Trading Draft Picks In Madden 12 – The Walk-Through

After noticing a lot of traffic through the searching for trading draft picks in Madden 12 we finally have a video that will walk you through the process.

Enjoy!

Temple of Dooming The Ball – Madden 12 and Bad Ball Physics

If you have played Madden football on the 360 or PS3 over the past few years there is one thing that you may have scratched your head about… or maybe thrown a controller over.

The Ball.

Somehow the ball goes through hands, legs, heads and chests.  This is one of the problems that faces all sports games, not just Madden.  Madden suffers from two big problems outside of the game itself.

Problem 1 – The hardcore audience (like myself) are/is such big football fans and play the game so much that we pick this game apart like a wine connoisseur picks apart a glass of wine.  The problem that EA Tiburon faces with this is that instead of one drink that lasts a few moments, their game is something that people play 365 days a year.  Not only that, but it costs $60+ and comes out every year.  EA has made a lot of improvements over the years but the ball is the one part of this game that suffers from more graphical clipping and ‘magnetism’ than any other aspect every single year.

Problem 2 -Exclusive Rights have killed this game on the current generation of consoles.  While this discussion would get you banned from certain websites and forums it is truly one of the biggest problems facing sports games.  Pay attention to what has happened to Madden since they got exclusive rights.  The last truly great Madden game was Madden 2005.  Since that game, their focus has changed to jerseys and how to pick the guy on the cover.

Please focus on the most important part of the game first and move on from there.

This game focuses on the ball.  In real life and in the video games – it is all about the ball.  Naturally, if the focus is in one spot for the majority of the game you are going to notice these things.  If EA were to focus less on where the ball is and more on what the ball is and how it moves this game would improve drastically.

Ask yourself how many times you have punted in Madden and the ball bounced backwards?  I bet you have seen the ball bounce 25 yards downfield or a few yards sideways, but you haven’t seen it go backwards.  The ball is a living creature on the field and it has a mind of its own.  The ball is a solid part of the game that you can’t put your hand through.  One finger on the ball can change the outcome of a pass play in real life.

I realize that I am not in developer’s studio and they put a lot of work into the miniscule details of this game, but from an outside perspective – I don’t think that matters.  Neither do the 5-7 million people that buy Madden every year… and that includes the few hardcore guys that get upset about the wrong chinstrap on the backup punter for the Patriots.  Focus on the name of the game… football I don’t care about what dance someone does, what color shoelaces they have or how they come out onto the field if the football itself doesn’t matter.

This isn’t a rant as much as it is a plea for gamers to notice and demand a better game from the most simple existence of the game – the football itself.

Gamer Etiquette and the Tragedy of Assumed Anonymity

In a world full of wonderful people that are pleasant and well-meaning there is always that one jerk that seems to poke his/her/its head out and ruin what might have been a great day.  The problem is that while this is a mere possibility in the everyday existence of humanity outside in what some people think of as the ‘real world’ it is a more than common occurrence in the world of online gaming.

Don't Go On A Rampage - Just Mute, Avoid and Report

The problem with this starts with the assumption that many people have once they go online – the assumption of anonymity.

You aren’t anonymous online and in the world of online gaming, you are surrounding yourself with a lot of socially maladjusted kids that have grown up on Sponge Bob and Crack (Mountain Dew).  So, when you start hearing that kid on your headset say something about your gamertag being gay or stupid just do the smart thing.  Mute, avoid and report the rugrat.

This also goes for any of the typical punks you come across – Mute, Avoid and Report. (Think Wash, Rinse, Repeat)

I will be posting some videos to show exactly how to do this as the week progresses.

Share your favorite interactions in our comments section!

My personal favorite so far was when I was teamed up with my friend Wonky Britches <—- Real Gamer Tag!!!!

and some guy’s (I am assuming a minority) trash talk was – “You’re just some white guys with good credit!!!!”

I am still trying to figure out if this was meant to offend us or simply imply that he admired our credit scores.  Either way, keep your language clean when you are online because all it takes to find out your name or other stuff is a simple google search of your gamertag.

Two New Battlefield Videos – How To Get a Jet and Sniping 101

Both of these take some time to learn, but you will be glad you did.

Happy Hunting!

Sniping a Jeep Jockey – Battlefield 3

When you play Battlefield 3 the first thing you will notice is that it is a fairly realistic game for the most part.  While it isn’t ARMA 2 – it is still a great game for some more ‘paced’ action than Call of Duty’s high octane, ADD/Arcade shooter modes.

The next thing most people notice is the presence of vehicles in Battlefield 3.  The vehicles are awesome and if you can master them you will be amazing at this game.  However, if you are driving a jeep or anything with open windows or ‘open air’ available to be shot through – you are a target.  Not only are you a target…

You are MY TARGET.  I love the recon class and DICE (the creator of Battlefield’s Online Mode) understand that snipers aren’t front lines warriors; they are laying low and taking sure shots that no one else really could.  In this case you see me as a recon class with an SV98 Sniper Rifle…

The video will walk you through how to snipe a jeep jockey and make what is difficult a little easier and more enjoyable… For snipers anyway.

