My Favourite Swear Word

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! This week it’s just Riley and I talking about all the things we’ve been watching and playing, plus answering listener questions.

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Today’s topics:

This week we don’t have a guest so we get right into what we’ve been doing!

What we’ve been up to (00:02:11)

Riley – (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Pokemon GO
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Big Short
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Real History of Science Fiction

Pam – (@jasyla_)

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Trespasser
  • Inside
  • Arkham Knight
  • The Invitation
  • Buried
  • Swimming with Sharks
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Daredevil

Listener questions (00:42:00)

  • Are you thinking of popping back into WoW for Legion?@Orkchop
  • What 80s or 90s cartoon or tv show would you next like to see turn into a movie? @Orkchop
  • How can I reconcile enjoying media created by questionable folks (I.e. Chris brown’s music, etc.)? @serrinnewow
  • Thoughts on alternate skins from Overwatch? Are they goofy fun or just weirdly out of tone with the lore? (NOTE: I’m talking about, e.g., Pirate Torbjorn, not the culturally-appropriative skins, which are a whole separate discussion) @The_Doc_Webb
  • You both are very active on social media. How do you balance social media against all of the other things that you do?@MustyHobbit
  • As two women dating men who game, do you play cooperatively often or do your gaming and romantic lives run parallel?@alatinolawyer
  • What’s your favourite swear word? @CartridgeBros

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My Bottom 16 NES Games

Last week I made a list of my Top 30 NES games, after the NES Classic was announced. Thirty is a big list for a single console, it’s 2/3 of the NES games I’ve played. So I thought it would be interesting to look at the 16 games that didn’t make the cut. A number of these games are of superior quality to the games I put on my top 30, so why did they get left out?

The Addams Family – The biggest strike against this game is that I barely remember it. I rented it one time and couldn’t tell you much about it. I think there was an owl at one point? /shrug

The Adventure of Link – My entire recollection of Zelda 2 consists of this boss (mini-boss? I don’t know). I borrowed the game from a friend and I could not beat this thing. I actually think the game looks pretty cool, but I can’t really put it on a top list if I only remember 5 seconds of it, can I?

Zelda 2

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 – Not much different than the first entry, but a whole lot more expensive.

Contra – I dislike it because I’m bad at it.

Deja Vu – Just say no to point and click adventure games with an NES controller. Besides problems with the controls making everything terribly slow, the puzzles are extremely obtuse.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid – I shoot bubbles with my tail? No, do not like.

Donkey Kong – I suppose it’s a classic, but it’s a little on the dull side.

Double Dare – Only played this very briefly. The controls are terrible.

Duck Tales – That fucking pogo stick.

Home Alone – Repetitive and offensive to my eyes and ears.

Pac-Man – Another classic, but better on arcade.

Prince of Persia – The controls are rage inducing. The 60 minute time limit is inexplicable.

River City Ransom – I like RPGs, I like beat’em ups, but this combination of both did nothing for me.

Sesame Street ABC – I played this while sleeping over at a friend’s house when I was really young. The first word it spelled was BUT. Not knowing the difference between BUT and BUTT, I found this hilarious. (No, that doesn’t explain why it wasn’t included on the list).

Where’s Waldo? – I loved Waldo books, but the graphics on this game were too terrible to find anything. Plus it has what, 6 puzzles?

Yoshi – Not a bad game, I just forgot it existed until Murf pointed it out.

 

My Top 30 NES Games

Today Nintendo announced the NES Classic, a mini-replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, that will come with a pre-loaded library of 30 games. The 30 games selected are not surprising (for both licencing and popularity reasons) but it raises the question – what are your top 30 NES games?

I came up with a list of mine. My total NES games played probably tops out short of 50, so most of the games I’ve played will appear on this list. Inclusion doesn’t necessarily denote quality 😛

  1. The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
  2. BreakThru
  3. Legendary Wings
  4. Hudson Hawk
  5. Maniac Mansion
  6. Dr. Mario
  7. Bubble Bobble
  8. Tengen Tetris
  9. Galaga
  10. Adventure Island
  11. Super Mario Bros. 2
  12. Duck Hunt
  13. Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
  14. Classic Concentration
  15. Flintstones: Suprise at Dino Peak
  16. Gun.Smoke
  17. Super Mario Bros.
  18. RBI Baseball
  19. Klax
  20. Kirby’s Adventure
  21. Panic Restaurant
  22. Tetris
  23. Monopoly
  24. Mega Man 2
  25. Adventures in the Magic Kingdom
  26. The Guardian Legend
  27. Super Mario Bros. 3
  28. Star Tropics
  29. Felix the Cat
  30. Gun-Nac

It looks like there’s an overlap of 9 games between my list and what’s going to be offered on the NES Classic.

F*ckboy Murder Simulator (Media Mavens episode 8)

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! This week we talk to Dia Lacina about all things Until Dawn. Please check it out.

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Our main segment has spoilers for the game Until Dawn, and there are minor spoilers for Game of Thrones, Dragon Age Inquisition and Orange is the New Black in our first segment.

