Archive | August 2015

Good candidates will pass, no matter what.

Traditionally my faith in the Mounties stems from their equal treatment of all applicants – every candidate goes through the same steps regardless of background. Now it seems they wish to cater to the University graduate demographic by allowing them to bypass the Entrance Exam. Stated on their website (the link to the page I will provide below) under: “Do I need to write the RCMP Entrance Exam (RPAB)?” it reads: “if you possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, you will not be required to write the RCMP Entrance Exam (RPAB).” They keywords here being: “you will not be required to…”

 

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/recruiting-recrutement/rm-mr/faq-eng.htm#q30

 

Last I checked, the good candidates – that is the dedicated ones – can write the exam regardless of education background AND PASS. No it seems whoever is in charge of things upstairs decided it would be a great idea to create a bypass, a way for some paper-totting, self-absorbed prick to walk past what can be considered to be a good equalizer. Now if the Mounties wanted to do what the military does and have Officers and Enlisted, fine I support that. Yet even in the military Officer candidates MUST write entrance exams AND pass fitness testing. You want to lead the best a nation has to offer? You will have to be BETTER than them to prove that you are up to the task (example: Royal Marine Officers have higher requirements than Royal Marine recruits).

 

Royal Marines (UK) main page:
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/royal-marines

Royal Marines Officer Training:
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/royal-marines/how-to-join-the-marines/rm-officer-training

 

Royal Marines Commando Training:

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/royal-marines/how-to-join-the-marines/rm-commando-training

 

 

What were they thinking, that a degree holder is somehow magically capable of doing all the things they look for and test on the RPAB just because they took a course and most likely plagiarized half the material? Why make it easier for some and not others – what message are you trying to send to the general public looking to serve this country?

 

The application process is designed to funnel out undesirable candidates, but taking away a hurdle for some and keeping it for others is utter nonsense – a two-tier system. Either make it mandatory for all to write the exam, or throw it out the window – none of this “special treatment” garbage. Degree holder or not, if they want to serve, and are really set on serving, they will pass – simple as that. This: “oh hey kid, here let me make it easier for you and take away the Entrance Exam” will only result in a lesser candidate entering the force over a superior candidate who can successfully pass ALL the steps of the process, and further ruining the reputation that is already badly tarnished; but hey why clean up things when you can just leave it as it is right?

 

When you figure things out let me know, until then I will tough it out like a proper recruit and write the damn entrance exam FOR OTHER DEPARTMENTS; you can take in as many ill-mannered, self-absorbed, spray-tan frat boys and frat girls who possess an over-inflated sense of self worth as you like and see how that works out for you.

Mobile gaming, and the Fallen Empire. The Coffee Break 14 August 2015.

Well, this is a rather nice surprise – mobile gaming turning out to be somewhat satisfactory. Sure the games may not be as stimulating as Battlefield Bad Company 2, or The Witcher 3, but it is something to play with to pass the time (though it annoys me that some games require internet connections when you are only fighting AI – to hell with microtransactions). Some game formulas work well on mobile such as card games, side scrollers, top-down games, and so on. Titles like Drop Assault, Hearthstone, and Warhammer Quest I have found to be the most entertaining there is on the smart phone. Indeed they help to pass the time, and offer something different even at home when I am bored with my steam games.

 

In other news, there has been talk coming out of the theory machine regarding The Old Republic’s latest expansion The Fallen Empire in that you may actually be able to join this new faction. Your character whom is a veteran of the previous war between the Republic and the Sith Empire awakens to find that the galaxy has changed since they were last awake. Indeed this option ought to be interesting as I do wish to join this new Empire; witnessing their combat style I want to be part of an Empire that respects martial traditions, and can successfully blend old phalanx tactics with new technology. Not sure what I mean by this statement? Check out their trailer in the link below to see what I mean regarding the Fallen Empire’s battle tactics.

 

This has been the writer, and I shall see you next time (Hi-ho, hi-ho – it’s off to work I go).

 

Occupied with the campaign season. The Coffee Break 4 August 2015.

Hello folks,

 

Yes indeed summer is when people buckle down to earn some extra credits (I like “Credits” as opposed to “cash”). While I have been occupied with work (and thankfully no longer on the night shift rotation) I have been playing the usual lot of games – The Old Republic, Bad Company 2, and that’s about it.

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Now in recent times I have been able to enjoy a bit of World of Warships, and while it is still in beta, the gameplay thus far shows a promising future ahead for this free to play warship game. While the market for wargaming in general is mainly dominated with ground combat titles (and will continue down this trend for the foreseeable future), it is nice to see the navy getting some love from time to time. Plus there is also Battlefleet Gothic Armada coming out soon, so here’s hoping that title isn’t utter tripe when it releases.

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Mobile gaming on a smart phone – now there’s something I never imagined myself doing. Sure I am primarily a PC gamer, but nowadays I am looking at other alternatives. Lately it’s been Hearthstone and Drop Assault (Horus Heresy-set top down attack and defend game from Games Workshop; the publisher I have no idea who they are at the time of writing this article). Presently there is a humble bundle of Games Workshop mobile games on sale – perhaps it is time to open up a new frontier to explore, yes?

 

Batman Arkham Knight is still – well – a disappointment on PC. The console release was top notch, but the PC launch was buggier than a nest of beetles. Alongside this bit of disappointment from June, Halo 5 will not have splitscreen; sure people play online nowadays, but I would still like to have a buddy come over for a few beers and play together in the same living room rather than: “hey, let’s meet up online.” The appeal of having a living person next to you to goof around as you accidentally kill them with a punch to the back (Halo 2 memories) is somewhat diminished if the person in question is no longer physically able to play with you in the same room on the same TV. Perhaps it might be time for me to go PS4; at least a good chunk of their titles have splitscreen multiplayer; here’s hoping that doesn’t change.

 

Okay folks, that’s about all I have time for today. Hope you guys are enjoying your summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere), and I shall see you next time.