In this episode, we have a follow-up to how terrible Anthony and J.R.’s brackets have turned out, we discuss writers being duly credited for the stories they write (2:09), this week’s “Better Know an X-Man” features Husk (7:32), Jacob gives us a lesson on the convoluted history of Xorn (12:47), and we wrap out by talking about some video games we have been playing (43:28).
In this episode, we briefly discuss our first impressions on the Nintendo Switch, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Logan. Our very first “Better Know an X-Men” segment features Marrow. We then go in depth with our review of Doctor Strange.
With the launch of the Nintendo Switch just a couple hours away here in the U.S., I thought I’d share something that has been on my mind today. While taking a walk at work, I started thinking why exactly I jump on Nintendo consoles at launch, but not others. For the record, I have bought the Wii, Wii U, and now Switch all within the launch window. While I do own Playstations 2-4, I didn’t but any of them at launch, and don’t foresee buying whatever comes next from Sony at launch, either. But why is that?
I like the Playstation. There have been many games that I’ve enjoyed released for the Sony systems. Many games I’m looking forward to. But with each release, I never find myself in a hurry to buy the most recent one. I usually wait until there are several games released that I am interested in. Why the double standard? With the Wii and Wii U, there was nothing particularly big coming out at launch that I wanted to play. Sure, the Wii had Twilight Princes, but I could have played that on the Gamecube. Likewise, now with the Switch, I’m only for certain getting Breath of the Wild, which I could also play on Wii U. Yet, I find myself really looking forward to getting the Switch on my lunch break tomorrow. (more…)
In this week’s episode, we’re finally talking about the Nintendo Switch. We give our thoughts on what we saw in Nintendo’s Presentation.
In this episode, Anthony and I relive some of our history with Nintendo’s home consoles, taking a nostalgic look at the past.
This was the game I was looking forward to seeing. Sure, for a long while, Nintendo had said it was the only game they were showing at E3, but that didn’t matter to me. It’s new Legend of Zelda. I’m also not the type to get discouraged by delays. When Nintendo announced the game wouldn’t be out this year, and would be launching on both Wii U and whatever NX is, I also wasn’t that upset. I still have a Wii U. It’s not going anywhere. I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it, and I’ll probably buy an NX anyways, because I still love first party Nintendo.
But anyways, the game looks beautiful. I love how the game looks. It’s a cell-shaded look, but not as cell-shaded as Windwaker. I think it’s a really good look for the game. I feel like video games are getting to a point where, with the more realistic graphics, all games are looking the same. I feel like you should be able to look at a screen shot without any characters, and be able to tell what game it is from. Or at least be able to narrow it down to a couple games.
I haven’t had the chance to watch any game play videos, but from what I read, this game sounds like a bit of a departure from some traditional Zelda mainstays. Like, there will no longer be the senseless cutting of grass just to get money and hearts. You replinish hearts by cooking. And hey, there’s now cooking. It also looks like the special weapons may be gone, and instead, the “Sheikah Slate” will gain abilities. There are other changes that you can see in the trailer below. I am greatly looking forward to this game.
The last two times (only two times) I have done this feature, I’ve ventured forth into the depths of the Internet and sought out a webcomic to read. Overall, it was not a pleasant experience. Both were serious, ongoing tales that I felt had problems with characterizations. Or lack thereof. So, not in the mood to make it three months in a row, I wimped out and selected a webcomic from one of the one’s that the Joystiq blog on Huffington Post highlighted. This webcomic is titled Awkward Zombie, and is written and drawn by Katie Tiedrich.
I’m not really certain why it’s titled Awkward Zombie. The closest thing to a zombie was an undead World of Warcraft character. But whatever. In a nutshell, the strip is mostly a satire on video games. There are some instances where she does a real life comic strip, but mostly, the strips point out the humor, often unintended, within video games. Or, as with her Super Smash Bros. strips, some funny “behind the scenes” moments that could be happening. The strips mostly have Nintendo properties (Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Super Smash Bros.), but there is also quite a few World of Warcraft themed entries as well.
The art isn’t really good, but it’s good enough to get the point across. She makes fun of her own art in her comments section, adding things to the list of stuff she can’t draw. But, the strips are usually funny. In prepping for this entry, I had only intended to read some at the beginning and some at the end, but I ended up reading all 237 of them. There were only a couple strips that I didn’t get, but if you have any history with popular video games, you should get the jokes.
I highly recommend that you check out this webcomic.
Below the break is one of my favorites.