The Main Damie Podcast - Fantastic Beasts, Video Games, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

December 6, 2016

Our brave leaders return from the Fortress of Solitude to deliver a new episode of The Main Damie Podcast. After an extended break, Senior Editors Mark and Dan, along with Editor-in-Chief Anthony, are back and better (?) than ever.

We begin the episode with a quick catching up segment where we learn more about Mark's streaming over at Twitch.tv/themaindamie, Dan's movie adventures and Anthony's one trip outside the house. Most of the discussion surrounds Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the two different reactions from Anthony and Dan's significant others.

After talking about Eddie Redmayne's acting, we take our law mandated trip to Video Game Corner. Mark opens with his early thoughts on Final Fantasy XV, and why it was worth the 10-year wait. The discussion move to a breakdown of The Game Awards (aka The Keighley's), and this weekend's PlayStation Experience in Anaheim. But it wouldn't be a Video Game Corner without Anthony asking about No Man's Sky, so Mark explains what the new Foundation Patch includes and rants on the backlash against Hello Games. 

We turn onto a small alley near Video Game Corner to investigate why our Editor-in-Chief purchased a PlayStation 4 during Black Friday. Mark congratulates him on finally getting back in to the video game world, and wonders how he's enjoying it after skipping two console generations. Anthony shares his thoughts on both Uncharted 4 and Life is Strange (The Main Damie's Game of the Year 2015) and how he is pleasantly surprised with consoles multimedia features. 

It wouldn't be The Main Damie Podcast if we didn't discuss comic book movies, and this time we even avoid talking about the Joker. Our choice to discuss this wasn't without merit as Marvel released the kick-ass trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 on Saturday. This leads into multiple tangents that include everything from Fast 8 to Max Landis (we don't even know how). The tl;dr of this topic, we are excited for the 2017 releases. 

 

 

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The Main Damie Podcast - The Best of the Extra Life Video Game Marathon

November 11, 2016

Hello, our faithful Damies, 

This week, we have an extra special, extra long podcast for you, compliments of the Extra Life Video Game Marathon.

For those of you that do not know, on November 5th, we participated in the Extra Life Video Game Marathon, a 24-hour gaming marathon that benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all across America. For our stream, we decided to donate directly to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a charity near and dear to Mark’s heart.

What you’ll hear for this podcast is a compilation of stuff we decided to record during the day, as well as some interstitial audio of Anthony and Mark setting up the clip. We talk everything from Lex Luger, Maniac Mansion, and the universe of The Fast and the Furious movie franchise. See below for timestamps, so you can skip to the parts you want to hear.

Additionally, while the marathon may have come and gone, we are still accepting donations for our campaign now through the end of the year. You can visit tinyurl.com/jasonlively to donate and can visit our Youtube page to watch all the marathon madness.

 

0 – 11:58: Anthony and Mark open the podcast with their usual introductions and give a bit of a background of the idea to do the Extra Life marathon and any major takeaways they may have had after their 1st year participating in the marathon.

11:59 – 50:49: The first live section from the marathon day, Anthony and Mark introduce Tom to the marathon and to the listeners as Mark and Tom play some Rocket League. Talks transition to their own personal histories of gaming, including favorite games, systems, and how young they were when they started to understand it all. 

50:50 – 59:25: Anthony and Mark come back to set up the next clip and talk about their impressions of WWE 2K17, which was a first play for both of them. 

59:26 - 1:26:30: Mark and Tom prepare for a 6-man TLC match on WWE 2K17, which naturally leads to a talk about wrestling. Mark and Tom are lifers, even attending some local shows, while Anthony tapped out of wrestling before the Attitude Era. They discuss past wrestling games, the state of the WWE now, and Lex Luger’s mom jeans.

1:26:30 – 1:32:10: Anthony and Mark set up the next clip, which was an unintended addition to the podcast. They talk about why the clip was added and a little bit about the next game: Vin Diesel’s Wheelman. It’s an airjacking good time. 

1:32:10 – 1:59:52: While Mark is in dispose, Tom and Anthony stare at an install screen for Vin Diesel’s Wheelman. This turns into a vamped discussion about Marvel movies, The Fast and the Furious, and the bro-dude culture of the early 2000’s.

1:59:52 – 2:02:17: Even though he knows he should cut the next section for time, Anthony explains why he felt it necessary to put the next part in. This section leads them to talk about how their bodies reacted to the late night video gaming.

2:02:17 – 2:33:50: Mark fires up Mafia III and tries to engage Anthony in a discussion about race relations and its depiction in movies and video games, the difference between movies shot in the 70s and movies that depict the 70s and Anthony is having none of it.

