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Everything posted by Maynard_G_Krebs

  1. This thread is for all of your NFL 2017-2018 season discussion. There is no other way to start this thread. Everything else for Tom Brady is just gravy.
  2. Ticket to Ride is legit. Get it.
  3. The decline in coverage revenue forcing the layoffs is in direct correlation to the stunted growth in US pro sports casual fans. Worst yet, is that I agree with opinions on this forum that the hardcore fan is being turned off by the tactics put in place to capture more moderate fans. Moderate fan conversion into hardcore fan, clearly, is not processing as quickly as the coverage expansion itself on the multiple sports networks. I think this is a sign that US sports coverage, for this generation, has nearly maxed out for the available audiences (casual and hardcore). Coverage segmentation is further inhibiting growth because no single network has taken a vastly different approach to coverage. All of the Networks basically run the same programming, but with different production budgets. Part of me truly believes "sports coverage" has nearly reached as far as it can in the context of the current US market, as all growth is dependent on ad revenue. If not this year, by next year, I expect the % of growth in the asking price on Super Bowl commercial spots to decline, if they continue with the same amount of commercials as they have recently. ^ This is part of the reason why I think Goodell and his stooges are talking about decreasing the amount of commercials during a game. 1. They appease the casual (and hardcore, but mainly casual) fans who are tired of 20 minutes of commercials every hour. 2. They can continue raising the costs of buying a commercial for their programming at a steady percentage, so they can report on a growth number that will appease the leadership, but hide the fact that viewership is down, and advertisers beginning to grumble about the return value of buying ad space for NFL programming. Either way, in the next 5 - 10 years, I project the slow but steady decline in the growth of sports popularity in this country. Sports will always be popular, but the NFL for instance, has been banking on a percentage level of dynamic growth in their year-end ad revenue. That dynamic growth is about to take a significant hit, in my estimation.
  4. 100 on-air personalities were just released from ESPN as a result of their audience for skewing over digital media platforms and ESPN not knowing how to properly monetize on those channels.
  5. My imagined super villain is a moderate thinker who is driven mad by the righteous fallacies of his contentious left and right extremist counterparts, forcing him to reluctantly pursue a nihilistic and destructive path. The tragedy is in this villain having shared more in common with the average person than the ones who drove him mad.
  6. It's being reported that Malcolm Butler looks like he's going to stay with the Patriots this year. I would never go so far as to say that the Patriots are a lock to win another Super Bowl. Injuries, the 'any given Sunday' model of the NFL... there's a lot of reason why it might not happen. That being said, I cannot remember a time since 2007 when a Patriots roster was as stacked as it is now. The rest of the NFL looks like a Triple-A league compared to the Patriots.
  7. Aaron Hernandez apparently killed himself.
  8. Derek Carr says that Oakland Raiders fans that don't stay loyal to the Raiders when the team departs for Las Vegas, aren't true Raiders fans. In related news, Derek Carr thinks that when your wife leaves you for a richer dude, you should still be loyal to her.
  9. Turns out that delusional projections of grandeur aren't just for Miami Dolphins fans, but the players as well! Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry thinks Miami will sweep Patriots
  10. It is the off-season, after all.
  11. The (best?) anniversary present in shirt form:
  12. Ivanka's office. White House. Government devices. Access to classified information. Game of Thrones of America.
  13. That's true. Also, hybrid cars are economic in part because of their fuel efficiency.
  14. Guys, I'm really sorry for all of your teams that the Patriots have won the offseason. Must be real tough on you all.
  15. The Cooks trade is exciting. I'm just sorry for Danny Amendola that his time with the Pats is likely over with unless they roll back on expectations out of Gronk and wind up playing 1TE 3WR sets significantly more than they do now. Amendola has restructured his contract the past few years taking less money, outright saying that playing on a winning team means more to him than money. We'll see how far that goes. Honestly, all the FA moves have been exciting for the Patriots. Jabaal Sheard leaving hurts a little, but Trey Flowers started to outplay him last year anyway. Chris Long leaving doesn't bother me much, and his DE trade replacement in Ealy is likely to produce at the same (or greater) capacity. Gilmore is an upgrade on Logan Ryan. If the Pats are able to sign Hightower and Butler, then what will already be talk about the Patriots heading back to the Super Bowl in 2017 is going to turn into shouts from the mountain top. Either way, 2017 is shaping up to be a 2007-ish 'Go big or go home season' for TB12's 40th birthday. I'm not saying undefeated, but I am saying that it's going to be a fuck of a fun season to watch if you're a Patriots fan. All this while you could argue the rest of the NFC East teams continue to degrade. It's almost as if they're all planning to build toward the day when Tom Brady retires, because that's how long it looks like they're going to need to come close to relevancy again.
