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The Great “Xbox VS. PS3” Call of Duty Debate

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Every month PS3 players are left wondering when they’ll get their chance to call in their first killstreak in the brand new DLC map. And every month Xbox players respond to their cries to Activision and tell them to be patient, which is easy to say when your’re bored of the new maps already. Our staff writer Keshav (@Kkiller14) is the only PS3 player on the staff and is a loud voice in the PS3 community and is one of those people fighting the losing battle between PS3 and Activision. Rather then hear his pleas to Activision every month, I challenged him to a debate to settle the war once and for all… I’m not holding back…

 

The “Xbox VS. PS3” Debate:

Xbox 360 (Victor)
Keshav, Im not even sure where to start.. PS3 will always be second to Xbox, in releases, announcements, and marketing and this should be no surprise. Back on June 1st, 2009 at the E3 Modern Warfare 2 event, Activision and Microsoft announced an exclusive deal to receive DLC first which was eventually renewed on June 14th, 2010 before Black Ops was released. The deal granted exclusive rights to Microsoft which expires at the end of THIS year. PS3 WILL always get DLC and announcements but approximately 1 month after Xbox..

PS3 (Keshav)
It is very easy to say “PS3 will always be second to Xbox”. And Activision knows that the PS3 community is much bigger than Xbox players think. Looking at sales numbers over 11 million MW3 copies sold for ONLY PS3. 11 MILLION. PS3 players are the exact same as Xbox players. Both consoles are excellent. Where does the issue come then? $$$. The folks at Activision care about money, and money only. They could care less about the community. PS3 players have always wanted things, DLC. Ok MW2/BlackOps we got DLC second sure. We ALL had to pay $15. For MW3 NO. We ALL paid $50 for Elite. And Elite has not delivered anything but DLC. It took Activision until MARCH 2012 to tell us that we are getting DLC from Feb to Oct. Not when we bought ELITE…

Xbox 360 (Victor)
Money? Of course all they care about is money? LOL They’re a BUSINESS!.. Their main focus is profit, not the community. The fact is, Microsoft cared more about the community then Sony did because they paid up. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at SONY for not paying for other exclusives. Instead, Sony thought Battlefield 3 would be a better investment and gave their money to EA, we all know how well that worked.. I do concede however to “PS3-ELiTE delay not being properly explained” when ELiTE was sold, Activision should have made that more clear to PS3 buyers BEFORE Nov. 8th.

PS3 (Keshav)
Misleading is simply the most outright complaint we have. The Beachhead updated their FAQs one week before launch stating PS3 Elite members still get DLC later. I understand the business non-sense but giving 11 MILLION players a “stay tuned” every day isn’t going to work much longer. I do not understand that. We all want equality like the Call of Duty: World at War days. DLC same time for everyone. But adding all this together PS3 players feel “ignored” “hated-on” by ATVI. They do not apologize. They just say “oh yeah wait hold on” “your DLC is coming” or “coming to other platforms at a later date”. WHAT IS THAT LATER DATE! That’s the problem with ATVI. Cannot be transparent with other platforms..
P.S: I am not even gonna start about how PC players feel ;P

Xbox 360 (Victor)
Your constant pleas to Activision are going unheard. Activision has had a marketing plan since before MW3 was even released. Im sure they probably already have a secret calendar somewhere which indicates when all the maps will come out, and when all the announcements will occur. Fact is, the exclusive contract (which no one has seen because its not public) probably indicates that they are not allowed to promote/discuss/or acknowledge PS3 DLC till a month after Xbox which is why you hear “stay tuned” a lot.. A contract is a legal binding document, more then likely Activision has heard the PS3 community the last 3 years but they cant do anything about it until the contract expires..

 

CLOSING ARGUMENT:

 

PS3 (Keshav)

To close: Activision needs to become transparent with the PS3 fans. TRANSPARENT is what we PS3/PC players want. Come Fall 2012 ATVI will be supporting TWO Sony devices with CoD. PS3 & PS VITA, and ONE from MS. We want something from ATVI other than “stay tuned” 4 weeks after Xbox got Collection 1. FOUR WEEKS. NOT ONE DAY. FOUR WEEKS. The time for Activision to put a date on the content on a website and not publicly announce is enough. Enough is enough with ATVI making PS3 players feel ripped off. And to state this, ATVI only  does this non-sense to PS3 players on their most profitable series, Call of Duty. Hm…

Xbox 360 (Victor)
This one is gonna sting.. The exclusive agreement is almost 2 1/2 years old, which means you had 30 months to buy an Xbox 360 if you really cared about Call of Duty and getting DLC as soon as possible. You chose to purchase a PS3, probably because of other great games like Uncharted and..and.. well the point is you always have a choice to get DLC on day one, it just needs to be on a Xbox 360 with the other 12.8 million Call of Duty fans.

I agree, Activision should have announced BEFORE Nov 8th that PS3 ELiTE subscribers will still be getting DLC a month after XBox, even with the ELiTE “get DLC first” promo. The only point Im trying to make, is that NOTHING will change until after December 31st, 2012. The only argument that should be made is “why weren’t we told BEFORE Nov 8th?” and asking for dates and PS3 announcements now will be a waste of time…

So, who won? Pick your side and voice your opinions in the comments below

Fortnite

When is Fortnite’s Galactus event? Start time, details, more

Don’t miss the biggest event in Fortnite history. Find out when Fortnite’s Galactus event is, its start time, details, and more.

