Episode 140A – No News is Good News

No news is good news. This old saw has been around for years. I think I may have heard it first on the Muppets. I know they are trying to bring the show back, but I’m talking about the original Muppet show, but I’m sure it’s been around longer than that.

Fan Email

Sorry, no fan email this week. Guess Chance is busy having a life. Can you believe how selfish he is, doing work, taking care of his family.

No News is Good News

That’s right the news is not good. The Retro VGS is back as the Coleco Chameleon. It’s the console that wouldn’t die. Plus, more nonsense from Kanye west – the greatest artist who ever lived or will live. What an ego. I guess the best news is the lost poems that were recently discovered.

We know how much you love us so here’s the video. Have fun.

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The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 140A – No News is Good News

Episode 139B – The Rainbow Moon of Californium

Legendary Battle of the Classic Video Game Characters

The Rainbow Moon of Californium sounds like a great album by one of those 80’s alternative bands, or Pink Floyd. However, you will have to listen to the podcast and understand how Jason’s mind works to get the reference. Actually, if you can’t figure it out you just aren’t trying.

What’s Going On

Rhett has been finishing up Dragon Age: Inquisition. So, no surprise there. He’s getting closer all the time. It isn’t that he couldn’t finish it tomorrow, but he is a completionist. He’s doing all the quests and collecting all the achievements as he goes. He also discovered recently that he put the difficulty on nightmare. Jason has been watching Sword Art Online. Rhett has heard about it and there is some definite Japanese weirdness going on, but it is a good series. Though there are some problems with the plot of the Sword Art Online II. Bringing a sword to a gun fight? Who thought that was a good idea.

The Rainbow Moon of Californium

There are several games that we review* this week that are worth looking into. There are also several games that were previously released, but that are now making their way to a new console. Those are usually worth a look, especially the remastered ones.

  • February 16th
    • The Escapists: The Walking Dead (PS4)
    • Layers of Fear (PS4)
    • Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae (PS4)
    • Pillars of Eternity – The White March Part 2 (PC)
    • Project X-Zone 2 (3DS)
    • Rainbow Moon (PS4)
    • Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)
    • Tron Run/r (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
    • Pixel Piracy (PS4, Xbox One)
    • Randal’s Monday (PS4)
    • Super Blast Deluxe (Vita)
  • February 17th
    • Californium (PC, Mac)
  • February 18th
    • Devil Daggers (PC)
    • Hero & Daughter (PC)
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PC)
    • Galactic Civilizations 3: Mercenaries (PC)

* – Our reviews are not based on any actual experience with the games in question. We may have played the original back in the day, but now our reviews are based on what I had for dinner last night, Batman, the price of rice in China, weather patterns over Guam, that text message from Bernie, that time in 3rd grade when that cute girl smiled at me, and raisins.

Legendary Battle of the Classic Video Game Characters

In this corner the terror of crows throughout the universe, armed with a blaster and a head whip is Earthworm Jim. Jim is stronger and faster than any other earthworm and most people. He does have a supersuit. In this corner we have the vampire slayer Simon Belmont. Simon is armed with magic and with the legendary vampire slaying whip. Who will win. In the next bout in our tournament Strider will take on Cloud. The battle will be epic.

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The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 139B – The Rainbow Moon of Californium

Episode 139A – News Dump of News Dumps

The News Dump of News Dumps is about to go down. We are going to claim that title. Whether you like it or not. With that matter of business out of the way we can get back to more pleasant matters. Like email. Aren’t you glad we have email? Chance actually sent us one this week.

Fan Email

Chance was able to get enough time scraped together to send an email. In this email he threatens to send us American Truck Simulator for Christmas. I hope that game self-destructs. We also get to hear about Valentine’s plans. Geeks seem to do better in the love department now that the commercial entities in our country recognize that they exist and have money. There’s also TV, Batman, video games, collecting, and approval for the new format. Thanks, we need the validation.

