YouknowBattlefield 3 better than you knew William Shatner's music career after that ill-advised afternoon on Wikipedia. You've seen it all laid bare. Locations, classes, even lighting technology – you name it. There's just one thing missing from that equation: the, er, game. But hey, what's this nestled behind the break? Oh, DICE, you shouldn't have! No, seriously, you shouldn't have thrown all this extra garbage atop what should've been a perfectly servicable gameplay trailer. Oh well, it's still pretty impressive. Check out the full thing after the break.
We mostly loved Mirror's Edge, and – given the chance to iron out the kinks (read: tell the combat to take a long, particularly unpleasant hike) – we were certain DICE would knock a sequel right out of the park. Unfortunately, it looks like the Mirror's Edge franchise didn't look before it leaped, and now it's down and out for good.
Ok, atthis rate, you'll have enough information to construct and release your own Battlefield 3 by the end of the week. Even so, compared to everything so far, this is pretty much the BF3 Bible. Game Informer's latest issue ran a blowout on the game, you see, and the Internet immediately devoured it and gained its knowledge. That should be absolutely terrifying, but look! Battlefield 3!
You're starved for Battlefield 3 information. We get that. DICE cryptically whispered the game's name and then dove back into the shadows, so it's only natural that you'd want answers. Unfortunately, after a weekend on the streets attempting to hunt down the slippery developer, we were informed that it's based in Sweden, rendering our entire search (and unwarranted beating of a few tight-lipped citizens) futile. So then we spent a few minutes on the Internet and found this stuff.
After years of exotic murder vacations that took us everywhere from the future to a cartoon that may have tried to rob us, Battlefield's finally finished playing around. Battlefield 3 is as real as can be, and – straight from DICE's mouth – it's launching this fall. Click past the break to read all about it!
IT pros notched another year of nearly flat salaries under their belts and on average generated salary increases of less than 1 percent ($73,384 from $78,845 in 2009), according to a new survey by technology and engineering career website Dice.com.
On the bright side, 49 percent of those surveyed said they received a raise in 2010, up from 36 percent in 2009. In addition, companies doled out bonuses to 29 percent of respondents in 2010 compared to 24 percent in 2009.
The result of all this is that half of the respondents said they were either "somewhat" or "very satisfied" over their pay, a slight increase from 46 percent in 2009, but employers shouldn't be content with this. Almost 40 percent said they believe they would get a bigger salary by switching employers in 2011.
"Companies can no longer get away with paltry salary increases for their technology staffs based on the demand we are seeing for talent," said Tom Silver, SVP, North America at Dice. "The moderate increases in satisfaction levels indicate that tech professionals’ concerns are being heard by some companies, but certainly not all. Retention is the key to driving additional contributions to the business from technology staffs. Employers that are reluctant to increase compensation or step-up retention efforts will likely pay for their unsatisfactory ways."
For those just getting into the IT field, average salaries are lower for professionals with less than two years experience, dropping 6 percent below their peak average in 2008. Learning Oracle could help with this, as Dice noted that Oracle experience was requested in more than 15,000 job postings on any given day.
While previous non-spin-off entries in DICE's massive, far-from-passive war shooter series have understandably stuck to their PC roots, it appears that times have changed. After all, we're talking about a console generation that can produce 256-player FPSes here, so it only makes sense that DICE wouldn't hesitate to spread the wealth. Fear not, however, longtime Battlefield supporters, as the developer certainly hasn't forgotten about you.
“It will not be exclusive,” tweeted Battlefield 3 lead designer David Goldfarb. “We are putting special effort into the PC version, even for us, it's extraordinary.”
If DICE's track record with games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 is any indication, Goldfarb's promises aren't just empty words. Now then, if we could just get him to give us something other than words – maybe some screenshots, details, or a quick video of him running around with his arms in the air, pretending to be one of the game's airplanes. At this point, we'll take anything!
