On Nintendo

Stories like this one mystify me. Just look at the headline: “Nintendo’s Fall.” Now, far be it from me to question the experience and perspective that writer Doug Perry — a fixture in the gaming media for well over a decade — has, but I tend to scratch my head every time one of these “Wow, remember when Nintendo wasn’t doing so well?” pieces pops up.

The fact is, Nintendo’s never done anything but well. It’s as though people remember the years between 1996 and 2006 (AKA the Nintendo 64 and GameCube years) as some sort of Dark Age for the company.


The Geekbox: Episode 10

Double digits, hell yeah! Enjoy tis week’s extra-long podcast; hopefully it makes up for last week’s short length. Please Digg, and take 5 minutes to review it on iTunes if you enjoy it!

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The Geekbox — Episode 10 (2009-04-02)
Wherein we discuss the joys of marriage, Tales of the Black Freighter (spoilers!), Lost (more spoilers!), Large Marge, Smallville (mild spoilers), the LexCorp bailout, Scrabble as serious business, GDC 2009 (including Smartbomb co-author Heather Chaplin’s verbal attack on the gaming industry), Noby Noby Boy, the latest chapter in the Fitch Hitch saga, the difference between LARPers and gamers who LARP, and OkCupid success/horror stories. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Jade Kraus.
Running Time: 1h 31m 8s
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The Geekbox: Episode 9

Ouch! Apologies for the short length this week — that’s what happens when you try to judge a visually oriented contest on an audio podcast. If you’re curious about who won our Watchmen art contest, all the details are in this thread. And check here for details on our “Best Lost Theories” giveaway. Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to Digg and review!

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The Geekbox — Episode 9 (2009-03-25)
Wherein we discuss Fitch’s possible whereabouts, random comics (and why Chuck Austen is a horrible writer), wonky twist endings, frozen yogurt, Karen’s week at the SXSW festival, punching Harry Knowles in the face (or not), last week’s episode of Lost (including more crazy theorizing — oh, and spoiler alert), the Battlestar Galactica finale (more spoilers), Watchmen art contest winners, and a brand-new Lost-related giveaway contest. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Greg Ford, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 57m 51s
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The Geekbox: Episode 8

Here’s this week’s episode. Enjoy — and don’t forget to Digg/review! And yes, this episode’s got an ad at the beginning, which I guess means we’re kinda-sorta-maybe successful at this point!

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The Geekbox — Episode 8 (2009-03-19)
Wherein we discuss co-host Karen Chu’s current whereabouts, a whole bunch of TV shows (beware Lost spoilers!), some more Watchmen, the SciFi Channel’s ridiculous┬á new “direction,” hot sci-fi cyborgs, Resident Evil 5, terrible game controls, Killzone 2, Bioshock 2, Street Fighter IV, Ryan Scott’s upcoming wedding, the latest Fitch Hitch update, and the upcoming GFW Radio reunion panel at Penny Arcade Expo 2009. Starring Ryan Scott, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, Greg Ford, Ryan Higgins, and Jade Kraus.
Running Time: 1h 18m 15s
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The Brodeo Reunion “LIVE!” at PAX ’09

Yep — we’re getting the band back together. GFW Radio (AKA “The Brodeo 97.5”) fan and all-around cool guy Aaron Simmer over at The Armchair Empire is orchestrating a live podcast/discussion panel at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo up in Seattle, WA — and once all is said and done, the podcast will be released here on Geekbox.net for everyone to hear! That means you’re gonna get to hear myself and fellow Computer Gaming World/Games for Windows/1UP alum Jeff Green, Sean Molloy, Shawn Elliot, and Robert Ashley on the mic together for the first time since September 2008. And, if you’re attending PAX, you can even come say hello in person, too! I believe there might be a Q&A segment in the second half of the panel; that should be lots of fun.

So, Aaron has started a donation fund to help pay for the convention costs, etc. So, if you’re down with the idea and want this to happen, head on over to Armchair Empire, read the press release, and donate what ya can. I definitely don’t expect anyone who reads this site/listens to my podcast to go all-out or anything; I’m still deeply thankful for all your donations to date, especially in the wake of Geekbox co-host Ryan Higgins’ apartment fire. So, just know that I ain’t trying to milk a fortune out of everybody.

In any case — check out the link, help if you’d like, and send this story up the Digg chain! You can discuss this story on the forums here.

The Geekbox: Episode 7

I’m going for a world record with the lateness here. My apologies, especially in light of the week off — I’m still getting re-acclimated to my 2.5-hour round trip work commute, so I’ve been mismanaging my spare time pretty badly. In any case, please enjoy. Special props to this week’s special guest, Davin Loh (AKA jinpei05 on the forums). Don’t forget to Digg/review on iTunes/all that stuff!

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The Geekbox — Episode 7 (2009-03-13)
Wherein we discuss Master Higgins’ recent apartment fire, all things Watchmen, blue prophylactics, Fitch’s latest hot date (and why she’s a total nerd), good DS games, the latest on Lost/Burn Notice/Dollhouse (spoilers!), the new Geekbox.net discussion forums, the Street Fighter community, the lore of Resident Evil, toys that ruin Christmas, and the illogic of American TV pacing. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Davin Loh.
Running Time: 1h 28m 4s
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The Geekbox: Special Bulletin (and theme music — and forums!)

Hey guys — just uploading a message to our iTunes feed to let non-website-goers know why we didn’t record a new episode this week. Special bonus: The full, uncut Geekbox Radio Theme! And, finally, please check out our all-new discussion forums! They’re pretty empty now, but I’m counting on you guys to change that.

The Geekbox — Special Bulletin (2009-03-07)
Just a quick announcement to notify folks who don’t read the site regularly about Ryan “Master” Higgins’ apartment fire last weekend (AKA the reason you don’t have a new podcast this week). Thanks to all the folks who donated money and goodwill to help Ryan — we’ll be back next week with an all-new episode! In the meantime, check out the new discussion forums at forums.geekbox.net!
Running Time: 1m 18s

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The Geekbox Theme Music (“The Comeback”) by Jake Jensen
The full Geekbox Radio Podcast theme music, by popular request. Thanks once again to Jake “Jeku” Jensen for creating this!
Running Time: 2m 56s
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