Ep. 092 – Christmas Special: Big Hero 6, The Imitation Game – 20th Dec. 2014

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Merry Christmas, fellow addicts! Shane, Ben and Terry have gathered around the mics this week to review Disney’s new Big Hero 6 and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. And to celebrate the holidays, the guys make their Christmas wishes for 2015.

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Thanks for listening, guys and gals! Don’t miss next week’s episode as Shane, Jason H, Ben, Terry, Jason M and Luke gather for the final show of 2014! They’ll be reviewing The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and naming their Top 5 favourite games and movies of 2014!

Ep. 090 – Nightcrawler, Massive Chalice, The Newsroom – 6th Dec. 2014

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It’s a weird wish-mosh of all things awesome and addictive this week as Shane, Jason H, Ben and Amy gather around the mics once again. In the first segment, Shane talks about his play through in the turn-based strategy early access game of Massive Chalice. Ben hits a Pile of Shame film in Juno and then the gang discusses the latest season of their favourite TV show, The Newsroom. Then to wrap it up, the crew reviews the Jake Gyllenhaal dramatic thriller Nightcrawler.

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02:21 – Massive Chalice
10:53 – Juno
18:10 – The Newsroom
30:54 – Nightcrawler

Thanks for listening, gals and pals! Join us next week as Shane is going to dive into some Call of Duty and Ben and Jason are gonna hit their Pile of Shame with Kung Fu Panda. That and more next weekend!

Ep. 088 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Whiplash, Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 22nd Nov. 2014

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This week on The Awesome Addiction, Shane, Jason and Ben welcome newcomer Amy to review the open-world of Paris in Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Shane still hasn’t played Sunset Overdrive, but for good reason: multiplayer in Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been patched which means he’s been playing it!

And in the second segment, the guys sink their teeth into Whiplash, a jazz-infused drama starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. If you haven’t seen it yet, FIX THAT IMMEDIATELY!

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10:40 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity
23:14 – Halo: The Master Chief Collection multiplayer
26:27 – Whiplash

It’s a big name week next week as the guys review Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Far Cry 4.

Ep. 084 – The Legend of Korra, GamerGate, Fury, Pride – 25th Oct. 2014

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It’s a jam-packed show this week as Shane, Ben, Nicole and Terry discuss a swath of interesting topics.

In the first segment, Shane and Nicole review the Platinum Games-developed Legend of Korra video game while Ben and Terry explain why the mobile app Game of War is so addictive!

Shane also reviews Volume 1 of Dragons: Riders of Berk and Nicole does the same for the first few episodes of Halle Berry’s Extant. Then the crew tackles the heated #GamerGate discussion as best they can.

And to wrap it up in the final two segments, they review the historical dramedy Pride and the WWII action drama Fury starring Brad Pitt.

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01:42 – The Legend of Korra video game
17:42 – Game of War
25:53 – Extant
30:20 – Dragons: Riders of Berk
33:43 – GamerGate discussion
54:00 – Pride
01:50:12 – Fury
01:37:39 – Behind-The-Scenes

Thanks for listening guys. Don’t forget to join us next week for our annual PAX Australia episode from Melbourne!

Ep. 083 – Gone Girl, Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros. – 18th Oct. 2014

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It’s a smashing episode this week as Shane, Jason, Ben and Terry tick all The Awesome Addiction boxes again: games, movies and TV!

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In the first segment, Jason has finally watched Book 1 of The Legend of Korra and the pilot of House of Cards, and Shane couldn’t be happier. Terry and Shane give their thoughts on Super Smash Bros. on 3DS while Shane tells tale of his adventures in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Your host has also dabbled in Diablo 3 on PS4 (thanks to Jason) and he explains why Destiny could learn a lot from Blizzard’s action-RPG.

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And to round it out in the second segment, the guys do their best job to explain just how much and why they love David Fincher’s latest dramatic thriller that’s sweeping the world, Gone Girl.

02:01 – The Legend of Korra
08:18 – House of Cards
10:05 – Super Smash Bros. on 3DS
25:26 – Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
35:07 – Diablo 3 vs Destiny
44:52 – Gone Girl
01:13:27 – Gone Girl SPOILERS

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode, fellow addicts! Join us next week for our reviews of The Legend of Korra video game, the historical dramedy Pride starring Bill Nighy, and Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf in the WWII action drama Fury.

Ep. 080 – The Maze Runner, Destiny, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – 27th Sept. 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 12.35.03 pmThis week on The Awesome Addiction, Shane, Jason H, Terry and Ben review the teen-fiction adaptation/sausage-fest known as The Maze Runner. Is its by-the-books storytelling a good thing or a bad thing?

