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Gaming March Madness: Beyond the Kings Moot

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It’s been a long time coming it seems, and yet here it is- the finale of the Gaming March Madness miniseries of blog posts I’ve been handling for the better half of a month. I’ve taken a few days to reflect not only on the outcome of the series itself in correlation to the actual men’s March Madness tournament, but also on what exactly it is I plan to do now for the better part of the next month or so in my vain attempts to justify this entire blog series.

Once more, please be aware that the actual tournament itself is what solely determined the winners and losers here, not myself personally. I assigned random seeding based generally upon timeframe to games released in the previous decade. I’ve done pretty much all I can to be as assuredly unbiased as I possibly can be in the situations since then. I have settled firmly on doing a comprehensive playthrough of both championship titles for my ‘reward’ sort of blog series coming out of this- meaning I will play two titles to completion and then blog about them.

Before I unveil the rest of my blog post in a similar fashion, allow me to announce the results of the final rounds themselves, as well as to recap a little bit here and there of some of the most notable moments for those of you who’ve missed them.

MASS EFFECT 2 DEFEATED THE WITCHER 2

BORDERLANDS 2 DEFEATED LEFT 4 DEAD

Allow some time for a bit of commentary here regarding this particular semi-final bout alone. Mass Effect 2 and The Witcher 2 was truly meant to be an epic battle of juggernauts in the fantasy realm and it truly reflects the real-life battle of epic proportions that went on between South Carolina and Gonzaga as well. Truly impressive no matter the outcome.

Likewise, Borderlands 2 and Left 4 Dead turned out to be a massive battle as well, which I’m not sure I can safely say I ever saw coming both in terms of gaming and real life results. As it was, all things said and done this was a tough battle as well between one of the most recognized quality titles of all-time and a stout contender.

When it comes down to the final round of Mass Effect 2 versus Borderlands 2, it’s tough for me personally and tough for me physically to imagine a world where both games cannot win. I love them both to an incredible degree even though understandably Mass Effect 2 remains one of my favorite games of all-time, possibly even trumping Borderlands 2. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfectly fated matchup here.

BORDERLANDS 2 DEFEATS MASS EFFECT 2

When it came down to it, like the redemption for the North Carolina Tarheels, Borderlands 2 picks up the crown that has laid heavy upon so many other heads and hefts it high and mightily. Mass Effect 2 was no pushover and neither was Gonzaga, and yet we have our anointed winner just as such.

So here’s a little bit of what you can look forward to in the meantime, these next few weeks or so. I’ve actually been playing the Borderlands series a lot lately, so I’m certainly not out of touch with it by any means. Instead of continuing that line of reasoning however, I’m going to begin a new runthrough based upon a few items of interest here. I’ve been doing a little research into which particular entity is the most played in the game and I’ve come to the conclusion that my character will be… *drumroll please… KRIEG!

The reason for this is simple- he is likely one of the least-played characters in the game and as such deserves some affection and meat bicycle wielding attention as well. I could’ve easily chosen Salvador or Zer0 but then where’s the honest fun in that? Plus, the dude has a face pizza and buzz-saw axe so hey now.

My blog series will mostly be intermingled with whatever other blogs I run through in the meantime, meaning I won’t burn you all out on talking Borderlands 2 and only Borderlands 2 for the next month or so. As is, I’m going to talk about everything from funny occurrences, slight narrative spoilers here and there, thoughts on it in relation to Borderlands, The Pre-Sequel, and Tales from the Borderlands- and much more. Basically, prepare yourself for the flight of the rakk horde here, because we are going for a trip.

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Gaming March Madness Round 5

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I’ve purposely waited several days before posting the most up to date bracketology kind of information on the results of the previous round- mainly so that it will somewhat coincide with the soon to follow Final Four round and ensuing championship in the next week or so. I want you to bear in mind that I am not the one selecting which games move onto the next round, rather fate itself is decreeing these moves as I have based the winners upon the winners at that position and seed in real life. As for the seeding process itself, I merely took a look at random at some of the most influential and popular titles of noted quality in the past decade or so and assigned them a number. So again, I’m doing my best to remain unbiased here.

