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Podcast Episode 17 – Hollywood and the Wii Get Both Barrels

If you’re a die-hard fan of either the studio system or Nintendo’s latest legal cash printer this might be a good podcast to skip. We’re covering Hollywood’s recent stupid trends (such as Jim Carrey-less sequels, super-late franchise sequels, Angelina Jolie) and then comment on why we think the Wii could ultimately be bad for gaming should it somehow take first place. Kind of an overly negative podcast in general, but isn’t it more fun to listen to people complain than it is to hear gushing praise?

Now, about the intro contest. There is a winner, but once again we ran out of time to get the intro done for this week’s episode. I blame ham ingestion. Fear not, for the winning intro involves Windows Vista and we actually plan to finally cover Vista in the next podcast as well. A double whammy of things people have been asking for! See you in 2 weeks…


Listen to Podcast Episode 17

Podcast Episode 16 Up and Away

We return to our audio roots with episode 16 of the podcast. Topics this time include the PS3 loosing exclusives to the 360 and “Tech Monopolies of the Ages”, dating back to the 80’s at least. We look at the various monopolies (or near-monopolies) and examine how they were earned.

For a fun mini-game, try and count how many times we say “Welcome to California!” Enjoy…

Oh, regarding the intro contest. We didn’t get as many entries as I would have liked, but one was good enough that I decided to let it win. Since I made the decision very late it’ll appear on the front of the next podcast, but rest assured, it’s coming. If you’re wondering if you won or not, if you haven’t heard from me then it wasn’t it you, sorry.

For Episode 16’s intro in the meantime, it’s a sequel to a classic intro from last year – have fun.

Regarding portable projects, there are some coming up so don’t despair. The 2600 Rev 5.1 is turning out really nice…

Podcast Episode 15 – Now with Video

For episode 15 of the podcast we went with video. Just to try it out, thought it might be fun. Was mostly a pain, took up way too much hard drive space and my video camera microphone isn’t nearly as good as our USB headsets. Long story short it’s not exactly Lawrence of Arabia but you’ll get the idea. At least we had an excuse to make a video intro, which you should get a kick out of. (It has lots of blood for some reason)

Topics of this podcast are video/audio compression, a Lost Planet review and a God of War 2 segment.

We’ll be back to doing audio podcasts on the normal schedule after this. Perhaps in the future, should something lend itself to video, such as last fall’s Wii hunt, we’ll do another. But probably not for a long while. Also please do not email me asking for an audio version of this podcast, “what you see is what you get”.

Download Intro alone Podcast Episode 14 and Intro Contest

Another 2 weeks go by, another podcast pops up. Just like clockwork! Download it at

Today’s topics are Hi-Def Gaming / Blu-Ray / HD-DVD revisit, Ten Things We Hate About Gaming and Most Overrated and Underrated Consoles of All Time. You’ll also notice there is no intro. This is because of time restraints, sorry, but it gave me an idea.

Let’s do an Intro Contest! The prize will be a DS game of your choice from, or if you win and don’t have a DS, eh, we’ll think of something. God of War 2?

The Rules:

  1. Use this template as a basis to write an intro. Highlight the narrator in yellow, sound effects in gray with brackets.
  2. While most podcast intros are game-related spoofs of movie trailers, anything funny will be considered. But keep it PG-13 or cleaner. No politics allowed.
  3. Target length: 3-4 pages.
  4. One entry per person.
  5. Send all entries as a .doc format Microsoft Word file to
  6. Deadline: March 14th. The winning entry will appear on the March 28th podcast.
  7. The contest won’t be valid unless I get at least 10 entries, so “Tell Your Friends”

Good luck!

Projects I Would Do in a Heartbeat (Time permitting)

Some of you may have seen my last post and thought it meant I was sick of building everything. Not true, I’m just sick of being asked for the same 3 things over and over. As far as not doing any more movies, I should clarify – not making any more with my own money. I’m glad many of you enjoyed Port Washington but I’d really enjoy having the money it cost back in my pocket.

As a counterpoint, here’s a list of project ideas I would enjoy trying:

  • Custom pinball machine – I’ve been planning one for 2 years but have never had the time or money, at the same time. Problem is I’d want to keep it. If you listen to our podcasts you’ve probably heard about this project.
  • Domestic automatic can crusher – Would be the coolest thing ever.
  • Alternative fuel car of the future – I’ve always wanted to build a car, I think that would be quite the challenge. It would have to be sporty and have a cool stereo however. (No Sparkomatics) The Tesla thing is cool but it’s not really a “people’s car”.
  • Hub-based main house PC / Xbox 360 / PS3 / furnace – Hey, those things put out a lot of heat!
  • Mass-produced single-handed game controllers – As mentioned before.
  • A robot.
  • Lead singer in a country music band – Much more interesting than an N64 portable.
  • Apple ][ portable – It’s shocking that I’ve only been asked about this maybe once in 7 years.
  • Design consultation work -If your company is working on a product, especially game related, and would like my input, please contact me to discuss.

So there you go – the kinds of projects I am interested in these days. Now I must get back to this new laptop… Podcast Episode 13

Here it is, an amazing 1 day early even. In this episode we discuss the best and worst games based off movies (and licenses) of all time, our experiences with online gaming and finally, movie sequels that come out far too late, such as Die Hard and Indiana Jones 4.

Goes a bit over an hour but you should be able to hack it, we even threw together another fun intro and everything. Enjoy! Official Site