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Since: 23.1.02
From: Cleveland, OH

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#21 Posted on
Couldn't agree with CRZ more. Scaia isn't hurting anybody. The problem now is that he seems more bush league in comparison to the Observer and Torch at getting news items than before - at WM, pre-Wrestleline he was bush league but so was everyone else, and he had a nice combination of news people hadn't read and semi-intelligent commentary. At OO, the big problem seems to be that all of the good stuff (except Rick) is from other sites by people who are just as capable of writing well as Rick is - i.e. CRZ, Mark Coale, Keith, etc.

But now Rick isn't really breaking any news. Even the Ticker lags the Observer and Torch, not to mention 1Bob. So it's hard to justify hitting the site as hard for his opinions alone. But they're still generally interesting to me, and I certainly haven't seen any great collapse in his skills. It's the new Net same as the old Net - the more people providing interesting content, the better.




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Since: 7.1.02
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
Originally posted by CRZ


Rick doesn't have any more or less ego than any of these other "Internet Wrestling Personality" types, I assure you. What's wrong with him wanting his own star on his own door? Hell, why do you think *I* started CRZ.net/wrestling? This isn't rocket science, people - I'M A BIG FAT MARK FOR MY OWN NAME. Don't begrudge Rick because he's taken his hobby big-time. He happens to entertain a hell of a lot of people with what he does - but none of that is nearly as important as the fact that he happens to entertain himself...or at least I HOPE he does



I think that, yeah, a lot of people may be in this for name recognition (hell, half the posters on this board seem to be too) and that's fine. I just don't enjoy the "gurus" who literally think they're the be all and end all. Name recognition is one thing, thinking your better than the rest of us or (far worse) a professional journalist just because your name is in print is another.

I'll read stuff without the attitude. Just MODO.



"Nobody enjoys a good time more than I do, but this business of yours is as legitimate as a three-legged donkey...which of course is illegitimate because as we all know donkeys have four legs."

Lance Storm, 21st January 2002.
Jaguar
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Since: 23.1.02
From: Phoenix, AZ

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#23 Posted on
Even if his news is Slow, I'll stick with him rather than deal with the Torch or anyplace else. The only time I've ever visited anything besides slash and OO was to check out Scotsmans review of RAW is WAR for Xbox, and for the Hacker thing which up until the end, was completely entertaining.


-Jaguar thinks CRZ or Rick needs to get somebody to review Wrasslin' games! ....probably not thought
MoeGates
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Since: 6.1.02
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#24 Posted on
- I'M A BIG FAT MARK FOR MY OWN NAME

Well, your initials at least. I mean, that's a little better.

Moe



Farooq is the man so hit your knees and start praying!

(edited by MoeGates on 30.1.02 0850)
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#25 Posted on
Originally posted by Jaguar
CRZ or Rick needs to get somebody to review Wrasslin' games! ....probably not thought

A special guest reviewer has already contacted me about an Xbox review. Keep your eyes on the [slash]!



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Since: 25.1.02
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#26 Posted on
Rick is great at what he does. So, his news isn't necessarily always the quickest, but he has learned the art of presenting it in an enjoyable manner. Plus, he cops the BEST stuff from other sites. He has (imho) the best RaW capper, the best ppv capper, a pretty good (and unaligned in the keith/crz war as far as I can tell) smackdown capper, and a good spattering of articles and article types. I'm glad oo exists, and I hope it keeps going strong.
Ditto for slash.
And I hate thesmarks redesign by the way. The only reason to go there was old ppv recaps, and they've made them impossible to find.




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#27 Posted on
I have no problem with Scaia, but god damnit that "ticker" sucks ass...



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Since: 19.1.02
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#28 Posted on
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Originally posted by Jaguar
    CRZ or Rick needs to get somebody to review Wrasslin' games! ....probably not thought

    A special guest reviewer has already contacted me about an Xbox review. Keep your eyes on the [slash]!



    CRZ
    Visit [slash] wrestling



Hey, didn't I do a GBA review a while back?



(edited by Excalibur05 on 30.1.02 2131)
TKL
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Since: 14.1.02
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#29 Posted on
The first internet wrestling page I found when i first got the net was the bag pipe report, I looked around there for a bit, found the links section and clicked one that sent me to The News From Dayton. Been a Scaia fan ever since then, his content is some of the only stuff I look forward to in terms of internet wrestling columns. I'd miss him if he was gone.



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Since: 29.1.02
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#30 Posted on
Similar story here. After heading off to college (and discovering that newfangled internet thing), i started lurking around the newsgroups. While I only posted frequently on one (RACMX, for those who care), I did lurk RSPW for results and reviews. When the school finally got an internet lab set up, I started the search for sites. Lo and behold, The News from Dayton. Hooked.

I still *enjoy* reading Rick's stuff. It has the same feeling as sitting around with my buddies, knocking back some brews and talking about the shows - plus, he's ahead of me when it comes to info. I spend more time reading columns and messages here at the Slash, but OO's the other wrestling site I swing by.

