Thursday Thoughts

I continue to have trouble posting to the site, grr!

I am enjoying MLB 15 the Show but I am not enjoying the Orioles season so far!

My logitech G710+ keyboard’s tab key broke, basically rendering it useless. I beat up my keyboards apparently and can never seem to get a lot of life out of them.

Between that not working and Mortal Kombat X crashing to the desktop I had to make a decision – and that decision will be get a new graphics card, keyboard and mouse! Even though my computer is now 4 years old it is still an awesome desktop PC. I bought it from Digital Storm online and bought the best I could 4 years ago — and it’s just as good as PC’s today ..yes I’ve upgraded the graphics card 2 times..but now it’s time to move from a 750TI to a 960..woohoo.

The 960 seems to work well with Mortal Kombat X (yay!) and I do keep trying to play games on PC vs consoles because they last longer.

I am sure there’s a keyboard warranty, but do I want to spend weeks/months getting it fixed or instead try that Razer Chroma keyboard that individually lights every key? Yes, I will try the Razer!

Daredevil

As most of my friends would attest, I’m not usually a man of few words.  What I can say for certain is that Marvel’s Daredevil, which was launched on Netflix last Friday, is well worth watching and would have to be some of the best work that Marvel has done so far with a comic book story.

As a person who has not read a great deal of the background for any of the characters in that particular segment of the Marvel universe, I found the back story from each of the characters and villains to be quite compelling and they kept  me coming back for yet another episode no matter how late each evening became when I started watching.

Be warned that there is a good deal more violence in this show than any of the other efforts that Marvel has put forth to this point, but the world that they have created for this character could not, nor should it not be, sterilized for regular television and I am glad that they did not.

At the very least, give the first few episodes a chance.  I do not believe that you will regret it.

Heroes of The Storm Beta

Not sports related but since many of you like Blizzard games – I have some beta codes to Heroes of the Storm – email me if you want ‘em!

Tap Sports Baseball 15 Released for iOS

Loyal blog reader Mike Saperstein let us know that his game, Tap Sports Baseball, has been released for the ’15 season. Lots of new stuff in it that warrant a whole new game rather than an update (it is a bit of a bummer that you have to start over but previous players do get some rewards).

 

Improvements include:

– Visual Improvements
   o Improved Outer Shell
   o Improved Field and stadium elements
   o Improved Player Graphics
   o Improved Icons

- Mode Improvements
   o Improved Leagues and Tournaments
   o Competitive Events
   o Revised Game Progression (including 11 total divisions)
   o Improved “Fan Rewards” Events
   o Additional Achievements

- Gameplay Improvements
   o Easier game difficulty, particularly for beginning players
   o Franchise Players (a late addition to last year’s game)
   o Prime Players (special players rated for when they were in their prime)
   o General tuning of gameplay and difficulty
   o Additional Baseball elements

- Miscellaneous Improvements
   o Improved sounds and music
   o Improved rewards (Tournaments, Leagues, Events)

 

 

So check it out!

Wednesday Thoughts

For those wanting to spend $19 on RBI 15, don’t. I don’t know why I did it. I thought it would be better. It isn’t.

MLB the Show on the other hand for PS4 is awesome. So there you go.

Why can’t you manage PS4 cloud saves on the PC? It is a pain in the butt to have to scroll through 300 saves on your console.

Sunday Stuff

  • It’s Wrestlemania Sunday! It’s like the Super Bowl all over again, four hundred hour pregame shows, parties, etc. Enjoy!
  • MLB The Show comes out this week! Who’s excited!
  • B1G1 50% off at Target on Videogames this week. Might be a good day to get MLB The Show!
  • Forza Horizon 2 has a Fast & Furious pack that is FREE through April 10, otherwise it’s $9.99. It’s worth picking up!
  • RBI Baseball 15 also debuts this week. After last year’s game, which I didn’t think was that bad except for it’s $20 console price point, fingers are crossed that it will be better. This game will even be on Steam, so that may make it much more enticing for me.

 

Footy

What a crappy footy weekend for me. First the Revs draw 0-0 despite a man advantage and then Liverpool drops a game to ManU…with a stupid Gerrard red. He can’t go to the LA Galaxy soon enough. :)

 

 

Battle Slots

one of my favorite RPG/Casino games is Battle Slots by PhantomEFX. Unfortunately the company hs had some transition troubles of late, so when I did a PC reinstall and tried to activate the game, I couldn’t. I was told the “activation server was down” which I believe is code for “we are all done.”

Thankfully it’s available over at Big Fish Games for less than $5, and no activation errors and I could carry my saved game over. Phew!

Hello again

So, I recognize that it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, and I really don’t have any great reasons for not posting lately, but I’ll try to catch you all up.

In late November, I went back to Wisconsin to finalize the closing of our home and pack up the family and move them all down to Georgia.  After that, we had all of the dealings with the moving and setting up in the new home and shortly after that we had the holidays, then work got incredibly hectic and before I knew it March was on the ol’ desk calendar (not that I have a desk calendar, but it sounded right.)

Whilst all this was going on, I have kept gaming, but I have found it hard to lock in on any specific game for an extended period of time (with the two exceptions being Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U, which was remarkably fun, and playing a Master League with Crystal Palace in Pro Evolution Soccer for the PS4.)   Outside of that, I have gone through quite a few spells where I wonder where my lifetime in gaming is taking me.

I read Dubious Quality and I admire Bill Harris’ passion for the games that he is playing, recommending, and enjoying, but at the same time I can’t even get interested in even the basic concepts of 90% of the games that he describes.  That’s not a slam on Bill by any means, I just can’t understand most of what the majority of gamer’s find appealing at this point.

I look at a game like Dark Souls or Demon’s Souls, or whatever sadistic game is being created next, and just shake my head at the thought of playing where the basic tenant is dying over and over and over again, until the way to play is beaten into you.

I hear about people peeing themselves about VR and all I can think of is all of the people that will buy it and have to try and return it to a Best Buy after sloppily cleaning off vomit stains from the collections of cords.

I see Hololens from Microsoft and laugh when people talk about the unbelievable potential because this is the company that brought Peter Molyneux’s promises of Project Milo and Minority Report, all while giving us “XBOX… CHANGE CHANNEL.  NO!  XBOX… CHANGE CHANNEL, DAMNIT!!!!”

I watch Minecraft sell for 2.5 BILLION dollars and can’t understand for the life of me why in the hell anyone would want to pay $20 to play it on their Xbox, Playstation or PC, let alone even comprehend why a massive company would pay $2.5 billion for the ownership of the property (Except for tax write off purposes, which did partially play into it.)

I hear about people called “Pew-Dee-Pie” or something who just play video games for a living (and not even be really good at it) and wonder why someone like that has a voice in the video game industry

Lastly, I read about a tournament for what is probably my all time favorite video game, Tecmo Super Bowl, and realize that the last thing in the world I would ever want to do is be in the room with 99% of the people that are there playing it.

I guess what I’m saying is that I’m becoming ever-more curmudgeonly and it’s made me a bit more jaded about some of the future of gaming.

Still, I love The Blog for the Sports Gamer.  I’ve been with this site longer than I’ve been with anything on this planet, outside of being married to my wife and to be honest, that’s less to do with me and more to do with her deciding to give up on finding someone better than me (because there are clearly are better fish in the market.)

So, I’m going to do my best to write as much as I can and rant as much as you will tolerate, but get used to things like this because these damn kids just won’t get off my lawn unless I get out there and wave my cane.

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