Thumbstick Athletes

For this year's Thumbies awards, we vote on the different categories to come up with consensus picks for our various awards.  Of course, lots of arguements ensue.

Direct download: Episode_127_2013_Thumbies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58am EDT

We finally get around to doing our spoiler episode for the Walking Dead season 1.  This episode contains SPOILERS and is for those who have already played the Walking Dead, or those who don't care.  Skip to 01:25:00 (one hour, twenty-five minutes) to miss any spoilers from the episode, there we have our nibblebits segment on through the rest of the epsiode. 

Direct download: Episode_126_Walking_Dead_Game.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05am EDT

We recap the 2013 Spike TV VGX awards in all their...glory, covering all the announcements along with the awards.

Direct download: Episode_125_2013_VGX_Awards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT

We cover some new Nintendo titles this week in the 3D Mario game for the Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.  We also have Jarad (who we've talked about before, but never had on) to talk about The Wolf Among Us. 

Direct download: Episode_124_Super_Mario_3D_World_Zelda_3DS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

Initially we had only planned on doing Battlefield 4 for this episode, but a strong desire to talk about Assassin's Creed 4 developed part way through the main segment. 

Direct download: Episode_123_Battlefield_4_Assassins_Creed_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15am EDT

The Athletes, in hangover format, give their brief thoughts on the newest Call of Duty.  Contains SPOILERS from the campaign.

Direct download: Ep_122_Hangover_Call_of_Duty_Ghosts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

Dan, Will and Eric all (finally) got their shiny new PlayStation 4's and crammed in as much time with the new system as they could in 4 days.  Find out their thoughts on the new controller, system, and launch games in Episode 122.

Direct download: Episode_122_PlayStation_4_Release.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

As a farewell to the generation, the Thumbstick Athletes have a roundtable discussion to decide as a group what was the best game of the 7th generation. 

Direct download: Episode_121_Game_of_the_Generation.mp3
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The Athletes do an episode on Path of Exile now that the full version has been released.

Direct download: Episode_120_Path_of_Exile.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

Eric takes the lead during the main segment this week, talking about one of his favorite gaming franchises newest release in Batman: Arkham Origins.

Direct download: Episode_119_Batman_Arkham_Origins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56am EDT

Dan makes his triumphant return to the Pokemon universe (since red and Blue) along with Will, a much more experienced Pokemon veteran. 

Direct download: Episode_118_Pokemon_X_and_Y.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

I know, I know...we skipped the Sega Genesis, but here's our lists of top PS Ones games.

Direct download: Episode_117_Best_of_the_PS_One.mp3
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A dual release episode, with Beyond: Two Souls and Wind Waker HD making up the main segment.  Also, Corey returns!

Direct download: Episode_116_Beyond_Two_Souls_Wind_Waker_HD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

Valve had a host of announcements last week for their super popular game distribution service Steam.  The Athletes, as usual, break down all the announcements and what they'll mean for gamers.

Direct download: Episode_115_SteamOS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

This week Dan, Eric and guest Billy talk about this year's FIFA release and whether it's an improvement from last year.

Direct download: Episode_114_FIFA_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

It's GTA V.....I don't really need to say anything else. 

Direct download: Episode_113_Grand_Theft_Auto_V.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

Part 2 of our 2013 Fall games preview, covering the release of the Xbox One through the end of the year, and any games coming out this year which don't yet have release dates. 

Direct download: Episode_112_2013_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20am EDT

The new Rayman game from Ubisoft, Legends, was supposed to be a Wii U title only apparently, but came out on some other systems as well.  Find out what we though about the Wii U version as well as the Xbox 360 version of Rayman Legends.

Direct download: Episode_111_Rayman_Legends.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

It's that time of the year again, where we do a multi-part rundown of all the games coming out in the fall.....2013 edition.

Direct download: Episode_110_2013_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am EDT

The greatly anticipated new release of the Saint's Row series, under the guidance of a shiny new publisher.  Dan, Corey and Will share their thoughts on the nutty, over-the-top action of Saint's Row IV.

Direct download: Episode_109_Saints_Row_IV.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

SPOILERS abound in this episode, as we recap the story of To The Moon and our thoughts on it now that we have all finally played it.  Once again, contains SPOILERS!!!!

Direct download: Ep108_Hangover_To_The_Moon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

The first time we do a new release episode on a Wii U title!  This honor goes to Pikmin 3, the first of a fairly solid late summer/fall lineup for Nintendo's new system.

Direct download: Episode_108_Pikmin_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Since we've been out for two years as of yesterday, we decided to do a listener's choice where we answer any and all questions posed to us by our fans/listeners.

Direct download: Episode_107_Listeners_Choice.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

With the title being self-evident, I don't really need to go into any further detail.  Get the skinny on Shadowrun Returns!

Direct download: Episode_106_Shadowrun_Returns.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

This week, the Athletes cover their purchases from the 11 days of the Steam Summer Sales, detailing games bought, played, as well as some buyer's remorse. 

Direct download: Episode_105_Steam_Summer_Sale_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26am EDT

Will takes this episode on his back and carries us through the main segment, discussing the newest release of one of his favorite gaming franchises in Dynasty Warriors 8.

Direct download: Episode_104_Dynasty_Warriors_8.mp3
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Bad internet and a freezing laptop conspired against us this week, making the recording our Hardest Games episode.....well....hard....

Direct download: Episode_103_5_Hardest_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50am EDT

Despite the inherent nerdiness contained in this episode, we discuss the newly released Magic the Gathering 2014 in all its strategic glory.

