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This week’s show is packed to the brim with content. Blaven tells us about the manga’s Read or Die and Hikaru No Go before delving into a Patapon 3 worship trace with Anthony. Then Anthony tells us about his recent addiction to cave shooters like Espgaluda II and Deathsmiles II after which he gives first-hand experience at getting beaten at SFIV Arcade in an actual arcade. Vince was busy and was able to give reviews on the movies Hanna and Source Code. He also watched the follow-up to Gunbuster – Diebuster. However, it’s Gurren Lagann that completely takes over Vince as he has now become a worshiper of the anime. His last piece of addiction is the Gears of War 3 Beta and he also mentions one of his new toys – Revoltech Jehuty (Zone of the Enders).
For this week’s major review, the crew have gone out and watched the highly anticipated yet highly ridiculed “Fast Five.” Unfortunately, the crew’s opinions were so heated that there wasn’t any real structure to the segment and thus ended up being a random set of statements.
We had a hard time coming up with a meaningful topic to discuss this week and even when we did have something we all wanted to talk about, it never amounted to anything more than baseless accusations. Whether that’s worth listening to is up to you.
Finally, we answer some listener mail and share a story of what we do when we’re not recording the podcast. So sit back, press play and enjoy the show.
Starring Anthony Fallucco, Blaven Jaramillo & Vincent Sanchez
00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:29 - What Blaven's Up To
00:16:02 - Blaven & Anthony's Love-Fest for Patapon 3
00:30:56 - What Anthony's Up To
00:52:44 - What Vincent's Up To
01:13:06 - FAST FIVE
01:41:21 - Overrated/Underrated Games
01:58:05 - Letters
02:06:15 - Outro
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Actually I don’t think Kingdom Hearts is an amazing series. I think it’s a fun action RPG to play that has a ridiculous story (although I don’t play games for story if I want good story I’ll pick up a good novel) and I’m not really a fan of Disney. I just think the battle system and some of the abilities are fun. The main reason I enjoyed Birth By Sleep was messing around with the different abilities. It was pretty awesome when I destroyed Vanitas as Aqua with all the crazy abilities I melded.
Also I would say COD is super overated but I’m not really a fan of shooters.
My favourite game of this generation is Chromehounds but I would not recommend buying it now. Sega took down the multiplayer servers and the singleplayer in that game is just a tutorial for multiplayer. Also I wouldn’t call it overated since it got mixed reviews by reviewers and fairly average sales. The people that did stick with the multiplayer will all probably say the multiplayer in that game was amazing though and I would agree.
As for the rest of your choices, I kind of agree. I think some of them are great games but some people extol their virtues a little too adamatly and frequently.
Also I may have to see if their is a demo of Patapon 3. Although I saw that Quick Look of Patapon 3 on Giantbomb and it looks like it’s the same kind of deal as Patapon just sped up/more over the top. So I probably won’t buy it because I got pretty bored with Patapon 1 towards the end.
Oh and for underated I would say Chromehounds, American McGee’s Alice and the Ys series. Off the top of my head.
Oh and 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is underated although I would say that is more a case of being pretty unknown. Aksys Games put it out last November so it just got buried by the bigger games. Even though it’s had 3 print runs the total sales is smaller because it’s kind of a niche game (think Hotel Dusk but much darker and with more alternate endings)
Now there is a game with an excellent story.
Reason my email was so short is I found most of the stuff on the last episode pretty boring or things I didn’t relate to so I didn’t really have any comments. The only thing was that comment on the last podcast post.
Ayn Rand was a Russian born American who established a philosophy called Objectivism. Some Libertarian groups (which border on anarchists) also use parts of her philosophy in their ideology) Andrew Ryan in Bioshock is a direct reference to her and the world of Rapture is supposed to be a commentary on how crazy objectivism is if you exactly follow it’s dogma.
Read her novels Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead if you want to know more about Ayn Rand and Objectivism or just look it up on Wikipedia if you are lazy.
Personally I think Objectivism has some good ideas but for the most part it’s very short sighted and in some cases outright lunacy. Also some of it’s logic is fuzzy.
LOL listening to you guys go through her page.
I’ll spell it out for you in case you miss it. Bioshock heavily references Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism in the themes that it conveys and the rhetoric and philosophical musings you hear throughout. Right down to making direct reference to her (Andrew Ryan) and her work. (Atlas)
The next project that they are working on Bioshock Infinite seems to be making heavy reference to Libertarianism and American Exceptionalism.
Both take some kind of philosophical/ideological system and show what happens when someone tries to mould a utopia around those ideas and the subsequent dystopia that results due to some problems/optimistic assumptions of the human condition and society present in those ideas.
Sorry I did not provide more context for the question, I thought you would have heard about where Bioshock’s narrative, themes and world came from.
I’m gonna have to back you guys up and say COD4 is the best COD.
On the topic of overrated, I think the first Portal is overrated, it’s only “cool” because of the meme that came from it. On the other hand, Portal 2 is THE BEST GAME I’VE PLAYED IN A LONG TIME.
As for underrated, Bully was so underrated IMO.