Editor in Chief's Note
Hi Everyone, and welcome to yet another issue of "From the Battlefield" This month brings back The Tech Page and writing it is DrFajitas, News is happy to have him take this great page and expand on it, cant wait to see how it all unfolds in the coming months. Once again News has done a live interview with a member of the top five, we think you will enjoy that.
With the coming of summer and all the real life activities, activities within TAW are affected as well. News will continue to gather as much information as we can to fill the newsletter. News wants to thank everyone who has made submissions for July, "From the Battlefield" simply can not exist without your time and efforts-Thank you one and all!
Albenji NEWS DC
At this time, NEWS is looking for TAW members who have the desire to write as freelance reporters, as well as staff reporters. Below is a brief description of both.
This position will let you maintain your present membership within your division. Your submission subject matter ranges from games reviews, tech reviews, or any other subject that is needed for the coming issue. This position is very flexible and for many a perfect way to contribute to the TAW community. If this sounds interesting, then please contact Albenji NEWS DC in TeamSpeak, or email me at Albenji@taw.net for additional information or questions.
This position would require an actual transfer from your present division to the NEWS Division in Operations. This is a full time position which requires experience in journalism, editing, proofing and other related skill sets. NEWS requires the member to be at least 17 years old, and we would like to see 1 year or more of active TAW membership. However, these can be modified for the right person. This person must be able to be flexible and work under pressure when needed, be reliable, and be part of a dedicated team. There are many benefits to being in NEWS, and if you enjoy flexibility, and a small dedicated team, then please contact Albenji NEWS DC in TeamSpeak, or email me at Albenji@taw.net for additional information or questions.
The following editorial does not represent or reflect views or opinions of The Art of Warfare (TAW)
Visit the Good Ole Days with the Good Ole Games
The beauty of platforms like Steam is that gamers as a whole have chance to access a much larger library of games that they never would have been able to before. In the days before Steam, the only way to play indie games was to spend a tremendous amount of time seeking them out. Even after the growth of the internet allowed small developers to negate the cost of publication of physical media through direct download and torrents, indie games still suffered from a lack of marketing and advertising. Many great games never made it to the eager masses simply because gamers had no knowledge of their examples. Other games we incomplete and never became the game they could have been when development funds were diverted to get the word out. Platforms like Steam made great strides in correcting that. However, another place Steam excelled is in giving gamers a chance to travel back into the past and relive the good ole days.
Gone are the days of having to spend hours searching for the elusive hard copy of 9 and hoping to God that the letter with the stupid door code that worked as a primitive DRM was included. No more searching and downloading conversion software or emulators because a game was written for DOS or Windows ‘85. Steam has given older gamers a way to relive their childhood or college days and is introducing new gamers to what dad played on his old Tandy 2000 when he was dating their mother. Old games from the days of three quarters perspective “2.5D” graphics and even text based games like Zork have found their way into the library in all their buggy, 30MB glory alongside remastered editions where the bony hand in 1981’s arcade classic Dragon’s Lair moves smoothly in 720p resolution.
This month, take a couple of days to delve into PC gaming’s beginnings and visit the Steam store for a fun time with a single player blast from the past. Maybe a division could take a break from practice and dedicate a mandatory for a race through the point and click adventure classic Full Throttle that just hit the shelves on Steam. Two members stream in live as the rest of the division sits back and forms a peanut gallery in TeamSpeak. Take a day away from cursing the jungler in League of Legends and kill a stormtrooper or two in Dark Forces. Steam has given gamers the perfect platform to relieve their childhoods or explore the world that gave them a thousand memes about the Grues that never ate them. TAW gives them the perfect platform to explore that world together with friends
Back ground courtesy of Arma 3