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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
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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
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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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