2:33:50 – End: Anthony and Mark share their final thoughts on how the campaign went and look ahead to the next year and beyond.

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The Main Damie Podcast - Nintendo Switch and Trailers for Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy 2

October 24, 2016

On this episode of The Main Damie Podcast, we get a report from Dan on New York Comic Con, take a stroll to Video Game Corner, and discuss the two most recent comic book movies trailers. We open the podcast giving more details on our Extra Life Charity Marathon, which will take place on November 5th at 9 a.m. To donate, please visit our fundraising page at tinyurl.com/jasonlively. If you cannot donate, we hope you tune in and watch the craziness at twitch.tv/themaindamie.

We begin our topics with Dans man-on-the-street report from New York Comic Con. Despite having fun while he was there, he noticed that it was less enjoyable than years past. We discuss what cosplay outfit he saw, and the practicality of bringing a fake (?) sword to a public event. He also gleefully tells about finally meeting his idol, and getting a photo with them.

Our visit to Video Game Corner begins with a discussion on Nintendos new system the Switch. Mark also gives us his final review on both 100ft Robot Golf and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and previews some games coming soon. He also shares his thoughts on the reveal of Red Dead Redemption 2 and why Rockstar failed to deliver with its trailer for the game.

We finish this episode with a lengthy discussion on both the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 teaser and the Logan trailer. Everyone agree that while the Guardians trailer was good, it didnt do enough to bring in those who werent already buying tickets. With all that said, the jacket on little Groot is badass. On the other hand the Logan trailer has us thoroughly excited for a good standalone Wolverine film.

 

Since this is the last show before our 24 hour livestream, here is the address for our fundraising page: tinyurl.com/jasonlively. We hope you enjoyed this episode, and make sure you tune in November 5th at twich.tv/themaindamie to watch us slowly lose our mind.

 

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The Main Damie Podcast - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Joe Paterno, and Superhero Movie Talk

September 26, 2016

On this episode of The Main Damie podcast, Mark and Anthony are joined by Dan, whose schedule has finally settled down enough that he is able to join us. We catch up with him, and learn that he is considering seeing a remake of a 17 year old horror movie. Then, we spend most of the first half talking about Brangelina.

Our first topic is another stroll to Video Game Corner, and Mark updates everyone on what he’s been playing and he tries again to explain No Man’s Sky to Anthony. He also gives an update on his progress with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and will hopefully have a final review by the next episode. We also use this time to solve a moral conundrum for Dan.

Topic two is the most serious one that we’ve had on the podcast (unless you count the 20 minutes of Debbie Gibson talk), and something that both Anthony and Mark have a connection to. Surprisingly, Dan leads us into a discussion about Joe Paterno and the honoring of him before the Temple-Penn State game. As alumnae of the University, the duo has plenty to say about this issue, and we get to see their more serious side until Mark unknowingly breaks the tension.

Our final topic is a hodgepodge of different news items and updates on website content. We begin with superhero movie speculation, then transition into Mark’s yearly TV pilot plans and we finish with an update on our Extra Life Gaming Marathon for charity.

For more details on how to donate you can visit our Extra Life page at www.extra-life.org/participant/themaindamie.  Remember, you can donate anytime between now and December 31st, and the marathon will be held on November 5th. 

If you’ve read this far, then I’ll let you know that we didn’t talk about Brangelina. The Main Damie is obviously #TeamAniston. 

 

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The Main Damie Podcast - Stranger Things, Extra Life, and Playstation Pro

September 11, 2016

On this week’s episode of The Main Damie Podcast, Mark and Anthony soldier on without Dan, and discuss Extra Life, Stranger Things and PlayStation’s “meeting” in New York. We also learn that Mark’s youngest niece may be the only person whose blood is actually truth serum. As Mark puts it, she will answer any question minus the filter that most people older than five have. 

The first topic of the show is about Extra Life and our participation in it. Mark explains more about exactly what the event is and why we’ve decided to get involved. Since our first mention of it last episode, we have solidified more details of what we plan on doing for the 24-hour stream and the possibility of video content coming to the Web site as we test our equipment and make sure we are prepared for a full day of streaming. For more details, you can visit our Extra Life page at www.extra-life.org/participant/themaindamie. Remember you can donate anytime between now and December 31st.

We move on from promoting our charity endeavor to discuss Anthony’s thoughts on the Netflix’s phenomenon, Stranger Things. This spurs a discussion on serialized shows such as The Night Of and Atlanta, and whether Mark is going to take the plunge in to watch Broadcast TV pilots, which he will because he is a masochist.

