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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.

Oh yeah, and enjoy the show!

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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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Jumping the Shark Podcast #170 (SuperMegaSpoilery Edition!)

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So, Michael’s Bioshock: Infinite post stirred something in me. A little tingle in the back of my head that maybe, somewhere along the line this week, I forgot to do something. And then it hit me. The garage door was open. Dammit! Also, I never put up the podcast post. Idiot! That one’s on me. But, hey, you all subscribe to the iTunes feed or RSS or something, right? Of course you do.

But, just in case, here is the triumphant reunion of the holy trinity. That’s right, Bill, Brandon and I are all in the house for the first time in weeks. And we’ve all not only played the same game, but finished it too. This leads to a wildy spoilerific discussion of every nook and cranny of Bioshock: Infinite, the ending in particular. If you don’t want to be spoiled… who are you kidding? Of course you do. Join us!

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Tuesday Celebrat’n – The I Got Engaged Edition

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I’ll talk about the usual gaming stuff in a minute. I feel a bit of a heel for titling a post as a celebration after what happened in Boston yesterday. This is gaming blog and that’s a tragedy that I’ll only speak of to say that what terrorists –those born within our borders or those without– want is to create fear. You want to beat these people? Keep living your life the way it works for you. Don’t let them make you afraid to walk down the street or board a plane. They are few. We are many. Also, this.

Anyway, the celebrating part is a personal note because I’m happy and excited and that only happens like once or twice a year. (No, not really.) If you’ve been listening to JtS for the past year, you’ve probably heard me drop Michelle’s name here and there. For awhile it’s felt much too small to call her my girlfriend. It was a situation in need of rectification. I had a ring and a plan and it all almost came apart when, after a nice one-year anniversary dinner, we were attacked by a flock of (two) wild geese. I was afraid for my life, but I had a job to do and my bravery must have impressed because now I’ve got myself a fiancee. I’m a happy, lucky man and there’s no question I’ll be marrying above my level.

So… wooooo!  Now, let’s talk games. (Thank you for indulging me.)

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #169

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Jumping the Shark features a Cackowski-Schnell/Brakke Hour of Power as Bill missed this week to play host to a VIP of the international sort. (Curse you, Mace!) So, Brandon brings his Bioshock A-game and we talk more about its shootery bits and overall direction. It’s all set up for next week’s show when the three of us are sure to dig down spoilery-deep into the game’s conclusion. This week, however, we veer off to talk about Microsoft PR-catastrophes and racist ghosts. It’s fun for the whole family!

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Tuesday Mourning – The Downer Edition

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Michigan lost. I’m in mourning. Except not really, because it was an amazing, wonderful season and that team did the school and its fans proud. Also, subs. Craziness. You know the drill. Mostly I’m just hungover. Off of three beers. I’m not sure how that happens. I’m a lightweight. Anyway. This week’s ramblings consist of a large bag of half empty as Disney realizes what we all already knew, EA demonstrates itself to be as tone deaf as ever, and an MS employee gets in trouble for being honest about the wrong things. But first, something wholly awesome.

X-COM versus XCOM. Adam Sessler of Rev3Games did a sit down with the co-creator of the original X-COM, Julian Gollop, and XCOM lead designer Jake Solomon. As a fan of both games, it’s just neat to see two of the principles behind them congratulate each other on being so awesome. And I’m not even being sarcastic. They are awesome for doing this:

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #168

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Jumping the Shark meandered into the darkness last week, but we’re back today with the long awaited, ever-anticipated, supper jolly fun-time episode #168. Or something like that. Brandon was still lost in a broadbandless-vacuum of Internet poverty this week, but Bill and I were able to jump on Skype to talk up some Bioshock: Infinite. And we do. At great length. Whether you want us to or not.

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