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Jumping the Shark Podcast #120

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This week’s Jumping the Shark has a giant plateful of Witcher 2 discussion. What makes it and its world unique? How does the combat translate to the console? Why do these games continue to stuff trivial loot in every barrel and bookshelf? After that, Brandon and Bill talk Prey 2 and what all the rumors of cancellation and delay might mean for the game. This is, much to my chagrin, a second week in which I miss the show, this time because of a wonky Internet connection that wouldn’t let me stay online for more than about ten minutes at a go. Send all complaints to Comcast. They deserve them.

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7 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #120”

  1. haha K Billy Super Sounds of the 70’s!

    Wasn’t expecting that one.

    Good show, great game, thanks again for the pimping you guys have done for W2. Would never have bought it otherwise.

    1. LOL yeah I thought I played the wrong podcast in my queue when it started up. I had no idea why I was listening to the eagles then it dawned on me…that’s fucking Witchy Woman!

      Clever, lol.

  2. A couple notes:
    -The sexism accusation is ridiculous because TW2 is the only game out now that portrays men and women equally. Yeah, I said it. Both men and women get screwed, backstab, kill, screw other people, hatch murderous conspiracies…no one is left out. There are good men, bad women, bad men…etc. Ves, Triss, and Saskia are excellent female* characters.
    -Encumbrance is certainly an issue, but you can always dump stuff with an innkeeper (and most of the potion/bomb making stuff has no weight). I like that scrounging is still in the game as a call back to traditional RPGs. Is it a little silly? Sure.
    -The combat roll is the greatest upgrade ever. Max it out and never run anywhere again.
    -There’s apparently a quest at the beginning of the game that I’ve missed in all 3 of my playthroughs. I love that.

    1. Some of this is just inherent to the Witcher universe I suppose. Witchers are considered to be very desirable sexually because of their sterility and physical prowess in the games and the books.

      But you have to admit that the women of the Witcher are portrayed naked a lot more often than the men are. It’s certainly a step-up from the bang chicks and collect baseball cards mini-game from the first game, but it’s still there.

      Imagine the lesbian scene from Act II. Now replace Phillipa Eilhart and her “assistant” with Vernon Roche and King Foltest. That kind of scene would never happen, and hence the Witcher is sexist, if only mildly so.

  3. As someone who only has a PS3 and a crappy PC, I’m gonna skip this one to save my RPG loving soul from dying of jealousy.

    I must say this, however: f*** Comcast.

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