[GAMING/REVIEW] Battlefield Hardline (PS4) – 5 Reasons why you should play it.

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[Read my first post on Battlefield Hardline (BFH) here http://wp.me/p3ID2Y-z1]
Battlefield is long known for their huge maps, big teams and a multitude of vehicles to pilot.BFH keeps true to these features, and then adds more.

Here’s 5 reasons why you should play BFH

1) It plays like a Drama Series
The game was designed to be more than just a game. The single player mode will keep players riveted as each level continues like a different episode in a TV Drama. What Visceral contributed to BFH was the storyline and a character driven plot based around the protagonist, Nick Mendoza.
There’s plenty of dialogue and cut scenes, and really, sometimes you forget that you have to something other than just watching the plot unfold.
It was especially absorbing for me playing the single player on the PS4, but I’m pretty sure you’ll be just as enthralled on any other platform.

2) New Content
I don’t know about you, but I like games that don’t just stay static. Patches and DLCs are a very welcome feature for me, because sometimes they are game changing, and they breathe new life into it.
Whilst the Visceral staff were not able to comment on whether any DLCs were planned, they did say that there will be added features coming out for the BFH Premium members.
These include maps, Gun Bench (Which can track kills!), Challenge modes, tournaments and ladders, and Legendary status (which allows replayability).
There are a bunch of other perks for premium members, but I think that the above it are well worth the upgrade already!
Check out the whole list of premium features and perks here http://www.battlefield.com/hardline/news/battlefield-hardline-premium

3) New Game Modes
The new urban warefare setting has allowed the team to create a whole lot of new modes for BFH.
For example, “Hotwire” where teams capture objective vehicles, “BloodMoney” where teams have to pick up or steal cash and deposit it into their own vault, “Crosshair” where the cops have to escort a VIP and fend off attacks from the criminals within a timelimit of 3 minutes.

4) Competitive Modes!!
I’m one of the gamers who will never be satisfied with just playing a game for enjoyment, and BFH satisfies my need to take gaming to the next level – Competitions! It’s just rewarding for me to be able to match my progress and skill level against others. So for those of you who share my thirst for blood, do try out the competitive modes “Rescue” and “Crosshair”. You get 1 life per round (ie, you don’t respawn until the round is over); at halftime, you switch sides and teams play a BO7 (best of 7).

5) Cool stuff
If you haven’t seen this video of the in game motorized couch, watch it here

The American Dream, a motorized sofa, is the fastest land vehicle in BFH, and it’s only available on one map, provided you can find it!
It’s location is hidden, and it spawns once per match. It seats a total of 4pax (including the driver) and can be repaired.
It’s a tribute to Paul Mathus, the Director of Product Development, who in his younger days submitted a video of  himself on a motorized couch in his entry for “Battlebots”.
It appears from 28 seconds in, it’s awesome.

I can’t wait to see if there are any more hidden gems in the game, or whether any will sneakily be added!
Even if none are, I love the personal touch and cute story behind this one.

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Here are some pictures from the event in HongKong which EA so kindly sent me up for!

Here’s how we were welcomed into the gang of criminals, mugshot!
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Some pretty BFH branded gear provided for our use at the game testing areaDSC_9176

Yep, that’s me in the reflection!DSC_9178

Travis Hoffstetter, who gave the press interview together with Forrest Tarleton.DSC_9185

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Free Stuff! a Duffel bag, BFH PS4 review set, a cops money clip and a brochure. Not pictured here is a BFH poster .
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The various journalists and media trying out the game on PS4. Some just kept going at it in Blood Money, while others went for the single player storyline (ie, ME!).DSC_9196

Post-interview with Travis

Picking lucky winners of various products sponsored by Sony – including a grand prize of 1 PS4!DSC_9200

One of my fellow Singapore journalists won a 1 month subscription.
Sadly… I have no luck… 🙁DSC_9198

Just a parting shot of the BFH headset.DSC_9199

[A big thank you to EA for sending me up for this event. It was really interesting and I got to meet media from around asia, as well as the development team who created this awesome game!]

