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Writing About Talking: Jumping the Shark Podcast #58

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Jumping the Shark 58, which features The Escapist’s Senior Editor, Susan Arendt (formerly of Gameshark “fame”), devotes its topic segment to a discussion of women in gaming media and whether or not the nature of some games and publisher media events make it more difficult for women to cover. I found this an interesting topic in that the number of pitfalls and ways for it to go miserably awry are numerous. As I expected, however, what we ended up with was, I think, a particularly strong episode in which we got some excellent debate going between Danielle and Susan with the rest of us managing not to trip all over ourselves trying to strike a balance between maintaining some sort of faux sensitive male facade versus acting like dismissive sophomoric pricks. That takes mad skillz, yo.

This episode also featured a fantastic debate between Danielle and Susan over the merits of Stacking, my continuing xbox 360 red ring foibles (the power brick replacement didn’t work), Dragon Quest VI, Mario Sports Mix (or something like that), De Blob, and Bill talking about stuff…


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Writing About Talking: Jumping the Shark Podcast #57

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This week’s installment of Jumping the Shark features a discussion about bad games we’re ashamed to admit we love. We all have them, amiright? You, in the back. Just admit you thought 25 to Life was, “like the most amazing thing ever, man.” We won’t point or laugh (even Danielle) and you’ll feel better.

We also made time, during the what we’re playings segment, to get into DC Universe Online, Stacking, Dead Space 2, and my lovely support issues with my red ringed console. Incidentally, I’m still waiting on that replacement power brick. God I hope that addresses the issue.

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Writing About Talking: Jumping the Shark #56

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This is the first week of Jumping the Shark I’ve missed in a couple of months so, of course, they chose a topic near and dear to my heart: Romance in games. I guess with the show being released on Valentine’s Day, I can forgive such insolence. It’s harder to forgive the fact that with all the Bioware talk, Baldur’s Gate II was mentioned only in passing. Seriously, Bill, that’s all you’ve got?

If you want to talk about games that handle player “romance” in a way that doesn’t make you cringe, for my money, BG2 is the poster child. (Disclaimer: Given how long it’s been since I actually played the game, I may have the whole rose-colored glasses thing going on.) More after the jump…

Writing About Talking: Jumping the Shark #55

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One of the functions I perform amongst our merry band of sorta-renown is to “produce” the Jumping the Shark podcast, which is basically a glorified title for the guy who edits the show and makes sure the gory technical details for recording it are taken care of. There is little glamor in this, but that’s cool because I bring my own.

One of the things I want to bring to the table here at No High Scores is a regular peek behind the scenes of each show that can serve not only to note when we’ve put up our weekly exercise in genius, but occasionally dig into some aspect of what went on behind the scenes. Call it a little extra flavor for those curious as to what goes into each production.

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