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Podcast Episode 71: Feminism and Harassment in Gaming and Nerd Culture

Posted by Matthew on August 30, 2014
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This week on a very special episode of Awesome Friday we discussed the ongoing situation in the gaming world for the last two weeks; namely the harassment of video game developer Zoe Quinn and video game critic Anita Sarkeesian.

None of us are surprised at the levels of rage and misogyny directed at these women but each of us reacted in similar but different ways and though we had intended to touch on the subject and then carry on with our regular movie, game, and book reviews and recommendations we ended up talking about this for over an hour.

Suffice to say this episode of our podcast has different content than you’re used to hearing from us but it’s a discussion we didn’t want to avoid having and the result is a conversation we’re all glad we had and are looking forward to sharing with all of you.

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Podcast Episode 65: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Drinking Buddies’, ‘The Last of Us’, and Casting News from Fantastic Four and Star Wars

Posted by Matthew on May 10, 2014
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It’s time again for another episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast! This week we’re talking about Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Simon has finally seen it, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which I try to convince Simon not to see, The game The Last Of Us which one of us finally finished, The film Drinking Buddies which Simon loved, and casting news about the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and Star Wars Episode VII

We ramble on for 90+ minutes this episode so pour yourself a cup of tea and get comfy!

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Podcast Episode 57: The Hobbit, Saint’s Row 4, The Gaming Industry, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Posted by Matthew on December 21, 2013
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This week on the Awesome Friday Podcast we’re talking about The Hobbit, Saint’s Row IV, The Gaming Industry, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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GTA Online Announcement Trailer is Full of Amazing

Posted by Matthew on August 15, 2013
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Rockstar have announced a new Grand Theft Auto game. No, not GTA 5 coming later this year but GTA Online, coming a further two weeks after that. Free for all owners of GTA5 and you know what? It looks like it might be an MMO that actually makes me want to play an MMO. Here’s a trailer

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New XBOX to be Announced 21st May

Posted by Matthew on April 25, 2013
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Soooooooo this is a thing that’s happening. Given how underwhelming the PS4 announcement was, and also considering the rumours of things like it not being backwards compatible and always needs to be online I can’t say that I am too terribly excited.

Which is a shame because I’d like to be excited. I like my XBOX 360, but if it turns out that Microsoft is selling a replacement instead of an upgrade I’ll probably go back to PC gaming and never look back.

Well, maybe not never.

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Awesome: Bungie’s Destiny Will Be Revealed Sunday

Posted by Matthew on February 13, 2013
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Destiny

We’ve been hearing tidbits about Destiny for a long time. It’s the first thing that Bungie has done since spinning off and leaving Halo is others hands and needless to say I –and every other gamer on the planet– am pretty excited to see what they’ve come up with.

They’ve kept a pretty tight lid on things, but they’ve announced via facebook that we’ll start getting info this coming Sunday, 17th of February.

You can pretty much pick your poison for finding out, Bungie has set up Destiny Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube as well as a new section on their forums.

Anyone else crazy excited???

[source: polygon]

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Awesome: A Look at How The Steam Box Will Redefine Consoles

Posted by Matthew on February 06, 2013
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T.C. Sottek Writing for The Verge:

Valve is trying to build a game console that you haven’t seen before: something that brings the PC (the big thing sitting on your desk) and the traditional console (the little thing sitting under your TV) together into a single device. A device that will run Valve’s Steam platform: the biggest digital game distribution service on the market, with upwards of 50 million users. (By comparison, Xbox Live has somewhere around 40 million subscribers.) But what does that really mean?

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Based on what Valve has told us, its Steam box will — like a console — be something small and quiet that you can fit near your television while you kick back on the couch with a wireless controller. Like a PC, it will let you buy and download your games as many times as you want without needing any discs, and choose from a vast library of free game customizations. The Steam Box will also include a few unique twists, like controllers that can passively sense your feelings (biometrics), and wireless technology that can connect the console to several rooms and screens in your house at the same time.

Valve is shopping for the right ingredients — the features, parts, and partners — to make the Steam Box a reality. But why would a software company like Valve, known for its game-making chops, want to bake its own consoles and controllers? Let’s look back at 2012 to find out.

It’s a long article so be sure to get comfy before you sit down to read, but do sit down to read because it’s a nice rundown of everything that seems to be going on.

I, for one, can’t wait for this thing.

[source: the verge]

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Awesome: Ouya to be Available at Retail in June for 99$ USD

Posted by Matthew on February 05, 2013
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Good news everyone! Ouya, the Kickstarter backed android powered hackers delight game console, is going to be sold at retail staring this June. So far the list includes Best Buy, Target, GameStop and Amazon. It’ll be 99$ and 49$ for an extra controller. The controller, in case you’re not aware, includes a touchpad in addition to analogue sticks, buttons and d-pad, which is pretty cool (although given the Android OS makes total sense).

