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What makes a system seller? When that question came up in discussion during the show this week, we were trying to figure out the reasoning for having a full year exclusivity for Rise Of The Tomb Raider. And when we began to talk about it, we realized from the chat room that a system seller turns out to be a very subjective question. Turns out, a system seller seems to be whatever game compels you to buy a system to play it. But I’m sure numbers exist somewhere that show a release of a game and a rise in system purchases, we just didn’t have that kind of data at our fingertips during the show. A fun discussion nonetheless.

Also, we asked for in the episode and I’m asking here as well, please…send us your game collections! Memorabilia, displays…whatever you’ve got in your home on display that’s related to gaming, we’d like to see it!

 

We’re short on staff but gained a guest at the following link.

Nate and myself take to the mics for this episode as we’re short quite a few people this weekend. Arjay was out in Las Vegas for the EVO tournament and actually does call in to give us an update. Meanwhile, Matt is off doing Star Wars charity work so we can’t hold that against him. Meanwhile, we’re joined in studio by a long time listener and friend of the show Sara, (MedusasMirror) who made the long drive just to join us and pitch in for 2 hours.

There’s a bit more of Batman to speak of, and honestly, when a company screws up this bad on a PC port, the layers just keep falling back revealing more and more of just how badly they did screw up (they’ve set a standard, pretty much). Plus we talk with Sara and get an idea of her gaming background and history.

 

We’re probably done talking about Batman at the following link.

The first hour of this show should come with a spoiler warning as we go over Batman: Arkham Knight since at least 3 of us have finally finished the game.

Outside of that, we welcome Nate back and find out what he’s been up to the last two weeks. ArJay is off to Vegas for EVO this coming weekend so while he won’t be on this coming week’s show, we hope to have some kind of update on how things are going with his two matches in the tournament.

Next week, it’s just Nate and myself although it looks like we might be joined by a special guest or two in the studio.

 

We’re pretty sure someone got Burnout in our Batman at the following link.

Have you had a chance to play Her Story? If you have, I’m really curious how you would explain that to someone else without spoiling anything. If you know of a way you can do that and still make it interesting for the person to want to play it, let me know. Seriously, send us an email or something and let me know cause I have a damn hard time trying to do it in this episode.

There’s also more Batman talk to be had and since I haven’t finished the game, there is likely more coming in the next episode.

 

We’re just gonna be over here, on our PS4’s, at the following link.

Where to begin? Seriously, I don’t even know how to start this or where to start it in relation to this episode. It’s pretty much all Batman related, but it isn’t good news. Well, I take that back. Everyone seems to be okay with the game proper, but when it comes to the PC version, it’s just one big mess. This is the one I was looking forward to. This was my big summer game and the one that would hold me over for a good while until the fall. The one that I would jump into at any given time just to play the combat. The one I wanted on PC cause it was sure to be the better version.

The one that crushed all my hopes and desires.

 

We’re as surprised as you at the following link.

We’re back from E3 and we’re not sure what to think of everything. Microsoft, we felt, had a very decent showing and Sony was more than we ever expected as far as the megaton’s were concerned. While we do hit each and every showing at E3, it’s the remake of Final Fantasy 7 that gives us the most conversation. It’s a nostalgia I am not familiar with, but one I wish I was after listening to James talk about it and reading the chat room.

For some things, you just had to be there.

 

We’re clicking ourselves into carpal tunnel at the following link.

Well, here we go again. You’re getting this so early, because this entire episode will be outdated in 24 to 48 hours. We touch a bit on the Steam sale, but for the most part, this is ALL E3, with a touch of VR thrown in for good measure, but that kinda falls under E3 as well, doesn’t it?

Enjoy the show. I have a plane to catch. Be back here next weekend so we can sort through all that’s about to happen!

 

Our directional awareness is a little…skewed at the following link.

So it looks like we’re shipping up to Boston (whoaaa) for Fallout 4! We expect by this time next week we’ll have a date for the game’s release. Hell, by this time next week we’re going to have a lot of dates and news considering E3 will be in full swing.

This episode comes chock full of information. Witcher 3 is finally able to run on my PC, some Fallout 4 talk, lots of Steam discussion on refunds, controllers, and machines, plus we quickly mention the 6 games added to the first ever Video Game Hall Of Fame. Also, lotta calls this episode, which was nice – you folks keep doing that.

We’ll see you on the next episode for our E3 Prediction Show!

 

We’re not at all excited for E3 at the following link.

We started a discussion about what MS & Sony had to show at E3 and we sort of finished that discussion off-air. Or well, we added to it without actually finishing it. You never really finish a discussion when you’re making predictions on a future event. What we came to, after the show was over, is that while both Microsoft and Sony seem to have a pretty lackluster showing for E3 from what we can tell 2 weeks out, it’s Sony who REALLY seems to have nothing. At least nothing in the way of exclusives. We figure Uncharted 4 and VR will be shown off, but we couldn’t come up with anything else from any Sony first party studios. We know it’s probably out there. We know they have to have something to fill in the 2 hours, but how much of it belongs to them and isn’t something we can pick up on PC or Xbox One?

Time will tell. Also, next week’s show we’ll have a Witcher 3 update on if I could get it to run on my PC or not – this looks to be turning into a weekly feature of the show it seems.

 

We’re not completely optimized at the following link.

