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Jumping the Shark Podcast: Final Collection (#247-#255)

Herein you will find links to every Jumping the Shark video gaming podcast posted in 2016 (newest first), wrapping up with our episode #255 finale. This year, JtS featured the vocal stylings of Todd Brakke (@toddsfoolery), Brandon Cackowski-Schnell (@misterbinky), Holly Green (@winnersusedrugs), and William Abner (@TheAbner). Show production, editing, and summaries alternate between Todd and Brandon.

This, very likely, is my final update of any kind to the NHS page. If I end up posting anything new going forward, the best place to find out about it will be via my Twitter or feed or my archival site at Thanks so much to all of you! —Todd

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Episode 255
Released: 5/2/2016
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Synopsis: Here we stand, at the end of all things. Or, at least the end of the Jumping the Shark podcast. For our finale, Bill rejoins Brandon, Holly, and Todd as we reminisce and engage in a bit of navel-gazing over our 255 episode run. We also wrap up with much chatter on Fallout 4: Far Harbor, Dark Souls III, Stellaris, Uncharted 4, Homeland, and games criticism in 2016.

Our warmest and sincerest thanks to all of you who have taken this journey with us. Catch ya later on down the trail.

— Bill, Brandon, Holly, and Todd

Episode 254
Released: 5/2/2016
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Synopsis: This week Todd spends time with Steve Jackson’s Sorcery, Holly is back from PAX with tales of Lawbreakers and Battleborn, and Brandon is living the sequelized dream with tales of Ratchet & Clank and Bravely Second: End Layer.

Episode 253
Released: 4/3/2016
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Synopsis: This week Holly plants many a crop in Stardew Valley, Brandon takes to the streets in The Division, and then he and Todd wrap up with a wholly opinion-netural (like) look at DC Murderverse, or as most know it, Batman v. Superman.

Episode 252
Released: 3/20/2016
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Synopsis: This week Holly and Brandon run through the forest primeval in Far Cry: Primal while Todd languishes in pampered luxury in Cities: Skylines. He also drops some knowledge about Kingdom.

Episode 251
Released: 3/6/2016
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Synopsis: The Brakke/Cackowski-Schnell Hour of Power returns this week as Todd fights for the future in XCOM 2, Brandon earns his Birthright in Fire Emblem, and there is much exploration of the delicate psyche of the Internet Outrage Machine as it pertains to the women of Ghostbusters, jealousy of all things Australian, and the International Date Line.

Episode 250
Released: 2/21/2016
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Synopsis: This week it’s all Firewatch all the time as Holly, Todd and Brandon explore the wild, untamed wilderness of Firewatch. Danger! Mystery! Elks! Lovey-dovey bits! It’s all here and that’s just the intro! (Note: This is a spoiler-cast.)

Episode 249
Released: 2/7/2016
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Synopsis: After more than a year away, spent sharing his basketball genius with the youth of America, the self-proclaimed straw that stirs the drink, Bill Abner, is back this week! He and Todd try not to stress out in the Darkest Dungon, Holly hopes Dark Dreams Don’t Die in D4, and Brandon finds Divinity in Original Sin: Enhanced Edition for the PS4. Along the way there’s also some Spelunky, Brandon’s extra special ranking of Assassin’s Creed games, and reflections on game industry burnout.

Episode 248
Released: 1/24/2016
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Synopsis: This week Holly tools around in zombie dune buggies in the Dying Light DLC, Todd kills all of his crew members on the way to Mars in Tharsis, and Brandon navigates the rooftops and alleyways of Victorian London in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. They also make a lot of jokes about pee. You can ask, but you really don’t want to know.

Episode 247
Released: 1/10/2016
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Synopsis: Holly, Todd, and Brandon ring in the new year by taking a look back at the gaming experiences that shaped our 2015, with a look ahead to what’s on our collective radar in 2016. We wrap-up with a bonus Life is Strange spoiler section with all of Holly’s thoughts about all things Max and Chloe.

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

4 thoughts on “Jumping the Shark Podcast: Final Collection (#247-#255)

  1. Sorry to see you guys go. Jumping the Shark was the first podcast I listened to and it opened up a rewarding past time as I followed guests from your earlier shows to their own podcasts. Good luck in everything you do and thanks again for the great show. You’ll be missed.

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