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Monday notes

- Sports On Earth does a much better job of summing up what is going on with the Brewers right now than I ever could, as they detail what has been happening with the team during their 10-2 start (including winning their last 9 in a row.)

It’s hard to think about big series in April, but with 3 against Pittsburgh (already completed,) 3 against St. Louis, then another 4 at Pittsburgh, there is a lot of interesting games in the NL Central early.

Also, while it’s impossible for the Brewers can keep playing like they have, it’s been sure been fun to see how many interesting ways they can win games of late.

- Dan was giving me grief for not mentioning the Brewers lately, but I have been paying as much attention, if not more so, to Crystal Palace’s play over the last few weeks.  Getting 9 points over the last three weeks has pushed them from 17th place (and in serious danger of relegation) to 12th place and 7 points clear of 18th (with 1 game in hand) with 5 games to play.

While I still have so much to learn about the Premier League, and soccer in general, I just love the passion that the Palace fans show at every game, whether at home or on the road.  I’m glad that I picked the Eagles to support as this season has been a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

- The other thing that I’ve been watching was the end of yet another Islanders season.  That organization frustrates me to no end.  Maybe next year they’ll sell the team and fire Snow… maybe…

- FIFA World Cup 14 is due to release tomorrow for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and while I loved the previous game, I really couldn’t get into the game based on the demo.  The PS4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA play incredibly well and are very fluid, but the older version of the game engine just doesn’t seem to hold up very well after having experienced the new versions of the FIFA game engine.

- Konami has released their own World Challenge DLC for Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and while it doesn’t have the full presentation that the EA Sports game costs, you could get Pro Evolution and the DLC for just over half the price ($29.99 for the game at Amazon – $4.99 for the DLC) of picking up FIFA World Cup 2014.

Something to think about.

 

Wednesday notes

- Hopefully you’re all able to get your brackets in.  I have mine completed, not that it will be any good (I’m pretty bad at them traditionally,) but it is done in time.

- Picked up a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and you should have seen how excited my daughter was to be able to visit the village I made in my game.  It really is the simple things that amaze them sometimes.  Of course, as soon as I got the game, I had plans for the next two evenings so she couldn’t come and visit my village again.  It’s tough being a parent (and having a life outside of home.)

- I have to admit that I’m a bit curious and jealous of the tech writers that are getting a chance to try out Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift at GDC, but the good thing is that it is going to be a few years before the headsets come out for the Playstation and PC.  Still, the tech looks cool and they could make for some interesting gaming experiences.

- Lastly, I’m very excited to start playing inFamous: Second Son over the weekend.  The first two games were two of my favorites in the previous generation and I look forward to being an truly evil bastard who will be destroying large parts of Seattle very soon.

Thursday notes

- Long time, no see.  Work=crazy.  Moving on.

- Front Office Football 7 now has a Steam Greenlight page.  Do Jim a favor and give it a thumbs up to get it onto Steam.  Steam really needs more of these types of sports games on it and Jim’s game is one of the best.

- Yesterday my copy of Titanfall showed up via Gamefly and all I was able to do was to install it. (I had hockey last night and I’m trying to do as much of that as I can before my surgery.)  I’ll give the Xbox One version a go before deciding whether or not I want the game or not (for either consoles or PC.)  I’ve read some reviews that state it is a First Person Shooter for people who don’t usually play those sorts of games.  I guess I’ll find out if it works for me….

The Xbox One has been a huge buyers remorse device for me since I purchased it, so I’m really looking for something that makes me use it more because I haven’t found much to do with it to this point other than letting my kids watch Amazon Instant Video in the living room while yelling “XBOX SELECT” at it.

- When a feature is removed from Madden, it’s a good guess that it’s because the NFL wanted it out.

- So, plenty of details are out there now about the new RBI Baseball and there is good and bad there.

Good:

Simplistic Gameplay

Season Mode

No Pay to Win

Unlockable Jerseys via Season Mode

Bad:

Few Gameplay modes

First console game from MLB AM

To this point, the Good outweighs the bad, but we’ll have to wait and see if it the game turns out to be a fun and entertaining sports product.

- Lastly, I think I’m going to be buying a second copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf in the next week or so.  My daughter ended up taking my copy when I gave her my old 3DS at Christmas and she has become completely addicted to the game.  I’m still a bit sad that I had to erase my village to let her take over as mayor in her own game, so I guess her enthusiasm for the game has got me interested in playing it again as well.  Gotta love the kids.

MLB 14: The Show Quick Counts and Player Lock

Sony has announced some of the details today about the new Quick Counts and Player Lock features that have been implemented in MLB 14: The Show.

I have to say that I’m torn about such a feature.  While it’s great that they will have a way that might actually allow people to play through an MLB season without having to sim a great deal of games, I would be curious to know how much statistical analysis has been done to know how accurately they could put forth those kinds of counts in the game play.  If it’s being completely at random, without any knowledge of the strengths (or weaknesses) of the hitters or pitchers, then it really becomes just a time saver and nothing else.  If, on the other hand, they would be backing it up with historical count information for each player, then it could be pretty interesting.  (Of course, this says nothing about how it would be handled for new players that enter the game.)

