Thumbstick Athletes

We have our first annual Thumby awards episode, where some normal awards were given out, as well some more outlandish ones.

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Supposedly the world is going to be ending soon, se we talk about our favorite games where the world has already ended, or ends at some point during the game.

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We recap, and criticize or validate, some of the award winners from the 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards.

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We all had games we missed this year, so for this week's episode we all played something we didn't get the chance to earlier in the year......and talk about it during this episode.

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The (kind of) newly released Planetside 2 is our topic this week, with some likes and some dislikes with the initial impressions.

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The Athletes take in a movie for this week's episode.  Indie Game: The Movie is the subject of commentary this week, and from there we talk a little about indie gaming in general.

Direct download: Episode_70_Indie_Game_The_Movie.mp3
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In this brief hangover episode we discuss our plans for Thanksgiving and talk about the one thing in gaming (or specific game) we're most thankful for so far this year. 

Direct download: Ep_69_Hangover_Thanksgiving_2012.mp3
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The latest (and greatest?) Call of Duty game, Black Ops 2, has graced us with it's presence.  How does it measure up to the other CoD games and the recently released Halo 4?

Direct download: Episode_69_CoD_Black_Ops_2.mp3
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Dan, Will and Corey discuss their experiences with Windows 8 so far, along with some possible slight changes to episode format.

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Halo 4 is FINALLY out!  We've all been looking forward to it for quite some time now and we relish in discussing the series that put Microsoft's gaming console on the map.  We also play some of the music from Halo 4 during the breaks as well.

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Halo 4 is finally coming out this week!  So, we do a quick preview of the blockbuster FPS franchise.

Direct download: Ep_67_Hangover_Halo_4_Preview.mp3
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The new Ubisoft release Assassin's Creed 3 is our topic for this week.  Does the new Revolutionary War propel the latest Assassin's Creed game to new heights?  Or is this generation of games kind of getting tired at this point?  Listen to find out!

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SPOILER WARNING!  We talk about the Assassin's Creed storyline to this point, relating the events from AC 1, 2, Brotherhood and Revelations along with a preview of some of the things to look forward to in the upcoming iteration of the franchise.

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We bring return guest Justin in studio to talk about his experiences in the competitive gaming world wiith the classic Counter-Strike.  The Athletes also (as usual) give a brief history of e-sports and competitive gaming.

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We discuss our plans for the impending release of Halo 4 in the first half of this week's hangover episode, and discuss the election and politics in the second half.  Ye be warned!  We're not fans of either candidate, and explain why we'll be not voting on election day.

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The new stealth-action game Dishonored from Arkane Studios is our topic for this week's episode.  Find out our thoughts in this slightly different formatted episode.

Direct download: Episode_65_Dishonored.mp3
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With the recent release of XCOM, we decide it's a good time to talk aliens.  We get a tad philosophical in this episode and only talk a little bit about video games.

Direct download: Ep_64_Hangover_Aliens.mp3
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The newly released strategy game from Firaxis is this week's topic of discussion.

Direct download: Episode_64_XCOM.mp3
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Dan, Will and Corey talk the NHL Lockout finally and some strategies we, as fans, can use to voice our displeasure.

Direct download: Ep_63_NHL_Lockout.mp3
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We all have games we hate right?  In this week's episode we list the 5 games we all hate the most for various reasons.  Plus there's a lot of profanity this week.....ye be warned.

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Corey gets and iPhone 5 and we talk (very) briefly about it.

Direct download: Ep_62_Hangover_iPhone_5.mp3
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We hit on two new releases this week in FIFA 13 and Torchlight 2.

Direct download: Episode_62_FIFA_13_Torchlight_2.mp3
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We talk football in this episode and never really tie it back into videogames, other than saying "Madden" once or twice.

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Borderlands 2 is the topic of discussion this episode, and with the shipping delay for Will's copy of the game, Dan is the only one with any input on it.

Direct download: Episode_61_Borderlands_2.mp3
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Will takes the lead in this hangover episode, discussing some new information on Mass Effect 3's Indoctrination Theory he got from a very good and legnthy documentary on the subject.  

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The Ahletes, minus Corey but plus Chris, list and discuss their top 5 (or 3) favorite Playstation One games.

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Dan and Will discuss the Planetside 2 beta in some detail.

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Another Madden game?  That makes what, 23 Madden games?  Find out if this one is any different than the last few years and if it's worth a purchase or not.

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In our first after hours episode we talk about the history of the show, as well as the current state and future of the show.

