Benheck.com Podcast Episode 122

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It’s a Ben and Jones episode! In this episode we mostly discuss Disney, including:

  • The Fox takeover – how will this affect future films?
  • Jones’ take on Captain Marvel.
  • We try to think of what (if any) non-Disney movies come out this summer.
  • A discussion about superhero movies in general, including Ben’s impression of Suicide Squad.
  • Which ones of the 94,612 upcoming Disney live-action remakes we think will be successful.
  • Ben complains about “geezers with guns” and Hollywood refusing to let old things go.
  • And yes, we discuss The Last Jedi again.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 121

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Just Parker and Ben this time. In this episode we discuss:

  • Self Driving Cars!
    • Is it the future? Who will it affect first?
    • What pitfalls we foresee.
    • Ridesharing vs public transportation.
    • How badly will automated vehicles screw truck drivers?
  • Is EA competing with itself? Are too many games coming out?
    • Does Apex Legends disrupt other games from their parent company?
    • The new Tomb Raider games compared to Uncharted.
    • Where does Anthem land in all this?
    • Ben’s feelings on the upcoming Battlefield V Battle Royale. (BattleRoyaleField)
  • “New Retro” 8-Bit computers
    • Parker doesn’t understand the appeal.
    • Can nostalgia be manufactured?
    • The sad tale of the Coleco Chameleon.
    • Ben talks The Gigatron and other kits/projects he’d like to build.
    • We discuss what kind of “retro computer” project we’d like to make.

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 120

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Bird Box – the new Netflix Phenomenon!
    • According to Netflix, ten trillion people watched it. Is this the end of theaters?
    • Things we don’t like about Netflix.
    • Jones comes up with a great name for the non-PG-13 disney streaming service that should exist.
    • Parker pitches us his “amazing” Amazon “movie night box” deal – Ben and Jones give it the Shark Tank treatment.
  • Activision and Bungie divorced!
    • What will become of the child Destiny? AKA Destiny’s Child?
    • We defend mobile games!
    • How Ben really feels about online gaming pundits.
    • Gaming pundits don’t realize how much people love gambling.
    • Ben’s thoughts on Battlefield V.
  • Our appreciation of games that aren’t *too* lengthy to complete.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 119

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The “Nintendowashing” of videogame history.
    • Have the accomplishments of the Sega Genesis and PlayStation 1 been forgotten?
    • Why are online pundits such Nintendo fanboys?
    • What are some forgotten – yet important – games?
    • A lot of Sega Genesis discussion!
  • Fallout 76 – our thoughts on the beta and controversy.
    • Why is the user interface on PC games so bad?
  • We all decide to Take The Bioshock Challenge – we’re all going to play through it again and report how it holds up in the next podcast.
  • The flawed logic of the Red Dead Justice System.
  • Ryan Gosling’s bone structure in Blade Runner 2049.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 118

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The gang’s all here! In this episode we discuss:

  • Netflix’s Castlevania TV series.
  •  Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Is it too much of a horse simulator?
    • We discuss all the animations and animal cruelty!
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 4
    • Comparing its battle royal mode to that of PUBG.
    • Will any of us get Battlefield V? Will its microtransaction model work?
    • What games are we more likely to buy on sale? Black Friday sales?
  • Fallout 76 – what did we think of the beta?
    • How does one pronounce “Appalachian”?
    • UI issues galore.
  • Streaming Services! New game launchers that aren’t Steam!
    • How many services will people pay for
    • Is the Deadpool PG-13 edit in preparation for the Fox acquisition?
    • Are monopolies useful?
    • Finally Jones and I talk about The Wire for a while.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 117

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The Fall of a Million Games – what are we looking forward to. How many of them will we buy?
    • Tomb Raider Reboot Part 3
    • Grand Theft Horse 3
    • Fallout 76
    • Ben & Jones complain about the misuse of the word “literally” (again)
    • Battlefield V Beta – Ben played it, what does he think?
  • What will be ret-conned in Star Wars Episode 9?
    • How far will they go with fan-service?
    • Why Clint Eastwood ages better than all other old actors.
    • Theories as to how Darth Vader’s mom got pregnant.
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Day One Patch / Why even bother with discs?
  • Xbox Streaming Service

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 116

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In this episode we discuss:

  • So many games coming out this fall!
    • Which ones are we interested in?
    • How can they all be successful?
    • Are these open world games cheaper to develop than linear ones?
  • Battlefield V Discussion
    • Parker hated Battlefield 1. Ben loved it. We discuss!
    • The insane amount of detail Battlefield 1 put into the guns, yet they have Random Bullet Deviation unlike earlier BF games.
    • What Battlefield V is supposed to do differently.
    • How EA will make up for revenue lost with no Premium Pass.
    • Why rampant character customization could be bad for gameplay.
  • Projects we’ve been working on lately.
    • Ben’s accessibility controllers and new Controller Monitors.
    • Parker’s Signal Defined Radio to make a DIN-slot car radio with the Raspberry Pi.
    • We discuss computers inside cars.
  • Macrofab, Oshpark and manufacturing in USA.
    • Have the Chinese tariffs affected Parker’s company? Where does this stuff come from?
    • We then discuss pollution and environmentalism for a while, and argue about California’s “straw ban”.

Enjoy!

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