Thumbstick Athletes

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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