The News Dump of News Dumps

We have some great news this week. Microsoft are idiots, oh wait, that isn’t news. We also have some bad news, about Batman. It looks like DC Comics will stop messing around with, no wait, that wasn’t it either. Man, the news sucks again this week. Sorry, people, but the FBI created a game and is going to use it to spy on us. That’s not what they said, but that’s what’s going to happen. It’s tinfoil hat time Chance. The rest of us are resigned to our fate.

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The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 139A – News Dump of News Dumps

Great American Email Simulator

Buenos tacos, turds. Sorry for making y’all wander aimlessly through the barren wasteland of an email free podcast. I could provide a long winded explanation, but I will sum it up with one word – infant. When you have one of those, a great many things in this life go directly to the back burner.

So Valentine’s Day is this weekend. I hope Rhetty Poo has lined up a super sappy kissy wissy smoochie woochie display of affection for his lovely lady. Doc Jason, that goes for you too. In the past, my wife has always played the “you don’t have to buy me anything…” game. Fellas, it finally happened. The moment I knew was coming arrived when Meredith, at long last, dropped all pretenses. She looked over at me a few nights ago and said “Don’t think for one second that you are off the hook just because I have to work on Valentine’s Day.” I was kind of shocked that she put it out there like that. So I ordered her a super nice floral arrangement to be delivered tomorrow. I figure since she has to work, celebrating it a little early will not hurt anything. Honestly I think that of all the wasteful things on which one can blow some perfectly good money, flowers have to be the worst. You buy, they die, and a week later they are in the trash. But we do what we must to keep our ladies happy.

Meredith has expressed an interest in photography, so I was toying with the idea of getting her an entry level dslr camera. Problem is, dslr cameras cost dslr money. Best Buy is running a promotion where if I were to upgrade to the LG G4 phone, I would receive a $200 Best Buy gift card as well. I could put that toward a new camera for Meredith and get myself a new toy to boot. Win win. The issue I have is that I currently own a G3, and the step up from it to the 4 is about a 20% bump in power, and I am not sure that is enough to warrant a leap.

This week has been suuuuuuuuper slow at work, so I have, for the first time in months, managed some quality gaming time. My Vita has been my constant companion, and I have almost finished Uncharted: The Golden Abyss. It is such a fun game. I am a big fan of the series in general, though, so I knew I would dig it. I could do without some of the silly motion controls it requires you to use at time, but the game is so good even that does not ruin it. Now I am not saying the game is mind blowing, but it is really good. There is a little too much of the “my partner jumped across and the platform collapsed so now I have to find a long and complex way to climb around now” b.s. involved, but the story is so solid that I did not mind it. It has reminded me that I do in fact still enjoy gaming. Since I know I am about to beat the game, I went out and bought Soul Sacrifice. That will be my next slow day killer.

I have also gotten in some decent tv this week. I finally started watching Jessica Jones. I can hear Rhett’s eyes rolling right now. Say what you want, but I am enjoying the crap out of it. That said, I know I have my pervy past, but all of the sex in the show seems utterly pointless. It does not contribute to the plot in any meaningful way. They could have left out the sex and simply implied it happened, and the story would have been no worse off for its exclusion. I mean that for both the sexual goings on of Jessica and Luke Cage and the lesbian couple as well. They could have filled that space with more meanigful content, but I guess that’s just me. I am getting tired of everything on tv being reduced to carnality.

