5 Things I want to see in Battlefield 5

Battlefield 5


DICE and EA have set a date to announce what we can expect from Battlefield 5 . There have been rumors that it will be a World War 1 game. That would definitely be an interesting move. It would set them apart from Call of Duty, which is going way in the future. I, like many others, are excited to see where Battlefield goes. I would like to see Battlefield 2143, but, would not be opposed to a WW1 game. Making Battlefield a WW1 would be tricky, but, a welcome change from the modern setting. However, there are more aspects of the game DICE should care about. Here’s my list of 5 things I want to see in Battlefield 5


1) It needs to run smooth

Battlefield 4 was terrible at launch. Many players could not play the game. Players experienced frequent crashes, or the could not start the game. Sound bugs were funny at first but got annoying as the months passed. Framerate drops were another common occurrence. People were not having fun and DICE did not properly test the game for this. This lead to many changes and now we have a very stable game. It is fun to play now, but, that first year was awful. It was not a great experience and many players went back to Battlefield 3 until the game was stable. That did happen, fortunately. BF5 needs to be stable. Fewer crashes and bugs need to be the top priority. Players do not forget, nor should they forgive. DICE, be sure this game runs well.

2) Refine the Commander Role

People that loved BF2 were happy that DICE brought back the commander. It was one of the best things about BF2. The problem with the implementation of the commander role in BF4 is it was shallow. It was fun to play for one or two rounds, but, there was no progression system, getting players to follow your orders was difficult… er,  impossible. Most of the community welcomed it back, but, there needs to be a better system in place. I did like BF2 commander role better for one reason, you were not taken out of the battlefield to only stare at a map the whole round. The commander could go fight with his team. Giving it a separate level of progression would be great. A separate progression system done right could make the role an important part of the game. Not an option.

3) Make Titan Mode part of the base game

I never understood why they always left out this mode. It was a great addition and made Battlefield 2142 unique. It was the only game mode I played exclusivity in BF2142. They did bring it back in BF4 if you bought the DLC, I was scratching my head wondering why it took so long to properly carry out it. Done right, it’s a great mode that emphasizes team play and strategy. It was a fun mode and should be a regular in this game. I would rather have titan mode that CTF mode.


4) The Community Maps

This was the best thing to happen to BF4. The community maps were a great addition to the game. Adding a few maps for the community was a great send off and a sorry for the problems we had in the beginning. The problem with DLCs is that it has split-up the community. I would rather have community maps sponsored by a company, then $50 DLC packs that may or may not be good. The other problem with DLCs is it feels like EA pulls content to make people buy them later. Battlefront showed players what a lack of content can do to a make. If you need to make DLCs then make them more cosmetic, or, go back to expansion packs. This would be a better way of handling it. Since we’ve seen how DLCs can split-up the community and kill or almost kill a game (I’m looking at you Titanfall.)

5) Booster Packs

Please, get rid of these. They did not add value to the game and made some attachments hidden behind a wall. I never understood the reason behind these packs. It felt like I was playing a free-to-play game, but, Battlefield is not one. If you must still have them in the game, just make them cosmetic. You could make them your “DLC.” It would also add another revenue stream, and not make the community feel like you are taking advantage of them. This is an idea Value has done. It has worked out well for them, so, why not add a sound business strategy into your game?

Final Thoughts:

I am really excited to see what they do with the Battlefield series. I do think that DICE needs to go back to the basics and understand what made Battlefield great. To me, it is the team play, destruction, and tactics that make Battlefield what it is. Here’re great moments playing Battlefield.

What do you think? What is on your list? Tell me in the comments below!

No Man’s Sky needs no story and Hitman review

No Man's Sky

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No Man’s Sky looks poised to become an incredible game. The tech behind it is worth a playthrough. It is interesting that they went with no story in the game. I agree with their decision to not add a story. The whole point of No Man’s Sky is to explore the universe. A story, no matter how good it would be, is going to get in the way. We will find out if having no story was a wise choice. Doom is coming out soon and adding a permadeath to the hardest level should make it brutal. The game does go back to its roots. They have eliminated regenerating health and brought back the twitch shooting. I am intrigued if this game plays well and is fun. The new episode of Hitman came out recently and it shows how great the franchise can be. This is the best I’ve seen of Hitman in a while. Hitman fans should be delighted. There’s more I talk about in the podcast. Check it out!

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Social Autopsy is bad for business and the web

Social Autopsy

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There’s a new trend going on in tech. It has only recently started in the last 2 years. The need to police speech. Social Autopsy is one of those bad platforms. They claim it’s to keep people “safe,” and making sure people are held accountable for their actions. Except, you can report people anonymously… For business, having your employees on this can be bad. It can hurt your business and maybe keep some bad press. The only solution is to encourage people to have dummy accounts to share their real thoughts without a threat of losing their jobs. In America, we have the first amendment, but we also have people wanting to curb speech. Anything that can be deemed, “hateful,” is silenced. The problem is modern society is so thinned skin. We crave controversy too. It speaks to our lives. We are bored, we hate our lives and try to fill it with the next “outrage.” Unfortunately, businesses can be caught in the middle. Advertising for a popular show that an actor or reality star says something unpopular. Your business could get the public’s ire. On the bright side, there’s more Marketing Blend. Find out more below!

