Episode 186 – 7 Secrets About Gamers

7 Secrets About Gamers. As you all know gamers have secrets. It is part of the allure, the attraction that surrounds gamers. Whenever there is a gamer there are secrets. Some of these secrets are so deep and dark we don’t even know about them ourselve which only adds to the mystique.

7 Secrets About Gamers

Chance once again graced us with his presence, not in the physical sense, in the email sense. Like he’d come all the way out here just to appear on our podcast when he can cast his voice through the internet in the form of quasi spam. So, for your pleasure here is the full text of his email.

Now, as we say on the show, moving on. Jason regaled us with tales of his exploits. Though exploits may be a bit of a stretch. Let’s just say at least he’s not dead. I mean, with his crazy life of reading and eating and sleeping it’s amazing that he doesn’t just drop from the sheer excitement.

Rhett is still Rhett. If he wasn’t the world would become an altogether too frightening place full of love, rainbows, and unicorns. It is a good thing that Rhett is there to keep that from happening. Can you imagine all those unicorns everywhere…it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

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The Distracted Gamers Ep. 186 – 7 Secrets About Gamers

Gentlemen and Rhett

What’s up, my favorite very not a gay couple? I am listening to one of your episodes as I write this. Not sure which one, but Rhett is kvetching about shoveling snow or some such thing. Here in central Arkansas we live in a weird snow repelling bubble, and on the rare occasion we are beset by some of the white stuff, it’s usually less than an inch and melts off by the next afternoon. When I lived in the northern, more mountainous region of the state, we got about 2 or 3 decent snows per year on average, but not so much here. All the same, the second the people around here get wind of impending snow, there is a mad rush on in which all the bread and milk disappear within minutes. Arkies will scramble like the end of the world is coming, and it’s usually pretty funny to watch.

So I wanted to set a couple of things straight. First, when I was fussing about controllers that did not have a built in battery, I was referring to the Xbox One controller, not the Switch’s. Get it right, Rhett. Secondly, I am actually not the fan of cartridge based games you seem to think I am. I collect mostly disc based, thank you very much. But the reason I was and am happy about the decision to use physical carts for the Switch is that it eliminates moving parts, which will help the console’s longevity. There is a reason the old NES and Atari consoles still work, by and large, and it’s because they have no moving parts!!

Anywho, it’s been a week, fellas. I spent a great amount of time trying to get AT&T to unlock my phones so I could use them with another carrier, and they refused to do so even though I was completely out of contract and owed them not one red cent. As it turns out, even if I’d been successful, the phones did not jibe with T-Mobile’s network, so I ended up with some new phones. My wife stuck with Apple and got an IPhone 7 (much to my dismay, as I cannot stand Apple products) and I returned to LG and picked up a V20. So far so good with the phones, but T-Mobile’s network SUCKS. I literally could not make a phone call from my living room. They told me I was on the far end of their coverage even though my home is about 5 miles from a T-Mobile store!! They gave me a signal boosting device called a Cellspot that basically acts like a mini-tower in my home. The fact that I needed additional equipment to make my phone work inside my house gave me the willies, but I’ll stick with them for the time being. My son got a freebie phone, a Samsung Galaxy On5 it’s called, and he was bummed that my phone was so much nicer than his. He kept saying “But, man…come on!!!” I told him when he has a job and is paying for it, he can have whatever phone he likes, but as long as I am footing the bill, he gets what he gets. I have to say that while I am not a mobile gamer, the games I have tried on the phone look super nice.

Other than that, my week in geek consisted mostly of gaming with Rhett on some Halo 5. It would have been nice to try out Battleborn with him, but…well…updates. I also got in some Dead Rising 3 earlier today as my daughter napped. By the way, as satisfying as those mechs were in Halo 5, Rhett, they pale in comparison to killing thousands of zombies with a steamroller as it turns out. I highly recommend it. Man, Doctor Jason, I still want to get in some gaming with both of you. We need to make that happen soon! Battleborn is calling us!

Aaaaaand that’s it for me. I’ve got a baby to tend to. Maybe I’ll catch the broadcast if I am still awake then. Have a great show, guys!

