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Jumping the Shark Podcast #139

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This week the gag is finally off Brandon and he’s free to regale us with stories from Darksiders II. He might just like it. It’s hard to tell. The gang also talks the Summer of Slow Gaming and how much the status quo will change as a spate of late summer/early fall releases finally make their way to the gaming public. Not to get all spoilery, but there’s a distinct possibility Dark Souls makes a return appearance to the show when it comes out for the PC. Finally, Bill and Brandon have a rap about Breaking Bad during which I entertained myself by slowly banging my head against the desk until it suddenly got dark.

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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 #139”

    1. Yeah, the actual file is “JumpingTheShark_139b.mp3” but the download link omits that errant b.

      While we’re on the subject, does anyone else find that clicking the “Past Episodes” link takes them to Michael Barnes’ “Terminal State: The Doldrums” article?

    2. Woops. That’s my bad. I forgot Brandon had to upload a new version of the show and didn’t adjust the link accordingly. Thanks for catching it! (It’s fixed now.)

  1. Todd, you should play Guild Wars 2. It’s a great game, and you don’t even have to pay a monthly fee. It’s also “casual friendly”. So you have nothing to lose. We should make a No High Scores guild there too!

    Bill, completely agree with you on the “general” reaction to the PC version of Dark Souls. All the whining and complaining and “yeah, I signed the petition, but I wanted a PC game, not a port of a console game” are completely stupid, and they make me MAD. MAD. I’m so freaking tired of those “PC elitists”… I can’t even begin to tell you how mad I get at stuff like that.

    1. Yeah. See if they get a PC port next time they start one of their petitions. Look, for what little gaming I do these days, the PC is my preferred platform, but for goodness’ sake, first wait for the result, then complain. All this upfront whining is just entitlement, nothing else.

    2. Ditto, rhamorim.

      Darksiders II is one of the more mediocre PC ports I’ve played in recent years, offering almost nothing in the way of graphic options to play with. Even so, it’s still the exact same game as you’d get on the 360 except with much better performance and fidelity. Oh, and it’s just shy of half the price through a Steam retailer like Green Man Gaming.

      We might get a patch to soup up the engine effects. We might not. Either way, it’s hard to begrudge Vigil for offering me the definitive version of the game.

  2. My favorite part of the podcast was how the Jumping the Shark ditty occasionally plays over Bill talking. It’s the Bill Abner leitmotif!

    1. I haven’t read everything on that page yet, but there’s some great info there. Seriously, thanks for that link! If I can make time over lunch today I’ll post that YouTube video to the front page.

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