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Topic: SGN NHL 09 Club Locker Room
Posted By: TedSGN
Subject: SGN NHL 09 Club Locker Room
Date Posted: 09-24-2008 at 1:26am
Just a place to organize and setup games.

Also to discuss strategy and how to play better with each other.


Current Record:  12-26-6
Current Div/Rank 68-1
Opponent
Div/Rank
W/L Record
Result
Comments
Krazy Killer Kodiaks
71 - 82
21-28-1
L 3-0

604Canucks
1 - 95
102-41-6
L 7-2
Derek, Brent & Ted?
Mac N Cheese
12 - 87
6-8-1
L 3-1

Black Beavers
10 - 17
33-17-1
L 5-1
Brent & Ted
As Seaters
4 - 71
56-39-1
L 1-0
Brent & Ted
Revolution 9
1 - 22
254-129-7
L 9-3
Brent & Ted
Monster Rain
23 - 84
3-7-0
W 2-1
Jake & Brent
ooohh yyeeaahh
6 - 68
19-51-11
L 1-0
Jake & Brent
Get Lucky N00bs
5 - 11
37-15-0
L 5-3
Jake & Brent
Pimpin
29 - 78
5-3-2
L 2-1 SO
Brent & Ted
Pimpin
29 - 78
5-3-2
W 2-1 OT
Brent & Ted
Dangles4Food
14 - 37
13-16-2
W 5-3
Brent & Ted
Canadians Eh
26 - 56
2-2-0
L 4-3 OT
Ted & Derek
Thunder Chicken
7 - 93
26-25-5
W 2-1
Derek & Jake
Bay Area Chiefs
N/A
N/A
W 3-2 SO
Ted & Grambo
Phoenix Rising
19 - 35
16-35-3
W 3-0 F
Grambo, Ted & Derek
Minnesota Money
3 - 93
88-35-4
L 3-0 F

Oilsands
20 - 28
33-51-3
L 2-1

U B 6 I B 9
7 - 13
43-17-5
L 4-0

Jack Hammers
23 - 91
6-17-2
L 1-0

Pirate Ninjas
7 - 29
49-39-7
W 2-1

MANIAC


L 1-0 OT
Jason & Brent
Dirty Old Men
4 - 84
62-57-14
L 1-0 OT
Brent, Jake, Seth
Reddeer Axemen
15 - 66
22-18-6
W 2-0
Brent, Jake, Seth
TEAMO SUPREMOH
22 - 76
18-17-1
L 5-0
Brent, Seth, Ted, Web
Illtown519
23 - 17
9-14-4
W 3-0 F
Brent, Seth, Ted
New Orleans Voodoo
1 - 14
305-133-20
L 6-1
Brent, Seth, Ted



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Replies:
Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-24-2008 at 2:15am
Man I am in  a rut right now.  I need to cut down on how many games I play in a row because I think I get worn out.




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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-24-2008 at 10:00am
Burn on NHL already?

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-24-2008 at 1:28pm
No, I meant like last night where I played like 7 ot 8 straight games of NHL09 in a row in BAP.  I need to play some of my other games that I am neglecting.  

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 9:59am
Anyone want to try for a couple club games tonight?

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Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 11:15am
I should be up for a couple, though probably not until later at night.


Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 12:51pm
What the heck, I will join in.  Just need to figure out what type of player my LW will be.

Why can't they have one like PUCKHOG THAT LIKES TO HIT.  Embarrassed

I think I am going to just stick with Power Forward.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 2:49pm
If the Met game gets rained out tonight I should be on.

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Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 3:05pm
Slumber, I give you major credit if you can actually bear to WATCH this again...
 
/Only half kidding around! Arrrrgh


Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 3:07pm
I'll play if I can get NHL 09 to work.

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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 3:18pm
Originally posted by Derek

Slumber, I give you major credit if you can actually bear to WATCH this again...
 
