A difficult post

With all the things happening on the world right now, this is the least horrible thing out there unless you are me.

Earlier this week I was let go from my position after more than 19 years.

I can’t get into it, except there is shock and sadness and thoughts about how to get a new job.

I hear it’s a great job market but it’s been a week and no dice yet. I guess I am expecting too much too quickly!

Too bad there aren’t any freelance writing gigs for video gamers over the age of 50! That would be nice.

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Remember when E3 time was exciting?

Honestly, I’m struggling to think of a time when there was a release (or group of releases) that I actually cared about.

The stuff that was just shown at Summer Games Fest seems like an endless string of horror titles with an occasional remaster or reboot. Maybe my age is showing but I just don’t see much to be excited about in the coming years.

Now get off my lawn.

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Renewed for another year

Since Dan has posted a couple items in the last few weeks, I figured I should get to “work” again. As of yesterday, the site is renewed for yet another year.

As hard as it is to believe that this blog has been going for 18 years now, it’s now paid for until year 19. I’m already worried about what kind of gift I have to get to Dan for the 20 year anniversary next year….

Anyway, hope everyone is well and I look forward to writing a bit more in the coming year.

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Madden NFL 23 Cover Athelete is..

It’s the time of year when EA announces the cover athlete of their Madden game…and the winner is.John Madden.

Ninicelydone by EA to celebrate the man after his passing in December ’21. Of course, what goes into the game is nothing like what Trip Hawkins did 30+ years ago, but what a franchise.

Glad that he’s getting recognition one last time, even if he’s not around to appreciate it. Then again, maybe it was in the contract… LOL

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And the cover of Madden NFL 23 will be..

John Madden.

Sounds appropriate,eh?

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Streaming Service

Do you use a streaming service to watch live TV instead of cable? If so what service and why do you like it?

Asking for a friend…..

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EA, FIFA End Partnership

It was rumored back in October 2021 that FIFA wanted to end the exclusive partnership. Today it is official, courtesy of the NY Times.

Starting with what would have been called FIFA 24, it will now be called “EA Sports FC.”

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/10/sports/soccer/fifa-ea-sports.html

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A good run

The sports teams that I have followed in my lifetime have never really, truly, been winners.

The Brewers have only been in a single World Series once in my lifetime.

The Bucks have never been beyond the conference finals since I was born.

Crystal Palace, the club that has become a massive part of my life, has only won a single trophy in my life… and that cup doesn’t even exist anymore.

The Islanders, while they won 4 Stanley Cups in a row between ’79 and ’83… haven’t been a good hockey team for the majority of my life. Outside of an amazing run to the Conference finals in 1993, the Isles have been a complete mess for nearly 30 years.

So, it’s easy to see why tonight’s loss for the Islanders was tough for so many fans. Sure I might have yelled out a few curse words at the end of the game, but everyone knows it’s always the hope that kills you, and when you love a team that has come up short every year, the pain is amplified when you feel like “THIS IS OUR YEAR.”

In the minutes after the game had concluded, I thought back to Sean Doolittle’s quote, “Sports are like the reward of a functioning society,” and I realized that we are so lucky to have any sort of distraction from the reality that we are living in right now.

The Islanders players spent months away from their families (and loved ones) to give me, and others, a bit of enjoyment so that we could watch people play hockey.

I truly wish that I could do or say something to each of the players on the team to let them know how much I appreciated everything that they gave up over these past few months. I hope they understand that their fans care for them and their families. I want them to be able to go home, with their heads up, and be proud of all that they did. At the very least, we owe them that for all that they gave to us.

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Noooooope

That’s all I have to say for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

All this time and that’s all you get from me? Well, maybe not.

At this point, I’m looking to get a new video card (either an RTX 3070 or whatever ATI is offering next) and upgrading my monitors to a pair of QHD capable ones. That’ll hold me off for quite some time.

$500 per system, $70 games, and $70 controllers really aren’t getting me all that excited at this point. More than happy with my PS4, Xbox One X, Switch, and PC titles that I’ve been picking up over the last few years, thank you very much.

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New Sports Games

Been a while since a post, but then again, what’s been going on except for quarantining?

A couple of new sports games have come out since we last chatted.

First, Super Mega Baseball 3. As Glen said a few months back, it’s hard to understand why this game is $45 and the other 2 were $20…but if there’s anyone I want to see survive this pandemic, I can throw another $25 to these game creators.

Super Mega Baseball 3 is fantastic. I really enjoy it…easy to play, hard to master…great stats kept, so many modes to play…I will say it plays fine on the Nintendo Switch..although if you’re playing in handheld mode it’s a little harder to read and pitch for this old guy. On the TV it’s fine…but I still prefer the Xbox One version…just looks so much better.

I’m going to wait for the Steam sale to buy it on Steam…that will be fun though. I had some expiring $$ on Xbox so that’s why I went in that direction.

The other game, which I haven’t heard boo about is AO Tennis for the PC. It’s free with Origin Access Premier and I can’t remember the last time there was a tennis game worth talking about. I exclude Mario Tennis because uh..that’s not really tennis.

This AO game is pretty good..the sounds, the graphics…it really feels like you are playing the game. The aiming process on shots takes time to get used to and hitting aces is not easy, unless of course you’re the computer. I played a men’s singles game in about 40 minutes as Nadal…I won 3 sets to 0 but it sounds a lot easier than it was. If you have Origin Premier, it’s a no brainer to try out!!

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