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Console Gaming Discussion / Playstation VR
« on: November 15, 2020, 10:58:05 AM »
Was gifted this awhile back but finally got around to setting it up since I found out there's certain games (Rec Room) that can play cross platform, and I know people that have the Oculus Quest. Star Wars Squadrons is also VR compatible so it'll be nice to try that too.

Can be a little disorienting at times, but overall pretty fun. Other games with VR I can't wait to try out:

Iron Man VR
Creed: Rise to Glory (the boxer, not the shitty pretentious band)
Beat Saber
...and this.

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Console Gaming Discussion / 2020 Gaming Plans
« on: October 21, 2020, 08:45:58 PM »
So what are your gaming plans for the rest of 2020?

I snagged Star Wars Squadrons a few days ago which is enjoyable and giving me some old school X-Wing/Tie Fighter vibes. Story mode is alright but online is damn good.

Definite Purchases

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - duh
NHL '94 Rewind: whenever they make this available as a standalone for those that didn't preorder NHL 21 (dirty pool EA since the season doesn't start for another few months), I will buy it.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1&2: would've bought this weeks ago but wanted to fly an X-Wing instead.

Maybe a Purchase
Cyberpunk 2077: I haven't researched this too much but this feels like a game right in my wheelhouse.

Games to finish up in the next few months/playthrough again
Jedi Fallen Order: ...eventually
Ghost of Tsushima: New Game+ and customizable loadouts make this worth revisiting
Mortal Kombat 11: finished the main story, just need to get through Aftermath DLC
Call of Duty Modern Warfare: should finish up the main story. Of course by the time I get to online everyone will have moved on to Cold War lol


PS3
NCAA Football 14/College Hoops 2K8: sports fix. Graphics may seem dated but they still represent the sport well
Batman: Arkham Origins: never did finish the non-Rocksteady entry but the game seemed good.
XCOM: Time to give this strategy game a proper playthrough

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Console Gaming Discussion / Spider-Man: Miles Morales
« on: October 20, 2020, 08:26:51 PM »
Since it's been confirmed that this game is not just a PS5 exclusive but is also dropping on PS4 as well, I can hold off on snagging that next gen console until sometime next year at the earliest. :)

Already love seeing some of the details coming out about the game, and can't believe it's less than a month away.

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Political Ranting / Sincerely
« on: October 02, 2020, 10:23:05 PM »
...my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the doctors and nurses at Walter Reed that have to take care of a racist, fascist, xenophobic toddler the next few days. Good luck.

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Chit Chat / Ruth Bader Ginsburg
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:14:38 PM »
This year needs to stop.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna670701

An absolute hero and icon.

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Chit Chat / Chadwick Boseman
« on: August 28, 2020, 10:57:59 PM »
This one f'ing hurts.


James Brown. Jackie Robinson. Thurgood Marshall. The Black Panther. He was so electric he took a comic book superhero that I didn't know too much about and turned him into one of my all-time favorite superheroes just by his performance alone. That scene in Endgame where the portal opens up and he walks through, every time I saw that in the theatre the place would go nuts.

Even more amazing to me is he was diagnosed in 2016, fighting this, going through chemo, and still somehow took on the Marvel films, Marshall, 21 Bridges. Kept going until he couldn't anymore. 

Absolutely crushed.  :(

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Other Sports / The Bubble Hockey Thread
« on: August 04, 2020, 04:01:38 PM »
Hah...bubble hockey.

Not gonna lie, I've been watching the hell out of the NHL's return since last Saturday. It's early but I think this is the only way pro sports is gonna work for the near future: keeping the teams in a bubble. I like the NHL's odds better since they're in Canada, but so far the NBA's results so far are encouraging too (even in Florida). It's nice to see sports on tv, and while it's a little jarring at first seeing no one in in the stands once the game gets going you get used to it. It's a bummer not having a dog in the race, absolutely.

I've also got a huge issue with players and staff getting tested everyday while those of us out in the real world and on the frontline don't have that same access...but maybe that differs by country, and I'm fairly certain I've made my opinions clear on the leadership in the US lol.

But while it's on...yeah I'm watching. And hoping these guys can all stay safe for the sake of themselves and their loved ones.

This is also a nice reminder that since this is technically still the 2019-2020 season, that the Maple Leafs absolutely lost to a zamboni driver in net for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Forum updates / And we're back
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:04:20 PM »
If you had visited this past weekend you might've noticed that the site was down due to a database error. Reached out to page Jedi Master rollntider earlier today and just like that we're back in business.  Thank you! The tech stuff is way above my level of expertise.

