A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 6)

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A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 6)

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 5)

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A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 5)

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 5)

about X hours ago from
A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 5)

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 4)

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A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 4)

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.

Let’s Talk About Far Cry New Dawn’s Fantastic Plot Twist

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Let’s Talk About Far Cry New Dawn’s Fantastic Plot Twist

Warning: Spoilers ahead for both Far Cry 5 and New Dawn.

Far Cry 5 was a game with a lot of ideas. How could a gang of armed cultists take control in small-town America? What would a first-person shooter in that setting play like? What if the bad guy wasn’t just morally complicated but, in the end, was right, with the end of the world raining down nuclear fire on everyone? These ideas are interesting. Too bad Far Cry 5 handled those ideas with the grace of a tipsy goose. Joseph Seed’s Manbunny version of David Koresh is far more annoying than intriguing, and the game zig-zagged from any deep thematic storytelling its cult-ish premise presented at nearly every opportunity. Far Cry 5 could have been an engaging and disturbing take on modern America. That it settled for so less still bums me out a year later.

But let’s not belabor the point, yeah? I only want to talk about Far Cry 5’s failings to the point that I can discuss something that New Dawn does really well. So the setup of New Dawn, a proper sequel to Far Cry 5, is the world has ended and you’re a new character called The Captain, who’s working with a bunch of freedom fighters to try and restore order to the world. 

Let’s Talk About Far Cry New Dawn’s Fantastic Plot Twist

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Let’s Talk About Far Cry New Dawn’s Fantastic Plot Twist

Warning: Spoilers ahead for both Far Cry 5 and New Dawn.

Far Cry 5 was a game with a lot of ideas. How could a gang of armed cultists take control in small-town America? What would a first-person shooter in that setting play like? What if the bad guy wasn’t just morally complicated but, in the end, was right, with the end of the world raining down nuclear fire on everyone? These ideas are interesting. Too bad Far Cry 5 handled those ideas with the grace of a tipsy goose. Joseph Seed’s Manbunny version of David Koresh is far more annoying than intriguing, and the game zig-zagged from any deep thematic storytelling its cult-ish premise presented at nearly every opportunity. Far Cry 5 could have been an engaging and disturbing take on modern America. That it settled for so less still bums me out a year later.

But let’s not belabor the point, yeah? I only want to talk about Far Cry 5’s failings to the point that I can discuss something that New Dawn does really well. So the setup of New Dawn, a proper sequel to Far Cry 5, is the world has ended and you’re a new character called The Captain, who’s working with a bunch of freedom fighters to try and restore order to the world. 

15 Things You Might Have Missed In The Pokémon Sword And Shield Announcement

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15 Things You Might Have Missed In The Pokémon Sword And Shield Announcement

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo unveiled the Switch's first true, all-new Pokémon RPG with Sword and Shield. We learned about its starters, the new region, and a lot more, but there were lots of little hidden things in the footage, as well. Here are 15 things we noticed.

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It's safe to assume this is Sword and Shield's starting area since it is the first area shown, but it also has a big road sign that says 01 in it. You can see birds flying in the sky, which are probably Fletchlings who call that area their home. There is also the Fletchling weather vane, and it looks like there are some nests on the chimney in the background.

15 Things We Noticed In The Pokémon Sword And Shield Announcement

about X hours ago from
15 Things We Noticed In The Pokémon Sword And Shield Announcement

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo unveiled the Switch's first true, all-new Pokémon RPG with Sword and Shield. We learned about its starters, the new region, and a lot more, but there were lots of little hidden things in the footage, as well. Here are 15 things we noticed.

Click image thumbnails to view larger version

It's safe to assume this is Sword and Shield's starting area since it is the first area shown, but it also has a big road sign that says 01 in it. You can see birds flying in the sky, which are probably Fletchlings who call that area their home. There is also the Fletchling weather vane, and it looks like there are some nests on the chimney in the background.

15 Things You Might Have Missed In The Pokémon Sword And Shield Announcement

about X hours ago from
15 Things You Might Have Missed In The Pokémon Sword And Shield Announcement

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo unveiled the Switch's first true, all-new Pokémon RPG with Sword and Shield. We learned about its starters, the new region, and a lot more, but there were lots of little hidden things in the footage, as well. Here are 15 things we noticed.

Click image thumbnails to view larger version

It's safe to assume this is Sword and Shield's starting area since it is the first area shown, but it also has a big road sign that says 01 in it. You can see birds flying in the sky, which are probably Fletchlings who call that area their home. There is also the Fletchling weather vane, and it looks like there are some nests on the chimney in the background.

A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 4)

about X hours ago from
A Sports Newbie Spends A Week Playing NHL 19 (Day 4)

Reader, I’m gonna level with you: I don’t care for sports.  The most I’ve ever been invested in a sport was reading about Gryffindor win the Inter-House Quidditch Cup or guiding my misfits to freedom in Pyre. I grew up in small-town America, where football, soccer, and baseball were a way of life.  I tried my hand at soccer and enjoyed it, but that enjoyment quickly soured to resentment thanks to bullying. That resentment eventually manifested in a complete disinterest in all things sports. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself curious about some forms of athleticism and even more curious about what video games do with various sports – how developers present and package sports, what they choose to focus on, and whether or not they're accommodating to newcomers. 

I decided that it was time for me to fill in a particularly deep genre gap for and play some sports games. Given that I live in the snowy fantasy land that is Minnesota and that I love watching people beat the hell out of each other, hockey was the obvious go-to: the one that would lead me into the shallow end of the icy pond and show me how to doggy paddle. With that impression in mind, I picked up NHL 19 and decided to spend a week playing it and writing about my experience for my fellow scrubs who are intimidated by the genre but also curious.