all you doubters, naysayers, smack talkers...to all of you who
called Shaun Alexander over-rated...to all of you who said the
Seahawks stumbled, via easy opponents, to the playoffs...to all of
you who said Holmgren should be canned...to all of you who said that
Hasselbeck is a joke...to all of you who said Delhomme and Smith
would shatter the Seahawks...to all of you who said that Alexander
was a joke for his concussion last week (how do you get called a bad
player when you get knocked silly? Look at the tapes and tell me,
with that goofy grin, that he was fully in his right mind)...to all
of you who say Seattle is not a football town...two mother-f@#$ing
words for you;
felt good. Let me say it with more of the energy appropriate for the
one thing that can turn my apathetic town into a town of insane and
off, if you thought Seattle was not a football town...well,
normally, no matter what is going on, Seattle is always a traffic
nightmare. Even on a Sunday afternoon, Seattle is filled with what
many equal sized towns would only be able to call "rush hour
traffic". Do you check the fly over video during the NFC game
last night? Seattle was deserted. At least the streets were. Why?
Because everyone was at Seahawk's Stadium ("Qwest Field"
is not a name I know because that is Alexander's house, Holmgren's
house, Hasselbeck's house, Morris's house...the list goes on, but
Qwest is not king in that house), at a bar (watching the game), or
like myself at a friend's place watching the Seahawks castrating the
you thought that Alexander was over-rated...sigh...what the hell do
you call 132 yards and two touchdowns? I call it the MVP at work.
Also, just like usual, he started slow, and then he dominated. It's
his style. Mr. Alexander (if you doubt his skills and talked shit
about him, that's how you must call him now on..."Mr. Shaun
Alexander") starts slow (hence he looked iffy two Saturdays
ago), but then while the other players are getting winded, Alexander
is handing the Seahawks first downs like they were candy. Why is he
the MVP? Why? Because he is that damned impressive, offensive, and
you can't tell, I am beyond happy. I have been watching the Seahawks
since around 1986 (first grade, for me). I would've watched them
sooner, but I hardly knew what sports were. I was six. I can tell
you, I have seen my dreams shattered each year as the Seahawks
stumbled, bumbled, and just looked like an average Pioneer Square
panhandler (that means drunk to you non-Seattleites). It's all good
now. It was all good last week with the playoff victory drought
being behind us, but now I am all good no matter what happens. In
the next game, they will be one of two teams battling to be king.
Win or lose (I'm careful with words...I'm not a superstitious sort,
but I'm not jinxing shit), Super Bowl XL will be with the most
impressive Seattle team to grace the field.
I have a question. What is the lowest QB rating ever during and
after a playoff game? Did Delhomme set a record. He was running
below a 2 in the second half. Below a 2! I thought he was supposed
to, along with Smith (who did look damned amazing...I'm no
fanboy...and his punt return made me realize that he is that good),
manhandle the Seahawks.
you think that Holmgren would just be held to conventional plays in
a big game, there is nothing like watching our QB throw to our
backup QB. The pass from Hasselbeck to Seneca Wallace was not just
an awesome wild-card stunt, it was so damned sweet. Who would
normally see that coming in a playoff game? My friends and I can see
something and it should be seen by more people; Holmgren doesn't
just coach the team; he's playing a mental game of chess. Whatever
he does, there will be a reason for it. It's like he's always
playing about a dozen moves in advance.
if you thought Seattle could not plan for pressure, then what do you
call their treatment of Smith. Once Smith returned that punt, and
showed us all why he is to be feared and respected, Seattle took
care of that threat by never kicking the ball to his eager hands.
The FG fake...brilliant. Kicking out of bounds...brilliant. If you
can't take on a guy with 100% certainty, then you take the threat
out of the man. Seattle did that.
about to joy-gasm...again. I've been doing it for the last 24 hours.
So, I'll drop off about now. The move went well, some game news (but
nothing stupid and lame, like this,
in today's post about champions) may turn up here tomorrow...if I
post...vacation and all is a nice thing. So, to wrap this up, one
last thing...yes...it's those magical 5 words that brings a tear to
in the SUPER BOWL!!!!!
