Archive for July, 2014

LOB Lite League Settings

Posted: July 20, 2014 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized

OK because EA hates puppies and happiness and wants us to never experience what it feels like to smile when playing a hockey game, we have zero access to league settings. The reason being, as we figured out last month, was because there are no league settings. The game just snakes settings from the host machine and uses those. I don’t think I need to describe why that is so fucking stupid on so many levels, so I will just leave it there and move on.

With that being said, for LOB Lite (and for NHL 15 if we have to use this same method), I want people all on the same page. It’s weird to be playing a slower game on your home machine, then all of a sudden you’re playing 1980’s, NHL 2004 style hockey when you’re on the road. It makes no sense to play like this.

So everyone in LOB Lite will be using the following settings moving forward. Also, seriously, let us all pray they have universal league settings in NHL 15. The focus of the new settings is more realistic, less arcadey hockey (which has been LOB’s MO since day one, so anyone who hates it or wants more arcadey hockey, sorry, that was never the intention of this league and never will be). Things you should notice with these settings:

– Gameplay is a lot slower

– Puck collisions are much higher (puck will bounce off of skates and sticks more, so it’s harder to dangle through three guys)

– Sniping is way harder. Gone are the days of 110 MPH wrist shots from your fourth line guy going top cheese. Even your stars will struggle to snip top corner while shooting cross body in the slot (which is the way it should be)

– Hopefully more fatigue and fewer injuries (assuming all of the settings get taken into account by the game)

– Lower scores. There most likely won’t be some dude with 190 points halfway through a season.

OK, so here are the new settings and how to apply them:

1.) Go to customize

 

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2) Go to “Settings”

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3) Go to Hospitality Settings

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4) Set everything to hardcore and extreme

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This sets all the base settings on your game to hardcore simulation.

Now, onto the tweaking:

5) Go into Gameplay Settings

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6) Lower game speed, increase fatigue (match what you see here)

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7) Lower injuries and  lessen acceleration (match screen)

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8) Go to checking, lower hitting assistance

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And that should be that. Before you play any games, check your settings to make sure they’re correct. I assume it will auto save your latest settings, but if it doesn’t, you might need to set them again. Worst case scenario, hopefully the person you’re playing has the right settings and they can do the invite.

If you play a game and notice the speed is way too fast and feels like the old settings you are in your rights to ask to send the invite so it uses the league settings. Please make sure we all use the same settings so we can all be on the same page!

 

 

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Dave Wells

Posted: July 7, 2014 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized

Twitter can be like high school, where certain cliques tweet all the time, and the Vancouver Canucks crowd certainly has a big clique feel to it, so rather than have people go “Why is @brown2bure angry at stanch??” I am just going to post this once and move on.

There will be some of you who don’t care, and I applaud that.

There will be some of you who do care, and for that I offer up this explanation (to which I will attempt to not make it a he said/he said, LET’S FUCKING MEET UP WITH SWORDS AT DAWN sort of thing.

For those who might not know, I run a video game hockey league for the Xbox, and Dave has been a part of that from day one. Over the years people leave, or people get fired, and it so happens Dave got fired today from it.

(Should you have any reason for wanting to know why, from my end of things, here you go https://offthestanchion.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/league-update/ )

Again, every story has its own side, so all I will say from my end of things it comes down to a rule was broken and I am tired of dealing with too much stress over a video game league. That’s it.

After this happened, Dave said our friendship was over and then started putting me on blast for being a fraud and what have you. How I’m fake nice. He then started sub tweeting and chirping Eddie Lack by accusing me of stalking Eddie, and I’m sure it will continue. I am pretty sure this blog post will be viewed as “fake” as well.

 

The only reason I want to post this is to a) let people know the background so they don’t have to ask me “Why does Dave hate you??” and b) because I’m confused and saddened by it all. I don’t know how I’m fake or whatnot, I always try to do my best to treat people online with respect. Am I perfect? Of course not. I know I struggle to make friends outside of twitter, but I always do my best to not make people feel bad online, or if someone yells at me or calls me out, I try and find a middle ground, because I simply don’t like arguing with people. It doesn’t do much for me.

So if I become the devil according to Dave, at least you know why. Feel free to make your own judgement about me, everyone has their own opinion, as that is how life works.

-Wyatt

League Update

Posted: July 6, 2014 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized

Hey guys,

Justen and myself try and run the league to our best abilities, I hope everyone knows that. In the role of commish we have to deal with arguments, we have to deal with conflicts, and many times emotions will get heated around the league (ourselves included) but we always try and do our best moving forward to improve with how we deal with things.

As we all know Dave (and I’ve told him this directly, so this is not some ambush) has made this league very difficult to run at times. He has been involved in a lot of high conflict incidents and there are many days when I just felt like folding the league rather than run it, because sometimes it just didn’t feel worth it. There would be times when I would be up talking all night dealing with situations instead of relaxing or getting sleep. I know Justen has done the same.

