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    Hey guys, here is the 2017 Trade Deadline ROM! I hope you like it. Slapshot67 - Thanks for everything! **EDIT - I added a playoff version of the ROM. Has a few changes to rosters (tried to get all players playing in the playoffs right now), but it also has the real tourney tree instead of the projected tree, as an option. I made penalties 1 minute long (except for double-minors). Enjoy! Updates for 2017 ROMs - All are WBF (Blitz style) ROMs -Player Cards for every starter on every team -Added Anniversary logos for Toronto, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Los Angeles -Bench Graphics (backup goalie, coach) & Bench Carpet -Goal Light -Net Fix -Ratings changes for teams & players (excel file w/ ratings in zip folder) -Added a few playoff matchups based on this year's current standings -The Excel file will give you all of the player ratings, with an extra rating that shows how likely a check will be successful with a player. It uses weight + checking rating to give a "checking ability". Somebody figured out that a check is likely to be successful if they check a player with a weight a full digit lower than the checking ability. For example: PK Subban has a 8.9 checking ability (slightly abv average for a Dman), Shea Weber has a 14.1 (really high), and Erik Karlsson has a 5.4 (pretty low). If Subban attempts to check an 8 weight, he may have some issues, but he will usually knock down a 7 weight. Weber can knock down anyone 13 weight or lower, so he is the beast. Karlsson will have trouble knocking over anyone who isn't Johnny Gaudreau (not literally, but he will not be a C checking player). NHL17TradeDeadline.bin NHL17skipDeadlineFinal.zip NHL17Playoffs.bin
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    I was waiting to announce this, but me and my team of artists I have completely re-done the game in unreal engine with polygonal graphics. With a little extra work, we will also have photorealistic coaches on the bench, 4 officials on the ice, and accurate team goal horns. Also adding AHL, KHL, SHL, and national teams. 50/50 if we can have every NCAA team as well. ROM will be free and 512kb download.
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    Alright, I haven't tested this as much as I usually do, but hopefully first time's a charm! Please let me know if you catch any problems/errors and I'll do 1.1 or or whatever. nhl2017deadline.zip EDIT: Adding link for "outdoor" alternate version; details on page 2 of thread. nhl2017outdoor.zip
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    I don't mind the comments. The thing about making custom ROMs is that they can be whatever you want them to be. Obviously I'll never make a cent off doing these, and I'm never going to please every one, so I choose to make them along the rough guidelines of the original rom. I feel it's an important part of the game to have real separation between the big stars. More important however, is not every team being jacked up to the overall quality of the best 2 or 3 teams in the original. Most teams will put out a NLC lineup of players in the 70s in my ROM. The Crosby, Ovechkin, McDavid will be 90s. The excellent-but-not quite there will be 80s or thereabouts. Playing the original ROM with mortal players just plays different, and I don't want every game in my ROM to feel like a game with the allstar teams in 94 original blend where nearly every skater is 80ish. Some things that do separate my ROM player ratings from 94 is that defensemen skate better and hit less, and the goalies are better. I feel this is a fair reflection of how the NHL has changed since the early 90s. This generally leads to fewer goals too, which also seems fair. Either way, a team in my 2017 ROM wouldn't be out of place in original 94. For instance, you look at Skip's ROM with a team like the red wings. They have 5 FWs 76 or higher, 2 77 dmen, and 2 goalies in the 70s. That would be one of the top teams in the original ROM. This year in real life, the Wings are a last place team, and guys like Dylan Larkin are looking at a 30-point season, yet is a 78 in that ROM. NOT IN MY HOUSE BROTHER. I suspect the approach of skip's rom is more popular for some whiz-bang gameplay, but that's not the way 94 was designed to be played. Neither approach is "correct", but I really like the idea of keeping original gameplay feel and team/player differentiation. Playing with last place teams should play quite differently that first place---not just slightly less good but still all-star quality players from the original 94. Again, otherwise I wouldn't bother make a ROM that just does the same thing as Skip's because there would be no point!
