Saturday, July 16, 2011

MOFO OF THE WEEK: MADD MAXX

Each week, Mofo Squad War Stories will be doing a feature story on one of our Mofo Squad members to get to know a little bit more about them. This week, we take a road kill joy ride with bullet magnet and dirt nap extraordinaire, Madd Maxx.


MSWS: When did you first begin playing the Battlefield series and what was it that caught your interest?

MADD MAXX: I've always loved the war themed games and first person shoot-em-ups for both arcade stand up and PC. I can remember dumping pocket loads of quarters into Sea Wolf and Battlezone at the arcade.


Then along came the good old days when I could get away with playing Doom, Wolfenstine, Duke Nukem, and Aces over Europe on my PC at the office! Life was good back then…


Eventually Call of Duty and Medal of Honor came out and I would take looooooong lunch breaks at the nearby Best Buy and play on their demo PCs.


A buddy of mine kept telling me about Battlefield 1942 and how it was way better than COD and MOH because you got to hop into vehicles and drive them all over the place. The WWII era weapons and vehicles of BF1942, the epic battle maps, and the experience of online multiplayer gaming is what got me hooked.


I used to get a kick out of seeing people type in team chat "who's the @$$#%!& who beached our air craft carrier!!!" 9 times out of 10, that @$$#%!& was me!


MSWS: What's the story behind the name you chose to use in game?

MADD MAXX: Max is my real name, and growing up I hated it cause it was different. When the Road Warrior came out in 1982, the toughest kid in high school started calling me "Mad Max". So that nickname stuck with me. The number 84 comes from my football jersey I wore and also the year I graduated high school. Add an extra X and D and that’s how I came up with my in game name MADDMAXX84.



MSWS: Which of the current Mofo Squad members, did you first go into battle with?

MADD MAXX: Back in the BF2 days, I would watch to see who would get the most kills in a round. I kept seeing Jim Reaper at the top of the list, so I would squad up with Jim and try to hit him in the back of the head with as many ammo packs and med kits that I could throw at him. I figured since I couldn’t get kills, I would play the support role. Shortly after that I met Stealth, Thrasher and Loken (aka Linnear at the time). I later met Don Mario in BFBC2.

Jim Reaper


MSWS: What is your favorite kit to play and why?

MADD MAXX: I'd have to say I have my better rounds when I'm using the assault kit. I usually pop a couple of 40MM grenades first then clean up with the M416 equipped with red dot sight and magnum rounds. I usually drop ammo boxes in doorways of buildings or high traffic areas to get a few supply points during the game.

M416 with 40MM grenade launcher


MSWS: Tell us about your all time favorite map in the Battlefield series and why you like it?

MADD MAXX: I'm sure not too many people remember the Invasion of the Philippians map from the BF1942 series, but I absolutely loved playing this map. It had all the look and feel of "Black Sheep Squadron" and more. The map was not part of the original BF1942 release, but was actually a freebie that was included with the 1.5 patch update.

 Aerial view of Invasion of the Philippians

IOTP was one of the larger 64 multi player maps at the time and a good "island hopping" strategy was key to capturing all of the 6 flag capture points.

BF1942 - Invasion of the Philippians map

It also included wide variety of neat stuff including: Japanese destroyers, anti-ship coastal gun emplacements, airplanes, tanks, jeeps, and patrol boats equipped with machine guns, torpedoes, and sea mines.
  
The Elco 80 PT Boat
MSWS: What weapon, old or new, do you wish you could add to the current BFBC2 game.

MADD MAXX: I really miss the old muscle car from the BF2 Armored Fury maps (Operation Midnight Sun and Operation Road Rage-16 player maps). It was a strait up road kill machine. Slap a few packs of C4 to the front bumper and you got yourself one heck of a land torpedo.

BF2 Armored Fury Muscle Car

Of course if they ever brought it back, I'd love to see it upgraded to a bad @$$ Mustang Cobra like the "Stealth Mobile"!

Bad @$$ Stealth Mobile


MSWS: What's your favorite pin you hope to see in the personal stats at the end of a game round?

MADD MAXX: The one pin I enjoy seeing most is the Gold Squad pin. That’s an award we all share and all contributed in earning. After we get one, I like to check the leader board to see if we pulled off a "Mofo Sweep" (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place spots on our side). When other players see all the Mofos at the top, we get their respect pretty quick. Mess with the best...die like the rest!

 
Gold Squad Pin and a Mofo Sweep

Another pin I enjoy is Wheels of Hazard which you get for road killing at least 3 bad guys in a round. Don’t forget to honk that horn a few times for added insult. It's even more fun when you got a car full of passengers to share the carnage with! 
Wheels of Hazard Pin


MSWS: From what you have seen of the BF3 previews, what are you looking forward to the most with the new release later this year?