It’s safe to say that I’m thinking about this a bit too much.  Probably just way too geeked up for baseball season to start.

Tuesday notes

- Typically with a basketball arena, you don’t want these sorts of things happening

Gotta figure that the person in that seat is a bit unhappy with things right now (and feeling pretty damn lucky right now.)

- Finished up Tomb Raider last Friday night and was entertained throughout.  $60 entertained?  Ehhhh…. I’d have to say no.  Considering you have been able to pick up the game on the PC for $5 over the last few months, I would have to say that the graphical additions to the game wouldn’t have been worth the price difference for me.  Thankfully, I rented it and didn’t have to deal with the post-purchase guilt.

- Tomorrow morning is my meeting with the orthopedist at which point I will be finding out what they want to do to address the labrum tear, arthritis, and bone spurs, on my right hip.  At this point I’m hoping for a surgical plan just so I can get the damn pain resolved and start  training for the marathon that I want to run at the end of the year.  The person in charge of my hockey group has different plans and he just wants me to play through pain for the rest of my life (he just doesn’t want to find a sub for 6 or 8 weeks.)

Either way, we should have a plan tomorrow.

 

Wednesday notes

- The pond hockey tournament in Eagle River was terrific last weekend even though there we were skating in wind chill temperatures as low as -20 below zero.  I did grab some video from a home-made camera mount on my chest protector, so I’ll see if I can grab that in the next few days and get some of the “highlights” posted.  The weekend went far too quickly and I’m already looking forward to the tournament next year.

- Not that I got a chance to see much of him when I was growing up, but Pete Maravich was one of my favorite basketball players when I was a kid.   Watching the videos of some of his highlights on Youtube show you some of the amazing things that he was doing almost 40 years ago, and it is very easy to picture a player like himself being in today’s game without any issues.  If you get a chance, take a look at the story that was written over at Sports on Earth about the relationship that Pete’s two boys had with the game after he passed away.

- Last week, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the PS4 showed up from Gamefly and it is one of the most fun games that I’ve played in recent memory.  It pulls very heavily from the Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed style games, but doesn’t have all of the machismo that those games provide.   While there are some disconnects in the story as Lara transitions from a simple researcher to a stone cold killer, the cut scenes at least give you the feeling that violence isn’t the action that she wants to take but that it is put upon her out of necessity.  I can highly recommend that people rent the game, at the very least, as it is a beautiful game to watch as well as play.

- Anyone else as geeked up as I am to watch men’s Olympic hockey start up?  Canada, Russia, and the US all take the ice tomorrow.

- Lastly, I’m really excited to see Crystal Palace play against Everton today as the new additions to the squad really made a big difference in their offensive play style during last Saturday’s game against West Brom.  It’s asking a lot, but if they can steal 3 points on the road today, they can push themselves up to 10th in the league table and the chances of getting relegated become greatly diminished.

Thursday notes

- Currently, I am on the road on the way up to Eagle River to the USA Hockey Pond Hockey championships.

I really look forward to this trip every year as it is a great weekend of hanging out with friends and now that i am getting a chance to play, that just makes it that much better.

Now I just have to hope that my hip holds up for the three games, but I am sure that it will be fine.

I will try to post some pictures from the tournament, either over the weekend or when I get back, to give you an idea of what the environment is like.  It is pretty damn cool, in my book.

- In a curious development, EA Sports announced FIFA World Cup 2014 today.  In and of itself that isn’t too surprising, but what was interesting was the fact that it is only being released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and is skipping the PS4 and Xbox One.

The PS4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA 14 were good upgrades of the previous generation software and the new engine offered some nice changes to the old FIFA engine and it is too bad that they are being passed over for this game.

I am anxious to play this when it comes out though as FIFA World Cup 10 was one of my favorite sports games on the PS3.  Hopefully the features this time around are as good or better than that version to justify the 59.99 price point. 

- Have a good weekend.

Tuesday notes

- For the first time (out of only 3, so far) I will be passing on the “free” Playstation 4 title that comes as part of my Playstation Plus subscription.  For the month of February, it’s Outlast, a horror title ported from the PC version that was released in September of last year.

I’ve never liked the horror genre in either movie or game format, and can’t recall a time where I ever really wanted to be scared intentionally.  Just not my cup of tea, I guess.

- In Steam streaming news, I keep trying out new games via the beta and last night Runner 2: Legend of Rhythm Alien was up.  Again, I was surprised by the lack of latency issues with the game as I was able to play the game without any issues, which is pretty impressive considering how time sensitive you need to be with your button presses.   At this point, I’m still very impressed with the beta.

Monday notes

- Well, I managed to make it an entire year without seeing an NFL or college football game and survived to tell the tale.

To be honest, I haven’t missed watching football to this point.  I’ve gotten so much more interested in soccer that it has completely filled that sporting void in my life.

Also, based on what I heard, the game last night wouldn’t have been worth the time to watch anyway, so there is that.

