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  1. I picked it up on Sale for the same price recently. Haven't checked it out, but from the videos, definitely looks lighthearted and Harvest Moon-y. Might be the kind of game that would go well with the Winter season, to combat the seasonal depression.
  2. Past his prime? For sure. But the Pats got a solid year out of Thomas, which is all they need out of Harris! Supppppeeeerrr Booooowwwwwwllll.
  3. Trrrrrrash? Dude was cut for cost savings by the Jets. He played 87% of all snaps last season! If the Pats can get another year or two out of Harris, who signed a 2-year deal, then that trash is treeeeeasssssssureeee.
  4. David Harris cut by Jets a couple of weeks ago, gets picked up by the Patriots. I love the Patriots.
  5. Rick Pitino thinks that 5 games paid vacation is too harsh a penalty for his lacking oversight of his assistant coaches buying the services of strippers to dance and perform sex acts for the team's players on 22 separate occasions over the course of 4 years. The patriarchy is strong in this one.
  6. On average, have you ever noticed how generally fat, unhealthy-looking, misshapen, and miserable rich people in powerful bureaucratic positions look?
  7. Put this in the woulda-shoulda-coulda category of thought, but the Cavs should feel like chumps right now. They played like chumps in these finals. LeBron, while still amazing, looked gassed throughout much of the series. I know, I know--he plays a ton of minutes, he's aging, and he's accrued more playing time than anyone in the post season. Totally. But those are all excuses for a team that should have been a better competitor to Golden State. The Cavs blew a huge 4th quarter lead early in the series. The Cavs blew so many opportunities last night to hold down another lead. I honestly believe the Cavs blew this series more than Kevin Durant added to Golden State's leverage.
  8. UPDATES. More Games! OPEN WORLD-A-PALOOZA. Mad Max is a criminally underrated open world game. The graphics may be the best graphics for an under-the-radar game of this type of any that I have ever played. The world is desolate, like a Mad Max game should be. The character animation graphics, landscape, vehicle, special effects (explosions, fire, etc.) are some of the best I've ever seen. The overall appearance of the game is gritty, brutal, and aggressive. The combat plays a lot like Shadow of Mordor: lots of chain combat fighting, reversals, etc.. Max has an upgradable shotgun that is a ton of fun to use. The combat 'finishers' never get old. The special effects of the slowdown camera when you kill the last enemy within a group is lots of fun, and a good indicator of when area combat is concluded. The game is light on story, but what dialogue there is feels fresh because of the Mad Max world that its in; every speaks in a kind of broken English due to the degradation of the language in a post-apocalyptic world. Most of the open world quests are kill/destroy types. In other games, this gets boring pretty quickly, but for some reason, Mad Max's versions of these quest types have kept my interest, which I attribute to the overall success of the presentation of the game, and how progressing in the game equates to vehicle and character upgrades. To me, Mad Max is the open world game for the person who likes combat, exploration, a unique environment, and not a lot of chatter. Recommended. 3.5 (maybe 4) yaks out of 5. Mafia 3 is another open world game where you play as Lincoln Clay, a black Vietnam veteran returning to a faux New Orleans-based environment. Lincoln was adopted by a local gangster when he was young, went to Vietnam, 'saw some things over there,' and is returning to a historic late 1960s American South. Without ruining the story, Lincoln is given all the reason he needs to turn the tables of the local mafia situation around town and go on a epic revenge tour of "New Bordeaux." The character graphics are great-to-average across the board. The environmental graphics are pretty bad: most everything looks washed out and under-developed, reminding me more of a last gen console experience than current gen. Mafia 3's combat is whatever you choose it to be. You can play stealthy (which is very fulfilling) or you can go in guns blazing (also fulfilling). The game does a good job catering to either player type. I LOVE how the game handles getting the police involved during a violent spree. Basically, a cop either has to see you commit the crime, or a pedestrian has to see you, and then you're notified that the pedestrian is going to call the police by using a local phone booth or wall phone somewhere, and you have to stop them before they make the call. Especially when I compare this kind of thoughtful mechanic to the nonsense that is the GTA series, Mafia 3 gets high marks for actually making the police response system fun. Also, when the waves of police start to come for you, escaping them is also more interesting than GTA. My biggest issue with the game is the nature of collecting 'transistor' items in the world that you use to wiretap communication boxes to get intel on target areas. 1. Collecting an endless supply of transistors laying around the map is boring as f*ck. 2. The actual application of these transistors requires you to 'break open' the communication box, which enacts the game's 'lock breaking' mini-game, which is the worst, most boring unlocking mini-game I have ever played in a videogame. That the player has to collect so many transistors, and unlock so many communications boxes, means that you're going to be participating in this boring-as-f*ck unlocking mini-game over and over again. I have already stopped, and decided to forgo the benefits. If there is a single person on the Mafia 3 development team that thought this was a fun game mechanic, I would be shocked. The BEST parts of Mafia 3 is the story and the soundtrack. The soundtrack is rife with radio hits from the era, and is, without a doubt, my favorite radio soundtrack of all-time in any game I have ever played. When the game's intro screen pops up, and All Along the Watchtower kicks in, you know you're in for an epic ride. Now the story: the story is great. It's the most cohesive story in an open world game that I've played yet. My favorite part is how it tackles racial issues in the South as a black veteran protagonist: without apology. There is so much racist shit being thrown at Lincoln throughout much of game, to the point where when an NPC calls you a name, you're like, "WTF did you just call me?" prior to taking a combat knife to that NPC's head. It's brutal and poetic, and I give the developers high grades for telling a brutal story in a brutal fashion. Recommended. 