Benheck.com Podcast Episode 96

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I’m getting over a cold, so please excuse my weak voice and any coughing I couldn’t quite edit out.

Juicy topics includes:

  • The Nintendo Switch Reveal
    • Our thoughts on the reveal trailer.
    • Do 6 star hotels exist?
    • We try to remember the name of the Wisconsin city “Kenosha”
    • Who is this product for? xWill 3rd parties support it?
    • What the system needs to do in order to have a chance.
  • Microsoft Surface Products and new Apple Macbooks
    • MS is going for the markets Apple has traditionally held.
    • Why Microsoft should concentrate on enterprise customers.
    • Could a Surface Phone ever exist?
    • Is Apple screwing their most loyal customers? Do they even care?
    • How do you pronounce “Wacom”?
  • Bethesda’s new Game Review policy 
    • They are no longer giving out advance review copies.
    • Only available to critics one day before launch.
    • Why are they doing this? We discuss reaons beyond knee-jerk reactions.
  • Ben finally sees the Ghostbuster remake!
    • (Trigger warning: I kind of liked it)
    • Jones discusses how it compares to Paul Feig’s previous movies (which I have not seen)
    • How the original Ghostbusters painted itself into a corner in such a way that made sequels difficult and remakes easier.
    • Jones has noticed Tom Cruise has had a lot of recent movies with strong female leads.
    • How other recent movies have given women strong roles without just doing a “gender swap”.
    • Then Jones and I go completely off topic and discuss Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Rocketeer.

Enjoy!

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The framed Mad Magazine comic I mention during the podcast.
The framed Mad Magazine comic I mention during the podcast.

 

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 95

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A bit late this month, but here we are! Topics include:

  • Looking back on Bioshock
    • Why there are so many “remasters” of last-gen games.
    • Our thoughts on Bioshock 1, 2 and Infinite.
    • The problems with Bioshock Infinite, muddled message.
    • Rapture VS Columbia.
    • What we’d like to see in a new Bioshock game – our “Moontopia” pitch.
    • BTW the Bioshock-related word we couldn’t think of was “objectivism”.
  • Movie budgets
    • Why are they so high? Who are greenlighting these dumb concepts?
    • Type of cheaper movies they could be making.
    • Spreading out risk by taking more risks.
    • More complaints about Marvel movies drifing too far from reality.
  • Video card specs and prices
    • Prices are high for the best stuff – is it worth it?
    • Forza Horizon 3 on Windows 10 requires DirectX12 – why?
    • Consoles vs PC.
    • Why are PC’s lasting longer these days between upgrades.
    • Ben talks about his ancient keyboards.

Enjoy!

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Update on Single Handed Controllers

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We have parts on order that will help with the reliability of our single handed controllers. We expect to resume taking orders by the end of October 2016, hopefully in time for the holiday season.

We’re also working on a PS4 version, so stay tuned for that as well.

Thanks for your patience!

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 94

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We ramble more than usual this month! Topics include:

  • No Man’s Sky / planet math
    • We learn some new number types as we discuss the alleged number of No Man’s Sky planets.
    • Why it would take insane amounts of server space to actually save all 18 quintillion possible planets & custom names.
  • If Ben and Jones ran for president / vice president
    • Pot.
    • A long, boring, discussion about the age of candidates.
    • Our proposed “Irony / Coincidence Mis-use Tax”
  • More PS4 / PS4K Neo news
    • Console market trying to become like cel phones
    • Will it go down in history as a watershed “stupid” idea, like 32X, 5200 and Atari Jaguar?
  • Movie stuff! 
    • Sony’s crappy early 90’s movies, like Hudson Hawk & Hook.
    • Our idea for a crappy network comedy.
    • Ben watches some movie remakes! Why are things called remakes when they aren’t.
    • Jones saw Suicide Squad, and didn’t commit suicide like some reviewers did.
    • Tom Cruise: The Last Movie Star / Samurai Who Will Fight a Mummy
    • GI Joe AKA Live Action Team America
  • Stranger Things, the Right Kind of Reboot
    • A long, boring story about my noise-canceling headphones.
    • What we didn’t like about Super 8.
    • Why people like it more than all the remakes/reboots
    • Emily Blunt & NBC Comedy Action Terrorist Fighters

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 93

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Topics this month include:

  • Nintendo NX and Pokemon GO
    • Pokemon GO proves Nintendo should go 3rd party.
    • Our thoughts on the Nintendo NX rumors.
    • Nintendo needs a “Nintervention”.
  • Remake, Reboots & “Re-quels”
    • Status of summer movies.
    • Jones saw the new Ghostbusters! He shares his thoughts.
    • Some thoughts on Star Trek Beyond.
    • We explain the difference between remake & reboot, because the internet now thinks sequels are reboots. Because UGH.

Enjoy!

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Pausing Single Handed Controller Sales

We need to get caught up on existing orders and also improve some of the designs on parts.

Therefore, we aren’t taking any new orders for Single Handed Controllers at this time.

I’ll update the site when this changes. I also want to create a PS4 version and have it ready by the holiday season.

Thanks for your interest and continued patience!

-Ben

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 92

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Squeezed this one out before heading on my fishing trip. Topics this month include:

  • Several off-tangent rants.
    • New trend of adding or removing “The”
    • Windows 10 automatically installing on people’s computers
    • “Exciting” real time action as Ben tries to add something to the Windows 10 start menu
    • Ben has not seen any movies in a theater so far this year – WTF?
    • Why did Microsoft buy LinkedIn?
  • Xbox One S, Scorpio, and PS4 Neo.
    • What we think of the new consoles
    • Why we believe they’re being made
    • The future of XBox, PC and gaming in general
    • Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games and Microsoft’s big push in cross-compatibility
    • Jones plays a retauk Oculus Rift!
  • Our E3 Stories
    • Forget the online hype, we tell you what it’s REALLY like going there!
    • Don’t eat the convention food and other tales!
  • Uncharted VS Tomb Raider
    • Ben recently completed Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
    • Why Ben feels the Tomb Raider reboot series is now better
    • Ben’s “Bane” (Tom Hardy version) impressions

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 91

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Just when you thought it was safe to listen to podcasts… Topics this month include:

  • Microsoft Surface Devices and Phones
    • What is going to become of Windows Phone?
    • What the Surface line is doing right.
  • The Incoming Flood of Videogame Movies
    • Have any ever been good?
    • Why do they keep trying when they always fail?
    • (off-topic) Why did Kylo Ren wear a mask in Force Awakens?
    • What videogames we’d like to see made into movies.
    • Why Tomb Raider should be an easy film to do right… but hasn’t been yet.
  • First-Person Shooters
    • Call of Duty heading to space, Battlefield heading back to WW1.
    • What we’re tired of seeing in modern FPS games.
    • Genre getting very samey and long in the tooth – what can be done?
    • Bad guys we’re sick of fighting.
    • The new DOOM game and why it’s so great!

Enjoy!

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