Tuesday, May 09, 2006
My New Way to Waste My Life
I recently assisted a friend with a project he was working on, and in return, he very generously gave me a gift certificate to NHL.com's online store. I in turn converted that gift certificate into NHL 2K6 for the Xbox 360, and last night, I made haste over to my friend Fidel's to try it out.
Expectations were tempered -- I'd heard horrible things about every hockey video game made since about 1996, and Fidel usually speaks of hockey fans with the same disdain one generally reserves for connoisseurs of scat pornography.
You can probably see where this is going: we played for about seven hours straight, with a break to return to a former favorite bar (which is awful -- hard to believe I drank at such a hideously depressing place twice a week for a couple years) and a couple games of video boxing, which is also terrifyingly fun.
But anyway, NHL 2K6. Tomáš Klouček gets a regular spot in the Thrashers' defense rotation, which wins my heart right off. The Avalanche actually score goals, something I haven't seen in real life in, what, a week? (note: written before Dan Hinote scored) It's obviously far more technically advanced than the Sega Genesis games that dominated my college years -- the searchlights that occasionally emanate from the goalies being one example -- but the old instincts came back terrifyingly easily. I had a blast. By the end, Fidel couldn't say anything more than "this is great shit" while occasionally berating Ottawa's forwards.
I also realized that I can hold forth on, say, Tomáš Vokoun's superiority to Ty Conklin with far more authority than I can anything else. And I think any hope for a functioning relationship is shot for the next few months, unless I find a girl who knows the Florida Panthers' lineup inside and out.