kingraph

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  1. Sega Genesis is still the best version. The extra video graphics and sounds on the Sega CD don't really make the gameplay any better. Unfortunately the game slows down/lags for a split second, usually on a change of possession. Happens a lot and it's awful. Second, it seems to me that EA reduced the effect of speed in this game -- fast guys don't have as big of a burst, breakaway speed. In addition, the CD reader (on the physical console) make some noises when loading a new crowd noise which is annoying. I was pretty disappointed in the CD version, I thought it would be Genesis with cooler sounds, but it's not as smooth!
  2. It's missing, which is a bummer. I guess you need the magazine version for that.
  3. The single greatest article ever written about NHL'94 is now available without a paywall: https://www.si.com/hockey/all-access/the-making-of-nhl-94-an-oral-history?fbclid=IwAR3bruUiCDL4wHTcNW6CkQkkI6j72uXrk1mdHzUhRobAJJTNP3PrJ0SOohI Thank you to Sal J. Barry!
  4. Question #1 In relation to GB, Minnesota is preferred for two main reasons. 1 - direct flights and 2- actual hockey town. Question #2 : TBD, but Minnesota is better (see Q1) Question #3 : Sunday would not be preferable as it would force a day off work. Question #4 : Unless other known SNES top players make it, I personally find it uneventful. Question #5 : Chicago, ease of travel and city highlights. Question #6 : KO94 takes precedence and I could not do two traveling retro gaming events so close to each other.
  5. This is perhaps the most constructive and helpful feedback received! Thanks for taking the time to share, this is good advice and something we need to consider.
  6. If the left handle can be rewired to a dpad, there can be no greater gift.
  7. The only thing I'd suggest is checking out @smozoma's dithering program to convert an image to 16 (or less) usable Genesis colors. That's my main goto for graphics editing: https://forum.nhl94.com/index.php?/topic/14421-tool-genesis-image-ditherer-to-16-colours/ Thanks for the write up!
  8. That particular wireless, 2.4ghz, works well with no noticable lag as confirmed by some players who use them.
  9. Seconding this controller recommendation!
  10. Welcome! 94 & 95 are two completely different games. In the 92-94 series, The skating dynamics and overall gameplay just feels much better. That's pretty much the simplest answer. It's just better gameplay. What really kills 95 is the skating. In many ways, it feels like what you said about deck/street hockey -- way too much running!
  11. Just confirmed with @McMikey that he's in the works to try and get this on YouTube at some point. That's good news, we just have to be patient.
  12. I'm left with @dethroxas @Jammer - KO94IIsnes lost in 7 to @stheds2000 and @angryjay93lost to @Stantonator!
  13. Tough one for me here, but I'm gonna put $1,000 on Jammer +400 $1,000 on dethrox +500 $1,000 on AngryJay93 +600 Total bet $3,000. I'm in the black as long as one of these 3 win.
  14. I'm betting $1,000 on birdman at +300. 36-4 is insane, with a GDif of 3.52. It's a lock!
  15. That is not minor! I misread and will update my post and likely odds. House will still honor all bets made before this information was known!
  16. Summer'20 GENS "A" Vegas Odds 1. AngryJay93 (STL) - 3000 8. PistolPete42 (VAN) +3000 Season Series (1-1) @angryjay93 is one of the all-time great ‘94 players ever. Multiple league titles over multiple years, multiple live event championships in BOTH Sega and SNES. He literally wrote the book on lineup options on teams that everyone references. And he just went 34-6 in the regular season, which just so happens to be the best 40 game record in Classic A Genesis EVER (or at least 12 years). Only two other times did someone go 33-7, and one of those was AngryJay93 (the other one was HABS). And he did it this season with St. Louis, in a league with some good veteran competition. It’s possible that AJ is playing his best ‘94 ever, which is scary for everyone else. Now here’s the intriguing part. @pistolpete42 was one of those 6 wins vs AJ! In his first Classic season, PistolPete managed to make the playoffs in the “A” league, which is a great showing for a newcomer. PistolPete proves that he can play ‘94, and will continue to get better as he plays tougher competition. And Vancouver matches up really well against St. Louis. All that speed and lightweight forwards will keep Hull off his feet, but I suspect AJ will find ways to counter that advantage. While