Monday, 30 November 2009

5 Top Tips : How to Pwn n00bs in Modern Warfare 2’s Online Modes

Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Screenshot

Image courtesy of Kotaku

Like many of my fellow online gamers, I have spent approx. every waking hour (besides school etc.) playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2! Within one day after release I had completed the game's main story mode but from there I headed online, where the real Modern Warfare's at. Now I'm gonna be honest, I'm no "l33t" player when it comes to MW2's online modes but having been ruthlessly killed by so many other players so many times means that I have picked up some great tips & tricks on how to rack up a huge killstreak! Check 'em out below.

1.Get Low

Do you know how many times I was killed by the same guy today? 6! Within a space of 3 minutes he had made me respawn 6 times! Now you're probably thinking to yourself "why on Earth didn't she just kill this crazy fool!?" well I tried and failed. Each and every time I set up my aim to look around pump a few rounds into this n00b I was killed! But then, the 6th time that I respawned, it hit me, the reason that he'd been able to avert my beady eyes was because he'd been lying down. This simple feat can keep you easily hidden and provided that you lay fairly
still you can kill your enemies, undetected.

2. Stay Frosty

If you completed the story mode, chances are that you have, you will have heard one of your trusty comrades tell you to "stay frosty". Now there's no literal translation for the saying (so don't Wikipedia it) but what it basically means is that you should keep an eye out. Every step you take, every move you make, take a look around as you never know who might be running around like a mad-thing! Seriously, this really works,the amount of times I've watched the kill cam playback to see that I was killed by a player who was just randomly aiming down his sights was unreal!

3. Find Your Nook & Cranny

In every game, online or off you will find that games often have a series of "nook & crannies". If you're reading this and are confused then it's OK, you don't understand because you're not British. In the UK, particularly in England, we use the phrase "nook & cranny" to categorise a small gap or space. By "find your nook & cranny" what I mean is that you should find a place to hide in different maps, a place where you can easily kill people without being seen and is difficult to gain access to without the proper know how. Your own little hide-out!

4. No Distractions!

Trust me. Got an annoying little brother or a delicious packet of Cheetos that is in your hand, just begging for your undivided attention? Just ignore it! When you bought MW2 from your local GameStop or GAME store (Steam?) little did you know, you enrolled. In the fictional "army" , it's not the real army of course, but you still fight wars (against hackers?). There is no room for distractions and you will find that you will kill more d00ds when the game has your full attention. 

*HINT* ~ look for enemies that are standing still with a blank look on there face = person on the other end has got the munchies and abandoned them for packet of crisps (chips to you lot in the U.S).

5.Jump,Duck & Weave!!

Yeah that's two exclamation marks so you know that I'm serious! Being shot at?RUN! No you idiot! Not in a straight line! Do you know how easy it is to shoot people running in a straight line?Answer~Very. If someone is popping caps in yo' a** run like hell, jumping about like a mad thing will make it impossible for them to hit you as will weaving. However, if all else fails find that nook or cranny (see above) and duck!

*HINT* ~ the Marathon perk will help with the whole "running like the wind" thing.

*BONUS TIP*~ if a pop up shows up on screen saying "Nuclear Bomb at Base in x amount of seconds" there is LITERALLY nothing that you can do!!!!!! Don't duck, don't dive  , don't even head for that nook or cranny (srsly just read the whole article!). There's no solution. In "x amount of seconds" every player on the map will be obliterated and it will be announced that your team has lost. Dramatically. But don't worry the nuclear bomb is worth a 25 killstreak and is virtually impossible to get.

Happy Holidays! 
X Jasmine :D


Sunday, 29 November 2009

MAG Beta Code Competition!!!!!

MAG Paratrooper Screenshot

MAG Paratrooper Screenshot via Joystiq

Have you ever heard of a little game called MAG? Sony’s little online gem is online only and boasts 256 player matches of FPS warfare all for your enjoyment. As of current the game is in beta and everyone wants a slice, including myself. A competition on the video games website Platform Nation was offering a chance to nab one of these much wanted beta codes and what do you know I entered an won(: D)! However, when I logged onto the PlayStation Network and entered my code I was told that it was invalid ( :( ). Anyway, I did a bit of research online and discovered that codes to the beta only work if you are a resident of North America. Now, being a resident of the UK I thought “what use is this code to me?” but then I had a fantastic idea! I could offer you guys the chance to win my beta code!

It’s a very simple competition and there are only a few things you have to do to be up for a chance of winning:

You can either

  • Leave a comment below saying why you should win


  • Head on over to Twitter and leave me a tweet saying “I want to win that MAG Beta Code” with the hastag  #SFN and the @ reply of @Jasmino924 (my Twitter username)


Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little low-tech you can always send me an e-mail at with “SFN MAG Beta Code” in the subject line.

Good l uck!

RE: Relaunch of System Fail News!

Hello everyone, my name is Jasmine, but you can call me Jasmino :D I first created System Fail News at the beginning of the year, as you can see from the archives. However, since then I have left the blog and gone on to create 2 more. Now you’re probably thinking “why should we believe that  she’s not going to leave the site again?” , well I’ll tell you why ; because after writing for my other two sites (both of which I have deleted) I have seen how I can improve my blog writing completely and now that I am back at System Fail News I know exactly what I want for the blog and how I can make it better . This why I have chosen to relaunch the site with even better posts and features to wow you all!

Now that the formal introduction and what not is out of the way  let me explain to you what the site is about!

I plan to make System Fail News a hub for all things to do with video games ; news & reviews , cool gaming products and previews of new games too , so check up on the site regularly to see all of the great posts that I will be putting on the site soon!

From Jasmine.

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