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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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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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Last week we we prepared by adding, combining and removing some categories all for the main event this week...the 2016 Thumbies. 

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The annual Thumbies awards are upon us, so this week we took an episode to get our categories ironed out.  We combined a few awards, got rid of a few, and even added a few for this year...so get ready for the only awards show that matters....The 2016 Thumbies Awards.

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A gift guide for those last minute Christmas shoppers out there...get something nice for that special gamer in your life.  Corey and Will also talk briefly about the newly released Super Mario Run. 

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Final Fantasy XV is finally out and was experienced by both Corey, a series veteran, and Eric, relative newcomer with some experience with Final Fantasy VIII and X.  Then there's Dan, patiently awaiting a future PC release....

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It's once again time for awards in the games industry, kicking off with the newly annual Game Awards.  We talk about the nominees and give our picks, while giving live results of the categories that were announced while we were recording.  We also cover the new Steam Awards and give some of our picks for them.

 

During What we Played Corey and Eric give their first impressions of Final Fantasy 15, to be covered more in depth next week.

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Will takes the lead for this episode, having put in a substantial amount of time in all pokemon games in addition to the newly released Sun and Moon games. 

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Though none of us were huge fans of the first, we all thought it had potential and could be greatly improved for the second iteration.  The second game is here in Dishonored 2 and we give our thoughts. 

 

During "What We Played" Eric played the first few hours of Watch Dogs 2 and Dan and Corey tried Tyranny.

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We cover a plethora of shooters recently released in one fell swoop. While none of us have the multiplayer edge we used to, Will still played quite a bit of and was successful at the Modern Warfare Remaster.

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The first proper Civ release in 6 years, and one of many changes too.  Veterans of the series Dan and Corey cover the changes from V to VI and give our thoughts as usual.  We also discuss the newly released Skyrim Special Edition.

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Like the title says, we cover the Battlefield series' return to the past with Battlefield 1 and its World War 1 setting.

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This week we cover the Windows 10 and Xbox One Play Anywhere title Gear of War 4.  Though none of us really played much multiplayer, (we don't usually) we cover some of the campaign and Horde mode.  We also cover the big news from today in the Nintendo Switch reveal and our thoughts on what we know so far.

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This week we pick and discuss the best exclusives for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.  We decided to leave out the Wii U since it has mostly exclusives, which range from good to excellent. 

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One of our earliest episodes was Budget Gaming, where we offer suggestions on how to play games on a budget.  In the past 5 years, a lot has changed...so we offer up some new suggestions on how to game on a budget.

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The Horizon festival takes itself down under, hosting races from the beautiful coastline of Australia, to the rugged outback.  It's also one of the early titles in Xbox's Play Anywhere program, allowing PC players the chance to play with their Xbox friends.  During "What We Played" Eric gives his first impressions of FIFA 17.

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This week we individually list all the games we're hyped for, then come to a consensus on which games should be in the top 5 and what they rank.  During What We Played, Corey tried The Turing Test and we also cover the Digital Homicide/Steam controversy. 

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This week we talk about the current Steam indie darling Halcyon 6, with its unique blend of strategy, RPG elements and retro art style.  During What We Played Eric talks about the demos for FIFA 17 and Forza Horizon 3 and Corey played Quadrilateral Cowboy.

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For this week we cover the newest entry in the Deus Ex franchise in Mankind Divided.  During "What We Played" Corey talks about Obduction.

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Our annual Fall games preview this week in which we cover Battlefield 1, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Civ 6, and a few other releases for the year.  In "What We Played" we give brief first impressions of Deus Ex Mankind Divided and talk some more about Enderal.

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After several long years of waiting, No Man's Sky is finally here....listen and find out what we thought.  Corey talks about Skyrim mod Enderal and Pokemon Uranium during what we played.

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Corey is back this week luckily, as his experience with Hearthstone is invaluable in evaluating Elder Scrolls Legends...the beta for the upcoming CCG from Bethesda.  During "What We Played" Eric briefly talks about No Man's Sky, without spoiling anything for those of us waiting to play it on PC.  Full episode on it next week!

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The full release of Starbound is upon us....after nearly three years in early access.  You get the benefit hearing from some of us that played it in early access, and Eric who played it for the first time this week.  During "What We Played" Eric talks about Abzu, and the Athletes cover the latest Pokemon GO update.

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This week we cover the classically styled JRPG I am Setsuna, with it's Chrono Trigger like combat system and somber feel.  During what we played, Will talks a little about We Happy Few, Eric got a 2DS and we all talk about Pokemon GO.

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We did some spoiler-free coverage of INSIDE last week, but it's an extremely difficult game to cover without talking about anything that happened in it.  This week we discuss the most common question hanging in people's minds after playing.....What's it all mean?

 

During What We Played we briefly cover the first couple hours of I am Setsuna and obviously talk some more about Pokemon Go.

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Initially we had planned on devoting a full episode to Inside this week and covering Pokemon Go next week, but Inside is hard game to cover and talk much about without spoiling things for the player.  We each were able to get in enough time with Pokemon Go over the past few days that we decided to cover it this week also.

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Since we're just a hair over 2016's midpoint, we decided to take a look back on some of our favorite releases from the first half.

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With the 2016 Steam Summer sale winding down over the next few days, we each give some of our recommended purchases.  After the outro, Dan and Corey do their final Game of Thrones recap and analysis for the sixth season covering The Winds of Winter.

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Since we didn't get to have our What We Played segment last week, we decided to devote a full episode to catching up on the games we've played over the last few weeks.  We cover Ratchet and Clank, The Witcher 3, Uncharted 4, Hearts of Iron 4, and several others.  After the episode, Dan and Corey also catch up on the last two episode of Game of Thrones...episode 8 "No One" and the recent episode 9 "Battle of the Bastards."

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We recap the major press conferences from EA, Bethesda, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo in a very lengthy main segment. 

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Gamer Christmas starts early next week, so the Athletes do their usual predictions episode beforehand.  It contains the usual blend of pessimism and optimism, with some bold predictions thrown in as well.  During What We Played, Dan talks early impressions of Hearts of Iron IV, Eric played some mobile games, Will mixed in Doom and Ratchet and Clank along with some older classics, and Corey revisits The Witcher 3.  After the episode, Dan and Corey cover last weekend's Game of Thrones episode, "The Broken Man."

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We didn't end up covering Doom this week like we thought we were, but it obviously came up in Letter D episode.  We covered Doom, Dreamcast, Destructoid...and that's pretty much it.  It was a busy week!  During what we played, Overwatch took up most of the segment, and after the episode Dan and Corey talk some spoilers for Episode 6 of Game of Thrones titled "Blood of my Blood."

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After open and closed betas, we finally were able to get our mitts on the finished project...so in a timely fashion we cover Overwatch.  In later segments Will talks about Fallout 4's Far Harbor DLC, and Corey played Salt and Sanctuary.  After the episode Dan and Corey do a spoiler filled discussion on episodes 4 and 5 of Game of Thrones Season 6. 

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Will and Eric cover the latest Naughty Dog masterpiece Uncharted 4.  During "What We Played" we cover the Final Fantasy x/X-2 HD remaster and more Stellaris.  We also debut a new segment called "What We Didn't Play"

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This week we cover things in gaming that start with the letter C, including CC Challenger Cup Hockey, Chuck E. Cheese Sports, and CD Projekt Red.  During What We Played Will gives his first impressions of Uncharted 4, Corey played Stellaris, and we all talk some Overwatch.  After the outro, Dan and Corey talk Game of Thrones spoilers from Episodes 1, 2 and the latest episode "Oathbreaker".

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Eric covers the new episodic Hitman game this week, our first experience with the series.  During what we played we talk about Galak Z, Disgaea PC, and the Overwatch beta.

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In lieu of 4 in February, we decided for this week to hit some games from our backlogs and report in.  In "What We Played" we talked a little more Dark Souls 3, and Corey briefly covers some of the Whispers of the Old Gods Hearthstone expansion.

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Praise the Sun!!!  We finally got our hands on the newest Dark Souls game, and the supposed final game in the series.  During "What We Played" we cover the Overwatch beta, Ratchet and Clank, and a little of the Doom beta.

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Eric and Will cover Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive Quantum Break this week, with Dark Souls III, Ratchet and Clank, and Enter the Gungeon being briefly covered during what we played.

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At a listener's request we cover the Diablo-esque ARPG Grim Dawn, which recently came out of early access.  During What we Played we cover Miitomo, Hyper Light Drifter and early impressions of Quantum Break.

After the outro we talk some spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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We cover a mobile game for the first time in our history, and hopefully it never happens again!  During "What We Played" we all talk a little more Stardew Valley, and Corey played some Grim Dawn. 

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We dig deeper into Stardew Valley, talking about more mid to late game content after having sunk a significant amount of time into the farming RPG.

