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Jumping the Shark Podcast #178

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It’s the very bro-tastic Hour of Power on this week’s Jumping the Shark as Brandon and I take in the E3 perspective as, for the first time in five years, outsiders.  Oh the humanity! Hear us wonder where all the games went? Wag fingers at us as we debate games ownership versus licensing. Snack along as we break bread over the sheer audacity that is the One’s 24-hour check-in times. Cry with us as we lament just how god awful Microsoft is at messaging their product. And nod knowingly as we agree that Sony played Microsoft like a drumb with their note-perfect PS4 unveiling. Also, more KOTOR2 and Brandon plays some Remember Me.

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Tuesday Pontificat’n – The Ownership is Overrated Edition

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So, a few more cards are now on the table. I’m not going to write much (this time) about the console themselves. Matt already did a fantastic job assessing each company’s sales pitch. Do go read it, if you haven’t yet. (What I find interesting is that in a generation where both platforms are based on x86 architecture, they’ve certainly found ways to wholly differentiate themselves. Bravo!) What I’ve found fascinating to watch since the initial One unveiling and in the wake of Monday’s E3 press conferences is this love affair we all seem to be having with game “ownership,” now that console gamers everywhere are terrified of losing it.

Right now, the One’s current feature list has precisely one deal-breaker for me. The once every 24-hour check-in required for me to keep access to my games library is a non-starter. It’s a poison pill that will kill the console and I’d be shocked –SHOCKED!– if this policy doesn’t change by release (or within the first year). Take that away, however, and much of the vitriol directed towards the Xbox One has to do with the fact that it’s a blatant attempt to end the era in which we “own” our games, thus killing off the used game market as we know it. This is troubling to people who feel they’ve done quite well by its existence — Gamestop, people saving $5 on a used game, people spending $60 on a game knowing they can get a chunk back for their next purchase by turning it around right quick. It’s been a decent ride for you folks and Sony is shrewd to make continued embrace of this model a marketing point for the PS4. It’s still all going to end, though. It’s a matter of time.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #177

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This week in Jumping the Shark, the gang is all in the house as we talk some more Metro: Last Light, more KOTOR, more Warhammer: Quest, and more Xbox One shenanigans. It’s fun and frivolity with none of the guilt. Enjoy!

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Tuesday Babbling – Returns on a Wednesday Edition

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I’ve had this post, half-finished, in the hopper for about three weeks. I call it being fashionably late to the party. Regardless, there’s been much ballyhoo about the Xbox One in the weeks since Microsoft disappointed gamers everywhere by not making them center stage at The Grand Unwrapping of 2013. Why we seem to care so much about this is rather beyond me.

Folks, this one wasn’t about us and that’s neither a slight, nor a problem…

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #176

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Bill was off sunning himself on a rock this past week (for the visual, you are most welcome), so JtS #176 marks the triumphant return of the Brakke and Cackowski-Schnell Hour of Power (TM)! This week we get funky with our iPads as Brandon breaks in Warhammer: Quest and its mixed critical reception. I take to the skies in my trusty Sopwith Camel and go head-to-head with WWI-era German fighter planes in Sid Meier’s surprisingly addictive turn-based strategy game, Ace Patrol. And, we talk a whole mess of Knights of the Old Republic, as I venture a bit deeper into Obsidian’s sequel (w/Content Restoration Mod) and Brandon ponders whether or not to get the stealthily released iPad port of the original game. All this and stories of flayed fingers abound this week, so enjoy!

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #175

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This week’s rendition of the Big Show features part two of Bill and Brandon’s descent into the murky underbelly of Metro: Last Light. We take a look at Microsoft’s showy review of Xbox One from every possible angle and conclude that it’s still a big box of questions without much in the way of answers. What did you think? Did Microsoft do enough to convince you to be a buyer on launch day?

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #174

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Jumping the Shark #174 features Bill and Brandon’s journey into the depths of Metro: Last Light. I would totally have gone in on this excursion until the reveal of the spiders. Seriously, guys? Just because you lived in development hell when making the game doesn’t mean you have to use that time to bring my nightmares to life. Le sigh. Ah well. At least the follow-up Eclipse discussion and a little TV Time didn’t leave me a quivering puddle of goo and that’s something. AmIRight?

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #173

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Painters and roofers and estimates from hell – oh my! That’s not this week’s Jumping the Shark, that’s my excuse for posting this on Wednesday.  But yes, you people who don’t use iTunes or another subscriptions service (for shame!), we did a show. It featured Bill, Brandon, and Me and, like a fine wine, it was frigg’n awesome and stuffs. This week Bill talks Conquistador happenings and their latest reach out to people ideas, including a kick-ass proposal for doing a video boardgame show. Very cool. Brandon and I talk Star Command and why he saved me hours of frustration looking for diamonds in what is an entirely lump of coal experience. Then we team-up against Bill and the rest of the world to explain why Prometheus is a better movie than you think it is. We’re right. You’re wrong. That’s just something you’ll have to live with.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #172

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It’s a Cackowski-Schnell and Brakke Hour of Power for Jumping the Shark’s 172nd episode. Bill misses the proceedings to go lost dog hunting and I’m not even making that up. (All pups were eventually secured.) So, along with getting caught up with the latest happenings in Game of Thrones, Brandon continues his exploits with Far Cry and I give Out of the Park Baseball 14 my own version of spring training.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #171

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Jumping the Shark is back this week with our 171st episode. This week Bill shocks us all with his new gaming addiction. Yes, the man who has more than once proclaimed himself completely over the MMO genre, has himself hooked on an MMO. I’ll admit it. I don’t get it. Meanwhile, Brandon holds the keys to the gates and if you want to enter he would kindly like for you to show him your Papers, Please. He’s also got some more time with Far Cry 3 and Etrian Odyssey IV. I have about 20 minutes in Knights of the Old Republic II (with Content Restoration Mod). You can ignore me this week.

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