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Podcast: CCR48 – The Vampire Bat

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh, Rich the Time Traveler, Opopanax, and Jurd, watch 1933’s leading mid-movie TED Talk about bats.

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Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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Hugh Likes Video Games – Fire Emblem Heroes

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The Skinny – Fire Emblem Heroes is a slimmed down but still surprisingly deep mobile version of Nintendo’s long-running tactical RPG.

Strategy RPG’s have a tendency towards being overwrought. With huge casts, complicated game systems, and drawn-out battles, they are considered investments in time and attention, and, indeed, their most ardent fans wouldn’t have it any other way. This is why I was slightly dubious when I heard Nintendo was bringing their Fire Emblem series to IOS and Android phones. But Nintendo has done an excellent job of threading the needle between shallow nostalgia bomb and dense war simulator with aplomb.

The story is pretty paper-thin, mostly just an excuse to bring the different games in the franchise together, but it does well enough. The game takes place in the kingdom of Askr, a land blessed with portals to other worlds. The player is the latest such recruit in Askr’s somewhat endless war against their neighbors, the evil empire of Embla. The royals of Askr wear white and value friendship, the Emblians all wear black and have emotional problems, etc. etc. Both sides have put heroes from these other worlds, which align with the various games in the Fire Emblem series, under contract to fight on their side, and the only way for them to be set free is to be defeated on the battlefield. The story is a bit slight, but I personally find the idea that all these characters are appearing because its in their contract a fantastic, if probably unintentional, meta-joke at the heart of the game.
The combat itself is fast-paced and shrinks down elegantly. The vast swaths of movement the regular series is known for are shrunk down to just a few spaces, and your army is reduced to teams of four, although you can fairly easily swap out teams or team members from your roster. The roster itself is a typical sort of random card pack selecting you see in many free-to-play mobile games, but ‘Heroes’ gives you plenty of currency to fill out your army without resorting to converting your real-life cash to orbs. Combat relies on the traditional Fire Emblem sword-axe-spear battle system, but new players shouldn’t have any trouble picking it up. It strips the system down to manageability, but still provides enough expanded difficulty modes, asynchronous multiplayer, and challenge modes for veteran players.
Although the story mode is paper-thin and incredibly anime, the art assets look great, and scale well. Fire Emblem Heroes might not be the next revolution in game design, but its a great way to pass the time if you’re looking for something a bit different than the run-of-the-mill puzzle game. You can find it for free in the IOS or Google Play app stores.

Podcast: CCR47-The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh of HughJODonnell.com, Rich the Time Traveler, Opopanax, and Jurd, dive into a discount university by the sea.

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Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Podcast: NP15-Casual Flips

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In this episode, Hugh, Jurd, and Jason watch Gundam Wing Episode 15: To the Battleground, Antarctica!

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This week, Treize goes to the park to endanger children, Heero finishes up his suicide road tour, and Relena goes crazy reading other people’s mail. Plus, Trowa has dramatic carpal tunnel, and the Nostalgia Pilots pour one out for Inspector Acht.

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Podcast: CCR46 – Tormented

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh of HughJODonnell.com, Rich the Time Traveler, Opopanax, and Jurd, are tormented by Chet Jazzman.

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Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Podcast: NP14-Million Dollar Gunpla

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This week Jason, Jurd, and Hugh drop the mic on Gundam Wing episode 14: “The Order to Destroy 01.”

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This week, Relena drops the mic and contemplates arson, Treize is bigger than Jesus, and Noin is sick of babysitting! Plus, Heero’s dramatic wind rises, it’s impossible to look threatening while kneeling in a pontoon boat, and the Nostalgia Pilots speculate on Marshall Noventa’s favorite horse.

Podcast: CCRC37: Droids

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh of HughJODonnell.com, Rich the Time Traveler, and Jurd, get in trouble, in trouble – in trouble.

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And Click HERE to watch Droids Episode 1 (not that episode one, though) on YouTube.

Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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