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    First of all, congrats to AJ... he is an amazing player and ambassador to this game and community. I came here to post a new thread today and stumbled across this one excited to comment to congratulate AJ. However, after reading further, I didn't realize there was this level of negative sentiment running in the community lately. As playing a lot of FPS and knowing how toxic other online communities are, I've always bragged about this community as supportive and positive to anyone that will listen. While I haven't been around, I always enjoyed that I could come back here and see what the group I consider closest to "home" is up to. It's been a lot of the same faces consistently for over 10 years... that's pretty amazing and unique to itself. How many relationships in your life can you say fall into that category? While I know we get under each other's skin from time to time and we've been around long enough to know exactly how to push each other's buttons, everyone here is in a very select and unique family. It might not be the largest online community and it may not draw the most attention but everyone here is dedicated to one of the best games ever made and this is where that passion is shared. This site has been created and maintained by people more dedicated than ourselves. Out of respect to them and the continued pursuit to enjoy this game at its fullest, I hope that the fighting is simply competitive posturing and when push comes to shove, I hope we can all agree we have each other's back.
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    http://www.msgnetworks.com/podcast/ep-23-ice-pilots-star-nhl-94-documentarian-mikey-mcbryan/
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    Hey Guys! King of 94 II Registration is now LIVE!! This will be beyond epic as they are letting take over the casino! A lot of work has gone into making this all happen. As a Bouns I have decided to also screen Pixelated Heroes at the event as well so hold on to your hats as this is going to be Crazy! Click on the link to find out more! EVENT LINK HERE The movie is coming along great! I'll try and get a new trailer soon. I can't wait for you guys to see it!! I'm in the editing suite all next week. We just spent three full days filming a 1 min segment that I hope you guys love. The local Government has given me grant to hire local people to work on the movie and it's making the whole project 10 times better! Cheers, Mikey
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    I hope this is the right spot in the forum to post this. For a little over a year, I've been working on a tabletop arcade project. I decided to do an NHL 94 theme. Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions about the build.
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    I have seen (some of) hokkee's posts to that effect. I think those are all good ideas. (I am not sure if you cherry picked.) But some of his "message" may have been lost in some very erratic, possibly drunken/high (or manic) posts he left, too. (Not to belittle a battle with the bottle, or mental issues.) The thing is, it is like herding cats trying to get change around here. It is slow, or doesn't happen at all. That is just the institutional culture here. Unfortunately. I think the best approach is exactly what you are doing: Make your own league, with your own rules, and enforce it as you see fit. I like your small, tight, quick Plablegs league, and I like your strict enforcement of the checkpoints. (I recognize it is a personal preference, and people have differing viewpoints.) You have taken action, and that may affect real change. That is the right approach. Lamenting on what could have been is a waste of time.
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    I'm in! Just booked a ticket for myself and my wife.
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    Thanks! I am thinking of doing a final, quick "Stanley Cup" update to this rom, in which I will generally tick up the forward ratings a little, but keep the general approach.
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    I'm gonna do everything I can I promise even if I have to rob a bank ( or ask nicely for a line of credit or dare i say quit smoking greens for few weeks lol ...I'm always checking for cheap flight deals almost booked to San Diego cause it was 340$ round trip but not for date I needed some good news though apparently the cable company is installing a fibre connection to my place I could be back playing online soon enough
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    Whenever you play someone head to head, whomever is hosting might have a FIREWALL setup. Even basic computer setups usually have the Windows Firewall up. You need to enable the Gens program to be allowed through the firewall. It's the most common reason I find someone can't host. Usually, a new player is able to connect to a veteran's game via Hamachi, but struggle to host it the first week. 2 new guys is almost a guaranteed struggle. Follow the steps to be on Discord so you can be talked through it while you are actually trying to host with your friend. Have both of you on, and you both can be chatting inside the NHL94 Discord forum and one of us will usually be around to help.
