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  • The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show Episode 43 (With Special Guest Gabriel Diani)

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    On this week’s JACKED UP Indie & Mojo, we welcome Gabriel Diani, a filmmaker and actor who’s film project The Selling is on Kickstarter in hopes of raising money for a theatrical release. Gabriel enlightens us on what the process of using Kickstarter is like and some of the secrets behind using crowd-sourced funding. More

    On this week’s JACKED UP Indie & Mojo, we welcome Gabriel Diani, a filmmaker and actor who’s film project The Selling is on Kickstarter in hopes of raising money for a theatrical release. Gabriel enlightens us on what the process of using Kickstarter is like and some of the secrets behind using crowd-sourced funding.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show Episode 42

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    This was a special week at The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo headquarters inc. We welcomed Lisa Thrasher onto the show to inject the program with some of that feminine magic. Not to mention Momma Jones is back to do a reading from Portal 2. Lisa also gives us a very interesting insight into working at Gamestop as well as telling us some horror stories from her experience playing online with the boys. More

    This was a special week at The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo headquarters inc. We welcomed Lisa Thrasher onto the show to inject the program with some of that feminine magic. Not to mention Momma Jones is back to do a reading from Portal 2. Lisa also gives us a very interesting insight into working at Gamestop as well as telling us some horror stories from her experience playing online with the boys.

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  • The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show Episode 41

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    This week on the show we welcome TOGNick to chat with us about current events like the young man who died in a Korean internet café, the not so amazing Amazing Spiderman and the potential of the Ouya. We introduce an exciting new segment to the show this week. We also delve into some heavy topics this week and have some very intense discussions. More

    This week on the show we welcome TOGNick to chat with us about current events like the young man who died in a Korean internet café, the not so amazing Amazing Spiderman and the potential of the Ouya. We introduce an exciting new segment to the show this week. We also delve into some heavy topics this week and have some very intense discussions.

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  • The Indie & Mojo Show Mass Effect Special Extravaganza!

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    This week on The Indie and Mojo Show, we talk all things Mass Effect in a whopping two part episode special! Hear our thoughts, along with GIO community member, Dean aka Born4This, as we talk about each game in the series, the DLC, and beyond. Also, I give a brief overview of the show for new listeners. More

    This week on The Indie and Mojo Show, we talk all things Mass Effect in a whopping two part episode special! Hear our thoughts, along with GIO community member, Dean aka Born4This, as we talk about each game in the series, the DLC, and beyond. Also, I give a brief overview of the show for new listeners.

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  • I Am Nerd, Hear Me Roar

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    How this geek grew up and got a job writing about games.

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  • Living the Dream: Becoming a Game Informer Intern

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    As I announced on the latest Indie and Mojo Show episode, I will be interning at Game Informer.

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    As I announced on the latest Indie and Mojo Show episode , I will be interning at Game Informer. You read that right folks: I will be interning at Game Informer over the summer months. I’m generally a pretty open individual, so it has been a bit... More
  • How George Lucas Changed Star Wars for the Better

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    Like many people on May fourth, I celebrated by watching the original Star Wars Trilogy.* As I was watching it, I realized a few things. First, Star Wars is one of, if not the best, pieces of science fiction media of all time. Not that this is anything new. I have the same realization every time I watch Star Wars. Second, I realized that as much as nerd culture both loves George Lucas for creating Star Wars, it also hates him for changing Star Wars. I think it is pretty understandable for a number of reasons that I am not listing for the sake of brevity. Suffice it to say that the prequel trilogy was not the glorious return fans were hoping for. However, my final realization had nothing to do with the prequels. No, instead, I realized that many of the changes George Lucas made to the original Star Wars trilogy were actually good. Whatever irate fans might have to say about the prequels or the list of negative changes George made to the original trilogy there are some decisions that genuinely enhance my enjoyment of the films. I present them now, in no particular order.

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    Like many people on May fourth, I celebrated by watching the original Star Wars Trilogy.* As I was watching it, I realized a few things. First, Star Wars is one of, if not the best, pieces of science fiction media of all time. Not that this is anything... More
  • Diablo III Beta Impressions

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    A few of you might be familiar with a little game developed by Blizzard called Diablo III which had an open beat event this past weekend. I grabbed a friend and we plowed our way through the opening missions of the game. Then we went through it again... More
  • Everything You Need To Know About Dota 2

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    The release of Dota 2 is imminent. Valve has kept it in beta for months showering it with constant updates and tweaks. After logging a number of hours into the beta, I’ll attempt to answer questions you might have if you have never heard of Dota or played a MOBA-style game. Read on to learn a bit about what is sure to become one of the next big competitive games.

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    The release of Dota 2 is imminent. Valve has kept it in beta for months showering it with constant updates and tweaks. After logging a number of hours into the beta, I’ll attempt to answer questions you might have if you have never heard of Dota... More
  • Why I Love Godzilla, King of the Monsters

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    Not a lot of people know this about me, but I love Japanese monster movies. To be a bit more specific, I love Godzilla. I have seen every single Godzilla movie that has ever been made (with the possible exception of Godzilla vs. Megaguirus ). That is... More
  • Response: Why Video Game Journalism is a Sham

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    A little over a week ago, I became aware of some serious charges were leveled at Game Informer by an Unreality Magazine editor named Paul Tassi in an article titled “Why Video Game Journalism is a Sham.” Basically, Mr. Tassi claimed that Game Informer was accepting bribes or kickbacks from video game publishers for higher review scores. The ridiculousness of this claim, which I want to make clear was based on no evidence, should be evident. But, in case it isn’t obvious, I decided that I would break down “Why Video Game Journalism is a Sham” into its core arguments and describe precisely why it is wrong. I want to emphasize that to make such claims against such a reputable organization and talented, committed people who know a thing or two about something called journalistic integrity is extremely unprofessional.

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    A little over a week ago, I became aware of some serious charges were leveled at Game Informer by an Unreality Magazine editor named Paul Tassi in an article titled “Why Video Game Journalism is a Sham.” Basically, Mr. Tassi claimed that Game... More
  • Commander, It Has Been An Honor

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    I have served with one of the greatest men in the galaxy.

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    I have served with one of the greatest men in the galaxy. How do I describe him? He did impossible things: heroically defending Elysium during the Skyllian Blitz, defeating the rogue Saren and the heretical Geth who followed him, surviving suicide missions... More