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  1. An amazing story...(sorry if this has already been posted...I looked and didn't see mention of it) A British army sniper helped save his commander and set a new sharpshooting record after killing two Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan from a mile-and-a-half away. Had to aim 6 feet high and 20 inches to the left...that is freakin unbelievable... http://digs.by/dfbQz3
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    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas Rocky, staff and forum dwellers...I'm still around keeping the FB and Twitter going but as you all know...there hasn't been any new news...so until things pick up...it's been rather difficult to make it "exciting". Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and got lots of new toys. Cheers!
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    Blacklight: Tango Down

    An associate of mine passed along some info on a game that I've not heard of before. I searched here and didn't come up with anything...but it's called Blacklight: Tango Down and is being produced by a company called Ignition Entertainment (available Summer 2010). Never mind that Tango Down is a phrase often associated with Rainbow Six...and never mind that the product description reads: Or that the story line reads: Check out the game's logo... As compared to the Ghost Recon logo... Cheap knock off or legitimate contender?
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    Examiner article on FS

    Sounds like many of the old salty veterans from around here wrote this.
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    New GRFS Ad

    Hmm...I won't say what I was originally going to post...but I'm not particularly happy with the fact that you can get the beta just by pre-ordering now...also, I don't know if this ad still applies since the news of the delay...but this ad just ran in the JUL issue of Game Informer.
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    New to GR - advice on tactics

    I don't know how you feel about walk thrus...but gr.net has plenty of them for GR and the expansion packs. http://www.ghostrecon.net/html/recon.htm#wt
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    New GRFS Ad

    It was said on Twitter...and I'm searching for it...but Twitter is only letting me go back as far as the beginning of June and this was passed awhile ago. This has always been one of the most frequently asked questions... I'll certainly keep looking for it...not that it will change any of this. But however we wordplay the issue...it was grossly misleading. EDIT - I'll edit my former post because I certainly don't want to misrepresent the issue without concrete proof...but it doesn't change the point of any of this.
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    New GRFS Ad

    While I’m not nearly as vocal or critical of Ubisoft as others here are, I might be over this issue. I beat a $60 game in 3 days…I haven’t touched it since but held on to it just to have access to the GRFS beta and now the game isn’t even worth half that and probably won’t even be needed. This reeks of shady and deceitful marketing tactics. Are we really going to argue and justify this practice by wordplaying it to death. Offering an “exclusive” perk for doing something, and then turning around and offering that same benefit for doing something else devalues the effort of the first and those who did what was asked. It isn’t nearly as much about the money as it is the principle, and the customers are always the one who seem to pay for it. It almost seems like now that the beta and game release have been pushed back, this is a way to lure in more people by offering up another carrot. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if this “exclusive” map will be available to all in no time, making the point of reserving the game irrelevant in the first place. In fact, I’m sure with minimal effort (like following the right people on Twitter for example) a person could easily get the exclusive map the day the game releases, whenever that might be. Clearly Ubisoft isn’t the only one that is guilty of this. Halo: ODST did this with the Halo: Reach beta too. MS turned around and gave away so many free codes that allowed random users to access Reach even before those who were standing by with their copies of ODST were able to. At least Halo was subtle about it. Ubisoft is wheeling and dealing on a game that has already got bumped once, isn't due out until next year and might even experience further delays. As far as pointing to what the website says now about beta access and how to get it…well that’s about as relevant as pointing to Amazon’s website that shows an OCT 01, 2010 release date for GRFS. Websites can and do change. Clearly I’m not naïve enough to think Ubisoft wouldn’t give away free promotional codes and what not, but to offer up another alternative as simple and insignificant as reserving GRFS as an alternative solution… That’s inexcusable.
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    New GRFS Ad

    @MeanMF - yeah...well based on some of your other posts...obviously you know what my beef is...I've been hanging on to SC Conviction just for the beta and it's value has plummeted...and I probably won't even need it now. Yeah...its a little frustrating.
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    Market Place

    Custom Ghost Recon Xbox 360 up for bid - proceeds benefit Child's Play Charity. Bid now and own a one of a kind.
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    GR: Future Soldier delayed until 2011.

