Almost Better Than Silence Podcast

ABTS-016: Japan Is Dying

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and AJ nerd out and talk about a ton of different anime, including AJ’s Top Ten (in no particular order), as well as a variety of runner-ups. We also play 10 Questions for the first time!

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Recommended Runner Ups:

Dragon Crisis
Ano Natsu De Matteru (Waiting in the Summer)
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Sword Art Online
Neon Genesis Evangelion

Evangelion Abridged:
EvAbridged 1.0 This is (not) a Parody
EvAbridged 2.0 Shinji is (not) a Pussy
EvAbridged 3.0 Rei is (not) Pleased
EvAbridged 4.0 This is (not) the End

‘Watch If You’re Incredibly Bored and Wanna Fuck Around’ Runner Ups:

To Love-Ru
Girls Bravo

AJ’s Top 10

Summer Wars (movie)
Speed Grapher
Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann
Princess Mononoke (movie)
The World God Only Knows
Eureka Seven

Japan is dying link

10 Questions Recap:

The 10 Questions theme song is brought to you by Rage Status! Check out his SoundCloud here!

Category: Anime
10: Is the main character a boy or a girl? Have we talked about this show before
9: What are the genres? Comedy, detective caper, action, thriller.
8: Guess: Lupin III
7: Guess: Case Closed
6: Did it come out before 2010? Yes
5: Did it come out after 1999? No
4: Did it come out after 1990? Yes
3: Was it ever on Cartoon Network? Yes
2: Is it in space? Yes
1: Guess: Cowboy Bebop
Answer: Cowboy Bebop


ABTS-015: Frag Castle Games Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Bren interview the founders of Frag Castle Games, John Bubriski and Jared Barboza. We discuss the various games they’ve released, their backgrounds in game development, and we play another tournament of IWTW!

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Frag Castle Games Website
Games: Rock Kickass, RK Runner, Lovey Bird, Shroom Jump, Final Frontier
Frag Castle Github
FragCast Podcast
XNA, MonoGame, Game Maker, ImpactJS
One of five winners for the Github Gameoff 2012 with Rock Kickass
PAX East 2013 Cost Breakdown blog post
Steam vs. Uplay vs. Games for Windows Live
Titanfall, Don’t Starve Together (Klei), Mark of the Ninja (Bren could’ve theoretically burned down in a building playing this game)

I Was The Walrus:

The I Was The Walrus theme song is brought to you by DJ CutmanCheck out his SoundCloud here!

Category: What you would want to have if you were trapped under a frozen lake
Match 1: John vs. Jared
Round 1: Old spice vs. Samus Suit
Round 2: Legos vs. Falcon Punch
Round 3: Reddit vs. Sun Blade from Final Fantasy

Category: Where would you go during a zombie apocalypse?
Match 2: Bren vs. Jared
Round 1: Green Lantern Planet Oa vs. An English Pub
Round 2: Atlantis (from Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire) vs. TARDIS
Round 3: Batcave vs. Mall

frag castle games

ABTS-014: Cartoon Conspiracy Theories

In this episode of ABTS, we finally have four hosts on at once and listeners are introduced to Mark Choi the newest member of the ABTS team. This episode is all over the place and to top things off we have a tournament of IWTW!

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Fairly ridiculous games:

Hubble Trouble a game by Basta (github)
Frog Fractions (you won’t regret playing this phenomenal game)
Poocoozi (video)
Hatoful Boyfriend
Can Your Pet?
Don’t Shit Your Pants
Soda Drinker Pro

Other shit:

-Mark explains his experience with the Occulus Rift
Watching porn with Occulus Rift is now a thing
White lines make your gifs pop (you don’t want to miss this)
Quantum equations predicts the universe has no beginning
New Earth-like planet discovered Kepler 186F
Pluto is not a planet and the Southern ocean is a thing
-Jetsons before the Flintstones?!
-Popwerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack in the same universe
Pokemon fan theory (creepypasta)

I Was The Walrus:

The I Was The Walrus theme song is brought to you by DJ CutmanCheck out his SoundCloud here!

