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Don’t cross your streams, it’s a free floating full FUHcast. Bill slimes everyone with the Rundown before observing Jim’s allergic reaction to the FUHcast Studio. Bill describes his weekend of unconventional holiday decorating. Jim has been playing lots of Borderlands 2 on the PC because first person shooters are meant to be played on the PC. The guys talk about the futility of gift card gift exchanges. has poked it’s head into the movie news world with more rumors and speculation regarding Bill Murray’s involvement. The second installment in the new Star Trek franchise has a that has the internet nerds all hot under their transponders. seems to be a go, but there are very few known details as of yet. Speaking of movies, Jim has a new favorite movie podcast the . FUH reminices about how much they’ve learned in the year and 8 months since the first episode of FUHcast. A moment is taken to poke fun and the hideous, yet great, . Internet sensation Psy is taking his to the despite his previous anger over US foreign politics. Should we be paying this much attention to not so fascinating ? Justin Bieber’s manager is extremely upset that Justin was for a Grammy this year. The guys discuss the current state of music and if the fact that Bieber and is even eligible to be nominated nullifies the Grammy Awards in the first place. The guys play “What Does n Look Like?”. Bill attempts to describe what looks like today. The guy who created antivirus software kinda mighta killed someone. People have already started using 3D printers . And to close out the show, they guys discuss comic book legend and how he is selling his probably soon to expire soul to reality television. Empty that trap and come back next week!

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Batteries not included, this FUHcast is ! The guys talk about how old age has changed their outlook on the holidays. The guys discuss the shopping hell that occurs after the holidays. Jim can’t say much without spoiling it when he still manages to deliver a SPOILER FREE review of . Bill has some good and bad news about the and explains why he won’t be buying the Wii U enhanced port of . A new listener writes in to discuss a . First time caller Sarah has some strong opinions about . FUH breaks down the that is currently plaguing the man behind The Street’s Elmo, Kevin Clash. It unfortunately no longer matters who shot JR, as recently passed away. excommunicates himself from NBC’s Community. All that and more on this week’s FUHcast!

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Board up you windows, the FUHcast has risen! Bill hacks his was through the Rundown before Jim discusses his NON-murderous Memorial Day weekend and shares his SPOILER FREE review of . Bill wonders (aloud) why Saturday Night Live is still on the air before sharing his stories of electronic child abduction, shameless self-promotion, and drunkenness while on his vacation in “the Hamptons of the Midwest, Door County Wisconsin”. The discussion turns to the recent horrific news events concerning homeless face eating, intestine tossing, and biochemical spills of . News of DC Comics rebooting a sparks a discussion on discussions concerning gay and straight comic books some slightly confusing aspects of that whole…….topic. A quick game of “” is played before FUH confirms that comic books cannot turn children gay. announces that he’s making a change in his life as if anyone will care or notice. Bill and Jim expose “” for what indie is: not indie. The guys make their predictions for the upcoming Electronic to close out the show. They’ll give you a report on E3 if a report is worthy to be given next week. Bill also apologizes for . We’ll see you next week!

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This week, Bill and Jim whip out their crystal balls (beat THAT, Indiana Jones!) and share their predictions for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Find out what the guys think Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and the big developers will be showing off at the big video game showcase this June.

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Gaming has certainly come a long way from dedicate machines that played games like Pong, to console systems like Atari and Intellivision, to the eventual systems we have today and our modern handhelds. A lot of people would still claim today that handheld systems like the Nintendo DS and PSP are still the best way to play games portably, but surprisingly the iPod has managed to offer us some excellent options as well. Regardless of whether you are a fan of Apple products, there is a lot to be said about how games are being developed for the iPod Touch and the iPad. Though I do not personally care for many of the games and other apps that have been offered, many of them being little more than cash-grabs, there are still a few diamonds in the rough. This is especially true for retro-type games that offer some great gameplay and content, but still fit into the 8-bit and 16-bit genres. Below is a short list of games that I highly recommend you check out if you have an iPod Touch or an iPad.

