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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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Jumping the Shark #180

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Jumping the Shark #180 delves into the treacherous realm of home renovations and sales as I recount to Brandon my housing nightmare. It’s a learning experience you won’t want to miss. We also talk more in depth on the XCOM iPad port and Brandon completes Last of Us and concludes that the game is really rather okay by him so we should all join hands and sing its praises, or at least be a little nicer to it. And don’t miss the outtakes this week when Brandon calls out Tom. It’s all here in this week’s JtS! (As a quick PSA: We’re taking this week off from podcasting so we can more effectively celebrate the birth of the American nation, but we’ll be back on July 15th with episode #181.)

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #179

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For our 179th episode, Brandon and I went out to see Man of Steel, just so you don’t have have to. Kidding. We both got our kicks from it and there’s a whole section at the end in which we dig into all the spoilery details. (The spoiler lamp this week is more of a spoiler bonfire where this flick is concerned.) Before that, though, Bill returns ever-so-briefly to talk about his time at the Origins board game show as well as a bunch of updates on the progress being made on Conquistador’s forthcoming video game podcast. Should be a good one. Brandon also heads down deep into the ugly world of Last of Us and guess what? Just between you and me, he doesn’t so much think it sucks. Can you believe it? Yeah, me neither. Tune in to find out more!

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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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