PistolPete can steal a game, it’s just too much to beat AJ in a 7 game series. PREDICTION: STL in 4 2. Kingraph (LA) - 700 7. Zeppelin55 (WPG) + 700 Season Series (4-0 LA) kingraph took the LA Kings to a 31-9 regular season finish, earning him the #2 spot. One of 3 coaches who finished with over 2 on the goal differential, kingraph did it with the fantastic offense that LA has, finishing first in goals for in the league. On the flip side, Hrudey was 7th in goalie save % (of starters) and the Kings were 4th in GA/G. Raph will have to rely on his manual goalie and shot-preventing defense to make this team work for a chance at the cup. Zeppelin55, aka @kylewat, is always a tough competitor and frequently challenges all the top players in the leagues he joins. He favors the WInnipeg Jets, as he can use Phil Housley as an offensive weapon better than most other people. Zeppelin and kingraph met in Classic 2016 that resulted in a 7 game series! kingraph squeaked out a victory needing a 3rd period rally. The evidence is there that this series can go 7 games again and perhaps Winnipeg can pull the upset. PREDICTION: LA in 6 3. Uncle Set (QUE) - 1500 6. Scribe99 (TOR) + 1500 Season Series (3-1 QUE) @Uncle Seth came out of "retirement" to remind people that he’s one of the best players ever to pick up the Genesis controller. He took Quebec to a league leading Goal Differential of 2.56, consisting of a GF/G average of 5.51 and a stifling defense of 2.95 GA/G. Ron Hextall led all goalies with a .712 save %, showing that Seth is one of the best at manual goalie. Seth has always been at the doorstep of the cup. In his 2016 Classic, he had a 3-1 series lead over AJ before losing in 7. In the season before he also lost to AJ in 5 games in the finals. He lost to Plabax twice in the finals in Plablegs 01 and GDL16. I think the time off has given Uncle Seth a renewed hunger to make a deep playoff run and finally pick up one of those elusive titles. @Scribe99 is also continuing his '94 resurgence, coming back to the online scene after being away for a while. A veteran of the game who continues to practice, explore and share information, he took the Toronto Maple Leafs to the 6th seed with an impressive 24-16 record. His GA/G is stellar at 3.06 (3rd in the league), with Potvin posting a.710 save percentage! Clearly defense isn’t a problem for Scribe. On the offensive end, Scribe's GF/G is on the lower end of the league at only 3.34. That’s not going to cut it against Seth’s tight Quebec defense. So unless Scribe can find some more ways to bury the puck, it’s not going to be a pretty picture when they drop the puck in Quebec. PREDICTION: QUE in 5 4. Schmidt (MTL) - 110 5. Corbettkb (DET) - 110 Season Series (2-2 TIE) This 4/5 series has all the makings of an epic battle. Both @JSchmidt and @corbettkb have nearly identical GDif (1.50 and 1.46 respectively), and are reflective of the teams they are using. Corbett has the higher GF/G with Detroit’s explosive forwards, while Schmidt has the better GA/G with Patrick Roy in the pipes. Steve Yzerman led the league in points per game at 3.43, while teammates Dino Ciccarelli finished at 2.50 and Federov at 1.73. Montreal is a little more balanced, as expected, with Muller, Savard and Damphousse at 2.90, 2.45 and 2.41. Having played both of these coaches a lot over the last year, I feel they both have the ability to win the entire cup when they stay focused. And that’s going to be key here - the ability to stay focused in a 7 game series is a mental battle with yourself sometimes. Both of these coaches have a tendency of getting a little too loose too early if they fall behind which can lead to costly mistakes. However, when playing tight, they are as good as anyone. I have this at a coin flip (I make my $10 house cut!) and see this going to a game 7. The only thing I like better is Detroit’s firepower, but at the same time Montreal has the home ice advantage in a potential game 07! YIKES, this looks to be a good one. PREDICTION: DET in 7 (OT) ODDS TO WIN THE CUP (based on projected playoff path) The likely path based on my odds for Zeppelin/Scribe to win the cup would mean to beat kingraph, Uncle Seth, & AngryJay93 in 7 game series'. That would be one of the hardest runs ever! If PistolPete gets past AJ, he’d face Corbettkb, and then likely kingraph/UncleSeth in a finals. No small feat for our lower seeds for sure! AngryJay93 (STL) +350 kingraph (LA) +350 Uncle Seth (QUE) + 500 Corbettkb (DET) + 1250 Schmidt (MTL) +1300 Zeppelin (WPG) + 3000 Scribe (TOR) +3000 PistolPete (VAN) +5000
