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A Little Family Talk About Person of Interest

Person of Interest

Kim, Tuffley & Bryan convene to discuss the series Person of Interest while at DragonCon 2016. Recorded in front of a mostly live studio audience.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:05+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Podcasts|0 Comments

Midsomer Murders: The Bingo Game

John Nettles from Midsomer Murders
‘Officers, that man claims to have a bingo. Check his card.’

It’s no secret that we have fans of Midsomer Murders among us. Cosette, having watched through the entire series, identified her Top 10 crazy murders that have occurred in Midsomer. And now our very own Kim has applied her knowledge of the show to a brand new game that you can enjoy while watching: Midsomer Murders Bingo. There’s a sample below:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:09+00:00 November 29th, 2015|Stimuli|2 Comments

The Grue Café #6: The Massively Affected

Mass Effect 3

It has returned! Yet again we invite you to peruse the sandwich menu at The Grue Café, with this episode starring Kim and Doc Ezra. This episode focuses on the impending Mass Effect 3 release, plus a look at Dragon Age, and much, much more.

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Theme song courtesy of MC Frontalot. Of course.

By | 2017-09-24T22:32:46+00:00 March 5th, 2012|Grue Cafe, Podcasts|7 Comments

The Grue Café #3: Skype Falls, Everyone Dies

Doc Ezra flamingo

And now we bring you the post-DragonCon episode of The Grue Café, starring Kim, Rox of Spazhouse and special guest Dom. Also in attendance is Flamingo Doc Ezra. The panel discusses, when they are not being thrown about by Skype, post-DragonCon info, fun with RPGs and video games in America vs. video games in Germany. Dice addiction is briefly touched upon as well.

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Theme song courtesy of MC Frontalot. Of course.

By | 2017-09-24T22:47:40+00:00 October 8th, 2010|Grue Cafe, Podcasts|1 Comment

The Grue Café #1: Character Creation

Grue Cafe

Widge here. And I am pleased as hell to bring you yet another podcast from some of the other fevered brains around here. That’s right, it’s a podcast all about gaming–and it stars our three resident experts on the subject, bringing you insight and foresight from their various and sundry backgrounds: Doc Ezra, Rox of Spazhouse and they are led by the intrepid Kim. Join them as they relate their origin stories as gamers. And let them know what you think: because they just might make a habit of this…

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Theme song courtesy of MC Frontalot. Of course.

By | 2017-09-24T22:49:30+00:00 August 3rd, 2010|Grue Cafe, Podcasts|1 Comment

Kim’s RPG Confession

D100

I’m about to make a confession that may shock you.

I have never played a tabletop role-playing game.

I know, I know, it’s hard to believe! I put up a good front, after all, cracking “saving roll” and “initiative” jokes with my geek friends, referring to things as “chaotic neutral,” making appreciative comments about d20 earrings in the dealer room at cons…but it is all a hollow lie.

People have a hard time believing this when I tell them. After all, am I not the queen of the console RPG, both Japanese and Western? Do I not do all the sidequests on my Final Fantasy games, even the really annoying and tedious ones? Did I not, as a young lass, round up the neighbor children, dress them up, assign them roles, and lead them on various quests in a sort of baby LARP? (Favorite themes: Narnia (I was Lucy), GI Joe (I was Scarlett) and Princess Escaping From Evil Wizard (I was the Princess. Duh.))

Yes, gentle reader. I am all these things. And yet I somehow missed out on the grand progenitor of them all. How could this be?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:00:55+00:00 July 26th, 2009|Stimuli|7 Comments

Infinite Undiscovery – Game Review

Infinite Undiscovery game cover art

US Release Date: September 2, 2008
System: Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: Teen
Price: $56.99 at Amazon.com

Infinite Unsatisfaction

Infinite Undiscovery is a Japanese action JRPG brought to you by Square Enix (the company that brings us Final Fantasy and thus the reigning god of JRPGs) and tri-Ace (the developer behind a number of well-received series including Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile), which is why I picked it up in the first place. The game promises an engaging storyline, beautiful graphics, a seamless real-time battle system that encourages strategic thinking, a vast number of characters, and other goodies. From the blurb, the fantastic cover art, and the absolutely stunning animation that plays over the opening screen, it’s very exciting. This, you think as you pick up your controller, is going to be AWESOME.

And then you start to play.

And all your hopes and dreams for the next 30-40 hours of your game-playing life come tumbling down.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:11:33+00:00 October 8th, 2008|Game Reviews|5 Comments

Guitar Hero on Tour – Game Review

Guitar Hero on Tour

US Release Date: June 22, 2008
System: Nintendo DS
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $47.99 at Amazon.com

Concept

The Guitar Hero juggernaut rolls to handhelds with this title for the Nintendo DS. Best Thing Ever, or are they milking the cash cow a leeeetle too hard?

Sight and Sound

I would like to give a detailed review of the graphics, but unfortunately I can’t, because when I play a Guitar Hero game my eyes must remain unswervingly fixed on the scrolling note indicators lest chaos ensue. So as for the in-song graphics, I can tell you that the scrolling note indicators scroll smoothly and are easy to read. The few glimpses I caught of the performance animations out of the corners of my eye seemed fine – fairly standard for the GH games and the DS system. Nothing to write home about, but not disappointing either.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:11:36+00:00 October 6th, 2008|Game Reviews|1 Comment