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Podcast 10-9: Even Better Than the Real Thing

This week DesertEagle, The Lawman, Samurage, and BlueSwim deliver impressions of London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games, SSX, Marvel Pinball 3D, Dead Pixels, Cubemen, Sailor Moon S Fighter as well as WipeOut 2048’s new selection of tracks. Inadvertently, the old philosophical question, “Can games be better than sex?” gets asked, foreshadowing a discussion of sexuality and anime characters. Before things venture too far into uncouthness, the crew focuses their thoughts on gaming trivia and heads into a heated dialog on why games aren’t as mainstream as film.

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About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. Weekend podcast. Yes!

  2. Ok the pic make it look like you get get into a deep academic discussion, but I know you better than that!

  3. “Can games be better than sex?”

    Sounds like a loaded Kotaku question designed to grab web hits. Still, I took the bate and am downloading right now.

  4. Downloading now, hopefully I’ll listen on my way to work tomorrow.

  5. Not 10 minutes in before a mention of “Monk Spunk”. Nice!

  6. You know what would have made this podcast better? SeanNOLA. The CAGcast can go on without Shipwreck, but you guys NEED the NOLA.

  7. Another week without an interview. This has to stop. Please.

    So far so good otherwise.

  8. I’m glad Jeremy got checked on his “Handsome Ryan Seacrest” comment.

  9. Some great discussions this week. I like how Jeremy thought that SSX used bit from a lot of EA games. I felt the same.

    • Yeah, it’s interesting how it benefits and suffers a bit because of it. On the balance, though, I think it turned out really well.

      • Maybe I missed the podcast bit where you said it suffers. Why do you think so?

        For me only the graphical engine is a small setback.

  10. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I in finding It truly helpful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to give one thing back and help others like you aided me.

  11. Either you’re playing much better games or having much worse than me, Mr. Samurage brother.

  12. Jeremy and Robert make a good team. Blue and Sage need to play more new games.

    • You’ll get Soul Calibur V impressions out of me next time. 🙂

      I prefer not to buy new games at or around launch since they drop so quickly. Both Soul Calibur V and SSX were $60 games back in February and now they’re $10. I also got burned bad on the 3DS, so I’m not in any rush to get much day 1.

  13. Thanks for the Best Buy info guys. Just got 3 games for $30. My days of buying $60 are over.

    • Same. Bought SC5 and SSX for $20. Best Buy should be paying you.

      • Except none of us are buying anything at list price. 😛

        • I do buy the occasional Nintendo game at full price. Pokemon Conquest would be just the latest example. With first party Nintendo games, you usually get your money’s worth.

        • PowerPoint Ranger

          Wait a minute. Bought Dragon’s Dogma for $60.

          Now, you can say none of us are buying anything at list price from this day forward.

    • Keep in mind, just because the Pacht-man says it’s going to happen, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. By that I’m referring to Best Buy. They could turn the company around IF they have the right management.

      The guys said the 3DS would be a huge success out the game. The Kinect would launch at $50, E3 was headed for extinction in 2008. Don’t forgot about Wii HD or this quote in 2008:

      “I don’t see [the iPhone] as a viable gaming platform, due to the cost of owning one. The iPhone costs $400 plus an AT&T wireless subscription for voice and data, I’m guessing this is $80 a month, so the addressable market doesn’t really fit the core gamer demographic. To the extent that hip, rich people are an interesting gaming audience, iPhone games will work. My guess is that this group is only interested in the most rudimentary games, and that the market will be small.”

    • To be honest, I spend most of my gaming time on the “too old to be hip, too new to be retro” shelf, myself. But I try try to have something new and interesting to say when I’m invited on the show. I liked hearing what both Blue and Sage brought. 🙂

  14. Fighter's Heart

    Calling Magic players “deck heads” and hating on Germans? Des, why do you hate me?

  15. Great impressions, trivia, and I really liked the questions this week. Great one.

  16. Pretty good show this week. Needed NOLA to be perfect.

  17. “Grab the twin sticks and tweak them” had me laughing.

  18. Funny that you guys talked about games being character studies. They said the same thing on Weekend Confirmed.

    • To chime in on that discussion and I have about 14 or say close friends, both male and female.

      Of those, about 6-7 are pretty hardcore gamers, either PC or console. Another 3 are casual, playing stuff like Facebook games or Wii. The other 4 or so don’t play games and have no interest.

      But all of them go to the movies or at least watch them at home. So,yep games haven’t reached the same level as film.

      BTW- Sage how much younger are you than Jeremy?

      • Not all my friends are gamers. Maybe 60%. Sage it may seem like all your friends game because you have that in common and that made you friends in the first place.

        Violence is here to stay, Deagle.

