Episode 27: Hype Train Keeps a Rollin’

Shawn let’s Jared nerd out about Smash and his emotional attachment to it. Meanwhile we’re tangent a plenty with a ton of fun stuff.

Tangents:

  • Wonder Woman 1984 – Cheetah and Steve Trevor
  • Zelda Encyclopedia
  • Amazon & Netflix Rescue Genre Shows – The Expanse & Lucifer
  • Jared’s CORGs haul
    Jared's CORGS Haul
  • Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Impressions
  • Splatoon 2: Octo expansion
  • Darkest Dungeon: The Color of Madness Impressions
  • Jared’s Quick Reviews: Mario Tennis & Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Main Topic: Smash Hypu!

  • Everyone is HERE!
  • Jared explains why Smash matters so much to him
  • Gamecube Controller re-re-released
  • What’s new? Not a port!
  • Ridley isn’t welcomed to Smash

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

  • @shawnobi: Great episode. I had to skip a bit of the God of War stuff (spoilers). But I loved the thoughtful discussion about fathers. Sort of a sign video games as a medium and the people making them are growing up.

Missed Opportunities

  • Alpha Protocol
  • Metroid Prime Pinball

One Dumb Thing

  • Microsoft giving up on XBone

One Gratifying Thing

Podcast Chapters

00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:39 – Tangents
00:53:11 – Main Topic: Smash Hype!
01:18:14 – Fans Giving of the Back Feeds
01:19:36 – Missed Opportunities
01:24:05 – One Dumb Thing
01:30:39 – One Gratifying Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance
Main Topic Music: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Main Theme
Outro Music: Metal Gear Solid – Encounter

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Episode 26: Infinite Dads of War

We talk about Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse and we go deeper than you were expecting by looking at a common thread of God of War and Infinity War: Fatherhood.

Tangents:

Main Topic(s):  Parenting and Life Lessons from Games & Media

  • God of War

    • Kratos as father, not the actual protagonist
    • The story of learning from your choices and the impact on your children
    • Creating and fostering ideas
    • The story of motherhood – Fraya & Baldur
    • The story of fatherhood – Kratos & Atreus
  • Infinity War

    • Really a story about Family, Sacrifice and loss for its protagonist – Thanos
    • Even when the “bad guy” wins, he didn’t win
    • Family changes your perspectives on the world
    • Thanos & Gamora – the cost

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

Missed Opportunities

  • Vin Diesel’s “The Last Witch Hunter” – What? Really?
  • Bravely Default

One Dumb Things

  • Crackdown 3 – XBox One launch title – moved to January 2019
  • Ubisoft CEO reads press release from 5 years ago, claims consoles are ending – “It is time for the Jedi Consoles to end”

One Gratifying Thing

Podcast Chapters

00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:04 – Tangents
00:41:15 – Main Topic: Smash Hype
00:41:39 – Real Main Topic: Infinty War & God of War – Fatherhood
01:24:28 – Giving Of The Backfeeds
01:32:38 – Missed Opportunities
01:34:30 – One Dumb Things
01:37:41 – One Gratifying Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: The Avengers Theme – The Avengers

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

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Episode 25: For the Hoarder!

We discuss the death of nostalgia & loot boxes. Jared gives a 60 second review. And we talk about game collecting, and our CERTIFIED FIVE STEP PROGRAM to salvation.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Tackling Backlog

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Brought to you by Sines Co-Sines & Tangents

The Five Stages of Backlog Management (The Cherup-Sines Model­™)

Stage 1: Recognition

  • How many games is too many?
  • Inventory your games

Stage 2: Bargaining

  • Prioritize those you want to really, really play
  • Learn to ignore new releases for a few weeks or to play multiple games

Stage 3: Panic

  • Develop crippling decision anxiety about games and just stop playing altogether

Stage 4: Mitigation

  • Recognize you will probably not play everything you buy
  • Consider hiding games you don’t want to play
    • GOG and Steam Filters
    • Console Library Filters

Stage 5: Acceptance

  • Play whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it
    • Or be Jared and just find more and more obscure games to find and play… eventually. (Shinobi III)
    • Or just wait for the new God of War.