- I didn’t mention it in the podcast, but I got into the Steam in home streaming beta last week and I have to say that I’m pretty amazed with the performance and general lack of latency issues.  As I’m in the process of starting to put together a new gaming system, my “big gaming rig” is an old Intel i7 with a GTX 570, and I was able to stream quite a few different games (over a 1GB network) from that PC to my “old” desktop system which is 6 years old and has a NVIDIA Geforce 9800 series card.  The Steam setup was able to stream games at 720P that would never have stood a chance of running on that system normally.  (Some of the games that I have tested so far were Batman: Arkham Asylum, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and Borderlands 2.)

Another one of the other benefits, of the beta client, is that you can be signed into Steam on multiple computers at the same time (an annoyance that I’m happy to not deal with any further.)

I’m certain that the streaming capabilities will improve as development continues for it, as this will have to be a big part of the Steam Machine process in order to get Windows games running on Linux hardware.   Based on my early time with it, it’s going to be something that everyone with multiple PC’s at home will enjoy (especially those of you that are looking to pick up a Steam Machine.)

- Lastly, I started to play Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the PS4 over the weekend and I have been incredibly impressed with the game thus far.  I have no idea why I didn’t give the game a look before, but I have to say that it is graphically stunning in the early stages.

Also, while I’m sure it is be easily accessible with a button press, it is rather nice that the Playstation camera responds very well to commands such as “Open Map” and “Close.”  Probably the first time, outside of playing some of the Playroom with my youngest, that the Playstation camera has actually come in useful for gaming.

Riding the Pines – Episode 87

- After a few months, Glen and Dan have decided to get together and catch up about what’s been going on in their lives.

- Dan talks about the Vectrex

- Everyone talks about how much they love soccer

- And we catch up with our feelings about the Xbox One

Enjoy the podcast!

Riding the Pines – Episode 86 (Peter Garcin – The Golf Club Game)

Hello there, everyone.

Today we bring to you our interview with Peter Garcin, Executive Producer for The Golf Club Game.

Here are a few of the topics that we covered in the interview…

- Did EA’s decision to not release a golf title for this year impact the release of the game

- Are there feature limitations between PC/Console versions

- Is multiplayer platform agnostic (PS4 vs. Xbox One players)

- How are updates going to be handled for the game

- What limitations do we have in the course creator

- Will PC users be able to use a mouse/keyboard for course creation and gameplay

- How are tours and tournaments handled by the game

- Could the game work with any of the virtual golf simulation hardware

- How much modification of the golfer models is allowed

- What kinds of camera control options are available to us

Enjoy the interview!

Wednesday notes

- The second recording of The Golf Club game interview went off without a hitch.  The interview should be posted at some point later today and should be on iTunes shortly thereafter.

- With Puncheon’s goal yesterday against Hull, Crystal Palace have pulled into 14th in the Premier League table (and only 1 point out of 10th.)  Amazingly, they have the most wins of any team in the bottom 10 of the table as well.  Crazy to think that they were firmly in relegation territory a few weeks ago, but it’s amazing what a few wins can do.

Puncheon really has had a remarkable comeback after his disastrous PK from a few weeks ago, scoring goals in three of the Eagles last four Premier League matches.  You have to credit Tony Pulis with a lot of that, as the team is really playing remarkably since he arrived a few months ago.

- More later…

Tuesday notes

- If you didn’t see any of the images (or the awesome introduction) for the NHL stadium series game in Los Angeles from last Saturday evening, take a look at some of them.  It was amazing to see a hockey game with all of that green grass (and palm trees) in the same shot.

I’m looking forward to watching the Islanders and Rangers game tomorrow night at Yankees stadium, even with the Isles coming off a thumping from the Bruins last night.

- Speaking of hockey, this year marks my first entry into the USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships in Eagle River.  For the past few years, I’ve been going to the even with friends and watching them play due to the fact that they were playing in a 40+ bracket.  Since I’m hitting 40 in a few months, USA hockey has let me join in on the festivities (we actually had to get approval from USA hockey to let me in early, I’m just that special…) So, for the first time, I’ll be taking part in the games as well.

According to the 10 day forecasts, highs are looking to be in the single digits to low teens and lows will be in the sub zero to single digit temps.  Ah, yes… that will be a tremendous amount of fun.  Honestly, I can’t wait.

- As far as gaming is concerned, Diablo III still rules the roost at my home.  I’m on my 3rd playthrough of the game, in Hell Mode, with my Monk and am still enjoying it as much as I did when I started playing it.  The loot distribution is almost perfect and I still am giddy with excitement as I press the square button to identify that rare bit of loot that just dropped.

Now I just need to decide what character I might roll next after getting to level 60… or if I’m going to try and tackle Inferno mode and deal with the concept of perma-death.

- Get ready for the fury…. Northwestern football players are asking to be represented by a labor union.

- The list of things that I love about the Premier League continues to grow as Crystal Palace plays a match today on Tuesday afternoon.  How can you not love mid afternoon sports on a work day?

- An interview with the developers of The Golf Club Game is forthcoming.  I hope to have it posted on the site by the end of the day.

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