By Hockeymask27 38 Comments
First let me start of by saying this is more a writing exercise due to boredom and I have no hopes this will be take seriously. The purpose of this blog is to express my feelings as to why NHL 11 should be the next TNT game. I'll go over in my opinion what characteristics of games in general make for better TNT's. Why NHL 11 would satisfy those characteristics. So lets get on with it.
Its been a little over a year since TNT began here on Giantbomb. While all TNT's form Super Street Fighter 4 to Dirt 3 have been entertaining at times some TNT have been more successful then others. What make some TNT's better than others? The first thing that pops into my mind is not being a FPS. Don't get me wrong I love shooting dudes in the face as much as the next guy. However FPS limits watch-ability as it gets kind of repetitive after 2 hours. Also when dealing with FPS it limits the ability for the community to interact with the staff members besides shooting them in the face. Think about the Red Dead TNT is was great seeing the community going up to tall tress with Ryan bear hunting. Another problem with FPS or even third person shooters it limits guests on the shows comments to usually "shoot that guy"
Another great staple in a good TNT is the ability to have has many people as possible participate in the given 2 hours. Lets face it you would be pretty bummed out if you made it on to the GBTNT friend list just not get a chance to participate. That is where I believe racing games fall short. Dirt 3 has a recent example only limit amount of people could join and because of the session length only a number of races were possible.
When it comes to a great TNT community creation seems key. I love hearing the Staff go nuts of the dumb/cool shit the community can come up with. Heck even the staff can get into at times. Seeing those crazy caws in WWE All-Stars was great. Recently Virtua Davis stole the show in the Tennis TNT. I think when players can show off there creative side everyone wins. Just ask Jeff "UNO".
Finally the most important thing in a stellar TNT, The possibility for a crazy as shit to happen. From crazy crashes in racing TNT's to comebacks in fighting games TNT to epic fails in shooting TNT's nothing more satisfying for me then watching the Staff either losing there shit laughing or be shocked by how cool something just was.
So why would NHL 11 be a great TNT game? First of all. The Staff almost know nothing about hockey. Which leaves the door open to crazy stories about the one time they almost watched a game. Or crazy misconceptions about the sport. More Importantly however by playing 6 vs 6 team play we can get the community involved fast. Having people team up with the staff is always fun. Also since Ryan would have five team mates it wouldn't matter if he had no idea what he was doing he could learn while is team mates carried him. I'm sure the staff would get kick out of some players made up player names and how they designed their player. I could see the possibility of awesome goals,plays and goal celebration. I'm sure the staff will love the after whistle mayhem and fights. With the ability of having Canada vs USA games there could be some intense community competition.
More of this please.