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Welcome SWR’s Newest Podcast: Ion Cannon!

Riley, Mark, and I have known the hosts of Ion Cannon, William Devereux, Stephen Rice, and Tom Christopher, for several years, dating back to before Star Wars Celebration V (where we met William and Stephen). We are very excited to be welcoming them the Star Wars Report family officially along with their podcast Ion Cannon! Check out some pictures of us all hanging out at SWCV and SWCA after the podcast description!

As an introduction to the podcast itself, the Ion Cannon Podcast is a review show, unique to the Star Wars Report as it covers more generally and broadly all types of current Star Wars cannon. (For more in depth reviews of books and non-film material, check out Star Wars Beyond the Films. For more in depth reviews of books and comics, check out Star Wars Bookworms, and for more in depth reviews of Star Wars Rebels, check out The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable!)

The Ion Cannon Podcast is your source for entertainment reviews from a galaxy far, far away, including books, video games, comics, films, television shows, and more. In each episode, Tom, Stephen, and William analyze a particular film, episode of a television series, novel, comic, or game with an eye on the story and how it relates to the larger Star Wars canon. The format is a casual roundtable discussion, and they frequently bring on guests from the community for an additional perspective.

Ion Cannon started in 2008 as We Talk Clones, a show dedicated to reviewing episodes of The Clone Wars animated series. Before long, they expanded to review other Star Wars television works and the occasional book or video game. In 2014, they rebranded the show to Ion Cannon to signal their focus on the canonical Star Wars story in all its forms. While episodes occasionally include news, event coverage, and interviews, these are typically reserved for special occasions.

Tom, Stephen, and William are well-versed in the Star Wars canon, and they’ve been involved in the Star Wars community for many years. Combined, the award-winning hosts have decades of experience in storytelling, writing, art, video game design, tech, and much more.

Star Wars Celebration V back in 2010!

We waited in line together to see George Lucas!

We waited in line together to see George Lucas!

We recorded a podcast episode together which quickly devolved into silliness!

We recorded a podcast episode together which quickly devolved into silliness!

We had fun hanging out with them at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim earlier this year!


The whole crew!

The whole crew!



If this isn't a picture of fun then I don't know what is.

If this isn’t a picture of fun then I don’t know what is.

William and Mark when they first met.

William and Mark when they first met.

Without further ado, I bid you welcome the newest member of the Star Wars Report family!

Motion Control: Part Deux – SWBTF #19

Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode your hosts continue their discussion about Star Wars gaming and motion control.

What would be an ideal game to make good use of pointer controls? Besides lightsaber control, what would be best to you?
This week we pick up where Episode #18 Motion Control: Ridiculous or Ridiculously Fun? left off. Nathan and Mark are joined by William Devereux of the We Talk Clones podcast to continue exploring Motion Control on next Gen systems, and the possibilities of future gaming utilizing new technologies.

Does motion control require a player to have a certain level of fitness?

Play Station’s Move layout is explained by Nathan.
Maybe there needs to be more wheel/joystick games and controllers?
PS Move may be what the Wiimotes should have been… but does Kinect have it the best?
Is adult gaming dead in the water? In other words, are most games now being aimed more at the younger generations of Star Wars Fans?

Battlefront 3, Imperial Commando, Jedi Knight… there are so many games that are considered “no brainers” that are still anticipated!
Are games viable with the Star Wars expanded universe currently? Are the ‘Big Three’ viable characters for modern Star Wars games?
Are more fans being introduced to the novels and comics through comics, or the other way around?
Marva Zane in Star Wars: Kinect and some of the story mode are discussed.

The next generation of Star Wars motion controlled games need strong characters, or should put already strongly developed characters into the game.
William talks about TOR and the character interaction.

Star Wars: Scourge is mentioned for doing well with new character cast, reminding Nathan of his most recently eaten words on the novel. The hosts explore the story in the Battlefront games, and the drive to know more. Sometimes having a great story hooks even more fans. Nathan reminds us of the hand held Battlefront games and their story-centric plots.

Is there a game that you might drop $300+ dollars to get a new console/tv to play the game to its fullest?

Are games without much of a story preferred? Or not?
Nathan micro rants: “CURSE YOU BEST BUY!”
Should really good game plots become books?
Mark micro rants about formats and The Clone Wars paperback novel only being available in the UK.

Also, are graphics in games what they should be, compared with what it truly available? Nathan explains his financial fiasco and engagment rings, regarding savings for SWEU material. And, Mark managed to fall out of his seat while recording. Nathan breaks down prices for the next gen systems and the various things needed to get into Motion Control Gaming.
Mark explains his venture into the next gen console war, and his MOST REGRETTABLE choice.
In the state of the gaming market, is now a good time to jump into a next gen system? Or are the NEXT next gen systems looming around the corner? WiiU we’re aiming our Death Star at YOU!

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2011 Year in Review, the Uhm, Other Stuff – SWBTF #4

Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this last 2011 year in review, Mark and Nathan discuss ebooks, video games, and the state of Star Wars. (Or is it E-books, eBooks or Ebooks?) Nathan enjoys Ebooks, and among those talked about in this episode was Lost Tribe of the Sith. Did you guys enjoy reading it? Or are eBooks not your thing?

They talk about Star Wars video games, and the fact that the MMO landscape has changed. The end of one era….

… and the beginning of a new one.

Nathan is rather burned out with Star Wars Lego games, but Mark still enjoys playing them with his son.


Did you know that “Bad purchases lead to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to the end!” You don’t want to turn into an evil wizard, do you? Do you!?

They talk about Star Tours!

They talk about all this and more! Enjoy listening!

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