    Ubi Kimi hosting a few polls to gauge community feedback to the news of the GRFS delay. Read about it here.
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    Polls about GRFS Delay

    UNCLASSIFIED FROM: Scott Mitchell, futuresoldier@ghostrecon.net TO: Undisclosed Recipients MEMORANDUM SUBJ: Polls In Response to Ghost Recon Future Soldier Delay You have to admire the fortitude and resolve of Ubi Kimi. In light of the recent news release from Ubisoft indicating the delay of Ghost Recon Future Soldier, and the subsequent update indicating the demo was also impacted by the delay, she trudges on with her Community Developer duties as the conduit between the fans and the company. In her latest round of public activity, she tackled the daunting task of addressing the issue of the delay in a couple of polls that ask: "How do you feel about the delay of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier?" My first reaction was she was out of her mind for even asking as the answer would seem obvious...but the response may surprise you. It did me, to a certain degree. The first poll was hosted at Twtpoll. To accurately characterize the poll, it's only fair to note that it was a very brief snapshot of fan based reaction. The poll ran for a rather short period of time, apparently less than 24 hours, and only had 130 votes cast. In a game that normally draws responses in the hundreds and thousands, 130 votes does seem a bit low. The second poll is being conducted over at the Ghost Recon Facebook Page. It essentially asks the same question and has similar responses. The results as of a few minutes ago look like this. Whether you participated in the polls or not, feel free to join in on the ongoing discussion in the following forum thread located here. Happy Hunting. //SIGNED// Scott Mitchell, futuresoldier@ghostrecon.net
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    GR: Future Soldier delayed until 2011.

    @MeanMF - It's a good point...when I saw that SC: Conviction topped the charts for so long but then read the actual sales figures I was shocked. If I'm not mistaken, the DLC for MW2 on the Xbox 360 alone doubled all of the sales for SC:Conviction...and then the DLC came out on the Playstation 3 and outsold SC: C by double again. GRFS is still up against some heavy competition next year...almost all of the media outlets that traveled to Paris for the media event compared GRFS to Gears of War. Gears of War 3 is due to release around the same time as the revised GRFS release date. With a big name like Microsoft backing GOW3 (meaning, I'm sure there are going to be some deals made to give GOW3 a lot of media blitz) GRFS is going to be in the same position it was in with a pre-holiday release. BT Something funny I read in a different forum. For the sake of the author, I won't post their name... "Who cares if some aspects of the game are unrealistic, i would sacrifice awesomeness for realism any day of the week. Besides MW2 is one of the most realistic FPS games on the market." Oh...what a hoot!
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    GR: Future Soldier delayed until 2011.

    I think E3 will show us how bad the damage really is... I mean, is it being delayed because there are too many other games being released around that time; because it's not on track to be completed by then; or a combination of the two. The press release is kind of conflicting and implies any of the above can be true. The Ghost Recon Future Soldier presentation at E3 will be very revealing...at least I think so.
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    GR: Future Soldier delayed until 2011.

    @warcloud - agree! @krise - I kind of thought that too...but there were a number of games last year that delayed their release until after the holidays so as not to go up against MW2 and they went on to be huge successes. Obviously not as huge as MW2, but that one is a rare bird indeed.
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    Island Thunder mission 6 Liberty Storm problem

    Maybe this will help? http://www.ghostrecon.net/html/WT_C06.htm
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    Ghost Recon: Open Day

    That's pretty cool! My brother is only 2 hours away...so whether he likes it or not...if he gets picked, he's going on my behalf...heh heh.
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    Ghost Recon (Book) Review

