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    Defending Those Cheesy Crease Cuts

    Everyone is familiar with those crease cuts. Your opponent cuts across your crease, and your idiot goalie stacks his pads, leaving a yawning cage for an easy lay up. Sometimes you actually take control of your goalie in time, and yet (in what I consider a glitch) he flops right down all the same, even though you did not activate him stacking the pads. (If I took control, I want to have full control, dammit!) What is the best way to prevent these crease cuts, and swoops with similar effect? (That result in stacked pads, yawning cage.) Is it more about preventing them with your D-men? Or early, proactive goalie control? (Sometimes I do the early manual, but feel I am still prone because my manual is not expert level.) Maybe there is some technique I am not thinking of? Share your knowledge! Any tips and suggestions are appreciated. Atomic and Zep seem especially good at making my goalie flop like a moron, and it is frustrating the hell out of me. (I don't exi vs Zep much, but know he is an expert at inducing the Flop, especially with #99 whom he loves. I exi Atomic all the time, and he gets one of these cheese goals every couple games, whereas I get them on him rarely. I give him credit -- a goal is a goal! -- but seek some tips on preventing them. If I haven't figured it out in 25 or so years, I need help. So help!!) Thanks! NOTE: I am talking about standard crease cuts as well as swoops near the net, both of which result in stacking the pads and easy goals. How best to defend these?
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    Et Tu Brute Deuce IS OVER!

    Yeah, thanks, and congrats!, Brutus! Season was excellent. I enjoy the WBF leagues more, and I think you had the right idea with a weighted draft. (I know it is more work.) Also, the short penalties are the way to go. (I am playing Classic now, and a 2:00 PIM with 5:00 periods seems insane.) Overall, very enjoyable, and your Commish effort is appreciated.
  3. I got it. Was suspicious and did not open the attachment. Atomic also received it. Did not open. Here is a clue: It was sent as a reply to an email I had sent admin@nhl94.com. It was a reply from my personal email account, which is not associated with the forum or nhl94online.com. (Those use another email account I have.) So, if I had never personally reached out to admin@nhl94.com, I do not think I would be getting the email. (I checked, and I did not receive the email at my nhl94online.com email account.)
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    Fall 2018 Classic League Start

    I am sure the Commish will weigh in, but I think it is a minority that flat out won't use Retroarch. (And for them, they are probably having a tech problem with RA, just like you are for GENs, so it is not like they are just being grumpy.) I think > 80% of people can use either (but that is just a guess), which includes myself.
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    Coach Profiles

    I asked several well known coaches 10 questions, with the idea of getting to know them better. Here are their answers, in their own words, in alphabetical order. (Any that come later will be in order of posting.) Now that several have come in, there are some interesting patterns. Some things that keep coming up: The game is easy to learn, hard to master (or some variation). Also, people loving the era (something special about the NHL in early to mid 1990s). Average age is around 40, and it is not uncommon for someone to join the forum early on, but then be on hiatus many years before jumping into online play much later, for whatever reason. In some instances, for a particular Coach, I ask a couple custom questions. (I mean, how could I interview Icestorm without picking his brain about Pass Shots?) Hope you enjoy what has been shared, and you can return the favor by doing the interview as well. You never know, it could be some community members share the same city, and neither of them are aware yet? Or maybe some of us share the same job, or have other similar interests? Let's get to know one another.
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    Coach Profiles

    Open your eyes, matey! The J&J profile was from only a few days ago. Jump in, and tell us your story.
  7. "Tips and Troubleshooting" Cheat Sheet These are some issues and some fixes for RetroArch. The fixes and more details are in the messages below. No Audio Issue fixed Win10 Jumpy Video fixed SNES "Multitap" Netplay Issue fixed Mac Fullscreen/Hotkey Issues workaround "Slow Motion" Video fixed Please share your short tips and tweaks in the thread below! We want to cover as many situations as possible, and build this Cheat Sheet.
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Ok. I will point this out to Buc. Once he sees it I will delete this erroneous tip. (Since we only want real hints here, not red herrings. Unless of course he tries other stuff and says this is what works for him, still.)
  9. Atomic and I experience quick Desyncs when we try to play together. Either from start of game, or near start (within seconds). Both run Windows. Both have Port Forwarding (so Relay Off). Not sure how to troubleshoot it? (I will google, but thought someone might have insight?) Played GENs without issue after.
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    RetroArch Issue: Fast Desync