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    The game has to be remade in the same style as Street Fighter 2, Super Turbo HD, or SWOS for Xbox Live. It has to happen. It's going to happen. In some respects I regret spending so many years editing the game when I could have been figuring out ways to remake it. I have a blueprint for the whole thing; it's several hundred files. I doubt if it would ever have the same namesake, but I think offering all proceeds for game sales to a charity, such as Hockey Fights Cancer, might help game obtain an NHL License. But the best way would probably just let players edit, create and share their own NHL teams through something like the Steam Platform. I'm not crazy enough to think project like this could be undertaken by the community, or any community for that matter. It requires the kind of capital you can only get from launching multiple businesses and working 120 hour work weeks for years; which is how I'm going to raise it. I honesty don't think the money could be raised from Kickstarter, at least not enough to create a worthy remake. Remake really is a dirty word when you look at what some of the stuff that has been churned out by major 3rd party developers in the last few years that are just quick cash-grabs. There is no time table, but this is one of my life goals. In fact, it's a goal I write down every day. I didn't spent 20 years of my life playing and editing this game just to leave it here. There's no way anyones going to throw dirt on me until it's done.
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    We play this magnificent game daily at work. The regular season, playoffs and all. Half of the floor participates. So I decided to arrange a tribute to the game, this online community and the theme song we all love. With some drum machines, keys and guitars. Here it is, I hope you like it: Kurt Vogel - NHL94 Theme Tribute.mp3 Thinking of uploading a video of playing it to Youtube and making guitar tabs if someone's interested playing along.
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    Yes....that is actually Halifax in Halifax. Long story short, I had vacation days forced upon me so I decided to use them to head back to home home.....and figured I might was well throw on a tourney for all the Nova scotia buds I know that played online many years ago but wouldn't/couldn't come to Toronto. When: Saturday, April 1st. 2pm to 11:00pm Where: Bubba Ray's Sports Bar, Spring Garden Road, Halifax. What? 2:00pm NES Ice hockey 4:00pm SEGA NHL'94 6:30pm SNES NHL'94. Register here: http://www.retrothon.com/registration.html
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    53 who RSVP'd to a FB event page. Attendance is well over 100 at this point. I stopped counting at 100 because once past the century mark it gets nerve wrecking.
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    My goal is to try to keep the range of player ratings from the original rom where only solid allstars get into the 80s rating range and if you're not first line or close to it you're not in 70s either. This will result in slower play than ROMs like skip's where his ratings result in about +10-15 overall for every player compared to where I rate guys, and nearly every team has several guys in the high 70s and higher in his ROM. Way too many 5/6 agilities/speeds IMO! I guess that affects player AI too? Different strokes for different folks! I also think it's good to have different approaches, otherwise there's not much reason for skip and I to be doing the same thing!
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    OFFICIAL SEASON 01 ROM: Et_Tu_Brute_S01.bin WT BUG FIXED C/B FIXED ALL ADVANTAGES SET TO AVERAGE ALL PENALTIES ARE ONE MINUTE STATIC RATINGS FOR PLAYERS Y-BUTTON GOALIE CONTROL FASTER GOALIE CONTROL KING RAPH AND COACHMAC PLAYER CARDS COORS LIGHT SPONSOR LOGO FOR SCOREBOARD AND PRO SET THREE STARS BRUTUS REPLACES RON BARR AS THE PRE-GAME HOST STICK TAPE AND EYE PATCH APPLIED RETRO LOGOS AND UNIFORMS 23 TEAMS 21 TEAMS OF THE NHL BEFORE SUNBELT EXPANSION (1983-1991) PLUS THE CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS AND SYRACUSE BULLDOGS 10 "A" PLAYERS ARE THE WALES CONFERENCE (PITT IS IDLE) 10 "B" PLAYERS ARE THE CAMPBELL CONFERENCE
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    Using the info I was given in editting forums, I made all advantages even. I evened them out before season 2
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    That is simply beautiful! Looks friggin' amazing, so well done.
