Battlefield: Hardline Takes the War to the Streets – 3/22/2015

Following the disastrous launch of Battlefield 4 (known as Brokenfield among disgruntled fans) many gamers may be hesitant to give Hardline a play through.

It may not appeal to traditional fans at first, but those who want a different shooter experience will be attracted to its new concept. Despite the change in setting, it is still a Battlefield at its core that will impress fans.

Battlefield: Hardline is not just a unique title because of the new theme but a diverse gameplay setup that appeals to more than just shooter fans.

Single-Player

The story is set in Miami in the midst of a drug war not seen since the ’80s and the police are fighting to shut down the cartels before the conflict escalates. Players take on the role of Det. Nick Mendoza as he works with his partner, Det. Khai Minh Dao, as they try to shut down cartel operations. However, during their investigation they uncover rampant corruption within the department.

Battlefield: Hardline single-player is not so much a campaign but an episodic adventure made to feel like a crime show. The story has been crafted to feel like a modernized version of Miami Vice that also incorporates elements of other hit crime shows.

The gameplay setup is very diverse for a shooter as it combines elements of crime solving, stealth action and RPG to give players a fresh experience. The crime solving mechanism makes the game feel like L.A. Noire with a CSI: Miami tone. Unlike previous games in the series, being stealthy and arresting suspects is highly recommended. However, shooter fans will have their moments to go guns blazing.

Multiplayer

While the single-player episodes are designed for a diverse gaming audience, the multiplayer game was developed for both Battlefield and shooter fans. To achieve this it has taken the gameplay features of Payday and Counter-Strike then combined them into the Battlefield setup.

The multiplayer has eight different types of games that pits cops against criminals in a verity of environments. The gameplay includes heist missions along with hostage rescue while traditional fans could still battle for outposts. There is also the traditional team death-match for those who just want to kill another player.

The heist has criminals stealing the loot then transporting it to a designated location while battling the cops. Hostage is a 4 vs. 4 match were the cops try to rescue hostages or take out all the criminals. Hotwire may be the most unique gameplay mode as the cops must stop the criminals from stealing several designated vehicles (there are a lot of car chases here).

Players could purchase new weapons with the money they earn and unlock new gear after meeting certain criteria. Charters and classes can be customized based on what the player needs.

Overall

However, this is still not a flawless gaming experiences due to a few minor issues that could not be overlooked. For starters, the driving in the single-player story is really pointless and does nothing for the overall gaming experience. The story has too many clichés from crime shows while having the quality of mediocre network shows (which is an issue for those who binge watch The Wire on HBO).

The multiplayer game could have also incorporated more Co-Op and planning into its setup. While borrowing inspiration from Payday adds to the games cops & robbers theme, but the lack of real Co-Op makes every multiplayer game feel like over complicated death-match. Instead there will be a few players working towards the the games objective while everyone else is out gunning for other players.

Gamers may also experience a few minor glitches but most of them will be resolved with future patches.

It should be noted that Battlefield: Hardline may not appeal to many players as the series has been a balance between a gameplay setup that appeals to the casuals who play Call of Duty and the hardcore buffs who prefer Armed Assault (ArmA). The Battlefield series has always tried to include the user friendly setup of CoD into a more massive and challenging experience that ArmA fans could also enjoy. While the simplicity of CoD or the difficulty of ArmA is lost, a balance is found that has incorporate the highlights of both titles. Yet there will always be those CoD gamers who will find the game too difficult while some ArmA fans will feel the game is too juvenile for them.

In a genre that has become saturated with Call of Duty-knockoffs, putting players on to the thin blue line is an excellent change. Battlefield: Hardline shift from the war zones to the streets helps bring a sense of originality to the series.

Written for GameSkinny
3/22/2015
Original ArticleBattlefield: Hardline Takes the War to the Streets

Op-Ed: NM State Police action against Oriana Ferrell was justified – 11/18/2013

A video has surfaced regarding what started as a routine traffic stop that turned into a hostile confrontation between Oriana Ferrell and her 14 -year old son against officers of the New Mexico State Police.

During the ordeal; Ferrell attempts to flee the scene multiple times and resists arrest while endangering the lives of her children. This confrontation could have all been avoided had Ferrell just complied with the officer instructions and apologized for speeding while accepting full responsibility (like a normal person).

