Watch this.

Then uncheck everything except the United States. Compare that with the fatalities from other countries. See a pattern?

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That’s the Gap?!

Check out this graph! (Source) This is what the Comcast-AT&T duopoly is doing the country! We need more options! People say “vote with your dollars” but we can’t: it’s either dial-up (shudder) or Comcast or AT&T, and maybe some other company if you’re very, very lucky. Some of us, such as at my dad’s house, don’t even have the option of AT&T and are forced to either use Comcast (which sucks) or find some other obscure connection.

When you do the math, you’ll find that according to that graph, Japan averages $16.50 for a 61Mb/s connection, and the US averages $16 for a 4.8Mb/s connection. This is bad.


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What is wrong with the world?

I’ll just number them:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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Team Fortress 2!

I’ve been playing Team Fortress 2 for a while, and I really like it. I may not always be the top of the board, but I tend to be 2nd or 3rd on a good set of rounds. The classes are very, very well balanced, with every strategy having a counter-strategy. Even if the enemy has 5 fully-upgraded turrets, it is possible to, as a spy, disguise as a member of the opposite team, and take them out without ever being noticed. A disguised spy cannot use any weapons of the class they are disguised as. Using any weapons will undo the disguise, and enemy turrets will once again target the spy.

With the exception of the Pyro’s flamethrower, and maybe some others I’m missing, hitting a spy with your weapon will not undo their disguise. The only way to expose a disguised spy is to do enough damage to kill the spy. If FF is on, this becomes much tricker and riskier. (Friendly fire has since been removed from the game entirely by Valve.)

I like being medic, and helping people who run over to cover while wounded. Invulnerability (called Ãœbercharge) has the potenial to completely change the tide of battle in around 10 seconds.


A heavy, post-kill.

Nice n' dramatic!

I didn't last too long here.

Yes, I believe that is indeed my sapper. Wish it luck!

It looks even better full-size and in-motion. The character shadows are real-time, the colors are vibrant, and the players are carefully shaded to pop out from the background. Your eyes are not fooling you, and players really do have dynamic expressions! This game is amazing!

The inevitable politics.

EDIT: I found a wonderfully done series of TF2 class reviews, with Heavy, Medic, Demoman, and Pyro so far.

EDIT 2:  They’re finished with all the classes now! Here’s Sniper, Engineer, Soldier, Scout, and that annoying Spy.

Oh No…


Edit: Link broken, I don’t know what this was now.

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