J.A. Laraque on Game Talk Live

J.A. Laraque on Game Talk Live

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Obsolete Gamer’s own J.A. Laraque will be on the 1337 Lounge Live’s video game talk show, Game Talk Live tonight during the 5PM PST/ 8PM EST broadcast. He will be talking about his recent article on The Jace Hall Show page, 10 Really Bad Console Knock-Offs. We hope you will tune in.

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Just because we love this video, check out when J.A. Laraque appeared in a promo for his first appearance on 1337 Lounge Live.

What is Game Talk Live

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Game Talk Live is the ONLY live, one-hour daily video game talk show on the face of the planet — at least as far as our interns could find. We air five days a week, from 5-6 PST, with all of the day’s top video game news, analysis, and jokes…aided by A.I., the artificial intelligence interface we picked up cheap at an NSA yard sale.

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The Best of The Obsolete Gamer Show 2013

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For the Obsolete Gamer Show team being able to chat with people about video games is just about the most fun we can have. We get to be silly, have fun, laugh, a lot, and talk with people from all over the world. These are not just podcasts, they are fond memories and good times and we were proud to have them all and wanted to bring you some of the best moments from OGS 2013.

Originally we wanted to do a standard interview type podcast, but let’s face it, it had been done before. We still had fun, but we felt like we were trying to be too professional, then it got crazy. We ditched that format and just talked about whatever we want and honestly it was some of the funniest stuff we ever did.

However, we also wanted to continue interviewing people, so for 2013 we decided to combine the two. We reached out to people in the gaming industry and invited them on to chat via Skype which we then converted into the podcast. Later on, we added our Google Hang Out Live video show so we could have video as well as audio and it has been a hit.

We began the 2013 season talking with Fatal1ty and it was great talking about being a pro gamer as well as mixing the love of video games with being kick ass at it.  Ryan Culver was one of the most interesting guests we had because not only did he play Nathan Drake in the Sony commercials, this guy lives an awesome life and I swear I have to see one of his airplanes one day.

We always are on the lookout for Retro inspired games and we found a cool indie one and had a great conversation with Mike Oliphant, creator of Kung Fu Fight. We discussed indie developing and the challenges of getting your work out there. We also got to talk with Caleb Fox of Wargaming America about World of Tanks, a game our founder Ignacio is very fond of.

Obviously gaming communities are huge and we have been part of the Raptr network for years now. We are currently working on a project with them that we hope to show you in 2014, but we had a chance to talk with Casey Scheld about how the Raptr community has grown over the years and its goals for the future.

So if you have been following us at all you know we have had a relationship with The Jace Hall show for some time. It began with us wanting him to be one of our first high profile gamer profiles and from there we added an interview and more. When they launched their channel 1337 Lounge Live, they were kind enough to invite J.A. Laraque on and it was an awesome time. Since then J.A. has appeared on their channel and their video game talk show Game Talk Live. One of the first people I met on the lounge was host, Xander Denke, and it was great to have him on the show to talk about the lounge and dealing with guests coming on the show. In the video version, he even shows us a little behind the scenes of the lounge so you will want to check that out if you haven’t already.

Now while Obsolete Gamer is mostly about classic gaming we have often talked about all types of subjects from modern gaming to even gaming health and politics, but sometimes you need to get with a legend and be schooled in the ways of gaming and that is exactly what happened when we talked with gaming legend William Volk. This guy knows his stuff and you have to see the full podcast because there was so much awesomeness in it, it could have been 60% of the best of 2013 by itself. Seriously, it was a great and informative conversation and we were honored to have him on.

