Archive by Author

Jumping the Shark Podcast #218

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The latest in JtS trendiness is online for your listening enjoyment. In this episode, I talk a bunch of Alien: Isolation and why I can only play it in very short bursts, while Brandon and Holly get their Borderlands prequel mojo on. There were many, many words, names, places, and events with which I am unfamiliar, but I’m 73% sure they weren’t just making it up as they went. Well, more like 65%. I mean sure it sounded authentic, but you can never be completely certain when these two are involved. It could be code. And as a bonus for this episode, we get an epic Mr. Binky rant on how Destiny is the most flawed game he can’t stop playing.

Enjoy!

Direct Download for #218
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

Social Justice Warriors and The Grand Conspiracy

Tweet_SlowClap

 

The Gamasutra/Intel debacle cannot possibly be summed up better than in the pictured tweet. I’ve blacked out anything identifying because I’m specifically leaving individuals out of this post. This is not about any one person. If you need a broader primer, this article at The Verge is a good place to start. For actual, non-fantastical ethical concerns in games journalism, this is a pretty good start(Edit: And this, because GG is not about ethics.)

So, how’ve you been?

Let’s talk about social justice warriors and their grand conspiracy to… well, I’m not sure what. But it must be bad for so many people to get all riled up. All I can say for sure is that I’m with you! (I’m not.) These people, these SJWs, must be stopped! (Nope.) We must not have social justice in gaming. (Because why?) Because justice is bad. Inclusion is bad. Diversity is bad. It’s a grand media conspiracy to destroy gaming because gaming must never change. It must never be criticized. It must never evolve. It must never engage in self-examination. It must never grow or broaden, it must only double-down on what it’s been for the last ten years or so, because that is the only history that matters. More guns. More explosions. Bigger tits. These things must not become an endangered species just because a bunch of chicks who are barely gamers to begin with, and the dudes who want to score with them, think games can be more inclusive.

If you support the ideals that you believe the Gamer Gate movement represents then that paragraph is going to sound belittling and misrepresentative. And that’s okay. It was meant to be. I know, being a large-ish (maybe?) group of people, you’re not actually all of one mind about this, and what GG represents from one person to the next isn’t identical. I believe there are good people (probably) who support GG and what it represents to them; people who are genuinely fair-minded (probably); are not racist or misogynistic (probably); people who are not inherently hostile and believe with every fiber of their being that they are on the right side of the issue (probably). I believe these people exist because they have to. No movement of this relative scope can legitimately hinge on making sure vocal women can’t sleep soundly at night. I have more faith in people than that. For the life of me, though, if you’re one of these “reasonable” Gaters, I can’t begin to figure out what “issue” you think you’re on the right side of.

Seriously. I have questions…

Continue Reading…

Jumping the Shark Podcast #216 and #217

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As is my usual form, I didn’t get the post up for #216 so today I bring you links from both that and episode #217. Woo! Exciting!

In episode #216, Bill joins us to talk about The Walking Dead Season 2… right up until the time when his Internet connection decided to give up the ghost. Oh well, I guess a little Abner is better than none at all. Get it? Little Abner? (That’s Brandon’s joke, by the way. Don’t blame me.)

Episode #217 brings back Holly Green to talk a giant heaping plateful of Wasteland 2. Is this the game we were hoping for? How hard is it to get into? Where are the rough edges and trouble spots? It’s all here. After that, there’s The Long Dark, The Shadow of Mordor, and Skyrim: Dragonborn.

Enjoy!

Direct Download for #216
Direct Download for #217
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

Jumping the Shark Podcast #215

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

On JtS #15, Holly Green is back and she’s here to spin yarns of all things PAX. It’s a smorgasbord of quick hits on the latest iterations of Saints Row, Magicka, Costume Quest, and Dance Central. Find out what she thinks of the new Wander MMO and Not a Hero and why she owns so many versions of Deadly Premonition. And if that’s not enough, listen just to hear me brag about how awesome Venice is as a money-making enterprise in Civilization 5 only to find out I was wildly overestimating my success. Good times. To wrap up, Brandon has Shadowrun: Dragonfall DLC and Star Realms truth bombs to drop.