    I did just host MikeG, and had a great connection. (My best ever with RA.) So I think Atomic has something screwy happening. We will keep looking into it.
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Issue 5: Slo-Mo Video (from Buc on Discord) MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > DRIVER and turn on "Threaded Video". With Threaded Video set to Off, Buc said "it looked like it was going into slow motion half the game even when I was just playing the computer." Buc uses Win10.
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Issue 4: On Mac in Fullscreen Mode, Hot Keys Not Responsive On Windows, you can use the "F" hotkey to toggle in and out of fullscreen. Does not appear to work for everyone on a Mac. However, to scale your window you can use: MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > VIDEO and use the "Windowed Scale" settings to change the size of the screen.
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Issue 3: SNES "Multitap" Message During Netplay In Netplay, after connecting, you get an in-game screen message "Multitap 5 needs to be connected to Player # 2" - For some reason, RetroArch thinks there's a multi-tap connected to Player 1. To fix go to: QUICK MENU > CONTROLS and change the Player 1 to "SNES Joypad". One or both players may need to do this. Return to the game and it should work fine.
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Issue 2: Jumpy Video in Win10 (from Chaos and Viz on Discord) MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > DRIVER Change the "Video Driver" from "gl" to "d3d11". Also go to: MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > VIDEO and turn on "Hard GPU Sync". This should get rid of the choppiness. Windows 10 screwed up their GL video driver with a recent update Most noticable thing is when you go into MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > VIDEO, look at your "Estimated Screen Framerate". It should closely match the refresh rate of your monitor (most likely ~60Hz, unless you have a fancy monitor). To check your monitor refresh rate (don't change it) - https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-monitor-refresh-rate-windows-10
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Issue 1: No Audio while ROM is playing If you are playing a ROM and can't hear anything, try this: MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > DRIVER Change the "Audio Driver" to "dsound", restart RetroArch, and try it again. This fixes the issue for most.
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    RetroArch Feedback (Long form)

    This is not going to be helpful at all, but I couldn't help but think of quantum theory and parallel universes... could it be that somehow different realities were overlapping and interfering with one another? Like, maybe RA conjures up some sort of intersecting wormholes? (It is beta, after all.) (Sorry, please disregard this message. Couldn't help myself.)
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    Coach Profiles

    jackandjose - GENS Name, age, occupation, location Judd, 47, small business owner(lawn and landscape), Fort Collins, Colorado What hobbies or other interests do you have? Climbing the mountains of Colorado is my passion. I also play hockey(ice and inline), table tennis and racquetball. When did you get introduced to the game NHL'94? How did it happen? Started playing 93 in college and then of course 94. I don't remember how I was introduced, but I played hockey and owned a Sega so I think it was inevitable. Never really played that much though. Loved it, but just didn't have the time in college. When did you get introduced to nhl94.com and the online community? Were you playing between these two dates? (That is, between first becoming aware of game, and first becoming aware of nhl94.com.) I joined the community in January 2013. My job gives me a 4 month winter vacation, and that winter I got heavily involved in online RBI leagues. While playing someone in RBI I learned about the 94 site and joined almost immediately. I had not played 94 since 95 came out. I switched each year to the new updated game through 98, and stopped playing entirely around 2000 when I got married. What are a couple things that you love about the game? I love everything about the game. It's so simple, yet so complex and is easily the most complete game ever made. I can't stand playing any new hockey games. Are you a gamer in general? What other games do you play? I am not a gamer in general and mostly only play 94 and RBI. Occasionally I'll play other classic NES games too. Do you follow hockey in real life? Any other sports? I only follow hockey casually and when I do it's only the Avalanche. MacKinnon is probably the only player I know for the Avs. When they first came to Colorado I bought season tickets and followed them religiously for 10 years or so. That was an exciting time with so many great playoff runs and legends like Sakic, Forsberg, Roy and Bourque. I just don't have the time anymore to follow. In high school and college I was a huge capitals fan so was very excited to see them win the cup this year after so many years of frustration. If you have been to a live tourney, what was it like meeting the real people behind the screen names? Any big surprises? I went to the Vegas tournament and had a good time. It was cool to meet everyone and put faces with screen names. I was with my wife so missed out on some of the experience I think. What is behind your screen name? (Origin story, if there is one.) The name jackandjose was taken from a song by my favorite band(Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, formerly The Refreshments). The song is actually called Jack vs Jose. My wife and I have seen them about 175 times. Favorite NHL94 player in game (and why)? Peter Bondra because he was my favorite player as a kid and I love his speed.
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    The Official "I'm New"/Introduction Thread

