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Jumping the Shark Podcast #112

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Awaiting you on Jumping the Shark #112 is the illustrious return of Troy “I’ve Got the Black Lung, Pop” Goodfellow as he joins us to talk a little (well, a lot) more Crusader Kings 2. Learn the tragic fate of the good Scottish king, Malcolm III and why you shouldn’t get carried away trying to do too much in this kind of game. Brandon takes us into the choppy waters of the Playstation Vita launch and why he thinks it’s a quality piece of hardware with a high ceiling that’s also mired in some of the usual Sony sloppiness. Finally, I play a little Portal 2 co-op and decide that, as a multiplayer character, GladOS makes a really good single-player villain. All this and more coming your way on this week’s JtS!

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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

11 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #112”

  1. Would just like to say right off the bat:

    Todd and I are friends. Best friends, really. I have known Todd for 16 years. He’s like a brother to me.

    I give Todd shit because I take great delight in doing so and I know what buttons to push to get him riled.

    This podcast is exhibit AAA.


  2. Now, I’m at work on their network so take this with a grain of salt.

    I’m getting an error in iTunes with this episode. I was out sick for a portion last week, so when I opened iTunes today it downloaded episode 111, but I’m getting a download error on episode 112.

    Aha! I’m also getting a download error for the direct link. This is probably something on my end due to a change (???) on your end. My work blocks a lot of crap, so there’s a few podcasts I have to manually bring in to work (the horror!!!!).

    1. Let us know if you continue to have trouble. I had no problems getting 112 to download through iTunes from my home or work PCs today.

      1. I was able to download at home without issue, but I’m still getting an error for this episode (error 503). I can download previous episodes, but not this one. So strange.

  3. A couple of notes on this week’s show:

    1) Great discussion on CK2. I haven’t played it nor do I intend to (like Todd), but great discussions like this make me want to consider it.

    2) I’m glad to hear that the PS Vita does a better job handling updates. It’s one of the many reasons why I don’t like reviewing games on the PSP. I don’t use it that often so every time I have a game to review I have to apply some update that takes forever to download and apply. Sony just can’t get enough of forcing shit on us.

    3) Brandon’s story about his children was hilarious, though if it ever gets back to them they might put some soda cans in some tube socks and wear that ass out with a savage beating.

  4. I haven’t really played any of the Paradox games prior to CKII, but I love this game. Troy gave some good tips for newbies, but I would also recommend going to Youtube — a couple of people have put up some really good ‘getting started’ guides, which were far more helpful for me than the in game tutorials. This is the type of game that makes me want to lock myself in for a few weeks, and just dive into it. I haven’t had that feeling for a while.

  5. I just tried the Crusader Kings 2 demo. The game needs a new tutorial (I have been warned, I know). This looks like it is a great game, but just looking at the basic tutorials made me quit. The tutorial told me to attack a neighbor and one step later told me to make peace. Which I could not do, the button was grayed out with a massage that the other guy does not accept my offer of white peace. I could not even surrender. Next step for me will be to just start the demo in singleplayer and see what happens. Can anyone point me to a fanpage or something that has a “Crusader Kings 2 for dummies” guide?

    1. Jesse, I would recommend watching some of TekkorGJC vids on Youtube. He has several on just starting the game, and he has a series where he plays through a game. They are quite helpful on taking you through game concepts, and also for acquainting new players with the UI.

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