By The Numbers: Week 2, 2015


Bonus post today because I totally forgot to push out this column earlier in the week. The Thursday game already happened, so I won’t bother making a pick for that. The big news for me this week is that the Packers are facing off against the Seahawks — between them and the 49ers the past few years have been rough in the NFC playoffs. We’ve still gone more years in a row, but that last Super Bowl is feeling too far away at this point. Thankfully the Seahawks have some weaknesses, in that Wilson didn’t look that great in week 1, Kam Chancelor is still holding out for a contract, and if the Rams can do it, we should be able to as well. However, Bryan Bulaga is injured once again which means our O-line is down a starter, but on the positive side we got Datone Jones back from suspension and it looks like Morgan Burnett might play this week as well, shoring up our defense a bit. I have faith we’ll finally show these guys what’s up. Here’s the infographic for the week:


Apparently we haven’t played the Seahawks all that many times, and despite being on a 3-game skid, we’re still ahead by two wins. There should definitely be an asterisk next to that first of the three wins, mainly because that’s the game where the fail mary happened and we ended up helping the league get the real referees back into the game. Wasn’t it the year before that when we got two head coaches fired after trouncing their teams? Seems like the Packers should be called America’s team, because we do more for the league than just play football. I’m looking forward to the game tomorrow, I’m not as nervous as I was at the beginning of the season looking ahead to that game. I know that in the NFC title game last season we man-handled them during all but the last four minutes of the game, so I want to see a repeat performance, but with a strong finish. No more allowing the Seachickens to be in a position to get that benefit of the doubt hail mary play in. No more allowing them to claw back into the game, just to squander their Super Bowl winning hopes by using a pass play from the 1-yard line with the game on the line and beastmode in the back field. Fuck the Seahawks. It’s our year.

Last week I managed to make 7/15 predictions correctly, not counting the Thursday game. I probably shouldn’t have gone with some of the upset picks, but sometimes the hype other analysts spread makes you think shitty teams like the Vikings will beat other shitty teams that actually look pretty good now like the 49ers. But I digress. Here’s my picks for week 2:

Patriots 27, Bills 21
Texans 21, Panthers, 17
Cardinals 30, Bears 20
Bengals 23, Chargers 13
Titans 31, Browns 14
Lions 38, Vikings 10
Saints 34, Buccs 14
Falcons 27, Giants 21
Steelers 23, 49ers 17
Rams 24, Skins 7
Dolphins 27, Jags 13
Ravens 24, Raiders 10
Eagles 28, Cowboys 24
Packers 31, Seachickens 21
Colts 21, Jets 20

Let’s see if I do any better this next week. See you again next week for another edition of By The Numbers.

Bonus video today. I made a normal (non-daily) run on Crystal and made it to the final boss of Nuclear Throne. Still didn’t kill him though. One of these days I’ll actually make a loop!

State of the Game: Retroism


It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a State of the Game post, and it has to do with the fact that that series of posts I did about my Gamer To-Do List managed to encompass what I would have said. Doesn’t really matter what title you put on the post, if the content is the same it shouldn’t be repeated. At least, not without something new to add.

Anyway, the subtitle here is Retroism, and though I thought I was being clever and coining a term, a quick Google search will show you that I was dead wrong. There’s a service much like the bundle sites we all know and love called, so yeah, I was beaten to the punch. Either way, I have been on a retro gaming kick, be it true retro games or those styled as such or even just in game play mechanics. I think it was a combination of talking about some of my favorite PSOne games, playing a bunch of Nuclear Throne for the last couple of months, along with having purchased some games that are retro-inspired and then playing some remakes in recent months. Playing games that are updated from their past versions, compilations of old classics, or new indie titles that are clearly throwbacks to the 8 and 16 bit generations are great fun, and in some ways I am feeling like there are some superior experiences in older titles. Some that deserve a brand new sequel or envisioning too. We talked about much of this during the new Couch Podtatoes episode, though I’ll be touching on different games here.

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I’ve mentioned Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection a few times in the past, mainly because the Genesis was one of my favorite systems of all time and the collection contains many of my old favorites. Lately I had been craving an old school RPG experience, and though I’ve played those old 16-bit titles many times throughout the years, I still wanted to play Shining Force again. I mentioned it is one of my Evergreen games, and I meant that. I started playing it a couple of weeks ago again, and it’s been a blast. I can also say that it’s been long enough since the last time I played it (probably via Wii Ware) that there’s parts I’ve forgotten and so it’s been a fun playthrough. I’m almost done with it, and I intend to play its sequel as well.


I played Columns the other night too, and I was breaking the game. I had to let myself lose shortly after taking this picture because it wasn’t getting anymore challenging. I remember the game being more difficult when I was a kid. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine is definitely more challenging in comparison.

As I mentioned, I played through the Gears of War remake with my friend, but I also got to check on the Rare Replay that had been announced back at E3. It’s a collection of 30 games from the now defunct publisher Rare. Honestly, it’s not a compilation that I would have bought, as sampling a handful of the games lead me to this conclusion. Battletoads is still remarkably hard and poorly designed. RC Pro-Am was a game I loved but is plagued by being developed for an 8-bit system (NES) with limited graphical and audio capabilities. It’s sequel fairs little better. Most of the titles were released on Nintendo or Microsoft platforms, both of which I didn’t really own during their development run, so I had no real fondness for anything included. I may sound biased here, but I simply enjoyed more games on the Genesis collection, and the same goes for other compilations of old Midway or Atari games. Rare just wasn’t a company that did it for me.

I’ve also been playing a bunch of Nuclear Throne, and though I haven’t been posting daily anymore (I managed 46 days in a row counting the tail end of July through Sept 12th) I am still doing the Daily Runs and have been enjoying it. I am still posting the videos to YouTube, so if you’ve enjoyed those, head over to my channel and subscribe so you don’t miss a video if I happen to skip posting. I’m falling back into my old pattern of posting several times a week but not every day. Some days there just isn’t anything to say, I didn’t game much, there’s no news, and I don’t want to force out content just for the sake of content. However, I’m going to try and keep as close to daily posting as possible, so you can still expect regular content to read. I just reserve the right to not post if I don’t feel like it. It’s not a question of whether or not I can post daily, rather a question of feeling like it or having something worthwhile to share. So yeah, Nuclear Throne videos daily on YouTube. Here’s today’s run:

I’ve had several new pickups lately, and they’ve been solely free games or super cheap on Steam. Stuff from the Weeklong Deals that post on Mondays is typically a bunch of crap, but there are hidden gems sometimes, and I’ve found a few. The other day Steam gave everyone a free copy of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and I’ve heard good things about the title, but I have yet to play it. Origin on the other hand, gave away Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 + an expansion. I haven’t played it yet either (nor did I play it back in 2000 or so when it released) but I’m looking forward to trying out a classic RTS to keep up with this whole retro thing I’ve had going. One of the games that I picked up this past week for a whopping $0.15 is called Terra Incognita, and though it’s in early access it looks like a PSOne JRPG and those have always been pretty enjoyable. Hoping for good things from this one.

So that’s about it for this edition. Time to go play something.