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    HEADS UP -- The 2017 Long Island Retro Gaming Expo dates have been set for August 12th and 13th. There WILL be another NHL'94 tournament held there run by Evan, Chaos, and myself (and possibly other volunteers), but it's too early to have any more details at this time. There's always the possibility of organizing some '94 community event on Friday the 11th as well if we get folks coming in for this. The location will be closer to the city than last year located at the Cradle Of Aviation Museum in Garden City -- https://www.cradleofaviation.org/ We know there will be a big KO94II event sometime in the fall, so this could be a good preparation tourney!
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    As a general rule, the biggest ANY B level player can make is in 2 areas. #1 Goalie. The manual goalie on most B players is well below any standard required to compete, especially in the crunch, where manual is the most valuable. Once you are good enough to keep the game close, you need to be able to win it. And the A players no how to keep PRESSING, and you have to be able to make the stops. #2 DEKE. Watch TK's deke video and practice vs Eddy & Roy on 1-0 or 5v5 also. You need to be able to score on them at a high rate. OTHERWISE, when you play an elite player, he WILL figure out you can't score at a high percentage against auto goalie, and you are giving him an extra second or two in control of a defender instead of having to switch to goalie. DURING THIS TIME, you often will get checked and lose the puck without getting a shot off! You MUST force the other coach to use his manual often, and THEN, the cat/mouse game of deke/one timer/ pass, manual goalie, leave it on auto can begin and you can start to get into their heads as much as they are in your's.
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    You guys are the best and I hope I get to see you all again this year!
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    so I've been holding this in for awhile but I'm drunk and i don't give f**k! first of all this community all the in fighting is so f**kin dumb were a bunch of guys playing a video game that we are passionate about....these deadlines are all a joke....who gives a f**k play when u can and say gg that's all we should be doing.... even if takes a little longer within reason no reason to have an animated discussion about it ....and the fact that AJ is the center of this is ironic .. since gdl 4 when i had to forfeit my series to ice. because our connection desynced and I wanted to get some pussy... but who cares I proved I was the BEST in person and I will always be the best as long as I live! and to uncle seth u dumb pos f**k ... I didn't get robbed of my winnings just my my bud and nhl94 cartridge signed by u guys which I wanted because of sentimental value. I kept the money in my pocket u stupid clown ... why the f**k would u be happy about it anyway.. i would slap u person just like in the game live if we ever played u f**kin loser ...so the point I'm making is the state of nhl94 is pretty s**t and guys who b***h about Internet connection and picture in saskatoo need to chill and embrace the game that brought us together thank u
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    You should now be able to like posts ("Like this" button in lower right of a post). When you like a post, it gives that user good reputation. Also I fixed so members can upload attachments again and update their cover photo (in their profile). -Evan
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    Alright you ingrates, here's an alternate 'outdoor' 2017 rom as requested by Brianski. This rom is identical to my 2017 deadline rom, except that the ice logos and home uniforms are changed for PIT, WPG, TOR and STL for their outdoor games this year. The away uniforms for PHI, CHI, DET, and EDM are also changed to their outdoor uniforms (note that Flyers away is now black and WPG home is now white, which may make it tough to use them against other teams in this rom). Screens: nhl2017outdoor.zip
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    I honestly can't tell if some of these replies are sarcastic, or if people think I am serious that I have a team working on a new, completely re-modeled version with features that EA can't even get right with a budget in the $10s of millions? .
