Why You Should Try (and be Excited for) the Twisted Metal Demo

Eat Sleep Play’s Twisted Metal will have its demo made available to the public today. Here is where I convince you to try it and why the demo is important.

Let’s face it, when people say “competitive online multiplayer” they mean First-Person Shooters. It’s the big genre right now and it looks like it’s not going away anytime soon. If you’re wondering how all this relates to Twisted Metal, it’s because the FPS genre is so richly saturated and so prevalent that people are getting fatigued as it occupys almost every IP and online component.

I admit, my viewpoint might be skewed a little since I have very fond memories of playing Twisted Metal back on the PS1. Mind you, this was split-screen and this was a time when playing online via your consoles was literally unheard of. Yeah, nostalgic heartstrings might be tugging a little but what I do know is I’m quite tired of playing the same competitive FPS over and over with different coats of paint.

Twisted Metal is in a unique and daunting position of showing players that there are other competitive multiplayer games – ones that don’t involve looking at guns from a first-person perspective. Granted, Twisted Metal’s vehicular carnage can be compared somewhat to an FPS, but it’s still vastly different.

For one thing, you won’t control a single person with a first-person view, rather a car that most likely won’t turn on a dime and will be controlled with the obvious mechanic of mastering accelerating, braking and steering – that in itself is a big departure from how we control FPS’.

In saying all of this, it doesn’t mean Twisted Metal will be a surefire success. While I am fatigued by FPS’, that doesn’t mean most people are. The game and its mechanics can work against it. Sure, there are a lot of Twisted Metal fans out there but what about the new demographic the game will undoubtedly attract? FPS fans might miss the usual FPS tropes they’re accustomed to. They might find the game too hard, controls too cumbersome or find that they simply want enemies to drop dead with a few bursts from their weapons.

What I do know is we should go into the demo with an open mind and don’t presume that we’ll know how to play it because we’re used to playing Call of Duty, Battlefield and its ilk. In doing that, we’re setting ourselves up for a letdown or frustration.

Keep in mind that this is simply the multiplayer demo we’re talking about. We haven’t even discussed the single player component the game’s shipping with – and that’s been the franchise’s selling point since its inception.

Also of note is that the game will implement the Online Pass system – yes, the same Online Pass I talked about yesterday.

Whatever reception Twisted Metal receives, I’m just glad that the people at Eat Sleep Play and David Jaffe are man enough to reboot the franchise and even release a demo in this cutthroat landscape.

Twisted Metal will be out this coming February 14th exclusively for the PS3. The demo is out today for US PSN users.

HAVING FUN SERVING OTHERS; Alternative spring-breakers forgo bars, beach.(FAMILY TIMES)

The Washington Times (Washington, DC) March 23, 2003 Byline: Alexandra Rockey Fleming, THE WASHINGTON TIMES Boston College junior Jeff Capotosto needed a break from the daily grind. Like most students, he hit the road, hoping to put some miles between himself and the stress and responsibility that riddle higher education. Mr. Capotosto’s spring break – unlike those of many of his peers – didn’t include any tequila shots, no honeycomb of revelers crashing cheap motels, no random hookups with unknown coeds. He traveled to Washington instead – on his own dime. Here the 21-year-old and his compatriots spent a week laying insulation and posting drywall on a couple of houses in projects supervised by D.C. Habitat, an affiliate of Habit for Humanity International, the Christian nonprofit housing organization based in Americus, Ga.

Nearly 30,000 students nationwide will participate in some type of alternative spring break this year, says Dan McCabe, executive director of Break Away, a national nonprofit group that assists colleges and communities in promoting alternative break programs. Organizers say this type of trip appeals to students who want to make new friends, help other people, learn about different cultures and experience a new environment – minus the bacchanal more frequently associated with spring break.

Before his trip, Mr. Capotosto said he was confident that his vacation, organized through Boston College’s service group, Appalachian Volunteers, would be a great opportunity – “everyone coming together for a cause,” he says.