The great thing about Gamer Profiles is it gives us that opening to reach out to people in the gaming industry. Sometimes you get a little knowledge about the person and move on and sometimes you create a friendship and have an awesome chat via Google Plus. That is exactly what happened with actor William Watterson who among many other things was the voice of Jim Peyton in Lost Planet 3. When we do a podcast we are not sure how long it will be. Sometimes the guests have time constraints and sometimes they are not as talkative. Sometimes you just click and the conversation flows as if you have known them for years. Honestly, it was great and we talked about everything from gaming to comic books even sports and of course movies and acting. We added the complete 55 minute interview and I know you will enjoy all of it.

Included in this 217 minute podcast is also some of our funnier segments where we talk about everything from hiring in-gamer assassins to gamer girls who are not completely girls as well as an extended intro clip track. Now we know it is a lot to listen to and we can break it up into individual segments later, but it’s a fun listen especially if you have time to kill.

I hope you all enjoyed listening and watching our podcasts as much as we enjoyed doing them and for 2014 it is only going to get better. We have a lot planned with lots of guests, more interaction and additional shows and programs that will cross over with OGS.

We want to thank everyone who came on the show and a special thanks to all the listeners because without you there is no OGS.

As for the podcast itself, head on over to our Podcast Page to choose how you want to listen or download the show.

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Until next year!

The Obsolete Gamer Show #31 Rose Colored Glasses

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We celebrated our first Google + Live Hangout and episode #31 of the Obsolete Gamer Show. We began with Xander Denke from 1337 Lounge Live which is an awesome video game channel now hosted on Twitch TV and brought to you by Jace Hall of The Jace Hall show. We talk about how the channel game about and the process for all the awesome guests who we get to see in the lounge. If you haven’t checked it out you should. See below for the promo they shot when I was on the show.

Next we talked Xbox One with Grace Snoke who wrote about her views on the recent press release that has caused quite a storm within the gaming community. If you haven’t seen it yet you can check out the highlights in the video below. We covered everything from the rumors surrounding paying a fee for used and borrowed games to the controversy surrounding the always on internet connection requirement. While we answered a lot of questions we also created a lot more and in the end we will have to wait till E3 to answer them.

Finally we talked about looking back on games with rose colored glasses. At some time we all looked back on something we did and thought it was awesome only to go back and realize it wasn’t as good as we thought. This happens in gaming as well. We each talked about a game that we had such found memories of, but just did not live up to the hype we gave it.

We want to thank Xander and Grace for coming on and you can either watch the show below or click on this link to view the show page where you can listen to it via Stitcher Radio or Itunes, you can also always get the app for Stitcher to listen to the show anytime and download the show from Itunes for your apple device.

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There is also a 3-Day streaming event to raise money for the victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado. You can read about it on Team Rubicon, and watch the stream on their Twitch TV channel.

The Death of G4

Perhaps internet channels were the way to proceed and heading for cable was the wrong move in the first place for G4.~J.A. Laraque

The Death of G4

A while back I asked the question, what happened to Gamer Television and now we have the answer. The story began with two stations Tech TV and then later on G4. While one might have thought it could be difficult to have two tech/gaming related stations on at the same time you would at least believe that together there would be more than enough programing and an audience to keep it going.

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Sadly, we began to see the cancellation of various shows after the merger and in their place new and often syndicated shows which were targeted at “Young male gamers.” Don’t get me wrong I loved watching Star Trek TNG and Ninja Warrior, but honestly I felt those belongs more on Spike TV leaving G4 “pure” if you will. Even with great shows like X-Play and the Attack of the Show, G4 TV’s fate seemed to be cancellation.

Now G4 television will be replaced with Esquire television named after the magazine. Along with the name change the channel will see a change in focus from games and technology for gamers to; an “untapped metrosexual viewership,” that will be “more in line with the modern male.” The casualties are already coming in with the announcement of the cancellation of shows like X-Play and Attack of the Show.

Perhaps internet channels were the way to proceed and heading for cable was the wrong move in the first place for G4. While personally I believe there should be no reason a gaming channel should fail with all the content one could create, I am also aware than many younger people and gamers alike are turning away from cable television and watching their shows online. Still it is sad to see it go and honestly, no offence to Esquire, but I am not sure what the metrosexual male is dying to watch on their network, but only time will tell.