Following this round, I will be doing my best to do a complete playthrough of both titles that end up primed for the championship game. It’s all sort of boiled down to this at this point, and I want there to be some sort of payoff for everyone involved as well. Whether that replay runthrough is documented in a video format for your amusement or whether I simply write several blogs pertaining to it over the course of the next few weeks really remains to be seen. I’ve done something of the sort before and I also don’t particularly enjoy the painstaking effort that comes with video documentation, but we shall see.

Without further ado, I guess we should go ahead and alleviate some of your concerns over who may or may not come out on top in this particular round.

ROUND FOUR RESULTS:

7 THE WITCHER 2 WINS (OVER DRAGON AGE ORIGINS)

1 MASS EFFECT 2 WINS (OVER MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR)

3 LEFT 4 DEAD WINS (OVER UNCHARTED 2)

1 BORDERLANDS 2 WINS (OVER PORTAL)

Allow me to add in some commentary on this particular round and its results as well, if you please. I think it is particularly interesting how well the results here actually fall in line with how such a competition might go in real life. The Witcher series has a huge following, as does Dragon Age- not to mention they’re highly comparable in terms of direction and genre at times. So that’s an excellent matchup. Likewise, Mass Effect 2’s NCAA counterpart absolutely blew the seed that Shadow of Mordor is stepping in for out of the water- as I imagine could realistically be expected.

When it comes to Uncharted as a series versus Valve’s collective of quality games set within a same or similar universe (in terms of relation between their standalone series), I’m not sure anyone expected Left 4 Dead to trump arguably the best Uncharted title and yet it still happened. Not to be outdone, Valve’s other title of note on this list- Portal, only lost by a meager three points to the equally exceptional and impressive Borderlands 2. Either way with that matchup, I would’ve been happy.

As with the majority of the games in this tournament and on this list, I thankfully own and have already played or experienced each of the final four titles. So no matter who it comes down to in the final game, I can easily blaze through them on repeat for your viewing or reading pleasure. That having been said, three of the four are role-playing games which seems to mean fate has it out for me and I’ll be invested up to my neck in gameplay for roughly a month at this rate.

Moving right on along, let’s take a look at the penultimate matchups of the tournament for this nearly-final round. I’ve also taken the liberty of showing each game’s path to this moment thus far.

7 THE WITCHER 2 V 1 MASS EFFECT 2

3 LEFT 4 DEAD V 1 BORDERLANDS 2

THE WITCHER 2 HAS DEFEATED: THE LAST OF US, BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM, MASS EFFECT.

MASS EFFECT 2 HAS DEFEATED: BATMAN ARKHAM CITY, FAR CRY 3, MIRROR’S EDGE.

LEFT 4 DEAD HAS DEFEATED: DIRT 3, DESTINY, MORTAL KOMBAT X.

BORDERLANDS 2 HAS DEFEATED: STARCRAFT II, SLEEPING DOGS, ROCK BAND 2.

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Gaming March Madness Round 4

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Now that the real-life Final Four has been set in terms of Men’s Basketball March Madness, it’s time for us to move onto our next stage in the virtual world. Who will come out on top and who will be upset? Well, you’re about to find out as a matter of fact. Here are the results from the third round:

EAST BRACKET

4 DRAGON AGE ORIGINS WIN (OVER FABLE II)

7 THE WITCHER 2 WIN (OVER MASS EFFECT)

WEST BRACKET

1 MASS EFFECT 2 WIN (OVER MIRROR’S EDGE)

11 MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR WIN (OVER DEAD SPACE)

MIDWEST BRACKET

1 UNCHARTED 2 WIN (OVER UNCHARTED)

3 LEFT 4 DEAD WIN (OVER MORTAL KOMBAT X)

SOUTH BRACKET

1 BORDERLANDS 2 WIN (OVER ROCK BAND 2)

2 PORTAL WIN (OVER LITTLEBIGPLANET 2)

ROUND FOUR:

4 DRAGON AGE ORIGINS V 7 THE WITCHER 2

1 MASS EFFECT 2 V 11 MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR

1 UNCHARTED 2 V 3 LEFT 4 DEAD

1 BORDERLANDS 2 V 2 PORTAL

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Gaming March Madness Round 3

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Not so long ago, I posted an update to my ‘gaming bracket’ of March Madness-style games. Today I come bearing more updates to the bracket just a couple of days before actual March Madness play resumes. It’s been interesting to note the road so far in both tournaments and I’m curious to see where these games end up when all is said and done. Here are the results of the second round:

