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  1. Hold on, Plabs in on to something here. Jesus. Yes! We should pay professionals to do all of the NHL94 community building!! The website, the live events, run the leagues, marketing, etc. etc. Stuff would be more polished and get done much faster if pros were doing everything, no? And then us hobbyists would have more time to just have fun! Great idea, Plabax. (Why didn't we think of this sooner?) :/
  2. Very cool! Any chance of getting that video on Youtube to make it easier to watch for everyone? Then we might get 100k participants!!!!
  3. I have not been around much lately. I moved from a big city (population in the millions) to a small town (population 20k), and my internet is pretty spotty now. I wouldn't want to subject anyone to the inevitable lag. But.... The two buds I put above all others, at least for the 5 years or so I have been active, are: 1. chaos 2. halifax That said, it is great to see so many names mentioned that I am not familiar with! The community is still going strong, thanks to so many!
  4. And another one: "Touch sensitive" passing. As in, a light touch means really soft pass, a long press means bullet. (Or maybe the opposite?) Maybe a reaaally long press is a saucer pass? This idea is inspired by the own goals caused when a goalie rifles a pass off the heels of a D-man, and into their own net. It is stupid how there is a one-size-fits-all pass. No goalie in their right mind would do a hard, fast pass to a D-man 3 feet in front of them.
  5. Another enhancement: Deflected shots. It would be cool if guys with high agility/stickhandling could deflect the puck (pressing "b"?) if someone rifles the puck near them when they are in front of the net.
  6. Thanks for doing this! Very interesting...
  7. That is one interpretation. But there are many ways to interpret. Speaking for myself, I don't like $$ sullying my participation. It takes the "fun" out of it. Prefer to play with other people doing it casually, for enjoyment, that aren't going to take it too seriously. (Relatedly, I always wished the in-person King of 94s would have a nominal entry fee, to cover venue expenses alone. Especially after forking over $$ for travel/hotels.)
  8. From Kingraph's strategy site: "Aggressiveness is a leftover attribute from ’93. Determines how likely a player is to fight. Unsure if this does anything in ’94." I dunno if it is true, but sounds good enough for me.
  9. Thanks! I may add the Muller-Linden Doppelganger to the list. I added Muller-Linden Doppelganger to the list. Yeah, I don't count roughness and aggressiveness, because I do not think they come into play. But! I believe checking is legit. (If memory serves, it is how often a CPU controlled player checks. I have seen people mention that Bourque -- the only 6 Checker in the game -- can sometimes be seen going hog wild crushing opponents with CPU hate-rage!)
  10. Heh, thanks for that. The "clean sweep" you describe is the fabled "Golden Unicorn". Is it real or myth? One of the great mysteries of the last 100 years.
  11. Ahhh! Thank you for the insights! Yes, I feel like many of the Russian and Eastern European players may have changed the spelling of their own names, sometimes even after the ROM came out. Makes things tricky. All the same, finding errors in this ROM is an important task, and the work must continue. (I am considering a Patreon account, or possibly a GoFundMe campaign. Maybe both.)
  12. I just found the reverse of the short names: The ROM made a mistake and *added* a letter!! (This is worth $10k, if people find another example, btw.) Real Name: Dmitri Yushkevich ROM name: Dimitri Yushkevich Edit: Found another. And it's a doozy. Grigori Panteleev is misspelled in first AND last names!! (That's a cool $20k I just made myself.) I have no idea why finding these name errors is fun, but I think it might somehow tie in to the Easter Egg hunt my wife and I are planning for our kid tomorrow... I just suggested to the wife we nix the easter egg hunt, and instead have the kid pore over the NHL94 rosters for errors! (The wife no longer talking to me at this moment. Fack. )
  13. Added it. Thx, Chaos! Found Alexnder Semak, too. There is a $1000 bounty on first names, people! And $500 for last (less rare).
  14. Nice! I can't believe I missed Muller! For Nedved, I think I will put him in a category with Michel Goulet "Mismatched Shots". Goulet has almost the opposite of Nedved: 2 SP and 5 SA. There must be other weird shooters out there? Edit: Oops. Not opposite. Same dang thing! I will add your items to the first post later. Edit: Done.
