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Jumping the Shark Podcast #189

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Brandon is back, Bill shows heart and courage by recording on just three hours sleep, and I’m in because I just didn’t have anything else to do. That’s right, it’s a full boat on this week’s JTS! For episode #189, Brandon walks the dungeons of Diablo III only he’s doing it with a gamepad in his hand. It’s a mad, mad world. He also picks up the phone and dials Hotline Miami. He promptly kills everyone and hangs up. Bill and I take a journey into Meh with the new Vic Davis game, Occult Chronicles. And there is much talk of Breaking Bad.

EDIT: I forgot to add! You guys, I have played Firefly: The Game and it is has taken my love and my land, and taken me where I cannot stand. I don’t care, though, because it is frigg’n awesome!

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Brakketology: Summer’s Over Edition

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Labor Day has come and gone and the last time I penned anything we lived in a world where I could go 48 hours without hearing anything about Miley Cyrus. I didn’t even know what twerking was. Yes, it was a happier, simpler time. But fall is coming and I’m here with renewed vigor to, like, write things and stuff. (Said vigor may least three weeks or three years, get your bets in now!)

After the break, lots of stuff from the past week summarized for your edification…

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #188

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Brandon is spending the week visiting with Tom over at the Quarter to Three gaming podcast (go check it out!), but Bill and I are still here to bring you your weekly dose of JtS goodness. This week we clasp hands together and bravely venture into a spooky old house in Gone Home. Is this really the unexpectedly brilliant adventure game hit of the summer or is it being overrated based solely for being a novel premise? Only your crazy uncle the pharmacist knows for sure and he’s not talking. So join us for two in-depth discussion of the game; up first the spoiler free iteration and then we light the Spoiler Lamp and talk about every shady nook and cranny. After that we’re on to the new Robinson Crusoe board game and why Bill thinks it’s really rather brilliant if he does say so himself.

Spoiler Lamp Warning: Gone Home 15:00 – 32:10

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #187

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The terrible trio is back for episode #187. This week Bill and his once sweet and innocent daughter spend 400 Days walking with the dead and comes out of the experience forever changed. (No, seriously, he’s getting her into Left 4 Dead now too. This is a Pandora’s Box that can never be closed.) Meanwhile in Brandon’s world, The Saints have come marching in, for the fourth time no less. They just won’t stop marching. Find out just why Brandon thinks Saints Row IV is every bit worth it’s $60 price tag. And me? After 39 years on this planet, I have finally embraced the one true faith. Sure, I created it in Civilization 5, but the Church of Pi is not to be denied and I have spread it to the farthest reaches of my digital world. Plus, there are food and happiness bonuses and how can you argue with that? This much, plus some Breaking Bad, and even more this week on Jumping the Shark!

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #186

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With Bill off at GenCon, the Hour of Power returns this week (like it’s ever gone away) as Brandon and I get down and get funky with our bad ass selves. I talk in detail about my new job. It’s drab. It’s dull. And it involves saying, “Papers, Please” over and over and over again. Yet it’s oddly addictive and rewarding. Weird. Brandon is in his Sony Vita happy place with some more Ni No Kuni and a potpourri of time with some other titles (that I honestly can’t remember – sorry). Then there’s some discussion about the continuation of the Microsoft 180 and how I –surprise, surprise– called it from the very beginning. It’s my annual chance to be right about something and I don’t want it going by unnoticed, dammit!

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #185

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The gang’s all here for Jumping the Shark’s 185th episode. Fifteen more and maybe, just maybe, we can all retire from this life of verbal debauchery. In the meantime, Bill is back and he’s taken his dear sweet daughter Walking with the Dead. The words you’re looking for here are Innocence Lost. Brandon presses on with Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and feels nothing but love for the wee lass. And I, after getting lost in the world of the Marvel Unlimited comic subscription app, get back into Civilization 5: Brave New World. I’ve concluded that these newfangled cultural victories are harder to pull of then I first realized. That or I’m getting dumber… which I’m not entirely sure is possible.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #184

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First, apologies for the delay in posting. It’s been a full week. I blame Windows 8.1.

Right, anyway. Episode #184 brings us back-to-back weeks of the patented and trademarked Cackowski-Schnell and Brakke Hour of Power. This week Brandon discovers why he’s been playing Just Cause 2 all wrong and begins what will surely be a torrid love affair with Ni No Kuni who, herself, evidently has much wrath for a white witch of some kind. I dunno. Sounds kinda racist to me. (Was that too much? It felt like too much.) Meanwhile, I’m still ball’n in the land of NBA 2k13, but I do take a time out to ruin the lives of some incredibly brave, and not very bright, Kerbals as they try to get their fledgling space program off the ground. In the words of the all-powerful know-it-all, Yogurt, the kids’ll love this one.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #183

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It’s an Hour of Power kind of week on JtS #183. Brandon runs with the shadows for a bit (i.e – he bought Shadowrun Returns; come on, people!) and decides that he’d love it if he could just save the game in new and exciting places instead of just where Harebrained thinks he should. I concur. I break out my inner jock, putting myself into NBA 2k13′s MyCareer, and deciding that it’s really quite stupid and yet I can’t look away, or turn it off. There’s also some Just Cause 2 love from Brandon and I tell you why Newsroom’s second episode of its second season was amazingly good — even for people that didn’t like the first season, or Studio 60, or most other Sorkiny kinds of shows. Go ahead and call me wrong. I don’t mind breaking out the Ban Hammer.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #182

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In episode #182 of Jumping the Shark the gang is all in to talk games, game sales, and the first track off our soon to be double-mega-platinum hit album. First, Bill is back in a gaming mood with new adventures in Crusader Kings II to share. Oh those wacky vikings. They’re nutty, I tell you! We’re also in deep in Steam Summer Sale territory and it claims me as its victim. First up some new adventures in Civilization 5′s Brave New World along with some time left over for me to use my iPad to Rebuild from zombie apocalypse. Brandon has spent the week ruling from the throne of Fable 3 and decided that it’s really not all that spiffy being the king. There’s also a serenade that you won’t want to miss and Brandon and Bill get in some TV time.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #181

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After a completely un-earned week off, the whole gang is back together for Jumping the Shark’s 181st episode. Is it too early to say the countdown to episode #200 begins here? It’s probably too early. So, instead of counting down we get our cheap on as Brandon takes a free spin through the streets of Albion in Fable 3. Todd finally completes his not so heroic journey in Knights of the Old Republic 2, and Bill returns with a huge surprise – he’s… been playing… exactly… nothing! It’s a full-on shock and awe campaign that really could be missed, but you don’t want to miss it because it’s us and we’re awesome and because there’s a solid ten minutes of outtakes this week.

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