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Star Wars Droids and Game Boys

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 30] : It Terraformed My Body with Battery Acid

We’re a very sleepy group this week, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be flying facts and punishing puns — we’ve got plenty of those to go around! We begin by walking through Mandi’s video game journal project, which leads into a discussion of Minecraft and the PlayStation Vita’s Remote Play feature. And that kicks off a fascinating conversation about handheld video game consoles. Would you believe we managed to find a non-TV video game system from the 1950s? It may not have been portable, but we’re talking about it anyway. We’ve also got quite a bit to say about Nintendo’s Game & Watch vs. Milton Bradley’s Microvision, the Game Boy vs. the Game Gear, mobile games vs. modern handheld games, and Japan vs.…
Video Game High School

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 29] : If They’d Gone to Video Game High School, They Would Know This

This week, we start the show with ponderings about some of the stranger media we’ve been consuming. We talk strong, sexy anime boyfriends like those on animehentaivideos.xxx, and the anime boyfriends who will talk you to sleep. Somehow we completely gloss over the Reverend’s newly discovered snake woman fetish. We take a little time to explain a pleasantly strange little game called Roundabout, and Josh explains his experience with SOMA, which he finally played. He has a few complaints, folks. After the break, we explore our most requested topic to date: video game voice acting. We start with the crazy world of voice synthesis and the mysterious deaths surrounding the Berzerk arcade game. (You can read more about the Berzerk deaths here.)…
Batman, Little Mac, and Han Solo

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 28] : Every Video Game Is a Castlevania Remake

Mandi shares a very catchy earworm after playing PaRappa the Rapper 2 on PS4, which leads us into the wild topic of video game remakes, re-releases, and remasters. Are they a collector’s delight or a cheap cash grab? Believe it or not, we’re actually siding with the industry on this one. After the break we start flinging factoids around, digging through the surprisingly long history of video game remakes. While it may ruffle more feathers these days, it’s been a part of gaming history since before any of us were born. So where is the remake’s place in the industry? Are we looking forward to the remake of Final Fantasy VII? Well, that’s a silly question; of course we are. Get your chickens back into the kitchen, here comes Half-Glass Gaming! Continue the conversation by leaving a comment or contacting us on Twitter.…
Half-Glass Gaming Arcade Machines

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 27] : I Thought I Smelled a Little Wasserman on You

This week, we escape the Minnesota cold by gathering around a warm mic and lighting up the toasty fire of conversation. We tell tales of Star Wars action figures, reddit arguments about plotholes, and Josh’s bad luck at picking checkout lines. After the break, we grab some quarters and try to find a concrete definition of the term “arcadey.” Which qualities make a console video game similar to an arcade game? How much of the classic arcade “feel” still exists to this day? How did arcade cabinets encourage players to keep feeding them coins? Are mobile games the arcade games of the present? Is putting “ASS” in the leaderboards an essential part of the arcade experience? We’ve also got some things to say about short-term vs.…
chewbacca bigballz

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 26] : BigBallz McNuttersquash

This week, our off-topic conversation is fast and furious, as we get into 21st Century laundry rooms and compare socks. But that’s just the appetizer. There’s very little time to dilly-dally, either, because the main course is blasting its way onto your proverbial plate; we’re talking about the Internet’s outrage toward Star Wars Battlefront. And that, dear friends, leads us down the dark path of online multiplayer. Scathing words are said about Metacritic, arguments are exchanged over reddit, memories are shared of unpleasant online experiences, and fun is poked at terrible GamerTags. Also, we talk about how Valve uses psychology to manipulate its player base (for more on that, check out this piece on Valve’s Experimental Psychologist). It’s not all gloom and frowny faces, though, we also talk about making friends in MMOs and using online video games as a way to nurture long-distance relationships.…
2015 GOTY

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 25] : 2015 Game of the Year Special

This week, we’ve got a jam-packed, double-stuffed episode because we wanted to dig far deeper into this whole Game-of-the-Year phenomenon than 45 minutes would have allowed. That’s right, folks, this is our longest episode yet. We talk about all the drama from this year’s award shows, including Hideo Kojima’s absense, Geoff Keighley’s impassioned speech on that topic, and why the frick the game awards happen at the beginning of December every year. Also, what does “Game of the Year” even mean? We have thoughts and opinions, dear friends. Once that conversation’s been had, we toss the greatest game hits from 2015 into the fighting pit and watch them duke it out. We’ve got The Witcher 3, Bloodborne, Metal Gear Solid V, Undertale, Life Is Strange, Until Dawn, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Fallout 4, and so many others.…
No Christmas for Piper

