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Entered on: November 23, 2009 10:03 AM by RobotSpider

I guess this one is for Ross only, since all you other bitches won't play MW2 with us... Really, I think most of you would like it. Every game, you unlock something worth smiling or laughing at.  Half of them are 'good' (most headshots, etc.) and the rest are things like "spent the most time in one place", "spent the most time prone" (Bunky, I'm looking at you :P)  Really, if you haven't tried it, you should.

That said, Ross, here's a link that explains 'prestige' mode that I mentioned last night.  Basically, it's for bragging rights.  And you also unlock some additional things only available after you prestige X number of times.

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From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 23, 2009 10:13 AM

Tried it and I believe my "meh" has already been duly noted.

From: Ross Entered on: November 23, 2009 3:13 PM

Interesting, Spider.  I didn't know about prestige mode, even from the original game.  I can't imagine I'll do it, though, unless my play improves significantly (though curbing alcohol consumption during play should help with that). 

From: RobotSpider Entered on: November 24, 2009 9:34 AM

Too bad you weren't on last night.  I was on FIRE.  Unlocked a bunch of shit.  I have to say, you should use the heartbeat sensor.  It's not fool-proof, but it gives you a good idea when there's someone around the corner or you're being surrounded.  Very helpful for domination.

From: Heather Entered on: November 24, 2009 11:50 AM

Robot, no need to encourage Ross to play MORE MW2!

From: Ross Entered on: November 24, 2009 2:17 PM

Yeah I should give the heartbeat sensor a fairer shake.  I always unlock it and never really use it - always seemed to me that by the tiem you noticed somebody in close proximity on it, it'd be too late. 

From: Bunky Entered on: November 24, 2009 2:44 PM
Robot, are you making fun of my lack lustre gaming skills? I have COD 4, Modern Warfare 1, whatever... Since I have no true gaming skills, starting off with a sling shot and marshmellow blow gun while everyone else is flying helicopters and dropping bombs does not seem appealing. I hated the first one for that reason...
From: RobotSpider Entered on: November 25, 2009 7:17 AM


You're right, and I'm sorry :)  Though I do have to say, when I play with Ross, I don't get nearly as upset as when I play by myself.  He sort of takes the pressure off me to be upset about my playing.


Yeah, having to unlock stuff can be a pain, but it's also a great reason to keep playing.  It's not like the starting weapons are bad, they just don't have all the goodies--goodies that aren't really necessary.  And because there's so much to unlock, it doesn't take a lot to unlock anything. Most of the goals are pretty reasonable.


Trust me, no one understands angry gaming like I do.  It can be frustrating at time, but I still feel less frustration with MW2 than I have with a lot of other games.  It's the little things that make it work it--like hiding on top of that shack last night.  Two guy kept coming up that ladder--three times each--before they finally figured out they should toss a grenade up.  I just kept moving relative to the ladder.  Every time they came the ladder and didn't see me right away, I killed them.  I'm sure they were frustrated, but THEY were the ones that kept climbing the same ladder, expecting a different outcome!  What we need to do is get a larger group we can play with regularly to work on some strategies.  But clearly we won't find that group here :)

From: Ross Entered on: November 25, 2009 9:44 AM

I don't know what my problem is lately.  I was blaming a couple drinks for my temper and bad play, but apparently that's not at all necessary for me to go off my rocker. 

Usually when I have a good night at MW, I am not doing it by virtue of superior reaction time or targeting.  I'm usually just being smarter than the average player.  If I get killed twice in a row in the same place or by the same guy, I go somewhere else or try a different route.  Likewise, if I kill a guy twice while I'm in the same place, I'll leave that area knowing he might be angry (like me) and wanting to hunt me down.  But the past few nights, I just haven't been thinking clearly for whatever reason.  Time to take stock and re-evaluate. :)

From: Bunky Entered on: November 28, 2009 7:57 PM

Robot, I am testing the MW waters this weekend... We'll see how it goes...

From: RobotSpider Entered on: November 30, 2009 12:03 PM

You know, the other night,  you made the comment about "...been playing like shit since... well, since you started playing with me, Robot."  I laughed it off as a joke at first (even though I sensed it was only about 51% joke :P ).  But the more I think about it, we do a fair bit of non-game chat while we play.  Not at much as SOME people, but we do a bit.  That's usually enough to keep me from really concentrating on playing which, at least in MW2, does translate into frustration, but definitely affects my score.  Maybe we should try to keep chatter to a minimum during a match, or at least keep it game-relevant chatter. I certainly won't be offended, and it'll probably help my game. 

And before I get the "only a game", "too serious", etc comments, I figure if I'm going to play a game, I might as well play it to win.  If I don't, that's fine, but other people are maximizing their chances (team tactics, etc.), so why shouldn't I?  I have found, the few times I've played by myself, that I have longer streaks, a LOT fewer deaths, and generally end up on the upper half of the scoreboard.

