The Infamous #HorrorFrog & Show Notes/Previews – Leave Us Voicemail – (206) 415-4987

A few of you have suggested that we post our show notes more often here to encourage more voicemail messages and such.  We’ve been doing that for HorsePLAY! LIVE and The Gaming Death Podcast but we welcome any and all kinds of voicemail.  Here are some of the things we’ve been discussing if you want to keep the conversation going:

  • Why Hearthstone is such a big deal
  • Tips and tricks for Marvel Puzzle Quest & Hearthstone
  • Is Hearthstone a pay-to-win game?
  • Greatest games of all time (The GOATs)
  • Our defining moments in gaming
  • What are the most random games you’ve ever played that you think most missed (and should play)?
  • Games that were great because they inspired new concepts
  • Games that are great because they are still fun years later
  • Why are Internet trolls so prevelant?
  • Drunken karaoke (thanks DekardC)
  • XBox Originals Channel – YAY or NAY?
  • Console gaming is dead – it’s all about all-in-one entertainment!
  • How close are we to drones delivering our goods?
  • Marvel Agents Of SHIELD vs. Arrow
  • Objectification of women and biases surrounding geek girls
  • The rise and fall of social games (a.k.a. Facebook SPAM)
  • The cardinal sings of League Of Legends players
  • Have we as consumers become too spoiled or impatient?
  • Broke Wars: Nintendo VS. Sony
  • Sony predicts 1.3 BILLION loss over fiscal year
  • Indie games are the future of gaming!
  • No, we’re tired of indie games.
  • No, we’re tired of big studio regurgitations.
  • We geeks are just jaded all around, amirite?
  • Transistor art style: beautiful or more hipster pandering?
  • Microtransactions VS. Macrotransactions
  • Popular games with the worst virtual economies
  • What defines the value of something?
  • Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare..  Does anyone care?
  • Capcom is bouncing back – Mega Man, PLEASE!
  • Can gardening be considered geeky?
  • Fantasy sports can be geeky..  Sports themselves, not so much.
  • How do you define a geek or nerd?
  • Labels suck..  But they have a purpose!
  • #RetroFriday VOTES for NES, Genesis, arcade, etc.
  • Sports games are games too!

Hopefully those snippets should provide some good talking points.  There’s a lot of gaming stuff there but anything geeky or random is cool, y0.   Speaking of RANDOM, on Episode 81 of The Gaming Death Podcast, they brought up the horror frog

Horror Frog Breaks It's Own Bones To Form Claws!

Yes, this is a real thing.

According to the NewScientist, the horror frog breaks his own bones to form claws.  WTF?  It’s the real-life Wolverine!  That is pretty darn sick.  I can relate, too, because my home life is often just as masochistic!  LOL..  Sorry, I could not resist!

Personally, I find nature so fascinating.  Here in Georgia we see all sorts of weird critters, like the paper wasp.  These wasps are comparable to hornets and are usually found down South, where creepy crawlers seem to be abundant.  The coolest thing about the paper wasp is that it builds nests out of a paper-like substance.  It creates this substance using harvested materials and it’s own saliva.  Kinda gross yet kinda neat.

Paper Wasp Nest In Yucatan, Mexico

WARNING: Do NOT approach a paper wasp nest.. They are VERY protective.

I had one of these things hang out with me in my house recently.  It was surprisingly friendly but that stinger was scary.  Lately the wasps here in Georgia fly really close to me, especially by my ears or the back of my head..  It makes me feel…. Violated. O_O

Anywho, on future episodes of HorsePLAY! LIVE we’re going to be returning to our roots in League Of Legends and cover more indie games (of course).  We’ll continue Hearthstone talk too since that’s definitely on rotation for years to come.  On EP22 or so, we should be wrapping up the #RetroFriday kicker series.  With that…

Tell us what your favorite moments in gaming are.  What made you a dedicated or hardcore gamer?  What are your G.O.A.T. picks for games, both tabletop and digital?  Are there any games you really love that you think people missed?

