On tonight’s episode of the Distracted Gamers podcast we talk about the Lord of the Rings (briefly, so don’t worry Chance), the most anticipated games of 2014, and Christmases present and past.
We start out with some interesting observations, at least interesting in my opinion, from the author of The Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t read the foreword to The Lord of the Rings you should. Tolkien gives his opinion on the people who didn’t like his book. He also says point blank that he dislikes allegory, for those who think that his work is an anti-war manifesto. He goes on to say that had it been his intention to base his work on WWII the story would have changed drastically and how it would have changed.
We then discuss several games that are highly anticipated, at by the writers at Gamespot.com, for 2014. The games are Watch Dogs, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Dark Souls II, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Infamous: Second Son, Mario Kart 8, The Witness, and Tom Clancy’s The Division. We give you some of our thoughts on these games and whether or not we are indeed anticipating them.
From there we move on to a discussion about Christmas. We talk about some of the things that we received this Christmas and in Christmases past. We also talk about the things that we do now as opposed to what we did as kids. Rhett has several fond memories of things he got for Christmas, Jason, not so much. He has more vivid recollections of what he did with his family and his extended family.
Finally, in the Battle Royale for tonight we pit Daredevil, The Man Without Fear, against Ghost Rider, The Spirit of Vengeance. We like Daredevil, he is an interesting character. He is quick. He is agile. He senses permit him to perceive an attack and respond almost before his attacker has begun. He is also a ruthless, capable, and experienced fighter. However, his strength and speed are limited to the ordinary human level. That isn’t to say that he is weak or slow, he is merely human, and is only as strong and as quick as a human can be. Ghost Rider is super-humanly strong and durable (he is described in some places as Hulk strong). He can use and control Hellfire in addition to mundane flames. His ultimate attack, the Penance Stare, while powerful enough to subdue Galactus, may be of limited use on a man who cannot see. I think you can see where this is going. However, you will find out our decision in the podcast, let us know what you think.
We postpone our top games of 2013 for next week when we will be debating who would win The Thing or The Flash (wally West).
We close out the podcast with a little history about the Dragonball series and a little Goku bashing.
If there are any topics relating to nerd culture or you have an idea for a Battle Royale match-up, let us know and we will discuss it on the podcast.