DGN Ep. 8 – Rise and Shine Will Make Your Year

Rise and Shine Will Make Your Year. We are just barely into the year and Rise and Shine will make your year. Nothing that comes after will make the year any better. Period. End of discussion. Unless it does make the year better then then internet is false and the world is coming to an end. I know that I say DGN episode 9 in the audio, but it is really 8.

Rise and Shine Will Make Your Year

We have quite a lot of news for you hopefully you will find something entertaining or at least interesting in the following:

Unlike last week, there are some new games coming out this week that looked entertaining. Enjoy:

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The Distracted Gamers News Ep. 8 – Rise and Shine Will Make Your Year

DGN Ep. 7 – We Predict the Best of 2017

We Predict the Best of 2017. That’s right you heard it here first – the best of 2017. What should you be excited for and what should you avoid? We’ll tell you. Then when you look back at 2017 you’ll realize what real genius is.

We Predict the Best of 2017

Now that the preliminaries are out of the way we can cut to the main stories of the podcast:

There aren’t very many games coming out at this time so we talk about a few games that are coming and people are excited about them. So the games are:

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The Distracted Gamers News Ep. 7 – We Predict the Best of 2017

Episode 185 – Why Geeks Rule the World

Why Geeks Rule the World. That’s right. We rule the world. How did that happen? Well it all started with the Information Age. Now, that information and technology are so pivotal for our society those who can control that information and utilize the technology are in charge.

Why Geeks Rule the World

Chance did send us an email again this week. Evidently, it was his birthday and he was busy doing birthday things instead of doing what he should have been doing, supporting this podcast. Without any further complaining here’s his email.

Jason brings up reality. It intrudes on our comfy illusions. Why does it always have to ruin things. Also, there’s stuff about Girl Meets World.

Rhett talks about Assassination Classroom and Battlefront, which isn’t as good as Battlefield 1. He also brings up Cowboy Bebop.

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The Distracted Gamers Ep. 185 – Why Geeks Rule the World

The Mail of E

What is up, my two favorite unprofessionals? Sorry about the no email thing last week. I did have other things going on what with my birthday and all. That and I forgot completely. Well, it’s been a interesting couple of weeks in gaming both as an industry and for me personally. My lovely wife punched my ticket into Club Xbone, as you no doubt know by now. Rhett and I enjoyed some Halo 5 co-op last night and it was more fun than I expected. Normally I prefer gaming to be a solo experience, but I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to playing with both of you in the near future.

Of course the big news was the Switch Conference. Now, I know back in October I said I was excited for this console, but after seeing the conference and having more details about it, I’m really not on board with it very much at all. Yes, it is cool that you can have the same gaming experience at home and on the road, but I think in 2017, a portable screen that displays in 720p is just inexcusable. Yes, it goes 1080p when docked, but come on…most phones and tablets have 1080p resolution or higher, so there is no reason for Nintendo to have skimped out on this like they did. Whereas Sony and Microsoft offer very similar experiences, Nintendo consoles sell for one reason only – to play Nintendo’s first party titles. The Wii U died an ignoble death because not only did it lack third party support, but their first party titles trickled out at such a ridiculously slow pace that it removed most of the reason anyone would want to own one. My concern is that this trend will continue despite Breath of the Wild being a launch title. Nintendo does not learn well from its errors, as only one of its last 3 consoles were a commercial success. The Switch is underpowered and smacks of the gimmickery for which the big N has become synonymous. Because I do not trust Nintendo at this point, I will sit back a couple of years and observe how they proceed with this new console. They are going to have to prove to me the Switch is worth owning, and the way to do that is with games, games, games. Another gripe I have with it is Nintendo is stuck in this “graphics don’t matter” mentality. I call garbage on that. No, pretty is not everything, but when your competitors routinely offer nicer looking experiences at a higher resolution, you might want to consider revising that position. I’ve heard the argument that increasing specs to match the competition would result in increased prices. Again I call horsecrap. If Microsoft and Sony can put the horsepower in for $300 and still make a profit, so can Nintendo. Now that I have thoroughly defecated all over it, I will say the device offers some cool features, and I love that they have abandoned the proprietary chargers in favor of USB C. I also am digging the return to cartridge based games. By removing moving parts, I think it will help the new machine hold up well over the long run. Maybe.

