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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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My March Madness vs. Reality

So, I know this year’s March Madness NCAA Tourney is almost as messed up as last year’s, if not more so, yet I am still relatively unscathed for the most part in my own bracket. Sure, I’ve had a lot of mess-ups as well, and I can see more down the road- as the few teams I’ve missed out on thus far already mess up my final tallies, but I’m definitely still doing well compared to my compatriots in the specific game pool I’ve found myself in. Today’s blog has to deal with my projected statistics for the games thus far compared with what has in fact actually occurred. So, without any more comments, I’m going to go ahead and start off with my bracket as it was here.

Round One

Albany 74 – Mt. St. Mary’s 58 (Me) | Albany 71 – Mt. St. Mary’s 64 (Reality)

Tennessee 83 – Iowa 71 (Me) | Tennessee 78 – Iowa 65 (Reality)

Texas Southern 68 – Cal Poly 56 (Me) | Cal Poly 81 – Texas Southern 69 (Reality)

NC State 74 – Xavier 71 (Me) | NC State 74 – Xavier 59 (Reality)

Overall Round Score: 3-1

Round Two

Florida 76 – Albany 54 (Me) | Florida 67 – Albany 55 (Reality)

Pittsburgh 79 – Colorado 65 (Me) | Pittsburgh 77 – Colorado 48 (Reality)

VCU 78 – SF Austin 69 (Me) | SF Austin 77 – VCU 75 (Reality)

UCLA 72 – Tulsa 54 (Me) | UCLA 76 – Tulsa 59 (Reality)

Dayton 67 – Ohio State 63 (Me) | Dayton 60 – Ohio State 59 (Reality)

Syracuse 83 – Western Michigan 59 (Me) | Syracuse 77 – Western Michigan 53 (Reality)

Stanford 64 – New Mexico 57 (Me) | Stanford 58 – New Mexico 53 (Reality)

Kansas 75 – Eastern Kentucky 58 | Kansas 80 – Eastern Kentucky 69 (Reality)

Virginia 74 – Coastal Carolina 52 (Me) | Virginia 70 – Coastal Carolina 59 (Reality)

Memphis 73 – George Washington 61 (Me) | Memphis 71 – George Washington 66 (Reality)

Harvard 68 – Cincinnati 63 (Me) | Harvard 61 – Cincinnati 57 (Reality)

Michigan State 88 – Delaware 71 (Me) | Michigan State 93 – Delaware 78 (Reality)

UNC 81 – Providence 73 (Me) | UNC 79 – Providence 77 (Reality)

Iowa State 87 – North Carolina Central 72 (Me) | Iowa State 93 – North Carolina Central 75 (Reality)

Connecticut 76 – St. Joseph’s 72 (Me) | Connecticut 89 – St. Joseph’s 81 (Reality)

Villanova 77 – Milwaukee 61 (Me) | Villanova 73 – Milwaukee 53 (Reality)

Arizona 72 – Weber State 48 (Me) | Arizona 68 – Weber State 59 (Reality)

Gonzaga 91 – Oklahoma St. 83 (Me) | Gonzaga 85 – Oklahoma St. 77 (Reality)

North Dakota State 76 – Oklahoma 72 (Me) | North Dakota State 80 – Oklahoma 75 (Reality)

San Diego St. 69 – New Mexico St. 65 (Me) | San Diego St. 73 – New Mexico St. 69 (Reality)

Baylor 83 – Nebraska 68 (Me) | Baylor 74 – Nebraska 60 (Reality)

Creighton 82 – Louisiana 67 (Me) | Creighton 76 – Louisiana 66 (Reality)

Oregon 65 – BYU 61 (Me) | Oregon 87 – BYU 68 (Reality)

Wisconsin 89 – American 58 (Me) | Wisconsin 75 – American 35 (Reality)

Wichita St. 73 – Texas Southern Cal Poly 48 (Me) | Wichita St. 64 – Cal Poly 37 (Reality)

Kentucky 72 – Kansas St. 63 (Me) | Kentucky 56 – Kansas St. 49 (Reality)

NC State 85 – Saint Louis 78 (Me) | Saint Louis 83 – NC State 80 (Reality)

Louisville 79 – Manhattan 57 (Me) | Louisville 71 – Manhattan 64 (Reality)

Tennessee 76 – Massachusetts 64 (Me) | Tennessee 86 – Massachusetts 67 (Reality)

Mercer 61 – Duke 59 (Me) | Mercer 78 – Duke 71 (Reality)

Texas 81 – Arizona St. 75 (Me) | Texas 87 – Arizona St. 85 (Reality)

Michigan 78 – Wofford 64 (Me) | Michigan 57 – Wofford 40 (Reality)

