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Every Wednesday, Tom Franklin dive into the world of video games, movies, and TV. They discuss what is making news in their geeky worlds and also review the latest video games and movies, while throwing in some hi-jinks along the way!

Every Wednesday, Tom Franklin dive into the world of video games, movies, and TV. They discuss what is making news in their geeky worlds and also review the latest video games and movies, while throwing in some hi-jinks along the way!
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Fort Wayne, IN

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Every Wednesday, Tom Franklin dive into the world of video games, movies, and TV. They discuss what is making news in their geeky worlds and also review the latest video games and movies, while throwing in some hi-jinks along the way!

Twitter:

@BNIPodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

Drones could save our forests

2/2/2018
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This week, Darrin talks about a new initiative to have drones plant trees, which could help humanity counter the 6-billion deficit between how many trees we cut down every year, and how many we plant.

Duration:00:06:04

Apple's job and tax plans

1/18/2018
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Apple has announced plans to not only create thousands of new jobs, but repay millions in taxes that they've been avoiding by holding cash offshore. Wait, what?

Duration:00:08:36

On Swatting

1/5/2018
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This week, Darrin tackles a controversial issue in the gaming community: "Swatting," the practice of fooling police into storming into an innocent person's home.

Duration:00:07:27

The iPhone lawsuit of 2017

12/28/2017
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This week, Darrin looks at a lawsuit that has popped up after Apple admitted they slowed down older models of the iPhone whenever they released new versions of iOS. Oops.

Duration:00:08:02

Top Games of 2017: #1

12/20/2017
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This week, Darrin announces his pick for the best video game of 2017 (which should come as no surprise). Got feedback? Reach out on Twitter at @BNIPodcast!

Duration:00:08:52

Top Games of 2017: #2

12/13/2017
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This week, Darrin reveals his pick for the 2nd-best game of the year, Horizon: Zero Dawn! Plus, an udpate on a possible merger between Disney and 20th Century Fox!

Duration:00:10:01

Top Games of 2017: #3

12/7/2017
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Taking a look back at the best video games released in 2017, Darrin announces his #3 pick. Got feedback? Reach out on Twitter at @BNIPodcast!

Duration:00:07:11

Star Wars vs Microtransactions

12/1/2017
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This week, Darrin takes a look at what is seemingly a good Star Wars game, given a terrible reputation by a choice made by developers looking to make an extra buck. Got feedback? Reach out to @BNIPodcast on Twitter!

Duration:00:07:43

2017 Gift Guide

11/16/2017
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Not sure what to get the tech-loving person (or people) in your life? Good thing we've got you covered. Suggestions on everything from phones and video games to TVs and stocking stuffers!

Duration:00:27:55

Interview: Game Developer Casey O' Donnell

11/9/2017
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This week, Darrin speaks with Casey O' Donnell, who has worked on titles like Guitar Hero and Spider-Man 3, about an upcoming lecture at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne. Feedback? Reach out to @BNIpodcast on Twitter!

Duration:00:10:48

Cutting the Cord, Part 2: Video On Demand Services

10/25/2017
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This week, Darrin continues his search for a solution to the rising prices of cable and satellite TV, focusing on video-on-demand services. Have an idea for a show topic? Reach out on Twitter at @BNIPodcast.

Duration:00:11:04

Cutting the Cord

10/19/2017
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With more and more services moving to the Internet, is it only a matter of time before people start dropping Cable TV for streaming services? Darrin reviews five services competing for your attention as "Cable alternatives."

Duration:00:16:12

Are "loot boxes" actually a form of gambling?

10/13/2017
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This week, Darrin weighs in on a topic that's been growing in prominence among video game fans: loot boxes. Are they harmless fun ways to reward gamers for their in-game work, or just a form of "pay-to-win" gameplay that mimics the same neurological responses triggered by gambling?

Duration:00:07:09

Is Metacritic so bad?

10/5/2017
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A lot of websites are starting to move away from review scores, saying they hurt a product's chance at success thanks to aggregate websites like Metacritic. But is Metacritic such a bad thing?

Duration:00:09:35

DirecTV and the NFL: when consumers revolt

9/27/2017
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This week, Darrin looks at the situation DirecTV found itself in when having to deal with angry NFL fans who took issue with on-field protests. Feel free to reach out on Twitter with your thoughts and ideas! Just tweet @BNIpodcast to contact us!

Duration:00:08:40

Will there EVER be a good video game movie?

9/22/2017
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Darrin takes a look back at all of the video game movies Hollywood has put out... and they're all bad.

Duration:00:08:19

The iPhone X's price tag

9/13/2017
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This week, Darrin expresses surprise - and yet, acceptance - with the iPhone X's big $1,000 price tag. Of course, the iPhone 8 isn't much better, coming in at $700. (Photo courtesy: Apple)

Duration:00:07:56

Equifax hacked, Nintendo sued, and how you helped CMN

9/8/2017
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This week's episode of Batteries Not Included covers the recent hack of Equifax customer data, and how you can find out if you're affected, plus a stunning courtroom loss for Nintendo, and a follow-up on how you helped Darrin's efforts to raise money for Children's Miracle Network (you can still donate to that effort at GeekCavePodcast.com/ExtraLife2017).

Duration:00:06:39

Extra Life 2017

8/31/2017
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This week, Darrin talks about a charity effort held every year by gamers looking to help the Children's Miracle Network. Donate: https://goo.gl/3nu5XY

Duration:00:06:44

One More SNES Classic Rant

8/23/2017
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Darrin's had enough, after Nintendo once again has problems with providing pre-orders of a popular device to willing customers.

Duration:00:08:36

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