Why NHL 11 should be the next TNT game.


My poor Photoshop is poor 
 
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.
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38 Comments
Edited by Hockeymask27

My poor Photoshop is poor 
 
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.
Posted by commandercup

This is genius. I would go and buy NHL 11 again to take part. NHL 11 is one of the best sports games, and it'd be crazy to play it with the GB crew in 6v6 matches with totally random GB'ers.

Posted by matti00

I nominate myself as goaltender. Totally up for this (even if no one else would be)

Posted by Hockeymask27
@commandercup@matti00: Thanks for the support.
Posted by TooWalrus
Posted by zameer

Totally up for this; you're on to something! 

Posted by Brendan

This is a brilliant idea, and a wonderful explanation.  Do it GB, so I can watch!

Posted by Hockeymask27
@zameer said: 

Totally up for this; you're on to something! 

@Brendan said: 

This is a brilliant idea, and a wonderful explanation.  Do it GB, so I can watch!

Glad to see I'm not crazy 
 
also added nhl 2k11 quicklook to show what they can bring commentary wise.
Posted by sandal_hat

I support this wholeheartedly.

Posted by iAmJohn

I was about to say that this would be stupid because they know nothing about hockey or hockey games and it would just be a shitshow.  But then I read your OP. 
 
Dude, you're totally right.  That would be bad-ass.

Posted by snide

I'm just going to go out an mention that I know quite a bit about hockey. Was a Capitals season ticket holder for years when I lived in DC. :)

Edited by Franstone

Could also play Fifa 11.
11 on 11 TnT soccer sounds like a blast!
 
Edit: GO BRUINS!!

Posted by sasnipes

Also, its the playoffs :D Might be another reason to add to your others. 

Posted by Renahzor

I like this idea for TNT, I also thought any of the sports titles would make a great Scrub League Tournament Round II, although the individual matches might be too long for such a format since the MK SLT took as long as it did.  

Edited by Hockeymask27
@snide: Had no idea awesome. 
@Franstone: That also be sweet 
@sasnipes: true dat 
Posted by Hockeymask27
@Renahzor said:
I like this idea for TNT, I also thought any of the sports titles would make a great Scrub League Tournament Round II, although the individual matches might be too long for such a format since the MK SLT took as long as it did.  
sports game would be to long for scrub league unless they made like a one period/quarter/half rule.
Posted by ShadowVirus

I support this idea.

Posted by matti00
@snide

I'm just going to go out an mention that I know quite a bit about hockey. Was a Capitals season ticket holder for years when I lived in DC. :)

About when was that? Just so we know what calibre of Capitals team you were dealing with haha
Posted by Hockeymask27
@ShadowVirus said:
I support this idea.
Welcome to the fold.
Posted by YetiAntics

It would be nice for the GB Crew to do sports games in general!  
NHL 11 would a pretty good way to start!

Posted by Vinny_Says
@Hockeymask27: It's a great idea! Just a few questions: Isn't NHL12 out already and when playing 6 on 6 is everyone assigned a single player or a single position? Because playing as the goalie sounds lame.
Posted by RTSlord

i would be part of this TNT

Posted by Hockeymask27
@blacklabeldomm said:
@Hockeymask27: It's a great idea! Just a few questions: Isn't NHL12 out already and when playing 6 on 6 is everyone assigned a single player or a single position? Because playing as the goalie sounds lame.
NHL 12 comes out in September. Also yes everyone gets one position,playing goalie is fun but is fucking hard.
Posted by shua310

NHl 11 is super fun and hockey would be perfect. Just the right amount of skill involved yet always the ability for a team to comeback with some luck. I'll make a poll.

Posted by Hockeymask27
@shua310 said:
NHl 11 is super fun and hockey would be perfect. Just the right amount of skill involved yet always the ability for a team to comeback with some luck. I'll make a poll.
more power to you
Posted by ColinWright

Hell Yeah.

Posted by DurgerTime

This would be the best TNT ever.

Posted by joey

I approve of this idea.

Posted by laserbolts
I am totally down for this. Just the fact that all players being user controlled would be some crazy fucking hockey. Also I want to see some savage hockey fighting.
Posted by Hockeymask27
@wh4tshisface said:
Hell Yeah.
@DaBomb said:
This would be the best TNT ever.

@laserbolts said:
I am totally down for this. Just the fact that all players being user controlled would be some crazy fucking hockey. Also I want to see some savage hockey fighting.
@joey said:
I approve of this idea  
Thanks everyone
Posted by supermike6

I'd be down. NHL 11 is awesome.

Posted by XTraFries

I played this game with a friend of mine a bunch last semester.  
 So many Devils vs Rangers games..... 
 

Couldn't support this more

Online
Posted by SlightConfuse

Im down this would be awesome

Posted by Noisician

I support this endeavor.

Posted by Hockeymask27
@Stroyent@slightconfuse@supermike6@XTraFries: You are the resistance
Posted by Joker369

Sounds awesome

Posted by warxsnake

go habs...sigh....go

Posted by Hockeymask27
@Joker369: I know right? 
@warxsnake: only like 5 more months duder.