Thumbstick Athletes

We have our annual fall games preview for this week's episode...a few weeks later than usual.  At least with recording it this late, we have fewer games to cover, and there seems to be fewer releases in general this fall.  We have some heavy hitters like Call of Duty and Pokemon Sword and Shield, but other than that it more minor stuff and ports or remasters.  Our wallets will thank us!

 

Other than that, we talked about our return to Extra Life this year, Persona 5, Link's Awakening, Untitled Goose Game and more!

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Thanks to Idaho Jake for this suggestion a few weeks ago, where we (and members of the chat) answer 50 gaming related questions.  Some examples are:

If you had to marry the last videogame character, who would it be?

 

Has a game's storyline ever made you cry?

 

What's your favorite game series of all time?

 

There's 47 other good questions there and we got tons of good answers from the chat!  Thanks to everyone who pitched in!

 

Since that was most of the episode, we only had a little to talk about for the other segments...Will talked a bit about Persona 5 and Astral Chain and Dan talked a little Mario Kart Tour and a tiny bit of Link's Awakening.

 

 

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This week's episode brings us back to the old days, as the remake of Link's Awakening brings up some surprisingly powerful memories.  Nintendo did such a great job of balancing the classic feel of the game while modernizing it, a tricky task for such a beloved game!

 

Later in the episode Corey talks about seeing Doug Stanhope perform stand up comedy, and Dan played Untitled Goose Game and Mario Kart Tour for his week.

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Borderlands 3 is finally out after what seems like forever...and also all the Thumbstick Athletes are all on the same episode after what seems like forever.  Corey and Eric played some Borderlands 3, and even together!  The good news is that it's more Borderlands, so you can kind of guess what that means, but they also threw in a few neat new modes for players to try.  Now it just needs to make it's way to Steam so Dan can be happy again.

 

Later on in the episode, Eric talks about his experiences with Gears 5 Horde mode and the Athletes decide that Link's Awakening will be next week's topic!

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Dan and Corey invite Shane and Brian onto the show this week to talk some Gears 5.  We say early impressions because we all mostly dabbled in the various modes Gears 5 has, since there's quite a few and it really is a complete package.  And to think we all played it mostly for free on Gamepass.

 

During "What We Played" Shane and Brian talk about Remnant: From the Ashes and Greedfall, while Dan talks a little more about Astral Chain.

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Dan, Corey and Eric (Rephyr) played a fair amount of WoW Classic last week and discuss what the draw is for a game as antiquated as Vanilla WoW is at this point.  What's the draw?  Why is it so popular?

 

During "What We Played" Dan played a couple of new games in Astral Chain and Pokemon Masters.

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Since this is a spoiler filled episode, where we discuss some of the significant happenings in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, we moved the main segment to the end of the episode....so feel free to listen up until I give the warning towards the end! 

 

Other than Black Eagles spoilers, we discuss some Gamescom news, Gears POP! and and at the VERY end of the episode, our plans for WoW Classic!

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With a last minute change of plans, we decide to cover the games we're most likely getting this fall, Like Pokemon Sword and Shield, the new Call of Duty and The Outer Wilds.  We also took the opportunity to make a rough schedule on when we'll be doing an episode on the games we're getting, all the way through the end of November.

 

During "What We Played" we of course talked more Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Dan played Pokemon Uranium.

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It's episode #420...so yeah, we cover the use of drugs in games.  From the burning of the marijuana fields in Far Cry 3 to downing some skooma in Skyrim, we talk about the surpisingly few games that have actual drug use in them.

 

Later on we of course cover Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Corey relates his experiences with Cultist Simulator and SteamWorld Dig 2.

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The newest Fire Emblem, Three Houses is FINALLY out and it does not disappoint!  It's seriously oozing with content, and all really excellent content, making for a much deeper and more connected experience than we've had in awhile. 

 

Outside of that we talked a little more Super Mario Maker 2 and Dr. Mario World during what we played!

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With Fire Emblem: Three Houses just a night away, we decided it was a good time to revisit our favorite titles from this underutilized genre.  Yes....we do have Final Fantasy Tactics on the list.  Shut up about it, there are other games on the list too!

