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Morning, all. In case you didn’t know it, today is the day the Battlefield 3 beta becomes available to all. You just have to download EA’s Origin app, go to the "store" tab, and choose the "Free Games" section. Once there, it’s hard to miss; you just hit a button to download and install the beta. I’m downloading it now.

In other news, I’ve been battling a head cold and budding sinus infection, so I’ve been taking Sudafed constantly for the past week and a half. At this point, I feel like I’m on Jimmy Tango’s fat busters. We recorded the podcast last night, and I came away with an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach about… dunno what, really.  I hope I didn’t say anything too terrible, but I can’t really recall. Maybe it’s time to back down on the medication.

I don’t think it’s just the decongestant speaking when I look at the next few months and start feeling excited, though. Heck, Rage comes out next week, and we have a nice-looking crop of games slated for release, including the aforementioned BF3 and Rage, along with Skyrim, Arkham City, Serious Sam 3, Modern Warfare 3, and surely some others. I have to admit, though, that I’d placed both Guild Wars 2 and Diablo III in my "late 2011" bucket a some point, and the release slate looks a little thinner without those two in the mix. Regardless, I’m not-so-secretly compiling a list of games to use in conjunction with my new testing methods and a big batch of the latest video cards, when my schedule permits. Perhaps some free-to-play games like League of Legends belong on that list?

There’s new hardware on the way soon, too, including Bulldozer and X79 and… possibly other things I can’t really talk about yet? Oh, and I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire yesterday. I don’t expect it will be especially appealing to me personally, since I have both an iPad 2 and a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (about which I owe you all a write-up soon), but at $199, the Fire should be a pretty popular item this coming holiday season, provided they don’t all sell out early. Figured I might as well try one out and write up a review.

Speaking of which, I have another review to write, just as soon as this next dose of Sudafed kicks in.

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    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    “…BF3 and Rage, along with Skyrim, Arkham City, Serious Sam 3, Modern Warfare 3, and surely some others. I have to admit, though, that I’d placed both Guild Wars 2 and Diablo III…”

    Yay, woot, yay, meh, awesomeee, meh, *orgasms*, bleh… sums up my interest.

    League of Legends would hardly be any sort of meaningful benchmark. It’s pretty much WC3… it can run on the highest settings on like five year old computers. I would consider adding Hard Reset to the mix though. It has a benchmarking mode they added in a patch and the game itself is graphically awesome.

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 8 years ago

    Try taking 600 or 800 ibuprofen every 6. Congestion is mainly caused by inflammation and an NSAID will usually knock them both down without raising your blood pressure and completely drying you out like Sudafed will.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    Oh i forgot to add, the game doesn’t look as incredible as people make it out to be. The gameplay in the beta was horsesh*t everybody was camping with only a few people rushing around. There was a noticeble lag when moving and apparently i noticed a bug, at some point i entered into the ground and remerged. The map was ok-ish but not mind blowing.

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    I have 2.95GB free space on C: and 57GB free space on D:

    I installed Origin on D:

    Trying to install BF3 beta… “Not enough disk space”.

    *massive facepalm moment*

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    Trying to set master ID

    iHateEA… taken
    EAsucks… taken
    SteamIsBetter… taken!
    OriginFails… not allowed
    ScrewYouEA… taken
    boycottEA… taken
    EAisTheWorst… not allowed
    iHopeValveDestroysYou… too long
    steamFTW… taken

    I wonder if they really are taken as they claim.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    Wow talk about “sucking”, Origin does plenty of….never have i seen such a miriad OKs required to install a f*king game. Benn waiting for half an hour with that “Matchmaking” and game hasn’t started yet. Wow they actually gonna use the website to launch the finished game also? I have never seen such a browser game feature adopted by a triple A game, wow i’m speachless. This game just increased the amount of suck in the world.

    DFTBA

      • njsutorius
      • 8 years ago

      I was skeptical of the browser menu for bf3, but i just dled the demo in 20 minutes, and loaded/launched a quickmatch in under 30 seconds.. I think if you were trying to dl/play at the moment the open beta was released this is probably the issue.. as it is for every other multiplayer game in existance.. so try again.. and jesus h… why are people crying about installing a simple plugin???? lordy..

