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GaGcast – Episode 146 – Batman 75th Anniversary Show!

superhero-Bruce-Wayne-Batman-comics-characterWelcome loyal listeners to the Grown As Gamers podcast and thanks for joining us on our special celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary. Unfortunately Fred couldn’t join us but we have Kirk Allmond sitting in to help us out on the show tonight. Before we get to the bat we get into what we played this week. It was slim pickings for the group but James and Ray managed to try out the new Marvel Legendary: Villains expansion and found it a nice change to the existing property. Nate didn’t play anything but goes on a small tirade over the mistreatment of The Legend of Korra at the hands of Nickelodeon. Ray spend more time with the Infinite Crisis MOBA and started watching the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. We also got some early reviews of the new shows Arrow and Constantine and a review of Guardians of the Galaxy all of which have come back favorably. As with anything new coming out the guys get in an argument about how they think the characters will be portrayed but that’s nothing new.

Talk goes from superheroes to even more superheroes with our mega Batman list of awesomeness. Our conversation covers everything from our favorite bat actors to our favorite movie moments and everything in between. I’m just going to go ahead and list all of our topics here so you can follow along at home:

  • Best Actor
  • Best Movie
  • Best TV Show
  • Best GadgetBatman75_logo_1COLOR_blk_580_53337eb4cb4440.11378405
  • Best Game
  • Best Animated Movie
  • First Batman Experience
  • Favorite Moment
  • Favorite Bat Family Member
  • Favorite Enemy
  • Favorite Graphic Novel
  • Favorite One-liner
  • Most Epic Beatdown

 

After the liststravaganza Nate brings out some trivia thanks to our friends from Planet X Comics, so see if you can get the answers before the guys do. That about wraps us up for this week but make sure to join in the discussion and let us know your favorite bat things on the Facebook group. If Facebook isn’t your thing give us a shout on Twitter @grownasgamers and make sure to join us at Save Against Fear this September 12th through the 14th. Until next week stay awesome.

Freddit – I wanted to put the theme James sings at the beginning of the show up for you to hear.  It’s something that helps define Batman for me.  Also I wanted to mention my favorite Batman Beatdown, done by our own Dude Longcouch in his YouTube videos.  Just watch this and be filled with the terror that stalks in the night.

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GaGcast – Episode 145 – Comfort Gaming

comfortzHello loyal listeners and welcome to another episode of the GaGcast. We start the show off right by getting into what we played this week. Fred got his hands on some football with FIFA 14 and found it to be exciting for the short time that he made a scoring run. The main complaints would be something he can lodge against all EA sports titles which would be the complete lack of friendliness to people new to both the game and the sport. After putting the sportsball down he picked up Strider, a remake of the old NES game of the same name. He found it sticking close to its roots but also branching into a more open approach to mission completion with many different ways to get about the level. Finally he dipped his toes into the Destiny Beta and while it’s too soon to make any real observations he’s been having fun with what he’s tried out. James got to watch the first episode of one of his most anticipated summer shows The Strain but found it a bit lacking. It seems like it will need to do more to prove itself to him as a show at this point. In a completely different direction he took a trip back to childhood with the Ultimate Warrior collection which chronicled the career of everyone’s favorite war paint wearing rope shaker and found it to be quite a fun watch. Nate played the worker assignment board game Lords of Waterdeep and really enjoyed the level of player interaction present that isn’t usually found in that genre of game. He also shocked everyone with his watching of the yearly EVO tournaments and a new found admiration for the joystick combatants that took part in it. Finally, Ray got his mitts on the D&D Starter set which looks to re-imagine Dungeons and Dragons as we know it, taking it in a more role play focused direction. We’ll be play testing the new system to look forward to hearing more of our thoughts in the future.
As an extension of what we played this week Ray brings up the new character changes coming to Marvel. Both a female taking up Thor’s hammer and Falcon taking on the mantle of Captain America bring up a conversation amongst the guys about what these changes may mean and how they think it will affect fans. All this talk of change gets the guys thinking about the games, shows, and movies that they always go back to no matter how many times they’ve experienced them. Fred will never be able to drag himself away from Civilization V (until Civ:Beyond Earth comes out…) and is always happy to kill time during those short download times with a few rounds of One Finger Death Punch. Nate relaxes with a nice calming game of FTL but is also always happy to catch an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender or Adventure Time. Ray loves matching colors in Puzzle Quest almost as much as he loves shooting bandits in Borderlands. James finds comfort in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and the pachinko machine gone insane Peggle. James has even been known to settle down for a nice relaxing episode of Sons of Anarchy. So listeners we want to know what things bring you comfort. Let us know on our Facebook group or give us a shout @grownasgamers on Twitter. Until next week stay awesome and stay gaming.

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GaGcast – Episode 144 – Oh the humanity!

 

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Hello loyal listeners, and welcome back to another week with the GaGcast. After a slight side trip into Nate’s musings about the group being a 90’s sitcom the guys get into what they played this week. James had a lot on his plate this week and kicks it off with his thoughts on Deliver Us From Evil. Not only did he find it to be an enjoyable horror movie but it also gave him faith in the planned Dr. Strange movie since it will be from the same director. He also took some time to play the action platformer Guacamelee! which was also a favorite of the other guys. Along with that was his first “Nate” game, Max: Curse of Brotherhood which tasks players with using a magic marker to solve puzzles and save his brother from evil forces. Fred murdered his way through the Honest Hearts DLC in Fallout New Vegas and continues to run a fantastic Shadowrun campaign. Ray got tactical with Argarest: Generations of War a turn based tactics game where play a bloodline of characters as they battle the forces of evil. He also tried the MOBA game Infinite Crisis and found that it has much improved from the original release. The most notable improvement was the addition of a tutorial for those unfamiliar with the genre. Nate finished up The Wolf Among Us and while he felt slightly confined by having read the comics still found it to be an enjoyable experience and worthy addition to the Fables universe. He also spent more time with XCOM: Enemy Within and enjoyed the return of the oddball anime Space Dandy.
Talking about the strange endings of Space Dandy leads the guys into a conversation about senseless deaths in media. A perfect example of this is the fate of the 4th Robin Stephanie Brown which leads to a conversation about the extremely high death rates of Robins in general. Fred brings up an excellent point about how deaths in comics mean nothing in general and by extension are senseless and meaningless. Further conversation leads to the death of Kutner in House and the slaughterfest that was Battlestar Galactica. Finally no conversation about senseless death would be complete without bringing up Joss Whedon and most notably poor Wash in Serenity. So listeners what we want to know is how you feel about senseless deaths in media. Do you think it adds to the drama of a show or is it so overplayed you just don’t care anymore? Let us know on the Facebook group or give us a tweet @grownasgamers. Until next week, stay gaming.

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