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We have Adrienne in studio again to discuss the newly release MMORPG Guild Wars 2.

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Obviously, part 2 of our 2012 Fall games preview.

Direct download: Episode_57_2012_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_2.mp3
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We list and discuss some of the bigger gaming releases for the first half of Fall 2012.

Direct download: Episode_56_2012_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_1.mp3
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The Athletes relate some of their more favorite drinking games involving videogames.  We were minus Will who is not yet of age to consume alcoholic beverages.

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We list our top 5 games we've spent all summer playing, and in one case, the top 5 games played this summer.

Direct download: Episode_54_Top_5_Summer_Games.mp3
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Like the title describes, this episode was more or less a disaster, rife with technical difficulties and a terribly scratchy throat. We did however cover some mobile gaming so it wasn't a total loss. Back to normal next week though, as Dan's internet has FINALLY been fixed.  Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_53_Disaster.mp3
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The second part of our game genres episode.

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In the next installment of our Gaming 101 series, we run down the list of game genres and give examples of games in said genres.

Direct download: Episode_51_Gaming_101_Game_Genres_Part_1.mp3
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We do something a little different for our 50th episode!

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The Murthas have their Dad in studio to discuss his view of their gaming habits growing up.  Find out a parent's perspective in this episode!

Direct download: SPECIAL_4th_of_July_2012.mp3
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We discuss the newly released Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC as well as the Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim.

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The Athletes discuss the newly announced Microsoft Surface Tablet and some gaming news during the main segment.

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Though we had many tough decisions, we list our top 5 SNES games as well discuss some honorable mentions.

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We do a legnthy recap of all the major E3 presentations as well as touch on some minor announcements made during the week's events.

00:02:00- Teasers:  Crusader Kings II, Dragon’s Dogma, Gaikai

00:05:00- Our Weeks

-Corey: followed E3 closely, signed up for Blockbuster All Access and Gamefly

-Will: prom weekend, didn’t go but partied afterward

-Dan: also followed E3 closely, watch TMNT 2, blast from the past

00:14:44- Break

00:13:30- Microsoft

-SmartGlass, games and Kinect integration

00:54:40- EA

-games, UFC license

01:12:44- Break

01:14:12- Ubisoft

-games, especially Watch Dogs

01:35:53- Sony

-Wonderbook, games and some Vita specific games

01:54:28- Nintendo

-Wii U info, games for the new system

02:20:45- Miscellaneous

-Star Wars 1313, etc.,

02:37:53- Break

02:39:17- Feedback

03:03:26- What we Played

-Will: beat Diablo III, purchased Diablo II and had trouble installing

-Corey: Dawn of Discovery, Crusader Kings II, Gaikai

-Dan: beat Dragon’s Dogma, hopefully posting review soon

 

Direct download: Episode_46_E3_2012_Recap.mp3
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The title speaks for itself, we discuss some of the confirmed announcements as well as some rumors for 2012 E3.

Direct download: Special_E3_2012.mp3
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In this new episode type we start with the very basics, breaking down the differences between the consoles and the old standby PC gaming.  

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We do a somewhat brief (we had to skip over quite a few games) rundown of Star Wars videogames, and stop to further discuss more notable games and ones we've played.

Nibble Bits

0:02:00 Will

-New Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC called Rebellion Pack

-New Minecraft update adding Creative Mode

-Bioware Austin branch is letting go of developers  from the SWTOR team

0:03:28 Eric

- Minecraft sold over 400,000 copies on its first week on XBLA

0:05:01 Corey

-Leaked game from the Bungie, named Destiny

-Tony Hawk Pro Skater music is announced

-David Shaw recommend the Xbox 360 be banned in America

-6.3 Million own Diablo 3.

-Dead Island Game Of the Year Edition all DLC packs for 30 Dollars

-Kinect competitor supposedly 100 times more accurate than Kinect

0:13:19 Dan

-Friaxis XCOM Enemy Unknown comes out October 9th for PC

-Comcast raises monthly data cap from 250 GBs to 300 GBs

-World of War Planes enters closed beta

-Skyrim update 1.6 adds horse combat for PC players.

Everyone’s Weeks

0:14:58 Corey

-Went to a restaurant and saw Elvis Impersonator

0:16:55 Will

-Intense Baseball games, finished up baseball season

0:18:44 Eric

-Poor Tyler

-Annemarie graduated from college

0:21:41 Dan

-At a wedding

- Finished up Diablo3

-Went to midnight release for Ghost Recon, but bought Dragons Dogma

Main Segment

0:26:30

Star Wars video games!