        • Geistbar
        • 8 years ago

        People do not enjoy having to install a plugin because (as far as I can tell: I am not interested in multiplayer games) it should not be necessary. To go with that, imagine if every game in that genre decides to rely on a plugin; you would need a Battlefield plugin, a CoD plugin, a Brink plugin, a TF2 plugin…

        Each plugin is then one more thing that can go wrong; it is not updated to support future browsers, it has a security hole, it causes the browser to crash, it does not work with future versions of Windows, etc. More points of failure is rarely a good thing.

        As I said, I am not interested in the type of game Battlefield 3 is, so I have no ability to measure if there are redeeming features for the system, and I will make no effort to deny such. There are valid reasons to complain about it though.

        On the side, that multiplayer games always have a performance hiccup on launch is not a valid excuse for it continuing to be true.

          • njsutorius
          • 8 years ago

          I guess there is the possibility of further issues down the line with upgrades/patches so i guess we will see.. so far so good for me.

          On the game note.. the demo is boring.. the map and game mode they gave us is NOT battlefield its like cs on steroids.. cant wait for the real thing and real game mode..

          Graphics look wonderful, animations are great, guns feel good.. definitely several bugs still in the maps, but nothing thats not easily fixable..

          I did still get a few moments in my 30-45 min of game play last night.. int he subway i think both teams were unloading clips and everything was getting shredded all around me as i picked off guys across the way.. it was pretty intense and got me excited..

          open maps, vehicles, and capture the flag is going to be awesome.

    • zdw
    • 8 years ago

    If you can get BF3’s party system to function, let us all know how.

    Apparently, in talking with someone who had played the Alpha of BF3, there was a whole in-game browser which they ripped out and replaced with a web monstrosity which requires a plugin to run the server browser. Works in most browser (I use Chrome).

    Also, the code version is likely not even the newest – there are graphical changes (the most noticeable one is to the status indicators above your teammates) between this version and the one shown a few weeks ago at GamesCon.

    Hopefully we’ll get a new build with access to Conquest maps within a few days, and which fixes a few bugs related to key and mouse button mapping.

    Other than that, it’s a blast. The most fun I’ve had with a game in a long time.

    • jjj
    • 8 years ago

    “There’s new hardware on the way soon, too, including Bulldozer and X79 and… possibly other things I can’t really talk about yet?”

    Other things like…? 28nm GPU? 4TB Seagate internal drive?Intel SSD 520?
    Can’t think of anything else.

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      Hopefully cherryville plus 710/720 series.

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    I hope you’re using the Sudafed from the pharmacist counter (the good stuff Meth is made with).

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    When I get a sinus infection I take a hot shower and about 10 minutes into the routine I bend over, so that my head is lower than my waste and blow my nose. This sometimes starts a 30 mintute drainage fest but typically I can clear out a good portion of what is bothering me with a few good blows. At any rate I’ve found that spending 30 plus minutes blowing my nose nonstop to empty my sinuses properly might be inconvenient and use two boxes of kleenex but it works better than most drugs. Sinus infects are nasty good luck.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      Sinus infections are nasty. But once they take hold, I found the only solution is a full course of antibiotics (as always, do not stop before you’ve run the full course of treatment, no matter how good you might feel). And I’m generally of the “let my immune system take care of it” school of thought; but some things just have a knack of hanging around and hiding and producing chronic symptoms, and for me that was one of them. (After putting up with it coming and going in my late teens and early 20s, I finally went nuclear on its ass and haven’t had one since.)

        • mutarasector
        • 8 years ago

        Agreed. Natural remedies are great if used judiciously, but there are times when only antibiotics will really do the job. The problem is that they do absolutely >nothing< for >colds< as these are viral in nature. A sinus infection can result as a secondary problem after getting a cold, in which case antibiotics may indeed be called for, but taking them simply for head colds is a bad idea as it tends to diminish the future value of that antibiotic for when one really needs them, and can create resistant ‘super bugs’ like MRSA.