My friend, who,
like yours truly, is enjoying this hometown excitement, had a nice
perspective on things. With how the Seahawks are being dissed
in the media, he composed a letter to Bill Simons. I think it
needs to be seen...so, here's the letter that says, better than I
could ever put it, the feelings of Seattle on being ignored and
I believe that you
and most of the sports media need to refer to Shaun Alexander as Mr
Shaun Alexander THE NFL MVP for the duration of the rest of the
season. He showed everyone why he is the MVP on Sunday. He went
against a Panther defense that everyone thought would be able to
shut him down. He ran around, through, and over the Panthers at will
for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He and the rest of the Seahawks
did on Sunday what they have been doing all year.
Do no tthe
Seahawks need a little more respect in your column? The Panthers
picked by the majority of the sports world to advance to the Super
Bowl were completely manhandled by the obviously superior Seahawks
team. After the first quarter the game was never in doubt. Delhomme
was obliterated by a Seahawk defense that was thought to be at the
Panther's disposal. Steve Smith was completely shut down. Apart from
the punt return touchdown and the garbage time passing TD, the
Panthers showed that they were the ones not worthy of being in the
NFC championship game. In fact, Delhomme looked so horrible that his
passer rating at one point in the game was 1.6. He looked more like
Tim Hasselbeck than anyone else.
I would like for
everyone, including you, to stop talking about how the Seahawks
haven't beaten any quality opponents. They were 13-3 in the regular
season for a reason, and they showed it on Sunday.
I don't know what
will happen on Super Bowl Sunday as the Steelers team is an
extremely great one. But please, don't talk about how Seattle isn't
worthy. They showed everyone on Sunday. Alexander, Hasselbeck, and
company are making everyone eat some nice, sweet, and tasty
But you know what?
Lots of people are going to make some kind of dumb excuse of why the
Seahawks aren't really that good, because they are "the
Seahawks". It kind of reminds me of the 2001 Patriots, but oh
well. But they have been doing that all year from the "they
played in the weak NFC West" or "they didn't rout the
Redskins" or "Alexander had a concussion", etc etc.
In fact, keep doing that, they have been proving you wrong all
Much Love From
Seattle home of Mr. Shaun Alexander THE NFL MVP,
I'm back, after my
day of vacation. Well, vacation was a bad term for it since Comcast
(it's Comcastic) f$#@ed up my computer. When they finalized my
address change, a day after my address was changed, they sent a
message to my modem to take this into effect. This told my modem to
tell my PC to download the latest Comcast Internet install package.
Sadly, the package was crap, and it caused a proxy to be initiated
on my Internet Explorer until I finished the install. I didn't
expect this, and turned off my brain, so I was left with a bad IP
trying to be detected when I ran IE, and thus I had to get a Comcast
technician at my new place to fix it. I know...that was a newbish
error, and I should've realized it was a proxy server being forced
on my IE...I know.
technician was good, despite how Comcast is. He walked in, went to
my PC, turned off the proxy server crap (which, I know, I should've
realized to do myself...I feel so damned newbish right now), typed
in a URL, and said good day to me. That was nice and quick. So, I'm
now back...sort of.
I am posting late
since I am now being forced to go through the clean up of my old
apartment right after I get off work. This should only last a few
days. Until then, don't check too early for new posts, but do expect
a new post each day.
good RPG is coming to Japan, and it probably won't see the light
of day in the American continents...sigh. Yeah, after a long hiatus,
Nintendo is bringing out another sequel to what we would call
Earthbound. If there's anything that Nintendo should learn by now,
it's that GBA RPGs do great business in the US. Plus, with the love
and attention people here have for Ness (the hero of Mother
2...Earthbound) because of nostalgia and Smash Bros., it would only
make sense to let us have this game...please.
Since my PC has
been Internet-less, I haven't checked out the details yet, but
there's more good news. Hella good news! The
Heroes of Might and Magic V beta is up. To find out more, the web
site for Heroes V should have some info. Supposedly, Heroes 5 is
more like Heroes 3 (the best of the series, so far) than Heroes 4, thankfully.