/Only half kidding around! Arrrrgh


Oh man, I know.  My soon-to-be-wife and I went on Tuesday night and it was great, then last night was a major bummer but a least that was only watched on TV.  Tonight my friend has great field level seats, so I'm hoping they get it in.  Although if it gets rained out and moved to, say, Monday... then all of a sudden we'll have coveted tickets to the last game at Shea.  If they miss the playoffs, that is.

If I wanted it easier as a sports fan I'd have picked the Yanks and Giants.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 09-25-2008 at 10:50pm
Well that was really something.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-26-2008 at 6:18am
We had bad storms tonight and I had some internet issues. 

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-27-2008 at 12:46pm
Looking for games this weekend.  Most likely evenings.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-27-2008 at 1:15pm
Decided to add a table in the first post with recent games.  I wonder if the matchups are totally random or if it tries to match you close to skill level.  Was surprised to see that we have played two Div 1 teams.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-29-2008 at 10:33am
Updated our play table in the first thread.

We're definitely getting better and/or getting better matchups.

After going 3-20-1 we have gone 4-2-2 in the last 8. Clap


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 12:17pm
Anyone around for some hockey tonight?

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 12:26pm
I should be good.

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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 12:58pm
I hope to be on late.  I switched my dude to a playmaker.  I like passing most of all.

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Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 3:21pm
I'd like to, but I have a tough exam tomorrow and need to cram.  If I get tired of the psychobabble by 10, I'd love to play!


Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 9:06pm
I just jumped online if anyone's around.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 9:21pm
I should be on soon.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 9:45pm
I played one game while I waited for everyone to come online and then started getting the DDE's again. EA needs to release a patch for this bullsh*t immediately.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 9:48pm
arrgggh...sorry I waited, but had to eat.  Are you going to try again or quit for the night.

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Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 10:47pm
I just lost my Live connection.  We're having lots of T-storms in the area, but it's odd I can get on here...


Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 09-30-2008 at 10:53pm
Lost my Live connection as well.


Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 12:48am
I was planning on playing Ted tonight in NCAA but the connection was down for me from 9:00 Central.



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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 1:52am
Lost live here too. 

We won two out of two games tonight.

Grambo and I won a game in shootout after coming back from down 2-0.

Then Grambo, Web, and I started a game and the other team dropped.  So we got a 3-0 forfeit I guess.


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Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 7:33am
That was a load of fun!  I can't wait to play again.

That first game was wild.  They had four against our two and were fairly organized.  We were down 2-0 with about 10 minutes to go in the game when Pavel Wang (yes, the famous Pavel Wang) tied it up after Ted fed him a perfect pass.  Then a couple of minutes later I passed to Ted in the slot and he lifted it over the goalie.  We were both imagining how pissed those other guys were.

After surviving me in the penalty box for the first minute of overtime, we went to a shootout.  I tanked my chance by losing the puck while skating in, and Ted had a nice try but the goalie saved it.  Luckily, our goalie held them scoreless until the famous Pavel Wang came through for us again.

Oh, and Ted was the #1 star.


Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 8:08am
I can't believe I missed out on last night. I tried about 5 more times to load NHL and couldn't avoid the DDE. I may contact EA tech support today just to vent my frustration.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 9:42am
Here's my bullsh*t response from EA technical support:

Hi,

Thank you for contacting EA Technical Support. I'm sorry to hear that you are still experiencing difficulties.

If you have performed all the basic troubleshooting steps but still not able to play the game, then this is usually an indication that the console is having difficulty reading the game disc. This could be for many reasons; usually this is because the game disc is damaged or unreadable but in some situations this can be the sign of a more serious issue with your console .

CHECK THE GAME DISK

1. If there are any noticeable scratches or smudges on the surface of the game disc, try to clean them off by using a non-abrasive cotton cloth. Note: Do not rub hard and do not rub in a circular motion as this could further damage the game disc.

a. If the game disc does not work in another system, this is a good indicator that the disc is damaged or defective. To acquire a replacement game disc you will want to refer to your manual for warranty information specific to your product.

