[BLOG] PCR looks back on 8 years, and towards the future

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Hey guys, Podcast Rob here.

We’re closing in on completing our 8th year of podcasting next month.

Eight years.

What started as a fun/silly almost vanity project between two friends who hadn’t seen each other in years, has turned into this…   thing… that has grown well beyond the confines of anything we could have imagined when we started this show.

Over 250 episodes, tens of thousands of downloads, over 4000 followers on Twitter… we never *ever* would have dreamed those numbers would be in reference to our podcast… and yet.. here we are.

We’ve had the opportunity to speak to some absolutely amazing people… from Ralph Garman to B. Dave Walters.. from Jessica RAGZY Ewud to Tim Stevens.. from Mark B Donica, Katie Cullen, Emma Fyffe, Alexis Torres and Megan Salinas to Meredith Placko.. CS Swampfox to The Library Bards… and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of other amazing shows we’ve had the pleasure of interacting with.. Ice and the Face, Pre Rec Live, No One Likes the Tuna, S Anthony Thomas, Gutting the Sacred Cow, Kung Fu Drive In… just to name a few.

Our upcoming episode on June 15th is a continuation of a labor of love interview we did back in 2016 when we spoke to contestants and cast of “The Quest”.  It was during this most recent interview, with these amazing people…Jasmine, Jim, Patrick…, that it really hit me how much *we* have gotten from this show.  Even though we hadn’t heard their voices in damn near 5 years.. it felt as if we had just spoken yesterday.  Hearing their thoughts, their laughs… these people weren’t just interview subjects, they had become dear friends.  As much as our listeners (hopefully) enjoy our episodes, whether we deep dive into mysteries, or go off on tangents, we get even more enjoyment out of it… for not only are we getting to do it, we get to see and hear your reactions and responses to it… and that makes it all worth while.

Who knows where or when this journey will end, but I know without my co-host James, and you listeners, it never would have even started.

Thank you James, thank you guests.. both past and future.. thank you Twitter and Twitch followers, and thank you listeners.

You’re all absolute rockstars.

– PCR

[Something In Review] Jupiter’s Legacy

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We are in the next era of comic book entertainment. The Marvel mines have been pickaxed so deep that every other funnybook writer is now having their work taken and adapted to the binge-box. 

This month, we’re talking about Netflix’s take on Mark Millar’s Jupiter’s Legacy – a world of heroes dealing with their interpersonal relationships over the span of generations, almost like some sort of… legacy..

What did the Somethings think? Well all you need to do is click on that link at the top of the page that says SURVEY and then listen to the episode to find out!  The survey is there to help us find out who’s listening, what they’re listening to, and really.. why us?  Help us out and give that link a click.

Great, and now that you’ve done that, why don’t you go find your Superdad and go on an adventure with us! 

Ok, here we go!

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[BLOG] Hatton talks ‘Old School gaming trends’!

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A Little Bit of Something About Old Gaming Trends…

Over the years, there have been a lot of gaming styles that have come and gone. For a while it was a nonstop litany of Grand Theft Auto clones, and then it was the EA formula of ‘climb tallest spot to unlock area’ games, and crafting games, and MOBA style online games. Lately, as you may be aware, there are a glut of Dead By Daylight ‘4 v 1’ type games.  Trends guide an industry, but sadly, that always means that something gets left in the dust – and what it leaves behind isn’t always as good as it once was.

Here are a few gaming trends that have died down that I really miss.

PUZZLERS
Anyone who knows me, knows that I live for puzzles. I spent many a night hunched over my Nintendo, trying to solve a level of Adventures of Lolo or Kickle Cubicle. There are games out there now that embody the classics of puzzlers of years gone by, but they range from the ‘one concept over and over’ like the many Lighton series of games or the variations of Sudoku – to the infuriatingly hard like the games created by puzzle genius Zactronic.

With exceptions out there like Filament and The Pedestrian, there aren’t many well thought puzzle games that grind your brain into the best kind of dust.

