Checkpoint: Wimbledon 2015 Edition

Checkpoint: Wimbledon 2015 Edition

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I consider Roger Federer the greatest of all time but he’s “over the hump”. He doesn’t have the consistency that we’re used to seeing and seems to spray his shots wide more these days. I don’t expect him to win majors anymore but I expect him to get into the quarters in most if not all the tournaments that he enters. And yet he’s surprising me with his second place ranking in the world and currently in the thick of it with Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

Novak is an unbreakable wall and yet somehow Roger managed to eke out a tie break from him. If this quality of play keeps up this could end up being one of the all time great matches of this tournament.

Thank goodness I was in the frame of mind to watch it. It’s been a restless few weeks.

I finished Batman: Arkham Knight. I liked it and I’m considering going back to mop up the remaining content to see what the Riddler has in store for me.

I finally checked out Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. It’s easily the best playing Metal Gear Solid to date but hearing the voice of Kiefer Sutherland instead of David Hayter was weird. I didn’t spend the time to replay or explore as I usually do. I didn’t even play as stealthy. I wrapped up this “prologue” within an hour and came away optimistic for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain later this year.

Then I played The Stanley Parable for an hour or so. With that, I couldn’t help but replay it several times to soak up the different paths and endings. What a novel game!

Checkpoint: Competitive Weekend 2012

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I certainly didn’t plan to do a lot of stream/TV watching this weekend but it was tough not to.

It started with a bit of Evo 2012 on Friday night, then a lot of it on Saturday and then some more on Sunday. Watching the biggest fighting game tournament on the planet is very entertaining. I just wish they got their act together. Why have the ability to do instant replay when your commentators don’t even know what the current bracket standings are?

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Checkpoint: Wimbledon 2009 Edition

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I’m sitting here watching Roger Federer and Andy Roddick slug it out in the Wimbledon finals. It’s a gruelingly match with both guys unwilling to budge. All this tennis got me thinking about Virtua Tennis 2K2 and all the epic matches friends and I had with back during the Dreamcast days.

Out of all the Virtua Tennis games, 2K2 was by far my favorite. It was my first tennis game and it was was easy to pick up, but tough to master. I’m a fan of Virtua Tennis 3 as well, but I never got the opportunity to play many local games. The newly released Virtua Tennis 2009 looks like it brings more of the same, but I just can’t quite pull the trigger for a purchase.

But what about Top Spin, you say? It’s the “Gran Turismo” of tennis games and that’s not what I’m looking for. I respect the depth and realism that it brings to the table, but it’s just not the accessible game I’m accustomed to.

And as I’m writing this, history was made. Roger Federer won his 15th Grand Slam title. With this victory, I wonder how the tennis game sales will be. Hell, even I’m willing to pick it up for the $44.99 price tag.

Anyways, congratulations to Roger Federer!

P.S – Is the image above from Virtua Tennis 2K2? If not, where is it from?

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