So as I said, Rhett and I played some Halo last night. I want to check out Battleborn with you guys soon. I still have no idea what the game is even about, but it should be fun to blow stuff up with y’all. I have a pair of 2 week Gold passes and another month free beyond that, so I can do so without ponying up any extra cash for the service for a little while. Now that I can do an apples to apples comparison of the Xbone and PS4, I will say I enjoy the Xbox’s controller a lot more. It feels more substantial, and I like the textured grip on it. I do not understand, however, why they have no internal battery that can be charged. That is a minor gripe, however. Also, as I mentioned to the angry one last night, I have what are called intentional tremors in my hands that sometimes mess with my gaming, and the offset sticks of the Xbone controller eliminate them. I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE the Xbone’s interface. It is so counterintuitive, but I did hear they are working on a newer version that will be dropped on the public soon. All in all, though, I really cannot say that I prefer one console over the other. They both offer some fantastic games, and are on pretty equal footing in most regards. Speaking of, I’m gonna cut this short for now and go play a little before heading off to bed for the night. Have a great show, guys!

Oh…and one more thing…the podcast updates on the DGP site seem a little backlogged, and I could not help but notice that the audio version of the show has gone AWOL again. 😛 Fix it!

Episode 184 – 7 Things Geeks Do That Annoy Us

7 Things Geeks Do That Annoy Us. Why only 7 things when there are so many things geeks do that annoy us? We had to put an arbitrary cap on our list otherwise we’d never be able to stop. This topic is like Lays Potato Chips – you can just have one. But why seven? My response it why 10? … That is the sound of your mind being blown.

7 Things Geeks Do That Annoy Us

No email from Chance this week. So, you won’t be subjected to his witty remarks and there won’t be an email jingle. I know you were looking forward to the email jingle.

Rhett talks about why the weather here has sucked the past month or so. Rhett also talks about the new movie Creed.

Rhett and Jason played one of the Battleborn operations and he is playing through the Witcher. More details in the podcast.

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The Distracted Gamers Ep. 184 – 7 Things Geeks Do That Annoy Us

Episode 183 – I Stabbed a Guy

I Stabbed a Guy. Well not me personally, but I saw it in a movie once. The guy was standing there talkin’ smack and the hero was all, “I don’t think so” and he stabbed the guy. Best part of the movie.

I Stabbed a Guy

Unfortunately, this podcast is being posted way after we recorded it. My New Year’s resolution is to actually post these thing on time. However, we did get an email from Chance. If I can find it. Here is the full text of his email if you want to read it for yourself.

Jason talks about Kubo and the Two Strings, a great movie. He saw it with his kids and they really enjoyed it. If you want more details you’ll have to listen to the rest of the podcast.

Rhett talks about the video games that were offer for our enjoyment this year, some great, some garbage, and lots in between.

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The Distracted Gamers Ep. 183 – I Stabbed a Guy

Happy New Year

What’s up, my two favorite buttknuckles? I haven’t emailed you guys since last year, so I figured I’d be remiss for not befouling your otherwise pristine podcast with my inanities to ring in 2017. I hope you strapping young lads had a great New Year’s Eve! My old self fell into bed promptly at 8:30 pm due to my daughter’s new anarchic schedule in which she wakes up every 2-3 hours every single night. I’m not sure why she fell out of her formerly solid sleeping schedule, but now she is Hell bent and glory bound to prevent her mother and I from functioning fully in society. Staying up to watch the ball drop was just not a thing that was going to happen, and I really don’t feel like I missed a thing, but maybe that’s the old codger in me coming to the fore in that regard.