ADVENTURE
Back in the day, we had two kinds of music, country and/or western, rock and/or roll, hip and/or hop. Well in games it was action and/or adventure. Action games were all about running, gunning, shooting, blasting, moving. Adventure games, like the Sierra ‘Quest’ games, 7th Guest, Maniac Mansion, and the best selling game of all time (until 2002), Myst.

Sadly, adventure games, with the ease they can be created with simple engines, a glut of ‘escape room’ flash games and impossible to figure out ‘moon logic’ style games (even amongst the best) have made it really hard to find the gems amongst the trash. The best of recent years is the Sam and Max series by Tell Tale and Life is Strange.

TEXT ADVENTURE
Ok, so I’m sure you’ve caught on that this list is a lot of old genres, and maybe – if you are an old game nerd like me, you’ll go ‘Hatton, there are text adventures coming out every year’ — and the rest of you are utterly confused… but it’s true. Every year, a group of ever-shrinking fans of the old school ‘GO WEST’ ‘OPEN MAILBOX’ ‘READ FLYER’ fans are hiding in their dark basements, fearful of being eaten by a Grue.

There’s a reason though, that the advent of graphics and the much more reflex oriented gaming styles took over and text adventures are more often than not an easter egg or a sly wink in a much bigger game production.  That doesn’t mean they aren’t out there – and I highly recommend ‘Stories Untold’ for blending that nostalgia and modern gaming sensibilities gorgeously.  I just wish there were more like it out there.

So, oldschool computer nerds – what genre’s do you miss?  You know how to tell us. Want to nerd out about Castle of Dr. Brain? Drop a message to @STSTCAST or @REVVOICE on twitter, and we’ll see you next week.

Top Car in Music Videos

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Sometimes a music video provokes a feeling of amazement at the world or astonishment at a special effect or it ties a song in with visuals that you never considered. 

Sometimes it’s about street racing and hot women.

This week, the Somethings delve back into the world with music, looking at some fast moving speedy four-wheeled auto-vehicular-transportative-combobulative machines that make sharp turns, deep drifts, and bootleggers reverses across the country while playing some of the songs we all know.

So shift into a higher gear, because we’re about to take you for a ride!

But before we do – we ask you to PLEASE take a look at this survey. It’s short. It’s to the point. It will help the show.  I swear.
The Something Survey

We mention in the episode that we would post links to Livestream for the Cure, but donations are now closed – but do not hesitate to donate directly to the Cancer Research Institute.

Now though – here – we – go!

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[BLOG] A Little Something Extra : My issue with Zack Snyder

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My issue with Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder is what you might call ‘polarizing’.  You either seem to love or hate his films.

For myself, when he’s held to fairly strict limitations (IE 300, Watchmen), his films can be amazing to watch.  WHen left to his own devices and creativity, his films can be an absolute convoluted shit show.
The only exception to this may be his first movie, “Dawn of the Dead”.  It was brilliantly done, and really put Snyder on the map as having not only an eye for cinematography, but… dare I say ‘reverence’… for the original material?  Romero’s original is beloved among fans, and it was a dicey proposition to take on a remake of that property, but is usually regarded as his best work.

300 and Watchmen (and yes, I can forgive the creative change to the squid), were visually stunning to the point that, to me, it felt as if the pages of those graphic novels came to life.  The way the scenes were shot, the feel of it, the faithfulness to the original material (again, squid notwithstanding) made them, for me, highlights of what Snyder was capable of.

Then… you get absolute messes like Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, Batman Vs Superman… all which COULD have been amazing (in my opinion, some do actually like them), except for the fact that Zack Snyder remembered he’s “Zack Snyder” and had to Zack Snyder all over them.  If you’ve seen any of those movies, my statement needs no explanation.

Which, brings me to Army of the Dead.

