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April 27, 2008

Weekend Roundup: NCAA 09, Madden 09, and More…

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 7:23 am

Missed a couple of the alternate uniform updates from NCAA 09; Florida State… (Click to enlarge)

And West Virginia… (Click to enlarge)

Nothing too amazing in either pic.

Also over the weekend the Jets drafted Vernon Gholston, which I can definately live with, he could be in that Demarcus Ware mold.  All the other Jets fans thought this was a good pick, and it’s rare as a Jets fan to be happy with your number one pick.  

Madden some pack of “Rookie Cards” you get if you pre-order from EA’s website.  Forget that, just give me the screenshots!  Here’s one… (Click to enlarge)

But here is pic that I saw and liked as it really looks like they spent a lot of time making the helmets look much better.  I think when we start to see video of this game it will have silky smooth animations.  I think… (Click to enlarge)

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April 23, 2008

BREAKING: Matt Ryan on Cover of NCAA Football 2009 for PS3

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 9:22 pm

Via Joystiq; Matt Ryan is on the cover of NCAA Football for the PS3.

Here is a preview… (Click to enlarge)

Also of note, here is today’s daily NCAA alt uni of the day, today is Maryland… (Click to Enlarge)

And a rant… What the hell is up with these uniforms.  If, if, Maryland makes a bowl game then where do they put the now necessary patch proclaiming to the world what bowl they are in.  As much flack as, my boy, Paul Lukas gives Nike, I missed him ranting on Under Armor on these.

Next, if you want an alternate, make it cool.  I think 75% of the time it is useless though.  I have no problem when the Lakers send Kobe and the crew out in these…

Because those are pretty easy on the eyes and one could argue that this is very close to a standard road jersey.  But trotting out in all black is such a cop out.  The trend of the 90’s was alternates, or adding black to a team’s color palette and saying “look new merch, buy it!”  In the NFL, NBA, and MLB there are as many as 15 teams that have added a large amount of black to their team’s colors.  Could you imagine if it was green?  Everyone would be bitching about how all the teams wear too much green now, couldn’t we have this same argument for too much black in uniforms now?  Please?

I’m at the zoo tomorrow, and buying new tires for the Civic tomorrow, so if anything breaks, um, you’ll have to wait.  Also, thank you, this is now the 3rd most visited month in this blog’s history.

Thank you, moment of zen…

NCAA Football 09 Update: Notre Dame, also Little League Wii Imaged

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:32 am

Here are some pics from the new “Little League Baseball” for Wii.  It looks very Japanese, similar to MLB Power Pros, which is actually not too bad of a thing.  Here’s one pic… (courtesy of IGN)

Next up on the slow news day is a pic from NCAA Football 09.  EA is trickling these out, one per weekday, so at least there will be something new almost every day.  Albeit not much…

Northing much, just Notre Dame’s green jersey.  Also note the clear visor, which is new this season.  Neat.

Spurs won tonight, so they keep home court at least until game 5.  Don’t want to get too excited, they just did what they had to do.

Happy Earth Day everyone, moment of zen…

President Gore perhaps?

April 22, 2008

NCAA 09 Update: New Screenshot

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:54 am

Nothing much today, new screenshot of the Kansas alternate jersey.

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Nothing too amazing here, notice the extra “people” on the sidelines though.  Those folks were not there last season.  One thing of note, number 87 on Kansas is a big white d-lineman, so is it too early to ask how soon downloadable rosters will be ready?  

Blog News: Thank you to all the readers, or Google traffic-ers who have (so far) made this the 3rd most visited month in this blogs history.  

Tidbits: ESPN ran NBA Live though a playoff sim and it’s Boston vs. Los Angeles in the Finals, from the pics it looks like they ran it on a PS2, that’s quite confusing, can’t ESPN afford a PlayStation 3 by now?…  A few bad sports games were released lately according to average review scores, UEFA Euro 2008 (67%),  NBA Ballers: Chosen One (55%), and MLB Fantasy All-Stars (70%)… Bill Simmons wants Lakers vs. Celtics more than anything, Spurs vs. Pistons is not on the list… Gilbert Arenas’ Halo team “Final Boss” isn’t doing too bad in the tournaments it enters… Early request, can we get that shoulder padded undershirt Tracy Mcgrady wears in the games in NBA 2K9?