As we all know, the desire to wage war and blow your enemies to bloody confetti on a large scale is a perfectly natural human impulse. The only thing holding most people back? Money. Yep, nowadays, massive weapon payloads and small armies are prohibitively expensive, so what's an average, empty pocketed Joe (or Joette) like yourself supposed to do to satisfy your average dark, bestial bloodlusts? Battlefield Heroes? No, no. We know kittens who are grittier than that game. Fortunately, this is where Battlefield Play4Free comes in.
In a nutshell, the horrifically titled game mixes Battlefield Bad Company 2's weapon and class system with Battlefield 2's most popular maps, and then wraps it all up in a free-to-play browser-based package. A match made in heaven? Perhaps, depending on your tolerance for – you guessed it – microtransactions.
Now, if you'd rather not spend your hard-earned cash until the game becomes BattlefieldPlay4YourHouseAndYourSonsCollegeFundYouMonster, you'll have BFBC 2's XP system to keep you company. Same classes, same unlocks, etc. Meanwhile, microtransactions won't give deep-pocketed players too much of an edge. Rather, they'll offer slight tweaks and weapons that allow you to play your class differently – but not necessarily better.
If, however, you love BFBC 2 so much that you did, in fact, marry it and can no longer touch another game without tarnishing your holy matrimony, DICE has also announced VIP Map Pack 7. It's composed of four maps, two of which hail from the first Bad Company – all of which are completely free to PC players.
Seriously though, DICE, what's with all the presents? We definitely appreciate them, but is there something else at play here? Some kind of special occasion, maybe?
If you've somehow managed to avoid the avalanche of controversy pouring down on Medal of Honor, here's the gist: you can play as Taliban in the game's multiplayer. Not “the insurgents.” Not “the guys who look suspiciously like Taliban but totally aren't, no really.” Nope. This time around, Medal of Honor's ripping its inspiration straight from the headlines. That, however, didn't fly with GameStop's stores in military bases.
According to a memo received by Kotaku, the decision to pull the game was made “out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform.”
“As such, GameStop agreed to have all marketing material pulled by noon today and to stop taking reservations. Customers who enter our AAFES stores and wish to reserve Medal of Honor can and should be directed to the nearest GameStop location off base,” it read.
“GameStop fully supports AAFES in this endeavor and is sensitive to the fact that in multiplayer mode one side will assume the role of Taliban fighter.”
Usually, this is where we make some kind of opinionated and – we like to think – well-informed comment. However, seeing as we haven't served, we'd like to ask the following question: Men and women in the military, what are your thoughts on this? Is it as touchy of a subject as GameStop makes it out to be? Or is this just another example of political correctness gone too far?
Hell, it's about time. Wait, wrong game. Still though, Battlefield 2 came out before Twitter or Facebook hit it big, the iPhone became the tech toy everyone loves to hate but still owns anyway, and even before this snazzy, updated-on-a-regular-basis version of MPC.com came to be. So, for obvious reasons, it feels like we've torn an eternity's worth of pages from our media-centric calendars while waiting to catch a glimpse of DICE's next non-spinoff Battlefield sequel. Fortunately, the finish line's finally in sight.
Via an announcement about Medal of Honor's Limited Edition, EA gave its first official confirmation of Battlefield 3 – and with it, the Battlefield 3 beta. So, how does one nab a spot in the highly anticipated test? Yes – you, in the back. With the shirt that has “Captain Obvious” written all over it. Buy the Medal of Honor Limited Edition, you say? Why yes, you are correct!
Oddly, the Limited Edition will make the same attack on your warchest – $60 – that the standard edition will, and as a result, seems to be the only version listed by many retailers. Aside from the Battlefield 3 beta key, it also packs a little extra heat in the form of a few bonus weapons.
Really though, if a slightly shinier virtual pistol is a deal-breaker for you over Battlefield 3 beta access, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror, because you do not exist.