Shackcast Episode 058: How to spell Death Stranding

The Shackcast gang is back and they have another doozy of an episode. Please enjoy.

Hideo Kojima

Welcome back to the Shackcast, the official Shacknews podcast of Shacknews. On this episode, David shares his real feelings about Death Stranding, Asif calls out some of the worst Shackers on his power rankings, and Blake steps all over Asif's work anniversary retrospective to talk about Detective Pikachu. Asif also goes into a deep dive on his Super Mario Maker 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare previews. 

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People seriously can't spell Death Stranding.
People seriously can't spell Death Stranding.

Thanks to Swensons Drive-in in Canton, Ohio for their unofficial sponsorship of this episode. And check out Asif's Super Mario Maker 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare previews as well as  David's latest long read on Deathgarden.


Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    June 1, 2019 8:45 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Shackcast Episode 058: How to spell Death Stranding

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      June 1, 2019 8:47 AM

      Ok, I lol'd

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      June 1, 2019 10:58 AM

      After I get back from the dog park today I will give this a listen and post the timecodes for conversation topics. Might not be able to cover the whole episdoe tho.

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      June 1, 2019 1:28 PM

      1min 10 sec
      Asif says Rage 2 sucks. General discussion about id Software

      8min the show starts

      13min Asif played Mario Maker 2 and he talks about it.

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      June 1, 2019 1:36 PM

      Oh, boy. The world will experience my “Peter Molyneux” rant.*

      * I love Fable 2. There, I said it.

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      June 1, 2019 1:46 PM

      I am so behind on the shackcast. I think I have probably a whole days worth of listening to do , depending on how long you guys have been keeping the episodes

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      June 1, 2019 2:39 PM

      27min Asif talks about his negative take on the Call of Duty preview.

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      June 1, 2019 3:10 PM

      Earlier, a discussion erupted about racism and Japanese culture
      45min 20sec
      ASIF: Just don't--Just don't touch people, in general! But the hair? What is it? ... Wikus, what is it?
      BLAKE: I don't know.
      ASIF: Wikus is gonna--
      BLAKE: I have no idea.
      ASIF: Wikus is gonna--he's gonna--there's gonna be like a timestamp for this conversation.
      CRADDOCK: Oh, please, Wikus...

      WIKUS REACTION: Yeah, sorry I don't know, either. I've never asked to touch an afro before. I think, giving the benefit of the doubt, some people are just overly forward or comfortable with requesting something like that and are perhaps expecting the tactile sensation of feeling that hair to be novel.

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        June 1, 2019 5:17 PM

        Didn’t even make it two episodes before you gave up.

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        June 1, 2019 5:58 PM

        I have had four people want to touch my dreds in the past 2 weeks or so. Only one of them was not black. 2 were kids (including the little white girl).

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          June 1, 2019 6:24 PM

          Touching people's hair is weird man. Weird.

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          June 1, 2019 6:29 PM

          I only just learned here about a month or so ago that as a white guy I am supposed to be touching black people hair, sometimes without asking, and now I feel ashamed that I have never done that

          Also sometimes, at the movies, I get into watching the movie, you know? And so I don't feel like sitting behind people and touching somebody's neck

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      June 1, 2019 7:17 PM


      Asif talks about Tetris 99. It's currently his GOTY, but he hasn't played RE2Make yet.

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      June 1, 2019 7:23 PM

      1hr 01min

      Asif talks about the uninformed, biased media trying to cast FUD on Tesla.

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        June 1, 2019 7:30 PM

        1hr 5min 6sec

        ASIF: I bought more shares. In case if you guys were wondering, if case if you guys were keeping track. Uh, Wikus. Cause holy shit.
        CRADDOCK: Report in.
        ASIF: Wikus. That's an hour, five, seventeen seconds, Wikus.

        WIKUS COMMENT: That's ... correct? Wow, holy shit. That means you must be reading the timecode off the Audacity or Vegas or whatever you're using as it's recording. Which means you never edit or cut down your show in post. We're basically getting a raw cut of the podcast. Wasn't expecting that.

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      June 1, 2019 7:31 PM

      1hr 5min 40sec

      Asif talks about the NBA Finals and there was a thread in the chatty about it.

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      June 1, 2019 7:36 PM

      1hr 9min

      Blake Morse talks about Trevor Saves the Universe.

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        June 1, 2019 7:40 PM


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          June 1, 2019 7:42 PM

          My bad.

          At 1hr 12min 45sec Blake throws some shade at Cliff Blazinski, and you defended Cliff a bit. I wasn't really expecting that. I got complicated feelings about Cliff, too.

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            June 1, 2019 7:43 PM

            I dunno, he has always been a very nice dude in my interactions with him.