        • OrcSlay–I don’t know. I’m 27, ask him his age.
          Hideki–I do have quite a few friends that don’t game. Actually probably more of my friends DONT game than do, or else it’s an even split. But what I was saying is that i do KNOW a bunch of people who game, and most of the people I know/am friends with at least do casual gaming on their phones or stuff. Especially casual phone games–those have become a pretty common staple, and are cheaper than going to the movies. Most people have a casual game they can pull out on their phone, even when they’re too broke to go to the movies.

  19. Ok, finished. On the whole great show. Although I’d like to hear a bit more effort from Sage and Blueswim. They should try to match Jeremy’s level of knowledge and participation. As always, Des was pretty good in the host spot. (Does he always write trivia?)

    • He does it all himself. I used to think I was pretty knowledgeable until I sat in on a couple of DEagle’s trivia sessions. Now I know nothing. NOTHING!!

    • It’s not a lack of effort. It’s more of a case of not wanting to derail a good conversation flow by interrupting or talking over anyone. It’s also hard to tell when someone wants to jump in and say something since we’re not in the same room when we record. If we were, we’d have that “I wanna say something” body language. LOL!

  20. Not really a discussion on sex and games more like a few remarks and jokes. I like the funny, but I’d like the serious even more. It’s so frustrating when podcasts try to tackle mature discussions then fall into rounds of “that’s what she said”. Especially, when they complain about the medium.

    Not necessarily you guys, but most podcasts do it. Like WC.

    • It’s just hard not to giggle when an innuendo is dangling in front of your face. So to speak.

      I like the way the WC guys handle it, myself. I love dissecting and thinking deeply about games. Maybe too much, sometimes. So it’s OK to have a laugh too.

      Would love to have you send in a question, Weezeler!

      • Yep, WC is one of the best. But you guys ain’t exactly chopped liver!

        I think the one thing you guys need in reviews every week. I know you’re all busy, but I really like them.

  21. I’ve sent in two. Either you didn’t get them or they weren’t up to snuff. I’d like to think it’s the first one 😉

    BTW- Jeff C on WC keeps it on track, I think it’s usually Garnett who derails things. (But usually in a good way)

  22. Jeremy, I like the way you speak to the listeners. The rest of the crew should follow your lead!

  23. I’ll be honest, I need to catch up on the podcast. Like gaming, I’m getting a pretty big backlog.

    Thanks for making the show. Especially to Sage and Blue, who don’t get the praise the others do! For the money, Blue is the charm and heart of the show. He’s closer to the average gamer.

    • /*^_^*\ You just made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words! I truly appreciate them.

      I love podcasting. It’s something that I have wanted to do ever since I first discovered podcasts back around 2004 or 2005. I’ll give extra credit to Orange Lounge Radio, a show that celebrated its 10th anniversary a few days ago(Happy Birthday, OLR!), for instilling in me the desire to podcast. We’re coming up on the one-year mark of me joining the T-G Podcast and, aside from me sticking my foot in my mouth here and there, it’s been an absolute blast and a dream-come-true. Again, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kind words.

      • See? Is there any room for debate that Blue isn’t the best?

        (I say no way)

        Congrats. Like anything you learn as you go. I think I used that expression to talk about reading a book on the can.

  24. Good show this week. Liked hearing about Sailor Moon Fighter.

  25. Loved the Sailor Moon talk! Keep it coming!! 🙂

  26. Ya’ll a bunch of liars if you say you don’t yank one to anime once in a while.

  27. For next show: what do Japanese developers need to do to lure back Western gamers? All those ones that aren’t Deagle.

  28. You guys haven’t talked movies in a while (which other shows do). What’s good on bluray and at the movies?

    • Does that include Netflix?

      • Yeah Netflix picks would be good.

        • We didn’t get to your question on the show, so I’ll answer it here. Here’s some of the things I’ve watched on Netflix lately:

          Rikidozan – Based on the life of the wrestler who brought Pro-Wrestling to the attention of Japan. It features several Japanese wrestling stars. Don’t want to spoil it too much, but any movie where someone shows up to a fight with steel chains wrapped around their body is okay in my book. It’s subtitled, BTW.

          In Like Flint – Think Adam West Batman meets James Bond and Austin Powers. ‘nough said.

          Beast Wars: Transformers – The CGI Transformers show of the mid-90’s holds up rather well. It did take a bit of a dip in season two, but it’s still entertaining.

          The Slayers – It’s a high-fantasy anime comedy starring a magic user with a short temper named Lina Inverse. She’s has the honor of being one of my favorite anime females not named “Sailor Something”. The entire series, minus the movies, is on Netflix. I just finished watching all five seasons.

  29. With Pachter saying the Xbox 720 will be 99 with a cable subscription, do you think that will be the price point for consoles?

    • The playing cards look nice and can be used to play Solitaire, Blackjack, Strip Poker, etc.

      Personally, I’d go with the posters if I could find frames that fit them for cheap.

  30. Seems like a lot of superhero games just copy Arkham Asylum. NOLA, if you could work on a brand new comic book property, which one would it be and what design decisions would you make?