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Disappointed in the 2013 black friday

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I thought black friday was the hottest shopping day of the year, second only to cyber monday.

If black friday is the hottest shopping day of the year, where are the hot deals on guns?  Besides Palmetto State Armory running a short deal on AR-15 upper receivers, it appears to me the rest of the gun industry has ignored the hottest shopping day of the year.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

There are some so called “sales” out there, such as a Bushmaster for $1,000, which is laughable.  Why would anyone want to buy a Bushmaster for $1k, when you can get a Colt 6920 for anywhere from $900 – $1,200.  When a colt 6920 cost less than a Bushmaster, something is seriously wrong with the market.

Where are the good deals on AR-15s and AK-47s?  For that part, where are the good deals on anything gun related?

Some stores offered pmags for $10, which is the going rate anyway.

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How To Spot A Cheater In Left 4 Dead 2

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How can you tell the difference between a cheater and a legit player with real skill? Honesty, its not that difficult.

The first thing you want to do is look at their steam profile. In game its shift + tab – view players – view profile.

1. If the persons profile is private, we have to assume they have something to hide.

2. How old is the account? If the account is less then 2 years old, then we have to assume they are creating new accounts after their old account received a VAC ban.

3. Only 2 or 3 games on their account. When the hacker receives a steam ban, they create a new steam account, buy the game again, and keep on cheating.

4. VAC ban registered on their account. The VAC ban will be listed on the top right of the steam profile. VAC bans are visible if their account is private or public.

5. High win rate. This is one of the main reasons why we want to look at the steam profile. Click on “view stats” under the game name, then click versus stats, then look at the win rate. A win rate above 60% or 65% is above average. A win rate above 70% rate is outrageously high. There is no way someone can have a win rate of 60% – 70% by playing random public games. Either they only play with stacked teams, or they are cheating.

6. Spectate the player while you are waiting to respawn as the special infected. If the player is tracking infected through walls, then you know something is wrong.

7. Skill level way above their playing time. Skill comes with experience. If someone has 100 hours and playing like a pro, chances are they have multiple accounts. Why do they have multiple accounts? Because their other accounts have a VAC ban.

8. If you have someone on your team that you think is cheating, ask. Some cheaters are proud they cheat and like to brag.

VAC = Valve Anti-cheat. Its a program that is ran on secure servers. If a cheat is detected, the person is banned from playing on VAC secure servers.

Far Cry 3 Review

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Far Cry 3 has hit the streets and reviews are starting to come out. boogie2988 on youtube has posted another excellent video, this time its about Far Cry 3.

Far Cry 3 Plot:

Beyond the reach of civilization lies a lawless island ruled by violence. This is where you find yourself stranded, caught in a bloody conflict between psychotic warlords and indigenous rebels. Struggling to survive, your only hope of escape is through the muzzle of a gun.

Discover the island’s dark secrets and take the fight to the enemy; improvise and use your environment to your advantage; and outwit its cast of ruthless, deranged inhabitants. Beware the beauty and mystery of this island of insanity… You’ll need more than luck to escape alive.

The open world aspect of Far Cry 3 is appealing, it reminds me of Skyrim, Dead Island, the Fallout series and the STALKER series.

For those of you that do not know, I am an active gamer. SurvivalistBoards even has its own Steam group page.  If you have Steam, join our Steam group.

Morrowind/Skyrim Theme Piano Violin Medley

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For you Morrowwind and Skyrim fans out there, I found this video on youtube posted by ViolinTay and thought I would post it here.

I bought skyrim a couple of months ago while Steam had it on sale.

For those of you that have never heard of / or played Skyrim, here is some game footage.

Skyrim is one of the most epic games to have been released in the past decade.

Borderlands 2 Review with Gameplay

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boogie2988 has posted another outstanding video, this time it’s Borderlands 2.

When I first heard that Borderlands 2 was under development, I was a little optimistic.    The original Borderlands was good, but not great.  There were a lot of little things left out of Borderlands, such as push-to-talk in multiplayer.  You either had to leave your mic on all the time, or turn the mic off.

As usual Steam had its prepurchase discount, but I decided to wait until the reviews came out.

Even with the good reviews, is a game worth $60? I do not think so, especially with the economy the way it is today.

I think I am going to put off buying Borderlands 2 for a couple of months. The Steam holiday sale is just 2 months away (mid – late December). I am going to wait until the 2012 – 2013 Steam holiday sale to see if borderlands 2 gets a price break. If Borderlands 2 gets at least a 25% price break I might pick it up.

Taking a break from Left 4 Dead 2

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After playing Left 4 Dead 2 for almost 3 years, I think its past time for a break. L4D2 was released October 17, 2009, then it took Valve another week – 2 weeks to get the crash to desktop fixed.

Its been a fun 3 years, but the time has come to move onto something else.