 

During "What We Played" we talked more about The Division and Corey talks about The Flame and the Flood.

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The Division is a rare gem, being a game that not only did we all play, but all played together.

 

Other games of note that we talked about were Stardew Valley and Salt and Sanctuary during "What We Played"

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Corey talked a little bit about it last week, but we cover it more fully this week....Stardew Valley.  The most Harvest Moon like game since the first Harvest Moon.

 

We also give some brief first impressions of The Division.

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The Far Cry Series' first trek back in history, and it goes way back....10,000 BCE to be exact.  Far Cry has swapped vehicles for woolly mammoths and guns with bows and spears as the protagonist Takkar tries to rebuild the Wenja tribe while fending off the violence of neighboring tribes. 

 

During what we played we talk some more Fire Emblem Fates and give first impressions of Stardew Valley.  (to be covered next week)

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We talk about the wonderful Fire Emblem Fates games this week, with Will covering Birthright and Dan covering Conquest.  We're looking forward to the release of the third part, Revelations!

 

During Nibblebits (news) we talk about the leaked Fallout 4 survival mode, BioShock Collection being rated in Brazil, and the Necromancer coming to Heroes of the Storm.

 

During What We Played we cover The Division Beta, Danganronpa: Tigger Happy Havoc, and Will gives his brief first impressions of Far Cry Primal.

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It's a host's choice episode where we talk about gaming addictions, Fallout 4, and some ideas for video content. 

During "What We Played" we talked some more XCOM 2.

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XCOM 2 picks up after the inevitable failure of the XCOM project in XCOM Enemy Unkown.  We discuss our thoughts on some of the changes made for the second game and get into some of the performance issues as well.

 

During "What We Played" we talk about the newly released Firewatch and Unravel and talk some more about The Witness.

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Some of the other Athletes got a chance to play The Division Beta so we had our episode on it this week.  During "What We Played" Corey and Will talk some more about The Witness.

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For this week we have a dual indie game main segment covering Jonathan Blow's first person puzzle game The Witness and sanity management dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon.

During "What We Played" Dan talks about The Division beta.  Stay tuned after the outro for a special clip dug up by Tito, where the Athletes eerily predict Pokemon GO over two years ago.

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In part 2 of our 2016 games preview we each pick a handful of games to cover that may or may not end up coming out in 2016.

 

During "What We Played" we cover the PC port of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, Pony Island and That Dragon, Cancer.

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Dan and Corey nerd out over the complex JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles X.

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Though I said in the beginning of this episode that we would have our 2016 games preview all in one episode, we decided towards the end that there were a lot of games we didn't cover and will be doing a Part 2 next week.

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Our 3rd annual Thumbies awards episode where we revisit the good and bad of this year's games, along with our usual discussions on why we picked the games that we did.

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Dan gives the other dudes a week off and recaps some of the game releases from earlier in the year before heading into the the Thumbies next week.  Clips include our coverage of Dying Light, Monster Hunter 4, Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, and Heroes of the Storm.

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Eric once again carries the episode on his back, with the Xbox One timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider as the subject of this week's episode.  Corey and Will also talk about Her Story in a spoiler free manner.

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Eric again carries the episode, breaking down the tactical FPS Rainbow Six Siege.  Later on in the episode Dan and Corey briefly cover the mammoth Xenoblade Chronicles X and Eric and Will give quick first impressions of Rise of the Tomb Raider...to be covered more in-depth next week.

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The four of us played the newest Assassin's Creed...even Dan!

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Eric and Will cover BLOPS 3, even though they swear it off every year.  Later on Will talks about the Overwatch beta, we get into some more Fallout 4, and Dan briefly played Yoshi's Wolly World.

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We once again return to the wasteland in a lengthy main segment on Fallout 4.  All 4 of us played and had different amounts of time roaming ruined Boston, giving a nice perspective of both the early and later game events.

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We all recap our Extra Life marathons, the games we played and experiences.  We also give our first impressions of Fallout 4, with the full review episode coming next week.  Corey and Will talk Rampage Knights, and Corey played the new Hearthstone Adventure called League of Explorers.

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It's the Xbox One's time to shine, with the release of the newest Halo which Will and Eric played.

 

We also discuss our plans for our Extra Life steams.

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We played quite a few games over Eric's bachelor party weekend, including the newly released Rock Band 4. 

 

In nibblebits Eric covers the Sony conference from the Paris Games week.

 

We also talk first impressions of Halo 5 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate.

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We do a retro review of the classic Final Fantasy Tactics, which is in the top 5 favorite games of all time for Dan, Corey, and Will.

 

Corey also talks about his experience playing Soma.

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All 4 of us played the Battlefront Beta and.....well...just listen.

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It's a little later than usual, but we finally got our fall games preview out.

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Eric and special guest Tito from LA tackle Destiny 2.0 as well as the Taken King expansion.

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We cover a lot of things in gaming starting with the letter B.

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Nintendo's strange controller/tablet hybrid control scheme finally makes sense.  It was put there all along to create Mario levels.

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Kojima's swan song Metal Gear game, and also the best yet?

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We cover the Disney Infinity games for the first time, with Eric talking about 3.0.

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We cover the very un-Final Fantasy-like FF Type-0 HD for this weeks episode.  Find out what makes it so different, but also a very difficult game to describe.

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A new type of episode where we cover everything in gaming with a letter of the alphabet, allowing us to touch on topics we wouldn't be able to get to otherwise.

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Another title in the line of interactive story games, find out what Everbody's Gone to the Rapture has to offer.

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A few of us upgraded to Windows 10 last week, so we relate our upgrade experiences and how the new OS has treated us so far.

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We scratch the surface of the Minecraft-esque MMORPG Trove, covering our first few hours and early impressions of combat and exploration.

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One of the first games in awhile all 4 us have played, and an all around excellent competitive multiplayer game, Rocket Leauge is way more fun than it has any business being.

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The title says it all, we discuss 5 of our favorite games of the first half of 2015 in no particular order.

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Eric is back and we can talk about Batman!  However, in attempt to not spoil any of the juicy story details we talk mostly about the Batmobile.

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The Wii U had a pretty poor showing at this year's E3, leading some to believe Nintendo's focus is shifting towards it's next console codenamed the NX.  It gave us a good opportunity to speculate what we think the console could be.

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Just some final thougts on some things we saw at E3, some Nintendo stuff as well as thoughts on some of the VR that was shown.

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Our lengthy recap of all the major press conferences from E3 2015, starting with Bethesda and ending with the first ever PC Gaming conference.

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Time again for gamer Christmas starting next week, so we cover the main presenters and some of their expected announcements.  We also throw in a few of our own predictions for the heck of it.

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We know...we've been talking about it for months now, but HotS is finally out for everyone.  At the very least you can be sure it's the last time we'll talk about it at length!

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just released and SPOILER ALERT...it's amazing!!  We discuss the usual likes and dislikes, and after the outro do a little more on early game spoilers and plot recap.

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200 episodes since we started and 100 since we last talked about our top 10 games, we decided to revisit our top 10 lists.

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In anticipation for the launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we cover the first two games in the Witcher series.

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We took an episode to anwser any and all questions posed to us by our listeners, some gaming related and some not.

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Since Nintendo once again came through with excellent DLC for Mario Kart 8, we decided to cover with a full episode.

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We cover some of this week's gaming news in this episode, which was shortened due to playoff hockey.

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A two game episode this week, with Eric covering Mortal Kombat X and Dan and Corey briefly covering Titan Souls.

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Dan and Corey cover the throwback isometric RPG Pillars of Eternity for this week's episode.

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This week Dan and Eric cover From Software's Dark Souls-esque PS4 exclusive Bloodborne in all of its bloody, and brutally difficult glory.

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This week, the new direction from the Battlefield series with cops and robbers battling one another.  Find out if Hardline differentiates itself enough from past Battlefield games or if the differences are even for the better.

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We cover the new 3DS strategy game this week in Code Name: STEAM.

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We cover two new indies in depth this week, as well as do an overview of some of the upcoming indies to look forward to this year.

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Nearly a month after it's release, we can finally do a review episode on Monster Hunter 4.  It's a game with lots of different facets, so we wanted to give it plenty of time.

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For this week's episode we evaluate The Order: 1886 in all it's cinematic glory.

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Will takes the lead for this week's main segment, covering the newest iteration of the multiplayer FPS in Evolve.

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We give our first impressions along with a list of the new features on the aptly and uncreatively named New 3DS XL.

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We cover the year's first AAA release in Dying Light.  Just another zombie killing simulator or is there something more to it?

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With all 4 of us in studio this week, we pick each other's games to beat in February as well as the 3 games for fans to vote on.

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For this week we all picked a handful of games coming out later in the year to cover.  These are of course the unscheduled releases which may or may not come out in 2015.

