|Don’t have Steel Battalion?
This is a FAQ for the folks who don’t have the game, and would like to know more about it. I wrote it to dispell a lot of the misinformation that’s going around ruining everybody’s idea of what this wonderful game is really about.
I’d want to play the game, but it’s like 500 bucks. What’s up with that?
The release price of the game was only 200 dollars. There’s both a lot of confusion about this, and a lot of complaining about it; but the actual release price was 200 bucks. That’s basically 50 for the game, and 150 for the controller. If you ask me, 150 dollars for a controller of this size and quality is better than decent. I’ve seen steering wheels / arcade sticks / flight sticks for over a hundred dollars; why be surprised at a 150 dollar item that includes the complexities of this controller?! It has BLINKY LIGHTS!!
Can I play the game without that freaky controller?
No. You can’t. Neither can your friend who claims they can. They are lying.
What’s the story with losing your game saves?
Yes, it’s true — if you get killed and don’t hit the “eject button” (the button with the transparent plastic protective cover over it) in time, you’re screwed. You die, and you lose your game save. This sucks, and adds an element of realism and intensity to the game, that though awful, kinda rocks in my opinion ’cause you really freak out. And let’s face it — the more you play these levels the better, so starting over ain’t so bad.
Where’s the tape player?
When defining the armaments of your mech, you can activate the “boom box” and listen to some funky, creepy lo-fi music while you play. LoC supports Custom Soundtracks, and that’s freakin’ rad!
Why aren’t there any seagulls?
Why isn’t my mech moving very fast?
Mechs by their nature move quite slowly. Though they lumber around step by step, the action can get REAL fast because of the nature of the camera and crosshairs. These two things can move incredibly fast, and completely independantly. This makes for some seriously intense combat potential. Looking one way, firing in another, and walking in another. Pretty sweet, eh?
The “strafe” pedal shouldn’t be called a “strafe” pedal.
Please form your questions in the form of a question. But yes, you’re right. The strafe pedal doesn’t modify your movement the same way a strafe modifier does on a keyboard — it makes you quickly jump forward, left, right, or backwards depending on the position of the gearshift, and the direction the left joystick is pushed during the pedal depression. If the gearshift is in N, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 you jump forward. If it’s in R, you’ll jump backwards. If you move the left joystick left or right while depressing the strafe pedal, you’ll jump left or right. You can also do diagonal movements with combinations of gas / strafe directions.
When does my pilot need to eat?
This is a sim, but not that much of a sim.
Why’s the screen all GRITTY loooking?
Imagine this: you’re sitting inside a completely enclosed metal cockpit inside the mech. There is no windshield or glass or anything — you look at “tv screens” inside the cockpit to see what’s going on outside your mech. There are cameras placed on the outside of the mechs which feed their signal to the interior screens which you look at. So the quality of the image you look at is a sort of … video resolution, and when it gets jarred (from a fall or when you’re going over rough terrain or whatever)it distorts, and when it gets dirty it needs cleaning, etc. I think it’s a pretty sweet effect, and adds another level of realism to the game.
How can I take on more than 1 mech at once?
All you need is to keep moving, use the radar to keep an eye on incoming shells, and utilize all the tools the mech gives you. Chaffs are handy, strafing is handy, and the fact that you can look one way, move another way, and fire your weapons another way comes in handy too. And don’t panic. 🙂
Do I need a third hand to control this biyatch?
No, but it certainly would help.
Storms, floods, volcanic eruptions among multiple natural disasters reported in different areas of globe
A range of environmental disasters hit the world in the first month of 2022, including heavy rains and floods in Brazil, Iran and Madagascar; heavy snowfall in Turkiye, Pakistan and the US; wildfires in Spain and Argentina as well as volcanic eruptions in Ecuador’s Wolf volcano and Pacific nation of Tonga.
Below is a timeline compiled by Anadolu Agency:
– After a week of record-breaking heat, firefighters in northern Spain are struggling to extinguish a wave of forest fires that emerged during the first weekend of the year.
– A wide swathe of the US East Coast is slammed by a major winter storm that brings significant snowfall to much of the Mid-Atlantic region, including the capital.
– The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia rise to 26, with 715,634 people affected.
– Argentine authorities say fires destroy “between 80,000 and 90,000 hectares” in the southern province of Chubut.