1:22:35

Feedback

1:24:05

-We get our super powers

1:37:22

News

1:37:23 Corey

-Corey’s article discusses why Diablo 3 being an online all the time game makes it a better game

-The athletes agree and disagree with the points in the article

1:44:43 Will & Eric

-Will’s article is about the shutdown of 38 Studios and Big Huge Games

-Eric also talks about the studio shut downs

1:55:10 Dan

-Dan’s article talks about how the Lakers losing help out E3

1:58:57

What We’ve Played

2:00:27

2:00:53 Eric

-Eric starts the Uncharted series

-Fifa

2:03:52 Corey

-Corey beats Tower of Fortune

-Corey tried out DC Universe Online, and talks about how the MMO works on a console

2:13:22 Dan

-Dan beat Diablo 3 and starts Nightmare difficulty

-Dan buys Dragons Dogma and discusses the game

2:40:00 Will

-Played Torchlight 1

-Played the Torchlight 2 beta  

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We discuss the much anticipated Diablo 3, from the controversial log in problems to gameplay and everything in between.

00:01:20- Nibble Bits

00:12:15- what we did

            Corey- Came home, saw avengers 3 with Eric and Will. All three enjoyed it.

            Eric-    Took wife, Justin, and friends out to celebrate them graduating college.

            Will-    Played Diablo

            Dan-    first free week as a free man and played a ton of video games, went to midnight            

            release of Diablo 3

00:22:28 Return from break/main segment-  Diablo 3

The Athletes talk about server issues, characters they made, and what they liked and didn’t like about the game. Be sure to listen and leave feedback on your though

01:01:51- return from break/feedback/new

Voicemails (finally…) make sure to call and leave the athletes a voicemail. 607-527-0547. It’ll be played on the air....

News- 01:28:15 

Corey- The Real Reason there will never be offline single player in Diablo 3

Eric-    Asking Players for a constant internet connection….

            Dan-    Game Companies in tough financial spots

01:51:15 What we palyed

            Corey- Diablo 3, Tower of Fortune

Eric-    FIFA

            Will-    Battlefield 3

            Dan-    Beat the Witcher 2

 

Direct download: Episode_43_Diablo_3.mp3
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We relive some of the classic NES games from our childhood as well as discuss some that we didn't play, but definitely deserve mentioning.

Nibble bits: 00:02:04

            Corey- Bio-shock moved to2/26/13

                        EA Released EA Humble Indie Bundle last week

                        SWTOR lost 400,000 subscribers

                        Rumors of Wii-u game titles

                        Scandal

 

            Eric-    Elder Scrolls online confirmed for 2013

                                    Set 100- years before Skyrim

                        Angry birds has hit 1 BILLION downloads

                        Adventure-time on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network

           

Will-    Snowbound Area

            Kingdom Hearts should come back to consoles

            Zynga to go to court…

 

Dan-    South Park RPG Name leaked on XBOX Live stick of truth

            Nokia/Rovio Angry Birds Space coming to windows phone.

            As of 3/31 30 million Skylanders figurines

           

 

How was our week: 00:11:20

Corey- got to enjoy his week a little more, saw some bands, went to a Yankee game on Tuesday night, looked for a job, studied, did some podcast work

 

Will- Baseball and school

 

Eric- went to the bar spent 50 bucks, (7 or 8 weeks in a row,) played some darts and did quite well.

 

Dan- last day at Wegmans yesterday, normal shift, Band show dates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return from break: 00:18:50 Best NES games

                        Top 5 lists:

           

            Five:

Corey: Gauntlet 2

Eric:     WWF Wrestle Mania

Will:    Excite Bike

Dan:    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

 

            Four:

           

                        Corey: Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers

                        Eric:     Duck Hunt

                        Will:    Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

                        Dan:    Baseball Stars

                       

You get the idea; listen to the episode for the rest of the list.

 

Honorable Mentions: 00:44:20

           

News: 01:11:15

Corey: The Key to Depth Simplicity

            Will:   

            Eric: Binghamton’s 4 Noble Truths: The way I lived them

            Dan: Company of  Heroes 2 will make you…

 

What we played: 01:35:30

           

Will: Battlefield 3,

Eric: Purchased Harry Potter Lego for the wife, played it together, Walking Dead game,

Corey: War Game European Escalation,

Dan: The Secret World beta, The Witcher 2

 

Direct download: Episode_42_Best_of_the_NES.mp3
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The hosts each bring in their own topic for discussion on the podcast, which includes some controversial topics, movie/game correlations and a proposal of sorts.

