In breaking news that surprises no one, EA has acquired the rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League starting with 18-19 season.

The official release probably won’t come out until after the final, but my sources tell me it’s a done deal.

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FIFA 18 gets World Cup Patch – and it’s FREE

Whoa! EA – the king of microtransactions (see Star Wars), has announced the upcoming release of a World Cup patch for FIFA 18. New stadiums, new kits, FIFA WC graphics, and more.

It’s FREE if you have FIFA 18 and comes out at the end of this month. Back in my day you always had to buy this – and it was the price of a new game. Ugh.

So this is cool. You can even play as if the US was in the World Cup. Sigh.

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Super Mega Baseball 2 is out today– and FREE

Just a reminder that in an awesome turn of events, Super Mega Baseball 2 today has been released for Xbox. And if you have Xbox Live Gold the game is FREE.

That is awesome. It would be $30. Although I can’t confirm or deny if I’ve been playing it for a while, I can say you would be best in downloading this game immediately.


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Wrestlemania 34

If you’ve been alive for 34 years, you can remember when you had to go to some hole in the wall venue to watch Wrestlemania on “closed circuit TV”…..or remember when you had to pay $70 to watch it on Cable Pay Per View…now you get it for $9.95 a month. Kids today don’t realize how good they have it.

Overall I thought the show was equal to the annual hype – with one glaring exception. It was amazing to me that the first match out of the gate was amazing with Seth Rollins winning the IC belt…and even the gimmick matches were fun. The ladies were also impressive (not counting the lame Battle Royale on both genders).

The return of the Undertaker was expected, of course, but you could still get goose bumps. Seeing Daniel Bryan not miss a beat getting back into the action was awesome, and I hope he’s back for a long time.

But for me the one match that sucked was the last one: Brock vs Reigns. It was just terrible. The cool thing is that it will either be edited later or really cut down to avoid having the whole show go to a from TV-PG to TV-MA. Between the f bomb by Brock and the blading by Roman, there’s no way this gets a PG.

Let’s talk about that last match though: Superman Punch. Superman Punch. German Suplex. German Suplex. Superman Punch. German Suplex. F5. F5. German Suplex. Superman Punch. Spear. Spear. F5. Superman Punch. F5. Rinse. Repeat. Just terrible.

And then after Brock wins, they go back and show Roman leaving the ring to his music. Like they wanted the fans to say “good try, good effort.” I think everyone said please turn heel. Even the crowd chanted “this is boring” lol. That was awesome.

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So, confession to make.  One of the reasons that I’ve started writing on the blog again is to get my brain back into a writing mode.  I’ve had a few ideas for screenplays working their way through my head over the last few months and I had heard tell from many people that working on your writing muscles can sometimes get those ideas further along.  Lo and behold, that’s what’s happened.  Last night I was getting ready for bed and WHAM almost the entire plot, from beginning to end, of one of my ideas hit me and the feeling was awesome.

I have absolutely no belief that it will amount to anything beyond written words on a page, but it’s been so great to feel good about the process.  Within a few hours I had a 7 page treatment.  That does not mean that I have any chance of turning it into a functioning screenplay, but it’s the first time that I’ve felt really good about something that I’ve personally done in a while and it has definitely helped me get out of a bit of a funk that I’ve been in.

Without a doubt, I’ll be back here hammering out some mundane thoughts about games that I’m playing or sports that I’m watching, but I wanted to thank you all for being here to help me with this process. You may not have known it, but you helped give me the kick in the ass that I needed when I wanted to try and do something different, so thank you for that.

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Quick Monday note

Things  have been pretty crazy around the house in the past few days.  Lots going on with the family and then my parents came to town on Friday evening.  Tomorrow things should settle down a bit and I should have a chance to post something more then.  Cheers!

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I have no idea how many of you that read this site have it (cricket… tumbleweed,) but I have been absolutely loving the the PSVR purchase that I made last June.

For the first few months after picking up the system, I would pick up a game here and there when they would go on sale and each game offered a little something different to the experience.  From the group game play experience of ‘Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes’ to the wonderful environmental puzzle games like ‘GNOG’ and ‘We Expect You to Die’ to the shooters such as ‘Superhot,’ ‘Doom VFR,’ and ‘Farpoint’ to racing games like ‘Driveclub VR’ and ‘Dirt: Rally,’ the games have done an amazing job of putting me in another world when I need a bit of an escape from some of my day-to-day events.

Today, Wipeout Omega collection was updated with a free VR update and it is absolutely amazing.  I never would have thought that a game that moves that quickly would work so well in VR, but I was shocked at how easily I was able to adapt to the speed of the game and loved every second of it.  All that adds to the fact that it is the ENTIRE GAME, without any restrictions, being given the VR addition.

With Sony announcing a $100 price drop on all of the VR bundles, I can’t speak more highly of the PSVR setup.  I know that VR doesn’t work for everyone, but if you don’t have a weak stomach and have the means to pick it up, you won’t regret it.

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