I’m really trying to suppress my “grumpy old man yells at sky” mentality here, but it’s not working. Pokemon GO is a thing. A thing that I play very casually. It’s also a thing I’m already tired of hearing about. Since before Comic Con (and I’m sure news sites will get back on track), everything in my news feeds were almost ALL related to Pokemon GO. For a good few days there it was nothing but guides on everything the game offered. Then it was injuries, threats, embarrassments, and more ways for the general public who don’t play to point at it as a deterioration of our society and a corruption of our youths.
I don’t hate the game. At all, in fact. This is to be expected when something like this happens. And what this is is a phenomenon. In fact, I can’t look back and reference anything that could mirror what Pokemon Go has done and in the short amount of time it happened. I’m curious as to how long this will last. You know what they say about lights that burn twice as bright…
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Nintendo’s new NES-mini. Is that what they’re calling it? I don’t know. I’m not sure I want it out of just nostalgia’s sake to have a tiny NES sitting on a shelf somewhere (kinda like my big NES sits on a shelf somewhere), but I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of people who do. Nintendo needs some quick cash? Make a small little system that plays older games on it for a low price. A year from now if the NX doesn’t reach expectations…move on to the SNES and then the N64. I honestly think they may have stumbled upon a gold mine here. They could easily have 3 different SKU’s of NES-mini’s. Sports themes, racing, RPG, movies, tv shows, the list goes on and on.
I’m curious how this will play out. Nintendo has done things before that the other two players in the game have tried to follow. Could we see Xbox-mini or a PSX-mini in the future?
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Video games have come a long way. And I don’t mean that in the sense of how they look, but there’s certainly something to be said in that department. Probably a lot to be said seeing as how retro style 8/16 bit games have made their way into the current market. Those are mostly indie titles, but we don’t seem to care. It’s become less about looks and more about what we get out of it. But…hasn’t it always been that way?
Anyway, back to my point. We cover this a bit in the episode. As the younger folks call it, it’s our “back in my day” speech. And back in our day we had to plan ahead when we sat down to play a game. Mostly anything we’d fire up on the NES was going to need our full attention for the whole play through. If we did break, it mean pausing the game, turning off the TV, and hoping like hell a power flicker didn’t happen so we wouldn’t lose our place. Now, we have autosaves like a word document so we don’t lose all the progress we’ve made. This is only one aspect of the difference. And I’m not complaining, I promise. Truth of it is, while games compete against each other for your attention, they are also trying to grab it from everything else. Netflix, YouTube, Game Of Thrones, and now…an app on your phone. I dread to think what Pokemon Go will do to gaming in the coming years – the knock offs and integration into other games. For better or worse, it’s coming. You know it is.
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Destiny still delivers. I took a 6 month break from the game only to come back to it and still be satisfied with what it was giving me. I had planned to take it in small doses so as not to get burned out before the new DLC in September but then Iron Banner happened and curiosity (plus the challenge of if I could) set it. There is still something very rewarding with what the folks at Bungie offer and while I’m staying away from the farming tactics that made it such a drag later on, I worry if the little stuff will start to become a drag. Not too worried though, cause I am still playing and I did hit rank 5 in the Iron Banner before the week was out.
Something about the journey being its own reward, right?
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It isn’t often we have a guest host on the show. Sitting in for the full 2 hours is daunting and that comes from those of us who do it each week. However, if there is anyone who is up to that challenge and goes above and beyond, it’s our guest host for this episode. We’re pleased to welcome Karak from ACG who joins us for the full two hours on the phone and chimes in with his thoughts on what he’s played and playing, E3, and a little bit about that G2A thing going on with Tiny Build. If you aren’t familiar with ACG and what Karak does, he explains on the show, but you can also click here to see his videos on YouTube.
It was our pleasure to have Karak on the show and we hope to have him on again very soon.
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If we’re picking winners of E3 based on the conferences alone, Sony wins in our book. We easily tell you why in this episode and while we’re likely to find disagreement on our selection, this is strictly based on just our opinions. They way we felt collectively during Sony’s press conference was, somehow, greater than how I collectively felt during their conference last year. We’re not sure how they did it, but they did it. Actually, we are kinda sure and, again, we tell you why in the episode.
If we’re picking losers for E3 based on conferences alone, EA failed miserably. Although Ubisoft is a VERY close second and likely would have tied for the honor were it not for South Park.
It’s one of our most irrelevant shows. The show before E3. I mean, it’s quite relevant at the time we record it, but by the time you hear it (if you don’t tune into the live show), it’s all old and outdated news and discussion. A lot of what you hear in this episode every year is just us and our thoughts on what’s to come at E3 this week. By Tuesday, when this show goes up for download and whatever, it’s already said and done.
Outside of that, we do talk a bit more about Dangerous Golf and I give my thoughts on Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. So for that, at least, we hope you’ll tune in. Then again, half the fun is seeing how right or wrong we were in our hopes and expectations. Here’s a spoiler for next week: we’re already disappointed in EA’s showing.
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If you want more Burnout games, then buy Dangerous Golf. I’m just going to get right to the point of something I’ll probably say again on next week’s episode. I want more Burnout games. Support Dangerous Golf and there’s hope we’ll have something later in the style of Burnout 3. If I have a preference, I’d like you to support it on PC so I’ll have more people on my leaderboards to play against, but go with it wherever you like. I’ll actually probably double dip with it on PS4. It’s Burnout’s crash mode with a golf ball and it doesn’t really do anything to hide that fact. It smashes you over the head with about as much subtlety as most of the levels in the game with the explosions and carnage you create.
