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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Hi Guys! First, the topic heading is not a typo. We were asked by the casino to change the date as there is a big event happening in Las Vegas during the weekend of the 23rd. The result of this means that hotel rooms will see a discount of 50% to 60% for us on Sept.29 and Sept.30th. This discount was significant enough for us to agree to make the change and save you guys money. We certainly apologize for any one that this may impact negatively. The tournament will take place at the Downtown Grand. http://www.downtowngrand.com/esports/ I've locked the other threads about this tournament that had the old date, so this thread can be used going forward. Mikey and I are extremely excited for this. We really think this event is going to be something special to be a part of. I know when I go to these, I don't have a chance to win it all, and I'm okay with that. It's the thrill of playing against many others, meeting you guys all again and just hanging out for a weekend playing my favourite game.
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    some great news, smozoma found out where each teams music table is. you can now edit the Power Play, Penalty kill, Goal, Face off, and Random music. each team has 6 pieces of music (example - SAN JOSE - 5F 60 61 63 64 65) 1st # - face off music 2nd # - power play music 3rd # - 2nd period random music 4th # - goal music 5th # - penalty kill music 6th # - 3rd period random music Original ROM: 0 TEAM LOCATION FO PP 2P GF PK 3P -- ---- -------- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 ANH 000FE5B0 77 75 76 00 5A 00 2 BOS 000FE5B6 31 32 30 00 5A 31 3 BUF 000FE5BC 34 33 33 34 5A 00 4 CGY 000FE5C2 35 37 35 37 36 36 5 CHI 000FE5C8 38 3A 39 38 5A 65 6 DAL 000FE5CE 4A 4B 4B 00 5A 00 7 DET 000FE5D4 3B 3C 3D 00 5A 3C 8 EDM 000FE5DA 3E 3F 3F 00 5A 00 9 FLA 000FE5E0 77 75 76 00 5A 00 10 HFD 000FE5E6 40 42 41 42 5A 40 11 LA 000FE5EC 43 43 45 44 5A 46 12 MTL 000FE5F2 4F 4E 4F 4D 5A 4C 13 NJ 000FE5F8 50 51 50 00 5A 52 14 NYI 000FE5FE 47 48 47 49 5A 49 15 NYR 000FE604 54 55 53 00 5A 00 16 OTW 000FE60A 77 75 76 00 5A 00 17 PHI 000FE610 56 57 56 58 00 58 18 PIT 000FE616 59 5B 59 5C 5A 5C 19 QUE 000FE61C 5D 5E 5D 00 5A 5E 20 SJ 000FE622 5F 60 61 63 64 65 21 STL 000FE628 67 68 68 67 5A 69 22 TBY 000FE62E 6A 6B 6B 00 5A 00 23 TOR 000FE634 6C 6C 6D 00 5A 00 24 VAN 000FE63A 6E 6F 70 00 5A 00 25 WSH 000FE640 71 73 71 00 5A 74 26 WPG 000FE646 77 75 76 00 5A 00 27 ASE 000FE64C 54 55 53 00 5A 00 28 ASW 000FE652 54 55 53 00 5A 00 use the nhl94_music.zip samples to listen and change the way you want Type Hex MUSIC # Description Music 30 NHL94_music_001 ? Music 31 NHL94_music_002 Boston Music 32 NHL94_music_003 ? Music 33 NHL94_music_004 ? Music 34 NHL94_music_005 Buffalo Music 35 NHL94_music_006 Calgary Music 36 NHL94_music_007 ? Music 37 NHL94_music_008 ? Music 38 NHL94_music_009 Chicago Music 39 NHL94_music_010 ? Music 3A NHL94_music_011 ? Music 3B NHL94_music_012 Detroit Music 3C NHL94_music_013 ? Music 3D NHL94_music_014 ? Music 3E NHL94_music_015 Edmonton Music 3F NHL94_music_016 ? Music 40 NHL94_music_017 Hartford Music 41 NHL94_music_018 ? Music 42 NHL94_music_019 ? Music 43 NHL94_music_020 Los Angeles Music 44 NHL94_music_021 ? Music 45 NHL94_music_022 ? Music 46 NHL94_music_023 ? Music 47 NHL94_music_024 New York Islanders Music 48 NHL94_music_025 ? Music 49 NHL94_music_026 ? Music 4A NHL94_music_027 Dallas Music 4B NHL94_music_028 ? Music 4C NHL94_music_029 ? Music 4D NHL94_music_030 ? Music 4E NHL94_music_031 Montreal (Halte la Les Canadiens sont la) Music 4F NHL94_music_032 Montreal Music 50 NHL94_music_033 New Jersey Music 51 NHL94_music_034 ? Music 52 NHL94_music_035 ? Music 53 NHL94_music_036 ? Music 54 NHL94_music_037 New York Rangers Music 55 NHL94_music_038 ? Music 56 NHL94_music_039 Philadelphia Music 57 NHL94_music_040 ? Music 58 NHL94_music_041 ? Music 59 NHL94_music_042 Pittsburgh Music 5A NHL94_music_043 ? Music 5B NHL94_music_044 ? Music 5C NHL94_music_045 ? Music 5D NHL94_music_046 Quebec Music 5E NHL94_music_047 ? Music 5F NHL94_music_048 San Jose Music 60 NHL94_music_049 Jaws Theme Music 61 NHL94_music_050 ? Music 62 NHL94_music_051 ? Music 63 NHL94_music_052 ? Music 64 NHL94_music_053 ? Music 65 NHL94_music_054 Hava Nagila Music 66 NHL94_music_055 ? Music 67 NHL94_music_056 St. Louis Music 68 NHL94_music_057 ? Music 69 NHL94_music_058 ? Music 6A NHL94_music_059 Tampa Bay Music 6B NHL94_music_060 ? Music 6C NHL94_music_061 Toronto Music 6D NHL94_music_062 ? Music 6E NHL94_music_063 Vancouver Music 6F NHL94_music_064 ? Music 70 NHL94_music_065 ? Music 71 NHL94_music_066 Washington Music 72 NHL94_music_067 ? Music 73 NHL94_music_068 ? Music 74 NHL94_music_069 ? Music 75 NHL94_music_070 ? Music 76 NHL94_music_071 ? Music 77 NHL94_music_072 Winnipeg