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The problem with The Division and exploits


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Cheating, exploits, hacking, they’re all a part of gaming. The Division has been in the news lately about different exploits. You can do a quick Google search of any game and find companies offering cheats. It’s fine if it’s a single player game, but a multiplayer game can be frustrating. Playing someone that can see through walls or do headshots all the time makes any gamer rage. The problem can be a bad anti-cheating system or a lack of admins. I have never been a fan of anti-cheating programs because they do not work. Using admins can be the best way of combating cheating and they can abuse their power too. The other problem is the gaming industry is doing a bad job of limiting exploits. Every new patch comes with a few more exploits. The cycle never ends and I feel most developers are rushing to get patches out. Maybe they do their best to have quality control. It does seem to be getting worse too. I don’t know if there is an easy answer, but there needs to be better quality control. Find out more about this discussion below.

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Snapchat accused of blackfacing and the age of outrage


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Doing business today can be a complicated mess. That’s not to say it has never been complicated. However, businesses have to be careful about what they say, do, think, feel and place. Even employees have to watch everything they do. Snapchat came under fire today for their “blackface.” Now maybe, it was not the best idea, but if it was in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, then, who is to blame? This is the problem businesses face. As a marketing professional ideas are going to have to be thought about. You are going to have to tear them apart and reassemble them. Find out if there is an “outrage” in your idea. I will say, that you cannot make everyone happy. That does not mean you should not just throw up your hands and do whatever ideas comes from your head.  However, businesses should take risks, but, they should be calculated. Be sure you are equipped to handle the outrage. If you need to, update your crisis communication plan. As the boy scouts always say, “be prepared.” Now, onto the show!

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LinkedIn tries to be cool, podcasts have landed on Google Play Music


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It’s already been an interesting week in tech. We have LinkedIn‘s new app, EFF going after the government, EU fighting with Google and its only Tuesday! I think it’s great to see LinkedIn courting young adults. They really need to figure out a way to convert them over. I know when I was in college, LinkedIn was not a priority. Facebook (because it was still cool) was the priority. Evert college student was on it. Today there are even more choices than I had. I do think LinkedIn can find other ways of courting the younger generation, but this is a good first step. I really hope they push into video and live streaming. I believe they need to find a way to do this if they still want to be relevant. I have said it before, buying Blab is not a bad route to take. Blab has a nice community and it’s geared towards being more professional than the rest. Find out what other tech news I talk about below!

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I talk about my impression of BattleBorn and why people hate

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Games and gender, it’s a tricky subject. Everyone wants to feel like their character is an extension of themselves, but, that means developers have to spend time and resources to make that happen. For big developers, that’s not a problem. For indie developers, that’s time and money being used that could be used for other things. The simple answer is, you are not going to make everyone happy. Rust came under fire for deciding your gender for you. This is an interesting move. I would not have expected a developer to do this. It’s bold, against the norm and people hate it. It’s 2016 people! We hate everything. We get offended about the smallest offenses. It will be interesting to see what happens and if other developers will try this. I was a little upset, then, thought about it, and do not care.

There’s that issue and then there’s BattleBorn. It’s a great game. I am enjoying it. The gameplay is fast, and for the most part, balanced. Listen to my podcast to hear more about BattleBorn.

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My thoughts on Facebook’s Conference and where social is going.


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Welcome to another change is social media. Yes, live streaming is going to be the new “darling” of social media. 2016 is the year that we see brands divert more resources into live streaming. This means most brands cannot sit on the sidelines and watch anymore. You are going to have to choose the platform. There are a select few out there. The live streaming platforms are Periscope, Facebook live, Blab, and Google Hangouts on Air. They are mostly different from each other. Facebook is trying to own everything on the web and they are dong a good job of showing why. Facebook’s dominance will be around for years. 2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year for marketing and social media.

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What is Facebook? Talking about Facebook’s Conference – Episode 72

Facebook's Conference

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Today we get to hear all about how Facebook is going to take over the world! Or, the internet is probably where this is going. Facebook’s Conference or the F8 conference is back, and it has nothing to do with Facebook. What? Yes, Facebook talked about VR/AR, Messenger, photo tools, a “save” button, but, there was not mention of cool features for Facebook. Facebook has slightly abandoned its first love… being a place for friends. Messenger is now the Facebook of 2004. It’s the cool thing to do. Oh, we all get bots. Yes, bots are the new thing in social media. Instead of talking to a real person, we will enjoy talking to a robot. There’s a bright future in anti-social, social media. Facebook, you were once a great social network, now, I think you’re just a digital wasteland or a hub. Time will only tell which one is true.

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Tom Clancy’s: The Division Review. It’s Full of Bullet Sponges

The Division

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New York is under attack and there’s only one person that can save the city, you! A virus has decimated New York .  The Division is here to save New York. I tread through sewers, subway tunnels, buildings and the wintry streets of New York. So, is this third-person action/MMO game great? Let’s uncover the truth about this game!

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