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Since last week's episode was a semi-annual recap of the year's most important games, we didn't get a chance to cover some of the important news in gaming like we usually do.  We made up for it this week with an entire main segment devoted to the most breaking gaming headlines...like the Switch Lite, Fire Emblem and Pokemon Sword and Shield news, and Ubisoft's new UPlay+ service.

 

During "What We Played" there is some more Super Mario Maker 2 talk, as well as first impressions of Dr. Mario World.

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Time for the annual Mid year recap...a refresher for some of the games we've covered earlier in the year.  This year we have excerpts from our episodes on Wargroove, Kingdom Hearts 3, Devil May Cry 5, Sekiro, and Fell Seal.

No nibblebits, feedback or "What We Played" for this week...but we'll get caught up on all that when we return to live episodes next week!

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Super Mario Maker 2 is here, complete with new tools to create, new ways to play, and yes...a story mode.  Corey and Dan describe their first week with the game, trying most of SMM2 has to offer aside from the versus modes.  Later on in the pod, we discuss Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite and Summer Games Done Quick's outstanding new fundraising milestone.

Dan and Corey's Mario Maker 2 Levels:

 

Corey: Global Warming ID: 469-DPK-P2G

Dan: Participation Trophy 2 ID: 7BV-8FV-LDF

        Touchdown Boy 2 ID: M65-V8K-JKF

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For this week we do something we don't often do, cover a mobile game for the main segment.  This time it's the Pokemon Go-esque Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.  Dan, Eric and Corey get their Quidditch brooms ready and....yeah, none of us know Harry Potter that well.  But the game is fun!

 

Immediately after the main segment Corey and Eric cover their games they've been playing, which include Cadence of Hyrule, Halo and Metro Exodus.

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If you ever wanted to be an intrepid space explorer from a backwoods alien civilization, Outer Wilds has you covered.  From the wooden launchpad to fellow astronauts strumming tunes on a banjo by a campfire on a distant planet....it oozes atmosphere.  It also finds a way to kill or maim you in a horrible fashion.  It's a must play!

 

Later in the episode, Dan and Val discuss the EA and Epic's defense of loot boxes and microtransactions, and they both played Cadence of Hyrule and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!

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While this year's E3 wasn't particular mind blowing, there were still some amazing moments to be had.  Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 during Microsoft's press conference, the excitement of Ikumi Nakamura while she was announcing Ghostwire Tokyo, and of course the sequel to Breath of the Wild being announced.  Each show had at least something to be interested in!

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Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark does something that no game has done in quite awhile....scratch that hard-to-reach Final Fantasy Tactics itch.  Several have tried and failed, or just never came out.  (Unsung Story)  Fell Seal even improves upon the old formula with some modern quality-of-life improvements and runs really well even on old systems.  Can't wait for the Switch version!

 

We also cover today's Pokemon Direct, which revealed some more info on the Galar region, some new Pokemon, and the Dynamax system.  Some E3 news was touched on, and Dan gives brief first impressions of Outer Wilds.  

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With no Sony or EA press conferences this year at E3, Microsoft really has the opportunity to go big.  Will we see Fable 4 announced, or the new console they've been working on?  Will Nintendo give us something other than Mario Maker 2 and Pokemon Sword and Shield?

During Nibblebits, Death Stranding gets a new trailer and release date, the WHO officially labels "Gaming Disorder" as a recognized illness, and what the heck is Pokemon Go Plus +?

We also give brief first impressions of Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark...which we will cover more in-depth next week.

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The cultural juggernaut Game of Thrones wrapped up last Sunday night, so we figured it was a good time to cover the episode as a main segment instead of having it after the episode.  Turns out that was a good plan since the main segment alone ended up being over 90 minutes!  We could have easily gone on longer, but will probably figure out some way to incorporate Game of Thrones in the future.

 

Those who don't want spoilers can skip ahead to 1:33:00 for the beginning of our Nibblebits segment.

 

Will joins later on to discuss his illness and all the Horizon: Zero Dawn he's been playing.

