Benheck.com Podcast Episode 103

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This month’s topics include:

  • SNES Mini / Conspiracy Theories on NES Mini
  • Summer 2017 Box Office Bloodbath + Wonder Woman talk.
  • Is VR a Fad? What about AR? Is either the future? Maybe 4K is the future?
  • Terminator 3 Appreciation Day.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 102

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This month’s topics include:

  • Off-Topic Beginning!
    • But first, Ben and Jones discuss the DC Extended Universe! And what they expect to see from Wonder Woman.
    • Ben complains about Rogue One yet again. Does the rebel who rebels for the rebellion actually rebel at any point in the film?
    • Our ideas for Admiral Ackbar Begins: And Origin Story. Plus does Rule 34 apply to his race?
  • Core Wars! AMD vs Intel, and ATI vs NVIDIA!
    • Jones has used the same CPU since 2010 – how?
    • Are PC upgrades slowing down? Whatever happened to Moore’s Law?
    • Whatever happened to Tiger Direct?
    • Are desktop computers a dying species? Thin clients taking over?
  • Overwatch!
    • Jones and Parker discuss Overwatch and Ben falls asleep.
    • Ben and Jones discuss HDR and 4K Blu-Rays.
  • And of course more movie talk…
    • Discussing Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
    • Jones finally sees Logan!
    • Is Summer 2017 going to be a major movie box office bust?
    • Split / Unbreakable 2: The Breakening

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 101 (Or 5 in binary)

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Joining us once again is Parker Dillmann from Macrofab!

Topics include:

    • DICE’s Battlefront 2 and Star Wars in general
      • Why Ben and Jones didn’t care for Battlefront (2015), and why Parker likes it.
      • Movie release schedules – is Spring the new Summer?
      • Parker once again tells us that he liked Duke Nukem Forever.
      • Is DLC splitting the community and killing games off too soon? And it is a side effect of games being to cheap?
    • Jones plays the Nintendo Switch!
      • He forgot to taste the cartridge!
      • Parker calls “Breath of the Wild” the worst 3D Zelda ever?
      • We all talk about portable game systems for a while.
      • Why did Nintendo kill off the NES Classic so early? Don’t they like money?
    • Marvel: The Taco Bell of Filmmaking?
      • Why is this sort of bland corporate profit-making better than McDonald’s or Wal-Mart?
      • Is Disney not going to bother with original content like Pirates of the Caribbean in the future?
      • Jones complains about aliens in Star Wars.
      • Abandoned movie sets such as The Fugitive’s Train Wreck.
      • Why movies love CGI and don’t use many practical effects.
    • The Governments / Armies / First Order in The Force Awakens Don’t Make Any Sense.
      • We spend the last 15 minutes of the podcast complaining about this 🙂
      • What Wonder Woman Battlefield 1 content would be like and why it should be made!

Enjoy!

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 100!

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We finally made it to 100 episodes, and have a super-sized episode to celebrate!

Joining us once again is Parker Dillmann from Macrofab!

Topics include:

    • Are R-rated movies coming back?
      • John Wick and Logan do well, while PG-13 Ghost in the Shell flops.
      • Are people finally tired of PG-13?
      • The lack of finality in modern movies, and why this is emotionally bad.
      • How does the Galactic Senate work in Star Wars? Were the Gungans properly represented?
    • Nintendo Switch Impressions Now That It’s Out
      • Right analog stick is awful – why?
      • Load times are worse on cartridge than SD card – huh?
      • Parker gives his impressions of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
      • The first Zelda game with DLC?
      • Difficult games – old school fun or a waste of time in a busy world?
    • Open World Gaming – What Is it? 
      • Jones and Parker discuss World and Warcraft and Ben falls asleep.
    • PS4 Pro / 4K gaming
      • Is it worth it?
      • Jones gets an OLED TV!
      • Console Gaming is becoming more like PC gaming – our thoughts!
      • Why Ben and Jones won’t play old games.
      • Parker and Jones discuss why they didn’t buy Mass Effect Andromeda.
    • Movie Talk!
      • Ben complains about theater projection.
      • Is the theater becoming an exclusive event experience instead of cheap entertainment?
      • What movies should Disney make live-action remakes of next? (They’ll do them all, but in what order?”
      • Is anyone going to care about Avatar 2 when it eventually comes out?

Enjoy!

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Xbox One S Laptop For Sale!

I’m now taking offers on the Xbox One S Laptop we built on the Ben Heck Show last fall.

Size: 17″ x 9.5″ x 1.75″

Weight: Appx. 6 pounds.

