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  1. Getting over it: BF3 isn't all that bad

    I think it's safe to say a lot of us came from Battlefield 2.
    Battlefield 2 was a masterpiece in strategic, team based first person shooters. It really had everything I ever wanted. But, even when it first came out it was littered with bugs and problems. Most of us tend to forget it because the last patch that made a difference came out in 2006 (1.41) and then they were nice enough to throw the 1.5 patch at us in 2009.

    I think having 5 solid years with a wonderfully working BF2 has made us forget that some games ship 'unfinished'.

    When I first got Battlefield 3, I was wowed by the graphics and the control but a few things made me angry:
    Reduction in classes
    No Commander Mode
    no VOIP ...
  2. Parenthood and Playing BF3 follow up

    So, I've played and played and played, and eventually determined that even with crap weapons and essential gadgets still unlocked, I can still be pretty good without them.

    There are still some essentials I need to unlock:

    I'm having a hard time leveling my Recon guy, because I just can't quite get down the sights.
    I also have a hard time enjoying the Support class. I finally unlocked extended mags for the M249 which makes it a bit more usable. Unfortunately, my style of play isn't well suited to it... and I can't fire steadily with the machine guns.

    I also recently made the late-night stupid decision to buy a GTX570...
    As for parenting, I've ...
  3. Balancing parenthood responsibility and gametime

    I have a 2 and a half year old son. Suffice to say this reduces my ability to be a gamer. In fact, until a few months ago, I hadn't logged any appreciable hours playing games on anything.
    I am also a long-time gamer. I got my first computer, a Commodore VIC-20, in 1985 when I was 4. I programmed my first algorithm when I was 5 on my brother's Commodore 64. I broke my first computer when I was about 11 (tried to upgrade a 486SX/33 with one of those add-on turbo chips...). I owned all the 'loser consoles'. I had a NEW Atari 2600 when everyone else had an NES. I had a TurboGrafx 16 when everyone else had an SNES ...
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