“A lot of times you’re worried about your own life,” he says. “This is a week where you can actually do something for someone else. It’s a nice thing to do that’s also rewarding for everyone involved.” +++++ Concerns The three B’s booze, beaches and bikinis commonly are linked to spring break in the minds of many students. Some considerations for parents of teens who are planning spring-break vacations include:

* Many “all-inclusive trips” to foreign destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada include all-you-can-drink parties, booze cruises, unlimited open bar and parties sponsored by liquor distributors where alcohol is distributed free of charge.

* The drinking age is 18 or 19 in Mexico, Canada and much of the Caribbean, and in many of these places the age limits are only modestly enforced, if at all. alcoholpoisoningsymptomsnow.net alcohol poisoning symptoms

* U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country they are visiting. If a teen is arrested, there is little if anything that the State Department can do to help. Also, medical care in many resort areas often is inadequate to respond to drinking and other substance-related crises.

* Although some travel companies provide adult chaperones, these adults are not responsible for monitoring students’ alcohol or drug consumption or sexual activity.

* Many young people don’t know the signs of alcohol poisoning. Symptoms include the following: The person doesn’t respond when spoken to, pinched or poked; the person vomits when passed out; the person cannot stand up or remain standing without aid; the person has a very slow rate of breathing fewer than six breaths per minute; he has bluish or purplish or clammy skin that feels cool to the touch; his pulse is slower than 40 beats per minute.

Source: Students Against Destructive Decisions +++++ More info Books * “The Uncollege Alternative: Your Guide to Incredible Careers and Amazing Adventures Outside College,” by Danielle Wood, ReganBooks, 2000. This book includes ideas and resources on opportunities for adventures around the world; internships, apprenticeships and training programs; and community service projects.

* “The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Adventures: Internships, Extraordinary Experiences, Seasonal Jobs, Volunteering, Working Abroad,” by Michael Landes, Ten Speed Press, 2002. This guide contains more than 1,000 opportunities to work, play, learn and help, introducing readers to previously unconsidered options. this web site alcohol poisoning symptoms

* “Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years,” by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller, Griffin Trade, 2000. Using case examples and real-life dialogue, this book shows how parents may have lost control over their college student, but they haven’t lost influence.

Online * SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, (www.sadd-online.com) has identified spring break as a time of year when teens are particularly at risk. Its Safe Spring Break Campaign offers a safety kit that includes materials that warn young people about some of the dangers of underage drinking. SADD also encourages young people to turn their energies to community-service projects that will strengthen and improve their communities. The Spring Break Safety Kit includes ideas and information about community-service projects that teens can organize that will provide opportunities for teens to get together, have fun and accomplish a worthwhile objective over spring break.

* Break Away (www.alternativebreaks.org), a national nonprofit organization, provides workshops and facilitates a network to connect nonprofit groups that need volunteers with the goal of having students become lifelong participants in community service.

* Youth Service America (www.ysa.org) is a resource center and alliance of more than 300 organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for young Americans to serve locally, nationally or globally.

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Boston College junior Jeff Capotosto helps repair the house for D.C. Habitat, an affiliate of the nonprofit organization. “This is a week where you can actually do something for someone else,” he says. “It’s a nice thing to do that’s also rewarding for everyone involved.” [Photo by Jessica Tefft/The Washington Times] Boston College students and AmeriCorps workers put siding on a Habitat for Humanity house in a Northeast community in the District. Nearly 30,000 students nationwide will participate in some type of alternative spring break this year, says an official of a nonprofit group. [Photo by Jessica Tefft/The Washington Times] Natalie Battle, a junior at George Mason University, traded sand, sun and relaxation for an alternative break in New York City. There she spent a week caring for victims of HIV/AIDS via the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an AIDS advocacy and education organization. [Photo by Jessica Tefft/The Washington Times]