Thu, 26 April 2012
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.
Thu, 19 April 2012
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!
00:02;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.
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.
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.
Thu, 12 April 2012
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"
00:01;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”
We discuss EA’s victory(?) as worst company in America.
A listener asks us our favorite video game soundtracks.
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
Thu, 5 April 2012
The Athletes try to make some sense of the Pokemon phenomenon as well as offer their own experiences with the franchise.
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”
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
Thu, 29 March 2012
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.
00:02;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.
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.
Thu, 22 March 2012
The title says it all, we hit on the controversial ending to Mass Effect 3. Chock full of SPOILERS too!!
Thu, 22 March 2012
We discuss ESRB ratings, breaking down all the different ratings as well as offer a few different games as examples for each ratings. Notes:
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
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.
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.
Sat, 17 March 2012
Saint Patty's Day, need I say more?
Thu, 15 March 2012
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.
00:07:02 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
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?
Thu, 8 March 2012
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.
00:01:30 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
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.
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