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Our yearly coverage of the upcoming game releases.  Part 1 too, which covers the scheduled releases from January-March and a few later than that.

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We decided to kick off 2015 with our Bold Predictions episode first, again, with some predictions being more bold than others.  Hopefully we can listen back at the end of the year and have many of them be true...to make us look smart of course.

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The annual Thumbie awards for the calendar year 2014, a legnthy and booze-fueled ode to this year in gaming.

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For this week's episode we cover some of the games we wish we had played this year.  Usually a Thumbies category, we decided to cover it a week early.

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While it's not necessarily a highlights episode, I do play some clips from episodes where we covered some of the year's biggest releases.

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Finally we get to cover the highly rated third enrty in the Dragon Age series. 

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We go back and revisit our predictions from earlier in the year to see which are wrong and which are correct...and argue about Steam Machines...again!

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Another dual release episode, but this time much higher praise from the Athletes than last week.  Tune in to hear Eric's thoughts on the new Smash Bros, as has hated previous entries in the series.

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Two piss poor games to review this week.  Usually we're not that negative, but damn...try harder next time.

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A little change of pace this week, talking about why we didn't purchase this year's Call of Duty.  Particularly Will and Eric, who usually make the Duty plunge, express their thoughts on why they didn't get it.

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An XBox One exclusive for this week's episode in Sunset Overdrive.  It was described as a mix of Saint's Row, inFamous, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater....sounds like fun!

Direct download: Episode_172_Sunset_Overdrive.mp3
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It's Civ, but all Sci-Fi!  Find out how different, if at atll, Beyond Earth is from previous entries.

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More Borderlands abound in The Pre-Sequel, good news if you're a fan of the series and bad news if you're not.

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The newest entry in the multi-billion dollar Skylanders franchise involves trapping baddies escaped from prison...as well as the usual emptying of your wallet!

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Shadow of Mordor is finally out and we get to experience what an Assassin's Creed, Batman Arkham, LOTR mash up would be like.  Hint: pretty sweet!

Direct download: Episode_168_Shadow_of_Mordor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

The Thumbstick Athletes cover the kickstarted old-school RPG Wasteland 2 this week, after Corey briefly discussing last week.

Direct download: Episode_167_Wasteland_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

We had a little different pace for this week's episode, as we asked listeners to sumbit topics of discusson on or off the usual subject of gaming.

Direct download: Episode_166_Listeners_Choice.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

It's finally here!  After several long years of waiting for the next title from Bungie, gamers can finally get their hands on the MMO/FPS hybrid and find out if it lives up to it's lofty expectations.

Direct download: Episode_165_Destiny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT

In anticipation of the upcoming Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, we go back and cover all of the LoTR games from the beginning and reminisce about the ones we've played.

Direct download: Episode_164_Lord_of_the_Rings_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

The second part of our Fall Games preview, in which we cover November, December and unscheduled releases.

Direct download: Episode_163_2014_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44pm EDT

Our yearly preview of some of the games coming in the Fall of 2014.

Direct download: Episode_162_2014_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

Skyrim is a game that is meant to be modded, and the community certainly doesn't disappoint!  Graphics, weapons and armor, even entirely new landmasses were all created by players for Bethesda's already gigantic RPG.

Direct download: Episode_161_Skyrim_Mods.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

Lots of big announcements from Gamescom this week, so we cover some of the bigger ones in a very E3-esque way.

Direct download: Episode_160_Gamescom_2014_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

We again don't have main topic this week, opting instead to cover some of this week's news stories in more depth.

Direct download: Episode_159_Just_the_News.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EDT

In lieu of unifying main topic, we instead move the roundtable segment up and each bring a topic worthy of some discussion.

Direct download: Episode_158_Roundtable.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

THe one of us that doesn't have a computer capable of playing The Crew Beta is the one that got the key.  Luckily he passed it on so we were able to get some time in for this week's episode.

Direct download: Episode_157_The_Crew_Beta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

We finally have a full on episode on Blizzard's hit card game Hearthstone.

Direct download: Episode_156_Hearthstone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

In which we list our 5 favorite co-op games of all time.

Direct download: Episode_155_Top_5_Coop_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

Valiant Hearts is Ubisoft's new UbiArt Framework game which follows 4 people caught up in the events of World War I.

Direct download: Episode_154_Valiant_Hearts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT

For this week's episode, the Athletes welcome back Jarad to talk Tomodachi Life.  It's one of those games that only Nintendo can pull off.

Direct download: Episode_153_Tomodachi_Life.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

No NDA means we can talk about our experiences with the Destiny alpha without fear of legal action!  Find out what we thought of Bungie's ambitious MMO/FPS/RPG hybrid.

Direct download: Episode_152_Destiny_Alpha.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

Every gamer's favorite time of the year!  E3 2014 has just ended and we, the Athletes, share our views on the different press conferences and offer up some winners and losers from this year's Expo.

Direct download: Episode_151_E3_2014_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

We don't do anything necessarily special for our 150th episode, but do cover a special game in Mario Kart 8.

Direct download: Episode_150_Mario_Kart_8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

Watch_Dogs is finally out!  The hype.  The delays.  More hype.  As usual, find out our thoughts!

Direct download: Episode_149_Watch_Dogs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18am EDT

Two games are the main topic for this week, with Eric talking about the new Wolfenstein game and Dan and Will covering Transistor.

Direct download: Episode_148_Wolfenstien_Transistor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

Will takes this lead for this week's episode on MLB 14 The Show.  It's only fair to let him lead the main segment, as he's the biggest baseball fan out of all of us...and well...he's the only one that bought it.

Direct download: Episode_147_MLB_14_The_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

This week we cover the new artistic RPG Child of Light, from Ubisoft Montreal, makers of the very different Far Cry series.  It's one we all played too, so you get to hear the perspective of all the Athletes for the first time in awhile.

Direct download: Episode_146_Child_of_Light.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm EDT

The gang is all here for our epsiode on Dark Souls II!  Find out our thoughts on the brutal and unforgiving action RPG.

Direct download: Episode_145_Dark_Souls_II.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

Just Dan and Will this week, so they combine a regular episode with Dan's Watch Out For and do a Child of Light preview.

Direct download: Episode_144_Child_of_Light_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

For this week's episode, something a little different.  We list the top 5 things we wish the other members of the podcast liked, with some games and genres being things listed and some a little off topic.

Direct download: Episode_143_Top_5_Things_I_Wish_You_Liked.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

One of the Athletes finally got an XBOX One, so we can weigh in on the menus, games, kinect, controller and draw some comparisons to the PS4.

Direct download: Episode_142_XBOX_One.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

With April Fools day having just passed by, the Athletes do a summary of some the jokes and pranks that floated around the gaming world.  Some good, some plausible, and others...not so good.

Direct download: Episode_141_April_Fools_in_Gaming_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

The first big PS4 exclusive launched last week, is it a system seller?  Or should you wait on inFAMOUS and get it later.

Direct download: Episode_140_inFAMOUS_Second_Son.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:01pm EDT

Watch Out For 1: X

My first Watch Out For on the Wii U exclusive X.  Plus a mission statement at the beginning.

Direct download: Watch_Out_For_1_X.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

The episode this week covers VALVe's new documentary called Free to Play, which follows the lives of three DOTA 2 players and their difficulties with being the trailblazers in the new e-sports frontier.

Direct download: Episode_139_Free_to_Play_Documentary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

The ads for Titanfall say "Believe the hype" but should you?  This week we examine the next big FPS from Respawn and EA and whether or not it lives up to it's hype and expectations.

Direct download: Episode_138_Titanfall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally out!  The Athletes cover the game so far as well as cover some of the mechincs you will find in the game. 

Direct download: Episode_137_South_Park_The_Stick_Of_Truth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

Episode 136: 2014 Four in February Finale

The recap episode for our Four in February challenge, only with a little less drunkeness than last year.

Direct download: Episode_136_2014_Four_in_February_Finale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

The Athletes review the new 3DS JRPG Bravely Default, and Corey and Will talk about their experiences with the Titanfall beta.

Direct download: Episode_135_Bravely_Default.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

Ep. 134 Hangover: Titanfall Beta

Dan and Will talk briefly about Will's experience with the Titanfall beta on Xbox One.

Direct download: Ep_134_Hangover_Titanfall_Beta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Episode 134: The Banner Saga

We finally got around to doing an episode on The Banner Saga.  We didn't confuse it at all with Candy Crush Saga...

Direct download: Episode_134_The_Banner_Saga.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

Though it isn't technically next gen anymore, Dan, Eric and Will give some ideas for features/hardware and games they would like to see on the PS4 and Xbox One. 

Direct download: Episode_133_Next_Gen_Wishlist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

At the last moment we decided to do a Just the News episode and cover some of the big stories in gaming this week. 