(so, um... I'm opposed to his retirement. YMMV)



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MoeGates
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Since: 6.1.02
From: Brooklyn, NY

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#31 Posted on
I think in addition to providing a good site (although I hear you about the ticker) and an enjoyable opinion column, Rick still serves a really good purpose in the News department also. His stuff may be a half-day or so behind Meltz and the Torch, but if you only hit the wrestling sites once every day or two, you can't tell. And here's the kicker:

Rick's news stuff is a million times more accurate than the Obverver and the Torch because he isn't trying to scoop anyone. If he says something's a fact, you can pretty much bank on it. If it's not, he's honest about what's a complete rumor and what isn't, and will present stuff like "according to the people I've talked to, (whatever) is happening and the general feeling is (whatever), but the people who said that really couldn't give me any concrete proof, so I'm just treating it as a strong rumor until I can get my hands on some more information."

Other news sites would have presented that same story as fact. And if they had presented it as rumor and been right, next week you would read "there will be more information about the Hogan signing, a story the Torch broke in their newsletter 3 days before anyone else did..."

If Rick's made a good prediction, he'll crow about it a little. But if he's completely off, he'll point it out and make a little joke about it also.

Meltz and the Torch have so much of their "serious jounalist" reps at stake that it tends to constrain them. Rick doesn't have that rep to protect as much, and I think it gives him a lot of freedom to be more honest with the reader. That contributes a great deal to the "shootin' the shit about wrestling over the internet" vibe as opposed to the "Talking down to the readers" vibe of a lot of the other sites.

Moe



Farooq is the man so hit your knees and start praying!

(edited by MoeGates on 1.2.02 1235)
Jaguar
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Since: 23.1.02
From: Phoenix, AZ

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#32 Posted on
Yer damn right, skippy! Or something.... I probably shouldn't post the first thing that comes to mind

I think Rick is awesome, I enjoy his site, and the thing I enjoy most of all? When he says he'll update, he updates! WOOOOOO!

-JAGUAR

CRZ updates all the time, but ya know, it's AWESOME CRZ WHO IS AWESOME.

And where's that GBA review, then?

(edited by Jaguar on 1.2.02 1240)
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Since: 19.1.02
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#33 Posted on
That GBA review is right
HERE!!





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Since: 23.1.02
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#34 Posted on
Ah Ha! I did read that one actually. I need to find somebody with a GBA so I can play Fire Pro. Hey, maybe you should do a review of that, so you can tell me why it's so great??

-Gamin' Jag
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#35 Posted on
Of course, if you were so inclined, I imagine you could find am emulator and a FPA rom, but I digress...

FIRE PRO ADVANCE REVIEW
by Matt Hocking

To be fair about this, I'll use the same ratings system as the WWF game. Grades are determined by ease of use and by how well it utilizes the GBA hardware.

Features: A+

Pretty awesome array of features.

Exibition: Standard stuff really, except that you have 4 choices:

-Normal: One on one match to a fall.
*Tag Team, Singles, or Triple Threat

-DeathMatch: A Japanese deathmatch with an exploding time bomb.

-Gruesome: A UFC fight.

-Battle Royal: Including
*Four Man Match
*A gauntlet Match
*An over the top rope match

In match options you can do the following:
-Change the rules from Normal/American(?)/Hardcore
-Change the match to a 2 Count fall, Submissions only or
a regular 3 count fall
-Change the time limit from 5 min - Unlimited min.
-Change the number of falls from 1 to 3
-Turn on or off the Computer's evaluation of your match
-Change the logos on the ring
-Change the stadium that you wrestle in.
-Change the difficulty.
-Change the referee.
-Turn on and off the "Grabbing ropes breaks submission"
rule
-Turn on and off the Lumberjacks option
-In tag team matches, turn on the Tornado Tag match
-Turn on and off the match stoppage for too much damage
-Turn on/off DQs
-Change the countouts from 10 to 20 sec to off
-Change the background music

There's a tournament mode for 4-16 wrestlers
-You can Choose to watch computer matches,
highlights thereof, or skip them entirely.

There's a Survivors Series Match without all the tags

There's another gauntlet/tournanment match.

There's an audience rated match (you choose a wrestler and fight, and the computer tells you whether or not you won, based on how the audience rated your performance)

Oh, and there's a "League" mode, in which you form your own fed of up to 64 wrestlers and you wrestle various combinations of them. Neat.


As you can see, the modes are REALLY well fleshed out. It has an AWESOME selection of modes for a little hand held.

-------------------------------------------

Customization: A

There's a whole slew of spots open for CAWs, plus you can edit any of the pre-existing characters. There's not much range in the body types or clothing (though you make your own color scheme), but about every move under the sun is available for the addition of wrestlers. I don't really ever bother customizing, because it's really pretty complicated for such a simple game, but all the features are there. Plus, you can rename all the wrestlers and feds if you so desire.

