Nicklaus Design to join forces with Perfect Parallel golf video game

Jack (Middle) discussing the layout for a course.

Jack (Middle) discussing the layout for a course.

Jack Nicklaus’ golf course designing company simply titled “Nicklaus Design” has teamed up with video game company Perfect Parallel to utilize the game’s “Course Forge” software for their real life designs. This is a revolution in the golf course design business as utilizing the software makes course designing much more simpler for Nicklaus Designs.

With Perfect Parallel’s Course Forge, it’s as simple as drawing the fairways, greens and bunkers and can really make a golf course come to life. The fact that Nicklaus Designs will be using PP’s Course Forge is a huge attraction for the golf gamers.

It’s a big deal because this powerful Course Forge software will gain the trust from gamers if they know that Nicklaus Design will use it for their real life courses. Major announcement for golf course designers, golf business people and golfers alike. The future of arguably the most important aspect of the sport is right in front of us and it’s quite beautiful.

As I’ve mentioned, players of the game can take advantage of this powerful software as well, just like Nicklaus Designs.

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Here’s the press release on Perfect Parallel’s website about the Nicklaus Course Designer:

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September 16, 2014

U.S.-based video game developer and golf visualization company Perfect Parallel has announced a new strategic initiative with Nicklaus Design, the world leader in golf course design and the global firm founded by golf icon Jack Nicklaus, to adapt three-dimensional (3-D) modeling techniques developed in the gaming and entertainment world to the world of professional golf course design.

Nicklaus Design has adopted Perfect Parallel’s software suite as its official 3-D course design engine, and will be the only golf course design firm with that capability. Nicklaus Design is integrating these tools with its T2Green CAD system to create virtual working models of its golf course designs, which can be viewed in three dimensions and actually played with a golf simulator during the design and construction process.

Although Nicklaus Design has been an industry leader since the late 1980s in the use of CAD systems to design golf courses, adding the Perfect Parallel engine will dramatically enhance the process by generating prototype course designs in a very realistic 3-D environment. These models will give Nicklaus Design and the client the ability to exchange realistic and detailed visual information during the design and permitting process and aid contractors in interpreting the final design during the construction process.

The Perfect Parallel team comes with a global reputation in 3-D modeling and simulation for entertainment uses, including Broadcast TV, sports visualization and simulation, and electronic gaming. Perfect Parallel will drive the joint initiative with Nicklaus Design by licensing the use of its software tools to develop and visualize its golf course designs.

“Forming this relationship was an important strategic decision for our design company, and we became interested in Perfect Parallel based on the realism and accuracy of the cutting-edge golf course models they have been able to produce for broadcast TV and video game products,” said John Reese, CEO for the Nicklaus Companies. “As Nicklaus Design extends its golf course design business to geographical areas farther from home, where the traditional design and construction process is not as well understood, and where technology plays a very important role in local cultures and economies, the ability to demonstrate its reputation for quality with the latest professional-grade visualization software has become critical. In Perfect Parallel, we have found a company that understands the direction golf and technology are heading, and we are confident that the 3-D models we produce will provide graphic evidence of the technical and artistic superiority of our design work.”

Nicklaus Design has created more than 380 courses open for play in 38 countries and 39 U.S states. No fewer than 110 Nicklaus Design courses have hosted a combined total of over 770 professional tournaments or significant national amateur championships. Close to 100 Nicklaus Design courses have appeared in various national and international Top-100 lists.

“We are proud of our position globally, and, in fact, we are currently working projects in 18 different countries,” said Nicklaus Design President Jack Nicklaus II. “The universal language of visual communication allows us to reach across geographical, language and cultural differences and engage our clients in the design process. Our partnership with Perfect Parallel gives us access to tools that will revolutionize our communications by allowing everyone to visualize our designs in a realistic format as they take shape, whether at our design studio in Florida or in a client’s office half a world away.”

Perfect Parallel President and COO Andrew Jones is excited by the mutual benefits and potential of the new agreement reached with Nicklaus Design.

“Prior to the opportunity to work with Nicklaus Design, Perfect Parallel had never looked for a strategic corporate relationship or endorsement deal for our software,” Jones said. “Our focus was licensing our core software suite to end users in the golf entertainment and media industries; however, it became clear early on in our discussions that a broader strategic relationship with Nicklaus Design will help expand our offerings and client base. There is no doubt in my mind that Perfect Parallel and all of its products will benefit from our association with Nicklaus Design, as we collaborate on developing technology and software for golf that integrates real world data with our virtual environments.”

