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Welcome everyone to the Gaming Club! I want you all to have a good time here. So for everyone here who likes gaming, I'll just tell you my first, second and third favorite games. My first is for anyone who knows about this game, it's called Wizard101. I bet you've seen ads online or on TV. My second favorite game is Mario Kart 8. You probably already know this, but The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC came out on Thursday, a.k.a November 13, 2014. My third favorite game, no surprise here, I bet. Pirate101. So, I hope you like those games like me! Have a nice day!
-Cole Goldenflame
P.S: Please visit my blog, awizardswisdom.BlogSpot.com. It would be very helpful, I'm not that popular.

And, for some reason it wouldn't let me add the top 10, so...
Top 10 Lists: The Top 10 Non-EA Sports Games
These days, EA Sports is so pervasive, it's next to impossible to find a sports game of quality without it having an EA logo on it; they sort of have the market tucked neatly into their own little corner. It makes me remember the days when there other developers actually had a chance in the sports games market. Here are ten of my favorite games from that by-gone era.


#10: Virtua Tennis - Sega (DC)
This game was a breath of fresh air when it came out. "A tennis game, really?" Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised by this game. Virtua Tennis features real-life tennis players like Tommy Haas and Jim Courier (no Rafa or Federer, remember this is the year 2000). It's fast-paced, and, while not incredibly deep, it provided an entertaining experience, especially when played with others, or when playing the various mini-games that are addictive and help improve your game. While not a video game you lose days of your life to, it was great for picking up and playing a few matches. Bottom Line: Shallow, but quite fun.
#9: Super Spike V'Ball - Nintendo (NES)
Volleyball isn't a hotbed of gaming opportunity, but Super Spike V'Ball made it work. Developed by Technos, it featured graphics similar to River City Ransom, much like the 'Crash and the Boys' and 'Super Dodgeball' series. The game is very simple, but also very easy to get sucked into while trying to beat the American Circuit, or to claim the World Cup from the U.S.S.R. Even now, there isn't much that is as satisfying as spiking the ball right at an opponent and sending him to the floor. Bottom line: Simple, yet satisfying.
#8: NFL Blitz - Midway (ARC)
I know I'm not the only who plugged too many quarters into this outrageous football game. This game was a huge release. Gameday and Madden were atop the football landscape, and this game comes in and horse-collars the both of them. It's all-out mayhem on the field. Pass Interference? Go ahead! Late hits? The later the better! Even the regular tackling was brutal, from the visual of a hit so hard it flips the victim head over feet, or the "CRUNCH" sound these hits provide. For those of us who were sick of the same old games, this was a dream come true. Sure, the game itself really isn't all that good (limited playbook, weak season mode), and the later releases never offered anything new to the series, it was nice to be able to drop an elbow on an annoying running back, or level a QB who's been torching you all game. Bottom Line: Mediocre, yet refreshing.
#7: Base Wars - Konami (NES)
Robots playing baseball; this game is a trip. Home Runs belted into outer space and pitchers with cannons for arms (literally). Think you threw the runner out? Not if your 1st Baseman can't beat up the runner. You could by laser swords and machine guns to help out your cause, as well as upgrades that send the ball into orbit. How cool is that! It's so over the top, it's almost funny. But in spite of all this ridiculousness, it kept the feel of baseball intact. All the strategies of America's Past-time still apply; you need speed in the outfield, agility in the infield, and a rocket arm on the pitching mound. The scale of this game is so epic, yet so true to the game. Bottom Line: Outlandish, yet somehow authentic.
#6: Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour - Nintendo (GC)
I've always found golf games to be a good way to pass the time. You can relax and play them at your own pace, and they require a good bit of strategy; enough to keep your mind limber, and at ease. But realistic golf games like the Tiger Woods series can sometimes be too serious; sometimes I just want to have a good time. Enter Mario Golf. It's got all your favorite Mario series characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, even Birdo. It's a helluva lot of fun, especially with friends. It has that laid-back feel of any other golf game, but adds that element of absurdity to keep you on your toes. Bob-Ombs and Thwomps will hurt your lie if you get to close, and the bunkers in this game are brutal, but even these extra hazards are presented in a way that you'll still have fun while you're getting your butt kicked. With the high fun level and familiar characters, it's a game that anyone, golfer or no, can pick up and enjoy alone or with friends. Bottom Line: Familiar faces on the links.
#5: Blades of Steel - Konami (NES)
I'm not a hockey player. I don't know what icing is, and offsides still doesn't make any sense to me. Despite this, I spent days upon days playing Blades of Steel. There are only two buttons - shoot and pass. There's no season mode; no rosters either. No injuries or trades. Just a tournament mode with three difficulty modes. However, none of these things seem to matter once you start playing the game. It's so addictive to try to score as much as you can, win a tourney, or - the best part about the game - get in fights! I would spend whole games just trying to get in fights. The best part - the loser of the fight goes to the penalty box, regardless of who started it, which means more goals for you! I know people with little to no interest in sports games that will pick this game up in a heartbeat. Definitely a must-play, especially with friends. Bottom Line: Fast-paced and accessible.