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 24] : No Christmas for Piper

We’re rude dudes with holiday ‘tude this week, and we’re almost as festive as a Witcher in a Santa suit. Get treats excited, because Mandi spies some more ridiculous billboards, Josh gifts himself a Super Nintendo, Julian gets cranky over meat, and the Reverend drinks a lot and makes innuendos. Best holiday ever, right? And it doesn’t end there, as we continue our celebration by talking about festival and seasonal content in video games. We’ve got snow in Grand Theft Auto Online, festive pranks in Bully, Jester Day in Skyrim, holiday cheer in Diamond City in Fallout 4, and so much more. And no, no one’s warmed up to Piper yet (though we’re pretty sure Josh still kind of digs her).…
Half-Glass Gaming: Pirates on a Sea of Milk

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 23] : Pirates on a Sea of Milk

This week, we briefly chat about some PS4 accessories — including the wonderful 20th Anniversary PlayStation controller — before we race toward our true topic of the week: Mega Man. Josh and the Reverend try to explain the series to Julian, who’s still a little wet behind the ears on this whole Mega Man thing, and they realize they’ve undertaken a monumental task. Perhaps the countless iterations of the Blue Bomber that we’ve seen over the years are best left unexplained? Plus, Mandi tells us all about a game called Cocoron, made by the original Mega Man producer — who, you might be surprised to learn, was not Keiji Inafune. She also tells us about a game called Sweet Fuse that was made by Inafune and features Inafune’s niece as a playable character.…
Half-Glass Gaming Whale Sauce

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 22] : Whale Sauce

We’re feeling a little sassy this week, as we talk about movies that, despite being good, aren’t allowed to be your favorites. Warning: There’s a fairly decent chance we’ll pick on your favorite movie — especially if your name is Rotten Tomatoes. But we’re not picking fights here; it’s all in good fun. After the break, we don our proverbial wetsuits and splish splash into a conversation about underwater levels in video games. We have a wide array of opinions on such things, from the Rev’s unbridled hatred of water-themed platforming to Mandi’s fathomless love of deep-sea exploration. We talk about the games that got it wrong, games that got it right, and games that have very little to do with water at all.…
witcher 3 yennefer

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 21] : But Worst of All Was the Unicorn

In this episode, we look back at the sheer insanity of November, 2015. Josh explains failure at NaNoWriMo and the origin of the Call of Duty franchise before the gang jumps into a pretty extensive conversation on Fallout 4. It’s first-person vs. third-person, Skyrim vs. every other Bethesda game, polyamory vs. monogamy, and Piper vs. everyone in the world besides Josh. Of course, we’ve finally acquired a few decks of Gwent cards, so we talk about that as well. Even though we’ve managed to mention The Witcher 3 in every episode of this podcast so far besides one, we still manage to dig into some new territory with Hearts of Stone, the upcoming Witcher movie, Yennefer as a hunchback, and sex atop a stuffed unicorn.…
Food

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 20] : We’ve Been Drinking Cupcakes

In an unusual turn of events, the Reverend ends up being the most sober member of the gang after Mandi serves up cupcakes that are practically drenched in alcohol. This lack of inhibition allows for topics like culinary school remorse, butt blisters, and passionate hatred for “The cake is a lie” non-jokes. After the break, we celebrate the All-American turkey feast that is Thanksgiving by talking food, libations, and illicit substances. We explore food as the go-to video game power-up, the mayonnaise-based origin story of the Cooking Mama series, Josh’s short-lived obsession with Nom Nom Galaxy, the Pork Bun Guy from Sleeping Dogs, and sooooo much Persona 4. We also talk realistic cooking vs. crafting-style cooking, whatever the hell pieces of water are, and the frustratingly wonderful Don’t Starve.…
Amiibo Collection