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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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    Here are the rules. Pretty similar to other tourneys. Sign up Here for NHL 95 or here for NBA JAM DOUBLES Entry Fee & Time $10 per player Tournament starts at 6:30PM, Friday, April 7th. Registration Comment on this post Comment on the FB Group Post Show up in person with $10 before 6:30PM Tourney Double Elimination Bracket Bracket seeding will be done at random Settings Play Mode: Regular Game Per. Length: 5 Minutes Goalies: Manual Control (goalie auto defends unless you switch into them or have puck, penalty shot) Penalties on, NO offsides User records: OFF Penalties: On, Except Offsides Line Changes: OFF Team Selection Only Can use each NHL team Team once. Team Declaration: Before start of game Players will count to 3 and then yell at top of lungs their team at same time There can be mirror match ups (Wings on Wings) CONTROLLERS Team 1 or 2 Selection – Play paper rock scissors, flip a coin, Winner get to choose either the controller or Home/Away Team 1 is Home and goes up twice, Team 2 is Away and only goes up once There will be a mix of 6 buttons and 3 buttons controllers Don’t unplug controllers. Talk to Sega (Nick) if you have a controller issue OTHER NOTES If there’s a system malfunction, then the game will restart with that score and play the number of periods that were remaining (a partial period you replay full period) (NOTE: player injuries, penalties won’t carry over from the previous game) If a game is still tied after overtime is completed, then the game will be reset, and play will continue until someone scores. (NOTE player injuries, penalties won’t carry over from the previous game) Changing goalies: Goalies may be changed before the opening face-off and during play stoppages. You cannot change goalies during a face-off, or when a penalty shot is called. Editing lines: Lineup changes will be allowed at the beginning of the game, when there is an injury to a player, during intermissions and when a timeout is called (by either team). If you would like to make a change at intermission, please notify your opponent that you wish to do, so they can allow you the time before the start of the next period. And try to be quick Don’t pause during game, if you have to pause do it when you have puck in your own zone No banned scoring moves, but you always have to try to score. If you are up you can’t skate around behind your own net to kill time
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    I have amassed way too much Sega Genesis Hardware over the years. And as the price has gone up here is some knowledge if you are thinking about owning sega hardware. Prices have went up quite a bit in the last 10 years. Hard to find a deal on EBAY anymore. Sometimes Craigslist you can get a steal but the resellers normally gobble them up first. Those chain Goodwills know the prices on these as well and sell them online instead in stores. If buying on EBAY "No cables to test sega, as is" means it doesn't work Gamestop has went back into retro sales and their prices are competitive if you want to buy now instead of searching for a deal. Try to stay with OG Consoles, Controllers, adapters etc. Most third party stuff is crap The 3rd party 2-1 Consoles I bought was horse poop. couldn't play all the games and controller pad broke after 1st week. Think the brand started with a "y" Main 3 party offenders https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Classic-Genesis-6-Button-Controller/dp/B01LYRONFT/ref=pd_sbs_63_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=V3CFQXJ70P32EE216VMK These Controllers break within the 1st hour https://www.amazon.com/AC-Adaptor-Nintendo-Super-Genesis/dp/B000F0QJIM/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1489499379&sr=1-1&keywords=3+in+1+power+cord these 3 in 1 adapters won't power up a Sega Genesis 1 even though they are sold that way A Nintendo AC Adapter will power up your Sega Genesis 1 but it runs on different current and will eventually fry your sega Sega 1 Power AC adapters and Sega 2 POWER AC adapters are not interchangeable, same goes for TV hook ups. These TV hookups are great! Much better than the COAX for picture quality https://www.amazon.com/Sega-Genesis-Standard-Cable-Bulk-Packaging/dp/B002FY0CM0/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1489499476&sr=1-1&keywords=sega+genesis+tv+adapter New Flat Screen TV's play the game faster than a CRT. I'll post more as they come to me and others feel free to put tips here as well.