Moment of zen… (pic finally came of what snow looks like in Madden 09)

Click for biggie size, much much better actually.  I like how the sidelines have piles of snow that was shoveled over.  Looks good so far, more info to come.  Goodnight.

April 21, 2008

Madden 09 Update #1

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 11:07 am

From Gamestop.com:

Although some games are played in domes, football remains one of the sports in which weather can be a factor. Some of the most memorable football moments come when teams battle the elements and each other. Who can forget last year’s blizzard-like Seahawks vs. Packers playoff game, or the 1967 “Ice Bowl?”

For our continuing Madden Mondays series, EA Sports has given us another exclusive sneak peek at one of the features of Madden NFL 09, shipping out August 12, as well as the 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Madden NFL 09 for Xbox 360 and PS3. In their efforts to enhance the drama and emotion of a real football game, they’ve taken on the weather.

To give Mother Nature the respect she deserves, they’ve overhauled everything from Madden 08 to give you a movie-like experience. One of these overhauls is fog, and lots of it. It gives a greater sense of depth and scale and makes the stadiums seem huge. We’ve heard that no two snowflakes are alike, and although we haven’t seen every flake in Madden 09, we can tell you the snow is more realistic than ever. You’ll see deeper snow on the fields, with dramatic accumulation and realistic wear from play. Player’s footsteps will leave imprints, snow will be piled on the sidelines and the yardage lines will be shoveled, just like in a real game. We probably won’t see a snowplow clearing off a space for a field goal since the NFL banned their use after the infamous 1982 “Snowplow Game.” But you never know.

Improved color correction and stadium light bloom mean that you’ll see the steam of a player’s breath on a frosty night, as well as splashes of water when his feet hit the rain-covered turf. And the 3-dimensional interaction that snow and rain particles have with the wind may tempt you to bundle up when you play. You’ll see it all at a movie-quality 60 FPS rate on the Xbox 360 and PS3. All of these subtle differences add up to give you an immersive NFL experience that may tempt you to bundle up.

Remember, these exclusive peeks aren’t necessarily the main new features. They’re just the tip of the iceberg. EA Sports is keeping the rest of the iceberg top secret for now. But we will continue to chip away at the iceberg with another exclusive every Monday for the next six weeks.

Here is a pic of the “new” weather in NCAA 09, so expect similar in Madden 09.  Much improved.

 

March 30, 2008

Sparkling Record V: The MLB 2008 Edition

Filed under: MLB, News, Sparkling Record, Sports — Marcus Ramsey @ 11:10 am

Baseball is back tonight last week in games no one watched in Japan!  With that said it’s time for an MLB Preview, things look new around here, I got a new job so everything needs to be updated around here, including here at home, but that’s another topic.  This season looks to be great, as many divisions seem wide open.  Let’s run them down…

NL EAST

1. New York Mets – Pedro will come back strong.  The Mets were only one game back at the end of Philly’s run to win the East last season.  Santana will win at least one game this season for the Mets, he could make them 20 games better, 98-64 to be exact.

2. Philadelphia Phillies – Good, not elite, yet.

3. Washington Nationals – New ballpark bounce.  And Dmitri Young hit .320 last season, who knew?

4. Atlanta Braves – I know they are the trendy pick, but I say too old.  You wouldn’t want a fantasy team that looks like them would you?  They play tonight in Washington, where the new ballpark looks mighty awesome from what I’ve seen.

5. Florida Marlins – Averaged 16,900 fans per home game last season.

 NL CENTRAL

1.  Chicago Cubs – Kept the same nucleus of players from last season, where they did win the division.

2. Milwaukee Brewers – For reasons I am unaware of they let Coco Cordero go to a division rival, a sign that all might not be well for the Brew Crew.

3. St. Louis Cardinals – I can not put them lower than three.

4. Houston Astros- Just never got over that hump, plus they have Clemens-lag.

5. Cincinnati Reds – Tease team even more than the Cubs.  Don’t you think every season, “Maybe the Reds will come on strong this year.”  Then they never do.