EAST BRACKET

8 FABLE II WIN (OVER BIOSHOCK)

4 DRAGON AGE ORIGINS WIN (OVER ASSASSIN’S CREED II)

3 MASS EFFECT WIN (OVER SUNSET OVERDRIVE)

7 THE WITCHER 2 WIN (OVER BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM)

WEST BRACKET

1 MASS EFFECT 2 WIN (OVER FAR CRY 3)

4 MIRROR’S EDGE WIN (OVER MODERN WARFARE 2)

11 MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR WIN (OVER PORTAL 2)

2 DEAD SPACE WIN (OVER SKYRIM)

MIDWEST BRACKET

1 UNCHARTED 2 WIN (OVER DMC DEVIL MAY CRY)

4 UNCHARTED WIN (OVER GOD OF WAR 3)

3 LEFT 4 DEAD WIN (OVER DESTINY)

7 MORTAL KOMBAT X WIN (OVER MASS EFFECT 3)

SOUTH BRACKET

1 BORDERLANDS 2 WIN (OVER SLEEPING DOGS)

4 ROCK BAND 2 WIN (OVER METAL GEAR SOLID V)

3 LITTLEBIGPLANET 2 WIN (OVER KILLZONE 3)

2 PORTAL WIN (OVER SNIPER ELITE V2)

ROUND THREE:

EAST BRACKET

8 FABLE II V 4 DRAGON AGE ORIGINS

3 MASS EFFECT V 7 THE WITCHER 2

WEST BRACKET

1 MASS EFFECT 2 V 4 MIRROR’S EDGE

11 MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR V 2 DEAD SPACE

MIDWEST BRACKET

1 UNCHARTED 2 V 4 UNCHARTED

3 LEFT 4 DEAD V 7 MORTAL KOMBAT X

SOUTH BRACKET

1 BORDERLANDS 2 V 4 ROCK BAND 2

3 LITTLEBIGPLANET 2 V 2 PORTAL

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Gaming March Madness Round 2

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A few days ago, I posted the first round of my ‘gaming march madness’ bracket shenanigans. Today I come bearing updates for the now completed first round and insight as to how this whole thing will be conducted. First and foremost, I’m going to take the easiest route and make sure it remains wholly unbiased by basing my winning seeds in each round off of the corresponding tournament team that wins those matchups in real life as the tournament progresses. It will save me a lot of trouble and everyone else a lot of bellyaching and ire.

Without further ado, allow me to post the updated results of the initial round and who will be facing who in each region for this next round in the next few days.