    Hi and welcome! Here is help getting online: Test Games and Getting Connected! And here is a Guide for New Members I wrote that covers a ton of stuff.
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    RetroArch Feedback (Long form)

    On my setup it is a toggle: "F" goes fullscreen, "F" exits fullscreen.
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    RetroArch Feedback (Long form)

    Here is more feedback. Got it going again after many months, with latest install files. Installation was pretty easy. But could not Relay Server Netplay connect with GoCanes21 at all. He could do so to me, but we had a desync. So I had him direct connect to me (I do port forwarding), and it felt better, and we got one solid exi in. During the exi, it feels waaay smoother. Yet, I feel it is less responsive. Even though it looks better, my button clicks felt slightly "off". We did not tweak any settings, so maybe this could be improved. Anyway, that is my latest experience. EDIT: i just read my report from months ago above in this same thread, and see I am saying the same thing. (Scary thing is, I do not remember saying it before! Bottom line, now and as well back then, the play does not feel responsive to me, and my timing is off.)
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    Coach Profiles

    Icestorm - GENS 1. Name, age, occupation, location? Mark M., 48, Financial Operations Manager 2. What hobbies or other interests do you have? Camping, nhl94, hiking, traveling 3. When did you get introduced to the game NHL'94? How did it happen? College early 90's played the entire EA series 4. When did you get introduced to nhl94.com and the online community? Were you playing between these two dates? (That is, between first becoming aware of game, and first becoming aware of nhl94.com.) June 2007. Local radio station WGR550 in Buffalo one day played the NHL94 theme song. I googled it and found the community! Only playing between college and 2007 was playing cpu with each New Years Cart stopped at 2000. 5. What are a couple things that you love about the game? Simple controls, players I grew up following. 6. Are you a gamer in general? What other games do you play? Nope. 7. Do you follow hockey in real life? Any other sports? Yes, Buffalo Sabres. Football/Lacrosse as well. 8. If you have been to a live tourney, what was it like meeting the real people behind the screen names? Any big surprises? Toronto KO94. It was surreal. I remember I was in my hotel taking a dump and Brutus was texting me about meeting in room across hall. There was Brutus, AJ, KG and forget who else. Playing first few games was VERY weird but after 10-15 minutes it was like we'd been buds for years. fantastic experience. Can't wait to do more. 9. What is behind your screen name? (Origin story, if there is one.) We had an icestorm in Rochester in 1991. I named my sporting news fantasy hockey team in 1995 - the Rochester Ice Storm. Whenio joined the community I initially took sn Keuka94 (my college and grad year) but then changed it to IceStorm and my year of birth. 10. Favorite NHL94 player in game (and why)? Benny Hogue, just a smart, fast nice shooting F. had a bunch of success with them. My fave team in rom is the Isles, Hogue is big part of that. Bonus 11. Did you do many (or any?) pass shots when you played previously? (Before you started playing online?) No, I only picked up pass shots after about 4-5 years in the community. Hated them previously thought they were cheesy until I learned them. Bonus 12. What is the hardest pass shot to pull off? Hardest for me is the straight on one to pick the corner going straight down or up though I’m getting the hang of it.
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    Coach Profiles