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    www.twitch.tv/trojan1979 is where the action will be streamed.
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    "Given the dates, my guess is that that was a game for Sony since Park Place was out of the EA fold by then and had been signed by Sony for a bunch of titles for the early PlayStation. A disaster, that's another story." From Michael Brooks
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    ^True. I play on old comp without probs... Most of the time...
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    So, about 3 years ago, I had played SNES for the first time. I was aggravated in just how "random" the ability to check seemed to be, whereas in Gens, it seemed MUCH more dependent on the WEIGHT of the players involved in the collision and whether the check was successful. Anyone who remembers playing Gens back in the 90's, remembers JR was in god mode at all times. Now that we've spent much more time in details studying the C check, the B check, the C/B check for Gens, and I've since gone back and played SNES, and in addition, I've since also played in several of Coach Mac's leagues in '92, 93 & 94, I've re-drawn my conclusions. In SNES, MOMENTUM plays a much larger roll for successful check because there IS MORE MOMENTUM built into the game (you see it also in the shooting accuracy & AI of players). In Coach Mac's leagues, he preferred a HIGH HOME advantage, and in these ROMS, MOMENTUM for the HOME team would play a LARGE roll in if checks were successful because HE PUT A LOT OF MOMENTUM INTO THE ROM. In the SNES editor, there is NO option I saw to remove HOME/AWAY advantages (which makes me wonder if someone has a large edge over someone else in the SNES Dynasty league!). SO, when you play SNES, whether in straight Classic or in a custom league, it's always with the Classic heavy advantages built into the game and momentum can be gained easier for the HOME teams and probably why the checking rules seem more "random". In almost all of our GENS DRAFT LEAGUES, we remove the home/away advantage as much as possible, as it's an option in the Gen's editor. So, during a LARGE portion of our games, we are able to check based MUCH MORE on weight as the main factor. And as we add checking back into the equation (either via the C/B, or via Blitz style weight bug fixed), we are adding additional things to watch. This has most of playing and TRYING to watch WHICH checks work and WHICH checks don't. HOWEVER, if you are NOT also observing the MOMENTUM of the game, ALL of your observations will be skewed. For example, if you have a large momentum advantage going, and check with a light player, you might succeed where it would fail in a low momentum situation or even if you were at the disadvantage. All checks have additional factors outside of momentum & weight, like Raph mentioned above (position to the boards, angle, speed, etc). For me, the most basic part is if there is a HEAVY difference in weight, then you can C check from behind and almost NO angle will help you "take the check". So, WHEN LINDROS in a Blitz rom comes a knocking, YOU WILL GO DOWN. Anyhow, while we watch our games and make conclusions, I think it's important to try to keep your eye on the momentum of the game before reaching final conclusions on what you think will or won't work for you.
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    An Article on Jaromir Jagr. http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/18688003/nhl-big-question-early-memories-legendary-jaromir-jagr David Backes, C, Boston Bruins: "I don't know if I've had many face-to-face conversations with him, but [my first memory is] NHL '94 on Super Nintendo as a 10-year-old. I did pretty darn good. The Penguins were dynamite in that game, and if you went across the crease as Jagr on your backhand, you scored every time. He's still doing that."
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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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    My car will be loaded to the gills with Sega Genesis's to bring a little Segathon to Madtown on Friday night. I need to figure out the details with time and running 2 different games but I'll figure it out soon. If you were on the fence about coming to Madison for a Tecmo weekend hope this puts you over.
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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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    I'm down for saving 50% on accommodations! This exactly! Guys who are worried that they can't play their best on a gamepad... WHO CARES! The real reason to go is to have fun and meet all these guys you've known online for a decade as just a screenname. Do it for the memories, not your ranking.
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    Already bought my ticket to Other, USA. Can't wait!!
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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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    This is a good topic and one I have a special interest in, being in danger of being a career B level player. Out of the gate I was quite poor, then a couple months in got to middling B level. That is where I am now. I remember King Raph of all people took time to help me along, even pausing during our exis to point out what I did wrong. It did help, but I just feel it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. If any A guys want to mentor me, I am certainly open to it! There was awhile when I played more than anyone possibly, though nowadays I go long stretches without playing. Would love it if someone saw a huge hole in my game and said "Your problem is manual goalie. Work on that and you will be 50% better."
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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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    Hey Odell! Looks like the most updated version is 09, which is Genesis http://forum.nhl94.com/index.php/topic/9214-nhl-95-genesis-09-roster/ Probably would be a little too much work but if you took NOSE which is the editor for NHL games you could get and paste the post updated players in the 94 version into 95? Is an NHL 95 KUMITE in the future?????