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Steve Pope, a U.K. counselor and therapist, says that playing games for two hours is equal to doing a line of coke.

“Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces,” Pope said. “It is the fastest growing addiction in the country and this is affecting young people mentally, as well as leading to physical problems such as obesity,” he added.

This whole “crusade against video games” thing is getting really out of hand now. Really? Comparing playing video games to doing a line of coke? Honestly? These people obviously havent played video games before and think that everyone who plays is some sort of detriment to the human species, aka a loser and all they do is stay at home and play video games.

This is a large misconception. As a few of you know, I’ve been unemployed for a year now and I spend most of my days looking for job opportunities, trying to get back into school (in fact I currently have an application running at a well-known Georgia institution for a second bachelors in Journalism) and working on my portfolio by creating designs and working on the next issue of Compound. When I’m done, I like to relax by playing games. Being unemployed is stressful, extremely so. Constantly thinking about what you’re going to do, what if your plans don’t fall through (again), what the next step is.

Being a young person, living with your parents, that isn’t good for your social or love life either. So i like to relax by playing video games. unfortunately, that’s all anyone sees. They think I spend all day playing video games doing nothing and I think that’s how most video gamers are perceived.

Sure there are some people out there who do that, but for the most part we video gamers have OTHER things to do and playing games is a de-stressor, a hobby, something we do for fun and for a few lucky ones, something they do for a little extra cash on the side.

Comparing something I do to relax to doing hard drugs is quite frankly an insult. Comparing me to a drug addict because I like to shoot zombies every now and again is quite frankly insulting.

Yes there is such thing as a gaming addiction. I’m no psychiatrist but telling the world that video games are somehow bad isn’t fixing the issue. Just like alcohol addiction or food addiction is a symptom and not the problem, gaming addiction is a symptom of an unresolved issue in that person’s life.

Stephen Johnson, from G4TV.com said it best:

While I won’t cop to doing Coke, I have played a lot of games in my life and never once did any game make me talk faster, convince me I was super awesome, or make me think I was, like, a really great dancer.

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“The Passing” has dropped and based on last nights performance of realism versus, in conjuncture with all the other games i’ve played since November, I thought i’d give a little lesson to all my L4D2 friends and fellow players.

While in game the other day i had the unfortunate opportunity of playing with an individual who felt it was his sole bounty to direct and instruct the group on how to play a game that collectively, we’ve all been playing for almost 3 years. He would wait with the stronger of the infected for the weaker ones to take their turns.

He would say “Who’s going to go?” Over and over again and get upset when everyone died because we were wasting too much time deciding “who” would go first. I told him that the “Order of Operations”, much like in math, was common sense and as opposed to being taught like in math anyone who had been playing the game for any length of time, and was good (I suppose that’s the catch) would know this. He denied.

So, with no further ado, let me break down the Order of Operations for any of you out there who have not heard about this.  Of course different strokes for different folks and the order may change in game circumstances, much like the AI director changes your pathways, but generally speaking the order below will ALWAYS be affective for any team attack if executed right.

This is no guide and is not intended to come off as “Momma knows what’s best,” but in all the games i’ve played going by this order, however unspoken it may be, tend to pay off not only in team dynamics but on the scoreboard at the end.

All of these rules have their exceptions like a choke points, (narrow corridors where survivors MUST pass through) last calls (last hoorah before survivors reach safe room) and what I like to refer to as “AND STAY DOWN” (any distraction or damage done to survivors to keep an incapacitated team member down long enough to spawn something that can do lots of damage or, if you’re lucky, kill him). These rules may not apply depending on how your team chooses to attack, in a continuous spawn string or all at once. But generally speaking, since it is a co-op game, using each others skills to your advantage is a good way to win and that is what this guide is mainly about.

FRONT LINERS: CHARGER and BOOMER

GENERAL RULE #1 BOOMER FIRST

The boomer, while one of the weaker infected due to it’s girth, speed and health, is a highly effective and crucial part of any good team attack.

The boomer’s bile causes a few seconds of blindness to the survivor’s glow and, hopefully, a nice wave of hungry zombies.

The survivor won’t be able to see what is going on with his teammates or their location, despite their screams of “I’m jockeyed” and if they somehow know where their teammates are due to pure vigilance, the horde keeps them from reaching their teammate, or at least slows them down giving you and your team valuable time and damage. Sometimes, having the most damage is the decider in which team wins each round.

