Episode 9: Night Trap and the Formation of the ESRB

December 1, 2014

It seems so innocuous now, but a game featuring all the hallmarks of a cheesy, low-budget B-movie became part of video game history by helping spur the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

In 1993, the U.S. Senate, spearheaded by former senators Joe Lieberman, Herbert Kohl and Byron Dorgan, held official hearings on the state of violence depicted in video games. The hearings called on several representatives from the video game industry to testify before Congress, including Nintendo of America Chairman Howard Lincoln and Sega of America Marketing Vice President Bill White.

There was growing concern at the time that video games, which were typically marketed to children, were becoming increasingly more violent. In some rare cases, a few games contained thinly-veiled references to sex, or at least tacitly implied the existence of it. But like rap music, Hollywood movies and rock n’ roll before it, the video game industry was the new red herring for parents (and senators) to blame for turning the nation’s children into violent, sex-crazed lunatics.

At the center of the controversy were a few games with drastically different gameplay and content. Mortal Kombat — with its cheesy digitized graphics and over-the-top violence — was an obvious target. Lethal Enforcers, a 1992 Konami game which incorporated plastic gun peripherals into the game to shoot digitized targets, also caused backlash despite there being a plethora of nearly identical toy guns children could purchase, point at real human beings and pretend to shoot. However, it was the Sega CD survivor horror game, Night Trap, that drew the brunt of criticism.

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Episode 8: Hidden Gems

November 10, 2014

For every console exclusive blockbuster, there are a handful of titles that get overlooked. We discuss a few hidden gems that we think you might have missed that are totally worth your time. We also talk about what we've been playing, whether or not DLC is a rip-off and Call of Spacey, bro. You know. The usual stuff.  

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Episode 7: The Evolution of Games and Gamers

October 9, 2014

Hey there buddies, It's that time again to listen to: Ali, Mike, Austin and Matt talk about VIDEOGAMES! Specifically, we talk about Destiny, Shadow of Mordor and Borderlands 2, and for the main course, we talk about how we have changed as people who play games and how games have changed –– at least, we try to do that.

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Episode 6: Movies Based on Video Games

August 16, 2014

There was a time when movies based on video games were a sure thing in Hollywood. But with flop after flop, such as Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon, studio executives became more cautious about adapting blockbuster games to the big screen. Still, the occasional box office smash like Tomb Raider and Resident Evil proved that a movie based on a video game IP could be successful –– and even watchable. Join Mike, Matt, Austin and Ali as we discuss the cinematic masterpieces of our time and the future of projects still in limbo. 

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A bad game based on a bad movie based on a good game.
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Episode 5: Summer Doldrums

July 21, 2014

Summer is here! And with it comes a drought of new releases. Join us as we discuss the 500 days of boredom that is summer, Microsoft cutting Xbox One's original television programming, the practice of DLC exclusive content for preorders and what we're playing to keep us busy until October 7, 2014. Featuring Mike, Ali, Matt and Austin. 

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Episode 4: E3 2014

June 18, 2014

We're back! Join Mike, Matt, Austin and Ali as we catch up in this long overdue episode. In just under three hours we talk about the games we've been playing, grade each E3 press conference and talk about our most anticipated games of 2015.

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Episode 3: The Last of Us Spoilercast

April 7, 2014

The standard stuff and then Last of Us SPOILERS! Last of Us Spoilers!

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Episode 2: Stubborn Gorilla

March 4, 2014

We're up to our usual monkeyshines this week. Join us as we ape along with Donkey Kong and talkabout sev0rw583K.giferal games starring the stubborn gorilla and his various kin. Featuring Mike, Ali, Matt and Austin. 

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Episode 1: The Wizard

February 6, 2014

What's the cheesiest movie about a kid running away and hitchhiking across the country with friends to compete in a Nintendo championship for a chance to win $50,000? If you said "The Wizard," you'd be right, because we're pretty sure there's only one. Join Mike, Matt and Ali as we wax nostalgic about the longest Nintendo commercial ever made and pick through enough plot holes you could almost fill them with a complete NES collection (or 97 of them anyway). 


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