Episode 79: Here to Stay

With Kyle otherwise occupied, Kaz and William talk about the games we played, or didn’t, over the last few weeks. We talk some more about microtransactions and loot crates, as well as implementing difficulty options in video games.  To finish up, we talk about some of the games about to come out that we’re looking forward to, and run through a list of Game Informer’s top 10 SNES games. Come pause with us!

 

Aparently everyone loves Microtrasactions and loot boxes, reports show they have tripled the value of the industry video game http://www.pcgamer.com/mircrotransaction-and-dlc-have-tripled-the-value-of-the-game-industry/

Additionally, the ESRB has said that loot boxes are not gambling

http://www.pcgamer.com/loot-boxes-are-not-gambling-according-to-the-esrb/

 

Ubisoft is adding difficulty slider to AC:origins, here’s why: http://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-explains-why-assassins-creed-origins-has-adjustable-difficulty/

 

Episode 78: Post Legendary

 

 Charles Randall, a programmer who’s worked for Ubisoft, Bioware, and Digital Extremes, says that developers aren’t more transparent because gamers and gaming culture is so toxic. Thoughts?

https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/726of2/game_developers_are_not_more_candid_about_game/

 

 Is– is Valve doing some quality control of the store?

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/valve-has-removed-almost-200-games-from-steam-and-/1100-6453610/

 

Follow up on Shadow of War DLC controvery: The DLC is now free, and refunds are going out to anyone who has already bought it.   https://finance.yahoo.com/news/middle-earth-shadow-war-dlc-143551416.html

 

SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative end to the voice acting strike

https://www.sagaftra.org/sag-aftra-reaches-tentative-agreement-end-video-game-strike-0

 

Valve is allowing fans to make merch based on their game via shapeways partnership http://www.pcgamer.com/valve-will-allow-fans-to-create-and-sell-merchandise-based-on-its-games/

 

SNES MINI TOMORROW, BEGIN THE KILLINGS NOW

 

Episode 76 – Shirtless

Kaz manages to put some time into WoW and Starcraft II, Kyle wraps up Mario and Rabbids to start up Destiny 2, and William updates his switch and finally finishes (and spoils) Nier.  In the News we talk about the recent Nintendo Direct, Mario’s nipples (or shirtless model, if you’d rather), and Nintendo’s recent positive buzz.  We finish up with a discussion about PewDiePie, Fair Use, and the future of let’s plays.  Come pause with us!

 

Happy Birthday Gamecube!

Okami HD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vekiiMbA-Zw

Nintendo Direct Megablock

Xenoblade 12-1

FEWarriors 10-20

Mario 10-27 shirtless mario broke the internet

Doom, Wolfenstein 2, Skyrim Release Date

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-direct-september-2017-recap-switch-and-3d/1100-6453326/

 

NES Classic is coming back – https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendos-nes-classic-mini-edition-will-be-in-stoc/1100-6453270/

 Firewatch Dev abuses DMCA and encourages other games devs to do the same to ‘take down’ Pewdipie http://heavy.com/games/2017/09/pewdiepie-dmca-copyright-strike-firewatch-controversy-n-word-response/

But was his DMCA strike legal? And what does this mean for youtube Lets players http://www.pcgamer.com/lawyers-explain-why-campo-santos-takedown-of-pewdiepies-video-is-legal/

 

 

Episode 75: Toxic Slam

Kaz finally conquers the Tomb of Sargeras, Kyle gives a brief review of Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and William had an emergency and couldn’t join us.  In the News we mourn the coming loss of MiiVerse, Discuss Esports and the Olympics,  and Bitter Half Life fans taking their rage our on Dota.  Then Kaz goes over the Top Ten most interesting Moba heroes!

 

Miiverse is shutting down on November 8th. 🙁

https://twitter.com/Nintendo/status/902383903230484481

President of IOC says Violent Video games don’t belong in the Olympics https://www.gamespot.com/articles/violent-video-games-dont-belong-in-the-olympics-io/1100-6453014/

Dota 2 being slammed by negative reviews because there is no Half Life 3 http://www.pcgamer.com/dota-2-is-getting-negative-steam-reviews-because-theres-no-half-life-3/

Jeff Kaplan himself slams a toxic player on the overwatch community forum –http://www.pcgamer.com/overwatch-director-dunks-on-toxic-player-promises-changes-to-reporting-system/

Episode 74 – Half-Lived

Join us this week for a face to face cast! Kaz is still busy with Hogger, Kyle is still gushing about Sonic Mania, and William is still finishing up Nier. We also talk about terrible SNES Classic preorders, Blizzard at Gamescom, Biomutant, the Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta, and the sudden ending of the Half-Life saga. To finish, we choose which influential games we would rather sacrifice to the timestream and why. Come pause with us!