Witcher 3 was released and at the time of this show’s recording (Saturday), I couldn’t really tell you much about it. It doesn’t work for me. Well, it didn’t work for me for a good part of the week but testing it as of this writing (Monday), it’s working fine. And that’s good, but I’m far too distracted now with a much smaller (and cheaper) game.

Seriously, I know Witcher 3 is the big beautiful game right now, but if you love exploration and the Metroid-vania style of gameplay (heavy emphasis on Metroid) then do yourself a favor and play Axiom Verge. I talked about this game last week, this past week and I’ll be talking about it again this coming week. It is a fantastic game and no matter how much time I put into it whenever I sit down to play it, I always discover something new. A new power up, a new hidden item or area. Something new is always found no matter if I play for an hour or just 5 minutes.

Which is more than I can say for Witcher 3 at the moment.

 

We’re not at all doing anything illegal at the following link.

It might be because of the games coming out or just me doing research as of late, but it really feels like PC upgrading is in the air for us. James just upgraded to a 970 while Matt and myself have been looking into doing upgrades on our machine. Well, I’m just looking at graphics cards while Matt seems to be building a dream machine. Since the show ended he’s scaled back a bit on his build, but has assured us he’ll keep us informed on the progress of what he’s going to go with.

One of those games coming out that has given some of us this upgrade bug is Witcher 3 and almost a month later both Batman Arkham Knight and the expansion for FF14. But when we look beyond that, we don’t see much else on the horizon. I think we normally have some idea of some holiday releases and we do in the sense of the tried and true fall schedule (CoD, AC, etc), but nothing that stands out. We hope E3 might change things but we aren’t too confident that’ll happen. Here’s hoping however.

 

We’re taking turns being stealthy at the following link.

Stealth games. Some games get it right and some get it wrong. I think one that we universally agree gets it right (almost to perfection) is Mark Of The Ninja. So when Klei, the company who made Mark Of The Ninja, tell us they have another stealth game on the way, our ears, eyes, and whatever else perk up with interest. Invisible Inc. doesn’t scratch the itch left by Mark Of The Ninja, but it fills the hole plenty of other stealth titles just couldn’t do. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve played a stealth game where I had to think as much as I did playing Invisible Inc.

In this episode we talk with James Lantz from Klei Entertainment about Invisible Inc. and a short bit about Mark Of The Ninja 2. Plus, R.J. gives us a rundown on Jason from Mortal Kombat X and Matt tells us of his time with the new expansion for Wolfenstein: The New Order.

 

We made an important announcement at the following link.

So I want to tell you about this weeks episode. Well, I want to bring up two things about this weeks episode. First, we had a great chat with Gareth Coker who did the music for Ori & The Blind Forest. We’ll never turn down talking to video game music composers, regardless of having played the game or not (we haven’t). In fact, all the music in this episode is from Ori & The Blind Forest. We hope you enjoy it (seems a lot of you did).

Secondly, we finally launched our Patreon page. There’s a post at our site we’d like you to read that explains a lot of things about this whole Patreon thing and even more of an explanation directly at our page. I don’t need to rehash all the reasons and go into it again. It’s all there for you to read, but what I will say is that even though we were asked to make some way people could give back to the show, it still surprised me, personally, to see that take place. And so quickly after we launched. It can honestly never be said enough, but, as always…thanks for listening.

 

We’re aiming for the THOR HOLE at the following link.

So, Valve did something to piss off the internet. Of course they did. Anytime you start charging people for something they got for free for a very long time is going to have some people angry with you. The debate isn’t about if people should be angry at what Valve did, it’s more about the question of if Valve should have ever done it in the first place. We seem to be split on the issue. Or maybe I’m the only one split on it. The waters feel untested and on the surface this seems like shaky ground to be applying a price tag. I’m all for creators getting paid for their creations if they want to get paid for it, but something still seems to be missing in the transactions here. The other guys on the show bring up very valid points that could cause a lot of headaches once money is thrown into the mix. Might be easier to understand now why we’ve never outright asked for money from our listeners. That’ll change soon, by the way, but that’s a post (and maybe a show) for another time.

That paragraph above was written yesterday before Noon. That’s about the time I usually get around to writing some draft of these (sort-of) show descriptions. Except, all that has changed now, hasn’t it? Valve has removed the whole idea of paying for mods. It pleases some and upsets others. Although, it clearly looks like the louder voices and possibly the majority were of those who wanted to see Valve do exactly what they have done. Except, I don’t think Valve is done with this. I think they will try again. Skyrim might not have been the best testing bed for this thing, but I think we’re well on the way to paying for mods at some point. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all, but I also don’t think I can sum it all up in one of these. It needs a bigger space for the discussion, one we’d like to have your input on for next week’s episode. So write us or even call in next week. We want to know what YOU think.

 

We’re home at the following link.

We don’t normally touch on things outside of gaming during the show proper. Something we used to do on our MUCH longer episodes or some kind of extra content (we should look into doing those again, huh?). Still, when you’ve had the week we’ve had as movie fans, it’s hard not to talk about both Star Wars and Batman/Superman.

Outside of that, however, we still cover games and ArJay gives us his thoughts on Mortal Kombat X, my thoughts on the new Avengers: Age Of Ultron table for Pinball FX2, and James’ thoughts on Final Fantasy 14. Plus, we still find time to get in some talk about stealth games since it’s been on our plates for the last few weeks.