Thumbstick Athletes

The new Animal Crossing game could not have possibly come out at a better time...with millions of people across the world shut in their homes for months.  Dan, Will and Will's friend and roommate Evan (all newcomers to the series) talk about Animal Crossing New: Horizons...having been thoroughly drawn in by the new entry.


Later in the episode we talk about the Nintendo Switch shortage, our lives in quarantine, DOOM Eternal and some Two Point Hospital!

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As the coronavirus pandemic sets in the TSA Pod offers up some ideas for gamers to make the most of their isolation time.  Not everyone has 600 Steam games they haven't played yet, so make use of the library you already have or play some new games that'll cost you next to nothing.


During "What We Played" Dan and Will BOTH played some CoD Warzone!

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Sorry again about missing an episode last week, but we explain why in the "Our Weeks" segment.  This week we cover the Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo like we had initially planned to, along with our progress for More in March.  Which leads to some discussion about Ori and the Blind Forest and the newly released Ori and The Will of the Wisps.


After the outro we talk about the Golder Deer storyline from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

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Yes, February is almost over, but it's not too late to get in our predictions for the REST of 2020.  It's ALWAYS fun to speculate what Nintendo might or might not do and unfortunately the coronavirus will have an impact on gaming this year.  But stay positive, there's bound to be some surprise announcements, and we're pretty positive about 2020's outlook!



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Since 4 in February has been a contentious staple for the Thumbstick Athletes Podcast, and we forgot about it this year...we decided we would make March the month where we tackle backlog games.  Luckily Will was prepared with a few titles so only Dan had to scour his backlog for games to play. 

We also discuss some of the announcement for Animal Crossing New Horizons and Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2!

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Dan played GRIS finally and it inspired a discussion on some of the better examples of artistic games out there.  It's a topic that's very important to us, as we've been on team "Games are art" since the very beginning of this podcast.  Also GRIS was spectacular!


Later on we talk about the new Fire Emblem DLC Cindered Shadows.

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That Pokemon-esque MMORPG Temtem finally hit Steam Early Access and Dan was all over it.  While there are certainly some similarities, the differences are what make it shine and help differentiate it from Pokemon.  Temtem up!


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On the request of Tito, Dan and Eric (and Corey through the power of email) discuss elements of great videogames.  Is it graphics, gameplay, difficulty?  All of them?


Later on Eric talks about seeing Joker and 1917 and Dan played some Temtem.

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So yeah, a new Dragon Ball Z game has come out's pretty good.  If you're a DBZ fan of course, though some reviews say it holds up pretty well on it own.  Either way, Will...a big Dragon Ball fan played a pretty good amount over the past week and offers up his thoughts.


In other news Stardew Valley has sold 10 million copies, Dan beat Pokemon Sword, and Will is playing a buttload of WoW.

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It was a big week for game news, with some colossal game delays, surprise PC releases, and Pokemon and Smash Will and I scrap our original episode idea and cover some these stories like true gaming pundits!


An early entry for the "Most Surprising Podcast Development" Thumbie award...Will has been playing World of Warcraft!?

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Another annual episode for the TSA Pod....we do our 2020 Games Preview here talking about some of the big releases coming soon, including Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us 2, and Animal Crossing New Horizons.


This was also a "My Week" and "What I Played" heavy episode!

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It's time for our semi-annual recap, where I play some clips for episodes of some the bigger game releases that we cover for episodes.  At the end of the year, of course we cover the second half releases, meaning anything from July Fire Emblem: Three Houses, WoW Classic, and Borderlands 3 among others.

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