Hardened, well I really like the zombie mode from W@W so I don't mind buying the Hardened edition. Thankfully, it only cost me $4.00 from Amazon.

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          November 8, 2010 5:12 PM

          what do you get with Hardened?

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            November 8, 2010 5:13 PM

            Everything the Prestige has minus the RC Car.

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              November 8, 2010 5:16 PM

              which is what

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                November 8, 2010 5:20 PM

                Oh well here is the break down

                Hardened - 4 extra zombie mode maps, zombie mode unlocked at the start, some cod thing for your avatar/ps3 home thing, metal box, some black ops medal thing.

                Prestige - all of that + an rc car w/ a camera on it like the one in the game with an lcd screen on the controller so you can see what the camera sees.

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          November 8, 2010 5:17 PM

          is zombie mode only available in the hardened edition? that's lame :(

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            November 8, 2010 5:21 PM

            also i don't see either of those editions available on steam, so i guess i'm going with standard edition in any case

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            November 8, 2010 5:21 PM

            Regular has it. The Hardened has extra maps for it.

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            November 8, 2010 5:22 PM

            No, but the standard version only has 1 map. Hardened has the 4 from WaW.

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              November 8, 2010 5:23 PM

              that's beyond gay. Can you purchase them on xbl?

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                November 8, 2010 5:23 PM

                Not that has been announced yet, but I would assume eventually yes.

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              November 8, 2010 5:34 PM

              is the hardened version available for pc anywhere? i feel like i want to shoot zombies in the face on more than one map

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                November 8, 2010 5:35 PM

                According to amazon, no.

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                  November 8, 2010 5:37 PM

                  alternatively, is there any word on whether the pc version gets the extra maps? i'd hate to think i'm missing out simply because i made the correct choice of platform :p

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              November 8, 2010 6:12 PM

              Oh, the extra maps are from WaW? Lame, unless if it includes the original Nazi Zombie map. Couldn't get a feel for the newer maps.

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        November 8, 2010 5:13 PM

        I'm buying the Hardened version and I feel crappy for paying $20 more for 4 zombie maps, but I love me some zombie mode.

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          November 8, 2010 5:16 PM

          oh ok

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          November 8, 2010 5:17 PM

          Is that really all you get for an extra 20$?

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          November 8, 2010 5:33 PM

          what the fuck? $20 for 4 maps right out of the gate? that is shitty.

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            November 8, 2010 5:34 PM

            And some other stuff, but ehh to me on all that stuff. Only the extra maps that I am interested in.

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              November 8, 2010 5:35 PM

              so there is no confirmation about releasing the maps as DLC? I would hope for less than $20...

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                November 8, 2010 5:38 PM

                no confirmation yet.

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                  November 8, 2010 10:24 PM

                  but we all know it's going to happen anyway.

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        November 8, 2010 5:13 PM

        The one includes a real Jeep?

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        November 8, 2010 5:18 PM

        did you change your Live! name yet?

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      November 8, 2010 5:31 PM

      Apparently Steam can't unlock digital copies at midnight because box Nazis are assholes.

      http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18426794&postcount=1

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      November 8, 2010 5:32 PM

      yea I'm thinking about swinging by walmart. slept in late today and don't have to be at work until noon tomorrow.

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      November 8, 2010 5:33 PM

      Yep, I'm heading out for the release! Picking it up for PS3!

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      November 8, 2010 5:34 PM

      Tomorrow after work

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      November 8, 2010 5:34 PM

      Request steam group invite here (for entitled PC gamers):
      http://steamcommunity.com/groups/shackblops/

      Will take suggestions for Shack:BLOPS avatar!

      Post your steamid page (or you can msg me on steam if you're on my list).

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      November 8, 2010 5:39 PM

      Yeah already stopped playing (australia :p ). Whenever someone leaves or joins multiplayer on pc the server pauses for a second. Infuriating that they released it like this!

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        November 8, 2010 5:41 PM

        I forgot: thanks felicia! I wish many beautiful goats upon your family !

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        November 8, 2010 5:43 PM

        Wow, that is terrible. And PC multiplayer is server-only, right? No IWnet matchmaking?

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          November 8, 2010 5:46 PM

          Yeah authorized dedicated servers only.

          On the plus side there is a fov setting. Negatives: multiplayer only, no value just slider notches :(

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        November 8, 2010 6:24 PM

        I'll have someone look at this tomorrow, but we weren't seeing that today during our matches with the public on PC. SM me with details on your PC

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        November 8, 2010 10:25 PM

        Good ol GameServers quality right there. Maybe I'm just saying that though because I work for a different GSP.

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      November 8, 2010 5:40 PM

      Anybody speak French? Gamekult gave codblops a 70/100.

      http://www.gamekult.com/tout/jeux/fiches/J000096529_test.html

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        November 8, 2010 6:09 PM

        Chrome translate tells me the campaign is a little uneven and not told amazingly well, but it gets props for the multiplayer. They say it's Treyarch's best, but not the best in the series.

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      November 8, 2010 5:47 PM

      No http://twitpic.com/353hdc

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        November 8, 2010 5:50 PM

        Greatness.

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        November 8, 2010 6:02 PM

        He is really HAPPY!

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        November 8, 2010 6:44 PM

        All that money, and all they give you is a fucking cd sleeve?!?

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          November 8, 2010 6:46 PM

          no, that's just his second copy he mentions.

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      November 8, 2010 5:52 PM

      Maybe. If the nearby gamestop is open and I'm still up.

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      November 8, 2010 6:13 PM

      LOL at black OPS 360 commercial with Kobe, Kimmel and the soup nazi

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      November 8, 2010 6:28 PM

      >> I'll get the Shack dedicated server up as soon as I'm able!

      Thread of name suggestions is here: http://www.shacknews.com/laryn.x?id=24462117#itemanchor_24462117

      More suggestions are welcome!

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      November 8, 2010 6:34 PM

      Does retail boxes for the PC require steamworks to play? Because steam doesn't unlock the game till like 10am est I think

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        November 8, 2010 6:36 PM

        Yeah it's all Steamworks.

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          November 8, 2010 6:42 PM

          Wow, so people will go to a midnight release only to get home and not be able to play it till 10am...shitty

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            November 8, 2010 6:46 PM

            The retail versions are playable at midnight. Digital downloads get ass fucked until morning.

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      November 8, 2010 6:47 PM

      I cannot fucking believe I missed the Direct to Drive sale. I feel like I've been absent from gaming for the past two weeks, as I just watched all the CoD: BLOPS videos and stuff, and now I really really want this. AUGH!!!!

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      November 8, 2010 6:47 PM

      Is this game gimped for those of us who rent it (ie, 7 day trial for mp our something of the sort)? I've got a copy coming in from gamefly.

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      November 8, 2010 6:51 PM

      Any shackers going to the Redmond Town Center gamestop launch?

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      November 8, 2010 6:52 PM

      No I did the Saturday noon release.

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      November 8, 2010 6:54 PM

      In the past yes. Now... nah.

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      November 8, 2010 6:56 PM

      Best CODBLOPS retail deal?

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      November 8, 2010 10:29 PM

      Yes, I'm headed out in about an hour to hit my midnight release.