Generally the boomer should go first, but if another infected( like a smoker or a hunter) goes they should aim for the closest team mates they can in an attempt to stall or if the person is far away enough, aim for the captured survivor and you might be able to kill him before his teammates can reach.

GENERAL RULE #2 CHARGER SECOND

The charger is one of the more powerful infected. Just by hitting a survivor in a charge he can knock them off their feet for a valuable 2 to 3 seconds.

The charger is vulnerable without his teammates cooperation, much like the other infected, but can stand on it’s own if used correctly. After a boom that covers at least 3 people, capturing a the unbiled survivor is a good tactic. Knocking over his friends with on the way to smashville is just an added bonus. It can add additional fall damage, and if they are boomed 2-3 seconds of damage while getting up due to  a wonderfully poetic, but not really, zombie horde.

The charger can remove a survivor from a situation for a short period of time at choke and drop points such as the hill behind the motel in “Dark Carnival” or from the entire round itself by charging them out windows or into the lakes in both “Hard Rain” and “Swamp Fever.”

MAIN PLAYERS: SMOKER, HUNTER AND JOCKEY

GENERAL RULE #3: HUNTER BEFORE SMOKER

Generally speaking, the hunter and the smoker are the more versatile infected. If the charger is the chopper pilot, the hunter and smoker are the soldiers. They go anywhere and are the more common of the infected, at least in my eyes. Perhaps i’m thinking of L4D.

Either way, between the three, hunter should go first. It hops around and doesn’t really care too much whether you were aiming for Nick or Rochelle. Whichever one it lands first is the one it sticks to. I’ve seen it happen way too many times. Someone gets smoked and a hunter attempts to pounce the person coming to save them but pounces the guy already captured.

You can pounce anyone who is smoked, or jockeyd but you cant smoke or jockey someone who is pounced or charged. Think about that.

As far as the smoker and jockey go, it doesn’t necessarily matter. Do what you can.

SUPPORT WAVE: SPITTER (AND SOMETIMES BOOMER)

GENERAL RULE #4 SPITTER LAST

The spitter is one of my more favorite new infected, second to charger, and if played correctly can really put the hurting on a survivor. One spit can take a survivor from the green to the red if done properly. Because the spit affects both uncaptured and captured survivors, getting a survivor that is pounced, pulled, jockey’d, charged or even already incapacitated is a good goal. Once your teammates have used their infected, try aiming for one that is already low in health (as it takes a few seconds to get out of a good spit and each second is damage), an already captured survivor (huntered or jockeyed or etc)  or a survivor that has been boomed and is surrounded by a horde as it will take them a few seconds to be able to get out of the spit.

The spitter, in my opinion, is merely a support infected. She moves slow, both before and definitely after a spit, is easy to kill as she has a low health similar to the boomer and is easy to spot due to the fluorescent green spit that constantly drips from the gaping hole in her neck.

So, using those tactics if you have a boomer, jockey, hunter and charger… the boomer should go first, then the charger then the hunter and jockey. The charger and boomer can be interchangeable, sometimes in order to get maximum boomage you need the charger to get the team in one place. Hence why these are all GENERAL rules. I don’t claim to know much outside of my own experiences in game and this is the order i recommend but as you should know each game is different and as such each moment may require the spitter to go first, or even the jockey. But this order should serve as a template, a stencil if you will, in which you can create the perfect team attack.

Okay so after all the hype “The Passing” has finally dropped and everyone everywhere is raving about it. Some even ranting. Here’s mine:

The map itself, while short, is definitly pleasing. I don’t know if it’s the idea of new territory and new, unfamiliar surroundings, or just the fact that the map is well put together and looks and plays nice. I think it’s both.

I like the footlockers and i LOVE the fallen survivor zombie. All those things aside, let’s talk about a few of the things i HATED. Actually, the only thing i hated.

The Original survivors role:

The way valve was talking about and jhyping up the original survivors and their role in thie campaign made me think they’d do alot more than they actually did.

The first time I played I didn’t get so much as a nod from the original survivors and in the rare case when they DID acknowledge us, towards the end….all i got were “Good Shots” and “Here, I saved this for you” as they toss me pills.