The Half Life saga ends. Marc Laidlaw, the writer for the HL series who recently left Valve, posted a summary of what Episode 3 would’ve been to his blog. It’s so good, and makes me really sad that we never got (or will get) to play it.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/6vvymy/former_half_life_writer_mark_laidlaw_releases/

 

Microsoft confirms they’re in talks with Sony about implementing crossplay

https://www.gamereactor.eu/news/585493/Microsoft+confirm+theyre+in+talks+with+Sony+about+crossplay/

 

 Fire Emblem Warriors got a new (terrible) trailer and a European release date, October 20, dual audio might be in question.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/fire-emblem-warriors-reveals-four-new-characters-a/1100-6452795/

 

Blizzard at Gamescom wrap up:

Hearthstone- New short, first of many add new, fun characters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPguoeYTvMI

Starcraft – New co-op commander: Dehaka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2-PzLUzam8

 

Warcraft- Patch 7.3 coming next week, lots of new lore and story bits coming out, so excited! Can’t wait for xpac announcement at blizzcon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyfqfjXAGbY

 

Overwatch- 2 new shorts, and a new map coming! Mei is so cute and happy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=8tjcm_kI0n0

 

THQ Nordic announced a new IP called Biomutant at Gamescom. Seems to be based on a Swedish tabletop RPG. It looks really neat, even despite being open world

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oDgoL4eezE

 

The Dragon Ball FighterZ closed beta signups are open, also new characters, footage, special edition, and broad release goal.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/you-can-now-sign-up-for-dragon-ball-fighterzs-clos/1100-6452747/

 

Gamestop finally has a profitable quarter! Thanks to the switch  https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-sales-help-lift-gamestop-to-positi/1100-6452844/

 

The SNES Classic pre-orders were horrifyingly bad. What a dumpster fire.

 

Episode 73: Move Complete

Kaz is done moving and Internet is probably fixed, but will she ever have time for games again as Hogger takes over her life? Kyle shows his true colors as a Sonic Fanboy and William keeps playing the games he always is playing.  In the new we discuss cheating vs exploits in fighting games, Blizzards backtrack on naming things, and turning into cats to solve mysteries

 

Crackdown 3 got delayed until 2018. What does Microsoft have for this holiday season?

https://www.polygon.com/2017/8/16/16158068/crackdown-3-delayed-xbox-one-windows-pc-microsoft

 

Update to the SNES classic preorder info is kinda there, it will be before the end of august https://www.gamespot.com/articles/how-to-pre-order-nintendos-snes-classic-edition/1100-6451207/

 

Player wins $10,000 For Honor Competition Prize, and proves the game is still a buggy mess http://www.pcgamer.com/for-honor-player-wins-10000-in-championship-by-abusing-an-exploit/

 

Blizzard renames Blizzard App back to Blizzard Battle.net.  Speaking of Battle.net, Destiny 2 and SC Remastered are now on the blizzard launcher

 

SWERY found a way to make a life sim interesting to me

https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/6tvd76/the_good_life_a_new_rpg_by_swery_announced/

 

Episode 72: I Scoured the World for More Women

Kaz is out again with moving/internet problems, so it’s time for William and Kyle to go off the rails yet again. Kyle gets hooked on Splatoon 2, while William continues Nier and falling into the depths of Fire Emblem Heroes. In news, we talk Nintendo World Championships, microtransactions, Valve’s new game announcement, and Square Enix’s future. We wrap up with the best Top 5 we’ve had to date. Come pause with us!

WB decided to add a bunch of microtransactions to Middle-Earth: Shadow of War for some reason. This trend is awful.

https://community.wbgames.com/t5/Official-Announcements/Introducing-the-Market/m-p/1611183

 

Valve announces Artifact, a Dota 2 card game, during The International. Audience is sad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA5mY8XqrHU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4jPtrDCLo

 

 Steam now has more monthly active users than Xbox Live.

https://www.techspot.com/news/70443-steam-now-has-more-monthly-active-players-than.html

 

 Nintendo is doing a 2017 World Championships. Fingers crossed for Smash for Switch!

http://nwc.nintendo.com/

 

Various fiscal reports came out, Nier: Automata apparently sold well digitally, Persona 5 did ‘well’ with 1.8 million units, and Square gives us their philosophy on the gaming market moving forward.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/persona-5-sold-well-as-phantasy-star-online-2-cont/1100-6452280/

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-14-expansion-and-strong-nier-automat/1100-6452283/

 

Top 5 Top 5s That We Didn’t Write

5 – Top 5 Top 5 Top 5s That We Did Write

4 – Top 5 Purplest Dragons

3 – Top 5 Anime Deaths in Not Anime Games

2 – Top 5 Attack Names

1 – Top 5 Things Named Yoshi

 

 

Episode 71: Sexy Pauline City

Kaz may be out this week, but that doesn’t stop William and Kyle from having good video game times. This week, Kyle falls head-over-heels for Has Been Heroes, and William gets into the weird parts of Nier. In news, we talk a lot of Dota 2, yet more SNES Classic, Death Stranding, and Nintendo. Come pause with us!