It’s delightful destruction, choreographed chaos, and artful anarchy. It’s also a high score chaser and I would really like more high scores to chase. Get on it.
With E3 just a few weeks away we’re already on the speculation train as to what Microsoft and Sony will have to say at their presentations. It’s all but confirmed that both companies will talk about new hardware, but without naming a new console. It’s kinda the first time this has ever happened. Upgrades to current systems without calling it a new generation. This isn’t going to be the PS5 or the Xbox Two (I have no idea how they’ll get around that branding, honestly). It’s going to be the PS4 and Xbox One, but….more powerful. Sony is doing it for the VR and Microsoft may be as well, but it’s more likely that MS is just tired of playing catch up to Sony this generation. And I mean that in all aspects. They’ve been running second place in EVERYTHING. The new Xbox coming out after the new PS4, may put MS in a better position to actually catch up and take lead. Maybe.
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I am a sucker for Batman. Well, actually, I’m sort of a sucker for Bat…I used to be a sucker for Batm….I hate you, WB.
When I first heard, officially, about the Return To Arkham remasters, I immediately checked to see if Arkham Origins was included. It wasn’t. Right then and there this collection and I had gotten off on the wrong foot together. This was more a Rocksteady collection than one having all of the Arkham games included. I was upset it wasn’t included and upset they weren’t pointing that out in some way with the title. In fact, they don’t reference it at all or seem to want to having anything to do with it. Arkham Origins isn’t a bad game and stands up to the quality of the other Arkham titles Rocksteady put out. It’s almost at the top of the list for me had Arkham Asylum not set the tone and crushed everything we ever knew about superhero games – for the better, I might add.
It’s worth the inclusion although as more and more gets out, maybe it’s best it wasn’t included since the remasters are getting a lot of backlash from comparison shots. It isn’t looking good at all.
I really hope I don’t buy it. I’m probably going to buy it. I hate you, WB.
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If the conversation sounds like something you’ve heard before, that’s because you have. A few years ago we didn’t say too much about Wolfenstein when Bethesda was releasing it in May of 2014. We had no interest in it. What we were shown of the game at E3 just wasn’t doing anything for us or looking all that particularly good. Then it released and our tune changed VERY quickly.
So, here we are in 2015. In May. And Bethesda is releasing Doom. And here we are not at all interested in the lead up to release. And then it released and our tune is changing once again.
When games deliver like this, we’re more than happy to be wrong.
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You have probably been playing the Overwatch beta. You’ve probably enjoyed playing the Overwatch beta. I haven’t touched the Overwatch beta and, after this episode, I kinda feel bad about it. Luckily for me, it was extended so I can at least get my feet wet a little bit. My main anticipation, however, has been for Uncharted 4 and that hits…well, right now as you’re reading this, actually. It’ll likely be a bit of the topic of conversation for next week and a few weeks to come as we dig our way through the game. We’re fans, so we’re going to talk about the things we enjoy and what we’re excited about. But it’s also why we have so many ways for you to reach out to us…so that we can also discuss those things you’re a fan of and what you are excited for.
We hope each week you’ll take advantage of that ability and really be more a part of the show than you’ve ever been before.
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I don’t know if I’m more interested in how E3 plays out this year or how it changes next year BECAUSE of this year. The floor space alone would be interesting to see. The companies that are out (so far) include Activision, Disney, EA, and War Gaming. That is a TON of room on the show floor that will be vacant. And now, Nintendo has announced that their new system won’t be at E3 and the only game they will have there to show off is the new Zelda title. That’s unheard of for one of the big 3. Nintendo may have their own reasons, but I can’t see the coordinators of E3 not looking at this and wondering what they can do to change it for next year.
Speaking of, I have massive doubts Nintendo will actually release their new console in March of next year as they’ve announced. You’ll hear why in this episode.
In this episode we have an interview with Atul Mehra from Spearhead games about “Stories: The Path Of Destinies”. I praise the game enough as it is throughout the whole episode so if you’re looking for my comments, just watch the show and the interview. Choices in games often mean something but they have little of the weight that the game would make you think you’re having. Except in Stories. Every choice carries with it a new path bringing you to different choices had you chosen differently just before. Where last week I was talking about how Quantum Break was trying to make your choices matter….well, nothing can hold a candle to what Stories is doing.
We also take some time and unbox a few LootCrate’s that came in. These sort of things work a whole lot better on video than they do in audio so give it a look if you have the time.
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I seem to be on a roll lately with games that provide choices. I’m currently playing a game that plays entirely on the choices you make. However, in this episode I talk about Quantum Break. Spoiler – it isn’t that great. It’s also not that bad either. Look, I like Remedy, the makers of Quantum Break. Max Payne and Max Payne 2 means I’ll always come back to see what they have on offer. Alan Wake wasn’t great either but it also wasn’t bad. They tackle the old familiar “your choices matter” mechanic and they somewhat succeed with it by not making it matter too much. While other games that try this want to make it seem like you’ll have an direct change in how the game is played or how the story ends, Quantum Break doesn’t do that. It’s the smaller ripples. So while you make that choice and you see it realized in their live-action segment of their “TV show”, you easily understand that what you just did won’t make a single difference on how the game will end.
Then again, with the story as lacking as it is, you might not care either way.