Podcast Episode 68 – Part A

Here we are with another episode of the Distracted Gamers Podcast. We have returned without fail to validate your existence for another week. Do you feel validated yet? You must not be trying hard enough. Go ahead, try again. I have all day. Do you feel validated now? Well, we’re going to go ahead without you, try to catch up.

We asked for bile and our listener email brought it. Chance starts by including language that would make a sailor feel right at home and it only gets better. We get his feelings on AT&T, Apple, and more. We leave out some of the saltier language (this is marginally family friendly after all), but we asked for hate and he delivered.

Chance also asks what we have been playing this week with the expectation of hearing Borderland and Dark Souls. Well, Jason hasn’t been playing Dark Souls or Borderlands. He’s been playing Wasteland 2. There are some things he would like to see improved, but has been enjoying the game for the most part. Rhett has been playing Dark Souls and has had some interesting encounters because of the invading game mechanic.

In the news dump we have:

  • World of Warcraft updates
  • PS Home Shutdown
  • More Yogcast Kickstarter troubles
  • Game consoles are the choice for streaming media
  • Netflix usage on consoles is declining
  • Louisiana Tea Party candidate blames atheism and violent video games for the Sandy Hook incident
  • Third of Americans play mobile games
  • California court dismisses claims against Activision and others
  • PS4 outselling Xbone by about 2 times
  • New music player for Steam
  • Kinect used for military augmented reality project
  • Comcast complains too expensive to compete against other cable providers
  • Riot continues cracking down on rude League of Legends players
  • Blizzard game code named “Titan” canceled. Cost $50 million to the company
  • Sony getting ready for cancer research charity
  • Wasteland 2 makes $1.5 million in sales
  • 100 million accounts on Steam
  • iPhone 6 sells 10 million units
  • Playstation TV launches with 700 games available
  • Noriega sues Activision for Call of Duty portrayal
  • Terror group funding video game about fighting western force in middle east
  • DC to release scratch and sniff Harley Quinn comic
  • Hearthstone card game available
  • Life size pikachu to go on sale

But wait, there’s more. That’s right there’s more nerdy goodness in the podcast.

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The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 68 – Part 1

Podcast Episode 67 – Part B

Legendary Battle of the Action Heroes - Guns Edition

Yes, I forgot to post the podcast this morning. I got busy and it slipped my mind. What was I doing you ask? I was busy playing Wasteland 2, Dark Souls, and Borderlands 2. That’s right mindless distractions are more important than you. Don’t let it get you down. I’m sure everyone feels that way.

We get rather intellectual in this podcast. As the Buddhist are fond of the only thing constant in life is change. The nature of entertainment is changing and will continue to do so. We talk about the fact that big names in the industry aren’t getting the album sales that they used to. If we want to listen to music we don’t have to buy it anymore we can stream it from the likes of Youtube and Pandora. The same is true of movies. Jason decided that he wanted to watch the Expendables movies and without realizing it he watched the third movie a week before it came out in theaters. We have the ability to get the entertainment we want when we want it, but the big companies want us to keep getting our entertainment the old fashioned ways.

We then talk about bad sci-fi. That’s right there are quite a few examples of good sci-fi, but they are outweighed by the many, many examples of bad sci-fi. Bad science fiction result when the author, director, etc. doesn’t understand the material and relies on a gimmick to explain what happened. Time travel, wormholes, parallel universes, midichlorians, invisible energy beings all of these are examples of bad sci-fi. But what about X? I hear you ask. Yes, all of these can be used in good sci-fi. It is when you reach the end of the story and you ask the question “what happened?” and the answer is a single concept, time travel or parallel universes that explains everything that happened, that’s when you have bad sci-fi.

In the next round of our Tournament we pit Paul Kersey from Death Wish against Mad Max Rockatansky from the Road Warrior series. Paul is fearless and has little regard for his or anyone else’s life. Max is a tough as nails survivor. The next round features El Mariachi and Harry Callahan

Let us know what you think about the topics discussed tonight by commenting on our Twitter account or comment here our blog or go to the forum. You can also email us at thedistractedgamers@gmail.com

The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 67 – Part B

Podcast Episode 67 – Part A

Welcome back to the only podcast on the internet dedicated to raising the intelligence quotient of the internet. Why do we do such a thankless job? Why have we taken it upon ourselves to inject a little intelligence into the dialog? Well it had to be done and no one else looked like they were about to step up. So, you’re welcome.

