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Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 40] : Record Scratch

“Where are the facts?” you may ask if you listened to last week’s low-key episode. Well, the facts are back, Jack. This week, we’ve got a whole stack.

But before all that, we catch our listeners up on some of the adventures we’ve had since the last episode. Julian pays way too much for ice cream, Josh and Mandi explore a prohibition-era gangster cave, and the Rev weighs in on breakfast smoothies. We’ve also got opinions on the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as movie trailers in general. And, after panning all of your favorite movies in previous episodes (including The Shawshank Redemption and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), we put our collective stamp of approval on 1993’s Demolition Man. Clearly, there’s no real pattern to our taste in movies.

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After the break, we dive into the history of virtual reality and augmented reality, which is a history filled with failures. From the Atari Mindlink to Nintendo’s Virtual Boy to the Philips Scuba Virtual Immersion Visor (as well as the incredible farting backpack), we give you the rundown on what went wrong with all of this technology.

We’ve also got some personal stories, like the time Mandi got kicked off the VR machines at Dave & Buster’s (we’re actually siding with Dave & Busters on this one) and when Josh tried an early Oculus Rift prototype while hungover at E3. We have some VR opinions as well, and, as it turns out, none of us actually want to use VR with video games though we wouldn’t mind using the technology to watch Ty Cooper wrestle.

Gird your loins, folks, because we’re going to punch you right in the information sack.

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Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

Plus, don’t forget to stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.

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