The options we recommend for game replacement, if needed, are as follows. You may replace the game through the store where you originally purchased it, if that option is still possible. This is by far the faster way to replace your game with a new copy. If the store is no longer able to replace your game, you may then make use of the EA Warranty, found on the inside back of your game manual, or you may use this link: http://warrantyinfo.ea.com/ - http://warrantyinfo.ea.com/ .

If you choose to use the warranty, please read through the instructions carefully. If you have any particular questions regarding the policy, please use the Contact Us link as you have before, and choose Warranty in the Category drop down box to direct your question to the Warranty department of Electronic Arts.

If you have any other questions, then by all means feel free to let us know. You can also refer to our extensive Self Help Knowledgebase at http://support.ea.com/ - http://support.ea.com for common technical questions.

Thank you,

John
EA Online Support



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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 10:00am
Are you going to try exchanging NHL from target or wherever you bought it from?

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 10:08am
Originally posted by TedSGN

Are you going to try exchanging NHL from target or wherever you bought it from?


I guess it's worth a shot and I'll probably do it. I'm gonna be really pissed off when the same thing happens with the new disc.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 10:12am
Updated stats table in first post.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 10:12am
Originally posted by JasonSGN

Originally posted by TedSGN

Are you going to try exchanging NHL from target or wherever you bought it from?


I guess it's worth a shot and I'll probably do it. I'm gonna be really pissed off when the same thing happens with the new disc.


I sure hope your console is not taking a dump.


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Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 11:06am
Jason - the same crap is happening to me with several games, especially NCAA!


Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 11:22am
I really don't think it's my console. NHL is the only game I've ever had problems with and clearing the cache works for a while - it wouldn't work at all if it was my console or the NHL disc.

Also, it's happening to a lot of other people and was mentioned by the producer of the game as something that will be patched.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 7:29pm
Now I'm really annoyed. I went to the Target near my house to return NHL 09 for another copy and they gave me a Gift Card for the total  ($64.19). I went over to the electronics department and they didn't have any copies. Like an idiot, I decided to drive to another Target 20 minutes away and they didn't have it either. I was really hoping to get another copy tonight so I could join you guys online.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 8:10pm
Oh man.  I'm sorry I suggested that now.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 8:33pm
Originally posted by TedSGN

Oh man.  I'm sorry I suggested that now.


Don't blame yourself. I'm actually kinda glad that I have my money back rather than owning a game that didn't work.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 8:47pm
I guess you can put it towards FIFA.  But I expect some hockey from you this season!Wink

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-01-2008 at 9:00pm
I have every intention of buying NHL 09 again. I have another Target near my office that I'll try tomorrow.

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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 7:45am
Oy vey!  Finally meet up with Ted and Grambo and then have my first lockup with this game right upon receiving a pass.  I thought about killing time until the next match, but it was late and I'm getting up at 6:45 these days.  I will try and be on again tonight!  Quickly realizing that this might be the best thing in my library right now, even OTP with randoms (in which I always leave the headset plugged in but the volume all the way down).

Not sure why anyone would play offline be-a-pro when online is available.  I mean, real people are one thing, but I spend half the time offline catching a breather on the bench and waiting for my energy to fill back up.  Realistic, I guess, but not that cool.


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 8:43am
I picked up another copy this morning at the Target near my office. I'll find out if it works when I get home tonight.

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Posted By: petes-24
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 10:03am
Originally posted by Slumberland


Not sure why anyone would play offline be-a-pro when online is available.  I mean, real people are one thing, but I spend half the time offline catching a breather on the bench and waiting for my energy to fill back up.  Realistic, I guess, but not that cool.
 
I did the same for the first few games, until I realized that I could switch to the less-hardcore, "position lock" setting in the pre-game setup and at least play the other shifts for my position until my guy got on the ice.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 10:17am
Originally posted by petes-24

Originally posted by Slumberland


Not sure why anyone would play offline be-a-pro when online is available.  I mean, real people are one thing, but I spend half the time offline catching a breather on the bench and waiting for my energy to fill back up.  Realistic, I guess, but not that cool.
 