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 19] : Amiiboversary

This week, our pre-break off-topic conversation is a rapid-fire lightning round, as the Rev explains polyamory, Mandi explains her love of clothing with animals on it, and Julian watches a bunch of Christopher Nolan movies and invents a new line of underwear. After the break, the gang celebrates the one-year anniversary of the first wave of amiibo figures by updating listeners on the current sitch. Apparently, Josh and Mandi have had some recent luck in finding rare figures, and they’ve even acquired a few of the elusive amiibo cards. Just how much do those damn cards cost to produce anyway? We don’t know, but that won’t stop us from arguing about it. Of course, we wouldn’t want to just rehash Episode 3: Amiibo Sandwich Blues for 45 minutes, because our loyal listeners deserve so much more than that.…
I Have the Spirit of a Canadian

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 18] : I Have the Spirit of a Canadian

This week, Josh updates listeners on his noises-outside-his-window situation and Julian tells the world about his comedy team Sparkle Picnic (as well as his butt), which leads us to the strange little world of improv comedy, public access TV, and flagrant misuse of the word “ironic.” After the break, we dive into indie gaming. We’ve got the goods on retro indie games, including one of the strangest games all four podcast members have played, Girlfriend Construction Set. We explore the roots of indie games, from college campuses in the 1960s and 1970s to the weird beginnings of id Software. At this point, “indie” starts getting harder to define. Is Doom actually an indie game? How about No Man’s Sky? Also, religious games, Kickstarter, PS4 dev kits, Color a Dinosaur (again), the drug-induced origin of shareware, Half-Life mods, and Josh’s obsession with a Revolutionary War FPS that uses “Yankee Doodle” as its entire soundtrack.…
Kaizeru-Hige

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 17] : Kaizeru-Hige

This week, a flashback to Ren Fest triggers a conversation about facial hair. Does Josh’s beard resemble Geralt of Rivia’s or Joel’s from The Last of Us? How do The Witcher 3‘s facial hair mechanics work? What is the history of facial hair in Japan? How do you say “handlebar mustache” in Japanese? You’ve got questions; Mandi has answers. Of course, all this beards ‘n’ stashes talk is merely a prelude, and the real fun begins when we dive into the history of JRPGs. Where did the term JRPG come from (and is it even an accurate term)? Were most Japanese RPG studios originally making pornographic video games? Why does Mandi hate Mass Effect so much (which isn’t even a JRPG)?…
Sexy Sriracha Cheerleader

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 16] : Sexy Sriracha Cheerleader Person of Things

With the spookiest of holidays approaching, the gang gathers around a warm mic to examine the trend of sexy Halloween costumes, like they’ve come from watchmygf adult look at this site for sexy Halloween costume ideas (adults only). Once that business has been addressed, we share tales from Halloweens past, as the Rev scares children, Julian almost gets a doppelganger, Josh’s car catches fire, and Mandi dresses up as a delicious dessert. After the break, we come back with our favorite video game urban legends, scary moments in scary games, and all sorts of other creepy, crawly fun. Yes, this includes Ben Drowned, Lavender Town Syndrome, Herobrine, and more! Don’t wait until after Halloween to catch this episode; we’ll be out of candy by then. Keep the conversation spooky by contacting us on Twitter.…
Star Wars Boy Band

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 15] : A Freaking Sci-Fi Boy Band with Light Swords

Get out your lightsabers and your Millennium Falcons, kids, because we’re talking Star Wars on this week’s episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast. From EA’s Battlefront beta to Super Star Wars (and some even older stuff than that), we cover several decades of Star Wars video games. What was LucasArts up to before they were legally allowed to make Star Wars games? Whatever happened to Star Wars 1313? Are female Storm Troopers a thing? Which little-known NES game featured a Darth Vader who could transform into a pterodactyl? Was the naming format for the Dark Forces games inspired by the Rambo movies? What’s Boba Fett’s pin number? And we don’t just limit ourselves to video games. We’ve got some stuff to say about Star Wars toys and, of course, the prequel movies too.…
Dudes in Ties

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 14] : Dudes in Ties

Buckle up, because this is one of our most factoid-heavy episodes (and also the Reverend’s drunkest episode) yet. We’re bringing the goods on sound design. How did Super Mario Bros. 3 get that neat steel drum sound in it’s game over music? What does “portal occlusion” mean? What is the origin of the Wilhelm Scream? Why does great sound design go unrecognized so often? Also, Mandi gets a PlayStation Vita, Julian doesn’t meet Neil Gaiman (but mispronounces his name), and Josh eavesdrops on some dudes in ties. Oh, and the Reverend is really, really drunk. This is one for the record books, folks! If your curiosity was piqued by the disaster of a game called Color a Dinosaur, here’s an article with much more information.…
The Voluntary Cow Extinction Movement