Really? You havent seen a human being in how long? AND you just lost one of your teammates? and all you have to say to me is “Here, take some pills.” Awesome. Yeah, I can totally see how that is a sacrifice for you given i just passed like twenty crates chocked full of pills. Thanks, jackass.

They titled this “The Passing” for a really good reason. It’s a quick map where you really don’t do anything with the original survivors besides them helping you fend off a few zombies in the rescue finale. It really is just a passing glimpse of two games, which is fine. I just thought it would be more epic.

That’s fine though the mutations seem to be a great addition. A few friends and I are going to play realism vs in a few hours, ill let you know how that went.

With the L4D2 DLC coming out tomorrow, gamers everywhere are eagerly waiting to lay their hands on the new map, weapons and characters they will receive. Valve has wet out whiskers my putting out the poster for the new campaign and something, or rather someone… is missing. Check out the background silhouettes in the image below.

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We all knew that one of the original survivors wouldn’t…well, survive, in the new DLC but we didn’t know which one. I personally was under the assumption that our actions would dictate which character did and did not survive. Valve has decided to make that choice for us however, maybe Ebert was right.

My biggest issue stems not from the fact that they chose to get rid of Zoey, but from the fact that THEY CHOSE TO GET RID OF ZOEY!

I mean come on. I realize that most gamers are men but there are a few female ones out there as well and while personally I would chose to play as Ellis or Louis instead of either Rochelle or Zoey, the idea of having a female in the crowd is always nice, since that;s how it normally is. They could have easily gotten rid of someone like…Francis or bill…no one likes bill. Yet they chose to get rid of one of the only female characters in both games. That leaves the penis to vagina ratio off balanced, i mean it would have been off balanced either way but this….this whole 6 to one is just disgusting. 2 to five would have been better since, personally, I think Nick and Ellis are gay anyway. And Coach, no one wants to touch Coach.

All I’m saying is it’s rather shitty for them to get rid of one of only two girls in the group and decide to leave 6 guys all of which were more expendable than the ONLY female character.

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Apparently the Poster is a .gif where the character who’s absent rotates through all four characters. Oops. The female to male ratio is still pretty…gangbangy though. JS.

It’s April 14, that means in less than 24 hours Xbox LIVE for the Original Xbox will no longer exist. Xbox LIVE for the 360 will, of course, continue to be a service offered, but Microsoft will no longer host LIVE for the Original Xbox starting tomorrow.

It’s a sad day for Original Xbox owners who still play LIVE, but maybe now you finally have a reason to get a 360?

Catch the Letter Microsoft posted to explain their decision below.

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Dear Xbox LIVE Members,

On April 15 we will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox v1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals. I want to start by saying this isn’t a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration, it is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community.

Seven years ago we laid out our vision for the connected console when we launched Xbox LIVE. We believed then that the power of the Internet to connect people would revolutionize living room entertainment. It started with amazing multiplayer games, and we’ve since seen that bet pay off again and again with the launches of Xbox 360, Marketplace, Netflix and powerful social features like Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm. None of this would have been possible without the success of LIVE as a multiplayer gaming network.

There’s no greater example of the power of the Xbox LIVE community than the “Halo” franchise. “Halo 2” has had an amazing run on LIVE, with a dedicated community more than five years after launch and well into the next generation of consoles. It has fundamentally changed the way we play video games. And while it’s difficult to see that run come to an end, the “Halo” franchise continues to act as the benchmark for multiplayer gaming in this generation, with “Halo 3,” “Halo 3: ODST” and soon “Halo: Reach” on Xbox 360.

Your Xbox LIVE community has grown to 23 million strong. And as we look down the road, we’ll continue to evolve the service with features and experiences that harness the full power of Xbox 360. To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games. We will contact the Xbox LIVE members directly impacted by this change and if this includes you, I encourage you to check your LIVE messages and associated e-mail account over the coming weeks for more details and opportunities. We view you as a partner in this process.

We’ll share more details soon, but in the meantime I want to assure you that the best is yet to come for Xbox LIVE. I believe we’ll look back on 2010 as a landmark year in gaming and home entertainment, and I couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store with “Project Natal” and LIVE. The LIVE community is the driving force behind everything we do, and it’s because of the community that ground-breaking experiences on Xbox continue to be possible.

