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Episode 079 “Expo of Entertainment, Electronically!”

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This week the guys break down all the announcements of E3 2018 including listing the games they are most hyped about. Jason keeps interrupting everyone, Adam makes an inappropriate joke, Dave won’t stop talking about Solid Snake and special guest Chris crashes the show with his own take on E3!

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Chris’ Top 5 Games of E3

    Fallout 76
    Anthem
    Marvel’s Spider-Man
    Gears of War 5
    Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Jason’s Top 5 Games of E3

    Marvel’s Spider-Man
    Days Gone
    Fallout 76
    Kingdom Hearts 3
    Command and Conquer Rivals

Adam’s Top 5 Games of E3

    Fallout 76
    Elder Scrolls VI
    Starfield
    Dying Light 2
    Anthom

Dave’s Top 5 Games of E3

    Marvel’s Spider-Man
    The Last of Us 2
    CyberPunk 2077
    The Sinking City(PC)
    Elder Scrolls Blades(mobile)

Double Dribble (Bouble Dibble)

The greatest N.E.S. basketball game of all time!

Microsoft Steps Up Its Game With Five Studio Acquisitions

The Xbox One era hasn’t been kind to Microsoft. Along with a flubbed launch, Microsoft has been without the support of a vaunted exclusive lineup unlike Sony and Nintendo. So, it’s encouraging to hear Phil Spencer announce five studio acquisitions.

Geek Off:

What games from the past would you want to see given the revival treatment?

OMG A New Battletoads is Coming in 2019!

Nothing was actually shown on the game, just a hype video was played but what was revealed has all the Battletoads fans salivating! What we do know is it will have three player action, 4k hand-drawn 2.5D graphics and it’s an Xbox One exclusive.

Chris’ Best of Show

Nintendo – super smash bros was huge and myself and many fans went nuts over the reveal and showing that every player is available. If it’s ever been in smash it’s playable. Add in a new MARIO Party and it’s another nostalgia blast that I can’t wait for. Plus Mario party leverages the ability to network switches and put multiple people on consoles. Finally the announce fortnite and in less than 2 days have 2 million downloads. Nintendo shared a lot of Pokémon let’s go prior to the show so maybe that influences me some here. But despite no mention of Metroid I was excited by almost everything Nintendo showed off.

Jason’s Best of Show

Even though it received a lot of negativity I think Best of Show has to be Square Enix with hit after hit of reveals including: Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XIV X Monster Hunter World, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Babylon’s Fall, Just Cause 4, The Quiet Man and Kingdom Hearts 3. Every title looks amazing and makes me wish I had every console so I could play them all!

Adam’s Best of Show

Bethesda

Dave’s Best of Show

With Sony going all in on Spider-man and Last of Us 2, plus Death Stranding featuring Norman Reedus, I give the nod to Sony. But the emphasis placed on No Lootboxes from many companies was a close runner up.

Weekly Garnish:

Fallout Shelter (iOS,Android,PC,Xbox One,PS4)
Fallout Shelter is a mobile, console and PC base building game, in which the player builds their own Vault and takes the role of Overseer. In the game you expand your Vault and try to keep the citizens who dwell within happy. Think of it as a “SimCity In The Ground” and you will know exactly what you are in for! Plus … it’s free-to-play!

How To Catch The Show & Contact Us

Be sure to listen and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music or TuneIn and leave a review, lets us know what you think. You can reach us at the Official Website, Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter. Have a follow up thought on anything we discussed then drop us a message on any avenue above or better yet … record the message on your computer or phone and email it to Jason and we will play it on the show. Thanks for listening!!

What the guys are doing outside the podcast:

Jason – Classic Gaming CornerEmail Jason

Adam – Starfield Escape TwitterEmail Adam

Dave – David Szweduik PhotographyEmail Dave

digitalSoup Unsigned Spotlight (Dinner Music):

This Week’s Track – “Hold Your Breath At Midnight”

Wannacries is a hardrock band based in Stockholm, Sweden. It was formed by two IT guys who, one day in 2017, decided to start a band together. They had both been playing music in different shapes and forms for 20+ years. Daniel handles the bass and sings/screams in the microphone. Per is the guitar hero and studio genius.

The name started as a joke when they needed a name for the first gig. The ransomware WannaCry was in it’s prime and the name stuck, so they kept it. Wannacries are influenced by classic rock acts such as Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath as well as modern bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour. Their trademarks are fast and catchy songs with a sharp, modern guitar sound. Since the release of their debut EP the songs have been played on a number of internet radio stations and Spotify playlists.

