This covers everything after picking up the first star, to getting the second star.
This covers everything after picking up the first star, to getting the second star.
I’m doing a full play through of one of my favorite games ever, Super Mario RPG on SNES. I’ve discovered that I’m not a fan of using a camera and voice while playing so I won’t be doing that anymore.
Here is part 1 which takes place from nearly the beginning, to getting the first star of the game.
This is why I love the Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer in Splinter Cell.
A great game that ended 3-3. With less than 30 seconds remaining, we had only secured a single terminal. The action in the final minute was very intense and the relief of getting the draw at the end was awesome.
Alex Rodriguez in hot water. Please try and defend yourselves Yankee “fans”.
I have a quick review of NCAA 14.
Splinter Cell Blacklist is just two weeks away. Best multiplayer ever.
Breaking Bad returns to AMC on Sunday. Don’t miss it.
- A review of The Last of Us on PS3.
- NCAA Football is no more.
- All Star Game MVP a sham.
- Under The Dome thoughts.
- ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ returns to TV on CW.
Also, I need help in determining how to crown the greatest video game of all time.
Spoiler alert: Sony wins.
I’m back to podcasting.
I give my thoughts on the reveal of the third Xbox console from Microsoft.
+ Jacoby Jones’ 108 yard return. A fantastic moment which more or less should have put the game out of reach. In a season where a vast majority of kickoffs have resulted in boring touchbacks, it was a breath of fresh air to see Jones bring the ball out near the back of the end zone. The score made it 28-6 at the time and as you know, wasn’t enough.
++ Baltimore’s intentional safety. With 11 seconds on the clock, the score 34-29 and in punt formation, the Ravens snapped the ball to punter Sam Koch. Instead of kicking, he ran around the back of the end zone and eventually out of bounds to take valuable time off the clock. The result was a safety, the score became 34-31 and there were only four seconds remaining.
There were several blatant holds that probably should have been called against the Ravens, but those would have been completely irrelevant had they been flagged because the result of an offensive penalty in the end zone is of course a safety. What an intelligent play call by Baltimore.
+++ Making a game of it. While San Francisco started extremely slow, possibly the understatement of the season, they fought back midway through the third quarter and were in position to tie late. The foundation the Niners have built is very strong and I fully expect another NFC Championship at least once over the next three years.
- Beyonce’s half time performance. Her set is generally getting mixed to positive reviews based on a quick internet search. The Super Bowl is the most watched television program annually and it is not even close. While she is very easy on the eyes, I can’t help but feel she was underdressed (save the jokes here). The message being sent based on wardrobe is probably not the best.
It was a nice touch to reunite Beyonce with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, former mates of the group Destiny’s Child. They put out a couple short versions of songs and even helped Beyonce with her hits “Single Ladies” and “Crazy in Love”.
Fact is though, I think it is time for the half time show to feature something other than mainstream music. There are a plethora of options. How about a variety show, comedian, a world record attempt…Mix it up a bit. Think about what the first thing that happens when the half time entertainment is announced. Everyone usually cringes and wonders why they chose [insert singer/band here].
- – San Francisco’s first half. This was the definition of uninspired football. While Joe Flacco and company were making big offensive plays, the 49ers managed just six points through 30 minutes. LaMichael James’ fumble contributed to the massive deflation of the team and they would never fully recover until…J
- – -The blackout. A 34 minute delay occurred midway through the 3rd quarter when a power failure at the Superdome killed most of the lights. This seemed to spark the 49ers and they stormed back to pull within two of the Ravens. It also resulted in a even later than usual night for many viewers who may have had to get up early for work. Certainly compelling television, but not something I wanted to wait out.
I’ve made it clear on multiple occasions that I do not watch the NBA. It is simply uninteresting, not exciting and not a watchable sport. College Basketball is where it is at for me.
On the flip side, the NBA is full of fun, interesting and compelling stories. In fact, it may be the most dramatic in that department when it comes to all sports. So when LeBron James made headlines again, I simply rolled my eyes.
I’m far from the only person who was completely disgusted with his bolting of Cleveland for Miami. To be clear, it isn’t because he made the move, it was the manner in which he arrogantly televised his decision. Someone making themselves bigger than the game is unacceptable.
Since his championship last year, I feel like James has toned his bad boy image down significantly, if not altogether. He is happy all the time, extremely outgoing and clearly enjoying himself….similar to how he was in Cleveland, no?
