Last word: April 2

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Here are some words to intimidate any editor.

Let’s talk about a video game.

But not just any game. goats; The one who influenced a generation, stole thousands of hours of our lives, imprinted phrases like “Mercy me, what a treat, who could put him in the fourth amber” and names like “Laksangasongpong” into the brain of many young players.

Thursday marks 25 years since Al-Khaled’s release Jonah Lomo Rugby on the Playstation.

Named after a young, self-proclaimed winger who recently proclaimed to the world at the Rugby World Cup, the game was and continues to be an absolutely stunning success.

At a time when Fifa and Madden dominated sports, and rugby was largely an amateur sport that most of the world ignored, leading publisher Codemasters commissioned a game that would immediately join the virtual pantheon.

It was developed by Rage Software, a company that unfortunately went bankrupt in 2003.

… Such as …

what made Jonah Lomo Rugby amazing? Few things.

It was just very playable. Rugby is an oddly complex game, thanks in large part to the crash and unusual set pieces, but the developers found a great balance between a relatively accurate representation of the sport and fun gameplay.

Rugby in the 1990s, as the sport spanned the amateur and domestic eras, was more open, a bit looser, and Lomo The opposite in a fast-paced style that mainly involves running and swiping.

He had real players, and it was really exciting to control Jeff Wilson’s huge and insanely fast Lomu, and play the World Cup Final between the All Blacks and the Springboks.

By the way, Lomu was basically a cheat code. There was a defense control, and if you spammed, Big John would be able to run through an entire team to score a goal.

You can play the World Cup, the Three Nations, and the Five Nations (as it were). All major rugby nations were represented. Surprisingly, the developers threw in a bunch of other teams – I had to google for this, and it was thirty-two – including famous rugby powers like Chinese Taipei, Spain and the Netherlands.

There were also unlockable teams, including the super cool Lomu XV, which features our beloved Jonah wearing all 15 jerseys.

… a crazy mole

Above all, perhaps the legacy of the greatest rugby game of all time is a string of phrases that would otherwise make no sense.

The developers managed to secure the services of the brilliant Scottish commentator Bill McClaren and the former English captain Bill Beaumont, who is now the head of World Rugby, and they made an incredible combination.

I don’t know if they have screenwriters or if they came up with their own banter, but they just give off a sense of whimsy and fun.

If you say “Lomu!” Or “They don’t build them that way anymore” or “It’s hot, it’s wet and sticky” For people who have played the game, watch their eyes take a vague look.

or two major intersections:

McLaren: “Oh! Have mercy! What a treat! That would have put him in the fourth ward!”

Beaumont: “I hope it’s not Bill, this is a maternity ward.”

And the:

McLaren: “Again they’re pinching it!”

Beaumont: “And it’s not the first time.”

Perhaps the most quoted was McLaren saying: “He digs like a crazy mole out there.”

There were other rugby games. Modern titles have great graphics, more options, and deeper gameplay mechanics.

But only one is present in Te Papa (true story). There is only one Jonah Lomo Rugby. They don’t make them like that anymore.

sail away

What is left to say about the decision of the New Zealand team to hold the defense of the America’s Cup in Spain?

It’s a great sporting act once you start cruising, but that’s the kind of rubbish that makes people wonder why we bother.

A cent of public money must not be allocated again for this event.

high hoops

I’m more of a yellow-eyed penguin guy, but it’s good to see Southern Hoyo unveil our new Women’s National Basketball Association team.

This is another big step for women’s sports law. And the sky has no limits with basketball, one of the few truly global sports.

I just hope that Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa, like Super Rugby Aupiki, gets a chance to develop naturally.

Don’t stress us about “high”, “energy up” and “opening up a lot of conversations”. Give us the excitement, the drama, and the box office players, and the rest will come.

One shot to glory

Oooh boy, here we go again.

The Whites have passed the Oceania qualifiers and are away from the World Cup by one match.

Beating Costa Rica in a one-time match in June is a massive challenge, but with so much at stake, and some real talent in our national team, we can start to dream.

RIP, the king

The Last Word watched unexpectedly every minute of the Shane Warren Memorial on Wednesday night.

What a great way to say goodbye to a guy. Great greeting, great music and three impressive kids.

Valley, Warney.

hayden.meikle@odt.co.nz

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