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Dan and Corey talk about RPG/CCG hybrid SteamWorld Quest, the next game in the SteamWorld universe from Image & Form Games.  It's an interesting blend of genres and gets quite a few things right. 

Later in the episode we cover Nintendo's most recent Nintendo Direct that focused on the upcoming Mario Maker 2.  In "What We Played" Corey gives some brief thoughts on Fell Seal, a Final Fantasy Tactics like strategy game that we're going to cover more in depth during an episode.

After the episode Dan, Val and Corey discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones...Season 8, Episode 5: The Bells.

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We've mentioned characters before that we'd like to see in Smash Ultimate, but decided to have an official episode to compile and immortalize characters we'd like to see make the DLC cut.  Obviously Cuphead and the character from Hollow Knight make the list since they're on the artwork for the episode, but there are others..some we've talked about before and others that go way off the board.

 

During "What We Played" Dan gives his first impresssions of Steamworld Quest, and Will played more Hollow Knight.

 

After the outro Dan, Val and Corey cover this week's Game of Thrones episode, The Last of the Starks!

 

 

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It should go without saying, but this hangover episode contains spoilers for Season 8 Episode 3 of Game of Thrones....called The Long Night. 

Since Corey was asleep for our first episode of the GoT recap for this week, we recorded a second where he could get his thoughts in.  First Hangover in a long time!

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Dan's household got the new Nintendo Labo VR for his oldest child's birthday, so naturally he used to it play Breath of the Wild first.  Guess what?  It's not as bad as games media is making out to be!  Though mostly used for BotW, we did use some of the other stuff that came with it, which is quite good.  During nibblebits we discuss Epic's acquisition of Psyonix and Rocket League and the Razer Toaster.

 

As usual during Game of Thrones season, we recap and give our reactions to the most recent episode after the outro....Season 8, Episode 3: The Long Night.

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We once again decided to go a different direction to our "listicles" that used to do a lot of...so like our Favorite Game Characters series, we started a Favorite Boss Battles series.  There's some obvious choices in there, like Kefka from Final Fantasy 6, but also some that may surprise.  During "What We Played" Will gives his final thoughts on Mass Effect Andromeda.

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Though this generation of consoles doesn't necessarily have the heavy hitters like last gen, there's still plenty of quality new IP's that came out this gen.  Some even already have sequels of their own, like Destiny, Titanfall, and The Division.  We also decided not to cover indie titles...which if you've listened for awhile, you know there are plenty.

 

After the outro this week, our Game of Thrones recap resume now that Season 8 has FINALLY started airing.  This week we cover Episode 1: Winterfell starting at 1:42:28 of the episode if you want to skip ahead!

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The final season of Game of Thrones is upon us, so Dan uses the opportunity to discuss some of the games (and mods for other games) that involve our favorite fantasy universe.  From Telltale's Game of Thrones to the excellent Crusader Kings 2 mod, we cover everything worth talking about.  Also in this episode we discuss trouble at BioWare, Assassins Creed Origins, and some more Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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Since Val played Super Mario Sunshine last Sunday for this week's Rookie Camp video, we decided it was a good time to retroactively review it.  How well does it hold up?  How did it review when it actually came out 16 years ago?  How does one access Super Mario Sunshine today?  All answered this week, along with some discussion of Borderlands 3, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Assassin's Creed Origins.

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This week we cover the latest From Software game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which shares some DNA from the Soulsbourne games but is quite a bit different.  Even Will, who is not a fan of From Software's games, likes this entry, which adds more stealth and action elements. 

Also discussed this episode was the Wall Street Journal's report on the two new Nintendo Switch models, the ending of Far Cry 5, and also some of our early plans to do more Thumbstick Athletes content.

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Dan and Corey continue with Part 2 of our 400th episode extravaganza....covering the rest of the segments we didn't have the time, energy, or coherence to finish.  We finally got to cover Google's Stadia announcement and the Nindies Spring 2019 Showcase....Corey played a butt load of games, and we talked ever so briefly about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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It's time to revisit our top 10 favorite games lists in this throwback style Thumbsitck Athletes Podcast episode.  While revisiting our lists, we do some drinking, go off on tangents, argue, and cry...just like the old days!  Because this episode lasted so long, we plan on having a Part 2 to Episode 400 where we get to the rest of the segments.  Sorry to those who sent in feedback, we'll get to it ASAP!

