Sunday, 4 December 2011

Battlefield 3 Review

Battlefield 3 is the long awaited sequel in the Battlefield series.  EA and Dice have teamed up and with the new Frostbite 2 engine and I could not wait for it to be released.

I've been playing it for awhile now so this review comes from hours of gameplay. Lots of people have slated the single player in BF3, but there are some great levels worth playing.  One such is  Going Hunting, it is beautiful and great to play. You take on the role of weapons office of a carrier jet. It's a joy to be in the back seat of a jet responsible for gunning down or launching missiles at baddies.  In my own opinion I liked the single player campaign, my only problem was it was too short.

Everyone agrees multiplayer is the best part of Battlefield 3. It's amazing, fast paced awesome FPS.  With Frostbite 2 and HD textures the look and feel of multiplayer is breathtaking.  The first thing EA and Dice got right with Battlefield 3 are the soldier classes.  Assault;   The assault class carries a variety of assault weapons and has merged with the medic.  It's a great all around kit, and I use it on Operation Metro.
Engineer;  Rocket Launchers, Mines, Repair and more types of Rocket Launchers. My favourite weapon for Engineer is the Scar-H with the IRNV (infrared) scope to kill the campers hiding nearby and spot the recon in the buildings.  I use Engineer with Damavand Peak, Caspian Border, Operation Firefight, Kharg Island  and  Nosharh Canal because mines and rockets are so fun.  Support; Sometimes I use Support in Operation  Metro but I love using Claymores on the Grand Bazaar map.  I also use Support on the Seine with the Mortar.

Co-Op play.  Well finally game makers have seen the light of Halo and added some Co-Op play.
In Battlefield 3 there are separate Co-Op missions to play either with a friend or  in Public mode they will match make a game for you.  I enjoy the Co-Op play but it's limited to 2 players.  EA and Dice go back and play lots of Halo and realize we should be able to play the whole single player game with 4 of our friends cooperatively.

I've read the Andy McNab got involved with Battlefield 3.  You couldn't get a better consultant than
ex SAS.  I've read his books which i recommend to everyone. I am glad to see them bring in a real warrior on this game.

If you buy this game purely for the multiplayer then you are guaranteed a great ride in FPS.  It's fast and furios.  There are the classic big Battlefield maps with tanks, helicopters, jets etc. And their are some amazing close combat maps.  I can't wait for back to Karkand. My Xbox live handle is wingdisc, if you see me in game give me a medic pack or some ammo.

PS
For the coolest Battlefield 3 videos on youtube check out http://www.youtube.com/user/fhrope





Sunday, 10 July 2011

Is something magical happening at Google?

Google has been very busy, +1 and Google Plus. Blogger and Gmail have been given a facelift. If only I could update my 59 year old appearance so easily outside of Photoshop.

Google Plus seems to have gone public now. Google products always felt like they were made by engineers for engineers, Plus seems to have some user experience magic to it. I like how Plus uses Circles to organize people.  I have set up a circle of people I play games with on Xbox Live. I have some regulars from twitter in another Circle, and a family Circle. Other than that I am playing with learning about Google Plus.

Will Plus l have an effect on Twitter?  Google Plus has a FriendFeed feel to it.  Yes you have more options than FriendFeed, I can see people sharing things in a more focused, personal way with Plus rather than Twitter.

What about Google Buzz?  Google Buzz certainly had it's problems, it invaded our Gmail among other things, which were fixed. At least Plus is part of my Google experience, but it does not dip into my Gmail like Buzz did. What I do like about Buzz and hope they bring into Plus is integration with Blogger.  It was great to see my blog titles with the first paragraph automatically show up in Buzz.  It worked great.  I suppose they will phase out Buzz in the near future, once people adapt to Plus.

Will Plus take out Facebook? No, some of my friends or family members will never ever go to Plus.  They are still struggling with Gmail. Plus loads of my friends on Facebook play games together.

Google Plus will be very popular with the Gmail crowd for sure. My friends are excited about it. Let's hope Google doesn't Wave good bye to Plus.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

How to opt out of Facebook's facial recognition

As usual with Facebook you have to opt out of privacy invading features.  If you don't want photos of you or ones that look like you automatically tagged as you, follow these simple steps. Go to your account, privacy settings, then customise settings. Under "things others share" look at suggest photos of me to friends, and edit the settings. When you edit the settings you  will see the description of the feature "when photos look like me suggest tagging them"  Just disable this and good luck till next time on Facebook.


Although I love what Facebook does with helping me stay in touch and friends and family. They really need to announce these kind of new features, educate the user and then allow people to opt in.  Facial recognition unknowingly thrust upon the public is scary.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Import your blog into Facebook

Facebook notes allows you to import your blog or any rss feed into Facebook.  Bringing your blog into a personal page is quite easy.  But If you have a personal facebook page and a fan or “like” facebook page it can be confusing as to which feed comes into which set of pages,  you personal page, or fan page. 

Start by importing a blog into you personal facebook page.  In facebook search for the notes application.







Thursday, 24 March 2011

Motion capture, basic post processing

Arri Prime Lens

Arri Prime Lens by wingdisk
Arri Prime Lens, a photo by wingdisk on Flickr.

The beautiful Red One with an Arri Prime lents

Monday, 21 February 2011

Scott Sigler's Ancestor

Ancestor, a Scott Sigler book about the ultimate bio engineering feat. A creature that can provide organ transplants for humankind.  With a company run by a psychopath, the genius scientist behind the project gone mad long ago, what could go wrong? In this case, the dark vision of Scott Sigler unleashes The Ancestor on us. One hell of a ride with some very scary monsters. Another brilliant story the master of high tech horror.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Stereoscopic Video


3DRig.jpg
Originally uploaded by wingdisk
Here is our beam splitter rig at Brunel.