Axehead Assembly #23: Sigmund's mumble slumber party

Prepare a sleeping mask and some Valium because the Axehead assembly is back to soil your bedsheets.

In Cleaving the Leavings this week, we take a look back at the Axe Factor 136's topic of fan created content. Specifically we talk about the whole Youtube gaming phenom and the "celebrities" that explode out of it. Along the way, we talk a little Francis, Machinma, Angry Joe and PewDiePie.

This week's Vanguard sees the timely topic of console launches come into play. What consoles have the Axehead Assembly picked up in the past? What prior launch titles totally blew their minds and what exactly will they be picking up on this go around?

Add into that some Batman: Arkham City, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, GTA Online plus Beyond Two Souls and you have a transsexual pig-tail sporting, Jimmy Saville bashing, point blank head shooting podcast on your hands!

All that and more can be enjoyed right here:

Axehead Assembly #23: Sigmund's mumble slumber party

and, for an added treat... SHAKE IT BAGRUFF!!

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Comment by best_jeppe on November 15, 2013 at 10:03am

First I want to comment shortly on last episode by saying that yes, the bossfights in Yoshi Island and Orcarina of Time was awesome. I actually had a lot of fun with Yoshi Island...but boy was I let down by Yoshis Story for the N64. That game was crap.

Regarding the topics in this episode.

Personally I don't get the whole Lets Play-thing on Youtube. I don't think I have ever even watched a Lets Play-video and I have certainly not heard of PewDiePie before. I only use youtube in the context of gaming if I have become stuck in a game and don't know what to do, at that point I look it up on youtube. Sometimes I listen to youtube reviews of game like Total Biscuit, Angry Joe and AVGN. Other than that, I don't use youtube that much really.

Before I give my opinion of the new consoles I would first to declare that I consider myself a member of the Glorious PC-Master Race and that my comment should be viewed from that angle :) I am waiting on the new consoles mainly because that means that PC-gaming will move forward with it. This last console-cycle has been a bit unique in the sense that it is the first generation where PC-gaming has been held back by the consoles with the dawn of AAA-games and Multiplatform titles. This just wasn't the case with the previous generations where the PC-games evolved at a different pace compared to the consoles-games and therefor it has been really frustrating being a PC-gamer this generation since it draged on for so long. The upside is that I haven't needed to buy new graphics card as often as before so I have certainly saved some money there but it's still frustrating to feel that the games that previously was PC-exclusive have been neutered because those titles have gone multiplatform and with that have been adjusted for the lowest common denominator which is the consoles. So it's good that things are finally moving forward again. With that said, I kind of scuff at the fact that the new consoles can't muster 1080p@60fps with titles like BF4 and the like. The consoles are, from my point of view, already at launch severly underpowered. But the consoles of course have the advantage of being able to be programmed directly to the metal which in turn means way more performance compared to if the same hardware had been part of a PC. In that aspect it is impressive how much the current-gen consoles have been able to muster considering their weak hardware. So no, I won't be picking up a PS4 on day one (there is really no other option as I see it) but maybe in a year or more.

And finally regarding Halo, I played it on PC back in the day and I really can't understand what the fuzz was about. I thought that game was boring as hell and really repetetive.

The only consoles I have own are SNES, N64, Wii and PS3. The latter I bough to use as a media hub. Have barely played on it. The Wii hasn't been played that much either to be honest. I got my first PC year 2000 and I have been a devoted PC-gamer since.

Comment by Tokyochuchu on November 15, 2013 at 7:57pm

Fair enough. I like the simplicity of consoles, myself. No need to deal with graphics cards, low / high settings, R.A.M capacity and all that fiddly technical stuff that I don't understand and have no time to learn. I just want a game and a controller, really. Oh... And a couch.

Comment by best_jeppe on November 16, 2013 at 1:27am

Yeah, I can understand that. Controllers are good for certain types of games like fighting games, racing games and platformers. But I myself can't play Third -or FirstPersonShooters with a controller. I just keep dying. And now a days it isn't that complicated to play on the Steam. 10 years ago it could be a bitch but with Steam and stabile OSes like Windows 7 it's not that much of a hassle in my opinion. How do you feel about getting a SteamMachine then? Since it play like a console but have the advantages of a PC.

Comment by Tokyochuchu on November 16, 2013 at 6:13am

The thing is, I have Steam (who doesn't) and I've bought an occasional game on it. But I have never finished any of them, even very short games like To The Moon. In fact I believe I've only ever finished one specific PC title and that was Aliens versus Predator 2. Yet I make time to play emulators, though. I had a bloody good time playing through and finishing Super metroid this year. But ultimately, I've yet to find a hook for PC gaming. Because of my lack of passion for PC gaming, the SteamMachine is still an unknown quality to me. As it stands, it has awoken no interest... but the day is still young.

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