They released their first EP Deadline King in January 2018. It has two original songs and two covers given the Wannacries treatment.

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The Rock, Paul Rudd, & Terry Crews walk into Mordor, will there be enough Space in that Office?

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This week on the digitalSoup podcast, the guys discuss the new Atari VCS, the Joker, psychotic AI, and much more. Soup is on!

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Atari VCS Gets $2 million In Pre-Orders On Day One

The Atari VCS Indiegogo campaign went live last week and, within a day, the project basically crashed the site by drawing more than $2 million worth of support. With a literal month left on its campaign, a total of 10861 backers have so far raised $2,864,392 for the console.

Jared Leto’s Joker Is Getting His Own Movie

According to a Variety report, the actor will star in and executive produce the film, which is said to be “paving the way” for additional Suicide Squad spin-offs. Warner Bros. had a film focused on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in development before Suicide Squad even landed in theaters, but the Joker news suggests that the studio’s efforts to turn Squad into its own mini-cinematic universe are solidifying.

MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

A group of MIT scientists, according to Newsweek, exclusively fed an AI they created violent and gruesome content from an unnamed Reddit page before showing it a series of Rorschach inkblot tests. Needless to say, the AI (which they named Norman) only saw gruesome images of death and destruction instead of innocent images like butterflies and puppies. Again have we learned nothing from the movies?!?

Hands-on with Super Mario Galaxy at 1080p on Nintendo’s official Wii emulator

Back in episode 52 we had talked about some Wii games coming out for the nVidia Shield in China and how strange it was for Nintendo to allow their first party games on a none Nintendo system. Well not only is Super Mario Galaxy playing fantastic on a Chinese nVidia Shield but it is upgraded to 1080p over the 640×480 the game originally was.

Geek Off:

Re-Cast Your Favorite Movie

Sprint is launching a new $15/month plan for unlimited everything

Sprint announced a new Unlimited Kickstarter plan that costs just $15/month. For that price, Sprint’s giving you unlimited call, text, and 4G LTE data. Videos stream at a max of 480p “DVD quality” and there’s no mobile hotspot functionality, but aside from that, this is essentially Sprint’s regular Unlimited Freedom plan at 1/4 the regular price.

Marvel’s new Cloak & Dagger is a standout among superhero shows

The titular superhero characters of CW’s The Flash and Freeform’s new Marvel series Cloak & Dagger came from the comics world and got their powers from exploding science experiments, but that’s where the similarities stop. It would have been easy for Cloak & Dagger to follow The Flash’s highly successful formula and have the initial power-granting incident produce a bounty of supervillains, which the protagonists would have to use their new powers to stop. But in its first four episodes, at least, Cloak & Dagger goes a different route by having them focus on real-world injustices.

Geeky Gift Guide for Geeky Dads

Polygon has rounded up some of their best bets for different types of dads you may be shopping for this year. From new dads to seasoned pros, here are 10 unique, interesting and fun gifts to get your favorite father figure this year.

Weekly Garnish:

Video Game Atlas Has Over 40 Maps Of Your Favourite Cities
Quake Champions is Free Forever if You Download This Week!

How To Catch The Show & Contact Us

Be sure to listen and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music or TuneIn and leave a review, lets us know what you think. You can reach us at the Official Website, Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter. Have a follow up thought on anything we discussed then drop us a message on any avenue above or better yet … record the message on your computer or phone and email it to Jason and we will play it on the show. Thanks for listening!!

What the guys are doing outside the podcast:

Jason – Classic Gaming CornerEmail Jason

Adam – Starfield Escape TwitterEmail Adam

Dave – David Szweduik PhotographyEmail Dave

digitalSoup Unsigned Spotlight (Dinner Music):

This Week’s Track – “Shape The Question”

Wannacries is a hardrock band based in Stockholm, Sweden. It was formed by two IT guys who, one day in 2017, decided to start a band together. They had both been playing music in different shapes and forms for 20+ years. Daniel handles the bass and sings/screams in the microphone. Per is the guitar hero and studio genius.

The name started as a joke when they needed a name for the first gig. The ransomware WannaCry was in it’s prime and the name stuck, so they kept it. Wannacries are influenced by classic rock acts such as Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath as well as modern bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour. Their trademarks are fast and catchy songs with a sharp, modern guitar sound. Since the release of their debut EP the songs have been played on a number of internet radio stations and Spotify playlists.

