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GaGcast – Episode 157 – Sexism, #gamergate, and you

sexismHello loyal listeners and thanks for tuning into another episode of the GaGcast. The guys have some special guests to talk about a pretty large topic this week but first they get into what they played. Ray didn’t have much time to play this week as he’s been getting acclimated to a new job and catching up on recent television. Nate finished off Ocarina of Time for the millionth time and started on the much harder Master Quest mode of the game. Special guest Jen talked about her new experiences in the group’s FATE game and how much she liked the different take on RPG’s that the system presents. James watched the new Carrie remake which he enjoyed a great deal and also got his hands on the new Madden which he found, in his brief time, to be a worthy addition to the franchise. Fred didn’t touch anything new but gave in, once again, to the sweet siren call of Civilization V. A comment from Ray leads to the next topic which is how the guys feel about DC announcing their movie release lineup. Nate still hasn’t come to grips with how much he didn’t like the Man of Steel movie despite everyone else on the GaGcast enjoying it a great deal. The overwhelming feeling is that they are coming off as a little desperate in their desire to play catch up with Marvel and only time will tell if it pays off in the end.

Talk of comic movies leads to the main topic which was inspired by a post on the group page. The guys venture once more into the murky waters of female representation in geek culture and are luckily accompanied by two women at the table. The difference in feel between  the new Ms. Marvel and the new female Thor are discussed as well as how changes can be made to improve not only female representation but also involvement in the industry. This is a topic that we’d very much like to hear from our listeners about so please leave your thoughts in the comments below. The guys also take a little bit of time to touch on the subject of #gamergate and all the pitfalls that the topic entails. We at the GaGcast want you to know that we value our integrity as critics of pop culture and that we will never be afraid to give our opinions on games and media however they may fall. With all that being said don’t forget to join the group on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @grownasgamers. If you listen to us on Stitcher or iTunes take the time to leave a rating that reflects how you feel about our show. Until next week stay gaming and stay awesome.

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Let’s Play The Evil Within – Parts 1 & 2

Greetings, GAGeteers! Feast your eyes on some of The Evil Within, the new survival horror / psychological thriller from Shinji Mikami, esteemed creator and director of the Resident Evil series! Can the Longcouch survive the horrors that await? With creative editing, he sure can! Here are the first two parts of this series.



GaGcast – Episode 156 – Vehement Violence!

12GAME-articleLargeWelcome loyal listeners to another week with the GaGcast. The guys get together this week and launch right into what they played this week. Fred reflected on the failings of the Iron Banner event in Destiny and polished off Shadow of Mordor before passing it on to Ray. Nate finally got to watch the Flash pilot and liked it aside from some very minor quibbles. In other superhero television news the season premier of Arrow was enjoyed by everyone with the big standout addition to the show being Ray Palmer. James continued in The Last of Us and is slowly learning what the guys have been telling him, it’s amazing. He also watched, and enjoyed, 22 Jump Street, 47 Ronin, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. Ray got his mitts on Shadow of Mordor and took some time to back the new edition of Feng Shui on Kickstarter. Nate actually had something to contribute this week with his guilty pleasure Hyrule Warriors. Despite usually having nothing nice to say about the Dynasty Warriors series this entry won him over through pure Zelda based chutzpah. He also watched The Raid 2 and despite the plots best attempts he found the movie enjoyable purely on the merit of its action sequences.

Following the talk of violence in movies the guys talk about instances in games where violence was done well and lends to the enjoyment of the game. Some great examples of it being a positive addition to games would be Gears of War, the Batman Arkham games, and even Ratchet and Clank. The guys find it hard to narrow down a specific reason why violence adds to a game but when it clicks for you, you’ll know it. What we want to know from you is what are some of your favorite violent games and why did you enjoy them? Let us know in the comments below or give us a shout on Twitter @grownasgamers. You can also join in the constant discussions on the Facebook group or reach out to us personally at Until next week stay awesome and stay gaming.

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