3.5 yaks out of 5. Soundtrack gets a 5 out of 5. Far Cry Primal is your typical Ubisoft open world experience. If you've ever played a Far Cry, then this is that, but without the guns. That is plays without guns and a lot of explosions is unique enough, but Ubisoft has fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to ingenuity. Their games just lack a certain fun spirit. Far Cry Primal employs a 'tracking system' that basically changes how you view the area around you, for the purposes of hunting people or animals. Other games handle this 'tracking vision' concept so much better than how Far Cry Primal handles it. Hell, even older Far Cry Games handle this kind of tracking vision better than Far Cry Primal's bizarre and not very effective combination of overlay colors. I might get back into this game at some point, but I'm in no hurry. 2 (2.5 if you've never played a Far Cry game) yaks out of 5. Sniper Elite 3 is pretty much like every other Sniper Elite game you've played, if you've played one. It's not a bad game, but it's not a great game either. If you're looking to get your stealth on and snipe a bunch of guys and bask in the joy of the slow motion head or nut shot, then this is your game. 2.5 yaks out of 5. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is an open world game that takes place in Hong Kong. Graphics are fine, music is fine, environmental graphics are pretty nice. You play as an undercover cop who infiltrates the local mob and kicks everyone's asses. The story is solid. The variety of mission types is fun. The hand-to-hand combat is similar to Shadows or Mordor and Mad Max: lots of reversals and etc., and tons of extra fun because the game is focused on martial arts. There are plenty of weapons which feel really good. Weapon combat reminds of the old PS1 Syphon Filter games for anyone who remembers those. It's the kung fu videogame you always wanted to play. I went through this whole game without looking back. Worst part of the game is the navigation minimap while driving, and the propensity to have to do a lot of back-tracking in a car, which can get annoying, especially when the Hong Kong streets are so f*cking twisty and laborous to drive. That being said, definitely recommended. 3.5 yaks out of 5.
  9. Saints are not exciting. AP is not going to tip the balance for that team into a contender. In the pass-happy NFL, losing Brandin Cooks and getting AP is not an even exchange. Raiders ARE exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing if they're able to get out of their own way. The next couple of years in the NFL, for me, is all about watching a living legend in Tom Brady have a well-deserved victory lap(s) across the faces of most of his competition, while the rest of the NFL fan base impatiently waits for Tom Brady/The Hoodie to retire so that their team has a chance at being memorable. I'm also looking forward to the sophomore slumps of Dak Prescott and Zek Elliot.
  10. Is there anything more perfect than Mike Brown getting paid by the Cavaliers to beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals as a coach of the opposing team?
  11. LeBron James hasn't looked bad at all in these Finals. But by his standards, he has looked absolutely gassed early in the games.
  12. I won't go into details about this, because it's filled with the kind of sh*t that sends this forum into a tizzy, but I have a foreshadowing for you all: I work at a national nonprofit in New York that has been participating in a training initiative called "Anti-Oppression" training. I imagine this form of training will be coming to an institution near you soon enough, if it hasn't already, and especially if you work at a nonprofit. This kind of initiative has been making the rounds in New York for the past few years. For a few hours every month, I get to hear how my demographic (white, straight, male) is the devil, with no concern for deliniating between the real culprit, toxic white male supremacist culture, and your everyday white male culture that by-in-largely supports equality initiatives. I recognize the need for the this kind of training ('specially for the older folks), but in my experience, the tactics that have been used come from a very aggressive activist approach that does not concern itself with the inherent sensitivities that the initiative tackles. It's as brutal an experience to participate in this "training" as you can imagine, and it's done more to push me to a socially centrist perspective than the ardent leftist perspective that it originates from.
  13. Lots on the line this series for LeBron legacy-wise. Easy money is on Golden State, but that doesn't mitigate the importance of LeBron stepping up during these Finals. I'm rooting for the Cavs because my fiance is from Cleveland, but it's going to be a tall order for LeBron & crew to overcome. I have Golden State in 6.
  14. I don't have to know Chip Kelly personally to think he's a talentless, arrogant, f*ckstick, whose greatest claim to fame is focusing on a scheme that takes advantage of the across-the-board suckage that are college defenses. F*CK Chip Kelly.
  15. Chip Kelly the ESPN analyst. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/19469859/chip-kelly-joins-espn-work-studio-analyst-college-football-nfl LOLz. F*ck you, Chip Kelly. F*************ck yoooooooooou.