If this is your wingman in Battlefield 3, bail out

The next time you're craning your neck at the sky at a military air show, pilot "iFlyILLINI" might scream by in a fixed-wing jet. As a "commercially rated pilot with hundreds of hours of flight time and over four years experience," iFly should technically feel right at home inside the cramped cockpits of Battlefield 3's jets and helicopters.

Not trying to be Target: Origin vs. Steam

It looks like a few new jabs have been made in the ongoing fight between EA’s Origin and Valve’s Steam, the two largest video game digital distribution services on the Internet. Unlike the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud, the dispute between these giant companies is a little more serious than a fight over bad grammar (that’s what started the Hatfield and McCoy thing right? I missed that Kevin Costner show). Origin and Steam are actually fighting about video games. This is serious stuff.

Don’t be that guy: Noob vs Pro

  In past editions of this column, I've discussed cheap strategies and the effects they have on their victims. Be it campers, noob-tubers, or people who always play as Ken in Street Fighter games, we've come up with a universal name for individuals who rely on such unsportsmanlike play styles. They aren’t just “cheap” anymore. Nowadays, they’re called noobs.   Noobs used to be newcomers, people just starting to play a particular game, known for their lack of skill and for doing stupid things every now and then. They often resort to "unfair" and "cheap" strategies, since that’s the only way they’ll ever stand a fighting chance against all the experts gunning for them. And wouldn't you know, those so-called pros always go apeshit whenever a grenade launcher at point-blank range ends their winning streak. So they tag everyone who uses such "underhanded" tactics as noobs, because only noobs would need to use them, right?   Wrong. Real professionals learn and master all kinds of disgusting gameplay tricks and bugs in order to get ahead of the competition, and guess what? That's what makes them the professionals.       Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken… Ha-do-ken…   When I say the real pro gamers, I mean tthe people who earn a living playing video games, receive sponsorships, or compete in national or international competitions with huge amounts of cash on the line. This is serious stuff. They’re no longer playing “for fun” if money's involved, so you can bet they’ll do anything within the game’s limits in order to achieve victory. That includes taking advantage of glitches.

Nintendo will try to repeat its formula for success with the Wii U

The Nintendo Wii U is set for release this fall, and many gamers have one question in their minds regarding the console.