I know I have been waiting for this day since I first played Heroes
4 and was majorly let down. I smell good things. I'll download the
beta, myself, later this week (if it's still open). There's probably
an NDA attached with the beta, so I'll not say a damned thing about
it...but I can already say it is probably damned good. Viva la
I also picked up
Ape Escape 3 a week ago. This is an awesome game. It is good
old-school Ape Escape action. The only downside, and this can be big
for some, is that the guy(s) who programmed the camera fell asleep
on the job. Despite the lack of a decent camera, the game is
definitely a welcome treat for fans of AE1 or 2. Also, while most of
the gadgets are the same as what we've seen a thousand times before,
the new morph system is definitely good fun. The morph system lets
you, for a short time, change into an alternate form that has unique
bonuses. For example, the first morph is to become a knight. When
the knight is not attacking, he has a shield for protection, and
when attacking he uses a big freakin' sword. Also, the morphs let
you capture all monkeys in a small radius around you with a simple
press of the R3 button. I'll have more impressions of this game as I
get time to play (like next week), but as an AE2 addict, I am quite
happy. Also, while the camera is bad, it's not nearly as bad as the
PSP Ape Escape had it.
Since there isn't
much more in terms of news, I'll get to some business. My Mario and
Luigi 2 review is still just a twinkle in my eye. I want to get some
words down, but the cleaning of my old apartment (which could
involve large sums of money being recovered or lost) is a little too
important right now. I should get this started sometime next
Speaking of large
sums of money...I needed to upgrade my phone service this week and
ended up with a Motorola v360. All I can say is...DAMN! Considering
I had a lame free phone from my previous service contract, this is
one hell of a nice phone. I can't really add too much to that, but
it is a great little piece of technology, and definitely a fun phone
for a geek who doesn't want the silliness of holding a Blackberry or
other PDA to their head to make a call. Also, the fact that it
charges on USB and that it has upgradeable memory (Trans Memory
cards), along with having enough room to hold a dozen MP3s out of
the box makes this is a fun little toy. A good cutting edge phone
without losing it's identity (in other words, without looking like
it's not a phone).
Ok...I'm worn out
from cleaning, so I'm out. I should have some more news
While I may be too
caught up in finalizing my move (cleaning the crap behind the fridge
in my old place) to know much of what's going on, I can still smell
a good day for news a mile away.
First off. About
that Heroes V beta...it is open, but it should be today that it's
fully open and not just open to subscribers of File Planet (or one
of their partners). So, if you don't believe in wasting money on
online subscriptions, like myself, today should be the day. I may
not get a chance to play Heroes V for a couple of days, I know the
download is the first thing I'm doing after this post. Viva the
Nintendo is riding high on the massive sales of the DS this season,
they have their SP equivalent on it's way. In March, the
DS Lite will be hitting stores in Japan. If things go like they
did with the GBA-SP, we could expect this thing in the states only a
few months later. While the DS Lite offers all of the same features
as the DS (why would they eliminate features on an
"upgrade"?), it also features less weight and size. In
fact, when it's folded, it'll be about 30% thinner, as well as being
shorter and less lanky when unfolded.
The only truly new
feature to the DS Lite will involve lighting. There will now be
different levels of back light available. Considering how the PSP
had (I speak past tense since that damned thing is dead to me until
Sony tries making some games for it) the same feature, it's not all
that new. However, considering how it can effect battery life,
Nintendo may be able to look even better when the ~10 hours of
battery life of the original DS is possibly extended when used with
lower light levels.
I'm not so sure,
however, that this is the toy for all DS fans. I know my hand cramps
on the original DS, due to it being too small (in some regards) for
my hands. So, a shrinkage like this, while making it that much more
portable, may be bad news for larger handed individuals. Still, it's
a nice new design and it shows that Nintendo is great at their usual
tricks...pimping out an older handheld with a thousand different
variations. If I got this, and it does indeed play GBA games
(another unanswered question about the DS Lite), then this could be
the hundredth different Gameboy I've purchased in my
Since that news
started so nice, but tended towards sarcasm...here's
a good one. One Star Locke, a Texas rancher, is running for
governor of the state, is wanting to impose some wacky taxes (and
ideals) on the people of Texas, if elected...man, this is just
"I take the
position that the Founding Fathers took: that the power to tax is
the power to destroy," Locke told the Amarillo Globe News.