On Columbus day I tried playing a few games. The games went terrible. There seem to be more noobs then skilled players. Unless you are playing with friends the game usually turns into a pub stomp.

During a sale a few months ago I bought Skyrim. I probably need to go play something like Skyrim and get away from the Left 4 Dead series for a little while.

Borderlands 2 was just released, but I do not want to pay $40 – $60 for a game. I usually wait until a game goes on deep discount before I buy it. I preordered portal 2 and was a little disappointed.

Left 4 Dead 2 is an awesome game, but its not for everyone.  In games like Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike people can break off from the team and do pretty much what they want.  Due to the small team size in Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, one playing doing their own thing can seriously impact the game.

Its gotten to where L4D2 is no fun anymore.  Its the same maps over and over and over and over,,,,,.  Its the same attack points and choke points in the same maps over and over.  How many times can you get pulled going over the dumpster in Dead Center before it starts to get boring?

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My time with Left 4 Dead 2 has been fun, just as much fun as Diablo, Diablo II, QuakeWorld, Team Fortress Classic and a few other games.

As with everything else in life, all good things must come to an end.  I think its time to sever my relationship with Left 4 Dead 1 & 2.

QuakeWorld came to an end.
Quake Team Fortress came to an end.
Diablo came to an end.
Diablo II came to an end.
Warcraft II came to an end.
Team Fortress Classic came to an end, at least my time with TFC did.
Command & Conquer came to and end.

As with all of the epic games before it, my time with Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 must come to an end.

Also, its not just that Left 4 Dead 2 is getting old, I am getting tired of all of the trolling, such as team switching and team killing.

A few weeks ago I was in a game where the opposing team threw every round.  On the finale the team switched sides while my team was loading, which put us on the losing team.  The developers never added a way to mute other players, or to stop team switching until everyone was loaded.

Then there are the bugs in L4D2 that have not been fixed in 3 years, such as the tank spawning at the bottom of the elevator on Dead Center 1.

Black Mesa finally gets a release date

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For those of you that have not been keeping with the Black Mesa, its a fan made modification that runs on the Valve Source engine.

Its more then just a fan made modification, Black Mesa is supposed to be a remake of the original Half-Life.

Black Mesa is scheduled to be released September 14th. Download servers will be announced shortly before the download goes live.

My only hope is that Black Mesa lives up to the hype.

Half-Life was released in November 2004. Development on Black Mesa started around January 2005. I hope the game shows 7 1/2 years of quality.

When Half-Life was released in November of 1998 it was revolutionary for the time. Half-Life used a heavily modified version of the id Quake engine, improved graphics, and a real story plot. The introduction scene of HL is probably one of the best cut scenes in all of gaming history.

Then came all of the modifications, such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress classic.

Quake started the online multiplayer revolution, but Half-Life refined it.

When HL was released I was playing Quakeworld Deathmatch. Quake 2 had been released, it did not live up to my expectations, so I went back to the original Quake. The HL was released, and everything changed.

Half-Life was revolutionary in a number of ways. For one, the player did not have to find any keys to advance in the map. There were side quest that had to be completed, such as turning on a generator to open a door. Which was a nice break from Doom and Quake where the player had to find various colored keys to advance.

When Black Mesa source is available for download I will get it installed. From there I will post some screen shots and first impressions.

Why I play Left 4 Dead

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What makes the Left 4 Dead series so awesome? Just about everything. I have over 1,600 hours in Left 4 Dead 2, and almost 700 hours in the original Left 4 Dead.

When the original Left 4 Dead was released I put off buying it until it went on sale. The first place that had it on sale was Best Buy in Beaumont Texas. I think best Buy had Left 4 Dead on sale for something like $10 off.

Got Left 4 Dead home, installed it, steam updated the game to the newest version. From the first couple of minutes I understood why people were raving about Left 4 Dead. It is a perfect mix of atmosphere and teamwork.

In most multiplayer games people can run off and do their own thing. In Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, one person can affect the outcome of the game.

The storyline of the Left 4 Dead series is quit simple. A virus has turned mankind stark raving mad.

The virus has been compared to rabies, in that people lose the capability of higher thought.  I compare it to the rage virus of 28 days later.

Survivors start at a certain area, then have to work they way to a rescue point. In the map No Mercy, the survivors start on a roof top. They work their way through various maps such as alleyways, subway, warehouse, streets, hospital, then to the rooftop rescue point.

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On the preorder of Borderlands 2

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As much as I want to preorder Borderlands 2, I just can not bring myself to do so. I have been burned so many times when buying a game, I guess I am trigger shy.