00:00;36 Nibble Bits

-Corey: Skrim DLC Dawnguard, Diablo 3 players have the option of global play, Nintendo confirmed self-published games will be available in digital form, Angry Birds Space became fastest growing mobile game, Uncharted designer leaves Naughty Dog, Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 announced,  Portal 2 level editor and announced characters for Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.

-Eric: Xbox 360 for 90 dollars, new game Unfinished Swam.

-Will: Diablo 3 auction house fees announced and Zynga posts a loss of 85.4 million.

Dan- Steam coming to Linux, Fable Heroes released on XBLA, Calvin Johnson to appear on the Madden Cover.

00:08:50 Our Weeks

-Corey: Move to New York, also saw Cabin in the Woods, Corey’s going away party.

-Eric: Drinking, Trailer Park Boys and near death experience.

-Will: Rough couple days at school

-Dan: Quit his job and had his son’s first birthday party.

00:24:56 Main Segment Hosts Choice

-Corey:  The Top 10 Things the Game Industry Can Learn from Film Production: article on Gamasutra

Lesson 3 Story=Concept, Dan brings up Mass Effect.

-Will: Timed DLC and Exclusive DLC

-Eric: Black Ops 2, Is there still room for creativity?

-Dan: Dan’s campaign he’s starting. “Don’t vote, Play Halo”

01:03:23 Feedback

-Chase tells us about Sniper Elite

-We discuss the Black Ops 2 trailer

-We receive a hockey comments

01:20:00 News

-Eric talks about the Microsoft and Motorola dispute. Eric also talks about the Oslo shooter.

-Will: Stop Getting So Mad At Game Reviews

-Dan and Corey discuss Wii U launch content.

 

01:38:00 What We’ve Played

-Corey: Watched Sophie play Botanicula, he also played Soul Survivor and The Walking Dead Episode 1

-Eric: Trials Evolution, and Fifa 12 European Cup DLC

-Dan: More Witcher 2, Final Fantasy 6  

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With the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, we tackle the subject of hockey videogames from their start in the late 70's to the present day iterations.

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We all have at least a game or two that we haven't finished, so the Athletes and guest Todd discuss those games, and why we didn't finish them.

Featuring Fez, Legends of Grimrock, Pottermore and why we don’t finish games!

00:00;36 Nibblebits

00:02;00 Will: Rovio turns down Zynga’s offer – Halo 4’s release date – Dishonored trailer

00:04;20 Dan: Darksiders 2 moved back to August – Narrowing of the Madden 13 cover candidates

00:05;20 Eric: Nintendo will show off new Mario game  and Pikmin at E3 – James Bond’s glorious return to consoles

00:09;50 Corey: More Dark Souls for PC details

00:11;00 How was our week (Including our guest Todd’s top 5)

00:26;54 Main Segment: Why don’t we finish games?

We break down all the games we’ve played without beating by discussing the reasons behind their abandonment.

01:02;35 Feedback

We discuss whether there will be and what kind of Mass Effect 3 sequels we’d like to see. 

We’re asked who the biggest gamer is out of us.                                                

Also poo talk.

01:09;50 News

Dan discusses some demonstrations of new games by Nintendo at E3 which prompts the question: What are we looking forward to seeing at E3.

01:15;45 Eric talks sexuality in video games

01:20;30 Will brings in some pedophile chatter.

Corey and the gang postulate what kind of game Super Mario 4 might be.

01:29;14 What we Played

Todd talks Pottermore, Infamous, God of War 1, Mass Effect 2, and Dragon Age.

Corey really likes Legends of Grimrock.

Dan and Will discuss the new Mass Effect 3 DLC.

01:48;10 Eric keeps on trucking with Call of Duty.

Eric and Will try out the new XBLA game, Fez.

01:59;20 Dan tries Sid Meir’s Pirates on his Windows phone and concludes with The Witcher 2 on Xbox 306.  

