Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Hand of Fate – 01: The Most Dangerous Game

James and Vince find out what happens with Magic: The Gathering gets REAL when they check out indie deck-building/third-person brawler title, Hand of Fate!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Risk of Rain – 01: …Already in Progress

Vince and Dakota combat fire worms, jellyfish, and their own forgetfulness as they check out the popular indie shooter, Risk of Rain!

Inside The Locker – The Handoff

The boys from the smelliest tardis imaginable come together over a weekend to discuss Deflate-Gate, Mayweather/Pacquiao, the NBA playoffs, and why only the family from Poltergeist is dealing with a more heinous curse than are The Jacksonville Jaguars!

Our Corner Man also stops by to give his thoughts on the recent “big fight” as well as the latest UFC bouts that make Floyd and Manny look like Laverne and Shirley. We’re not really sure what that means.

And of course, Brian creates another game that underscores the whole episode! Put on your thinking helmets and get ready to play The Handoff! Click through the image to listen!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Bloodborne – 02: One More Time!

Vince discovers his latent hatred for fat guys in capes on this episode of our Bloodborne playthrough!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – SR4 Gat Out of Hell – 01: Ocular Telemetry

Dakota and Vince have a place they can finally call home, journeying down into Hell as they explore the expansion to the much beloved Saints Row IV.

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Darkest Dungeon – 01: Mr. Bloodletter Will See You Now

In this extra-large episode of C&L, Shan and Vince explore the Cthulhoid horror of turn-based, gothic horror roguelike, Darkest Dungeon!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 21: PLAYER TWO HAS ENTERED THE GAME

Sandy may have his hands full with piles of sentient poop, but will he be able to handle the mighty intelligence of ANOTHER HUMAN BEING?!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 19: Capra Capra Chameleon

Today on C&L, the trio lends their insightful commentary to the Capra Demon boss battle, and prepare for their next sojourn into The Depths: an inviting name if I ever heard one.

Because I Feel Like It Reviews – Starbomb: Player Select

I’m someone who unabashedly loved the first Starbomb album. Despite the (legitimate) criticisms of their debut CD being one big dick joke, I still laughed out loud at least once a song. Not only that, but there are some SERIOUSLY catchy jams on it, to the point where despite it’s short runtime (roughly a half hour), I repeatedly found myself listening to the whole things two or three times in a row. Egoraptor is a surprisingly good rapper, the lyrics are clever, and Danny has a spectacular voice for rock ballads… So I was a little sad when I found that Starbomb`s second offering, Player Select, is much more of a mixed bag than their first record.

Now, that`s not to say that there aren`t some great tracks on here. Glass Joe`s Title Fight, Smash!, and Minecraft is for Everyone are probably the strongest tracks on the album, and channel some of the band`s biggest strengths. The rhythms are dynamic, the lyrics are fun and clever, and the songs are devilishly catchy. They never feel monotonous or gimmicky, and straddle the line perfectly between their value as comedic parody and being legit, quality music in their own right.

A couple of the attempts at “sequel” tracks are considerably weaker. Mortal Kombat High, The New Pokerap, and The Hero of Rhyme all kind of feel like they’re riding the coat tails of the tracks from the first album. For instance, the Pokerap just turns into Ego listing out random words to make up Pokemon that don’t exist. If there was something ADDITIONAL to the song, that would be fine, but it’s a one-note joke that goes on way too long. The last third of MK High is just the two saying words with “-ality” at the end of them. It’s an attempt to make fun of the huge amount of Fatalities in MK, but it kind of ends up feeling half-assed after great tracks like Crasher-vania and The Book of Nook.

Not only thing, but in between the tracks are these occasional sketches like Toad Joins the Band and the Atari Mystery Hour that… to be blunt, just… aren’t… funny, and just seem to take up space where music should be.

I hate to end this review on a negative note, so I DO want to emphasize that ARE some really great songs on here. When Player Select hits, it hits HARD, and I’ve had Minecraft is for Everyone and Smash! stuck in my head for hours. But those soaring heights are balanced out by some pretty mediocre lows. I feel as though this album lacks focus, and Starbomb still isn’t exactly sure what it wants to be stylistically. Hopefully they can go back to the drawing board and play to their strengths by the time the next release comes around. For now though, Player Select is the perfect example of why the ability to buy individual tracks off of iTunes is a blessing.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Heavy Meta: Are Comedians The New Philosophers?

Comedians make us laugh, but the best also make us think. Vince argues the induction of Carlin and Hicks to the ranks of Sartre & Plato in today’s Heavy Meta. Click through the image to check it out!

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