Thursday, April 14, 2016

What's Coming Up In The Basement

Yup, hard at work in putting together my next review...
Straight from desk... and yup I'm gonna be tackling a Rob Liefeld comic this week.... and guess what... I have only ONE gripe with it...

Thoughts Regarding Kobe Bryant's Last Game

Just shooting my opinion on Kobe's last game & comparisons to Jordan


Hello and Welcome to the Basement...

There are some things about sports that are universal, if a guy remains on a team for his entire career, he becomes a legend for that team, regardless of how good or bad a player he was. Now if he wins championships and other awards, he comes an iconin the sports league he plays in... and then starts being compared to those who proceeded him... and a whole lot of hoopla is then surrounding his 'final season' and 'finale game'....

We've seen this quite a bit recently, in particular with the New York Yankees and the retirements of Derrick Jeter and Mariano Rivera... but the NBA hasn't really had that big 'farewell' tour for any players in recent years.... and thus when Kobe Bryant finally announced his retirement, they got license to print money... or raise ticket prices to get that printed money (I kid... I kid... or do I?)

Anyway, I had the Lakers game on last night, and I find it hilarious that it was buried on ESPN2... so it wasn't good enough to be featured on the 'mother ship'... okay granted the Golden State Warriors were going for their 73rd win in the same time slot, but still with all the hype that was being built up, I'd hate to be the one to see the ratings from last night.

On to the game itself... it was a fine game, meaningless in the grand scheme of things... but then something kept being brought up by commentary, "Kobe's going for 50" and that "Jordan only scored 15 in his final game"... which drew my attention and I noticed that a lot of the shots Kobe took weren't exactly contested with the fierceness one saw in say... the Bulls vs 76ers game last night.

I'm not saying that things were set up to present a perfect story for Kobe to go out on, since Utah had a fairly big league, so I'm saying they indulged those who attended last nights game, letting Kobe ride off into the sunset on a game where he scored 60 points, making it something memorable to watch.

That said... he's still not as good as Michael Jordan in my opinion... factoring in Jordan's two retirements (eliminating 3 seasons), Jordan still has better overall numbers that Kobe. Sure we're comparing Jordan's 15 seasons to Kobe's 20 and some stats like points are going to go to Kobe cause he played longer, but overall on things like points per game rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game and blocks per game... are all in Jordan's favor.

So that said, Jordan is still #1 as far as I'm concerned and Kobe is a very close... but still #2.

Of course that's just my opinion.

Lets Play WWE 2K16: MyCareer and A Massacre on Twitch

Back On Twitch... With Mixed Results

So after a many months absence I've gone back to Twitch, and had a pretty decent stream of WWE 2K16, at least when compared when streaming with OBS several weeks ago. But then the stream died after an hour of gameplay, actually when I was going for a second match in the Austin Showcase mode. Tried to restart it but it wasn't catching.Weird.

Still... it does expose my monitor of being 4:3 instead of 16:9, yes I can record video in 16:9 but not stream... go figure...

Anyway did a few matches in MyCareer mode with Frankie 'Big Ham' Franco, where I get jumped by Kalisto (really?), have a back and forth match with Finn Balor and make short work of Kevin Owens... I would've continued by since I was going to face Owens again, I figured might as well go to the Showcase mode...

And this is where I have problem with it, the 'recreating of matches' ends up with either long cut scenes (as seen here with the Austin vs McMahon match from February 14, 1999) or quick time events (thankfully not scene here). It really gets boring... now I get what they want to do and putting certain things in the spotlight... but it takes away from actually playing the game.

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