I did the same for the first few games, until I realized that I could switch to the less-hardcore, "position lock" setting in the pre-game setup and at least play the other shifts for my position until my guy got on the ice.


That's what I do in the rare games I play offline bap.  Sitting on the bench was novel for awhile, but got old fast.

Seth,  sorry you got dropped and we didn't want to forfeit so we kept playing.  Was hoping you would be around after, but understand about it being late.  I'll be available tonight for some more.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 10:17am
Ah, good tip!

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 11:34am
If my new game works, I'll be on right after the vice-presidential debate. I can't wait to try online team play.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 2:19pm
Originally posted by Slumberland


Not sure why anyone would play offline be-a-pro when online is available.  I mean, real people are one thing, but I spend half the time offline catching a breather on the bench and waiting for my energy to fill back up.  Realistic, I guess, but not that cool.


You do have the option of locking down the position (which let's you play with the players that replace you) or what I do which is leave my player out there the whole time.  I prefer playing the game over realism that makes me sit on the bench.


* I guess I should read ALL THE REPLIES before posting my little nuggets. Embarrassed

** I spend enough time in the penalty box as it is online (Peter Moore hates me)



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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 4:11pm
Originally posted by JasonSGN

If my new game works, I'll be on right after the vice-presidential debate. I can't wait to try online team play.


New disc...same f**king problem Angry.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 4:18pm
What the heck could be so different about your console?  Brent, Grambo, and Web all have Tiger with the patch and theirs are working.  I know a lot of people hate PC games because of the difficulty it can be to get games to work with unique hardware setups, but that isn't supposed to happen with consoles.

Have you tried going into your HDD and deleting all of the NHL 09 content and starting fresh with NHL 09?


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-02-2008 at 4:22pm
Originally posted by TedSGN


Have you tried going into your HDD and deleting all of the NHL 09 content and starting fresh with NHL 09?


I guess I can give that a shot.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 2:04am
Good games tonight, Seth. 

We lost one and then won one.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 7:44am
Yes, very fun.  It's hard to fall asleep right after playing OTP.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 8:29am
I cleared my cache again and only loaded the game updates for Madden 09, NCAA Football 09 and NASCAR 09, and was able to play NHL again. I'm not going to install any more game updates and would like to try a club game either tonight or tomorrow night.

I also replied to EA Tech support and explained that a new disc did not solve the problem and that my console is working fine with EVERY other game I own. Their solution was for me to send my disc to them for replacement (I already tried another disc). My response was a complaint at the BBB.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 9:30am
I am psyched to get four or five of us on at once.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 12:22pm
I'll definitely be available tonight.  Should be after 10 pm.

I'm excited to get a 3+ room going as well.

Sounds like it was an update for some game causing your grief then?




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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 12:31pm
Originally posted by TedSGN


Sounds like it was an update for some game causing your grief then?


It worked for a little while after I cleared my cache last time too and I had immediately put all my games back in to re-download their updates last time.


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 1:14pm
I will play tonight.  What time are we talking about?  10 your time Pacific? 



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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 1:17pm
No I meant 10 eastern and after for me.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 1:18pm
Originally posted by JasonSGN

Originally posted by TedSGN


Sounds like it was an update for some game causing your grief then?


It worked for a little while after I cleared my cache last time too and I had immediately put all my games back in to re-download their updates last time.


I'm happy you'll be able to get some club time in.

If we end up getting all six of us in there I can play goalie.


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Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 2:34pm
I've had the shipping labels to return my 360 for days now, but I am so addicted to Rock Band 2 I can't bring myself to return the Box, and it's RROD'ed on me three times now! 
 
I'll try to play some tonight.
 
Monday.  I'll send it in on monday.  Monday for sure; that's the ticket!


Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 3:10pm
I just Rock Band 2 today Derek.  Really impressed with the new songlist, and happy at how easy the conversion of my RB1 songs and downloads happened (and I like that they show album covers now on the songlist!).  And now I find out that a George Thorogood song is available next week - don't get much better than that!

