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Getting ready to be a gamer and brief review of City Car Driving

Greetings, readers. When I was a little boy my Dad called me the button pusher. When we were in a hotel or on a cruise ship and we went in the elevator, I just had to be the one to push the button. I found it fascinating for some strange reason, but mostly because the button lit up and little Joey was helping. Later I graduated to making things with my Science Fair 75 in 1 Electronic Project kit, in which I could connect wires, and connect circuits so that lights would light up and buzzers would buzz. It was such fun. In the mid-to-late 80s when video game arcades were at their peak, I was already a heavy gamer, playing football, ice hockey, and my personal favorite, Galaga. I was never very good at it, but I loved Galaga.

Jump forward to the present day and via the Steam gaming company, I’ve played baseball, gone fishing, and driven numerous vehicular simulators. My latest craze is a game called City Car Driving. It was the right price and it is modded very well, which means people are creating vehicles to use in the game all the time. My favorites are the Volkswagen Bus and Beetle. Everything else stalls out when I try to get it out of first gear. Something tells me I would not do well trying to drive a stick shift in real life.

So here is a little review about City Car Driving. It’s been out for a couple of years so it is not a new game by any means but I love it, for you can choose to play in the United States, the European Union, Germany … which I always thought was in the European Union … Australia, and Russia.

For $24 and change, the graphics are pretty good and the map is intensive enough that even if you go around in circles, you can always find a place that you haven’t explored yet. You are supposed to gain points by transporting goods and people. The higher you level up, the more vehicles you can unlock and use. Hell, I’m still trying to learn how to steer and shift gears, much less do tasks. That will come in time.

Along with over 300 downloadable mods in the Steam workshop, the game comes complete with the four seasons, and four times of day; early morning, afternoon, evening, and nighttime. The game is so graphic intensive at times with the AI traffic that I have to set the graphics at medium for the game to run. So, I’m not getting to enjoy the full look of the game. Still it is okay with me. In a few weeks we shall revisit and I shall give you my final score, but so far I give this game a solid 7 out of 10.

On to a different topic, for those readers who live in Central Pennsylvania you will know that for the last few days we have had terrible thunderstorms, complete with tornado warnings. Yikes! I think these storm fronts are originating in the mid-west. Prayers go out to the families in Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio where tornados did terrible damage and people lost their lives.

It is supposed to storm here later this afternoon. I’ll have to turn the router off … again. I can’t afford a power surge and have the router blow out. I am not a happy camper without my internet.

Finally, R.I.P. to the late great Packers quarterback Bart Starr who passed away the other day. He was the winning quarterback of the first two Super Bowls. You will be greatly missed, Sir.

Until Sunday, when I will put up another blog entry, stay safe if you are in a bad weather region, spread love all around, and as always, happy reading.

I’ve been enjoying old school football games lately

Greetings, readers. I must say thank you so much to YouTube’s members. Over the past month I have been happily enjoying watching many college and NFL football games in their entirety and without commercials. The 1984 Orange Bowl comes to mind as one of my favorites, as well as many of the Oklahoma versus Texas Red River Shootout Games, played in Dallas in the Cotton Bowl. Every year, these two teams flip-flop being the home team, for this stadium is half-way between the university cities. People come from all over the country the state fair and this football game, which has been played for over a hundred years.

On the professional side, I’ve watched the Freezer Bowl, the San Diego Chargers versus the Cincinnati Bangles, in the early 80s. The temperature that day in Cincinnati was below zero and the wind chill made it feel far worse than that. Still the stadium was packed. Those were football fans.

I’ve also enjoyed a number of old Super Bowls. The one I watched most recently was the Minnesota Vikings versus the Miami Dolphins. A couple of these wonderful videos are played in stadiums that no longer exist. I think that is why I like them. I didn’t realize until recently just how old school I am. I love old cars, old shows, old everything. It’s funny; I like my technology, I think I would die without my PS3, but something keeps calling me back to those good old days.

Back in the 70s and early 80s, the North American Soccer League, or NASL, was rather popular. I found some games from that league and enjoyed them immensely. My dad taught me to love soccer, or football as it is called in the rest of the world.

Lastly, if you were a United States Football League fan, there are tons of games to choose from. Popular teams with the most videos are the two-time champions Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, the New Jersey Generals, and the Michigan Panthers. No, play was not as good as in the NFL, but I loved it. The league folded after only three seasons. There is talk of it making a comeback one day. It was supposed to begin two years ago; it keeps being delayed. I don’t see that as a good sign of organization. If any of my readers just happened to be associated with the new USFL, I have two words for you: Please don’t. It would probably fail faster than the first league did.

There are many other things on YouTube besides sports that I enjoy and I will fill you in on those in a future entry. Until Friday, take care, enjoy the warmer weather, and happy reading.