In the end this is a classic example of how a mundane moment could escalate into a hostile confrontation just by failing to use common sense. Oh how some people need to learn from Chris Rock.

Yet a lot of the attention has been focused on the few seconds were one of the officers tried to shootout the tire of the minivan as it fled the scene. The majority of articles that report on the event focus on that trivial moment while burying away what lead to the confrontation or how she resisted arrest.

Its agreed that the officer should not have drawn his gun but that pales to how recklessly Ferrell fled the scene the second time. As obvious most people who have been outrage at how the New Mexico State Police handled the situation probably just read the tittle “Cops Shoot At Minivan Full of Kids” then proceed to the comment section to vent their outrage.

These criticism come from a position of hindsight by those who have no understanding of the daily ordeals a police officer goes through. It looks like it was unnecessary after the facts but the officers have to act on how the situation is presented while keeping unknown factors into consideration.

Of course there will always be those social activists that are also anti-law enforcement who will cry about the “police brutality” while making tasteless comparisons with the Gestapo. These idiots always think they have a right to act hostile towards a police officer and then they are surprised when they are suspected of being involved in some criminal activity.

Critics and activists need to stop crying “police brutality” and just look into the issue form a perspective that involves common sense rather then a quick outrage.

Written for Digital Journal
11/18/2013
Original Article: Op-Ed: NM State Police action against Oriana Ferrell was justified

Police cite student for book theft – 5/31/2010

A De Anza College student was arrested on May 27, cited for stealing two textbooks from the De Anza College Bookstore.

Earnest Sims, the suspected perpetrator, walked in the bookstore at 2:10 p.m. and asked an employee for a calculus and American history textbook. Courseware Coordinator Reza Kazempour, suspicious that a student would ask for textbooks during the eighth week of the quarter, asked Noah Asch, from bookstore customer services, to watch Sims’ activity until he walked out.

Sims was first stopped in front of the Student and Community Services Building and questioned by Assistant Police Chief Jim McMahon regarding the stolen books, but denied the allegations.

Since Kazempour did not get a good look at the suspect, Sims was let go, but was stopped two minutes later by officer J.R. Dorcak so that two other employees who did see him could positively identify him.

After the two employees identified Sims, he confessed to stealing the books and selling them to Premier Textbooks, across the street from De Anza in the Oaks Shopping Center, said Kazempur.

McMahon and officer Frank Rocha questioned the manager of Premier Textbooks after the books were returned to the bookstore.

Sims was cited for violating penal code 488 PC, petty theft, at the scene and released. He also faces academic discipline with the possibility of suspension.

Written for La Voz Weekly
5/31/2010
Original Article: Police cite student for book theft

Chemical accident causes PE quad evacuation for decontamination – 4/14/2010

A chemical accident last Wednesday morning caused chlorine gas to be released in the PE quad, resulting in an evacuation and clouser of the area for most of the day.

The incident began in PE 3, when a contractor from Tri-Con used the wrong chemical mix to treat the pool water supply. This caused a reaction that released hazardous fumes. The contractor notified law enforcement at 9:06 a.m.

The Foothill-De Anza Police Department was the first to respond one minute later with the Santa Clara Fire Department arriving at 9:10 a.m., followed by paramedics. Police units were present during the day to provide safety for the evacuation and the coordination with the fire department officials.

“Because of the quick actions of the first responders, the situation was contained and the danger was mitigated by removing people from the immediate area. The disruption to the normal academic environment was kept to an absolute minimum,” said Ron Levine, chief of the Foothill-De Anza Police.

Students and staff were safe following the incident with only the contractor hospitalized. He was transported to Kaiser in Santa Clara with non-life threatening injuries where he was treated and released.

The fire department requested a HazMat unit at 9:18 a.m., which arrived within a few minutes. HazMat units from the fire department decontaminated the area and the PE quad was reopened at 6:00 p.m.

Chlorine is a chemical that is used in bleaching and disinfectants. However, as a gas, it is a toxin that irritates the respiratory system. Chlorine is heavier than air and tends to accumulate in poorly ventilated areas.