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]so that my head is lower than my waste....[/quote<] You did [i<]what[/i<] in the shower?!!? I'm not sure if I'd rather spend my lunch hour reading these messages about nasal drainage and shower dung or go over to the latest AMD-Intel thread to watch the usual apes fling dung at each other. Decisions, decisions...

    • elmopuddy
    • 8 years ago

    Watch out taking decongestant for so long, you’ll get rebound congestion. Get some Nasonex spray, that works well for my sinus infections. Saline spray or netty pot too.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 8 years ago

      MucinexD + saline spray = all sorts of lovely things coming out that you never wanted to know were inside your head.

        • Damage
        • 8 years ago

        Oh no. What have I started!??!

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 8 years ago

          That depends. Do you want pictures?

          • RickyTick
          • 8 years ago

          I can’t believe you didn’t see this coming. 🙂

          • mutarasector
          • 8 years ago

          … a load of unsolicited advice.

          Here’s some more forya. Drink freshly brewed ginger tea – loads of it. Take a piece of ginger root, >freshly< sliced up in pickle-thin slices, and boil it for 10 minutes in a couple quarts of water, let simmer for another 15 minutes, and drink it like a tea and using a dollup of honey to sweeten it a bit.

          Drink about 4-6 cups a day. Your head cold will clear up very quickly, and it will promote a natural decongestion.

          I usually get one cold a year, but between the ginger root tea, and a bottle of Jaquin’s candied rock-n-rye ‘cough syrup’, they rarely last more than 3 days.

          Before anyone dismisses this ‘home’ remedy, bear in mind that ginger is a recognized herbal medicine for thousands of years around the world, and the science behind it shows the remedy is heavy in antioxidants.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Antioxidants, which have nothing to do with even a common cold.

            • mutarasector
            • 8 years ago

            True, since colds are virus caused (mostly of the rhinovirus variety), but ginger’s antioxidant effects are very effective in alleviating gastrointestinal distress as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract) as well as an inhibitor of formation of >inflammatory compounds<, and has direct anti-inflammatory effects, which >does< have a bearing on a head cold… I’m not saying it is a ‘cure’, but it is an effective natural cold symptom reliever that works faster than most off the shelf stuff costing more than 10X the price, and rather easy to do. It promotes a very effective natural drainage (which is simply the body’s way of eliminating the virus) as opposed to ‘masking over’ the stuffiness symptoms.

        • DancinJack
        • 8 years ago

        I add Vitamin C to this regimen. Works wonders.

      • 5150
      • 8 years ago

      Neti Pot FTW! Don’t get the sissy pot, get the one you squeeze up your nose. More pressure, more fun!

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        If you use one of those things, make sure you’re using sterilized water. Otherwise you could be shooting all sorts of brain-eating bugs up there. It’s unlikely, but [url=http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_18707380<]I'm not kidding[/url<]. [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naegleria_fowleri<][i<]Brains![/i<][/url<]

          • mutarasector
          • 8 years ago

          Xylitol based nasal rinse solution works the best for me. Xylitol is a natural sweetener alternative to artificial sweeteners, but interestingly, it has a unique property. It tends to reduce bacteria unlike stuff sweetened with even artificial sweeteners. There’s xylitol based chewing gum, mints, toothpaste, mouthwash/dental rinse, and xylitol saline nasal spray/rinses.

            • ludi
            • 8 years ago

            The going theory with xylitol is that it looks like sugar to a bacterium, but they lack the necessary chemistry to metabolize it. So instead of eating and reproducing, they eat it and then starve.

            • mutarasector
            • 8 years ago

            Basically, that it in a nutshell. It’s not the only ‘wood alcohol’ artificial sweetener that also exhibits this, but is one of the most effective so far.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 8 years ago

        I use a combination of waterpik’s neti solution mixed with a xylitol solution and then a liberal amount of hydrogen peroxide. Don’t force the stuff up your nose, could cause an ear infection. If it doesn’t go away in a couple days, see a doctor.

        I used to use Sinofresh since it works, but since it’s close to $20 a bottle, I switched to the neti pot. I’ve heard good things about colloidal silver as well. Doesn’t hurt to try it.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 8 years ago

    Sounds like my project list. The more I add, the less I do as I am spending half the time in transition from one to yet another.

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