Happy Hunting!

How to Get a Jet in Battlefield 3 (…and fail miserably) – updated with newest video

*NOTE – After this video was made, DICE has released TWO Updates/Patches (the first allows you to now get into a jet from the ground.  Beware, players can still spawn into them – so your best bet is still to spawn into a jet if you want one!

Am I a terrible pilot?  Not really.

Am I a terrible fighter pilot?  Yes.

For now…

This video explains how you can actually get into and fly a jet in Battlefield 3.

Happy Hunting!

The Best Time To Be A Noob = Quarter #1

For those that are new to gaming it is vital that you learn a few things about how the schedule of a hardcore gamer works.  This will allow you to understand much more in gaming than simply how to play a certain game, but when to play a certain game.

The first quarter of a new year is usually the most dead time of the year for any game to be released.  It is easily observed that most of the biggest titles to be released come some time in the months leading up to the celebration of commerce we commonly know as Christmas.  Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Arkham City…the list goes on.  However, there is a nice part about this for people that are casual gamers or maybe even what we (super-nerdy, ‘hardcore’ gamers) call Christmas Noobs (people that just got the game for Commerce Day and still don’t fully know some of the important factors of the game —– aka, NoobTubeTV’s Target Audience)

With the lacking amount of top-tier (popular) titles being released during the worst retail months of the year (January-April) you will have a lot of time to learn how to fine-tune your skills in games like Call of Duty.  Not to mention the fact that these are typically the worst weather months of the year as well and you may have some other reasons to hang out in the recliner, couch or sticky bean bag chair in your dorm room.

Just remember, it isn’t a crime to be a noob and like Will Hunting – it’s not your fault… it’s not your fault… it’s not your fault.

Attention Noobs - Its Not Your Fault

If you aren’t crying like Matt Damon right now, please keep your attention on NoobTubeTV.com for more updates on games and what we are referring to as Gamer Etiquette – the one thing lacking so much online that it is a pandemic that has infected 85% of online gamers.

Happy Hunting

Making It Through Tough Gaming Days – Lamentations of an Occasional Rage-Quitter

Admit it, you have done it before.

Rage quitters are everywhere online.  Sometimes they are sitting next to you playing split-screen Modern Warfare 3 or Madden and that can sometimes make for an awkward night around some Hot-N-Ready and Crazy Bread from Little Caeser’s.  It is ok to admit it – you know who you are.

Why do I bring this up?

As a teacher I have some fortunate scheduling during the year; and it is with that that I have had plenty of time to devote to this website and all the videos/updates/random issues.  In the past I used to rage quite a lot.  Now I am somewhat more patient (those of you that know me know that this is only slightly true) and haven’t rage quit nearly as much as I did in Modern Warfare 2 or Halo.  That was until the last couple of days anyway.

[rant]

Whether it was the fact that I have been gaming entirely too much (which you will rarely get me to admit) or some gamers just don’t understand how to WIN a match of Domination in Modern Warfare 3… or something else entirely.  By the way – to WIN at Domination you simply have to control at least two of three flag points on the map in order to gain points every few seconds and get those points to 200.  It doesn’t mean you run around and blindly get kills or camp away from the actual goals of the match. [/rant]

As you can tell, I am easily annoyed when it comes to losing – especially when it is because of incompetent people kids that shouldn’t have the game anyway. [/rant(really)]

Today I come to you a humbled gamer that rage quit three times in Modern Warfare 3 and once in Battlefield 3 in 24 hours.

I have made it through the darkness and found the light in the fact that I belong in Team Deathmatch where there is no teamwork and you are left to carry your team like Michael Jordan every match.  That is where the true rage quitters migrate to anyway.

There will be more videos in the coming weeks.  If you have suggestions please send us an email, join our forums or comment on here as well.
Happy Hunting!

Quick Scoping and Digital Carnage Montage #4 – Music By Rammstein

Quick-Scoping Revisited

A few weeks ago we talked about the concept of quick-scoping and the whole idea behind the ‘great mystery’.  Today we have released some videos that cover exactly how to do it and also a bit of feedback on why it isn’t the best strategy to use if you want to win matches in Call of Duty.  The first video is a walkthrough of the concepts behind quick-scoping (including aim-assist) in Call of Duty.

The second video is a brief montage (without awesome music). It is followed by an explanation of how and why quick-scoping isn’t effective for much more than making a show. While montages are pretty awesome (we have our own here, and will continue to make them), there is also the goal of ‘winning’ when you play a game and that should supersede any sort of desire to look cool when your KDR is less than 1.00.

Happy Hunting!