Jumping the Shark Podcast #91


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This week it’s just the boys in attendance for Jumping the Shark #91, in which we talk about licensed games. When is a license used well? When does rigid adherence to a license hold a game back? When will Bill finally come out of the closet and admit how much he loves Warhammer? (No, really, he does. He’s just shy about admitting it. Long time listeners know this.) Along the way I explain why it’s okay with me if you screw up a big license, just so long as you don’t do it to Ultima. And Brandon? He just doesn’t want Silicon Knights doing any more X-Men games. Ever.

Before all that, though, we dig into a host of games we’ve been playing. I finally jump into the Dragon Age 2 DLC, Legacy, and for comparison, pull Origins out of the garage for a quick Sunday drive. Bill struggles to keep FIFA ’12 under control, explains why he’s stopped playing Witcher 2 to go back to Witcher 1, and also gives us a quick tease of the Game of Thrones RTS game. Brandon reveals his hatred for X-Men Destiny, his love of Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2, and then wraps up his time with Gears of War 3. Enjoy!

On a side note, soon after posting this I’m hitting the road for Detroit to watch Verlander outpitch Sebathia and the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS (knock on wood). I’m not rolling back into town until late Tuesday, so it’ll be another light posting week for me. I promise to get back to regular posting here soon. (Maybe.)

Go Tigers!

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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor, with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and is a 20-year publishing veteran as an editor of books on consumer tech and professional development for educators. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd was a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets from 1997-2015. Follow him on Twitter @toddsfoolery.

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