Super Bowl

Um, congrats to Denver?

I think that was one of the worst games I have seen. From the wacky interpretation of the catch hitting the phantom ground, to the non stop punting – blech.

And outside of Beyonce, I’m not sure that halftime show was great. I do like Coldplay (sorry) but that show had bad sound and I could hear the fans more than I could hear Chris Martin.

Well at least there is still soccer and baseball.

RBI Baseball 16 announced

MLB has announced a feature set and cover man for RBI Baseball 16.

The cover man is Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox. The feature set includes “new fielding moves,” enhanced lighting and graphics, revamped defensive AI, improved batting system, full season stats and multiple season support, complete MLB rosters as well as old school 16 player RBI rosters and multiplayer support on consoles and PC (read: not on mobile).

This is the only baseball game available on Xbox, so fingers crossed it will be better than last year.

Full information is at the rbigame.com site.

Madden Mobile

You know what game I’ve been playing the most these days? Madden Mobile. It’s easy to pick up and play, doesn’t take 5 minutes to install and update and it had the great features of Ultimate Team.

Anyone else here play it? My biggest gripe is the leagues. No one plays in them!!!

Amazon Prime gets you 20% off games

Here at the blog we’ve been talking up the Gamers Club Unlocked program at Best Buy. It has changed by purchasing behavior because of the amazing deals when you stack them all: 20% off games, then $10 back in certificates if you preorder and then more than 6% back in certificates if you have a Best Buy credit card.

It appears that others have started to notice as well because starting today Amazon is giving Prime members who preorder games 20% off. Pair that with the Amazon Prime Store card which gives you a 5% statement credit and now we are talking.

Soon Gamestop will really start wondering why no one is buying new games there. They are still useful as you can trade in all those cheap games you bought and turn a profit – as long as you take it in store credit to buy other used games of course.

The Amazon deal only applies to physical preorders and the first two weeks of a game’s release, while the Best Buy deal applies to all physical software. Sorry no discounts on digital software anywhere-must be because of the extra distribution costs :)

#DavidBowie

I realize that this blog with all the issues and infrequent posts we’ve had probably has an audience of like 3, but I feel like writing and it’s not going on Facebook or Twitter.

This past Friday I couldn’t wait to listen to the new David Bowie album. I used Google Play to stream it and was thinking either this is one of those themed albums or Bowie was going to call it a day after this album…it just had a sense of finality to it.

Then when I woke up this morning, and saw that he had passed..well I was still flabbergasted. I could not believe it.

Back in the early 90s (aka my college years) I remember having that ChangesBowie cassette in my car on constantly. I know the track order, I could sing along. Yes I was a child of the 80s and knew the Under Pressure/Let’s Dance already but this tape gave me a stunning appreciation for the earlier music.

Then in the late 90s he did a song called I’m Afraid of Americans that I think Trent Reznor had something to do with. That was an awesome song.

Then about 10 years ago, I watched a show on BBC America called Life on Mars, with the Bowie song being the theme and thought damn that guy made some amazing music.

I’m not kidding anyone when I say the more recent material doesn’t resonate with me the same way the music did when I was in college but you could still see the development of an artist, which is pretty amazing for someone in his 60s – he never rested on the old material – and the new material was pretty darn good.

I’m in my mid 40s now, and here we are starting to see many of the artists that I remember pass on. I’m on the wrong side of the curve here, unfortunately. The good news is we still have the music and I can still play my Sega Genesis and listen to Bowie.

Anyway, I’m not in the corner bawling about this. But it is very, very sad, and most likely a harbinger of more of these type of news items to follow. As someone said on Twitter, thankfully many of us were here to experience this music real time as it happened.

 

 

Microsoft Work and Play

Do you use Office? Have an Xbox Live subscription?

Head over to the Microsoft Store and pick up the Work and Play bundle right now.

For $149 you get 12 months of office ($99), 12 months of XBox Live ($59), Unlimited Skype world + Wifi ($168) , 12 months  support (who cares), and a $60 Microsoft credit (store /Xbox)

Really good deal.

Not a Creature Was Stirring

Taking the quiet time to make a quick post. Sorry to the 4 of you that still read this blog. We’ve been dealing with server outages so everytime I try to post I have to tell Glen that it’s not up right now. Glen should call a doctor if it’s like that for four hours or more. Oh wait, that’s the other way.

Been playing any games? Most of my gameplaying these days is on Mobile. And Steam. And Uplay. Mainly becuase a geforce 980 Ti makes games look very good. ;).

Hope everyone has a great holiday.

 

PES goes free to play on PS4/PS3

Here’s something I didn’t expect: Konami announced that Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will be “Free to play” with a basic edition coming to Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 in the first week of December.

Good way to get people interested in the series. Editing the game on the PS4 is a massive PITA, but at least you can edit it, unlike XB1…

 

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