I also started in on the new DC animated flick Batman Bad Blood. I only made it a few minutes into the film before I had to shut it off and tend to my daughter. But what I have seen has me itching to see the rest. You two know the find affection I have for DCU Animated features. Speaking of tending to my daughter, this week my wife returned to work from her 12 week leave. She was a sobbing mess, but I did the unthinkable by keeping my daughter fed, bathed, dry, and loved just as well as her mom does. I think somewhere in my wife’s mind lurks the notion that dad cannot possibly take care of a baby like mama can. :/

So I heard about the tattoos in sports games hullabaloo. That is such garbage to me. As far as I am concerned, once the ink is in my skin, it is mine. You as the artist no longer have any say or rights to it in my opinion. My artists never mentioned anything of the sort or had me sign anything to the contrary aside from the usual “we are about to puncture you” waiver. Some artists do in fact have some pretty involved paperwork for their clients to sign, and I am sure that rights to design ownership is in there somewhere in some of them. If this is the case with the tatts on professional athletes appearing in games, they probably do have a legal claim. That said, I think it is the same as buying a painting from am artist. Did they design it? Yes. Did their skill produce it? Sure. Once my money is in his or her hand, however, what I choose to do with it is my prerogative.

Y’all were talking about action figures on the last episode a bit, and since I used to collect them, I have an opinion. At my worst, I had 10 + large boxes filled with figures, and all of my shelves and closets were lined with them as well. One thing that always impresses me is lots of detail rendered in miniature. The Marvel Legends line, when it was in the hands of Toy Biz, was a fantastic series. That and the 2002 Masters of the Universe line, which was sculpted by 4 Horsemen Studios. Those guys do some insanely detailed work. I think they do a lot of stuff for Sideshow collectibles and other niche retailers. Eventually I sold off my entire collection because it was just ridiciulous to have all of that perfectly good space being taken up by toys. I kept a small handful, though. My Red Son Superman and Red Son President Superman are not going anywhere. The statues Rhett mentioned are cool and all, but there is no justification for spending more than $20 on anything like that. A Gamestop clerk told me once that they actually sell out of some of their higher end pieces. Must be a lot of people with more money than sense is all I can surmise. Says the guy who collects old video games.

Ok…getting to the show’s format change. I like it. It is more streamlined and easier to follow. Separating the news and commentary from the yadda yadda makes a lot more sense in my opinion. I liked Doc Jason’s reviewing (previewing?) upcoming titles a lot. Keep doing that, even if you hate 90% of them. I cannot wait for Christmas this year when Doc Jason opens up his shiny new copy of American Truck Simulator! As strange as it sounds, after seeing video of it in action, I kinda wanna play it now!

Well, that is all I’ve got for now. I hope you two plan to see Deadpool tomorrow night. I will if I can get my wife to agree to letting me get out for a bit. I am really excited for it. I think it will be hilarious. Take it easy, fellas.

Episode 138B – Firewatch Your Breath on Level 22

Legendary Battle of the Classic Video Game Characters

What on Earth does Firewatch Your Breath on Level 22 even mean? I don’t know. I just got tired of trying to come up with new podcast titles.

What’s Going On

Jason and Rhett both don’t care about the Super Bowl so we didn’t watch it at all. However, we did watch the movie trailers from the Super Bowl as well as some of the commercials. Unfortunately, the whole lot was meh. Rhett is still slogging through Dragon Age: Inquisition and enjoying the slog. These games are a completionist’s nightmare. We just can’t move on. Jason has been reviewing video games for you to enjoy.

Firewatch Your Breath on Level 22

The video games that we review* this week are a bit underwhelming this week. This is just the first time, but I think we can expect more weeks like this going forward. That isn’t to say that there isn’t something to look forward to, just that the week as a whole is rather lackluster.

  • Deadpool – February 12
  • Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) – February 9
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, Trilogy Pack (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 9
  • Firewatch (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux) – February 9
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (PS4) – February 9
  • Neverwinter: Underdark (Xbox One) – February 9
  • Unravel (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 9
  • Level 22: Gary’s Misadventures (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) – February 11

* – Our reviews are not based on any actual experience with the review subject. This is all based on knee-jerk reaction to trailers, promotional material, gameplay footage, personal bias, squirrels, the planetary alignment, the color puce, bow-ties, and origami.