Direct download: Episode_132_Just_The_News.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT

With the arrival of February, the Athletes again take on the 4 in Feb challenge in attempt to tackle some of the backlog.  This year they select the games for each other, and leave one up to a listener vote.  Also contains BioShock Infinite SPOILERS from 01:21:00 to 01:35:00.  Ye be warned!

Direct download: Episode_131_4_in_February_Selection.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

Also a standard episode for early in the year, our 2014 Predictions episode containing some bold, and some VERY bold predictions.

Direct download: Episode_130_2014_Predictions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

Part 2 of our 2014 games preview includes all the unscheduled releases for this year, and a much larger portion of this year's games.

Direct download: Episode_129_2014_Games_Preview_part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

With the arrival of the new year, it's time again to look ahead to all the potentially awesome games that are going to come out this year.  In part 1 of 2014 games preview, we look at the scheduled releases which are mostly Jan, Feb, and March games, but also a few later ones sprinkled in. 

Direct download: Episode_128_2014_Games_Preview_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:45am EDT

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

We have our first annual Thumby awards episode, where some normal awards were given out, as well some more outlandish ones.

Direct download: Episode_75_2012_Thumbies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Supposedly the world is going to be ending soon, se we talk about our favorite games where the world has already ended, or ends at some point during the game.

Direct download: Episode_74_Apocalypse_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

We recap, and criticize or validate, some of the award winners from the 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards.

Direct download: Episode_73_2012_VGA_Awards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

We all had games we missed this year, so for this week's episode we all played something we didn't get the chance to earlier in the year......and talk about it during this episode.

Direct download: Episode_72_Games_We_Missed_in_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

The (kind of) newly released Planetside 2 is our topic this week, with some likes and some dislikes with the initial impressions.

Direct download: Episode_71_Planetside_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27am EDT

The Athletes take in a movie for this week's episode.  Indie Game: The Movie is the subject of commentary this week, and from there we talk a little about indie gaming in general.

Direct download: Episode_70_Indie_Game_The_Movie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

In this brief hangover episode we discuss our plans for Thanksgiving and talk about the one thing in gaming (or specific game) we're most thankful for so far this year. 

Direct download: Ep_69_Hangover_Thanksgiving_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

The latest (and greatest?) Call of Duty game, Black Ops 2, has graced us with it's presence.  How does it measure up to the other CoD games and the recently released Halo 4?

Direct download: Episode_69_CoD_Black_Ops_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Dan, Will and Corey discuss their experiences with Windows 8 so far, along with some possible slight changes to episode format.

Direct download: Ep_68_Hangover_Windows_8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Halo 4 is FINALLY out!  We've all been looking forward to it for quite some time now and we relish in discussing the series that put Microsoft's gaming console on the map.  We also play some of the music from Halo 4 during the breaks as well.

Direct download: Episode_68_Halo_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Halo 4 is finally coming out this week!  So, we do a quick preview of the blockbuster FPS franchise.

Direct download: Ep_67_Hangover_Halo_4_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

The new Ubisoft release Assassin's Creed 3 is our topic for this week.  Does the new Revolutionary War propel the latest Assassin's Creed game to new heights?  Or is this generation of games kind of getting tired at this point?  Listen to find out!

Direct download: Episode_67_Assassins_Creed_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38am EDT

SPOILER WARNING!  We talk about the Assassin's Creed storyline to this point, relating the events from AC 1, 2, Brotherhood and Revelations along with a preview of some of the things to look forward to in the upcoming iteration of the franchise.

Direct download: Ep_66_Hangover_Assassins_Creed_3_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

We bring return guest Justin in studio to talk about his experiences in the competitive gaming world wiith the classic Counter-Strike.  The Athletes also (as usual) give a brief history of e-sports and competitive gaming.

Direct download: Episode_66_Gaming_101_Competitive_Gaming.mp3
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We discuss our plans for the impending release of Halo 4 in the first half of this week's hangover episode, and discuss the election and politics in the second half.  Ye be warned!  We're not fans of either candidate, and explain why we'll be not voting on election day.

Direct download: Ep_65_Hangover_Halo_4_Plans_Politics.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

The new stealth-action game Dishonored from Arkane Studios is our topic for this week's episode.  Find out our thoughts in this slightly different formatted episode.

Direct download: Episode_65_Dishonored.mp3
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With the recent release of XCOM, we decide it's a good time to talk aliens.  We get a tad philosophical in this episode and only talk a little bit about video games.

Direct download: Ep_64_Hangover_Aliens.mp3
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The newly released strategy game from Firaxis is this week's topic of discussion.

Direct download: Episode_64_XCOM.mp3
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Dan, Will and Corey talk the NHL Lockout finally and some strategies we, as fans, can use to voice our displeasure.

Direct download: Ep_63_NHL_Lockout.mp3
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We all have games we hate right?  In this week's episode we list the 5 games we all hate the most for various reasons.  Plus there's a lot of profanity this week.....ye be warned.

Direct download: Episode_63_5_Most_Hated_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27am EDT

Corey gets and iPhone 5 and we talk (very) briefly about it.

Direct download: Ep_62_Hangover_iPhone_5.mp3
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We hit on two new releases this week in FIFA 13 and Torchlight 2.

Direct download: Episode_62_FIFA_13_Torchlight_2.mp3
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We talk football in this episode and never really tie it back into videogames, other than saying "Madden" once or twice.

Direct download: Ep_61_Hangover_Football.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Borderlands 2 is the topic of discussion this episode, and with the shipping delay for Will's copy of the game, Dan is the only one with any input on it.

Direct download: Episode_61_Borderlands_2.mp3
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Will takes the lead in this hangover episode, discussing some new information on Mass Effect 3's Indoctrination Theory he got from a very good and legnthy documentary on the subject.  

Direct download: Ep_60_Hangover_Indoctrination_Theory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

The Ahletes, minus Corey but plus Chris, list and discuss their top 5 (or 3) favorite Playstation One games.

Direct download: Episode_60_Best_of_the_PSOne.mp3
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Dan and Will discuss the Planetside 2 beta in some detail.

Direct download: Episode_59_Hangover.mp3
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Another Madden game?  That makes what, 23 Madden games?  Find out if this one is any different than the last few years and if it's worth a purchase or not.

Direct download: Episode_59_Madden_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

In our first after hours episode we talk about the history of the show, as well as the current state and future of the show.

Direct download: Labor_Day_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

We have Adrienne in studio again to discuss the newly release MMORPG Guild Wars 2.

Direct download: Episode_58_Guild_Wars_2.mp3
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Obviously, part 2 of our 2012 Fall games preview.

Direct download: Episode_57_2012_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

We list and discuss some of the bigger gaming releases for the first half of Fall 2012.

Direct download: Episode_56_2012_Fall_Games_Preview_Part_1.mp3
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The Athletes relate some of their more favorite drinking games involving videogames.  We were minus Will who is not yet of age to consume alcoholic beverages.

Direct download: Episode_55_Videogame_Drinking_Games.mp3
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We list our top 5 games we've spent all summer playing, and in one case, the top 5 games played this summer.

Direct download: Episode_54_Top_5_Summer_Games.mp3
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Like the title describes, this episode was more or less a disaster, rife with technical difficulties and a terribly scratchy throat. We did however cover some mobile gaming so it wasn't a total loss. Back to normal next week though, as Dan's internet has FINALLY been fixed.  Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_53_Disaster.mp3
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The second part of our game genres episode.

Direct download: Episode_52_Gaming_101_Game_Genres_part_2.mp3
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In the next installment of our Gaming 101 series, we run down the list of game genres and give examples of games in said genres.

Direct download: Episode_51_Gaming_101_Game_Genres_Part_1.mp3
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We do something a little different for our 50th episode!

Direct download: Episode_50_Episode_50.mp3
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The Murthas have their Dad in studio to discuss his view of their gaming habits growing up.  Find out a parent's perspective in this episode!

Direct download: SPECIAL_4th_of_July_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We discuss the newly released Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC as well as the Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim.

Direct download: Episode_49_ME3_DLC_Dawnguard.mp3
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The Athletes discuss the newly announced Microsoft Surface Tablet and some gaming news during the main segment.

Direct download: Episode_48_Microsoft_Surface_Tablet.mp3
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Though we had many tough decisions, we list our top 5 SNES games as well discuss some honorable mentions.

Direct download: Episode_47_Best_of_the_SNES.mp3
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We do a legnthy recap of all the major E3 presentations as well as touch on some minor announcements made during the week's events.

