Podquisition Episode 155: The Spice Girls

On this week’s podcast, we talk about turn-of-the-millenium British pop culture to alienate most of you.

After that, we chat Sonic Forces, more Assassin’s Creed, the Xbox One X, and some other bollocks.

You can listen/download directly here and get the RSS feed here.

Also, check out Laura Kate at Kotaku UK!

Also also, check out Miracle of Sound’s channel and Patreon page!

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50 Comments on "Podquisition Episode 155: The Spice Girls"

SonicAbortion
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SonicAbortion

You don’t have to be British to know the Chuckle Brothers, I know em from that weird promotional Hitman video

Aotrs Commander
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Aotrs Commander
Hi! I may be more-or-less the only one who understood a fair bit of the first 8-9 minutes (except for the stuff about Eastenders and whatnot since I don’t soaps). Chucklevision ended in 2009, apparently (says wiki) – didn’t think it was that long since I’d last randomly caught an episode by chance and thought “wow, that’s still running, good job lads!” – but considering it ran for 22 years, you gotta salute ’em for effort. (Esepcially considering the older one (Barry) would have been 65 at that point, and they were still doing the same sort of slapstick as… Read more »
Galactix100
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Galactix100

I used to love Chucklevision back in the day.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

There are a lot of English Jim fans who post in the comments.

Speederino
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Speederino

Since you were talking about mascot platformers, I’d just like to quickly recommend A Hat in Time. That’s going overlooked now that Odyssey is out, but it is absolutely worth your time and easily the best 3D platformer I’ve played in years.

Not counting Odyssey, which I’ve yet to play :p

rosebubble
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rosebubble

i really like to see telltale go back to making more classic styled point and clicks their sam & max games were fantastic and i love to see more

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

They could but I doubt they will return to making old school point and click games.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

It was Tori Amos who was solely responsible for making the 90’s (and beyond) so cynical. I heard that somewhere.

silvermoon
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Nitrium
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Nitrium

They were inspired by Tori. Or so I’ve heard.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I’d suggest listening to spin off doctors.

Octopus Grift
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How do you bring up the Spice Girls and not talk about the Nutmeg Song?

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer
It’s funny that Jim should be talking about sincerity and a lack of cynicism when it comes to Sonic the Hedgehog because both he and Laura do the same thing a lot of people do when talking about “modern Sonic” – saying “oh it’s so cringey” as if that’s self evident reason to condemn it. When people say that they found a Sonic-related piece of media “cringy” they never actually seem to specify *why* they found it cringy, or what that even entails. What part of it made you cringe? Why did you cringe? Is that “cringing” embarrassment, derision –… Read more »
Notty
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Notty
I endorse this post. I posted a comment echoing this in the Sonic Forces thread…which didn’t get approved apparently. I mean, I’m not actually into Sonic games, either modern nor classic. And I haven’t seen any gameplay in Sonic Forces other than the avatar creator that I’m motivated to defend. But I found a lot of the commentary around it kind of mean spirited with half of it basically boiling down to “ew furries”. Plus calling Sonic “cringey” often goes hand in hand with making fun of children’s fanart and calling Sonic fans “autists”, which we can all agree can… Read more »
Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

Absolutely – it’s a sad state of affairs that a lot of nerds, when downtrodden and belittled for their interests, respond to that by turning on one another to find the ones amongst them that they can shit on in turn, and how even the ones that don’t can sometimes find it easier to go along with it than risk the ire of their supposed “fellows”.

t3hdow
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t3hdow
Dude. Chill. I think you’re taking Jim and Laura’s opinions on Sonic Forces WAAAAAAAY too seriously. Whether they like the game or not, it’s clear that they’re not trying to impede on anyone’s fun. Their defensiveness, if anything, is more a result of the general Sonic fanbase deeming Forces unworthy than any perception that they shouldn’t enjoy this. Did you forget about Jim mentioning how much shit he still gets from Sonic fans for disliking Colors? As far as the cheesiness of Forces being thrown front and center, well, you know how many popular cartoons and TV shows ran on… Read more »
Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer
When did I say anything about them calling it “cheesy”? That wasn’t my point in the slightest. Like I said, I don’t care if they do like it or don’t (despite you thinking I must be some enraged Sonic diehard?) – hell, Jim apparently DID like it. My problem is with the vague, catch-all label of “cringey” they keep applying to it without ever expanding on what that means. If they HAD said it was cheesy, dated, overly childish etc that would at least be a point that could be argued and agreed/disagreed upon, but in practice saying “it’s cringey”… Read more »
Waspseducer
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Telltales recent output was sort of tossed under the bus in this episode, but i consider the third season of the walking dead to be among the best games Telltale has ever made.

Oh, and i really hope Mass Effect makes a comeback.

streetkiller
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drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Hi Michael. Why are you still posting? As you were banned from the using the comment section.