    Bob Kudelski - SNES 1. Name, age, occupation, location? Adam G, 38, Ottawa Agriculture regulatory specialist with Canadian government. 2. What hobbies or other interests do you have? Movies. I rate every movie I ever watch from 1-10. Some of my favourites are Total Recall, Major League, Drive, Army of Darkness, American Psycho, Casino Royale, The Departed, Kids, Brigsby Bear, Pineapple Express, Out of the Furnace, There Will be Blood, Pan’s Labyrinth. Also, TV, podcasts, live comedy, board games, pizza, sour beers, all things Star Wars, hockey, softball, x-country ski, hiking, running. 3. When did you get introduced to the game NHL'94? How did it happen? I remember my brother and our neighbour came in with it one Fall day in 1993. I remember thinking “‘but we already have this game from last year, NHLPA ‘93.. are they planning to release a new version every year? That’s kind of crazy.” We played a few games and the one-timer was pretty hard to master, but was amazing once you got it to work. I actually remember getting NHLPA ‘93 much more clearly. I got it for christmas in 1992 and I know exactly where I was when I unwrapped it. I was big into collecting hockey cards at the time, so to see a box that featured profile pictures of real NHL players on it was pretty cool. I remember playing that game a lot that day. To this day, I still get that christmas feeling when I play it. 4. When did you get introduced to nhl94.com and the online community? Were you playing between these two dates? (That is, between first becoming aware of game, and first becoming aware of nhl94.com.) I think I found the website and forums in 2008 based on some web searches. I was probably just trying to find if there were others that still loved the game. Needless to say, I was very happy to hear there was a way to play online!! From 93 to 2008, I played sporadically, mostly by myself, against the computer. Throughout high school (94-99) I had a good friend that used to play, but he preferred NHL 95 because he said it was faster. We used to play on weekends where you had to do a shot of rye if you got scored on. It was a quick way to get primed for a night on the town. I had a lot fo the NHL titles over the years, but I kept going back to NHL 94. I couldn’t shake it. I used to do full best of 7 playoffs and record the player stats with pen and paper. I think Joe Sakic had a 100 point post season and would have easily won the Conn Smythe. 5. What are a couple things that you love about the game? The gameplay is so good. The physics feel very real, in a surreal way. Even though it looks so simple, it feels more like skating and real hockey, than any other hockey game I’ve played. The other thing I love is just the era of the game. It’s based on 92/93 which might be the greatest NHL season ever. The Sens enter the league, the Habs win he Cup, multiple hall of famers scoring 100+ points. The timing of the game also hit that sweet spot of videogame generations in terms of style, graphics and gameplay. It's not too simple (like Pong), but it's not too complicated (like NHL 19). Love this game. 6. Are you a gamer in general? What other games do you play? I’m a retro gamer, but not a modern gamer. My dad brought an NES home to me and my brother back in ‘86, before any of my friends had even heard of it. I loved the NES, followed by the SNES and N64, but I never had an XBox or Playstation. I got really into some first person shooter PC games in the early to mid-2000’s, like Unreal Tournament and Call of Duty, but those games just sucked up hours and hours of my day which isn’t something I can afford to do anymore. More recently, I tried out the trendy games like Pokemon Go and Fortnite on the iPhone to see what all the fuss was about, but that was short lived. In recent years, the only time I really play videogames is during NHL ‘94 tournament or league play, or at the local barcade which has all the classic 80’s and 90’s arcade games. 7. Do you follow hockey in real life? Any other sports? I follow the NHL very closely. I’m in multiple fantasy hockey leagues and pools. I used to have half-season tickets for the Senators, but I don’t really watch NHL games anymore, just the highlights. I only casually follow basketball and baseball - I’m still a big fan of the Ottawa Lynx. They were the Expos AAA farm team and won the international championship in 1995. I have multiple Lynx hats and a Lynx jacket which is my prized pos session. 8. If you have been to a live tourney, what was it like meeting the real people behind the screen names? Any big surprises? It was great to meet guys in person. I don’t think there were any surprises. I felt like I already knew a lot of the guys. 9. What is behind your screen name? (Origin story, if there is one.) I’m a big fan of the Ottawa Senators. I thought Bob Kudelski was an unsung hero of the early Ottawa Senators and I didn’t want people to forget about him. He was a great goal scorer and gave us something to cheer about in the early days. In only 90 games with Ottawa, he scored 47 goals. I met him a few years ago at a Sens home opener and I told him the team could really use his scoring ability right now. He really liked that comment. 10. Favorite NHL94 player in game (and why)? Can I have two? The first is Cam Neely. The combination of size, skating and puck skills make Neely perhaps the most complete forward in the game. While his offensive ratings are not as outstanding as some other top forwards, it’s the size and aggressiveness that put Neely over the top. I was recently looking back at his career stats and realized what a great goal scorer he was. From 89/90 to 93/94, he scored 176 GOALS in just 216 games. That’s insane. No wonder he’s such a beast in this game. The second is Slava Fetisov, who I think is the most underrated player in the game, in terms of being talked about and recognized within the community. He’s a huge player, with very good agility, stickhandling and passing. One of the best defenseman for shutting down the opposition with crushing hits and strong outlet passes. Honourable mentions go to Mario Lemieux, Alexander Mogilny and Steve Yzerman. Lemieux and Mogilny might be the best in the game, skill-wise. Yzerman is a personal favourite because I play hockey in the Steve Yzerman arena, and those old Red Wings teams were just awesome.
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    Coach Profiles

    Heh! If we get a bunch more, I'll do one. It is funny, I joined the forum in 2005 (or 2006?) but I wasn't part of the community until Kof94 I in Toronto. That is when I jumped in and played online. So really I still sort of feel like a new guy around here.
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    Coach Profiles

