Christmas Comes Early


Christmas came early for me this year, right at the “official” start of the holiday season no less. On the day after Thanksgiving, the NBPA and the NBA agreed to a new CBA, and the groundwork was set for the 2011-12 season. What does this mean for YOU, the average fan?

Well sadly, not much has changed for the average fan, as most casual NBA fans don’t start watching until Christmas anyways. Regardless, the NBA season is upon us, and there are a few things to look back on from the past few months, and look forward to in the rest of the season. Continue reading Christmas Comes Early

Going the Distance 005: Hero to Zero


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This week’s comic was submitted by Douglas Fiala. So if even Batman and Superman can’t get it, how does You stand a chance?

In Going the Distance, our main character, “You,” has to manage to make his way to delicious cake. Sounds simple, right? But there are deadly spikes to deal with, and a host of other problems that appear each time. Let’s just say You fails more often than You succeeds. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a quest if You could just get cake whenever You wanted, would it?

For more background on the comic or info on how to submit your own ideas, click here.

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword


During some of the buzz leading up to last week’s release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a few gaming outlets dared to wonder the impossible: Could Skyward Sword be better than Ocarina of Time?

At first, I’m sure a few people found that idea to be outlandish. OoT is held up as the gold standard in gaming, after all; it received a litany of awards and perfect 10s when it came out more than a decade ago, and introduced the Z-targeting system found in hundreds of games today. And now this upstart game on a dying console was supposed to supplant what some would call the best game ever?

Well, believe the hype, folks. Skyward Sword is the best Zelda game ever made. Continue reading Review: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Kinect the Dots


Is it better to be hated or ignored? That is the question the Microsoft Kinect set out to answer when it launched. Although it initially sold well, the Kinect, along with the Sony Move, has gone on to be one of the greatest technological gaming failures of the last decade. Let’s count the ways. Continue reading Kinect the Dots

At the Buzzer (11/24/11)


Episode 21: ATB Thanksgiving Special — The guys talk about their Thanksgiving plans, run through a Headlines segment full of food stories, do a Turkey Day Buzz Off and give thanks in Buzzerbeater. Also, Chris has to work on a holiday, Dave is confused by cavemen, and Shaun goes into a tunnel mid-episode.

Headlines

Secondary Segment — Buzz Off

  • Cranberry Sauce vs. Stuffing
  • Playing Thanksgiving sports, or watching Thanksgiving sports
  • Pumpkin Pie vs. Apple Pie

Credits

Music:

  • “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
  • “Champion” by KJACK music beds
  • “Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • “With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
  • “Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
  • “Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks

Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer

Announcer: Molly Robinson


Sportscenter


With my sports hate reaching an all-time high after last weekend’s events, I find myself trying to find some solace. As I watched Sportscenter that night and tried to figure out just went wrong, I was hit with a reminder of how good Sportscenter used to be, and how far it’s fallen.

Watch this clip from the golden years and see how good it used to be. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

OK, now let’s talk. Back then it was the personalities of Sportscenter that made it good. Guys like Keith Olbermann, Chris Berman, Dan Patrick, Stuart Scott (back in the day), and my personal favorite Kenny Mayne helped grow my sports obsession to the heights that it has reached today. Continue reading Sportscenter

Going the Distance 004: May Contain Tragedy


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In Going the Distance, our main character, “You,” has to manage to make his way to delicious cake. Sounds simple, right? But there are deadly spikes to deal with, and a host of other problems that appear each time. Let’s just say You fails more often than You succeeds. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a quest if You could just get cake whenever You wanted, would it?

For more background on the comic or info on how to submit your own ideas, click here.