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              June 1, 2019 7:56 PM

              1hr 16min
              (about Lawbreakers)
              ASIF: And I told Cliff at his interview at e3 2017 that ... it should be on Switch. And if it was I really think the story would've been different, They would've been the first multiplayer game--uh, first online multiplayer game--on Switch.
              CRADDOCK: Yup. During those first twelve months people were, just looking for every type of game.
              ASIF: Yeah, anything. They're like, "Oh my God. This game's on Switch and it's only forty dollars / twenty dollars." People woulda bought it. And I think that they messed up. Entirely. Because he went uh, Playstation-exclusive. Right? It was Playstation and PC.
              CRADDOCK: Mmhm.
              ASIF: Uh, and I really think that, Switch doesn't have Overwatch. And Switch doesn't have PUBG.

              WIKUS COMMENT: Eh, you're not wrong but I think that's a bit unfair here. Cliff probably made that deal with Sony long before the Switch was even out and probably before he even knew what the Nintendo Switch even was--or if it was even going to be a household success or another flop like the WiiU. Meanwhile, Sony's got this sweet, sweet marketing deal which was probably the much safer looking choice at the time. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. Cliff probably wanted to make as big of a splash as possible and signing with Sony--at the time--probably was the best way to get noticed. By the time you're telling him to put it on Switch at e3 in June 2017, he's already locked into his exclusive deal with Sony and who knows if he even has any Switch dev kits or how much work it would take to optimize the game for Switch.

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      June 1, 2019 7:59 PM

      1hr 17min 20sec

      The crew talks about Quake Champions and just what the heck is going on with id software and the Quake license, anyway?

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      June 1, 2019 8:05 PM

      1hr 20min 30sec

      Craddock talks about his new long read for the Dead By Daylight creators Behavior Interactive Survive or Kill

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      June 1, 2019 8:15 PM

      1hr 25min 40sec

      (On the topic of SIGIL)
      ASIF: And if you haven't check out Icon of Sin (the Long Read article)
      CRADDOCK: Yes! Because Sigil
      ASIF: Sigil just launched.
      CRADDOCK: Just launched, yeah.
      ASIF: And then Schnapple's already got it runnin' on iOS.
      CRADDOCK: 'Course he does.
      ASIF: Cause he's the man.
      CRADDOCK: Yup.
      ASIF: Shout out to Schnapple. Mark that down, Wikus.

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      June 1, 2019 8:20 PM

      The Worst Shacker Power Ranking rant is at 1hr 27min.

      NUMBER THREE: Shack Staff
      NUMBER TWO: Shack Staff
      NUMBER ONE: Shack Staff

      Why? You'll have to listen to find out. But if you need a hint, there is a shout-out in there to ThomW and RomSteady.

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        June 1, 2019 8:23 PM

        1hr 32min 12sec

        CRADDOCK: I hereby pledge my support for the next Shacknews Game Jam. I will download and play every game--I'll even do it on stream.

        WIKUS COMMENT: Welp, you're on the record now, Craddock.

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        June 1, 2019 8:23 PM

        Oh dear...

        I’m not home so I’m not sure if I should check this out or not...

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          June 1, 2019 10:20 PM

          Well, in two weeks, we'll see if I'm doing it for Shacknews again in a different way...

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        June 1, 2019 8:27 PM

        haha I'm glad I listened to that.

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          June 1, 2019 8:41 PM

          1hr 35min 55sec

          ASIF: I saw--like ThomW he expressed ... disappointment, that there weren't more ratings. And then I look at my staff and I'm like... There's eight. Eight. Eight. Eight. Eight. We could've doubled their ratings, just if staff participated.
          CRADDOCK: Yeah.
          ASIF: And then like, when I see Greg complain to me, about a thread, where he's trying to engage with the community I'm gonna throw this in his face and be like, "Hey Greg. Why didn't you fuckin' play these games? You had tshh three weeks to play 'em. I know you were at judges week. I was at judges week." You only had to play em for a few minutes. It took me an hour.
          CRADDOCK: Yeah.
          ASIF: It took me an hour to do that. So that--that's why, when someone--when someone shit posts your thread and you're like "oh I hate dealing with communities..." it's--No. There's not--It's not just a fucking article comment system. Click 'Chatty' some time, there's actual shit going on in there.

          WIKUS COMMENT: Dayum, dude. That's some serious shade thrown at Greg. Also, yeah I feel bad for RomSteady and ThomW I didn't realize it was a competition against other groups or something.

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      June 1, 2019 8:26 PM

      1hr 33min 50sec

      ASIF: I'm gonna game-ify e3 for us, because e3 might suck. Sorry, valcan_s.
      CRADDOCK: It's true though, valcan_s.

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        June 1, 2019 8:29 PM

        1hr 34min 30sec

        ASIF: We should just get an inflatable shark and I should just jump over it during the stream.
        CRADDOCK (guffahs)
        CRADDOCK: I like it. I like it.
        ASIF: Ya mark that down, Wikus? Thanks.

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      June 1, 2019 8:47 PM

      1hr 37min 15sec

      Asif brings up Death Stranding and the crew begins discussion.

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        June 1, 2019 9:09 PM

        1hr 40min 5sec

        CRADDOCK: FUCK Death Stranding. I'm saying it right now.

        Craddock then proceeds to lay down some spicy opinions about Hideo Kojima.

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