Today’s Topics:

Guest Intro 00:55:00

We start with a quick introduction to our guest, Dialacina. You can find her on Twitter @dialacina !

What we’ve been doing 01:41:00

Pam – @jasyla_

  • Guested on Character Reveal Podcast
  • Hand of Fate
  • Dragon Age Inquisiton
  • XCOM2
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Girl With All the Gifts

Dia – @dialacina

  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall
  • Enterprise
  • Game of Thrones
  • Friends at the Table S2

Kaleri – @kaleri_

Until Dawn 00:36:00

  • Characters
  • Teen horror genre
  • How it compares to other horror games
  • How much choice is there, really?
  • The Wendigo Myth & use of totem imagery

Listener Questions 01:35:00

  • Do we forgive hero Mike for being past person Garbage Mike?@ckunzelman
  • Do you want a sequel? If so what would you want to see the sequel do, story- or gameplay-wise? @CrossChopChris

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The Empire Needs a New Schtick – Media Mavens episode 7

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! This week we talk to Tzufit about all things Star Wars and have a lot of fun doing it. Please check it out.

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Our main segment has spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also we talk Game of Thrones S6Ep9 spoilers between 33:27 and 37:44

Guest intro 00:00:36

We start with a brief introduction to our guest, Tzufit. You can find her on Twitter and listen to her podcast, Pop Culture Coven.

What we’ve been doing 00:02:13

Tzufit – @soetzufit

Riley – @Kaleri_

Pam – @jasyla_, Cannot be Tamed

  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • State of Decay
  • Overwatch
  • Goosebumps
  • Pony Island
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Game of Thrones

Star Wars 00:37:50

  • Original trilogy
  • Prequels
  • The Force Awakens
  • Rey
  • Kylo Ren
  • Too close to A New Hope?
  • What will happen next episode?
  • Finn and Poe

Listener Questions 1:20:30

  • Yub Nub: Glad it’s gone or bring it back? @Collectorcast
  • Is Star Wars political? Or does its Hero’s Arc merely require political strawmen that align with dark vs light side? @aLatinoLawyer
  • Living Force or Unifying Force, and why? @The_Doc_Webb
  • Did Clone Wars redeem the prequel era? @The_Doc_Webb
  • Which is your favorite Star Wars game, and why? @The_Doc_Webb
  • What’s your favourite Old Republic class? @orkchop
  • How do romances compare to other Bioware games? @orkchop
  • Favourite KOTOR (or KOTOR 2) party member? @MustyHobbit

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The Real Question Is – Who would you romance? – Media Mavens episode 6

I totally forgot to post about this episode when it came out. Two weeks ago. Oops. This episode it’s just Riley and I and we talk about X-Men: Apocalypse.

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What we’ve been up to (00:01:01)

Pam – (@jasyla_)

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Firefly

Riley – (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Hearthstone
  • Bo Burnham’s comedy special: Make Happy
  • Warcraft

X-Men: Apocalypse (00:32:05)

Listener questions (00:59:09)

  • Who is better, Charles Xavier or Jean Luc Picard? – @TheDonovanViper
  • Do you feel that Days of Future Past was part of hitting a big reset button on the X-Men universe? – @angryCDNdecepticon
  • Do you read X-Men comics, or any comics? And if so, what’s your favourite? @Duke0619 (Retro Nonsense)
  • If you could have one of the X-Men’s powers which would you choose? @Buried_on_Mars
  • (Hypothetically) BioWare has just secured rights to make an X-Men game. Party of 3, who would you bring to the fight? – @MustyHobbit

Listener questions (not about X-Men) (01:09:03)

  • As I’m largely a ‘retro gamer’ these days, part of what I love about the hobby is hearing people’s origin stories. What are some of your nostalgic memories in gaming and how have they helped establish your gaming habits today? – Paul “Catridge Canuck”
  • Just curious about the equipment you use to record? – Keno/@lifespiller79
  • If you could bring any one Game of Thrones character back to life, which would it be and why? @StevenEidher

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Not a Nuclear Physicist – Media Mavens episode 5

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! We talk to writer Megan Patterson about the CW show The 100.

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Guest intro 00:00:52

We start with a brief introduction to our guest, Megan Patterson. You can find her on Twitter and find her writing at Paper Droids and The Mary Sue.

What we’ve been doing 00:02:35

Megan – @mk_patter

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Witcher III
  • Robin McKinley’s fairy tale adaptations, currently reading Deerskin
  • Lady Dynamite

Riley – @Kaleri_

  • Overwatch
  • Saga, finished volume 3
  • Legend of Korra

Pam – @jasyla_, Cannot be Tamed

The 100 00:30:48

  • Wells Jaha and why Pam quit The 100 the first time
  • Clarke, maker of impossible decisions
  • LEXAAAAA
  • Octavia the badass
  • Stop torturing Raven
  • ALIE and The City of Light
  • S3 finale and where will it go next season?
  • Fashion
  • Likable Murphy?

Listener Questions 1:38:00

  • Most post-apocalypse/sci-fi shows/movies have very obvious moral messages – do you think there is one with the 100 and if so, what is it? If not, why not? @SerrinneWoW

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