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Gaming Trivia
New games in the Dragon Quest series are purposely launched on Saturdays to prevent hoards of people from skipping work and school in Japan.
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #9: Far Cry 4 vs. Far Cry 3, rougelikes
Wed, Feb 04, 2015 4:58pm EST
By RevolvingDork
While traveling through otherworldly fantasy mountains, it is important to remain mindful that rhinoceroses have exceptionally short fuses. Whether you're driving a jeep through their mating grounds or simply firing machine guns erratically into the air, they can and will do their best to spoil your good time.

In this installment, Marie gets chased by rhinos and has a swearing problem, while Chris drops shade on the time-honored craft of storytelling and accidentally concocts a much better narrative direction for Far Cry 3.





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Gaming Trivia
Earthbound's final boss was inspired by an event when designer Shigesato Itoi accidentally viewed a disturbingly violent movie as a child.
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Jake T. Forbes LeapTrade and the Irrational Pursuit of an Entropy-Free Gaming Utopia
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 5:28pm EST
By Jake T. Forbes
Young Jake's parents wouldn't let him get a Nintendo even though he wanted it more than anything else in the world. He spent a lifetime of self-imposed therapy healing this trauma: playing and owning every console that followed, designing 8 bit games on graph paper, and eventually working in games and the equally deviant comics industry. If only they had let him have that NES, maybe Jake would have a real job by now. You can learn more about Jake on Twitter @JakeTForbes.


Last September you went to Target to find something to play. You narrowed your choices down to Destiny, Shadow of Mordor, or Bayonetta 2. They were all new releases priced at $60, all equal in value. You decided to go with Destiny. After a few weeks, you got bored with shooting Vex on Venus and decided to trade it in at Gamestop for one of the other two games. They offered you a $20 credit, not even half of what you needed to get the game you wanted. The equal values you saw when you first made your purchase are gone. The game is rigged and you lose.

I would wager most console gamers have felt the sting of a bad trade-in offer. Whether you took the deal or walked out with your dignity (and a game you don’t really want), you’ve no doubt thought to yourself, “There has to be a better way.”

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Gaming Trivia
Focus groups suggested that the handheld Atari Lynx be built larger so they could feel that they were "getting (their) money’s worth."
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #8: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:28pm EDT
By RevolvingDork
So, what's the deal with Sauron? Is a guy with the title of "Dark Lord" allowed to wear reflective clothing while bicycling?

No. I'm better than this. I will not dive headfirst into a poorly constructed Seinfeld parody in 2014. I'm so very sorry.

This week Marie and Chris discuss their time playing Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

What's up with that guy and orcs?






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Gaming Trivia
For the 1989 release of DuckTales for GameBoy, Nintendo's censors required that the crosses that appeared on tombstones be changed to "RIP."
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #7: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, fighting games
Mon, Oct 06, 2014 12:11pm EDT
By RevolvingDork
This week's podcast comes in at a svelte 22 minutes as we experiment with a shorter, more focused show. Don't worry, though -- we still manage to veer off on a few wild tangents.

This installment is centered around the launch of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, which is the latest game in a long-running series that Marie has never played(!). Topics discussed include the appeal of Smash Bros., goals, motivations, hopes, and dreams.






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Shigeru Miyamoto began work on an ill-fated 3D Mario game for the SNES called Super Mario FX five years before Super Mario 64 was developed.
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #6: Destiny, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Console wars
Wed, Sep 03, 2014 2:19pm EDT
By RevolvingDork
After an extended hiatus due to the realities of having jobs and other boring stuff, we're back to talk about our feelings. About games. Of course.

In this installment Marie and Chris discuss modern shooter mechanics, how the XBox One is dropping the ball, the appeal ( or lack thereof ) of the Wii U, and the life-threatening difficulties that are endured every day by those born with male genitalia.






