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Monthly Archives: June 2007

Aramis Ramirez with a walkoff 2 run HR in the 9th to beat the Brewers. Unbelievable comeback. Only 6.5 games out now!!!!

GO CUBS!!!

Currently in the 5th inning, I’m watching as the Cubs play their most important series of the year thus far. Sitting 7.5 games back, they MUST win this series. Being down 5-2 after 5 (they were down 5-0 after 1) the Cubs are showing little interest in winning this game. Hopefully that will turn around quickly.

Rich Hill threw 90 some pitches in his 3 innings of work with over a third of those pitches being foul balls. Ouch.

Well this is officially my favorite season in the world of gaming. It is now early summer when the plethora of new sports games come out. Although it isn’t just the sports games I’m looking forward to, it does consist of a good portion of them.

I’ll start on Xbox 360.

As of this writing, I’ve purchased “The Bigs”. An MLB game by 2k (what a surprise) that compares more to Slugfest than anything. However this game involves a lot more stategy in the use of turbo meter than Slugfest and it isn’t quite as over the top. What it lacks in franchise play in makes up for with online play. Although I’m clearly not very good online (0-3) yet, I think there is an issue with my timing, I’m improving. Overall a pretty fun game.

July 16 brings the first “pro” football game in years other than Madden as All-Pro Football 2k8 is released. This features former professional football players (i.e. Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana) going against one another. It has no NFLPA license of course so it can be as much over the top as it wishes. It’s still a simulation type game too which means it provides competition to Madden 08. In other words, both games will push each other.

Also that day EA will release what has been their best football offering over the past two years in NCAA Football 2008. As EA slowly improves their games for the now current-gen systems, anything short of magnificent will be disappointing here. Jared Zabransky is the cover boy and his arsenal of tricks are in the game as well. My only worry is how bad Notre Dame is going to be now.

Just one week later NASCAR 08 releases it’s first incarnation of the racing series on 360. The selling point here is online play with up to 12 players. Unfortunately articles of problems with online play have been circulating the internet. This may be a wait and see game rather than a buy immediately type game.

The ultimate sports game of our life time (as many would foolishly have you believe) comes out in early August as Madden 08 hits shelves. Despite the drivel that has been put out by EA in this series the last couple years, people still buy this game like it’s solid gold. However I do believe the focus is on gameplay this year (FINALLY!!!!!)! Madden has competition again and if they don’t put out a quality product and 2k puts a dent in sales, you know EA will be in trouble with their prized possession. I’m always skeptical of Madden, but this is going to be a great one.

Tiger Woods 08 finishes out August and unless this game gets 9’s and 10’s in reviews, I might not get right away. I’m just getting back into 07 at home and am loving every minute of it. We’ll see if Tiger blows us away again or not first.

On September 11, the one game I’ve said for years has been absolute crap, EA’s NHL series, is my most anticipated game of the year. NHL 07 blew me away with full player/puck control, that I’ve run through FIVE seasons playing every single game in franchise thus far. The difficulty of the game has led me to only a single cup win however. My Columbus Blue Jackets lineup looks nothing like it does in real life as Jagr, Mara, Chara, Zetterberg and myself are the new stars on the team. Although Nash is my best player still. But anyway, NHL 08 has a new skating system which is one of my few complaints about this game. If 2k does little to improve again this year, EA might actually win the gameplay title for the first time ever.

And of course on September 25 Halo 3 comes out and everything else will be put on hold until about Christmas or so.

I’ll have other systems and wants next time.

What are you looking forward to and why???

JK

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Well as many of you probably know, I am a huge fan of The Price Is Right. I’ve watched essentially my entire life. I know every pricing game inside and out, know the prices of a good portion of the products and prizes, and I record it every day (if you don’t believe me, just ask me a question about it).

One thing I’ve never known in my life is television without the host of The Price Is Right, Bob Barker. I remember Johnny Olson. I remember Bob’s black hair. I remember the transition of beauties from the original 3. I remember Rod Roddy being made fun of because of his weight, and I remember his sad passing from cancer. But most of all, I’ll remember what the show was, as it WAS Bob Barker.

Others have tried to host the show, namely Tom Kennedy and Doug Davidson, but didn’t produce the impact that Bob did. They couldn’t delay the pressing of a reveal price button the way Bob did. They couldn’t deceive the contestant in Punch-a-bunch who just picked the $10,000 slip the way Bob did. And they didn’t have that charm that made every single contestant feel good inside, win or lose, like Bob did.

