Show #017: I’ve Got Excel, Baby!

The seventeenth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

In this episode: we have some trouble with the date; Storm discusses his possible mental disorder; old-school video game Easter eggs; we ponder the fate of our old server once it’s replaced; we scramble to find more fun; the cranberry sauce camps are identified; and Storm gets all the cool toys.

Audience participation alert! Please respond to the poll below and help us decide the name of our (eventual) new server. Also, please post your comments suggesting which Xbox 360 package and/or accessories Storm should purchase, as well as suggestions for what we should finally do with our existing server.

UPDATE: The following names are in use or already retired by Webmaster Russ: Sinistar, Xevious, Gyruss, Tempest, Pengo,  Gorf, Pacman, Ms Pacman, Tron, Skyshark, Gorgar.

Featured post-show song: “Captain Lou’s History of Music/Captain Lou Albano” – Captain Lou Albano

Show #017: I’ve Got Excel, Baby! (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Alex Caligiuri
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Street fighter

  2. Adam N.
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    For Storm, I suggest:

    Affordable, and comes with my favorite game on the 360!

    Also, get , if you’re planning to play online.

    And these are the best prices available now: I checked.

  3. Colton David
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Make sure the 360 has a hard-drive!

    It’s well worth it!

  4. Heather
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 10:25 pm | Permalink


    Also, as far as running a Geek Tourney, you guys can refer to the way Conor Lastowka is running the State Quarters competition over on the Rifftrax Blog:

  5. Amanda Joubert
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    hows about MONTEZUMA’S REVENGE?

    it’s a classic game AND an unpleasant bodily function.

    thanks for the paradise, you guys were great!

  6. Colleenky
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I was thinking Galaga before I even saw it on the list. 🙂

  7. Ann
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    Oooo, thanks for reminding me to pick up the canned cranberry sauce for tomorrow, Storm. While my sister makes a mean fresh sauce, I need to carry on my dad’s tradition of annoying the hell out her by getting the canned as well. Damned good stuff that cylinder ‘o cranberries. Happy Turkey Day, all.

  8. Abby W.
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Amanda, “Thanks for the Paradise” is such a band name. Or actually an album title. The debut album from the band “Cylindrical Foods.”

  9. Posted November 27, 2008 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    If you’re going classic arcade, gotta be Assault.

  10. Bram Tant / Dantes
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    I say, it should be Donkey Kong! Or Bang Bang Ball. 😀

    But all those arcade game names are awesome, I’d be glad with any of them. ^^

  11. Posted November 27, 2008 at 8:12 am | Permalink


    Get the $300 XBOX, it has a 60 GB HD which should be sufficient for a while. If you can swing it, get the Elite which uses the 120 GB HD. It’s $100 more, but you get the bigger HD. You can install games, download movies etc and you’ll have plenty of space to work with.

    Also, games you must purchase: Left4Dead, Rock Band 2 and some fighting game. SoulCalibur2 is great. And then you can add me to your list of friends and we can play them all! Wheee!

  12. Posted November 27, 2008 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Also, I am still going with Mappy for the server name.

  13. Zac
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    FYI, the other reason a bigger hard drive is important is that the newest XBOX update lets you install games to the hard drive, which makes them run much better. But each game is going to take several gigs to do so.

  14. Erin
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Storm, I agree with Adam N that Bioshock is a must have, so I like the looks of bundle he linked. And while I’m being the yes man – er, woman – I have to agree with Len on needing a HD, and his list of games. I’d add in Fallout 3, as well. Also, I think it’s pretty much a requirement that you download Age of Booty (Arrr!).

    Happy turkey day to you two! 🙂

  15. Posted November 27, 2008 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Wait, Storm has his own LOLCats? I hereby invoke the rule of the Internets that “pics or it didn’t happen.”

    Yeah Rock Band/Guitar Hero/etc type of games. Also check out those sports or wrasslin’ games, because sometimes you just want to hit people with chairs and for it to be OK… Even more fun is to use the “Create a…” feature – like “Create a boxer” “create a wrestler” etc. Then you create yourself and beat up someone you dislike. Fun times.

    Pfft, Calc > Excel.

    I’m looking forward to Newmans.

