Battlefield 2142 Beta Going Public

Just spotted this on the Planetbattlefield news page… 

 

Today at 9am PST FilePlanet will open the Battlefield 2142 beta to the general public. If you do not have a key here is your chance to get one. A new build of the beta is also being released. If you already have the beta, you simply just download the new build from FilePlanet. In order to install the new build you must uninstall the old. More updates will be posted throughout the today and #BF2142 on Gamesurge for the latest info.

Top 13 Tracks As Of August 28, 2006

#ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1RammsteinMann gegen MannRosenrot
2PanteraWalkVulgar Display Of Power
3HelmetUnsungMeantime
4PanteraCementary GatesCowboys From Hell
5NonpointTruthRecoil
6MudvayneForget To RememberLost And Found
7Killswitch EngageWhen Darkness FallsThe End Of Heartache
8Killswitch EngageThe End Of HeartacheThe End Of Heartache
9DisturbedStupifyThe Sickness
10DisturbedDown With The SicknessThe Sickness
11DeftonesChangeQueen of the Damned
12illuminatiMachineilluminatimusic.com
13MushroomheadCrazyXIII

This list is generated weekly from a ranking based on your votes in the Live365 playlist window.

Battlefield 2 Veterans Program

Much like the Veterans Administration, EA has decided that they need to “take care of” their loyal Battlefield fanbase. The result: The Battlefield Veterans Program where;

As a Battlefield 2 player you have qualified for Veteran status in Battlefield 2142. This entitles you to reserve your Battlefield 2 soldier name before Battlefield 2142 hits the shelves, making that name unavailable for anyone else to take. You can claim only one soldier name for Battlefield 2142, no matter how many soldier names you have tied to your EA account. You can also choose any new name not already in use for Battlefield 2.

I would give you more information, but I cant get into the website to find out. The info that we do have is courtesy of PlanetBattlefield

Try here for more info: Battlefield Veterans Program

Pantera Publicist Kicks E! In The Balls!

Jane Hoffman, Publicist for Pantera and Dimebag Darrell sent the following email to E! after a request to re-enact the horrible murder of Dimebag Darrell on an upcoming E! special. For that, E! gets our infamous UP YOURS! award!

Hi Beau. I¹m leaving John¹s comments in cause he¹s a nice guy and I know this was difficult for him to send on through. I¹m also blind copying a whole list of folks who will most likely copy a whole other list of folks until maybe this spreads like a good email should and end up on 100,000 websites to show the world what a collective bunch of tasteless morons you all are.

Dime¹s birthday is this coming Sunday and your timing couldn¹t be worse. Not that there is a good time. In fact, in honor of his birthday, I think I¹ll send this around to a few of our favorite music websites who will most likely print the whole damn thing word for word, including your phone number and email. For good measure, I¹m going to throw in the top 50 major daily music and some of the top TV writers in the country and why not, the weeklies as well.

I realize there is nothing anyone can do to stop E! from producing garbage like this below, as you¹ve built your audience on the backs of other people¹s private lives, creating some type of warped reality out of your garbage, which is merely excuses for programming on the cheap and at the expense of others.

I would like to request that you please read this out out loud to all the creative geniuses in the programming department that came up with this idea.

We have received your request to license footage on Dimebag Darrell Abbott for your upcoming production of, “25 Most Chilling Hollywood Murders.”

While we realize the average E! audience most likely has the IQ of an umbrella, they collectively are a smarter bunch than the lot of you. Your programming creativity falls somewhere to the bottom of the middle at best, and that¹s saying a lot.

I ask that you all please take a moment from your busy days and close your eyes. Live out the fantasy of playing your favorite instrument onstage. Your closest friends in the world surround you, either in the band or in your crew. From one side of the stage, a man approaches. Thinking he¹s a security guy or a drunk fan who¹s just a bit out a line, you continue to perform. Two seconds later, he lifts his arms, aims a rifle at your brother, your best friend, your buddy and blows his brains out, not three feet from where you are. In the nanosecond it takes you to comprehend the magnitude of what just happened, he does it again …and again …and again …and again …and again …and again before taking aim and murdering additional members of your extended family as well as fans that have come to see you play. Two of your crew are shot but survive, but of course, will never be the same gain.