6. Pittsburgh Pirates – Jesus, there are six teams in this division?

NL WEST

1.  Arizona Diamondbacks – Young, fast, good.  Great pitching in a pitchers ballpark, winning combination there, especially since their hitters are contact, singles and doubles hitters.

2. San Diego Padres – Chris Young is poised to have a great year.

3. Colorado Rockies – Sometimes you wish the MLB was like the NBA and let half the league into the playoffs because the Rockies could catch fire anytime.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers – Joe Torre doesn’t have Jeter, A-Rod, and Matsui in this line up.

5. San Francisco Giants – With Bonds gone there is a more positive vibe coming from this team.  Zito might get his act together, who knows.This is why I love Manny

AL EAST

1. Boston Red Sox – Policy: Champion gets pre-season rank of #1.

2. New York Yankees – No way they finish any lower, it’s financially impossible.

3. Toronto Blue Jays – Skydome is getting old fast isn’t it?  Maybe it’s just me, but that place feels old.

4. Tampa Bay Devil Rays –  Baltimore is really that bad.

5. Baltimore Orioles – Yup, that bad.

AL CENTRAL

1. Chicago White Sox – I watched the Civil Rights game and saw a “team” feeling from the Sox.  Guys were cracking jokes, moving around, laughing with Ozzie.  With that much talent, one of the best GM’s in the game, they have a good feeling to them.

2. Detroit Tigers – The San Antonio Spurs of the MLB, play hard nosed, technically well played baseball.

3. Cleveland Indians – Why they start the season with home games is beyond anyones mind.  Did we not learn anything last season?

4. Kansas City Royals – Got rid of some of the older players, always seems to help, especially when the old was not doing anything.

5. Minnesota Twins – Lost Santana, there goes 20 wins, 69-23 to be exact.

AL WEST

1. Seattle Mariners –  Keep bringing in the best Japanese talent.

2. Texas Rangers – Why not?

3. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – These guys are too old.

4. Oakland Athletics – These are too inexperienced.

LEAGUE MVP: Prince Fielder

CY YOUNG AWARD: Chien-Ming Wang

COMEBACK PLAYER: Pedro Martinez

Moment of zen… where it all starts, again, tonight…

October 18, 2007

Observations from NBA2K8

Filed under: gaming, NBA, ps3, review, Sports, Spurs, wii, xbox — Marcus Ramsey @ 1:07 am

So I’ve played almost 10 games on NBA2K8 at work on lunches and have come to the conclusion that it is a must own game. I knew it would have the best gameplay, but the “personal” touches for each team are out of this world. Playing it is a joy, and when playing with Josh at work we often comment, “there’s no other game with that… ever.” Here are some of the things I’m talking about, most of them crowd related.

Fans in San Antonio – Just like the real fans in San Antonio they know two chants; “GO SPURS GO” and “D-FENSE!” This is, trust me, the first game to have the real “dum-da-dum-da-dum…. GO SPURS GO!” chant. I totally freaked when I heard it. The other great moment is when Bruce Bowen shoots the fans yell, “BRUUUUUUUUUCE!”

Bruce Bowen – Speaking of, he shuts down Kobe in the game. Or LeBron. Or anyone else. It’s him. How do you know for sure? I have yet to miss a three from the corner with an open Bruce Bowen. And when the crowd yells “BRUUUUUUUCE!” it is a “holy shit, they actually did that?” moment.

Fans in Detroit – Okay, I love the Spurs, so I’m going to like the Pistons. It’s slow, defensive minded basketball in both cities. But the fans and arena are great because they have all of the following in the game… “DETROIT…. BASKETBALLLLL!” “Scored by Chauncy B-B-B-Billups” “SHEEEEEEED!” “PRIIIIINCE!” It’s awesome. Playing a home game there is just awe inspiring, and loud.

Rasheed Wallace – Okay, so it’s got his shot style and his spot on the head and the Air Force Ones. But, call a timeout and Sheed goes and talks to the refs for the whole timeout.

Phoenix Fans – Remember when I said Detroit was a very loud place to play? Well Phoenix is dead on, as a quiet place to play. Sure, fans cheer, but in Detroit you can tell it’s 16,000 nutzo, riot when we win, Pistons fans, and in Phoenix it’s 16,000 average fans. At least on the team you get Marions shot, and Stevie Nash makes any layup he tries that isn’t blocked.