They released their first EP Deadline King in January 2018. It has two original songs and two covers given the Wannacries treatment.

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Episode 077 “It’s The End Of The World, Or These Products, As We Know It.”

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Clerks 3? No. Canon Film Cameras? No. More teens on Facebook? No. Rick Grimes staying on Walking Dead? No. Dave escaping Granny? No. New music? YES!

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Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohen both leaving “The Walking Dead” during Season 9

Both Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Lauren Cohen (Maggie Rhee) will only be in six episodes each on the ninth season of “The Walking Dead”. Lauren Cohen will be starring in ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier” which she signed on to when negotiations had stalled during contract talks over at “The Walking Dead.” As for Andrew Lincoln, “Andrew is leaving because he’s had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies,” an insider close to Lincoln tells Us Weekly. And on top of all this Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) just signed a $20 Million contract to stay on which leads us to believe he might perhaps be taking over the center stage from Andrew Lincoln.

Canon has ended sales for its last film camera

Canon has announced that it is officially discontinuing the EOS-1v, its last film camera, as reported by PetaPixel. Production of the EOS-1v — which was launched in 2000 — actually ceased back in 2010, but Canon continued to sell the remaining stock. Although this means Canon is no longer selling any film cameras, it doesn’t spell the death of film — at least, not yet. Nikon still sells two film cameras, the F6 and FM10.

“Clerks 3” will never happen and here is why!

As reported by Slash Film after Clerks 2 hit theaters in 2006, Kevin Smith was interested in making a third entry in the slacker comedy series. But alas, it was not to be. Smith had a script ready to go, and a budget set, but what ultimately killed Clerks 3 was the disinterest of one of the lead actors. During a recent “Fatman on Batman” Q&A, Smith confirmed that Jeff Anderson, who played video store clerk Randall in the series, didn’t want to return, which kind of put the final nail in the Clerks coffin.

Teens are ditching Facebook

A new study has confirmed what we’ve long expected: Facebook is no longer the most popular social media site among teens ages 13 to 17. The Pew Research Center revealed on Thursday that only 51% of US teens use Facebook. That’s a 20% drop since 2015, the last time the firm surveyed teens’ social media habits. Now, YouTube is the most popular platform among teens — about 85% say they use it. Not surprisingly, teens are also active on Instagram (72%) and Snapchat (SNAP) (69%). Meanwhile, Twitter (TWTR) followed at 32%, and Tumblr’s popularity (14%) remained the same since the 2015 survey.

Geek Off:

Should smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch or Android Equivalent, be treated the same as a cell phone when behind the wheel? Should you be able to be fined like you would for texting while driving/distracted driving?

Heart’s Ann Wilson Covers Dead Rockers on New Album ‘Immortal’

Heart’s Ann Wilson will release a new solo album, Immortal, filled with covers that honor late musicians such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty. The record arrives September 14th via BMG. The Immortal track list features songs like Petty’s “Luna,” Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” and Cohen’s “A Thousand Kisses Deep.” Wilson also put her spin on more contemporary classics like Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and Audioslave’s “I Am the Highway,” in honor of Chris Cornell. The record also features tributes to the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, Cream’s Jack Bruce, George Michael and Gerry Rafferty.

Some Juicy E3 Leaks From Next Week’s Show

E3 is coming up next week, June 12th through the 14th, and there have already been a bunch of leaks about the new games and hardware that will be announced at the show. Will we finally get the announcement on the PSone Mini and N64 Mini or possibly another Elf Bowling sequel?

Weekly Garnish:

Granny is available on iOS and Android, this horror game brings simple scary fun to your mobile device. Here is the game description directly from the App Store from Apple. “Welcome to Granny. Granny keeps you locked in her house. Now you have to try to get out of her house, but be careful and quiet. She hears everything. If you drop something on the floor, she hears it and comes running. You can hide in wardrobes or under beds. You have 5 days. Good luck!” Can you make it out alive?

How To Catch The Show & Contact Us

Be sure to listen and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music or TuneIn and leave a review, lets us know what you think. You can reach us at the Official Website, Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter. Have a follow up thought on anything we discussed then drop us a message on any avenue above or better yet … record the message on your computer or phone and email it to Jason and we will play it on the show. Thanks for listening!!

