2 Chimps Ep. 102 - Magic Mike

Darksiders, Quantum Conundrum, and Top Holiday 2012 Releases.

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FanBoy93's picture

I'm down for Fantasy Football. Play it every year.

Josh Kowbel's picture

Rolling was only faster in Gears of War 2 because Epic slowed down the running speed. They wanted the gameplay to be more tactical in nature, so they included stopping power as well. 

My textbooks are actually cheaper to rent through my university's book store, so I'm sorry to say you guys won't be getting an Amazon affiliate penny from me there. 

The Counter-Strike Zombie mod is still very popular to this day. The Escape variant spawns several players as zombies on the terrorist side. The goal for the counter-terrorists is to beat the map by reaching safe haven or the rescue vehicle while the zombies chase down survivors and stab them to infect them. Popular maps include the near-identical remake of Resident Evil 1's mansion, the Mines of Moria and Helms Deep from Lord of the Rings, and an Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom recreation.

I'm not sure who has it more rough between you two or me this winter. While you guys hunt down hidden pieces of trash and play through the games on the hardest difficulty, I only have to play through a release once or twice before I feel safe reviewing it. However, I count nearly twenty games that will need reviews before the end of 2012. That's not including Wii U titles... 

Because I'm a rebel, here are my five games I'm looking forward to most:

  1. Resident Evil 6 
  2. Assassin's Creed 3
  3. Dishonored
  4. Borderlands 2
  5. Halo 4 

I disliked the humanization of Bane in The Dark Night Rises. He does wear a mask in the comics because of his disfigured face, but his addiction to the Venom that gives him super strength is what makes Bane a more unique character in the Batman universe. Without the roid rage, Bane may as well be another one of Joker's lackeys. 

Charlie Walker's picture

I would definitely be interested in doing the Fantasy Football as well as do another Pick 'em league. 

I pre-ordered Halo 4 limited edition through you Amazon link, because it's a pre-order i suppose you wont see a penny until it dispatches.

Glad to hear you are planning on doing a walkthrough for Borderlands, although I'm sure it will become a drink along. It's always nice to have some strategy talk even if it is same old run and gun. Btw just watched the DAYZ drink along and yes Dan there is a 'U' in colour, when spelt the correct way. 

good podcast 

derletzteschrei's picture

I recommend an App for OSX named "Caffeine". So the display stays active all the time until you deactivate "Caffeine".

You can install it for free from the MacOSX App Store.

Dan Broadbent's picture

@derletzteschrei

Thanks for the recommendation, very handy app!

NeoMV's picture

@ Josh Kowbel

Bane is actually one of Batmans most intelligent and physically powerful foes. I was doing some reading on him before I saw the movie and I never knew he was such a dangerous person besides his strength.

Timmus17's picture

Of course I am totally down for the Fantasy Football John and Dan!

jaker1087's picture

Yes I would like to do fantasy football with Dan and John. As well as the pickem.

TurMoiL911's picture

Channing Tatum was in Fighting, a 2009 movie where he's participating in street fights.

Pavan's picture

You should read the Ghost of Onyx and the Fall of Reach if you are going to read any of the Halo book series.

Scumbagb3n's picture

@Pavan Those books are very well written and definitely worth reading. Also the sequels to The Fall of Reach- (The Flood)?- and First strike, are equally good reads.

Might be hard to find though.

Fantasy football? Like footy tipping?

You got the pronunciation of strayya right. Leaning towards a kiwi accent though. They're about as different as Canadian and American though

doubledare100's picture

Hey Jon, if you need halo books I have the Fall of Reach, The Flood also First Strike and Contact Harvest (Which features Humans and covenant meeting for the first time ). I also have some other books if you are interested in thriller and mystery genres.

I am going with what i like from trailers and here are my top 4

       1.Borderlands 2

       2. Halo 4

       3.Dishonored

       4. Bioshock Infinite (i know it is coming out in February, but i am a Huge Bioshock fan and can't wait for it!)

Lightning's picture

I've read all of the Halo novels (except for the two newest forerunner books, which I own and have been meaning to get around to reading), so I might be of some service.

