In the near western burbs of Chicago, Operations Supply Drop will be hosting an event on Saturday, November 10th. If you are in the area, please consider joining in person or if you are not in the area, you can join in online to support our troops. More info below at Off Duty Gamers:
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followed by 13,000 sq ft in the back which is the Gaming Center,
offering the ultimate gaming experience where you can play on your
choice of gaming systems – Playstation, Wii, XBOX 360 & Kinect, PC
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Mastiff Games and Tenyon Announces - Heavy Fire: Afghanistan
Posted By Blackfive
Mastiff Games is helping with merchandise to promote the Stachebash and Soldiers' Angels so, in the absence of a great review by Off Duty Gamers, here is the trailer and some information on their latest combat game available for PlayStation®3 system, Wii™ and PC, Heavy Fire: Afhghanistan.
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a super fast playing, high-intensity experience set in modern-day Afghanistan. Whether fighting up close and personal with guns and grenades, raining down fire from a helicopter or laying waste with a main battle tank, Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is all about constant, edge-of-the-seat action and beautiful graphics combined with straightforward, intuitive controls to give hardcore gamers and novices an immediately fun, pickup-and-play experience.
24 high-action missions
More than 60 awards, ranks, and equipment upgrades
Leaderboard to see how you stack up
1-4 players, cooperative play
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is rated “Teen” by the ESRB and is set for national release in early November. Pre-order is available at participating retailers.
About Mastiff: Mastiff is a leading publisher of games on all platforms including those from Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Nintendo and mobile devices including iPhone, iPad and Android as well as online gaming. Mastiff has offices in San Francisco, Florida, New York and Tokyo. Titles include the hit Remington Super Slam hunting series, the critically acclaimed RELOAD tactical shooting simulation and the smash hit Deer Drive.For more information please visit www.mastiff-games.com.
About Teyon: Headquartered in Krakow, Poland, Teyon is a leading developer andpublisher of interactive entertainment for all platforms. With sister offices in Lodz and Tokyo, the company employs over 60 people to develop and launch titles worldwide using proprietary cross-platform technology. In addition to the Heavy Fire series, Teyon titles include the Linda Hyde series, 1001 Touch Games, Mini Golf Resort and KidFit. For more information, visit www.teyon.com.
Controversial "Medal of Honor" video game reviewed by Off Duty Gamers
Posted By Blackfive
Our friends at Off Duty Gamers reviewed the single player version of Electronic Arts "Medal of Honor". I'm a fan of the series, but don't play the modern era games (stick to WWII). This version has been controversial for the ability to play as a Taliban in multi-player mode and kill GIs. That part has changed - now you can kill GIs anonymously instead of as a Talib. That's not supposed to be a joke, and it is typical (playing as a Russian or a German, etc) of combat games where you can have dozens of players fighting it out on various maps.
...From the military gamer perspective I say you’re going to like Medal of Honor and you’re going to appreciate what went into the details to remain faithful to those who serve. There’s going to be a lot of other opinions out there, some tinged with political ideology, preconceived notions of what the real military is like or flat out wrong assumptions based on Hollywood or other games. The ultimate review is the one you give but remember, some of what Medal of Honor excels at isn’t about the ‘game’ any more than the actual ‘Medal of Honor’ is about an ‘award’...
And as for the realism of the game:
...EA even went to the level where if you’re standing next to the guy on coms talking you not only hear the transmission (in your virtual ear) but his voice as well...
Got this message from a good friend starting a new project. OffDutyGamers.com is a portal that focuses on video game reviews, news
and technical assistance that's by military and for military (ie. no 12 year old experts commenting on the games realism):
ALLCON: The concept is pretty simple and goes like this. A lot of games in the console and PC market are either directly or indirectly military related yet the primary people who would know this genre best are the least polled or heard from.
In a time when gaming has gotten very realistic it is time for those of us who know the material to have a place to go and be among our own community. The site will cover things such as:
- Game reviews (normal areas like graphics, performance story) but also adds tactical ability, weapon realism, historical accuracy, military-life realism etc.