I did this for two reasons, one, for the love of the league, I really want to put out the best GM Connected league out there for the group of guys involved, I really do. It’s not just random cliche, I am honestly proud of our league and love it when guys get involved and bring more life to it. I could list off a ton of things you guys have done to make this more than a league, but that would take too long, just know I think this is the best NHL league around.

That brings me to the second reason. I also think of you guys as friends, and while I often get lost in my attempts to land a real full time writing job and don’t get to hang out or interact with you guys as much as I would like (I am trying to get better at balancing my times), I love the fact this league has allowed a lot of us to make friendships out of the game.

Sadly, this sometimes makes it hard to run the league as a straight up league. I find it extremely hard to extract punishment on people I view as friends, which is why I have been so extremely lenient whenever I can. I don’t want to come down on you guys if emotions run high because a) I understand video games make us rage (myself included) and b) it sucks to have to punish any of you guys.

However, I had one rule I put in place recently. One single rule.

https://offthestanchion.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/new-lobnhl-rules/

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Dave has again, threatened to leave the league. He has said he is done after this season.

So for that reason, Dave is no longer with the league. I had one rule. I asked one thing of you guys. And it wasn’t followed.

I asked for this rule to be in place because there has to be a certain amount of respect shown to the league. That last rule was put in place after Dave attacked the league. I was tired of the league being used as an emotional weapon, which is what it has been used for too many times for my liking.

This league should be fun. I can tell you that Justen and myself have not had enough fun running it too many times. We don’t get paid to run this league. We treat it like a job, yet we get nothing for it. Justen and myself will be up until 3am sometimes, dealing with conflict, or even delaying buttons pushes, trying our best to accommodate people. We do the best we can. So when the one rule I asked to be followed cannot even be followed, I have to act on it. I feel if I don’t act on this rule, it not only shows that I can’t stand up behind my own words, but it shows everyone they can do whatever they want. And I don’t think it was a hard to follow or mean spirited rule.

I hate doing this. This is a brotherhood and there is no joy in this for me. It sucks it came to this. But fuck guys, this league isn’t fun right now for me. It’s not fun for Justen. It’s either I stop this shit now, or I fold the league. I don’t get paid enough to deal with the headaches this league is causing me right now. I want it to be a fun place where we all go to get away from our problems, not a place where it feels like I am dealing with ex-girlfriend’s fighting with me.

Anyways, any complaints/thoughts can be sent to me. I just need this shit to stop and for this league to be fun again. Please, let’s just enjoy this league for what it is, a place for bros to be bros, and get angry over shitty goals going in. I am tired of actually stressing out about the health of the league at times. I sit at work and worry about it. That’s fucked up. I want to restore this league to a fun place, and this is how I’m going to try and do it.

Being in charge sucks sometimes.

 

State of Affairs for NHL 15

Posted: July 5, 2014 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized

Half of you know me as the original commissioner of the LOBNHL league (from back in the ’13 days) and soon the rest of you will know me in the NHL 15 days. Assuming we actually get GM Connected mode, and assuming we get control of sliders or at the very least, can set sliders before the league starts, there will be some changes.

As it stands now, there is some debate over whether the host’s settings are used (which it could be likely knowing EA and Chris has done testing to show this), thus over riding what should be the league settings (to which I will be asking Rammer about, you can bet on that).

As a result, one game I can find myself playing a game where Marion Gaborik struggles to hit the net, while the next game Roman Polak is sniping top corner. Roman fucking Polak.

That being said, there are two things to note: One, I prefer a slower game speed, one that doesn’t have wrist shots cannoning off of players sticks, and I want games where it isn’t a snipe show with fourth fucking liners, which mean shot accuracy will be lower.

Basically I want to encourage real hockey, not a return to the not so glory days of NHL 2004, where players had rockets under their name, and Brandon Reid was a really hot commodity to have on your team.

So for the people who like the cracked out speed and the 1980’s scoring, I just want you to be aware that I am going to do anything in my power to avoid that. I’ve said since day one I like realistic hockey (as much as can be obtained in fake hockey) so I will do my best to achieve that.

What this means is if the host settings are used in 15, then we will all have to set our settings to the exact same settings, just to ensure the game doesn’t snag those instead. Which means I will have a league settings you will need to follow. The idea is that this will hopefully stop settings changing from one game to the next, because that’s just fucking weird. Also, if we can set league sliders before the season starts, I can also tell you the game speed and shot accuracy will be lowered out of the box (assuming EA has it super fast out of the box, which let’s face it, they always do).

Again, nothing will change for this last 14 season. It is unfair for me to come stomping in here making changes this late in a season where everyone has adapted to it, I just wanted to give you a heads up that changes for the next game will be forthcoming, to be more inline with the original vision I had for the league.

Complaints, as always, can be sent to me via all caps on twitter.

 

– Bary