Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Reason You Do Not Want Matchmakng In Your ODSTs

I was talking about this topic on The 10PM Podcast with Mr. Jarvis Slacks and I thought you might find this little quote from Tycho of Penny Arcade interesting.
There was some fallout regarding Bungie's decision not to open ODST's Firefight mode to matchmaking, but that may be one of the worst Goddamned ideas ever conceived, rivaling even Chocolate Covered Foreskins. The parallels here are instructive. Firefight in the absence of camaraderie would be masturbatory bot-grinding. Playing against your average Halo player is bad enough; playing with them may be the only thing less appealing.

It still upsets me because it is not often that I can get a group together to play Firefight but that is never to say that I do not fully understand the decision.

WAIP: October 8, 2009: Shoot Everything Edition

If you have become accustomed to my attention span in terms of how long I stay on one game then you know that it is odd for me to still be playing Halo 3 ODST and Battlefield 1943.

Yesterday I started the ODST campaign on solo Legendary and I must say that it is quite a challenge. After Heroic this does not feel like too much of a step but I think a lot of the time, especially on the Mombasa Streets (as the Rookie), you can avoid confrontation altogether. I am going to work my way through it slowly whilst continuing to play 1943.

I am working toward all 200 Gamerscore in Battlefield 1943 and I know that I am not far off. I have about forty matches left to go for the Tour of Duty II achievement and in that time span I am sure I will have attained the the Best Squad achievement. I think after that I will continue to chip away at Bad Company achievements until Bad Company 2 comes out.

I also tried out two arcade trials: Lucidity and the new South Park Tower Defense game that I do not feel like looking up the title for. Lucidity is fun, interesting and reminds me of Braid but I do not yet know if it is a purchase and South Park took me a while to get into but playing it with Cindy (my wife) was a blast so I am sure I am going to purchase that one.

Lastly, check out this awesome Bad Company 2 'Moments' trailer: