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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday notes

- Well, my consult with the neurosurgery department was a positive one.  They are not looking at surgery for my back pain and numbness in my foot at this point, but they need to do further tests to determine why my right foot is numb and is losing strength.  (More tests = YAY!)

- Last night as I was driving home, I stopped to get gas and my car refused to start.  The battery was completely dead.  I called roadside assistance, got a jump, and drove home.  This morning?  Dead again.  Got another jump and drove it to where I had bought the replacement battery a few months ago.  Dead again.

From there, I took it to a dealership and I was informed it could be at least 2 days before they can even look at it.  Lovely.  Oh, and it’s out of warranty, so any electrical issues (unless it’s related to the hybrid system) will end up being an out of pocket expense.

The good news just keeps piling up around here.

- What do you know?  A new golf game.

The course creator looks pretty powerful, but in at least one of the videos I saw some odd course physics where a ball bounced up when it hit off of a side hill.  (The game is currently under development, so those things can happen.)

I’m efforting an interview with the developers to see if we can talk about the process for making the game across the PS4/Xbox One/PC.  I’ll keep you appraised as I have more information.

Tuesday notes

- So, we’ve decided to go with a FIFA league on the Xbox One.

Joe and I, (along with Dan, I presume) will be participating, so just drop a note if you’re interested in joining as well.

- Congratulations to blog-reader, my wife, on going back to school to complete her bachelors degree in nursing.  She already has her associates degree from nearly 10 years ago, but has decided to go back to get her 4 year degree as well.  I’m proud of her for taking on this new challenge and wanted to mention that here.

- Still looking at new components for a PC here but still can’t make up my mind on what I want to do as far as video cards are concerned.  I keep going back and forth on the R9 280X and the GeForce 770.  I’ve pretty much always been a GeForce user in the past and like what they’ve done with 3D gaming on the PC level, so that seems to be swaying me a bit.  Anyone have strong preferences between those two cards (other than the fact that price gouging is really going on for the R9 series due to their bitcoin farming capabilities?)

- More as the week goes on…

Madden NFL 25 Xbox One league interest?

- So, with Joe Disano winning the Fantasy Football league (belated congrats to him for that,) we started talking about playing games as a Sports Gamer Blog group again and one of our better memories was a Madden league that we attempted a few years ago, and we thought we would see how much interest people would have in putting together an online Madden league, but this time on the Xbox One.

Edit: Or, how about a FIFA league?  Hmm… that could be a lot more interesting.

Thoughts?  Interest?  Comments?

Glen’s 2013 Games of the Year

Break it down…

Sports Games Nominees

- FIFA 14 Next Gen

- Pro Evolution Soccer 2014

- Football Manager 2014

- NBA 2K14 Next Gen

- WWE 2K14

If you would have asked me this a few weeks ago, I would have given the nod to NBA 2K14.  Since then, the 2K servers have been largely unavailable and render the MyCareer and MyGM portions of the game unplayable for me and that makes the game hard to recommend when key components are unavailable for everyone to play.

Seeing as how that is the case, I’m going to revert back to the game that I have enjoyed, uninterrupted, for the last few months, Football Manager 2014.

Portable Game of the Year

- Fire Emblem: Awakening

- Tearaway

- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Now that Tearaway has dropped down to $20 a few times, you really must give the game a try.  The ability to interact and re-do almost the entire game world was a master stroke by Media Molecule.

Game of the Year

- The Last of Us

- Super Mario 3D World

- Football Manager 2014

- Tearaway

- Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

As I’m typing this, I’m having a really hard time deciding which game I actually liked most out of the games on this list.  Every one of them is an absolutely terrific game and is well worthy of your time and money, but… when the chips are down, I have to say…

Super Mario 3D World.

Ever since opening the game, every member of my family has asked to play the game (including my wife.)  The four-player gameplay is nearly flawless and the new power ups that they’ve added to the game all add an incredible amount of fun to the platform genre.

I can’t avoid commenting on The Last of Us though (it lost my Game of the Year on a coin-flip.)  Naughty Dog has made an absolute gem of a game and while it does have it’s flaws, it’s an incredible ride throughout the 15 to 20 hour single-player campaign.