See you on LIVE,

Marc Whitten

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Cliff Bleszinski, the mind behind the  Gears of War franchise, officially announced Gears of War 3 on The Jimmy Fallon Show (of all shows, amiright?)

Anyway, besides the fact that he’s totally hot, and totally smart and into games (I really like his face, can you tell?)

He also through in an interesting twist to the new Gears of War game.

FEMALE CHARACTERS. Not just female characters that stay in helicopters and talk to you like jesus from nowhere, but ones that hold weapons and shoot things.

AWESOME.

Not to mention four player story co-op!

I do love my co-op games. I do I do.

I’m sure there are a bunch of other goodies in Gears of War 3, I myself am still on Gears of War 1 however. Hey, give me a break, i JUST got an Xbox. I’m having a hard time getting past that damn berserker. Hrm.

Anywho, You should follow him on twitter and click the source link to watch some footage of Gears of War 3.

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So I’ve been sick for the past few days and as such, I’ve been able to get reacquainted with a long lost friend of mine.

My Xbox.

I played a little bit of Gears of War, got really into it then got up to  the first introduction of the Berserker and said, “You know what, i’mma save this for later.’ Which in my speak means, I’m too lazy and or scatterbrained right now to figure out how to get this ugly bitch outside, so imma go do something else.

I spent the next twenty minutes redoing my profile, my avatar my shipping information and now I’m excited. It’s been a while since I’ve said hello to my friend the Xbox 360.

That being said I’ve put together a small list of things I should get to make our friendship more productive and meaningful:

1) A hard drive

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First and foremost is a hard drive, without which all of the aforementioned and really any activity would be futile if not impossible.

If you are one of the many lucky bastards that had enough money to buy the full Xbox Bundle and not an Arcade like I purchased, you already have the Hard drive and thus know the many marvelous things you can do with it.

With the recent addition of the 250GB Harddrive to the Xbox accessory list, with a $130 price tag, I’ve decided that I should definitely hop onto the Hard drive band wagon and get my Xbox up to par.

With a hard drive i’ll be able to Download game demos, have game add-ons and other downloadable content, not to mention play Original Xbox games! Yeah, I have some of those. I’ll also be able to download movies and game trailers and download avatar customizations. Why? because all those things require space, space which the Xbox without a Hard drive just doesn’t have.

250 GB Harddrive on Xbox official site

2)Acquire Xbox Live

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Xbox live is a HUGE community of gamers a like, sure there are some twelve year old’s who scream and whine and can be overheard complaining with their moms about going to bed, but there are a few decent players out there. A few.

Xbox live is more than an online gaming community though. If you have Netflix, like I do (or rather my parents) you can use that to download on demand movies from Netflix. You can also tweet and log on to Msn Messenger and talk to your friends from there.

You can log onto your Facebook and last.fm. Xbox live has so many other uses than just playing with hormone filled teenagers who do nothing but insult your mother. My mother is a good woman dammit.

There’s so much more you can do when you have Xbox live, and for only 50 dollars a year it’s not a bad deal either.

In fact, once this post is up I think I might go ahead and purchase it. Maybe.

Xbox live has other perks as well, like joining groups or events . JS.

3) Xbox360 Wireless Adapter

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For the price of $100 bucks, I could get a wireless adapter so I could play games in my room (however small it is) OR I could go out an purchase a longer internet cable. Either way, the wireless adapter is pretty fuckin’ cool looking, and more portable.

It does exactly what it says it does. Gives you access to the internet without the cords. Of course you’ll need a wireless router and the internet (duh) but after that it’s pretty self explanatory.

Wireless Adapter at Official Xbox site

At some point I’d like to invest in a second wireless controller and perhaps a wireless headset just to be fancy, but that’s in the way way future since those aren’t really necessary to have fun on my own at this point.

I already have the other accessories like the Headset and the chat pad, the only reason I don’t have these three things are pretty simple: Money. They all have a pretty price tag, especially for someone like me who is in a transitional phase (one that’s been extended due to the economy) from school to …well life.

Either way, I can’t wait to be able to use my Xbox to the fullest of it’s potential, even if it might not be until the next generation of Xbox consoles come out. I’d like to think it would be called, The Xbox 720.