The future for us has always been the internet and luckily there are many great shows like The Guild, The Jace Hall show and more than we can watch anytime we want. However, seeing Nintendo Power release their last cover and now this makes it a sad week for gamers everywhere.

The Interview: Jace Hall

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Jace Hall does it all, be it his video game work with Monolith Productions, his executive producing of the V television series remake or running his own reality tv show titled, the Jace Hall show. I have been working a long time to ask him a few questions since his gamer profile was listed on our site.

Now as you can see by this list Jace is a busy man so we limited our question to his reality series, The Jace Hall Show. For those that do not know, The Jace Hall show features Jace meeting and having misadventures with various people in Hollywood and the gaming industry.

Check out one of my favorite segments:

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On with the interview:

Obsolete Gamer: The concept for the Jace Hall show came from the intertwining of Hollywood and the video game culture, but could you tell us a bit more about the reason you decided to do this show?

Jace Hall: I spent 15 years creating and developing video games. I grew up playing video games. I still play video games to this day. Since I truly am from the “video game culture” it has always bothered me that the “mainstream” media culture tends to depict the video game industry in somewhat superficial and negative ways.

The truth is that people who either play or make games are just like everyone else! There is a wide range of people who are gamers, and most of them don’t look like the way Hollywood depicts them.

So I thought, here I am leaving the active game development industry to attempt to make movies and television shows in traditional Hollywood, while at the same time continuing to play games and hang out with my game industry friends… I was experiencing a unique culture clash between two industries and I thought it might be interesting to capture some of the moments with a video camera. And so The Jace Hall Show was born!

To me, the culture of video games is all about lifestyle and attitude. Its not about any one particular game. It’s more about the shared experience of gaming and people bonding and communicating through that common experience.

For instance, the desire to throw a video game controller is a common experience for any game player. We all know this, and this tiny little fact becomes part of the greater tapestry of gamer culture. It is literally thousands of these kinds of unique understandings that combine to support the lifestyle and attitude that I call “GamerLife.”

Traditional Hollywood does not have the same reference points. Hollywood culture is fundamentally different, and a lot of it can sometime be rooted in fear and image control. This results in a cult of personality type of lifestyle and attitude.

It’s been fascinating and a great learning experience to be able to watch these two different cultures interact, and The Jace Hall Show attempts to show a tiny window into this new frontier.

The Jace Hall Show

Obsolete Gamer: What is the process for finding people to interview both celebrities and people in the industry?

Jace Hall: It just a natural process of what is happening around me and my company. The Jace Hall Show follows the interests of Jace Hall! So if somebody somewhere is doing something that me or my team thinks is cool, we will see if we can go check it out and possibly interview whomever that is.

Our show is not journalism. It is not unbiased. It’s whatever we happen to want it to be at the time, and is fairly free form. The consistency that you see in the show is nothing more than a reflection of the fact that every episode is made by the same people. We are just glad that the audience seems to like what we do.

Obsolete Gamer: What was your favorite interview?

Jace Hall: The Dolph lundgren / Carl Weathers interview was awesome because here are two guys sitting next to me who directly influenced my childhood, but generally speaking I don’t have a favorite. I like them all and I’m really appreciative of anyone who is nice enough to take the time to come be on the show in the first place.!

Obsolete Gamer: Name someone you haven’t interviewed yet, but would really want to for your show?

Jace Hall: Arnold Schwarzenegger, because, I mean come on, his last name is built into the Microsoft Word Spell Checker for goodness sakes! I’d also include Sylvester Stallone, because he is very underrated considering his accomplishments and I’d want to highlight just how amazing his work is (and then whip his ass in MORTAL KOMBAT.)

Obsolete Gamer: If you could do a Jace Hall show with anyone whom would it be with?