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

  • None this week

One Dumb Thing

  • Sea of Thieves – “Insta-brigging” – Worst mechanic ever in an online multiplayer-game

Podcast Chapters

00:00:00 – Intro
00:03:12 – Tangents
01:01:48 – Main Topic: Tackling Backlog
01:23:05 – New Show Idea? We’ll See!
01:31:11 – One Dumb Thing
01:33:32 – Outro

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkj8kxK5AIk

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

 

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Episode 24: SEASONED VETERANS

Did you know everything is coming to Switch? Black Panther Review. And discussing Work/Life/Fun balance when it comes to video games.

Tangents:

  • We check in with Shawn on Star Trek Discovery’s first season.
  • MEGA MAN LEGACY ON SWITCH May 22nd
    • Half Physical
  • Infinity War moves up to April 27th
  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition releases March 27!!!
  • Diablo coming to Switch? Maybe? Blizzard says, calm down. Will Shawn buy it? Jared will. (Yes.. Diablo III is Skyrim 2.0 for Shawn – he owns 5 versions already)
  • Black Panther Review
  • Final Fantasy XV – PC/Royal Edition Impression
  • Marvel comics rebooting.. Again…
  • Nintendo Direct News
    • WarioWare Gold
    • Dark Souls Amiibo sold out in minutes – more on that later
    • Single Player Splatoon 2 Expansion
    • Smash Bros in 2018
      • Let the hype train BEGIN – CHOO CHOO

Main Topic: Work/Life/Fun Balance

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

  • We did a live show. You guys seemed pretty happy.

One Dumb Thing

  • Gamestop Exclusive Amiibo

Podcast Chapters:

00:00:00 – Intro
00:02:46 – Tangents
00:57:21 – Main Topic: Work/Life/Fun Balance
01:27:44 – Giving Of The Back Feeds
01:28:57 – One Dumb Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: Queen – Under Pressure

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

 

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Episode 23: 2017 What the What?

Two Sines, and one Co-Sines discuss 2017 the year in review, and what we expect out of 2018.

Tangents:

  • We didn’t put together any notes – deal with it!
  • No Tangents this episode

Main Topic: What we remember

  • Games of 2017
  • Movies of 2017
  • Pop Culture of 2017
  • Yeah, that happened…
  • Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

  • @tacosteve thinks AR is the ticket, and that VR isn’t a gimmick

One Dumb Year

  • EA WINS
    • Destiny 2 is a close second!

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Outro Music : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhBZ0_G7I60&feature=youtu.be

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Hyperbolic Tangent #1: Seeking Balance

Jared & Shawn have diverging opinions. No one is right. No one is wrong. There is a balance in the Force. Here’s what we thought from The Last Jedi.

SPOILER WARNING. DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST BEFORE WATCHING THE MOVIE. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • Truly Opposing Views
    • Jared – Pro TLJ
    • Shawn – Not a Fan
  • Evolution vs. Change for Change Sake
    • Rehashing Old Beats
    • Rewriting The Force
    • Character Arcs
      • Poe
      • Finn
      • Rey
      • Kylo
      • Old Man Luke
  • Overriding Themes
    • Let go of the Past
      • Let go of your expectations.
      • There is no happy ever after
    • Failure is the best teacher
    • What A Twist! (or not)
    • Everything has to make you laugh so you don’t get sad
  • Where does it go from here?
    • TLJ did not set up EP 9 – it destroyed it
      • No it didn’t. It made it unclear. There’s always somewhere to go.

Credits:

Intro Music: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Duel of the Fates – John Williams

Outro Music :  You’re Welcome (Star Wars: The Last Jedi / Moana “You’re Welcome” Parody Song)

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Episode 22: What He Did

Mega Man is back baybee! We talk about Disney the devourer of worlds. Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu. And we talk about how Shawn betrayed us all. Oh and Net Neutrality is dead. All in all an uplifting episode.