Monday notes

- Tomorrow I’ll have up my “Games of the Year” post.  Plenty of great games being played around the ol’ Haag household lately.

- Seeing as how re-gifting my old hand-me-down DS/3DS systems to my daughters started as a Christmas afterthought, as far as gifts go, it’s been amazing to see how much they love those systems.

No idea why I didn’t think of that earlier.  This will make for some very nice quiet times around the house.  (When they aren’t yelling about dying in Super Mario…)

- The servers for the next generation versions of NBA 2K14 have been unavailable for the last 3 or 4 days which has eliminated the ability to play your MyCareer saves if you ever had them sync to the 2K servers.

Isn’t online DRM a wonderful concept?  You have the save on your console, you have the game on a disc in your console, but you can’t play it because you can’t talk to their servers.  Beautiful!   Makes me glad that I’m just renting the game rather than having purchased it.

- Hackers have reverse engineered the WiiU Gamepad to be able to stream games from a PC.  Gotta admit that is a pretty slick bit of work.  Can’t think of a reason Nintendo would try and shut people down from working on it, since it doesn’t cause any sort of piracy or anything like that.  The off-screen gameplay is one of my favorite features of the WiiU, so I’d love to see people keep working on this.

- Lastly, it was great to see Palace play an amazing defensive game against Manchester City on Saturday on short rest even though they lost the game, 0-1.  The way that they have been playing since Pulis arrived seems to indicate a strong chance for avoiding relegation, but there is a long way to go.

Palace has two games this week, one in the Premier League and another in the FA Cup.  Does anyone know if the FA Cup games will be on DirecTV or available online anywhere?

Early Monday Morning notes

- Sorry for the lack of posting over the last week.

There were database issues (which I just resolved at this nice and early hour) that were preventing some things on the site from working.

Also, I worked 56 hours in 4 days and pretty much shut down after that.

That led to me getting a cold that I’m just now finishing fighting off.

Basically it was a fun week, but thankfully I have the next 3 days off and can enjoy a live of fulfillment during that time off.

- Microsoft has been running some sales over the last week, for the 360, and today they are doing a sports game sale.

NBA Jam: On Fire – $3.74

NFL Blitz – $3.74

FIFA Street 3 – $4.99

3 on 3 NHL Arcade – $1.24

FIFA is the only one that I haven’t played, but the others have all been enjoyable in stints.

- I have a few longer posts coming up, but I’m still trying to work on the right way for delivering them as they’re a bit outside of typical site material (as if that exists.)

Not sure how to handle them or what the reaction to them will be, but there is some stuff on the way.

Friday notes

- With a Crystal Palace win on Tuesday against West Ham (according to this video, this is what’s like to attend one of their games,) the Eagles are now 3 points of moving out of relegation again.  Hopefully Chamakh got a bit of confidence from his first goal of the season and can build on that.

- While Palace seems to be turning things around, the Islanders seem on a course for disaster, by going winless in their last 8 games.  I’m amazed that there hasn’t been more talk of firing Snow and/or Capuano after the disastrous turn that the season has taken.  This was a team that was talking about taking the next step after a hard fought series against the Penguins last season, but now they’re at the bottom of their division and are getting absolutely routed in most games of late.

Trading for Vanek looks like a serious mistake at this point (unless they made the move to cut future salary to make a run at FA’s next year, which seems unlikely since they already had money to spend on players this year and neglected to do so,) and their goaltending situation is a complete mess.

It would seem that the next 4 months of the season will certainly be interesting.

- Still haven’t been able to play a game on the Xbox One yet as it was my eldest’s birthday on Tuesday, then had work (and some other issues that I will cover in a future post) on Wednesday, and the holiday concert for my girls last night, so it’s been a pretty hectic week.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to take a look at Dead Rising 3 and Killer Instinct tonight.

- There will be a, gaming-related, book review in the next few days as well as soon as I can put my thoughts together on the book.

- Lastly, I had to post a picture from something that my daughter gave me on Wednesday night (the day after her birthday.)

Thank you note

 

Seriously, how many kids give their parents a thank you note after getting a gift for their birthday?  Gotta love that kid.

- Have a good weekend.

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