The arena atmosphere makes this game a step above the others. It’s like nothing else. And it amazes me that EA Sports, being known for “it’s in the game”, can’t even put the Eagles, Jets, Redskins, or anyone else’s cheer in Madden? If there was an NFL2K8 you would have all of the above plus, cheeseheads, Seattle’s 12th man, Raider’s blackhole fans, Cleveland dawgs, Redskins Pigs, Jets Fireman Ed, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, Steelers terrible towels, and whatever else I’m missing. Just imagine playing in Pittsburgh in the playoffs with 80,000 towels waving, or in Philly hearing “FLY EAGLES FLY, ON THE WAY TO VICTORY” when you give up that TD. Wouldn’t that be better than the same old, “Touchdown!” then it plays generic music for 4 seconds?

So here’s my comparison shot, I do this all the time with EA vs. 2K….

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Kevin Garnett (Real)

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NBA 2K8

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NBA Live 08

Obvious to me that 2K8 got it right.

September 16, 2007

Madden Part III and Week II NFL Picks

Filed under: Fantasy Sports, funny, gaming, hockey, list, NCAA, News, ps3, review, Sparkling Record, Sports, TV — Marcus Ramsey @ 1:16 am

Quick notes here;

Petey texted me telling me OU was kicking ass. It’s true, I’m thrilled, Bradford looks like Jason White on good knees. Look at these numbers…

83.3% Completion Percentage (Best in Nation)
11.8 Yards Per Attempt
11 TD / 1 INT

But let’s face it, if this kid doesn’t beat Texas then this season might not matter. And you thought Yanks and Sox fans were nuts.

Okay so here’s the, maybe, final commentary on Madden 08. I really think the “weapon” system is cool. But it needs tweaking. For instance, if you have good weapons, then you need some kind of “bad weapons.” For instance, Chad Pennington got the accuracy weapon, but he should have some kind of symbol for the fact that he won’t throw more than 30 yards in one pass with any kind of success. So here are my ideas for Madden 09’s new “Strug-a-ling” feature:

Duck Passer – Like the Pennington example, guys who are better in a West Coast style, because anything further than 30 yards quacks its way downfield. Example: Pennington, Vick, and Bledsoe.

Butterfingers – Players who have a hard time with the ball. Example: Ahman Green, old Tiki Barber, Steve McNair

Weak Sauce – Players who have a history of getting hurt. Example: Chad Pennington, Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis

Stumble out the Gate – The players who never do much until it’s the second half. I think Vince Young and Eli Manning fall into this as guys who seem to come out of the gate so slow and eventually get steam built up and throw 3 TD’s in one quarter.

Timekiller – Why not give a coach a bad quality? How much more interesting would it be if you picked the Chiefs and because Herm Edwards was your coach the clock was blurred out the last two minutes of the game?

Passive – A coach who doesn’t do anything. If a play loses yardage you have to call it again in the next series. If you have a rookie QB you spent millions on you won’t play him even when your other guys obviously stink and the whole town wants to see the rookie.

Good ideas? Maybe not, Week 2 picks…

Carolina (+6.5) over Houston

Atlanta (-10) over Jacksonville (Simmons last chance)

Indy (+7) over Tennessee

San Francisco (-3) over St. Louis

Giants (even) over Green Bay

Buffalo (-9.5) covers Pittsburgh

Cincy (+6.5) over Cleveland

New Orleans (+3.5) over Tampa Bay

Minnesota (-3) over Detroit (There needs to be meetings for those of us who drafted Peterson to get together and pat each other on the back.)

Dallas (+3.5) over Miami

Seattle (+3) over Arizona

Baltimore (+10) over the Jets

Kansas City (-12) covers Chicago

Oakland (-10) covers Denver

San Diego (-3) over New England

Philly (+7) over Washington

September 11, 2007

Madden Part Duex

Filed under: funny, gaming, hockey, MLB, NBA, NCAA, News, ps3, review, Sports, Uniforms — Marcus Ramsey @ 11:03 pm

Okay, I wrote that Madden thing off the top of my head, just bored writing to be honest. So after playing a game here is what I’ve got to say.

