GAMING: Mature Games Rock!

> May 5th, 2010 ---

Been so busy playing games I've let my podcast regularity get even more out of whack than normal, but I'm back this week with a vengeance, covering 7 awesome, "mature gamer only" games on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that are sure to rock the socks off almost any type of gamer.

To make up for last episode being all kid-friendly, I delved through the recent game pile to pick out some of the most mature titles I've played in the last few months, and this is what I've come up with. Epic, awesome, downright fun to play or equally downright disturbing, all of these games are worthy purchase considerations.

Below I've put timecodes for each game as well as their score, in case you don't want to listen all the way through the 20 minute cast for one particular title.

  • 01:44 - Heavy Rain - 8.5
  • 03:35 - God of War III - 9.5
  • 05:35 - Dante's Inferno - 9
  • 08:47 - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction - 9.5
  • 11:29 - Dead to Rights: Retribution - 8
  • 14:03 - Metro 2033 - 8.5
  • 16:25 - Alan Wake - 9.5

GAMING: Five Kid’s Games in Five Minutes

> October 18th, 2009 ---

Woohoo - I forced everything else out of my life for 10 minutes and sat down and recorded this short episode to cover off some of the better and appealing games for kids that I've received over the past few weeks. We've got EyePet, It's My Birthday, The Backyardigans, Motorstorm Actic Edge and Gran Turismo PSP, each game covered off in a minute. Check it out.


GAMING: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update, Splosion Man

> August 13th, 2009 ---

Awesome - the new dashboard update came for the Xbox 360 console this week and brought with it a few surprises as well as the expected additions such as Avatar Marketplace and Games on Demand. Check out this short 10 minute 'cast I've recorded to talk about these features along with the noticeable speed improvement and other niceties.

I also talk briefly about Splosion Man and give it a 9/10 for fun for all ages.


GAMING: Red Faction Guerrilla

> June 3rd, 2009 ---

I love it when quality games come in bunches. This time around we got our hands on Red Faction: Guerrilla on Xbox 360 (yes, it's multi-platform - this is just the version we got). Want some wanton destruction? Look no further than Red Faction: Guerrilla - you will NOT be disappointed.



> June 3rd, 2009 ---

After some downtime due to a loss of equipment, I'm back with a new episode of the gaming podcast. This time we take a look at inFAMOUS, a PS3 exclusive released the week before E3 in the US. This game simply rocks so take a listen.


GAMING: QuickShot - Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm

> March 28th, 2009 ---

Hey and welcome to another cast. This week we're trying something new to make it more manageable to record them and hopefully more manageable for you guys to listen to - QuickShots of a single game. This week - Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm on PlayStation 3.

We're joined by a special guest this week, one of Jake's school friends, equally as fanatical about Naruto as Jake is, so let's see what happens.


GAMING: More music games? Where did they come from!?

> January 11th, 2009 ---

So we're back after the Christmas/New Year break and JakeYugi is now looking forward to high school... man, he's growing up fast. Anyhow, this week we thought we'd revisit the music genre and get through all the remaining music and rhythm titles we didn't hit last year.

We've got LIPS, Rock Revolution, SIngStar Vol 3, Disney Sing It! High School Musical 3 and Disney Sing It! (Camp Rock Edition).

Timecodes coming - wanted to get the cast itself out sooner rather than hold it up.


GAMING: Little Big Planet, Spyro, Midnight Club and Guinness World Records

> December 3rd, 2008 ---

So this week was interesting. We decided to try to keep the podcast much shorter - a couple of minutes per game and only five games, but while that was a great intention, Jacob really started showing confidence in speaking and made some great comments during the podcast. As a result of that and us just being more relaxed, the original take ended up being 45 minutes long. I find it easy to listen to, but after twittering about it, we made the decision to re-record the podcast and try to keep it down.

This is the result of that second attempt - sub-20 minutes. Personally, I feel that we left out a lot of detail and felt a bit cramped, so we're now looking at doing even less games next time - maybe just one or two each episode. It's a toughy because while it's important to listen to your audience, I also don't want to hamper Jacob as he becomes more confident in speaking publicly, and I think his conversation flowed more naturally in the longer episode.

Anyhow, here are the timecodes and scores for this week's games:

  • 00:35 - Little Big Planet - SCORE 9.5
  • 04:35 - Guinness World Records: The Video Game - SCORE 8.5 (8 for adults)
  • 08:50 - The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon - SCORE 8.5
  • 11:35 - Midnight Club: Los Angeles - SCORE 8.5
  • 16:05 - Spiderman - Web of Shadows - SCORE 7.5
  • 17:48 - Roundup

If you do want to listen to the original (and better but also much longer) podcast, you can download it directly here:

Extended Edition

The timecodes for this longer podcast are as follows:

  • 00:38 - Little Big Planet - SCORE 9.5
  • 09:00 - Guinness World Records: The Video Game - SCORE 8
  • 16:57 - The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon - SCORE 8.5
  • 24:25 - Spiderman: Web of Shadows - SCORE 8 (7.5 for adults)
  • 30:30 - Midnight Club: Los Angeles - SCORE 8.5
  • 41:05 -  Roundup

GAMING: New Xbox Experience, Gears of War 2, Fable 2 and more

> November 21st, 2008 ---

This week I was fortunate enough to have Ashley Jenkins, an ex-Fragdoll and the person who looks after online digital content including the launch of the New Xbox Experience here in Australia, come on the show and talk about what she likes about the NXE, Gears of War 2, Fable II and even a little bit about Fallout 3.

  • 01:00 - New Xbox Experience (NXE)
  • 08:00 - Gears of War 2 - SCORE 9.8
  • 17:55 - Fable 2 - SCORE 9
  • 21:05 - Fallout 3 - SCORE 9.3
  • 27:30 - Lips (no score yet as I haven't played it myself!)

GAMING: Rock Band, Guitar Hero, SingStar and even more music!

> November 16th, 2008 ---

Wow! What a huge week for lovers of music and rhythm games (which we happen to be). Rock Band finally got released in Australia, and a week later, Guitar Hero: World Tour hits the shelves too. And while that was happening, we also received Rock Band 2, Rock Band AC/DC and a bunch of other titles in the mail ready for our hot little hands and plastic instrument collection.

Be warned - this episode is huge - 47 minutes, 10 games, lots to talk about. Take a look at the breakdown below for timecode and score information, and I hope you enjoy.

  • 01:50 - Rock Band - SCORE 8/9
  • 11:09 - Guitar Hero: World Tour - SCORE 9/9.2
  • 20:05 - Rock Band 2 - SCORE 10/10
  • 23:50 - Rock Band AC/DC - SCORE 7.5/8.5
  • 25:45 - Wii Music - SCORE for young kids 5.5, for everyone else 2.5
  • 30:04 - Rock Revolution (DS) - SCORE 8/7.8
  • 33:00 - Guitar Rock Tour (DS) - SCORE 6
  • 34:10 - Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades (DS) - SCORE 8
  • 37:11 - SingStar: Singalong With Disney - SCORE 8, 9 for fans
  • 40:04 - SingStar: ABBA - SCORE 9 (even for younger kids)
  • 42:02 - Roundup

During the podcast we mentioned that there are sensitivity problems with the Guitar Hero: World Tour drums. If you're experiencing this, please head to the following site and order the USB to MIDI cable to be able to tune them to exactly your preference.