Last week, a fan in Miami made an amazing half court shot, a hook shot mind you, to win $75,000. LeBron James is part of a foundation that also awards money to a youth club if the shot goes in. As the shot went in, James came over and tackled the shooter in celebration. It was a fantastic moment for everyone, and aside from the cash, something that fan will never forget.
Seeing the joy on the face of James is not something you would have seen before his championship in Miami. It looked like the kid I watched on ESPN in high school with the giant grin. It was the guy putting the Cavaliers on his back and leading a playoff run.
So is it time to put behind us the disgusting past of James? In short, maybe. Think about this, what else has James really done to make you mad at him? It was inevitable he was going to leave Cleveland so I can’t really blame him for doing it. In fact, if he had stayed, it would have been the biggest sports story of the year and been a massive shock to just about everyone.
Everyone likes to hate a winner without just cause. He’s not a trouble maker, not linked to any kind of PED’s, and he promotes the game more than most players do. If he had never been involved in “The Decision”, would you still feel the same about him? I can’t imagine I would. The Heat franchise probably didn’t help either with their over the top unveiling of the trio of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and James, but that’s not really his fault.
I’m willing to cut the guy a lot of slack for his obvious efforts to win back his fans. ”The Decision” will never be forgotten, but you can’t change the past right? All anyone can do is work to improve their future, and it is hard to argue what James has attempted.
While sitting down to watch NBC’s latest game show, Take It All, I wondered where they would screw it up. It happens eventually, sometimes taking years (Deal or No Deal), or just minutes (Minute to Win It). Look, NBC hasn’t exactly been successful with game shows. 1 vs. 100 is by far the best thing to come from them in over a decade and it was cancelled after being treated poorly. So as I watched the entire game of Take It All play out, I was surprised by how entertaining it was…then the final segment took place and I was mortified.
I’ll go through the show chronologically to bring back the happy memories. Howie Mandel, who seems to be NBC’s “go-to” personality, hosts Take It All. While not typically a fan of comedians turning into game show hosts, Mandel was superb on Deal and here he is no different.
The game plays like a typical Christmas gathering where you have a “white elephant” gift exchange. There are five players in a game and they are told the value range of all the prizes. Player one is introduced and chooses from one of the five mystery boxes on a screen. They are given a description of the prize and are even given small props so everyone knows what they are…a nice touch to represent the gifts which can be from $3,000 to $60,000 or more.
Player two is introduced and has a choice between taking Player one’s prize or taking one of the remaining mystery prizes on the wall. If they take Player one’s prize, then Player one must choose another prize.
Player three is introduced and play continues until all five players have had a chance to play. The player with the lowest valued prize at the end of the round is eliminated. So right here we see a little bit of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” involved in the game. There is a more strategy for the players when you allow each of them to lock their prize and prevent it from being taken. This can only occur ONE time by each player in the entire game, and they play three rounds.
The second and third rounds play out the same, with higher valued prizes each time. After round three, we are down to only two players and we reach the end game called the Prize Fight. After a very intriguing three rounds of simple game play, I had high hopes for Take It All. Unfortunately, the Prize Fight had me questioning humanity.
Similar to “Friend or Foe”, the final round features a prisoner’s dilemma. Each contestant must secretly choose to keep what they have or take everything that both players have accumulated. To add to the greed, each player selects a secret envelope with money ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. If they both keep, they both win what they have. If one takes everything and the other keeps, the player who takes it all does just that. If they both choose take it all, they both get nothing.
I hate this format because it typically brings out the worst in people. It is extremely rare to come out of this with two winners, the only way I ever feel good about the ending. If both leave with nothing, it sucks. If someone leaves with everything, they look like a complete jerk.
NBC, you have a good show on your hands. The end game MUST change however. I’ve read so many posts on various sites that can’t stand it. I’m with them. What a terrible way for this to conclude. To allow two people to stand there and lie to gain the other’s trust only to rip everything from them at the last second is terrible. When has allowing another person to control your fate ever been a positive thing?
I want to like this show. It’s fun and enjoyable but the end game has got to go. I’ll watch again, but overnight ratings were simply mediocre. I expect them to drop throughout the week as it will be on every night.
UPDATE 12/12/12: Overnight ratings were surprisingly UP 5% for night number two. Two things…The show is either getting so much word of mouth about the first 50 minutes being solid, or people are actually into the prisoner’s dilemma end game. I’m shocked and would be interested in seeing the rest of the week’s ratings. NBC might be ordering more if this trend continues.
UPDATE 12/13/12: There is it. Take It All dropped nearly 50% in night number three. I am no longer watching this show. The final ten minutes just pisses me off too much.