Season 1.5

The, uhhh, 1.5 (one and a half is a valid number, I say) “season” of OpenAlpha ran from February-June 2010. I had so much more planned for this aborted run at extending OA, but actual life stuff decided to kick my butt for the next several years instead. The temptation to delete these episodes and pretend that they never happened continues to this day, but I’ll leave them up as a reminder to be less awful in the future.

The external links in the Show Notes below are highly likely to be broken as game companies discontinue sites for older titles or free software I talk about falls off the internet. If you are looking for something specific I talked about back in the day, shoot me an email and I’ll see if I can hook you up with the file/save/software. Enjoy!


Episode 17: Steel Series Siberia Neckband Headset

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! Show notes. (6:09)


Episode 18: Parappa The Rapper

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)


Episode 19: Epic Mickey

Special thanks to Darren Kitchen for the camera work! At E3 2010 Jenn got her first hands-on look at Epic Mickey, a Wii exclusive coming out during the holidays. She interviewed Matt from Disney interactive and got walked through a middle portion of the game while he talked about many of the features while being coy about others. To top it all off, there’s a Disney-provided interview with Warren Spector about his vision and goals for the game. And, truly, Jenn is very very very thrilled that there is a real lefty mode. Show Notes. (18:01)