About Perfect Parallel Inc.
Perfect Parallel is a software company specializing in virtual sports gaming, broadcast television, marketing and simulation. All of Perfect Parallel’s software products–including Terrain ForgeTM, Course ForgeTM, Broadcast Suite, and Perfect Golf–incorporate fully geo-referenced spatial data that enables the integration of real world data into their virtual environments. As the consumer and commercial markets surrounding broadcasting, gaming and mobile continue to battle for user time, Perfect Parallel is leading the push to integrate these three platforms into a single experience that will bring the user closer to the action and more integrated into it. The future of sports simulation is not just in making the experience more realistic, it is in making the user an integrated part of it and allowing users to compete against the professionals that are on television at their gaming console, PC or mobile device.

Perfect Parallel Inc. is incorporated in Florida, with office locations in Buffalo, NY; Washington, DC; and Manchester, England. For more information on Perfect Parallel’s visualization services visit http://www.perfectpa…m/visualization or contact them via email at info@perfectparallel.com.

About the Nicklaus Companies
The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions and growing the game. For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer, golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus. In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to help further the growth of the company and to realize the full potential of the brands and branded businesses. Howard Milstein is Chairman of New York Private Bank & Trust and is actively involved in the Nicklaus Companies serving as Co-Chairman along with Jack.

Products and services include golf-course design, development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus-branded products have been marketed worldwide since 1962. The Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear-branded lifestyle collection of products include: restaurants; beverages; wine; home appliances; flooring; cabinets; apparel; footwear; and golf equipment.

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, please visit www.nicklaus.com.

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Contacts:

Nicklaus Companies
Scott Tolley
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Tel: 561-227-0300
scott.tolley@nicklaus.com

Perfect Parallel
Andrew Jones
President and Chief Operating Officer
301.693.2639
andrew@perfectparallel.com
www.perfectparallel.com


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PREVIEW: The Golf Club Looks to be the Quiet Storm of Sports Video Games

Taking a practice swing on my newly designed "Windy City Golf Club". If you play the game, look it up!

Taking a practice swing on my newly designed “Windy City Golf Club”. If you play the game, look it up!

The Golf Club, a video game by HB Studios looks to make a name for itself among the sports gaming community and so far it’s been looking great. I had a chance to check out the game thanks to the game being available via Steam’s Early Access.

I will say first hand that the game is fantastic and it hasn’t even released yet. The Greg Norman Course Designer is a major selling point. The gameplay and golf swing mechanics are very smooth and realistic and the sounds are absolutely superb.

The overall quality of the audio made me jump out my seat a bit. It really does sound like you’re out on the golf course with the sounds of wildlife right in your ear while playing on your new beautifully designed golf course.

John, the commentator (Who you can follow on Twitter @NewVoiceofGolf) is great. He sounds realistic and not robotic at all and it feels like he’s right there with you! No joke, I was looking around my room when I first heard him speak.

I was about go all ninja and stuff! He’s great and some of the most realistic sports game commentary I’ve heard. The best thing is? The game will be continuously updated so there will likely be more speech, game modes, etc added.

Yup, that’s right. Not a yearly release! That’s a fantastic way to go with sports games as many fans were wondering why nobody has done this. HB Studios knows what’s up! Now, let me get to the crown jewel of the game that is the Greg Norman Course Designer.

The possibilities are ENDLESS with this amazing mode. You can sculpt the greens, bunkers, or even the land around you and HB’s official course in the game called Knoll Down Golf Club provides an excellent example of this as the surrounding land is very hilly.

You can add everything from the clubhouse to trees and plants to even animals and vehicles and yes you can put them wherever you want….even the fairways and greens (OBSTACLESSSS! Kidding!)!

You can place beautiful clubhouses with an army of golf carts next to it!

You can place beautiful clubhouses with an army of golf carts next to it!

There are four themes to pick from right now (Rural, Alpine, Autumn and Desert) with a Links theme coming during the full release of the game which is my personal favorite theme without a doubt (When you play the game, in the course selection, search “Kings Island” and there will be two courses that are links style)! The course customization is so deep already that you can create your own fairways anyway you like with the power of the “Create Surfaces” tool.