While we’ll be ending the #RetroFriday mini-series, we’ll continue to do weekly videos and streams.  Be sure to join our Steam community groups.  Simply look up #YOHTAI, #RetroFriday, and HorsePLAY.  The links are also scattered throughout the site. 8)

Do you have any fun stories or random thoughts to share?  Call us and leave a voicemail at (206) 415-4987 – if you don’t, Stewie will PEW PEW PEW you with his ray gun!  Also, take this poll, por favor.

Winter Storm Pax? More Like Winter Storm Anus!

Winter Storm Pax should be renamed Winter Storm Anus.  What an asshole of a storm!  Over half a million people were (or still are) in the dark in Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia alone.   People are acting like bigger idiots due to the storm’s aftermath – especially on the roads and in the few stores that stayed open!  I mean, people were buying big-screen televisions while others had real emergencies to tend to.  It’s like Winter Storm Pax was an asshole storm that attracted more assholes to it.  A flurry of assholes!

Here in Augusta, everyone was well aware of the state of emergency but very few were prepared.  The wide-scale power outage was only part of the problem.  People were driving like idiots (more so than usual) in the snow and wondering why there were so many car crashes and smashed mailboxes.  Did I mention the hood rats buying big-screen televisions during the whole mad rush?  I know..  First-world problems, yo!

As of around 2pm EST on this pretend holiday, Valentine’s Day, our electricity has been restored.  Georgia Power was diligent, though I am sure they just wanted to make sure they can continue to rape us with their obscene billing rates.  But, hey, power is back up!  Thank goodness, too..  My family was getting antsy.  It was cool to have an excuse to read more, play board games, get to know the neighbors better, and cook outdoors, but you don’t realize how dependent you are on electricity and the interwebz until they’re completely gone.  Kids everywhere must have been really spazzing out (on top of the usual teen drama queen angst)…

How come the Internet doesn’t work?  OMG – I can’t watch my vines!  No XBox LIVE?  No YouTube!  I HATE YOU MOM AND DAD – DIIIIIIEEEEEE!

Seriously though, it could have been much worse.  While some of us were engaging in white whine, there were still people dealing with floods, destroyed homes, smashed cars, and even death.  Trees are still falling and destroying things in their wake.  Down South, most states are not very well-equipped for disasters but the Red Cross was quick to set up camp and the communities really pulled together to help clear up some of the mess.  It was rather inspiring!

The best part about the forced downtime is that I got to get a better feel for what I really want to focus on in the coming years.  I missed doing my Twitch streams, podcasts, and creative writing.  I also missed curating content on social platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr, and StumbleUpon.  Now I’m playing catch-up.  These sorts of disasters, big or small, help you realize what <u>really</u> matters.  It was nice to just enjoy some chill time with loved ones and brainstorm a bit without the pressure or distractions of digital connectivity.

There were quite a few silly things that happened during the blackout.  I’ll be sure to share them on the next episode of HorsePLAY!, especially since parts of the experience certainly felt very apocalyptic (sans the zombies).  I am sure Obi and our guests will have their own stories to share.  Real survival stories in a zombie-themed episode – w00t!

The funniest thing that comes to mind is how our kids were taking long hot showers and did not see the issue with that even after we reminded them that everything in our home runs on electricity (not gas, oil, solar power, whatever).  I love my kids but they can be such derps sometimes.  I blame our schools, pop culture, and reality television.  Our brains are constantly being attacked by pure rubbish from every direction.  Wear your tin-foil hats, kids!

In any case, the funny moments made the otherwise frustrating situation a little more enjoyable.  We certainly made the best of it!  One thing I definitely learned is that we need more survival supplies and bug-out bags or else we’ll be toast in the zombie apocalypse.

I’m curious what your experience has been with Winter Storm Pax.  It doesn’t seem like it was much of an event up North as states like Pennsylvania and New York are far more prepared for inclement weather.  I’m sure folks in smaller towns and cities did not have much of a picnic, especially our friends in upstate New York:

  • Anyone lose power where they’re at?
  • Did you stay put or go to another place?
  • What did you do to keep busy and warm?
  • Did any businesses or restaurants stay open in your area?

Don’t be shy – leave your anecdotes, gripes, and victories in the comments section below!

Winter Storm Pax Lessons:  http://yomar.me/2014/02/14/what-winter-storm-pax-has-taught-me/