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Chapter 2, Season 4 of Fortnite is heading towards its unavoidable conclusion. The excitement has been building towards, arguably, the biggest finale in Fortnite history. We have all the information on when Fortnite’s Galactus event is, its start time, and other details.

The ‘Devourer of Worlds’ has been occupying the Fortnite skies with his enormous presence and the map’s day of reckoning is almost at hand. One of the galaxy’s most powerful beings ever to exist has spent the last few weeks making his way to Fortnite and the community is rife with speculation over what he’ll do.

What we do know for sure is that he will be with us very soon, and we can confirm his arrival time in the Fortnite special event.

When is the Galactus event?

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The hotly-anticipated Galactus event will officially commence on Tuesday, December 1.

These are the different times gamers can expect the event to start in their time zone:

  • EST – 4pm
  • CST – 3pm
  • PST – 1pm
  • GMT – 9pm

Make sure you are logged in beforehand with a nice coffee and strap yourselves in for whatever lore-shattering madness Epic Games has in store for everyone.

What will happen during the Galactus event?

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It’s the million-dollar question that everyone desperately needs answering. When an almighty, 28ft cosmic entity that can manipulate time is effectively moments away from arrival, you’d expect something bad to happen. Will the map be completely destroyed? Can the heroes win? Will Galactus floss?

Well according to a torrent of leaks and insights provided by data miners, it seems a whole host of changes could be headed our way. These are some of the hand-picked details that could drastically alter Fortnite forever.

**Potential spoilers**

  • The line, “You do know how to drive the Battle Bus… right?”, has been found in the event’s files – meaning we could be driving the Battle Bus itself
  • A new jet will be appearing – for aesthetic purposes or battle purposes?
  • A screenshot has leaked with this description: “Defend the Island to save all reality!” – possibly a PVE Mode?
  • There’s a brief, post-event, video showing that there will be a one or two-day lay-off before Season 5 gets underway
  • The map will be COMPLETELY destroyed and a new one will comprise of elements from all variations of the maps – including Tilted Towers
  • A Galactus skin will be added soon after the event

As you can see, these would be some truly defining Fortnite changes that cold have serious implications on the game’s future.

Read More: How to complete the Fortnite XP Xtravaganza Week 4 Challenges

Be sure to tune into the special live event as you won’t want to miss what happens.

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Respawn confirm more changes coming to Wraith in Apex Legends Season 8

Apex Legends season 8 will fix up the problems with Wraith.

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Respawn has been changing up Wraith ever since her debut in Apex Legends. This is because of the various balancing issues that the character has suffered throughout her time in the game. Now, it seems that Season 8 will feature her final shift.

Wraith has gone through many changes throughout her time in Apex Legends. She has a history of being either too powerful or having broken hitboxes, and the developers have to repeatedly “fix” her. She’s still a popular pick for players and that hasn’t changed in Season 7.

Senior game developer Daniel Klein hinted at more changes for Wraith during an interview on the Third Party podcast. They asked him about Respawn’s plans for Season 8 and he jokingly suggested taking Wraith out of Apex Legends altogether.

Then he went on to elaborate on Respawn’s plans to stop tinkering with her kit from this point.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more,” he said. “We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power.”

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

It’s clear that the devs will focus on fine-tuning her hitboxes by going the same route they did with Pathfinder’s changes in November’s Season 7 update. However, Klein is concerned that they may have nerfed Wraith too much.

He stated that he hopes to be able to buff the Voidwalker after the changes have been implemented but they haven’t started yet.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

So far there is no certainty that these fixes will be successful in making Wraith more balanced. We do know that things will definitely change when Apex Legends Season 8 comes around and your experience with the character will feel new.

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The best RPD Class in Black Ops Cold War

The RPD is a modest and powerful LMG.

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Here’s the best class for the RPD in Black Ops Cold War.

Among some of the returning weapons from the Black Ops franchise is the RPD light machine gun. It offers decent mobility for a weapon of its class, solid strafe speed, and high power rounds.

YouTuber “Eross” shows us in the video below his loadout of choice with the RPD.

The Setup

  • Barrel: 16.5″ Cut Down – Shorter barrel which reduces overall weapon weight. Adds additional move speed while shooting.
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip – Additional horizontal recoil control when firing.
  • Magazine: Fast Mags – 33% boost to reload speeds. A huge boost to a weapon that’s known to have very long reload times. Best to reload before the mag is fully empty for a shorter reload animation.
  • Handle: Speed Tape – 10% increase on aim down sight time. Can be replaced with GRU Elastic Wrap when unlocked at a later time.
  • Stock: Tactical Stock – 40% boost to aim walking movement speed. Massive for a light machine gun.

Tips for the field

  • Planned attacks – Since movement with light machine guns is sluggish, you’ll want to be well-prepared before you get into gunfights. Be sure to pre aim angles as much as possible. You won’t win gunfights if you aim down sight mid gunfight.
  • Find the high ground – Lay waste to any foe in the middle of a field or just generally not in cover. You conquer anyone who can’t find immediate cover.
  • Objective protection – Since you’re using a light machine gun, you won’t be hopping flags often. You can still play the objective though, with the power of defense. Find a nice piece of cover you can get behind with a good angle of a hardpoint, flag or bomb site to be a powerful objective player.
  • Planned reloads – Reloads are long. Don’t get into a position where you’re low on ammo with enemies coming your way. Reload whenever you have downtime, even if you’re only missing 30 shots. You never know when you’ll need it…
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