  16. Too many trades to note them all, but there are some crazy ones, both in quality and economy. There's talk of Malcom Butler heading out shortly because of the CB trades. As a Patriots fan, it's Butler's legacy to be tarnished. It wouldn't bother me if Butler left. I expect it. It's the NFL; it's a free market system, and perceived value at times counts as much as true value. Butler is a good CB. Is he elite? No. He'll probably be a good CB somewhere else. But he is and only will ever be a player with legacy-based cache in New England. That's $$$ status. New England will always love him for 'the play,' but they'd enshrine him across the region, and by proxy the world really, if he was a 1-team player. But do you know whose departure really gets at me? Logan Ryan going to Tennessee. #1. Because fuck Tennessee. #2. Logan Ryan is a DECENT player. The Patriots defense makes this guy a star at this position. Good job, Logan Ryan's agent for getting that deal, but fuck Logan Ryan if he thinks he's going to be half the player he is without the Patriots defense putting him in a good position to succeed. This situation has Patrick Chung written all over it.
  17. Tim Ubick's tap is so fast that they've replaced the turbo button on remakes of the NES advantage controller with a picture of his head and a word bubble that reads, "You need more practice."
  18. Upon release, and recognizing that the device didn't fit into the docking station comfortably, about a dozen device peripheral companies started to design screen protectors. Brutal. I expect more out of Nintendo creating a 'new console' than to not account for screen protection within the included docking station. Fucking brutal. Screen protection because it's a handheld on the go? Totally. Screen protection because it doesn't fit into the console's own docking station without issue? No sir.
  19. The Tecmo Rabbit tore off one of his own feet as a gift to Tim Ubick.
  20. I have no idea who Tim Ubick is, but I enjoy what this thread is. The reason why the jumping Tecmo cheerleader shows off her underwear is to impress Tim Ubick.
  21. Yeeesh. Read a write-up by Digital Foundry that the Wii U and Switch versions of Zelda are just about the same experience. Yeesh is the only word for it.
  22. All of those companies are developing for the Switch, yes. But don't expect the same titles that they make for PS4 Pro, Xbox One S (or the upcoming 'Scorpion' for that matter). There's no two ways about it that the Switch, while super powerful for a tablet, is way under-powered to play even the current triple-A games. There's a reason why Bethesda was asked to port over Skyrim to Switch--a five year old game, because that's about what the Switch can handle. Unless every developer chooses to go the route of a small framework architecture for their Switch games (think Rocket League), or by using Nintendo's cartoony style (which helps on polygon count processing), or release versions of the games made specifically for the lower powered Switch console, you're never going to see contemporary titles on the same systems. It's just physically not possible. That being said, Nintendo hasn't relied on true 3rd party support since the early 90s. I don't think they give a fuck, TBH, because their own IPs can sellout console inventories if done right. All they need is a good Pokemon game and people will buy an entire console just for that--not so different than Zelda or Mario in that way.
  23. Whoops. I forgot that I also picked up the new Doom. Played it for a bit. The campaign seems fun. It's gruesome in that wholesome Doom kind of way. I enjoy the little winks to the player that the developers put in there to reference that the Doom "story" is completely ridiculous and for the player to not think too hard about it. The game plays smooth, the character graphics are great. The background textures are really bad, IMO. The static dead bodies laying around, the floors, walls, various static computer equipment and textures looks like something out of the last gen of consoles. Not impressed. I think the thing that most profoundly jumped out at me regarding the game on the whole is the pacing. This is, possibly, the fastest FPS I've ever played. The standard speed at which the player runs around each map is VERY fast. The fact that I don't have the ability to slow down my character's top speed, other than a subtle push on the analogue stick is brutal. Frankly, I think it's too fast to be enjoyed. This game was clearly made for the person who binges on Mountain Dew. Fun game, otherwise. Solid campaign. Good 'inside' jokes to the player. Multiplayer is pretty basic. Recommended if you enjoy the overall speed of the game. 3 yaks out of 5.
  24. I've made several threads associated with videogames for specific platforms (Mobile, Console, Retro, PC), which all trail off onto off-topic games. I've decided to create an aggregate thread for all of these posts I make about videogames and more. And this is that. Back in the day, I mentioned playing Fallout 4. I really enjoyed Fallout 4, but the story overall left me wanting more, and not in a good way. Great game world; not so great story. I'll go back to this game once Survival Mode hits in an upcoming update, and all of the expansion packs are released. Great game. Recommended. 4 yaks out of 5. I then went from Fallout 4 to Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor, which is a stealth action/RPG. Good-to-great game. Recommended. 3.5 yaks of out 5. After Lord of the Rings, I went to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Better story/in-game character interactions than Fallout 4, and not a terrible game engine. Had a lot of fun with this game. Good-to-great game. Recommended. 3.5 yaks out of 5. Now I've shifted over to the leading game for why I bought an Xbox One console, State of Decay: Year One Edition. This is the closest game to a 'Walking Dead'-style experience that has yet to be fully realized. It's on an old Xbox 360 game engine, so the visuals and geography are a little sloppy. The game engine is not perfect, but I can overlook some of the erratic bugs for the pure nature of the game. It's such a good game. Early impressions: 4 yaks out of 5. I also fired up Witcher 3 for a hot second to get a sense of how that game presents itself. I'm looking forward to playing this gem, as it became clear to me very early on that this is a game that is positioned to appeal to adults. Everything that I saw in my brief introduction made me feel like this game has a ton to offer.