Episode 34: Telltale, AI, Prince Charles and E-Sports

The DJ has returned to the show. Yay?!

            Glad to see he is alive and talking still. Buck scares everyone by being polite and friendly, not sure what happened there. Maybe someone spiked his coffee.

            At the start we get an update from the Professor about Nintendo’s save policy (still no sign of Ginger or Mary-anne but DJ looks and acts like Gilligan). We did it, yep, we started the show with two good pieces of news, and Buck was friendly, what is happening?

            Then Buck brings up the saga of Telltale games closing down, with the absurd behaviour of management. Such a shame and our thoughts are with all the employees who have lost their jobs, hope everything works out well for you all.

            The Professor tells us about how an AI has created a couple of games, so if we can combine that with all the other AI’s out there can we expect Skynet? The DJ is worried about being replaced with all the automation, there is a valid point that we can combine all the AI’s and build a new member for the show.

            Prince Charles is opposing cyborgs, he mustn’t have watched Robocop or Star Trek, so he is off the guest list, not a Nerd. Although why he was in GQ talking about the subject is beyond us, like, literally, he is not cool, fashionable and he is older the Buck, and he went to school with Noah.

            The DJ gives us a story about a bunch of wack jobs at a football game throwing game controllers and tennis balls onto the pitch in a protest against E-Sports. So please, no one help them with any tech service et cetera if they want to attack Nerds lets show them we make the world better and not to mess with us.

            On the games front the Professor has been playing Legend of Zelda on the Switch, and Buck has been slaying dragons in Skyrim. The DJ has been slack yet again and not played any games, we are unsure about if he truly is a nerd.

            We have all the regular shout outs at the end of the show, and Buck deliveries some breaking news about a crazy drunk woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who attacked KFC. She needs to just let the nugget go. We also made an important announcement and that is the show will no longer be called Top Shelf Nerds, it will be called Nerds Amalgamated.


Story update from last week’s episode about Nintendo’s save policy

- http://uk.ign.com/articles/2018/09/25/nintendo-will-let-you-recover-cloud-saves-up-to-6-months-after-your-switch-online-subscription-lapses 

The story of Telltale games

- https://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-latest-on-the-telltale-games-closure/1100-6461976/

- https://thenextweb.com/gaming/2018/09/24/celebrated-studio-telltale-games-shuts-down-in-the-messiest-way-possible/

AI creating games

- https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/ai-generates-new-games-after-classics/

Price Charles opposing half human half machine beings

- https://www.sciencealert.com/prince-charles-says-he-utterly-objects-to-the-idea-of-people-becoming-part-human-part-machine

- https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/prince-charles-gq-awards-interview-2018

E-Sports protest

- https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-09-24-swiss-football-fans-throw-controllers-on-the-pitch-in-esports-protest

Games currently playing

DJ – No games


– Legend of Zelda - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda


- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elder_Scrolls_V:_Skyrim

Other topics discussed

Toxic management killed Telltale games

- https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/20/17130056/telltale-games-developer-layoffs-toxic-video-game-industry

The price of a controller

- https://ebgames.com.au/any/any?q=controller&page=2

Why do Swiss football fans hate E-sports

- https://www.civilized.life/articles/swiss-football-fans-really-hate-esports-for-some-reason/

Elder Scrolls Blades

- https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/06/elder-scrolls-blades-is-impressive-but-dont-expect-skyrim/

Sony finally agreeing on doing cross-platform play

- https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/327349/Sony_finally_agrees_to_PlayStation_4_crossplatform_play.php

Dark Souls: Remastered

- https://www.nintendo.com.au/catalogue/dark-souls-remastered

USS Zumwalt and Captain James Kirk

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Zumwalt

- https://www.cnet.com/news/captain-kirk-star-trek-us-navy-destroyer-zumwalt/

Google turns 20

- https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/google-company-turns-20-180926191947898.html

- https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/277373-google-turns-20-today-take-a-tour-inside-the-garage-it-was-founded-in.html

 Most searched person on Google in 2017

- https://variety.com/2017/digital/news/matt-lauer-meghan-markle-harvey-weinstein-2017-google-searches-1202638686/

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Lauer

Drunk woman attacks KFC

- https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/kfc-assault-woman-avoids-jail-in-sa/news-story/9e60a82020918550763c6dfaa6da3900

- https://www.9news.com.au/2018/09/27/15/14/jarrah-ladner-avoids-jail-over-kfc-rampage-in-adelaide

Shout Outs

R.I.P Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars

- https://uk.ign.com/articles/2018/09/24/star-wars-producer-gary-kurtz-dies

Famous birthdays

Sept 25, 1944 - Michael Douglas, American actor (Coma, Wall St, Jewel of the Nile), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Douglas

Sept 25, 1951 - Mark Hamill, actor (Luke Skywalker-Star Wars), born in Oakland, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Hamill

Sept 25, 1952 - Christopher Reeve, American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), born in NYC, New York - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Reeve

Sept 26, 1956 - Linda Carroll Hamilton, American actress (Terminator, Beauty and The Beast tv show, Children of the Corn & Chuck), born in Salisbury, Maryland - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Hamilton

Sept 25, 1969 - Catherine Zeta Jones, Welsh actress (Chicago, The Terminal, The Legend of Zorro), born in Swansea, Wales - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Zeta-Jones

Events of Interest

26 Sep. 1986 – Crocodile Dundee was released in America - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_Dundee

30 Sep. 2005 – Serenity the movie was released - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_(2005_film)

24 Sept. 1965 – The Monkees launched the first real life musical hit – last rain to Clarksville’s - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-train-to-clarksville-gives-the-made-for-tv-monkees-a-real-life-pop-hit

24 Sept. 1960 - Launch of the first nuclear carrier, USS Enterprise - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(CVN-65)


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