"So our concept is that we need to tax things we don't want and
you want to not tax things that you want to encourage."
So says the
politician. Basically, the new taxes would include a massive 50% tax
on most unhealthy foods (soda and fast food ranking at the top of
the list), a $10,000 per abortion tax (I could say a joke...but I'll
try to be kind so I don't get any pro-this or pro-that flames), and
a 100% tax on violent games. All of this would be done to eliminate
all property taxes.
So, if you're like
me, you're wondering how a politician, who is obviously biased,
could be in charge of deeming which games are violent. Well, have no
fear, people of Texas. Locke will form a 10 person group that will
determine what games are violent...because what's violent to ten
people (chosen by an obvious hater of games) is obviously violent to
all people. Also, this tax will be placed on the shoulders of the
game publishers, not the geeks. If, in some weird alternate reality,
Locke was elected, I can foresee something. First off, the tax would
be deemed illegal in the courts or turned around with a voter
initiative. More so, if it was around, it would cause game stores in
Texas to close down, making unemployment (way to go...let's try to
eliminate all low level jobs, like those at EB, Gamestop, McDonalds,
Burger King, etc). Further, it would not lower the number of violent
games in Texas thanks to the most under taxed entity out
there...online retailers. Games would simply be purchased online for
far cheaper. I guess one could say, while Locke is anti-employment
in Texas, he is pro-employment in less tangible areas (online
To round out the
silly, or stupid, side of news for today, booth
babes are being restricted at E3 this year. Plain and simple,
partial (or total) nudity and bathing suit bottoms are not
acceptable clothing. It all makes some sense...since the game
industry needs to stop focusing on sex and violence to sell games.
After all, the average gamer is only in his (yes, it's guys, so
"his" is right) mid 20's. How dare we try to focus on that
demographic, and not of the children.
There was some
sarcasm there. Mainly because we are talking about forcing someone
else's ideals onto a business that is ran based on a lot of baser
instincts (sex is one of those). It would be like saying that no
movies could feature sexual content. True, the babes are banned, and
not the games (from the market). However, E3 is the time to showcase
the newest games in order to build some publicity. You don't need
the booth babes, but they are not hurting anyone.
Beyond that, there
is a simple truth. E3 is supposed to be age restrictive. I may be
off, but I believe you cannot be a minor (under 18) and in the expo.
So, is this rule supposed to protect anyone? I don't think so.
Beyond that, if bathing suit bottoms are that bad, would we see them
just down the road from the show at a local beach? I think so...but
they are allowed in public beaches in which minors are
In short, this is
just another example of the wrong approach to a non-problem. Some
vocal people complain that games are too much based on sex and
violence, so the industry (or the E3 people, in this case) go to the
extreme of banning undesirable elements. Undesirable to the people
who don't even play games, that is. Maybe the correct solution is
education. Educate these vocal asses (most are...sorry, but the fact
that most of these people are ignorant asses is the truth) that
games are not just for children. Educate them in the ways of
demographics and who the main purchaser of games is. Educate on the
fact that sex is in more forms of media than just GTA:SA...I mean
games. Educate them on how far worse things exist than scantily clad
females. Educate them that an M or AO rated game may be made because
of these facts. Blah. I don't need the booth babes, but I see no
harm (and if you argue that it "objectifies women"...I
will just say it's only less than a single week of the year while
other events do the same, or worse, far more frequently...also, even
Velveeta seems to think this is a shame). Like I said, I don't need
them, and no one else really does, but there is no harm in them
Lastly, if you
remember when the 360 launch was looming on the horizon, Microsoft
made some promises. Some have been fulfilled, some were neglected,
and some took time to fulfill. For example, the King Kong demo never
really did finalize all that well, now did it? The Madden demo took
a little time. Hell, most of the content that was supposed to be
here at launch didn't show it's face in November.
Microsoft promised Marble Blast Ultra on the Arcade space.