We start out this podcast on a more familiar note. That’s right we have a fan email. Chance was on the show last week and had a good time chatting with us. Remember we aren’t above chatting with our fan. We also find out what happened with Lindsay and the mouse. Chance’s work is making me glad I don’t work in retail. We also talk some politics since Chance brings up the recent vote for independence in Scotland. He also talks about a few of the games he’s been playing recently. And since he asks we get to hear what Jason and Rhett have been playing recently. Just what you wanted to know.

In the news dump we hear that Destiny is dominating the scene. We have a few stories that touch on Destiny. League of Legends is still combating negative players. nVidia recreates the Apollo moon landing with their new hardware. We briefly mention The Hawkeye Initiative. Frisco, TX is going to be the new home for the video game museum. Microtransaction in Angry Birds now allow you to donate money to worthy causes. Destiny had only received 7/10 on reviews and nerds are angry. Clang kickstarter has been canceled. One of the first people to get an iPhone 6 drops it while being filmed. 2100 employees cut by Microsoft. Square Enix announces a new cloud service called Shinra Technologies. EA teaming up with White House to combat sexual assault. Destiny dominating Twitch. FTC cracking down on COPA violators. CISPA unlikely to be voted on this year. In a buyback program based on the gun buyback programs you can now turn in your toy guns and violent video games. Texan was killed for his PS4 by 16 year-old and her 20 year-old boyfriend. Microsoft purchased Mojang. Sony predicts $2.1 billion loss this year. Blizzard to purge old WOW accounts. And more.

Remember the hate speech day of September 24th. Send us your bile and rage and we will make fun of you for it. No thanks necessary, it’s what we do.

Let us know what you think about the topics discussed tonight by commenting on our Twitter account or comment here our blog or go to the forum. You can also email us at thedistractedgamers@gmail.com

The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 67 – Part 1

Podcast Episode 66 – Part 2

Legendary Battle of the Action Heroes - Guns Edition

Welcome back to another episode of the DG Podcast you ingrates. Here we are slaving away over cold microphones and you can’t be bothered. I realize that our efforts to elevate the state of the internet are largely wasted on you, but you should be able to at least make an effort. In this episode we have a guest so make nice and show some respect.

We start off the podcast by welcoming Chance, our superfan. He joins us for episode 66 part B. This is the first time we have had a guest on the actual podcast. We’ve done some one off interviews, but this is the first time that we’ve had a guest on the main show.

Rhett opens the show with the Cryptophone, the most secure cellphone on the market. Evidently this phone keeps track of IP addresses of the whatever it connects to as part of its security routine. These security checks have revealed that there are several false cell towers that people are using to hack cellphones.

Jason brings up a list of movies that he found, 8 Disappointing Movies That Should Have Been Great. This list includes Pacific Rim (which we liked), Death Proof, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (most disappointing of the series), the Beach (who cares), Killing Them Softly, Prometheus (a severe let down after the Aliens series), Hancock (interesting until the mystic stuff), and Public Enemies.

Finally, we discuss the next bout in our tournament, Tequila Yuen from Hard Boiled versus Luc Deveraux from Universal Soldier. Tequila Yuen is very accurate with a gun whether moving or standing still. He is also very agile. Luc Deveraux is already dead, sort of. As a member of the Universal Soldier program he has all the skill he had as a living soldier plus accelerated healing. However, he has a tendency to overheat and shutdown. He is also a little lacking in the imagination department. We call it on the podcast and we introduce the next match Paul Kersey from Death Wish versus Max Rockatansky from the Mad Max series.

Let us know what you think about the topics discussed tonight by commenting on our Twitter account or comment here our blog or go to the forum. You can also email us at thedistractedgamers@gmail.com

The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 66 – Part 2

Podcast Episode 66 – Part A

Hello again. I know that losers should stick together, but I think that you are taking it a bit too far don’t you? You should probably start showering regularly, eat healthier, maybe get some exercise, get a job, and move out of your parents’ basement. Or you could just listen to the podcast.

Since Chance joined us for the second half of the podcast we don’t have a listener email this time around. Instead Jason decided to complain about the Sonic the Hedgehog game that came out in 2006 for the Xbox 360. This is one of the worst games ever made for any system. It starts out looking like a Final Fantasy game and then this cartoon hedgehog shows up to fight Dr. Eggman and save the princess. The controls are okay, not stellar and not especially bad, just okay. The story, the art, and the graphics are okay as well, nothing to write home about, pretty standard for a 360 game. However, there are three things that make this a terrible game. First, every so often Sonic will get stuck and stop responding to the controls. Next the in-game missions and tasks have no explanations you just have to figure it out yourself through trial and error or look it up online. The last thing is the autosave feature. It only works when you complete a major task. If it is a minor task you have to remember to save it yourself or when you start over (no continue) you have to complete the task again.

