Pacers Lose

What a devastating start to a week. First, Robb Stark is murdered in the “Red Wedding” scene in Game of Thrones, now the Pacers are out of the Playoffs.

Everyone I know was cheering for Pacers, not only because the Pacers were the Underdog in the series, but because the hatred for the Miami Heat is still high. That feeling hasn’t left since they Big Three united in South Beach.

The hatred for the Heat exists because it was a cheap move. Three super-stars (this argument can’t be made now that we’ve seen the decline of Bosh’s role and Wade’s knee has lessened his presence as well) teamed up together to form one incredible team, and they are surrounded by other All-stars and top-performing bench players. Of course, this is business and that’s definitely a great business plan if you wish to win.

Everyone loves a great team, but this is different. For example, everyone loves the Avengers because it’s fun to watch a team of incredible heroes fight alongside one another to defeat the enemy. However, in this scenario, everyone’s favorite team (assuming they’re not a Heat fan), is the enemy.

And to push it over the edge, the Heat fan claim other teams, such as the Lakers and Celtics as also adding stars to their teams. But that argument just pisses fans of those other teams off because it isn’t comparable. The Lakers add Pau Gasol, sure he’s an all-star, but he wasn’t like Lebron James, Wade, or Bosh, who could single-handedly control the game, and take their team far into the post-season. Sure, the Celtics added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but the previous statements apply to them as well. After Lakers added Dwight Howard, the argument can finally be made that they added another Super Star, but just look at how their season ended.

 

Anyways, I’m just upset. Now we’ll have to watch the boring old Spurs play against Maimi, a team no one likes. We’ve all lost interest now.

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Game of Thrones- Episode 9: Review

If you haven’t yet watched the episode, then I suggest you do not read on.

If you did watch it, then you can share the anger with me.

As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs¬†, I don’t (and do not plan to) read the books, to save myself from the disappointment and to make watching the show more interesting. And last night definitely was interesting.

Before I even started watching, I expected Robb Stark to destroy the home of the Lannisters. But nearly the opposite happened (and we’ll get to that in the end, as it happened in the end). I’d first like to start off with Jon Snow. What a surprise that was! Up until this point, we didn’t really know what was going on in his mind. From the way he spoke, it could be assumed that he was still siding with the Crows, but he was too involved with Ingrid (or w.e. the red-head’s name is). It would have been a relief to see the two younger brothers unite with Jon Snow, as this story needs something to go in favor of the good guys. Anyways, as Jon Snow jolts off on a horse, hopefully we’ll see something positive come out of it for the Stark Family.

Meanwhile, the Mother of Dragons continues to whoop ass.

…But the show gets the most depressing in the end. (I was literally about to punch a very European-like hole in my wall). Robb Stark was at his cousin’s wedding, the celebration was coming to an end. The melody of the music changes, the doors are locked. Only Robb’s mom noticed and guessed what was about to take place. Robb’s wife was stabbed in the stomach, killing their future-child as well. Robb was shot with crossbows, as was his mother. And the show ends with Robb getting stabbed in the stomach and his mom’s throat being cut.

Begging the question: “Why do bad things happen to the good people?”

I hate this part of the story, but this is what makes it so great. Anything can happen, the good guys don’t always win.

App-Game Idea

(For the 2 of you reading this blog post, feel free to pass this on to those who might be able to make something of this haha)

I have a few game ideas, but I’ll post two for now:

Game 1:

This first game uses the real world, much like Foursquare. But instead of just one person checking-in and controlling a place, there should be teams. Teams that control territories, recruit, complete missions, and meet/make deals with members of other teams. These are just some ideas of functions for the teams, but the possibilities are endless.

If this became a reality, then further down the road, we could get businesses involved, to offer deals to the teams with strong holds on territories. (By strong, I mean constantly checking-in and buying things–Scanning receipts is the proof, of course. Much like Shoparoo and other similar apps).

–If you have any thoughts on how to improve/add to this idea, that’d be great. And even greater than that would be if you could provide help to make this a reality, we should work together! haha

 

Game 2: 

The second game is much like the board game Risk, at least the main concept of conquering territories, armies, or perhaps the world (depending on the game mode you choose). This is obviously a game you can with your friends (I’d say up to 5-6 people). I actually don’t know why there isn’t a game like this out there, available. I don’t know about you, but it’s FUN to play with your friends.

A few months back, I was on a road trip, and we were getting bored. One of my friends recently played a game at school called “Fun Run,” and he told us to download it. It was a 4-player multiplayer 2d game. It was a racing game that gave you power-ups, much like Mario Kart or Crash Bandicoot. It didn’t matter that the game was in 2D, just that it was simple, fun, and compatible (Android-users could play against iPhone-users). So naturally, my mind starts churning out ideas, esp. for multiplayer games. Cause when you’re hanging out with friends (say…ierno, waiting to be seated at a restaurant) or on a road trip, games like these would help pass the time.

So, some specific ideas that I had for the gameplay is to create alliances or to secretly sabotage alliances. Since each player will be playing on their phones, players can message each other secretly (for whatever purpose) without the other players knowing. And of course, if this does become a reality, then eventually you can create custom maps/games, such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, etc.

 

–Anyways, as I mentioned earlier, if you would like add to or improve these ideas, please comment below. And maybe we can get in touch if you think you can help take these ideas to the next step.

Game of Thrones: Post 1/Many

Game of Thrones:

Currently, one of the greatest shows on TV! <– Yes I’m one of those cult-ish people. I swear by Samsung and will never buy an iPhone. And this and that. I’m always nostalgic and remembering the good old days, when Seinfeld and Pogs were cool (even though I was too young to understand either…though the latter still puzzles me).

Anyways, I’d just like to list my expectations for Season 4, now that Season 3 is coming to a conclusion. (Oh yeah, this obviously means I didn’t read the book, and I most likely won’t due to the disappointment that follows.)

I just want to see one thing happen in Season 4, and that is for the Stark Brothers to meet up together. Plain & Simple. According to this interactive map for Season 3, the mother of Dragons still seems to far off to even get near Kings Landing. But who knows, right? Look at how much she has accomplished in a matter of episodes. She now has a huge army and not to mention those growing dragons!

Now if you’re interested in the show, but aren’t completely caught up with all the characters and how they’re all connected (as I was, until I “googled” it), here are some interesting infographs and pedigrees.

Response to critics:

When I refer to critics, I mainly refer to my friends. I don’t really care for the opinions of people I don’t know. Everyone is different so how can I gauge the interests and tastes of online critics? Our friends, however, are somewhat reflections of our interests and tastes. There is some common ground to say the least.

I have a few friends who have watched the first episode of Game of Thrones, then stopped. For whatever reason, they just weren’t quite hooked. They question why it’s good. For me, personally, I was interested in the story, but I was even more hooked at the very end of Season One, when Ned Stark was killed off. That was the defining moment for this show (for me).

Ned Stark was one of the main characters, and they killed him off? What show, in their right mind, would do a thing like that? Game of Thrones. The story and the way they go about telling it, is something new, exotic, and has never before been told in this way. Or maybe it has, but a lot of us are experiencing it this way for the first time.

–What do you think? What about Game of Thrones appeals to you most? (Except the gay sex…that’s a given lol)

–Or why do you hate the show?