  15. Yes! If he veers left or right when approaching top speed dude blows a tire and collapses in a heap!
  16. - Prelude - Here are some interesting stats plucked from the Genesis ROM. Feel free to add your own below. As they come in, I will add to this post and credit you. Contributors so far: Smoz, Chaos, and Kingraph. NOTE 1: In case you have not reached Grand Wizard Nerd Status (GWNS) yet, the attributes are from 0-6, not 0-99 as they appear in the game. For an explanation of the logic behind this, and your first step towards full on GWNS, see Kingraph's writeup here: http://nhl94strategy.com/?page_id=26 NOTE 2: Atomic Raven created a nifty tool to compare player stats. Very handy for drafting squads. See: https://nhl94rocks.com/comparePlayer.php - ROM Stats & Oddities - 0 Stickhandling ("Mr. Goose-egg") Only one person has this lowly designation. Defensemen Greg Smyth of Calgary is record holder for lowest Stickhandling in the entire ROM. Congrats, Greg. (I have never heard of the dude, to be honest.) The poor guy is rated the lowest in the game at 30 overall. He has zeroes in many attributes, actually: Name Team Weight Chk ShP ShA Spd Agl Stk Pass OffA DefA Greg Smyth CGY 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 Rumor has it Greg Smyth never saw the ice at all, and was only on the squad to begin with because of Flame's Coach Dave King losing a bar room bet to Pat Quinn over some obscure and long forgotten topic. 6 Shot Power Many know this: Only one forward has 6 shot power. Of course, it is Brett Hull of The Saints of Louis town. A few defenseman have mega shots, but only one forward. 5 Shot Power This is a rare stat, for forwards and defensemen. In total: 9 forwards have SP of 5 or better, and 10 defensemen have SP of 5 or better. There are some quirks associated with it, too. There are three forwards sporting a 5/5 shot power/shot accuracy (JR is one, naturally), five with 5/3, yet none with 5/6 or even 5/4. Strange, no? The infuriating Mike Modano gets a special mention, with his 5 shot power blast paired with a lowly 2 accuracy: this 5/2 is unique among forwards. Seeing Eye Shooters It is common to have a hard shot that is not accurate, especially for defensemen. A couple forwards have the reverse: soft shots, that are still insanely accurate. Michel Goulet (CHI) and Petr Nedved (VAN) have 2/5 and 2/6 Shot Power/Shot Accuracies respectively. For me it conjures up the Bugs Bunny "slow ball". I imagine goalies whiffing multiple times at a soft lob of Nedved's that inevitably, and super frustratingly, finds the twine. See: Bugs Bunny Slow Ball 6 Checking Only one person has the top spot of 6 checking: Ray Bourque (BOS). He is also the only D-man that has a real blast that is still accurate: 5/5 shot power/shot accuracy. Bottom line: the dude is special! Fun Fact: Ray Bourque was a stunt double for actor, Dan Lauria, the dad from the hit TV Show "The Wonder Years" which ran from 1988-1993. 3 Weight Only two (non-goalie) flyweights in the game at 3 weight: Theo Fleury (CGY) and Andrei Kovalenko (QUE). Zero defensemen are this light. For goalies, there are some dudes even lighter, but only Daniel Berthiaume (OTW) comes in at an almost gravity defying 1! Same Stat Across board Besides weight, Kirk Muller (MLT), Stephen Heinze (BOS), and Randy McKay (NJ) are all 4s, 3s, and 2s, across the board, stats-wise. Name Team Weight Chk ShP ShA Spd Agl Stk Pass OffA DefA Kirk Muller MTL 9 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 Stephen Heinze BOS 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Randy McKay NJ 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Area 51 Only one speedster is cursed with 1 agility: Randy Wood (BUF) has 5 speed and 1 agility. If he makes a slight turn at top speed this hotrod collapses to the ice like a was hit by a sniper. Club 66: The Dirk Danglers There are three Dangle Wizards, with 6 agility and 6 stickhandling: Gretz (LA), Paul Coffee (DET), Phil Housley (WPG). On reflection it seems odd that 2 of the 3 are D-men? Club 66: The Anti-Randy Woodster There is only one dude with a 6 speed and 6 agility in the whole ROM: Alexander Mogilny (BUF)! Rumour has it, even though he played on the same team as Randy Wood, there was a direct order to never share the ice at the same time. If the two came into physical contact with one another there would be an explosion equivalent to 100 Hiroshima bombs! (I checked on youtube, and even on the bench the two can always be seen at opposite ends, like bookends.) Short Names & Accidental Misspellings A few dudes have names too long for the system, and got shortened. Looks like there was a 10 character max for last names. (Not sure about first name limit, as there aren't many to compare.) At least a couple dudes have a name accidentally mispelled. Shorty List * Vladimir Konstantinov (DET) - Konstantov Glen Featherstone (BOS) - Feathrston John Vanbiesbrouck (NYR) - Vanbiesbrk Mark Fitzpatrick (FLA) - Fitzpatrik Frank Pietrangelo (HFD) - Pietrngelo Rene Chapdelaine (LA) - Chapdlaine Scott Niedermayer (NJ) - Niedrmayer Alexander Semak (NJ) - Alexandr Peter Sidorkiewicz (OTW) - Sidorkwicz Peter Taglianetti (PIT) - Taglianeti Mike Krushelnyski (TOR) - Krushelski Nikolai Borschevsky (TOR) - Borshevsky Ken Baumgartner (TOR) - Baumgartnr Steve Konowalchuk (WSH) - Konowlchuk Alexander Mogilny (BUF) - Alexnder Misspelled List Dmitri Yushkevich (PHI) - Dimitri Yushkevich (the ROM added an "i" to first name) Grigori Panteleev (BOS) - Gregori Pantaleyev (Wrong first and last names) ** * This list was originally based on Kingraph's thread here: https://forum.nhl94.com/index.php?