Published for La Voz Weekly
4/14/2010
Original Link: Chemical accident causes PE quad evacuation for decontamination

Student threatens girlfriend, police arrest on campus – 2/5/2010

The Foothill-De Anza Police arrested student Ryan Cannon in the campus parking lot on Wednesday, Jan. 27 after he allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend on the De Anza campus the previous day.

Cannon was wanted by police for threatening the life of his ex-girlfriend and for vandalizing a car she was riding in on Jan. 26.

Campus police attempted to apprehend Cannon after the incident was reported, but were unable to locate him.

Officer Leif Nelson was investigating the case and was responsible for locating the suspect. Cannon was arrested in Lot C around 9:12 a.m. after being spotted by Officer Nelson. Officer Frank Rocha along with Asst. Chief Jim McMahon assisted in the arrest.

“It’s sad to see boyfriend-girlfriend relationships deteriorate to this point,” said Ron Levine, Chief of the Foothill-De Anza Police Department. “Threats and violence are not tolerated under any circumstances. We’re glad that the victim is safe and no longer in danger.”

Cannon is being charged with one felony count of violating Penal Code 422 (criminal threat).

Published for La Voz Weekly
2/5/2010
Original Link: Student threatens girlfriend, police arrest on campus

Student sexually harassed inside Learning Center – 1/25/2010

An unknown male caused a disturbance in the Learning Center last Wednesday by committing a sexual act of indecent exposure in front of a student.

According to the police and a witness, David Bryars, the incident began when an older man was looking at a female student for an extended period of time on the south side of the first floor. The student was disturbed and she gathered her belongings and left. As she walked by the man, she noticed that the man was masturbating.

The student notified Bryars at the front desk, who then called the police at 7:10 p.m.

The man was seen a few times trying to find an alternate escape route on the second floor before slipping out through an emergency exit on the first floor.

“It was a discomfiting thing because of the utter lack of regard for everyone involved,” said Bryars.

Foothill-De Anza Campus Police Officer Jeff Meade and Officer J.R. Dorcak responded to the incident at 7:12 p.m. The officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

As a standard practice for all victims for sex crimes, the student was offered a referral by the officers to see a counselor.

The suspect has been described as a white male in his fifties who is about six feet, 200 lbs. with short gray hair and balding on top. He was last seen wearing a light blue short sleeve shirt and light blue denim pants. It’s unknown if he is a student or has been caught doing similar acts before.

“Our officers are actively investigating this case and pursuing several leads. We hope to identify a suspect based on witness descriptions and statements,” said Ron Levine, Chief of the Foothill-De Anza Campus Police.

The investigation is ongoing, but despite the nature of the crime, such incidents rarely happen on campus. According to police data, on average, an act of indecent exposure happens between once to twice a year in a five-year period.

Published for La Voz Weekly
1/25/2010
Original Link: Student sexually harassed inside Learning Center

San Jose Police’s action on Phuong Ho was justified – 11/24/2009

San_Jose_PoliceEvery time law enforcement is doing its job properly, their is always a cry of “police brutality” that follows. The latest involves San Jose Police arresting SJSU student Phuong Ho back in October.

Ho was arrested by SJPD for making a threat to his room mate. Apparently the room mate spilled some soap and Ho threated him with a knife in response. When SJPD attempted to arrest Ho (rather then cooperate), went for his glasses and provoked the incident.

One could already sense that the SJPD acted appropriately and that Ho is greatly to blame for the beating that he received.

For one, he threated to kill some one on a school campus. Schools have a zero tolerance for such actions. Why? Because of Columbine. Remember the murders made a few death threats that were largely ignored until they came to school with an intent to kill. Second, because he over reacted to a trivial accident just shows how violent or unstable he is.

Hence, his room mate just tipped of the campus administration along with law enforcement to a possible time bomb and now they prevented a future massacre from happening.

As for the excuse about his glasses, common sense indicates when the cops are after you then you should just get on the ground and cooperate. Ho may have been going for his glasses, but the officers had to assume it was a weapon. Cops have to deal with street gangs and drug dealers who pull the same stunt only they try to pull out a knife.

So rather then for all the community groups, activists and opportunists to start crying about “police brutality”, its wise to look into the issue for a view point the involves common sense rather then primitive reaction.

Written for Examiner.com
11/24/2009
Original Article: San Jose Police’s action on Phuong Ho