Space Suplex Podcast

Announcing a brand new podcast. It’s the Space Suplex Podcast!

24bitAJE and I will talk pro wrestling for 60 minutes at most. Episode frequency will be a week apart at the soonest. If you already subscribe to the Hart & Usagi Podcast (and why aren’t you if your not?) then you don’t have to do anything. Both podcasts are going to be on the same RSS feed.

Our debut episode will be this Friday, April 18th. Make sure to subscribe now to be ready for the Space Suplex Podcast!

Hart & Usagi Podcast #44: Arms Dealer

Welcome back to another episode of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. We spend a lengthy amount of time off the top talking about my recent gaming roots sabbatical and then we dive into the news talking about our radical arms dealer and dear, close friend Leland Yee.

* Retro games recently played
* Leland Yee Accused of Buying Campaign Donations With Political Favors and Brokering an Arms Deal
* 3D Realms responds to Gearbox, claims it owns Duke Nukem trademark
* PC Titanfall Cheaters Get PWNED! And I Love It!
* Rumor: Titanfall 2 rights secured by EA, won’t be Microsoft-exclusive
* Shazam: Shaq returns in Shaq Fu A Legend Reborn
* Burnout creators set out to find paradise in new studio
* UK agency violated privacy of webcams, explored Kinect surveillance
* Ultra Street Fighter 4 Adds Character Edition Select
* Raiden 4: Overkill brings its killing over to North America next month
* Brooklyn-based startup Turbo gets SoftBank investment to build ‘cross-screen’ core games
* Binary Domain

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #43: Play Monolopy

The Hart and Usagi Podcast is back and this time we talk about our love for Robocop, the crazy idea that Flappy Bird has fans, and power laces, alright!

* Robocop
* Sonic Boom Brings a Brand-New Sonic to Wii U, 3DS and TV
* Amazon Acquires Video Gaming Studio Double Helix Games
* Early Access
* Net Neutrality Dead
* Street Fighter IV updates
* The Flappy Bird Saga Continues
* Magus, first game developed by Aksys, out on PS3 Feb. 25
* Watch Dogs Delayed for Wii U
* New PS Vita Model Confirmed for US, Included in Borderlands 2 Bundle
* Sly Cooper movie sneaks into theaters in 2016

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Game of the Year 2013 – Best Podcasts

Over the course of any year I listen to quite a few podcasts. In fact, my subscription list in Podkicker is over ten. One of them being the excellent comeback of the forever fantastic Retronauts. Always talking about the oldest of old school gaming classics!

However, my pick for winner of 2013 is Live Audio Wrestling’s Review-A-Wai. Just think of it as the Retronauts for pro wrestling. It really is that simple. John Pollock and Wai Ting always make for an interesting listen as they talk about past WWE (and WCW, etc.) events and compare how they felt then as opposed to today after rewatching these shows.

Of course I can’t end this 2013 awards article without selecting the best episode of my own creation, the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

I had fun on a lot of the shows Usagi704 and I recorded over the previous year. We “dropped da mic” in episode 25, had a great discussion about racing games with Gigastormz and ebbderelict, and we even talked about the ridiculous Xbone.

Those were all great, but the winner for the episode I had the most fun on was definitely our discussion with first-time guest stripesonfire. I don’t need to mention why episode 29 was the best we did in 2013. Listen to it and find out for yourself!

Hart & Usagi Podcast #42: The Beat Down

The Hart and Usagi Podcast is back for the first episode of the new year to talk about the beat-’em-up genre of gaming. To do so we welcome back Anthony from the ++Good Games podcast.

Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and also talk about today’s evolution of the beat-’em-up genre!

List of games talked about (a portion of):
* Streets of Rage
* Final Fight
* Double Dragon
* Riot Zone
* Sengoku
* Rushing Beat
* The Punisher
* Splatterhouse
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* X-Men
* Knights of the Round
* Magic Sword
* Devil May Cry
* Bayonetta
* Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
* Ninja Gaiden
* God Hand
* Target: Renegade
* Sword of Sodan
* Rastan
* Guardian Heroes
* Golden Axe
* Dungeons & Dragons
* Ikari III: The Rescue
* Rise to Honor
* Bujingai
* Vendetta
* The Bouncer
* The Combatribes

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Anthony: @24bitAJE | ++Good Games


Hart & Usagi Podcast #41: ++Good PS4

In this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast, we welcome back Georgie and, for as a first-time guest, one of the hosts from ++Good Games podcast it’s Anthony!

