fpbattlefieldIt is launch week for Medal of Honor, the first person shooter from Danger Close that DICE created the multiplayer section for. In our first in a series of interviews this week, we talk with Lars Gustavsson about the ancestry of Battlefield, how a 30-polygon jet got him into the industry, and the joy of returning to a genre he helped create almost a decade ago.

Veteran Lead Designer Lars Gustavsson liked to draw and play with Lego as a child. Growing up, he studied art and knew he wanted to end up working either with movies or in the games industry. As it turned out, he would become one of the main people paving the way for the entire Battlefield series.

Friday, 24 September 2010 12:20

Video games lead to faster decisions

fpnewsStudy suggests that video games could be training tool for quicker reactions

Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

In an upcoming study in the journal Current Biology, authors Daphne Bavelier, Alexandre Pouget, and C. Shawn Green report that video games could provide a potent training regimen for speeding up reactions in many types of real-life situations.

Monday, 13 September 2010 06:23

COD : Black Ops dedicated servers ??

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Dedicated servers but not as we know it.

Just when PC gamers thought that they had reclaimed the Call of Duty series, they learned on Friday that they had been let down once again. As reported by IGN, Activision and Treyarch announced an exclusive deal making GameServers.com the only dedicated server provider for Call of Duty: Black Ops when the game launches in November.

According to the GameServers pre-order page, players wishing to purchase a dedicated server will be required to shell out $14.95 a month for an 18 maximum player limit on ranked servers. Unranked servers will cost $0.99 a month per player up to maximum of 24, with Teamspeak support costing an additional fee. Discounts will be offered for a 3, 6, and 12 month prepay.

Sunday, 12 September 2010 07:34

ESL 2010 Nations Cup

fprtvbf2bannerIts that time of year again, The 2010 E.S.L Battlefield 2 Nations Cup is here and of course Rush-Zone is the place to be this year to catch all the action LIVE and exclusive on RushTV. so get your popcorn and beer ready..

We will try to bring you as many matches as we possible can, but we cant do all the games, so who do you want to watch ??

I think tonight its probley going to be NL vs Ger due to the feedback i have had from X-Fire. The game should kick off at 21.00cet thats 20.00 uk time RushTV will be streaming live community videos before the games so please join the channel earley

RushTV Live

Without further ado, here are your captains for this year's Country Championships:

Thursday, 05 August 2010 21:16

Why BattleField 3 Will Be A Success

bf3Our good friends over at eurogamers.eu  have got some info about Battlefield 3 you might be intrested in.

It's official, BattleField 3 is on the way!  The beta should be with us sometime on or before October 2011.

But will it be worth buying?  Much of the feedback on the current title, Bad Company 2, has been poor simply because it's been compared to BattleField 2 and BattleField 2142.  To see why that is an unfair comparison, please read this blog post.

Now that's cleared up, the burning question left is very simply can BF3 match it's predecessors BF2 and BF2142?  The answer, I think, is yes.  Here's why...

xboxpcRahul Sood, Voodoo PC founder and current CTO of gaming at HP, spins an interesting yarnabout an aborted Microsoft project that would've let PC and Xbox gamers face-off. The only problem? During testing, the PC gamers cleaned Xboxers' clocks.

In the middle of a rumination on the lukewarm state of PC gaming, Sood divulges some details of a project Microsoft was working on "many many months ago" to let PC and Xbox users face off in games like Gears of War and Unreal Tournament, an effort that would've effectively bridged the gap between Xbox Live and Windows Live.

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Friday, 03 September 2010 09:13

Is PC gaming set for a comeback?

gamingUnreal Engine developer Epic has been pretty down on the PC in recent years. But a new interview indicates a change in attitude, and a renewed commitment to the platform.

PC gaming has sunk from its once mighty heights, thanks to a combination of factors like console penetration, piracy and the huge inherent variability in PC hardware setups. These have interacted in various ways to push the PC to third class citizen for many gaming genres, especially the kind of high adrenaline action games that were once the PC's bread and butter.

This has led to the situation where once proud PC developers have wholeheartedly adopted console development. We've seen PC centric studios like Crytek (Crysis), id Software (Doom, Quake etc)  and Epic (Unreal series) effectively abandon the PC platform in favor of consoles. Several of these have dropped comments in the aftermath blaming piracy as the reason behind the exodus to consoles.

alienswarmRemember Alien Swarm? A total conversion mod for UT 2004, with four-player co-op top-down action. The team behind it, we’ve just learned, were hired by Valve two years ago, and have since been working on L4D and now Portal 2. Except at the same time they’ve been making Alien Swarm all over again in Source. And it’s coming out on Monday. And it will be free. And it looks great.

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But it’s not the only thing that’s coming. Along with it the complete SDK and code base is being released, all available for free this Monday (19th).

The game will also include updates to the Source engine (in the SDK), and has had some changes made to it in its Source incarnation. A third-person camera, depth of field effects, and “a wide variety of gameplay additions.” Although what those are isn’t clear yet. However, take a look at the screenshots below to see the difference in the game.

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Valve lists the contents as follows:

Saturday, 17 July 2010 06:15

RushTV Live Spartan War Fighters

spartanwarfightersRushTV will be covering The Spartans event that puts Old World (Europe) against the New World (North America) on the Battlefield 2 (IO) Mashtuur City & Sharqi Peninsula maps. 5 vs 5 and two times each map (once each side), so that is 4 separate matches.

The =SWF= Spartans War Fighters clan has been around for over 3 years. They play Battlefield 2 (BF2), Project Reality (PR), and Bad Company 2 (BC2). They are an international clan with 20 active and 10 veterans on the books.

Event Date/Time for Event:

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Website: www.spartanwarfighters.net/

Forum: forum.spartanwarfighters.net/index.php

fprtvbf2bannerRush-Zone is pleased to confirm that we will be streaming the E.S.L Battlefield 2 Conquest 8on8 Cup 2010 live on RushTV tonight, Monday 12th July at 19.00CET, 18.00BST is the time the actions kicks off, It seems both games will be being played at the same time so we can only bring you the action from 1 semi final game and of course the final, Who is it going to be a list of the team that are left is below, Please vote for your favorite for this cup in the rush poll to the right of this article,

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