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Jumping the Shark Podcast Roundup #236-237

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Our latest and greatest (#237) is up today, posted along with a makeup for not having posted #236 here:

Episode #237:
After a brief summertime respit, the crafty trio are back at this week as we talk about the TIME magazine VR cover and what it says about the future for VR tech. Also Fallout 4 Gamescom developments and how games tackle leveling. Finally, Brandon and Todd light the spoiler bonfire to talk in-depth about Witcher 3, complete with clips from the game. It’s a double-length episode to prove our love to you!

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Episode #236:
Holly couldn’t make it this week but Brandon and Todd are here to talk about SDCC, Witcher 3, Batman: Arkham Knight and the joy of Apple’s new music streaming serrvice. Come for the game talk, stay for Sad Batman.

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Thanks for listening! (You can contact Brandon at Brandon at, Todd at Todd at and Holly at @winnersusedrugs.)

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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

2 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast Roundup #236-237”

  1. Brandon’s wife is a saint. I think I felt my testicles retract into my stomach in sympathy during the Transformers talk, I so did not want any reproductive organ to be near that man.

    Granted, I started to feel the same way when Holly talked about rebuying all Fallout games for the mini-nuke so maybe I don’t get the whole collectible thing.

    **** Witcher 3 Spoiler Talk ****

    Todd’s misremebering the choice to the emperor with Ciri, it’s after Kaer Morhen, before you go to hunt down Imlireth. You do get a choice to go the emperor before Kaer Morhen, after you find the Ugliest Man In The World, but it’s kind of a false choice, since you get dragged there against your will anyway.

    As for the ending talk, I’m not a parent, so I got the Bad Dad end, which bummed me out for days.

    To wit: Geralt hunts down the last of the Crones, the one who stole Vesemir’s medallion from Ciri. Before the fight she taunts him about how an army of monsters waiting to get their revenge on him and how she feels Geralt’s fear. To which he retorts that she’s lying. He can’t feel anything anymore.

    After she’s dead, he searches her hut with increasing desperation, and finally collapses staring at it as the aforementioned army closes in.

    It’s an enormous credit to the game that it still felt wholly appropriate though.

    There’s also a third ending to the plague spirit in the tower quest: bring the lover to the tower, and let him prove his love by kissing the plague spirit, killing him and banishing it. It’s a pretty happy ending, for the Witcher universe.

    Can’t wait to see what they do with Cyberpunk 2077.

    1. Ugh. Did I get that completely wrong? That’s depressing. It was such a good excuse for why I didn’t go. Now I need a new one. 🙂

      That ending you got – brutal. I think what impresses me most about the “Dad Choices” you make that affect the ending is that they really are difficult choices and I honestly don’t know how I’d do with them without 10 years of daddying under my belt already. There’s still a couple choices I made that would the game considers the “bad” decision. (Somewhere in there I told her, “You don’t have to be good at everything,” which is true, but the game didn’t like it.)

      The tower – holy shit! Yes, that’s actually the ending I got. Another one I got wrong because my memory sucks eggs. That was creepy as hell, too, but it got the job done.

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