Another Friday, another Perpetual Geek Machine podcast!
….Back from a (well deserved) hiatus. We’ve retooled the show a bit, tried to tighten things up to being you a meaner and leaner show.
Segment 1, which used to be everything we’ve been doing has been pared down to hopefully include more of what you’re actively interested in. 5 Hit Combo has been moved to the middle of the show. We decided we want the show to run about an hour, as our shows were creeping up in time and we don’t want to ask that much of your time. Anything time leftover after 5 Hit Combo will comprise a general bullshit session that will include more of what we’ve been doing, but back catalog type stuff. But always trying to be mindful of that hour time length.
This weeks show goes over time, which you can either believe happened because there’s 4 of us on the show, or we’re TERRIBLE at adhering to our own rules. Your choice.
Another Friday, another Perpetual Geek Machine podcast!
As you guys know last week the northeast was hit with Hurricane Sandy. Luckily the entire PGM crew came away unscathed though a large part of the Jersey Shore and New York was hit very hard. These people are our neighbors, friends and fellow citizens. If you haven’t already please consider making a donation to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief. We really appreciate it.
Now, on with the show! After not being able to coordinate last week we return with a show that doesn’t seem ambitious but definitely took some doing to put together. The first half of the show you’ll find Dan, Rich and Kevin going over what they’ve been doing. After the break Ryan and Kevin do another segment of the same thing and then it’s our first 5 Hit Combo that YOU are going to decide! Rich and Ryan battle it out it over two separate recordings and we’re asking you, our loyal fans, to decide who wins! Hit us up any way you’d like and let us know who you think had the better 5 Hit Combo! They’re might be some Steam gifts in it for you…who knows!
Welcome to another installment of the Geekly, PGM’s weekly geek roundup! We’ve got some pretty fantastic stuff for you to check out today, covering everything from strange things from Japan to the awesomeness of outer space. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot of awesome!
First up: I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this, but apparently there’s a company called Neuro Wear that sells cat ears that display your emotion by reading your brainwaves. These are called Necomini ears, and they cost a whopping $100. Even more ridiculous is the video over here at io9, showing a new item from the company: a tail to match the ears. I can’t tell if I’m disturbed at how bizarre it is or at the fact that I really can’t afford this kind of frivolity.
I took the upcoming CS game for a spin yesterday, which you can do too if you preorder the game on Steam. It’s set to come out this Tuesday, August 21st. It’s basically still exactly what you’d expect from CS but this one will be completely cross-platform between PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
I’m gonna put another warning in the show but after the break we talk in-depth about The Dark Knight Rises and we don’t cover up any potential spoilers, we let ‘em all fly. If you haven’t seen the film yet and you’re trying to avoid spoilers this is NOT something you should listen to. Time stamps are provided below so you know what section to skip.
As a person that’s begun to tire of the same ol same ol when it comes to my video games it’s been an interesting year or two. I can feel myself turning my back on the big huge AAA titles in search of something different, more unique. I like games that take the medium in a new direction, or try something different. Games like Limbo, Bastion, Journey or To The Moon for example. So it’s with that sort of mentality that I can say I really appreciate games like Yesterday for existing.
You could be forgiven for not knowing about the gigantic solar war that took place in the 1940s. Most of it happened in space.
I am of course referring to the defence of Earth’s massive stellar satellite system, which was mercilessly attacked on the outer edges of Pluto, first by the Gorg inhabitants of the mysterious Planet X, and then later joined by the bloodthirsty Brain Riders of Venus, led by the treacherous and beautiful Sereia.
In The Unstoppable Gorg, you control the actions of Captain Adam Huxley, who is manifested as nothing more than a mouse cursor, as he takes on the teeming endless hordes attacking the various Earth space stations. Yes, it’s tower defence, although much like Anomaly: Warzone Earth, it adds a surprising and worthwhile twist on the old formula, while keeping the Flash Gordon/Ed Wood pulp sci-fi cheese amplified to level 11.
I am a big fan of the goofy-ass fun that is the GTA isn’t, Saint’s Row is. With a focus on the ridiculous amped up to eleventy bajillion my excitement for the third installment is palpable, to say the least. Luckily developer Volition has been able to temporarily satiate my frothing-at-the-mouth desire by releasing a stand alone character creator to play around with until the full game comes out on the 15th. Check out this video below to see some of what insanity you’ll find if grab it on Steam.
We spend a good amount of time on the site here and on the podcast talking about games. What we love, like and hate. But even when we’re not writing or podcasting about them there’s a good chance we’re still talking about them. What follows is an email conversation about The Binding of Isaac, the Rouge-Like PC game from the Super Meat Boy guys that just hit Steam. Devilishly difficult, and completely random dungeon crawler. Does it read like a standard review? No. But we think that’s sort of the charm in it.
I like playing different games as much as possible. I’m about as far from the person that buys 1 or 2 games a year as you can get. I typically play a game for a few weeks then move on to something else. I also pride myself on playing all different kinds of games, and usually try and search out the weird/different titles to try out. Hence the “indie” area on Steam gets a lot of my attention.
SPAZ (Space, Pirates and Zombies), hereafter just called SPAZ, immediately grabbed my attention just cause it looked like games I played on my PC 20 years ago. Great news, it plays out that way, which not only provides a unique experience these days but made me feel like for only a few bucks I was able to jump back in time.
It takes a special kind of interest to want to play a hardcore simulator. It takes an entirely different breed of “special interest” to even have the desire to play a hardcore train simulation game. Luckily there’s a developer out there catering to those of us who are bonded by having that desire, Railsimulator.com. That’s not a typo, that’s the actual name of the developer and publisher. What can I say? It’s a niche company serving a niche market.
If you’ve ever used Steam you’ve probably noticed the publisher’s main product Railworks 2 releases a crazy amount of DLC at premium prices. As of this writing there are currently 82 pieces of DLC that will cost you $1377.23 if you’d like to purchase all of it. That doesn’t include the $34.99 to purchase Railworks 2 to begin with. I mention this because this may be seen as a barrier to entry if you’ve ever even thought about buying the game. If you’d like to get a sense of what Railworks 2 is like without having to drop a bunch of money there’s Drive A Steam Train, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
You know Reddit. You love Reddit. You probably know of the numerous “/r/” sub-Reddits out there for everything (Rule 35 perhaps?). As an avid fan of building my own computers the constant need to know what’s new and hot is insatiable. It’s also something that’s rather difficult to keep track of. Luckily I discovered Build A PC, it’s definitely a great crowd-sourced set of references that can help with your first or five hundredth build. Let’s take a look at what makes this little sub-Reddit so special.