Thumbstick Athletes

We delayed the 2017 Thumbies episode until next week, so we tackle some things we'd like to improve in our gaming lives in 2018.  It's also the final week for the football underdog challenge so be sure to get in your picks!

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Dan and Corey revisit Arcadia Bay with the prequel to the Thumbstick Athletes Podcast 2015 GOTY, Life is Strange.     

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Dan and Corey cover this year's excellent Game Awards ceremony...a celebration of all the excellent games that came out this year.  During "What We Played" Corey talks about Hearthstone's Kobold's and Catacombs expansion, Bury Me, my Love, and Old Man's Journey, while Dan briefly covers Breath of the Wild's newest DLC The Champion's Ballad.

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For the first time in our history we cover a visual novel for our main segment..and the game that gets that honor....Doki Doki Literature Club.  It's bizarre and you should just play it since it's free on Steam.  During "What We Played"  Dan gives his very brief first impressions of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

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Or you could call it "What We Played" the main segment.  We use this time to cover some of the new games some of us played, including Super Mario Odyssey, NBA 2k18, and Assassin's Creed Origins. 

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For this week Dan does his year-in-review for games that came out in the second half of 2017, like Mario Odyssey, Call of Duty WW2, and Divinity Original Sin 2...among others.  It's a little early for this episode, as we usually like to wait until closer to the end of the year, but with only one more major release and busy week for the hosts.....now was as good a time as any!

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We take an episode to get our Thumbies categories ironed out....adding a few categories and dropping others.  We also set a preliminary date for our yearly awards show, subject to change of course!  During "What We Played" Dan and Eric talk about Rocket League on the Switch, with it just being released a few days ago.

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Eric and Will take the reigns this week and cover Call of Duty's return to form....a game about World War II.  Call of Duty has been criticized of late for being an uninteresting Modern/Near Future shooter with solid gameplay, but little else of substance.  It's definitely refreshing to see the series head back to it's historical roots.

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Super Mario Odyssey doesn't need much of an introduction....the near perfect review scores speak for themselves.  Find out Will and Dan's thoughts on the Switch exclusive and....Game of the Year favorite?

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The Warriors family worked with Zelda in Hyrule Warriors, so why not cram in into Fire Emblem and see what happens?  Dan and Will were able to play a significant amount due to the Friday release....thanks for that Nintendo! 

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Corey and Dan relate their experiences with some of the fortress mechanics in Shadow of War as they transition into mid-game. 

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The second part in the saga of half-man, half-wraith Talion (and the elf Celebrimbor) sees the series kick it up a notch.  Bigger battles, more of the excellent Nemesis system...and more abilities to slaughter orcs it the most artistic fashion. 

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Dan, Corey and Eric all played some Cuphead for this week's episode....aesthetically pleasing and punishingly difficult as it is.  During "What We Played" Dan played a bit more Golf Story and gave his thoughts on the SNES Classic so far.

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Dan and Eric played some Steamworld Dig for this week's episode...having not played the first game they offered up the perspective of newcomers to the series.  During "What We Played" Eric played FIFA 18 and Dan and Corey talk a little more Divinity Original Sin 2.

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Returning vet Corey and newcomer to the series Dan talk about the sequel to one of Corey's Game of the Year picks from a few years ago....Divinity: Original Sin 2.  A classic isometric RPG with some modern flair creates a wonderful gaming experience. 

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For this week's episode we cover a golf game for the second time in our show's history.  And one from a good pedigree too, the developers of show favorite Hot Shots Golf.  We also cover the Nintendo Direct from September 13th during nibblebits and Project Octopath Traveller during "What We Played."

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Dan covers the newest Nintendo Switch exclusive SRPG Mario + Rabbids this week.  It's an interesting choice for a crossover, but ends up being surprisingly solid.  During "What We Played" Corey played some Ringworld, which is currently in Early Access on Steam. 

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We continue our fall games preview this week by selecting a few random titles to cover.  During "What We Played" Eric Played some Madden 18, Dan played the Destiny 2 Beta on PC and a few hours of Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle.  After the episode, Dan and Corey continue their Game of Thrones recap with the season finale, The Dragon and the Wolf.

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An annual staple for the Thumbstick Athletes podcast, where we cover some of heavy hitters coming out in the fall.  It's shaping up to be a great Fall for games, and October is really going to empty the wallet.  After the episode, Dan and Corey recap Season 7, Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, called Beyond the Wall.

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This week we talk about PC gaming hardware and give some examples of PC builds that can be used for gaming.  During "What We Played" Corey started The Long Dark now that it's finally out of early access.  After the episode Dan and Corey have their usual Game of Thrones recap, discussing Season 7 Episode 5: Eastwatch.  As a bonus though even after the GoT recap, Dan Corey and Will have a spoiler filled discussion about Pyre.

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Dan and Corey cover the newest game from Supergiant, a hybrid sports-rpg game called Pyre.  It's kind of a different offering from Supergiant, but retains their typically fabulous artwork and soundtrack.  After the episode we continue our Game of Thrones recaps, this time talking about season 7 episode 4: The Spoils of War.

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It was recently that Unsung Story, after months of no updates, was passed along to a whole new developer who was going to build the game from the ground up.  Corey and Will backed Unsung Story on Kickstarter years ago and give their thoughts on it to this point.  During "What We Played" Will played Nier: Automata, Corey played more Rocket League and Dan prepared for this weekend's Splatfest on Splatoon 2.  After the episode Dan and Corey cover last week's Game of Thrones episode, The Queen's Justice.