Direct download: Episode_102_Magic_2014.mp3
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The title speaks for itself, this week we dicuss the lauded PS3 title The Last of Us and the excellent PC titles Company of Heroes 2.

Direct download: Episode_101_The_Last_of_Us_Company_of_Heroes_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39am EDT

Episode 100!!  On top of hitting our top 10 lists again, we invited some of our previous guests to join us in studio for an update on what they're playing, looking forward to, and thoughts on the new consoles. 

Direct download: Episode_100_Top_10_Revisited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23am EDT

Our long (3 hours on E3 alone) recap on this year's E3, talking about the new consoles as well as a plethora of new games.

Direct download: Episode_99_E3_2013_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55am EDT

We talk about two new releases this week in the stunning indie puzzle platformer The Swapper and Cyber-punk action adventure game Remember Me.

Direct download: Episode_98_Remember_Me_The_Swapper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

For this week's episode we pick and talk about our top 5 games that we would use to sway a non gamer over to the good side.

Direct download: Episode_97_Top_5_Ambassador_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

This is the better quality recording of our last episode, which was recorded accidently with the webcam microphone instead of the usual mic/mixer.  It was taken from the livestream audio, so it sounds much better but not as good as usual.  The person responsible has been sacked.

Direct download: Ep_96_Hangover_XBox_One_Reveal_Again.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

With Microsoft finally having the reveal for their next gen system, we can finally weigh in.

Direct download: Episode_96_Xbox_One_Reveal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

We continue our talks on the Metro game series with the newly release Metro: Last Light.

Direct download: Episode_95_Metro_Last_Light.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

It's just Dan and Corey this week, pre-empting the Metro: Last Light release by talking about the first game in the Metro series, Metro 2033.

Direct download: Episode_94_Metro_2033.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

For this week's episode, riddled with technical difficulties, we talk about recent indie releases Monaco and Don't Starve.

Direct download: Episode_93_Monaco_Dont_Starve.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

We catch up on some of the big news stories in the gaming world this week in lieu of our original idea for a show.

Direct download: Episode_92_Just_the_News.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07am EDT

Developer/Publisher LucasArts was unceremoniously shut down after being acquired by Disney, so the Athletes pay homage to some of the better LucasArts games.

Direct download: Episode_91_Top_5_LucasArts_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am EDT

This week the Athletes recap a previously streamed multiplayer matchup of a classic RTS they all enjoyed in the past as offering their thoughts on the remake.

Direct download: Episode_90_Age_of_Empires_2_HD.mp3
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At a listener's request the Athletes talk about classic games they want to see remade, and in what way.

Direct download: Episode_89_Remakes_We_Want.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:28am EDT

This episode contains SPOILERS!!! on the ending of BioShock Infinite, so only listen if you've finished the game or don't care about having it spoiled for you!

Direct download: Ep_88_Hangover_BioShock_Infinite_Ending.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm EDT

The new BioShock Infinite is unanimously well recieved by critics throughout the gaming community, so find out the the Athletes thought of it in this week's episode of the Thumbstick Athletes podcast.

Direct download: Episode_88_BioShock_Infinite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17am EDT

We're hopefully getting back on track with the hangover episodes in discussing the upcoming BioShock Infinite.  Full episode on it later this week. 

Direct download: Ep_87_Hangover_BioShock_Infinite_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

In this week's podcast, the Athletes all have a different topic from the gaming world to discuss.  Will wonders what he should do about Sim City, Eric wonders which game he should play next, Dan wonders if $70 games are worth it, and Corey talks about the resignation of EA's CEO.

Direct download: Episode_87_Hosts_Choice.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51am EDT

For this week's episode, we do a rundown of some of the iconic controllers from gaming's past all the way up to the current generation.  (and even talk briefly about the next gen controller we know about)

Direct download: Episode_86_Gaming_101_Controllers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

The episode title says it all.  Tomb Raider and Sim City are the topics of discussion this week, as well as the hot topic of the week....the dreaded always online DRM.

Direct download: Episode_85_Tomb_Raider_Sim_City.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am EDT

Though it was tough to finally get out, the Athletes recap their month of games they should have beaten in February.

Direct download: Episode_84_Four_in_February_Finale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58am EDT

Fresh off the announcement, the Athletes discuss the content of Sony's PS4 press release as well as offer up some insightful commentray on the subject.

Direct download: Episode_83_PlayStation_4_Announcement.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

In the abscence of Corey due to scheduling conflicts, the remaining Athletes discuss their 5 favorite shooters, first person or otherwise. 

Direct download: Episode_82_Top_5_Shooters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

Continuing our Gaming 101 series, we go in-depth with the RPG genre.

Direct download: Episode_81_Gaming_101_RPGs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

At a listener's request each of the Athletes list their top 5 favorite video game villains.

Direct download: Episode_80_Top_5_Villains.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

In this week's episode we offer up some predictions for the year 2013 in gaming.

Direct download: Episode_79_2013_Gaming_Predictions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

Ouya, Project Shield, PS4 and Xbox 720 are all probably coming out at some point this year, so we run down specs, possible release dates and opinions on the various consoles.

Direct download: Episode_78_2013__Hardware_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

In part 2 of our 2013 games preview, we list the games that are coming out this year that don't yet have a solid release date.

Direct download: Episode_77_2013_Games_Preview_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

Dan, Corey and Will get a chance to record a hangover episode finally, and it's on The Hobbit!  SPOILERS!!!!!!  Don't listen unless you've seen the movie or don't care about having it spoiled.

Direct download: Ep_76_Hangover_The_Hobbit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

The first part of our 2013 video game release schedule and preview.

Direct download: Episode_76_2013_Games_Preview_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43am EDT