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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2006|12:18 pm]
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rogmeister
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Yesterday morning, I was playing a game or two of MVP Baseball 2004...it's the most recent baseball game I have for my GameCube (not counting Mario Superstar Baseball). I had updated my Pirates roster somewhat, adding Jeromy Burnitz, Joe Randa, Sean Casey, Roberto Hernandez and Damaso Marte since the Pirates had picked up those players in real-life. Then I went out and came back with my first video game purchase of the year...well, I went 3 weeks without getting one, at least!

The game I picked up was MVP 06 NCAA Baseball...or is it MVP NCAA Baseball 06? The title is the former on the front cover but the latter on the game case's spine. It doesn't really matter, I guess. Derek Jeter didn't get his mug on a baseball cover, for a change. I'm not sure who the guy is (he's wearing a Texas uniform) since I really don't know anybody in college baseball. That might make it seem odd that I would buy this, but this is the first college baseball game ever made and it probably never would've been made if EA Sports (the publishers of this) hadn't lost the the ability to make major league baseball games due to another company buying up the exclusive rights. Though I don't know the players, I figure I'll have fun (I'm writing this before playing my first game) due to the whole ambiance of college sports and not knowing who everyone is means I won't have to continually worry if my rosters are up to date. I guess you can recruit during the season, but there probably isn't trading since that isn't done in collegiate sports. I understand there's over 120 teams in this game...did they actually manage to fit in every single stadium? That would make it one packed disc. I do hope the West Virginia Mountaineers are in here, even though they may not have the greatest team in the world. Since West Virginia has no pro team in any sport, I'd finally be able to control a team located in my home state.

A few odds and ends...ESPN is featured here including actual ESPN announcers. Besides the Create-A-Player and Create-A-Team mode, you even have a Create-A-Ballpark option where you can pick such things as distance, height and shape of your outfield walls, the mow pattern of the grass and other options. There are mini-games to perfect your skills and you can create your own tournaments from 2-team single-elimination matches to 8-team double elimination ones. I gather the hitting and pitching is somewhat different from previous MVP games so I'll have to practice some before I really get into some serious play. That reminds me...does it have season mode...and how many games would that include? I'm sure you don't play 162 game seasons like in the majors. Unlike most EA Sports games, this doesn't look like it's coming out for the GameCube, just the PS2 and XBox (and possibly XBox 360)...I picked up the XBox version.

Finally, why has it come out so early, in January...well before even spring training begins? I think it's because EA figures it would be of limited interest to most who prefer the majors. Thus, they get a window of a few months to sell this thing before the MLB game arrives.

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I wrote the above before playing the game which I have since done. As I should have expected, the players are not given names but numbers (like back in the 16-bit era) and referred to by number or as "the senior" or "the junior". I like the graphics and the play-by-play man is good (I thought there were supposed to be two?)...but I'm gooing to have to get used to the control. Pitching is the same...you use the left thumbstick to position where you want to aim the ball and then press a button to activate whichever pitch you want to use. When the ball is hit and one of your men gets the ball, however, you don't use those same buttons to throw to whichever base you want. Instead, you use the right thumbstick...press it to the right and your man throws the ball to 1st base, press up and you throw to 2nd, etc. Batting is going to take a lot of practice on my part...you use the right thumbstick again. You pull it back to cock the bat up and then push it forward to swing the bat...you need to learn to do the two as one fluid motion in order to get good contact on the ball. I haven't been able to do that yet. The 10-run rule has ended each of my games early...and mercifully. Once I get the hang of this game, I'm sure I'll like it even more but I know it will still never be my favorite baseball game.

The big question is what MLB game(s) will I play during the summer? Will I get the one new MLB game coming out or go back to MVP 2005 (MVP 2004 on the GameCube)? That I haven't decided yet.
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My Goal For 2006: A New Low In Gaming [Dec. 31st, 2005|08:56 am]
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rogmeister
I had a goal for this year...to buy no more than 20 video games. I'm not sure if I met that goal because I never really kept track of what I bought. I'm guessing that I actually went over that number. I was doing okay for awhile, no more than 1 or 2 games a month but I did buy myself 3 or 4 games for my birthday in early May...and then I bought a Nintendo DS a few months ago and I have bought 6 games for it (including a GBA baseball title, Baseball Advance; I wanted a baseball game to play on it but there is no baseball DS title yet). I'm guessing the number of games I bought this year was probably between 20 and 30...which is still probably far less than I usually buy in a year.

