“That was a very diplomatic way of calling them idiots.”

Join Brandon, Eric, Josh, Tom, special guest Jenny and a sudden/unexpected Harrison for this week’s very informative podcast. Learn about kudzu! Learn about Blizzard’s new IP, Overwatch! Learn about Rooster Teeth gettin’ bought! Learn about the new writer for Mass Effect! Learn how no one is excited for more AssCreed! Learn about how busted Sonic Boom might be! Learn about communing with the ancient ones through the medium of board games! Learn about the gang’s must-see movies! AND MORE!

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24 comments on “JKP! Ep.191: The Nemesis Machine

  1. LEON is my all time favorite movie. Fantastic music and editing. Of course the performances from Jean Reno, Portman and Oldman were what really made it a great watch. I think I own it in over 6 different formats. Japanese import VHS was the most expensive one, because at the time the US version had about 15 minutes cut from the film and a local Japanese video shop was selling it for $80 used. Yeah, Japanese import VHS videos were outrageously overpriced, (hell, VHS tapes that weren’t normal retail releases were like $80-$100 back in the day)!

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  2. the end of the episode made me laugh out loud while on break and could hardly keep a straight face xD
    the sex change thing thou, that would be fun and difficult at the same time. It would be much more interesting if it were triggered by farts. Imagine being in an elevator and boom, sex change xD Trying to go into a club, let one rip and in you go. :D

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  3. Betrayal at House on the Hill is the board game Jenny and Tom are talking about. The board changes each game because the player flips and sets a tile depending on which floor he or she is on. Then there are certain tiles and cards that determine the scenario played in the end. It’s a lot of fun.

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    • Also, the game tends to run with short releases. There was a second printing a few months ago, but before that run the game was scarce and going for as high as $100-$200 on ebay. Usually it’s about $60.

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    • Yes! That’s the game! I don’t know why I couldn’t think of the name! It’s so much fun, but the bad guy always wins.

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      • Dave (not Coulier) Nov 13, 2014

        Au contraire, Jen. My 12 year old character (only once) successfully escaped the flooding house by shooting my wife (who had turned) who was trying to punch holes in the row boat I was carrying to the attic.

        Another good tabletop is Zombiecide. I know the zombie formula is overdone, but the way the game works out combat is interesting. It also let’s me know what I would do in a zombie apocalypse: run around and break into every car or building to find loot while endangering my party who has to fight through a crowd of zombies to help me to survive. Fun fun!

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  4. Brenden Nov 12, 2014

    +1 for the book talk / Malazan Book of the Fallen chat. Did you finish the whole series Eric? I think I’ve got like 2 or 3 left, but they’re such a goddamn slog. Also, if you like sci-fi books you should check out the Expanse Series from James S.A. Corey ( a pen name of two dudes, one of whom works for / with GRRM), they’re turning it into a scyfy(?) T.V. miniseries.

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    • Oh Brenden. You know me too well.

      Marina and I both DEVOURED the Expanse. I’m book 5-6 into Malazan, but I keep falling off the wagon because its so fucking dense. Relistening ( yay Audible! ) to Memories of Ice, currently, but Erikson has a SciFi Trek spinoff book out? Maybe that’s next?

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      • Brenden Nov 12, 2014

        True story, I work with a guy who’s good buddies (gets namedropped in the acknowledgements of the first) with (one of) the dude(s) who wrote the expanse. I’m gonna get me an autograph one of these days, I swear it.

        You read any of the Brandon Sanderson stuff? The first of the Stormlight archives was pretty good, the second kind of sucked.

        I’m sort of running out of authors at the moment, I’ve even read through most of the Pratchett stuff(!).

        Speaking of authors, one of the comic book people could maybe answer a question for me. Does / did Dan Abnett ever write a good comic that’s worth buying with United States Dollars? As a youth (lol) I read the fuck out of his pulpy Warhammer 40k books and only just now remembered that he’s better known for comics (I guess).

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        • I read Mistborn. It was fun but not overly ambitious. I also read his Robert Jordan co-authored books. He just kind of pumps stuff out so quick I can’t take him seriously.

          I do, however, read some other stuff which seems similar to him: Brent Week’s Lightbringer series for one. I also suggest Joe Aberchrombie and Glen Cook’s Black Company. Erikson RAVES about the Black Company books.

