This week on Jumping the Shark the whole gang is back in action as we wax patriotic about American game design versus that of the rest of the world. In the what we’re playing part of the show Danielle talks Ocarina of Time 3DS and Trenched, Brandon picks over Hunted and talks about his experiences with the iPad version of the indy RPG Avadon: The Black Fortress, and I talk about Ticket to Ride for the iPad and a little more Dungeon Siege III. Enjoy and we hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!
EDIT: If your download ends at the 1:03 (hour:minutes) mark, we had another errant upload this week. It’s now fixed and can be re-downloaded. The full podcast is about 1:12.
It’s a big week for Jumping the Shark as a perfect storm of shiftless layabouting on the parts of Bill, Danielle, and Brandon -who seem to think their vacations and road trips should trump podcasting- leave me in charge of the show for a week. I do my best to persevere and not lose the entire audience in the span of 60 minutes. Helping to further that goal we have two returning guests this week: senior editor for The Escapist, Susan Arendt, and No High Scores’ very own Michael Barnes. This week’s topic is all about the mainstreaming of video games, how games going from a niche hobby to what Al Gore referred to as “the new normal” at Games for Change this week has changed the nature of gaming itself. On the way Michael backhands Shadows of the Damned and gives us his take on L.A. Noire, Susan and I talk about our love/hate relationship with Dungeon Siege 3, and I talk about my new addiction to Carcassonne on the iPad.
With E3 freshly behind us, we used this week’s Jumping the Shark to talk about E3 the show. What we liked about this year’s show. What we think is changing about it, for better or worse. Why you know more about what’s going on there if you just stay home. Etc. In the what we’re playing segment, Bill dispenses with Hunted, Brandon finds Greent Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters to be surprisingly enjoyable, Danielle digs out Costume Quest and Saints Row 2 from her back catalog, and I lament that my “early” copy of Dungeon Siege 3 refuses to install (due to a Steam activation issue)…
For this lovely Monday morning (well, it’s lovely here in Indy), we bring you our Day 3 wrap-up episode of Jumping the Shark, which features the usual cast, plus return appearances from Tom Chick, Jason McMaster, and Brian Rowe. Hear all about Square’s big lineup, Driver: San Francisco, Saints Row 3, Metro Last Light, and some of the games of IndyCade, which including our first exposure to gaming with a kiss-driven controller. No, for reals. I wrote all about it in my day-3 wrap-up.
Our Day Two E3 episode of Jumping the Shark is on the tubes. Last night’s recording featured your usual JTS cast, plus return appearances from Tom Chick and Jason McMaster as well as Gameshark Senior Editor Brian Rowe and one of our newer freelancers, Justin Amirkhani. Among those games featured are the surprising Prey 2, the latest Hitman opus, Sonic Generations, and The Darkness 2.
Our Day One E3 episode of Jumping the Shark is now live. If you downloaded it last night or early this morning (hey, it’s 6am here) and your file only ran for 15 minutes… uh, well we don’t know what was up with that, but it’s fixed now. Sorry! Let’s just blame it on Mitchy D and be done with it, although I should point out Brandon was up at the wee hours shouting obscenities and cursing the maker while taking care of that one. He’s a trooper, that guy.
Anyway, episode one features your regular cast, the aforementioned Mitchell Dyer, as well as Tom Chick and Jason McMaster. Remember, we just record this gathered around a single mic, stick the music on it and throw it up there. We like it raw when we’re kicking it in the City of Angels. Enjoy!
As you read this, if you’re loyal and come here daily (if not, who needs ya, punk!), I’m either flying over your head en route to E3 in LA (wave at every plane you see, just in case; even you east coasters) or I’m already there… Or the plane crashed and the
country world is in mourning. (If I say it, it won’t happen.) With E3 in our every waking thought, prep for the show is our topic in Jumping the Shark 72. Before that, though, Brandon brings us an epic rant on D&D Daggerdale, a game that he’d of given a Q if he could. Danielle triumphantly returns to sing the praises of Mortal Kombat. With the embargo mercifully listed, Bill gets into Red Faction: Armageddon, and I talk about the wonderful world of PC gaming on my new Sandy Bridge-based PC.
Enjoy your E3 week everyone!
PS – Put it in the official record. I’m the one guy who has total faith in the new X-COM project.
For the Memorial Day edition of Jumping the Shark, your trusty team is ready to unveil… a fairly typical episode, although we were sans Danielle this week thanks to some work function. Like meeting Glen Greenwald is more important than chatting it up with us. Sheesh! This week we spend a good chunk of time talking more in depth about Witcher 2 (shocking!), Brandon expresses his disappointment with D&D Daggerdale, and Bill tells us everything he can about Red Faction: Armageddon that’s not embargoed. The verbal gymnastics of that maneuver are impressive to say the least. Along the way argue about the effect the exploding mobile gaming market has had on 3DS development and, for our main topic segment, we dish up a course of transmedia hatred… well, Bill’s angry about it anyway. Enjoy, and a happy Memorial Day to you all!
We’re kicking it old school on this week’s Jumping the Shark. No guest interviews. No friends of the show (though we want you all coming back for as long as we keep doing this). Just Me, Bill, Brandon, and Danielle waxing philosophic about games. Specifically, I talk a bit of The Witcher 2, Danielle tries to gamify the process of apartment hunting, and Bill and Brandon leave no stone unturned in discussing LA Noire. That’s the bulk of the show right there, but we also do a short bit on how we have (or haven’t) changed how we handle putting our personal information online in the wake of the Sony trainwreck. Join us…
This week’s Jumping the Shark features another new guest, Good Old Games PR and Marketing Manager Lukasz Kukawski. With Danielle and I unable to attend this part of the Thursday afternoon recording (silly day jobs), which featured talk of GoG, Witcher 2, and a lengthy discussion on DRM, Bill and Brandon conducted another very solid interview. Before that, through the magic of out of sequence editing, the full gang is together again to talk up Witcher 2 (my preview build), Portal 2 Co-op, Sly Collection, Lume, and a little more With Fire and Sword.