8 years ago
For those of you living outside Australia, today is ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day. ANZAC Day is where we remember those who have fought so that we con't have to and I think it's an exellent time to remember the men and women who fought so hard. Firstly a poem:
In the warfields of Flanders, the Somme and of France
The poppies are blooming, they sway and they dance
Ten thousand Australians, all tanned and all fit
Have come to this Country, the Jerries to hit.
The guns were all thundering, sombre and dull
The infantry streaming, then so mournful a lull
Our brave boys are falling - courageous and strong
Hark! Something has happened, something is wrong!
The Light Horse are stumbling, shaken and falling
They rally their mates on, true to their calling
The battle swords clatter, the foes are retreating
The Aussies press onwards, their mission completing.
So throughout our great country, with pride our hearts turn
Our unknown soldier to us doth return
In the sunshine in Aussie, this day in November
Our Soldiers - our Heroes, we'll always remember!!!!
Lest we forget....
One amazing story about ANZAC's that was recently in the news was Kapyong. During the Korean War a tale of amazing heroism unfolded, during a Chinese offensive against Kapyong a small battaleon of ANZAC's were forced to hold their own against a massive assault during the battle four ANZAC's were told to hold a ridge making sure that no one was coming up behind them. They did, those four soldiers together held off at least a platoon of Chinese killing roughly 45 of them. Today only two remain Kevin Simms and Ray. Kevin killing twenty three himself, one of them blindsighting them from behind, he ran firing at their position Kevin turned firing his rifle killing the man and when he fell "his hand landed on my boot."
Kevin quoted to the reporter covering the story: "They ordered us to stay here and stay we did."
After the battle the ANZAC forced had succeeded:
"Major O'Dowd then directed the radio operator to contact anyone. The American 1st Marine Division answered but their operator refused to believe who our operator was speaking for. Major O'Dowd took the phone and demanded to speak to the commanding officer. The general in charge of the [Marine] division came on the phone and told O'Dowd we didn't exist as we had been wiped out the night before. Major O'Dowd said, 'I've got news for you, we are still here and we are staying here.'"
Private Patrick Knowles, 3 RAR, on the morning of 24 April 1951
8 years ago
Back to school. Damn it! Why God why?!?! My kingdom for another three day weekend! Still summer Down Under and I can't wait for Gus to come down to the ACMI, I'm planning to go see with some friends. Oh, just a little randomness here but I was looking through Ctrl Alt Del over the weekend and I just can't get over this comic:
Just thought I'd make sure you couldn't either.
8 years ago
Papua New Guinea, 1942.
Australia is at war with Japan.
A small platoon of soldiers from the 39th battalion have been set as a forward patrol far outside the perimeter of Isurava, a village on the Kokoda track.
After sustained bombardment and initial attacks from the Japanese, the men are cut off from their supply lines and all communications. Isolated in the jungle behind enemy lines, they must make their way back through the most unforgiving terrain on earth to get to safety and the main body of Australian troops. Allegiances form, strengths and weaknesses emerge, and leadership battles threaten to destroy the group, as the going gets tougher and tougher.
After three days with no food or sleep, carrying their wounded, and suffering the effects of dysentery and malaria, they emerge from the jungle exhausted to the point of collapse. But on learning that Isurava is about to fall they pick themselves up and rejoin the battle...
A true story based on the Australian fighting spirit.
9 years ago
For those of you who don't know, I'm Australian. Also for those of you who don't know in Australia, when you guy's in the northern hemisphere have winter (around now) we have summer. I have never seen snow in my entire life and that's snow joke!
... geddit? 'Cause, snow and... oh, never mind.
I really have never seen snow in my life (it is a bit of a dream of mine though). However this has nothing to do with my story. Recently in Australia we have seen some weird weather activity which you may or may not have heard about (I don't know what foreign press coverage is like) but it was really wild. We had bushfires raging and snow falling in the same place. We have sunshine, hail and rain all within fifteen minutes here in Melbourne and I'm not talking about piss weak little pieces of hail I'm talking about those huge mothers you saw in 'The Day after Tomorrow' (I loved that movie). For the past week we have seen all time lows and all time highs between consectutive days!
9 years ago
Ah, Christmas! A time of child-like wonderment, joy and mystery. Of magic, smiles and goodwill to all men. What rubbish! C'mon face it. The last time you felt Christmassy was... you can't remember can you? Christmas is a pain in the arse. The whole routine is getting stale. Why does it have to be so hard? You spend a fortune buying gifts, spend the week in awkward family 'situations'... And as for the Christmas rush, don't get me started. I mean why did the son of God have to be born at a time when its so hard to find a car park?! Timing Jesus, timing.
9 years ago
Dynamic weather would be a cool feature, especially if it affected game play. Rain, snow or wind could alter the AI's decision-making. Vehicles could handle differently; speed and visibility could be affected. It's just a tiny detail that would be nice.
