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First Person Shooters Are Addicting

So I’m sitting at a red light this morning, around 5:30am. I’m facing the front of a grocery store. Across the intersection and the parking lot in front of me, I can see a man exiting the store. The very first thought that popped into my head was:

Can I pick this guy off from here?

This is one of the problems associated with playing Call of Duty (any flavor) for upwards of seven hours straight. Much like the way I am all but incapable of obeying traffic laws after hours of Grand Theft Auto, after many hours of COD every single thing that I see moving, whether straight ahead or in my peripheral vision, my right index finger instinctively flexes.

This is bad.

On the plus side, the bestie and I set some pretty great personal records the past two nights. On Modern Warfare 3, in Survival mode, we made it to wave 30 at Resistance, wave 27 (on the 2nd or 3rd try) at Seatown, and to wave 15 at Carbon on the first try, with almost complete unfamiliarity of that map. I forgot what wave we made it to in Outpost, but it was one the 2nd try, and I believe it was also 15. I leveled up very nicely, and have finally been utilizing sentries, as well as delta and riot squads.

It took awhile to get back into the swing of things, playing with the bestie, as we are PS3. When I play with my brother, however, he’s Xbox, which meant that my aim/shoot  and  explosives/equipment  buttons are inverted. So after a week of constant CODing with my brother, when the bestie and I started up, I kept throwing grenades. Also, took a few minutes to get comfortable again with my left thumb. Damn analog stick.

Just thought of something that’s going to be pretty awesome: when the new maps come out for PS3, I’m actually going to have the advantage over the bestie, since they came out for Xbox already.

We all have our favorite maps, right? For me, Resistance and Seatown are best in Survival;   Arkaden, Interchange, Underground, Fallen, Black Box and Resistance for Domination;   and for regular Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed it’s Interchange, Fallen, Resistance, and Black Box, Seatown is iffy. Maps that I have only played once or twice, ever:  Bakaara, Bootleg, Carbon, Downturn (which I only played once and totally kicked ass at).  Maps I hate: Lockdown, Dome, Hardhat, Bootleg, Outpost. Not a fan of Carbon. Of the new maps – Liberation, Piazza, Overwatch, and Black box – I enjoy Black Box, but Overwatch and I have a love/hate relationship. Liberation and Piazza have only been played once each by me. Liberation is huge, and I’m not sure how I like it. Piazza reminds me a bit if Villa, in terms of scenery, but I haven’t yet figured it out. Overwatch is what you’d get if you take Hardhat and mix it with Black Ops’ Kowloon, in the sense that you can fall off the edges of the world.

One of these days I should actually play the campaign. I’ve played co-op campaign with the bestie in MW2 and Black Ops, kind of pissed that MW3 doesn’t include that.

Anyway, enough COD talk. My fingers are twitching just thinking about it.  What are your favorite maps, and game modes?


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