EAST BRACKET

1 BIOSHOCK WIN (OVER DEAD SPACE 3)

8 FABLE II WIN (OVER CRYSIS 3)

5 ASSASSIN’S CREED II WIN (OVER COD BLACK OPS)

4 DRAGON AGE ORIGINS WIN (OVER HORIZON ZERO DAWN)

11 SUNSET OVERDRIVE WIN (OVER ALAN WAKE)

3 MASS EFFECT WIN (OVER KILLZONE SHADOW FALL)

7 THE WITCHER 2 WIN (OVER THE LAST OF US)

2 BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM WIN (OVER THE WITCHER 3)

WEST BRACKET

1 MASS EFFECT 2 WIN (OVER BATMAN ARKHAM CITY)

8 FAR CRY 3 WIN (OVER GRAND THEFT AUTO V)

5 MODERN WARFARE 2 WIN (OVER FALLOUT 3)

4 MIRROR’S EDGE WIN (OVER TOMB RAIDER)

11 MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR WIN (OVER METRO 2033)

3 PORTAL 2 WIN (OVER UNTIL DAWN)

7 SKYRIM WIN (OVER BIOSHOCK INFINITE)

2 DEAD SPACE WIN (OVER VVVVVV)

MIDWEST BRACKET

1 UNCHARTED 2 WIN (OVER HALO 3)

9 DMC DEVIL MAY CRY WIN (OVER XCOM ENEMY UNKNOWN)

5 GOD OF WAR 3 WIN (OVER FALLOUT 4)

4 UNCHARTED WIN (OVER RESIDENT EVIL 7)

11 DESTINY WIN (OVER RED DEAD REDEMPTION)

3 LEFT 4 DEAD WIN (OVER DIRT 3)

7 MORTAL KOMBAT X WIN (OVER SKYWARD SWORD)

2 MASS EFFECT 3 WIN (OVER SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2)

SOUTH BRACKET

1 BORDERLANDS 2 WIN (OVER STARCRAFT II)

8 SLEEPING DOGS WIN (OVER SAINTS ROW IV)

12 METAL GEAR SOLID V WIN (OVER HALO REACH)

4 ROCK BAND 2 WIN (OVER MINECRAFT)

6 KILLZONE 3 WIN (OVER UNDERTALE)

3 LITTLEBIGPLANET 2 WIN (OVER XENOBLADE CHRONICLES)

10 SNIPER ELITE V2 WIN (OVER DARK SOULS)

2 PORTAL WIN (OVER ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST)

ROUND TWO MATCHUPS:

EAST BRACKET

1 BIOSHOCK V 8 FABLE II

5 ASSASSIN’S CREED II V 4 DRAGON AGE ORIGINS

11 SUNSET OVERDRIVE V 3 MASS EFFECT

7 THE WITCHER 2 V 2 BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM

WEST BRACKET

1 MASS EFFECT 2 V 8 FAR CRY 3

5 MODERN WARFARE 2 V 4 MIRROR’S EDGE

11 MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR V 3 PORTAL 2

7 SKYRIM V 2 DEAD SPACE

MIDWEST BRACKET

1 UNCHARTED 2 V 9 DMC DEVIL MAY CRY

5 GOD OF WAR 3 V 4 UNCHARTED

11 DESTINY V 3 LEFT 4 DEAD

7 MORTAL KOMBAT X V 2 MASS EFFECT 3

SOUTH BRACKET

1 BORDERLANDS 2 V 8 SLEEPING DOGS

12 METAL GEAR SOLID V V 4 ROCK BAND 2

6 KILLZONE 3 V 3 LITTLEBIGPLANET 2

10 SNIPER ELITE V2 V 2 PORTAL

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Gaming March Madness

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As you all may or may not know, today starts the official round of sixty-four games for Division I men’s basketball in the so-called March Madness tourney. In honor of that, it is my goal to bring to your attention sixty-four games from the past decade or so in a mock March Madness style bracket. Without further ado, I shall begin. Keep in mind, as the tournament itself progresses I will update my games bracket as well.

EAST BRACKET

1 BIOSHOCK V 16 DEAD SPACE 3

8 FABLE II V 9 CRYSIS 3

5 ASSASSIN’S CREED II V 12 BLACK OPS

4 DRAGON AGE ORIGINS V 13 HORIZON ZERO DAWN

6 ALAN WAKE V 11 SUNSET OVERDRIVE

3 MASS EFFECT V 14 KILLZONE SHADOW FALL

7 THE WITCHER 2 V 10 THE LAST OF US

2 BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUMV 15 THE WITCHER 3

WEST BRACKET

1 MASS EFFECT 2 V 16 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY

8 FAR CRY 3 V 9 GRAND THEFT AUTO V

5 MODERN WARFARE 2 V 12 FALLOUT 3

4 MIRROR’S EDGE V 13 TOMB RAIDER

6 METRO 2033 V 11 MIDDLE EARTH SHADOW OF MORDOR

3 PORTAL 2 V 14 UNTIL DAWN

7 SKYRIM V 10 BIOSHOCK INFINITE

2 DEAD SPACE V 15 VVVVVV

MIDWEST BRACKET

1 UNCHARTED 2 V 16 HALO 3

8 XCOM ENEMY UNKNOWN V 9 DMC DEVIL MAY CRY

5 GOD OF WAR 3 V 12 FALLOUT 4

4 UNCHARTED V 13 RESIDENT EVIL 7

6 RED DEAD REDEMPTION V 11 DESTINY

3 LEFT 4 DEAD V 14 DIRT 3

7 MORTAL KOMBAT X V 10 SKYWARD SWORD

2 MASS EFFECT 3 V 15 SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2

SOUTH BRACKET

1 BORDERLANDS 2 V 16 STAR CRAFT II

8 SLEEPING DOGS V 9 SAINTS ROW IV

5 HALO REACH V 12 METAL GEAR SOLID V

4 ROCK BAND 2 V 13 MINECRAFT

6 KILLZONE 3 V 11 UNDERTALE

3 LITTLEBIGPLANET 2 V 14 XENOBLADE CHRONICLES

7 DARK SOULS V 10 SNIPER ELITE V2

2 PORTAL V 15 ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST

*Note: Seedings are completely random and have literally NO meaning. I assigned completely random games to a random number is all. So please don’t feel hurt if your favorite titles didn’t make it where you would like.

