Thumbstick Athletes

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.

Direct download: Episode_31_UFC_Undisputed_3.mp3
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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.  

Direct download: Episode_30_Kingdoms_of_Amalur.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Valentines_Day_2012.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Episode_29_5_Favorite_Characters.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Episode_28_Video_Football.mp3
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