And welcome to the Deep South. Well, it’s actually my back yard in eastern Pennsylvania but for the sake of the show let’s call it… Pennsyltucky. As a young lad playing Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, the racial and cultural stereotypes found therein didn’t dawn on me. My elementary school had a solid mix of white, black, and Hispanic children and I can honestly say I didn’t know what racism was. We all played together.
I think it was in 6th grade when I really learned about intolerance and bigotry. I moved around often. From living in a middle class neighborhood in Indiana to a trailer park in Michigan and even to the mountains if Kentucky. I met kids from all backgrounds and even went to a school that had only one kid of color. And he was adopted! Andy had a similar multicultural background, minus the hills of Kentucky.
Andy and I have wanted to make a video about Punch-Out!! for quite a while now and talk about the over the top depictions of its characters. And what better way to do that than with over the top caricatures of our own? I personally don’t feel that the developers were being malicious. I see it as good natured ribbing. The Japanese are notorious for making fun of our many different cultures and idiosyncrasies. Their own especially. Well, that and tentacle porn.
Are you offended by the stereotypes in Punch-Out!!? The most recent iteration was released in 2009 for the Wii. Though the developers get kudos for using actual foreign speaking actors (Piston Hondo finally speaks contextual Japanese), the source material and humor is still present. Hillbilly Canadian Bear Hugger guzzles maple syrup, French Boxer Glass Joe hangs out at the Eiffel Tower drinking coffee and holding a big loaf of French bread. You can even knock the sushi rolls out of Piston Hondo.
That title sounds wrong in more ways than I planned but it made me laugh so I’m keeping it. Eddie and Andy are boozing it up in another episode of Inebriated Exhumations. This time we unbox and play with voice activated robots from the amazing futuristic decade that was the 1980’s. A time when Reaganomics were in full swing, a Flock of Seagulls did more than just steal your french fries (though not much more,) and the robots actually listened to you… sometimes.
My parents never forked over their hard earned cash to buy me one of these when I was a wee lad in my super sweet burgundy corduroys and faux thriller jacket so I was genuinely excited to get to finally play with them. And much like my parents probably expected, the fun lasted about an hour and then I was over it. Thankfully, when the excitement was over, we still had all the fun of booze to keep us entertained.
Did you have one of these robots as a kid? Glad you were born in the 90's after this decade was over? Have you been so drunk you thought you were a robot?
Love is in the air, or is that Christmas cookies and broken dreams? I don’t even know anymore. What I do know is that it’s Valentine’s Day and this is our Christmas episode. At the time we had planned to record this episode, Andy had a brand new baby girl to look after and we put the show on hold so that he could learn how to be a good daddy. Or at least learn how to feed a baby by holding the bottle between his chin and chest to free both hands for adequate, albeit uncomfortable, gaming sessions. Congratulations Andy!
However, we still wanted to make a Christmas episode. That therein is what’s great about having our own show. We can do whatever the hell we want. I hope you enjoy our Christmas episode on Valentine’s Day. Jokes will be made; tears will be shed, and Eddie busts out some sweet, sweet dance moves.
Billy Baloney from Pee Wee's playhouse as Ninja Gaiden's Ryu with frame by frame reproduction of the classic NES intro, all done with photographs, scotch tape, construction paper, and various items lying around the house.
Speaking of Pee Wee's Playhouse. I just went back and watched a few episodes. Still funny! read
Andy picked up the PS4 controller and Camera last night from his local video game store. One of things that got me most excited about the new design is that I can now put the controller down without having to worry about accidentally pressing the L2 and R2 buttons. I get excited over the little things, I know.
We also see a side by side comparison of the Duelshock 4 and the Duelshock 3 along with a glimpse of an old crusty Dualshock 2.
So did anyone else pick up their PS4 accessories last night? What did you think?
In their inaugural Halloween special, Eddie and Andy discuss Games where you play as the monster.
We love Halloween and had a blast making this episode. What games or movies do you find yourself going back to every October? Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever mispronounced a word on camera and it was too funny to cut so you just left it in?
Out of this World, (a.k.a. Another World), is discussed, poked, and prodded in this "Doin' it" episode. Also, with Andy's Sega CD on the fritz, Eddie has a brilliant idea to get it working again.
Science Fiction has been a huge part of our lives for as long as we can remember. Which is why making a video for this classic game was so much fun. In the video we incorporate a scene from a movie that had a huge impact on our childhoods and our sense of humor.
What are some of your favorite Science Fiction games and movies? What have you watched or played as a kid that stayed with you into adulthood?
Andy and Eddie have a brand new set to film on, but did they leave someone behind?!?
It seems most of today's gamer demographic are 30 somethings so I'm sure a lot of you have watched Pee Wee's playhouse when you were a kid. In the background of some of our videos you may catch a glimpse of Billy.
Little did we know that when the lights go out, Billy knows how to have a good time.
Andy and Eddie are Doin' it Night Trap style, talk about the history of the game, and some of their favorite moments.
It's funny now to look back at the things that have amazed us years ago. FMV games were high tech in the early 90's. I wonder if 15 years from now we'll look back and scoff at how we used our fingers to surf the web on our "smart" phones.
What technology did you think was awesome when you were a kid that now doesn't seem all that fantastic?
For any of you teenagers reading this that might find it hard to answer that question, just watch the video and see what today's 30 somethings thought was high tech gaming when they were teenagers.
About Arm Length Interviews One of us since 7:32 AM on 05.14.2013
Andrew Jackson and Eddie Hall come together to talk about everything video games, through past experience videos, podcasts, and interviews whenever they get to a convention. Interviews with various indie developers are all shot with a Flip video cam held at arm's length.