Wednesday, February 24, 2010

MLB 10 Q&A + New Podcast

OK, 'new' podcast is sorta misleading -- it actually went live Monday. But Episode 4 is now available, and a pretty darn good discussion on female roles in games.

Episode 5 will be based on parental roles in games -- Bioshock 2 being the talk of the show. Unless I try to get people on another tangent.

In addition, I should have the MLB 10 Q&A ready to go by the weekend -- I hope. I'll keep you all posted even though I know Todd and I both have been bad bad bloggers of late. (Todd's fault!)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Jumping the Shark Episode 3: Boss Battles

Episode 3 of the GameShark Podcast is now live. This week we talk about Boss Battles and in all honesty I think it's easily our best show to date. I think we're starting to get our sea leg, as it were. We all had a great time with this one.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dante's Disco Inferno

Sorry for the really slow week updates wise.

We recorded what I think is our best show thus far on Thursday and that should be good to go Monday morning.

I'm about 5 hours into Dante's Inferno. I have a lot of thoughts about that game. Some good. More than I thought would be good, in fact.

But it's still got loads of problems -- not even mentioning the fact that you battle unbaptized babies.

I'm not a terribly religious guy -- but ...yikes.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Pimpage: ME2 Review and JtS Ep #2

I’m sitting in an airport waiting on a flight to Boston so I figured that’s as good a time as any for a little shameless self-promotion.

My Mass Effect 2 review is live at Gameshark today. Needless to say, I loved it. There are issues with it, but at the end of the day, it was just too enjoyable to get hung up on petty things like the tedious scanning of planets or the fact that the actual amount of gameplay in the game is a little limited. I’m starting playthrough number two as soon as possible.

Also, episode #2 of the Jumping the Shark podcast is live. Note also, much thanks to Brandon, that this week we do have an iTunes subscription feed up and running. Yay!  Let me tell you, these things are a bitch to edit, but I think the result has been worth the effort. Bill, Brandon, and Danielle all do such a fab job of making themselves seem interesting. Fortunately, knowing them like I do, I know that it’s an illusion and they are, in reality, just horrible, horrible people bent on world domination. (In the same sort of way the Brain, of Pinky and the Brain, is bent on just that. Sadly, I think that makes me Pinky.)  Anyway, if you’ve any feedback on the show… well, tell it to someone who cares. –Kidding- Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments as we are most definitely still learning what we’re doing here.

And with that I shall await my flight. I may have dodged a bullet as I was originally schedule to fly through Washington DC, which I hear is just a mess today. Many flights in were cancelled. Mine was delayed by over three hours. Fortunately, US Airways rules and they got me moved to another carrier that has a direct flight. Huzzah!

…now watch my plane crash. That’s how these things happen. Fortunately, I saw a survival guide this weekend on how to survive a fall from 35k feet so if something does go wrong midflight then I am equipped to survive!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Story Behind the Game: Might & Magic Clash of Heroes

Really great feature today from Andrew Webster as he talks to Capy Games about its hit on the DS. I really enjoy these behind the curtain features and we'll be trying to do more of these in the future.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Historical Fact: This is the Single Best Trailer Ever!

It’s interesting how the brain works sometimes. For the last week I’ve been making comparisons between Mass Effect 2 and Wing Commander and, completely separate to this, also was recently involved in a conversation about movie trailers. The combination of the two reminded me of something I hadn’t thought of for at least a decade: The Wing Commander 4 trailer. And not just any Wing Commander 4 trailer, but one that specifically shipped on a CD accompanying a copy of Computer Gaming World back in the day. So naturally I Googled it and… well, let’s just say I well and truly love YouTube sometimes.

Here now, this cheesetastically awesome trailer for Wing Commander 4. Just watching this makes me want to hop into the virtual cockpit of a Rapier or even a Scimitar.

“You're gonna wish you never met me.”

“I already do.”

Oh, Mark, go on with your bad self. I’d almost forgotten Biff from Back to the Future played Maniac in the third and fourth game. (Was he in #5?) Love it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Jumping the Shark Podcast Now Live

Ok so while we work out some iTunes kinks you can listen to the first GameShark podcast here. (RSS Feed link)

It's 75 minutes you will never get back.

Actually Todd did a GREAT job producing this. Well done, sir -- and for a first show I thought it went remarkably well. Subscribe to the show folks! And we'll have another ready next Monday.