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Dan spent quite a few hours playing Splatoon 2 this week.  During "What We Played" Corey tried Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and briefly tried Pyre.  After the episode's outro, Dan and Corey recap Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 2 Stormborn.

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On this week's Thumbstick Athletes podcast, Dan and Corey try the JUMP beta...which is a new Netflix like indie game service with an interesting client.  After the episode Dan and Corey get back to their Game of Thrones recaps, covering Season 7, Episode 1: Dragonstone.

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While on vacation Corey and Will tried some VR and relate their experience.  During "What We Played" Dan finally played Horizon: Zero Dawn and the new Breath of the Wild DLC pack.

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I gave everyone the week off for 'Merica day this week, which was convenient since Corey and Will are out of town and we just passed the mid year point.  Like last year I played a brief clip of the episodes we recorded on some of the bigger game releases from this year like Resident Evil 7, Mass Effect Andromeda, Horizon Zero Dawn and Breath of the Wild.

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We give our top picks for this year's Steam Summer Sale, so can continue to pad your digital pile of shame.

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With all the details finally released for the upcoming Xbox One X we can finally have a comparison between the two higher end versions of Microsoft and Sony's consoles.

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As per usual we recap all the announcements for the major E3 press conferences along with some miscellaneous announcements.  It seems like we're not as negative on this year's E3 as some other outlets, so yay for some positivity!

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Everyone has games, even extremely popular games, that for one reason or another you just never play.  In this week's episode, the Thumbstick Athletes offer up their games they didn't play for the world to see.

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Gamer Christmas time again, where our hope and hype levels can vault into the stars, or be unceremoniously dashed.  In typical fashion, we do a rundown of the expected announcements, some rumors and offer up some things we can only hope for.

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We're knocking them off in quick succession...talking to Will solo this week.  Instead of the hard hitting interview you got last episode, Dan lobbed some hanging curveballs for Will to knock out of the park.  (Asked mostly the same questions!)

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Just Dan and Eric this week, so Dan interviews Eric.  Hard hitting journalism at it's finest!

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We came into this week's episode without a topic and sort of fell into some areas of discussion.

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Mario Kart 8 makes its Switch debut with a few new features tacked on to an already great game.  Find out what features and how they improve the Mario Kart experience in the next episode of the TSA Podcast!

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for almost two months now, with the only major game (albeit a very one) being Breath of the Wild.  Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be out now too, so we answer the question....When should I buy one?

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For special episode #300 we revisit our top 10 games list with another almost 2 years worth of games.  This time we hash out the changes to our lists live on the episode rather than just listing off the games.

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Corey, currently in possession of Will's PS4, catches up on some games he has yet to play...making up the main segment our last episode in the 200's. 

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Since we've all spent our last few weeks playing Breath of the Wild and Mass Effect Andromeda we decided to get a little caught up on some of the other great games that have come out over the past few months.  These are games we'll get to at some point this year, likely when our current games are finished up or perhaps another slow release period.

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We spent quite a few more hours with the newest Mass Effect game, allowing us to give a clearer picture of what it has to offer. 

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For this week we were supposed to do Breath of the Wild part 2, but our experiences and thoughts hadn't changed all that much from last week.  For a last minute plan B we figured we would give our first impressions of the early hours of Mass Effect Andromeda.

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We talked about the Nintendo Switch last week, so this week we talk about it's only really important launch title Breath of the Wild.  It's the first open world Zelda game and has been getting glowing reviews from nearly everyone. 

 

There's also a bit of an echo in this week's episode.  Apologies for that, we're still trying to work out the kinks in our new setup.

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The Switch is finally out and Switchmas for the TSA Podcast was split into Friday the 3rd and Monday the 6th.  Find out our thoughts on the weird console/handheld hybrid system from Nintendo.

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This week Eric covers the PS4's next big exclusive Horizon, adding to an already substantial library of exclusive titles. 

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Dan beat Life is Strange as part of his duty for 4 in February and figured it was a good opportunity to have a spoiler filled discussion with Corey and Will on it.

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For Eric's Birthday we each bring him a topic of discussion from gaming (or not) that we think he'll like to talk about for his b-day.

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For the second time in our history we cover a mobile game as our main topic...just don't expect too much more mobile from us!  We cover Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo's third foray into the mobile gaming market and hopefully their best yet.

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Episode 289...recorded out of order and live from Dan's livingroom, complete with some background noise!  A little quieter for the recording of the main segment which was well after Nibblebits, Our Weeks, What We Played and Feedback.  Corey nicely covers Resident Evil 7 having played it almost to completion, and the newly released Fire Emblem Heroes is briefly covered during What We Played.

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After skipping last year, we have another go at the greatest challenge in gaming... Four in February.

During "What we Played" we give some brief first impressions of Resident Evil 7, with a full episode on it coming next week.

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The Nintendo Switch Reveal event set the gaming world ablaze, and not in a good way for the most part.  Find out our thoughts on the system and Nintendo's plan going forward.

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We cover more games coming out this year.  (most likely anyway)  Eric gets to cover some of the games he's interested in and had played a new mobile game newly popular among the TSA Podcast.

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New year, plenty of new games coming out so we can wash away some of the cynicism left over from last year's stinkers.  This week we each picked a handful of games to cover for this week, and likely more next week in part 2.

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