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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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GaGcast – Episode 143 – Patriotism!

superman_captain_americaHappy belated 4th of July GaGateers! This week we’re recording live in front of all the awesome people we spent our holiday with so don’t be surprised by any background noise that you hear. With that being said we can get right into the show with what the guys played this week. James starts the conversation with the two shows he watched from the new season of TV The Last Ship and Dominion. The Last Ship follows a battleship that carries humanity’s last hope against a super virus and Dominion is a follow up series to the movie Legion in which heaven wages war with Earth. He was pleasantly surprised by both shows and urges listeners to give them a view. Nate didn’t do much but eventually remembered that the latest season of Legend of Korra debuted and it’s definitely something that you should be watching. Ray spent a lot of time trying to sum up his feelings on the new Transformers film which end up being…meh? Kinda. It’s okay. In happier movie news, we can expect to see a lot more from the Pacific Rim franchisez and it was recently announced that Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) will be playing the part of Aquaman in the upcoming Batman v. Superman movie. Fred has been having a lot of fun using the iron sights option in Fallout New Vegas  and also tried out the trivia/betting game Wits and Wagers at the weekly Planet X game night which he very much enjoyed.

Fitting in with the holiday theme the guy’s conversation turns to the most patriotic moments in media. There are the obvious choices like Independence Day and Rocky IV but the guys rocketeer flagdelve even deeper to find more examples. Fred and Ray lost their minds over the rampant patriotism found in The Rocketeer and almost end the podcast prematurely to go watch it. From the sportsball side of things is the movie Miracle and Cool Runnings (not all patriotism is American). Finally the guys talk about the two most iconic patriotic heroes Captain America and Superman and how they embody such different aspects of what it means to be patriotic. Superman is the classic immigrant story while Captain America personifies everything great about the founding ideals of our country. Quotes are shared, laughs are had, and we finally ask what your favorite patriotic events in media are. So feel free to share your thoughts and opinions about this and any other topic on our Facebook group or on Twitter @grownasgamers. Until next week keep gaming and stay awesome.

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