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    I actually get annoyed with this stuff. I realize some guys get out ahead of other guys in their games played. Season set for 56 games and 8 weeks. We are 16 days into the season, and we are at 49% of games completed. Basically 6 weeks left, and I'd say we are well ahead of pace. If we get to mid April, and it's the same guys still behind, I get something like this. If you are PM'ing a guy, messaging specifically that player on Discord (AIM in the past), and also calling them out on the forum, and they are NOT responding to you with any response, then please forward this information over to me. I will get them to reply or replace them. AGAIN, just showing up when we are available, asking for games, and announcing it dead isn't accurate. For those trying to finish their season EARLY, the following guys are going to be hard to play right now: J&J was sick and then on vacation. Scheduled to return March 19th. Lupz is dying and might not ever recover! (He's been laid up in bed for 2-3 weeks now. All jokes aside, get better bro.) Ice has been traveling for work and backed up. The few nights he was clear for lots of games, noone was around. Atomic is dealing with a computer issue that is causing his league games to be lagged beyond. Pearate is dealing with something similar and might be part of his lower participation rate. Darko is in France and is a f&cker. PM him when you know you will be around on a weekend, and he's normally good to find games> CBK does not OFTEN log into the AIM/DISCORD setup. I find sending him a PM in the past was the best way to get games with him. CHEF is generally up really early in the AM and as such, goes to bed really early. Guys looking for games with him who DO NOT find themselves on closer to 6 pm to 7 pm eastern should consider trying to set up via PM or Discord a private conversation when you could schedule a game.
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    In my experience to this point, Hyperkin's solution is the only thing that wasn't a big pile of aids in the 3rd party space. I'm certain there may be a viable option out there that I haven't gotten my hands on. To be fair, Sega has some 6 button options out there that aren't very good, as there was more than one variety of controller. Most of our controllers look like this one, and it's our favorite.
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    yah just a little spot on the basement wall...here is the finished product in a "nice" frame.
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    ^True. I play on old comp without probs... Most of the time...
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    Love the retro Friday idea...seems you got a few buds signed up already for the 2 on 2. not sure how many are in for '95. @segathon
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    This is interesting knowledge and increases the importance of high checking ability d-men, especially for the more mobile ones for players who can't B-check and for others as well who want to have the ability to play the man on onetimers instead of intercepting. Then there are the few heavyweight players who have resistance to B-checks as well (not 100% obv). Fetisov has chk rating 11.6 and he can take down Lemieux / Messier (weight 10). So that is perhaps rounded up then at least. I tried with Smehlik 10.9 for example and he could not do it, at least not on a regular basis (0 successes). CHK Ability required to check down Lemieux, Messier, Jagr, Bourque = 11.6 CHK Ability required to check down Hull, Coffey = 10.6 D-men able to C-check at least 10 weighters and below (some plus): 10 = Bourque 11 = Stevens, Fetisov, Kasatonov, Richardson, Iafrate, Smith, Featherston 12 = Hatcher 13 = - 14 = K.Samuelsson, McSorley, Krupp (the slugs) D-men in addition that can check players with 9 weight: 8 = U.Samuelsson 10 = Daneyko, Rouse, Diduck, Smehlik, Zalapski, 11 = - 12 = Ludwig, Zmolek I have to say I'm surprised and have had this all the way wrong, I thought checking ability - checking resistance = succesfull check if the sum is positive. This would say that someone like Blake (10.3) can't succesfully check 9 weighters with C-check. Post here if you find this wrong via experience in the game, perhaps it's not absolute? According to my memory from past experience in Blitz, there is some variance in this, but this should be correct now then for the succesfull 100% checking results as least. edit: As an addition example for 11 weights (Andreychuk, Otto etc) = Succesfully only the slugs + Bourque & Stevens, not even Hatcher! And according to this it would only be possible for Kjell Samuelsson to C-check Lindros. This only applies for open ice hits vs manually controlled players as well. As I have seen even AI controlled Hogue check succesfully some higher weights and board play is a completely different matter where lower weights are succesfull as well.
