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Barrel Roll #169 – “Panda Games Are Their Own Genre”

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After a brief hiatus, the Barrel Roll podcast is back to their old tricks. Jesse, Jonah, Wes, and Adam Milecki return for an in depth discussion of the burgeoning panda genre and what it brings to the table.

Jonah finally dips into Tokyo Jungle to try out its panda-related DLC. Jesse fights pandas with increasingly elaborate costumes in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition. Adam shares his experience with Hotline Miami… which might have a panda mask in it or something (maybe). And Wes travels into peoples’ memories (which might have pandas in them) while playing To the Moon.

The crew also talks about the Wii U, Nintendo Land, Street Fighter X Mega Man, Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution, Red Rogue, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown‘s multiplayer mode.

All this and more on episode #169 of the Barrel Roll Podcast, “Panda Games Are Their Own Genre”.

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Listen to the Mega Man Network’s 25th Anniversary Podcast

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megacast-25thThe Mega Man Network’s podcast has been a little infrequent as of late. I should know (I host it). But now that the 25th Anniversary celebration is well underway, getting the crew back together became a must.

We didn’t just get our old crew, though. We also invited Capcom’s Mega Man aficionados, Brett Elston and Greg Moore. We talk about the recently released Street Fighter X Mega Man and a slew of other random things that may include a Capcom FMV game on the original PlayStation.

Head over to the Mega Man Network to grab the episode.

Growing Up with 25 Years of Mega Man, One Series at a Time

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Mega Man 25th Anniversary

I’ve been playing Mega Man almost as long as I’ve been playing video games. And I’ve been playing video games almost my entire life. The little guy’s been fighting evil for 25 years now. With any luck, he’ll mirror the longevity of pop culture icons like James Bond, living to celebrate his fiftieth.

But what IS Mega Man? Over the years, Mega Man has meant many things. Whether it’s side-scrolling action, competitive RPGs, or grandiose, 3D adventures, the Mega Man series has made its mark on the medium across an absurd amount of titles. Each have their strengths and their diehard fan bases.

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Review: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Does What Nintendon’t

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Traditionally, I find the kart racing genre as fun as I do frustrating. In the effort to embrace players of all skill levels, genre giants like the Mario Kart series go overboard with weapons, punishing players for being better at driving with unavoidable weapons of mass destruction.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, on the other hand, continues its predecessor’s finely tuned weapon balance while vastly improving on the groundwork it laid two years prior. Between the core systems, track diversity, game modes, and great use of classic franchises, developer Sumo Digital has (barring a few technical issues) created what is quite possibly the best kart racer I have ever played.

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Barrel Roll #168 – “How Many Cats & Koalas Have You Married?”

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Barrel Roll Episode 168 - Can you marry a cat?

After a brief hiatus, the Barrel Roll podcast is back! We’re here to ask the hard hitting questions about controversial games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Does it let you marry cats and koalas? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Jesse, Mike, and Adam Anania manage to set aside their animal related differences long enough to talk about all the latest video games… like a real ass pinball machine. Jesse and Mike discuss their time with Halo 4 and Smartglass. Adam tells us why Assassin’s Creed 3 makes him consider quitting the series entirely. And we talk all manner of other games including Code of Princess, Paper Mario Sticker Star, Mechwarrior Online, and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.

All this (and ramen discussion) on episode #168 of the Barrel Roll Podcast, “How Many Cats & Koalas Have You Married?”

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Barrel Roll #167 – “Omega Tom Hanks”

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Barrel Roll #167 - "Omega Tom Hanks"

Lock the doors, board up the windows, and hide your loved ones. Omega Tom Hanks is coming to town and he’s bringing his entire balance-destroying moveset with him.

Before the Hanksocalypse, Jesse Gregory, Adam Milecki, and Mike Bachmann huddled together to chat about video games for their last moments on Earth. Adam and Jesse obsess over XCOM: Enemy Unknown and spread a little more Tokyo Jungle love (this time with co-op!). Mike gives us the lowdown on EA Origin’s coupon debacle while telling us about Mugen, the open fighting engine that’s over a decade old.

All this and other random crap on Barrel Roll #167 – “Omega Tom Hanks”.

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Barrel Roll #166 – “The Duke of Jerk”

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Barrel Roll Podcast #166 - The Duke of Jerk

A calamity has struck. The human race as we know it seems to have disappeared. That is, except for three resourceful podcasters. How long can they survive before being consumed by swarms of wild pomeranians?

Jonah, Jesse, and Adam Anania pool their resources to survive this harsh future while also managing to talk about video games. Adam went to TGS to try out Earth Defense Force 4 and Rockman Xover before heading home with Monster Hunter 3G (soon to be 3 Ultimate), The Denpa Men, and the enhanced vita port of Earth Defense Force 2017. Jonah gets his loot on with Torchlight 2 and Borderlands 2. Jesse gets welcomed to the jungle with Tokyo Jungle and Rayman Jungle Run. And the brothers Gregory have a great time with Dead or Alive 5 while simultaneously swallowing the embarrassment induced by its characters.

All this along with nerd stalkers, Dragon’s Dogma anecdotes, and more on episode #166 of Barrel Roll: “The Duke of Jerk”.

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Giveaway: Win a Physical Copy of The OneUps’ Intergalactic Continuum

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Intergalactic Continuum by The OneUps

“That could be YOUR hand!”

The very fabric of the universe is in trouble and only the chosen one can save it. Will you bring balance to the intergalactic continuum? No? Well, would you like to win an album named Intergalactic Continuum? Good!

The OneUps, a band known for giving video game remixes a unique (and often funkalicious) flavor, have finally released their fifth album. Intergalactic Continuum marks the second album since the band’s stylistic reboot and features a mix of songs from the early classics of Battletoads and Ikari Warriors to modern titles like Plants vs. Zombies.

We’re giving away a sealed physical copy of the album to one lucky reader. All you have to do is comment on this post with a naming idea for The OneUps’ next album starting with the word “Intergalactic”. Before Intergalactic Continuum, they released Intergalactic Redux. What comes next? Read the full contest rules below and let us know!

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Barrel Roll #165 – “PAX Prime Roundup 2012″

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On the much delayed one-hundred and sixty-fifth episode of Barrel Roll, Jesse and Jonah are joined by Adam to discuss all the stuff they played way back a few weeks ago at PAX Prime 2012. This includes such hot jams as Lost Planet 3Rayman Legends, and The Wonderful 101. There is also a lot of talk about the Wii U, because that is what all the hip kids are talking about these days.

In our second segment, Jonah brings FTL: Faster than Light to the table. It’s a roguelike on a space ship and he thought it was pretty good. Adam and Jesse finally get a chance to chat about their New Super Mario Bros. 2 impressions. Adam also brings a strange rhythm game to mix titled HarmoKnight.

All this plus lots more on Barrel Roll #165, “PAX Prime 2012 Roundup”.

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Super Time Force PAX Preview: Time Travel With ‘Tude

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Super Time Force - Dinosaur Boss from PAX 2012 Demo

Sometimes a game has a mechanic so brilliant and works so naturally that I can’t help but wonder where it’s been all my life. Super Time Force revolves around such a mechanic: Single player Co-Op.

Every time you die, you start over. The hook is that your last attempts do as well, fighting alongside you before they repeat their grisly demise. If you die enough, you can amass an army of failures and maybe, just maybe, have a completely successful run.

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