Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Greatest Game - The Greatest Night

Baseball is such a beautiful game. 162 games is an absolute grind of a season for the players, but for the fans its an absolute delight, especially when it ends like it did last night. Wednesday, September 28th might very well go down as the greatest single day in baseball history. No less than four teams entered the day completely tied for wild card spots, one in each league. I knew it was going to be a special day to be a baseball fan, and cleared everything from my evening plans except being glued to the TV, but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to see.

Such was the drama, excitement, astonishment, and wonder of last nights games that I feel that such words really are almost meaningless in trying to describe it. This is coming from a hardcore Yankees fan, and the Yankees lost last night, in what I can only describe as the greatest single game comeback I have ever witnessed. But what made the comeback so incredible, so indelible, was that it completed a season long comeback by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to capture the wild card spot which defied every law of logic and physics. At the beginning of September, the statistical geniuses at Baseball Prospectus rated Tampa's chances of winning the AL wild card at POINT ONE % (.1%): the Red Sox were a lock to win a playoff spot.

What happened is completely beyond imagination: Boston started losing games at a historic rate, and Tampa rapidly closed the gap with solid, winning play day after day. Last night, Tampa needed Boston to lose, and they had to win in order to secure a playoff spot. If both teams won or lost, they would play a one game playoff for the wild card spot. When the Yankees took a 7-0 lead vs Tampa, and Boston had their ace closer Jon Papelbon on the mound with the lead in the 9th innning against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, it seemed the cards had all fallen and destiny was set. But it was not to be.

Not only did Papelbon blow the save, and lose the game to a walkoff hit, but Evan Longoria and Dan Johnson etched their names into the history books with one of the most clutch performances in the history of sports. Longoria hit a 3 run home run in the 8th inning to pull the Rays within one run of the mighty Yanks at 6-7, and Dan Johnson hit an absolutely insane pinch hit, bottom of the ninth, two out, two strike home run to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Longoria ended it in the 12th inning with a walkoff home run which barely scraped out of the stadium and completed the greatest comeback in baseball history. The plot of The Natural is more believable.

And I havent even talked about what happened in the National League. I dont think I can. Im too exhausted, too excited... This is why we watch sports, for moments like this. Moments that define an era, define a career, and help to define our lives.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Madeon - Pop Culture

39 tracks go into Ableton Live, and only comes out, a quarter note at a time.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I got it

No internet yet. Time Warner Business Class is possibly the worst experience Ive ever had with any company ever. On the plus side, Ive found the Android Blogger app and this is the first test post using just my phone. Its a pretty cool app but I cant set the time to be 4:20 which is a major design failure in my opinion.

If everything goes perfectly, I will be back online Friday night. While Ive been offline I think about you guys all the time and all the great games and fun Ive been missing. Single player games are fine - Ive almost got every star in New Super Mario Bros Wii and I rolled a 2799 in 100 pin bowling. Started GTAIV again. Played about 100 matches of Starcraft 2 vs the AI. But online gaming is really what keeps me coming back, keeps me playing for more then an hour or two. Its been way too long, and at this point Im absolutely dying to get back.

The Train aint sitting on the sidelines for this game. WHOOOOO!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gears of War 3 Review

Next Tuesday can't come soon enough...


It appears that those responsible for Gears of War have taken a liking to the Mortal Kombat / Street Fighter / Blazblue strategy, selling mountains of downloadable crap like there's no tomorrow. Besides the usual slew of avatar dress-up fare (and there's a lot of it), they've gone buck wild in creating a HUGE variety of very expensive skins to dress up your weapons. These don't come cheap at $4 per pack, allowing you to paint your guns with flames, camo, lightening, or flowers among many other designs. If you really have the itch to collect 'em all and feel the need to buy the complete pack, it'll run you a whopping $40. That's right, $40 USD... for alternate weapon colors... FORTY F***ING DOLLARS.

I rest my case.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sine Mora

Sine Mora (シネモラ, shine mora) is a single-player diesel-punk shoot 'em up developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality. It is scheduled to be released on XBLA and PSN in January 2012. Aesthetically, this reminds me of Progear No Arashi, making this downloadable title pretty hard for me to resist.


Monday, September 5, 2011

GT Dead Island Review

So Co-optimus gave it a 5/5, saying the graphics and combat are awesome, Eurogamer gave it a 6/10, saying the graphics and combat are crap, and the guys at Team Xbox gave it a 9/10. Apparently, the whole game is just designed to be played 4 player coop and take some 30 odd hours to finish, with also a new game + mode. If I had to guess, I would say Darth Mikal is probably gonna play this game for 200+ hours. Im certainly very interested, but also Gears is looming. What do you think?