Can't hurt to try.

From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 30, 2009 1:38 PM

Er ner!  Did Spider just tell Bunky to shut her pie hole and play?  HA HA HA!!!

That's ok!  You can always come back to Halo/Gears and talk about the beaners with me, Bunky!  Does COD even have a diddle technique, Bunky?  The players always look like they're running around like nervous squirrels to me...

From: RobotSpider Entered on: November 30, 2009 1:45 PM

CoD has a GREAT diddle technique, Zilla! You can even lay down on 'em and give 'em the sweet, sweet lovin'! 

Take yer time, oooohhhh, yeah, jus' like 'at.  Maybe you likes to whisper sweet sumpins in their ear...

From: RobotSpider Entered on: November 30, 2009 1:47 PM

And I'm not saying the chatter doesn't have its place.  Last night's Halo was a blast for just that reason.  I believe I told one guy he should change his name to Black Boomhaur because I didn't understand a damned word he said the whole match. 

From: Bunky Entered on: November 30, 2009 2:11 PM
Robot, I played like shit long before you came along! Jack, asking for clarification when told to take the Big Black Thing down is not chatter! If you weren't whore-ing it up on Rock Band, you would know there was no chatting the first half of MW 4.2!
From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 30, 2009 2:29 PM

i'm waiting for LEGO COD4.5:MW2

From: RobotSpider Entered on: December 1, 2009 7:23 AM

I would LOVE me some LEGO CoD4.5:MW2.1--The Re-unassembling.

From: Ross Entered on: December 2, 2009 9:36 AM

I don't know what was going on with my box last night but I locked up twice so badly that I couldn't even turn my box off!  The second time it was at the beginning of my last game anyway so I just said F it and unplugged it and went to bed.  Beyond that, I'm still playing like garbage. 

Am I getting worse or are the other players getting better?

From: Jackzilla Entered on: December 2, 2009 11:40 AM
Ross said:


Am I getting worse or are the other players getting better?

More of the chitlins have saved up enough to buy it and are getting on...

From: Ross Entered on: December 2, 2009 1:19 PM

F the chits!

From: Jackzilla Entered on: December 2, 2009 5:16 PM
Ross said:

F the chits!

That's Bunky's motto!

From: RobotSpider Entered on: December 3, 2009 8:41 AM

Keep in mind, Ross, we've both been unlocking new weapons and experimenting with new combinations and such.  Maybe you should go back to your favorite weapon/perks for a little while to get the mojo back?  I don't actually see anything wrong with your playing.

I may have mentioned this before, but my wife often says to me during a gaming-siezure: "What, you want to win every game, all the time, with no deaths?" 

Uh, yeah.  That's the point :)

From: Ross Entered on: December 3, 2009 8:50 AM

No, I just want a 1.0+ Kill/Death ratio every game, that's all. :)  I rarely seem to get them anymore, and when I do, it's usually only just, whereas I have many games where my ratio seems more like 0.5.  That's really what tends to piss me off.  Don't get me wrong, I get annoyed when someone outplays/kills me consistently, but I get much more angry at myself for playing poorly.  It's the main reason I will never be a golfer or a bowler.

From: Bunky Entered on: December 3, 2009 9:11 PM

Jack, aren't you going to post how sweet your newest game, Lego Rock Band is?

From: Jackzilla Entered on: December 3, 2009 11:24 PM


From: Ross Entered on: December 4, 2009 8:44 AM

Is that the Zanzibar level in Halo?

From: Jackzilla Entered on: December 4, 2009 11:46 AM

Yes it is!  Check it out!

From: RobotSpider Entered on: December 8, 2009 11:11 AM

Found another feature of MW2 that's pretty sweet.  So, in Halo, you can hit the [back] button to bring up the score list with all the players, then select a player, then mute them.  Problem is, you're screwed if someone finds you while you're doing that.

In MW2, if you hit the [back] button, it brings up the same info. Using the DPAD, you can select a player and just hit [A]--it toggles mute on and off.  The really sweet thing is, if you need to move or shoot while this screen is up, you still can!  Nice.  I got a kill that way yesterday while muting my entire team.  Dude came around the corner and KAPOW! 200 rounds of ammo later, I got the kill!  (Yeah, my aim is THAT good--suck it.)

From: Ross Entered on: December 8, 2009 1:57 PM

Yeah, I don't think I knew that - but I will say that the mute feature is quick and easy and a godsend in MW2.  I can't tell you how many times I happily mute some chattering chitlin.  I often throw in a snide comment about how much I enjoy muting them, just before hitting mute so that I can stay blissfully ignorant of their retort. 

One of the best aspects of the game. :)


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