    I’m voting for Asteroids.

  16. Ned
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking either GORF or Tempest for the server – unless Burger Time is classic enough.

  17. Rich
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Be nice to your sysadmin, because he can make you suffer. Go with something short and simple like Galaga or Gorf.

  18. Adam H
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Man, I really wish Secret Agent Royal Jew was a classic arcade game…–31137.phtml

  19. Posted November 28, 2008 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    How could you forget the humble Breakout and Pong?

    Otherwise I guess I’d recommend Gauntlet, because it’s the one I have the most vivid memories of (I used to hate being chased by Death, but I still played, whereas I was too scared to even play Aliens because I didn’t like it when the alien’s head filled up the whole screen like that when it was about to eat you, althuogh I guess that would have made it easier to shoot at. I’m such a girl.)

    I only remember the TV show of Pole Position, I never realised it shared its name with a video game and I never figured out what the title meant.

  20. Simalot
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    At my son’s Thanksgiving morning high school football game, one of the refs, who is traditionally introduced with a different nickname at every game, was introduced as “Gorilla Monsoon”. Right after I got home from the game I listened to the podcast and heard the Lou Albano song at the end. I don’t think I’d heard either name in over thirty years. Thanks for giving me an unexpected Thanksgiving chuckle at the coincidence.

  21. Posted November 28, 2008 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Funny you should mention Desert Bus, there’s a marathon starting tonight to raise money for Child’s Play tonight at As for server names, how can you not pick Splatterhouse. It has all the joy of Double Dragon, but you fight a giant rotting corpse. Family fun!

  22. Gingerlink
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Going back in time even more, why not call the server “Spacewar”?

    For the xbox, I would advise against the cheapest arcade package, other than that, it’s free reign, but I’d love to see you get halo 3 and learn about a little thing called Grifball.

  23. cube
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Isn’t that from the Penn and Teller thing?

  24. Colleenky
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh! Favorite cylindrical food: <a href=”B&M canned brown bread. Yum!

  25. Colleenky
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Grrr. B&M canned brown bread.

  26. Hayden Ford
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    you NEED a hard drive

  27. Russ
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm | Permalink



  28. Maw
    Posted November 30, 2008 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Pang (not Pong).

  29. Cybermudgeon
    Posted December 1, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    If the name has to be from a classic arcade game, then I submit Omega Race (that pretty much shows my age). If it can be any video/computer game, then it has to be Diablo!!!

    Too bad you’re not getting a PS3 because then I’d recommend Pain (a wonderful waste of time).

  30. Danbtherockstar
    Posted December 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    If you’re really getting the 360 for primarily Rockband, don’t get anything with a HardDrive smaller then 60g. With them shooting for 500 songs by the end of the year (and well on their way there) that starts to take some space quickly! Also you want to have room for all of your videos that you download (Season 2 of The Guild is allegedly going to be Xbox live exclusive)

  31. Robin
    Posted December 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Rampage (woo, giant lizard!), but I think BurgerTime would be an amusing alternative.

  32. dan
    Posted December 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Best classic arcade game ever: Spy Hunter

  33. Posted December 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Sinistar is a good one. Barring that I’d go with Xevious.

  34. Brian
    Posted December 1, 2008 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    It might be more modern than you consider “classic”, but my vote is for Golden Axe.

  35. Posted December 1, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I have about 180 songs uploaded in Rock Band including the ones from the original game and out of the 120 GB drive I have for my XBox 360, I still have 102 GB left. I would recommend the one with 60 GB or more.

    Make sure you get the free Miranda Cosgrove song available for Rock Band on Dec 2nd.

  36. DaveS
    Posted December 1, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    GORF, man… GORF.

  37. Gle3nn
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    The name of the server should follow your theme of things that sound sexual but aren’t. Therefore my vote is for Elevator Action.

  38. Ben
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    wait for it…

    burger time.


  39. Pär
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    1942 (just to mess with your system).

  40. Brian
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Rygar! You’ve gotta love the shield on a chain wepon thing.

  41. Posted December 11, 2008 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    A bit late, but damn if I would be remiss if I left out my favorite arcade game of all time, Smash TV. Big money! Big Prizes! I LOVE IT!

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