Jenn endures old memories, new toys, heartbreak, and love rekindled thanks to a lucky bargain find: Parappa the Rapper. Parappa is a game she loved since forever and getting a copy again led to some interesting discoveries. You gotta do what? I gotta believe!! Show notes. (16:06)

Files: Vimeo | YouTube | iTunes/iPod | XviD | WMV

I fought hard to tear myself away from the Olympics — events progress without me this very second! — since I really had to review the Steel Series Siberia Neckband. It is very pretty and the hidden mic is wonderful. I could even live with the bright white design decision but the sheer weight and quiet microphone meant that this could not be the headset of my dreams. Alas, I must keep searching!

Perhaps you have a PC & 360 headset that you’ve sworn eternal fidelity to? Let me know :) Show notes. (6:09)

Files: YouTube | Vimeo | MP4 (69MB) | XVID | WMV

Jenn takes a road trip to Virginia and enjoys surfing the Wii Channels and playing with the new Wii Remote Straps as well as some less than graceful replacements. Show notes. (14:09)

Files: WMV (56MB) | iTunes/iPod (78MB) | XviD (71MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn takes a time out from playing with her new toys to share her thoughts on the 360’s Live service while taking a closer look at the Wii friends system and Excite Truck. All the links and friend codes can be found in the show notes. (13:40)

Files: WMV (30MB) | H.264 (74MB) | XviD (98MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

In this first music game episode Jenn takes a look at beatmania on the PS2 and some of the games it inspires on the PC and PSP. She also takes a stroll down memory lane to the first music game she can remember playing. All the progam links can be found in the show notes. (17:45)

Files: WMV (40MB) | H.264 (99MB) | XviD (121MB) | MP4/PSP (80MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

On Jenn’s birthday (today!) she put together a rambling one-shot piece to answer some more FAQs to lead into the new monthly schedule as well as a new Feedback portion of the show. Also *gasp* World of Warcraft! Show notes. (10:08)

Files: WMV (23MB) | H.264 (63MB) | MP4 (83MB) | XviD (70MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

To close out the last dedicated E3 episode Jenn gets guided tours through Crysis, Obsidian Edge, Flight Simulator X, and talks with a Microsoft Rep about things to watch for on the horizon including the presently ethereal ‘Live Anywhere’ service. Show notes. (12:48)

Files: WMV (28MB) | H.264/ipod (42MB) | MP4/PSP (43MB) | XviD (49MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

At E3 Jenn got a few minutes to chat with Al Lowe. Most of you might know him from a little series called ‘Leisure Suit Larry’… except for the last one. He had nothing to do with that. Al talks about his new game development venture, iBase Entertainment, good ol’ Larry, a very strange path to becoming a game designer, and the state of the industry today. A cramped restaurant booth may not be a scenic interview spot but the conversation was definitely worthwhile. Show notes. (11:33)

Files: WMV (26MB) | H.264/ipod (39MB) | MP4/PSP (40MB) | XviD (45MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn takes a first look at the Nintendo Wii and some of the various tech demos available on the floor. More from E3 to come including an in-depth look at some first party games and titles Jenn is looking forward to this holiday season. Show notes. (6:14)

Files: WMV (45MB) | XviD (43MB) | MP4* (38MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

(the following could possibly be deemed NSFW if girls dancing and fighting in skimpy outfits would get you in trouble. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!) This is the only surviving clip I have from E3 2004 when I first tried to do a gaming show online. Take a look and stop by the website at to give your say on the new booth babe rules! More to come from the floor of E3 when Jenn gets settled in LA Show notes. (13:50)

Files: WMV (32MB) | H.264 (80MB)| XviD (94MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn takes a look at the Logitech PlayGear Pocket, offers up some money saving PSP tips, and goes into the fun she’s been having with the PSP Lua player and PSP Golf with extra map packs. Also, she’s a guest on April’s Hak.5 so be sure to check it out! Show notes. (8:45)

Files: WMV (20MB) | H.264 (48MB) | PSP/MP4 (40MB) | iPod/M4V (38MB) |XviD (15MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn walks through the basics of World of Warcraft, from getting started, to common tasks, adding UI Mods, and de-mystifying ‘Aggro’ with finger puppets. She also reviews the WoW Atlas, declares the winner of Hello Kitty’s Cube Frenzy, AND announces a new live WoW show with Darren from Hak. 5. Show notes. (23:55)

Files: WMV (55MB) | H.264 (140MB) | PSP/MP4 (132MB) | M4V (102MB) |XviD (131MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn answers a selection of viewer mail! DS vs. PSP? 360 vs PSP?? And what’s up with Digital Fishing??? She also warns the contest winner that they’ve got a few days to claim their prize before the next OpenAlpha release. Show notes. (9:28)

Files: WMV (21MB) | H.264 (14MB) | PSP/MP4 (49MB) | iPod/M4V (47MB) | XviD (53MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn takes a break from sleeping off mono and playing games to record this brief holiday episode. She’s got a (slightly) evil gift giving tip and announces the first ever OpenAlpha contest! Show notes. (4:41)

Files: WMV (68MB) | H.264 (30MB) | PSP (20MB) | M4V (23MB) | XviD (25MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn’s first solo release (meaning she taught herself Premiere Pro, lighting, the whole deal) covers the basics of the PSP and some launch titles. The episode ends rather abruptly, but that is normal and not a bad download. Show notes. (8:11)

Files: WMV (45MB) | H.264 (50MB) | MP4 (49MB) | iPod/M4V (36MB) | XVID (49MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Jenn’s going to San Francisco! This is a quick interim episode dedicated to the ways she’ll kill time on the plane with her Nintendo DS and PSP with the ScummVM and 1.50 firmware. Think of it as a teaser until full production can resume when she gets back. Show notes. (5:44)

Files: WMV (29MB) | H.264 (11MB) | MP4 (14MB) | iPod/M4V (27MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games continue to grow in popularity, partially due to the increase in broadband availability and the increased complexity of the worlds available to explore. Jenn takes a look at what’s out now, what’s fun, what’s free, and what’s up with services like IGE. Show notes. (13:00)

Files: WMV (60MB)| H.264 (29MB) | MP4 (57MB) | M4V (57MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Now that the hype is over, it’s time to see how the latest Star Wars games stand on their own. takes a look at the Episode III PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS game, as well as Lego Star Wars. As a follow-up segment, Open Alpha delves into the problems with the blue Lego Star Wars PS2 disc and how to overcome it. Show notes. (10:38)

Files: WMV (50MB) | H.264 (25MB) | MP4 (26MB) | iPod/M4V (50MB) | Vimeo (re-upload)

Welcome to OpenAlpha

      Jenn Cutter created OpenAlpha to share her love of gaming, tech, accessories, and all things geeky with the world because her friends were, frankly, sick to death of hearing her going on and on about it.


      You can follow her @JennCutter,, or be old-fashioned and e-mail jenn @, if you want to totally make her day.

About the Episode Guide

Looking for older Episodes?
Check out Season 1 and the ridiculously short Season 1.5.