MADD MAXX: I can't wait to put on a stunt spectacular air show for all the MOFO boys with the return of jets to the game. I like to fly completely reckless and I think it's a real crowd pleaser when I "epic fail" the landing, GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! I'm also looking forward to playing brand new large scale urban maps with lots of buildings to destroy. You gotta love guilt free vandalism!

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!


MSWS: What helpful tip would you give someone to help them improve their game play.

MADD MAXX: I like to shadow the squad member who is getting the most kills in a round. I figure if their on a hot streak their the safest person to be around, and you can learn a lot from watching a really good player. Also, if I can support them with ammo and meds, then maybe I can help them get an ace pin in exchange for keeping my @$$ safe!  

Stay close to the Ace


MSWS: Do you have a favorite moment or funny experience in Battlefield you would like to share?

MADD MAXX:  One of my favorite memories was loading BFBC2 on my new PC, and after taking some time off from the game, seeing that Jim, Stealth, Thrasher, and Loken were still out there playing. Reconnecting with them and being invited back to squad up with them (and be able to shield them from enemy bullets regardless of my K/D ratio) was a great honor. As a tribute to the Mofo Squad, I started the "Mofo Squad War Stories" blog site to record the good times we've had together so we can always look back and remember them.


I remember Jim saying "Madd where are you? Don’t be afraid come join the battle." I replied in text that I was driving around shooting some video clips I needed for the blog. Then Jim yelled, "What the #&@% Madd, are you with #&@%-ing Stars and Stripes? DROP THE CAMCORDER AND PICK UP A GUN!"


Seeing Stealth coming straight for me on an ATV with Thrasher on the passenger seat. In a desperate panic I started swinging my knife and close lined stabbed Thrasher off the ATV. While I was still wielding the knife wildly, Stealth hopped off and shot me to pieces!

Hey Stealth, where's Thrasher?

One time I hoped in a helicopter first and Stealth said, "go ahead Loken, you fly with Maxx". Loken replies, "Can Maxx fly?" Before taking off, I texted to Loken to sit back and relax, and reassured him by telling him I used to fly helicopters during the Vietnam war (100% total BS). I then took us up and started to fly forward but within a few seconds I pitched the nose down too fast and cart wheeled us upside down and landed on the rotors crashing the heli into the desert and killing both of us. Next thing I heard was Loken swearing at me…a lot!

#&@% MAXX!

There was this one time on White Pass when Don Mario was playing wookie-go-seek in some bushes next to a cliff and he kept telling everyone to spawn on him, when we did we plummeted to our death in the ocean! Thanks a lot Don, that was such BUUUUUUUUUUUL $#!T, but it was still pretty funny!

Spawn on me if you want to live!

MSWS

Sunday, July 10, 2011

INSPIRATION POINT

Madd Maxx and Loken take a romantic APC ride up to "Inspiration Point" on Laguna Presa...


Saturday, July 9, 2011

MOFO OF THE WEEK: STEALTH

Each week, Mofo Squad War Stories will be doing a feature story on one of our Mofo Squad members to get to know a little bit more about them. This week, we realize that these are not the droids we're looking for… So kick back, relax, and enjoy a slice of Mofo Pizza with the founder of the Mofo Squad, Stealth.


MSWS: When did you first begin playing the Battlefield series and what was it that caught your interest?

STEALTH: I began with BF2.  I had heard about Battlefield 1942 and it sounded interesting but I was playing Tribes at the time.  Years later Tribes 2 was slowly dying and they released the piece of crap that was Tribes 3 and I was done.  Thankfully BF2 had just come out and the squad play and different vehicles sounded like just what I was looking for, so I upgraded my rig and jumped in never to look back.  Now I realize how much fun I must have missed out on  not playing 1942.



MSWS: What's the story behind the name you chose to use in game?

STEALTH: Well I used to be Stealth_S in Tribes and was hoping to get that name.  When I tried to register it said that that nick was already tied to a gamespy account.  This really pissed me off because it was MY gamespy account but was linked to an old no longer used e-mail address and could not be recovered.  So I tried Stelath S, Stealth.S, Stealth-S, ect but nothing would take so in anger I typed Stealth_mofo and it took it.  Doh..  Turned out alright, I like when people try to type something about those dam MOFOs on a server with the profanity filter enabled and it comes out ^*(&@^, which pisses them off even more.


MSWS: Which of the current Mofo Squad members, did you first go into battle with?

STEALTH: Thrasher first, then Jim_Reaper.

  

Bros before hoes.  Wait, that came out wrong..  I actually like hoes but they don’t hold up in battle too well, first t-bag they get and they end up looking like the Joker pretty quick.

10 dollars, hmmmm...what a delimma...
Do you go with the grilled smoked salmon special?
Or will it be a hoe for these bros?

MSWS: What is your favorite kit to play and why?

STEALTH: I play different kits on different maps depending on what the current situation calls for.  I do enjoy Engineer a lot and try to drop 6 mines on most maps right away even if I don’t plan on playing that kit on that map.  With over 2000 mine kills you can tell Stealth likes his pizza deliveries!
An unsuspecting tank is about to encounter a Mofo Pizza Delivery...