The pre-title bit was actually amazingly intriguing, and set my expectations for a fairly specific story which…  Zack being Zack…  completely went sideways and off the rails, and not in a good way.  By the time the opening credits were completed, it felt like the entire concept of the movie had changed, and yet.. .I was still curious to sit through 2 and a half hours of Zack being Zack to see where it went from there.  Sadly, the rest of the movie seemed to not give a shit about not only the pre-title stuff, but even the stuff that happened during the opening credits.  Was the CGI cool?  Sure, but Snyder movies are always visually stunning, even when the stories are shit.  Was the acting good?  Hard to say, and, in a zombie movie, is that really THAT important when zombie tigers and over-the-top gore are your primary drivers?

I’m sure people get in to the film business because they have stories they want to tell, but in my opinion, Zack Snyder should stick to telling other people’s stories in a different medium.

– PCR

[The Wheel] Elevator Pitch: Movie Franchise Amusement Park Ride

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Last week, we were honored to be a part of Livestream For The Cure and if you weren’t there, you missed out on a helluva party.

That said, we wanted you to see our hour of the party and hopefully you’ll get in on the fun next year.

Joined, and judged by Nick of the Epic Film Guys, the Somethings are on an elevator, and we only have a few brief (..or not so brief..) moments with Mr. Anthony Michael UsementPark to sell him on our great idea that merges an oft ignored movie franchise and give it the big park treatment.  Roadhouse Bumper Cars? Karate Kid: The Crane Kick Dropper? It could be anything – and before we get to our floor, one of us will get to live our ‘big ride’ dreams…

BUT FIRST! – If you are looking to donate to help us live in a world without cancer – click here for the current donation page.

Now, settle in and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times – Ok, here we go!

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[BLOG] Hatton defends ‘SAW’!

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It is not a surprise, if you are a fan of the show, that I am a big Saw fan – and am looking forward to seeing Spiral. I’m not mentally prepared to head back into a real live theater yet, but the minute I have the ability to see it at home.. I most assuredly will.

That said – Saw gets a pretty bad wrap.  I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘murder porn’ and I use the term myself, just because it is a great definer for the genre. Saw, Hostel, Final Destination.. movies where there is less focus on the murderer (Jason, Freddie, etc) and more on the vehicle of demise.

At its heart though, Saw has a grander story to tell – that if they knew it was going to be such a success beyond its first and second installments, I’d like to believe they would have secured that vision tightly. Since, though, there was a period of time in the late 00’s where a new Saw film was as regular as the sun rising – some corners were cut and opportunities missed.  I do understand that there are some holes in the following logic because of actions that occur throughout the series, but it is my headcannon for Saw, and I think it elevates it beyond the ‘Cool Death Simulator’ we see it is.

John Kramer was a man with a string of bad luck. Doctors who didn’t care about him. Insurance that wouldn’t back him. A wife that was trying to change the world, who because of of her work, lost a child. The world spit on John and cast him aside at every turn, and he was going to find a way to get revenge. Each of the initial murders was, albeit impossibly difficult and with some amount of pain and disfigurement, escapable. We even learn that more than one person has not only escaped, but followed Jigsaw’s ethos and joined in his cause.

Of course, great power, great responsibility – and not all of Jigsaw’s converts are fighting for the forces of (exceptionally deadly) light. Detective Hoffman becomes the anti-version of Jigsaw’s vision, killing out of sociopathy versus method. Amanda, Jigsaw’s most dedicated apostle, and his ex-wife who was both estranged but also sympathetic to John’s fight – are left to stop him.

At its heart, when John Kramer is doing the killing – there should be a method – a vehicle – an answer – and a punishment that fits the crime. When Hoffman acts as Jigsaw, that should be a perverted and near always unwinnable challenge. Yes, this is all concerning the methodology of two murderers.. but, if you remove the bodycount of exploded limbs, John Kramer made the people that survive rethink their lives and reconsider what living is. He is obviously not a hero, but in terms of roleplaying games, John should always be Lawful Evil and Hoffman should always be Neutral Evil — but both will always think they are doing good.

