EA is facing a lawsuit from a military helicopter manufacturer over the inclusion of the vehicles in Battlefield 3. To avoid the suit, EA has asked a federal judge to rule that depicting the aircraft falls under the company's First Amendment rights. Kotaku reports that EA's legal talks with Textron, the parent company of Bell Helicopter, broke down. In response, EA filed the action in a Northern California federal court on Friday. EA claims the helicopters are "protected by the First Amendment and the doctrine of nominative fair use." It also notes that the packaging includes a disclaimer that its use of weapons and vehicles is not an official endorsement of the manufacturers. This argument is somewhat similar to the one used in the NCAA players suit. In that case, the judge ruled that thanks to the protection granted by the first amendment, the company was within its rights. Shacknews has contacted EA, and will update as more information becomes available. Source
 
Too bad this is not on the PC In a bid to settle the age old rivalry between metal and hip hop, we give you the Battlefield 3™ Metal vs. Hip Hop Challenge!

This Saturday and Sunday, you have the opportunity to play with (and against) Hip Hop artists Mickey Factz and Big Boi or Metal heads Dave Mustaine from Megadeth and Jonathan Davis from Korn to see what genre reigns supreme: Metal or Hip Hop?   To pledge your allegiance to Hip Hop or Metal, make sure to become a fan of the hip or Metal Platoon of your choice on Battlelog. Which of the two sides can amass the most fans and claim the title as the biggest force in music? Click the links below to go directly to the Platoon of your choice become a fan and pledge your allegiance: Visit Dave Mustaine’s (Megadeth) Metal Platoon Visit Big Boi’s Hip Hop Platoon Visit Jonathan Davis’ (Korn) Metal Platoon Visit Mickey Factz’ Hip Hop Platoon   January 7 and January 8, these artists will go head to head in Battlefield 3 for two hours. For a chance to join, become a fan of their Platoon and follow us on Twitter. We will tweet from @battlefield and post more information on the Platoon walls in Battlelog to let you know which servers you will find your favorite artist on. Read on for the full schedule.  
BATTLEFIELD 3 METAL VS. HIP HOP CHALLENGE SCHEDULE MATCH-UP NO. 1 Representing Team Metal: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine VS. Representing Team Hip Hop: Big Boi Time: 10AM-12PM, January 7 2012 Weapon of choice: Battlefield 3, Xbox 360® Map and mode: Strike at Karkand, Conquest Assault   MATCH-UP NO. 2 Representing Team Metal: Korn’s Jonathan Davis VS. Representing Team Hip Hop: Mickey Factz Time: 10AM-12PM, January 8 2012 Weapon of choice: Battlefield 3, PlayStation® 3 Map and mode: Strike at Karkand, Conquest Assault
  Throughout the month of January, you can also take part in the Metal vs. Hip Hop war by creating your own custom Metal or Hip Hop Platoon on Battlelog. Just name your new Platoon “[MvsH] Metal” or “[MvsH] Hip Hop”, gather as many fans as you can and prove your allegiance by playing Battlefield 3 throughout January. Any game you play for your Platoon will be automatically monitored by the powerful stats tools in Battlelog so everyone can see who has the most badass Platoon. After the end of January, DICE will crown the champions among the user generated Platoons in a number of areas, such as total score amassed, number of fans, and more. Now go out there and fight for the glory of Metal or Hip Hop! Start by siding with one of our artist Platoons, then create your own. Stay tuned for details on what servers Dave Mustaine, Jonathan Davis, Big Boi and Mickey Factz will duke it out on this weekend.
 
"The US government is currently reviewing SOPA and PIPA as possible ways to prevent unlawful distribution of copyrighted materials available on the internet. These current proposals, if passed, would allow for significant interventions into the technological and economical basis of the internet. This could put the vast benefits and economic opportunities of entirely legal and legitimate e-business models at risk. Generally, companies offering technological services should not be forced to be the executor of authority in such matters. If they were to act upon every implication of content infringement without any judicial research into the actual usage of its customers, the integrity behind their customer’s freedom of information and speech would be enormously harmed." 1and1 SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act PIPA - Protect IP
 

Yea Battlefield 3 Poster

Just had to post this picture of my BF3 Poster my wife got me for Christmas.
Now overlooking my Gaming Rig.