Quake 2 was a major letdown, at least to me anyway.
Doom 3 was a joke. It did not come close to being as good as the original Doom.
Quake 4, how many times do we have to find a key to open a door? Talk about terrible level design.
Left 4 Dead 2 crashed on start up for 2 weeks after release. The problem came down to left 4 dead 2 would not work on the Fat32 file system. Valve did not fix the problem until 2 weeks after release. Nobody knew what was causing Left 4 Dead 2 to crash until right before the fix was released.
Homefront, 70 metacritic rating.
Brink, 70 metacritic rating. And Brink had video card driver issues on release day.
Duke Nukem Forever, 54 metacritic rating.
Rage, 79 metacritic rating.
Diablo III and its always on internet requirement.
Dead island and all of its release day bugs – like uploading a developer version to steam.

How can a game go through years of development, and still be released with bugs that should have been found in play testing?

Why should I have to wait weeks after a game has been released for patches to make the game playable?

The day Left 4 Dead 2 went on steam for pre-order I bought it. Release day, game crashes on start up. Raging in the Steam forums along with thousands of other people do not get a fix for 2 weeks. Two whole weeks? Really?

Brink had video card drivers on release day. Really? Video card problems? Why wasn’t that fixed in play testing? When the public buys a product, we expect that product to be finished, unless other wise noted.

There have been some good examples over the past few years – Skyrim is one such good example.

For every good game, there are probably dozens of bad games.

I have the original Borderlands, and I think its a good game. Hopefully Borderlands 2 will be better then the original. But I am going to wait a few months for patches to be released. I do not want to go through the same frustration like what happened with Left 4 Dead 2.

I am going to hold off on Borderlands 2 until it has been patched and it goes on its first sale.  $60 for a game is a bit much, especially in todays economy.

About the Author:

has been playing video games for over 30 years. He first started playing arcade games such as Donkey Kong and space Invaders in the early 1980s. From arcade games he moved to an Atari and Super Nintendo.  Kevin currently uses Steam as if primary gaming platform.

My favorite video games

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I first started playing video games in the early 1980s.  My buddies and I would ride our bikes to a corner store by the name of Cecil’s grocery in Bridge City Texas. Cecil had put in a Donkey Kong arcade next to the front door. My buddies and I would buy a coke, then spend what felt like hours pumping quarters into that machine.

Shortly after Cecil put his Donkey Kong arcade in, Howards grocery store in Bridge City put a Space Invaders and I think a missile command arcade game. The bike ride to Howards was long then the ride to Cecils. for some reason, riding the bikes all the way to Howards made the games less enjoyable then going to Cecils.

I guess it was somewhere around 1981 or 1982 mom and dad bought my brother and I an Atari. We must have played Pong and Pac Man for hours on end.

Fast forward 10 years. I got married, had kids and bought a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

Between 1995 – 2000 is when gaming really got interesting. My family and I bought a Packard Bell computer with windows 3.11, 75mhz processor and 8 megs of memory.

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Skyrim First Impressions

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*** Spoiler Alert ***

This article contains spoilers. If you do not want any spoilers, stop reading!!!!!

Holy crap, I have not seen a game that grabs you by the balls like this in a long time. The last time I remember a game with such an epic start was Half-Life and Left 4 Dead.

The way Skyrim starts out, you are a prisoner in a wagon on the way to meet your death. Your neck is put on the chopping block, the executor is just about to swing when the dragon shows up. Mages start throwing fireballs at the dragon, archers are shooting their arrows as you and someone helping you head to cover.

The caves are a nice way to introduce the player to the game. When you get to the outside, its like “holy crap”. The graphics are awesome, the sounds, the mountains,,, everything is there to make the world believable.

Skyrim plays well even on my low hardware specs:

Motherboard – ASUS M4A785-M
CPU – AMD 620 quad core 2.6Ghz AM3
Memory – 6 gigs of PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Cable Modem
Video card – ATI 4850 – 512 megs

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What happened to the PC gaming industry

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I dont know what it is, but over the past 4 or 5 years, I have not been impressed with the PC games coming out, and to be honest I am getting a little bored.

During the mid-week madness and weekend sales I have been buying games at discounted prices. Over the past year I have bought maybe a dozen games, and almost none of them make me say “wow”, or even grab my attention.

Where are the games like Doom, or even something new like what half-life was. Is it “really” that difficult for developers to come up with new ideas?

For the past 2 1/2 years I have been mainly playing the left 4 dead series. But the lack of timely updates (as compared to tf2) has left me with a game that has little interest anymore.

The whole battlefield genre of games is of no interest to me.

Not interested in tf2, much prefer Fortress Forever, but the FF community leaves a lot to be desired.

About a month ago I bought fallout new vegas, it seems like a lot of fun so I might try playing it a little bit more.

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The Left 4 Dead 2 Boycotters Were Right

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As we approach the 2 year anniversary of l4d2, in retrospect, I think the boycotters were right.   The presales L4D2 hype failed to live up to a lot of things.

