Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Sergeant Jamison reporting for duty...
I've become some-what addicted to a computer game I got for Christmas from my brother.
Though, it isn't like other computer games in that once you "beat it" you forget it.
I am playing Battlefield 2... a sequeal (of sorts) to Battlefield 1942. It is, in its most basic terms, a war game. Set in present day. Teams compose of Americans, Middle Eastern folks, and China. The difference in this game and other computer games is that this game was entirely designed to be played online, against real people. It has a "single player mode" but the enemy is stupid and the maps are limited. They say the SP mode is just to "practice" in.
In some shape or form, this game makes its way into my dreams almost every night (of course I play it everyday) and there is just something cool about playing against (or teaming up with) REAL people around the world. I'll never think that a computer enemy is 'smart' again. Of course the smack talk to real people is fun too. Add in a microphone and headphones when joining a squad and youll feel like you are really in a battle (and a big time geek, but a geek having alot of fun).
This game allows one to do almost anything youve ever wanted to do in a game. If you see a jeep, jump in it and drive it. See a helicopter, take off in it, jet, tank, humvee, anti-aircraft gun, etc... if it shoots or moves, pick it up! Even better, if you chose to be an ant-tank specialists, and you see where a medic died below your feet, pick up his gear and use it instead.... However, if you want to be a sniper, find a nice hiding spot and pick them off.
But the real clencher... Ranks.
Your online stats are recorded on EAs servers. The more and better you play, the higher you are ranked. Im not JUST talking about your ranks as in "number one" (I am ranked at somewhere in the 385,000th place in the world, not too bad) but you get real marine rankings. You start off as a private of course. I am now a sergeant because my teamwork score and my combat score have reached a certain level. Even cooler is that during battle, if you perform certain tasks or are an outstanding soldier, you get ribbons, medals, etc... all of which stay on your record.
Care to see my up-to-date stats?
3 sad things about this:
1) I leave work every day at around 2 or 3pm. Go to a friends office and he and I get on the same team on some gaming server and 'rock the house' as they said in the 80s.
2) We, meaning he and I, two adults, have real discussions about which weapons we will unlock when we reach a certain score. We research these weapons and talk with others who may have an opinion on them.
3) there are 16, 17, and 18 year olds who dedicate their lives to a sport and become world-famous in the olympics. I am almost 30 and about 56 people know me as the guy who hosted wrestling matches in his dorm room.