Hey, how about some zero gravity space battles? A zero-G fire fight would be majestic! Picture a battle in orbit over some planet. Seraphs and Longswords spiral around you in dogfights. Capital ships exchange heavy rounds. Space is littered with debris. The level could have the slow rolling feel of a drift dive. A special unit of Covenant space troopers swarms UNSC ships, and it's up to the Chief to defend them and plant a bomb on the hull of one of the Covenant cruisers. At different points in the level you could have Chief running along the hull of a Covenant Cruiser, drifting through the wreckage of a ship as well as bits of free fall combat. Moving Master Chief in a totally zero-G environment would be tricky but well worth the learning curve to fight in space.
The fact of the matter is that not everyone has Xbox Live. Even if you do have it, sometimes you want to brush up before taking it to some flesh-and-blood chumps. How about some programmable bots like the ones in "Perfect Dark" for N64? In a pre-game menu, you would be able to program skill and attributes to the bots as well as assign skins like, Grunt, Marine, Brute and so on.
A cool spin on co-op. One player is the Chief, while someone goes through campaign jumping from Elite to Elite (also cribbed from "Perfect Dark"). Put this on Xbox Live and you could have several people as Elites battling one unlucky Chief.
If only one wish were to be fulfilled, let's hope it's this one: Co-op on Xbox Live. You and your buddy duking it out side by side, each on your own box. You could work out your own geeky field jargon. How about teams of four? Bungie could weave this into the story by having the SPARTAN program resurrected. Or the game could just let you play as Marines or ODSTs. Let's blow it out -- how about a massive online co-op campaign mode with 16 person teams and Marines? We're talking big, no huge "Lord of the Rings"-scale battles, in big open fields. Man oh man, that would be fun!
There, that's it. Hope you enjoyed my contribution to the Halo 3 Wishlist. Remember I got this off someone elses site http://www.stuffo.com/halo-wish-list1.htm
9 years ago
Found this here: http://www.stuffo.com/halo-wish-list1.htm
The comment section in this one is to be purely devoted to Halo 3 wants and needs. No on to the wishlist!
Halo 3 Wish List
by Robert Valdes
This wish is a point of contention among some of us. The D-Pad is just hanging out there, so why not assign some simple context sensitive commands? You know -- "follow," "hold position," "suppress," "cover me."
You could argue this turns "Halo" into a squad-based shooter. Nah, not really. It just provides some control over the Marines when they are around. Who's not tired of seeing them die senseless deaths or foil stealthy plans with their well- intentioned blundering? If you're not into the command menu, no sweat -- don't issue any commands, and the Marines just go about their business. It's only there if you want it.
Using the Elements
Everything is a weapon if you use your imagination. What if you could pick up boxes and canisters with the "X" button and chuck them at people with the right trigger? It's not going to do a ton of damage, but it would be a great option when someone is chasing you or you find yourself low on ammo. It could also apply to guns that are out of ammo. Once you run out the game could prompt you to "press 'X' to throw weapon."
Seriously, wouldn't you like to be able to lie down and fire in the prone position? While we're talking crazy, how about a roll? Bungie could pull this off in a few ways. Holding down the left thumbstick makes you crouch in both "Halo" games. Bungie could build on that. A simple click and release could put the player in a prone position. You would click the stick once more to stand up. Once the Chief is prone, forward and back on the thumbstick would make him crawl forward and back. Left and right would cause the Chief to roll in those respective directions. Think about it -- you could snipe from underneath a Warthog or just change the oil.
Fire the Secondary Guns on the Wraith
Why can't you fire the secondary weapons on the Wraith? The left trigger should fire the secondary guns, but instead it gives the Wraith a speed boost. It's a tank -- it doesn't need to be fast. Wouldn't you rather be able to fry some jacker who gets too close than have an afterburner? The NPCs can fire the guns and you can't. What gives?
Another possible use for the D-pad would be a lean function. Hitting left or right on the D-pad would let you peek and/or shoot around corners, while still maintaining partial cover. We fully expected to see this in "Halo 2" and were surprised when it wasn't there. Let's hope it makes it into "Halo 3."
So what's better than watching Johnson lugging that turret, setting it up and cutting loose on the Covenant in Cairo Station? Well...lots of things, but the point is that the Chief should be able to lug turrets around. It would work like dual-wielding. You press "X" to pick up the turret. When you're carrying the turret, you move slower and can't fire, but you can press "Y" to discard the turret at any time. You pull the right trigger to set up the turret. Once it's set up, you operate the turret in the standard way. There are several places in "Halo 2" where it would be great to lug a turret to a nifty vantage point and then cut some fools in half.
You'll have to wait for part two.
9 years ago
If anyone here is interested in knowing why I call myself just_work, well that's an intersting story. I was creating a name from myself on this wonderful site but I was getting fustrated at how many names had been already taken up. Eventually I became so angry that I typed in 'just_work' as a joke... the name stuck.
I'm really some 17 year old idiot who has too much time one his hands.
Man, I love this picture...
Sorry, if you feel offended at the fact that I'm a furry freak... well that's too bad. You clicked on my link with full knowledge of what picture I use as a avatar.