The Best Classic Sports Video Games EVER!

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Published on : July 27, 2016

 

 

Sports video games these days are hyper-real. The latest versions of Madden and FIFA are so intense that I can barely stand it. I prefer my games a little more pixelated. It builds character. And if I wanted life-like sports action then I will just watch real sports. Which I do, all the time. But if you have a Super Nintendo and Mutant League Hockey then I’m coming over. So, let’s make some pizza rolls, get the bean bag chairs and blow the dust out of some of the best sports video games ever made.

 

I was born in 1985, so there aren’t too many legit sports games that are “before my time.” Odyssey, Atari, Apple Computers, Nintendo, Sega, Super Nintendo, Neo Geo, Sega Genesis, 32X, Playstation, Sega CD, Virtual Boy, Dreamcast, Xbox, Wii, PS4, Xbox 360—I’ve played it all. Plus all the handheld systems. Not just Game Boy, I mean everything. So believe me, these are the greatest sports video games Japan has to offer. I’ll break it down by sport because it’s too hard to rank them.

 

atari soccer

 

Basketball

Double Dribble

This Konami production was one of the first b-ball arcade games around. Full 5-on-5 action with fun cut sequences and even the singing of the National Anthem.

 

Barkley Shut Up and Jam!

This game makes the list because it was the first I can remember to feature street ball. Tipoff takes place on outdoor courts and players go by cool nicknames like Funky D and Fly By. Clearly, Sir Charles was ahead of his time.

 

NBA Jam

Two-on-two action with real NBA stars. No fouls, witty commentators and awesome secret code options for unlockable characters make this a classic. “He’s on fire!”

 

NBA Jam

 

Hockey

Mutant League Hockey

Monsters? On skates? Yes please. One of my personal favs. It was colorful, brutal and lots of fun. And better than its football equivalent (Mutant League Football).

 

Blades of Steel

Surprisingly good gameplay for 80’s standards. This release had full fledge hockey mechanics that blazed the trail for future titles. Plus it had fighting. So everyone loved it.

 

NHL ’94

Maybe the best hockey game ever made. It had real players and teams and dope controls for super fun action. The replay value was off the charts.

 

NHL 94

 

Baseball

– Wii Sports: Baseball

Maybe a little young to be a true classic but you get to really throw and swing using the motion-sensing controller. This blew everyone’s minds when it first came out. It also led to some property damage as my over-zealous friends threw the wii-motes around the living room.

 

RBI Baseball

The first console game to get the MLB license so it could feature real ball player’s names. Pretty deep in terms of options for hitting and pitching.

 

Hardball!

This earns its spot on the list because of how complex it was. Nothing was as deep or advanced as Hardball!. Options abound in play and management. An epic accomplishment.

 

HardBall

 

Football

Tecmo Super Bowl

What can be said about Tecmo that hasn’t already been said about Jesus? This was the standard to which all others will be measured.

 

NFL Blitz

Like NBA Jam but for football. Smaller play books, less players on the field but maximum entertainment. Most memorable thing would have to be insane, bone-crushing hits. Let’s see that again.

 

John Madden Football

This launched the biggest sports video game franchise ever. John Madden graced the cover. I don’t think he was worried about any curse.

 

Cyberball

7-on-7 football featuring robots of different shapes and sizes. The bots exploded if you tackled them hard enough. An arcade favorite for good reason.

 

NFL Quarterback Club 96

Full NFL license for teams and names? Check. Depth of plays and modes? Check. Quarterback challenge mode? Check. Challenge mode lets you take one QB and compete in a series of tests and drills. It’s the best.

 

QB Club 96

 

Other

Cruising USA

Still one of the sickest racing games. The arcade version rocks and can be found in bowling alleys and movie theaters around the country. This game was the model for all the fancy racers we have today.

 

Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

Best boxing game ever. Also one of the hardest. But it makes sense because no one could beat Tyson back then.

 

Duck Hunt

A Hall of Fame classic. Only thing I don’t like about this game is that fucking dog. If he laughs at me one more time, I swear we are taking him to live on grandpa and grandma’s farm.

 

Duck-Hunt

 

Road Rash

A motorcycle game where players compete in illegal street races for cash and glory. It’s the original Fast and the Furious. Also, you got to hit the other bikers with chains and clubs. You know kids liked that.

 

Pong

The original gangster of the sports video game world. There was nothing before Pong.

 

California Games

The first surfing game ever. Additionally, it featured skateboarding, roller skating, hacky-sack, frisbee and BMX. I’m not kidding. Hacky-sack or freestyle footbag as they call it. I’m surprised there isn’t any avocado in there.

 

california_games

 

I’m sure I’ve left out tons of awesome video games. Leave a comment and if it’s convincing enough, I’ll go on ebay and buy it. But if you want to come over and play then you’ll need to bring snacks. Bagel Bites or better.