Overview

The Fall of Reach -- Details the origins of the Spartan-2 program and the Human-Covenant war
The Flood -- Details the events that coincide with Halo:CE, with greater depth and additional details and storylines.
First Strike -- Details how John and Sergeant Johnson escaped Halo and returned to Earth, and how the other Spartans survived and escaped the fall of Reach, bridging the gap between Halo 1 and Halo 2.
Ghosts of Onyx -- Details the origins of the Spartan-3 program that would later appear in the game Halo Reach, and continues the story of the other Spartan-2s from First Strike, bridging the gap between Halo 2 and Halo 3.
Contact Harvest -- Details both the origins of Sergeant Johnson and the specifics of the first contact with the Covenant and the resultant battle of Harvest.
The Cole Protocol -- Details the shenanigans of a far-flung team of Spartan-2s, Human seperatists, and unquely detailed Covenant forces.
Glasslands -- Details the events that occur after Ghosts of Onyx, and appears to bridge the gap between Halo 3 and Halo 4.

Review

The Fall of Reach is excellent, and is indespensible for understanding the entire Halo series.  If you only read one book, make it this one.  However, reading this book will make you pissed at how batshit-retarded and flat-out-wrong Halo Reach's story was.
The Flood is a worthwile book to read, despite directly correlating to the events of Halo:CE.  Even if you're intimately familiar with Halo:CE, there are a lot of extra details and side stories that make this book worth reading.
First Strike is quite good, but starts dealing with some screwy metaphysics.  It's definately still worth reading, but take a few aspects of it with a grain of salt.
Ghosts of Onyx is a bit of a stretch.  The latter third of the book is poorly detailed and poorly thought-out, but if you've been  enjoying the series up to this point, it's still worth putting up with.
Contact Harvest is quite good, refreshingly so after Ghosts of Onyx.  Also, as it occurs concurrently with events that take place in The Fall of Reach, you could read it at any time after you've read The Fall of Reach.
The Cole Protocol is a lot like TDKR: bizzarely and inexcusably boring.  This is the only book that can be skipped entirely without missing things that will matter in other books, so if you're not enjoying what you're reading a few dozen pages into the book, feel free to put it down.
Glasslands was admittedly interesting but incredibly frustrating to read.  The book seems to suffer from being written by someone who simply isn't as familiar with the series as she needs to be.  One storyline from previous novels was completely mishandled and resolved in an arbitrary and unsatisfying way, and the entire book is spent one-sidedly berating a certain character's morally ambiguous actions that, without which, nobody would even be fucking alive to criticize.

whateveritis12's picture

I'm all for joining a pick'em league.

The biggest thing that ruins the perception of Bane in pop culture comes from Batman and Robin.  Which is a shame because he ruined Batman and put him out of commission for several months in pretty much the same way he did in Rises, but only after a long drawn out plan that involved a number of Batman's villains tiring him out.

If Joker wasn't so bat shit crazy he'd be the most dangerous villain.  He's definitely the most physically imposing.

explicit_baron's picture

Good episode. It had a very nostalgic feel, reminded of the old Chimp episodes prior to episode 50.

Os1res's picture

Hey Colorado isn't the only crazy state, Wisconsin had Dahmer, Gein, Peterson, Robert Charles Browne, William Cody, Alfred Packer..

4persimon's picture

I would definitely recommend reading the Halo books, they're all very good. Fall of Reach, The Flood, and The First Strike are all based upon the story of Master Chief from his childhood until roughly the time between Halo 1 and 2, I haven't read the Forerunner series but I plan on it, I recommend Halo Evolutions, it's full of short stories from the Halo universe, my personal favorite Halo book is Ghosts of Onyx.

  They're all well written and really get your heart pumped, I recommend them to Halo fans, hell, even if you hate Halo, the books might change your mind.

Great podcast as usual, you guys really brighten up my day, and John, the thing about your headphones, you're not the only one who seriously gets annoyed by that stuff, I hate little things like that. Game on.

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