The Horrible Show 10-13-10: Think of the Children: Gamer Skills

The Horrible ShowWould someone Think of the Children? They need some gaming skills. Justin, Cole, Ethan, Christina, and newcomer, Alex, get our Raising Gamers Guide started by talking through essential gaming skills and their associated games. Send in your questions to or @TheHorribleShow

We return to our roots with the editorial that started it all, Think of the Children. The Cursed are passionate about relaying the best game experiences possible to the next generation, and that all starts with laying the foundation of identifying gaming skills. Alex, streetalchemist, joins us for the first time on the podcast and we listen to the creepy origin story of how he learned to game in a van. In our Threesomes, we learn which show is ideal for bringing those happy people in your life back to down to earth. Our On the Spot question dives into our gaming skills by asking – What was the first gaming accomplishment you remember bragging about? Even though we’re not sure if anyone can actually brag about beating Body Harvest. Then, it’s time to start listing off some skills so we dig into the history books to find the games that stand out as good introductions to the skills that stand out to us. The list from our discussion is below and we look forward to revising it in future episodes, but welcome any feedback to help us get this list as solid as possible. Finally, we give shout outs to our patient significant others, pat ourselves on the back, and applaud the recent work of Twisted Pixel.

Show Notes

JDevL, Colefacekilla, Wizardtrain187, Jadetiger CG, streetalchemist

Intro and Meet Alex – (00:41 – 6:07)
Threesomes of the Week – (6:37 – 23:30)
On the Spot Question – (23:31 – 29:13)
Gaming Skills – (29:14 – 1:25:27)
Coordination, Codes, Puzzles – (30:13 – 39:50)
Secrets, Role Playing, Weapons – (39:51 – 50:55)
Cooperation, Resources – (50:58 – 55:40)
Observation, Button Smashing, First Person – (55:52 – 1:10:03)
Perseverance, Zen, Imagination – (1:10:11 – 1:19:57)
Final Thoughts – (1:20:00 – 1:25:27) Updates – (1:25:28 – 1:25:42)
Shout Outs – (1:25:44 – 1:30:50)

FaxanaduHalo: Reach, Left 4 Dead, Def Jam Rapstar, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Star Fox 64, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!, Body Harvest, Super Mario Bros 2, Contra, Parappa the Rapper, Mega Man, King’s Quest, Monkey Island, Leisure Suit Larry, Super Mario Bros 3, X-Wing, Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy VII, Megaman X, Resident Evil, Double Dragon, Myst, Fallout 3, 7th Guest, Frankenstein, Heavy Rain, Splinter Cell, Super Smash Bros, Portal, Goldeneye, Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, Oregon Trail, Venture, Ninja Gaiden, Geometry Wars, Ikaruga, Galaga, Medal of Honor, GTA: San Andreas, Comic Jumper

Threesomes of the Week:
Cole: Iron Man 2, concert at work, Halo: Reach
Ethan: Special Victims Unit, National Public Radio, Left 4 Dead online comic
Christina: Battlestar Galactica Season 2, Igudesman and Joo, Halo: Reach
Alex: Call of Cthulhu, Abney Park – AEther Shanties, Halo: Reach
Justin: Ghost Adventures, Blair Witch 2, Def Jam Rapstar

Skills Mentioned (working list)

  1. Hand eye coordination
  2. Reflexes
  3. Pattern recognition
  4. Codes
  5. Problem Solving
  6. Discovering Secrets
  7. Role Playing
  8. Using Secrets
  9. Cooperation
  10. Resource Management
  11. Observation
  12. Button Smashing
  13. Memorization
  14. FPS Shooting
  15. Perseverance
  16. Zen
  17. Imagination

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