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  • Building The Perfect Pirate Game

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    Sea dogs, rogue mariners, chasers of the wind, whatever you call them, pirates have never seen much love from video games and especially not lately. Sure, they have been used in some titles recently (and I use “recently” very loosely), Risen 2 and Sid Meier’s Pirates! come to mind (and Far Cry 3, but those modern pirates don’t really count in my book. Give us 1800s, wooden sailing vessel pirates!). Outside of those few titles and classics like The Secret of Monkey Island and Skies of Arcadia, you’d be hard pressed to name any games recent or past that focus on pirates. Well, video game industry, I’m going to do you a favor and describe some elements that I would want in a pirate video game.

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    Sea dogs, rogue mariners, chasers of the wind, whatever you call them, pirates have never seen much love from video games and especially not lately. Sure, they have been used in some titles recently (and I use “recently” very loosely), Risen... More
  • A Long Delayed Jacked Up Indie and Mojo Show Double Feature

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    Hello lords and ladies of Game Informer Online! Making a glorious re-return is your favorite (okay, maybe fifth or sixth favorite) neighborhood podcast in not one, but two episodes! Join us as we badger special community guests Cru Hunter and Zachary Pligge about their lives, gaming or otherwise. More

    Hello lords and ladies of Game Informer Online! Making a glorious re-return is your favorite (okay, maybe fifth or sixth favorite) neighborhood podcast in not one, but two episodes! Join us as we badger special community guests Cru Hunter and Zachary... More
  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 54 featuring Brain and Nerd


    Hello masters and mistresses of Game Informer Online! This week we welcome special guests Brendan Drain and Tina Lauro from the development studio Brain and Nerd. More

    Hello masters and mistresses of Game Informer Online! This week we welcome special guests Brendan Drain and Tina Lauro from the development studio Brain and Nerd.

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  • Insert Coin(s) – The Video Game Nightclub Adventure

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    I stepped in from the unseasonably warm winter night, sliding my ID into my jeans pocket. The walls, a huge Insert Coin(s) logo scrawled across them, thrummed to a musical rhythm from the room beyond. My friend Cory followed after me, a grin across his face like a kid in Disney World. While waiting in line to pay the cover charge, I looked out the front window at the late night street beyond, pondering what had brought us here. More

    I stepped in from the unseasonably warm winter night, sliding my ID into my jeans pocket. The walls, a huge Insert Coin(s) logo scrawled across them, thrummed to a musical rhythm from the room beyond. My friend Cory stepped in after me, grinning like a kid in Disney World. While waiting in line to pay the cover charge, I looked out the front window at the late night street beyond, pondering what had brought us here.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 52 with Community Guest DJH

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    Welcome marines, mariners, and Martians to another rambunctious episode of the JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show! This week we are happy to have community guest DJH on the show to take my absent place (my microphone woes continue). Listen to the gang discuss Halo 4’s Spartan ops, the Lego Lord of the Rings recall, the rising costs of next-gen development, the impending apocalypse, and much more! More

    Welcome marines, mariners, and Martians to another rambunctious episode of the JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show! This week we are happy to have community guest DJH on the show to take my absent place (my microphone woes continue). Listen to the gang discuss Halo 4’s Spartan ops, the Lego Lord of the Rings recall, the rising costs of next-gen development, the impending apocalypse, and much more!

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  • Star Wars Episode VII: A New Hope? Part 2

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    In part one, I discussed why I was cautiously optimistic for a new Star Wars trilogy backed by Disney. In part two, I give my thoughts on what should and should not be done based on the numerous examples of failure with which Disney and Lucas Film have had experience.  More

    In part one, I discussed why I was cautiously optimistic for a new Star Wars trilogy backed by Disney. In part two, I give my thoughts on what should and should not be done based on the numerous examples of failure with which Disney and Lucas Film have had experience.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 51

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    Hello fellow citizens, members, and officials of Game Informer Online! This week we talk about our presidential platforms, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Chrono Trigger, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, video game movies, and Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm. More

    Hello fellow citizens, members, and officials of Game Informer Online! This week we talk about our presidential platforms, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Chrono Trigger, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, video game movies, and Disney’s... More
  • Star Wars Episode VII: A New Hope? Part 1

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    When I learned that Disney had bought Lucas Film, I was very surprised. I thought that George Lucas would take his creation to the grave. That he would allow anyone (other than himself) to mess with his beloved franchise was astonishing to me. Since the deal was announced I’ve taken the time to think it over and decided that I am cautiously optimistic for the future of Star Wars. More

    When I learned that Disney had bought Lucas Film, I was very surprised. I thought that George Lucas would take his creation to the grave. That he would allow anyone (other than himself) to mess with his beloved franchise was astonishing to me. Since the deal was announced I’ve taken the time to think it over and decided that I am cautiously optimistic for the future of Star Wars.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 50 with Special Guest Tim Turi

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    Hello zombies, ganados and j’avos. We here at The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show have a very special episode for you this week. Game Informer editor and resident Resident Evil expert, Tim Turi joins us to talk everything Resident Evil from the very first game with its bad live-action cutscenes and tank controls to the controversy surrounding the critical reception to Resident Evil 6. More

    Hello zombies, ganados and j’avos. We here at The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show have a very special episode for you this week. Game Informer editor and resident Resident Evil expert, Tim Turi joins us to talk everything Resident Evil from the very first game with its bad live-action cutscenes and tank controls to the controversy surrounding the critical reception to Resident Evil 6.

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  • Hype and the Review: How Hype Affects Game Reviews and Why That Is Okay

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    Most of us can remember a time when we heard about something, maybe a movie, a book or a game, and everybody else seemed to be talking about it as if it were the best thing since sliced bread. No matter what you think about some product and no matter how “unbiased” you might consider yourself, when a human being hears a lot of buzz for a film, novel, video game, etc. expectations are heightened or lowered. It happened with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Firefly, Mass Effect, Halo, and it is likely happening now for a whole slew of other intellectual properties. All these forms of media were hyped before and after their release. Hype is when expectations and anticipation is created for a given product.

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    Most of us can remember a time when we heard about something, maybe a movie, a book or a game, and everybody else seemed to be talking about it as if it were the best thing since sliced bread. No matter what you think about some product and no matter... More
  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episode 49 with Special Guest Walt Williams

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    Hello friends, family, fools, and fiddadlers and welcome to another episode of our humble podcast. This week we are pleased to present to you our magnificent guest, the lead writer on Spec Ops: The Line and other 2K published games, Walt Williams! It is a fascinating episode that anyone should definitely listen to that is interested in getting into game design or game writing. More

    Hello friends, family, fools, and fiddadlers and welcome to another episode of our humble podcast. This week we are pleased to present to you our magnificent guest, the lead writer on Spec Ops: The Line and other 2K published games, Walt Williams!  It is a fascinating episode that anyone should definitely listen to that is interested in getting into game design or game writing.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie and Mojo Show Episodes 47 & 48

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    If you follow the Indie and Mojo Show closely, you may have noticed a curious lack of blog posts announcing our latest episodes. Some people might take this as a sign that we have grown lazy following our huge burst into stardom. The truth is that we have been hard at work at Indie and Mojo Inc. creating a plethora of content for the pleasure of your ear holes. To prove our devotion to you, our listeners, we are proud to present our first ever two-for-one blog! More

    If you follow the Indie and Mojo Show closely, you may have noticed a curious lack of blog posts announcing our latest episodes. Some people might take this as a sign that we have grown lazy following our huge burst into stardom. The truth is that we... More