Kickstarter backers and preorders will be fulfilled sooner (and preorders open up this week), so if you want to get one early there’s your chance.

There’s a lot to be said about the Ouya. Cheap and easy to mod and develop for, like I said above its a hackers delight. I think my favourite thing from the article is this quote though:

WSJ: What’s to stop other developers for using the controllers for other devices, like Apple TV?

UHRMAN: We are okay with that. One of the promises of being open is you can use what we build for other things. But you can create accessories and peripherals for our device as well. At the end of the day, it makes our ecosystem richer.

No matter what you think you gotta admit that’s a pretty refreshing outlook after dealing with companies like Microsoft and Sony and Apple.

[source: the Wall Street journal via polygon]

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Episode Forty One: FTL, Django Unchained and Far Cry 3

Posted by Matthew on January 11, 2013
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This Episode we cover the fantastic indie game FTL: Faster Than Light, the very fun AAA game Far Cry 3 and the amazing film Django Unchained.

Apologies for the audio quality, trying out a new setup and there’s some interference with the shiny new wireless headsets we used.

As always we’d love your feedback so either shoot us an email comments@awesomefriday.ca, get ahold of us on twitter @posterboy81 for Matt and @manbiteswonders for Simon or just leave a comment below.

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Matt’s Best of 2012

Posted by Matthew on January 01, 2013
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It’s now 2013. Another year is over so here’s a brief look at what I thought of 2012.

Favourite Film – The Avengers

The Avengers

The Avengers

There’s so much I can say here but what it comes down to is that I’ve been waiting for this film for basically my entire life. Having been reading Marvel comics since I was a kid seeing all these characters brought to the big screen in a way that doesn’t suck on their own was good, seeing them all on screen together in a way that doesn’t suck is fucking amazing. Because let’s face it: a lot of superhero movies suck.

You see it’s not just that this is a good film that makes it my favourite of the year, hell I’ll even admit that there are a bunch of objectively better films that came out this year, but The Avengers is the geek dream realized: comic book continuity brought to the movies. Proof that you can create an entire universe in film and it won’t be rejected by the masses. Proof to the studios —finally— that their audience is full of intelligent people who are looking for an interconnected film series with characters that stand both on their own and as a team in a single universe. Yes I realize I just said the same thing three times. If you think The Avengers isn’t a milestone in filmmaking consider this: Fox just hired Mark Millar to oversee X-Men continuity and DC had the ending of Man of Steel retooled to leave it open for a Justice League style team up movie down the road.

And aside from all that it’s just a damn good movie. It’s near-perfectly cast, they’re all clearly having fun, Joss Whedon’s script is lively and full of humour and it features one of the best action set pieces of the year. Who knew basically destroying New York could be so fun? More than that though, Joss Whedon understands that what makes a large cast work isn’t the action or the bad guys plans, it’s the relationships between the characters and he completely nails this aspect of the film.

At the moment when The Avengers finally assemble for the third act of the film I was one of the people standing and cheering and I full expect that the next time they assemble I will be again when Avengers 2 comes out in 2015.

Honourable Mentions

“I don’t want to talk about time travel, we’ll be here all day.” is my favourite line from Looper. This is the scene in which writer/director told us “stop worrying and enjoy this story because the story is what matters.” All of this is completely true. Looper is a film that tells you that it’s about time travel but it’s really about love and it’s effect on our lives. That message, coupled with fantastic performances from the cast, a brilliant script make this a must see.

Skyfall is the best James Bond story in years. It’s also the third act in a larger story that sees the latest Bond become fully realized and ready to move the franchise forward. Combine that with some of the best action direction of the year from Sam Mendes and you’ve got a recipe for a great movie, which this is.

If you’dve told me last year that one weekend in the summer all the guys I knew would be in a theatre watching a movie about a teddy bear (and all the girls were watching a movie about a stripper) I’d probably have given you a funny look, but that’s pretty much exactly what happened when Ted came out. It takes the aging buddy movie schtick and manages to make it fresh again, it’s hilarious from start to finish and it gives Mila Kunis a character to play. What more could you want?

Favourite Game – Punch Quest

Punch Quest

Punch Quest

I actually struggled with this category because in all honesty I don’t really have that many memorable gaming experiences from the year. There were a few flash-in-the-pans like Borderlands 2, but it ended up not holding my attention for more than a couple of weeks. Punch Quest however I can’t seem to get enough of.

There’s not really that much new stuff here, it’s an infinite runner that features punching. Strange at it may seem, that simple addition makes it completely addictive, and like all good single player games it engages me to keep playing by asking me to compete with myself and also by offering upgrades that make the punching cooler, routes that lead to boss battles or treasure troves, and a host of other “I can’t wait to see what comes next” moments in the gameplay.

Honourable Mentions

None.

Biggest Disappointment – The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

You know I could go on and on and on about The Dark Knight Rises but I am not going to go into specifics because I already did on the podcast but also because the specifics don’t really matter.

