Archive for May, 2010

Is Prince of Persia about a magic doo-dad, ostriches, the invasion of Iraq, the fantastical properties of Gemma Arterton’s decolletage, Ben Kingsley’s eyeliner, or all of the above?

If you haven’t seen Prince of Persia, join us for our 3×3 of movie romances in which the characters don’t even kiss. It’s a tough one. It starts at the 51:30 mark.

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Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson are soldiers tasked with notifying the next of kin of killed soldiers. Is The Messengers a war film? A buddy story? An art house movie? Whatever you want to call it — we wrestle with that a bit — the three of us heartily recommend it.

If you haven’t seen The Messenger, join us for this week’s 3×3: movies that recommend other movies. It starts at the 57-minute mark.

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In this podcast with Dean “Dean” O’Donnell, you will hear him begin a point with the words “So I was fighting these black dragons the other day.” And he’s not talking about a videogame. You know you’re in good hands for a discussion of Neverwinter Nights 2.

But first, we range across such topics as Super Columbine Massacre RPG, our backgrounds in theater, and banning fun and zombies.

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Jason Cross discuss with me the idyllic yesteryear of videogames journalism, whether writing about PCs is fun anymore, and how to bail on bad TV shows. Then we talk about No One Lives Forever, the game whose acronym is more fun to say than any other game except Master of Orion. NOLF! Say it out loud. Your mouth will thank you. NOLF!

Does No One Lives Forever hold up? Why wasn’t it more successful? Is Cate Archer to blame? And how would NOLF do if it came out today?

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Me and Jason — a.k.a. pyrhic [sic] — discuss ancient Greek tactics confused for drinks, real-world calamities including matchmaking in DICE’s games, and how Left 4 Dead is a rage machine. He also totally puts the “ass” in asymmetrical, but catches himself on it before I can give him any guff. Then we get around to wishing more games were like Pirates. We’re at it for a while, but if you listen, you could win a free bad game!

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You probably haven’t seen 44 Inch Chest, which just came out on DVD. You should do something about that. Then you can listen to our podcast about this brutal profane poetic British amalgam of Othello, Reservoir Dogs, and Sexy Beast.

Until then, you’ll just have to fast forward to this week’s 3×3 at the 48-minute mark: movies that break the fourth wall.

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