It's not that I'm quitting gaming...it's just that I feel I need to cut back on my spending a bit and I have so many games already I've never completed that I'd like to cut back on the games I bring into my home. So I'll try again...I was thinking of trying to limit my 2006 game purchases to 10 games (half of last year's goals) but with a new DS to feed, that may be just a bit impractical. So I'll try for the second year in a row to limit my game purchases for the year to 20. I'm keeping a notebook this year which will contain lots of lists and this will be one of them so I'll definitely know this time next year how many games I have bought in 2006. I guess I'd better not buy an XBox 360...that thing is so ravenous I know I'd have to be buying a lot of games for it.
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Och Aye Th' Noo! [Dec. 3rd, 2005|08:40 am]
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daltone
Hi All,

I was wondering if someone could do me something of a favour. After I updated Firefox t'other day all my saved passwords, including DPs, seem to have vanished. I tried to guess a few times, gave up, and clicked on "Forgot my password" to get a new one sent out to me. However, being a dozy sod I didn't think that the address that the new password was being sent to was no longer active. So now I'm a little stuck. I've tried emailing digitalpress(at)email.com with no luck. Do mods have the powah to change passwords? If so could someone possibly send a PM? Or should I just give up and create a new account? My current DP handle is Daltone, and a more active email address is daltone(at)gmail.com.
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Got A New Game Today... [Nov. 10th, 2005|12:32 pm]
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rogmeister
Today I received Zoo Keeper for the Nintendo DS. I got it fairly cheapy through an eBay auction...I'd played Zoo Keeper at the Digital Press arcade and have been told this version is even more fun. This is my 3rd DS game...not a lot but I only got the system itself 6 or 7 days ago. My other DS games are Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends and Super Mario 64 DS. I don't plan to buy a lot of games though I do plan to get the new DS Animal Crossing when it comes out early next month.
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2005|08:59 pm]
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captyashiro
The Retro Roundtable has returned.
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2005|05:49 pm]
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captyashiro
What do you get when you combine Run-DMC, Castlevania, The Clash, Blackalicious, They Might Be Giants, The B-52's, and Ray Charles?

The DDR Ultramix 3 song list!Collapse )
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A PS2 question, here since the forums are teh broked [Nov. 5th, 2005|01:52 pm]
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_dahne_
I have the world's noisiest PS2. It makes a really loud whirring noise whenever it's on. 's kinda annoying. Anything I can do about it?
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Have You Seen This Game??? [Nov. 5th, 2005|10:19 am]
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papastu


Have you seen me? This poster needs to buy a complete Boxed copy of this game.
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Two Hours Later... [Nov. 5th, 2005|10:50 am]
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rogmeister
...and I'm now home with my DS. When I make a decision, I don't mess around, I guess! I picked up the regular silver DS as I didn't see any others there nor did I see any bundles. I bought it with Nintendogs and Super Mario DS. Hey, you can't have a new Nintendo system without Mario! The clerk said they had a bundle with Nintendogs but apparently had sold out. I got the "Dachshund & Friends" edition which includes such other breeds as the Golden Retriever, Pug and Siberian Husky.
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Nintendo DS Recommendations Requested [Nov. 5th, 2005|08:46 am]
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rogmeister
I'm thinking of getting a Nintendo DS and would like to hear any pros and cons from DS owners/users. If I get one, I'd likely get Nintendogs which sounds like a cute and interesting concept. I understand there are different versions...the latest issue of Game Informer shows that no less than 3 versions are in August's Top 20 of best-selling games. I guess I'd go with the "Labrador Retriever & Friends" edition since I like large dogs. What other games are good? I'm looking for such games as classic arcade collections, platform games (show me the way to Mario) and, of course, at least one good baseball title. Can the DS play GBA games? If I get one, I'd probably want to get that Animal Crossing game you can use in conjunction with the GameCube version which I could never do before since I never had a GBA. I'm not sure what the DS costs but I'll find that out directly myself.
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