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  1. AJsarge

    Arma 3

    From my few hours inside the editor, It doesn't seem like BIS has done much besides graphics engine updates (better graphics for near-same performance costs as A2, render to texture for mirrors or video screens, and more) , the flight model that I only see a little bit of (ground effect is in play, tail rotor on the littlebird has more authority at high speed), and ragdoll/physX implementation (enemies crumple nicely when shot while standing, but a few glitches when they're killed while crouching). What is present throughout, is a whole new level of polish that Arma 2 never had. The Stance Adjust system, though still buggy and with room to be changed, gives the me same sense of cover/shooting options as if I was playing paintball in real life. The responsiveness of the mouse and tweaking of weapon/building collision makes CQB fully possible now. The different movement speeds tied into the stance system allow you to fluidly move through a battlefield while still being able to shoot unexpected enemies or sprint from cover to cover. AI is improved. I've been using the Urban Patrol Script to set up small SP scenarios, and I see AI running across bridges, running into/through houses (when doors are open), and up/down the stairs into Marina's riverbed. The future-war setting is off-putting to some who want modern weapons and vehicles, but I expect the mod community to step up and get working soon. With the new character system, It will be easier for modders to add new uniforms, armor, and accessories. Same for weapons if BIS changes how the attachments are handled. For being in Alpha, it's looking amazing. If you're not happy now, shelve it for a few months until the Beta rolls in or it's fully released.
  2. Windows 7 64-bit MSI P67A-C43 (B3) i5-2500 @ 3.30GHz EVGA GTX 570 - -314.07 WHQL - -MSI Afterburner - -Overclocked - - -1.025v - - -800 MHz Core - - -2000 MHz Memory Fan Speed unlocked No Sound Card 8gb RAM (DDR3?) 850W Thermaltake Yay Crysis 3! So after pre-emptively packing away my computer to move it soon, I was prompted to unpack it to play again (also, I've been desperately bored without a gaming system at home). Install, driver update, start game, and oh no...I got through 1/2 the tutorial when it killed my graphics card like it used to with BF3. I solved that one by upping the voltage on my GPU through EVGA Precision. A glance there showed me that my whole card was declocking itself down to 1v and 51MHz core. A lot of trial and error this afternoon has led me through driver swaps, driver cleaning, adding my 2nd and 3rd monitor back in, uninstalling Precision for Afterburner, messing with GPU-Z, more driver nonsense, Nvidia Control Panel nonsense, and lots of resets. Not in that order. The biggest WTF factor was that it continued to constantly reset even when sitting idle at the desktop. When it was under load by even so much as youtube, it would crash and re-load giving me sound but not video. Attempts at using programs to reset clock speeds or disable power savings resulted in throttling back to the low end anyways. Whatever I read, people pointed at the BIOS and that it was un-changeable without serious know-how. Now I'm at a loss for what to do. My 570 has given me enough trouble that I'm tempted to pull it from the gaming system. Replaced by a 600 series, maybe the Titan, or just swap to ATI/AMD. Which starts pointing at going balls to the wall with an entirely new epic system from the ground up, taking only the 570 to use as extra monitor outlets. Bah. I have to move before I do any of that nonsense.
  3. From the PS4 announcement they made, they're saying it'll be a MMOFPS. If they're going to hold true to their 10-year plan, it will be epic. But, I am saddened that it's console-only right now. Here's to epicness in the making, and I'm going to jump on the ship.
  4. I get the feeling that MH6 received an email with that message, and the form was attached. The standalone looks great, and I can't wait for it to release. Even if I don't play it much, I think BIS is a group that's worth supporting.
  5. At the end, it shows that Crysis 3 will be released for X360 and PS3 as well as PC. How many bets that 1/2 the features in the tech video will not be present in the console versions?
  6. This is just one sign of the change in command that's happening all over the military. Old giants like him are leaving, and younger men are taking over. We've gone from the vietnam-era of leadership to the gulf war-era. Views are different, and the leadership styles too. But despite the change, it's sad to hear the passing of those who have put their entire lives into the defense of this nation. Now the army needs to name their next MBT after him. I figure it's a fit honor for one of the best generals of the time.
  7. It's nice that I don't have to deal with wearing them on Mondays, but I don't wear them all that often anyways so it's not a big deal to me. What I was annoyed with is when they outlawed black boots and shirts for flyers. That looked professional, compared to the green, fuzzy, I-don't-take-care-of-them-because-I-don't-have-to boots and "sand-colored" t-shirts. Until I see "Men" in ABU's doing something other than supporting the end result of a plane putting a bomb on someone's face (Except for the offensive Security Forces people who kick in doors and kill badguys), I'll keep my flight suit. And you can't diss it until you have to download a plane full of cargo, upload a plane load of cargo, finish within the hour, and wear a flight suit while helping in balls-hot Kuwait or Guam. No rolling sleeves or tying the top half around your waist.
  8. According to an article on Stars & Stripes and word-of-mouth through my own unit, the USAF is ending the mandatory wear of the AF blue service uniform on Mondays. General Welsh (Head USAF general) made the decision to allow the MAJCOM commanders their choice on the matter. From the article, USAFE and PACAF (my command) extended that choice to their Wing commanders. As of right now, I'm no longer required to wear my service uniform on Mondays. Instead I get to wear my ABUs/Flight Suit. Now they just need to extend some of the uniform requirements out of the Air Force-level 36-2903 clothing reg and give the MAJCOMs/wings more say in what their airmen wear. I miss my shiny black boots and squadron t-shirts for aircrew. Now I won't even be wearing the boots on Mondays with my blues.
  9. One of the first things to go in a Fight/Flight scenario is your reasoning ability. People train over and over so that they react with the correct response when there isn't any time to think about your actions. In the video, you can see that the pilot does all manner of things to help get them safely to the ground, but doesn't say anything. When the backseater starts bugging him about the engine fire, the pilot's 10 steps ahead and tells the WSO "Shut up, I got it." Which is really bad juju, but sometimes necessary when the extra chatter is hurting the situation. Mad props to the pilot for having massive Situational/spacial awareness and getting the plane back to the airfield instead of ditching it and letting it burn a hole into a neighborhood. About the accident itself: Bird strikes do happen, occasionally. But something like this is extremely rare. A flock like this is what took down an E-3 AWACS with all crew aboard in Alaska, and the same kind of flock was the cause of the Hudson Bay landing. Even taking something as small as a Sparrow to the engine is cause to turn around right there. It's a moment of terror when you hear someone on the flight deck say "Bird..." on takeoff, and relief when the rest of that sentence is "...low, no factor."
  10. Heh. I'm AJsarge, NC, Mattherson. Running with the Blue Lions.
  11. Well that solves that problem. I picked up a Sig Sauer 516 (Not to be confused with the HK 416) the other day. $1,250 for a $1,650 weapon. $550 for an EOtech 517, $365 for 1,000rds .223, another $150 or so for magazines, and $650 for a safe. Which I have yet to be called that they've pulled it out of the warehouse...so I've got the rifle stashed a bit oddly. Now to go to the range and shoot it.
  12. If the offer still stands for the DPMS in trade, find out the exact model. Go online and search for how much new/used cost. Add in any accessories that have been added to the rifle, and get a good estimate for it before you agree. Also, think about the transfer. Look at your local state laws to make sure everything is legal.
  13. The setting looks good, and it'll be cool to see the entire storyline. Naughty Dog were the developers of Uncharted, and this looks like it's shaping up to be a similar game style. Which isn't bad. I'm looking forward to it.
  14. AJsarge