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 13] : The Voluntary Cow Extinction Movement

This week, we start things off with an update on our progress in Shovel Knight and The Witcher 3, dig into Fulton Extraction in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and put a nice little cherry on top of the pre-break conversation with Josh’s Snapple addiction. Real Snapple facts force us to ponder our existence, which is less comfortable than pondering the existence of No Man’s Sky, which reminds us that we wanted to talk about Minecraft. Somehow, all of this makes sense when you listen to it. In Minecraft land, Nate wanders endlessly, Julian watches the fruit of his labor burn to the ground, Josh impresses his mom, and Mandi gets struck by lightning over and over again. Plus, Minecraft cow suicide is a pressing issue.…
What's Heroic About Getting Your Finger Bitten Off?

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 12] : 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?…
Better Than Babies

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 11] : Consistently Better Than Babies

Having recently returned from a road trip to the wonderful city of Duluth, Minnesota, the gang tells tales of the ridiculousness of highway billboards. This leads to a surprisingly impassioned conversation about advertising philosophy and brand management. Then, we delve into the topic of challenge. How hard is too hard? Are difficult games usually the product of bad design choices? Have games gotten easier over the years? And how can you keep a girlfriend if you can’t beat Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES? These are troubling questions indeed. We cover some of the more famous difficult classics, like Battletoads and Mega Man, and jump into some more modern challenging games like Super Meat Boy and Bloodborne. Oh, and an episode about challenge just wouldn’t be complete without Josh explaining his complex relationship with the Dark Souls series.…
Carlos Menception

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 10] : Carlos Menception

This week’s episode is a Zelda-themed egg-stravaganza, as we regale our listeners with tales of Zelda games past and Mandi spits some mad trivia about chickens. A new character, Pillowcase Head, steps out of the Minnesota cold and into your hearts, while the Reverend goes sober for a bit and even skips a wrestling match due to a potential ulcer. Wasserman wouldn’t have allowed those sorts of shenanigans, but thankfully this ain’t his show. Plus, Josh’s Miyamoto sighting, Mandi’s fan base, Julian’s soul, and the Reverend’s bizarre payment options. Really, what kind of minister accepts weed and booze as acceptable forms of currency? Ours does! And, to top it all off, we’ve got a bonus Zelda-themed track by a great band.…
Ness Amiibo Sandwich Blues

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 3] : Amiibo Sandwich Blues

The third episode of the Half-Glass Gaming starts off on the wrong foot, as Josh explains how Subway ruined his breakfast. Then, after the break, we break down Nintendo’s incompetence at handling the amiibo situation, which makes Josh even grumpier than bad breakfast. It’s a mile-a-minute thrill ride, as the big N gets curb stomped and amiibo figures go flying. We also meander around topics like Tony Hawk’s mysterious resemblance to Adam Sandler, EarthBound‘s marketing campaign, Nintendo setting people on fire, and Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures. Buckle up and grab a cup, it’s Half-Glass Gaming: Episode 3. If you want to learn more about the marketing campaign that sunk EarthBound, we’ve got you covered with this detailed article on the topic.…

Tim and Andy Count Down the Top Ten NES Games

In the newest edition of Sunday, er, Monday Sermons, Tim joins Andy to piece together a list of their top ten favorite games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. There is one game that we can guarantee has never been included on any other similar list. Which one is it? Listen and find out! Results: 10. Werewolf: The Last Warrior 9. Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom 8. Monster In My Pocket 7. Star Trek: 25th Anniversary 6. Vice: Project Doom 5. Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger 4. Kickle Cubicle 3. Tecmo Super Bowl 2. Maniac Mansion 1. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!…

The Retro Monolgues: Sega Genesis

We’re kicking off The Retro Monologues with a discussion about the Sega Genesis and a countdown of Andy’s ten favorite games for the legendary 16-bit console. The next edition of The Retro Monologues will analyze the video game crash of 1983. If you have any questions you would like to ask or opinions you would like to share, please leave a comment below!…
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