Basically, it's a very pretty looking game that uses some of the
basic ideas first founded in Marble Madness. Well, at long last,
only 2 months late, MBU
is here. Well, not here, but rather on Live. Like with Heroes V,
I won't be able to play this thing for quite some time, but I aim to
at least download the demo tonight (the full version will run about
$10 in Market Points).
Earlier this week
I complained about how Microsoft and the 360 developers have all
been slow with releasing demos for the Live Marketplace. For
example, besides Fight Night, I can't think of a single demo that
was on Marketplace before the game had been out for a few weeks (or
more). Well, that's changing, it looks like.
Auto demo is up in the Marketplace. I still haven't had a chance
to play Marble Blast Ultra, so I haven't even downloaded this one
yet. However, if Full Auto is truly the be all arcade racer it's
supposed to be, this is a definite demo to check out. I'll try to
get it this weekend and post some impressions Monday.
Speaking of demos,
the Heroes V beta is open and has been so for over 24 hours. I would
say this is good news, but I have an issue with this sort of
I downloaded and
prepared to play Heroes V last night. I was all set to play a couple
of rounds until I saw the weakness of the beta...it's all online
only. That's not so bad on many games. I mean a FPS usually is best
experienced online, and the same goes for many action titles.
However, to have a game that plays like a cross between a game of
chess and Civilization all online in the beta is not cool.
When I think of
Heroes games, I don't think of the high paced action needed for an
online game. I also don't think of a game that the first time you
play should be against some faceless entity that is under the same
need for a smooth and fast game as one would want for themselves.
Heroes games have all come down to having two really good game play
systems. Either the single player campaign, with the rather weak
plot but plenty of action, or the hot seat multiplayer. After all,
if it's a game that has a lot of downtime, like past Heroes titles
have while you wait for your opponent to go, it should not be
experienced against unknown people online...especially for the first
In fact, hot seat
games of Heroes 3 have probably been the single most enjoyable thing
I've ever done on my PC. Playing hot seat, with Velveeta, while the
TV goes on in the background, is a perfect diversion for a couple of
people. In fact, in order to not lose my temper when I first played
the Learning to Fly mission of GTA:SA, I also was playing hot seat
Heroes 3. Usually, by the time I was so frustrated with crashing my
plane, Velveeta was done with her turn, so we'd trade places (she'd
try "Learning to Fly" while my army of dragons laid waste
on my foes).
I can understand
how online helps a beta in terms of sending reports back to the
system administrators and developers. However, I remember reading
that this was an "open beta", and not a stress test. So,
unless this is a stress test to test the Ubi.com servers, then there
is a problem...after all, data can be reported to the developers
while playing offline by sending data packets online while you play.
I, for one, don't want my first experience with Heroes V (which may
include an ass kicking, if my unknown opponent is already versed in
Heroes V) to be a frustrating and annoying experience. For that
reason, and since I'm the only computer owner I know who is playing
this beta, I am simply not going to play the beta. Heroes is a
sacred and wonderful game to me, and I won't let my impression of
this potentially awesome game be tarnished by a bunch of slow,
boring, and lame online games, while I fail to even have the time to
fully learn the system. That is not how I roll...hot seat or single
player is, as Naruto would say, my ninja way.
not having played the game, maybe it's better that I don't try the
beta. After all, like I said, I want my first taste of Heroes V to
not leave a bitter taste in my mouth...like it has done to some Heroes
fans. Considering the fact that there is an online petition to
halt the release of this game, and it has so many signatures after
such a short time of existing (a day), this can't be a good sign for
Heroes V. On these grounds, and how I don't want to start in blind
online matches on a strategy game, I think I'll sit on the side
lines for now.
Anyway, like I
said, I did download Marble Blast Ultra, and that is the next thing
in my queue to do. I also want to download the Full Auto demo, but
that will take a back seat since I like the simple premise of MBU...hell,
it might even be the first game I'll pay money to buy on Live
Arcade...if it's as good as it sounds.
I'm also done with cleaning my old apartment, so I now have the time
to finally play games again (between unpacking boxes of random
shit)...my four weeks of moving hell are finally up, and just in
time for the weekend.
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