Tangents:

  • MEGA MAN 11!!!
    • 19 Mega Man games coming to Switch in 2018
  • Ryan Reynolds is Pikachu in Detective Pikachu. Acceptable replacement for Danny Devito.
  • Atom in Injustice. HIT BOX CHEATER?
  • Shawn bought into the VR hype. He is lost to us. RIP.
  • Disney owns everything
  • Net Neutrality falls to Corporate Overlords
  • Zelda DLC 2
  • Bayonetta 1, 2 & 3 are coming to the Switch

Main Topic: Shawn’s Intervention

  • Why Shawn failed
  • What was the moment he decided to surrender to mediocrity?
  • How could this have been prevented?
  • What lessons does this teach us for the future?
  • Can he be redeemed or is he truly lost?

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

We didn’t get any from you from this episode. So make sure you tell us how you really feel.

One Dumb Thing

  • The repeal of net neutrality

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music:  8-Bit Sound – The Doors – People Are Strange (8 bit)

Outro Music : Carol of the Belmonts – Doctor Octoroc

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Episode 21: Unpopular Opinion

We talk about Skyrim again on the Switch. Justice League was a movie. In our main topic, we dive into what makes a game a cult classic.

Tangents:

  • Marvel Heroes shuts down 4 months after launching on consoles
  • Justice League – No you don’t need to see it, honestly
  • Skyrim on Switch – Because Skyrim or DIE
  • Doom on the Switch
  • Rocket League on the Switch
  • The Punisher (I need to catch up on this – Jared) – Iron Man can’t stop war in Afghanistan
  • Titan Quest: Ragnarok – Expansion just shows up 11 years after game’s initial releases
  • Big updates coming to Splatoon 2, not that Shawn will play

Main Topic: Cult Classics

  • What makes a game a cult classic?
  • Games where critical reception was less than favorable.
  • Games that have found a new life beyond death.
  • Systems that are no longer around (Turbografix, Neo Geo, etc)
  • Jared’s cult favorites
    • Blast Corps
    • Wonderful 101
    • Windjammers (Neo Geo / Was very hard to find until this year)
    • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Yes the one with the bongos)
    • Pepsiman (No US release for obvious reasons)
    • Uniracers
    • Elite Beat Agents
    • Wario’s Woods
    • Tetris Attack
    • Ikaruga / Radiant Silvergun (Treasure Games, Gunstar Heroes, etc)
    • All Clover Studios games (Okami, Viewitful Joe, etc)
    • Terranigma (No US release)
    • Maniac Mansion
  • Shawn’s cult favorites
    • Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines – still being patched by fans
    • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
    • System Shock
    • Mutant League Football
    • Heroes of Might and Magic III
    • Torchlight
    • Persona 3
    • Destiny (YES DESTINY)
    • No Man’s Sky
    • Gabriel Knight
    • Disgaea
  • Others
    • Policenauts (Kojima)
    • Snatcher (Kojima)
    • Neo Geo Games
  • Indie ≠ Cult Favorite
  • Does the AAA/Indie market allow for cult games?
  • Just because they have a following doesn’t mean they’re great

One Dumb (EA) Thing(s)

  • EA suspends Refunds on Origin & Disables Microtransactions in BF II
  • EA on what free really means ($2000+ to unlock everything or literally days of your life)

Giving Thanks

  • Thank you to everyone who has listened this past year, we truly appreciate it. ( We know It has not been a year yet -Shawn)

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: Pepsiman Theme Song

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Timeline:

00:00:00 – Intro
00:02:58 – Tangents
00:05:32 – Justice League Review (SPOILERS)
00:26:06 – Tangents Continue (END OF SPOILERS)
00:49:46 – Main Topic: Cult Classics
01:16:15 – One Dumb (EA) Thing(s)
01:23:14 – Giving Thanks

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Episode 20: Making It All Up

This episode, we talk about Star Wars saturation, Thor: Fraggle Rock, and what it takes to make a game of your own.