Chris
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Michael do you remember when you specifically promised to stop spamming comments? Because that’s five all in one thread all to argue about the XboneX.

Do you also remember when you were told no fewer than three times that you were no longer welcome here? Because that wasn’t that long ago, and you acknowledged it both here and on Twitter. So please stop pretending this is just a ‘misunderstanding.’

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

With the his latest account he returned within a few hours after the account he was using on Monday was deleted.

Anton
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Anton

Don’t even bother, he’s not stopping. Just wait for Justin to take it down.

AustinSJ
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AustinSJ

Is there any reason he can’t be IP banned?

Anton
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Anton

God, I hope so.

Chris
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Huh weird, one person came through and down voted all the replies, I wonder who that could have been.

Anton
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Anton

I’m just surprised he didn’t go full sock-puppet brigade and give us all -5.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I believe we already have a sneak preview of the latest account.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

I gather that’s harder than you think if you’re on a dynamic IP from your ISP, which most people are. – i.e. if you just disconnect then reconnect your router, you aromatically get a brand new IP.

Oliver Mendes
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Funny how the newest Sonic game people seemed to like was mae by fans instead of SEGA. And even then SEGA had to screw that up on the PC.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I think it is safe to say the Xbox One is a bit toss.

Anton
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Anton

Hate to agree with you there, but pretty much. It still has a chance – if the PS3 could claw its way back into relevance, so can the X1. The problem is, the PS3 achieved that goal with a steady stream of quality exclusives; I’m just not seeing that happening here. MS seem convinced that they can win the market by repeating “true 4k” like it’s a spell.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

That and their complete lack of understanding of the word exclusive.

Anton
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Anton

I imagine that their marketing heads don’t really care that their exclusives are timed and/or shared with the PC. In marketing-speak, that’s largely close enough so that you can lie, embellish and oversimplify, and many people will be tricked by it.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

My older brother is doing his best to convince me we need to save up $3000 in the next 2 months. 2 4K TVs, a PS4 Pro, and an Xbox One X.

I’m like… why? We don’t have PCs but the games still work even if they aren’t 5% better looking. The only convincing argument is maybe for the actual frame-rate. Dunno if universal 60FPS is worth $1000 though.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

This is a general problem with both systems that the games also need to work with the non-enhanced systems, while commendable also hobbles both systems so there is unlikely to be anything which ever fully utilises the system to the full extent of its capability.

Also, it doesn’t have a Swery game this time so has nothing going for it at all.

Anton
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Anton

The “capabilities” of the new systems are slightly overblown. The CPUs have remained largely the same, meaning that, on the simulation/gameplay side, the new consoles couldn’t support more complex games even if they had wanted to. They were designed specifically for pushing more pixels on old games.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I should buy him D3. He has a Kinect.

Anton
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Anton

You’re not even getting a guaranteed universal 60fps with the new consoles; most enhanced games that offer 60fps have it as an optional mode that turns down the resolution to 1080P. Some enhanced games don’t even give you the option, and just lock you into 30fps at 4K (ish). And that’s assuming that the game got an enhancement patch at all – there are plenty of X1/PS4 games that have zero forward support right now, which means that you’re locked into the same 1080/30 you’ve already had with the old consoles.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Hm. Part of me knew this because I follow gaming news, but it’s still a shame to hear it when almost everything is “4K FOREVER, YOU DON’T LIKE VIDEO GAMES UNLESS THEY ARE IN 4K” right now thanks to Microsoft.

I would say the primary motivator for the push is because he got bored and started watching Mixer and Twitch. Streamers love to talk about how awesome their rigs and set-ups are.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Well, it is now quite safe to say that.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I have no idea what you are talking about.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

What about he Xbox One X though? Also a bit toss?

streetkiller
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Gorantharon
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Gorantharon

What sales figures? MS is not reporting any numbers.

Only things they said was it has the fastest “sell out time”, which is useless. If I have one of a thing and sell it immediately, that’s instant sell out time. WOW, such speed, such success.

The other thing is, the pre-orders exceed the other (MS) consoles. That’s a bit more informative, but still no real sales number, especially as pre-orders and fulfilled orders are not the same.

MuddyScarecrow
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Crush 40 remind me a lot of the band from Miami Connection. I’m 100% positive that those ninja fighting rock stars believe entirely of their messages of being friends for eternity loyalty honesty or being against the ninja.

Pwndhearts
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Pwndhearts

Counterpoint: Miami Connection was thinly a veiled anti-ninja propaganda film that used a rocking soundtrack full of hits like “Against the Ninja” to drive a wedge between the pro and anti-ninja factions of society.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I’m amused at the discovery that Pat Butcher (Pam St Clements) and a few other older British celebrities have done a documentary in America involving them going around American states where they have legalised cannabis and trying it.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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You won’t alienate me; your bestest most loyalest British fan/stalker!

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

That was well timed I just finished doing the dishes.

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