Episode 30: Transactional Mobility

Tangents:

Main Topics: Mobile Games, Hype Management, & Tone-Deafness

  • Mobile games are a cash grab. They serve one purpose generating revenue.
    • Based on gambling tactics, gachapon , etc
    • Shawn: But Jared, Nintendo has made lot of “mobile games”
    • Jared: Yes, however they weren’t fueled by simple touch mechanics and micro-transactions.
      • Warioware is an example of really appropriate “mobile game”
  • Companies have moved marketing beyond showing value but rather hype
    • Vaporware, Early Access (Mention No Man’s Sky?)
  • Companies not listening to fans?

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

One Dumb Thing

  • Black Friday
    • Thanksbuying
    • Small Business Saturday
    • Cyber Monday
    • Thrifty Tuesday
    • Clearance Wednesday
    • Impulse Buy Thursday
    • Black Friday 2! The blackening!
    • Soldout Saturday
    • Layaway Sunday
    • And in December, last minute Giftcard-Eve!

One Gratifying Thing

  • Thanksgiving
    • Thanks Listeners!

Podcast Chapters

00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:23 – Tangents
00:47:32 – Main Topic
01:15:41 – Fans Giving Of The Backfeeds
01:17:53 – One Dumb Thing
01:22:52 – One Gratifying Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance
Main Topic Music: Pokemon – Gotta Buy Them All – Collegehumor
Outro Music : Pokemon – Gotta Buy Them All – Collegehumor

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Episode 29: Rocktober

Jared and Shawn take a step back from the “ledge of seriousity” and goof around a bit this week, talking about some of the difficulties in getting people together to play games. Oh, and there are Tangents too…

Tangents:

  • Dead Cells – Jared played it finally because it came to Switch
  • Spider-Man (PS4)
  • Mega Man 11 – True to form for better or worse.
  • Netflix Marvel Cancellations
    • Luke Cage & Iron Fist
  • Ric Grayson…… umm.. Sure (Blame KGBeast)
  • Rocket League cross-platform in 2019…
  • RPG eSports Party v Party competitive role-playing is a thing I guess.. https://rpgsports.tv/
  • Dark Souls Remuxified Switch now with Plastic Toys! Praise!

Main Topic: HOW TO GET PEOPLE TOGETHER IN 2018

  • Why is it so difficult to get people to game with Jared?
  • Why is it so difficult to get people to try something new Jared likes?
  • Why buy multiplayer games if all your friends are “too busy” to play games with you anyway??? Geesh!!
  • No one can hang out for 8-10 hours playing board or tabletop games… other priorities like kids and family, band practice, being general flakes or whatever seem to take priority

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

  • Kyle
  • Boat
    • Captain Marvel trailer!
    • Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in yet another new Star Trek series.
    • Cross-platform play across the board is finally a reality, with Sony being the reluctant holdout. What’s the impact of this going forward?
    • Lastly, and something I’ve brought up before: The future of server-based games. Will anyone be able to play Overwatch in 20 years?
  • Shawn (@shawnobi)
    • A good argument for why cable is a worse option than several streaming services. With cable you are locked into that service. With either contract, equipment, or both. With streaming services, I can watch what I want then cancel at any time. No contract to mess with or box/satellite to return.I get HBO now for game of thrones, then unsub. I get SlingTV for basketball season, then unsub. There is not enough time for video games and all these shows, at the same time. So I don’t have to have every service all the time. It does require me remembering to cancel and all. But still better for me than cable. Also cable boxes all have bad UI.

Missed Opportunities

  • Jared: The Good Place
  • Shawn: Norsemen

One Dumb Thing

  • Missed commitments – if you can’t meet the deadline, don’t tell us you can.
    • Slipped release dates

One Gratifying Thing

Podcast Chapters

  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:02:18 – Tangents
  • 00:46:40 – Main Topic
  • 00:59:18 – Fans Giving of the Back Feeds
  • 01:12:37 – Missed Opportunties
  • 01:20:54 – One Dumb Thing
  • 01:22:09 – One Gratifying Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance
Main Topic Music: ‘Cowabunga!’ [Technodrome] by WillRock & Sixto
Outro Music : Metal Gear Solid – Encounter
Cover Art:https://www.laughlin.af.mil/News/Art/igphoto/2000839026/

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Episode 28: Coping With It All

Shawn and crew are back trying to make sense of it all.

Tangents:

  • Mega Man X Collection
  • Doom Eternal Thoughts and also Nintendo Switch
  • Cyberpunk 2077 gets first gameplay reveal – 43 minutes of it!
  • Windjammers 2?
  • Feeling good about no superhero films for a bit
  • Hollow Knight
    • Damn this is a good game.
  • Steaming Networks – Fan Targeted Shows
    • Star Trek – Picard is back
    • Star Wars – $100 Million Budget
    • DC – Titans (Fuck Batman) – mini-review
  • Will Shawn let Jared have Smash updates? (Sure.. why not.. I already gave in – Shawn)
    • Simon & Richter Belmont
    • Dark Samus
    • King K. Rool

Main Topic: Games as a Means of Processing Your Life

  • The Good Side:
    • Sometimes it’s okay to check out
    • Life is not controlled, doesn’t follow rules you can understand or predict
    • Not all stress is bad stress
    • Anonymity in social games – the therapeutic effect of a stranger
  • The Bad Side:
    • Games can be isolation
    • Escape can turn into avoidance
    • The Echo Effect
    • Not all social interaction is good interaction
  • Games and the depiction of mental health

One Gratifying Thing

  • Friends – Keeping to the theme

Podcast Chapters

00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:04 – Tangents
00:55:29 – Main Topic: Coping With It All

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance
Main Topic Music: Austin Wintory – Journey Soundtrack – Apotheosis
Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

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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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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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