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The Incident is a pretty straight-forward game that mixes elements of puzzle games and platformers. The basic story of the game is that there has been, you guessed it, an incident and you are just the man to figure it out. As objects of various size and shape begin to fall from the sky, it is your job to get out of the way as they fall and then climb on top of the pile to stay alive. As you get farther and farther up, you begin to learn more about what in the world is happening. You move your character by tilting the screen left and right to make him move, and tap the screen to jump. The controls are very easy to get used to and there are options for tilt sensitivity. The game does feature various power-ups that will help you out temporarily, as well as some hazards to avoid. You know, besides all the crap falling from the sky, as if that wasn’t enough. Once you reach a certain height, you beat that level and can move on to the next area. Though the total gameplay time is only about two hours, it does have some replay value, and only costs $1.99. Considering how fantastic the art is in the game and how fun it is to play, it is definitely worth it.

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Hook Worlds is a run-and-gun style game that features grappling hooks to help you progress through the levels. There are currently four different worlds you can play, each featuring it’s own unique gameplay style and theme. In the first world, you play as “Gramps” who is trying to escape the curse after stealing an ancient idol in the jungle. Armed with you hook and rocket boots, the goal is to get as far as you can before the curse catches up to you and kills you. In the second world, you play as Zelle, the bounty hunter. Armed with a gun, you race across a haunted island, killing ghosts and collecting treasure. All the modes are simple to learn, but difficult to master. The game features some fantastic dialog and plenty of gear to unlock. The controls are very simple and easy to use. Though the game is certainly repetitive, that is only matched by how addictive it is to play. It is available from Rocket Cat Games for $0.99.

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This is one of my all time favorite games for the iPod Touch and iPad. At first, you will think that you are just buying a sharper looking Space Invaders game, but it will quickly throw you for a loop as the game progresses. By combining modern top-down shooters with the classic skin of Space Invaders, you get an entirely new experience. The game uses touch controls and an auto-fire mechanism, and offers hours of gameplay. There are literally tons of different things to unlock and earn in the game, as well as varying levels of difficulty to choose from. One of the other great things about this game is that it is also available on the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. If you want to get it for the iPod Touch or iPad, it will set you back $4.99, which is a little steep in my opinion. However, the game is fantastic, and if you can afford it, it is worth it.

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Perhaps my second favorite game of late, League of Evil is a platformer race against time to stop fifty-four evil scientists from teaming up and destroying the world. As a super secret agent, you jump, flip, and bounce off walls as you punch and kick your way through evil minions and other treacherous devices. In the recent update, they’ve added even more levels, including a bunch that are so difficult, you may throw your iPod across the room. They’ve even included a disclaimer to warn you. The controls can be a little touchy, but overall it is a solid game with a great design. It is available from Ravenous Games for $0.99 and at that price, it is a steal.

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Pizza Boy is an obvious throwback, or homage if you will, to classic games like Super Mario Bros. It features a familiar left to right, get to the end of the level style, with plenty of collectibles along the way and hidden levels to unlock. The story is that of a boy and the pizza he needs to deliver to his sweetheart, until evil birds steal it and he has to chase after them. The graphics are very sharp, and the game ramps up in difficulty fairly quickly. The one place that this game does fail to some extent is the controls. It is not very easy to control the main character and sometimes the signals can get crossed and he’ll go in the wrong direction. Of course, this might just be because of my big hands. It does offer quite a bit of gameplay though, and at only $1.99, it’s definitely worth it.

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Now, this is pretty much just a straight port, and there really isn’t whole lot to mention about it. The main thing that makes this worth getting is that the original game is still one of the best Mega Man games. There was a time when you could get this game for $0.99, but it has since gone back up to $2.99. Unfortunately, it may not be worth it at that price. The main reason for this is because of the controls, which are not very responsive. Now, I’ve only played this on the iPod Touch, and perhaps it plays much better on the larger screen of the iPad. They haven’t changed much, but they have removed the password system and now allow you to save you progress in the game itself. It is fun to play, but I would keep an eye out for when it drops back down in price before picking it up.

The interesting thing is that there are quite a few options available for playing original 8-bit and 16-bit games on the iPod Touch and iPad. There are a couple emulators that you can buy, as well as install for free if you are into jailbreaking. I’ve messed around with the NES, SNES, and PSX emulators available and they all feature control issues. A lot of it has to do with the kind of game you want to play. They are great for turn-based RPGs, but for games that require fine movement skills like racing games and some platformers, it can be pretty bad.

So check out those games, and if you’re interested in getting more information on emulation for your iPod Touch or iPad, let me know.


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