    Halo 4

    I have. It was good.
  15. AJsarge

    Halo 4

    Seeing as it is now released in the majority of the US... I'm getting it just to play the campaign and see the continuation of the very awesome backstory/universe Bungie (and now 343 Industries) has created. There's no way I'm stepping foot near the multiplayer. Anyone else?
  16. This reminds me of Uncharted a lot. Really nice graphics, 3rd person cover shooting, and crazy action like jumping onto a falling spaceship while 1,000's of feet underground while parts fall off at just the right moment after you no longer need them... I bet it'll be fun. Who're the developers?
  17. If you're ever on PS2, look me up. I'm AJsarge on Thebe.
  18. My 3-screen setup failed last night. If you were around for the short bit where I complained about my screens flashing/resetting and the computer needing a reboot, this was the cause. [The Story] I run a Matrox TripleHead2Go with 3 22" widescreens. I love it, but not everything supports it, so I have to fudge bits and pieces and run games in windowed mode occasionally. Again, the main box for this died last night. I did a troubleshoot and had no idea what was going on. I went all the way to re-installing my GTX 570 drivers on a whim (which was probably needed) when I finally re-plugged the box into a USB port for a firmware update. That's when my computer told me that something was power surging my USB port before shutting it off. Research, research, and I found a solution. [The topic] I need a powered USB hub. All I need is literally 1 port, just so the TH2GO is not sucking power from the computer. I've never used one, as I've got more than enough ports on my computer, so does anyone have a recommended brand/item before I jaunt off to a computer parts store and pick whatever strikes my fancy?
  19. I've listened to an entire black box recording where everybody on board died, while watching footage of that crash. It is not pretty, and I don't ever want to do it again. I'm getting chills and tearing up just thinking about it now. If you think it's funny, awesome, or anything of that nature, you deserve the deepest pit in hell from an executioner who has no mercy. And these stories are proof that the human body is only as weak as you make it. We are capable of surviving the most incredible events and doing things we never knew we could do. Ever hear of the mother who lifted an entire 5,000lb car so her baby could be rescued? Or tornado victims who got carried 5 miles before being dropped and surviving with no injuries?
  20. I bought this a little while ago. It adds a decent amount of Czech weapons, infantry, APCs, IFVs, trucks, and re-uses some of the helicopters and aircraft. On the map side, it's a bit lackluster with summer re-makes of Chernogorsk/zelenogorsk and the NW airfield. Note, these maps are not as big as the full chernarus map, but "Cut-outs" that improve performance at the cost of size (I would have loved to see a full re-hash of the entire chernarus map). Plus, a cut-out of the central-southern area of Takistan. What else... There's a few SP Scenarios added (nothing fancy, but the prototype missions are rather neat) A new Czech campaign including small-unit tactics in sandbox environments. Whether it's worth $10 is up to you. I already have it and I can't complain.
  21. I've always enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean movies for their music. But, I'm also biased for them since I got to play a compilation at a concert a few years ago. Much fun was to be had while playing it live. Then there's all the Japanese Animation that I've been hooked on recently, and a lot of that has very well done soundtracks.
  22. My take on shepard's/cottage pie: Popcorn Chicken, cheddar mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, and cheese on top. I learned to make it after my high school served it one day. Just make one huge batch, separate into small containers, and re-heat each individually. Probably more starch and nonsense in there than you really need. When traveling, I frequently use the plane's oven (an 8"L x 7"W x 8"T convection oven) to make chicken fajitas. Or if I'm lazy, just a can of Chef Boyardee. When not traveling, I've got a handful of recipes for homemade salsa, simple chili, and whatever I can throw together out of the leftovers and boxed meals I can scrounge together.
  23. I had the pleasure of listening to the local F-22s "playing" today over the radio. Now I just wish someone would make a modern video like that (there's an old one I've seen) for the C-17s and you'd be able to see just how awesome it can get without having afterburners and sidewinders.
  24. AJsarge

