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The Giant Beastcast: Episode 242

We continue our journey into 2020 with games from the past. While Bakalar scours CES we talk about things like Skyrim, XCOM 2, and Halo: Reach. We also get to the news, things to chew on, and even some good old roller rink talk.

The Giant Bomb East team gathers to talk about the week in video games, their lives, and basically anything that interests them. All from New York City!

Jan. 10 2020

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Mike, Abby

Posted by: Vinny

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Is that a Monte Cristo?

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whatever it is, I want it

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Looks like a Reuben actually.

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Post Dan Beastcast

Is it like a hangover

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#munchtherag

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First one of the post-Dan era...

But it's still a Friday, and this is still the greatest podcast in the known universe.

EDIT: I don't wanna rule out the possibility that it was just a typo, but replacing "Origins" with "Oranges" has been a running joke in the UK games press for a long time now (see also: Assassin's Creed Oranges) so there's at least a non-zero chance that they wrote that on purpose.

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my goodness I am so hungry.

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Damn I think I know what I'm having for lunch...

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i have to commend the wordplay at 1:17:40

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Them saying the new Ghostbusters is fucking stupid, but the 2016 one was good because they dont wanna upset abby is hilarious. what a load of shit

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I'd watch Vinny play Warframe. Maybe they could have Mike walk him through the early steps of the game in a co-op session, and stream it.

I actually went back and watched that playdate when Mike played Warframe for most of that stream, and I just loved the reaction from Vinny. I bet he would like it.

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@whozzev said:

Them saying the new Ghostbusters is fucking stupid, but the 2016 one was good because they dont wanna upset abby is hilarious. what a load of shit

What is it about Ghostbusters that brings out the worst people?

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@worlddude: Something something ruined childhood memories.

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Man... seriously monotone podcast without Dan... He really was the energy of GB. I don't think I can make it through :(

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Spoilers for Halo Reach in this one, I don't think they realize this just came out for the first time on PC.

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@avioto: yeah but if you paid any attention to Halo lore, you already knew the rub going in. Hell, I think the original advertising was "You know how it ends before it begins"

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Mike, please join the Beast Crew. You fit right in, and having no Dan is a glaring hole now.

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@sto_ln: Yeah the energy is pretty much gone.

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Man...Alex has some real bad Ghostbusters takes. The new movie looks like good fun, we deserve some good Ghostbusting.

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@worlddude: That movie was bad though, regardless of any of the noise around it. Not sure how you watch that movie and get anything for disappointment from it. Wish Dan was still here.

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I for one embrace this new era of the Beast.

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@deactivated-5e18955c9a143:

I personally think that the new Ghostbusters was poop projected onto a screen but people are allowed to like it. No need to be a dick.

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@rounderob: I love Ghostbusters. The first movie is still my favorite movie of all time. I used to watch the old cartoon religiously. The 2016 movie was fun. If they're not going to run with more of that offshoot, then just let it go dormant again. I don't need the IP to be repeatedly exploited to continue enjoying Ghostbusters. I can just watch that old shit and be happy. I don't need them to drench it in Stranger Things-y nostalgic reverence to keep liking it.

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French fries

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That new Paul Rudd Ghostbusters looks embarassing.

But hey, there are less women in it, so the fans are happy.

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@alex: That's fair, I am hoping this new take can pump some energy back into the franchise because we don't get good funny, clever movies like Ghostbusters any more. Booksmart was a good fresh comedy and the closest new comedy I can think of but nobody saw it (Everyone should see Booksmart). It could be nostalgia but I feel like there's still space for a good Ghostbusters movie and I hope we get one.

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@rounderob: Believe me, nothing would make me happier than a Ghostbusters movie I could love. I just don't get great vibes off this whole thing. I feel like when Paul Rudd pulled out that ghost trap in the trailer I was supposed to be overwhelmed with joyous nostalgia but it just kinda made me snort. I just don't know that I'm buying the vibe they're going for, but I'll inevitably give it a shot.

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RIP FFG Netrunner however the fan-run spinoff is doing quite a good job keeping the game alive!

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To the crew and anyone who fears shame from this, don't worry: food and horniness are totally okay together.

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I was gonna say you think XCOM2 runs rough on a PS4Pro Vinny, try playing through it w/WotChosen on a base console which is what I did. Even still I ended up playing a full campaign before WotC(but still with the tough Ruler enemies) plus one after it released and I can safely say it is one of my favorite video games ever. Even with the severe technical bumps on that version I became so enamored by the mechanics and encounter designs especially after the expansion. Building end game soldiers is unbelievably satisfying and I'm left baffled that GB as a whole were so tepid on it. I really should just bite the bullet and get the PC version at some point but I'm too much of a cheap skate, plus I still have a squad saved in the end game of a hard campaign if I ever want to play around with it.

If I could eat something endlessly with no downside I might say sushi. That's kind of cheating given the variety you could get but boy do I feel like I could feast on some sushi if I set my mind to it. Sans that I might say ribs, not sure if I have to narrow it down to a genus of rib, spare rib? I always like it when Mike's around. Something about his voice makes me think of the Home Movies version of Brendon Small. I keep thinking he's gonna talk about making Movie History or something. This episode was great! Keep up the good work!

