Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 12:38:36 AM EST

The final to all Gearheads everywhere. Catch you online soon.

By the way, I started a 1up page and hopefully I can connect with Gearheads over there on occasion if you have one.  It's here.  See you around.

This Is The End...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 04:02:31 PM EST

Hey Gearheads, or those of you left, this is an especially sad post for me to write, and it's one that I've been tormented about for about a week now.  I've decided to go ahead and stop posting on Gearheads and shut down the comments and diary functions.  I'll leave it open for about a week just so those of you left here can say an official goodbye to each other on the site if you'd like.

I've decided that Gearheads was a fun community and I made a lot of great friends here, but my life became simply too hectic to keep up with the site on a daily basis.  That's the kind of love a community like this needs in order to grow and prosper.  I thought I had left it in the hands of the other appointed admin folks here but I think I did something to piss off Suns and Blankman because as all of you know, they went off and started another site without ever mentioning anything to me.  And I can't really run this site on my own as I just moved, I'm having a son in February (yes, there was confusion on the ultrasound and it turns out my girl is really a boy) and I need to make sure that my business is ultimately a success.  Then I'll have all the time for gaming in the world.

So I just wanted to thank a few people for helping make this community such a success.  First, I have to thank my brother for creating a fantastic universe and the first Gears of War that gave us so many hours of endless entertainment and priceless experiences.  I also want to thank my wife who put up with me running this site on top of the thousands of other balls I have in the air.  I want to thank Jon Ponsford and Jeremy Bingham who basically did a lot of work on this site for free (although they did get some compensation when we did the fundraising for the upgrades).  I want to thank SweetTea and Suns and Zoso and Robbins and tyrus and Kenai and GearsChrisB and Grymm and all the guys who helped make this a special place.  And even though this site is ending with a whimper, I take pride in knowing that I connected all these people with this community.  People that I met in real life and came to consider good friends. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed meeting people like Bob Bierasinski (aka) Polandstyle and Jim Ratajski (Kenai) and Kenny Chung (Blankman).

I'd be lying if I didn't say that I'm extremely hurt by the way things are ending here, but life moves on.  At the end of the day, the people who truly became my friends will remain my friends and those who were something less will go on and lead their own lives.  I hold no ill will other than just being extremely hurt that there was apparently no level of communication at all. In many ways it was my fault because I simply didn't have enough time to pour into this site and maybe some felt like the channels of communication weren't open or I wasn't listening.  Regardless, I loved my experience here.  It gave me moments that I'll never forget.  Obviously the biggest ones were involving gaming, but it was often the banter between the Gearheads that made this place special.  Whether it was Zoso joking about his testicles for the 80th time or Polandstyle falling asleep in the middle of a match and twirling around in circles or Grymm giggling like a school girl or everyone in the room just wowed by the myriad of ridiculous headshots Robbins had.  There are a million of them.  Countless numbers to recall.

This site started about three and a half years ago with this post.  I honestly never really believed that we would do things like play a match against the folks from Infinity Ward or conduct podcasts with some of the biggest names in gaming journalism.  Or that I'd finally get to attend E3.  Regardless, I want to just once more thank everyone for making all that possible.  I've enjoyed making so many new gaming friends and I hope that you will continue to be a part of my life.  Thanks, Gearheads.  It's been a great ride but every great ride must end.  This is the end.

Friday Night Fragfest: November 13, 2009 - Modern Warfare is the BOMB Edition

Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 02:53:22 PM EST

Hey Gearheads, this week marks a monumental week for me as a gamer.  This is the first time I can remember ever jumping into multiplayer before I even got a quarter into the single player in a game.  I just couldn't help myself.  And even now, if go to start up my 360, I can't bring myself to play the single player campaign just simply because I know that there are people out there who are just leveling up and up while I waste time doing other things. It's like this huge arms race and I want to make sure that I have enough perks and unlock enough weapons to be able to compete.

Any way, the multiplayer is even more addictive than any game I've ever played.  I mean there are so many things that they added to try and really balance the game and I think they pretty much achieved it.  The deathstreak thing is awesome and give you points once you finally end the death streak is a stroke of genius.  It truly seems to level the playing field and stop that ridiculous frustration when someone keeps killing you over and over again.

So can anyone play a little Modern Warfare 2 tomorrow night?  I'm not sure how much I'll be playing just because I'm literally moving this weekend, but I do want to get some time in even if it's just an hour or so.

Let me know what you think and I hope to see a lot of folks tomorrow night.

Any Big Plans for Monday Night?

Mon Nov 09, 2009 at 01:57:08 AM EST

So I'm wondering who out there is going to their midnight launches for Modern Warfare 2?  And I think I've asked this before, but what will you do with it first, single player, multiplayer or even possibly Spec Ops?