What the guys are doing outside the podcast:

Jason – Classic Gaming CornerEmail Jason

Adam – Starfield Escape TwitterEmail Adam

Dave – David Szweduik PhotographyEmail Dave

digitalSoup Unsigned Spotlight (Dinner Music):

Wannacries is a hardrock band based in Stockholm, Sweden. It was formed by two IT guys who, one day in 2017, decided to start a band together. They had both been playing music in different shapes and forms for 20+ years. Daniel handles the bass and sings/screams in the microphone. Per is the guitar hero and studio genius.

The name started as a joke when they needed a name for the first gig. The ransomware WannaCry was in it’s prime and the name stuck, so they kept it. Wannacries are influenced by classic rock acts such as Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath as well as modern bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour. Their trademarks are fast and catchy songs with a sharp, modern guitar sound. Since the release of their debut EP the songs have been played on a number of internet radio stations and Spotify playlists.

They released their first EP Deadline King in January 2018. It has two original songs and two covers given the Wannacries treatment.

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Episode 076 “Breaking News: Good News Is Coming”

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This just in! From FBI Warnings to facial recognition the world is a scary place. Don’t worry, the next story will cheer you right up! Sony has some more bad news with the beginning of the end of the PS4 line. Dang, well, you’ll just have to trust us, Good News is Coming in this episode!

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FBI Issues Router Warning

The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices. Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide. The actors used VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers. The malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic.

Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Real-Time Facial Rekognition

Tech companies are trying to sell police real-time facial recognition systems, which can track and identify people as they walk down the street. As NPR reported two weeks ago, American police have generally held off, but there’s new evidence that one police department — Orlando, Fla. — has decided to try it out. In a written statement, the Orlando Police Department called the Amazon facial recognition system a “pilot program” and said it “will be used in accordance with current and applicable law.”

Beginning Of The End For The PS4

Sony’s has declared he PS4 era is entering its final stages. Speaking to investors, PlayStation boss John Kodera outlined the company’s three-year roadmap and it seems console sales are not expected to be a major source of revenue going forward. This is largely due to declining sales which is, Kodera notes, typical of the usual profit- and life-cycle of consoles. It does also suggest a new console might be on its way — likely the PS5 — but Kodera didn’t give away any specifics other than don’t look for a new console before 2021.

The Writing Is On The Wall For The Playstation Vita But Not For Sony Portable Gaming

The Vita’s shelf life is shrinking rapidly — Sony is ending production of physical game copies and will stop offering free PlayStation Plus Vita games in 2019. It also dropped PlayStation Now support from the console last year. Rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable,” Kodera said on last Wednesday. The first part of that sentence especially suggests that mobile gaming will related in some way to the next PlayStation console (probably the PS5). Whether that portends a Nintendo Switch-style hybrid, a controller that has portable features or something else entirely is far from certain.

Geek Off:

Best Star Wars Character From Original Trilogy?

First Look At Matt Groening’s First New Show In Twenty Years

Netflix released the first images of Disenchantment, an animated fantasy series that features the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, and Eric Andre. Created by Groening (The Simpsons, Futurama), the show takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom named Dreamland and centers on the exploits of a hard-drinking princess named Bean (Jacobson), her plucky elf friend Elfo (Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (Andre) as they match wits with “ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.”

The Cast Of HBO’s Watchmen Has Been Revealed and the Fantastic Regina King Will Lead Them

Variety reports Regina King will play the lead character in the series, and she’ll be joined by Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. Deadline adds that “King is believed to be playing Angela Abraham, while Gossett Jr. likely is Old Man. Howard is said to be playing Red Scare, Clemens could be Pirate Jenny,” but none of that is confirmed. “But wait,” you’re wondering. Since it’s Watchmen, who is Rorschach, the Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, etc? Well, just yesterday, showrunner Damon Lindelof explained that the HBO series is not a direct adaptation of the iconic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons series. It’s both a sequel, and not a sequel. A modern retelling, but with familiar characters and situations. So, while the surviving characters from that series could appear in this new series, it’s not that simple.

Ryan Reynolds, Michael Bay, Deadpool Writers To Produce Netflix-exclusive Film

Brace yourselves! A massive action collaboration is coming to Netflix next year. According to a report from Deadline, Ryan Reynolds will star in a film titled Six Underground, to be directed by Michael Bay (yes, that Michael Bay) and written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who also penned Deadpool 2. The movie will release exclusively on Netflix sometime in 2019.

Weekly Garnish:
ODroid-XU4 Based RetroPie

This is a small board just like the Raspberry Pi but it packed more of a punch! It doubles the core count to eight (8) and doubles the RAM to 2GB and because of this it’s emulation power is far greater. Now you can play more N64 games at full speed and … Dreamcast emulation is very close to full speed (the hardware can handle it, the emulators themselves are holding it back from perfect emulation). And check out this SWEET N64 CASE coming soon for the ODroid!