Legendary Battle of the Classic Video Game Characters

Ryu versus Samus Aran, the fight of the minute, is about to start. Ryu, arguably the hero of Street Fighter, has the better hand-to-hand combat training and experience. He also has decent ranged combat abilities. Samus, on the other hand, is mostly a ranged combatant. She may or may not have any hand-to-hand abilities. In the next round of combat Earthworm Jim will have to take on Simon Belmont. Let us know who you think will win.

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The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 138B – Firewatch Your Breath on Level 22

Episode 138A – Nerd News Flash

Nerd News Flash everyone. We have a lot of nerd new for you this week. Sometimes there’s so much that we have to get very choosy about what we relay. We admit that we are biased. We try to stay with the relevant and important and ridicule the rest.

What’s Going On

No, email from Chance this week. We have to entertain you with our sparkling personalities. I know, I know, like that will happen. We are trying something new this week. We are always changing thing, trying to meet the desires the podcast audience. We are going to forgo the normal “what we did this week” and move straight into the news dump. We are going to save the banter for part B.

The Newsdump – Nerd News Flash

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The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 138A – Nerd News Flash

Episode 137B – Awesomeness is Coming

Legendary Battle of the Classic Video Game Characters

Awesomeness is coming. What am I talking about? For that you will have to wait just a bit, but rest assured that Awesomeness is coming. Now that you know it is coming, shift your expectation into low for the duration.

What’s Going On

Rhett plays War of the Roses by Fatshark during the podcast. He’s continuing with Dragon Age: Inquisition. He’s finished Claymore and explains the premise behind the show. Rhett had to return his Ryse: Son of Rome and a computer cable he ordered. We discuss anime for a bit. Jason has been watching Eureka Seven: AO. He really liked Eureka Seven and was interested in the sequel. He’s been reviewing movies and video games that are coming out this week.

Awesomeness is Coming

This is where the Awesomeness enters the podcast. We review upcoming movies, video games, etc. before we have seen or played them. Based strictly on what we can find out about the subject being reviewed we spout our opinion. This week we review*:

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Aveyond 4 (PC) – February 1
  • Spellweaver (PC) – February 1
  • Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space (PS4) – February 2
  • Amazing Discoveries in Outer Space (PS4) – February 2
  • Calendula (PC) – February 2
  • Cobalt (Xbox One, 360, PC) – February 2
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer (PS4, Vita) – February 2
  • Dreii (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) – February 2
  • Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4) – February 2
  • Not a Hero (PS4) – February 2
  • Steve Jackson’s Sorcery (PC, Mac) – February 2
  • American Truck Simulator (PC, Mac, Linux) – February 3
  • Fortified (Xbox One, PC) – February 3
  • Agatha Christie – The A.B.C. Murders (PC, Mac) – February 4
  • The Political Machine (PC) – February 4
  • Shutshimi (Wii U) – February 4
  • Dungelot: Shattered Lands (PC) – February 5
  • XCOM 2 (PC) – February 5

* – Our reviews are not based on any actual experience with the review subject. This is all based on knee-jerk reaction to trailers, promotional material, gameplay footage, personal bias, that guy that cut us off in traffic this morning, that one time in grade school we refuse to talk about, your momma, sun spots, aliens, Joss Whedon, and other influences too numerous to mention.

Legendary Battle of the Classic Video Game Characters

Are you ready to rumble? Good, because that is another show entirely. In this corner, we have Ryu Hayabusa the epitome of ninjahood. When you thing ninja the image that pops into hardcore gamers’ heads is Ryu Haybusa. He is truly legendary. His opponent tonight is Mike Haggar, the Fighting Mayor of Metro City. A former wrestler turned vigilante, turned mayor, turned vigilante, Mike can be trusted to take up his trusty lead pipe and beat criminals into submission whenever they rear their ugly heads. He postively takes a hard line on crime and he can piledrive anything. Next week will see the match-up between Ryu from Street Fighter and Samus Aran.

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The Distracted Gamers Podcast Episode 137B – Awesomeness is Coming