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We tackle the controversial topic of gaming addiction, delving into the symtops causes, cures and even some games that have the stigma of being "addicting"

00:00;37 Nibblebits:

00:01;14 Will - New Multiplayer DLC for ME3 and new ending DLC – Joe Danger coming iOS – Gamestop is selling Skylanders toys now – Resurrection, Lazarus and Cerberus

00:06;55 Eric - Madden 13 cover vote finalists – Resident Evil 6 Platinum Edition – Legend of Dragoon

00:09;00 Corey – Release dates for Lost Planet 3, Resident Evil 6 and a Wii U price rumor

00:11;29 Dan - Civilization Revolution on Windows phone and Sid Meier Pirates on iPad - Skyrim 1.5 patch

00:13;00 How was our weeks (Including some NHL playoff predictions)

00:24;24 Music Break: 2nro8ot – “Crash of the First Interstellar Channel”

00:27;23 Main Segment: Video Game Addiction

We don our psychiatrist’s hats and diagnose video game addiction, the symptoms and discuss if we might be victims of the disease.

01:03;17 Music Break: 2nro8ot – “Look Back”

01:06;34  Feedback

We discuss EA’s victory(?) as worst company in America.

A listener asks us our favorite video game soundtracks.

01:20;30 News

Eric and Dan discuss the Better Business Bureau deeming Mass Effect 3’s marketing as false advertising.

01:25;50 Corey and Will discuss the new study detailing the characteristics of successful online competitors

01:33;14 Music Break: 2nro80t – “The TV Asteroid”

01:36;30 What We Played

Will - Pokemon Soul Silver

Eric - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and FIFA.

01:41;11 Dan - Civ 5, Civilization Revolution and Mass Effect 3 online

01:51;25 Corey - Xenoblade Chronicles and Infinity Blade

 

Direct download: Episode_38_Gaming_Addiction.mp3
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The Athletes try to make some sense of the Pokemon phenomenon as well as offer their own experiences with the franchise.

00:00;37 Nibblebits

00:01;49 Eric: Amazon releases Amazon Prime Instant Video on PS3 – Xbox 360’s new chrome controllers – Xbox 360’s Battlefield 3 update (rent your own server!) – Reports on the Wii U launch date – Reports that the Wii U is completely outdated, already – Next Xbox may need a constant internet connection.

00:08:35 Corey: Orcs Must Die 2 – Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter campaign – Journey is fastest selling PSN game.

00:10;45 Will: Madden NFL 13 cover voting – Sword and Sorcery coming to the PC – Mass Effect 3 cupcakes are sent to a local youth shelter.

00:12;57 Dan: PlayStation Vita firmware update is pulled – Halo is passed from Bungie to 343 Studios.

00:28;09 Music Break: Carsie Blanton – “Smoke Alarm”

00:29;39 Main Segment

All things Pokémon.

01:21;53 Music Break: Carsie Blanton – “Together Too Long”

01:23;23 Feedback

We get reprimanded for not giving the music in FF6 as much love as we should have.

A listener asks us what our favorite consoles of all time are.

01:29;30 Corey: Gender based pricing coming to video games

01:39;50 Eric: Kids, teachers and video game violence

01:42;42 Dan: Modern Warfare 3 blackout

01:50;15 Will: Internet trolling may become illegal in Arizona

01:58;03 Music Break: Carsie Blanton “Idiot Heart”

01:59;33 What We Played

Dan: Mass Effect 3 glitches,

Will: Mass Effect 3 online, Pokémon Soul Silver

Corey: Orcs Must Die, Front Mission 3, Railroad Tycoon 3 Platinum, Closure

Eric: Fifa 12, Closure, Call of Duty, Tiger Woods PGA 13

 

Direct download: Episode_37_Pokemon.mp3
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The Athletes and special guest Chris (from episode 21) relive one of their favortie games of all time, Final Fantasy 6, and Eric plays it for the first time.

00:00;35 Nibblebits

00:02;30 Eric brings in some leaked and alleged details on the PS4.

00:08;50 Dan talks Gamestop Gamecube tradeins.

Corey pimps the new Audiosurf game coming this summer.

00:13;00 Will brings up Angry Birds Space, and we talk some WiiU.

00:32;00 Music Break

00:33;08 Main Segment

We drop the air anchor and delve into quite possibly the greatest game of all time: Final Fantasy 6.

01:53;37 Feedback

News

Eric and Dan discuss why no used games consoles might be a good thing.

Will and Corey talk about Shay Pierce taking a stand against Zynga and holding on to his integrity.

What We Played

Angry Space and Mass Effect 3 dominate the conclusion to this episode.  

Direct download: Episode_36_Final_Fantasy_6_Revisited.mp3
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The title says it all, we hit on the controversial ending to Mass Effect 3.  Chock full of SPOILERS too!!