Jace Hall: It would be me, Vin Diesel, Dwanye Johnson (The Rock), and Ludacris – and we would all be driving fast cars and be tough and stuff… Oh wait, I was thinking of the upcoming movie FAST FIVE. My Bad.

 

Gamer Profile: Jace Hall

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Kaboom is my favorite because it is literally the personification of the adage, “Easy to learn, difficult to master.” Plus, no one can beat me at it. 🙂 ~Jace Hall

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Favorite Classic Game: KABOOM

 The Jace Hall Show: Season 5: Felicia Day Returns & I Play WoW Redux

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The Interview

Obsolete Gamer: The concept for the Jace Hall show came from the intertwining of Hollywood and the video game culture, but could you tell us a bit more about the reason you decided to do this show?

Jace Hall: I spent 15 years creating and developing video games. I grew up playing video games. I still play video games to this day. Since I truly am from the “video game culture” it has always bothered me that the “mainstream” media culture tends to depict the video game industry in somewhat superficial and negative ways.

The truth is that people who either play or make games are just like everyone else! There is a wide range of people who are gamers, and most of them don’t look like the way Hollywood depicts them.

So I thought, here I am leaving the active game development industry to attempt to make movies and television shows in traditional Hollywood, while at the same time continuing to play games and hang out with my game industry friends… I was experiencing a unique culture clash between two industries and I thought it might be interesting to capture some of the moments with a video camera. And so The Jace Hall Show was born!

To me, the culture of video games is all about lifestyle and attitude. Its not about any one particular game. It’s more about the shared experience of gaming and people bonding and communicating through that common experience.

For instance, the desire to throw a video game controller is a common experience for any game player. We all know this, and this tiny little fact becomes part of the greater tapestry of gamer culture. It is literally thousands of these kinds of unique understandings that combine to support the lifestyle and attitude that I call “GamerLife.”

Traditional Hollywood does not have the same reference points. Hollywood culture is fundamentally different, and a lot of it can sometime be rooted in fear and image control. This results in a cult of personality type of lifestyle and attitude.

It’s been fascinating and a great learning experience to be able to watch these two different cultures interact, and The Jace Hall Show attempts to show a tiny window into this new frontier.

The Jace Hall Show

Obsolete Gamer: What is the process for finding people to interview both celebrities and people in the industry?

Jace Hall: It just a natural process of what is happening around me and my company. The Jace Hall Show follows the interests of Jace Hall! So if somebody somewhere is doing something that me or my team thinks is cool, we will see if we can go check it out and possibly interview whomever that is.

Our show is not journalism. It is not unbiased. It’s whatever we happen to want it to be at the time, and is fairly free form. The consistency that you see in the show is nothing more than a reflection of the fact that every episode is made by the same people. We are just glad that the audience seems to like what we do.

Obsolete Gamer: What was your favorite interview?

Jace Hall: The Dolph lundgren / Carl Weathers interview was awesome because here are two guys sitting next to me who directly influenced my childhood, but generally speaking I don’t have a favorite. I like them all and I’m really appreciative of anyone who is nice enough to take the time to come be on the show in the first place.!

Obsolete Gamer: Name someone you haven’t interviewed yet, but would really want to for your show?

Jace Hall: Arnold Schwarzenegger, because, I mean come on, his last name is built into the Microsoft Word Spell Checker for goodness sakes! I’d also include Sylvester Stallone, because he is very underrated considering his accomplishments and I’d want to highlight just how amazing his work is (and then whip his ass in MORTAL KOMBAT.)

Obsolete Gamer: If you could do a Jace Hall show with anyone whom would it be with?

Jace Hall: It would be me, Vin Diesel, Dwanye Johnson (The Rock), and Ludacris – and we would all be driving fast cars and be tough and stuff… Oh wait, I was thinking of the upcoming movie FAST FIVE. My Bad.

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The Jace Hall Show

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