How To Catch The Show & Contact Us

Be sure to listen and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music or TuneIn and leave a review, lets us know what you think. You can reach us at the Official Website, Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter. Have a follow up thought on anything we discussed then drop us a message on any avenue above or better yet … record the message on your computer or phone and email it to Jason and we will play it on the show. Thanks for listening!!

What the guys are doing outside the podcast:

Jason – Classic Gaming CornerEmail Jason

Adam – Starfield Escape TwitterEmail Adam

Dave – David Szweduik PhotographyEmail Dave

 

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Episode 075 “Save the DRAM-a for your mama”

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On this week’s episode, the guys discuss how much time they waste on digital platforms and social media, a potential collusion regarding DRAM, “perfect” games, and our own zombie apocalypse soundtracks!

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Instagram Wants You To Know How Much Of It’s Wasting Your Time

The latest trend to hit social media is the acknowledgment that we all waste way too much time there in the course of a day. Instagram appears to be set to release a new feature that will tell you exactly how much time you spend on the app each day. On the surface it seems like a very pro-active tool to help people reign in their social media use, but is it possible they have other motivations? It’s all more data they can collect and how valuable would it be to be able to target ads to users that they know are using the app 5 hours each day versus just 2.

New Lawsuit Alleges Anti-Trust Collusion Between DRAM Manufacturers

A new lawsuit alleges that Samsung, Hynix, and Micron — which together control 96 percent of the DRAM market — have unjustly colluded to raise the price of DRAM from January 1, 2016 through February 1, 2018. The suit notes that RAM prices fell from 2014-2015, when the three companies were independently acting to increase DRAM capacities, but then sharply rose beginning in 2016 as all three firms decided to restrict DRAM growth to stop downward price pressure and to lead to a price increase.

Castle Rock

A new series set to debut on HULU set in Stephen King’s shared universe looks to bring fans along on a ride through the town of Castle Rock this July.

GameSpot Released A List Of ALL Of Their Perfect 10 Games

These are all of the games that GameSpot has reviewed over the years and given that rare PERFECT 10 score on. How many have you played?

John Wick 3: Parabellum Has An Official Release Date

Grab your gun, pet your dog, and get ready to go. We now know when we’ll get to hang with our favorite merciless assassin again. The John Wick Twitter account announced Friday that the tentatively-titled John Wick 3: Parabellum will be in theaters on May 17, 2019.

Geek Off:

If you had to live in one of the last three games you played which one would you choose?

Zombie Shuffle Song Game

Song 1: Overall theme for the Apocalypse.
Song 2: The song that plays when you kill your first zombie.
Song 3: When you’re getting chased by a horde of zombies.
Song 4: When you have to kill your partner.
Song 5: When you meet a group of survivors.
Song 6: When you meet your love interest.
Song 7: The final stand!
Song 8: When you think you’ve won.
Song 9: When you discover you’ve been bitten.
Song 10: End credits

Weekly Garnish:
EveryDollar

EveryDollar helps you create a monthly budget so you can achieve your money goals. Say goodbye to money stress and hello to confidence in your financial future. Create your first budget in less than 10 minutes. EveryDollar is a web-based tool for budgeting. It was created by Dave Ramsey’s company and released on March 23, 2015. Along with the web interface there are Android and iOS apps so you can budget on the go!

How To Catch The Show & Contact Us

Be sure to listen and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music or TuneIn and leave a review, lets us know what you think. You can reach us at the Official Website, Facebook,Instagram or on Twitter. Have a follow up thought on anything we discussed then drop us a message on any avenue above or better yet … record the message on your computer or phone and email it to Jason and we will play it on the show. Thanks for listening!!

What the guys are doing outside the podcast:

Jason – Classic Gaming CornerEmail Jason

Adam – Starfield Escape TwitterEmail Adam

Dave – David Szweduik PhotographyEmail Dave

 

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Episode 074 “Focusing With Music … Sans Jason”

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Episode 074 “Focusing With Music … Sans Jason”

This week, Adam’s back, but Jason is out!? Adam and Usually Dave talk gaming, gift guides, photography, and what we listen to when focusing. Music can help you focus, right? SQUIRREL!

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Playstation Now on PC Follow up

We mentioned last week on Episode 073 during the conversation about Utomik, that the Playstation Now service allows you to stream/play PS3/4 games on your PC. Here’s what you need to make it happen!