I'm still torn.  I might do a few multiplayer matches just to get the feel for it, but I imagine I'm going to quickly jump into the single player.  Infinity Ward is extremely talented at telling gripping stories as COD4 was a fantastic story.

Not only that, but I've got to avoid waking my lovely wife and daughter.  So where are you picking it up?  Are you doing midnight or waiting until the following morning?  Chime in, Gearheads and let's hear it.

Friday Night Fragfest: November 6, 2009 - The Last One Before Modern Warfare 2 Releases

Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 11:13:33 AM EST

Yes Gearheads, just one week from today, we will be playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 during Friday Night Fragfest.  I know for a while many of us have kind of splintered off and done our own things.  Gears of War 2 didn't bring us together on Fridays the way the original one did.  There has been some dabbling in other games like Halo: ODST, Borderlands and many others.  But outside of Gears 1, the one game that brought this community together like no other was Modern Warfare 1.

I'm hoping we'll find that to be the case again in 2009.  As for this week, I don't even know what to suggest to play.  I don't have L4D.  Maybe some Modern Warfare to prepare for the mechanics of the new one?  Although I know plenty of folks have been playing it consistently any way.  My major goal has been to try and finish Uncharted 2.  I'm actually pretty close as I think I'm on Chapter 23 and there are 26 chapters.  The game is freaking amazing.  I will say that I'm getting a little fatigued with the combat at this point though.  I kind of want a little more puzzling before the end of the game and hope it's there. The thing is, this is probably the first game I can remember playing where I actually look forward to the cut scenes possibly more than actually being interactive with the game.  It's not that playing the game isn't fun, but they just did such a remarkable job with the story that you can't help but be absorbed by every single cut scene.  In some ways, I'm trying to plow through things just to see what happens next.  I recently saw the latest Indiana Jones movie finally and this is 1,000 times more interesting than that movie was.

Any way, if you're going to be on tonight, sign up below.  Even if you aren't, let's start talking about who is going to be there NEXT Friday.  Oh yeah.

Get Ready for Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer

Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 10:37:30 PM EST

Yes Gearheads, a week from today, we'll all have Modern Warfare 2 in our grubby little hands.  IGN has a great look at some of the multiplayer maps so you can start to plan how you're going to approach these bad boys.  The interesting thing is how Robert Bowling talks about a lot more verticality to these maps as opposed to the other maps in MW 1 that were largely pretty straight forward.  The only maps that had a bit of verticality to them were maps like Crash, Strike and Broadcast (which are awesome) and District (which I hated).  We'll see how they manage to make this one work.

So here's the biggest question I've been wondering.  I assume most of you will be picking this game up day one. But I'm wondering if you'll dive right into the multiplayer or you'll do the single player first?  Or will you be radical and do Spec Ops (the co-op)?  I'm thinking I'll play single player that first night and then jump into multiplayer the following day.  The issue being that I'm not going to have that much time because we're literally moving into our house a week from when the game releases.  My initial time with the game will be much more limited than I anticipated.  D'oh!

Left4Dead 2 Demo is Thing of Beauty

Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 12:11:45 AM EST

I don't know how the Gearheads feel about this, but I sometimes feel like there is only room for me to dedicate myself to one multiplayer game in the scope of my life.  In recent months, I've been all over Call of Duty: World at War.  Before that it was probably Gears 1 and Modern Warfare.  Those have been the games that have sucked me in.

I'm guessing that's probably why I haven't played as often with Gearheads of late because we haven't all congregated around a common game like Gears 2 or something else.  Although I know a bunch of you have become addicted to the first Left4Dead.  Many of you know that I had issues with the controls in the game (particularly as the infected), the shooting mechanics and the lack of any kind of story.  Plus I think the engine is looking a bit dated at this point.  But that didn't stop me from preordering the sequel.  I am hoping to catch some lightning in a bottle and be able to gather with Gearheads once more around that common game.  Although I have a feeling that a week from today I'm going to be all over MW2 (or at least when my move and my job and family allow it!).

Thing is that I tried the demo and I like the feeling of the weapons in this game better.  They refined them a bit and the little mini-uzi seems badass, plus the unlimited ammo in a pistol is a beautiful thing.  Not to mention the awesome nature of melee weapons and being able to whack someone with a guitar and hear the guitar strings rattle.  I think this one is going to be a great improvement, or dare I say, this is what the first L4D should have been.  Especially with the maps that supposedly change in each session.

I'm really excited about this after playing the demo a bit.  How many of you plan on picking it up?  Are any of you boycotting it?