You can add new designs to greens and fairways to give them unique looks and you can even choose what time of day you want your course to be in or even what side of the sky you want the sun to be on. Probably the most powerful thing about the Greg Norman Course Designer, and this is probably the star of the entire game, is the course generator.

I was even able to shape the bunker on the right to look like the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago for my Windy City Golf Club course.

I was even able to shape the bunker on the right to look like the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago for my Windy City Golf Club course.

This feature within the course designer is an absolute gem in gaming. It’s the first thing you’ll notice as soon as you fire up the course designer. All you do is select the theme you want, then there will be a screen with three wheels.

One wheel shows “trees”, one shows “water”, and the other shows “hills”. You rotate the wheel on each of these so the designer can know how many trees, how much water, and how many hills you want on your course. Once you do that, select how many holes you want, your selected difficulty for the course and then give it a name.

Then BOOM! A brand new, beautifully designed, never before seen golf course is created for you. Now it’s up to you if you just want to publish it to the world or tweak it a bit. This powerful feature is unbelievable.

You can literally design a course in seconds! This is great for people who don’t have a whole lot of time for full designing and just want to have a beautiful golf course for other virtual golfers to play. Below is a video I created showcasing a small sample size of gameplay and the power of the Greg Norman Course Designer’s course generator.

You’ll likely be able to grab your copy of The Golf Club on August 25th when the game will feature an even more richer golf experience. In the meantime, you can download the Steam Early Access version here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/269730/

Also, your computer needs to be DirectX 11 compatible for play. I recommend the Lenovo Y510p or Y410p laptops if your computer isn’t DirectX 11 compatible. I use the Y510 and it’s fantastic!

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“The Golf Club” Video Game to Feature Greg Norman Golf Course Design

Dat hat though....

Dat hat though….

Hall of Fame golfer and soon to be golf broadcaster for Fox Sports, Greg Norman is taking his talents to the video game world. Greg, a two-time British Open champion, who has a golf course designing company which has found tons of success since 1987, will team up with upcoming golf game “The Golf Club” which is developed by HB Studios, a developer that has helped EA Sports with numerous games. They were going to develop EA’s latest golf game but EA decided to cancel the game until next year which led to HB creating its own golf game. This was a bold move from the start as HB has a small development team that’s only in the double digits. Now, with this huge partnership with “The Shark”, the game looks to be a true contender in the sports gaming category and a possible threat to EA’s golf game.

Norman’s course designing company has received high praise and is considered the third best course designing company in the world. One of the cool and surprising moves is that Norman and his crew will USE The Golf Club’s course designer themselves to help them build and demo courses for real life use. In other words, any course they design in the game, it will be built in real life. This shows the true power of The Golf Club’s course creator feature, that a legendary company such as the Greg Norman Course Design company would use it to build real life courses. That, my friends, is pretty cool.

This is a screenshot of the main menu of "The Golf Club". Right, smack dab in the middle, the Greg Norman Course Designer.

This is a screenshot of the main menu of “The Golf Club”. Right, smack dab in the middle, the Greg Norman Course Designer.

The course creator was already into effect for HB’s golf game, and was already a brilliant idea but now the course creator is properly titled the “Greg Norman Course Designer”. This feature is the crown jewel of the game which is why the Greg Norman move is huge. There have already been several courses made through The Golf Club’s original course creator in the Steam Early Access version of the game. In golf, the course is the star, and for HB to develop a beautiful golf game with a course creator and to have one of the top course designing companies in the world as an endorsement is a massive step for HB and this game. I am a sports game junkie and I LOVE a good golf game, especially when it has some of the cool features The Golf Club has.

On a more personal note, and I bet some of you guys could relate to this, I was considering attending school to learn landscape design (For golf courses) as well as the media/journalism business but decided to go to the best school that would help me with my love of the media business. Basically, to you high school kids, choosing a college can be tough sometimes! I never really appreciated golf course design much when I first got into golf because all I wanted to do was get the ball in the freaking hole. However, growing up a bit, I started to appreciate design more and now I don’t just look at courses for the beauty of the surroundings (Although that’s still a huge factor for me) but the design of the courses themselves. With the golf course designer and the smooth looking gameplay, The Golf Club looks ready as it gets closer to launch. Look out sports game world! The Golf Club is on the rise!

