Episode 74

This week, Matt talks briefly about setting up a CS:GO Server so his merry band of misfits can craft a CS:GO Map.  It’s exactly when you drew that Mario level on graph paper to send to Nintendo because that kid’s uncle works for Nintendo (sure he did…).  He also fires up the quaint Stardew Valley to prep his farm for Merrick’s shenanigans when they add in Co-Op play.

Will has been diving deep into the earth and space playing Starbound.

Merrick plays Just Cause 3, and although it’s a great game, there are some serious performance issues on console.  I’m sure it’s just dandy on PC.  He also covers Xbox Fitness closing doors, but not before giving us one of the best workouts ever: Xbox Fitness Zombies, where you do exercises and run from Zombies doing the exercises.  Fun to watch, also a good workout.

BattleBots chugs along this new season with great battles as we go through the qualifying rounds.  In other news, Batman collection has been delayed until it’s done.  New System Shock game is up on Kickstarter.  New Xbox Live Games with Gold look ok.  Finally, Overwatch gets its competitive play.

Episode 73

Today we drink a Little Sumptin’ Sumptin’ from Lagunitas and talk about a few things.

Matt worked on a car.

Merrick doesn’t like Goat Simulator and does like Sheltered.

Will tells us about his trip and some surprising twists in the competitive Pokémon scene with some stealth competitions at conventions and work on the Fake Format work he’s been doing.  He’s also been going through with his wife on a new Mass Effect play through.

The crew talks about what the new Red Dead game should be named, and Matt wins with the Red Dead Revival suggestion.  We hope Rockstar will put out a new Table Tennis game for VR.  Mighty Number Nine looks bad.  And the American Gods TV show is looking good.

Then we take a quiz from Cosmopolitan magazine which is insulting to everyone involved, from the magazine owners, to the writers, to the target audience, to the target subject of the quiz.  It’s sad.

And Tencent buys Supercell, the makers of Clash of Clans and that other new game Clash Royale, for $8.6 Billion dollars.  That’s a lot of dollars.  Like, too much dollars.  It’s almost as sad as that Cosmo quiz.

Episode 72

Today we try a soda beverage from Orca Beverage Soda Works named “Brownie Carmel Cream Root Beer”.  We try to figure out what you’d call it: Brownie?  Orca?  Well, it was ok.  Not great, definitely not bad; were taking the middle of the road with this one, it’s a soda, and there are better out there.

Jirah got a new watch.  It purports to be smart, but he has just started the testing phase, and we’ll get the low down on if wearables are the hot new trend of the future.  Dick Tracy, out.

Matt got a new keyboard, a wee little dogger, with nice clickies, and his mother made the most adorable ska-themed (black and white checkerboard) carrying case for it to take on the go.  It’s not exactly a wearable, but it’s small and nice enough that it could be with the right strap.  He’s also caught up on the podcast “Hello, from the Magic Tavern” so we can now talk about the meta.

Will was traded to Florida, so we’ll see if he comes back alive next week.

Merrick played through the whole Master Chief Saga playlist on The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One and actually listened to the story this time.  Although it is convoluted, it does make more sense than he originally thought.  He’s also been up on Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and, although he is enjoying his time, it is a tentative recommendation, because it’s not for everyone, though running around in the world is quite fun to do.

In news, Chile is giving away solar energy for free because they didn’t invest enough in storage that they have nothing else to do with it, Walmart is going to start using Uber and Lyft to deliver groceries if you can stand to have Walmart employees touch your stuff, and someone started a false reporting campaign on Waze to keep you from driving in his neighborhood.

Xcom 2 is coming to consoles and Star Trek has a new Bridge Commander type VR game in the works and actors of crews past seem pretty excited to hop back into that ship.  Titanfall 2 looks dope, and E3 happened with some things.

Also, it’s hot, y’all.  So hot that sometimes you have to do that clean hygiene wipe.   That’s what we get for not having a winter.