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  • Ep #00052 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

    We’re almost at the two year anniversary mark for us. This is the last episode for the “second season” of The Machine, not that we really count proper seasons around here. It’s just some metadata embedded in the mp3 file that amuses me. This is going nowhere fast, sorry about that.

    Hey, we’re looking to talk to more of our fans. If you remember our first few shows we originally tried out a segment called “Homework” where we invited people to watch/read/listen to things in between shows and send us some feedback. That didn’t work out so well but we’d like to try something again. If you’re interested in joining us in some sort of discussion group (think “Book Club” but more so) than drop us an email. podcast (at) perpetualgeekmachine (dot) net is the email address.

    Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00052 a listen!


    The Life and Times of Max Payne


    On May 15, 2012, the video gaming world was graced with another entry in the long absent Max Payne series simply entitled, Max Payne 3. Though not nearly as iconic as Mario or Sonic, the titular character of this franchise is just as welcome on my television screen as any gaming character, and my excitement for the latest entry was palpable. Since I was fortunate enough to play a small segment of Max Payne 3 at PAX East last month, my time with the game conjured up fond memories of my previous adventures with Max, and it made me wonder what noir story could be constructed to do justice to the character and series after being away for so long. I thought it would be worth delving into who this character is, what this series is about, and why I think it is important to play. (more…)


    This book Pac-Sucks…

    pac-cr-smallThere have been lots and lots of bad decisions made by the game industry over the years. FMV in video games, giving 50-cent his own game, the virtual boy, etc. But in the early days of gaming, when the first game characters were becoming famous icons in their own right, companies whored them out George Lucas style and put their likeness on anything and everything they could.

    As a kid I had Space Invaders t-shirts, a Pac-man trash can, a Mario Bros. TV tray, and a Sonic the Hedgehog mini-pinball…. you get the idea.

    Now, for some reason, as an adult I enjoy re-collecting all this crap. Don’t ask me why, I couldn’t give you an answer. Not a satisfactory answer for any rational person anyway.


    Ep #00049 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

    This is the last you’ll hear about PAX East 2012 from us for a little bit. Or, at the very least, it will die down to a dull roar. We promise, but we’re not good at keeping our promises. Sort of.

    Plenty of good What’cha Been Doing action in the first half of the show, a recap of our weekend at PAX and a 5 Hit Combo that breaks the tie between Dan and Ryan for overall wins. It’s a good’un.

    Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00049 a listen!


    Breaking Bricks To Rebuild A Kingdom – A Wizorb Review

    Just now, inside your head you read the headline to this post in whatever voice you use to do that with. Just like you’re doing it now. And now. Here too. I guarantee there is no way you didn’t have a ton of fun hearing the word “Wizorb” in your head as you read it. Go ahead and say it out loud now, don’t worry what other people might think just say it. “Wizorb” Feels good, right? Something about the way your mouth feels when you meld that “z” sound into the “orb” part that is immensely satisfying. Whoever named this game should be given some sort of medal or something. (more…)


    Realm Of The Mad God – Video Preview

    On Monday I was browsing the Steam store, as I’m wont to do on a daily basis, and saw the release of a new free-to-play game that billed itself as “The co-op fantasy mmo shooter”. How could I NOT be intrigued by that? What the hell does that mean?

    Being the diligent blogger that I like to think I am I downloaded the game and gave it a whirl. Hit the jump to see a little of what you can expect from Realm Of The Mad God. (more…)


    Perpetual Geek Machine’s Top Thing of 2011 (and the runner-ups)

    Yesterday we posted our last podcast of the year, in which each of us presented our top 5 things of 2011. From that we then came up with a group of items and debated which things we should have represent Perpetual Geek Machine for 2011. We decided to eschew a standard top 5 list and instead pick one singular thing, and then have runner-ups in no particular order.

    It was one of our finest shows to date and combined all 5 of the main writers here on the site! I can’t recommend it enough, and would love it if you listen and if you like it please share it with your friends.

    But if you don’t want to listen, or you’d just like to read the results please join us after the break for our individual lists as well as our choice for Perpetual Geek Machine Thing of 2011!



    Watch Us Play Trains vs. Zombies DLC for Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012

    We Tweeted our amazement about this new DLC yesterday. We’ve made our (OK, well maybe MY love) for train games well known so we were absolutely certain that we wanted you to watch us play through some of these new scenarios for Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012 so hop on board and ride this zombie-infested train with us, won’t you?


    Space, Pirates and Zombies (SPAZ) is about as indie as a steam game can get (review)

    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.



    Anomaly Warzone Earth – Video Preview

    You’ve heard us talk about this game on episodes 25, 31 and 32 of our podcast and we’re all big fans of it. Since it’s a game that’s better seen than talked about we put together this little video to give you an idea of what it’s really all about.

    Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Would you like to see us do more of this type of video content?