It’s almost surreal now that his reign is over. I’ll miss his buildup to Rich announcing Plinko, the way contestants STILL don’t know how to play Check Game, the frustation’s of Clock Game, the big prizes of Golden Road, the double showcase winners, and Bob getting annoyed with the slow play of Ten Chances.

I consider myself a “Loyal Friend and True” of the show, something that Bob designates to all the smart contestants who know the show.

This post may sound silly and ridiculous to most of you, but at 11:00 am every weekday before I began going to school, every sick from school day, most summer days, and even in college to watching it on my dvr, I was proud to be able to watch a living legend in the television industry.

Thank you Bob Barker for your 50 years of service to TV and 35 years to the greatest game show in the history of TV, The Price Is Right.

As for the future of the show, It will go on, but probably not for too long. I’d be surprised if it lasted more than 3 or 4 more years. I think if the show has ANY chance of survival, Todd Newton (host of Whammy) will have to be the permanent host. Newton knows of TPIR because he hosts the TPIR Stage Show in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Either way, I’ll continue to watch as TPIR closes in on 7,000 episodes in a couple years.

Discuss.

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For those that don’t know (or even care), I lost an important member of my family last week. My Xbox 360 gave me the evil eyes which consist of three red lights on the console face. As of now, my console is in Texas being worked on and hopefully should be back in my hands early next week.

Since I work so early and have a good portion of the day to myself, I find myself playing various XBLA games, NHL 07 (in season 4 of my franchise), as well as whatever else is out there to play.

Unfortunately my wii doesn’t have many good games to play. However I’ve found some saving grace in the virtual console portion of the system. I’ve found myself playing Zelda II, Streets of Rage 1 and 2, and other fantastic classic games from the early to mid 90’s. My wife and I play Mario Party 8 for a bit at nights as well.

It’s fun, but man I’m missing my Tiger Woods, pinball, and Catan. Thankfully when I have the system back there will be a new set of games getting ready to come out in the forms of NASCAR 08, NCAA Football 08, and the hopefully much better than last year Madden 08.

If anyone wants to try and get good at Catan and play some games online, let me know. It’s a complicated game to master, but is fun as hell.

JK

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Aside from my 360 forgetting how to properly work, I’ve had a pretty good week.

On Friday, Angel and I drove to Berne, IN for my Sister’s wedding. She married a guy named Ricky who is going to become a pastor like his father. He’s such a great guy and I think both him and Jamie made a great decision. I’m sure things will be nothing short of perfect for the two of them for the rest of their lives.

I was able to see a bunch of people I haven’t seen in quite a long time. I was also able to see a good portion of family I don’t see too often since we moved to the Nati.

After a fantastic wedding, we drove to Fort Wayne to crash at my mother’s house. My brother Joe showed me the Halo 3 beta which I was stubborn about getting. Thankfully I didn’t since I’d be completely pissed with my 360 dying. I was actually quite impressed with it and did get to play a bit.

On Saturday we went to see my Sister-in-law and her family followed by a short swim at my Father-in-law’s house. I always say I hate to go swimming, but if I get hot enough, I’ll do it.

We then went to Jimmie’s new apartment to check it out. Pretty cool place with a lot of space. Not as much space as ours though ;). Nonetheless, I’m glad Jim has a place to call his own.

The three of us then headed over to the Mariott right off I-69 where we had a free room courtesy of my step-dad, Michael.

They have a dueling piano bar in the hotel called Rum Runners. It was quite entertaining and certainly an adult oriented environment.

After a couple hours we retired to our room and I watched Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It was nice being able to see a finals game since Time Warner Cable in Cincy doesn’t have Versus (Thanks for nothing TW). Probably one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen all year, especially considering I have no rooting interest. Keller probably enjoyed it though. Sens currently trail 2-1 in the series.

On Sunday we went to a movie with our friends Chris and Jamie and saw Shrek 3. Jimmie tagged along as well which was cool. After the movie we had to jet back home so we didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with everyone. Regardless it was awesome to see those we did. Hopefully everyone else felt the same way.

On Monday I had to head back to work, but I went down to Argosy Casino immediately afterwards to play in a poker tournament. I’ve played in a few before, but today I was on fire. I had some great reads and got quite lucky on hands when I needed it. Of the 54 players that entered, I finished 5th collecting $596 plus 4 bounties for $80 more. I then decided to drop $100 of it on Blackjack and after only 15 minutes managed to double that. I decided to quit while ahead and go home much richer than when I arrived.

Game 4 of the Finals is tonight and I don’t work tomorrow.

Hopefully I get my Xbox back soon.

How’s everyone else’s week going?

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