So welcome back.

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College Ball / 2020 Status
« on: July 09, 2020, 10:12:37 AM »
Last week, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced football in the state was in danger if the COVID-19 cases continued to spike. Makes sense.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/07/02/south-carolina-governor-warns-of-no-football-in-his-state-this-year/

Yesterday, the Ivy League also ruled out playing all sports this fall due to the pandemic. The hope is to maybe postpone those to winter or even spring, but cancellation is probable too. Keep in mind that the Ivy League was also the first to shut it all down in March too.

https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/29430262/ivy-league-rules-playing-all-sports-fall-due-coronavirus-pandemic

Also yesterday, Ohio State shut down voluntary workouts due to an increased number of positive cases in the student-athletes.

https://www.si.com/college/ohiostate/news/ohio-state-pauses-voluntary-workouts-covid

Yes, I understand there's big money in Div. 1a college sports, especially football, but let's face facts: the odds of this season happening are low. Just take a look at the other major sports leagues: even through their little bubbles they have set up to try and protect the players, people are getting infected anyway. This isn't the time.

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Baseball / Play Ball (maybe): the 2020 Season Thread
« on: June 24, 2020, 08:15:25 PM »
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29354014/sources-mlbpa-agrees-report-july-1-discussing-health-safety-protocols

So uh...am I the only that thinks trying to start sports back up is an unbelievably stupid idea in a country that has somehow made wearing a mask in public a political issue? Just curious.

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Console Gaming Discussion / PlayStation 5
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:09:02 PM »
Oh just shut up and take my money already. You had me at the Spider-Man: Miles Morales reveal about five minutes into the big presentation today*.



*To be fair they had me the second the PS5 was announced but don't want to look too desperate here

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Console Gaming Discussion / Tony Hawk 1 & 2
« on: May 15, 2020, 08:37:04 PM »
In the latest remastered craze news, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 is rolling right in for a September 4 release (and it's about damn time). Played the f out of these back in the day!



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Chit Chat / The Sports Vault Thread
« on: March 14, 2020, 10:43:32 AM »
Yes, there's bigger things going on in the world right now, believe me I know. But sports was still an escape for a lot of people (myself included), and the postponement/cancellation of almost every sporting event for at least the next month or so will sting a lot of people.

I saw a tweet Thursday asking what would ESPN and the others do to replace all those live events. I suggested (as did others) just open the vault. So screw it, that's what this thread is for.

Whenever I've got time, I'm going to put up a game that I feel is worthy of being watched. Could be a classic that everyone knows about, or it could be sentimental to you. Feel free to play along. A couple writers I follow on Twitter started doing the exact same thing yesterday; I even thought about posting the game they shared yesterday but I really don't feel like triggering Crewe (think 1992 Wild Card).

Today...I think I'll just go with what they posted today. The Detroit Lions one and only playoff victory since 1957, a shellacking of the emerging Dallas Cowboys. Check out Summerall and Madden when they were still coherent.


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Pro Football / Barry Sanders for President
« on: February 29, 2020, 07:28:28 AM »
*sigh* My head hurts at how stupid and clueless certain groups are.

https://www.wthr.com/article/confused-fans-rip-garth-brooks-wearing-sanders-jersey-1?amp

Also, Id vote for Barry Sanders over Bernie Sanders if he were running in the Democratic primary too.

There, a post to offend MAGuhs and Sandernistas alike.

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Other Sports / The 2020 Hockey Thread
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:57:12 AM »
So one of the more peculiar aspects of NHL rules is the necessity of the Emergency Backup Goalie (EBUG). Teams are typically allowed to dress 18 players, plus two goalies. However, if both your starting goaltender and your backup get injured, the home team typically has one or two in the crowd on contract as the EBUG. The chances of it happening are remote, but it has happened. For someone like me that used to play goal back in the day, it's a fucking dream.

Well, let me introduce you to David Ayres, a 42-year old zamboni driver for the Leafs farm team, and the EBUG in Toronto earlier tonight for the game between the Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes.


Coming in cold after the Hurricanes goalies both go down, and then becoming the goalie of record when Carolina retakes the lead? Let me say this again: that's the fucking dream. Did it while wearing a Leafs t-shirt under his Canes jersey too. So damn glad I got to catch the final 15 minutes of this one. What a night...props to this guy, and from one goalie to another: cheers.

Here's the final seconds.

Thank you Bobby Lou, this was priceless. :D

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