Thumbstick Athletes

Two and a half years after release, Pokemon GO has morphed into a pretty good AR mobile game.  Dan and Will cover some of the new features added since launch and why now is a good time to pick it back up.

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We have another "Just the News" main segment, where we cover gaming's hottest news, and also some boring news too.  No nibblebits this week, since the entire main segment was news....and during "What We Played" Will talks more Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

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Dan and Will hash out how this year's Thumbies Awards will go down...the categories, the format.....and who will be invited.  During "What We Played" Will talks more Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

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Will covers the complete remaster of one of our favorite games of all time in Spyro The Dragon and it's subsequent sequels.  Find out if it holds up to our modern day scrutiny.  We also cover the nominees for this year's Game Awards.

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For this week we cover the over the top backlash against the Smash Ultimate full roster reveal and announcement of Diablo Immortal.  Everyone needs to just chill a bit!  During "What We Played" Will talks about his brief experience with Red Dead Redemption 2 and Dan tries a little Destiny 2.

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Eric and Corey return this week to talk about Rockstar's newest masterpiece in Red Dead Redemption 2, which some have called the greatest western of all time.  High praise....but it may just live up to it.  We also give Will's thoughts on the last Smash Direct before the release of Smash Brothers Ultimate, and Val recaps the games she played for Rookie Camp in October.

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We relive the old days with one of the best strategy games of all time, AoE2.  It was one of the first games Will ever played, and one of the first online games Dan played with friends.

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Eric and Will cover the single-player-campaign-less new Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4.  Yep, they got it again.  And against all odds, Dan's internet cut out twice, but both within a few minutes of each other meaning only one interruption!  Eric also updates us on what he's  been playing the past few weeks.

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Dan, Val, Will and Corey sit down to talk about the first episode of Life is Strange 2.....a series much loved by the members of the show.  Obviously, and it should go without saying, but.....CONTAINS SPOILERS!!  Outside of that, some good news coming out of the Telltale closing, and Will played some more Forza Horizon 4. 

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Ever have a crappy day?  Dan and Will cover some games they like to get absorbed in when things aren't going right.  During "What We Played" Dan ever so briefly talks about Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (full episode next week), and Will played some Forza Horizon 4.

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Dan talks about Shadow of the Tomb Raider for this week's main segment.  During nibblebits, the Athletes talk about the very sad loss of jobs for the majority of developers working at Telltale games and Will talks about NHL 19 during "What We Played"

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For this week Dan and Will reminisce about all the great games on the original XBOX....Halo, Fable, KOTOR...the list goes on.  In nibblebits we talk about the PlayStation Classic, and what a pleasant surprise that was.  We also cover Nintendo Switch Online and Dan very briefly talks about his first impressions of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

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Lots of Nintendo this week as we cover Breath of the Wild again with a special guest, as well as the most recent Nintendo Direct.  Kingdoms of Amalur fans also had something to cheer about with THQ Nordic buying up the IP.

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At some point in our past, we did our top 5 five favorite characters in gaming list.  This episode is more a celebration of some of the great characters in games.  Every so often we'll do one of these episodes and try to include different characters. 

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The annual late August Fall Games preview...where it seems like there are fewer heavy hitters than usual, but still some solid games.  Stuff like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the obligatory Call of Duty and Battlefield releases.  During "What We Played" Val comes on to give her thoughts about the games we've covered for Rookie Camp so far.

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We cover Monster Hunter: World for this week's episode, and because we didn't play as much as we would have liked, we welcomed longtime friend of the show Tito to come on and cover our butts.  Some other things covered this episode include BBQ food, Will's leggings make an appearance, road trips to Florida, and Amazon taking away the 20% off preordering for games.

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In this week's episode we tackle new topic, on two things often at odds with one another.  Joined by Val, the Athletes talk about gaming in education...how it's changed over the past few years, and the more current trends of both acceptance and using games positively in the classroom.

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Nintendo just yesterday had an over 25 minute Direct on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so we covered it for this week's episode.  Will is the resident expert on Smash, so offers some good insight and Dan...just kind of enjoys the series.  During nibblebits we dicuss some Fallout 76 news and plagiarism with an IGN review for Dead Cells.

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Hello Games just launched a major update for No Man's Sky in conjunction with it's release on XBox One.  Dan, who liked the game at launch, revisits NMS to try out some of the updates.  During Nibblebits, New York State kicks out ISP Spectrum for sucking, and "What We Played" was dominated by Octopath Traveler.

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The gang is all here this week for a modern take on classic JRPG's in Octopath Traveler.  It's got stunning visuals, interesting mechanics, and is yet another title selling like hotcakes on the Nintendo Switch.  Also covered this week is Nintendo's lawsuit on ROM sites and Will making a fashion statement.

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Taking a break this week and doing our annual mid year recap, where I play a blurb from episodes for some games we've covered so far this year.  Expect to hear a little about Fortnite, Ni No Kuni 2 and God of War among others.  Back to the normal routine next week!

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Four hosts for this week's episode as Dan, Val, Will and Corey all hold down the show.  The main segment is on The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, a prequel to Life is Strange 2 coming out this September.  An emotional roller coaster as you would expect from a LiS game.  It does contain spoilers.....ye be warned!  During "What We Played" Will played a lot of Hollow Knight, Corey beat Ni No Kuni 2, and Dan bounced around with a few different games.

