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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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!