Overall Round Score: 30-2

Round Three

Florida 86 – Pittsburgh 77 (Me) | Florida 61 – Pittsburgh 45 (Reality)

VCU SF Austin 65 – UCLA 63 (Me) | UCLA 77 – SF Austin 60 (Reality)

Dayton 61 – Syracuse 60 (Me) | Dayton 55 – Syracuse 53 (Reality)

Kansas 72 – Stanford 65 (Me) | Stanford 60 – Kansas 57 (Reality)

Virginia 73 – Memphis 59 (Me) | Virginia 78 – Memphis 60 (Reality)

Michigan St. 76 – Harvard 67 (Me) | Michigan St. 80 – Harvard 73 (Reality)

Iowa St. 79 – UNC 71 (Me) | Iowa St. 85 – UNC 83 (Reality)

Villanova 67 – Connecticut 63 (Me) | Connecticut 77 – Villanova 65 (Reality)

Arizona 83 – Gonzaga 76 (Me) | Arizona 84 – Gonzaga 61 (Reality)

San Diego St. 57 – North Dakota St. 49 (Me) | San Diego St. 63 – North Dakota St. 44 (Reality)

Baylor 69 – Creighton 53 (Me) | Baylor 85 – Creighton 55 (Reality)

Wisconsin 81 – Oregon 75 (Me) | Wisconsin 85 – Oregon 77 (Reality)

Kentucky 72 – Wichita St. 64 (Me) | Kentucky 78 – Wichita St. 76 (Reality)

Louisville 71 – NC State Saint Louis 63 (Me) | Louisville 66 – Saint Louis 51 (Reality)

Tennessee  79 – Mercer 62 (Me) | Tennessee 85 – Mercer 63 (Reality)

Texas 67 – Michigan 60 (Me) | Michigan 79 – Texas 65 (Reality)

Overall Round Score: 12-4

Regional Semifinals

Florida 69 – VCU UCLA 65 (Me) | Florida 79 – UCLA 68 (Reality)

Dayton 74 – Kansas Stanford 71 (Me) | Dayton 82 – Stanford 72 (Reality)

Michigan St. 67 – Virginia 62 (Me) | Michigan St. 61 – Virginia 59 (Reality)

Villanova Connecticut 74 – Iowa St. 63 (Me) | Connecticut 81 – Iowa St. 76 (Reality)

Arizona 72 – San Diego St. 63 (Me) | Arizona 70 – San Diego St. 64 (Reality)

Wisconsin 78 – Baylor 69 (Me) | Wisconsin 69 – Baylor 52 (Reality)

Louisville 64 – Kentucky 58 (Me) | Kentucky 74 – Louisville 69 (Reality)

Tennessee 74 – Texas Michigan 72 (Me) | Michigan 73 – Tennessee 71 (Reality)

Overall Round Score: 6-2

Regional Finals

Florida 68 – Dayton 61 (Me) | Florida 62 – Dayton 52 (Reality)

Michigan St. 82 – Villanova Connecticut 67 (Me) | Connecticut 60 – Michigan St. 54 (Reality)

Wisconsin 75 – Arizona 69 (Me) | Wisconsin 64 – Arizona 63 (Reality)

Louisville Kentucky 65 – Tennessee Michigan 55 (Me) | Kentucky 75 – Michigan 72 (Reality)

Overall Round Score: 3-1

Final Four

Florida 72 – Michigan St. Connecticut 69 (Me) | Connecticut 63 – Florida 53 (Reality)

Louisville Kentucky 67 – Wisconsin 63 (Me) | Kentucky 74 – Wisconsin 73 (Reality)

Overall Round Score: 1-1

Final

Florida Connecticut 65 – Louisville Kentucky 61 (Me) | Connecticut 60 – Kentucky 54 (Reality)

Overall Round Score: 1-0

Well, I know this tournament is far from over, and we’ve got some more games to play yet- but here are my picks thus far and how I think things may swing. I’ve noticed my bracket numbers really starting to slip now, but I’ve done fairly decent thus far, which is all I can ask for. So, let’s see how things roll. Obviously tonight’s games messed a few things up, but for the most part- at least until the FF and Final itself, I’m pretty well set up strategically. So, I’ll leave it to you and update this as we go. Night folks.

Also, as an updated caveat or note sort of thing- if I picked the wrong team (meaning another one won a former game) but the team they replaced was picked to win the game, I’m not counting it against my overall record at the moment, because that’s sort of double jeopardy. After all, I’ll be doing a final tally after the tournament ends anyways, so there you have it.

Well, with some technicalities here for alternate picks, my bracket wasn’t too destroyed, but as it is, I’m not entirely happy with the outcome of the final four and final games. Oh well, personal preferences aside, here’s my final tally from each section: 55-11.

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