00:02:00- Teasers:  Crusader Kings II, Dragon’s Dogma, Gaikai

00:05:00- Our Weeks

-Corey: followed E3 closely, signed up for Blockbuster All Access and Gamefly

-Will: prom weekend, didn’t go but partied afterward

-Dan: also followed E3 closely, watch TMNT 2, blast from the past

00:14:44- Break

00:13:30- Microsoft

-SmartGlass, games and Kinect integration

00:54:40- EA

-games, UFC license

01:12:44- Break

01:14:12- Ubisoft

-games, especially Watch Dogs

01:35:53- Sony

-Wonderbook, games and some Vita specific games

01:54:28- Nintendo

-Wii U info, games for the new system

02:20:45- Miscellaneous

-Star Wars 1313, etc.,

02:37:53- Break

02:39:17- Feedback

03:03:26- What we Played

-Will: beat Diablo III, purchased Diablo II and had trouble installing

-Corey: Dawn of Discovery, Crusader Kings II, Gaikai

-Dan: beat Dragon’s Dogma, hopefully posting review soon

 

Direct download: Episode_46_E3_2012_Recap.mp3
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The title speaks for itself, we discuss some of the confirmed announcements as well as some rumors for 2012 E3.

Direct download: Special_E3_2012.mp3
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In this new episode type we start with the very basics, breaking down the differences between the consoles and the old standby PC gaming.  

Direct download: Episode_45_Gaming_101_Consoles.mp3
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We do a somewhat brief (we had to skip over quite a few games) rundown of Star Wars videogames, and stop to further discuss more notable games and ones we've played.

Nibble Bits

0:02:00 Will

-New Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC called Rebellion Pack

-New Minecraft update adding Creative Mode

-Bioware Austin branch is letting go of developers  from the SWTOR team

0:03:28 Eric

- Minecraft sold over 400,000 copies on its first week on XBLA

0:05:01 Corey

-Leaked game from the Bungie, named Destiny

-Tony Hawk Pro Skater music is announced

-David Shaw recommend the Xbox 360 be banned in America

-6.3 Million own Diablo 3.

-Dead Island Game Of the Year Edition all DLC packs for 30 Dollars

-Kinect competitor supposedly 100 times more accurate than Kinect

0:13:19 Dan

-Friaxis XCOM Enemy Unknown comes out October 9th for PC

-Comcast raises monthly data cap from 250 GBs to 300 GBs

-World of War Planes enters closed beta

-Skyrim update 1.6 adds horse combat for PC players.

Everyone’s Weeks

0:14:58 Corey

-Went to a restaurant and saw Elvis Impersonator

0:16:55 Will

-Intense Baseball games, finished up baseball season

0:18:44 Eric

-Poor Tyler

-Annemarie graduated from college

0:21:41 Dan

-At a wedding

- Finished up Diablo3

-Went to midnight release for Ghost Recon, but bought Dragons Dogma

Main Segment

0:26:30

Star Wars video games!

1:22:35

Feedback

1:24:05

-We get our super powers

1:37:22

News

1:37:23 Corey

-Corey’s article discusses why Diablo 3 being an online all the time game makes it a better game

-The athletes agree and disagree with the points in the article

1:44:43 Will & Eric

-Will’s article is about the shutdown of 38 Studios and Big Huge Games

-Eric also talks about the studio shut downs

1:55:10 Dan

-Dan’s article talks about how the Lakers losing help out E3

1:58:57

What We’ve Played

2:00:27

2:00:53 Eric

-Eric starts the Uncharted series

-Fifa

2:03:52 Corey

-Corey beats Tower of Fortune

-Corey tried out DC Universe Online, and talks about how the MMO works on a console

2:13:22 Dan

-Dan beat Diablo 3 and starts Nightmare difficulty

-Dan buys Dragons Dogma and discusses the game

2:40:00 Will

-Played Torchlight 1

-Played the Torchlight 2 beta  

Direct download: Episode_44_Star_Wars_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

We discuss the much anticipated Diablo 3, from the controversial log in problems to gameplay and everything in between.

00:01:20- Nibble Bits

00:12:15- what we did

            Corey- Came home, saw avengers 3 with Eric and Will. All three enjoyed it.

            Eric-    Took wife, Justin, and friends out to celebrate them graduating college.

            Will-    Played Diablo

            Dan-    first free week as a free man and played a ton of video games, went to midnight            

            release of Diablo 3

00:22:28 Return from break/main segment-  Diablo 3

The Athletes talk about server issues, characters they made, and what they liked and didn’t like about the game. Be sure to listen and leave feedback on your though

01:01:51- return from break/feedback/new

Voicemails (finally…) make sure to call and leave the athletes a voicemail. 607-527-0547. It’ll be played on the air....

News- 01:28:15 

Corey- The Real Reason there will never be offline single player in Diablo 3

Eric-    Asking Players for a constant internet connection….

            Dan-    Game Companies in tough financial spots

01:51:15 What we palyed

            Corey- Diablo 3, Tower of Fortune

Eric-    FIFA

            Will-    Battlefield 3

            Dan-    Beat the Witcher 2

 

Direct download: Episode_43_Diablo_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

We relive some of the classic NES games from our childhood as well as discuss some that we didn't play, but definitely deserve mentioning.

Nibble bits: 00:02:04

            Corey- Bio-shock moved to2/26/13

                        EA Released EA Humble Indie Bundle last week

                        SWTOR lost 400,000 subscribers

                        Rumors of Wii-u game titles

                        Scandal

 

            Eric-    Elder Scrolls online confirmed for 2013

                                    Set 100- years before Skyrim

                        Angry birds has hit 1 BILLION downloads

                        Adventure-time on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network

           

Will-    Snowbound Area

            Kingdom Hearts should come back to consoles

            Zynga to go to court…

 

Dan-    South Park RPG Name leaked on XBOX Live stick of truth

            Nokia/Rovio Angry Birds Space coming to windows phone.

            As of 3/31 30 million Skylanders figurines

           

 

How was our week: 00:11:20

Corey- got to enjoy his week a little more, saw some bands, went to a Yankee game on Tuesday night, looked for a job, studied, did some podcast work

 

Will- Baseball and school

 

Eric- went to the bar spent 50 bucks, (7 or 8 weeks in a row,) played some darts and did quite well.

 

Dan- last day at Wegmans yesterday, normal shift, Band show dates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return from break: 00:18:50 Best NES games

                        Top 5 lists:

           

            Five:

Corey: Gauntlet 2

Eric:     WWF Wrestle Mania

Will:    Excite Bike

Dan:    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

 

            Four:

           

                        Corey: Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers

                        Eric:     Duck Hunt

                        Will:    Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

                        Dan:    Baseball Stars

                       

You get the idea; listen to the episode for the rest of the list.

 

Honorable Mentions: 00:44:20

           

News: 01:11:15

Corey: The Key to Depth Simplicity

            Will:   

            Eric: Binghamton’s 4 Noble Truths: The way I lived them

            Dan: Company of  Heroes 2 will make you…

 

What we played: 01:35:30

           

Will: Battlefield 3,

Eric: Purchased Harry Potter Lego for the wife, played it together, Walking Dead game,

Corey: War Game European Escalation,

Dan: The Secret World beta, The Witcher 2

 

Direct download: Episode_42_Best_of_the_NES.mp3
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The hosts each bring in their own topic for discussion on the podcast, which includes some controversial topics, movie/game correlations and a proposal of sorts.

00:00;36 Nibble Bits

-Corey: Skrim DLC Dawnguard, Diablo 3 players have the option of global play, Nintendo confirmed self-published games will be available in digital form, Angry Birds Space became fastest growing mobile game, Uncharted designer leaves Naughty Dog, Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 announced,  Portal 2 level editor and announced characters for Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.

-Eric: Xbox 360 for 90 dollars, new game Unfinished Swam.

-Will: Diablo 3 auction house fees announced and Zynga posts a loss of 85.4 million.

Dan- Steam coming to Linux, Fable Heroes released on XBLA, Calvin Johnson to appear on the Madden Cover.

00:08:50 Our Weeks

-Corey: Move to New York, also saw Cabin in the Woods, Corey’s going away party.

-Eric: Drinking, Trailer Park Boys and near death experience.

-Will: Rough couple days at school

-Dan: Quit his job and had his son’s first birthday party.

00:24:56 Main Segment Hosts Choice

-Corey:  The Top 10 Things the Game Industry Can Learn from Film Production: article on Gamasutra

Lesson 3 Story=Concept, Dan brings up Mass Effect.

-Will: Timed DLC and Exclusive DLC

-Eric: Black Ops 2, Is there still room for creativity?

-Dan: Dan’s campaign he’s starting. “Don’t vote, Play Halo”

01:03:23 Feedback

-Chase tells us about Sniper Elite

-We discuss the Black Ops 2 trailer

-We receive a hockey comments

01:20:00 News

-Eric talks about the Microsoft and Motorola dispute. Eric also talks about the Oslo shooter.

-Will: Stop Getting So Mad At Game Reviews

-Dan and Corey discuss Wii U launch content.

