Goldenhearted's Band of Brothers

Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 02:37:54 AM EST

I have been hanging out at as I prepare to introduce my computer club students to Valve software and mapping tools.  It is an incredibly helpful and courteous community (they even have little "Thanks" buttons!).

This is from one of the projects that goldenhearted is working on.  The quality speaks for itself.  I had to share.  For desktop sizes, stop by the site (though I think you would have to register (free) to view.)

The HBO original

goldenhearted's TF2 version (my desktop now)

And the Team Fortress Band of Brothers Teaser YouTube video - is a must view!


The "It Wasn't Me"   FFF-Re-cap

Sat Jun 13, 2009 at 08:30:03 AM EST

I will get this re-cap going, y'all can add your tales (please do!).  :)

I am calling it the "It Wasn't Me" recap, because it wasn't me who started the evening with a TF2 room. Honest. That was Kenai.  I'm not arguing though.  As soon as he, his thirteen year-old neighbor, Johann, Timothy, Cornie, and I got going in a room (again, by his invitation), Gearheads started loggin' on and jumping in with us.  It was all very serendipitous, I think mostly because the Stanley Cup winner had just been decided, and people either wanted to talk about it or forget about it.  ha ha ha

Anyway, aamato, Boxin, CiRCuiTz, Creeper Nate, Blankman, Giggles, Zoso, rED, Jambi, and Infidel all joined and we actually needed to restart the room with all slots reserved for Friends only!  I can't tell you how happy that made me feel.

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Leading Your Shots - An awesome video

Thu May 28, 2009 at 08:10:19 PM EST

There are two reasons why gamers need to lead their shots when firing on the enemy.  The unfortunate reason is because gamers must compensate for lag.   In this case, the shooter always needs to be aiming just a couple of millimeters ahead of the where the target will be in order to compensate for the delay of client info reaching the server.  

The other very entertaining and appropriate reason for leading one's shots, however, is because one is firing slow moving projectiles across vast distances, and the projectiles require time to traverse the area between you and the target. In this case, the "lead" is not millimeters, but meters and 10s of meters.  When the ballistics come together and the target is hit, it is a beauty to behold in the same way that one might appreciate the skill of the quarterback tossing the perfect long bomb to his receiver.

In its day, there were a lot of Halo Blood Gulch movies out there where gamers were shooting from one end of the map to the other and hitting warthogs that were nowhere near the aimed location at the time of release.

Yesterday, I came across a video of some Team Fortress 2 gaming and it reminded me of the Halo 1 glory days of gaming where you need to lead your shots not because of lag, but because of ballistics!  The video is of "competitive" gameplay so all the weapons are stock (also included in the 360 version), even though the footage is of the PC version.  You will probably immediately notice the mouse-control benefits in the quick-look movement, however, everything done there can be done in our 360 gaming (one or two of the maps are different, however.)

One more thing, please notice the rocket/stick bomb jumping and just consider how much gameplay is available there, that we haven't even tried yet.  Seriously, this game is vast and deep, and we haven't even scratched the surface.

You can download it in standard of HD.  I recommend the HD version.  Watch it guys, it is worth your time. :)

(Also available on YouTube in both definitions.)

UPDATE:  Just a heads-up, the "lead" shots don't occur until about the 2:00 (and 4:00) minute mark. Stellar use of the scout and soldier demonstrated before then, but the main lead shots occur after 2:00 or so.  Cheers!

SFF Re-cap  UPDATE: 2Fort

Sun May 17, 2009 at 08:35:58 PM EST

OK, I wasn't going to write anything this weekend because 1) it was very short with both work and a funeral intruding on my free time, and 2) I spent almost all of it actually gaming!  Woo!!

When I checked Joystiq just a couple of minutes ago, I noticed however, that there is a new Team Fortress 2 "Meet The ...." video up, and this time it is the Spy - with pics of your Mom!  Bwahahahaahahaha  So, I had to share, and thus this diary.  :)

We played TF2 on Saturday and had a great time.  There were many memorable moments, but the highlight for me was on Granary. Blankman (Medic) and Infidel (Soldier) were deep in enemy territory wreaking havok pulling chain invulns, and Jambi (Spy) and I (Spy) were similarly putting on the pressure through repeated stealth attacks on three Engies guarding the control point.  It all came together, however, when Jambi suggested that I run in and sap the sentries, while he follow in and stab the Engineers in the back.  With Infidel and Blank laying the pain from the balcony and Jambi and I sappin' and stabbin', the considerable fortifications were eliminated within seconds, and the victor secured. I won't soon for get it.  So much fun!

It was also cool to hear Blank laugh at my scout taunt, or say things like, "This game has a lot of character."

Infidel and Jambi, thanks for pickin' up the game.  I have missed you guys in the Gears 1 and CoD4 gaming, and it is great that you have this game now, so that if/when we want to swap discs, we can put this in and not have to go our separate ways.  RoBBins, I think you were trying to hit Level 50 on Gears 2 while the DXP were available.  Did you make it?  We missed you.

I will update this diary with labeled maps at some point in the next few days.

Share your weekend gaming exploits people!

P.S. Zoso, how was YOUR week?

And God said.... "Let there be.... Team Fortress 2!"

Fri May 15, 2009 at 02:13:52 PM EST

Well not really...   But that is what I said last night, when I saw ESuns post that he and his Three Sons were all gonna get on for some TF2 (His Friday evening ~ and my 3am).   See his Diary (Team Fortress 2 -  Primer)...

It was about 10pm last night when I saw it.   So I said to myself.  "Self....    It's been a long week.   Life's too short.   Haven't played with my buddies in a long time,  And It's my birthday in 2 hours...."   So I Crashed early (my wife was already asleep from her treatments)...   so.... I set the alarm for 3am.

"Buzz!..."   3am...   Robbins was the faithful one (already on...).  And already in a party chat with Really Doe when I got on (after I brewed some Java....).     Really Doe didn't have Orange Box (Note to Doe...  It's only $15 buck for a New copy!!!).