This week Brakketology is celebrating the mere possibility that Steam is making its Libraries sharable with family members (and a bit beyond). As Kyle and Ana begin to clamor for more and more PC time, my need to have my Steam library accessible to more than just myself will become crucial. I’m just not quite sold on the fine print yet. Also making the rounds this week, Bioware is getting interesting again, EA is very proud of all the new IP they’re working on, even if they’re not too sure what the words “new IP” are supposed to mean, there’s a Kickstarter project that you should be looking at, and Blizzard just keeps on being Blizzard. But first…
It’s another Bill and Todd show this week on Jumping the Shark. This week we turn our attention back to Paradox’s game of strategic intrigue and outright blundering, Crusader Kings 2. Find out why Bill has a firm grasp on his little corner of Scotland and me… well, my turn ruling in Ireland has had its issues. We also talk Creative Assembly and the fiasco that has been their release of Total War: Rome 2. And Bill has yet another new gig. Find out what makes this one different from all the rest and will surely launch him on the road to stardom!
In this day and age a guy has to do what he can to get by. That means you have to take a lot of jobs to make ends meet, even legal ones. A Firefly class boat needs parts and supplies to keep it in the air, after all. In this week’s Brakketology, if you haven’t guessed, I got a chance to play Firefly: The Game. Along with some first impressions of that, there’s a promising first look at Banner Saga (via RPS) that demands you pay attention, more Enemy Within bits, Project Eternity continues its climb up my list of most anticipated games, Amazon does something that almost made my life better, a real Ultima lands on iOS, and Xbox One gets a release date…
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!
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…
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
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!
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!
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.
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.