I have yet to hear your take on Rogue One, as I’ve not listened to the most recent 283 installment episode of the show. FYI, your internet SUCKS. So since I’ve not heard your take, I’ll give you mine. In short, it was so much better than The Force Awakens. Don’t get me wrong, guys, TFA was a good movie, but we all know and acknowledge that it was a grand recycling of episode 4. Rogue One can at least stand on its own two legs with little comparison to other Star Wars films. It is hands down the most visceral SW film to date, and it really did emphasize the war part of Star Wars. I know some people were moaning about the lack of Jedi and lightsabers, but I feel that is a shortsighted perspective given that, in the grand scope of that universe, there was a lot more going on than just Force users going at it. While the audience at the screening I saw were geeked to see Vader again, I honestly felt his presence lent very little to the film, and something about his look just seemed off to me. For instance, the way his helmet seated onto the rest of his suit looked cheap. It looked like some rubber sitting on top of some black vinyl. His voice, (and Heaven knows I was glad James Earl Jones chose to voice the Sith Lord once again) was more James Earl than Vader. I think more could have been done in audio post production to clean it up a bit. I know my kvetching about Vader is making it seem like I am more negative about the film than I am, but there were just some minor things, mostly Vader related, that seemed disjointed. It was like “Hey guys, here’s a new Star Wars film, and oh yeah get ready for Darth Vader even though he serves no significant purpose in the film other than to remind you that he’s still Darth Vader.” Then they had to have Vader make a wise ass remark about not choking on one’s ambitions as he was choking someone. To me that felt a lot like Optimus Prime’s “My bad” moment. Vader does not make jokes. Grand Moff Tarkin, on the other hand, served a somewhat important role, but the CG work on bringing the likeness of Peter Cushing back to the big screen was more weird than believable. I know technology has come a long way, but there was something about the unnatural way his skin and eyes seemed to shimmer that gave the character an unhealthy dose of Uncanny Valley syndrome, ya know? Still, the overall story was solid, and FREAKING IP MAN was in the film. Star Wars and Ip Man in the same film? I geeksploded. I found the ending super fitting, though it pissed my son off. Chase was all “The whole movie ends and everyone dies?!” I chuckled and told him that was the sort of ending that made Empire the best film in the series, and reminded him that in episode 4 Mon Mothma did emphasize that great sacrifices were made to acquire the intel.

Moving on, how did Christmas treat you? Was Santa super nice to both of you? Meredith gave me some very thoughtful gifts, but none of them were an Xbox One. She made good on her promise to get me nothing major. lol I ended up buying her some diamond earrings, only to find I’d already bought her the same ones 2 or 3 years ago, which she was wearing as she opened the new ones. Only I could find a way to buy the same jewelry twice. She had a good laugh at my expense. I took the suckers back the next day. If I hadn’t bought myself a copy of Mafia 3, I’d have gotten no games for Christmas. Speaking of, it is a REALLY good game and a more than worthy entry into that already stellar series. If I had to voice a gripe about it, the travel inbetween missions is a little mind numbing. But, the main protagonist is compelling, and the narrative pulls you in and makes you care. Well, it makes me care. I don’t know what effect it would have on Rhetty Poo. It’s just as well there was no Xbone for me, because I’ve been too busy to get much gaming in what with our store’s preparations for moving into a new building at month’s end and having to spend more time cleaning the house. Since Mer has been knocked up, her energy has dipped and I have to spend more time on household chores, otherwise we’d live a life reminiscent of the show Hoarders.

When I have had down time, I’ve been watching some shows. I finished season 2 of The Man in the High Castle, which was as amazing as I’d hoped, even if the whole alternate universe thing with the Japanese Trade Minister got a little convoluted. Since then, I’ve been sawing away at Designated Survivor, whose trailer looked promising, and the series has more than delivered a solid entertainment experience thus far. With Kiefer Sutherland in the lead, I was worried the show was going to be little more than President Jack Bauer, but he really has served up an entirely different persona than that in his 24 fame.

Man…I feel like I had more to discuss, but I suppose I don’t. Oh wait…yeah…I finally caved and bought myself a Sega Genesis. That was my other Christmas present to myself. Now I can actually play the sixty some odd Genesis carts I’ve had in my collection for some time. I was gonna hold off a little while longer, but my local shop got in a model 1 Genesis (the wider one with the headphone jack) and I pulled the trigger on it since I rarely ever see those in the wild anymore. Their price is finally starting to rise, so I figured if I waited much longer I would end up paying even more for one. Nintendo’s retro hardware and games have gotten prohibitively expensive for many retro collectors, so a lot of them are now starting to flock to Sega since it’s still a fair bit more approachable in terms of price and availability.

I meant to ask you, Rhett, if you ever got a NES Classic. If so, what are your thoughts? And with that, I’ll sit back and await your responses to my incoherent verbal diarrhea. Much love, and Happy New Year guys!