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The Giant Beastcast: Episode 96

While Dan is out stealing credit cards and hearts on customer service lines we're here talking about Mass Effect: Andromeda. We've also got some updates on the Joy-Con conspiracy, Destiny 2 news, and a startling revelation about Jeff Bakalar you won't believe!

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!

Mar. 24 2017

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Great, I can now start my day. Nothing like a cup of coffee and a freshly baked Beastcast. Is this gluten free?

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Bombin the AM' with Vinny, Dan, Jeff, and the Wolf!

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Duders hate him!

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Oh shit, gotta grab my coffee...

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nice one I'm not at work today yeeeeeeey

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Joy-Con conspiracy

I respect you immensely for not doing it.

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Where is my coffee.

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Vinny, they do kind of model the dad off your character. I made an Asian lady with the default twin and my dad had a more Asian looking face and green eyes.

There are also a few winks and nods here and there to the past games. Some characters and events are mentioned but nothing too major

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It's Friiiiiidaaaayyy

Edit: to respond to that guitar question - if someone insists you buy them new strings because one broke when you were playing, buy them a set and then stop hanging out with them, because they're an asshole. Guitar strings are certainly not expensive enough to shift the cost onto a friend, even if it was their fault; especially so if you told them they could play. Plus, if they broke under normal use they were probably due to be repaired anyway. Someone who is gonna get uppity about that with you is probably not the kind of person you wanna be friends with.

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Awww yisss can't wait to listen to this one

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Man that first Nier had such an awesome story..

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Beef Rockgroin

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Deftones are a good choice @alex. My respect for you, which was already at max, has somehow risen.

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NOBODY WINS

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Awww yis

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I dunno, maybe I just have low standards but I've been really enjoying my time with Andromeda. Characters, writing, and combat have all been solid.

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Destiny's...Child?

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@vinny Somethings messed up with the audio in this weeks podcast like it was in last weeks

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Films and forties watching They Live.

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Going to guess Vinny days it during the podcast but I'm a bit surprised he doesn't say "Joy-CONspiracy" in the ep description

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> a startling revelation about Jeff Bakalar you won't believe

He's a corporate robot? I knew it!

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Gahd dammit. I gotta play Nier.

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AW YISSS!!!! My favorite podcast in the whole universe!!

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I'm all for the mantle of snooty rich guy being passed from Jeff Bakalar to @danryckert

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They Live Film & 40s with Bakalar would be great. I've never seen it either because it's one of those movies in a long list of movies I probably wouldn't enjoy watching alone or without commentary.

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Deftones? That's a solid choice.

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Why do you have to hand over your card to pay for stuff in the US? Is this because you don't have chip and PIN?

In the rest of the world Dan's problem wouldn't happen as the card reader gets brought to you and the card never leaves your sight. Taking it away from you is a major security flaw.

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@deerokus: many bars here keep your card while you are there for the tab

we aren't a very smart country

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WTF America doesn't have Chip and PIN!?

EDIT: Just to say Deftones are awesome, seem them live like three times. Love em.

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I've heard that they're slowly introducing chip and PIN in the States. Still several years too late though.

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@vinny Some skipping/audio glitches in this one like last week. :( Tried redownloading, still seems to be there.

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@deerokus: We do have it, the problem is that it is so slow that most places have it turned off, or it does not interface well with the POS system still running Windows 95 and crashes constantly if chip is used so it is turned off. Most places that do use it don't require a PIN or use a signature instead.

Most bars in the US also take your credit card so you can order multiple drinks and they don't have to worry about you running off without paying. I have never been to a bar or restaurant that slides you a credit car reader, even when you ask for a single drink.

So in short, chips in credit cards are the Mark of the Beast and lead to communism.

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@dizzyhippos: I'm hearing them too, are you using Podcast Addict on Android by any chance?

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As someone who has to works retail chip and pin is like the bane of my existence. Makes every single transaction take longer than it needs to me. 1. because people still swipe and the machine beeps to tell them to use chip. 2. When they do insert the chip the system takes too long to process it because as someone above said our systems are on like windows 98 or before.

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To those who can't believe the US doesn't have chip and pin, the US does have chip and pin. Before that, though, there were those customer-side displays where you swiped the card and signed the screen yourself. The US probably got those long after the rest of Earth too, but handing a credit card to the cashier is a rarer occurrence these days.

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I never really cared about Mass Effect's story

Dan's a hoity-toity dude all right. If you guys ever finish the Yakuza games, I'd love to see you cover the Mass Effects. Between Alex' disdain for Bioware games, Vinny's love for the ME series and Dan's specific focus, that sounds like a commentary that could be wonderful.

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JUST PUT ON THE GLASSES, JEFF!

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I have definitely not been having a great time with Andromeda. Even if the animations and faces were fixed it would still have crap writing and characters.

I'm not really sure I understand Alex's weird defense of ME:A...if that's what that actually was.

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Giant Beast and the Joycon Conspiracy is a good title for a comic book or novella.

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@killian: No just downloading them straight from the source here. It was on last weeks and Film and 40s as well.

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Hey @alex glad you're enjoying Nier Automata! Being as non-spoiler-e as possible: I recommend playing until you get to the definitive end. You'll encounter so many things video games just rarely do these days and probably see why so many of us can't stop praising it.

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@deerokus: many bars require you to leave the card to keep your tab open, so even if there were chip cards they would hold onto it until you leave.

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Jeremy, your father is on a dark path, I would stage an intervention. Cheat engines are for nefarious Lowlifes.

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Why the fuck has nobody on staff played Hollow Knight? That game is really damn good. It was briefly mentioned in an email and kind of ignored.

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@dizzyhippos: Ok thanks for the reply. I was curious because I noticed that using PA when the skip happens the audio jumps forward but I can step back to just after the audio hiccup and hear the skipped audio. So I was wondering if it was a software thing but I guess not. Weird.

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I feel like horseshit and bullshit are interchangeable.

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How are people listening to the film and 40s while watching the movie? I have the blu rays so I have to watch on my PS4, with headphones, but I don't know how I would get the podcast audio in. I don't want to sign up for premium then not be able to listen