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Jumping the Shark Podcast #79

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It’s the usual crew back at work in this week’s Jumping the Shark. This week Bill brings us the word from the front in Fear 3. I tie a bow around Dungeon Siege III (review to be posted at the mothership soon) and relate some 4th of July camping exploits. (Hint: I would not survive in the wild if left to my own devices.) Brandon goes on a bug hunt with Earth Defense Force. And Danielle gets herself a shiny new Kinect in order to play UFC Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System. She also gets funky with Dance Central and you can’t put a price on that. Speaking of Kinect and pricing things, this week’s topic is about buyer’s remorse after having purchased a new console or system; this one comes with a free side order of kids and gaming as I fret about how much time my son’s been putting into Lego Batman.

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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and proceeded to spend over 16 years as a development editor for Pearson Education, publishing books, videos, and digital learning products under the Que and Sams Publishing imprints. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd has also been a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets. Follow him on Twitter @ubrakto or check it out his website at

6 thoughts on “Jumping the Shark Podcast #79

  1. I’m going to write us up a review for it here…but to quote the email I sent Bill Abner on it- “WTF, this game rules!”

    Whodathunkit…11th-hour, unanticipated sequel with low prospects turns out to be one of the best shooters of the year. Horrible story, bad graphics…but f#@king ace gameplay.

    Does Kinect recognize jazz hands? Can you do a little soft shoe in front of it?

  2. ‘Does Kinect recognize jazz hands? Can you do a little soft shoe in front of it?’

    I would totally buy that

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