As mentioned, you can check out the game right now in Steam Early Access.

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WATCH: Trailer to EA Sports’ Tigerless Golf Game Looks Out of This World

Oh….My….GOLF! EA Sports released a trailer at popular gaming convention, E3 for their next golf game which will not include Tiger Woods and it looks PHENOMENAL! The graphics for “EA Sports PGA Tour” look amazing and the fantasy course will blow you away. I’m a sports video game junkie. Other than golf and journalism, it’s sports video games for me and let me tell you that this trailer is the best looking golf trailer I’ve ever seen. It’s too early to tell but it looks great so far. Most people dislike fantasy courses but you will NOT be disappointed after checking out this E3 trailer. With Ian Poulter, who took a picture a while back in studio while working with EA and now he’s the star of EA Sports PGA Tour’s first trailer, this could definitely be your cover athlete for the game but it’s definitely too early to tell. View this short video with your own risk….

With The Golf Club coming out soon, EA making a return, and still with the possibility of 2K Sports releasing a golf game, it’s going to be very interesting in the golf video game world. Get excited virtual golfers! You’ll have a lot of couch golf to play this and next year! Oh and I absolutely love that “Golf without limits” saying. It tells you that you can play golf anywhere, anytime and it’s TRUE! That’s why it’s the greatest sport in the world.

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New Golf Video Game Which Doesn’t Include Tiger Woods or Other Pros, Receives Impressive Hype Score

Actual screenshot from HB Studios' The Golf Club video game which will release for the PS4, Xbox One and PC in the spring.

Actual screenshot from HB Studios’ The Golf Club video game.

The Golf Club, the new video game from Canadian game developer HB Studios has already received and impressive score although it hasn’t been released yet and no, Tiger Woods isn’t in the game nor is any other PGA or LPGA Tour golfer but that doesn’t stop golf game fans from giving it a terrific hype score of 9 out of 10. Yup, that’s right, a near perfect score. Although the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series has had an impressive run of scores at 9 out of 10 over the past few years but what makes this score particularly remarkable is for one, it doesn’t bear Tiger Woods’ name on it, secondly, it’s being developed by a company that isn’t EA or 2K Sports but HB Studios and from what I heard, there are only 10 to 15 people working on this game and they already managed to create the holy grail of golf video game features in a course designer feature where players can create any course to their heart’s desire whether it’s Augusta National, Cypress Point or Pine Valley, gamers everywhere can create any course they want, including their home course (Randall Oaks Golf Club in the Chi, what up!). The amazing thing is, it took HB only a month to put this game changing feature in there according to their developer diary.

I mentioned in a recent article about the game that with a huge feature like that and smooth gameplay, The Golf Club in my eyes, will be a Sports Game of the Year nominee. Probably won’t win considering the fact that it would be going up against the likes of NBA 2K and Fifa but a nomination at least by one or two publications would be a major accomplishment. The only thing that may be a little weird for virtual golfers who tee it up in this game is that there is no broadcast presentation. The focus of the game is supposed to basically be in the shoes a golfer who’s playing a round with his or buddies. Just a typical round of golf…only with super mega awesome epic core creating abilities! Regardless of not having a broadcast presentation, the game still looks spectacular. Probably the best thing about The Golf Club and I mentioned this before, is the fact that HB Studios will do continuous updates on the game instead of having yearly releases and this is something that many sports fans have asked for is to have updates on games and just have bi annual releases instead of yearly ones due to some of the many bugs some sports games carry especially Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, although it’s a fun game, it’s filled with bugs and was only updated once.

Not to mention, these updates that HB Studios is talking about are not just going to be run of the mill updates from what I’ve heard. These updates could include new on course visuals, new tools for the course creator or even new game modes (Wouldn’t that be something?). I was so impressed with what I’ve seen so far from the game, that I have The Golf Club logo featured as the cover photo on the GP Golf Report Facebook page as some of you might have seen already. There’s no specifics on a release date yet but we do know that it’s during the spring so it very well could be an April or May release. There’s also a nice interview Operation Sports did The Golf Club’s Executive Producer, Peter Garcian. How good could this game be? Or will it fall? It’s all in HB’s hands after EA’s golf series took the year off, they just have to deliver a great golf experience for all. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below! Would love to hear from you!