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Gaming Trivia
In Japanese, the phrase "katamari damashii" loosely translates to "clump sprit". "Spirit" in this case refers to "enthusiasm".
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #5: PS4, Assassin's Creed 3, Gaming Business Models
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 6:22pm EDT
By RevolvingDork
Video games are fun and all, but few things capture the imagination of the Internet as absolutely as the metagame of determining which console is the best. There are new consoles on their way to stoke this venerable fire into a towering inferno of nerd rage; perhaps this time we'll finally come to an agreement and choose the one, true game machine. Also: World peace.

In this installment Marie and Chris discuss the (anticlimactic?) unveiling of the Playstation 4, Marie's fascination with 1700's era board games in Assassin's Creed III, and Chris' apparent desire to pay Microsoft even more money. Stay tuned at the end for a thought-provoking analysis compilation of "That's what she said!" jokes assembled by our producer, KBam.





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Gaming Trivia
In Simlish, the fictional language of the Sims, "soo soo" means "hello."
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #4: Best Gaming Moments of 2012, Skyrim, Gamer Resolutions for 2013
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 2:32pm EST
By RevolvingDork
It's the dawn of a new year, which means it's time for deep introspection and reflection about the earth's most recent cycle around the sun and what it means to be alive. We've decided to frame this discussion in the structure of wacky top three lists!

In this installment, Marie and Chris talk about their favorite gaming moments of 2012 and their gamer resolutions for 2013. Topics covered include: Chris' anemic gamerscore, Skyrim's unique combination of item hoarding and romance, and how Marie fell in love with a tiny man inside her computer.




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Gaming Trivia
Mega Man was originally built as a lab assistant robot named Rock. His sister, Roll, is a housekeeping robot.
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #3: #1reasonwhy, Bioshock Infinite, Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC, Criminal Case, Trine 2
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 5:08pm EST
By RevolvingDork
It's back to basics this week as we double down on a plain ol' audio format. You may notice that the sound quality itself has DRAMATICALLY improved: this is a result of our ongoing fight against bleeding ears.

In this installment, Marie and Chris talk about sexism in the game industry as addressed by #1reasonwhy, Bioshock Infinite's marketing, Steam's Big Picture mode, Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC, how modern alien designs suck ( unless you're playing Mass Effect ), and why a stuffy British guy thinks games don't qualify as "art".




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You're Bad And You Should Feel Bad
Gaming Trivia
The NES version of Punch-Out!! featured a boxer named Soda Popinski. He is a cleaned up variation of the arcade version's Vodka Drunkenski.
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #2: Halo 4, Assassin's Creed, Kickstarter, Smartphones
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:49pm EST
By RevolvingDork


As part of our continuing quest for the ideal presentational format, we have video this week! Marvel at our ability to maintain an interesting conversation and play Minecraft at the same time!

In this installment, Marie and Chris talk about Halo 4, Assassin's Creed, Kickstarter, and why Chris doesn't own a smartphone.

Special thanks go to Katherine Bamford for editing the video!




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Gaming Trivia
A gene on chromosome 7 of the human genome was briefly named for Sonic the Hedgehog, but scientists later decided to ditch "humorous" names.
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RevolvingDork Hypercombofinish Podcast #1: Dishonored, Witcher 2, Wii U
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 3:40pm EST
By RevolvingDork
The Internet has provided us with a cornucopia of ways to tell others that they are wrong.

We send emails, post blog comments, and contribute to forum threads in the desperate hope that someone, somewhere, will come to realize that they are and will always be wrong. We here at Hypercombofinish recognize and honor the motivations that drive the Internet’s diligent troll population; who else would be capable of revealing the startling truths behind our racial ancestries and sexual orientations?

As a celebration of Internet-enabled discourse, Marie and I are proud to present the inaugural Hypercombofinish Podcast. We hope you enjoy it!

Topics discussed in this edition include:
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • XCOM
  • Halo 4
  • Dishonored
  • voice acting in games
  • why being old will be awesome
  • Witcher 2
  • Marie's position as a race traitor in Gears of War
  • Zelda Skyward Sword
  • Wii U


Note: This podcast was originally intended to have a video component. Due to my stupidity technical problems, we were unable to record any video. We’ll get it right in time for the next edition.

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