Ever since I moved to Las Vegas, I have done a ton of traveling. I have traveled to states such as Utah, Arizona, and California. However, I am not done traveling. There are many other places that I would love to visit in the future. Here are some places I'd like to visit for next year.
With Major League Baseball possibly heading towards a lockout due to lingering talks on a new CBA, there's a possibility there won't be a baseball season. MLB can't afford to have another shortened baseball season with attendance dipping, so it needs a new CBA in place as soon as possible. They're not the only league that's headed towards a lockout, though.
With the coronavirus spreading, Gary Bettman is trying to renegotiate the current CBA to ensure a deferred payment from the players. This has angered the players and they have a good reason; contract renegotiation is forbidden under the current NHL CBA, which implies that Bettman is using dirty tactics. If the players respond by protesting this renegotiation, it could mean a lockout.
The NHL is a growing league, with expansion into Seattle on the horizon. The NHL can't afford another lockout (there was one in 2005-2006) since it will hurt television ratings, attendance, and more. Gary Bettman must stand back and not get too greedy. Otherwise, the league will be hurt beyond repair.
You might know Game Freak for their work with the Pokemon franchise. But did you know that they also collaborated with SEGA and put out Tembo the Badass Elephant for Steam? In fact, Game Freak developed Tembo while SEGA published the game.
Initially released on July 21, 2015, Tembo the Badass Elephant was released for Microsoft Windows, XBox One, and the PlayStation 4. It takes you on a journey as Tembo (a play on Sylvester Stallone's character, Rambo) as you try and stop an evil syndicate known as "Phantom" from invading Shell City. Throughout the game, you have to take out a certain number of Phantom members to advance. You also save citizens along the way, which counts towards your total.
For me, Tembo was an innovative game to play. Most games surprisingly don't place a heavy emphasis on defeating enemies. However, Tembo makes it imperative that you take out as many enemies as possible. The platforming is also unique, requiring you to backtrack to beat your high score and advance.
While this sounds nice, it can be a pain in the ass to advance. I fell one Phantom enemy short of making it to the second Phantom Dome, which says to how absurd the unlock goals are in this game. You have to be at least 85% efficient in clearing Phantom enemies and saving civilians, which can be a pain. This is especially true since Tembo just respawns enemies and doesn't indicate which enemies you've beaten and a random Phantom guy will fall out of a machine after it's been destroyed.
Everything else in Tembo is nice. Everything controls well and the levels are well-designed. I would've preferred to see less of the Phantom Dome, but Tembo still has creative level design. Placing an emphasis on access certain parts of the level through using water or destroying objects is a good touch.
Overall, Tembo is a nice game to play for a bit. The main thing I would caution you about is trying to defeat as many Phantom enemies as you can. If you don't get fatigued from this aspect of the game, then you will love Tembo the Badass Elephant.
It's almost Thanksgiving! We got some cold turkeys and some ready to be served. Here's what went down in Week 10 of the NFL season.
Despite their sluggish 1-5 start, the Minnesota Vikings still have a shot at getting above .500. Not only that, but they could also make the playoffs. With a favorable schedule that includes facing the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars, the Vikings could sneak into the playoffs in spite of Kirk Cousins.
Another benefactor for the Vikings has been Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson. Cook (858 rushing yards, six yards a carry, 12 touchdowns) has been his usual dominant self. But Jefferson (627 receiving yards, 18.4 yards per catch) has stepped up as the No. 1 receiver for the Vikings. Jefferson is a physical receiver who fights for his yardage, which has helped the Vikings after trading Stefon Diggs to Buffalo.
It's crazy to think that a 1-5 team could make the playoffs. However, the Vikings had to face the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans to start the season. With their brutal schedule behind them, look for the Vikings to possibly make a run.
Turkey time is nearly here! Who's having a big feast and who's looking like the biggest turkey of all?
Other Losers: Minnesota, Army, Penn State
Once again, the Michigan Wolverines are a major disappointment on the gridiron. A 1-2 start that includes a loss to rival Michigan State has pundits and critics wondering if this is Jim Harbaugh's last year. Rumors have circulated around saying that that's the case, with Harbaugh potentially headed to the NFL. If Harbaugh's gone next season, who will replace him? Here are some potential candidates.
Life as an NFL (or sports) fan in Ohio is not easy. Unless you bandwagon on successful franchises like the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, you're going to be down in the dumps. Let's face it: the state of Ohio doesn't have much luck when it comes to sports championships sans the Ohio State Buckeyes in football. The only title that comes to memory is when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals.
Most Ohio NFL fans remember the moments of woe when it comes to their pro football misery. "The Drive", Art Modell moving the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore (who went on to win TWO Super Bowls), Joe Montana telling his 49er teammates about John Candy in the audience at the Super Bowl. The list of misery is endless.
For Cleveland, it's an neverending cycle of misery. The Browns have been a graveyard for quarterbacks, with names ranging from Johnny "Money" Manziel to Tim Couch to Jeff Garcia to Tyrod Taylor. It's only a matter of time before Baker Mayfield becomes the latest corpse in what appears to be the New York Jets of the AFC North pertaining to quarterbacks. The Browns have even resorted to a running game to make sure Mayfield doesn't throw an untimely interception. The good news is that ownership is trying to win after years of idiocy from Randy Lerner. But it seems like it won't be enough no matter what.
For Cincinnati, the skyline chili looks like shit on a plate. It's disgusting. Anyways, the football team, the Bengals, do have a solid quarterback in Joe Burrow. He's breaking records left and right. However, this team will be stupid enough to sign somebody like Vontaze Burfict again, who will make an illegal hit that will eliminate the Bengals on wild card weekend (most likely by the Steelers). Unlike the Browns, Mike Brown will never die and will own the Bengals and their ritualistic wild card exit for the rest of eternity. Also, the Bengals are ripping off the New Orleans Saints with their "WHO DEY" shtick.
No matter how hard these two teams try, they'll never escape the wild card round. If they're lucky enough to make the Super Bowl, they'll have an infamous moment that will live on in Ohio sports lore, i.e. a fumble at the goal line that will cost that team the game or an interception like the one Russell Wilson had against the Patriots in Super Bowl 49. If you're a masochist and love rooting for the Browns or Bengals, then go to town. But for those outside of Ohio (or those in Ohio), avoid these two at all costs!
Welcome to another edition of Nostalgia Game Review, where I showcase games from the past that you should (or shouldn't) play. This edition will cover Timecop, a game for the Super Nintendo.
Based on the 1994 movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Timecop is an action game developed by Cryo Interactive Entertainment and published by JVC and Victor Interactive Software, Inc. Initially released on February 17, 1995, Timecop takes you on an adventure to stop Dr. Hans Kleindast from abusing time travel and sending the earth into a dystopian future.
Timecop feels more like an Adult Swim television show than a video game and that is unfortunate. The animations in this game are extremely ambitious for its time and the gameplay is comical. Timecop makes you feel like you're running on ice physics the entire time, slipping and sliding everywhere. The combat system feels a bit chunky as well. There isn't much direction in Timecop, either. You feel like you're running around in circles the entire time, complicating things even further.
Jean-Claude Van Damme wasn't even used to pose as Max Walker in this game! What a tragedy! The video game is just as bad as the movie, which is why you should avoid it at all costs.
We're past the halfway point of the season, which means the playoff picture is emerging. What happened in Week Nine of the NFL season?
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