Since the NFL
playoffs start tomorrow with the first two wild card games (the
following day has the other two...in case you needed a reminder), it
seems appropriate to share this link;
Tecmo Super Bowl forecasting the winners of round one (thanks
for the link, Bastich).
While I can't
agree with the outcome of the Seattle game, it is still a blast to
watch how a game from last decade is predicting the outcome when
tweaked with some hacking. It's like looking back in time, but in so
many right ways...all to look forward in time.
The main two
factors that don't sit right with me cannot be taken into account by
the game; the 12th man and Morris. That is to say that with the home
field advantage, Seattle will have a nice little boost in
performance by watching the countless false starts against the other
Washington. Plus, if anything is going to happen that's a guarantee,
it's that the 12th man will be even more impressive tomorrow than
any other day this season (nothing like a post season game to
enhance the noise).
Morris...well, as long as Alexander is running like a wounded
wildebeest, Morris will get his share of carries. When that happens,
anything Tecmo Super Bowl is predicting is going to be off since the
game was only hacked with Alexander's stats...not the rotating
Anyway, I imagine
the game will be a bit more impressive on the Seahawk's offense than
those staggering seven lonely points. I see something closer to a
21-24 outcome...with, hopefully, Seattle getting the 24 on a last
second field goal by Josh Brown to clinch the game.
On a different
note that is near and dear to my weekend...Rock Band.
I am still finding
it hilarious that as new content is released that people online
cannot stop bitching about how Harmonix has it "wrong". If it's not
the not perfect covers of songs (you can't blame them for making a
cover version when they either cannot license the original or the
original was so mixed apart that one instrument would be eliminated
in sound), then it's the selection. That's the one that really gets
to me; how people complain about the selection of DLC.
The way I see it
is simple; on one hand, there is no way that Harmonix can please
everyone. Do you like Rush? Maybe you do, maybe you don't. However,
I know I sure don't (ok...I don't like Rush songs that have vocals).
Am I complaining? No. Do you like All American Rejects? Once again,
you may like it or you may not. I am not a fan, but I downloaded it
because it was cheap.
What am I getting
at? Well, mainly that there is a lot of music out there that would
work on Rock Band...even some rap could work in this game about
"rock". With a new selection of at least three songs (so far) coming
our way each week, and with a pretty good price of $1-$2 per track,
there is plenty for almost anyone. If you like the game, then there
has almost definitely been at least some DLC worth it in your eyes.
It's cheap and there's variety. If you don't like a song, you also
have the power to not purchase it (like with any other DLC)...and
best of all, this is bonus stuff and not just something that was
left out of the final release of the game to make some extra money
(unlike the Oblivion horse armor...).
Also, to make this
better, you can even go on the
Band web site and join the forums there...and then suggest what
songs you'd like on a venue more likely to be visited by Harmonix
employees. Then, with DLC scheduled to be released every damned week
between now and who-the-hell-knows, you can keep having a good
selection and maybe be fortunate enough to see the songs you've
requested (if they're good and not impossible to license). It's no
promise that you recommend a song over there and it would come
along, but you at least have a voice that may be able to be
a better scenario than just bitching on any and every random
most-likely-Harmonix-skipped message board on the net. I just needed
to say all that since I'm getting tired of the fact that Rock Band
and music should be bringing people together and not just being a
source of material for any anonymous ass on the net to use to start
random flame war crap. Plus, the other main thing, in my eyes, about
the Rock Band DLC is simple; it allows some people to experience
music they have never tried before and to maybe (and I know this
sounds amazing and hard to believe) expand one's musical tastes to
new genres and bands.