We spend more time on the news dump than usual. Sega is cracking down on mean commentters. Minecraft Craftbukkit creator got swatted. The privacy violation case against Microsoft was dropped. TGIA has $4.9 Million to companies making video games in the UK. Games from the Atari graveyard will be auctioned on eBay. Destiny has an infinite ammo exploit. EA defends against lawsuit from former NFL players. Sunshine Coast investigates games that empower women. MLG shoutcaster has been given a visa from the US government. Simbin folds and relaunches as Sector 3. Lego Batman 3 to launch soon but season pass will not be available for WII U. DayZ developer says that you are not playing DayZ. Valve offering free games to Id Tech attendees. Yahoo! wants to release court documents from the NSA case. Apple to release new iPhone and watch. Photos of batmobile were leaked. Star Wars set photos leaked. Mojang in talks to sell Minecraft to Microsoft. Destiny has recouped its $500 million development cost in a single weekend. 390 US colleges and universities offer video game degrees. There’s more to enjoy in the podcast.

Remember the hate speech day of September 24th. Send us your bile and rage and we will make fun of you for it. No thanks necessary, it’s what we do.

Let us know what you think about the topics discussed tonight by commenting on our Twitter account or comment here our blog or go to the forum. You can also email us at thedistractedgamers@gmail.com

The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 66 – Part 1

Podcast Episode 65 – Part 2

Legendary Battle of the Action Heroes - Guns Edition

We would thank you for returning to another episode of the DG Podcast, but that would mean that we respect you, that you have worth in our eyes. It’s probably a good thing that we do this over the internet. It means we don’t have to see you. So, without further ado.

Rhett and Jason were able to attend Salt Lake City Comic Con recently. As a treat to you, our listener, we tell you about it. Isn’t that condescendingly nice of us? You get to hear our impressions of the biggest comic convention in the area.

Jason wasn’t planning to go to comic con this year until he heard that his uncle could get him in for free. Let’s be honest here, Jason’s uncle was able to get him VIP passes. The only reason he had to wait in lines was because the event hadn’t started yet, that and the fire marshal wouldn’t let any more people into the venue. Rhett was a bit upset. He didn’t get special treatment.

There were a number of celebrities at the event including Stan Lee. The cosplay was about what you would expect, some good, some terrible, and some an excuse to wear lingerie in public. The artist gallery was packed. The vendor booths were surprisingly inexpensive. We are contemplating reserving a booth for next year (we need income first though). The panels were ridiculous for the most part. It was somewhat difficult to pick a panel to attend. The problem wasn’t the title or description. It was the panelists. With a few exceptions, it was difficult to determine who the panelist were and why one should attend.

We end the podcast, as per usual, with the next round in the Legendary Battle of the Action Heroes – Guns Edition. In this round Agent J from Men in Black goes up against the Transporter, Frank Martin. Agent J was a New York City cop that had the necessary skills and attitude to be recruited into the ranks of the organization that protects our planet from aliens. Frank Martin is possibly a former British SAS operative and is highly trained in hand-to-hand combat, firearms, and driving. Frank is the more serious of the two men. Agent J seems to have quite a bit of potential, but turns out rather goofy.

In next week’s show we will continue the Legendary Battle of the Action Heroes – Guns Edition with a showdown between Luc Deveraux from Universal Soldier and Tequila’ Yuen from Hard Boiled. We may also have a guest on the show. So, keep that in mind when you avoid us again.

Keep in mind September 24th when we will be holding our hate speech day. Send us your bile and wrath and we will make sure that you are ridiculed. Either that or the object of your ire will be ridiculed. We’ll let you know.

Let us know what you think about the topics discussed tonight by commenting on our Twitter account or comment here our blog or go to the forum. You can also email us at thedistractedgamers@gmail.com

The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 65 – Part 2

Podcast Episode 65 – Part 1

You’ve come back have you? What is it that we need to do to chase you away? I’m sure that we have insulted you and your intelligence. I’m sure that we could do more, but we don’t like to stoop to the level of the rest of the internet.

We are recording the podcast a little earlier than usual. Rhett is going to the Salt Lake City Comic Con, which started yesterday. As such we don’t have an email today. We chat about a few things. Rhett had a rather weird experience while playing Dark Souls. Dark Souls has a PVP area that allows others playing the game to enter your game, whether or not you want to participate in PVP. Rhett, as you know isn’t a PVP player, so when another player entered his game to challenge him, he jumped off a cliff instead. The other player then sent him an email asking if he was alright.