Now imagine it¹s a few years later and you turn on the TV set. Just in case you may be having at least a five minute respite from that scene that plays over and over in your head, just in case …..you flip through the channels and there it is. Again. Only with some two bit actor who thinks this is his big Hollywood break.

And please, if you don¹t like that scenario, make believe it¹s your child who got his brains splattered all over a stage in Ohio. And then you turn on E! Oh, the magic of television!

In case none of this appears clear enough and you need a definitive answer to your request…no. The answer if no, and on behalf of everyone that was there that night and everyone that misses him every day, you can take that no and shove it up your collective asses.

And, for your second request, yes, you can quote me on that.

Sincerely,
Jane Hoffman

New gODHEAD Album Out Soon!

Got a note from Jason from gODHEAD about their upcoming album. I cant wait to hear this one.

Hey guys, Jason here again. Im going to keep on reminding you about our new album, The Shadow Line until it comes out! On Tuesday, August 29th it will be in stores all over North America and I want to make sure you get one. Dont forget youll get a bonus DVD with it as well!

If you want to pre-order the album from amazon.com click this link:
The Shadow Line on Amazon.com

If you live in Los Angeles, dont forget were playing the Roxy Theatre this Friday night (the 18th). This will be our LAST SHOW before our tour in September. Ill talk about that later though…

We have two shows coming up at the beginning of September that we are really excited about. The first one is Taste of Madison on September 2nd on the WJJO stage in Madison, WI. Speaking of WJJO, the day before the show on September 1st well be appearing on WJJO, as well as doing a record store signing at the Exclusive Company in Madison that day. Well post the time on our website as soon as we get it.

On September 3rd well be flying to Atlanta to play the world famous Dragon Con, a convention that weve always loved to play with over 30,000 attendees. We first played Dragon Con years ago, opening for the Misfits and GWAR. This time well be headlining at midnight on Sunday night (technically Monday morning).

When we return to Los Angeles on the 4th, well be days away from leaving for a tour of the States with our friends Ill Nino and RA. Were really fired up to be touring with these two great bands! Look for the tour dates in my next posting…

Until next time,
Jason C. Miller

www.gODHEAD.com

GR1 Station Update

We just updated Gamers Radio GR1 with a bunch of new tunes including 3 new Indie Bands from MySpace!

Hurt – Unkind – Vol. 1
Hurt – Rapture – Vol. 1
Hurt – Overdose – Vol. 1
Hurt – Falls Apart – Vol. 1

Stone Sour – Socio – Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour – Sillyworld – Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour – Made Of Scars – Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour – 30/30-150 – Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour – 1st Person – Come What(ever) May

Shinedown – Save Me – Us And Them
Shinedown – Heroes – Us And Them

Rammstein – Wo bist du – Rosenrot
Rammstein – Spring – Rosenrot
Rammstein – Rosenrot – Rosenrot
Rammstein – Mann gegen Mann – Rosenrot
Nonpoint – Theres Going to be a War! – To The Pain
Nonpoint – Bullet With a Name – To The Pain

Marilyn Manson – I Dont Like The Drugs – Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson – Coma White – Mechanical Animals

Killswitch Engage – When Darkness Falls – The End Of Heartache
Killswitch Engage – Take This Oath – The End Of Heartache
Killswitch Engage – Rose Of Sharyn – The End Of Heartache
Killswitch Engage – Hope Is… – The End Of Heartache
Killswitch Engage – A Bid Farewell – The End Of Heartache

MySpace.com/Underride
Underride – Glass Eye – Necessary Evil
Underride – Watching You Bleed – Horsepower Kills

MySpace.com/Rikets
Rikets – the murder – The Best of War and More
Rikets – Hollywood – Anything For The Devil

MySpace.com/MightyMD
Manifest Destiny – Storm Is Forming – Within
Manifest Destiny – Dethroned – Within
Manifest Destiny – As I Am – Within

World of Warcraft: What A Game Should Be

WOW! I mean literally, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades expansion looks incredible! Let me say it again, WOW! Before I go into the details, I would like to pose this question. Why cant every game company be as innovative, bold and dead on as Blizzard? It amazes me to see a company that can do so many good things for their players and continue to push the envelope of what a MMORPG or any Game, for that matter, should be.