- Articles on tactics that might be able to be employed in games, CQC techniques, Room clearing, playing WITH other players (no man is an army of 1!)
- Forums that are FOR veterans and active military, policed by veterans
- Giveaways that not only appeal to military gamers but also act as a small THANK YOU for your service
- Support for OUR community like working to get items to Wounded Warriors as they recover or sending items to the deployed troops to let them enjoy R&R a little better
- Provide future military technical advisers and beta testing to game companies as they build the next generation military games in order to provide guidance and feedback
I'm putting this all together and a small team is emerging but I DEFINITELY could use more interested volunteers so if you're a military gamer, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Paratrooper and Army Officer, "Blackfive" started this blog upon learning of the valorous sacrifice of a friend that was not reported by the journalist whose life he saved. Email: blackfive AT gmail DOT com
Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, Jim Hanson ("Uncle Jimbo") is now focused on writing about the military, politics, intelligence operations and foreign policy. Email: jimbo AT unclejimbo DOT com
Writer, photographer, and raconteur C. Blake Powers is the Laughing Wolf. He is independent in politics and covers topics including journalism, military, weapons, preparedness, space, science, cooking, food and wine, product and book reviews, and even spirituality. Email: wolf1 AT laughingwolf DOT net Laughing Wolf's Amazon Wish List
Bill Paisley, otherwise known as Pinch, is a 22 year (ongoing) active and
reserve naval aviator. He blogs over at www.instapinch.com on a veritable
cornucopia of various and sundry items and will bring a tactical naval
aviator's perspective to Blackfive. Readers be warned: any comments of or
about the F-14 Tomcat will be reverential and spoken in low, hushed tones.
Email: wpaisley AT comcast DOT net
Mr. Wolf has over 26 years in the Army, Army NG, and USAR. He’s Airborne with 5 years as an NCO, before becoming an officer. Mr. Wolf has had 4 company commands. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. He recently served 22 straight months in Kuwait and Iraq, in Intel, PA, and senior staff of MNF-I. Mr. Wolf is now an IT executive. He is currently working on a book on media and the Iraq war. Functional gearhead.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
Email: TheDOTMrDOTWolfAT gmail DOT com
Deebow is a Staff Sergeant and a Military Police Squad Leader in the Army National Guard. In a previous life, he served in the US Navy. He has over 19 years of experience in both the Maritime and Land Warfare; including deployments to Southwest Asia, Thailand, the South Pacific, South America and Egypt. He has served as a Military Police Team Leader and Protective Services Team Leader and he has served on assignments with the US State Department, US Air Force Security Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He recently spent time in Afghanistan working with, training and fighting alongside Afghan Soldiers and is now focused on putting his 4 year Political Science degree to work by writing about foreign policy, military security policy and politics.
McQ has 28 years active and reserve service. Retired. Infantry officer. Airborne and Ranger. Consider my 3 years with the 82nd as the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. Interests include military issues and policy and veteran's affairs.
Email: mcq51 -at - bellsouth -dot- net
Tantor is a former USAF navigator/weapon system officer (WSO) in F-4E Phantoms who served in the US, Asia, and Europe. He is now a curmudgeonly computer geek in Washington, DC, picking the taxpayers pocket. His avocations are current events, aviation, history, and conservative politics.
Twenty-three years of Active and Reserve service in the US Army in SF (18B), Infantry and SOF Signal jobs with operational deployments to Bosnia and Africa. Since retiring he's worked as Senior Defense Analyst on SOF and Irregular Warfare projects and currently ensconced in the emerging world of Cyberspace.
Major Pain --
A Marine who began his blog in Iraq and reflects back on what he learned there and in Afghanistan. To the point opinions, ideas and thoughts on military, political and the media from One Marine’s View. Email: onemarinesview AT yahoo DOT com
Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
COB6 spent 24 years in the active duty Army that included 5 combat tours with service in the 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Group . COB6 was enlisted (E-7) and took the OCS route to a commission. COB6 retired a few years back as a field grade Infantry officer.
Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.