WARNING: Course creator may make you feel like a God amongst men so please use with CAUTION! Colin, out!

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No Tiger Woods Video Game? No Problem as HB Studios Announces “The Golf Club” and it Looks Like an Early Sports Game of the Year Candidate

Yes, this is an actual screenshot from the game. Look at it! LOOK AT IT!

Yes, this is an actual screenshot from the game. Look at it! LOOK AT IT!

Remember the article I wrote a while back regarding EA Sports parting ways with Tiger Woods while mentioning a new golf game that was supposed to be on the way? Well, virtual golfers can rejoice as the new game is officially a reality now after long weeks of questions, rumors and hype within the golf video game community. HB Studios officially announced their new golf game called “The Golf Club” which will be released this spring so it’s right around the corner. The game is going to be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC and having a golf game on the PC is HUGE as many PC golfers have been begging for a new title for them to hit the links on their laptops and desktops. This is also an excellent move for HB Studios to have a PC version of the game as it will be easily accessible for gamers who don’t have PS4’s and Xbox One’s since they’ve all been selling out like crazy (Or at least the PS4’s have). The game will have some solid features including one feature that will define sports gaming. A golf course creator. You can create an unlimited amount of courses in the game for you and your friends to play.

The best thing about this feature obviously is the fact that you can create any course in the world from Augusta National to Pine Valley, the tools are all there for you and thanks to the PC’s incredible technology, creation gurus and “mod masters” (modification masters) can really make a course like Augusta look exactly like Augusta which is one reason why I’m really excited for the PC release. This feature is the heart and soul of the game so far along with no loading times. That’s right, no waiting for long load times between holes. As soon as you complete a hole, you move on to the next hole right away. There are only “minimal load times” on certain parts of the game according to HB. The graphics and gameplay look absolutely phenomenal and the swing animations are spot on.

Probably the most amazing thing is that the game is still finishing up development and looks great even right now so imagine how it’ll look when the finished product is complete? From what I’ve seen in the video, there’s no type of broadcast presentation (Not yet anyway) but you can hear what I assume is your caddy talking in the background. Probably the best thing about this game is that it will evolve over time meaning that they’re probably won’t be a sequel to the game but continuous updates over time adding new features, courses, (Yes, there are pre-made courses also but they are fiction courses), etc. This is a huge thing for sports gaming because many people have always wondered why developers never keep one game and just continue to update it over time for at least a couple of years and then release a new title.

Well, this looks like it will actually happen for the first time in sports video game history for a major developer thanks to The Golf Club. The developers are even taking ideas from fans in the forums so they can try the best in their ability to implement the community’s ideas into the game and that is just absolutely outstanding. The reason why HB can do this is because they’re their own company. They aren’t developing a game for another company like EA or 2K so they have all the freedom in the world to do whatever they want with this game and it’s really exciting to see that they treat the community like family because that’s what golf and video games do is bring people together and HB is doing an excellent job of showing this. You feel welcomed when you’re on the forums with the other golf gaming fans as HB developers take the time out to answer your questions.

Unfortunately, for PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect users, the game will not be compatible with these devices. However, they did say that they will eventually try to get them in but right now they’re just getting the base of the game in. It’s good that they’ll get the Move and Kinect in eventually because golf games are arguably the best sports games when it comes to the Move and Kinect and adds a more immerse experience. There will also be online rounds where you can play with TONS of other players and there will also be tours as well but no word on a career mode yet but again, the base of the game is going to be releasing which already looks good so once they implement all of the updates and features over time, this game will no doubt be a monster in sports gaming. No word on the release of a demo just yet but stay tuned and keep it locked here as I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as they announce it. So, overall, this game looks spectacular and in my eyes is an early Sports Game of the Year candidate if it lives up to the hype.

You can visit the official website here and you can check out the video below but be careful not to drop your jaw on the floor! Probably the funniest thing about the video is that the last thing they show is a guy missing a putt. Most sports game trailers show something epic like an insane slam dunk or a game winning touchdown, home run or a massive drive off the tee so I couldn’t help but giggle a little bit at the end!