Display: 15.9″ 1080p

Storage: 1TB

Power: 110VAC (no battery)

Includes: Power cable, LCD remote (provides additional functions) and Xbox 1 S Controller


Email offers to benjamin.heckendorn@gmail.com, thanks!


Original episode covering its construction here:

Xbox One S teardown video:

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 99

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Almost to 100! It only took us 11 years… Joining us once again is Parker Dillmann from Macrofab!

Topics include:

    • Bill Paxton Tribute
      • His early days. Parker likes him because he’s a Texan.
      • Greatest hits! Our best Bill Paxton impressions!
      • Some of his lesser-known movies, like Traveller and Next of Kin, includes how to spell Traveller.
      • Ben keeps talking about Indian Summer for some reason, and calls Paxton “a progenitor of an archetype”.
    • Battlefield 1 – Best Battlefield since Bad Company 2?
      • Real locations, instead of tunnels and gas factories. Cities feel like actual places, not just corridors.
      • Meaningful destruction and more squad focus.
      • Fewer overpowered vehicles, more infantry action.
      • Satisfying guns in all classes, but game takes about 20 hours of play to become fun. Don’t give up!
    • Ben’s Never Played Mass Effect – Jones / Parker react!
      • Can they convince him to give it a try?
      • How Jones/Parker feel about the original trilogy.
      • Choice Matters, plus great story and characters.
      • Andromeda? Is it Road House in space?
    • Nintendo Switch Week!
      • Is it just a Zelda adapter?
      • Can Nintendo survive another generation without 3rd party?
      • What if Microsoft bought Nintendo?

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 98

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We decided to see what would happen if we had NO TOPICS WHATSOEVER! Joining us once again is Parker Dillmann from Macrofab!

And here’s what happened:

    • What exactly were the Cider House Rules?
    • Worst Videogame Movies?
      • Super Mario Bros.
      • Street Fighter The Movie
    • Is Mario’s hat… ALIVE???
      • Didn’t Zelda have a living hat once too?
      • Did Link and Zelda ever get it on? Will they in “Breath of the Wild”? Is Link in the friend zone?
      • Is being a Jedi an STD?
      • ROAD HOUSE!
    • Why the hell does Ben think Back to the Future should be remade?
      • A teen from 2017 in 1985 would be FAR more out of place than a teen from 1985 in 1955.
      • “Time Boy”
      • Logan’s Run would also be a good movie to remake because the theme has become more relevant with time.
      • Ben also wants a Rocketeer remake, but who could replace Jennifer Connelly?
    • Ben Affleck no longer directing “The Batman” – but WHY?
      • Which of our friends could or could not fight each other based off our mother’s names.
    • A long tangent about Diane Lane Amy Adams Shared Universe
      • We try out www.oracleofbacon.org
      • The Nintendo Switch, which has nothing to do with Diane Lane (unless she pre-ordered one)
      • Arms: The Sequel to Lips.
      • Cargo pants VS Parachute pants.
      • Does Charlie Sheen have enough money to beat AIDS?
      • Ben’s idea for a TV show called “Death Race”.
    • New podcasting software Zencastr
      • All new websites have “E’s” missing.
      • What are “Gray Jedis”?
      • Why do Stormtroopers even wear armor?
      • Captain Phasma sucks!
      • Will they digitally bring back Carrie Fisher?

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 97

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We’re back after missing a month in November 🙁 To make up for this, this final podcast of 2016 is extra-long and has a guest star Parker Dillmann from Macrofab!

You can check out Parker’s own podcast by clicking here.

Our extra-rambling podcast topics today are:

  • Star Wars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    • Jones and Parker liked it a lot, Ben didn’t. We argue about the movie’s flaws and merits.
    • What did they change with the reshoots?
    • Would the Empire actually put a data center on a tropical paradise planet? What Star Wars planet might be a better choice?
  • Thoughts on the Movie Going Experience
    • Regular theaters VS Alamo Drafthouse
    • Movie reel splicing.
    • Are the prices too insane for families?
    • Home TV keep getting better and cheaper – how is this affecting theater attendance?
    • Will there ever be new-release movies streamed straight to the home?
    • New services can destroy old ones (Uber)
    • Jones’ family owned a Betamax player – never before heard story!
    • Do Texans really carry guns everywhere?
  • Discussing the Nintendo Switch with a Nintendo fan
    • Jones and Ben are well-known Nintendo critics. For an outside perspective, we discuss the Switch with Parker, who still likes Nintendo.
    • Can it succeed? Will 3rd parties port to it?
    • Should Nintendo just go 3rd party themselves?
    • What videogames could make good movies? (Apparently not Assassin’s Creed…)
    • Jones and Parker try to convince Ben to buy the Mass Effect Trilogy.

Enjoy!

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