08/31/2017 – The Frack King

The Frack King

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Featuring John “MusiM”, & Jake

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This episode we start out going over the new “Free” games for September, discussing all the releases coming up that we’re excited for (spoiler: there’s not many), and we spotlight a group of gamers making a silver lining.  From there we Defend our opinions on the new Marvel series, go to The Good Place, discuss a superhero and Netflix movie that both suck, and we wrap it up with John’s take on the new American Gods series on Starz.

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08/17/2017: Uncharted: Jake Sully’s Adventure

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Featuring John “MusiM”, Jake “TheOtherJZee” & Randy  “Splooie”

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This week we discuss: How everything is basically Madden, The Uncharted games you can skip, Self-starters, M-COM, A port that was basically yelled into being, How Randy thinks nothing is a sport, CAPCOM’s insistence on re-releasing games, Time-travel games with no time travel, Live-action animes, Marvel TV losing their way, Hockey movies (I know, I can’t believe it either), Public science shows, Superhero shows, Drug shows, The current state of the movie industry, How Crackdown 3 probably just shouldn’t come out, Cat-ime, John finally getting to Prey, Zords, and Jake continues to hate everything.

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06/08/2017: Featuring Robin Wright as the Antelope

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Featuring John “MusiM”, Jake “TheOtherJZee” & Randy  “Splooie”

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This week we discuss: How chameleons are a noble gas, Throwing your Switch off a roof, Why the cars in Cars are secretly terrifying, How other cars sometimes eat people, Top-heavy mechs, How WiFi is for suckers, The Binding of Nigh-saac, …Bubsy?, Another reason not to shop at Gamestop, Wondrous Women, The best way to kill teenagers and younger children, Robin Wright’s acting versatility, Making it rain (beef), and we end with some listener questions.

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The cars are full of humans theory can be found at:  http://jalopnik.com/i-demanded-answers-from-the-bosses-at-pixar-about-how-t-1795174532

03/30/2017: Dick Ryder: Pathfinder

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Featuring John “MusiM” & Jake “TheOtherJZee”

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This episode we discuss:  April’s stellar/not so stellar “free” games, Some anime game about children, Nintendo hardware, additional remakes and re-releases, Jake confirming his status as a nerd pariah, some good tv finally coming out, the case for a tri-streaming membership setup, “Pirating” something you paid for, retiring from self-employment, ANOTHER re-envisioning/”re-release, Wrapping up the horizon, what constitutes “enough” fisting, Getting out and getting down, and the elephant that for some reason still hasn’t loaded into the room.

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06/23/2016: Coulda Been a Dickballbutt

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Featuring John “MusiM”, Jake “TheOtherJZee” & Randy  “Splooie”

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This episode we discuss diseased hedgehogs, A Japanese mystery game, Plastic people, keeping caged humans, space and monkeys (but not in that order), Sam Neill’s choice in companions, Jake’s fundamental misunderstanding of how comics work, Steaming open your wallet, Robot lions, Lion-robots, How you should NOT Google image search ‘carbuncle’ (seriously, DON’T.), The completion of a playpen, and First-person-knockoffs

10/26/2015 – It’s a MOMster!

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Featuring Jake “TheOtherJZee”, Scott “Artisan002” , & John “MusiM”

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This episode we discuss Never Alone, Tales From The Borderlands, Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth, Undertale, More Horror Stuff, and more of the Marvel Universe, because Jessica Jones.

Turn 104 – Get in, Beat it, Get out

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Featuring John MusiM, Scott “Artisan002”, and Stretch.

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And we’re back for a very quick show, sorry for the delay and getting up the audio version.  This week we talk about Waframe, PS4, Tiny Death Star, Thor The Dark World, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Borderlands 2.

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Kickstarters in Review

Thought it would be nice to keep a Kickstarter tally of shorts.  List which ones I’ve backed and what I think of them so far.  Probably update once a month or as often as there is new news or feelings to express (ie impatience).  So here we go!

For starters, so far no Kickstarter delivers the goods on time.  Not a single one.  I”m also going to limit to only talking about 5 of the projects I’ve backed at a time so I’m not reviewing 25+ subjects each post.

Chip Maestro

I bit off more than I can chew with this one.  Its a MIDI cartridge for the Nintendo that allows you to directly connect to a MIDI keyboard.  I ordered the dev kit stage which evidently involves writing your own code.  Top that off with this taking 2 years to get out and my excitement for chip tunes has died off significantly.  Great looking product and box that I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t used.

Shadowrun Returns

I’ve been pretty vocal for the most part about this one,.  They were a month or two late from their goal but they delivered.  I joined on the get a copy of the digital game tier and later preordered a collector’s edition.  Gave away the extra Steam code on our forums.  The Kickstarter went great.  The collector’s edition not so much.  The collector’s edition turned out to be a USB dog tag with no data on it.  Mine didn’t even work.  I just received it a week or two ago,  which is several months after the game released.  The USB stick doesn’t even work.  If Hare Brained Schemes was a larger company that I wasn’t worried about going broke I’d bug them about replacing it.  As is, the USB still looks great as dog tags.  Still waiting on the Berlin DLC though.

Double Fine Adventure & Massive Chalice

I’m burnt out on this one.  I’m okay with their new business strategy but I’ve lost confidence in Double Fine’s ability to manage their money.  No I don’t think they blew it on stuff that isn’t the game, I just think they’re a bunch of artists who don’t like math.  But its alright.  The adventure game will come and it will be fine.

Probably the worst part is I’m super excited for Massive Chalice and maybe spent too much on my tier.  But I’m the most worried about this game.  Double Fine has already shown they aren’t going at the money managing.  Fingers crossed!