Direct download: SPECIAL_Mass_Effect_3_Ending_Discussion.mp3
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We discuss ESRB ratings, breaking down all the different ratings as well as offer a few different games as examples for each ratings.  Notes:

00:00;35 Nibblebits

We talk Dark Souls on the PC, iPad sales figures, language translations for Diablo 3.

00:20;30 Music Break

00:21;33 Main Segment: The ESRB

In light of recent government action, we delve into the gaming industry’s police force: the ESRB. How are game’s rated by the ESRB? Who rates them? Why aren’t there any Adults Only rated games in retail stores?

00:52;04 Music Break

00:53;10 Feedback

We’re asked whether we prefer dark, somber stories or lighthearted fun stories in games.

Another listener weighs in on the Mass Effect 3 controversy.

Sword and Sorcery receives a free recommendation.

Dragon Age 1 and 2 get a brief treatment.

News

Corey discusses the future of videogames featuring virtual glasses.

Dan leads a discussion based on the migration of players from WoW to SWToR.

Eric drops a heavyweight and gives his thoughts on changing the Mass Effect 3 ending.

Will enlightens us by sharing the fact that first person shooters are used to train terrorists. Duh. He also shares the gist of the proposed legislation that will slap a violence warning label on video games.

01:31;55 Music Break

01:33;05 What We Played

Dan briefly tries The Witcher, and starts his insanity playthrough in Mass Effect 3.  This evolves into a discussion of Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer.

Eric talks Mass Effect 2 and the I Am Alive demo.

Corey talks art with Thatgamecompany’s newest title,  Journey.

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Saint Patty's Day, need I say more?

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We use the "what we played" segment as our main segment this week, which was really just a fancy way of talking more about Mass Effect 3.  Here's the notes:

00:00:37 Nibble Bits

Will starts us off with: Fallout New Vegas developer Obsidian layoffs – Play SWTOR Free This Weekend – EA releases a patch to prevent FIFA hacks.

00:02:37 Eric’s nibble bits are: Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition – Xbox Live Arcade games will offer double the Gamerscore – February games sales slide – Mass Effect 3 shipment numbers.

00:05:50 Corey mentions how to get Diablo III for free and Boondock Saints: the video game.

00:07:02 Dan’s bits include: Blizzard shelves Diablo III PvP – Valves dismisses rumors of steambox PC console.

00:10:00 Our Weeks

Including weigh ins, family parties, Mass Effect 3 all-nighters, and Mario Williams as a Buffalo Bill.

00:19:40 Music Break

00:21:12 Main Segment

In this extended edition of what we played, Corey and Eric retract their Draw Something criticisms, but with a disclaimer. Eric keeps trucking through Mass Effect 2. Dan, Will and Eric share their thoughts on Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, including how multiplayer affects single player. Finally, Dan weighs in on the controversial Mass Effect 3 ending.

01:00:27 Music Break

01:01:57 News

Will’s article talks about most of what’s wrong with people. Also… nice.

Eric voices BioWare Director Casey Hudson’s opinion on the Mass Effect 3 ending.

Dan talks nitpicky play styles in video games, as according to legendary game maker, Sid Meier.

Corey asks why bother with physical consoles?

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Mass Effect 3 is here!  We delve into the beginning of the end of the Commander Shepard saga as well as discuss gameplay and even get into some of of our issues with the game.

00:00:37 Introductions

00:01:30 Nibble Bits:

Dan gives us the BioShock Infinite release date, peppers in some EverQuest chatter, and finishes with Final fantasy tactics on the iPad!

Speaking of iPad, Will fills us in on the iPad 3 and gets into some Battlefield 3 and Bastion talk.

Corey tells us how to  get to level 80 instantly in World of Warcraft, shares the PlayStation exclusive Sorcery release date, and Peter Molyneux’s departure, concluding with IGN’s report of record PC game sales in 2011.

Eric rounds off nibble bits with the first details on Assassin’s Creed 3.

00:14:28 Our Weeks

00:28:05 Music Break

00:29:35 Main Segment: Mass Effect 3

We launch into the much anticipated (especially in our circle) sci-fi epic, Mass Effect 3.  Dan, Will, and Corey have a few hours under their belts and are eager to share their thoughts (SPOILERS INCLUDED).

01:25:00 Music Break

01:26:30 Feedback

A disappointed listener writes in to lament BioWare’s mishandling of character imports in Mass Effect 3.

Another listener requests our thoughts on Release Date DLC.

Friend of the show, multidirectional1 tells us he’s doing a YouTube play through of Dark Souls for all the characters.