The majority of our episode is spent breaking down Sony’s reveal of the PlayStation Pro earlier in the week. Even after a few days, Mark still doesn’t understand what Sony accomplished by releasing a console that will be completely underpowered in less than 18 months. He’s disappointed that they didn’t change course after Microsoft revealed what will essentially be their new console at E3. The only thing he can think of is Sony is hitching its wagon to VR and needed a slightly powerful machine to run it properly. 

Next week, we hope to have Dan and a lot more details on Extra Life. Make sure you keep an eye on the Web site for more information about the marathon and all video content coming to The Main Damie.

 

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The Main Damie Podcast - NXT Wrestling, Zendaya, and Video Games

August 26, 2016

On this very special episode of The Main Damie Podcast, Mark and Anthony discuss everything from the awful planning of the MTA to the introduction of an ambitious event being held in the fall. Even without Dan, our beautiful Damies mange to give the audience the hour-long podcast that they demand.

We begin with Mark recapping the awesome, yet hellish Saturday he spent in New York. He was in the city for the WWE’s NXT Brooklyn special, and decided it would be easiest to travel to and from the event using the Big Apple’s great mass transit system. Little did his know, the MTA decided to choose that weekend for a scheduled shut down of certain train lines between Manhattan and Brooklyn, which included the train that would have dropped Mark off right at his hotel. Despite that, he discusses why the event was still worth all the hassle.

We then move on to the second topic, which basically is a roundup of the comic book/movie news of the past two weeks. Mark and Anthony don’t understand the backlash to Zendaya being cast as Mary Jane in the next Spider-Man film. As long as she doesn’t drag the film down, they don’t see any real downside to the decision. They also touch on Jared Leto’s statements and why he’s not really a method actor.

The episode closes with Mark discussing his experience with No Man’s Sky, and why the controversy surrounding it was way overblown. He also previews the upcoming Sony event on September 7th, and what he expects to be shown there. He also has a short tangent on why Time Magazine’s list of top 50 video games is driven more by the writers’ age than the actual impact of the games. 

Finally, Mark and Anthony reveals some exciting new things coming to The Main Damie, including our participation in the Extra Life 24-hour charity gaming marathon to support The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The marathon will take place on November 5th, but we have not settled on a start time yet. 

You can donate at any time by following this link: http://www.extra-life.org/participant/themaindamie. More details will follow in the coming weeks. If you cannot donate, we hope you at least hang out with us during the stream, which will be broadcast onwww.twitch.tv/themaindamie. Hope to see you then!

 

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The Main Damie Podcast - Suicide Squad *Spoiler* Edition

August 11, 2016

The time has finally come. One of our most anticipated releases has arrived, and our trio has some things to say about it. This episode is dedicated to DC second major film this year, Suicide Squad. While the gang liked it better than its predecessor, there were still major problems with the film. Even though their opinions weren’t all that much different, the effect on each Damie's final verdict was wildly different.

Before jumping into the main discussion, Mark gave his first impressions on the highly anticipated space exploration/survival game, No Man’s Sky. As of the recording, he was only a few hours in, but did indicate that the game wasn’t for everyone, and that for the size of the team (around 15 people), it is delivering an experience that you would expect from a much larger studio. He promises to give a full review on the next episode.

Our heroes spend the rest of the episode dissecting the mess that is Suicide Squad. We begin with Mark’s thoughts, which falls somewhere in between his compatriots as he enjoyed the movie but understands that it is a poorly constructed film. He makes a comparison to Fast and the Furious, in the sense that he won’t seek out the film but if it is on TV, he’ll watch it.

Now that the boring part is out the way, we let Dan have the floor and he lets loose on the film in a way that only a DC fan can. He is unable to look past the negatives like Mark, or forgive some of them like Anthony, and gives the film a below average score. While he does find some redeeming qualities – Will Smith’s performance – he still finds issues within that positive.

They finish the episode with a short discussion on Jared Leto’s Joker, his relationship with Harley, and whether he even need to be in the film. As with their overall feelings on the movie itself, our loveable trio find common ground in some areas, but feel wildly different about others. They do agree that a complete opinion of the character can’t be made until we see him in the standalone Batman film.

We hope you enjoyed this episode, and look forward to next time when we break down why there needs to be a solo Captain Boomerang (What was the deal with the pink unicorn?) movie.

If you haven’t already, please read Anthony’s review of Suicide Squad, which gives a full breakdown this flawed film.

 

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The Main Damie Podcast - Pokemon Go and San Diego Comic Con Wrap-Up

July 29, 2016

On this episode, two of our intrepid Damies, Mark and Anthony, solider on without Dan and still find a way to talk for an hour without a single mention of Debbie Gibson. The episode focuses mostly on San Diego Comic Con and the resurgence of the DC theatrical universe.