In the news dump there wasn’t anything very impressive, but we read it anyway. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is going to play Black Adam. He may be able to do it. Supergirl is going to be getting a TV series. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse is going to be the next X-Men movie. Dawn of War 2 has dumped Windows Live and moved to Steam. Blizzcon tickets are online now. Fight for the Future is planning a demonstration for Net Neutrality. Unreal Engine 4 is now free to students and universities. IDGA and the Feds are working together to combat developer harassment, it all has to do with Depression Quest and the backlash against it and the developer. Sims 4 has a rather creative way for dealing with pirates. Minecraft is now available on PS4 and Xbone. ZeniMax has been hit by layoffs. Report says that Swedish children learn English faster through video games. The developers for the game the Stomping Land have disappeared and so far no one is getting a refund. Left 4 Dead 2 is no longer banned in Australia. TRC Family Media may have to layoff 90% of its workforce. Activision is looking to buy Take-Two. Sims 4 has a glitch that permits enlargement of ordinary items. The Journal of Industrial Ecology says that pirating video games hurts the environment more than buying a hard copy.

After all that we still had some time to kill (no listener email). So we talk a little about some conspiracies that turned out to be true. We talk about the Dreyfus Affair, The Mafia, MK-Ultra, and Operation Mockingbird.

Remember the hate speech day of September 24th. Send us your bile and rage and we will make fun of you for it. No thanks necessary, it’s what we do.

Let us know what you think about the topics discussed tonight by commenting on our Twitter account or comment here our blog or go to the forum. You can also email us at thedistractedgamers@gmail.com

The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 65 – Part 1

Podcast Episode 64 – Part 2

Legendary Battle of the Action Heroes - Guns Edition

Here it is another Wednesday and it’s time for another brilliant episode of the DG Podcast. That’s right you’ve come here for the brilliance that we have to impart to you. Just by listening to us your day is a little brighter. Please hold your applause to the end.

We have Rhett open the podcast with a discussion about politeness and courtesy on the internet. Right, like that exists. It seems like there are some people in the public eye that just can’t bear hearing criticism and so they have drafted a letter to the internet to try to get people to act with more courtesy in forums. They think that we have the right to play, make, enjoy, etc. video games without having to suffer the criticism of disgruntled gamers. Some people have even taken to banning people from commenting in forums. These are big names Blizzard, EA, and Ubisoft. As Rhett puts it this is an attack on freedom of speech. We should be allowed to communicate any idea we like. That isn’t to say that there won’t be repercussions for stupidity, hate speech, or bigotry, but we shouldn’t be banned from having ideas that are counter to popular opinion. It is part of what makes the internet and the US great.

Jason brings things down a bit, but he always does, with a discussion on Sword Art Online and Galactus. First Sword Art Online is an anime. So far it’s been a pretty good show. It is set in the future where VR has developed to the point that the headsets are fully immersive. On the day that Sword Art Online, the new MMO, opens thousands of people go online to play the game. However, they find that a vital feature is missing from the game, the logout button. The game creator has decided to trap everyone in the game. No one can leave until the last boss is defeated and a death in game means a death in real life as well. Second, Jason had been thinking about Galactus recently. In the Marvel Universe, Galactus is known as the death of planets. He is a physical embodiment of a natural, and necessary, force. He shows up at various planets and consumes them. However, Galactus always seems to show up to consumes planets that aren’t in fact dying. If he was the death of planets he should show up at worlds that were actually dying, balls of rock with no life and exhausted resources. That would be the death of planets. Galactus is described as a galactic equalizer. He shows up at planets that have achieved a certain level of development and make sure that they don’t get any further. Sure he kills the planet, but that isn’t the death of planets. That’s the murder of a planet.

In this round of the Legendary Battle of the Action Heroes – Guns Edition, we have Indiana Jones versus J.J. McQuade. Indiana Jones is an archeologist and expert in the occult. He has army training. He is an expert with his revolver and his bullwhip. He is a tough scrapper that can think rings around his opponents. J.J. McQuade is a former marine and a Texas Ranger. He is a bit of a berserker, but only when his family is in jeopardy. He is trained in hand-to-hand and firearms. Rhett and Jason call it in the podcast. In the next round we will see Agent J from Men in Black face off against Frank Martin from The Transporter. Let us know who you think is going to come out on top.

Also for the first time in the history of the DG Podcast we are scheduling an event for the 24th of September. It is something that we are going to do every year. In response to the letter about courtesy we are having an episode dedicated to hate speech. Send us your criticism and we will read it. If you have a beef against us let us know. If you think that people don’t know how to parallel part, tell us. If you think your neighbor are idiots and you want your mower back, let us know. Send us your abuse.

Let us know what you think about the topics discussed tonight by commenting on our Twitter account or comment here our blog or go to the forum. You can also email us at thedistractedgamers@gmail.com

The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 64 – Part 2