1:42:50 News

Eric’s story states that 76% of couples (heterosexual) say video games help their relationship. Disclaimer: both partners are gamers.

Will reminds us of the unfortunate outsourcing of Deus Ex’s boss battles.

Corey’s article asks the question: why aren’t there more video games based on the American Revolution?

Dan pontificates on those trolls who critique games without playing them first.

02:05:21 Music Break

02:06:50 What We Played

Will plays Draw Something, which draws only criticism from Corey and Eric.

Eric plays more UFC Undisputed, is a bit indifferent about MLB The Show and continues to plow through Mass Effect 2

Dan sinks some time into Star Wars: The Old Republic on his new PC in addition to many hours spent on Mass Effect 3

 

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SPOILER ALERT!  We have our first repeat guest Billy in studio to do a recap of the first and second Mass Effect games in preparation for the third.  Plot spoilers included in the main segment!

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The Athletes have Ken, MMA fan and avid UFC Undisputed 3 player, in studio to talk about the new UFC game as well as offer some insights into the sport itself.

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We go long form on Kingdoms of Amalur, talking combat, graphics, questing as well as make some comparisons to similar games.

Episode 30: Show Notes

00:00:35 Quick hits:

We talk about Guild Wars 2 coming out for consoles, the bestselling sports video game of all time, where PAX East will be for the next 11 years, and the potential Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel. Towards the end of the segment, Eric finds his edge.

00:25:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “DragonTales”

00:26:47 Main Segment: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

We discuss that hot new RPG Curt Schilling had something to do with. From combat to crafting, each of us share our experiences with the game and touch on some Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning tips and advice.

01:47:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “There is Magic in You”

01:48:47 Feedback:

A listener writes in about the plotlines in Metal Gear and3DS as a potential indie game platform. A listener chooses Dead Space 2 for game of the year, and we wonder what a Dead Space is.

01:58:50 News:

Corey comments on Heath Hindman’s GameRevolution article, “Final Fantasy XIII-2 Bombing in Japan?”, which brings to light gamers’ indifference towards holding on to XIII-2 for DLC. Does Square Enix need a miracle?

02:08:13 Dan lists the awards presented in Destructoid’s article, “Skyrim wins big at Annual Interactive Achievement Awards,” by Maurice Tan. Eric expresses more tongue-in-cheek distaste for Portal 2 and Corey wonders why Dark Souls didn’t win more awards.

02:23:20 Eric brings up the IGN article outlining some of the ideas Bethesda may include in future Skryim DLC. We collectively sigh. Eric continues by asking us what we think of Xbox 720’s potential touch screen controller.

02:30:30 Will discusses Skyrim lag issues brought to light in the article “Why Skyrim didn’t play nice with the PS3.” We offer up a couple mudcrab jokes after some speculation.

02:35:15 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “Goblin Dance”

02:36:23 What We’ve Played:

Will tries out Final Fantasy 7 for the first time after accidentally purchasing Final Fantasy 8. As always, the Murtha boys gush all over the Final Fantasy series and Eric hands out tissues.

02:47:50 Corey beats Final Fantasy XIII-2, and likens it to a smelly girlfriend. He keeps the week casual with a free download of Ticket to Ride for iPhone. Dan somehow manages to include beef on weck in the conversation.

02:55:20 Dan relives Mario RPG for the SNES to everyone’s pleasure.

02:57:34 Eric tries out a new formation in Fifa 12. He switches gears to discuss UFC Undisputed 3. Dan and Eric conclude the segment by discussing the Mass Effect 3 demo, with Dan lamenting EA Origin and the ME3 multiplayer policy.

03:16:54 Human Interest : “Video Game Music Finally Get its Due” by Thomas Emanuel

Corey gives a shout out to the University of South Dakota and Thomas Emanuel’s smart opinion of the Grammy’s and how it incorporates video game music.  

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Dan and Eric have their wives on to talk about their gaming pasts as well as discuss their husband's gaming habits.

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With a short week between recordings we decided to list our top 5 favorite videogame characters.

00:01:30 – News Quick Hits:

We touch on the best-selling console worldwide in 2011, who Skyrim predicts to win the Super Bowl, the Game of Thrones RPG release date, how many hours of content are in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Zynga’s success thanks in part to Facebook.

