It's fun that way, isn't it?tellmeimaninja said:
It's hard to confirm/deny any of them seeing as how different countries, branches of their forces and sometimes even down to individual units all have their own interpretations, jargon, code words and lingo. Basically, you can guarantee they get it wrong from time to time. Heck sometimes they have to get it wrong on purpose because we expect it, silenced weapons for example.Spiner909 said:How many army veterans do we have on the Escapist? Can anyone confirm/deny the more popular slang?
That's actually not as crazy as it sounds. It's not uncommon for a less experienced officer to look towards experienced senior ranked NCOs for advice even if the decision ultimately is theirs.doctorwhofan said:Still trying to figure out why a Masterchief seemingly outranks all the officers due to his uberness though.
I find both fun and incredibly informative. Military language was designed to ensure that it's soldiers always knew exactly what they were up against and that they were properly organized during assaults. As radios have inconsistent quality, even if it's military tech, the language was designed so that you'll always understand what your allies are saying unless the radio cuts out entirely.Spiner909 said:Do you find military codenames and such in combat games cool, unnecessary, or just plain confusing? In certain games, I find it boring. Operation Flashpointragon Rising had no character life, just jargon grumble. It was just blech.
In others, such as Medal of Honor, SOCOM, or maybe Battlefield, it seems to fit in nicely. There's not much in what I've played, but it altogether doesn't really affect it.
And then, we have the Hollywood jargon. (I'm looking at you, Transformers!)
Remember the scene when the Marines fight the scorpion transformer in the desert? When the AC130 gunship fires on it, there's a bunch of cool, techno pilot language and stuff. Kind of inspiring.
And last but not least. we have the confusing language. This goes to Modern Warfare. The special lingo here is like a 50/50 split between awesome and stupid.
For the 'cool' example: "Hunter 2-1, this is Overlord, hostiles spotted south of your location, recommend you use thermal optics, over."
And the stupid one: When storming the Gulag from the air, it's all good until the helicopters come in and bellow "GUNS GUNS GUNS!" and shoot everything in sight (and miss a lot). Do they really say that?
Also, foot mobiles.
I always though he was a Master Sargeant. Then it turns out he's a Chief Petty Officer. Doesn't exactly sound epic enough for him does it?doctorwhofan said:I like it, I understand it, and actually I live it. Well, Naval equivilant. It gives games a feel of authenticity, especially if they get it right.
Still trying to figure out why a Masterchief seemingly outranks all the officers due to his uberness though.
Watch our vector, Victor!Orcus_35 said:Roger Roger!
who's that guy charlie?
I know, ex-NAvy here. I KNOW Masterchiefs. Let's say, drinking roadkill coffee and able to stand on a ship and drinking it during rough seas does not constitute uberness. I Know mastersargents, they are almost the same. A Master Chief in with Marines? Very common. I thought he should be an officer, but Lieutenant doesn't roll off the tongues as well, and the fact he could be promoted makes it hard to call a character only known for his rank for 3 games.Slycne said:That's actually not as crazy as it sounds. It's not uncommon for a less experienced officer to look towards experienced senior ranked NCOs for advice even if the decision ultimately is theirs.doctorwhofan said:Still trying to figure out why a Masterchief seemingly outranks all the officers due to his uberness though.
I lol'd. Ninja'd. I think it's ok generally but it can get way too OTT. Sorry I mean Oscar Tango Tango.RobCoxxy said:Rainbow Six Vegas 2:HG131 said:My favorite usage is in Halo 3, personally. What is it? "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!"
"Lima Oscar Lima, over."
It works, especially if you know what the hell people are saying. I have to many friends that I've had to explain "Oscar Mike" to...