The Forest

Adam has purchased a new game. Check it out!

The NES Classic Edition Is Getting Re-Released This June

The hotly sought after NES Classic Edition is finally getting re-released this June and the SNES Classic Edition is not far behind. Nintendo recently announced that the NES Classic Edition will go back on sale on June 29. The big question here is whether Nintendo will be able to keep up with demand this time around, as the original release of the micro-console was very difficult to come by due to extremely limited stock.

Google Backing Social Network Arcade

Based on an article from Engadget, Google is apparently backing a new social network called Arcade. Set to launch this summer the app will focus on gaming with friends, including a lot of trivia style games, and is NOT tied to any of the existing social media apps out there today. Do we need a social media for gamers?

Cool Gear Alert! Verge Graduation Gift Guide

The Verge has released a nifty graduation gift guide. I’ll take one Mjolnir toolbox, please. Also check out our Valentine’s Gift Guide from back in Episode 6!

Does Music Help You Focus?

According to a 2017 blog post on Northcentral University’s website, music itself — just the notes, not including lyrics — can cause both the left and right sides of your brain to light up simultaneously, which “can maximize learning and improve memory,” according to Dr. Masha Godkin, a professor in the university’s Department of Marriage and Family Sciences.

Reddit’s EarthPorn

An awesome subreddit covering the best images of the earth … but can you believe what you are seeing?

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The Music Of Our Youth!

The Predator

This popular action/horror franchise from the 80’s/90’s is getting a new film and the trailer looks pretty interesting. Plus, it stars Olivia Munn which is never really a bad thing.

Weekly Garnish:
Archive.org’s Internet Arcade

This is just awesome. Old school arcade games you can play right now for free in your browser. And lots of them! The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package. Containing hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, the Arcade provides research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade.

How To Catch The Show & Contact Us

Be sure to listen and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music or TuneIn and leave a review, lets us know what you think. You can reach us at the Official Website, Facebook,Instagram or on Twitter. Have a follow up thought on anything we discussed then drop us a message on any avenue above or better yet … record the message on your computer or phone and email it to Jason and we will play it on the show. Thanks for listening!!

 

What the guys are doing outside the podcast:

Jason – Classic Gaming CornerEmail Jason

Adam – Starfield Escape TwitterEmail Adam

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Episode 073 “Laying The Smackdown On S.P. & Who Needs An Appendix Anyway?”

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With Adam being hospitalized and Jason transforming into Urban Legend to lay the Smackdown on one Stargate Pioneer, Usually Dave grabs a snack and waits for the fireworks! Oh yeah, they also have some great gaming talk, Luke Cage Season 2 and even some video game Hall of Fame inductees! This is one spicy soup!

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Twitter Issues Password Reset Request

Showing off a giant 34 foot 4k display dubbed Onyx, Samsung looks to try to replace the standard projection screens in movie theaters with enormous 4k LED screens. They also have a 46 foot 4k screen on slate for later this year to better compete with the larger projector screens.

Samsung trying to crack into movie theaters?

Based on an article from Engadget, Google is apparently backing a new social network called Arcade. Set to launch this summer the app will focus on gaming with friends, including a lot of trivia style games, and is NOT tied to any of the existing social media apps out there today. Do we need a social media for gamers?

Utomik officially launched this last Thursday

Back in episode 018 we covered the game subscription service Utomik which was in beta. Now after three years of beta the service finally launch this past Thursday 05-03-18. Utomik is a PC gaming subscription service that aims to “bring the Netflix and Spotify model to the world of video games”, which has been in open beta for the last three years. Today they’re launching the full service with over 750 games, which they claim is more than any other gaming service of this type, including Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now.

First Trailer for Luck Cage Season 2

Netflix has dropped the first Official Trailer for Season Two of Luke Cage. Even though the first season met mixed response, this second season looks to have made the stakes even higher as a new Villain is shown physically kicking the snot out of our Hero.

Geek Off:

Trip down memory lane talking about our favorite Games

2018 Class of the Video Game Hall of Fame

Lara Croft and John Madden get inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame with the Tomb Raider and John Madden Football titles earning a spot among other great games that have been influential in the gaming industry.

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Ron Howard’s Arrested Development Parody of Star Wars Puts a Hilarious Spin on A New Hope

Brought to us by listener Ryan Davis, this is a Star Wars Story with Ron Howard narrating the story of Star Wars: A New Hope, Arrested Development style, in this sketch from The Star Wars Show.