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    I'm not mad and drink like once or twice a month. Appreciate your concern but you can go back to your Looney Toons programming without me. I call you out when you when think your constant complaining in a league chat doesn't ruin it for everyone. I've asked many guys, and you are a buzz kill. You've changed & that's why I keep calling you out. I know that I've watched Plabax try to steer conversations numerous times before. This one was obvious as he pretends to want opinions and then does his norm. Number of guys who left the site cause of me to date is zero, FYI. Skipped over that part of Raph's post cause it doesn't fit your narrative. I've had guys ask me before joining Plabax was joining cause they hate you. I've now had a few ask about Seth cause he complains so much. i thought Depch has given you numerous solid suggestions that don't sound too far off some of the aim chat groups I had with both of you during the last 2 GDL's. You want to just keep booting everyone but miss the math. There are not & will not likely be 16, much less 24 coaches that will fit into your rigid formula. I'd prefer to play in these type of leagues TOO. I'm the guy who always plays his ganes, plays exis & joins all the leagues I can, so faster pace & stricter guidelines help me. But, you ignore Depch solid points. You ignored them when I made them. Now you want to claim my league effects the progress Plabax made. That's lunacy at its finest. I make my own league & set rules & let guys IN you wouldn't, you don't join, but I'm hurting the site. And next time I've got 10 hours to try to search through this dumb forum, I'll try to find hokkee's post about you ruining the game. It's there. But aside from that, there is NO PROOF that lack of structure in leagues is what caused the games decline in members. It's your opinion & I just don't agree. And aside from you two pounding the same drum, I don't hear it elsewhere either. Does it help, NO! I get that. But you guys miss all the other relevant points. Which is part of your mental challenges. Again, everyone but you two see you two have obvious issues, for real.
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    You guys are seriously acting like you don't know what hokkee had to say? I can understand aqualizard; he wasn't around. Hokkee was the biggest advocate for kicking out slackers, shortening seasons and having less coaches to improve the flow of the seasons and keep the interest up. He also was a fan of real checkpoints. You guys know this and I'm not even sure why I just typed this. How I think he's right.... well, it's not rocket science. The slackers were never punished, the seasons were always too long and they had too many coaches. There was no flow in them because they were too long, and as a result the interest levels diminished.
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    Already bought my ticket to Other, USA. Can't wait!!
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    I'll double halifax's price. Seriously. Would you sell it?
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    Mentor me, HABS! We can play every Wednesday at 8pm or something? I am struggling, but yes, I always get my games in. Throw me a bone!!!
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    Anytime bud! You'll see, the everdrives are awesome! The best thing about them is the ability to play modded and translated games on the console.
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    Sorry bud, I was wrong. The X7 does save states, not the X5 or X3. Everyone here has the Everdrive MD v3, which doesn't look like it's being made anymore (though some retailers are still selling it, probably until their stock is gone). The X5 seems to be the closest in features with the Everdrive MD v3. So I would go with the X5, unless you want save states, then the X7 would be your choice. Save states seems to drive the price up, it must be hard to implement.
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    Coach, the NES one does do save states. There is an option in the menu you need to turn on (press SELECT at the ROM selection screen), then I believe it's something like Up + Start to load the state, Down + Start to save it. http://​http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=2554.0 The SNES version does not. Also, it should be noted that they all offer battery saves (SRAM). When you save in a game (that supports it), the save is written to the SRAM, just like a cartridge. When you decide to switch to a different game, the SRAM is written to a file specific to that game, then the new game is loaded into memory, along with the new game's save file. I have actually pulled the saved SRAM file of a specific game and loaded it in an emulator to play. Then you can save in the emulator, put the save on the Everdrive, and begin playing where you left off. It's a neat little feature, though it does take a little hex editing sometimes because the 2 save files may be a different size (usually just padding the end of the file with FF). They seem to have gotten rid of the original Everdrive MD v3. Now they just have X3,5,7. X3 and X5 doesn't appear to save states (my apologies), but the X7 does. http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=5775.0 Ugh hardest game ever. It took me like 20 years to finally beat the 3rd rat race in Level 10, then get stuck on Level 11 where the giant lollypop looking thing chases you.