Oh, back to on topic.  I would love to play some tonight if I can tear myself away from RB2 or Tales of Vesparia.  Oh hell, I scored two goals the other night - that should be enough to draw me back.

If Jason plays, can I check him even if he is on my own team?  Just want to make him feel at home playing with me and pretend it is Nascar.Smile


Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 3:13pm
Gambo, make sure you put some scores up on some of the 'Battle of the Bands' challenges.  I love having friend scores to shoot for!
 
Sorry for the 'jack.  Hockey still sounds good!


Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 8:24pm
I am gonna watch a movie and then try and get on by 11pm eastern, if people are still up for it.  

I need to practice my stick work.  I embarrass myself in the open ice!


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-03-2008 at 8:28pm
I can play from 9:45pm to 11pm (I then have to watch Bill Maher since the vice-presidential debate will be a big topic on tonight's show) and then from midnight on.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-04-2008 at 4:03am
Kind of a frustrating night at the end there.  Seth I know it wasn't very fun playing that last team, but you can take solace in the fact that they are ranked 14th in the world right now.

Since you and Brent asked during the game and since it is hard to explain while we are trying to play I'll try to post some very basic ideas about what your positional responsibilities are as wingers and how we can do a better job of gaining the offensive zone.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-04-2008 at 10:15am
That'd be good... I was having trouble absorbing some of that info on the fly.  One of my wing questions is that I'm not sure how far into the defensive zone to get... I see things happening near the net and want to get involved, but then if we get the puck back I'm not forward enough to get back into the offensive zone in a timely matter.

I just played some Mario Kart afterwards to settle down.  It worked.

That game-the-system deke shot thing is annoying as well.  I wonder if the devs think it is a problem or just how things should work.

Primarily, I guess I understand the need to reward players with skill upgrades and progression, but it seems sort of wrong for online, and a quick way to alienate more casual users.  I would rather there be a set number of points to distribute, and then it comes down to people playing the game well.  Going into a matchup against uber-players who also know the fake-the-goalie tricks... I mean hell, those guys would have beaten us probably 3-1 anyway without that nonsense, and it would have been much easier to feel good about.

I'll be at the Jersey Shore tonight in preparation for Chowder Fest tomorrow, so maybe I'll be back on tomorrow night.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-04-2008 at 12:31pm
Table updated in first post of this thread.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-04-2008 at 1:04pm
So far I'm not at all discouraged playing with you guys.  I feel like I can play with any one of you in a two man game and we have a great chance at winning the game except when we meet high division teams (top 4 divisions) because they ALL seem to use the so-called exploits.  We just need to start learning to skate with 3 or 4 humans on the ice now.  The primary determination of success in that will be playing sound positionally.

It's still an arcade game and to try and play it like real hockey would be a waste of time and I don't have the knowledge to teach that anyway.  But NHL is still programmed to play like a basic game of hockey and if you use your computer teammates you will have an advantage because they play good positionally and know what to do with the puck.  Most of the teams below division 7  don't use their teammates, especially their d-men so it is easy to gain an advantage by doing so.

If you are using any camera other than classic or overhead I seriously think you are not going to be able to see well enough to pass and play a team oriented game.  This is because you can't see what is developing behind you.  I encourage you high and low camera guys to just tough it out with classic or overhead for 10 or 20 games.  I hated classic in BAP at first and now I can't play any other way.

Usually when we have 3 humans we'll all go forwards.  The fourth or fifth guys in will have to play D obviously.

So just to start let's just establish the #1 rule in each zone that will help us by improving our offense.  Hockey is a transitional game and everything we do is designed to generate offense.  Our defense is fine unless we are playing top teams and there isn't much we can do to stop them right now.