BF3 Poster

Battlefield 3 Poster

 

Battlefield 3 On E5300 GT240

Update To: E5300 / GT240 BF3:

Nvidia Driver 290.53 BETA
Windows 8 64-Bit Developer Preview

BF3 Settings:

  • Fullscreen Monitor [ 1280×1024 – 60.02Hz ]
  • Graphics Quality [ LOW ]
  • Texture Quality [ LOW ]
  • Shadow Quality [ LOW ]
  • Effects Quality [ LOW ]
  • Mesh Quality [ LOW ]
  • Terrain Quality [ LOW ]
  • Terrain Decoration [ LOW ]
  • Antialiasing Deferred [ OFF ]
  • Antialiasing Post[ MED ]
  • Motion Blur [ OFF ]
  • Anisotropic Filter [ 2X ]
  • Ambient Occlusion [ OFF ]

Fraps Benchmark 3 minutes:

Min Max Avg
30 62 48.379
BF3 1280x1024 E5300 GT240 50FPS

BF3 1280x1024 E5300 GT240 50FPS

 

Battlefield 3 On E5300 / GT240

Update on the Battlefield 3 Minimum system requirements test:

  • Windows 8 64-Bit Developer Preview
  • Nvidia Driver 285.16 Win8 Default (not the recomended)
  • Intel E5300 Dual Core 2.6GHZ
  • Intel G41 Motherboard
  • EVGA GT240 512MB GDDR5 / 550MHZ-Core / 1340MHZ-Shader / 1700MHZ-Mem
  • Corsair 2GB XMS3 DDR2/800
  • WD Cavier Green 160GB

Here’s what I came up with:

  • 30FPS Solid
  • 1024×768 60HZ resolution
  • Settings all on Low / AA=2x

To save alot of frustration I reccomend doing the following step:

  1. Start Origin in [ OFFLINE ] mode
  2. Start a Campaign, or Continue an existing
  3. Once the game starts hit [esc] >> Settings >> Video
  4. Change the resolution and apply resolution, then change to low settings
  5. Click the back button and settings should save

This should now allow you to change settings without studdering issues.
In my opinion the default settings should already be at Low / 800×600
So you can slowly raise the settings in small steps..

I did’nt have alot of time to try higher settings,
But the system would freeze while to trying to get them tuned down to low.
I recomend opening Origin in [ OFFLINE ] mode.
It makes it easier to adjust settings in a Sinlge Player game.

So far the game is very playable, and enjoyable on this system,
Runs smooth, just not the best graphics.

Later I will use this same system to test an 8600GT 512,
Other systems to test in the futere as well, 780i Q6600, 8800GTS 512, Core i7 X58, GTX285, etc.
I will also test some of the newer drivers NV 285.62 WHQL,
and maybe some BETA drivers as well..

 

Delta Force Angel Falls Alpha

Delta Force Angel Falls close to alpha stage After several years of waitng for this game.

It appears Novalogic is close to Alpha Stage on DeltaForce: Angel Falls.
They are taking applications for Alpha Testing.

I have really enjoyed playing
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, Team Sabre for many years,
and still play from time to time. it was the game that got me started PC gaming.

I have the Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Team Sabre Platinum Pack,
as well as the Delta Force: 10th Anniversary Collection,
which contains all 6 Delta Force games,
and the Black Hawk Down Soundtrack, as well as game strategey guides.

I’m looking forward to Delta Force: Angel Falls
No release date from Novalogic at this time

DeltaForce Angel Falls Alpha   |   Novalogic

 

Windstream Technical difficulties

Windstream is experience Technical Difficulties this morning,
and their phone lines are as busy as their Twitter Page.

I was going to play Battlefield 3 new “Back to Karkand” map pack on release day with my brother.
Windstream is His Internet Service Provider (ISP),
It was to early to use their Live Chat technical support,
So we called their 1-800 Technical support phone number, and the lines were busy.

I’m sure there will be many Gamers, on PC, XBOX360, and Playstation 3,
that will be very disapointed they did not get to play Battlefield 3 “Back To Karkand”
on the anticipated release date, Which may the reason all together lol… Joking….
I use Cox and there was no issue for me this morning.

I hope all is OK @Windstream….
Best of luck…