It has been a while
since I posted anything. I normally would say that followed with
some excuse of being tired, overworked, or some other reason.
However, I am fresh off almost two weeks of vacation and vacation
definitely doesn't let one post when half of the time is spent in a
location without technology (beyond a TV that can pick up three
The Seahawks are back in
the new NFL season. I wish I could have seen a better result, but
the 16-20 loss to the Cards is not beyond what I could have
expected. I mean the Seahawks are playing with a new QB and the new
season always begins with some question marks hanging over it. The
same question makes only become larger when you're dealing with
scabs in the black and white stripes. In fact, I think the most
likely thing to cause me to dislike this season will be the
substitute officiating crews, who are easily showing that they do
not know the rules. I mean when Pete Carroll had to run on field and
remind the crew that Arizona couldn't use two time outs
consecutively, there's a problem. When Pete Carroll later uses a
fourth time out in a half, it only becomes more obvious that the MLS
may not have the worst refs for this season.
The obvious question,
beyond the refs, was what QB situations would turn out in the new
season. I mean Manning is back in Denver after a year off, Luck and
RG3 are both starting as high profile draft picks, the Seahawks are
starting a third round pick in the pocket, Arizona has to still deal
with the questions of Kolb versus Skelton (Kolb wins in this one),
and...well, the QB shuffle this season is definitely an interesting
event going into the new season.
I think Wilson looks
like the man for the Seahawks. If it wasn't for either the O-line
failing him or Arizona having too strong of a pass rush, I think
Wilson could have easily picked up another 50+ yards. For what it's
worth, he played like a professional starting QB despite never
having a second to look at his receivers from the pocket. I think
his stats would have looked even better if Baldwin or Edwards could
have caught the passes in the endzone that came so damned close to
being the game winning touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter.
Plus, while Wilson had an interception, it was a garbage one (a long
bomb at the end of the first half to try to make a final play with
the clock expired).
The real lesson learned
from yesterday is that the Seahawks can do good this season, if they
can avoid injuring bad starting QBs and keep the better 2nd string
off the field (Kolb should be the starter for the Cards with how he
handled coming in off the bench). Also, Seattle needs to give Wilson
protection, or he will never get a chance to show what he can
do...besides Wilson showing how well he can scramble. Also, the
Seahawks need some work on play calling. There was a stretch when
Lynch got the ball every down, and this led to an easy job for
Arizona (just defend against the run)...and then the final drive
when mixing in a little Lynch would have made for some yards when
they were needed.
Anyway, it's only the
first game. The season is fresh, and except for the 49ers (who
dominated Green Bay for their entire game), the division is not out
of the Seahawk's grasp.
Finally, Nintendo has
release date and pricing for the Wii-U. It took too long, in my
opinion, for this information to come along considering the launch
is November 18th, which leaves only about two months until the
launch for...I was going to say for kids to start saving up some
money, but in this economy $300 or $350 is a hell of a lot of money.
seriousness, the only smart move in this, that I can see, is that
the Wii-U will launch before the holidays, instead of being a timely
blunder like the 1st quarter release for the 3DS. However, even with
that one blunder out of the way, $300 is a lot of money, and $350 is
just insane from a product that still hasn't appeared to do the
important thing of showing that Nintendo will have full support of
the development community. While seeing a Batman game on the Wii-U
looks like a small shift from kid friendly and third party ignored,
it is a port of a year old game that was already on every competing
console (and PC) a solid year before. It goes on like that with
other games that try to show third party and mature game support.
What I'm trying to
say, in simple terms, is that once you break the old standard $250
price limit, especially when the economy is still shakey, this is no
longer a family or kid console and has moved into being a mainstream
console in price factor. If you don't have the solid and strong
support of numerous games, right out of the gate, then this is a bad
proposition. It only looks worse, to me, when for $50 more, Nintendo
will offer an additional memory card, a charging cradle for the game
pad, and a collection of minigames (Nintendoland) that one would
expect to be a free pack-in from Nintendo in any other generation.
I have honestly
quit being a fan of Nintendo after watching my 3DS collect dust and
go through obvious PR issues. The Wii was bad enough to suffer
through, but with the 3DS added to the list, I don't see Nintendo as
being in touch with reality anymore. They just don't seem to
understand what it is that the gamers of the world want. They do
know what their fans want, but the only people left to call "fans"
are becoming few and far between and only want an occasional glimpse
of a fat plumber in red.
After seeing the
previous three console generations from Nintendo, I knew they needed
a game changer. However, instead of building on the only concept
from the past 15 years that worked in their favor (motion; which was
then imitated by Microsoft and Sony), they have apparently moved
away and are once again trying to find out who they are as a
I have some
predictions of the obvious. First off, this, unlike the Wii,
Gamecube, and N-64, will be a holiday console launched by Nintendo
that is not hard to find on store shelves leading up to Christmas
(just like trying to find a 3DS a week after it launched). Secondly,
a price cut and some other incentives (maybe Nintendoland free with
all consoles) are going to come along within one year of launch.
Third, a less than solid prediction, that Nintendo will be out of
the console (at least non-portable consoles) market in about five
years going the way of Sega. On top of that, with smart phones
offering so much more each year in terms of a gaming experience,
Nintendo may be entirely done with hardware in a span of ten years
at the most.
By the way, I'm
not even going to discuss TVii. I mean this is Nintendo just
trying to show two things. One, they can do what has already
been done by Roku, the Metro interface on Windows 8 and the 360, and
the PS3. Secondly, while it may add a small touch of live TV
features, I'll believe it when I see that it will work with having a
cable box that basically all cable providers force upon you.