– At least five people are killed while nine others remain missing after a landslide hit a construction site in China.
– At least nine people are killed in floods that hit almost all of Iran.
– Wildfires fueled by strong winds and downed power lines in the Western US state of Colorado cause more than $513 million in damage and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and other structures.
– The Wolf volcano, the tallest mountain on the Galapagos islands, starts erupting, spewing lava and clouds of ash in the Pacific Ocean.
– Hundreds of people are hospitalized after the Japanese capital of Tokyo received its highest snowfall in four years.
– At least two people are killed in southeastern Brazil when a canyon wall collapsed on speedboats in a lake due to heavy rains.
– 21 tourists have lost their lives in the past two days after their vehicles were trapped due to heavy snowfall in a famous hill station near Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad
– The death toll in southeastern Brazil rises to 10 when a canyon wall collapsed on speedboats in a lake.
– A landslide, caused by heavy rain, destroys a historic townhouse in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
– Following a massive underwater volcanic eruption in the Pacific country of Tonga, Japan was hit with a tsunami on its Pacific coast late Saturday, local media reported.
– Japan says at least two people were killed during the undersea volcanic eruption around the Tonga island nation in South Pacific.
– At least 10 people are killed in floods caused by heavy rains in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.
– Thousands of displaced Syrians living in tents in the northwest have been struggling amid heavy downpours and snowfall.
– Forest fires continue to rage across Argentina, with high temperatures and winds helping them to spread.
– Heavy snowfall hits Turkiye’s largest city Istanbul, shuttering shopping malls, disrupting traffic, and closing a mega-airport.
– Five people are killed and many others missing after floods hit western Uganda.
– A severe weather front dubbed Elpis hit Greece’s capital region of Attica with snow as well as the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea.
– The Peruvian navy says it spots a new oil spill at the terminal of the La Pampilla refinery that belongs to the Spanish oil company Repsol.
– Tropical Storm Ana kills 19 people and displaces thousands of families in southern Malawi.
– Millions of people across the US eastern seaboard are bracing for a “bomb cyclone” that will bring heavy snow, strong winds, and blizzard conditions to the region.
– The death toll from a tropical storm that struck three African countries climbs to 78 as emergency efforts continued to repair damaged infrastructure and help tens of thousands of victims.
– Parts of the United Kingdom face extreme weather as Storm Malik made a dramatic landfall with gale-force winds and heavy torrents of rain.
– A daunting Nor’easter winter storm left more than 100,000 people without power as it tore through the US East Coast with powerful winds and heavy snowfall.
– The Central US is bracing for a major winter storm as parts of the East Coast dig out from a historic snowfall amid below-freezing temperatures.
Basketball at Steel Battalion has a memorable history and we’ve always looked at building on the same tradition. Player’s success is a long-term journey that requires lots of commitment, patience, enthusiasm, and guidance by different parties. At Steel Battalion we are firm on details and put a lot to make sure we offer first class basketball program to our players.
Our program’s philosophy is based on preparing to have success in the toughest environment imaginable. It is not good enough just to prepare to win games. We will prepare to win Championships!! As a program our offensive philosophy is to be an up tempo, fast breaking basketball team that will get out and run at every opportunity. Although the foundation of our defense will be built upon solid half court fundamentals, our program will be one that pressures the ball to create easy scoring opportunities for our offense.
To be successful, our program not only has to make a commitment to excellence during the season, but in the summer as well. Summer is a time when players and teams discover their potential and develop bonds that last throughout the year. Our summer schedule includes Team Camp and a number of weekend tournaments where we face top competition from around the state. We will continue to put on our own tournament which serves as a great opportunity for families to watch their son develop as a player while also raising money for our program.
During their time at Steel Battalion it is extremely important for our athletes to be exposed to a variety of athletic and extra-curricular experiences. That is why we support and encourage our kids to be involved in extra-curricular activities year-round. The experiences garnered helps our student-athletes to be well rounded young men.
When our team players have completed the program, we are sure that they do not only come out as good players, but also come out as great role models in our society. We instill kids with the skills to succeed not on a basketball court but in life as well.
Impress upon the mind of every man, from first to the lowest, the importance of the cause and what it is they are contending for. –General George Washington
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