In the second segment, the Destiny discussion continues as both Terry and Jason pass Level 20 and Shane wonders if he’s had enough. One game he hasn’t had enough of is the Xbox One Kinect exclusive D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die. You’ll wonder why he’s interested after you hear what the game entails. And to wrap it up the guys play some Survival of The Nerdiest and VS.

02:25 – The Maze Runner
18:15 – The Maze Runner SPOILERS
29:13 – Destiny
46:37 – D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die
54:11 – Survival of The Nerdiest
01:03:50 – VS

It’s EB Expo time next week! Shane and Jason M are making the trip down to Sydney! Look forward to their their thoughts plus the guys thoughts on Denzel Washington’s new film, The Equalizer.

Ep. 079 – Destiny, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Forza Horizon 2 – 20th Sept. 2014

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Destiny is still the talk of the town this week as Jason Hendrickx rejoins the cast to tell us why he’s loving Bungie’s latest game, while after a few more hours Shane raises a few criticisms. Your host also dabbled in the Xbox One demo of Forza Horizon 2 and, as a non-raceing fan, gives his brief thoughts on the current-gen sequel.

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Then in the second segment, Ben and Jason review Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. How does it hold up after nine years of production troubles? You’ll have to listen to find out. And to round things out, Ben raises a question about how we view attractive women in films and what’s involved in critiquing them based on their looks.

01:30 – Destiny
20:45 – Forza Horizon 2 demo
24:47 – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
52:27 – Attractive Women in films and how we critique them

Join us next week for our reviews of The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls and the Xbox One Kinect game, D4.

Ep. 078 – Destiny, Watch Dogs, The Great Escape – 14th Sept. 2014

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The holiday of video games has begun with Bungie’s latest sci-fi epic, Destiny, kicking off the festivities. Shane invites Nicole onto the show to discuss how the game fares as one the most high profile MMO-like first-person shooters ever released, while Ben provides some interesting commentary as a huge Diablo fan.

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Shane has also dabbled in some Watch Dogs and provides his late-to-the-party thoughts on the open-world action game.

Then in the second segment, Ben hits one of his Pile of Shame films, and one of Shane’s favourites, the 1963 classic The Great Escape.

01:44 – Watch Dogs
04:41 – Destiny
34:23 – The Great Escape

Thanks for listening gals and pals! Tune in next week for some more thoughts on Destiny and some new movie reviews.

Ep. 077 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Boyhood, Summer Movie Wager – 8th Sept. 2014

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It’s all about the movies this week as Shane, Jason H, Jason M and Ben orbit the mics to review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the first segment. Cowabunga!
Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 10.28.53 amIn the second segment, the guys review a film that can only be described as a piece of cinematic history: the 12 year epic, Boyhood.

And in the final segment, they discuss the results of the Summer Movie Wager (which you can listen to here) before rounding it out with another round of Survival of The Nerdiest and everyone’s favourite game, VS!
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02:59 – TMNT
25:58 – Boyhood
52:29 – Summer Movie Wager Results
01:05:27 – Survival of The Nerdiest
01:11:51 – VS.

Thanks for listening gals and pals! We’re diving into Bungie’s Destiny next week while Mr. Hendrickx and Ben are hitting up a Pile of Shame film of their’s, The Great Escape.

Ep. 076 – Magic in the Moonlight, Diablo III, The Spectacular Now – 30th Aug. 2014

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It’s another ULTRA-MEGA 4 part show this week as Shane, Jason, Terry and Ben orbit the mics to discuss a plethora of games and films!

Before Shane kicks the show off, he takes the time to give some well-deserved praise to Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, a show you NEED to be watching! In the first segment the boys review Woody Allen’s latest movie Magic in the Moonlight starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. In the second segment, the boys have been playing quite a few games including Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Yoshi’s Island, Unturned, Space Engineers and Cards Against Humanity.

And in the third segment prepare yourselves for the return of VS and Survival of The Nerdiest, followed by a review of 2013′s The Spectacular Now starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in the fourth segment.

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02:25 – Shane’s fanboy love-fest for The Legend of Korra
05:45 – Magic in the Moonlight
25:36 – Unturned
34:45 – Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
42:13 – Space Engineers
56:22 – Yoshi’s Island
01:00:18 – Cards Against Humanity
01:04:58 – Survival of The Nerdiest
01:13:57 – VS.
01:30:51 – The Spectacular Now

Thanks for listening this week, fellow addicts! Join us next week for our reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Boyhood. Plus, we’ll have the results of the Summer Movie Wager and boy is it coming down to the wire!