    UNCLASSIFIED FROM: Scott Mitchell, futuresoldier@ghostrecon.net TO: Undisclosed Recipients MEMORANDUM SUBJ: Ghost Recon Book Review Introduction I enjoy reading and I especially enjoy reading fiction based on video games. However, I seldom find time (or make the time) to read anymore. I suppose I’m too busy playing video games, blogging or messing with Facebook and/or Twitter (or as the Commander in Chief might say, being distracted and diverted). Every now and then I’ll get an opportunity where I’m able to read, like on board an airplane. It was during my latest business trip that I was finally able to start and finish a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while now – Ghost Recon. Yes, there is a Ghost Recon novel. I’m always amazed because some people, even big fans of the game, aren’t aware there is one. But there is. I just recently finished it and thought I’d write a book review (I almost said book report – a flashback to my high school days many moons ago). I’ll try not to post any spoilers, but if you are interested in or currently reading the book, then you might want to skip reading this review. Official Data Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Berkley; (November 4, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425220141 ISBN-13: 978-0425220146 Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews) Pricing Kindle Edition $7.99 - Available for download now. Paperback $9.99 Product Description The U.S. Army’s Special Forces are known for their highly specialized training and courage behind enemy lines. But there’s a group that’s even more stealthy and deadly. It’s comprised of the most feared operators on the face of the earth—the soldiers of Ghost Recon. Plot summary In the first novelization of the Ghost Recon franchise by Ubisoft/Tom Clancy, the Ghosts infiltrate China's eastern coast to seek and destroy the Spring Tiger Group. The small band of renegade Chinese military leaders is poised to execute Operation Pouncing Dragon, a plot to seize Taiwan and trigger a battle for dominance in the Pacific. Led by Captain Scott Mitchell, the Ghosts wage war from the Southern Philippines, Northwest Waziristan, and Xiamen, China, coping with the impact of unforeseen tragedy, remembering lessons-learned, and treasuring camaraderie. But during Operation War Wrath in Xiamen, China, a decade-old tragedy resurfaces endangering the mission and the team. The Spring Tiger Group is aided by an old nemesis and for Mitchell, this war is about to get very personal. Notes The Ghost Recon novel is written under the pseudonym (ghost writer) David Michaels. Comments The Ghost Recon novel is an interesting and entertaining read, but loyalists of the [Ghost Recon] video game will likely be disappointed for the very same reasons they were over later episodes of the game with the inclusion of some rather outlandish technological accomplishments (and yes, red diamonds make an appearance). The novel adequately develops the characters and instills much more personality than the games ever achieved, especially with the protagonist, Scott Mitchell. You learn about his family, his military career and even that he himself was a gamer and comic book collector in his younger days. You witness his character flaws and the internal struggle he faces over being successful while maintaining his integrity during a few objectionable situations. Probably the best character was Sergeant Alicia Diaz, the team’s sniper. Not only was her character unique and interesting, the way the author conceptualized the whole sniper component was nicely done. From the non-fiction books published about real snipers that I’ve read, Sgt. Diaz was a “believable” character even if every translation of being a sniper wasn’t entirely accurate. There are episodes of conflict, as you would expect, and for the most part they are gripping tales of battlefield courage under fire. Some of the conflicts, especially later in the story, become somewhat exaggerated, to the point it almost feels like a cheap Hollywood movie. There are a few moments where the author really cuts loose with the technology components, and these were my least favorite parts of the story, as I’m sure some of the veteran GR fans would agree, as I alluded to in the initial opening comments. One component of the novel that really surprised me was the Navy presence. There is a lot of Navy related material, subject matter, dialogue and presence in the book. Specifically, there is a significant amount of submarine operations and submarine support included in the book, and surprisingly, much of it is very accurate. Ironically, while the little (and questionable) details might be spot on, many of the broader and more general topics were completely wrong, which might make one question how the author got the little details right and the big details wrong. The Ghost Recon novel certainly wasn’t the best video game adaptation I’ve ever read but it was worthy enough to recommend to fans of the franchise who liked the Advanced Warfighter series and are interested in the Future Soldier series. If you’re straight up old school Ghost Recon, then save your $9.99 (or $7.99 for the Kindle version) because chances are...you won’t like it. Happy Reading. //SIGNED// Scott Mitchell, futuresoldier@ghostrecon.net
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    Ghost Recon Debate

