Hart & Usagi Podcast #45: A Landfill of Myths


We’re back at you with dose number 45 of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. Off the top I let you know of our new Twitter account for the show. It’s @HartandUsagi! So please do follow for updates and notifications on episode releases.

As for the rest of this episode, Usagi704 and I give our thoughts on various topics. We reminisce about the Game Boy which recently turned 25, Adam Sessler leaving video game coverage for other interests of his, the infamous Atari landfill, and much, much more!

* Games recently played
* A Legendary Brotherhood
* In Tangier the Parade Bar is closed….
* Are Video Gamers Athletes?
* Mozilla CEO resigns, opposition to gay marriage drew fire
* Xbox One’s Kinect is “unnecessary” and “a joke,” Molyneux says
* The Game Boy Legacy: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
* Sony Suddenly Makes Almost Every PlayStation Classic and PSP Game Downloadable and Playable on PS Vita
* The Gaming Historian – The Atari Landfill Myth
* Turtle Rock community manager let go after Donald Sterling Twitter remarks
* Net Neutrality R.I.P. (1969 – 2014)
* Think The Cassette Tape Is Dead? Then Why Did Sony Just Squeeze 185TB Of Data Onto One?

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Now Playing: October ’06

This month’s edition of “Now Playing” starts off with a few left overs from last month. Medal of Honor Underground and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (which doesn’t suck, if you haven’t heard yet) are those games. The former was finished, however, the highly difficult bonus mission wasn’t (damn dogs, robots, and other unusual enemies). Another game that I finished was Tetris DS. At least the three specific modes that could be beaten were (Standard Marathon thru level 20, all 200 Puzzles, and all 50 Touch Puzzles).

Ridge Racer Type 4, Guitar Hero, and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero were three games that I would play to break up my time with the four main ones that I was into. Project: Snowblind isn’t the most exciting FPS I’ve ever played, but it does give lots of awesome guns and other weapons and abilities to mess with. I was taken away from that game once I started playing Usagi’s copy of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. I completed the Konquest mode rather quickly, created a fighter that looks like Paul Phoenix from the Tekken series, and played lots of two player Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 from the special edition version of the game.

I’m currently having a blast playing Need For Speed Most Wanted. I totally hate the drag racing, but the rest is awesome. Adding new parts to a car is rather painless unlike what I remember when I last played a Gran Turismo game.

What is the one game that you are currently playing the most?

Pick 5: Addicting Games


Since there hasn’t been a new Pick 5 feature on GameSpot since back in late July, I figured I’d do a new one myself. This one is about games that were so addicting at one point in time that you kept coming back to it and no other game could take you away from it. Here’s my five most addicting games of all time.

1. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2)
The first game on this list provided the excitement that no other racing game before it had at the time. I played a lot of Need For Speed III, but once I started playing Burnout 3 nothing was better. And I still believe that to this day. Its sequel, Burnout Revenge, didn’t get me playing it nearly as much. For such a series, I feel it’s actually worse off to give more than one direction to drive on a given track. The point is to battle for position and if there’s more than one direction that just splits up the pack and decreases the excitement. At least it did for me. That’s why I choose Burnout 3: Takedown!

2. Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (PC)
Everybody at this point has at least heard of Counter-Strike. I started playing the Half-Life mod during the Beta 7.0 version. Not long after it was picked up by Valve Software and I’ve since become less of a fan of it. So you can imagine I wasn’t taken in by Counter-Strike: Condition Zero…at first. It took a speed run of the Deleted Scenes portion of the game to get me excited about it. Once I was finished watching that I ordered the game through Steam. I wasn’t hooked on the main part of the game since it was basically the online game with bots and extra objectives. I played the Deleted Scenes missions many times to where I created save points right after the annoyingly long intros to each level.

3. Die Hard Trilogy (PS)
At the time of this game’s release I was really into the Die Hard movies. So when this game came recommended by GamePro (subscribed at the time) I was all about it. The first game on the disc was a third-person shooter, the second game was a light gun game, and the third game was a bomb-finding driving game. The games were fun, but even more so once I was using the cheat codes. The third game is so much more fun if you don’t have a timer consistently nagging you. :P

4. Mercenaries (PS2)
When I first saw Mercenaries in action I knew for the most part that I’d enjoy the game. However, I didn’t realize just how much that would end up being true. Total chaotic destruction is the name of the game and I loved every second of it! Also, cheat codes that would let you stand in the middle of a huge explosion and not die. Now who wouldn’t love that?

5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2) and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2)
At first I only bought The Sands of Time to see if I’d like the game enough to purchase its two sequels. Sure enough I did enjoy the first game to the point where I finished it four times in a row. I then bought the next two games and played through both of them twice. I didn’t find the combat in the third game, The Two Thrones, to be as exciting as the previous two games since it expected you to use the speed kill system more often than not. I went back to Warrior Within and finished it two more times. Talk about a series that totally had me enthralled.