    A-10C Solo AAR

    A-10C 100% Gas Armament: 4xAGM-65 mavericks, 6xMK-82 500lb bombs, 1xGBU-12 500lb LGBs, 1xGBU-38 500lb JDAMs, 2xAIM-9 sidewinders 1 Wingman equipped the same Planned events: Take off from runway Rendezvous with KC-135 tanker Texaco 11 AR until low fuel RTB Actual Events: Starting at Senaki on the runway, I took a moment to set the dials and switches as I needed. By default, the game doesn't set many switches to on/operate when you start on the runway. Thus, I set them there before getting airborne. End result, I sat on the runway for a minute setting switches before takeoff. Engine runup, everything went smoothly into rollout with the wingman following in formation. As I rotated at the end for takeoff, my left engine catches on fire/explodes/bird strike and promptly becomes useless. This is where things split... Attempt 1: T-handle pull, extinguisher discharge, and check for smoke. None. Sweet. I'm sitting at 129kts, so I pull up the gear to lessen drag. Even with that, I'm either losing altitude or slowing down. Seeing it as unable to maintain, I throw the gear out and try to stabilize my descent to put it down in a field just off the end of the runway. I land hard, possibly with the main gear still retracted, and come to a sliding halt still alive. Attempt 2: Restarting and taking control through the "watch track" option, I know the failure is coming. Right after takeoff: T-handle pull, extinguisher discharge, and check for smoke. None. Sweet. This time, I jettison my bombs/mavericks into an empty field and that gives me just enough lift to hold altitude and still gain speed. After a while I manage to start a slow climb, and I'm starting to think about returning to base. I bring it around, pull up the runway on the nav screen, and do my best to line it up for approach with only one engine (note: I had tried to restart it in the air, but that failed). My AI wingman follows me in all the way, and I have to work to keep him from running me over while landing at the same time. As I'm trying to bleed speed off to drop the flaps and gear, I discover that my speed brakes won't deploy under normal and backup switches. I idle the remaining engine, add pitch, and before I know it the jet turns into a winged brick. I add power, but it's not enough to get my flight path back onto the runway. Note here: I'm fighting my AI wingman's proximity, asymmetrical trust, lack of speed brakes, single engine worth of power, yaw/roll trim, slow gear (possibly linked with SB and #1 hydro failure), and a bird that simply doesn't want to fly any more. I hit dirt about 100 yards from the approach end, bounce, hit 50 yards from the end with the engine power coming back in causing me to nearly dip a wing into the ground, bounce again, and stick to the runway with #1 spooling down (I'm going nearly sideways at this point) and a ton of rudder to get me lined up. Pointing straight down the runway on all wheels, I start applying brakes, and stop part way down to roll off onto the taxiway where I shut down and take a breather. Lessons learned: - Single engine can support fuel or payload, not both - Idle engine before T-handle if not swamped with altitude/speed requiring immediate attention - Learn how to fuel dump if possible to help with weight - tell the wingman to F off and anchor here before trying to do an emergency landing - Write an AAR immediately after an event, not 6 hours later, not after you've played another game, and not when you are ready to pass out on the floor at any given moment.
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