Friday Night FragFest: October 30, 2009 - A Spooky Left4Dead 2 Demo Edition

Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 06:26:19 PM EST

The night before Halloween is known as Hell's Night in Detroit, so I'm thinking that since I've seen a bunch of Gearheads playing the Left4Dead 2 demo the other night that we could gather round and I can make the final decision as to whether or not I want to make the plunge.

Anyone else want to try? I'll probably be on around 9 or so as I've made a deal with my wife to put my daughter to bed over the next two weeks up until the Modern Warfare 2 launch.  Then once MW 2 launches, my wife will be putting my daughter to bed for the next week after that.  I want to make sure I get plenty of time with this game.  Speaking of which, I'm not sure if you guys saw the leaked mission in MW2.  I won't spoil anything for those of you who are going dark, but IW should expect tons of backlash from the mainstream media for this.  It's going to get ugly.

See you tomorrow night, gents.  Help me decide whether or not to pick up Left4Dead 2.

Modern Warfare 2 Third Person?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 08:13:05 PM EST

It would appear that Gears of War, who really took the over-the-shoulder third person view and made it truly mainstream multiplayer, will soon have competition in that space from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Yes, possibly the fastest first person shooter, that brought me in with its frenetic pace, looks like it's going to have a third person mode as well, at least in multiplayer.  I don't really know how to feel about this.  MW doesn't seem like the type of game that would be conducive to third person play.  It's just simply too fast and doesn't move at a Gears or Uncharted pace.  But I'll never count out IW when it comes to accomplishing something they want to do.

What do you think?  Are you excited to try MW 2 in third person?

Friday Night FragFest: October 23, 2009 - Borderlands Edition?

Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 08:42:56 PM EST

OK so after reading the diaries today, I decided to go out and rent Borderlands.  I figured I could play some with the Gearheads and try and figure out what all the hype is.  I might be getting a copy soon, but since Kenai and Jambi seem so into it, I wanted to test out the fun.

Plus, let's face it, we haven't had a game to all gather round for a while.  We've dabbled in everything from GTA IV to Halo ODST, but nothing has stuck around long other than Gears 1 and COD 4.

So sign up below if you want to play some Borderlands.  Although I might play a little solo for a little bit so I'm not completely outclassed in a co-op game. I might be on a little late as the initial plan is to go to Disneyland after my daughter's soccer class tomorrow afternoon.  But I'll be there eventually.

Second Montage...

Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 05:52:58 AM EST

Hey all, here's my second montage. It's half machninima, half montage. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. Light years ahead of my first effort, in my opinion. My only real criticism is that I used the zoom feature a lot. But overall, I was very pleased with the editing. Tell me what you think. Constructive criticism is appreciated.

Was talking to Average the other day and he said IW is considering video playback features as free DLC for MW 2. If they do that, it'll be off the chain.

In the upcoming months, I'll be making videos for just about everything we play... but you'll be seeing more ODST videos because it's so damn easy. Rest assured, there's going to be some good stuff down the road.

Keep up the good fight guys. See ya soon!

p.s. Won't be on FFF this week. Seeing AC/DC again! They're coming back to Atlanta!

Uncharted 2 Tells Modern Warfare 2 You Better Step Up

Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 01:13:22 AM EST

OK so I honestly meant jump online on Friday.  I missed the Gearheads and wanted to join you for some gaming.  But a little guy named Nathan Drake grabbed me by my testicles and wouldn't let go.  Seriously.  Uncharted 2 is freaking incredible.

I'm only a little over three hours into the game, but it's easily the best example of how video games can surpass movies if the quality of the cut scenes and story isn't laughable.  The thing about it is that Uncharted 2 treats you like an adult.  It tells you a story rather than assume you're only entertained by beefy dudes doing manly things.  The cut scenes are the most entertaining I've ever seen.  And the action is remarkable even if it isn't always positive.  I'm still not a fan of how the grenades work even though they stripped out the Sixaxis controls.  But the scene with the helicopter they showed at E3 is just as incredible to play through as it was to see.

I won't go too much into the rest of the story because I'm not sure how many Gearheads have had a chance to play this game.  But it is my frontrunner so far for game of the year.  Even over NHL 10 so far.  And they took what was a very good concept of Uncharted 1 and made it into something remarkable, unique and completely engrossing.  I meant to play it for only a few minutes last night before going to bed, but I wound up being up until 1:30 a.m. playing the thing when I was going for a 30-mile bike ride in the morning.  Games just don't get this engrossing.

The key will be whether or not it continues throughout the game.  I would've given the first Uncharted a much better ranking in my all-time games, but the game devolved near the end into a zombie game, and this one BETTER not do the same thing.  It was just so very out of place.  

If you have a PS3, get this game.  Play it.  Love it.  And be glad you did.

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