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In honor of American Independence Day, Dan and Will discuss some of the most patriotic characters in gaming.  Dan covers the Twitch Prime rewards for July and Dan and Will both gush some more on Hollow Knight.

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Dan and Will have listener Eric back on to talk some Mario Tennis Aces for the Nintendo Switch.  During Nibblebits we talk about EA blaming Breath of the Wild for Mass Effect Andromeda's failures...and then we talk more Hollow Knight during "What We Played."

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This week Dan and Will do a first annual E3 awards recognizing the best and worst of this year's E3.  During "What We Played" Dan and Will talk about Hollow Knight on the Switch.

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Dan and Will welcome listener Eric (Rephyr) to the show to talk about all of the E3 things.  Recapping the conferences, positive and negatives of each, favorite reveals, etc.  During "What We Played" Dan finally got to play some Far Cry 5, Dan and Will played Hollow Knight on the Switch and Eric talks about Vampyr.

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For this week Dan and Will go over some of the games they won't be getting this year, which include some annual sports franchises, annual shooter franchises....ehem....Red Dead Redemtion 2....ehem.  It's a good way to let you, the listener, know which games we aren't going to be covering in the future. 

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We bring back Retro reviews this week and talk about Spyro the Dragon.  It's timely...as this September marks the 20th anniversary of the original and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy releases this September. 

During Nibblebits Dan and Will cover and address Fallout 76, and the new Pokemon games Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee and Pokemon Quest.  Last, Dan talks about Pokemon Quest during "What We Played."

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Dan and Will preview and make some predictions for this year's E3.  Will Microsoft announce a new console?  Sony a new handheld?  Steam on the Nintendo Switch?  During "What We Played" Will briefly talks about Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition.

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Corey's back!!!  At least for one episode anyway, as he and Dan talk about This War of Mine developer's new game Frostpunk.  Corey also updates us on some of the other games he's been playing, like Into the Breach, and Steamworld Heist.  Will talks a bit about his vacation to Florida and Dan won HQ.

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Dan is joined this week by his wife Val to talk about the Nintendo Switch port for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  It's one they missed when it came out for the Wii U, but has been given a second chance at life on the Switch.  During "What We Played" Dan talk briefly about the switch version of Death Road to Canada.

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Dan and Will list their 10 favorite game franchises for the main segment.  During "What We Played" Dan talks about new indie platformer Light Fall.

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Eric, Will and guest Mike talk about the newest PS4 heavy hitting exclusive God of War.  An early GOTY favorite and critical darling, God of War takes a more open world, 3-D and cinematic direction, which seems to have paid off.  During what we played, Mike and Eric talk some Fortnite.

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It's been awhile since we last covered mobile games, and much has changed since last time.  Hell, there's even gaming focused phones now!

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No fake news here, just hard hitting journalism as Dan and Will cover some of the top news stories in gaming this week.  During "What We Played" Dan beat a few games and started Oxenfree.

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We welcome Corey back this week to talk about Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom, a game he's actually enjoying.  During "What We Played" Will talks some more Far Cry 5 and Dan played Kirby Star Allies.

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Will and Eric discuss the most recent Far Cry game, set in rural Montana where you have to dismantle a dangerous paramilitary cult.  During "What We Played" Dan and Will give brief first impressions of Ni No Kuni 2.

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Dan and Will list a few games they want to see ported to the Switch, and most of them aren't Wii U games.  (Though there is one)  Dan talks about his solo experiences in Sea of Thieves and Will is back playing Heroes of the Storm.

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Dan and Eric got a little time gallivanting around in the Sea of Thieves Beta and offer up their first impressions. 

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Dan played the newest game from the creators of FTL, Into the Breach....a mech tactics game with some similar elements to it's predecessor.  Dan and Will also cover the announcements made in the latest Nintendo Direct and give some first impressions of Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition.

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We bid a temporary farewell to one of our members this week and decided to reflect on how the way we consume games has changed since we started the podcast 7 and 1/2 years ago.

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You're in luck, because we have an in-house Dynasty Warriors "expert." What does Will think of Dynasty Warriors 9?  It's the series' first foray into open world style games, and thus initially plagued by performance issues.  Will addresses some of them, but also covers what the game is past all the issues.

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The Thumbstick Athletes welcome in not one, but two guests this week to talk about Fortnite's insanely popular Battle Royale mode.  Eric leads the segment along with Fortnite squadmates Geoff and Showtime.  During what we played Will played some of the PC version of the open world Dynasty Warriors 9.

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We have a dual episode this week, with Eric and Corey covering indie platformer Celeste during the main segment.  After the outro, Dan, Corey and Will do a spoiler filled Hangover for Life is Strange Before the Storm. 

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The hero of our universe leads an ensemble cast in Dragon Ball FighterZ and Will's got the lowdown.  Corey and Eric also briefly touch on new indie platformer Celeste during "What We Played"

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As is tradition at this point, we chart out our picks for this year's 4 in February challenge.  It's a good excuse to attempt to tame the ever expanding pile of shame!

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For this week we talk about Nintendo's newest strangeness, called Labo.  Who could have predicted cardboard gaming peripherals?  During What We Played Eric played more Super Mario Odyssey and Corey talks about Opus Magnum.

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Last year just wrapped so let's talk about some the games we're excited for in 2018!

In addition to the probable releases we're jazzed about, it might be worth mentioning some of the games that could land this year (Cyberpunk 2077 anybody?)

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The Thumbstick Athletes Podcast annual game awards episode...covering all the great games that came out in 2017.

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