Category: Something you would want in a post-apocalyptic setting
Game 1: Mark vs. Matt
Round 1: Time Stopping Device vs. Chrystal Pepsi
Round 2: BitBeast in a Bayblade vs. Cuisinart Immersion Blender
Round 3: Rocket-powered sweatpants (not Rocket Power Sweatpants) vs. 64 pack of Charmin toilet paper

Category: Home invasion weapons
Game 2: Matt vs. Doug
Round 1: Abba CD vs. Guitar
Round 2: Richard Kiel as Mr. Larson from Happy Gilmore vs. a Polar Bear with a flamethrower
Round 3:Two signs that say ‘KEEP OUT’ respectively in Comic Sans and Papyrus vs. Gargoyles (specifically the dual bosses from Dark Souls)

ABTS-013: ICANN’T Transfer My New Domain

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Bren discuss the Souls franchise (Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls II), it’s upcoming successor Bloodborne, phobias, disease-ridden animals, and domain transfer issues.

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-One of the original hosts Joe has disappeared and we don’t know if he’ll return
Bethesda is going to have it’s first press conference at E3 this year
Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls IIBloodborne
Chaos Witch Quelaag and the Fair Lady (Chaos Servant Covenant) DON’T KILL EINGYI!!!
Arachniphobia, Triskaidekaphobia
Xanga, Myspace
How to Prevent and Detect Keyloggers
Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking (video)
Ghost in the Shell (film)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
-Bren could make an entire episode about the ending of Mass Effect
-Dated games: Myst, Shogo: Mobile Armor Division
Boston Dynamics: Introducing Spot (video)
-Doug can’t transfer a newly acquired domain for 60 days due to rules in place by ICANN
GoDaddy backs out from supporting SOPA (old news)
Armadillos have Leprosy AND Koalas have Chlamydia
Killswitch Engage‘s guitarist wins The Price Is Right!

price was right for killswitch engage

ABTS-012: Too Many Sponsors

In this episode of ABTS, Doug, Matt, and Bren discuss an odd assortment of topics including current games they are playing, soda, Atlanta Georgia, anime, and all the sponsors we don’t have.

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Games we’ve been playing:

Doug: Resident Evil HD
Matt: Smashy Road (Matt apologizes for calling it Smashy Car!)
Bren: Puzzle Forge 2

-Doug’s broken Droid Tubro and the replacement phone story
Matt fills us in on DirectX 12
Netflix predicts 4K re-releases of PS4 and Xbox One
HBO GO is now on Amazon Fire
-Matt gives a basic review of his not-so-basic new keyboard (DasKeyboard Ultimate)
-Bren brings up anime: Durarara season 2 / Kantai collection (Kancolle)FLCLDBZ (total episode count = 458 not even close to 1000)
One Up Gaming podcast ad/mention (Our ad comes on around 37:17 and the hosts talk about our podcast at around 38 minutes into the show)

List of this episode’s sponsors (we wish):



Mountain Dew (because you’re so acidic you can disintegrate an entire rat)
Mr. Pibb, RC Cola, Dr. Pepper (because you suck)
Target (because you don’t sell Birch Beer, and what Birch Beer you did have is sold out)


ABTS-011: Dirty With Holograms

In this episode of ABTS, Doug, AJ, and Bren discuss the new project Microsoft HoloLens, Doug explains his Google Cardboard experience, we go off on tangents about bad video game movies, and we play another game of IWTW!

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This episode is dedicated to the following fans: Neo_Mav and Gespacho Gestapo!

Microsoft HoloLens
Google Cardboard
Playable Trailer for the new Silent Hill game (Guillermo Del Torro)
Resident Evil HD remake for PS3
10 minutes of bad voice acting from the original Resident Evil
-RIP Bob Hoskins
Resident Evil (2002), Silent Hill (2006)Mortal Kombat (1995), Super Mario Bros (1993), DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)Street Fighter (1994), Heavenly Sword (2014), Ratchet and Clank (2015), Hit Man (2007) Timothy Olyphant is actually an Oliphaunt
Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Cut The Rope all coming to a theater near you?
Tomb Raider (2013)
-We play a round of IWTW which debuts it’s theme song featuring music by DJ Cutman! Go check out his SoundCloud!

I Was The Walrus:

The I Was The Walrus theme song is brought to you by DJ CutmanCheck out his SoundCloud here!

Contestants: AJ vs. Bren
Category: Gladiatorial combat: Pick a video game character to defend you.
Round 1: Solid Snake vs. Raiden
Round 2: Zidane vs. Spawn
Our first shutout!

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