Useless Drivel – Karma, Destiny, and Aquaman?

aquaman-vs-batmanEach and (almost) every week, Matt and Robert get together behind the mics, and talk nonsensically and sometimes nasally about all manner of things that our meager following of listeners already know about.  That being said, it’s time for a brand new episode!  Sure, we don’t fact-check, have wild speculations, and more often than not are just dead wrong, but none of that matters.  What matters is you, the listener, and your dedicated masochistic ways!  So sit right down and plug right in for a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Useless Drivel – Tank Pong?

World of Tanks N00bSo, if you’ve been listening to the pointless ramblings of our podcast, more than likely you’ve either shoved sharp objects in your ears, need serious professional help, or most likely deaf (our apologies to our deaf listeners).  Be that as it may, Matt and Rob continue to soldier on bringing you banal chatter, inane insights, and ridiculously misguided senses of self-importance.  Another week, another podcast, but really… thanks for listening… and good luck with that mental disorder that keeps bringing you back.  It’s time for another episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Episode 94 – Video Games: Then and Now

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If you’ve ever listened to an episode of this show, then you know the Monkeys here at To-Ag studio are a nostalgic bunch, especially when it comes to gaming.  Join us this week as we talk about our experiences in the gaming generation and our take on how games have evolved in the relatively small span of 30 years.  So, hire yourself a running coach, check out your fat-lympic ranking, and bow before King Joffrey as you prepare for a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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City of Heroes Final Free Update: The End?

In April of 2004 I was on the precipice of graduation from High School. I still lived at home, naturally, and I was once again mentally ranting about the fact that my country upbringing ensured that I had only dial up internet. The reason for my venom? I had just learned of the release of a Massive Multiplayer Online Game by the name of City of Heroes. Thinking back on it now I still wish I’d been able to jump on board at the launch of the game. I did eventually join my friends in this incredible game world, with the release of City of Villains in October of 2005, and have loved the game ever since. With the recent news of its pending shut down I wanted to pay a little homage to this game that played a huge role in my young adult life while in college.

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TERA: Come for the combat, stay for the combat

Rob is an avid gamer, both on screen and on the table. When he’s not at work, he’s either at his computer, on a console, or thinking of new stories that could eventually become roleplaying adventures. He currently co-GMs a monthly Pathfinder game with his wife and wishes it would be a weekly game, and plays as a halfling rogue in an online pathfinder game with old friends that live all over the place. You can look him up on twitter @Necian01, or on XBox live and PSN as Necian.

The Lowdown

For those that don’t like to read a novel for reviews, here’s the lowdown on TERA. I always ask myself the question: is a game worth purchasing at full price? The answer for TERA is this: Maybe. It really depends on your situation.
If you have friends that are playing, or know you can talk some of them into it, it is a great game to pick up. If you’re extremely social online, particularly in MMOs, it’s a great game to pick up. If you’re going to solo most of the content though, you’re probably better off picking up a game like Kingdoms of Amalur, which has a lot of similarity to it, but is a single player game. Playing solo means you have to skip all of the instanced areas, or at least skip them and come back when you won’t get anything good out of them. TERA is not an easy game to play solo, and even the group content can be difficult if people don’t work together (and even then it can be hard).

If you love fantasy games, and enjoy combat that requires you to actively think and react, TERA is great. It is beautifully created, the combat is challenging and fun, and there’s plenty of content to sift through as you progress through the game. Want to know more? Then on to the breakdown!

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Episode 31 – Failure in the Geek Game

Being a geek is an investment in time, money, and most importantly interest.  But what happens when the time isn’t available or the interest isn’t there?  With so many things to keep up on, past and present, it can often be difficult to stay on top of what-is-what and to be as informed and exposed as possible.  Join us this week as we reveal some of our personal shortcomings in geekdom.  Whether it’s geek-centric things we flat out don’t enjoy or haven’t had the pleasure of getting our hands on, we all come clean on our holes in the geek game.  Don’t be hatin’, but get your hate-mail ready (and remember to send it to Matt) after this week’s episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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