Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 38] : Keanu Reeves Would Be Like, “What?”

Bill and Ted

This week, we chat about a recent cooking mishap, then break into some fortune cookies before the Rev endorses the Kung Fu Panda movie. That doesn’t seem all that strange until you realize that we’re the podcast who told you you’re not allowed to list The Shawshank Redemption as your favorite movie. We also don’t like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

But we do love video games, even licensed ones, so we talk about those after the break.

What was the earliest licensed game we could find? Why are licensed games typically so bad? Were licensed games the root cause of the video game crash of 1983? We also dig into advergames, though we can’t figure out where the animosity between snakes and Skittles started, nor can we tell whether the world loves or hates Yo! Noid. Either way, we’ve got plenty of factoids for you, folks, because that’s how we do it here on Half-Glass Gaming.

(Speaking of advergames, we didn’t mention this in the episode, but Spot Goes to Hollywood was  another fine example.)

So prep your eardrums for some podcast magic. We’re off!

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  • Jimmy Mamatas

    They didn’t use Cool Spot here. We had a fellow called Fido Dido instead. He did get a game but I don’t recall it being good.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      We had Fido Dido here too. He would show up on little segments between cartoons. I never knew he was related to 7up at all until today!

      It looks like the SNES/Genesis Fido Dido game was made but never released. I want to try to find out more about that!

      • Thief921

        You can emulate it but its really nothing to write home about.

  • mrmario7502

    *crunch, crunch, crunch*

  • Thief921

    Chronicles of Riddick was obviously rubbish but I thought the game was great. I even liked the story.

    • Escape From Butcher Bay is damn near a masterpiece! The follow up was a bit of a let down for me though.With rumors of another movie in the works and with the game developer company that I believe Vin is still partnered with let’s hope for another game.

  • I forgot to mention the Constantine movie game. The movie itself was pretty lackluster but the tie-in game was actually kind of awesome. It plays like Max Payne with spell casting.Two other decent tie-in games are the Wolverine game for one of the Hugh Jackman movies and the Captain American game for the first movie.

  • mako33

    I wonder why no one’s made a good licensed horror games. It seems like it’d be easy to do it well. I liked Nightmare on Elm Street for the NES but no one could call it scary.

    • Yeah, I’d love to see a licensed game try something like Until Dawn.

  • Specter

    Why don’t you like shawshank redemption its so good?

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