 

Pass the controller.

 

 


SBS Guide to: Pokemon Go

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Published on : July 14, 2016

 

 

The Pokemon Go phenomenon is sweeping the globe. It’s not too late to get on the cool train for earth’s next big thing. Go to the app store on your phone and download Pokemon Go. Don’t worry it’s free. While it installs, read this guide to hit the ground running and not act like a total noob. Even if you don’t ever want to play, listen up so you can seem in touch around your coworkers and family. Now, who’s ready to catch ’em all?

 

Getting Started

Sign your privacy rights away and agree to the terms of service, then create your avatar. The game will start and you will find one of the three starting pokemon in your area. Feel free to grab it and move on. If you want to start with franchise favorite, Pikachu, then run away from the first few encounters and you will run into that yellow heartbreaker.

 

You can’t compete at the gyms until you are level 5, so spend that early time collecting as many different pokemon as possible. It will help you level-up quick. Maybe use your incense to attract pokemon to your location. You start with 2 incense in your inventory. Make sure to hit local pokespot. Spin the disk to get free items.

 

Catching Pokemon

charmander

 

When you meet a wild pokemon, the first thing you need to do is breathe. Then take out a pokeball and give it the perfect throw. You need to use some arc. Like a NBA jump shooter. Think Ray Allen or Klay Thompson. I prefer my pointer finger over a thumb. You need that delicate touch. Higher CP (Combat Power) pokemon are harder to snare so your approach becomes important. Hold your finger on the pokeball and targeting rings will appear on your prey. When the ring closes in, toss the ball. This is the key to landing rare gems. Treats will also help but you already knew that.

 

Expert Tips

Be carful how you allocate your upgrade resources. You could dump all your stardust into one pokemon only to find catch one of the same variety with a higher CP. Lesson here is just don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Speaking of eggs, only when the app is open will steps be counted toward your total needed for hatching. No way to speed up incubation other than getting out and walking.

 

Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t hunt and drive. Don’t walk into traffic. And generally, just pay attention. Armed thugs in Missouri used a pokestop to rob unsuspecting players who showed up. The app uses your live GPS location which is awesome and kind of scary.

 

pokemon go map

 

Closing Thoughts

I love the augmented reality, or AR. The animation overlaid on the camera view is revolutionary. It’s the best part of Pokemon Go. In a few short days, the world got used to AR, all while increasing Nintendo’s stock $9 billion dollars. The future of gaming is here and we are never going back. I don’t think many understand but we just broke through a big barrier. Congrats world.

 

Also, I love how this little program is making folks get up and get active. Not since Tinder has there been an app that has truly touched people. That’s a small victory but I’ll take it.

 

I wanna be the very best.

 

 


Tetris: a real sport

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Published on : May 31, 2016

 

The pride of Gameboy: Tetris. The puzzle game that forces you to place blocks in a narrow field trying to complete solid rows. Fill in a row and it disappears. Fail to clear the bricks and they pile up to the top of the screen and you die. The more you play, the faster the pieces move. Hold on tight as we dive straight into the 8-bit madness that is Tetris.

 

First, let’s get to know the bricks. All are made of 4 square units assembled in different shapes. We have your long piece, your square, your steps, your right hockey stick, your left hockey stick and your S-shape and backwards S-shape. Players may rotate the bricks to help them fit into the tight spaces. You seriously don’t know this game? Let me guess, you were born after 1999.

 

tetris Pieces

 

You may say this isn’t a sport, but you’d be wrong. There are fakes, jukes, strategy and all the athletic movement of a pro game. And if you are playing it correctly, you should probably be sweating pretty hard. The experts know that if you clear four rows at one time you get a wicked bonus. But this is also the trap. Waiting for that long piece may doom you. You’ll be on hold forever, stacking bricks all haphazard like, until you get your lengthy savior. But before you know it, you’ve got pieces up to your eyeballs and your game is over.

 

My advice is grind it out. Take the points when you can get them and just stay in rhythm. The speed will increase but if you are in the zone, it shouldn’t matter. Take the Tetris (clearing four rows at once) if it presents itself but don’t tie your success to the slam dunk. That’s a rookie mistake. If your thumbs get a cramp then try and play through the pain. This game may be lost, but you will be training your body for a marathon in the future. Look, those blocks aren’t going to sort themselves. In that sense, it’s kinda of like some OCD nightmare but with Tron level animation and graphics.

 

tetris 2

 

Tetris launched a million copycats and that speaks to the strength of concept. This is what makes this video game a real sport. It taught a generation about competition, practice, training, and the reward of hard work. If that isn’t true nature of athletics, then I don’t know what is.

 

Stay tuned for a full breakdown of the best sports video games of all time. Until then, play Angry Birds—just don’t see Angry Birds. And don’t wait forever for that long piece.

 

Launch that rocket.

 

 


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