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Giant Bombcast 596: Math Amphetamine

Games are approaching! But before the Fall releases start, we take a little more time with Fire Emblem, check out Rebel Galaxy Outlaw and RAD, talk loot box developments, talk through more than one weird concert report, and take another round of your foodmails.

The Giant Bombcast is the world's most beloved video game podcast, and now it's available in video form.

Aug. 13 2019

Posted by: Brad

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Weird Al!

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Trigger warning:

There is a DOTA minute (it lasts more than a minute).

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No Jeff this week? Was the Game Tapes prerecorded before Jeff went on paternity leave?

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All aboard for E4.

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@slowdraw: Yeah, even Ben was with a beard in the video (now he's clean shaven), I bet the Game Tapes videos take a while to edit/post.

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Both Freespace 2 and Star Control 2 mentioned.

Hell yes.

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Warning, there’s another long discussion about Fire Emblem.

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@slowdraw: It seems like it was pre-recorded. I was so excited when I saw Jeff in the thumbnail too. :(

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That Fire Emblem is a house biased

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It's a common misconception that all fire sprinklers go off at the same time. They are set off individually by heat (or abuse).

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Live shows where every opener is a band you love are the best. It rarely happens but some of those have been my favorite shows. I also like co-headlining tours where two equally popular bands trade spots.

I'm really curious why Ben is going to see Cher. That seems really random. I don't even know a Cher song other than "Believe".

On the subject of Fire Emblem, I'm playing on hard/classic and it's really not been that difficult at all. The rewind feature is a big reason why, I guess. I remember Awakening being way, way harder than this, not to mention the early Super Famicom games.

I think people forget the genre's roots. Go back and play Final Fantasy Tactics. That game will kick your ass and it has so much more depth than Three Houses. Not complaining, it just seems like people are missing the point: That this is an incredibly streamlined and accessible tactical RPG exactly for people like Brad who think "That seems really complicated. I could never get into that" because it's really not at all. Pokemon is probably more complicated than this game.

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I was at the show down in Los Angeles...oddly enough it was ALSO at The Greek Theatre. Ben's account of it is pretty spot on. He absolutely killed it. I don't know if I fully appreciated the Orchestra component though, having not seen the Weird one before.

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@rorie: Patrick Shiroishi is super talented! He played saxophone for Corima, a zeuhl band like Magma. It’s sort of a prog rock thing. I can see why Godspeed You! Black Emperor would pick him. He’s an LA local too.

His current projects are super artsy high concept Jazz things so I can see why it’d be tough to stomach but considering the pretentiousness ratio at a GY!BE show I can imagine some folks might click with it.

Check out Corima if you like prog/math/technical rock with horns

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@slowdraw said:

No Jeff this week? Was the Game Tapes prerecorded before Jeff went on paternity leave?

Ben's beard should have given that away.

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Rocket League won't completely remove loot boxes, just the random factor. You will still be able to buy a loot box, but will now know exactly what you'll get (similar to Fortnite Save the World).

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Premium video doesn’t show up in Giant Bomb Video Buddy under “latest” listing but can be found be searching. Just a heads up and not a grouse.

I know gbvb isn’t an official app nor does it have much support these days but maybe this is a relevant thing for other apps and users?

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I know there's been a lot of negativity about West coast content since Jeff went away, but this was a good solid Bombcast. Good job everybody!

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as a non-American, "weird Al" is completely baffling to me, I don't get it lads, he sings like a Madonna song but says "butt" instead of a real lyric?

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Love that when Jeff is gone everyone gets into.....DOTA.....

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Ben, in regards to Fire Emblem's difficulty option, you cannot go from normal to hard midway through the game but you can drop the difficulty to normal if you start hard.

You should have started the game on hard since the game is brain dead easy.

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@nthnmllr said:

as a non-American, "weird Al" is completely baffling to me, I don't get it lads, he sings like a Madonna song but says "butt" instead of a real lyric?

Kind of, some of his parodies are misses and even more were more kind of products of their time (not in that way people use to defend gross shit though). There's some nostalgia for sure, but the dude has been a force for positivity since the 90s. Like, seriously, I don't think the dude has ever had a single scandal attached to him despite being in the spotlight forever. Weird Al is pretty much on everyone's top 3 for people they'd hate to see be a milkshake duck.

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It greatly amuses my cold, dead heart to learn so many of you Bombcast listeners are food snobs. Getting on a high horse about pizza must feel amazing.

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I want a GB DotA team! I would love to see a video of you guys teaching Jan (a league player) how to play.

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Nintendo had RAD in one of its conferences...

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bad pizza is NOT better than no pizza. bad pizza is heartbreaking. the definition of "bad" is definitely subjective, but still, i would rather have no pizza than suffer the crushing disappointment of a bad pizza.

