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Listeners, comrades, fellow humanoids.

After ten extremely fun and instructive episodes, Gaming on the Rocks has found a new home with the delightfully generous and oh so cool folks over at WouldYouKindly.com.

From now on and into the indefinite future you will be able to hear our lovely voices and cutting insights at this new location every week.

But despite our new and improved diggs we’ll still be staying true to our roots, offering you news, analysis, and advice on video games as well as the rest of the pop cultural wasteland.

Episode 10

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In our special, super-long episode 10 of Gaming on the Rocks, we give a 2012 year-in-review — right before 2013 starts. Better late than never!

We take some extra time (a lot of extra time) to discuss this 2012’s best video games, films, comics and television. We also give our top three in each category and it — like always — ends in yelling at each other.

We’ve made it to 10 episodes everyone. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT. We hope you enjoy this special look back at 2012 and we also hope to see you in 2013. You know, like, tomorrow.  Coolthanksbye.

Listen below or right click and download here: GotR_Ep 10

Tracking Listing (available here, here, here, here, here annnd here):

Every Story Begins with a Name (Opening – Bombing Mission – FFVII) – Big Giant Circles

Cry of the Chasmal Critter Chain (Cave Dweller Concert – Donkey Kong Country) – Adhesive_Boy, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

The Last Fatima (Aveh, the Ancient Dance – Xenogears) – Avaris, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

Labyrinth of Dance Floors (LOZ: A Link to the Past) – Jeff Ball, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

Satsui no Koto (Ryu – Street Fighter) – zircon, Joshua Morse, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

Facing (Epilogue – FFIV) – Fishy, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

Episode 9.1

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Trailers. Trailers. Trailers.

A crop of stunning scifi film trailers was released this week, so we decided to dissect a bit.  We discuss Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, J.J. Abram’s Star Trek Into Darkness and M. Night Shyamalan’s (!…?) After Earth.

We also discuss some new video game trailer’s courtesy of last week’s VGAs. On the list: Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Bioshock: Infinite and the mysterious (probably Metal Gear Solid-related) Phantom Pain.

For those wondering (Eric) why this episode is called 9.1, last week’s recording didn’t go so well. My computer decided to auto-tune all of us, so we scraped it. Anyway, enjoy.

Listen below or right click to download here:  GotR_Ep 9.1

Tracklist (can be found here, here and here):

– Last Dance of the Giants [Majora’s Mask] – Kozilek, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

– Lunatic Moon (Red XIII’s Theme ~ Cosmo Canyon) – Sixto Sounds, zircon, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

The Masamune (Frog’s Theme) – ellywu2, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org/)

Episode 8

Guess what? The kid from Angels in the Outfield is supposedly going to play Batman in the upcoming Justice League film, which has a tentative 2015 release date. All of us here at GotR like Joseph Gordon Levitt (I mean, he did befriend the Joker back in 1999), we’re just not sure how it’ll go if this rumor becomes fact. Can the sullen boy-man from 500 Days of Summer play a convincing Dark Knight? Perhaps. If he uses his Bruce Willis voice from Looper, he might be OK. #JGLmoviereferences

We also spend a decent amount discussing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and our purchases from last weekend. It seems no one was able to resist Steam’s Autumn Sale.  And of course, we talk a little about the upcoming Star Wars films, past Star Wars games and possible Star Wars IPs. Because, Star Wars.

Listen below or right click here to find out more: GotR Ep 8 Final Edit

Track Listing (both song from tonight’s podcast are available here and here):

One Zero One (Bonus Room Blitz) – Ice Guy, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Binary Chain (Bonds of Sea and Fire) – Wintermute, Troy Lawlor, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Episode 7

Hipsters

Shown Above: A hipster Greg consults a pajama-ed Ben on indie game art. Art that no one has seen or heard of.

Hipsters. From PBR, esoteric music and flannel shirts to a cultural dilemma. After reading a NY Times piece about this bohemian group of millennials, we had plenty to say. It leads to some generational issues but also rousing conversation.

On the secondary, Ben shoots down Bradley Cooper while praising Jennifer Lawrence in discussing their newest film, Silver Linings Playbook (filmed in my neighborhood!); we almost stumble into an enervating Mass Effect debate, but thankfully keep things moving; and we talk about the Video Game Awards’ Game of the Year nominees, which show progression from a ceremony most of us don’t take seriously.

Where you can find us on Twitter:

@ethangach
@greggaliffa
@themanofseal
@JPonthechase

Listen below, or right click and download here:  GotR Ep 7

Track Listing (all songs from Episode 7 are available directly here: http://xenogears.ocremix.org ):

Smooth Criminals (Invasion) – The Vagrance, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Sleeper Dreamer [Back to Sleep (Long Version)] – Siamey, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Of Sea and Fire (Bonds of Sea and Fire) – Ziwtra, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Episode 6

BAHDAH, DAH DAH, BAHDAH DAAAAAAH.

