Fish and Cherries Productions

Creative content from a mad mind.


Fish and Cherries Podcast #2

Originally recorded on November 22, 2014

Our players tonight:
Colin Eldred-Cohen
Tahsina Haq
Tim Lindvall
Bradley Monajjemi
Andy Reyes

Topics Covered:
– American vs. Japanese Movies (Attack on Titan Live Action)
– Downloadable Content in Video Games
— Examples of Bad DLC
— Mass Effect 3, Mario Kart, Hyrule Warriors
— Defense of DLC
— Tales of Symphonia
— Borderlands 2, Red Dead Redemption, Sleeping Dogs
— On-Disc DLC
— Can DLC Be Good?
– Super Smash Bros. Wii U First Impressions

Like us on Facebook at
Follow @CECtheRonin

“Airport Lounge” Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

“Carefree” Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Posted under Podcast

Returning to Active Duty (And Other Announcements)

So I’ve returned from my Italy trip with plenty of new footage for an upcoming video. What is it? Well, you’re just going to have to wait and see. On that note, I’ve got two announcements about the videos on the site. Firstly, Ronin’s Rants is back up and running after a week recovering from jetlag. I can’t say when the next video is going to be up, though, because I’m going the Wisconsin for my cousin’s wedding. As much as I love doing these videos, family time always takes precedence.

The second is regarding the Mass Effect Let’s Play. Since they’re a lot easier to come out with and since I don’t want to flood the front page with constant Mass Effect videos, I’m going to be posting the Let’s Play episodes in bulk. You can still find the individual videos on the Videos page, but on the main thread, one post will encompass multiple Mass Effect videos. Case in point.

Mass Effect 3 – Episode 12: Hold On, We Need To Calibrate The Title
Mass Effect 3 – Episode 13: Catharsis

Till next time, fellow travelers.

Posted under Announcements, Let's Plays

CEC the Ronin Plays Mass Effect 3 – Episode 10: Boys’ Night Out

Old friends, genocide, and fighting for your existence. Who says girls get to have all the fun?

You can find Nicole’s deviantART page here:

Posted under Let's Plays

CEC the Ronin Plays Mass Effect 3 – Episode 9: The One Where I Talk About The Ending So We Can Get Past It And Go Save Palevan

There, it’s out of the way. Now let’s save the damn galaxy.

Posted under Let's Plays

CEC the Ronin Plays Mass Effect 3 – Episode 8: Rumble in the Docks

Ladies and gentlemen, the fight you’ve all been waiting for! The great Commander Shepard versus a pasty white guy pretending to be Mexican!

Posted under Let's Plays

CEC the Ronin Plays Mass Effect 3 – Episode 7: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Sorry for the long delay, guys. Anyway, here’s me getting to know the ship. Exciting!

Posted under Let's Plays

CEC the Ronin Plays Mass Effect 3 – Episode 5: Shepard, M.D.

I’m back, baby!

Our series takes a somber turn as an injured Ashley is rushed to the hub of galactic civilization itself! Old friends, new faces, and the premiere of Jersey Shore: Life on the Citadel.

Posted under Let's Plays

Federal Trade Complainers

Disappointment is a hard thing to deal with, especially when we’re younger, but we mostly get better with age. Mostly. Today’s topic revolves around the hot button geek topic of late, Mass Effect 3. This latest line in the spectacular game franchise by RPG juggernaut BioWare was the most anticipated game of the spring which, put alongside the most anticipated movie in my circles (The Avengers), made this look like the geek season. However, while my playthrough of the game continues to be pretty enjoyable, I can’t help but hear about the uproar and controversy that’s surrounding the game’s ending, an ending which fans at best find controversial and at worst are forced to transform into Spoony and scream “BETRAYAL!!!”

Now, I haven’t played the ending yet… and let me be clear, that is NOT an invitation for spoilers. If I see anything that even looks like a spoiler, I’m deleting it without question until I finish the game. As I said, I haven’t finished the game, but this whole fiasco is enough to make me arch an eyebrow. I’m used to fans raging about not getting their way, but when the more level-headed people are feeling betrayed as well, something’s definitely gone wrong. It’s funny that I say level headed because that’s not what I’m going to be talking about. No, there’s something else that’s come from this whole mess: someone is actually bringing the matter to the FTC in an attempt to sue BioWare for the ending.

To this, I propose a question…



Have we seriously let it come to this? Have we become so entitled that we’re actually going to use legal action to justify our bitching and moaning? Because that’s exactly what this is: whining. Yes, I know that this person is justifying it by claiming false advertising because we were promised seventeen different endings and we only got about four, but this is still taking it too far. It’s a game. It hasn’t caused any harm or physical danger to the player, not counting any wayward idiots who try to swallow the disk, it’s not toxic, and it’s (most likely) not oppressing our freedoms in any way. And no, having a game live up to its hype is not a constitutional right.

Is it even worth pointing out that this course of action will do more harm than good? BioWare has already hinted that they’re going to fix the problem (or that the ending isn’t actually the ending or something, it’s vague but hopeful). But if you’re suing them for who knows how many dollars, they might lose the money they were putting into doing just what you wanted them to do. How is that helping anyone but your own self-righteousness? Again, though, I must reiterate that this entire lawsuit is being filed over a game! You can hammer on about broken promises and false advertising, but suing a work of fiction is just petty. By that logic, I could sue Ubisoft for the 2008 Prince of Persia game for promising me a chance to save the world and in the end, [SPOILER WARNING] making me undo all the progress I’d made. Hell, the NAACP had more cause to sue the makers of Transformers 2 for their incredibly offensive comic relief. If they didn’t do that, then you have no right suing for not liking the ending of a simple game.

But it’s not just a simple game, is it? It’s Mass Effect, the game that blew our minds and took us from Omega to Mars, from the Council to the seediest bars, and from the reaches of space to the pillars of asari grace. Arguably, it’s the Star Wars of today’s modern gamers and reputed to be the game “so good that even Jack Thompson couldn’t fault it.” That’s why people are so up in arms: we love Mass Effect. We fell in love with the characters, the worlds, the plots, and that gorgeous view of the blue sun on Solcrum at the end of Tali’s mission in #1. As such, we really care about the game and really want it to get the ending it deserves. But this isn’t the way to go about it. All this is doing is giving gamers the reputation of being utterly petulant and not to be trusted with the respect that we demand from our game developers. Besides, this is BioWare we’re talking about, the company that put in Blasto the Hanar Spectre because the fans loved the idea and retconned a freaking tie-in novel because it got its in-universe facts wrong. Never let it be said that they don’t care. Besides, that’s more respect than George Lucas gave to the Star Wars Expanded Universe and we haven’t sued him for Jar Jar Binks.

Mass Effect: a game so good that fans will sue to make it better.

Posted under Musings

CEC the Ronin Plays Mass Effect 3 – Episode 4: Sol-ong, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Good-bye

The battle for Mars draws to a close as Shepard finds the root of this insanity… and it all comes from the oval office.

NOTE: Sorry about the video issues. I tried using the built-in converter on Blip for the first time and it didn’t work out at all. Currently fixing the problem. The problem is now fixed.

Posted under Let's Plays

CEC the Ronin Plays Mass Effect 3 – Episode 3: Murder Aboard the Martian Express

CEC the Ronin continues to trapse the surprisingly well-armed research facility with his two lovely ladies.

Posted under Let's Plays

Social Widgets powered by