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The Draw Of Left 4 Dead

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There is something about the Left 4 Dead series, something that draws me to it, something that id difficult to describe.

Maybe its the team work, maybe its the atmosphere, maybe its mowing swarms of zombies down with an AK-47?  I don’t know what it is, but for some reason I just can not get away from Left 4 Dead or Left 4 Dead 2.

When I first heard about Left 4 Dead I was a little sceptically, but then again, valve software has a reputation of making great games.  It seemed that everyone on my Steam friends list was raving about how awesome L4D was.  I took the reviews with a grain of salt.  After being burned with Quake 4 and Doom 3 I promised myself not to buy games until after the reviews came out.

Best Buy in Beaumont Texas was the  first place I saw that put Left 4 Dead on sale, so that is where I bought the game from.  The first map I played was No Mercy.  Lets just say I was hooked right off the bat.

Left 4 Dead was released November 2008.

Left 4 Dead 2 was released November 2009.

One of the really cool things about Left 4 Dead is that you get to play mutated zombies. In most zombie games players usually play survivors. In the Left 4 Dead series players can play between several zombies that have mutated special abilities. Its being able to play the special infected that helps make Left 4 Dead what it is.

DayZ First Impressions

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During the Steam 2012 – 2013 holiday sale I bought ARMA II: Combined Operations just to get DayZ. After spending about an hour trying to figure out the error messages with ARMA II and DayZ I finally got the game to launch.

First impressions, man oh man is this game hard. For one thing you do not start with any weapons, so you have to sneak around zombies to find supplies.

Unlike games like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, in DayZ the way you move may attract zombies. If you crouch and walk, the harder you are to see. If you stand up and run, this makes you easy for the zombies to see.

I found this video on youtube to give people an idea what DayZ is like.

Unlike the Left 4 Dead series, DayZ is not a run and gun type of game. Its more like STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl with zombies.

Quarantine Movie Review

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Quarantine was released in 2008 and stars Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, Rade Šerbedžija and Johnathon Schaech.

The only thing that could have made this movie any better, is if Jennifer Carpenter had not been wearing a bra. That way her perky nipples could have been poking through that skimpy tee-shirt she was wearing.

Unlike a lot of movies that wait 30 – 45 minutes for the plot to kick in, Quarantine throws you into the action at about the 20 minute mark. There is some minor character development at the beginning of the movie, but once the action starts, it really starts.

*** Spoilers ***

Unlike a lot of zombie style movies where there is no clear explanation of who things kicked off, the story plot is spelled out for the viewer.

Towards the end of the movie there are news paper clippings of someone being obsessed with the end of the world. By the lab the news clippings were found in, its apparent that someone was developing a rabies based virus that was intended to bring about the end of the world.

Unlike the rabies virus that could take weeks before people develop symptoms, the new virus only takes a few hours, or even a few minutes. Once symptoms started to show, it was like 28 Days Later all over again.

Towards the end of Quarantine I was wondering if its over yet, is it over yet,,,. The movie seemed to get a little drawn out there towards the end.

Overall, if you looking for a nail-biter, zombie, end of the world if there is an outbreak type of movie, rent Quarantine.

Have you watched Quarantine? If so, what did you think about it?

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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Dream about aliens controlling the human population

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I had a rather strange dream last night (July 28, 2012). The dream was about aliens had decided the human population had grown past a point of no return. We were breeding, polluting,and consuming more then the earth could supply.

In order to save the earth and the human species, aliens decided it was time to clean house. The (the aliens) developed a virus that could be transmitted in powder form. Low flying alien ships acted like crop dusters over our major cities.

The powder covered tens of thousands of people, who in the following days developed the virus, which was contagious between people. The result was millions of people died.

My dream moved from the aliens crop dusting the major cities, to people roaming the streets stealing and killing for food.

One of my sons had it to my house. I was somewhere, but I do not remember my exact location. Somehow, I called my son and told him to start eating my food stockpile. I also told my son about keeping lights on at night, and how that could draw attention, just basic OPSEC stuff.

Somehow or another my wife and I made it home.

The dream was somewhat dark with lots of death and destruction.

Aliens aside, lets just remove them from the equation, I think my dream was how humans have reached the edge of our resources. We might have plenty of oil, but what about food? Over the past few years the U.S. has experienced several droughts, which have ruined corn crops.

With continued drought and climate change, what are people supposed to do about food and water? I think that food and safe drinking water is what my dream was about.

Why Do People Get Into Prepping

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Kevin Felts, survivalist and bloggerWhy do people get into prepping?

I think it boils down to “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”.

The question that begs to be answered is “what is the the worst?”. What is the worst case situation that we should prepare for?

