Alright so the playoffs are set to begin tomorrow night, so we put all 16 teams through the ringer in NHL 13 and here’s how it fared:
Round 1: In the Western Conference, Chicago over Minnesota 4-2, Detroit over Anaheim 4-2, Kings over the Blues 4-2 and it took 7 games for San Jose to finish off Vancouver, 4-3. In the East, Pittsburgh over the Islanders 4-2, Canadiens over the Sens 4-2, Rangers over the Capitals 4-1 and apologizes to all the Leafs fans, but Boston handled the Leafs 4-2.
Round 2: The second round saw some sweeps, with the Blackhawks shutting out the Redwings and the Penguins sweeping the Rangers. Montreal beat Boston 4-1, and the Kings beat the Sharks in 7.
Semi-finals: In another 7-game Western series, the Kings defeated the Blackhawks, and in the East, the Penguins handled the Canadiens with ease 4-2.
Stanley Cup: It came down to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the L.A. Kings, and Pittsburgh had a 2-1 lead, when all of a sudden Sidney Crosby got a fractured ankle and was shelved for the rest of the Stanley Cup finals. Could Pittsburgh overcome and still win the Stanley Cup?
Indeed. The Pittsburgh Penguins are your Stanley Cup Champs, and here are your final stats:
This comes as a bit of a surprise, seeing how good of a game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is, but there will be no game next year. Not to worry, the title hasn’t been cancelled completely, but Kotaku reports that Electronic Arts has canned next year’s iteration so they can focus on their upcoming game for the next-gen consoles (PlayStation 4 and XBOX whateveritsbeingcalled).
While some golf fans may be upset, it’s better that they focus on developing better games for the future and not release half-ass games for the present.
If you didn’t hear, Electronic Arts had a tough week last week, cutting 10% of its workforce on Thursday. One other thing to note is that EA’s Tiburon studios, which was working on their failed NBA Live series were also affected by the personnel cuts, putting that franchise in jeopardy.
We’re well underway into the first round of the NBA Playoffs, so why not simulate the entire thing via NBA 2K13? We inputted all the teams, and after the first round, OKC beat Houston 4-0, Memphis upset the Clippers 4-2, Golden State swept the Nuggets 4-0, Lakers and Spurs went to game 7, but Lakers pulled through 4-3. On the Eastern side, it’s all sweeps: Heat over Bucks, Nets over Bulls, Hawks over Pacers, and Knicks over the Celtics. Here are your stats:
Madden 25 announced last night that Barry Sanders would grace the cover, beating Adrian Peterson for the honor. They also released a new video with actual gameplay footage, highlighting their new “Run Free” feature, using the Infinity Engine 2 (we previously explained what it’s all about).
Depending on your phone provider, using your phone at a stadium/arena is sometimes a hassle. Uploading an Instagram pic, sending out a tweet, or checking out other scores around the league is usually harder inside a stadium, and it’s pretty frustrating for sports fans.
Major League Baseball is aware of the connection issues fans are having, and are teaming up with Qualcomm to review and optimize stadium Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connections. Today, rapid data processing should be second nature to venues across all leagues. In terms of stats, here’s what February’s Super Bowl looked like:
ESPN reached out to Dan Novak, VP of global marketing at Qualcomm: “You think about downloading a video or statistics. More and more [fans are] uploading video, photos, some sort of content on Instagram or any of the other platforms that have become so popular. It’s just not that uncommon to be at a sports venue or dense setting and not be able to do the simple things or the Internet connectivity slow to a crawl. It’s really not the experience you hope or expect to have.”
Let’s review the pros and cons of having access to your Instagram account during a Jays game:
So what’s the plan? They’ll travel to each stadium this season, and study the logistics and data usage of the venue. No timetable has been set as to when it integration will begin, but we’ll keep you posted.