Useless Drivel – Metal Gear Melt Down and Whitehaven Hijinks

Useless Drivel Arkham Knight

Hey everyone! Did you miss us, because we sure missed you! Don’t worry, to make up for our absence last week thanks to that whole “adulthood” thing, we’ve got twice as many hosts on this show for double the awesomeness! Tune in this week as your hosts Matt and Robert are joined by Tim and The David to talk all manner of video games. From the insanity that is Hideo Kojima to the risks of this holiday’s biggest releases, the guys talk about all manner of insanity, with a little Rocky Horror thrown in the mix. So, sit back and relax, and pay no mind to the recording quality, because it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Useless Drivel – For Nature!

Arbor Day PornWatch out, internet, the boys are back in town!  It’s a new month, so that means new podcasts for all of our glory and all of your misery.  They’ve stuck it to “The Man” and found some time to talk meaningless nonsense into the mics for to provide you a questionable choice for weekly entertainment.  You asked for it, so you’re going to get it!  From charitable porn and undead appendages to comic books and comic movies, tune in and zone out as you suffer through a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point.

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Episode 66 – Bad Geek Addictions

066 Bad Addictions

A while back, when we recorded Episode 44, we discussed the things we were addicted too at the time, and they were all totally awesome.  However, it got us thinking about some of the not-so-great geek addictions of days gone by, and we realized that we better get these skeletons out of the closet… you know, before they reanimate and attempt to kill us.  Join us this week as we discuss some of our past obsessions that have either blown out bank accounts, crushed our social lives, or just flat out sucked.  So lock up your bank accounts, put away the credit cards, and for the love of the gods, be with the friends you’re with, as you listen to a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 57 – How Gaming Keeps Us Young

Benjamin Franklin once said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes.  If that’s the case, then Gary Gygax’s response must have been “I thought it was criticals and fumbles?”  Time marches on.  Nations rise and fall.  All we are is dust in the wind… but who cares!  Join us this week as we discuss the reasons we believe gaming to be the true fountain of youth.  From tabletop to video games, nothing does better at keeping us young at heart like a good session of gaming.  Sit back in your easy chair, adjust those trifocals, and give Ponce de León the old two finger salute as you get ready to get young with a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 48 – How Entertainment Influences Itself

Do you ever find yourself watching a movie, reading a book, or playing a game and thinking to yourself, “This has happened before”?  Of course, we all have?  But, this form of entertainment deja vu isn’t because you’ve decided to re-watch, re-read, or re-play.  Join us this week as we discuss the phenomenon of entertainment influencing itself, for better or for worse.  From classic literature to classless television, it seems there are no bounds.  Dust off that tome of Shakespeare, spike up that blow-out, and whatever you, don’t feed the Honey Boo Boo as you settle in for a certified original episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Skyrim First Impressions – If you aren’t playing, your priorities need to change

So now that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available on stores shelves, both physically and digitally, everyone really needs to be shuffling things around in their lives in order to make time for this massive open-world RPG.  Got a job?  Quit it.  Have a significant other?  Tell them to get used to being single.  Have kids?  Make sure you have family members available to take over care giving, because this game is going to consume your every waking hour and you are going to LOVE IT!!

Okay, I jest.  You really should not be neglecting your real-world responsibilities in order to play this game, but once you pick Skyrim up, part of you will want to.  Bethesda‘s newest addition to the Elder Scroll series is nothing short of breathtaking.  Having only had it through a weekend, I’ve already sunk close to 20 hours into the game and have barely scratched the surface.  Set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion, players will find themselves starting their epic quest in true Bethesda fashion… in absolute anonymity swept up into a huge world of events through the most coincidental of circumstances.

Like it’s predecessor and similar to Fallout 3 and  Fallout: New Vegas, the actual manner in which the game gets the ball-rolling is rather cliche (we’re all familiar with the whole “hero of prophesy” mechanic), but given the multitude of directions a player can and will take this game, the whole “vague-ing it up” approach is forgivable.  If you’ve ever run a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, you can relate.  Aside from this, everything in my experience thus far, from the new character progression mechanics to the graphics, has been top notch.  I breezed through the character creation aspect, as I already had my Nord Warrior concept decided when the game was first announced.  I went with a look that was as close to a bad-ass fantasy world version of myself crossed with a dwarf (because apparently they’re all dead in Elder Scrolls…  ::silent tear::) as I could get and then readily tore into the adventure.

Complete with milky eye blinded in combat!!

It didn’t take me very long to start leveling up (and get killed by wandering giants) and it was then that perhaps the strongest aspect of the game revealed itself.  Unlike Oblivion, where shortly after deciding your character’s appearance you selected a class and were pretty much stuck with what you selected, Skyrim‘s character class system has a far more organic feel to it.  While each of the starting races have a slight bend toward particular builds, the game adapts itself to the player’s individual style, allowing their skills to advance based on what is used more often while additionally creating opportunities to branch out a little more beyond a structure class skill set.  In previous Bethesda games, I have had a tendency to place sneaky thieves, but now I have a burly warrior with a growing passion for destruction magic and alchemy.  Go figure!

All in all, this game is definitely going to give you your $60 worth (if you’re willing to pay for it….I’m looking at you Robert!)  The gameplay is challenging, exciting, and satisfying and this one will definitely be spinning in my Playstation for a long, long……… long time.  My wife is so happy!

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