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Eric and Will take the lead for the main segment this week, talking about over-the-top action game Devil May Cry 5.  It got fabulous reviews from games media, find out if the members of the TSA podcast liked it as much!  Also the Master Chief Collection is coming to PC and adding Halo Reach....sweet!  And during "What We Played" Dan finally started Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

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Looking back on the library of the Gamecube, there were some absolute gems available for the system.  Not to say anything of Super Smash Bros. Melee which is still played competitively....and the controller still being perfect for Smash to this day.  During "What We Played" Will played a some more Far Cry, including but not limited to New Dawn and Dan tried a little Crackdown 3.

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Dan, Eric and Will give their first impressions for Anthem,the newest looter shooter from Legendary developer BioWare.  It's definitely a gamble for them, to inject classic BioWare storytelling into a genre that's generally suffered from poor stories.  During Nibblebits, the Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal is discussed.  Eric talks about Apex Legends during "What We Played" and Will played some FarCry New Dawn.

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Dan and Corey cover the Disney/Square Enix RPG that has been many years in the making.  Did all that time in development serve the game well?  During "What We Played" Corey played Civ 6's newest expansion Gathering Storm and Dan spent quite a bit of time playing Valkyria Chronicles 4.

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Dan, Will and Corey discuss the newest Chucklefish release Wargroove....the spiritual successor to Advance Wars now on PC and Switch.  Also covered this week was Nintendo's Jam packed Direct from February 13, 2019...complete with some details on Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and the remaster for Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

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Again in lieu of an Anthem beta episode, we decide to do something different at the last moment.  This time we reach way back, revisiting some of the Thumbies awards from the previous years.  Thanks again to Corey for creating the Thumbies master list!  During "What We Played" Dan and Will give some early Wargroove impressions.

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It was a snowy mess last week here in Upstate NY, this week it's miserably frigid and windy...so we figured it was a good time to cover our favorite snow/winter experiences in games.  Made better by the fact that they can be experienced from the warmth and comfort of our couches.  Lots to cover this week in Nibblebits, with Metriod Prime 4 being scrapped and restarted and Metro Exodus exiting Steam.  What We Played has some more AC Odyssey talk, first impressions of Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Anthem Beta.

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Dan and Will welcome Val on this week to discuss the latest Wii U game ported to the Nintendo Switch in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.  Another solid Nintendo game that should be experienced by the much larger group of Switch owners and not just the few, but proud Wii U owners. 

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Dan and Will cover all the games (AAA mostly) coming out this year with real actual release dates.  Sure, plenty more will be coming out and some that we cover here may even see last minute delays.  But before we get into our main topic, Val comes on to get us caught up on her experiences with Rookie Camp games from November and December.  Also EA is still very poorly handling the Star Wars franchise and we gush some more about Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

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This week we kick off our 2019 gaming coverage with a predictions episode....what new hardware will we see?  Unannounced games?  Then Dan talks about all he's played since we've had a regular episode, which includes Pokemon Let's GO Pikachu, Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Red Dead Redemption 2.  There's also some fairly big news stories that we cover, like Bungie and Activision splitting up and The Division 2 skipping a Steam release for the Epic Games Store.

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Dan, Eric, Corey and Will change the format a bit for this year's Thumbies and discuss live which games they want for the winner of each category. 

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Dan takes blurbs from episodes on Octopath Traveler, Life is Strange 2, Monster Hunter World and of course Red Dead Redemption 2 for this year's second half recap leading up to the Thumbies.

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We cover the newest Pokemon games for this week's episode, which Will has played a lot of and Dan....watched on YouTube.  (Thanks ZackScottGames!)  It's a lovely remaster of the originals with some new mechanics thrown in.  During "What We Played" we of course talk some more Smash Bros. Ultimate!

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Smash is here, and Dan, Corey, Eric and Will relate their experiences with it after spending most of the weekend together playing it.  We also cover some of the announcements from The Game Awards and Eric talks about Fallout 76.

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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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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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