 

01:38:00 What We’ve Played

-Corey: Watched Sophie play Botanicula, he also played Soul Survivor and The Walking Dead Episode 1

-Eric: Trials Evolution, and Fifa 12 European Cup DLC

-Dan: More Witcher 2, Final Fantasy 6  

Direct download: Episode_41_Hosts_Choice.mp3
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With the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, we tackle the subject of hockey videogames from their start in the late 70's to the present day iterations.

Direct download: Episode_40_Hockey_Games.mp3
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We all have at least a game or two that we haven't finished, so the Athletes and guest Todd discuss those games, and why we didn't finish them.

Featuring Fez, Legends of Grimrock, Pottermore and why we don’t finish games!

00:00;36 Nibblebits

00:02;00 Will: Rovio turns down Zynga’s offer – Halo 4’s release date – Dishonored trailer

00:04;20 Dan: Darksiders 2 moved back to August – Narrowing of the Madden 13 cover candidates

00:05;20 Eric: Nintendo will show off new Mario game  and Pikmin at E3 – James Bond’s glorious return to consoles

00:09;50 Corey: More Dark Souls for PC details

00:11;00 How was our week (Including our guest Todd’s top 5)

00:26;54 Main Segment: Why don’t we finish games?

We break down all the games we’ve played without beating by discussing the reasons behind their abandonment.

01:02;35 Feedback

We discuss whether there will be and what kind of Mass Effect 3 sequels we’d like to see. 

We’re asked who the biggest gamer is out of us.                                                

Also poo talk.

01:09;50 News

Dan discusses some demonstrations of new games by Nintendo at E3 which prompts the question: What are we looking forward to seeing at E3.

01:15;45 Eric talks sexuality in video games

01:20;30 Will brings in some pedophile chatter.

Corey and the gang postulate what kind of game Super Mario 4 might be.

01:29;14 What we Played

Todd talks Pottermore, Infamous, God of War 1, Mass Effect 2, and Dragon Age.

Corey really likes Legends of Grimrock.

Dan and Will discuss the new Mass Effect 3 DLC.

01:48;10 Eric keeps on trucking with Call of Duty.

Eric and Will try out the new XBLA game, Fez.

01:59;20 Dan tries Sid Meir’s Pirates on his Windows phone and concludes with The Witcher 2 on Xbox 306.  

Direct download: Episode_39_Unfinished_Business.mp3
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We tackle the controversial topic of gaming addiction, delving into the symtops causes, cures and even some games that have the stigma of being "addicting"

00:00;37 Nibblebits:

00:01;14 Will - New Multiplayer DLC for ME3 and new ending DLC – Joe Danger coming iOS – Gamestop is selling Skylanders toys now – Resurrection, Lazarus and Cerberus

00:06;55 Eric - Madden 13 cover vote finalists – Resident Evil 6 Platinum Edition – Legend of Dragoon

00:09;00 Corey – Release dates for Lost Planet 3, Resident Evil 6 and a Wii U price rumor

00:11;29 Dan - Civilization Revolution on Windows phone and Sid Meier Pirates on iPad - Skyrim 1.5 patch

00:13;00 How was our weeks (Including some NHL playoff predictions)

00:24;24 Music Break: 2nro8ot – “Crash of the First Interstellar Channel”

00:27;23 Main Segment: Video Game Addiction

We don our psychiatrist’s hats and diagnose video game addiction, the symptoms and discuss if we might be victims of the disease.

01:03;17 Music Break: 2nro8ot – “Look Back”

01:06;34  Feedback

We discuss EA’s victory(?) as worst company in America.

A listener asks us our favorite video game soundtracks.

01:20;30 News

Eric and Dan discuss the Better Business Bureau deeming Mass Effect 3’s marketing as false advertising.

01:25;50 Corey and Will discuss the new study detailing the characteristics of successful online competitors

01:33;14 Music Break: 2nro80t – “The TV Asteroid”

01:36;30 What We Played

Will - Pokemon Soul Silver

Eric - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and FIFA.

01:41;11 Dan - Civ 5, Civilization Revolution and Mass Effect 3 online

01:51;25 Corey - Xenoblade Chronicles and Infinity Blade

 

Direct download: Episode_38_Gaming_Addiction.mp3
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The Athletes try to make some sense of the Pokemon phenomenon as well as offer their own experiences with the franchise.

00:00;37 Nibblebits

00:01;49 Eric: Amazon releases Amazon Prime Instant Video on PS3 – Xbox 360’s new chrome controllers – Xbox 360’s Battlefield 3 update (rent your own server!) – Reports on the Wii U launch date – Reports that the Wii U is completely outdated, already – Next Xbox may need a constant internet connection.

00:08:35 Corey: Orcs Must Die 2 – Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter campaign – Journey is fastest selling PSN game.

00:10;45 Will: Madden NFL 13 cover voting – Sword and Sorcery coming to the PC – Mass Effect 3 cupcakes are sent to a local youth shelter.

00:12;57 Dan: PlayStation Vita firmware update is pulled – Halo is passed from Bungie to 343 Studios.

00:28;09 Music Break: Carsie Blanton – “Smoke Alarm”

00:29;39 Main Segment

All things Pokémon.

01:21;53 Music Break: Carsie Blanton – “Together Too Long”

01:23;23 Feedback

We get reprimanded for not giving the music in FF6 as much love as we should have.

A listener asks us what our favorite consoles of all time are.

01:29;30 Corey: Gender based pricing coming to video games

01:39;50 Eric: Kids, teachers and video game violence

01:42;42 Dan: Modern Warfare 3 blackout

01:50;15 Will: Internet trolling may become illegal in Arizona

01:58;03 Music Break: Carsie Blanton “Idiot Heart”

01:59;33 What We Played

Dan: Mass Effect 3 glitches,

Will: Mass Effect 3 online, Pokémon Soul Silver

Corey: Orcs Must Die, Front Mission 3, Railroad Tycoon 3 Platinum, Closure

Eric: Fifa 12, Closure, Call of Duty, Tiger Woods PGA 13

 

Direct download: Episode_37_Pokemon.mp3
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The Athletes and special guest Chris (from episode 21) relive one of their favortie games of all time, Final Fantasy 6, and Eric plays it for the first time.

00:00;35 Nibblebits

00:02;30 Eric brings in some leaked and alleged details on the PS4.

00:08;50 Dan talks Gamestop Gamecube tradeins.

Corey pimps the new Audiosurf game coming this summer.

00:13;00 Will brings up Angry Birds Space, and we talk some WiiU.

00:32;00 Music Break

00:33;08 Main Segment

We drop the air anchor and delve into quite possibly the greatest game of all time: Final Fantasy 6.

01:53;37 Feedback

News

Eric and Dan discuss why no used games consoles might be a good thing.

Will and Corey talk about Shay Pierce taking a stand against Zynga and holding on to his integrity.

What We Played

Angry Space and Mass Effect 3 dominate the conclusion to this episode.  

Direct download: Episode_36_Final_Fantasy_6_Revisited.mp3
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The title says it all, we hit on the controversial ending to Mass Effect 3.  Chock full of SPOILERS too!!

Direct download: SPECIAL_Mass_Effect_3_Ending_Discussion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

We discuss ESRB ratings, breaking down all the different ratings as well as offer a few different games as examples for each ratings.  Notes:

00:00;35 Nibblebits

We talk Dark Souls on the PC, iPad sales figures, language translations for Diablo 3.

00:20;30 Music Break

00:21;33 Main Segment: The ESRB

In light of recent government action, we delve into the gaming industry’s police force: the ESRB. How are game’s rated by the ESRB? Who rates them? Why aren’t there any Adults Only rated games in retail stores?

00:52;04 Music Break

00:53;10 Feedback

We’re asked whether we prefer dark, somber stories or lighthearted fun stories in games.

Another listener weighs in on the Mass Effect 3 controversy.

Sword and Sorcery receives a free recommendation.

Dragon Age 1 and 2 get a brief treatment.

News

Corey discusses the future of videogames featuring virtual glasses.

Dan leads a discussion based on the migration of players from WoW to SWToR.

Eric drops a heavyweight and gives his thoughts on changing the Mass Effect 3 ending.

Will enlightens us by sharing the fact that first person shooters are used to train terrorists. Duh. He also shares the gist of the proposed legislation that will slap a violence warning label on video games.

01:31;55 Music Break

01:33;05 What We Played

Dan briefly tries The Witcher, and starts his insanity playthrough in Mass Effect 3.  This evolves into a discussion of Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer.

Eric talks Mass Effect 2 and the I Am Alive demo.

Corey talks art with Thatgamecompany’s newest title,  Journey.

Direct download: Episode_35_ESRB_Ratings_Explained.mp3
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Saint Patty's Day, need I say more?

