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Jumping the Shark Podcast #208

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Did you think we’d gone? Admit it, you thought we had completely checked out. But Brandon and me? We recorded our 208th show last week. It’s been up since Sunday night. I’m just the wanker who didn’t make time to tell you about it. But I digress. With wedding shenanigans (and you’ll hear all about those) behind us, we’ll be back on our every other week format. This show features Brandon’s descent in the privacy-free world of Watch Dogs. The man’s inner-voyeur has been set loose and we should all be very, very afraid. There’s also a long look at Transistor and how the beauty of its world enthralls Brandon, but he sees enough short-comings to believe it not quite as awesome as Supergiant’s opening masterstroke, Bastion.

After the break, a quick sidenote…

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Not podcast related, but obviously I’ve not written any original for a good couple of months. I’m afraid the time and passion just hasn’t been there, grateful as I am that Mike and Matt continue to keep this from being a podcast-only site. We’ll see how that changes now that I’m no longer neck deep in wedding planning, but in truth I’m also trying to decide where my energy for writing is best spent. Is writing about games the best outlet for me? And if it is, is it time to go back into the world of paid game writing as opposed to posting here? Frankly, if I’m going to pen words about games, I could use the extra scratch at my disposal.

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So, these are questions I’m struggling, but really, more and more I think I think I’d like to get back to some creative writing, something I’ve not done in nearly 20 years. I think before I die, published or no, pure rubbish or no, I’d like to be able to at least say I’d penned a novel. And, realistically, the only way I do that is at the expense of both game writing and game playing. On the other hand, thinking I should do that and doing it are two entirely separate things and writing  a quick 1,000+ words on games every couple of weeks is something I know how to do. The other… not so much.

Whatever the case turns out to be, however, the podcast will roll on, I assure you. So enjoy the show, and we’ll be back with episode 209 in just (over) a week’s time!

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

5 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #208”

  1. I haven’t listened to the episode yet, but I did want to make a quick comment about Brandon’s game streaming. Apologies if this was covered in the podcast.

    If Brandon decides not to livestream his evening game because there are technical problems, it’s a hassle to get running properly, he’s short on time, or he just plain doesn’t feel like it, that’s all fine. I am always mindful of that Simpsons episode where Bart patiently explains that people who provide years of free entertainment don’t “owe their fans” a blessed thing.

    However, in the event that Brandon doesn’t bother streaming because he believes that no one cares, I’d like to say that I enjoyed every one of his Bound by Flame videos and would have gladly watched the whole thing through. I actually wound up seeing most of them twice: once while they were live and I was doing my evening workout, and then the archived version the next morning while I ate shockingly unhealthy children’s cereal and ground out job points in Bravely Default.

    My favorite moment was from the third episode when Beaners’ companion, the healer woman who hung back and constantly regenerated his life bar, got savaged by a giant bug. She went down in a screaming pile of agony, and after hacking the monster apart, Beaners hurried over to grab a bit of crafting loot and nonchalantly stepped on her head. It was the funniest thing….where else but a videogame can something that absurd happen and the adventure proceeds without comment?

    1. Sorry if I implied or said that no one cared. I very much loved people joining in the the streams. I need to get back on the streaming train for Watch_Dogs but I do a fair amount of just dicking around in that game and I can’t imagine it’s fun for anyone to watch. At least I’m done cheating at poker. 😉

  2. In regards to some of the watchdogs comments and in general about the surveillance state. Brandon, you claim you’re disgusted yet likely vote democrat, the party that continually wants to grow government. The same party that actively looks to strip freedoms like the 2nd amendment and would love nothing better than to turn the US into one big nanny government knows best police state. It’s never going to get any better until people start understanding and realizing that government intrusion into individuals daily lives is the biggest part of the problem, yet these same people happily vote for people like Obama, and will likely vote for Hillary Clinton come the next election cycle.

    These politicians, like a Clinton, Feinstein or Bloomberg want nothing more than an authoritarian police state to begin with yet people continue to vote for them because they pretend they care about gay rights or other special interests groups all in the line of securing their vote come election time. Until people realize this and instead cast their votes for more libertarian canidates or god forbid actual conservatives concerned with shrinking government to more manageable means along with reigning in our out of control debt it’s not going to get any better just worse.

    1. You are really saying he is claiming he is disgusted? He is “allegedly” disgusted? Not sure where all the bile is coming from. The only derogatory comment I have heard leveled at conservatives from this podcast came from Abner if I recall.

      I’m biased though, I come from Idaho. A state where “conservatives” vote against gay rights and get caught soliciting homosexual sex in airport bathrooms and then use campaign donations to pay for the legal fees. A state where it doesn’t seem to matter if elected officials have been arrested for defecating on someone’s lawn, they get elected if they are republican.

      The road goes both ways bub. The hyperbole train stops for no one.

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