Ah, nothing is more awesome than the year end winter sales on all the big platforms: Steam, Origin, GOG and heck even UPlay. Games that were full price 3 weeks ago are now as low as $25 – $30.

It’s like there’s a videogame crash of 1983 every December!

So far I picked up Mutant Football League for Steam, and that Cuphead game everyone is talking about. If you haven’t bought FIFA 18 yet and want it on PC it’s under $30 now.

Good times!

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Catching up – Part 2 – Hockey

When I moved to Georgia, one of the toughest things to give up was hockey.

Living in Wisconsin, I had two groups that I played with on a weekly basis and it was always great to be out on the ice with my friends.  Both were, basically, weekly pickup games between friends and when you were done, you would head to the bar and have a bit of dinner and just enjoy the night.

About a year after moving here, I was able to meet up with a team that needed a goalie for their league.  I never really wanted to play league hockey since there is usually a lot more ego that goes along with it.  Another problem that comes along with playing with competitive people, is that I tend to get a lot more competitive as well.  When things don’t go right for me, I tend to get annoyed with myself and the game stops being fun to play.

That was the beauty of the groups I played with in Wisconsin.  It was a game and it was almost always fun.

Along with the competitive nature of the games came concussions.  For whatever reason, I just kept getting them in the league games here.  Now, I will say that I had a few concussions in Wisconsin as well, but for whatever reason I had quite a few more here.  As a result of that, I decided to stop playing in goal for a while.  I figured that if I wasn’t in net, then the odds of me getting my head knocked around would greatly decrease.  As it turns out, that wasn’t the case.

Late in the season (about 4 months ago,) I got kicked in the face with a skate blade and fell to the ground.  After a few minutes, I was able to skate to the bench and sit for a while and tried to collect myself.  A few minutes later, I skated off the bench and tried my legs.  Everything seemed fine, so I went back to the bench and waited for my next shift.  I took 4 hard strides and felt like I was going to throw up.  That was the end of my amateur hockey career.

There was an ER visit the next day, a CT scan, and numerous visits with a concussion specialist, and the conclusion was that my hockey days were done. Sadly, I still get headaches a few months later but my hope is that they’ll eventually fade away as well and life will go back to normal, just minus the time on the ice.

I was in my 20’s when I started playing hockey for the first time and I always felt that I would be able to play it until I was in my 50’s, 60’s, or even later, so when something like that is taken from you, it is a shock to the system.

For the last few months, I’ve been in a bit of a funk and have put on some weight as I just can’t seem to motivate myself the way that I used to, as far as sports are concerned. I feel like I’m starting to get through a bit of it, but it’s still hard to think of the fact that I can’t play anymore.

So, that’s one of the reasons that I haven’t been around much of late. I just haven’t felt like myself and needed some time to try and get back around to feeling, as close to, right again.  Still not there, but perhaps getting back to this will help.

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Catching up – Part 1 – Palace

Well, it certainly has been a while since I’ve posted, so there is a bit to cover.

Thanks to Dan for continuing to post here while I’ve been on my, for lack of a better word, sabbatical from contributing to the site.  Has it really been since March?  Damn…

I’ve now been to Selhurst Park to see Crystal Palace twice.  Once on my birthday in May (for a 4-0 win over Hull City) and again in September for a 1-0 loss in Roy Hodgson’s first match with the club.

To say that following a club like Palace is a roller-coaster is an understatement.  Since I started supporting the club in 2013 (man it feels longer than that though…) they have had 5 different managers (and multiple caretakers,) they have been buried in the bottom 3 for months at a time, played in the FA Cup final, and have somehow managed to survive and stay in the Premier League every single year.  Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now the club is in 14th in the table, which is absolutely astounding since they started the season with 7 straight losses without scoring a single goal.  Since then, in 11 matches, they have outscored their opponents 15 to 11, have won 4, tied 5, and lost 2.  It’s been incredible to watch the confidence in the team grow and it showed this last weekend when they absolutely thumped Leicester 3-0.  Still plenty of work to do before the season is up, as they need 23 more points in the next 20 matches to hit the magical 40 point mark.  Coming from where this club was at the beginning of the year, I would have never felt this possible, but here we are and I sit typing this with a smile on my face.  Glad all Over, indeed.

Onto gaming in my next post later tonight.



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Monday Thoughts

Waking up on Monday and reading Twitter comments from Steelers fans is fun. I only wish Twitter was alive in 2002. I would have loved to hear all the sane comments from Raiders fans as well. Of course, this also applies to “pundits” who think the rule should be changed. It should be changed of course, until the rule makes every catch a fumble, in which case the rule should be changed again.

Ironically, just like with Seattle in the Super Bowl, it’s not like Pittsburgh didn’t have a chance to win (or 4)..they just happened to not win.

No doubt this is not the Patriots team of “old” but it still made for an exciting 4th quarter.

In other news, I didn’t buy Golden Tee home edition, but I have been using my PSVR — but not really for sports games, unless Carnival Games counts as one. I play most of my PSVR games seated and sometimes the Move controllers are wonky for me. Also annoying with Move controllers: the use a USB charger cable that I don’t have enough of (the mini-USB as opposed to the Micro-USB). I’m glad I still have the move charging dock I bought with the PS3. Good times.

Moving to soccer, glad to see that Glen’s team is moving up in the table. Not far up enough to be in the Champions League, but still out of relegation is always a plus!

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Golden Tee Home Edition

Has anyone looked at Golden Tee Home Edition? I mean it’s kind of a chunk of change – $3695 w/free shipping and 3 months subscription. The monitor is extra – you can buy the stand, but you still have to buy the TV yourself.

On the other hand, it’s the same version of the game you can play at the bar, with online events (but not tournaments). And $3700 for a real arcade game isn’t huge for that sort of market (don’t get me wrong, that’s a huge amount but if you were going to buy a pinball or video arcade game for home, that is not expensive compared to the $7,000 + you can see for these things.

Of course you have to have space for it and yadda yadda. But is kinda cool…

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Mutant Football League

Has anyone tried / played Mutant Football League on Steam? Sounds like the voice is the guy from NFL Blitz…I played the demo…I found it very fast to play…but it may have potential.

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Black Friday Xbox Sale

Actually, a crap load of games are on sale early to Xbox Live Gold members.

Check it out here:

Xbox Live Gold Members Can Now Get A Jump Start On Black Friday Savings

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