– Jim Price

Oh, hey there, we saw Skyfall last week and boy do we have a lot — a lot — to say. Join in on this week’s Gaming on the Rock’s (which is a bit late) as we talk about the immortality of James Bond, his mysognistic tendencies and what the 50-year-old franchise does right and does wrong with its latest offering.

Also on the table tonight: Us swooning over Homeland (finally!) and a dissection Grand Theft Auto V’s second trailer. Download here: GoTR Ep 6

Or listen here:

Track Listing (OC ReMix track direct link: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00148/)

James Bond Theme (from Dr. No) – John Barry Orchestra

GoldenEye 007 Facility (Hacker Mix) – Scott Peeples, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Captain’s Log Supplemental 11.11.2012 – Star Wars

Seems like this whole Star Wars/Disney deal has caused quite a stir around the interwebernets, so Ethan and myself decided to discuss a bit more on another episode of Captain’s Log Supplemental.

Join our tangential discussion about Disney’s past and future films, the announcement that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt will be writing Episode VII and whether or not the next three episodes can inspire another generation of creative minds.

We’ve been burned before, but maybe VII, VIII and IX can turn things around and make it OK to hope again.

Listen below or right click here for download: Captain’s_Log_2_Star Wars Final

Track Listing:
– The Life and Death of Kirby (Kirby) – Insert Rupee, Benjamin Briggs, halc, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Episode 5: Why So Curious?

Episode 5 (right click to download). Wow. We did it. We’re here. Even you’re here.

After a month we’ve managed to continue trying to create a classy podcast about games, movies, and other stuff. We haven’t given up yet. And not giving up is 90% of almost succeeding. So we’re almost there!

This week Greg asks us about Peter Molyneux and the new game from his 22 Cans Studio called “Curiosity.” It’s ambitious, interesting, but mostly broken, and we’ll tell you why.

Then there’s the new Need for Speed, and whether it’s just the latest new mixed genre title to ape RPG and open world elements until both of those qualifiers become meaningless. Is it Skyrim on wheels? Assassin’s Creed with stick shift?

Perhaps.

And finally I’ll explain why every game ever (but really only most) should learn a few lessons from FTL and start introducing consequences back into video games. Everyone is skeptical, until I wonder aloud, “What if the longer you played Skyrim, the older your character got?”

Join us to reflect on this and other paradoxes as we kick back some Winter Lagers while the latest Nor’easter rages outside our windows through the humble streets of West Philadelphia.

To reach the podcast for comment or question, you can email us at gameontherocks(at)gmail(dot)com, or reach us on Twitter:

@ethangach
@greggaliffa
@themanofseal
@JPonthechase

Track Listing (all available at http://zelda25.ocremix.org/, courtesy of OverClocked ReMix):

Zelda’s First Trip to the ‘Village’ [OOT – LTTP – LOZ] – Josh Whelchel, OverClocked Remix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Hey, Listen [Ocarina of Time – Legend of Zelda] – Mattias Haggstrom Gerdt, OverClocked Remix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Episode 4

So, guys, Disney bought Lucasfilms. And we’re getting another three Star Wars episodes starting in 2015. Episodes VII, VIII and IX will be made. What does that mean? How will the affect the franchise? What will happen to LucasArts and the mountain of Star Wars games that we cherish (and bicker about, as you’ll hear)? We discuss tonight.

We also touch briefly on my lackluster introduction to the Assassin’s Creed III, some updates on a previous KickStarter discussion, and the release of Halo 4. But it’s mostly about Star Wars. Cause, for better or for worse, THREE MORE FILMS.

Tonight’s music is provided by the very talented artists from OverClocked ReMix. You can find the music here and here.

Track Listing:

Us Monkeys Together (In a Snow-Bound Land) – Flickerfall, diotrans, Palpable, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

– Thunderstruck – Big Giant Circles feat. Jeff Ball, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Oh yeah, here’s that Atreyu pic that made us giggle. FALCOR BIKE.

Episode 3

Iron Man 3

Welcome, welcome to another episode of Gaming on the Rocks. We have an eclectic episode this week discussing the new indie film The Comedy, which stars Tim Heidecker from Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, the new Iron Man 3 trailer and how Marvel movies have evolved.

We also go into further detail about the troubles of Kickstarter and the uncertain future of Haunts: The Manse Macabre after reading an article from Rock, Paper, Shotgun. And we close out with a discussion about the difficulty of games and how reward can sometimes mean grinding through perilous situations (also inspired by a Rock, Paper, Shotgun article). It mainly involves Jim and myself geeking out about FTL, but there’s some Day Z and X Com talk in there as well. So please listen, comment, share, love…or whatever you want to do. All’s good by us.

Tonight’s music is again brought to you by the wonderful OverClocked ReMix, found here and here.

Track Listing:

Go Ninja, Go (T.M.N.T) – bLiNd, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Crystal Swamp (Snakey Chantey) – Tepid, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Exit Row (The Flying Krock) – Skrypnyk, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)

Dance of the Zinger (Flight of the Zinger) – virt, OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org)