00:07:05 – How Our Weeks Were:

00:13:20 – Music Break: “Short Blues” by Redmagik

00:14:50 – Main Segment: Our Top 5 Video Game Characters:

We count down our top five favorite video game characters of all time. From Pikachu to Solid Snake, and Garrus to Yoshi, with plenty of Final Fantasy love in between, we break down some of the best characterizations in video games.

01:03:10Music Break: “Garou-Blues” by JML

01:04:40 – Feedback

A shortened week equals shortened feedback! We discuss a listener’s favorite classic football video games, QB Club ‘98 and NFL 2k5.

01:06:00 – News

Dan talks about potential games in the Mass Effect universe. A Mass Effect MMO or RTS headline the discussion.

Eventually the discussion turns to more Xbox vs. Playstation banter, with some discussion of each online service and their respective controllers, concluding with the origins of our console fanboyisms.

01:16:30

Corey exposes Oklahoma’s proposed “sin tax,” a tax on mature rated video games. Violent games discussion evolves into a road rage tangent.

1:24:15

Will discusses Xbox Live’s Stephen Toulouse’s departure and the banning/hacking circumstances that may be the culprit.

1:25:45

Eric reveals some bad science relating to “problem gaming.” As always, the conversation morphs into something else, tea bagging at an Alabama/LSU game.

01:30:16 – Music Break: “Hänschen, sei gut!” by Raulin de los Bosques

01:32:10 – What We Played:

Eric keeps rolling with Fifa.

1:34:00

Will touches on ten minutes of Batman: Arkham Asylum’s tutorial.

1:35:05

Corey revisits why FFVI “sucks.” Family Feud with Friends makes an appearance, including some glaring gameplay flaws. Eric chimes in about Temple Run. Corey rounds out his turn with a cooler opinion of FFXIII-2 thanks in no small part to a stuffy casino, Serendipity.

1:49:30

Dan likes Torchlight’s loot whoring mechanic and some excitement is expressed for Torchlight 2. Rage gets some more love and a couple slight criticisms.

02:01:40 – Human Interest

Our story this week turns somber; a 15 year old Vermont boy is struck by a passenger train while out getting video games from a friend’s house. We cheers in his honor.

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The Super Bowl is this week, so we took it upone ourselves to talk about football videogames from the past as well the current state of the Madden games.

00:00:35 – Quick Hits & Our Weeks:

23:47 – Music Break: Sea and Field – “Le Phare”

25:17 – Main Segment: Football in Video Games!

From 1979’s Football, to the current Madden monopoly, we break down the evolution of American football in video games then discuss what we’d like to see in future football video games.

1:27:30 – Music Break: Sea and Field – “Matelot”

1:29:00 – Feedback:

Eric’s wife plays Skyrim… a lot!

1:35:05

Gamerscore and JRPG talk.  Average Gamerscore somewhere around 12,000?

1:38:59

Next generation games suggestions, and 2D games for girls.

1:43:30 News:

Japan has copied its own formula for Pokémon.  Will brings to light the hypocrisy.

1:47:15

Opinion: Call of Duty is boring and needs to change. Eric discusses the IGN article that brings to light Call of Duty’s lack of innovation from title to title.

1:54:55

Corey discusses video game addiction, are video games like heroin, and how to recover from video game addiction.

2:04:35

Dan breaks down the black vs. white Racebowl, pitting the NFL’s best white football players vs. the best black football players.  No racism whatsoever, “are we clear on that?”

2:12:52 Music Break: Dancing Willow – The Wind That Shakes the Barley

2:14:22 What We Played:

Will plays NHL 12’s be a pro mode, Dungeon Defenders local co-op, Madden 12’s online gameplay and smashes some heads in NFL Blitz.

Dan tries out the Diablo clone and dungeon crawler, Torchlight, and defends Bethesda’s (underrated?) Rage.

A little Kingdoms of Amalur finds its way into the discussion.

Eric discusses more Fifa, has a change of heart about Assassin’s Creed II and articulates his newbie perspective on Soul Calibur V.

Corey boots up the classic SNES RPG, Tales of Phantasia, the nothing like hockey-hockey game, Hit the Ice, and expresses why he thinks Final Fantasy XII-2 is a great game.

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With many people's New Year's resolutions probably failing at this point, we get into exergaming, or videogames created for the purpose of exercise.

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With the impending release of the next generation of game consoles, we talk things we would like to see in the new systems as well as things that should be left out.

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We discuss the pros and cons of the controversial Free to Play model of gaming.

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For our first episode of 2012, we do a preview on all the more major game releases coming up this year, and also give our 2011 game of the year awards.

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