    Holy Crap...I didn't know that...that's freakin' awesome... Don't get me wrong...on it's own...for what it set out to accomplish...I think the Advanced Warfighter series is amazing and I still play it today...but it's nothing like the original series. To me, they are two totally different entities that just happen to share the same name. I think the same will hold true for Future Soldier...it's going to be completely different than the original and GRAW...but with the same name. Thanks for sharing your experiences...that's very interesting...!
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    Ghost Recon Debate

    I am posting a series of blogs that discusses the ongoing debate between the Ghost Recon and Ghost Recon Future Soldier. The Introduction and Part 1 - The "Tom Clancy" Argument have been posted. Part 2 will be posted in the next day or so. Feel free to read at your leisure and come back here to comment...or not. Up to you. Introduction can be found here. Cheers.
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    Dutch courage reveals

    HAH HAH. That made me LOL. I'm reading the Ghost Recon novel and trying to figure out how on page 16 Mitchell is a Master Sergeant and on page 21 he is a Captain?!? It must be one of those battlefield promotions or something - but there is never any reference to it...unless I somehow skipped that page.
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    Ghost Recon Debate

    The final part - the summary...I appreciate all the dialogue and feedback from those that participated with a special thanks to Krise for your insight and discussions. Rocky cautioned me against doing this because of the sensitivity of the issue, so it was nice to see a civil and productive debate. Enjoy.
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    Old vs. New Debate Part 5 - Summary

    UNCLASSIFIED FROM: Scott Mitchell, futuresoldier@ghostrecon.net TO: Undisclosed Recipients MEMORANDUM SUBJ: Summary (Part 5) As this blog series draws to a close, I've learned and understand some of the different perspectives and how passionate some of the fans are about the series. I think there are a few key events that really divided the community and left it where we are today. The obvious and probably most damaging event was the cancellation of Ghost Recon 2 for PC. Obviously anytime a game company advertises a product is going to be released for a certain platform and then cancels it, there is bound to be repercussion felt within the community. There certainly was here at www.ghostrecon.net. Ghost Recon 2 was the first time I ever really boycotted a game. I had an Xbox so I could've played it; and eventually I did. But it was many years later and long after the game was in the bargain bin. The next major event that further divided the community was the release of Advanced Warfighter. Not only is this the first time that the game play was significantly changed, it was also the first time that a major emphasis on advanced technology was included in the game. Through somewhat lengthy but always amicable discussions with forum regulars over at www.ghostrecon.net, it becomes apparent that the drift from the open ended game play to a shooter on rails that corals you along coupled with the futuristic kit, left many of the fans extremely dissatisfied. The final event that likely sealed the deal for many was the feeling (whether actual or perceived is irrelevant) that Ubisoft representatives turned their backs on and ignored the community and their concerns with the series. The www.ghostrecon.net site has long enjoyed official representation from the developers and public relations personnel - who have the difficult task of promoting their game while addressing community concerns and pleasing the fans. This will invariably always result in a part of the crowd feeling neglected when their concerns aren't addressed. The last real remnant of the true Ghost Recon was the expansion pack "Island Thunder" which was released in 2003. Since then the series has evolved, but definitely in a fragmented fashion. This debate has been raised each time a sequel has been released. Advanced Warfighter was a totally new approach in the series, and it appears it's once again time for a new direction. My personal feeling is that Future Soldier is going to be as big as difference from Advanced Warfighter as Advanced Warfighter was from Ghost Recon. I have a feeling that GRFS is going to much more resemble Splinter Cell Conviction than Ghost Recon. One thing is for certain...some will love it, some will hate it - the game will evolve and the community will fragment a bit more. Even if the game is an overwhelming success...and even if it is the Game of the Year, it will never be Ghost Recon. That chapter retired seven years ago and in all probability will never resurface again. Happy Hunting...no matter which game you decide to play. //SIGNED// Scott Mitchell, futuresoldier@ghostrecon.net
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    please don't laugh at me when is say this

    And I thought this was bad... Latest Commodore 64 incarnation hopes what's old is new again.