  17. Nice catch! 11th spot was definitely missing, so I added it back in. Appreciate the feedback!
  18. Place your bets...my 1st round predictions and Vegas odds to win the cup! SNES A East is one of the most stacked leagues ever assembled, but as I pierce through the top 3 seeds really stand out from the group. Remember, bet with your head, not over it. If you have a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER. Summer'20 SNES A East Vegas Odds 1. The Professor (DET) - 1500 8. McMarkis (PHI) +1500 Season Series (2-0 DET) @TheProfessor comes in as a veteran of live King of 94 events, but this is his first online Classic league and he finishes 1st in the regular season standings with a 30-9-1 record! With that Detroit firepower, he put up 6.42 goals per game, while only giving up 4.02, a differential of 2.4! Anything over 2.0 is a super strong power ranking, and The Professor is one of 3 in this league to achieve this GDif. Well deserving of the top spot in a stacked league! One the other end of this matchup is @McMarkis with the Philadelphia Flyers. McMarkis edged into the final playoff spot with the head-to-head tiebreaker of kingraph's Kings (yikes). A veteran of the online scene, McMarkis is definitely a skilled SNES player who can compete with the best of them. However, the Flyers are ranked as the 16th best team and can be tough to use. Especially compared with the blistering offense of Detroit, and an elite coach in TheProfessor, this will be a very tough challenge for McMarkis to overcome. PREDICTION: DET in 5 2. Annatar (NYR) -1700 7. Chongo (PIT) +1700 Season Series (5-0 NYR) @annatar has won multiple Classic leagues with a lot of 2nd place finishes as well. Probably the most decorated online SNES player, he takes the New York Rangers to the 2nd seed with a powerful 29-10-1 record. Just like The Professor, Annatar has a 2.03 goal differential, with tighter defense at only 3.62 goals per game. He actually swept the regular season series, outscoring Chongo 27-13 in those games. @Chongo is another newcomer to the SNES world....sort of. He's the brother (I think?) of the two time KO94 champion Kingof94! That's about as good of a sparring partner you can get. Plus he has the best team in Pittsburgh on his side. However, given the regular season results and facing one of the best out there, I don't see Chongo moving past the first round. PREDICTION: NYR in 5 3. kingof94 (CHI) - 900 6. dangler (BOS) + 900 Season Series (2-0 CHI, 1 OT) kingof94 is arguably the best SNES player...ever. He is the only 2 time SNES KO94 champion, and most recent SoChel tournament champion against some heavy competition. His finishes this season with the highest GF/G at 6.73 and the lowest GA/G at 3.52...for a GDif of 3.21. Like I mentioned anything over 2 on the GDif has historically been dominant, and to be over 3 is rare. And this is the 3 seed? WTF. kingof94 really rounds out the "big 3" this season in terms of how they performed in the regular season in a competitive league. The Professor really got the best of him in the regular season to earn the #1 spot in their conference, but nobody should be betting against this guy. Getting kingof94 as the 3 seed is a tough draw for @dangler , who finishes in the #6 spot. Dangler is no slouch when it comes to SNES, don't let my odds fool you. And he has Boston, arguably the #2 team behind Pittsburgh. He's been around longer than anyone else in the online scene, so he knows what it takes to grind out and mentally focus in a 7 game series. kingof94 isn't unbeatable (even I won 2 games vs him...humble brag) but you're going to have to play flawless in order to take 4 out of 7 against that dude. I think Dangler will make a series of it, but ultimately he's facing someone who has proven in the recent years to be the best player out there. PREDICTION: CHI in 6 4. JotaC007 (MTL) + 200 5. BobKudelski (BUF) -200 Season Series (3-1 MTL, 2 OT) Despite the regular season going to @JotaC007, two of those games were in OT, with one having Montreal score in the final 5 seconds to tie it! So that's about as even as you can get! Jota has playing great 94 and is well-deserving of the #4 seed this season. However, his opponent @Bob Kudelski has consistently shown that he is a force to be reckoned with. Only 1 goal scored separates these two guys in the regular season as Bob's Sabres put up 200 goals vs Jota's Canadiens' 199. However, Bob K had a tougher defense, finishing 4th in goals against behind the "big 3" mentioned earlier. So while Jota has the higher seed, I still put Bob K as the slight favorite in this series. It will be a close one, but I have the Sabres edging out the Canadiens in a 7 game brawl! I already purchased my ticket to watch this series. PREDICTION: BUF in 7 ODDS TO WIN THE CUP (based on projected playoff path) If my predictions for the first round come true, we will see a matchup of kingof94 vs Annatar and The Professor vs Bob K in the semis. I can see all 4 of those winning the cup, what a decorated group! And if I'm wrong and we have an upset, the projected path does not get any easier for the lower seeds! kingof94 (CHI) +350 TheProfessor (DET) + 400 annatar (NYR) +450 BobKudelski (BUF) +800 JotaC007 (MTL) +1800 dangler (BOS) +2000 McMarkis (PHI) + 4000 Chongo (PIT) + 4500
  19. Win your last few and change the seeds! Otherwise we are not going to customize the rules to choose playoff opponents.
  20. I am likely a few weeks away from being able to dive into any of this, but it's very exciting. Question, if you pick one of the all star teams (27-28) or if using the expanded in the 34 team ROM for the season schedule, does it work? Or is it limited to using the first 26 teams in the ROM? Assuming you also swapped one of the teams in the league for 27+.
  21. Division winners are top 2 seeds, then next best 6 are seeded by win %. Right now you're #1 based on the fact you got all 40 GP. This will likely not hold as people play more games this week.
  22. Here are the classic playoff scenarios. This is a straight math calculation to give everyone a sense of how things are shaping out. NOTE -- admins may have the right to not penalize DNP depending on each situation. In the case of ties, the admins will have to look at head to head manually at the end of season. For now, GDif is the tiebreaker.