What do you think of the Saw franchise? Do you think there is a moral component beneath the reverse bear traps and the pits full of hypodermic needles?  Let us know!


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[The End] The Falcon & Winter Soldier

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You should have known it was coming. Of course we’re going to talk about the last episode of the most recent foray into the wild world of capes!  But the Somethings are not alone.. you see, when you have to take down a bunch of politically gray terrorists and argue over a hunk of tin.. sometimes you need a friend – and that’s why we have brought in our long time friend . You may know him from Geek Stuff, or maybe from rollin’ dice and taking names with Role For It on Twitch – it is none other than OG Matt!

Was the end of the series a solid place to leave off? Admittedly, we dive into the whole of the series a bit more than usual as well as tackle the future of the MCU.. 

It’s time for The End: Falcon & Winter Soldier

Before we jump in though, don’t forget – starting Weds. – Livestream For the Cure begins! Listen to a marathon of amazing podcasts and we’ll be live on TGIF spot of Friday at 8!

Ok, here we go!

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[BLOG] Podcast Rob’s Netflix sleepers!

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Hey Somethings!  This week I’m listing off some of my favorite Netflix shows that are probably under most people’s radar.   A while ago, I went on a dive through some Netflix series and stumbled across a number of shows from Australia and here are three of my favorites.

Secret City – How far will a reporter go to uncover corrupt workings in Australia’s government? As more and more comes to light, reporter Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) must navigate through the possible fallout from a heating-up conflict between China, The US, and Australia fueled by rash actions from Minister of Defence Malcom Paxton (Daniel Wyllie) and Attorney General Catriona Bailey (Jackie Weaver) before the alliance, and her career go up in smoke.

This show was 2 seasons, 6 episodes per season, and I was hooked from the first episode.  While low on action, it was high on intrigue, and I will never get tired of the views of the Parliament House in Canberra.

The Code – A tragic accident is hushed up and overlooked until internet journalist Ned Banks (Dan Spielman) and his hacker brother Jesse (Ashley Zukerman) dig into the cause of not only the accident, but the cover up.

Feeling similar in tone to Secret City, The Code was more of a cyber-drama, and the inclusion of Lucy Lawless as Lindara school teacher Alex Wisham brought name recognition to a cast I was otherwise unfamiliar with.  Like Secret City, this show has 2 seasons, 6 episodes per season.

Pine Gap – Pine Gap is a shared surveillance facility just outside of Alice Springs Australia, jointly run by The US and Australian governments.  While handling a rogue missile attack in proximity to America’s President, the crew at Pine Gap discover malware on their system.  The question of “Who put it there” gets muddy when everyone has something to hide.

This is the show that started me down the Aussie TV rabbit hole.  While mostly given ‘meh’ reviews in Australia, I greatly enjoyed this show.  It’s one of those shows where virtually no one is a bad guy, but no one’s a good guy and everyone can either get along well or rub each other the wrong way at any moment… but to me, none of it felt forced.  Only 1 season, Pine Gap is 6 episodes long.

[Something In Review] Star Wars Prequels

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Since ‘This is the May’ or ‘The Fourth Be With You’ or ‘Revenge of the Sith’ or ‘Bleep Bloop BawThirteeneep’ month, we decided to not just give you ONE episode of a galaxy far far away, but a couple of them!

This one was live on Twitch on May 4th, so go sign-up so you don’t miss next month’s. We could have talked Mando again.. we could have talked Battle of Endor – we decided to go back and check to see if the Star Wars from a decade ago holds up. Does the Trade Alliance negotiations make a good story? What about a 3 hour podrace? And love stories abound…. that’s right, it’s the heel turn of Anakin himself, the Star Wars Prequels.

So settle in as we dive into 6+ hours of everyone’s life that has been hotly debated since the’sa come out to the biggum movie screens.

Ok here we go!

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