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Screen Heroes Awards

Screen Heroes Awards
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Welcome to the 3rd Annual Screen Heroes Awards! This year, we bring you 32 categories spanning film, television, and video games. Join us as our three Screen Heroes hosts are joined by hosts from all across the Heroes Podcast Network to discuss the nominees you’ve been voting on for weeks and who the winners are, plus our own takes on those choices.

We do apologize for the echo in the audio. It’s inconsistent and varies in strength depending on who is talking.

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Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rae Stewart
Ryan Couture

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Jon Czerwinski (former Gamer Heroes host)
Thomas Egan (Gamer Heroes host)
Kacey Parnacott (host of a coming soon Anime focused series)
Ian Turner (host of Echo Station and Costume Couture)

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Derreck Mayer

Music
Flying Killer Robots

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Screen Heroes Awards

GH55: Fallout 76, Atari VCS, and PSVR

We bring on Ryan from Screen Heroes to talk the latest in video game news plus some of the games we’ve been playing recently. First up, it’s all about Bethesda’s big Fallout 76 announcement. Ryan helps us understand where Fallout 76 fits into the existing franchise’s timeline. Then it’s a discussion about the Atari VCS Indiegogo which launched and brought in over $2 million in one day. Next up is a bit about Red Dead Redemption 2 which has gone on pre-order and has some confusion surrounding its Playstation timed exclusive content. After that, we talk a bit about the upcoming E3 along with some predictions. Finally, we wrap things up by talking about Ryan and Jon’s first experiences with PSVR.

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Jon Czerwinski
Derreck Mayer

Special Guest
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Flying Killer Robots

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GH55: Fallout 76, Atari VCS, and PSVR

GH53: Overcooked Seasonal Diablo

It’s another week of gaming news including details on the Atari VCS, Call of Duty going multiplayer only, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Nintendo’s latest lawsuit. Then we talk about the Seasonal Diablo III runs we’ve been trying out in addition to Overcooked: Special Edition on Nintendo Switch.

We also talk about some changes to our show format, specifically dealing with our bi-weekly Twitch streams.

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Podcast Credits

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Hosts
Jon Czerwinski
Derreck Mayer

Executive Producer & Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Flying Killer Robots

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GH53: Overcooked Seasonal Diablo

GH48: Red Dead Tycoon

We’re back with an all-new format! We’ve got news including Anthem, Red Dead Redemption, Nintendo Switch news, plus Atari’s weird Roller Coaster Tycoon investment opportunity.

Then, it’s on to games we’re currently playing like Rocket League, Super Meat Boy, Super Mario Odyssey, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

02:40 – New Format

05:30 – News: Red Dead Redemption, Anthem, Nintendo Switch, and Atari’s Roller Coaster Tycoon campaign

31:50 – Currently Playing

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Hosts
Jon Czerwinski
Derreck Mayer

Executive Producer & Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Flying Killer Robots

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An Ode to the Spaghetti Western

I first started watching Westerns for research for a book I was writing at the time. However, I became increasingly frustrated with watching 1950s Westerns over Netflix. Hondo was lackluster and insultingly racist for me. Shane was boring and had an annoying kid to top it off. It was not until a friend turned my attention to Spaghetti Westerns that I started getting somewhere.

Shane wears the white hat that was typical of Westerns before the rise of the Spaghetti Western.

Shane wears the white hat that was typical of Westerns before the rise of the Spaghetti Western.

By the end of the 1950s, Westerns had become trite and, one could argue, preachy. These offerings were also very clean. 1953’s Shane follows an ex-gunslinger who has to choose whether or not to stop a group of outlaws from harassing the farmers and the town. But the message feels forced and is essentially a call to action, not to mention most of the supporting characters came off as annoying. These films also featured bloodless violence and villains who were honestly not scary. In High Noon, we see the villain for a total of maybe ten minutes. Of course, in that film, it could be argued that the town itself is the villain, but that is a discussion for another time. And then there was the realism or lack thereof. I mentioned that these Westerns were overly clean and they were also clean in clothing and appearance. The Wild West is dirty and brutal. The Western films of the 1950s did not get this fact across. It was time for a change.

Enter The Spaghetti Western

The Spaghetti Western first saw prominence in the early 1960s. They were so named because they were usually foreign-made and featured a predominantly Italian cast both in acting and production. The man who helped usher in the Spaghetti Western was Sergio Leone, an Italian director who could not speak English but had always been fascinated with the Old West. So how was the Western changed with the rise of the Spaghetti Western?

A sweeping shot from the legendary cemetery scene in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, which is arguably the most famous Spaghetti Western.

A sweeping shot from the legendary cemetery scene in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, which is arguably the most famous Spaghetti Western.

Grit and Realism

The American Westerns of the 1950s were clean and unrealistic. Most likely, this was because filmmakers sought to make films that were family friendly and thus could make more on tickets. Nevertheless, in 1964, Sergio Leone introduced to a new kind of tone for a Western with A Fistful of Dollars. The environment was harsh and brutal. Forget walking along the street in broad daylight. You could get shot and killed in the very next instant. The characters were also rugged. Most had beards or just did not shave often.

We were also given a new kind of character, the anti-hero. Clint Eastwood had been working on a television series called Rawhide but wanted something more challenging than always playing the stereotypical white hat hero. His character in A Fistful of Dollars was just that, an anti-hero. He was not a virtuous character trying to apply justice. Rather, he was a quiet, cigar-smoking stranger who was just trying to get by like everyone else. But unfortunately for him, he got thrown into situations and had to fight his way out. The cinema had never seen this sort of character in a Western before.

Sergio Leone (left) and Ennio Morricone (right) together redefined the Western.

Sergio Leone (left) and Ennio Morricone (right) together redefined the Western.

Music

A Fistful of Dollars was also the first time that director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone teamed up. Suffice to say, this duo changed the course of the Western sound. Leone had bemoaned American Westerns for having an overly symphonic sound to them. He wanted a completely different sound. The producers of Dollars urged him to meet with Morricone, who had just finished composing a Western for them. It turned out the two of them wanted the same thing.

Morricone not only changed the sound for a Western, but redefined the expectations for Western music. His work used nontraditional instruments like vocalizations and a mariachi-sounding trumpet. The main theme for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly featured a coyote-like yell that was unheard-of at the time but is now legendary. And one cannot forget that a harmonica was a lead instrument in Once Upon A Time in the West. No other composer would dream of trying something like that, but not only does it work, but it was also pivotal to the sound and plot for the movie. Expect to hear more from Ennio Morricone in this December’s The Hateful Eight.

The harmonica was key to both the music and plot of Once Upon a Time in the West.

The harmonica was key to both the music and plot of Once Upon a Time in the West.

Legacy

Westerns were never quite the same after the rise of the Spaghetti Western. Even John Wayne movies started changing with the advent of the Spaghetti Western. True Grit and Big Jake both saw an edgier, dirtier, and rougher side of the actor than in his earlier work. Music for Westerns has also changed with Morricone’s frontier sound providing a template for modern-day composers. Imagine playing through Red Dead Redemption without hearing the occasional strum of the electric guitar. It all goes back to Ennio Morricone. But most important of all, Westerns are now realistic and gritty in true representation of the real Old West of the mid-1800s. We don’t often see Westerns, but all Westerns owe a debt of gratitude to one visionary director who wanted to overturn all expectations for the Western.

An Ode to the Spaghetti Western