How To Catch The Show & Contact Us

Be sure to listen and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music or TuneIn and leave a review, lets us know what you think. You can reach us at the Official Website, Facebook,Instagram or on Twitter. Have a follow up thought on anything we discussed then drop us a message on any avenue above or better yet … record the message on your computer or phone and email it to Jason and we will play it on the show. Thanks for listening!!

What the guys are doing outside the podcast:

Jason – Classic Gaming CornerEmail Jason

Adam – Starfield Escape TwitterEmail Adam

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Episode 072 “Amazon puts junk in your trunk… you won’t believe what happens next!”

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Our most clickbait title yet!  This week the guys discuss a new method Amazon has to securing their deliveries, Atari is getting ready to allow pre-orders for their mysterious system, John Wick may channel Kurt Russell and escape NY, a geek off on who played Batman best, and much more!  

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Amazon has a new delivery method

Being rolled out in limited markets, Amazon now has a service called Amazon Key In-Car, which allows your packages to be delivered to the trunk of your car rather than your front porch. It’s an effort to deter what are being called “Porch Pirates”, people that watch for and steal packages off your front porch when they are delivered.

Spotify redesigns their mobile app

With benefits for non paying members as well as paying members, Spotify continues to try to make their mobile streaming service the best it can be.

 

Atari VCS pre-orders start May 30th, but it won’t ship until 2019

Nearly a year after it was first revealed, retro gaming enthusiasts will finally be able to order the Atari VCS beginning May 30th via an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign.

Atari will be offering two versions of the gaming system: a “time-limited” Collector’s Edition featuring the faux wood-front panelling and the $200 Onyx Edition, which is just black. Oddly, it doesn’t appear that either of these options will include a controller as the announcement reads “other packages will include the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller.”

John Wick: Chapter 3’ Details: Keanu Reeves Needs to ‘Kill His Way Out of New York City’ in Next Sequel

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons…he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s “excommunicado” – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.”

Disney Force Jacket

Designed for use with VR headsets, this new jacket will let you feel everything from a punch to a snake slithering across your body.

iTarget Pro

This one is submitted by a listener named The Mailman, a long time friend of the show and IRL. Blending tech from your iOS or Android phone with a laser bullet in your handgun it lets you get in some shooting practice safely from the comfort of your own home.

 

GEEK OFF

Who is the best Batman?

Venom : Official Trailer

We finally get to see Venom in action and it’s getting mixed reactions.

Glass

Apparently the first footage of the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan movie looks to be a super villian team up of sorts. It’s a sequel to his Unbreakable and Split movies that will see Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson star in a return to the gritty world of comic book movies.

Avengers: Infinity War Already Happened Back in 1996

That’s right, you’ve seen Infinity War on your trusty SNES in a game titled “Marvel Super Heroes In War for the Gems”…. But it was very forgettable, unlike the new movie which you’ll likely never forget! Don’t worry, NO SPOILERS HERE!

 

Weekly Garnish:

The Marvel Bunch

A fun spin on the Brady Bunch from Jimmy Fallon

 

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Episode 071 “Losing Titans, Deadpool 2, and Carbon Fiber Body Building”

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This week it’s a bit of a sad start as we lost a number of big names, Netflix has decided some movies are just too scary to finish, we have a special interview with the creator of Deonte Box and much more! Plus Jason in in rare form, you won’t want to miss this one!

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Dave on StreetShots Photography Podcast and on Shuttertime with Sid & Mac

 

Art Bell, Radio Host Who Tuned In to the Dark Side, Dies at 72

Art Bell, an apostle of the paranormal whose disembodied voice drew millions to his late-night radio soapbox beamed from the Mojave Desert, died on Friday at his home in Pahrump, Nev. He was 72.

 

Verne Troyer, ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers films, dies at 49

 

R Lee Ermy also dies

 

Netflix Used Big Data To Identify The Movies That Are Too Scary To Finish

Netflix has a list of films that the data shows are so scary that users won’t finish them. They determined that if a viewer watched at least 70% of the movie—a data point that the streaming service is able to calculate—but then turned it off, it was because it was too horrifying to watch. But couldn’t they also turn off the movie just because they didn’t care for it at all? According to Netflix, if people truly dislike a movie, they would turn it off well before they get to the 70% threshold.

 

Carbon Fiber Artificial Muscles Can Lift 12,000 Times Their Weight

Today, most robots and machines that need to move around use motors to do it. In the future, they might use artificial muscles that work more like our own biological versions. Researchers from the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois have created a new artificial muscle design based on coiled carbon fiber and rubber. material can lift more than 12,000 times its own weight.

