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Jumping the Shark Podcast #141

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Joining us for Jumping the Shark #140 is the one and only Jason McMaster, he of Cap’n Patch Kickstarter fame. Now, I would tell you that nobody in their right mind would back a game who’s main character is a spider, but even I have to admit the little bugger is oh so cute. I mean he’s got a pipe and a spatula. What more could you ask for? Jason and I then talk up some Guild Wars 2 action. Given that he’s an MMO guy, and I’m incredibly not, it makes for a decent point-counterpoint. For those of you looking to see Bill get his PC Dark Souls on, you’ll be shocked to learn that he hates it. And I mean hates it. Except that he doesn’t. Who’d of guessed? Finally, Brandon is witness to the Fall of Cybertron in the latest Transformers game from High Moon Studios. Find out why the guy with an Autobot tattoo isn’t as blown over by the game as he’d hoped. All that and little Bastion on the iPad talk is coming your way in 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

21 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #141”

  1. If anyone here wants to join the No High Scores [NHS] guild on Guild Wars 2, just send an in-game email to “Wolfox” and I’ll invite you. See you there!

  2. I’ve been engaged in a series of high stakes job interviews over the last few months, and I found that the best way to prepare myself before each one was to sit back with my coffee and listen to an episode of Jumping the Shark. The way I see it, if Bill, Brandon, Todd, and Danielle can be entertaining while grappling with real problems like nerve problems, autism therapy, single parenting, and student debt, then surely I could feign competency in short bursts.

    I start next Monday.

    There aren’t many avenues for me to give back to the No High Scores community, so I decided to take a few minutes and assemble some of my favorite moments from the show into a couple “Best Of” compilations. The goal was to create something that existing fans might want to show their friends, convincing them to check out the blog and the full podcast for themselves, since that’s how I was brought on board a few years back.

    “The Best of Jumping the Shark” can be found on YouTube right here:

    1. That was great. I was thinking about making something similar… “Dark Souls – a Bill Abner guide”. Really, Bill talking about Dark Souls was amazing.

      1. Yeah, I’d love to hear something like that! If you upload to YouTube, it’s helpful to know that they have some highly specific, not-well-advertised parameters they’d like for the video part: 640×360 or higher, 1.0 square pixel ratio, encoded at 29.97 frames per second.

        Anything different, and things get weird. Like, mysteriously purging Brandon’s name from the end credits while extending Meghan Watt’s by fifteen seconds. Really. The second video had to be re-rendered several times before I figured out the magic settings to make it play correctly on YouTube.

        Be sure to post it if you do a Dark Souls compilation! I think it starts coming up in Episode 96.

    2. That’s amazing. Thanks so much for putting that together! When I have a bit more time this week I’ll make sure to feature this on the front page. And congrats on the job. Hope it goes extremely well!

      1. Thanks very much: I’m really looking forward to it! And the videos were a lot of fun to cut together — I’m just glad everyone enjoyed them!

    3. Wow, just wow.

      Two things:

      #1 I am absolutely humbled that you would do this, seriously.

      #2 We have had some damn good shows.

      Again thanks for this. I never listen to the show but I did listen to this. I forgot about many of thee moments.

      1. Oh, you’re in for a treat: there’s *tons* of stuff that had to be cut for time, context, or flow.

        If you’ve never heard it, check out Episode 36 and stick around for the post-credit segment. Brandon and Danielle devote two separate segments to excoriating Metroid: Other M in the most incisive possible ways — it really is the definitive word on that game.

    1. It’s got me thinking of other fun moments from the show, like Bill’s “Who the fuck is Vladimir!?!?!” line from when he had started playing Metro. Still makes me laugh.

      1. That was awesome indeed, though my top moment was Bill’s recollection of the time he lost 27 thousand souls in Dark Souls, including his dive for the power button in the XBox360. 😉

    2. That has got to be one of my favorite moments from the show. This little compilation is a great piece of work, any chance of getting the mp3 posted somewhere for download? I’d love to slip this into my playlist that I go to sleep to.

      1. I can provide you with complete .WAV files from one or both videos easily enough, but let see if I can trick Adobe into making them .MP3s instead.

        Are you part of the No High Scores group on Steam? I can message you once I know for sure!

          1. Yup! I don’t know where to find a direct link, but it’s administrated by “Rhamorim,” “The Abner,” and “ubrakto”. My username here is the same as on Steam, so you could also look at my profile and find the link there.

            It’s a pretty fun group! And if you join now, you can bear witness to Troy Goodfellow finishing his 500th hour of Civilization V. He’s at 499.8 and climbing….

        1. I am now, Stryc9 on Steam same as on here. A wav file would work just as well as an mp3, I can convert the wav using MediaMonkey myself it’s just that mp3s are smaller than wavs.

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