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Cat Context 22: Like an 8-bit Shampoo Commercial


This week on Cat Context we talk about Remember Me’s difficulty finding financing, argue over whether the Super Mario Brothers movie is any good, and discover the limitations of SWTOR’s free-to-play plan.

Remember Me had an uphill battle because its lead character is a woman. In that spirit, we talk a bit about our favorite women in games, how much we identify with our characters, and the effect that romancing Garrus can have on straight gamer dudes. (Hint: none at all.) We also launch a new segement: Games on Film! This week it’s 1993’s Super Mario Brothers. How did this movie happen, and did anyone actually read the script beforehand? Is Mario’s last name really “Mario”? Aro and Elly think the movie is delightfully awful whereas Liore actually kind of liked it. Go fig.

Also, Aro gets angry about SWTOR’s f2p system! Elly plays more phone games! Liore + Kerrigan, TLF!

As always Liore is joined by the most excellent Arolaide and Ellyndrial. This week’s call is from Doone — thanks Doone! Folks can email us at podcast@lioreblog.com, tweet @Liores, or call our voice mail at (347) 565-4673.

It would be downright awesome if you gave us a vote on iTunes. :)

* Super Mario Brothers movie for free on YouTube
* Two articles on SMB the movie from GameInformer and Den of Geek
* A huge list of DOS games that we don’t know for sure are very good
* Polygon on the Remember Me difficulties
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years


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    March 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Hey Aro, 2551 hits for fossil records in New York state.



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      March 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

      “The entire fossil record” contains way more than giant stompy dinosaurs, which is what Samantha Mathis was digging for in the movie.

      I appreciate you attempting to school me, but trilobites != tyrannosaurs. XD

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    Steven Applebaum
    March 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I help run the Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive, a website devoted to the film. We tweeted you guys before the release of this podcast, but received in response.

    We don’t have much to say in regards to what was said, but we thought we should point out some things anyways: You must have completely missed the point that the fossil they dug up under the sewers was Daisy’s mother.

    Dennis Hopper did not state that it was the worst movie he’s ever made; only Bob Hoskins has. John Leguizamo has said that he appreciates it.

    The film only made back $20 million domestically; it received much more in the foreign market.

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      March 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Steven,

      Sorry I missed your tweet! Appreciate the listen and the inside scoop on a few things. :)

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    March 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I vote you pick a best and/or worst fighting game movie next time

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      March 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I’ve suggested Dead or Alive, but I think they’re too scared. XD

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