 

SNK Is Working On New Hardware Packed With Games

The SNK brand is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To mark this milestone and to thank fans, the Osaka-based game company is working on a “new game machine” that will feature a compilation of popular Neo-Geo games.  In the teaser tweet, SNK Japan refers to the hardware as an “atarashii geemuki” or “new game machine.”

 

GEEK OFF

Live life as a character in Mass Effect or Halo?

 

Deonte Box Review

 

Final Deadpool 2 Trailer hits

 

SmugMug Buys Flickr

The popular photography hosting website, SmugMug, has purchased the original photo sharing website Flickr.

 

 

Weekly Garnish:

Foo Fighters Fan Shreds on Stage

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Episode 070 “A CPU, A Quiz show, and A Quiet Place”

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Don’t worry tech fans, even though we start with a bit of some football news we quickly get back to tech with news from AMD and Amazon, a record holder gets removed, Sega announces an official retro reboot, and The Meg hits YouTube! All this PLUS a rapid fire quiz show, a great new segment called “I Just Reddit”, and a very Quiet Weekly Garnish!

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Another new football league is coming … and it’s launching next year!

The XFL won’t be the only new professional football league set to launch over the next couple of years.  The Alliance of American Football was unveiled at a press conference in New York. This new league has an official debut date (Feb. 9, 2019) and a TV partner (CBS Sports Network).  “I think this will be complementary to the NFL,” said former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who will serve as the AAF’s head of player relations.

 

AMD unveils its second-generation Ryzen CPUs

With last year’s Ryzen processors, AMD made a grand re-entry into the world of high-performance desktop computing. Now its improving on those designs with its second-generation Ryzen chips, which are a bit faster and more efficient. And, due to fan demand, AMD is also throwing in free “Wraith” coolers with every CPU. The big takeaway this year: AMD is in an even better place to compete with Intel.

 

Alexa is beating the crap out of Siri!

Surprise, surprise, turns out Apple’s debut foray into the world of voice assistant-enabled speakers isn’t quite living up to the company’s initial expectations. According to a Bloomberg report, the company is slashing the number of monthly HomePod orders from 500,000 to 200,000 due to some disappointing sales. Apple retail store workers cited in the Bloomberg story claim to be selling “fewer than 10 HomePods a day.” Apple’s no stranger to lackluster sales when it comes to new products, but the HomePod seems to be fighting a war on multiple fronts, and doing poorly in each one.

 

Twin Galaxies Removes Former Donkey Kong Champ Billy Mitchell’s High Scores

Controversial arcade game player Billy Mitchell’s record scores have been removed from the Twin Galaxies leaderboards following a dispute earlier this year that many were performed using an arcade emulator. The ruling, which comes after a lengthy arbitration process, also bans Mitchell from further participation on the leaderboards, bringing an end to the King of Kong star’s high-score glory. All of Mitchell’s records on Twin Galaxies, an organization that tracks video game records and high scores, have been scrubbed. These marks included a 1,062,800-point score for the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong, as well as scores set between 2005 and 2007.

 

Sega announces the Mega Drive Mini

Sega is getting in on the nostalgic, miniature console trend. Yesterday at Sega Fes 2018, It announced that it will release the the Mega Drive Mini, a miniature version of the Mega Drive, sometime in 2018. The company also announced that it would be bringing a number of classic games to the Nintendo Switch this summer.  Sega says that the tentatively-named Mega Drive Mini is being released in conjunction with the console’s 30th anniversary, and that it will carry a number of classic games. The company has dabbled with retro hardware before: it has licensed its name to hardware company AtGames (which has also done retro Atari consoles) to produce Genesis clones, including the Sega Genesis Flashback that Polygon wasn’t a huge fan of. On Facebook, AtGames revealed that the forthcoming Mega Drive Mini will be powered by its hardware.

 

GEEK OFF

Live life as a character in skyrim or fallout?

 

The Meg Trailer Has Dropped  

What if megalodon sharks still lived in the deep of the sea?

 

I Just Reddit (by Adam)

I just read a discussion titled “What’s the funniest name you’ve heard someone call an object when they couldn’t remember its actual name?

 

Weekly Garnish:

A Quiet Place

John Krasinski hits a home run with this new thriller that also stars his real life wife, Emily Blunt, as his on screen wife. Just beware of loud snack eaters in the theater!

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