Games in Asia Meet Up

pic courtesy of Games in Asia

Was invited to speak on the panel of the Games in Asia Meet Up, which was held at the Wargaming HQ at Dhoby Ghaut MRT.
AND I LOVE THEIR CHAIRS. SOMEONE PLEASE GET ME ONE. I’LL GIVE UP MY BENCH FOR IT.

The time passed pretty quickly and I felt that certain issues weren’t discussed in detail, but I think that’s more because everyone had an opinion, as opposed to scheduling problems.

I noted down a few things in my book which follows me everywhere. I’m very big on writing.

QN : What do you think of eSports in Singapore?
I think that as with everything else in life, if you want something, you have to go ahead and get it. Those on top can only do so much for you, the rest of it is up to how much you want it, and what you’re willing to do to get there.
As a gamer you need to take yourself seriously, there has to be a level of professionalism. If you don’t even believe in yourself, that you can make a living and a future out of doing what you love, how are you going to convince everyone else around you?

QN : Is drive nature or nurture?
Drive isn’t something you can nurture. It comes with knowing what you want in life, and wisdom to know how to get there. Then all you need to do is create the opportunities, or wait for them to open up.
It all starts with WANTING something badly enough for you to go and do something about it yourself.
eg. Chawy isn’t exactly a personality, but he’s been finding a balance between knowing that his fans want to know more about him and being an excellent player.
eg. Ant doesn’t have the drive to succeed in gaming because he has other avenues in life that he would rather focus on, and that’s perfectly fine, by the way.

QN : Any tips on how to build the attitude that will lead to drive?
I think this is the million dollar question that everyone is asking. Even people in the Ministry of Education would like to know how to put drive into the kids nowadays. They can make it gradable, they can set up courses, but in the end, you can’t really build drive. And here in Singapore, everyone is just born with a silver spoon in their mouths, everything handed to them on a silver platter. There’s nothing to fight for. Everyone is just tagging along for the heck of it, and waiting for someone else to make the first move.

QN : Do we need the support of the government in Singapore?
As Jasper said, if you can’t even get something going on your own, why should the government set up something to regulate something that doesn’t even exist?
The government might be seen as an invincible entity in Singapore, but there are many aspects in which they cannot interfere with, your own desire and drive is one.
We can look at getting cooperation from the government, so that leave from NS, Schools, and work is easier, if we need to attend competitions, but what more do you really want from them? As Wanda mentioned, we have all the infrastructure, cheap LAN available, affordable internet, there’s nothing stopping us from doing what we want. As for 2 years of NS, a player who thinks about the game the most, is more likely to do better. Spend your book out time focussing on your game instead of your entertainment and life, spend your book in time thinking about strategies or memorising damage output, mana cost, skill upgrades, armour stats, reading changelogs etc (all of which iceiceice used to do in camp!)

QN : What is the first step towards getting one of the eSports regulatory boards set up in Singapore? (Jensen/Donovan)
I don’t actually think anyone answered Jensen properly on this one. I think it’s possible that we can do it Taiwan style – have a few organisations grow huge enough (eg, Asterisk*, iSg, SCOGA maybe… Scythe, FCG) and then decide to band together to become an informal regulatory board.
So Step 1 would be growing independant organisations to a level that they are influential, Step 2 would be getting them to cooperate with each other to form a board.

QN : How do you fix the misconceptions about eSports in Singapore? (Pokemon guy)
I really didn’t manage to catch this guys name, but I know he holds events for Pokemon. So to me, the greatest misconception not just in Singapore, but globally, is that eSports is for kids who like to play games. In actual fact, eSports is for adults (like any other career, or job), or for kids who can think like adults.

So these are the questions that I felt like emphasizing. I think that what Games in Asia is doing is great, and you all should go support them at https://www.facebook.com/GamesInAsia?fref=ts !

Looking forward to the next meet up, perhaps this time as a spectator =)

The Search for the Normal Girl

She’s rare, and frequently overshadowed, but easily identifiable.