Sure, there’s plot holes that you could drive a bus through and there’s a lot of them but you know what? Batman Begins and The Dark Knight both have some pretty big holes in them too. The difference is that where Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are both compelling stories and The Dark Knight Rises is not.

Batman Begins had Bruce Wayne training and learning to become Batman. The Dark Knight pitted Batman against The Joker, his philosophical opposite. The Dark Knight Rises had Batman face off against his equal after learning to become Batman again, twice. This is not compelling, it’s repetition. Bane, despite Tom Hardy wearing the mask, just isn’t interesting and all his characters weight is robbed by a last minute twist.

I feel like Christopher Nolan might have been going for fan service with this one (and let’s face it, if the story were a comic book few people would complain because comics are strange), tried to work too much into the story and the end is an non-compelling mess.

And how did Bruce Wayne get half way around the world with no money or ID in just a few days time and then enter Gotham while it was on a total lockdown, anyway?

Dishonourable Mentions

Halo 4 may have made all the money but I personally didn’t connect with it in the same way that I did the previous 5 entries in the franchise. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but every time I got stuck I got frustrated rather than spurred to push harder as I did in Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach.

Prometheus was meant to be Ridley Scott’s triumphant return to SciFi and to the Alien franchise. It’s pretty safe to say that this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so when it turned out to be a convoluted mess you could say that I was disappointed. Listen to the podcast episode in which we talk about Prometheus to get a better idea of how I felt.

Top Three I haven’t Seen/Played

I’ve tried to see Django Unchained twice now and both times I’ve gone down to the theatre every showing has been sold out. Love it or hate it, people are certainly seeing it. I have mixed feelings about Tarantino as a whole but I loved Inglorious Basterds and this one looks to be right up the same alley of bloody American history.

I’ve heard very mixed things about Les Miserables but I very much want to see it for myself. I love the idea of live singing in a movie but I can see where that might detract from the show as well. Plus it’s full of people that I like, including Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

The C.I.A. say that Zero Dark Thirty isn’t realistic but I’m not sure I care. I’ve yet to hear a bad review, and it has one of the more interesting production histories of the year. Plus, Jessica Chastain. Just sayin’.

Conclusion

That’s about all I have for 2012. All in all it was a pretty good year for film for me, but not so much for games. Hopefully that changes in 2013!

Be sure to check out Simon’s Best of 2012 before you go, and have yourself a great 2013!

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Episode Thirty Nine: Twilight and Star Trek

Posted by Matthew on December 07, 2012
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We;re back with another episode! This week we talk a lot about a little, most prominently of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the new teaser for the teaser of Star Trek Into Darkness, a whole bunch more about Minecraft and Halo 4, and a lot of other things too!

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Episode Thirty Eight: Cloud Atlas, Halo 4 and Skyfall

Posted by Matthew on November 17, 2012
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We’re back with another episode. We take on one of the most ambitious films going, Cloud Atlas, the start of another cycle of Microsoft taking our money, Halo 4, and quite possibly the best Bond film to date, Skyfall.

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Episode Thirty Two: Last Gen Games Special

Posted by Matthew on August 03, 2012
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This week on a very special Awesome Friday Matt and Simon talk about something dear to both their hearts which has been missing from the podcast as of late: Gaming.

Since neither has purchased a new game in a dogs age though, we talk about some of our old favourites. Simon counts down his top ten games from the last generation of consoles and Matt counts down his top ten PC games from the same period.

Grab a drink and get comfy, this one weighs in at a cool 2 hours long.

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Simon’s List:

  1. Rez
  2. Timesplitters 2
  3. Shadow of the Colossus
  4. SSX Tricky
  5. Halo
  6. Tony Hawks 3
  7. Red Faction
  8. God Hand
  9. Resident Evil 4
  10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Honorable Mentions: Burnout 3 and Tekken Tag

Matt’s List:

  1. Halo
  2. Silent Hunter III
  3. Half Life 2
  4. Civilisation III
  5. Far Cry
  6. Medal of Honour
  7. Knights of the Old Republic
  8. Star Trek Armada II
  9. Star Wars Republic Commando
  10. Evil Genius

Honorable Mentions: Railroad Tycoon III, Splinter Cell and Star Wars: Jedi Academy

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Episode Twenty Six: Las Vegas, E3, Battleship, Black Mirror and Men in Black 3

Posted by Matthew on June 08, 2012
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We’re back after a hiatus and this week we’re talking about Las Vegas, E3 and how underwhelmed we are, The Walking Dead game, Black Mirror, Battleship and Men in Black 3!

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Episode Twenty Two: The Raid, The Natural, Classic Gaming Moments, and The Year of Living Gamelessly

Posted by Matthew on April 12, 2012
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aAnother Friday, another Awesome Friday Episode! This week Matt watched a few movies, Simon played Rez, and we talk about some of our all time favourite gaming moments, our reactions to the news about Halo 4, and Simon is starting to feel the pain of the Year of Living Gamelessly.

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