Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 12] : What’s Heroic About Getting Your Finger Bitten Off?

What's Heroic About Getting Your Finger Bitten Off?

3/4 of the gang returns from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with tales aplenty. We drank mead, we threw axes, and we may have run into a familiar friend. Is Pillowcase Head single now? We think so.

Our Ren Fest activities lead into a discussion of The Lord of the Rings, and how the laziness of the Bard of Gondor will forever tarnish the Baggins name. Other post-Ren Fest topics include sexual attraction to fantasy tropes and Shovel Knight. Of course, Shovel Knight reminds us that a listener requested an episode on platformers, so we attempt to deliver one. Did you know that the platformer is kind of a hard genre to define once you start getting into it? Did you know there’s also a platformer-like genre called the comical action game? Did you know that over the course of a single meeting, Bubsy 4 morphed into Syphon Filter?

Yes, we discuss all this and more in the 12th episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast. We wager you’ll love it!

To keep the conversation going, or to tell your own tales of Ren Fest gone good or bad, contact us on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you.

Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Research Assistant)

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  • Jimmy Mamatas

    I’m honored that you took on one of my suggestions. I really enjoyed the first Bubsy game when I was a kid and the fact that it’s now widely considered to be mediocre is news to me. I prefer it over Syphon Filter. Another great and educational episode!

    • Josh Wirtanen

      Yes, I enjoyed Bubsy quite a bit. I haven’t gone back to it in several years, but I remember it fondly. I was as surprised as you were to find so much retroactive hate for it.

      Also, thanks for the episode idea! I could see us also doing an adventure games episode in the future, since Mandi has played a bajillion of them, and I’ve played a lot of really obscure ones.

  • Tyrant

    Since you like Atlus I was wondering if you played Catherine? Its like a platformer but you climb instead of jump.

    • JulianWhatThe

      I’ve heard Catherine is akin to a Q-Bert dating sim. But then again I hear a lot of things, very little of which is true..

      • Tyrant Fluffy Pants

        Rofl, if Q-bert had sex, alcohol and jumping on boxes.

        • Josh Wirtanen

          Q-Bert has at least 33% of those things, hahaha!

    • Josh Wirtanen

      I played the Catherine demo back before the game came out. It was fantastic, and I’ve been meaning to go back to it ever since. I just keep getting distracted by other games. (Currently trying to finish the Witcher 3 before the DLC comes out!)

      • Tyrant Fluffy Pants

        Its hard as fuck like Demon’s Souls and the story is really good. Catherine good end is the best one though and everything else isn’t as good after that.

  • discipleofpizza

    Julian is wrong, there is platforming in The Witcher like in the mountains and in Skellige
    where you fight the sirens. I don’t like it because Geralt never grabs a ledge when you
    want him to.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      Funny thing! I was wandering around in Skellege shortly after this episode aired, and I found a bunch of legit platforming stuff! I think we’ll address that in the next episode.

  • Jelly Genesis

    Wow. I never thought I’d gear a video game podcast namedrop Max Fleischer.

    • Old Fleischer cartoons are my favorite! I still can’t believe how good the Fleischer & Famous Superman cartoons look!

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