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    NHL '94.com 2014 meetup in Clockwise's sun room
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    I've never posted on these forums before, but this subject made me feel compelled to reply. To really understand why NHL '94 is so special to many of us, you would have to have lived during the era when it was released. If you are a teenager who was born just before, when, or just after this game was released you will never really understand. It is us old timers (and I use the term loosely as I am only 23) who played this game when it was originally released that will appreciate it the most. Let me elaborate: Growing up, I played two hockey games for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Ice Hockey and later, Blades of Steel. When Blades of Steel was released I was completely floored as it looked amazing and had the most realistic hockey action I had played up to that point. When I was 7 years old in the fall of 1991, NHL Hockey was released for the SEGA Genesis. A friend of mine got the game immediately. To say that I was in awe would be an understatement. Not only did the game feature real NHL teams with real logos and team colors, but players were also featured. Later I would find that it was only player NUMBERS that were included in the game and not actual player names as EA did not have the license from the NHLPA, but that is besides the point. The fact that numbers, team colors, logos, cities, etc were included and were accurate was amazing. On top of this, real penalties and rules were enforced. Penalties were given based on true to life infractions rather than given to players for losing a fight, and off sides could be enforced. And to add icing to the cake, the player could use a password system to guide a team through the playoffs to the Stanley Cup. Gameplay was also amazing as the graphics combined with a new perspective (north and south rather than east and west) making this game a totally new experience. This game was truely leaps and bounds ahead of anything I had seen before. I tried to purchase the game for months but it was continually sold out where I lived (St. Louis) and I never did get it. But the rumors at school began to circulate in the fall of 1992 that a newer version of the game was coming out... this one had extra letters added for some reason... NHLXWYZ or something, but it was essentially the same game. In early 1993 I finally found and purchased NHLPA Hockey '93. This game featured real player names and numbers among other gameplay refinements and improvements (such as organ music and player injuries). I was puzzled as to why EASN was at center ice rather than team logos but this was only a minor flaw. I would later realize it was because EA had the NHLPA license but not an NHL license to team names, logos, and the Stanley Cup could not appear in the game. Despite this, the gameplay and features still improved and it was really a quality experience. That brings us to NHL '94. This game finally tied everything together with NHL and NHLPA licenses. Team names and logos appeared in the game along with player names and numbers and even photos. The gameplay and animations also reached their pinnacle. This truely was the crowning achievement of three years of work on the same game engine. Small things like real team themed organ music (such as "When the Blues go Marching In" for St. Louis and Chicago's theme), improved crowd animations, breaking glass, hats on the ice for hat tricks, players getting checked into the bench, and of course the one timer made this game stand tall above the previous releases. That is why this game is still so revered. It is the game where the NHL and NHLPA licenses finally met and the gameplay and graphics were refined for three years to reach the top of the mountain. NHL '95 also awed me with the addition of full season play, player awards, trades, and the ability to create players but the gameplay itself was lacking as they completely changed the game engine. The graphics were worse, the sound effects were worse, the crowd noise was annoying.... I even disliked the organ music. Had they simply taken NHL '94, updated the rosters and added all of those other features, we would be at an NHL '95 website right now. Unfortunately that is not the case and NHL '94 turned out to be the best game in the series. Lastly, I think it is important to note the standards that were held at that time. I remember being amazed by the Big Boo in Super Mario World, and a group of us kids sitting around with our mouths dropped in stunned silence over watching a friend play Sonic the Hedgehog for the first time. With each new generation of video games our expectations rise higher and higher and we are not as easily impressed. When these games were released it was a huge jump from what we had before. Games now are only a small hop above what was previously released. Therefore nostalgia is another reason there is such a fanbase for this game. We remember playing it when our expectations were different and we had a blast. Fond memories were formed, and in my case at least, life was much simpler at that time. Anyway, I'm done with the long winded post but I thought I'd add my two cents and reasons for loving this game.