Weekly Waves 42: Music from the Tony Hawk Games

This week’s playlist is curated by @caedwards99 and is based around music from the soundtracks for the Tony Hawk video game series.

Video Games That Need Remastered or Brought Back

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. I typed this article before Friday; therefore, I cannot do an “Astroworld” review like I wanted. Instead, I have noticed that many games are getting remastered and even a new game. It is apparent that game developers are starting to go for the nostalgic feel and it is selling. Games like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro have made a comeback and here is some games that I do believe would sell just as well.

Any NCAA Games Ever

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This would is extremely obvious. We are all ready for college sports games to be back because there is something about them that is just simply captivating. From creating schools, players, coaches, and turning around programs, the game has it all. Fellow writer, Aaron, wrote about the football aspect of it. While football was fun as hell, even the basketball and baseball games were just as good. The games are still highly popular on Youtube and they even go to crazy heights to recreate the NCAA games. Go ahead EA, stop being assholes. We are ready.

Twisted Metal

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This whacky derby style game was crazy fun. It was extremely fun just bashing other cars and friends for hours on end. we got a remake for the PS3, but it’s time for a new one. We need more cars and maps. It would be cool if they could do a collaboration with modern TV shows and figures.

Nicktoons Racing

Another game I would spend hours on he computer playing. It rumored that we are getting a remake of this game with a combination of old and new characters and tracks. I truly hope they do not rip off Mario Kart but we will see.

Backyard Sports

We have had Backyard for Xbox 360 and PS3, but it was truly half assed. The last good one was Backyard Baseball for the PS2. It would be fun playing with all the new age athletes combined with our beloved characters like Pablo Sanchez, Keisha Phillips, and Pete Wheeler. I would buy the gamut of games if they remade them right now.

Super Mario Strikers

This game was brought back to memory on a recent road trip to Cincinnati. This game was fun as hell and super hard. It was always heated because the game is super fast paced. Imaging it on a new platform, the Switch, would be outstanding.

Any Fox Animation Domination Cartoon

A new Simpsons, Family Guy, or even bring us an American Dad or Bob’s Burgers game would be amazing. I am mainly calling for a new Simpson’s: Hit and Run game. I would spend hours playing this game and never got tired of it. For Family Guy, all their games have been kind of half assed and truly have amazing potential. I would personally love an American Dad or Bob’s Burger free roam type of game.

What do you think? What games would you like to see remastered or brought back? Let us know in the comments! Thank you for spending apart of your Friday with me and the rest of the Mid-American crew. As always, stay tuned in for more fresh daily content.

Bring Back NCAA Football Games

Today, I will be briefly ranting about two things near and dear to my heart: football and video games. More specifically, I will be talking about NCAA Football video games. NCAA 14 was the last college football game released by EA, do to licensing disputes and a plethora of other issues. At the time in which the games were still coming out, I wasn’t an exceptional fan. I liked them, I always purchased them, but with the exception of 2012, I always preferred Madden games to their NCAA counterpart (Madden 12 was awful). However, I recently started watching a YouTube gaming channel which featured an NCAA 14 Dynasty series, which hit me right in the nostalgia spot. So, for the first time in years, I hooked up my old Xbox 360 and played some NCAA 13. I ended up not buying NCAA 14 for whatever reason, so I made do with what I had. I was immediately enthralled by the game. I had forgotten just how in-depth and fun the Dynasty mode was. I absolutely love the recruiting process and I find it to be just as fun, if not more so, than the actual games themselves. The nature of college football forces players to constantly be looking to the teams future, as you have a maximum of 5 seasons at most with any and all in-game players. Currently, I am going into my 4th season as head coach of my local team, the Marshall University Thundering Herd. I hold an immaculate record, having lost only 4 games in those 3 completed years (playing on Heisman difficulty, of course). I have both a Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl victory, and two C-USA Championships to show for my success. I’m pressing on in my dynasty, not feeling the slightest hint of exhaustion or boredom toward the game. This has led me to raise the question of why in the world the NCAA and EA Sports have not revived this series. The game is exceptional. I obviously don’t have exact figures, but I’m 100% certain that the NCAA Football series made millions of dollars for EA. It undoubtedly exposed a significant amount of people to college football, to the benefit of the NCAA. Surely the two sides could reach an agreement on a way to bring the series back. On top of that, the game could be heavily beneficial to the players themselves. I have always been a strong supporter of paying college athletes. While I do not believe that they should receive any compensation outside of a scholarship from the school’s themselves, the players should be able to monetize their likeness, in the form of profiting from their respective jersey and merchandise sales, as well as actual usage of their likeness in things like the NCAA Football video game series. The reintroduction of the game could be the best possible way to ensure a higher quality of life for both college athletes and causal video game players. The series has provided me with countless hours of fun, and continues to do so, despite the last rendition of the game being 5+ years old. The revival of the game could help bridge the gap between the millions of dollars made by the NCAA and the lack of compensation for college athletes. Bringing back the game would be a win-win-win situation for the NCAA, collegiate athletes, and video game players alike. In my opinion, this is something that really, really needs to happen. I hope to one day be able to turn on my new-generation gaming console and again be able to enjoy the fun of the college football experience, sooner rather than later.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to check out some of the other great content from the writers at Mid-American Culture. Thanks for reading!