          I am, however, in dire need of some new SciFi that even holds a candle to the Expanse. It’s hard to find, for sure. I just finished Old Man’s War and while I enjoyed it, it was also very dated feeling even thought it came out in 2005.

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        • Brenden Nov 13, 2014

          Alright, bought the first 3 Black Companies in an e-book omnibus thing, I will judge you harshly if this sucks balls.

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        • I’ll ask Zack to confirm, but I believe Dan Abnett had a hand in the modern Guardians of the Galaxy revival that would eventually become the movie.

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        • Doing a little more research, he was responsible with the Annihilation miniseries, including Annihilation: Conquest and Annihilation: Nova both of which are excellent books dealing with Marvel’s cosmic characters (Guardians, Nova, Beta Ray Bill, etc.).

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  5. Matt (not Broderick) Nov 12, 2014

    I’m actually still a Team Fortress 2 player, and though I don’t play it that often, it’s still my go-to time sink. And yes, Overwatch borrows ALOT of gameplay elements from TF2. But instead of giving a class multiple weapon choices, they’re just splitting them into different characters. Instead of having an Engineer that puts down teleporters and turrets, they’ve got a dwarf that builds turrets (with the exact same build animation as the engineer) and a woman who puts down teleporters and smaller turrets (which function just like the engineer’s mini sentries). Instead of giving the Sniper the choice between a sniper and mid-range bow, they’ve got a character that uses only a sniper and a character that uses only a bow. The medic even has a medi-beam that functions just like the TF2 medigun. There are enough differences to allow the game to stand on its own, and I’d never call it a rip-off, but the influence is way too obvious. When I saw the gameplay, all I could think was that they took League of Legends and Team Fortress 2, and mashed them together. If Overwatch ends up as balanced as TF2 is, I’ll give it a try. It does look fun, and I like that there’s going to be a ton of characters to choose from.

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    • Brenden Nov 12, 2014

      I’ve been playing TF2 since it was in beta (still do) and I gotta say I’m ready for a change that isn’t just “MORE HATS AND COSMETICS AND NOT MEANINGFULLY DIFFERENT WEAPONS!”

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  6. Since I’ve played on a console for most of my life I tend to miss out on a lot of computer and online games, like Team Fortress and pretty much everything else. What’s that? A Steam sale? Oh, wait, I don’t have a gaming computer. But, I *MIGHT* consider getting a gaming PC this coming holiday season, and seeing Overwatch looks really, really fun and stylish. I’m a fan of Reinhardt’s design because I know he’s going to be a brutal melee character, and I love that style.

    My God, I might even play a bit of League of Legends!

    But I’ll probably install Age of Empires II first.

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    • I really liked Monday Night Combat.

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    • That’s what I said when I built mine and then I played Civ 5 and Xcom for days. Sure I have played most of the games on my account (over 200 titles) but I have only finished about 30 of the games I bought. Still I think I made the right decision this gaming generation by sticking with the PC. Consoles are overrated (there I said it, come at me bro)

      The only game i payed full price for was Borderlands: the Presequel and that was well worth it in my opinion.

      Monday Night Combat was such a great game, I really miss it sometimes.

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      • Super Monday Night Combat is still around. It just hasn’t had a lot of new content added to it I think.

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  7. Tom is a widdle baby boy (for shame, Jen)

    http://wombatcrusader.tumblr.com/image/102785577438

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  8. Sega seems to have lost the recipe for a good Sonic game. It’s very simple, actually. Mix a side scroller with multiple paths, add fast and responsive gameplay with a great soundtrack. Rayman has been getting the 2d side scroller right for the past two games. Sonic just doesn’t work as a 3D game, (even a side scroller with 3D assets doesn’t work). Honestly, the guys over there really need to play some Rayman games and start hitting the drawing board. Yes, this Sonic Boom game was Big Red Button and not Sega. Just saying, for next time, they should just try the 2D Side Scroller approach and take a few pages from UbiSoft’s book on how to make a great 2D Side Scroller in this day and age. No more 3D assets for you Sega.

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  9. Loess Nov 18, 2014

    Hey, Josh. If you want, I can run the JKClix on my printer.

    I haven’t done the type of modeling that you were doing, but I’ve been running CAD for a good while, I might be able to patch any problems with the models.

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