Hart & Usagi Podcast #53: Destiny

HartKnight and Usagi704 return with a new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast discussing the main topic of Destiny with guuthulhu after some news chatting.

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* Yahoo Participated in PRISM Program ‘Under Duress’
* Pros and Cons: The Midnight Release
* Destiny Limited Edition PS4 Unboxing
* Microsoft confirms acquisition of Minecraft studio Mojang
* Bungie doubles Destiny public events, plans to add requested features
* Destiny

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Georgie: @guuthulhu | Squiddy Fun Times | Thulhu Guu Super Nice


Hotline Miami

I have to say I didn’t know if I’d like Hotline Miami all that much before playing it. Well thanks to @Gigastormz, who hooked me up with it last year on Steam, I had a blast playing it.

I did hear about the soundtrack and how amazing it was before I ever played a second of the game. Other than one specific track, Perturbator, I wasn’t thinking it was amazing like a lot of other people. However, I did think it was very possible that within the game itself, while playing it, the music would work best for me. As it turns out this was the case. I think @lightnarcissus put it best in late 2012.

“Hotline [Miami] is like a house of cards. Every element of it is essential to its feverish experience. Remove anyone and it all falls apart.”

He’s absolutely right about that. The only thing that could make the experience better would be to get out my DVD season set of Miami Vice and play it on the TV set next to me!

Space Suplex Podcast Ep. 10: Daddy-O Did It!

This is the one and only Space Suplex podcast! 24bitAJE and I chat about NXT and new WWE talent. We also dive into our thoughts on the upcoming Night of Champions PPV and the infamous main events of both Raw and Nitro of January 4, 1999.

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* Jim Ross and needing sponsors
* NXT Takeover and new talent
* Fingerpoke of Doom and Mick Foley’s WWF title win, January 4, 1999
* Brock Lesner vs. John Cena rematch at Night of Champions

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

I don’t know a whole lot to say about the second episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 that I hadn’t already said in Now Playing: August 2014. I guess I can regale you with my thoughts on the series as a whole.

I last played a 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game in 2008. It was early in the year via the Sega Genesis Collection on the PlayStation 2. All of my complaints I had back then came back in Sonic 4. I’ve heard the games are all about speed, but I don’t notice that when I play. I was waiting around at different points in at least a few levels when I played these three games. Not that this gripe is all that much of a problem.

My biggest problem with the series as a whole is the underwater levels. These parts are slow, boring, and rage inducing. I can’t understand at all how fans of these games can stand this garbage. Clearly Sega could’ve made them much more playable or omitted them completely in Sonic 4. The levels here have the same annoying qualities as in the Genesis titles. It’s obviously a part of the classic Sonic formula and heaven forbid the underwater levels be changed for the better. These levels actually made me stop playing Sonic Advance 3 on the Game Boy Advance and Sonic Rush on the DS.

Remember that just because something is old doesn’t make it a classic and just because something is considered a classic doesn’t mean improvements can’t be made when revisiting it for a new entry.

Hart & Usagi Podcast #52: Castlevania

We have a special edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast for you this time. We’ll be focusing our discussion on the Castlevania series past, present, and possible future. What’s our favorite games of the series? Well you just have to listen to find out. JiibayDan is our guest once again and as usual he’ll give his unique insight into the topics on hand.

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* Yooper problems
* Syndicate and online co-op
* Tearaway
* Air Zonk
* Azure Striker Gunvolt
* Sleeping Dogs
* Google Didn’t Buy Twitch Because of Potential Antitrust Issues – Report
* Report: FCC Considering Reclassifying Broadband Providers as ‘Common Carriers’
* Nintendo unveils ‘new’ 3DS, 3DS XL
* Sega unsheathes Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath
* Bayonetta 2 gives Wii U a new ‘do on October 24
* Castlevania series

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Dan: @JiibayDan | That Dan Stinehart Blog | ~Natively Awkward


Check Your Facts

Ever since May rumors of Google buying Twitch were circulating. It even got to a point in late July that it was reported Google went through with the purchase. Then suddenly out of nowhere Amazon purchased Twitch for $970 million.

How could such a thing as Google buying Twitch be reported as had happened if it didn’t? Did one of the companies pull out of the deal and the very last possible millisecond? If the gaming sites who reported it did so incorrectly, then why wasn’t there corrections quickly after? Did they even double check the story to see if it was factual or did they just run with it like fools?

I highly doubt we’ll get answers to these questions. I do know this much. My trust of any of their big stories like these in the future has been greatly reduced. If they can’t muster the ability to handle those stories, then, by all means, leave them to the pros like me.

Sengoku 3

I went out for some printer cartridges last week and came away with those plus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Wii. The Xbox 360 controller pictured below is for some PC games on Steam since I don’t own or ever plan to own an Xbox 360 system itself. Finally I was able to get encouragement from my fellow podcast hosts, Usagi704 and 24bitAJE, to get the outstanding Neo-Geo beat-‘em-up Sengoku 3!