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What if golf video games had great story modes? All would be great with the world

A screenshot of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

A screenshot of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

Ah yes, video games. The true definition of an escape from reality and into worlds full of fun. A quest that leads to accomplishments that make you feel completely epic and powerful. It’s a true way to also put our creative minds into work to show how artsy society can really be. Video Games are no doubt one of the greatest creations known to man. We’ve also seen many great sports games created as well and golf has definitely had its share of the video game glory as well which leads me to the beginning of this topic. What if golf games had great story modes to them? Over the years we’ve seen outstanding games with incredible stories and some of those games being sports games.

Fight Night Champion seemed to have an interesting story to it and so far what I’ve heard from the PS4 version of NBA 2K14 is that there’s a pretty good story mode in there as well. This brings hope for golf games in the future to follow the same paths. We’ve seen in previous versions of the popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour series that there were mini story modes and an example of that is in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 which had a neat time travel feature as you went through time to take down golf legends and fantasy characters until you reached the current generation where you take on Tiger Woods in the final battle. Yes, there was time travel in Tiger Woods 14 but Tiger Woods 06 had a tiny bit of story mode flavor to it as to where Tiger Woods 14 was challenges at best although I enjoyed the feature.

If only golf games had deeper story modes with more cutscenes and cinema style visuals to go along with great gameplay then I think you’ll have one of the greatest sports games ever made. Now, I know people are going to be like “Dude, how are you going to make a sport like golf in a video game with a great story mode? It’s GOLF!”. Well, it would take a few years of development but there are many ways you can do this. One of the ideas I had was to have a golf game where you’re an amateur golfer in the current generation and you just won a major amateur golf tournament. The beginning of the game allows you to run around freely in an open world environment in the current generation as you are in a town that’s famous for its golf therefore it’s full of golf related activities. As you walk around you can either talk to people who will give you golf challenges or give you a heads up on upcoming tournaments for you to enter.

You can also be able to go to local shops where you can purchase gear that can improve your golfer’s attributes. The more challenges you complete, the more the story starts to unfold. You’re also with a struggling family as well which adds to the emotion of the game and the connection with your character. As you progress to the first few challenges in the current generation, there would be a cutscene where you just won another tournament and you head to your locker in excitement as you start to realize the reality that you getting closer to possibly becoming a professional and that all of your struggles are over. Then you notice a glow in your locker as you’re changing back to your casual clothes (This is where things get weird but hey I’m writing this so you know things will get weird). Of course, the curious soul that you are, you stick your hand into the glow and as you do you get sucked into a portal which leads you way back to golf’s roots back in the 1400’s.

St. Andrews would make for a great main golf course in the game

St. Andrews would make for a great main golf course in the game with all of its rich royalties

As you awake, you have no idea what just happened until you realize you’re not in the current generation anymore and that you remember touching that glow in your locker. Although you’re worried about the situation, you’re also in awe and amazement of all of the beautiful castles and the view of the ocean’s horizon in the distance as well as the beautiful women and well dressed gentlemen. As you’re trying to figure out what’s going on and as you’re exploring the land, you notice that there are people playing a new game called “kolf” (Golf’s original name) as you quickly realized that they’re playing golf. Although you’re very stressed and desperate about the situation, you continue to watch the “kolfer’s” play. This is where you begin to explore your new open world in the 1400’s which is also filled with activities with the hit new game of “kolf”.

You can speak with others who will give you challenges although you’re still shell-shocked over what’s going on so your speech is a bit shaky in nervousness. As you’re going about challenges (Which can vary as putting, chipping, long drive or full tournament challenges), you’ll get to a cutscene where you spot a beautiful young woman who apparently is a princess or has royal ties of some sort. You want to speak to her but you’re not sure what to say because you don’t want to sound rude in any way. You notice that she is attending a kolf tournament which leads you to participate in your first kolf tournament as you want her to possibly notice you out on the course. However, you are still not familiar with the clubs so you try to work on your game as you’re freely roaming the gorgeous royal open world.

The cool feature of the game would be that you can choose to either practice on a course or you can use the streets as your playground as you start to improve your game with the old school clubs. There’s a guardian angel throughout some of the cutsenes that tell you that you must complete certain tasks in order to get back to the current generation. One of the cool features would be the deep customization of your character as you can choose anything whether it’s clothing, height, weight, ethnics, or even his voice (Which would contribute to the long development time considering the fact you’ll have different voice actors saying lines during cut scenes and when talking to civilians.). Another cool thing would obviously be the open world environments which would take golf gaming to new heights.