 

 

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has overtaken Fallout 4 and is now the game with the highest player count not made by Valve on all of Steam.

https://www.vg247.com/2017/07/31/playerunknowns-battlegrounds-overtakes-fallout-4-holds-highest-peak-player-count-of-any-non-valve-game-on-steam/

 

Dota 2 will now match new players with people who get commended for good behavior regularly, and will also limit them to 25 easy-to-learn characters. They’re trying to make it user-friendly, is it working?

http://blog.dota2.com/2017/07/welcoming-new-players/

 

Nintendo says that the SNES Classic Preorders will start this month

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/snes-classic-pre-orders-available-this-month-ninte/1100-6452173/

 

Nintendo is doing pretty well so far this year

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-sales-soar-thanks-to-switch-consoles-and-/1100-6452014/

 

Metroid Samus Returns has some content locked behind amiibos

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/metroid-amiibo-figures-unlock-fusion-suit-more-in-/1100-6452003/

 

Death Stranding still isn’t a game, but it does have clouds!

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/death-stranding-has-a-pretty-incredible-fog-system/1100-6452256/

 

Episode 70: Musical journey

Kaz continues her labor on Hogger and William binges on Nier while Kyle is off in wine country.  In the news we talk about the SNES Classic preorders, the awful pokemon Fest and new Dragon Ball FighterZ characters.  At the end, William takes us through his Top five examples of Storytelling through Music.  Come pause with us!
-News-

Kaz-Garrosh HellScream announced for Heroes of the storm https://twitter.com/BlizzHeroes/status/888051090494595072

SNES classic preorders have started rolling out! http://www.techtimes.com/articles/211970/20170724/super-nes-classic-edition-preorders-to-be-available-via-target.htm

Walmart has already released some preorders, and then canceled some https://www.gamespot.com/articles/some-snes-classic-pre-orders-from-walmart-are-gett/1100-6451969/

First ever Pokemon Go Live event was … awful

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/07/24/pokemon-go-fest-represented-the-best-and-worst-of-a-bumpy-first-year

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/watch-the-most-awkward-moments-from-pokemon-gos-fi/1100-6451968/

We were right about the 2 new characters for DB FighterZ: Piccolo and Krillin

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/first-screenshots-of-dragon-ball-fighterzs-newest-/1100-6451884/

GTX is happening, also Plup wins a melee tourney with two gods.

https://smash.gg/tournament/gametyrant-expo-2017

 

William’s Top 5 Examples of Storytelling Through Music

5  The Zelda Series – Everything {8-music theory youtube}  Hyrule Castle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuN9Y7MNJW8 to Farewell Hyrule King:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmqf1Fztvr8

4  Chrono Trigger – Zeal     Battle With Magus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKrAKxzAXsk and Zeal Palace Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Swsswovrlgw and Schala’s Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIJxrAHuk7Q (and Undersea Palace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5PyG42VWvk)

3  Shovel Knight – Knight Leitmotifs Main Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysCxbfg1VvY and Requiem of Shield Knight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1tSmLj4_tc to The Betrayer (Enchantress Final Form): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txQwfMGw3Ss

2  Majora’s Mask – Clock Town Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h_sSI0nHQc Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojPozIS5cPk Day 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPGpXCC6ybU&t=639s

HM- Anduin’s theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvWH1KKOsoY&t=713s

1  Final Fantasy 6 – World of Ruin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fRIftyGh94 to Searching for Friends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96wnpkcZIYw

Episode 69: High School Reunion

 Kingdom Hearts 3 got a new trailer! That game looks real good. Supposedly coming in 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOoH7xTFhW0

Trunks was announced for dragonball fighterZ; Closed beta coming July 26th with 9 characters, they need to announce like 2 more! 

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/07/17/dragon-ball-fighterz-teases-closed-beta

 

Arc System Works announced a new crossover 2d fighter, with more tag mechanics?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Qw-ztFrK4

 Behold, the Ataribox, whatever that is. Think it stands a chance?

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/17/15980990/atari-ataribox-specs-pictures

Blizzard beta launcher has changed, looks like it will be able to accommodate more than just the addition of destiny!

Podcast game – Video games in one line: can you guess them?

Rap your way through embarrassment and failure while trying to impress your crush

Space man breeds plant people to help him escape the planet

Barely a teenager, you’re ready to travel across the continent to document the local fauna

After spending a few weeks dead, you learn how to trust others

Mutant marsupial kills dozens of animals in order to punish reckless scientist for harming animals.

Animal cult conspires to keep local human as wage slave.

An ambitious prince crushes hordes of humans into a writhing, nightmare ball in order to impress his father

Child kills fundamental Christian mother with his tears, in self defense.

Dinosaurs help to carry a missing twin baby to his brother

Give vegetables to strangers until they fall in love with you.

A Gorilla fights with other animals to get his food storage back

Use your Gardening skills to stop the undead

Dragons are back! Only you can learn their language and stop them

A Boy, a nerd, a and princess Travel back and forth through time to make allies and save the future

Learn to think a new way while escaping an evil computer

Become a drug addict and save possessed little girls.

You’re tasked with tracking down your wanna be daughter before evil magic knights find her.  

You’re brought back to life to travel the solar system to stop the threats to your civilization

An army of green demons is threatening your planet, rally fellow adventurers to fight them back.

Travel different planets, fight different bosses as well carry your best friend around like a backpack with his ability to propel you.