In the world of eSports where males dominate the scene, a few females strive to fulfill different things on their agenda. In the process, some get way-laid by the overwhelming attention, some get turned-off by uncalled for, derogatory comments, and others morph into monsters.

Some are out to prove they can compete on the same level, some are huge fans of the players, yet some are dedicated to content, and a few hold jobs within the eSports industry. And some just want to mother some pro-gamer babies.

Being female has its perks, for example, you’re more easily remembered. This however, becomes a huge liability when you’ve been called out for something, and would like to become anonymous and start a new.

Through my journey in the eSports scene, I’ve had my flashy moments and probably made a few fashion faux pas, but I don’t believe I’ve exposed more than a little dip of cleavage or an extra inch of leg. Unless it was by accident, of course.
There are some, who will

 but i do believe that what I strive to do outweighs any harm that might have done.

1. Dressing skankily
well, before we get to dressing, lets start on make up. Make up, in my opinion, is really fine. Its part of personal grooming, and its more of an art than you’d realise. my team and i have had fun trying different styles and learning from each other, its really a way we bond as well. isnt that an interesting thought? girls who have fun blowing your brains out online, also have fun painting each other’s faces irl.
And who says its confined to girls. guys too, are increasingly using make up. in fact, i’m sure 99% of the guys at The International had make up applied on their face during the course of the event.
In Taiwan and korea, gamer guys are not strangers to make up.

now that make up is out of the way, lets get on to dressing.
Dressing comes hand in hand with how you conduct yourself, and how you dress, most of the time complements how you act.
one thing my clan leader said to us during an event, which stuck til today, was “why would you need to go change out? you’re a professional gamer, not here for a fashion show. real gamer girls wear their jerseys!”

2. Talking to each and every guy, in an obviously flirtatious way

3. Not having any real achievements and/or contribution to the scene other than your heavily made up face.

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1. continued contribution
its not enough to keep laying claim to something long-gone. If you WERE good, it doesn’t mean you ARE still good.

2. learning to accept the attention that comes, and not long for the attention that you have to sell yourself to get.

3. keeping your aims clear
(linked to 1.) ie, 1 helps you keep your aims clear.

4.

types i’ve seen.

1. the destroyer
2. the princess
3. the damsel in distress
4. the dumb b*tch
5. the mother of all pro-gamer’s babies

NEED A STRUCTURE
1. intro
background, setting,
2. discourse
types there are, with anecdotes
3. wrap up
how to not become one.

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  • Computer Specs/Equipment
    CPU
    : Intel® Core™ i7-2600K CPU@ 3.40GHz
    System Memory:15.98 GB

    Video Card Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    Desktop Resolution: 1920×1080
    Hard Disk Size
    : 931.51 GB

    Headset:
    Razer Tiamat 2.2 / Razer Moray+
    Mouse: Razer Copperhead
    Mousepad
    : Razer Destructor

    Keyboard
    : Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 

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Founder and leader of team PMS*, Tammy graduated from the National University ofSingapore, majoring in Geography and was from the prestigious Raffles Junior College.

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  • She was formerly in all-girls Counter Strike team [Elm]-Lf- and plays Quake, World of Warcraft and Starcraft. Aside from gaming, Tammy is also accomplished in sports and holds national medals in sailing and gymnastics. In her pastime, she enjoys fishing, floorball, reading and polishing her Japanese and Korean.
  • Tammy holds the position of eSports Team Manager at Razer.

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because it’s not a crime to dream…

Rome : 3-5 days
hotel : http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Hotel_Review-g187791-d529839-Reviews-Kristi-Rome_Lazio.html
places to visit : colosseum, Vatican, Galleria Borghese, Capitoline Museums… http://goitaly.about.com/od/romeitaly/tp/ancientrome.htm, piazas http://goitaly.about.com/od/romeattractions/tp/rome-squares.htm

Florence :
hotel :
places to visit : Galleria degli Uffizi, Bargello Museum, http://goitaly.about.com/od/florenceitaly/tp/florence.htm,