Monthly Archives: July 2013

Call of Duty is one of those games people take seriously. Sometimes; way too seriously. In this case, it’s the latter.

CoD developer David Vonderhaan patched Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 recently to make the game a little more balanced. In the patched, he nerfed the stats of a sniper rifle, changing the fire time from 0.2 seconds to 0.4 seconds and the rechamber time from 1.0 seconds to 1.1 seconds. Point one of a second, people.

When the patch went live and the notes went up on the Cod:BO2 site, players reacted appropriately with constructive criticism and thanks… No, wait. That’s not right. They reacted the way you expect your typical Call of Duty fanboy to react; with threats of violence, death and cancer. I shit you not people. Some minor code was changed and these people act like the game was changed from Call of Duty to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

As pointed out on the Gamer Fury tumblr, Call of Duty fanboys used their vast knowledge of the English language to voice their anger over these changes.

hey can you un nerf THE FUCKING SNIPER U FUCKING CUNT WTF WHY DID U DO THIS IM GOING 2 KILL YOU! DICK HEAD FUCKING DIE!!!!!

– FeedMeCreate

omfg you fucking fat cunt i hope you die in a fatal car crash you fucking twat also your nan has cancer

— NeronV2

you are a prick messing up the snipers on BO2 and if u don’t sort it out am gonna rape your family ….. BITCH !!

— SwizzoM8

I HOPE YOU BURN IN HELL YOU FUCKING COCKSUCKER AND I HOPE YOU GET RAPED AND GET AIDS AND DIE IN THE BIGGEST PAIN IMAGINABLE

— DJVAHNCOCKSUCKE

And not proper use of a punctuation mark in sight. I’ve had some anger when it comes to nerfing abilities in games, but it’s to balance the game and make it more fun, it’s not a personal vendetta against you. It’s also not worth threats of rape, violence, cancer or death. This kind of behaviour is why the gaming community and the industry at large has such a bad reputation in the mainstream media. Don’t feed the trolls, guys. Report them and move on.

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It’s almost here! The first (hopefully annual) Penny Arcade Expo in our lovely Australia and I thought I’d share some tips and tricks that I’ve learnt from going to conventions (see: one) and things I’ve learnt from others. So let’s start at the beginning, shall we? (more…)

The Xbox Smartglass App is a handy way to control your 360 from any device. Downloading the application is free from the Windows, Android and iTunes store and set-up is relatively easy. Sign-in to your Windows Live account associated with your Xbox Live account and go! Obviously your Xbox needs to be connected to the Internet for the application to work but those are the only real specifications the application requires.

Its neat lines and clean interface is easy-to-use and reflects Microsoft’s Metro/Windows 8 UI design across their current platforms. With five main screens (not shown: bing search engine) you can get access to everything that your Xbox is able to do from whatever device you have at your fingertips. In a house like mine, with at least 6 Xbox controllers (don’t ask) and none of them with working batteries, being able to use my HTC One XL as a control will be incredibly handy.

The controller function while watching media can be a little slow and difficult to use at first but after playing around with it for a few minutes, I was able to get the hang of things easily and found it quite helpful when my partner came out to tell me something in the middle of watching Smallville. Instead of having to wait for my Xbox controller to turn back on again then pause the episode, it was instantaneous. Bit of a first world problem, but it’s the world I live in.

I’d definitely recommend picking up the Xbox Smartglass app if you’re someone who uses their Xbox as a home media centre. Especially with that FREE price tag.

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