Enjoy!

Direct Download
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

I Wrote the Wrong Post (on Misogyny and Gaming)

Civility

A few months ago I wrote a piece that was ostensibly about maturity in the game industry, but that was really about trying to define what is and isn’t sexism and misogyny in games. Yes, I uncategorically condemned online harassment. Yes, I absolutely supported the idea that the gaming industry desperately needs to grow up and become more inclusive. But I also wrote that the mere appearance of sexism doesn’t make something inherently sexist. I wrote that it’s impossible to avoid stereotypical pitfalls 100% of the time and that its surface appearance, which absolutely should be open to analysis and criticism, also shouldn’t come to define the entirety of the work. I wrote that we can better see the real problems the industry has with inclusion by looking more at the aggregate than the specific.

I was making the wrong arguments…

Continue Reading…

Jumping the Shark Podcast #214

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

And another one that actually went up last week that I”m posting late. Blame my day job. Also, that’s why you should subscribe to the show and not wait for me, right? Right. Anyway. For our 214th episode, Gameranx.com’s Managing Editor, Holly Green, makes a welcome return to the show to talk all about Civ V, her upcoming digital cookbook and why it’s always better to sleep in one’s own bed when attending conventions. From there, Brandon and I dig into Rogue Legacy and discover why it’s the perfect game to sit down with when you have 30 minutes to kill and then marvel as two hours pass by and you’ve left your kids waiting for you at the bus stop. (Disclaimer: This did not actually happen.) Also Brandon falls in love with Diablo III all over again because… well, I haven’t the foggiest really. But he did.

Enjoy!

Direct Download
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

Jumping the Shark Podcast #213

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This week on Jumping the Shark, Brandon and I are joined by my good friend and fellow geek culture savant, Jay Payne, as we take a deep, spoilery dive into Telltale and Marvel land. First up I dish some quick Out of the Park Baseball 15 impressions and Brandon and I do a quick hit on the miss-step that is The Walking Dead’s 4th episode, then it’s on to The Wolf Among Us for a considered look at the its first full season and how well it matches up with the spirit of the comics (about which Jay drops the knowledge bombs). We wrap up with a long, drooly praise fest for everything that makes Guardians such an amazing, joy filled triumph of superhero movies.

Enjoy! (And sorry I got this posted so late!)

Direct Download
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

Jumping the Shark Podcast #212

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Episode #212 of Jumping the Shark features a surprise return of one William Abner, here to regale us with stories of young basketball legends in the making, Dark Souls 2 PC forays, and a little Walking Dead of the TellTale variety. But first, I’m up with a heaping load of Divinity: Original Sin impressions. The game is one of the great unexpected treasures of 2014 and well worth your gaming dollar. Finally, Brandon is all up in the Destiny beta’s business and he can’t get enough.

Enjoy!

Direct Download
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

Jumping the Shark Podcast #211

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This week the brilliant managing editor of Gameranx.com, Holly Green, joins Brandon and I for a spirited look back at Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, how the series was originally influenced by the original Wasteland, and what we should expect from the August release of Wasteland 2. (Todd’s got a couple hours in the beta.) Along the way there’s Borderlands 2 shenanigans and a very, very important Civilization Revolution 2 PSA. (Short version: Do not buy it. Do. Not.)

Enjoy!

Direct Download
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

Jumping the Shark Podcast #210

No High Scores Podcast Logo

Image: Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I should have posted this before July 4th week, but it was July 4th week and I was busy drinking and replacing door locks (not an interesting story) and napping. So, a bit late, but in episode 210, Brandon and I get our Telltale mojo on and discuss episodes #3 and #4 of Wolf Among Us as well as episode #3 of The Walking Dead. I also, over a year later, finally complete Tomb Raider so we go deep into what makes that game tick and Brandon ties a nice little bow around his time with Watch Dogs.

Enjoy! (And look for episode #211 to post, on time, next Monday.)

Direct Download
iTunes Link
RSS Feed
Past Episodes
Edit Type: Skype

Page 1 of 2912345»1020...Last »