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!

Here’s a full list of games mentioned in this episode:

  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Brütal Legend
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008 video game)
  • Death Race (1976 arcade game)
  • Fonz (1976 arcade game)
  • Moto-Cross (1976 arcade game)
  • Pedestrian (Death Race working title)
  • Chase the Chuck Wagon (Purina dog food game)
  • Pac-Man
  • E.T. The Extraterrestrial
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Cool Spot
  • Yo! Noid
  • DuckTales (NES)
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • GoldenEye 007
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man: The Video Game
  • SpiderMman
  • Sneak King
  • Darkened Skye
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Back to the Future (NES)
  • Chex Quest
  • M.C. Kids
  • Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Enter the Matrix
  • Dong Dong Never Die
  • LEGO Jurassic World
  • LEGO Star Wars
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
  • Die Hard Trilogy
  • Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
  • Donda Ascending (Kanye West game)
  • The Simpsons: Bart vs.the Space Mutants
  • The Simpsons (1991 arcade game)
  • The Simpsons Game
  • Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole
  • Metro (series)
  • The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
  • The Darkness (series)
  • Silent Hill (series/movies)
  • Resident Evil (series/movies)
  • Assassin’s Creed (series/movie)
  • BioShock 
  • Max Payne (series/movie)
  • Halo (series/books/television)
  • Zero Escape (series)
  • Fallout (series)
  • Batman: Arkham (series)
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Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
7 years ago

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
Josh Wirtanen
7 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

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!

7 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wirtanen

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

7 years ago

*crunch, crunch, crunch*

7 years ago

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

7 years ago
Reply to  Thief921

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.

7 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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.

Mandi Odoerfer
7 years ago
Reply to  mako33

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

7 years ago

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

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