Veronica Mars Movie

This is probably the funnest kickstarter out there.  Rob Thomas is a funny and charismatic guy.  And I already received my backer t-shirt!  I’m pretty sure the money was almost entirely for backer merch and there’s a movie studio behind everything paying for it because otherwise I don’t know how they can afford this.

 

Editorial: What Comics I Read This Week

This is a quick, to the point section on what I picked up in comics in the last couple days and what I think of them.

Injustice: Gods Among Us #14

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Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Jheremy Raapack
So the game came out and it doesn’t tie into the comic all that smoothly.  Matter of fact the game rehashes a particular scene from the comic but where the comic did it exceptionally well, it just came off as hokey in the game.  Not to say the game is bad but I’ll talk about that elsewhere.This issue jumps around a bit too much.  Its one of those the end is the beginning bits but the actual end of the issue isn’t the beginning which is highly confusing at issue #14 of a series I expect to end soon.

Its still a good issue but its hard not to be disappointed about how poorly the story is represented in the game.  Hopefully I will learn to segregate the two as the comic story is exceptional.

Justice League #1-6 (New 52)

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Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jim Lee
Comixology had a $0.99 sale on quite a few Justice League comics so I grabbed a few.  This is actually the first I’ve read in the New 52 and if you haven’t figured it out already, I’m really not much of a DC fan.

With that said, these issues were enjoyable but pretty corny.  Its written like the Justice League are a bunch of high schoolers but actually adults.  And then Darkseid shows up.  Cyborg being on the team is kind of weird.  DC doesn’t have a lot of black super heroes.  Kind of wish they just made a new one to be honest with you.  DC also desperately wants you like to Aquaman.  They basically give Aquaman the Captain America from the Avengers scene.  “Why should we follow you?”  Punches bad guys to prove leadership.  Green Lantern was probably the most child like out of all of them which is disappointing since I really like the Green Lanterns.

Overall I was curious enough to look on the store for additional issues, but not curious enough to buy them at $2.99 a pop.

Nova #3

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Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Ed McGuinness
This is such an odd series.  The longer it goes on the more I don’t get it.  In this issue we find out that Sam Alexander is “the one” and Gamora and Drax are here to train him.  I’m still pretty fuzzy as to the timeline of the series.  I can’ figure out if this is happening after the Annihilation wave kills the Nova Corps or after Nova and Starlord sacrifice themselves to prevent Thanos from appearing in a comic for 3 months.  Evidently the Chitauri are going to be the starter villains.  And from what I hear Loeb is leaving the book after issue #6.   I’ll be really curious to hear sales numbers on this series.

Truth be told, its not a bad comic, its just not particularly good either.  Its only 3 issues in though so view points can be changed.  But the whole “the one” story has been worn the hell out on me.

Editorial: What Comics I Read This Week

This is a quick, to the point section on what I picked up in comics in the last couple days and what I think of them.

Uncanny X-Men #4

Avengers Arena #7

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Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Alessandro Vitti
So how has Arcade gained super powers and forced these kids to kill each other?  This issue reveals how in a surprisingly entertaining, somewhat emotional look at Arcade’s past as a giant loser, laughingstock, and pitifully horrible human being.  I’m super surprised at how much I enjoyed this issue.  The answer to it all is ridiculously generic but the story telling is there.  Arcade is now a villain to me that I don’t know what to think about.Also a quick complaint that has nothing to do with the story and art: Marvel, why do I not get a free digital copy of this from my physical copy?  Fix it!  

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #20

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Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Yves Bigerel
This series is finally starting to get better.  This issue focuses almost entirely on Xander with some wonderful comedic relief via Andrew.  Unfortunately this issue also has the side effect of having me worry as to where its going to go.  This is primarily due to that they could ruin the greatness that is the Angel & Faith series.I’ve also decided reading the fan letters in these books is an absolute riot!  So many Spike fan boys and girls out there who want him to wind up with Buffy!

Injustice: Gods Among Us #13

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Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Jheremy Raapack
Holy crap this series is so freaking good!  This issue focuses entirely on The Flash and his state of mind as he helps Superman and Wonder Woman police the world.  I just, seriously its like $0.99 on Comixology, just go buy them already!  This is a Kingdom Come or Red Son Superman quality comic. Granted its accelerating towards a non-ending but as a comic reader you should be used to things not ending.
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Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Bachalo
Now we get to see another perspective on the conversation that happened last issue of All-New X-Men as well as who was recruited.  I had two guesses on the new recruit and one of them was correct.  The new cast of mutant teenagers are really likable characters so far.  Bendis writes teenagers really well.  Illyana is also turning out to be one of my favorite characters of the series.  She’s come a long way from a Colossus MacGuffin and it looks like the next story arc is going to surround her.  Very much looking forward to it.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1-3

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Writer: Aaron
Artist: Bachalo
I think this series might have been built up a little too high for me.  I’ve heard it touted as the best X comic out there.  Unfortunately for it I now have Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men to compare it to.  It would probably help if I was familiar with any of the new students.  I should clarify, this book is a good book but it hasn’t won me over as the best.  The story starts out with Xavier walking (I must have missed something here) with Wolverine telling him how happy he was that Wolverine is starting a new school.  Xavier soon departs and hijinks ensue.  The appealing aspects of the series are the ever polite Brood student named Broo, the rebellious Kid Omega, and of course one of my favorite X-women Kitty Pryde.  The enemies of the first 3 issues appear to be a new teenage Hellfire Club.  I honestly wish they just wrote the story without an actual villain attacking the school.  There were so many scenes that could have been elaborated on if they just left those pages out.  But still enjoyed it.  Maybe in a week or two I’ll read the next few issues.