Direct download: St_Pattys_Day_2012.mp3
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We use the "what we played" segment as our main segment this week, which was really just a fancy way of talking more about Mass Effect 3.  Here's the notes:

00:00:37 Nibble Bits

Will starts us off with: Fallout New Vegas developer Obsidian layoffs – Play SWTOR Free This Weekend – EA releases a patch to prevent FIFA hacks.

00:02:37 Eric’s nibble bits are: Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition – Xbox Live Arcade games will offer double the Gamerscore – February games sales slide – Mass Effect 3 shipment numbers.

00:05:50 Corey mentions how to get Diablo III for free and Boondock Saints: the video game.

00:07:02 Dan’s bits include: Blizzard shelves Diablo III PvP – Valves dismisses rumors of steambox PC console.

00:10:00 Our Weeks

Including weigh ins, family parties, Mass Effect 3 all-nighters, and Mario Williams as a Buffalo Bill.

00:19:40 Music Break

00:21:12 Main Segment

In this extended edition of what we played, Corey and Eric retract their Draw Something criticisms, but with a disclaimer. Eric keeps trucking through Mass Effect 2. Dan, Will and Eric share their thoughts on Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, including how multiplayer affects single player. Finally, Dan weighs in on the controversial Mass Effect 3 ending.

01:00:27 Music Break

01:01:57 News

Will’s article talks about most of what’s wrong with people. Also… nice.

Eric voices BioWare Director Casey Hudson’s opinion on the Mass Effect 3 ending.

Dan talks nitpicky play styles in video games, as according to legendary game maker, Sid Meier.

Corey asks why bother with physical consoles?

Direct download: Episode_34_What_we_Played.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Mass Effect 3 is here!  We delve into the beginning of the end of the Commander Shepard saga as well as discuss gameplay and even get into some of of our issues with the game.

00:00:37 Introductions

00:01:30 Nibble Bits:

Dan gives us the BioShock Infinite release date, peppers in some EverQuest chatter, and finishes with Final fantasy tactics on the iPad!

Speaking of iPad, Will fills us in on the iPad 3 and gets into some Battlefield 3 and Bastion talk.

Corey tells us how to  get to level 80 instantly in World of Warcraft, shares the PlayStation exclusive Sorcery release date, and Peter Molyneux’s departure, concluding with IGN’s report of record PC game sales in 2011.

Eric rounds off nibble bits with the first details on Assassin’s Creed 3.

00:14:28 Our Weeks

00:28:05 Music Break

00:29:35 Main Segment: Mass Effect 3

We launch into the much anticipated (especially in our circle) sci-fi epic, Mass Effect 3.  Dan, Will, and Corey have a few hours under their belts and are eager to share their thoughts (SPOILERS INCLUDED).

01:25:00 Music Break

01:26:30 Feedback

A disappointed listener writes in to lament BioWare’s mishandling of character imports in Mass Effect 3.

Another listener requests our thoughts on Release Date DLC.

Friend of the show, multidirectional1 tells us he’s doing a YouTube play through of Dark Souls for all the characters.

1:42:50 News

Eric’s story states that 76% of couples (heterosexual) say video games help their relationship. Disclaimer: both partners are gamers.

Will reminds us of the unfortunate outsourcing of Deus Ex’s boss battles.

Corey’s article asks the question: why aren’t there more video games based on the American Revolution?

Dan pontificates on those trolls who critique games without playing them first.

02:05:21 Music Break

02:06:50 What We Played

Will plays Draw Something, which draws only criticism from Corey and Eric.

Eric plays more UFC Undisputed, is a bit indifferent about MLB The Show and continues to plow through Mass Effect 2

Dan sinks some time into Star Wars: The Old Republic on his new PC in addition to many hours spent on Mass Effect 3

 

Direct download: Episode_33_Mass_Effect_3.mp3
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SPOILER ALERT!  We have our first repeat guest Billy in studio to do a recap of the first and second Mass Effect games in preparation for the third.  Plot spoilers included in the main segment!

Direct download: Episode_32_Mass_Effect_1_2_Recap.mp3
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The Athletes have Ken, MMA fan and avid UFC Undisputed 3 player, in studio to talk about the new UFC game as well as offer some insights into the sport itself.

Direct download: Episode_31_UFC_Undisputed_3.mp3
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We go long form on Kingdoms of Amalur, talking combat, graphics, questing as well as make some comparisons to similar games.

Episode 30: Show Notes

00:00:35 Quick hits:

We talk about Guild Wars 2 coming out for consoles, the bestselling sports video game of all time, where PAX East will be for the next 11 years, and the potential Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel. Towards the end of the segment, Eric finds his edge.

00:25:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “DragonTales”

00:26:47 Main Segment: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

We discuss that hot new RPG Curt Schilling had something to do with. From combat to crafting, each of us share our experiences with the game and touch on some Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning tips and advice.

01:47:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “There is Magic in You”

01:48:47 Feedback:

A listener writes in about the plotlines in Metal Gear and3DS as a potential indie game platform. A listener chooses Dead Space 2 for game of the year, and we wonder what a Dead Space is.

01:58:50 News:

Corey comments on Heath Hindman’s GameRevolution article, “Final Fantasy XIII-2 Bombing in Japan?”, which brings to light gamers’ indifference towards holding on to XIII-2 for DLC. Does Square Enix need a miracle?

02:08:13 Dan lists the awards presented in Destructoid’s article, “Skyrim wins big at Annual Interactive Achievement Awards,” by Maurice Tan. Eric expresses more tongue-in-cheek distaste for Portal 2 and Corey wonders why Dark Souls didn’t win more awards.

02:23:20 Eric brings up the IGN article outlining some of the ideas Bethesda may include in future Skryim DLC. We collectively sigh. Eric continues by asking us what we think of Xbox 720’s potential touch screen controller.

02:30:30 Will discusses Skyrim lag issues brought to light in the article “Why Skyrim didn’t play nice with the PS3.” We offer up a couple mudcrab jokes after some speculation.

02:35:15 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “Goblin Dance”

02:36:23 What We’ve Played:

Will tries out Final Fantasy 7 for the first time after accidentally purchasing Final Fantasy 8. As always, the Murtha boys gush all over the Final Fantasy series and Eric hands out tissues.

02:47:50 Corey beats Final Fantasy XIII-2, and likens it to a smelly girlfriend. He keeps the week casual with a free download of Ticket to Ride for iPhone. Dan somehow manages to include beef on weck in the conversation.

02:55:20 Dan relives Mario RPG for the SNES to everyone’s pleasure.

02:57:34 Eric tries out a new formation in Fifa 12. He switches gears to discuss UFC Undisputed 3. Dan and Eric conclude the segment by discussing the Mass Effect 3 demo, with Dan lamenting EA Origin and the ME3 multiplayer policy.

03:16:54 Human Interest : “Video Game Music Finally Get its Due” by Thomas Emanuel

Corey gives a shout out to the University of South Dakota and Thomas Emanuel’s smart opinion of the Grammy’s and how it incorporates video game music.  

Direct download: Episode_30_Kingdoms_of_Amalur.mp3
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Dan and Eric have their wives on to talk about their gaming pasts as well as discuss their husband's gaming habits.

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With a short week between recordings we decided to list our top 5 favorite videogame characters.

00:01:30 – News Quick Hits:

We touch on the best-selling console worldwide in 2011, who Skyrim predicts to win the Super Bowl, the Game of Thrones RPG release date, how many hours of content are in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Zynga’s success thanks in part to Facebook.

00:07:05 – How Our Weeks Were:

00:13:20 – Music Break: “Short Blues” by Redmagik

00:14:50 – Main Segment: Our Top 5 Video Game Characters:

We count down our top five favorite video game characters of all time. From Pikachu to Solid Snake, and Garrus to Yoshi, with plenty of Final Fantasy love in between, we break down some of the best characterizations in video games.

01:03:10Music Break: “Garou-Blues” by JML

01:04:40 – Feedback

A shortened week equals shortened feedback! We discuss a listener’s favorite classic football video games, QB Club ‘98 and NFL 2k5.

01:06:00 – News

Dan talks about potential games in the Mass Effect universe. A Mass Effect MMO or RTS headline the discussion.

Eventually the discussion turns to more Xbox vs. Playstation banter, with some discussion of each online service and their respective controllers, concluding with the origins of our console fanboyisms.

01:16:30

Corey exposes Oklahoma’s proposed “sin tax,” a tax on mature rated video games. Violent games discussion evolves into a road rage tangent.

1:24:15

Will discusses Xbox Live’s Stephen Toulouse’s departure and the banning/hacking circumstances that may be the culprit.

1:25:45

Eric reveals some bad science relating to “problem gaming.” As always, the conversation morphs into something else, tea bagging at an Alabama/LSU game.

