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Month: July 2016

No Sega Isn’t Firing Back At Nintendo’s Retro NES

Sega Classic Game Console released in 2014After Nintendo’s announcement two weeks ago on the retro NES Classic console, people woke up to the idea of classic gaming in the modern age on reproduction consoles. This week, stories started circulating that Sega is now firing back at Nintendo by not only releasing a retro Genesis console, but also a handheld. They make this claim by pointing out the release of a Sonic 25th Anniversary Sega portable with built in games.

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Molehill Mountain Episode 10 – Laughing At The AAP

Hey folks, E. Zachary Knight here. This is another somewhat casual episode. In this episode, I will talk about the crazy new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and some of the responses to that. There is also some cool stuff coming out of ComicCon for comic book movies. You can also ask me some questions too if you want.

  • 17:00 – The AAP Complains About Video Game Violence
  • 48:32 – I geek about comic book movies and tv shows.
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American Academy of Pediatrics Pines For Video Game Legislation In New Policy Statement

American Academy of PediatricsThis week, the American Academy of Pediatrics, a psychology guild dedicated to getting money for its members, released one of the most ignorant and laughably bad policy statements on media violence and the supposed link between it and real world violence. I can’t emphasize just how laughable this whole thing is. Thankfully, the level headed and intelligent Christopher Ferguson has responded to this.

The AAP policy statement is a great read if you are looking for some major laughs. Ferguson’s breakdown of it is also a clever thrashing of the statement and is more than worth the read. Here are a couple of highlights from Ferguson’s analysis:

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Molehill Mountain Episode 9 – Pokemon Goes To Retro NES

Hey folks, E. Zachary Knight here. Andrew was caught using Twitter this past week and is now on the run from the Podunk Witch Hunters. While he is in hiding, Jeremy Powers of Zens Path joined me for the latest Molehill Mountain podcast. We took part in more Pokemon Go chatter, Nintendo’s return to its roots with the NES Classic, and bit more.

  • 1:45 – Jeremy Talks about Monster Hunter: Generations, Song of the Deep and collectors editions
  • 7:48 – I talk about Castlevania, my PSP, and other PS1 Classics
  • 14:10 – Lots of Pokemon Go chatter.
  • 44:14 – We reminisce about classic gaming thanks to Nintendo’s NES Classic

Nintendo Joins Sega And Atari; Releases NES Classic Console

NES Classic Edition by NintendoNintendo will be launching a new console this holiday season. However, it won’t be the NX or anything resembling a modern day console. Instead, Nintendo will be returning to its roots and following in the footsteps of Atari and Sega. Today, Nintendo announced the launch of the NES Classic Edition.

Much like the retro throwback consoles of Atari and Sega, the NES CE will have 30 built in games. The list is pretty impressive too. It has all three Mario games, both Zeldas, Star Tropics, two Castlevanias, Metroid, and Final Fantasy, to name a few.


There Ain’t No Stopping Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Last week sparked the largest fitness fad to hit the world since Wii Fit by Nintendo. I don’t think it was entirely intentional on the part of the Pokemon Company or Niantic. But I also don’t think that it was entirely unexpected. But that isn’t the only result of the launch of Pokemon Go either. People are also getting fresh air and making new friends.

I have been playing Pokemon go for almost a week now and I must say that my kids and I have not had this much fun walking around the neighborhood and the park in a long time. 


Molehill Mountain Episode 8 – The Lonesome EZK

Hey folks, E. Zachary Knight here. Andrew is off in the middle of nowhere where the internet is considered black magic and you can be burned as a witch for using it. So tonight is actually my first solo show ever. This should be interesting.  I will be talking about the looming Indiepocalypse, buying cool games and systems for dirt cheap at thrift stores and yard sales, some of the games I have played and books I have read etc. Who knows. Feel free to ask me anything during the show too.

  • 2:07 – Castlevania Symphony of the Night is one of the coolest games ever.
  • 9:10 – Pokemon Go! Doesn’t work for me 🙁
  • 12:25 – Things get political as I talk about Libertarianism
  • 22:35 – The Looming Indiepocalypse
  • 39:30 – My Thoughts On Nintendo’s Reach and Marketing
  • 43:40 – Which Publishers Will Resort To Focusing Solely on Development
  • 46:45 – I talk about console purchases and if I am a fanboy
  • 56:20 – Let’s Talk Star Wars and Fan Edits
  • 1:00:00 – Jim Sterling’s breakdown of Mighty Number 9
  • 1:02:46 – Who are my Youtube Influences
  • 1:08:58 – What music do I listen to?
  • 1:12:25 – More Bucket List discussion

There Is No Indiepocalypse, So Stop Freaking Out

Beware the IndiepocalypseThe “indiepocalypse” is this looming threat over the welfare of indie developers and the viability of indie games in the marketplace. Under its imposing shadow, indie developers are facing a repeat of the famed 1980s video game crash that ended Atari’s dominance. The threat doesn’t impact AAA developers and publishers, only indie developers. Yet, there is no such threat to the viability of the indie market.


Molehill Mountain Episode 7 – Quietly Into the Night

As it happens, Andrew is going to be busy for the next several Saturdays in a row so this is his last episode of the podcast until August.  In the latest episode, you get him all to yourselves for an hour and a half.  Ain’t that peachy!

  • 1:10 – I have a problem. A Ghostbusters problem.
  • 10:50 – Let’s talk about the localization of Tokyo Mirage Sessions! Again.
  • 17:35 – Let’s speculate about the NX, Nintendo’s new console that we still know almost nothing about!
  • 22:07 – GameStop made me mad. Here’s why.
  • 26:24 – More NX talk! Game controller talk! Zelda talk! Paper Mario talk!
  • 46:18 – Wind Waker is five times better than Skyward Sword. Do I agree?
  • 58:15 – I share my thoughts on VR.
  • 1:13:13 – Let’s talk about accuracy (and ethics!) in entertainment journalism.
  • 1:22:00 – Let’s talk about video games and keeping the original language track!

No, Anna Kendrick did NOT say she wants to play Squirrel Girl

Squirrel GirlIf you keep abreast of superhero news you’ve probably seen a bunch of articles reporting that Anna Kendrick wants to play Squirrel Girl in a Marvel superhero movie.  That’s neat.  I’d love to see Squirrel Girl on the big screen and I’ve no doubt Kendrick could knock that role out of the park.  There’s only one problem…

She didn’t actually say that.

“My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her],” she told fashion magazine Porter.  “I don’t know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!”

Yeah.  That’s it.

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