Selection: A+

Why would you so desire? Because there are plenty of real wrestlers in the game, but they aren't licenced to use their names, so they're all generic. Most of the mid-top guys from WWF/WCW/ECW are represented in some form or another, plus the guys from Japan, some from Mexico, and some from the UFC/Pride etc. If you know their names, you'll have most of the top guys in the world in the game in no time.
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Sound: C+

The sound is pretty typical of a higher range Game Boy game. The music is fast paced and full-o-techno beats. The ref voices are...eh. The "wrestlers hitting the mat" sounds are all pretty good, but I wasn't that impressed with the sound over all.
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Graphics: B

The menu graphics are superb, with only mild pixelation. But the two main problems are the epilepsy inducing background movement and the actual in game graphics. The in game graphics are great compared to say...WrestleMania 2000, but the overall graphics are pretty poor for what I've seen in other GBA games. You can tell who the wrestlers are, and what they're supposed to be doing, but not much else.
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Gameplay: B+

For all the variety and options that Fire Pro offers, I found myself a little fluttered when it came to controls. Alot of the game spends time being very complicated with what you should/need to be doing to win the match, that it might leave an inexperienced gamer behind. I spent 20 minutes trying to pull off moves like I was playing Smackdown and all I did was punch my opposition a few times.

There are a few extra contols (the "L" button controls running while the "R" button makes your wrestler suck wind like Billy Gunn. Select causes a "taunt") that are kind of unwieldy in the heat of battle.

However, if you take the time to learn your stuff, it won't be THAT much of a problem.
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Overall: A

I can't stress enough that this game is fun. There's no real "career" mode that follows stories or anything, and to make the game resemble anything near real life you have to spend a couple hourse editing the nearly 200 guys in the game, but really there isn't a better wrestling game on the handheld market, and for pure wrestling, it's one of the best on any system.

That having been said, again, I wouldn't recommend it unless you're willing to spend some time learning the interior of the game and learning how to pull off the moves crisply. Especially in the UFC matches, where no matter the computer level, they will automatically pull out a submission and make you tap.

Get it if you are looking for a solid wrestling game without the pomp and circumstance of the WWF games, or if you're looking to use your link cable to play it with others.

(edited by Excalibur05 on 1.2.02 1531)
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Since: 7.1.02

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#36 Posted on
When was Scaia ever the "king of net columnists"? When I used to read his articles he struck me as someone trying to do Lance Wright's "ECW Hype Central" schtick. And his opinions on the actual wrestling were often pitiful - remember when he predicted Sabu-Sandman Tables & Ladders at N2R to be 'an easy five stars'?

As for Keith, his rants can be interesting (I actually haven't read one of them in a long while though), but the guy can be down-right hateful in conversation, to say the least.

Plus, he was buddy-buddy with psychotic Herb Kunze-stalker Sean Shannon long after everyone else knew Shannon was a free toy short of a Happy Meal.



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joecollins
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#37 Posted on

    Originally posted by BenoitFan7
    And his opinions on the actual wrestling were often pitiful - remember when he predicted Sabu-Sandman Tables & Ladders at N2R to be 'an easy five stars'


Well, he was a big ECW fan... I'm sure ALL the ECW fans thought that match was going to be "an easy five stars."

Can't really blame him for buying into Paul E.'s junk like everyone else did.



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#38 Posted on
Errrr no. I was as big an ECW fan as anybody at that time, but when I heard that they had that match planned for the PPV, one of my first thoughts was "my God, that's gonna suck." Either guy was sloppy enough for the both of 'em, so I'm surprised even he wouldn't have taken notice of the match's impending egregiousness. Not that I'm saying I'm better or smarter than Scaia was (*cough*...) but the guy seemed to buy into everyone's hype and then just regurgitate it on his own little style, no matter the company (though especially the WWF). I just never really saw what was so great about his columns (except for the Marvez stuff and The Rick Says). He seemed to 'get famous' because he knew how to promote himself on RSPW.

Ehhhh, I don't want to sit here and totally rag on the guy, so I'll leave it on a positive - if I were running a wrestling promotion, I'd have him do the website since he's great at hyping things.



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Since: 11.12.01
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#39 Posted on
OK, this is pretty damn funny. People getting on Rick's case because he isn't breaking any news. I don't know if you've noticed people....THERE ISN'T ANY NEWS TO BREAK!

THERE ARE NO MORE MAJOR PROMOTIONAL WARS!
THERE IS ONLY ONE MAJOR PROMOTION!

If you actually LOOKED at the other sites OO is compared to, you'll find that THOSE are filled with the always-thrilling "Autograph appearances" and "radio reviews" not exactly groundbreaking material. Everything else is opinion. And Rick does a fine job of putting it all together. And so damn what if he gets a bit excited about an upcoming event...maybe he LIKES PRO WRESTLING.

I hope Rick is laughing his ass off at some of this thread. Reminds me of when some guy posted on a local message board that I was "the worst announcer in the history of radio." Just spell the name right, chillun!



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#40 Posted on
Um... Okay.



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