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RE: WWE - Who is hyped!?
@MonsTruz Goldberg hasn't really proven himself to be ready for any kind of long-form match since returning and I really have concerns about him headlining Wrestlemania. That match doesn't need the title and I'm disappointed that it will be taken from a workhorse like Owens only to be thrown onto a 50-year-old who wants a real Wrestlemania moment.
RE: The Final Fantasy Debate
Alright. I love this topic. It's tough for me because I equate my love of Final Fantasy to my connection with my brother. He and I always used to play these games together, often taking turns during certain parts or fighting over who would get the controller on any given day. So, this series holds a very emotional importance to me as much as it does sheer enjoyment of JRPGs.
I grew up on 4 and 6, falling instantly in love with them. Went back and played 1-3 and then found an illegal translated ROM of 5.
6 was my favorite from my childhood and probably holds the title as my favorite game. It was immense, it had such huge stakes. The music was everything. When I heard Shadow's theme, it sent chills through me. I love this game so much, my wife purchased magnets for our fridge that contain dialogue from the game. haha
I remember the demo of FF7 and being amazed. I played it from beginning to end fanatically, staying up super late on school nights. Same with FF8. I LOVED 8 because it felt different from 7 and that was something that made it easy to dive into. Call me crazy, but I loved the card game in 8 as well. My wife is passionate about 8 and every so often, I'll come home to see her fighting Ultimecia again just because she can.
9? Never played it. The aesthetic, the gameplay, etc. just didn't do much for me. I never felt like investing a ton of time into it.
FFX was another milestone for me in the series. Voices, wonderful CGI, fun gameplay, a beautiful look to the world and the summons were so much fun. I did hate the sphere grid, however. This was another game that I maxed out every character. I would do it a second and third time with the remasters for PS3 and PS4. This is another one that my wife loves.
11? I played it on launch day, was immersed by players from Japan and struggled to grasp the game. It didn't help that I was playing two other MMORPGs at the time, so this got shuffled to the back.
12 is funny because it was how I met my wife. We worked together, I came into work with a copy of FF12 because it had just came out and I had just picked it up. She took the case from me to flip through the book and I've been dorkily smitten with her since. Hilariously, we both own a copy of this game and we haven't finished it. The combat wasn't fun. However, when the remaster comes out, we've sworn that we will beat it.
FF13 was a game I completed simply because I thought I had to. I didn't enjoy the characters, the music or the fight system. It looks beautiful, but I just don't care about this installment or its sequels.
Never played 14.
I'm curious about FF15 and I will play it. We'll see. I try to stay optimistic.
What is your favorite old school Sierra game?
Was watching Jones's Toy Box Tuesday and asked him what he thought about the VO in the Space Quest series. He said he was planning on streaming it, which gets me incredibly excited.
SO, have you played any of the old school Sierra adventure games? I'm talking Quest for Glory, Space Quest, Police Quest and, of course, King's Quest.
I know for me, those games made up such a huge part of my childhood and felt so huge and immersive. Even when games came on 9-15 floppy disks, they felt just as large as many of the open world games of today.
If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Space Quest. It was hilarious, often times brutal and so innovative for its time.
Quest for Glory would probably be my second favorite as it really captured the idea of an RPG and injected it into the old adventure games of early computer gaming.
So, let's hear it!
RE: What is your favorite old school Sierra game?
So many great responses. I'd love to see the Easy Allies tackle more of these games and I'm excited to see Jones and Amanda start on Space Quest. I can't believe I forgot about Phantasmagoria (a game my brother made me watch him play) and Gabriel Knight was just incredible.
What I loved about these games was having no walkthroughs or direction on how to complete them. It was so painfully challenging, but I loved every second of it. Who else here found themselves constantly saving before moving on to a new area?
RE: What's Your Passion Project?
Well, lucha libre is probably my greatest passion. Whether I'm talking about it on my podcast Spandexistential Thoughts, working as Editor in Chief on a lucha libre magazine called Rudo Can't Fail or collecting obscene amounts of lucha libre masks, I'd say that my life is pretty wrapped up in it. It's gotten so far that my office (I work for a not-for-profit) is decorated with all of the masks I have and my co-workers don't think I'm crazy, so that's a plus.
RE: Future Punishment for Kyle Bosman
He lost the court case by way of jury in one of the funniest moments of EZA's first few months. Punishment enough. Huber also stole all the thunder at the end by declaring open warfare for the Slusser Cup. This is going to only get better, people.
Money in the Bank
So, Huber has declared "Money in the Bank" rules for upcoming Slusser Cup defenses.
For those not in the know, Money in the Bank is an annual event put on by WWE, where a group of wrestlers compete in a ladder match to claim a briefcase, labeled "Money in the Bank."
The winner of the match claims the briefcase, which contains inside a contract for a WWE Title match at any time the holder of the briefcase deems worthy of a "cash in." Traditionally, the person with the briefcase has always had an advantage over the champion because the champ never knows when the cash in will happen.
So, in moving this over to the realm of EZA, how does it actually operate? Will the Allies compete for the "briefcase" with the winner having the opportunity to challenge Huber at any time for the Slusser Cup? Will the combatant "cashing in" get to select the form of competition? Will it be solely bets? Will it be battling over a game? Will there be any lead up to a "cash in" or can it happen on the spot?
The spontaneity of all of this is incredibly exciting for me, both a fan of wrestling and EZA. I think it creates a special kind of punishment for Kyle where he is no longer the only other competitor for the Slusser Cup. Now, he must battle the other Allies to claim ownership of it. How good of a punishment is that in hindsight?
So what are your thoughts on this new wrinkle to the time honored tradition of Final Bets?
RE: WWE - Who is hyped!?
I just saw this post, so I HAVE to chime in.
When did you start watching?
I started seeing glimpses of it at a friend's house when I was 8. Macho Man was the most amazing person I had ever seen.
Who is your all time favorite?
Up until he got fired, CM Punk was my favorite. Prior to that, it would have been Kurt Angle or Shawn Michaels, two guys who had it all.
Favorite match of all time?
In WWE: CM Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011. Barring the interruption by Vince and Johnny Ace, that match was perfect in both story and execution.
Outside WWE: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 9. An amazing story of a brutal veteran squaring off with a young and brash Ibushi created a match that was as spectacular as it was punishing. WATCH IT.
And current hero?
I'm torn because I watch SO much wrestling. In WWE, it has to be Sami Zayn. Having followed nearly his whole career, he's always been the guy you root for. Considering Kevin Owens is his ultimate rival and one of the worst human beings on the planet, there is no way he couldn't be the ultimatebolded text hero to me.
Outside of WWE, Fenix of Lucha Underground (check it out, it's so much fun) would be my other hero. He's a luchador who utilizes a lot of high flying and impact to take down his opponents. He's been portrayed as THE good guy on the show and I can't get enough of his style. I've met him quite a few times and he's always a fantastic person outside the ring as well.
Pentagon Jr. is another wrestler you should check out. He's got the look and moves that captivate audiences wherever he goes.