Adrian Peterson will NEVER fumble the ball 4 times in one game. I don’t care if he did it on spin moves or juke moves, he never will do that. And when he does a Redskin lineman isn’t going to pick it up and run untouched 60 yards for the TD. These sort of things should never be in a game. And to make it worse, Chester Taylor fumbled twice. I honestly wouldn’t be so angry if the CPU was fumbling the ball as much as I do.

Also of note, what happened to “If it’s in the game, it’s in the game?” From the last game I played…

– Clinton Portis wears his socks low. Looks terrible but he does it almost every game, so then put it in the game.

– Joe Gibbs is one of the two coaches I know of that wear a full set of headphones with mic during the game, opposed the to the normal one ear style most coaches wear. Again, put it in the game.

– Gibbs also ALWAYS wears that cap with the “R” script on it. Put it in.

– Why do the players (still) run right through the walls in the endzone? How hard would that be to fix? It’s not like players in NBA Live just run right out the arena when they are going out of bounds. The hockey guys in NHL 07 seem to be able to stay on the ice. Fix it.

I still can’t give this game a rating, but if I did on emotions it would be a 4 of 10 right now, there’s so much right, and still so much wrong.

September 9, 2007

What Needs Work in Madden 08

Filed under: gaming, list, NCAA, ps3, review, Sports, wii, xbox — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:41 am

After playing two different seasons on Madden 2008 I feel pretty well versed in the game, here are my complaints.

1. Fix the PlayStation 3 version – EA Sports blew it with not making the PS3 version 60 FPS like the Xbox 360. It really does show, and makes 2008 look more like 2007.5. Also, the Sony faithful were what made Madden from about 2001 to 2006 such a huge franchise. You think the Nintendo 64 put Madden as a top seller?

2. Fix the preplay “HUD” – To start, I know you can turn it off. But, I want the game to not show all the options until I press one. I’ll play random against people and if I turn the HUD off I have no clue what the audibles are unless I go set that up (which I hate people that do that) and then memorize what I put. Just have an option to “Turn on when pressed.” Done.

3. Bring Madden back into Madden – Okay, outside of the name on the box where the hell is Madden? One of the great things about Madden (the person, not the game) is he is at the point where he is a characture of himself. He sawed a turducken in half with his bare hands. Madden once greeted, then, President Regean with “Hey how ya doin?” This guy needs to be doing the color work in this game. I guess the ESPN licence kind of screwed that. So then…

4. Take Madden out of Madden – Call the damn game Monday Night Football and get Turico, Kornheiser, and Jaws to do the commentary. Put Tafoya on the sidelines and call it a night. It took 2K Games one year of “so-so” ESPN intergration then they blew it out the water with Boomer, Wingo and even got Mel Kiper in the game! EA Sports can’t even get an ESPN personality at the pregame, as Marshall Faulk does an absolutely horrible job at the pregame.

5. Make more sense on these trophies and rings. I have no clue what trophies I’ve won when the game is over, tell me what I did. I have no clue where the points for the rings are coming from, please tell me where they come from.

6. Get the Unis right – All team captains are wearing a “C” patch this season. Guess how many teams in Madden 08 have this? None. Also, when picking a uni, give a preview before selection, and when picking, let the home team pick first, just like in the (wait for it…) NFL.

7. Fix the Crowd – There are about 5 sprites for the crowd remade to make 80,000 people. Somehow, in NBA2K7 there seems to be about 25 different types of people and they will occasionally get up to get food or go to the bathroom. It’s fucking surreal in that game to see a timeout, the mascot runs out, security walks down the stairs, and it looks like a timeout. Call a timeout on Madden and you cut to a screen that says “TIMEOUT” and you can see the crowd going completely ape shit below like someone yelled “FREE IPHONES FOR EVERYONE THAT JUMPS!”

8. Fix Speeds of Players – Antoine Winfield (cornerback for the Vikings) runs a 4.41 second 40 yard dash. I got caught by Jon Kitna from the Lions and had to do a damned spin move to not get tackled by a quarterback chasing me, a white one at that. Either way, this should not happen.

Do it EA.

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