NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is hinting about expansion (and shortening the season?!), and the Jerks are talking about it! Plus, the MLB Playoffs begin, a breakdown of the (lack of) buzz around Justice League, and we try and figure out when a game about fighting Nazis became offensive. T2J – Just when we thought we were done talking about current events, they pulled us back in!
The Jerks look back on Week ONE of the NFL Preseason, discuss Ric Flair’s legacy as ONE of pro wrestling’s all-time greats, and recap Ric’s adventure to ONE of the country’s big Anime conventions. Plus, a rundown of what we’re readin’ and watchin’, and we make ONE too many Star Trek references. Those Two Jerks — there may be two (sometimes three) of us, but THERE… ARE… FOUR… LIGHTS!
Hello, Jerk-O-Philes! It’s the start of a new era here at T2J, and while we’re planning our grand podcast comeback (It will happen, we promise), we’re going to do our best to provide with you with some new content here on the blog, from movie and sports news to reviews, essays and general rants.
We’re kicking things off with a review, of a video game you’ve heard us talk about on the podcast many times before: Out of the Park Baseball. This year’s edition is the 18th iteration of the popular baseball management sim, and, long story short, it’s the deepest, most accessible one yet.
The game returns all of the features longtime fans love, including historical rosters dating back to 1871, historical minor leagues (Manage the real-life minor league baseball careers of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Michael Jordan, John Elway and others, if you want), full customization, and current 2017 major and minor league teams with realistic scouting and ratings. However, the new features are what make the game really shine.
This year, OOTP Developments (Makers of OOTP Baseball and other sports management sims) not only brought the historical Negro Leagues into the game, but also an all-new challenge mode. If you’re a console “Franchise Mode” nut, this is for you. Challenge Mode helps you learn the game’s intricacies, while also eliminating the ways one could “cheat” by not allowing the player to turn on Commissioner Mode and edit players’ ratings or force trades, etc. Commissioner Mode is still available outside Challenge Mode, if that’s your thing. Instead, it offers an experience that is similar to playing a console game, minus controlling players during the game — this is still a management sim, after all. Developers promise that Challenge Mode will lead to a long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform, which the company plans to unveil as the 2017 season goes on. The game has also added the Arizona Fall League to its minor league system, as well as a “World Cup of Baseball” tournament (think World Baseball Classic).
As someone who has played console baseball games in the past (I’ve recently been playing MLB The Show ’17), this game offers a deeper, much more customizable experience. It even has improved its 3D stadium and player models to make the in-game presentation more fun to watch. If you’re a Franchise Mode junkie, and you don’t mind not being able to swing the bat or throw the ball yourself once in a while, this is your game. If you’re new to sports management sims, don’t be intimidated. OOTP 18 has an upgraded, easy-to-understand presentation, and offers worthwhile help to navigate some of the game’s more arcane rules regarding contracts. OOTP 18 is a must-have for baseball fans, sports stat-heads, or if you’re the type of person who thinks you can do a better job as GM or manager of your favorite team than the real-life ones. It’s available for PC, Mac and Linux systems for $39.99 at OOTPDevelopments.com. You can also get the game on Steam or the Mac App Store.
Full Disclosure: OOTP Developments provided T2J a free copy of the game for us to review.
The Jerks are back from their brief, fatherhood-induced hiatus, and they’ve got a jam-packed show for you, including major changes to youth soccer in America, an evolutionary step for professional coaches, and delusions from Ronda Rousey’s camp. Plus, the latest on the Wonder Woman solo movie, Fallout 4 hurts porn traffic, and continued winning from Star Wars and Deadpool. T2J is not the greatest podcast in the world, it’s just a tribute!
Hulk Hogan gets fired (from the WWE), Team USA baseball loses (at the Pan-Am Games), and Drake wins (for the most popular MLB walk-up song artist). Plus, the Jerks review Ant-Man, talk about DC Comics’ new ‘everyone gets a continuity approach,’ we talk with Unicron: Studio Executive about viral marketing, and find out what sweat and Tom’s feet (not related) piss us off. What you gonna do, when Jerk-A-Mania runs wild on you? (Too soon?)
No real punishment for Josh Hamilton, the NFL has its first real female official, we’re going to see a Batman v. Superman trailer FOR REAL, Deadpool looks really cool, and the Jerks explain why people paying money for cards that are NOT REAL pisses them off. What is really real? The hilarity is real!
Does Big Papi belong in the Hall of Fame? He thinks he does. Also, a new challenge for Ronda Rousey, the long-awaited #ChipBattle, our review of the latest edition of Out of the Park Baseball, and the Jerks’ takes on the Deadpool costume, Spielberg directing Ready Player One, and the return of The X-Files. T2J: Providing 4,000% of your daily allowance of hilarity!