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The dark side did nothing wrong at the following link.

While there is probably two hours worth of conversation to debate the justifications of the Empire Vs. the Rebellion in Star Wars, there’s only about 10 minutes to discuss the single player campaign found in Battlefront 2. According to one of us, because no one else has played or has any interest in playing it. It really didn’t matter how bad EA was going to screw up this game mechanically or ethically, Matt was still going to be there day one. Or day one minus a month or however long ago he pre-ordered it. I can’t fault him for that. We knew he would do it. It’s Star Wars and gaming and he’s going to be there regardless. Even if the story disappoints for him. We cover spoilers, by the way, for what it’s worth. There’s really no other way that story was going to end without it being a setup for a sequel and to have Matt tell it, this seems like something they tacked on for fan service or to just get the single player folks to finally shut up about it. EA has made it very clear in their actions as of late, both with the loot boxes and Visceral’s closing, single player games do not make them the kind of money they want.

As you know we’re having to stretch the soup a bit to get our 500th episode to fall at a time that is more convenient. That comes in two parts as holiday vacations – the first of which is this week. So, there will be no show on Saturday the 25th. You’ll hear a replay of, I think, our music episode. But we’ll be back the following weekend to talk about whatever on hand plus our hauls from the sales this weekend. Good luck out there, let us know what kind of deals you picked up.

 

The movie opinions of Matt are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of IGC, its staff and, probably, some of the listeners at the following link.

I’ve been stuck in a Destiny rut for awhile now. I’ve got other games, but I can’t seem to tear myself away from Destiny that I now own and play on TWO different platforms. This is something I wouldn’t mind so much if they’d just let us cross save between the two so my progression could carry over system to system.

Anyway, before I get stuck in another rut for WRITING about playing Destiny so much, I actually broke away this week to play a few more games. I only just started into one of those games so I’ll talk about it later, but just before the show I had an hour to spare and brought my Switch to the studio. I played a bit of Mario Odyssey and I’d already put some time into it, but this session took me back to my time with Civ games. I know that’s an odd comparison so let me explain: In the Civilization series the whole thing is about “one more turn”. You’ll just take one more turn and then you’ll go do that thing you have to do or go to bed or whatever, but you’ll stop playing after “one more turn”. You never do. One more turns into like ten more and so on and suddenly what only felt like an hour to your mind actually means three hours have passed. This is true with Super Mario Odyssey and the phrase becomes “one more moon”. You’ll collect a moon and then see the other one in another part of the map and think you’ll grab it and be done, but you won’t. Just one more moon is right there in sight for you to go get. I started my session an hour before the show started and didn’t look up until 45 minutes later wondering where the time had gone and where my co-hosts were – they were downstairs waiting for me to let them in. They had been for the past 15 minutes. I’d missed their texts I was so engaged. This game has a grip, folks.

The other game I played came after the show. I put more time into South Park and actually made some good progress in the game. It doesn’t have a grip like Mario Odyssey but that’s the appeal. It’s something I know I can play and not get sucked into. I can quit it anytime I need to. That isn’t to say I’m not having fun, but it doesn’t have that pull on me like Mario does. Like I said, not a bad thing. Sometimes it’s good to have a game to go to just to kill time rather than stealing time.

 

We’re almost finished talking about Destiny 2 at the following link.

How do you celebrate 500 episodes? We’re not sure yet, but we’re looking over the options. It’s happening in January of 2018. So it’s close.

I think we have enough gaming wise to hold us over. Destiny 2 is still being talked about since the PC release is getting in the hands of folks who either waited for that version or have never played the first one.

What really needs to be done is wrapping up of Wolfenstein 2. Only one of us has done that and we’re having difficulty talking about it because of spoilers but it’s something I really hope to have done by the next episode. At least far enough in to really give some opinions on it. Then there’s South Park. And Mario Odyssey. And Shadow Of War. And Assassin’s Creed Origins. And, if anyone else is doing it, Call Of Duty.

Even without that last one I think I’m well set for gaming for a good while. And we didn’t even talk about the Xbox One X coming out on Tuesday.

The gaming is good right now and I’m not complaining. Mainly because that’s it. That’s the end of the line for the year pretty much. A few other small things on the horizon maybe, but we’re good. It feels like it’s JUST the right amount of gaming available to kill the downtime and get through the year on.

Probably longer knowing me.