/topic/17201-nhl94-twitter-accounts/&tab=comments#comment-171092 ** Grigori Panteleev is the only name uncovered that is misspelled twice: his first and last names are wrong in the ROM. Note, after some online sleuthing, it was determined that the last name was a genuine ROM error, where as his first name was first changed from "Gregori" to "Grigori" on his New Jersey state driver's license in 1998, after the ROM was made, likely to more closely mimic the true Russian transliteration. Doppelgangers There are some players with exact same attributes, or very close to the exact same, but different names/teams... Reichel and Sanderson First, there is Robert Reichel (CGY) and Geoff Sanderson (HFD). The same dude, but with different passing stat. We'll call that a Grade 1 Doppelganger. (Only 1 stat being off by one point is "1 degree of separation" making it "Grade 1".) They are both forwards and both shoot Left, too. Name Team Weight Chk ShP ShA Spd Agl Stk Pass OffA DefA Robert Reichel CGY 6 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 Geoff Sanderson CGY 6 2 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 Ellet and Manson Dave Ellet and Dave Manson are Grade 2 Doppelgangers (Passing and Defensive Awareness both off by 1, totaling 2 degrees of separation) but even share the same first name, handedness, and play D. Name Team Weight Chk ShP ShA Spd Agl Stk Pass OffA DefA Dave Ellet CGY 6 2 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 Dave Manson CGY 6 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 Muller and Linden Kirk Muller and Trevor Linden are almost identical. They just shoot different (Muller left, Linden Right) and Muller has slightly higher checking. So Grade 2 Doppelgangers. Name Team Weight Chk ShP ShA Spd Agl Stk Pass OffA DefA Kirk Muller MTL 9 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 Trevor Linden VAN 9 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 I am still looking for the perfect Doppelganger "Unicorn": exact same stats, including handedness and position, across the board. I know it is out there. In my dreams there is the "Golden Unicorn". Same stats across the board, same position, handedness, and even number! (This is a legend, like Bigfoot. And I do not think it exists. But I am using some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, crunching numbers 24/7, looking over the ROM to see if a Golden Unicorn is fact or fantasy.) ...To be continued...
  17. Yes, I concur! I have started using Sutton (paired with Svoboda, of course). The dude is a classic stay at home defender. It does help that he is so slow -- dude kinda has to hang back, which is perfect.
  18. #2 @aqualizard The Leafs Why? A name popped out to me. If you know the "Tragically Hip", the ultimate Canadian band. Excerpted from "Fifty Mission Cap" by The Hip. That's right. The dude on my team scored the Stanley Cup Winning goal in 1951, and died that same year. I dedicate my season to his memory.
  19. Hey Coach, I am tied up until the evening tonight. If there is time, I will pick at 6pm EST after looking at the ROM. If that is too delayed, please pick for me what you consider to be the second best team!
  20. Wow, 3 posts: 1 - 2011 2 - 2015 3 - 2021 You are like Halley's comet! See you in 5 or so years.
  21. Congrats, Smoz. Definitely well deserved.
  22. Thanks! U proved it again: U DA MAN! I made the change and will report back if it "takes". Cheers!
  23. Hi there, I use a fat GENs 3 button with a RetroUSB adapter. I notice that sometimes, albeit rarely, I get this weird glitch: 1. I am going to one time it 2. just before the one time happens, but after I have pressed the C button, it pauses And when I say pauses, I mean RA suddenly shows the menu, and the game is totally halted. Then I have to navigate to "Resume Game" and all flow is lost. (And I when I resume, I am too sheepish to do anything but dump the puck, if I can, but sometimes the already registered one timer goes through, creating anger and confusion from my opponent, lol.) Does anyone else experience this? It is rare. Probably 1x per 10 or so games. I think when I am mashing buttons, some weird combo (like D-pad down, B and C at same time, for a split second) short circuits RA and it thinks I have used a keyboard shortcut. On this note, there is 0% chance I am hitting my keyboard. It is on a chair 2 feet away when I play. Thoughts?
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