MSWS: Tell us about your all time favorite map in the Battlefield series and why you like it?

STEALTH: This is a tough one.  Sooo many good maps, in BF2 anyways.  BFBC2, not so much.  I miss the huge 64 player maps from BF2.  I would have to say Operation Road Rage was one of my favorites.  It was fast moving, easy to get around and had attack helis, mini birds and the A-10.  What more do you want?  Operation Harvest would be up there as well..

BF2 - Operation Road Rage


MSWS: What weapon, old or new, do you wish you could add to the current BFBC2 game.

STEALTH: The FAMAS was by far the most accurate weapon, the jackhammer was an amusing weapon that I often miss.  So one of those I guess, although I would settle for a knife that actually works more than 20% of the time.

Hammer Time!


MSWS: What's your favorite pin you hope to see in the personal stats at the end of a game round?

STEALTH: I guess it would be the ACE pin.  I miss the star system from BF2, at least then when Jim played I could still take home something.  Can you make me a, “living in Jim_Reapers shadow” pin?

  
Jim's Ace Pin (left),  Living in Jim's Shadow Pin (right)


MSWS: From what you have seen of the BF3 previews, what are you looking forward to the most with the new release later this year?

STEALTH: Bigger maps, better graphics and a working hit reg.

I find your lack of faith disturbing...


MSWS: What helpful tip would you give someone to help them improve their game play.

STEALTH: Play as a team, help your squad, do not leave your wingman.  Hugging a pine tree to randomly snipe people 200+ meters away is pointless in an online multiplayer game.  And no Don, you are not helping!

Stealth, is this what you ment by play as a team?


MSWS: Do you have a favorite moment or funny experience in Battlefield you would like to share?

STEALTH:  Don screaming at a person he just killed, “Do you want my bullet?” over and over.  Don saying, “Spawn on me if you want to live”.  I think he was like 4-18 at the time. Basically, Don.  He is hilarious and the best hacker finder anywhere.

BUUUUUUUUUULLLLLL $#!T
 MSWS

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

MOFO OF THE WEEK: THRASHER

Each week, Mofo Squad War Stories will be doing a feature story on one of our Mofo Squad members to get to know a little bit more about them. This week, we get the up close and personal business side of a gun barrel, with Thrasher.


MSWS: When did you first begin playing the Battlefield series and what was it that caught your interest?

THRASHER: My brother had been gaming online for a while but, when he found BF2 I was interested.



MSWS: What's the story behind the name you chose to use in game?

THRASHER: Nothing behind the name. I think Stealth made it up. It does seem to fit my aggressive style of game play.

Mr. Aggressive in action


MSWS: Which of the current Mofo Squad members, did you first go into battle with?

THRASHER: Family First. BF2 was our chance to game together.
    
   
Stealth


MSWS: What is your favorite kit to play and why?

THRASHER: Variety is king.  I would get tired of any one gun eventually.  Different situations require different weapons.  I believe that every weapon has its place.  I am still learning to love some of the BFBC2 guns that I have so ignored.

Variety King's gun collection


MSWS: Tell us about your all time favorite map in the Battlefield series and why you like it?

THRASHER: Again with variety. I hate 24/7 servers.

WHOA! How did this picture get here?


MSWS: What weapon, old or new, do you wish you could add to the current BFBC2 game.

THRASHER: Just keep the guns real. Give me access to the guns that are currently out there. The more realistic the better.

It doesn't get any realer than this!


MSWS: What's your favorite pin you hope to see in the personal stats at the end of a game round?

THRASHER: Ace pin, Jim tells me, is the best.  I also like the Savior pin.  I like to know that I saved a few lives among all that killing.


MSWS: From what you have seen of the BF3 previews, what are you looking forward to the most with the new release later this year?

THRASHER: I am looking forward to have a bug free game. HA! I love the graphics and being able to trade weapons without finding a dead body first. I love the idea of dragging your buddy to safe cover before you revive him. Or dragging some ass hat into the line of fire before reviving. It depends on my mood.

Keep your buddies safe.


MSWS: What helpful tip would you give someone to help them improve their game play.

THRASHER: Squad play all the way. If you don't want to play in a tight squad, you should be playing single player.  Play a kit that your buddies aren't. Be generous with Ammo, Meds, Motion mines, you will become the most valuable squad member in no time. Spawn on the guy in the most trouble. You will die a lot, but when you surprise the bad guys, kill them all and revive your buddy, it is all worth it.

Squad up!


MSWS: Do you have a favorite moment or funny experience in Battlefield you would like to share?

THRASHER: I guess I find it funny that 'hacker' has come to mean little more than the person that just killed you.  And a noob weapon is the weapon that someone used to kill you more than once. 

Real men like Thrasher, don't hack or use noob guns...XOXO
MSWS