Mar 132011

So I checked out the Cotto vs Mayorga fight last night and it was a very entertaining boxing match. Cotto kept his cool throughout the bout and didn’t fall for Mayorga’s show boating and unorthodox fighting style. Mayorga spent the whole fight talking smack to Cotto and tried to downplay all the straight jabs and power punches to his face and seemed like he was more interested in telling Cotto that the punches didn’t hurt than fighting. Cotto just kept pluggng away and scoring points the whole match.

Cotto ultimately won on a TKO in the 12th round when Mayorga gave up after a punishing shot to the chin by cotto forced the Nicaraguan fighter to his knees. He attributed his 12th round withdrawal to pain in his left hand forcing him to quit.

I personally didn’t see where he hurt his hand after the shot to his chin. But nonetheless, it was a great fight. Going in to the match I knew Mayoga was a very cocky and arrogant fighter, but the more I watched the fight, the more I pulled for Cotto. Mayorga’s cockiness was ultimately what cost him the fight. My favorite part of the fight other than the phantom injury to his hand, was when Mayorga put his hands down to taunt Cotto and the Puerto Rican answered with 3 quick straight jabs to the face that seemed to shut up, err, I mean stun Mayorga.

I am by no means a boxing expert or someone who covers boxing on a continual bases. I am just a fan that likes to kick it with friends and enjoy a good fight.

This was a perfect ending to a day that started out spending time with the kids while the girls went out to Napa for a well deserved overnight rest and relaxation mini-trip. All the dads stayed behind and took the kids to a pizza lunch and afternoon jaunt to Benicia’s “Big Slide” Park. The kids had a great time running around and draining their energy! We watched the kids go down the big slide countless times. After a few hours of that and spinning on the Tire Swings it was just about time to go. Now when we all got back to the house, after dinner and fudge Popsicles, the kids went to sleep or played in the upstairs room quietly (since all the energy was left in Benicia 🙂 ) and Daddy Day Care officially closed and the “Beer and Leftover Pizza Lounge” opened up so we can watch the fight!

Mar 022011

After several posts about sports, snow trips, funny stuff and family gatherings, this is my first “nerd” blog. It seems only fitting to post my first “Tech” article during the beginning of the Gamer Developers Conference (GDC) at Mascone Center in San Francisco.

I am going to talk about the long awaited game developed by DICE an Electronic Arts Company, called Battlefield 3. I personally have never really played any First Person Shooter (FPS) games before Battlefield Bad Company 2 which came out last year. But that’s all it took. I have been hooked on the Battlefield series ever since. I only wish I played when the franchise first started years ago. I play it on the Xbox 360, but after following the anticipated features of and various footage that has come out in the last few weeks, I may switch to the PC version of BF3 when it is available sometime in the fall of 2011. The new graphics on the game can only be appreciated on a High Performance PC with a a high end video card. My new project before the game’s release is to build a box suitable to take advantage of the graphics and gameplay of this game.

This is the premier trailer

It has been about 5 years since the previous release of the Battlefield series. Battlefield 2 was released in 2006 and was an online exclusive PC game with several expansion packs added on later. As developers worked to create a battlefield 2 sequel, a couple of spin offs of the Battlefield franchise were created with Battlefield: Bad Company and Bad Company 2. When Bad Company 2 came out, the Frostbite engine used for the game introduced building demolition to FPS games which was first started with walls being knocked out in Bad Company and continued with a Bad Company 2 with version 1.5. Version 2.0 engine will be used in the new BF3 game and will introduce Destruction 3.0 that has much more refined physics that includes all of the capabilities of past versions and just makes it better and scales destruction to another level during gameplay. This will allow the destruction of larger buildings that create a more complex visual as a tall building crumbles to rubble on your screen. The new engine creates a more realistic gaming experience that looks more lifelike than any other shooter game I’ve ever seen.

This came out Tuesday during the GDC in San Francisco at the the press release officially announcing the game:

I can’t wait until this comes out. Stay tuned for more Battlefield 3 updates.

Battlefield 3, and all of the other Battlefield games mentioned in this article and Frostbite are Trademarks of EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (DICE) and Electronic Arts Inc.