Episode 18: Go Boldly and Carry Hope

We discuss toxic game culture and its impact on gaming at large and people who identify as gamers. We also discuss STAR TREK, and why we need it today, and how Star Trek Discovery doesn’t fill the need.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Why We Need Star Trek

Star Trek Discovery

  • Spoilers!! Star Trek: Discovery – a (not so) quick review
  • Black Alert

What is Star Trek?

  • 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Honest Trailers
  • The Philosophy of Star Trek
    • Mankind will get through this and be better
    • Morality
    • Our enemies are like us
    • Exploration & curiosity drive humanity
  • Timeline confusion & continuations
  • Death of Expanded Universe – Just like Star Wars – Books/Comics, etc. all obsoleted but will be used to pick from – “Black Fleet” comment in Discovery is based on concept by John M. Ford
  • Video Games of Star Trek
    • Good:
      • 25th Anniversary/ Judgment Rights
      • Star Trek: Bridge Commander
      • Star Trek: Starfleet Command (series)
      • Star Trek: Armada (series)
      • ST Voyager: Elite Force (series)
      • ST:TNG Pinball Table
    • Bad:
      • Star Trek: Klingon Honor Guard
      • Star Trek: New Worlds
      • Star Trek (2013)

One Dumb Thing

  • Gotham – The Entire Premise

Credits:

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

Main Topic Music:  Picard Song – Dark Materia

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

Episode 17: Why Can’t Metroid Crawl?

We discuss The Orville, Ohio’s unhappiness, Nintendo’s getting violent, and something near and dear to heart… METROID. The last Metroid is in captivity, and this podcast is at peace.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Metroid

  • Why does Metroid still matter?
  • 2D Metroid vs 3D Metroid
  • Jared nerds out ‘bout Metroid lore
  • Jared & Shawn both really like Metroid
  • Two metroid hiatuses only makes the desire stronger
  • Metroid Samus Returns still stands out amongst a cornucopia of other Metroidvania indie games. Does Metroid II justice

One Dumb Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior (Smash Bros. Brawl)

Main Topic Music:  Main Theme (Metroid) (Smash Bros. Brawl)

Outro Music: Menu Select (Metroid Prime)

Episode 16: Indie Games the Podcast

This week Jared and Shawn discuss the growth of independent games and their impact on the industry. Also we review The Defenders (summary: meh).

Tangents:

Main Topic: Indie Game Scene

  • Growth of the indie scene
  • What makes a game indie?
  • Who are the leaders in the space?
    • Shovel Knight
    • Super Meat Boy Forever
    • Braid
    • Spelunky
    • FEZ
    • Party Hard
    • Castle Crashers
    • Flinthook
    • No Mans Sky
    • Downwell
    • Towerfall
    • Steamworld Dig
    • Undertale…….
    • A good list of more

One Dumb Thing

Credits:

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

Main Topic Music: Shovel Knight – Strike The Earth (Plains of Passage)… KAZOO’d!

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

Episode 15: One Dumb Things

Hey fellow kids, what podcasts are the hippest? Ours! We talk Ducktales, a Joker origin film, Sonic Mania, and our main topic… you’ll want to stick around for.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Main topics. Are they main enough?

  • Sometimes

One Dumb Things

What has Nintendo screwed up this week. SNES Classic Preorders.

Death Note, Why oh god, why?!

Congress tries to be cool…

“The Legend of Zelda series is Nintendo’s best-selling video game franchise enjoyed by more than two generations of gamers. The action-adventure game was released in 1986, only one year after Nintendo’s founding in 1985. And you know what else was released in 1986? Yeah, you do. The last major reform to the American tax code was signed into law in 1986.”

Hey Fellow Kids
Hey Fellow Kids

Credits:

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

Main Topic Music: Stranger Things Theme

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

 

Episode 14: Stop Hitting Yourself

We discuss a thousand streaming services, and a thought experiment on violence in games.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Games Sure Are Violent

  • Games are violent
  • Do they have to be?
  • Are games that aren’t violent as compelling? (Adventure Games, Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, etc)
  • Violence as a mechanic. Shooting, punching, jumping on Goomba’s heads.
  • Even games that aren’t known for violence offer some way of causing harm to others.
  • Does it matter?

Final Thoughts

One Dumb Thing: Everyone has a Sub Streaming Service!!!

Credits:

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

Main Topic Music: Mortal Kombat Theme

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

Episode 13: Setting up a Play Date for the Kids

We’re finally back. For good. We talk about cooperative gaming in the truest sense. Coming together for something bigger.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Co-op Gaming

  • Split-screen vs. Local vs. Internet co-play
  • Cooperative vs. Competitive – why working together is better
  • Shared Worlds – survival games, building games – Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, Conan: Exiles, Ark, Fortnite, LEGO games, etc.
  • Cooperative Storytelling – Diablo III, Divinity: Original Sin/OS2, Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
  • Destiny and the co-op Competitive FPS MMOG
  • Party Games – RockBand, Just Dance
  • Hosting a game party – Co-op style!
  • http://www.co-optimus.com/

Final Thoughts

One Dumb Thing: The Dark Tower – Why?

Credits:

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

Main Topic Music: Toejam & Earl

Outro Music : Bearkeys – Classical Piano: Super Smash Bros Melee – Break The Targets

Episode 12: Fans Know Better?

We’re back baby! We talk about Diablo 2… er I mean 3. Our main topic is the cycle of fan games, mods, hacks, creative control etc. Games have a life of their own after they are published.

Tangents:

  • Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer – Neat
  • MegaMaker – https://mega-maker.com/
  • Summer Games Done Quick – final tally – 1.7 Million Dollars… wow Doctors without Borders wins!
  • Castlevania on Netflix
  • Super NES Classic… sure… okay… Starfox 2… WHAT?!
  • Spider-man:Coming Home with bags of ducats… $250 Mazillion
  • New Nintendo 3DS ends production in Japan
  • Toejam & Earl Back In The Groove
1 more than the last Star Fox, but 2 more than Star Fox Zero.
1 more than the last Star Fox, but 2 more than Star Fox Zero.

Main Topic: Hacks, Fan Games , Exploits – A Discussion

  • Is fan created content worth it?
    • Super Mario Maker
    • Only on the Wii U, so…. You know.
    • Corporate Control
  • Mega Man Vs. Street Fighter
    • Fan made, Capcom published
  • Mods
  • Creator Intent vs Fan Actuality
  • Games taking on a life of their own

Final Thoughts

One Dumb Thing: Disney Remaking Their Films

Credits:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU

Main Topic Music: Mega Man X5 Opening

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU