We like video games. So much so that Jon and I attended PAX East this year and saw a lot of great games that will be coming out through 2016. This got me thinking that there are many video games that feature superheroes and this would make for a good podcast.
We start off the show talking about the classic Konami arcade game – X-men: Children of the Atom. This was a standard ‘Beat’em Up‘ that features X-men characters beating up on well know villains like Juggernaut, The Toad and Magneto. What was unique about this game is that a special cabinet was made that allowed 6 people to play at once. Here is a pic of how it looked:
This is one of the first (if not only) arcade that allows 6 people to play at once. I had a great time playing this one back in the day.
WE spend some time going over the other great arcade games and eventually move on to some awesome console games like: Ultimate Spider-man, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-men Legends.
These games are great because they all have fantastic stories with dozens of Marvel characters (both heroes and villains). The more we talked about them, the more I want to go back and play the games.
We end the podcast talking about the greatest superhero video series: Batman – Arkham Series: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins and Arkham Knight. This series is the pinnacle of how all video games featuring heroes should be made.
Also, we are celebrating out 1 year anniversary of Comics Misremembered this month so thanks for listening and looking forward to another year of making podcasts!
It’s the end of 2015 and instead of doing a lame top 10 or 20 list of comics that you should have read like other sites and podcasts, we decided to come up with our own award show for the comics and publishing companies of 2015.
We are calling the award “The Hazie” because it fits with our theme of barely remembering the stories of comics that we have read. We had a great time coming up with creative categories in which we “award” comics, creators and companies for the material they put out in 2015.
Here is an artist rendition of the much coveted Hazie award:
(This is not actually the award. Maybe we will have an actual award next year.)
We had a great time recording this podcast. So much so, that we had to break it down into 2 parts. Here is part 1 of our Hazie Awards.
Welcome to the 4th podcast. This week Jon and myself focus on the founding of the Image Comic publisher. We start with the past history of the founding members: Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Eric Larsen, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and Whilce Portacio. When then focus on their image launch titles: Youngblood, Spawn, WildC.A.T.s, Savage Dragon, CyberForce, ShadowHawk and Wetworks respectively.
We riff on these books for a few minutes and then play a few rounds of the Rob Liefeld Name Creator game (see previous post for rules). We finally touch on the present state of Image comics and how it has changed over their 20+ years of publishing. It is our longest podcast to date but we had a great time recording it and reliving our memories.
We will be doing our upcoming podcast on Image Comics this week. One of the founding members is artist (in the loosest sense) and writer (more of a general idea jotter) Rob Liefeld, who is responsible for creating some of the most utterly forgettable characters in comics history. I have been reviewing the names of the characters he created for Youngblood, The Brigade and Bloodstrike and I have come up with a cool game to play.
You will need the following to play:
A pair of 6 sided dice
The Rob Liefeld Name Creator grid (listed below)
Beer (no necessary but can enhance the fun)
Designate which of the 2 dice will be Die 1 and Die 2.
Roll the dice.
Using the numbers on the face of the dice, create your name. Ex. If I roll Die 1 as a 4 and Die 2 as a 2, then my character name is Die Fist.
Come up with a completely implausible origin story for your character (the more inept, the better).
Repeat steps 1-4.
The funny thing is you may actually roll some of the names that Rob actually created so watch out for copyright infringement.
We will be playing this game during the taping of the podcast.