For some people “the worst” might be losing their job. For others it might be a wildfire, for others it might be a hurricane or flood. Then there are the people that plan for a complete collapse of society.

Does being a survivalist mean you have to prep for a complete collapse? No, it does not.

To understand survivalism, we need to understand what drives a survivalist. One of the highest levels of human thought is to think about what we think about. Why do we do the things we do, why do we think about what we do, why do we act a certain way, why do we make certain decisions.

Nobody is born a survivalist. Joining the survival community is a conscious decision we make. As with everything else in life, our decisions are influenced by the way we were raised, culture, society, events in our life,,,.

Why do people get into coin collecting? Why do people get into stamp collecting? Why do people get into the hobbies they do? Do they find the hobbies challenging, maybe a way to occupy their free time?

Survivalism is a practical hobby. Grow your own food, preserve and store your own food, just like people used to do decades ago. Maybe survivalism should be considered as a return to basics?

There was once a time when people grew their food during the spring and summer. Then preserved the food to last the family through the winter.

Today, families keep just a few days of food on hand.

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Spoon Fed Sheeple

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survivalistI thought about titling the article, “spoon fed people”, but decided “sheeple” would be a better description. Maybe “spoon fed cattle” would be a good title? Kinda like cattle being led to the slaughter.

Spoon fed sheeple can not think for themselves. These are the people that sit around watching the TV, and never question what they see.

Sheeple go to the poles and vote for the same two political parties year after year and never ask any questions.

Sheeple never speak up when government does something wrong.

Sheeple never protest.

Sheeple never speak up.

Sheeple never question the government.

Sheeple never question their elected officials.

Sheeple stay in debt, debt adds purpose to their lives.

Sheeple live their lives blind to what is going on around them. As long as they are in debt and have a job, everything is fine.

How does society grow sheeple

I believe everyone starts out being able to think for themselves. Most people call this an “imagination”. Children run and play and make toys out of the simple things. A cup is turned into a space ship.

So what happens between childhood and adulthood? I think the schools destroy creativity. Over time a child imagination is ripped out, thrown on the floor and stomped into millions of pieces.

From the time the child starts school, the the time the young adult finishes school, the school system hammers the person into a sheeple.

Sit down,
Shut up,
Do not ask questions,
Accept what you are told as fact,
The teacher is never wrong,
This is just the way things are,
Do not question authority.

After 12 years of being told that crap, the kids start to accept it as fact.

Once the public school system is finished with the child, all that is left is a zombie sheeple.

Just as children are taught not to question the school, so that teaching is brought into adulthood and the adult does not question the government.

Just as a teacher tolls the children to do their homework, so the politician tells the people how to vote.

We have a choice

We may not have a choice about going to school, but we do have a choice of what we do after school. We have a choice as to whether we want to live in the bonds other people place on us; or whether we cast those chains to the ground.

We have a choice to whether we live as a sheeple, or whether we live as a free person.

Just because teachers suppress free-thought, does not mean we have to live by the teachers rules for the rest of our lives.  Once you get out of school, screw that teacher.  I am now an adult, and I WILL NOT sit down and shut up.

Free People

Vote as we wish,
We live debt free,
We ask questions,
We speak up,
And we will not sit down or shut up.

The question everyone needs to answer, are they a sheeple, or are they a free person.

Visit our Political Forum

Zombies Are Real

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Yep, you read that right, zombies are real. Not real as in wanting to eat your brains, but real as in mindless people with no sense of reason and incapable of higher thought.

To live a survivalist lifestyle, one should be open minded, open to new ideas, flexible, open to suggestions and open to change. To be closed minded, to be inflexible and not open to change sets a limit on how well we can adjust to change.

What caused the Neanderthal to go extinct?

What caused Cro-Magnon Man to go extinct?

What caused Homo-Erectus to go extinct?

Was it their inability to adjust to climate change? Was it their inability to adjust to changing food sources? Were they open to new ideas?

Sheeple zombies

Sheeple are the people that say “we have done it this way 100 years, there is no reason to change now”.   These are the people who resist any kind of change.  When sheeple are forced to change, they get angry and develop feels of resentment.  These are the people that are on a dead end road of life.

I wonder if some Neanderthal refused to change his hunting patterns with the changes in herd migration?

Did Crug the Neanderthal say to Doug the Neanderthal:

Crug: The herds have moved over there, lets move with them and get something to eat.
Doug: Why should we move? The herds have always been here, they will come back.
Crug: Doug, we are going to starve.
Doug: Na, the herds will come back.

The herds did not come back. Crug, Doug and their entire species are now part of the fossil record.

Do not be like Crug and Doug.  Be open to new ideas, be open to suggestions and be open to change.

Random youtube video and forum threadFood Storage. How to? How much? What to store

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