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@rorie: Patrick Shiroishi is super talented! He played saxophone for Corima, a zeuhl band like Magma. It’s sort of a prog rock thing. I can see why Godspeed You! Black Emperor would pick him. He’s an LA local too.

His current projects are super artsy high concept Jazz things so I can see why it’d be tough to stomach but considering the pretentiousness ratio at a GY!BE show I can imagine some folks might click with it.

Check out Corima if you like prog/math/technical rock with horns

OK, I might! This is him solo so I was not super impressed with the videos but we'll see!

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I personally love all the anime talk, but I probably lean too hard into the unconditional anime love. For example, A Certain Magical Index is trash but I'm lovin' that junk!

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@rorie I have had some of my pc parts killed by water (not all, just some parts). Had a large glass mug full of water sitting on the corner of my desk, above the PC. The mug cracked and broke on its own (don't think it was tempered glass) pouring onto the PC. Killed both my graphics card and PSU, everything else still functioned.

Not a fun experience, would not recommend.

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Weird Al is skipping the Michael Jackson songs because of all the stuff that has come out about him.

I saw him in Nashville and met him afterwords. I don't know how he dealt with 75 people after he did a 2 hours high energy concert in 90 degree heat, but dude was as nice as can be.

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Any way we can get a transcript attached when Rorie is on? I have literlly no idea what he was saying through the entire thing.

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Just Joshin'! Never change, Rorie!

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For every minute of Dota 2 talk, I demand a minute of uninterrupted Wrestling talk when Jeff comes back. And no whining!

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@magusmaleficus: It's always more amusing when a "Pizza elite" then self owns by saying they are in Connecticut. What a dipshiat. No one cares about Connecticut pizza.

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@rorie I love the subtle references to Jawbreaker and GYBE. Also the Braid shirt you wear from time to time!

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@sakesushi: one time the gang of Railgun goes shopping for a rice maker and objectively that’s garbage tv but let me tell you, I’ve watched every episode.

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Brad was trying to think of Thottbot, which got merged into Wowhead

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@humanity said:

Trigger warning:

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Just breath. That's right, in through the nose and out through the mouth. We will get through this together.

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@mondels: I can fuck with a Little Caesars hot and ready anytime. Does that make me a monster?

I'd say a lot has to go wrong for me to not want to eat a pizza.

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Do we have a League of Legend GB community?

Anyone beside me play the game?

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Apex Legends solo is really good! Won five matches so far with five different legends. Its much quicker and stressful but I really enjoy it.

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Did the story surrounding mod moderation on Steam change too include everything? Last I read that was not the case. They are only going to start moderating the steam workshops for Valve owned games. I.e. Dota, TF2 and Counter Strike (i think it was). Not, say, Skyrim's mods, or the various mods for slay the spire or so on.

Unless the story has been updated too valve moderating the worship space of third-party/non Valve games, this is not nearly the story they reported.

I.e. they are not massively up-ticking in hiring. They are not doing it to crack down on the store at large. They are doing it because of a lot of lost revenue in some of these games via the workshop. I.e., its not them actually being good stewards of their store. Its them responding Valve itself personally losing money and deciding to only then do something about it.

Its still great news I think for the communities of games which might see this happen, in so much as the counterfeiting stuff will go away perhaps. But this is not them putting a dime of money towards anyone but their own bottom line.

Someone get back to me if I am wrong, but otherwise, I hope they correct this next week.

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I was kind of shocked that Brad neglected the ESA leak story that the E3 2004 and 2006 media lists were also leaked.

Brad kind of whiffed it on the details with the Rocket League story. Fortnite Save the World still has the loot pinatas, but they show you what you're getting up front.

Pizza snobs are the worst.

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@janman
So that art enthusiast just criticaled a dragon out of existence, and he yelled "let me paint you a picture" as he did it.

FE Three Houses is pretty awesome. Golden Deer all the way

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I was super into Weird Al when I was younger. There was a stretch of time where it was practically all I listened to. Nothing wrong with him now, and I'd still listen to those songs, but I haven't heard any of his new stuff for like... 10 years at this point.

The old Wowhead-esque site was called Thottbot. Bit of an unfortunate name in today's vernacular. (Fun side note - when I first heard thot being thrown around, I wondered if it was somehow related.) Wowhead's Classic site actually has an option for a Thottbot skin, if you want your eyes to bleed like the good ol' days.

That laundry vs dishes question depends on one big factor - does laundry being done also include it being folded/hung up and put away for you? Because if so, then 1,000% choosing laundry, no contest. If it doesn't include that, then still picking laundry, but it's a closer decision.