The 1400’s world would be larger considering the fact that most of the game would take place there. I think the game would have a nice twist of fantasy, love and a story a young golfer trying to make his way back home. The message of the game I think would tell you that your golfer can play the best golf of his life no matter what generation he’s in which proves his greatness in the sport. I know, I know, people are going to be like “Oh that’s way too weird” but people love that fantasy type of stuff because the traditional way won’t really go anywhere. I mean yes, we still love the traditional golf game if it’s made very well but I think it would be very refreshing to have at least one golf game with a great story line and solid gameplay.

This would also introduce the sport to many gamers who don’t follow golf. Yes, it would take time to make a game like this and yes it would cost a lot of money but it doesn’t have to have everything that I mentioned. I’m just a young kid from Chicago with a dream and an idea is all. Would be a gaming classic? Yes or no, it can go either way but I believe if the time of development is proper and if they season it with the right spices then it’s very possible that you have a masterpiece of a game both for golfers and sports fans alike. It’s the creativity and imagination in video games that make them great and can turn a sport that some may call “boring” (Ha, you’re funny) into something very enjoyable. So please feel free to share any ideas you may have on a golf game with a great story, I’d love to hear them! Who knows, maybe some developer will notice your ideas! Just a fun topic to throw out there!

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Has EA Sports Found Their New Tiger Woods?

Here's a picture of the tweet courtesy of a fan on the EA Sports forums, sadly I wasn't able to get the actual tweet but I knew it WAS there and now it's not.

Here’s a picture of the tweet courtesy of a fan on the EA Sports forums, sadly I wasn’t able to get the actual tweet but I knew it WAS there and now it’s not.

As we all know, Tiger Woods is no longer the cover boy for the EA Sports’ golfing franchise and left many of us asking the question, what’s next? Well, I did some digging around and it looks like Ian Poulter is a possible candidate as the new poster child of the legendary golf video game. There was a tweet all the way back from August that Poulter sent that went as follows: “Doing a little work for @EAsportsgolf this morning.” Although the tweet is old, I haven’t seen any other articles written about it and it could possibly hint that Ian could be the next cover boy for the game unless it’s just regular work. But if it was just regular work then why are they working so closely with him two years prior to the new game? That could be a sign because I’d think they’d be working with the cover athletes the most since they’re the stars of the game.

If this is true then I think Ian’s a solid choice since he’s a great competitor and he’s fantastic with the Ryder Cup which is arguably the biggest golf tournament in the world. Yes, not everyone likes Poulter but his competitiveness is fitting with the game and may possibly mean an inclusion of the European Tour as well as Poulter has those connections. So, is Ian Poulter going take the throne from the almighty Tiger Woods? What features would the new game have? I think it would be pretty cool seeing the home courses of some of the top players featured in the game or seeing Pine Valley and Cypress Point in there for the first time. Or neither, just have a course creator and that’ll be the icing on the cake alone! So, what do you think of the possibility of Ian Poulter being the new cover boy for the popular golf video game? As always, let me know in the comments section!

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Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino, Included in List of Top 50 Golf Video Games of All-Time

A fan favorite classic for golf fans featuring golf hall of famer and control master Lee Trevino....and no you can't fight in the game!

A fan favorite classic for golf fans featuring golf hall of famer and control master Lee Trevino….and no you can’t fight in the game!

With golf video games making a dramatic turn with Tiger Woods and EA Sports ending their relationship, HB Studios planning on releasing a golf game on the PS4 and the possible chance of 2K Sports creating a golf game, I thought it was only fitting to give you a link to a list of the top 50 golf video games of all-time. Rather new or old, these games will remain in the hearts of virtual golfers for some time to come and with many exciting changes going on in the virtual links world including the start of the PS4 and Xbox One generation, we hope to have more great golf experiences down the road. So, without further ado, here are the top 50 golf video games of all-time:

TOP 50 GOLF VIDEO GAMES OF ALL-TIME

As you just saw, the list included some of the best selling golf games and the ones that were the most popular. Although, the majority of the games were of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series, there were only a couple of them that stood out to golf fans. What other game will come out and make this list? Only time will tell but I feel very confident about where golf video games are going and I might be in the minority but I have a feeling we’ll see more golf games releasing especially with the PS4 and Xbox One coming out within the next couple of weeks. So, what’s your thoughts on the list? Do you agree with it? Disagree with it? Please let me know in the comments section if you like or dislike the list and please feel free to give your top 5 golf games of all-time. or 10. or 20. OK fine, 30….OK! FINE! 50! Thanks a bunch to Ranker.com for the list!