The number one rule in the defensive zone is do not bunch up and play jungle puck.  If there are more than two players on the puck or the puck carrier you are bunched up.  There should only be two players on the puck or puck carrier if there is a scrum for the loose puck.  Otherwise 1-1 play is the preferred defense.  You can go to assist your teammate if he has slowed our disrupted the puck carrier and you then become second man in to try and take possession.  Otherwise you should be blocking passing lanes and shooting lanes and keeping a sharp eye out for a turnover so you quickly transition into your position to start the attack.  When the puck is loose and heading behind the goal line in our zone and there is more than one player chasing it you are bunching up.  Bunching up usually wins us the puck, but we don't have an outlet to start our transition and get out of our zone.  Hockey is a transitional game and we need to make sure we have outlets to move the puck quickly out of our zone and onto the attack.

The number one rule in the neutral zone is head man the puck.  This means the skater furthest up the ice should be taking the puck into the zone.  This is usually the weak side winger (strong side is puck side, other is weak side).  So when we get the puck back look for the weak side winger.  The computer knows to post up high on the boards and do that.  As a human player you should be doing the same.  If you are on the weak side play between the mid boards and our blue line.  When we get the puck head up ice and look for the pass.  If you get up ice and no pass has arrive do not stop and stand there.  Cut along the blue line or circle to keep your speed up.  Standing will only get you checked and we'll turnover the puck at a bad time in a bad place.

The number one rule in the offensive zone is spread out into open ice and keep moving.  The puck carrier needs an outlet to pass to.  We should not crash the net with more than one player before the shot.  We should not crowd the slot with more than one player.  We should not just stand in front of the net or in the slot, stationary, and hope the pass gets through two or three defenders.  Movement opens up ice.  Movement creates scoring chances.  Movement scores goals.  Again the camera you use will determine how effective you can be.  If we were a team that could use the so-called exploits then low cameras are great because you can watch the goalie and abuse him.  But we're a bunch of journeymen types and we need to move and use each other to open up the chances.

Those are the three #1 rules.  They'll help us if we use them.  I'll try to post more if you guys are interested.  The #1 rule overall is this is for fun.  I don't want to turn it into something too serious.



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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 10-04-2008 at 2:03pm
Good stuff. Will try to absorb this and transfer it to my play.

I have a rule to add:  





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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 8:39am
Thanks for the tips, Ted.  I am guilty of standing and stopping at the blue line when I find myself ahead of the puck, as well as camping in front of the net and not moving in the offensive zone.

As for that main goal exploit people are using, surely there's a way to lessen the chance of them getting that open of a look, right?  Is it possible to keep a body on those guys without playing chase-the-puck?


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 10:27am
There may be.  Probably a combination of defensive settings with the d-pad, playing tight, and using the center as the primary backchecker since the d-men can't always be relied upon to stay with the low forechecker.

One doesn't always have to use the poke, lift stick, or hit buttons to knock a guy off the puck or disrupt him.  Just skating into him will quite often cause his animation to disrupt.  Hard to overcome habits, but it does work.

Remember, always keep the legs moving in the offensive zone.  No standing around Smile.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 2:25pm
Was doing some searches on scoring strategy and came across this, regarding those exploit shots:

"Me and Jedi were playing online earlier today, and when we set the defensive strategy to "Staggered", the AI defenders would block a lot of those cheesy hotspot shots. If you're playing club matches with 2 AI defensemen, try this out and share your results."

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 2:55pm
Good to know.  I think the default strategy is staggered, but I'll cycle through and make sure it is on that in the future.

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Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 3:57pm
Anyone playing later tonight?  I just found out my exam on Wednesday has been pushed back a week, so with my daughter in daycare tomorrow, and me not having to study all freaking day, I wouldn't mind some NHL (after I get Rock Band out of my system).


Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 4:07pm
I would like to play tonight.  I'll look for you.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 8:49pm
What time were you planning on playing?

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 9:01pm
After dinner.  Probably another half hour.

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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-06-2008 at 9:38pm
I'm gonna try and get on at 11pm my time.