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Everything that Has Happened in College Football this Season to Date

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Since I’ve been keeping up week to week with the NFL season I’ve mainly ignored any writing about the Division I FBS and FCS NCAA football seasons. That’s not to say I haven’t watched the games or kept a handle on them, I just haven’t decided to write about any of them. So today I’m going to dedicate the blog to the upsets and good, close games that there have been so far among other things.

FBS/FCS Games Week 1 Upsets, Close Ones,  and More

19 Louisville v Charlotte 70-14

9 Tennessee v Appalachian State 20-13

1 Alabama v 20 USC 52-6

2 Clemson v Auburn 19-13

15 Houston v 3 Oklahoma 33-23

Wisconsin v 5 LSU 16-14

13 TCU v South Dakota State 59-41

Texas A&M v 16 UCLA 31-24

18 Georgia v 22 UNC 33-24

South Alabama v Mississippi State 21-20

Texas v 10 Notre Dame 50-47

4 FSU v 11 Mississippi 45-34

North Dakota State v Charleston Southern 24-17

Citadel v Mercer 24-23

FBS/FCS Week 2 Games

13 Louisville v Syracuse 62-28

2 Clemson v Troy 30-24

9 Georgia v Nicholls State 26-24

Arkansas v 15 TCU 41-38

Central Michigan v 22 Oklahoma State 30-27

East Carolina v NC State 33-30

Navy v Connecticut 28-24

Utah v BYU 20-19

New Mexico State v New Mexico 32-31

Arizona State v Texas Tech 68-55

San Diego State v California 45-40

Citadel v Furman 19-14

FBS/FCS Week 3 Games

Arizona State v UTSA 32-28

10 Louisville v 2 FSU 63-20

1 Alabama v 19 Mississippi 48-43

9 Wisconsin v Georgia State 23-17

California v 11 Texas 50-43

12 Michigan State v 18 Notre Dame 36-28

North Dakota State v 13 Iowa 23-21

16 Georgia v Missouri 28-27

20 LSU v Mississippi State 23-20

Nebraska v 22 Oregon 35-32

North Dakota v South Dakota 47-44

Chattanooga v Furman 21-14

FBS/FCS Week 4 Games

24 Utah v USC 31-27

Wake Forest v Indiana 33-28

7 Stanford v UCLA 22-13

11 Wisconsin v 8 Michigan State 30-6

9 Washington v Arizona 35-28

Auburn v 18 LSU 18-13

UNC v Pittsburgh 37-36

Duke v Notre Dame 38-35

West Virginia v BYU 35-32

Vanderbilt v Western Kentucky 31-30

Colorado v Oregon 41-38

Wofford v ETSU 31-0

FBS/FCS Week 5 Games

10 Washington v 7 Stanford 44-6

5 Clemson v 3 Louisville 42-36

Indiana v 17 Michigan State 24-21

4 Michigan v 8 Wisconsin 14-7

UNC v 12 FSU 37-35

California v 18 Utah 28-23

South Alabama v 19 San Diego State 42-24

Oklahoma v 21 TCU 52-46

Oklahoma State v 22 Texas 49-31

West Virginia v Kansas State 17-16

Samford v Wofford 28-26

Charleston Southern v Coastal Carolina 59-58

FBS/FCS Week 6 Games

4 Michigan v Rutgers 78-0

Navy v 6 Houston 46-40

8 Texas A&M v 9 Tennessee 45-38

23 FSU v 10 Miami 20-19

Washington State v 15 Stanford 42-16

25 Virginia Tech v 17 UNC 34-3

20 Oklahoma v Texas 45-40

USC v 21 Colorado 21-17

FBS/FCS Week 7 Games

10 Nebraska v Indiana 27-22

2 Ohio State v 8 Wisconsin 30-23

3 Clemson v NC State 24-17

22 Arkansas v 12 Mississippi 34-30

13 Houston v Tulsa 38-31

UNC v 16 Miami 20-13

Syracuse v 17 Virginia Tech 31-17

21 Utah v Oregon State 19-14

Citadel v Chattanooga 22-14

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