#4: ESPN NFL 2K5 - Sega (XBOX/PS2)
There was quite a bit of hype attached to this one. I, personally, was so sick of paying $50 for lackluster Madden games, and with the Blitz series never really going anywhere, I was settling for the older, cheaper games. Then NFL 2k5 came out., and at only $20, I had to check it out, and I was pleased. It plays like a polished version of the old Dreamcast games- with a hint of arcade style game play. Moves like stiff arms and shoulder charges are easy to pull off, as well as playing defense making it very entertaining when playing with others. Even now there are people who play this game, butt it never became the "Madden-killer" it could have been. I think that was due in part to the game's lack of features. While the achievement-style merit system and decking out your own Crib were interesting, they seemed somewhat hollow, and bare-boned. The Franchise had at the parts needed, but again seemed unenthusiastic. While the actual playing of football was better than Madden for many, the modes were simply not up to the Madden standard. That, and it's hard to get people to stop playing a game they've been playing for so long (Just look at the dozens of MMORPGs out there), and Madden had been the standard, and still is. In the end, it's a great game to pick up and play a game of football with a buddy, but people those days, and these days, want more out their football game than that. Bottom Line: Ambitious, but a little bit scrawny.
#3: NBA 2K1 - Sega (DC)
I still think this is the best basketball game ever. The graphics are good for its age, it plays smoothly, and really feels like basketball. When a game is tight, the intensity level is high, the crowd is screaming; it's in your face. It had that trademark approachability that Visual Concepts had in their early days. There's Franchise mode, Street ball; you could even play with the old school guys like Dr. J and Larry Bird. It also has Online mode, which was pretty awesome back in the day. It's by no means a perfect game, though- it has it's glitches, posting up wasn't perfect and certain players would seem to make everything at the WORST times (Dirk Nowitzski!) , NBA Live's controls were so clunky. Yes, I know it's old, but I haven't honestly been impressed with a basketball game since then. It's been a long time; I hope these commercials with Kobe doing flips over people deliver. Bottom Line: Intense, yet smooth.
#2: Super Punch-Out!! - Nintendo (SNES)
Who hasn't played this game? If you haven't, you should! As an arcade-style boxing game, Super Punch-Out!! delivers bright and colorful graphics, fast-paced matches, diverse opponents, easy controls, and tough bosses. Everything from the sound effects, to the contorted faces of your face-fisted opponents, this game is incredibly gratifying. Learning the patterns, beating record times; there is a ton of fun to had without a ton of content. There are no mini-games or career modes, just boxing your opponents through different circuits to reach the top of the boxing world and take all the belts. You can beat the game and all the records in couple hours, casually, and after wards you can still pick it up now and again to beat up Dragon Chan or Bald Bull, it's that entertaining. Truly a classic example of arcade game play.. Bottom Line: Classic and colorful.
#1: Tecmo Super Bowl - Tecmo (NES)
Not to many people should be surprised by this one. Tecmo Super Bowl is the consummate cult classic sports game. Add all the 28 NFL teams, stat tracking, and season mode (remember, this is 1991) to a crazy-addictive football game and you get a freaking goldmine. It defies all logic, football or otherwise. You get a measly 8 plays to choose from, but you can score 100 points a game. Warren Moon threw 60 touchdowns, and Bo Jackson ran for 4000 yards this season.Joe Montana can throw the ball 100 yards, Derrick Thomas and Lawrence Taylor eat people, and Brad Muster runs like a Mac Truck. This game transcends the sports genre of video games with a style of play that anyone can understand; even some who don't like football. Friends and I would stay up for hours days at a time, playing out our seasons together, seeing who could go undefeated. In fact there are still leagues that play on-line, as well as browser-based flash games where you can play other people. This game is essential for any fan of classic games and sports games alike, and a prime example of quality over content. Bottom Line: Basic and essential.
You see? There are plenty of quality sports games out there without EA's name on it. All those features and shiny things, if they don't deliver, only serve to muddle up what's left of the most important part of a sports game- playing the actual game- making the throws, taking the shots. Sure, Franchise modes and fancy graphics are great; I love Madden Franchise, my giant German champion boxer in Fight Night, and my golfer with a mohawk in Tiger Woods PGA Tour. But, if you just want to sit and play some football or basketball, these games should always get consideration.
List by DoughNOT (10/23/2009)

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Take a look at the new Evergreen Bundle for Wizard101! I'm planning on getting some Crowns soon, as well as maybe a bundle. So, have a nice day!
-Cole Goldenflame
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