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Vinny was at peak dad when he thought he vaguely remembered Halo Reach/ODST/5 and every thing he said was then corrected by Mahardy.

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All the shitting on Halo 5's campaign makes me sad, playing through it again for the 5th time with the Mrs and brother in coop and we all love it.

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It's bad enough that pop culture was junk food to sell toys to kids back in the 80s (a little now and then can be fun!), but at least it might have done something new and interesting. Now it's just lazy warmed-over junk food from 30 years ago that has no reason to exist. Doubly so when actors aren't allowed to retire from a franchise and have to be carted out in their 70s or worse, exhumed from their grave in CGI. We're so obsessed with nostalgia and remaking old crap from our childhood there's going to be nothing new for the next generation to remember.

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@billmcneal: Monte Cristos' tend to look like fried chicken since its battered and fried. First time I had one at a Bennigan's I apologized to the waitress and told her I didn't order fried chicken at which point she corrected me and I felt like an idiot.

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@merxworx01: I feel like the Bennigan's Monte Cristo is a bit of an outlier. They're usually more like french toast. pan fried rather than deep fried

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One point of constructive criticism:

Could you at least read a full story before relaying it on the podcast? Someone else has already done the work of writing it. It's shitty to brag about being too cool to bother reading a news story before discussing it.

Case in point:

Starting off the labor union story and not knowing the name of the organization or what it is, while trying to spitball a summary without the important details. Thankfully Alex and Vinny could fill in that information in real time considering how important a topic it has been the last several years.

Also not bothering to finish the Switch stylus memo that answered the very questions you were asking.

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@alex said:

@rounderob: Believe me, nothing would make me happier than a Ghostbusters movie I could love. I just don't get great vibes off this whole thing. I feel like when Paul Rudd pulled out that ghost trap in the trailer I was supposed to be overwhelmed with joyous nostalgia but it just kinda made me snort. I just don't know that I'm buying the vibe they're going for, but I'll inevitably give it a shot.

Oh shit... is Paul Rudd the new Rob Schneider?

(but hopefully without Rob Schneider's bullshit anti-vax stuff)

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@lyndbako: Yeah? That was the first and last time I ordered it so it was only experience with that style of fried sandwich. Not that I hated it but it I would have enjoyed the sandwich just the same without the added fried breading and jelly that was served with it.

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munch that rag yall

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@zoofame: Yeah, this is my main problem with either new Ghostbusters movie. Ghostbusters is an OK concept, but there’s nothing about it that is so compelling that it needs to keep getting explored. It was a good comedy for the time and place when it came out, and honestly the movie is largely just a vehicle for Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd to deliver some jokes.

The all lady Ghostbusters movie was like, fine, but largely forgettable in the same way that most reboots of 30-year-old movies are. I’d much rather they come up with some original idea for McCarthy, Wiig, etc. to be in together. The new Ghostbusters movie seems similarly needless, but Hollywood studio executives are now risk averse nostalgia pimps ever since it turns out you can make like 15 live action Transformers movies and no one seems to care that every single one of them has garbage scripts, garbage action sequences, and garbage acting.

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Yes! @ybbaaabby the first day of the week is Monday! there is hope for The Usa!

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@mezmero: you should really get XCOM2 on PC. If you feel like you've rung every bit of fun from the base game and DLC try all with the long war mod that's adds more classes, reconfigures existing classes and scenarios. It completely reimagines your small team of surgical strike soldiers into what they really are: a large army of insurgence hiding among the population. The abstraction is slightly different and leaving people out in the world determines a missions difficulty.

Edit: Also eating sushi all time can still create a build up of Mercury in your system unfortunately. Wish it weren't so.

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I would definitely hit like AND even subscribe for a " Vinny learns Warframe, featuring Rebecca Ford" video/ video series.

And of course, Exquisite corps: WoTC edition.

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Ghostbusters 2016 was *fine*. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's better than Ghostbusters 2, which I also consider just *fine*. I'm a fan of the original; it's a *great* movie; but - and forgive me, Alex - that there's such a hardcore fandom around it just perplexes me! So many people who consider it their favorite movie are so serious about it being their favorite movie, and it just strikes me as an odd choice to hitch one's wagon to. Though I will say the discussion in this episode did clear some of that up for me.

And as someone who typically groans at every new remake of a 30 year old franchise I understand and sympathize the people who are more critical of Ghostbusters 2016, but I really wish more of y'all would acknowledge the rampant misogyny coming from your side of the fence. And don't be one of those "muh ruined childhood!" babies, for the love of god.

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So I'm definitely an outlier in this and at this point I just find it funny but... I got burned super hard on Xcom 2 WotC. I was pretty deep into the campaign and everything was going fairly well considering that game. I was heading towards extraction in a zombie mission and there was a lot of enemies on screen and I decided to just blow shit up and we'll shit definitely blew up. The game started convulsing super hard at the point of explosion hard crashed to the PS4 home screen and when I started the game back up my saves where just gone all of them. I was so stunned that I just calmly took the game disk out of the console broke it in half the deleted what was left off the hard drive lol good times good times.