Our main topic for discussion is our experiences with the recently released PlayStation 4. We also speak on games we’ve played as of late along with a couple of news items.

Strap one on ’cause it’s time to jam with the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

* Sega 3DS 3D titles
* Killzone: Shadow Fall
* Kirby’s Dream Land 2
* Sleeping Dogs
* Doom
* Shadow Hearts
* Saints Row Twitter contest
* PlayStation 4 experiences
* Windows & Linux
* Pre-orders open for God of War Collection on Vita
* Persona 5 is Just the Beginning: Atlus Goes Persona Crazy
* Save The Last Christmas (For Me)
* Meeting Rob Van Dam
* Pacific Blue

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Georgie: @guuthulhu | Squiddy Fun Times
Anthony: @24bitAJE | ++Good Games


Hart & Usagi Podcast #40: Twitter Live

Did the PlayStation 4 really sell one million units on launch day? What’s that VCR looking thing? What are your favorite games of the seventh gaming console generation? All of these questions and more are answered in this edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

* PlayStation 4 sold 1 million units in first day of availability
* PS4 costs $381 to make, according to hardware teardown
* Xbox One is a VCR
* PS Vita purchase
* Zen Pinball 2
* Target sale
* “Anshisms”
* Top 10 Under-appreciated Games of the 7th Generation
* Top 10 Games of the Current Generation So Far
* Gift card rage
* Digital game rage

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #39: The Illest

The Hart & Usagi Podcast episode 39 brings you a lively discussion on the issue of a distributor blacklisting Indian gaming website Illgaming, story vs. gameplay, progress in Dark Souls, among other topics. Please join HartKnight (me), usagi704, and our guest lightnarcissus as we get to the bottom of Ludo Discobiscuits.

* The Ugly Truth
* Game OverThinker: Episode 88 – GTA V IS NOT A SATIRE (PROBABLY)
* Hart & Usagi Podcast #31: BioShock Infinite
* Story vs. Gameplay
* How Typing of the Dead: Overkill survived its studio’s apocalypse
* Dark Souls
* DualShock 4 (and PS3 compatibility)
* Ultra Street Fighter 4 adds ‘Ultra Combo Double’ and ‘Red Focus Attack’ mechanics

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #38: Don’t (Red) Cross Us

With lightnarcissus unable to join us this time due to Internet connection difficulties, you might expect to be bored, but don’t worry because we’re joined by daBlueWolfy to help fill the guest spot and we talk about our time playing Dark Souls for the Halloween season. Also on this episode you might be spooked by the new GameSpot site or the Steam controller. Don’t be afraid, though, because usagi704 and I will keep you company for the duration of episode 38 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

* Dark Souls
* GameSpot’s new website
* 24-hour Comics Day
* Hart & Usagi Podcast on Internet Archive
* Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition Coming Soon
* Republicans consider “blocking net neutrality” among debt ceiling demands
* Valve reveals Steam PC game controller
* Twitch gets $20 million in funding, Take-Two among investors
* How One Brave Co. Stood Up To The Government (And Got Shut Down Forever)
* Gamers Investigated For Virtual War Crimes

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Now Even Easier To Listen

The Hart & Usagi Podcast has been uploaded to Chirbit since we started in 2009. As easy to use as it has been we’ve needed an easier way for listeners to download each damn fine episode of the show. This has now become a reality.

I uploaded all 37 episodes to the Internet Archive and created a Feedburner RSS feed for you to subscribe to. The Feedburner feed serves a double role for subscribing to the whole HartKnight’s Archive blog and in addition it can also be used to subscribing you to the Hart & Usagi Podcast on your favorite podcatcher. This includes compatibility with iTunes!

If you have any problems with the new RSS feed working correctly I urge you to please let me know in the comments section below this blog post, on Twitter, or via email.