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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-07-2008 at 7:34am
Sorry I had to run after one game, but it was past my bed time already.  I thought we were doing some good things, though!  Better defense overall.  That go-ahead goal they got threaded the needle through like four dudes.  I need to get some practice time in against the CPU and get more comfortable with shooting.  

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-07-2008 at 10:19am
Both Jake and I had some really bad lag in all of our games.  I hope this isn't the start of the same crap that happened last year to me at this time.

Anyone want to get a couple of games in tonight?


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-07-2008 at 10:25am
I will certainly try and be on, in the 10:30 EST range.


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Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 10-07-2008 at 3:42pm
Sorry I was a no-show.  Fell asleep early and didn't get up until well after midnight.


Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-09-2008 at 3:51pm
Guys, I'm gonna give notice that I'm outta the club game and the online game altogether.  It's just become an exploit-fest online.  It's all I see anymore and I'm not having any fun.  Gonna stick to playing a dynasty with my son.

Sorry to bail on you guys, but every online game has become a controller throwing experience.  Not how I want to spend my entertainment time.


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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-09-2008 at 3:55pm
Really!?  Wow, that's sad to hear.  I played NBA Live online last night and while there's no sign of exploits, there's no real BAP mode and it's basically impossible to play any kind of defense in the game (even though the offline game sort of impressed me).  So all around this OTP stuff seems to be coming up a bit short.  I'm still looking forward to FIFA as my time online with the DSP guys in '08 was pretty awesome all around.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-09-2008 at 7:01pm
That's a shame. Let see if a patch addresses any of these exploits. We can always play "old fashion", one-on-one games.

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Posted By: Slumberland
Date Posted: 10-10-2008 at 7:39am
Well, NBA Live OTP pretty much sucks, with people bailing mid-game left and right.  Back to Gamefly!

I'm going to keep trying with NHL for a while, as even random OTP seems to yield pretty good results, often with less cheesing than in the club games.  And I'll play a bit more EASHL with the DSP team until the torrent of new game releases forces me to send it back to Gamefly.


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Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 10-23-2008 at 6:42pm
Ted - Fazeo is playing this now.  Could you send him an invite to play for the SGN team, or is that something I can do?


Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-23-2008 at 6:47pm
I'll get on there and send him an invite and also make you a GM so you can invite anyone you want.  If you guys start playing regularly please post the times you figure to be on.  I think I can bear to try and play it now and again.  I enjoyed our few game, Grambo.

Edit:  He'll need to have created a BAP for me to send an invite I think.


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Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 10-23-2008 at 8:22pm
I may be on later tonight.  (But may not...have some work to do)

Happy to play some hockey if I am, though!


Posted By: Fazeo
Date Posted: 10-27-2008 at 9:27am

I created my own Be a Pro character, I just haven't tried it online yet. This game rocks. :)



Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-27-2008 at 12:01pm
Fazeo,

I'll see if I can figure out how to send an invite to the SGN team tonight.

Anyone interested in a regular one-on-one game this week?


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-27-2008 at 2:35pm
Fazeo has an invite waiting for him that I sent a few days ago.

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Posted By: Fazeo
Date Posted: 10-27-2008 at 3:17pm
Ok good to know. I haven't had much time lately on the 360, my gf has been playing the heck out of Viva Pinata 2 over the weekend and what lil time I've had on it I've spent on trying to finish up Saint's Row 2.
 
I'll look for it next time I pop in NHL 09 which hopefully will be tonight or tomorrow.


Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-27-2008 at 3:38pm
The invite system is convoluted to say the least.  Look for it in your player hub, which is buried somewhere in the menus.

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Posted By: Fazeo
Date Posted: 10-28-2008 at 8:25am
Thanks, will do.


Posted By: Fazeo
Date Posted: 10-28-2008 at 4:48pm
Ok I joined. :)


Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 10-28-2008 at 5:01pm
Sweet Smile

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Posted By: Grambo Bastille
Date Posted: 10-29-2008 at 4:37pm
We should set something up.  Unfortunately, the last three times I tried to extend my BAP character, I got the DDE like Jason did.



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