On to the details. A few interesting things have been pointed out in this recent GameSpy article on World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades. Lets start with the big ticket items. All new raids will be capped at 25 players. I think that is a great move. The current Ranking Ladder system for PVP is going to be scrapped. This is a big deal. Its the equivalent of EA dropping the ranking system from Battlefield 2 because they realize how flawed a system that requires power gamers to prey on casual gamers really is. In its place, there are going to be true tournament style PVP arenas called the Gladiatorial Arena System. Think CAL for MMORPGs. Players will form teams to compete in three different brackets: 2v2, 3v3 or 5v5. Even cooler, this system will allow inter-faction fighting. Now the Horde will be able to PVP against the Horde and the Alliance will be able to PVP against the Alliance.

Another cool PVP feature is the addition of a neutral city in the expansion that can be captured by a faction. The faction that controls the city will reap the benefits of its Quest Givers and NPC shops. In a move that really brings World of Warcraft closer to its RTS brothers, there will bombing run griffins doing Area of Effect damage and siege towers that can be destroyed. The flight paths will be fixed, but it sounds really cool.

The GameSpy Article is 3 pages and definitely worth the read even if you are not a WOW player. The ideas in this article are the pinnacle of what outside the box thinking can do for a game. Other game companies could learn a lot from Blizzard if they are paying attention.

Battlefield 2 Mod Updates

Some Battlefield 2 Mod release information is coming out this week. First off, Operation PeaceKeeper has announced that they will be releasing version 0.15 of their Eastern European based mod on August 11, 2006. This information is at the very end of the video that was posted to show off in game action.

Second, the Point Of Existance mod has posted an update that should make its fans happy. Seems they are very close to releasing. They dont give a date, but did say the following:

The team reached a milestone this weekend with releasing POE:2 into Release Candidate status to our testers. To assist us with making sure the build is stable before we release to the public we have included 151 stress testers. The stress testers consist of the Forgotten Hope Development Team and Testers, friends of our developers & testers, and Battlefield:2 community representatives from the multiple websites worldwide.

Sierra Gives FEAR Multiplayer Away For Free

08-08-2006 – Sierra Entertainment today announced that the multiplayer component from the award winning PC title F.E.A.R.â„¢ (First Encounter Assault Recon), has been renamed F.E.A.R. Combat, and will be made available to the public as a free download on Thursday August 17th, 2006.

F.E.A.R. Combat is the complete multiplayer component of F.E.A.R. and includes all the updates, additional official maps and additional official game modes all in one downloadable file. F.E.A.R. Combat users will be able to play against the owners of the retail version of F.E.A.R. as well as the other F.E.A.R. Combat users.

F.E.A.R. Combat features:
– 10 Multiplayer Game modes.
– 19 Multiplayer Maps.
– 12 different weapons.
– Punkbuster support for anti cheat support.
– The capability to download user generated content.

To play F.E.A.R. Combat, consumers simply go to www.joinfear.com and register to obtain their free, Combat keycode. When the file is made available for download on Aug 17th 2006, consumers can install, enter their keycode, and get ready to join F.E.A.R. Combat!

F.E.A.R. Combat will be available for download on August 17th 2006.

Source: http://www.fearfans.com/newsitems/103/

Top 13 Tracks As Of August 7, 2006

#ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1SlipknotThe NamelessVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
2DisturbedDown With The SicknessThe Sickness
3OrgyCant Take ThisPunk Statik Paranoia
4DisturbedStupifyThe Sickness
5DisturbedGuardedTen Thousand Fists
6SlipknotVermilion Pt. 2Vol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
7KornDid My TimeTake A Look In The Mirror
8DeftonesChangeQueen of the Damned
9ToolParabolaLateralus
10SlipknotLeft BehindIowa
11Rage Against The MachineFreedomRage Against The Machine
12MudvayneMercy, SeverityThe End of All Things to Come
13MudvayneHappyLost And Found

This list is generated weekly from a ranking based on your votes in the Live365 playlist window.