TalkRadar 119 - Reaching to the Choir


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The Topics

The Top 7... ways Halo influenced the games industry
A decade later, you can still see the ripples


Halo: Reach review
One game. Two very different reviews


The Inception trailer goes with everything 
Alan Wake, Psychonauts, and Sackboy go deeper


Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
A gentleman always makes each game better than the last


What's your stupidest game-related purchase?
The dumb crap you had to have



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In the office

Above: Chris after dentist

Above: New podcast room!

Above: Play Halo: Reach with us tonight! (Friday, Sep 17)

Above: Tyler took over hosting this week, and Brett snapped a picture of his "airtraffic controller" set up

Above: The Inception trailer music really does go with everything

In the community

Above: Holy crap, Richtaur... holy crap

Above: batman5273 pretty much does our job for us

Above: Who knew Charlie could be such a douche?! batman5273 reveals the truth


Post date: September 17, 2010
T-Dar 119 length: 2:29:43
Intro song by: Anamanaguchi
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  • AlaskaGrown - October 1, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    I almost forgot - what the fuck was that automated phone call about? Has anybody deciphered what else is said other than "I will find you and kill you all?" That shit creeped me out a little bit, of coure I was 3/4 in the bag when I listened.
  • Shinn - October 1, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    Just thought i'd point out that "ma'am" (as in the female version of sir) when pronounced with an english accent (such as Jorge's from Halo: Reach) could be mistaken for the american "mom". It does sound completely different mind you, and it's very unusual to confuse the two. Jorge actually refers to Halsey as "ma'am" in Reach. Not mom, they say mum in most countries outside of america. So, yeah, it didn't expect you to know anything. (at least not during that scene).
  • AlaskaGrown - September 28, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    Whoooooooa Doctor! Another great p-cast fellas. Although I have not played Reach (because my XBOX is a peice of shit and I refuse to buy a new one....yet) I can see where C-bear is coming from. Being Bungie's last Halo game, I expected Reach to be balls meltingly epic - which is admittadly unrealistic and probably unfair, but how great would it have had an experience that made me sit back and just say "wow," kind of like when I first played Halo CE. That was a game changing moment, and it sounds like Reach does not quite get there. For that reason, I agree with his logic for scoring. I equate it to Revenge of the Sith: this is it, we are going to see how Vader became such a badass, it's going to be so fucking awesome, so EPIC! I'm not even that big of a SW fan I was pumped for this, only to have my dick kicked in the dirt. Which brings us to the topic of context - I am sorry, but you cannot ignore it. ROS and Reach may be great when compared to the field of SciFi movies or FPS games, but they failed to achieve their potential and that has to be taken into account when giving a score. As was made clear in the podcast, a 9 for NHL does not mean the same thing as a 9 for Reach. Thanks to T-dubs for the shout-out. You nailed it - I am, in fact, from the great state of Alaska. Alaska Grown is the stamp they put on all products and produce made or grown in Alaska - since I was born and raised there, I feel it is an appropriate moniker. I was very close to going with PocketPussyFace in honor of a BoneSoi rant from way back - fuck, that made me laugh. Love the show - now if you will excuse me, I have to go fuck an eskimo polar bear in the back of my dogsled.
  • MayorOfAmerica - September 26, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    I just HAD to create an account after this one. I laughed so hard throughout your 'Inception-Halo' Segment, CLASSIC. Exactly the reason why I love listening to you guys. Spot on, on not afraid to disagree, awesome! Best gaming podcast, best gaming website, best everything! But do say, why do you like Toy Soldiers better then Halo: Reach? ;-)
  • Corspufo - September 23, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    Thank you so much for this. Probably my favorite one to date. I laughed so hard I squealed through my nose. So damn good, thank you!
  • Kapuran - September 22, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    I know I'm late to the party but I just listened to #119, my first TalkRadar, but I made the mistake of listening to it at work... and now I'm injured from suppressing laughter. So thanks for that. I'll be listening from now on. It's kinda funny how I got to TalkRadar through Pokemon Monday, though.
  • SAUGAPRIME - September 22, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    All those guys look like they never got laid!
  • PooPSock - September 22, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    Might I say... Riveting tale, chaps.
  • ChristopherNolan - September 21, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    Kudos to Tyler this week. Excellent job hosting.
  • lincc289 - September 21, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    go!go! About you, fashionable tide Story will start from here!
  • JohnnyApplesperm - September 21, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    Awesome podcast! The readings and the bad voice acting was hilarious, and Tyler you were spot on with the sound effects! @axemahn: why can't you guys get that an 8 is NOT SAYING THEY DON'T LIKE THE GAME. It's nothing like if someone spent a half hour saying Mario 64 was ridiculous and stupid, because that's not what they're saying about Reach. They stress this all the time, an 8 is significanly above average, its "great". Get over yourself.
  • rittercat - September 21, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    Wonderful podcast, as usual. Seriously, this is my favorite gaming podcast by far. Tyler did a good job hosting, too! I find very amusing that some folk think that calling a game "great" while pointing out its shortcomings equates to "shitting on it." Lack of unadulterated praise does not equal hate!
  • santaclouse37 - September 21, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    Listened to this last night, laughed so hard that there were several times where family members knocked on my door to see if there was anything wrong with me. sleepy92ismypsn- Shut the hell up, if you listened to the podcast then you should have heard them spending a huge chunk of time talking about how game reviews are SUBJECTIVE and OPINIONS which VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON. The only other thing I have to say is, 5 whole days until a new TDar? OOOOOH MAAAAAAH GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWD!!
  • axemahn - September 20, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    its one thing to not like a game and express your opinion, but you guys were being fucking dicks about reach. is it just because its such a popular game that you guys have to act like bret and not like it? alot of people really enjoy halo and are excited about its release, and you guys shitting all over that was kind of annoying. charlies review was fair and i dont care if he gave it a 2.0, but its when you start making fun of it that gets me i love the shit out of talkradar and everyone is always fucking funny, but i honestly just couldnt listen to the rest of this episode. it always seems that you guys favor old games like they're gold or something, and couldnt care less about this generation of games, but some people do. and im sure you wouldnt like it if your favorite podcast or whatever spent like 30 minutes or more saying that mario 64 or the second zelda was ridiculous and stupid.
  • Psylockerules - September 20, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    how much would you say i would have to skip to miss the halo talk?
  • BobLoblaw - September 20, 2010 9 p.m.

    Great episode. You guys reading the Halo Reach comments with Inception music was incredible.
  • BoltActionRevolver - September 20, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    Oh Oh Oh Oh. Its Monday, and I finally finished the podcast, and I know the song! Its Rush, by the Seatbelts off the Cowboy Bebop OST! Yippy! Do I get get geek gamer points?
  • CoktorBloktopus - September 20, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    fantastic podcast gentlemen. OH MY GOD!!!!!! I loved the inception mash ups so much. P.S. Tlyer should get to pick more ending songs this has been my favorite to date and i have heard them all.
  • Jamahl - September 19, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    Great podcast, but I'd like to point out that noble 6 has a voice in the game, and has a backstory that is hinted at. Admittedly not as much backstory as the cheif, but when did you see any cheif backstory in the game? Sorry, It's just been buggin' me when people say that he/she's a completely blank character, because they're fully voiced and obviously set up as a BA.