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Jumping the Shark Podcast #103

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In Jumping the Shark #103 the gang, sans a Bill but plus a Tom, talks our favorite games of the year. Prior to that Tom and I get knee deep into The Old Republic, Brandon and Danielle discuss their love-hate relationship with Skyward Sword, and there’s plenty more. This one was a quick and sloppy edit, what with it being Christmas weekend. Speaking of which, I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Christmas. I hope to be back on later in the week with some more thoughts on the Jedi-Sith relationships in Old Republic. First, though, I need to actually get back to playing it!

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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and proceeded to spend over 16 years as a development editor for Pearson Education, publishing books, videos, and digital learning products under the Que and Sams Publishing imprints. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd has also been a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets. Follow him on Twitter @ubrakto or check it out his website at

7 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #103”

  1. I have to say I have little trouble understanding the logic of someone that is willing to buy to buy every console or handheld so it can experience the unique games each system offers but refuses to have a Windows computer. Every PC on the market today can run Windows and that includes the Macs, and while every platform offers an unique experience in games, PC is the platform with the most diversity of games, and the most interesting experiences, and my platform of choice.
    I’m not saying that people should make PC their primary platform when they clearly prefer a console, and I’m not saying that you should buy a powerful rig to run Windows. What I’m saying is that if you exclude the graphic intensive games that most of them you can play on the console, and average PC or MAC is all you need to experience those unique games, and installing Windows on your MAC will not be an betrayal to Apple, and this way you can experience all those unique games, and if you are a person o loves games are doing yourself a disservice by not even given it a chance.

  2. Most of the rhetoric I hear against PC these days are the cost objections that helped speed the ascendancy of the console a decade ago. Never mind how false, people still blanch at allegations that a gaming PC would cost at least two thousand dollars, with several hundred dollars and countless man-hours a year spent keeping it running and current. I have friends that frankly refuse to believe I can build them a state-of-the-art machine for five hundred. They’ve been taught that consoles provide a better and more complete experience at that price point and they’ve seen nothing to suggest otherwise.

    The PC probably could have made a successful bid for prominence a few years ago, when the Playstation was expensive & had no games, when Wii was being recognized as a curio, when XBoxes were melting left & right. But it didn’t, because there’s no formal body standing as the platform’s advocate. So those that would see it dead continue to control the discourse. Such is life.

  3. More Driver:SF talk for surprise of the year, so I’ve gotta like that as I feel the same. I’ve gotta finish it up so I can sent it off to my brother with a car obsessed 5-year-old. I would have put SR3 as my GOY, but I got stuck with the game killing Deckers Die glich. Luckily the Fallout:NV DLC all went on sale and now I have plenty to play. Keep up the good work folks.

  4. I’m sure Tom will be delighted to know that Sims Medieval is actually available on OSX, so he can bug Danielle about it all year.

  5. I have a PC, several actually. They’re all laptops though, which is not the ideal machine to play games on. It all comes down to time and money, neither of which are finite. I’m perfectly happy with the games I play and the platforms I play them on. If I were to play PC games I would have to buy a new system so that I can hook it up to my projector, all so that I can sit on my recliner with a keyboard and mouse? No thank you. I’m all for PC gaming but not if I have to shoehorn it in someplace it doesn’t work. And, if I’m sitting down to play a “big” game, I’m playing it on my projector.

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