Dynamic paths – removed
Dynamic weather – removed
Dynamic night and day – removed
Some of the best versus maps ruined due to glitches, bugs and a buffet bar of health kits and pills.
Why has it taken Valve almost 2 years to fix the tank glitch in Dead Center 1?
Why doesn’t the tank spawn in No Mercy 1?
Why doesn’t the tank spawn in No Mercy hospital map?
Why does the charger move around survivors instead of hitting them?
Why is the walking witch so difficult to set off?
Why hasn’t the one melee kill of the jockey been fixed?
How can some survivors see when they are boomed?

The list goes on and on.

Just as Valve dropped left 4 dead after the release of l4d2, so has l4d2 fallen to the wayside in favor of tf2 updates.

I just want the product valve told us l4d2 would be like. When you buy a product, you expect it to be like what was advertised, right?

Would you buy a car under the same conditions? If you were told your new car could drive 70mph, but later you found out it only drove 70mph on interstate highways, on state highways it only went 55 mph, would you be happy with that bait and switch.

I bought a product that was not the same as it was advertised to be. If a company representative says a product is going to have certain features, then the product should have those features.

Some people say that Valve is being slow because they are working on good quality fixes. How much slower can Valve be? Are we supposed to be led to believe it takes 2 years to add a ladder to the elevator of Dead Center 1?

Maybe Valve updates should be Duke Nukem Forever slow, and take 10 years to fix something?

Or maybe Black Mesa slow, where Valve talks about the patches, shows videos of the patches, but nothing is released for years, if ever?

Valve pulled a last second bait-and-switch with l4d2. We were told one thing, and got something else.

Open letter to Valve software

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I had originally posted this the Steam forums, but I wanted to post it here as well. There was a question about Valve being the greatest developer in the world.

Here is my answer:

At this time – maybe so.

In the 1990s – No. Before November 1998, the best software developer was ID software. For those of you that do not know, Half-Life was released in November 1998.

My top 4 FPS games of all time are:

Ultimate Doom
Final Doom (this is really 2 games – The Plutonia Experiment and TNT: Evilution)
Half-Life
Left 4 Dead

Even though the Half-Life series has been great, it’s lacked the dark overbearing atmosphere that Doom had. The one time that Valve came close to capturing the title, was with the original Left 4 Dead. If Doom II Hell on Earth was remade, it hope it would be something very close to L4D.

Valve is a great company, and they come up with some great ideas. But over the past few years I think they have taken a turn towards “fun” games instead of “serious” games. Compare tf2 to L4D. Both games attract a totally different type of player. Valve seems to cater more towards the “fun” player, and less towards the “serious” player.

Why is No Mercy the most played map in L4D2? Because l4d2 players yearn for the return of a dark, serious game with an overbearing atmosphere – like what L4D has.

Now lets go back to the 1990s. Why was Doom so great? Because it created a great atmosphere and attracted a certain type of player. Valve has done a poor job of creating dark games – with the exception of L4D.

When L4D was released, it looked like Valve was going to develop a series of dark games, which would help them become a well rounded company. But instead, they made L4D2, and tried to make it less dark then L4D.

For Valve to take the title of “worlds best developer”, I think they need to offer a wider range of games. The games need to target players looking for “fun” games like tf2, and players that want a serious game with a dark atmosphere like what Left 4 Dead was.

Video games and being able to think for yourself

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The other day I posted a comment to a thread on the steam forums asking “what was the best gaming mouse.” Oh man, you should have seen the backlash when I commented that some mice have poor designs. People started calling my fingers too short,,,,,,. There have been other backlashes to my comments on games like doom 3 and quake 4 – specifically about their level design.

When half-life was released, I see that as the death to “find the key” game design like doom and quake. The straight through design was a lot easier to play then having to wonder around looking for some stupid pda’s or keys to open the next level. But I post that kind of stuff, I get a lot of rude comments.

Games should be like cars or trucks – I can tell you “why” I do not like ford or chevy and “why” I prefer toyota.

I like the way toyota puts the controls on the steering column.
I like the reliability of toyota products
I like the drivers arm rest of my T-100
I like the left foot rest on the floorboard.

But when people apply that same logic to games – I can tell you “exactly why” I do not like doom 3 and quake 4, and “exactly why” I like half-life and left 4 dead, people seem to backlash against my opinions.

I do not like the level design of Doom 3 and Quake 4
I do not like having to backtrack to find a key or pda in any game
I do not like having to find a key or pda to open a door like in Doom 3
I do not like weak weapons like in Doom 3
No duct tape in a military base to attach a light to a weapon?  Like in Doom 3

Why is it not ok to state your own personal opinion about a product?

I think a lot of it goes back to herd mentality – follow the herd, or else. This puts people who can think for themselves between a rock and a hard place. Post your honest opinion and deal with the backlash. Or follow the herd and leave the statuesque where it is.

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