Hart & Usagi Podcast #63: Game Boy Advance

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Dan (first time since ep. 52) to chat about the Game Boy Advance along with other news items as per usual. All this plus your feedback!

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Dark Souls II
* 5 Video Game Reboots That Never Should Have Been Made
* Smash Bros. vs. Mortal Kombat pro scene
* Steam community-created content now for sale
* Valve abandons paid ‘Skyrim’ mods on Steam
* Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans
* Nintendo backs off of bringing Super Nintendo games to Wii U
* PS4’s P.T., a Teaser for the Next Silent Hill, Being Removed Soon
* Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms
* What Is the Value of P.T.?
* 10 Lamest Video Game Characters of All Time
* Mega Man Creator’s Mighty No. 9 Release Date Revealed
* Steam To Get Its First Adults-Only Rated Game
* This is the ESRB rating & descriptors for PC game Hatred & Far Cry 3. The AO game looks less problematic.
* Watch Pro Gamer Troll 8 Year Old In Mortal Kombat X
* Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed
* Game Boy Advance

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4 responses to “Hart & Usagi Podcast #63: Game Boy Advance

  1. * Ultraviolet Service – To clarify, I haven’t had any technical problems with the service, I just don’t like it. I feel it’s too controlling over how you watch your movies. I have downloaded movies before with those digital codes, but only when it’s simple: I download the file and I can watch it. I can copy it to any of my devices and reformat it if necessary (so I can even use it on my PSP if I want). No login required, no digital rights management, they just give you a file. That’s not been my experience with Ultraviolet.

    * 5 Video Game Reboots That Never Should Have Been Made – Most of their list is not comprised of reboots, but sequels. Lazy. I was quite content with the Bionic Commando game.

    * 10 Lamest Video Game Characters of All Time – I admit to trying to shoot that dog in Duck Hunt, but not at the emotional level that others apparently have. It was more like a lighthearted “Ah, you adorable son-of-a-bitch, get off my screen; I know I messed up.” *pow pow pow*!

    * ESRB ratings in general, and kids playing online – I do think the ESRB rating is a helpful tool, particularly for parents that don’t know any better. They can’t just go by what their kids say, so having a flag like this would be helpful. But as usual, I have to say that talking to your kids is the most important part. If anything, the ESRB rating, and the reasons listed for the rating, should serve as a flag to know what kind of conversations you should be prepared to have with your kids. And if the parent is not prepared or comfortable, or if they don’t feel their kid is ready to have that talk, then it makes sense to avoid the game. To use a movie example, I’m good with talking to my kids about violence, or swearing, or monsters, but don’t think they would understand the suggestion of rape that would be found in say The Road Warrior (I have Mad Max on the brain right now, as I want to see Fury Road), so they’re not going to watch it right now. They’re not old enough to be able to put something like that in context. But I do my best to not be hypocritical on this topic, and I don’t say that kids should never be allowed to play games that are intended for an older audience. It depends on the kid, it depends on their behaviours and the understanding they’ve shown of reality vs. fantasy, and it depends on how easily they can understand the content at hand. I think the ESRB is a tool for parents that need it; but only a tool, and not a rule. But if one of MY kids brought home Mortal Kombat X?! That is just… I mean… I would be like… oh my… oh my goodness… pop that fucker in boy and LET’S DO THIS! My bigger concern would be having my kids playing online with random strangers, because that seems like a circumstance more likely open for exposure to volatile and unpredictable behaviour that could upset and negatively impact them, especially if they would wear a headset. I can see what’s happening on the TV, but I would want to be able to hear what’s happening on the other end of the connection.

    * Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed – My limited experience in the Pokemon world is making me say that I think credit for Pokemon should go to the card game and not the video game. The video game is not what I think of first when I hear the name “Pokemon”, and I’m not exposed to a lot of highly successful games in the same format (like the Yu-Gi-O and Bakugan games seem to come to mind – those games play similar don’t they?) The rest of the list I can understand.

    Recommended topic for next podcast – Simon Pegg’s comments about geeks making an infantile culture: How on or off the mark do you think that notion is?

    • It seems that you don’t realize that Pokemon was a video game before it was licensed out for other uses. Either that or you think the video games are based on trading card battles like the other games you mentioned. They’re simple turn-based JRPGs that have nothing to do with trading card games.

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