As per usual, their conversation is not even minutes old when Mark mentions pro wrestling. He is probably more excited than he should be for Sasha Banks’ victory on Monday Night Raw, and he is very happy to let everyone know. After a few questions from Anthony, Mark explains his reason for celebrating is less about the individual victory, but what it means for the future of WWE. Or at least he hopes it is.

Before delving into the main topic, Anthony and Mark take a detour into video game discussion, and a certain phenomenon that is taking over the country: Pokemon Go. For the first time in the history of the podcast, Anthony is as into a game as Mark. This includes him being a much higher level, which he “blames” on having to walk his dog. Sure, it is, Ant.

Finally, our loveable heroes spend the next half hour discussing all of the things they found interesting at last week’s Comic Con. The focus was on DC and how they seemed to revitalize the movie part of their brand with just a slight tweak in tone. They both agree that the Justice League trailer was terrific and has sold them on the film, and that the story in the Wonder Woman trailer fell short despite the fact that Gal Gadot looks bad ass as the Amazon Princess. And in case you were wondering, yes, they do mention that Luke Cage trailer.

Please join us next time as Dan returns to yell at us for all of the bad opinions during this episode. We promise that you won’t want to miss it. Thanks everyone for listening, except you Jason Lively… 

Be sure to check out our website at themaindamie.com for movie reviews and articles.  

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The Main Damie Podcast - Swiss Army Man and Looking at the Rest of 2016 Film Releases

July 7, 2016

This week on The Main Damie Podcast, our faithful trio decides to focus on one topic, and they still find a way to spend an hour on it. Their discussion centers on movies, movies and movies. So I think if you like films, you will love this podcast.

We open this episode discussing what we've done since we last recorded. Most of the conversation focuses on our Fourth of July weekends, and the movies that we have seen over the past few weeks. Mark and Anthony discuss how they hung out on Sunday to avoid unwanted gatherings. We are also introduced to Mark’s new microphone, which is part one of a strategy that he has for bringing more content to the website. While he stays vague on what it is, he’s confident that it will be a positive addition.

Our movie discussion begins with a quick discussion on the movie Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Mark and Anthony have a lot to say about it, and you can read the latter’s thoughts on the website, but they keep things spoiler-free for Dan who has not seen the movie yet. He does step away for a few minutes so Mark can ask the one burning question about the movie that he has for Anthony.

This leads into a discussion about A24’s movies and how awesome they've been recently. Mark brings up that he now just trust whatever they put out, and will see it without much thought. It's a weird feeling and something that he hasn't ever thought about before when it comes to a movie studio.

Our lovable Damies spend the rest of the podcast discussing the highlights of the first six months of releases and what they are looking forward to the rest of the year. While they haven't seen a whole lot recently, and for good reason, they realize that’s because their most anticipated films of the year are slated to come out late summer/early fall. This is perfect for Mark, who usually waits until November to catch-up so that he can write a complete Top 10 list.

We hope that you enjoyed our midway point of 2016 movie catch up and look forward, and we will hopefully be back with our standard three topic episode starting next week. Thank you for listening and reading the site.

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The Main Damie Podcast - Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Flash, and E3

June 17, 2016

On this episode of The Main Damie Podcast, our lovable trio dives deep into the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and ask some thought provoking questions. But first they tread through a few quick topics ranging from texting gifs to Larry David, and maybe learn a little about each other in the process.

After the introductions, Mark explains why he enjoys answering text with gifs when a simple one word answer will do. Also, we find out that he does some strange things when he’s bored and just wants to troll his older sister.

They somehow find a way to transition from Mark’s little brother antics to a short convo on The Flash. Anthony flexes his recent comic book lore muscles, while Mark asks the most relevant question: Why doesn’t Reverse Flash run backwards?

Next, they pivot into a discussion about the recently announced ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Dan and Anthony are on board with Larry David bringing the series back to HBO, and have complete faith that he will do well. Mark, on the other hand, is worried that he may tarnish the legacy of the show, and even his status as a genius. Guys, he’s like really worried.

Finally, the gang discusses the topic of the show: E3. Mark excitedly begins the topic with the hyper-ness that can only come from lots of caffeine and four hours of sleep a night. The topic takes a strange turn when he shares his thoughts on VR, and well, um, I won’t spoil it. After getting it back on the rails, Mark hands out some winners and losers of the conference, including a discussion of Nintendo’s future.

If you haven’t already, please catch up on this week’s content on the site, and we hope you come back next week.

 

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