01:30:16 – Music Break: “Hänschen, sei gut!” by Raulin de los Bosques

01:32:10 – What We Played:

Eric keeps rolling with Fifa.

1:34:00

Will touches on ten minutes of Batman: Arkham Asylum’s tutorial.

1:35:05

Corey revisits why FFVI “sucks.” Family Feud with Friends makes an appearance, including some glaring gameplay flaws. Eric chimes in about Temple Run. Corey rounds out his turn with a cooler opinion of FFXIII-2 thanks in no small part to a stuffy casino, Serendipity.

1:49:30

Dan likes Torchlight’s loot whoring mechanic and some excitement is expressed for Torchlight 2. Rage gets some more love and a couple slight criticisms.

02:01:40 – Human Interest

Our story this week turns somber; a 15 year old Vermont boy is struck by a passenger train while out getting video games from a friend’s house. We cheers in his honor.

Direct download: Episode_29_5_Favorite_Characters.mp3
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The Super Bowl is this week, so we took it upone ourselves to talk about football videogames from the past as well the current state of the Madden games.

00:00:35 – Quick Hits & Our Weeks:

23:47 – Music Break: Sea and Field – “Le Phare”

25:17 – Main Segment: Football in Video Games!

From 1979’s Football, to the current Madden monopoly, we break down the evolution of American football in video games then discuss what we’d like to see in future football video games.

1:27:30 – Music Break: Sea and Field – “Matelot”

1:29:00 – Feedback:

Eric’s wife plays Skyrim… a lot!

1:35:05

Gamerscore and JRPG talk.  Average Gamerscore somewhere around 12,000?

1:38:59

Next generation games suggestions, and 2D games for girls.

1:43:30 News:

Japan has copied its own formula for Pokémon.  Will brings to light the hypocrisy.

1:47:15

Opinion: Call of Duty is boring and needs to change. Eric discusses the IGN article that brings to light Call of Duty’s lack of innovation from title to title.

1:54:55

Corey discusses video game addiction, are video games like heroin, and how to recover from video game addiction.

2:04:35

Dan breaks down the black vs. white Racebowl, pitting the NFL’s best white football players vs. the best black football players.  No racism whatsoever, “are we clear on that?”

2:12:52 Music Break: Dancing Willow – The Wind That Shakes the Barley

2:14:22 What We Played:

Will plays NHL 12’s be a pro mode, Dungeon Defenders local co-op, Madden 12’s online gameplay and smashes some heads in NFL Blitz.

Dan tries out the Diablo clone and dungeon crawler, Torchlight, and defends Bethesda’s (underrated?) Rage.

A little Kingdoms of Amalur finds its way into the discussion.

Eric discusses more Fifa, has a change of heart about Assassin’s Creed II and articulates his newbie perspective on Soul Calibur V.

Corey boots up the classic SNES RPG, Tales of Phantasia, the nothing like hockey-hockey game, Hit the Ice, and expresses why he thinks Final Fantasy XII-2 is a great game.

Direct download: Episode_28_Video_Football.mp3
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With many people's New Year's resolutions probably failing at this point, we get into exergaming, or videogames created for the purpose of exercise.

Direct download: Episode_27_Exergaming.mp3
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With the impending release of the next generation of game consoles, we talk things we would like to see in the new systems as well as things that should be left out.

Direct download: Episode_26_Next_Generation.mp3
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We discuss the pros and cons of the controversial Free to Play model of gaming.

Direct download: Episode_25_Free_to_Play.mp3
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For our first episode of 2012, we do a preview on all the more major game releases coming up this year, and also give our 2011 game of the year awards.

Direct download: Episode_24_2012_Games_Preview.mp3
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We take listener suggustions via facebook for this between Christmas and New Year's episode.

Direct download: Episode_23_Listeners_Choice.mp3
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Star Wars: The Old Republic has been released so the Athletes weigh in on the early access controversy, long waits in the queue and if and how our experiences differed from the beta.

Direct download: Episode_22_The_Old_Republic_release.mp3
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Dan and special guest host, cousin Chris say farewell to Star Wars galaxies and we have another long Skyrim discussion in this VERY long episode.

Direct download: Episode_21_Farewell_Star_Wars_Galaxies.mp3
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Based on Stuff from the Future's podcast episode on the future of gaming, we discuss...........the future of gaming.

Direct download: Episode_20_Future_of_Gaming.mp3
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With the beta fresh in our minds, and the non-disclosure agreement recently lifted, we talk about the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta.

Direct download: Episode_19_The_Old_Republic_beta.mp3
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We have Billy in studio to talk with us about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Will tells us about Halo Anniversary Edition and the new Assassin's Creed.....and we talk some more Skyrim.

Direct download: Episode_18_Recent_Releases.mp3
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We list and discuss our top 5 favorite foods/beverages when like to consume whilst gaming and talk about the games we're thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

Direct download: Thanksgiving_2011.mp3
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We spend an entire legnthy segment on the wondrous Skyrim.

Direct download: Episode_17_Skyrim.mp3
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We sat down in studio with Sebastien, who filled up in on some recent PS3 releases and we also discussed his top 9 favorite games.

Direct download: Episode_16_Catching_up_with_PS3.mp3
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We focus on "just the news" in this latest episode of the Thumbstick Athletes.  Music by vice & virtue.

Direct download: Episode_15_Just_the_News.mp3
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We do a rundown of X-Play's 10 scariest games list as well as dicuss our own scary gaming moments.....then begin an arguement about the holidays.

Direct download: Halloween_2011.mp3
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In this episode the Athletes invite Sarica into the studio to discuss the titan of MMORPG's World of Warcraft, in which we touch on the game's past and present and even the upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria.

Direct download: Episode_14_WoW_Talk.mp3
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In this episode the Thumbstick Athletes wax nostalgic with a longtime friend Graham, as well as disuss the present and future games.

Direct download: Episode_13_The_Man_The_Myth_The_Legend.mp3
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We discuss the (mostly) horrible movies out there that are based on videogames.

Direct download: Episode_12_Videogame_Movie_Adaptations.mp3
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We list our top 5 favorite games where exploration/discovery are an important part of the game.

Direct download: Columbus_Day_2011.mp3
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Dan, Eric, and Will faceoff in a Videogame Music Trivia challenge hosted by Corey.

Direct download: Episode_11__Videogame_Music_Trivia.mp3
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For those of you that clicked the "official website" link on iTunes or Zune, our actual website is www.thumbstickathletes.com.  Oon there we have all our blog posts, episode flash players, etc.  Check it out!

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In Episode 10 we list a few different ways to save some money and still play some games.  It's an expensive hobby/habit/addiction and we're looking out for you!

Direct download: Episode_10_Budget_Gaming.mp3
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Hosts Dan, Eric, Will and Corey welcome special guest host Adrienne to talk some PC gaming, primarily upcoming PC releases.

Direct download: Episode_9_PC_Gaming.mp3
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In episode 8, we do an in-depth review of NHL 12 and give our predictions for the Stanley Cup Finals matchup as well discuss hockey in general.

Direct download: NHL_12.mp3
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In episode #7 we brave the elements to relive the tragedies of our gaming past.  Eric gives his NFL predictions for the season and Will does a Bastion review.

Direct download: Episode_7_Gaming_Tradgedy.mp3
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Dan, Eric, Corey and Will celebrate Labor Day with some OnLive and videogame themed alcohol (except Will!)

Direct download: Labor_Day_2011.mp3
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Dan, Corey, Eric and Will discuss the online gaming service known as OnLive.  The athletes rip poor ISP customer service and Eric reviews Madden 12 and more in episode 6.

Direct download: Episode_6_OnLive.mp3
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In this episode we conclude our two part fall games preview by talking Battlefield 3 vs. Modern Warfare 3, salivating over Skyrim, plus one of the hosts drinks too much.  In the news segment, though poorly read by the drunken one, our feathers get ruffled over a news story.  Check it out!

Direct download: Episode_5_2011_Fall_Games_Preview_part_2.mp3
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Hosts Dan, Eric, Corey and Will list the first half of the fall game releases and gloss over most, but go into depth on some of the bigger releases.  We also (sort of) respond to fan questions, but decide to pass the buck on to the next episode.  

Direct download: Episode_4_2011_Fall_Games_Preview_part_1.mp3
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Hosts Dan, Eric, Corey and a sick Will tell stories from their past where playing videogames took precendence over something else we should have been doing. 

Direct download: Episode_3_In_the_Name_of_the_Game.mp3
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Hosts Dan, Eric, Corey and Will discuss mobile gaming on all the major platforms.

Direct download: episode_2_Mobile_gaming_pt_1.mp3
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Hosts Dan, Corey, Eric and Will list their top 10 favorite games and go into depth about their top 5.

Direct download: Episode_1_Top_5_games.mp3
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