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Episode 417 – Spirit of Iwata – 9/21/17

Special guest Mike Mika of Other Ocean Entertainment joins the gang to talk about hacking software, video game easter eggs, and the mysterious incident of NES Golf found in the Nintendo Switch. Plus, we talk iPhone 8 and Apple Watch 3 reviews and contemplate digital assistant personalities.

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  1. Fun fact: The actress who does the voice for the female English Siri is Alix Wilton Regan who has done a ton of voice acting in gaming (Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age, Divinity Original Sin, Warhammer Vermintide etc) as well as tons of TV shows, shorts and movie spots.

    I have her as my default, just wish I could make her wake up word ‘Traynor’ instead of Siri

  2. I was born in 1970 in Atlanta, so the toy store for my early youth was Lionel Play World. Lionel was awesome – they had huge, warehouse-size stores (some of them are still around, repurposed), and my kid-memories are that the toys back then were better. Miles of Star Wars action figures (I stalked that store for weeks looking for an ESB Two-Onebee medical droid), Shogun Warriors, and stuff like that. It seems like there were a lot fewer types of toys (fewer lines, more large/durable things like model trains, and not so much of the “what is this crap” that I see in, say, the Star Wars section at Target or TRU now) and the average quality was better.

    I remember being mildly traumatized by seeing a huge endcap display of 12″ Alien action figures back when the first movie came out. Very much a “why are you selling this to kids?” moment. (I didn’t actually see the movie until years later, probably after Aliens came out.)

    Some of the first Marvel comics I ever bought around 1980 had a big “win a Toys R Us shopping spree!” banner across the top of them, but we didn’t have Toys R Us at the time. I was in college in the early 90s when Lionel finally went out of business – a bunch of us from my dorm went and bought a ton of Super Soakers of all sizes on clearance and had an epic water fight.

  3. Hey Tested crew, here’s a suggestion that would only come from a consistent viewer.
    It’s a small detail, but should be really easy to implement.
    Take the pistol in the background and move it to the top shelf.
    Move the fang-face ogre (not sure who he is, but he’s awesome) and move him where the pistol is now.

    Just my two cents, worth twice that !!

  4. OMG, StarRider… I forgot that game. When I first played it I knew right away that this was the NEXT STEP in gaming and graphics.

  5. I know Jeremy is just checking the sound levels but every episode it looks like he is showing off his Apple, folding it back and forth so the decal flashes in the lights.

  6. A: While I am not a major Hitman Player/Fanboy I really like the Game Series as a Movie. If I did not know that it was a video game it would be even better movie.

    B: Norm you are not thinking of NightRider for the changing car, you are thinking of Viper. The TV show Viper the car changed. When it was a street vehicle it was a Red but when it was in Hero mode it was a Silver.

  7. If anyone is looking for a family-friendly Minecraft community on PC with a strict chat filter, check out The Sandlot.

  8. for games history on pc, run, do not walk, to Matt Chat on youtube. Matt has interviewed dozens of o.g. 80s game makers… he focuses on RPG like Bards Tale (yes he interviewed multiple makers of that title) so there is much to be explored… but his technique and style are top shelf. Totally unafraid to nerd out on esoterica.

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