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Tiger Woods Won’t Even be in EA Game, Viewing Other Avenues

An awesome compilation picture of some of Woods' best games. Thanks to the Bunker Mentality blog for this sweet pic!

An awesome compilation picture of some of Woods’ best games. Thanks to the Bunker Mentality blog for this sweet pic!

The ending relationship between EA Sports and Tiger Woods is getting “spicy” now. Now it appears that Tiger won’t even be in the game at all which is both a surprise and not a surprise because I think if you take his name off the cover and he “ended” the relationship then in the gaming world that usually means that the player won’t be in there at all. So to me it doesn’t come as much as surprise to me but to others it might. You see, when a player has an agreement with a gaming company and that agreement ends then the player shouldn’t be in the game at all. That’s kind of how it’s always been but according to Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg says that they’re looking at other companies to get Tiger in a video game according to Eye on Golf. The most interesting thing about this is what Steinberg said when he said they’re looking at other companies because what other companies would Tiger and crew be willing to work with? Would they be willing to work with a small time developer? If so then who would it be?

Major options include juggernauts like 2K Sports, Konami who has experience with sports games creating Pro Evolution Soccer or full on electronic companies like Microsoft and Sony who have made sports games before such as the “Links” series by Microsoft and the “MLB The Show” series by Sony but then that would mean that the game would exclusively be for the PS4 or exclusively for the Xbox One that could rub golf gamers the wrong way. You would want to join a company that will sell your product on both consoles and something that will make everyone happy. The obvious guess would e that Tiger joins 2K Sports who arguably have the highest rated sports series of all-time with the NBA 2K series which seems to get better and better each year. I’d have to agree if Tiger decides to join 2K because this is a great opportunity for the company and they would be pretty silly to turn down an offer plus this will give fans who have been praying for a 2K golf game the opportunity to play their dream game in real life. This would be both an obvious and excellent choice as I must say that 2K has put together some amazing gameplay over the years.

The game’s are always so realistic and all the motions are so real and were beyond their years and now they’re taking it to the next level. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, a golf game would be absolutely perfect for 2K Sports and what better name to have on there than Tiger Woods? This would be a historic step for a gaming company that blossomed with practically one game left in their arsenal that literally beats out the competition each year (NBA 2K). This was the same company that EA Sports nearly bought for a little over a billion dollars but with the power of NBA 2K the company remains independent and that’s incredible how they carried that one game to glory since the loss of its many other great games like College Hoops 2K and the heavily popular NFL 2K series. Golf gamers have been hoping for a 2K golf game since the departure of the for mentioned “Links” series which last released a game back in 2004.

2K's last golf game from 2004. Links 2004. Could this be a reviving of the series if Tiger jumps on board?

2K’s last golf game from 2004. Links 2004. Could this be a reviving of the series if Tiger jumps on board?

Could this finally be the moment many golf gaming fans have been waiting for? Is EA going to regret the move or will they stride nonetheless? Stay tuned on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z: Golf Game Edition! All kidding aside, this is very exciting and will get conversations going in a hurry. 2K, wherever you are, here’s your chance, take advantage of it. It would be a huge head scratcher if it never happened unless A) Tiger never makes a choice or B) There may have been an agreement issue or something like that. Other than that the door is wide open for them because they are the only other major sports game company out there and after the critically acclaimed success of the NBA 2K series, why wouldn’t he want to jump on board the 2K cruise line? Only time will tell however but this means there could be a huge change in golf gaming with EA not having Tiger in the game anymore, HB Studios putting out a golf game for the PS4 and Xbox One, and now who else could get in on the action? 2K? Sony? Microsoft? Very exciting stuff to look forward to and what better way to have awesome golf gaming news to talk about then around the holiday season? So, who do YOU think will Tiger sign with, if anybody? Also, if tiger were to sign with another company, what main feature would you want to see in the game? Let me know in the comments below!

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