Thumbstick Athletes

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.  

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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.

Direct download: Episode_35_ESRB_Ratings_Explained.mp3
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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?

Direct download: Episode_34_What_we_Played.mp3
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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

 

Direct download: Episode_33_Mass_Effect_3.mp3
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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!

Direct download: Episode_32_Mass_Effect_1_2_Recap.mp3
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