Viral Play S02 – Mess Hall 2

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by Carlos Macias

In a bit of a call back to Episode 6 of Mess Hall, we follow up with Eddie Rodriguez as he reminisces about his moment of seclusion (aka “moving out”) in a segment we dubbed “Solo Living Tips.”

Listen in to hear about how to get free cable, electricity and other amenities if you ever find yourself in similar financial straits. Carlos, Louie, and Jrock also talk a bit about Coachella, hands-on with Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS, the evolution of music/genre mashing, open-world games with consequences (i.e. Mass Effect 2, Fallout 3), the upcoming LA Noire, and Latin America encouraging the globalization of game development.

All in this week’s episode of Mess Hall. Sit back, relax and listen in as we use any excuse — my little brother’s birthday — to party.

Click through to download Viral Play S02 – Mess Hall 2

Or, you can listen and/or download the show directly to your iOS device of choice by going to our official iTunes link here.

Mess Hall archive:

Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 6
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 5
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 4
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 3
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 2
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 1

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Viral Play, Episode 9 – VCR Monster Edition

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by Carlos Macias

On our second show back from a quick hiatus (yes, as in a new Mess Hall’s been out on iTunes for a minute now) we do it up big and bring in the full cast of VCR Monster. Jordan Kennedy and Andrew Serrato help us ring in the new year with talk of resolutions, defining their sound, feedback hate, Jordan’s custom-made guitar/MIDI hybrid “DG20,” secret first shows, and Moms as an EP cover.

But, of course, we couldn’t let a Jordan interview go without getting him to open up about his stylin’ hairdo and how that plays into his overall philosophy on VCR Monster personality versus the in-the-band vibe as a member of Media.

Oh, and stay tuned after the interview to hear rapping sensation J. Andrews freestyle over an iPhone synthesized, freshly-made beat by VCR Monster. Sit back, relax, and listen in on our latest historical document…

Click through to download Viral Play, Episode 9.

To listen and download on iTunes search “Viral Play” or you can subscribe to the feed directly here.

Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 6

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2010 by Carlos Macias

School season, child rearing, headbutting, missed interviews. All a part of what’s been happening with Viral Play lately.

No worries, though. The show must go on, and it will. Only maybe not as timely as before — because we’ve always been timely, ‘members?

Anyway, to tide you guys over until a proper Viral Play we bring you a special episode of “Mess Hall.” Carlos and the gang hid from the rain at “Jimmy and Eddie’s Apartment” (patent pending) to talk about the moving-away-from-home experience, the Conan/Leno situation, NBC hate, goals of the upcoming “Talk Show,” Jimmy’s new nickname, and end it with talk of athletes’ extracurricular activities (think: Tiger Woods).

Even Hitler comes up! Truly a mess hall episode not to be missed.

Click through to download the show here.

Mess Hall archive:

Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 5
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 4
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 3
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 2
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 1

Naughty Bear Should Be Conker’s Other Bad Day

Posted in video games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Carlos Macias

Naughty Bear was announced late last year from 505 Games and while it, from what’s known of the game so far, looks like it will just turn out to be on the “edgy” side of E-rated I hope it’s more than that.

I’m talking about Rare gun-toting, foul-mouthed squirrels more than that here. Continue reading

Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 5

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by Carlos Macias

After some extensive, extensive editing here’s Mess Hall’s new year episode. Don’t worry, even after cuts most of the foolishness still remained for you to frown upon. All our friends came out including last week’s guest, Jeramy Lowe, Ariel and Adrian Otero, Carlos Macias, Louie Recinos, “Jrock,” Elias Valenzuela, and plenty more.

Mainly, we tried talking about Adrian’s recent trip to England but the conversation quickly scattered into “disorganized chaos” covering Bioshock-esque underwater tunnels, Jamaican lager, a couple of local stories, missing gloves, the definition of a rotation, and Eddie’s Capitalism minute.

Click through to download the show here.

Mess Hall archive:

Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 4
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 3
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 2
Viral Play – Mess Hall Ep. 1

Assassin’s Creed 2 – A Paragraph Review

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2010 by Carlos Macias

“Ezio! I meant for you to keep running not to start climbing the walls! Why would I want you to take a dive from ten stories up onto solid concrete below? Keep climbing!” Don’t be surprised if early on in your play time with AC2 you hear yourself yelling out to your covert assassin to control a bit better. The mechanics never entirely meliorate but you get used to them enough to enjoy directing Ezio a la free running and parkour-esque scaling through beautiful Renaissance-era Italy. Add varied objectives, engaging combat, side missions that you’ll actually want to take on, and you have the ingredients to spruce up AC2 for even those who soured on the original. Further control streamlining will be a task left for the third act.

Rating: B

Miner Dig Deep – A Paragraph Review

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by Carlos Macias

Following in the footsteps of EGM and, most recently, Mitch Dyer’s “One Paragraph” reviews I bring you…well, basically the same thing. Short, one-paragraph reviews on games that are not necessarily recent, but games I’d still like to take a critical eye to. In reality, it’s just a way to trick myself into writing and updating this blog more often. Let me know what you think!

Xbox’s Indie section is, much like the iPhone’s App Store, filled mostly with pure and utter crap. Miner Dig Deep is one of the gems that serves as a counter to that statement. Simple, yet elegantly designed, MDD gives you a mine and a few tools to make it to the center of the world — presumably. Each incremental upgrade nets you a satisfying return on your investment (wait until you go past your initial pickax) and it keeps it up for 6-8 hours. Whether you treat it as a sweet background game when catching up on podcasts or an exemplary model for the 80 MS-point Indie game, MDD successfully pulls you in to digging its lucrative quarry and loving every minute of it.

Rating: A