Tangents:

  • Miiverse is no longer. RIP.
  • New Star Wars Trilogy – may not be Skywalker based
  • Thor: Ragnarok – Jared’s & Shawn’s Review
  • Sony going BIG with VR – Black Friday discounts on Skyrim VR bundle – There will be a version of Skyrim, Shawn won’t own.
  • TMNT is coming to Injustice 2…. what?… .. okay!
  • Breath of the Wild DLC, still coming out this year… have no idea what it is… but hey… Amiibo.
  • Shawn shares his thoughts about the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
  • Blizz-Con
    • Starcraft II goes free to play
    • New Overwatch Cinematic – Reinhardt
    • New Blizzard World Map
    • New Overwatch hero – Moira
    • World of Warcraft new expansion… and new vanilla server
    • No Diablo… wonder why….

Main Topic:  So you want to be a Games Designer

  • Creating your own games
  • Where to start?
    • Mods
    • Start Small – build that then expand
  • Who do you work for?
  • Tools to make games
    • Systems
      • D20/PF/SF
    • Game Engines
      • Unreal
      • Unity
      • RPG Maker MV
      • Pico
    • Art Resources
    • Writing?
  • Not Tetris – and example of deconstructing a game that is not as fun to play.

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

@420_Lux: @4Score7Pongs I am offended Jared said loins I would like a refund. Also I play switch 95% of the time handheld. Shaun really shows his age this week.

Shawn Nagle: When it comes to loot boxes, I have no issues…as long as they don’t give you in game advantage. You can choose to buy the boxes that are cosmetic. I like new skins and mounts in heroes of the storm. It adds to a game where you are pretty much doing the same thing over and over.

One Dumb Thing

  • Disney Streaming Service – New SW TV and Marvel TV

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: Torsten Gran-Ruaz – The Elder Scrolls III- Morrowind

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

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Episode 19: Just Chill Man

Shawn says we shouldn’t let you know when we’re gone. Did you even notice? We talk about some latest news, Mario Odyssey, and how to JUST CHILL. ARE YOU CHILL?

Tangents:

  • The end of Toys in Gaming – Lego Dimensions support ends – Amiibo still selling… not sure why… they don’t do anything.
  • PC Destiny 2 has Aim Assist and no Chat…
  • First set of Xbox games on Xbox One BC Released – SWTOR & Prince of Persia!
  • Battlefront 2… is Shawn buying?
  • Dragon Age creative director leaves BioWare
  • EA Death Machine: Killed Star Wars Burnout Crossover Series we didn’t even know we wanted.
  • A Nintendo Switch Knockoff That Can Play Basically All Retro Games
  • VVVVVV is coming to Switch NOVEMBER 17th
  • Rocket League Coming to Switch NOVEMBER 14th
  • Sony Press Conference
    • Spider-man
    • Spleunky 2
    • Shadow Colossus REMAKE 4K HD FRAMES
    • Last Of Us Part II: Depressing World Simulator Murderscape Stabville, Incorporated District of Tortureville
  • Mario Odyssey -Mini-reviews by BOTH of us

Main Topic:  Chill Games

  • Sometimes passing time is just about that…
  • Games as Meditation
  • Relaxation is also about the soundtrack
  • Chill Game Examples:
    • Stardew Valley
    • Journey
    • Katamari
    • Sims
    • No Man’s Sky
    • Starbound
    • MineCraft
    • Animal Crossing
    • Mobile Games

One Dumb Thing

  •  LOOT BOXES

Charity Shout Out

Friend of the show Daphne is raising money for kids. A 24 hour boardgaming marathon. Donate here.

You can follow their Twitch stream here.

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music:   Stardew Valley – Raven’s Descent

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

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