    This one just came in and is hot off the presses! Chaos - GENS 1. Name, age, occupation, location? John G, 37, Field Service Engineer (Electron Microscopes), New Jersey 2. What hobbies or other interests do you have? Video games, console mods, tinkering with electronics, football, hockey. I play G on a roller hockey team. I have a ton of old video game consoles in my garage. 3. When did you get introduced to the game NHL'94? How did it happen? When it was released, I was in 6th grade. I didn't start playing it until around 8th grade and on. My friends and I used to go out and play roller hockey in the cul-de-sac at the end of our street all the time. Then we'd go inside and play 94. Depending on who's house we went to, we'd either play it on SNES or Genesis. 4. When did you get introduced to nhl94.com and the online community? Were you playing between these two dates? (That is, between first becoming aware of game, and first becoming aware of nhl94.com.) This is a good question. I don't even remember how I stumbled upon it. I think I was just looking stuff up about the game (maybe looking for the ROM). It was in mid 2007. I joined the Fall 2007 SNES classic league (and went 20-20 with Calgary ). I remember Halifax playing a test game with me. I had stopped playing the game religiously around 2000. Played it occasionally between 2000 and 2007. 5. What are a couple things that you love about the game? Well, since I play both, they are both special in their own way. The SNES version just feels like an arcade version of the game. If you were to go to an arcade, and they had 94 there, SNES would be the game. It's very random, weight doesn't matter as much like in the Genesis version, and I feel it is the easiest to learn and play (though both games are, SNES is easier to learn to me). The ratings are accurate, so you don't usually need to go deep in to a roster to pick a good lineup. Goalie Control sucks, I always refer to it as playing Arkanoid or just moving a brick around. Genesis on the other hand has more of a technical aspect to it. Because of that, there is more of a thought process in choosing the right team, the right players, and the right matchup. This makes it fun in it's own way. It's still easy to pick up and play, but if you want to get good, you have to know a lot more about the workings of the game (Weight bug, etc). There's also many more ways to score than in SNES. A lot less shots hitting the posts too. 6. Are you a gamer in general? What other games do you play? Yes, not as much as I used to be the past few years. I like RPGs mainly, real-time strategy games. I stick mostly to retro consoles. 7. Do you follow hockey in real life? Any other sports? Yes. I am a big Calgary Flames fan. Started following them in the 90s because of NHL94. They were my favorite team to play as. I also love football (Miami Dolphins). 8. If you have been to a live tourney, what was it like meeting the real people behind the screen names? Any big surprises? It was really cool. I felt like we were all friends already. A lot of a person's personality is displayed by how they act/post on the forums, so when you meet them in person, you already know who they are. It was just like meeting up with old friends. 9. What is behind your screen name? (Origin story, if there is one.) Yeah. I think at the time when I joined I was playing Xenosaga, and there's a character names chaos who is pretty badass. Lame story. 10. Favorite NHL94 player in game (and why)? I think anyone who knows me knows the answer to this. Mats Sundin. Hands down most underrated player in the game. His clutchness for me ranks at a 99. There are times I try not to draft him and he still falls into my lap. Bonus 11. Are you only guy who maintains nhl94online.com? Yeah I'm the only guy, since 2009. Bonus 12. Who actually designed that site, and when did it happen? So, long story. I believe it was Evan (site creator) and his friend Jacob, back in 2005 (Evan would have more info about this). Jacob ran the 94online site and updated the database, website, etc. The problem with the old setup was it was only set up for Classic, and changes had to be made manually between seasons. So 2008 rolled around, and Evan had asked on the boards if anyone would be willing to make the site more dynamic so that it could host multiple leagues. I had some self-taught experience in PHP and MySQL (which was what the database and website was coded with) so I offered my help. When I started, I knew zero about HTML, CSS, and JS (there is actually very little JS used on the site). Had to learn it on the fly, mostly using the internet and some books as resources. I built the database from scratch, then I ended up having to rewrite almost all the PHP and webpage code for the site. So starting in 2009, the site was capable of hosting multiple leagues at once, and any type of league (not just Classic). In the beginning, from 2005 (I'm guessing) - 2013, game logging was done by the home team entering the final score, and the away team confirming it (this was deemed the fair way to upload). So the only game data we had were final scores, GF, GA, etc from that data. In 2013, I added save state functionality, and the site is how it is today, with some minor tweaks along the way. Unfortunately, all the code now is old! It needs to be re-written (especially the webpages which are showing their age). I'm working on this slowly but surely. The site will have a new design.
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    Coach Profiles

    I am looking for more Coach profiles! The better we know one another, the stronger the community. Please PM me yours, or just post your answers right here in this thread.