Nintendo Switch Review – DEBUG MODE

Nintendo Switch? Didn’t that come out like two months ago? Aren’t you a little late to the reviewing game?

Yes, yes, and probably. Honestly I intended to get this review done a month ago but a number of things prevented that. On the other hand, I think anybody who did a “review” after only a couple days or even a couple weeks is being kind of disingenuous. That’s not long enough to seriously evaluate a games console especially when the launch lineup is so limited. The games that have come out since launch have provided a clearer idea of how the Switch might fare in the coming months and years in a practical sense.

I wasn’t even going to call this a “review” but that’s the search term I have to use if I want anybody to watch this thing. But two months is at least a somewhat feasible amount of time to evaluate a console. I feel like I have a much better handle on it than if I had tried to rush a review out early.

This video was a little different for me. I actually got to/had to use my camera equipment for once which was fun, but stressful at the same time. I haven’t done product videography before and it shows, but I did the best I could shooting almost everything by myself. I’m fairly happy with the results and I learned a lot.

E3 is less than a month away now. Nintendo will almost certainly have a lot of big announcements regarding games, services, and software updates. At least they’d better. Switches are still sold out a lot of places, but to keep strong sales they’re gonna have to bring the noise. Fingers crossed for a new Metroid. A real one.

The Workshop #12 – Welcome to the Space Jam

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On today’s episode of The Workshop, we bring you only the most relevant topics like websites that haven’t been updated since the 90s and movies from more than 10 years ago that may or may not hold up. Eric and I talk about our recent travel experiences. Neither of us were thrown off airplanes though.

Also, stay tuned after the outro for a hot, hot discussion on who serves the best chicken in fast food and whether they might be making deals with dark forces.

 

The Workshop #11 – Matt & Eric’s Morning Zoo

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On this episode of the Workshop Podcast, Eric and I discuss things we are currently enjoying. And by “currently” we mean about a month ago. There’s sometimes quite a bit of delay between when we record and when we release episodes and that makes it a bit strange especially if we want to talk current events or something.

So listen and find out things were were enjoying about 5 or 6 weeks ago. Hopefully it’s a refreshingly positive episode. But don’t worry. It still gets wacky.

Yes, Eric really did receive a call from his wife during the recording. And yes, he did order Taco Bell. That wasn’t staged.

I both botched and misattributed a semi-well known quote about writing during the episode. The actual quotation is “Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten.” That’s from author Michael Crichton who most famously wrote Jurassic Park.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle. Until next time, kids!

A Shameless Minecraft Post

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Five years ago I did a post about Minecraft. It’s by far the most popular thing I’ve ever written on this site not because it was particularly good (it actually kinda sucks), but because something like 35% of the internet is dedicated to Minecraft.

Incidentally, the second most popular post I’ve written was about Disney buying Star Wars, so, y’know. Popular things are popular. That’s SEO, kids!

In my old post I made this foolish declaration:

No, I haven’t started playing Minecraft nor will I. The game, if you can call it that, seems like a gigantic time suck. It’s the sort of thing I could get into if I had unlimited time on this earth and didn’t feel guilty about such things.

About a month later I bought the game.

A lot has happened in five years – even just to Minecraft. Notch did not make the game open-source. He sold it to Microsoft for buckets of money. The game has continued to receive updates and is now available on pretty much every electronic device with a color screen. Minecraft merchandise is in nearly every retail space that sells stuff to kids or nerds or nerdy kids. And apparently there’s a movie in the works possibly with Steve Carell.

I hope he’s playing Steve.

I don’t really care about any of that. Minecraft has become essentially one thing for me: a replacement for Lego, K’nex, and all the other building toys I grew up with.

You know what? I was right. Minecraft is a huge time sink. In five years, I’ve gone from not playing at all to building all of this.

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My world from the “air”
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A skyline view of the same – or most of it

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Why I Don’t Want to Watch Any Star Wars Trailers

Today begins my quest to avoid trailers, promos, and other spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (I guess we sorta stopped counting episode numbers?) It will be difficult, I expect.

I will see this movie when I comes out.  They’ve already sold me a ticket. I don’t need to ride the hype train to release day.

I’m avoiding all of this for several reasons. Obviously, I don’t want anything to be spoiled. How many times have we all watched a trailer only to come away feeling like we’d already seen the movie?

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The Workshop #10 – It’s Not Supposed to Be Good

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Instead of writing proper show notes this time, I’ve decided to mostly communicate by dumb image memes. It was inevitable. Sorry.

FINALLY! The TRUTH is REVEALED! This podcast was never supposed to be good in the first place. So it looks like all our hater are actually giving us compliments.

Take that, haters.

We’ve made it 10 episodes into this strange endeavor! Truly we are *so* committed.

Join us (by listening – you can’t participate because it’s pre-recorded, obviously) as we discuss:

I’m going to tell you right here, right now in these liner notes that no one reads that this is a terrible episode. It kind of fizzles out at the end and you should probably stop listening after the younger self discussion if you even start at all.

The Workshop #9 – Even More Professional

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Dear listener: we at the Workshop Podcast feel that when we produce an episode, we are making a pact with our audience. A pact between our audience and their ears.

No! Sorry. That sounded way creepy.

We are making a pact with you, the listener, to produce the most professional, best content we possibly can. To show our renewed commitment to professionalism, we present these recent photos of us in suits.

Nothing says “professional” like a suit. And from these suit pictures, you can clearly see how professional and committed we are to you, the listener.

On today’s professional episode of The Workshop Podcast, we spend a surprising amount of time discussing sports and sports-related topics. Also featured: the shocking revelation of Eric’s (probably) real name, our city’s terrible nickname, warmed-over 90s jokes, and our plans for a dark, gritty Inspector Gadget reboot.

As part of our commitment to professionalism, I must note the following: while Eric correctly states that Matthew Broderick is in American Crime Story, I incorrectly assumed he was in the first season about O.J. Simpson. He is, however, in the second season which is about Hurricane Katrina and hasn’t been released yet. I have since watched this show and *now* I get the obsession. So we’ll probably talk about that in a future episode.