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