Episode 21: Unpopular Opinion

We talk about Skyrim again on the Switch. Justice League was a movie. In our main topic, we dive into what makes a game a cult classic.

Tangents:

  • Marvel Heroes shuts down 4 months after launching on consoles
  • Justice League – No you don’t need to see it, honestly
  • Skyrim on Switch – Because Skyrim or DIE
  • Doom on the Switch
  • Rocket League on the Switch
  • The Punisher (I need to catch up on this – Jared) – Iron Man can’t stop war in Afghanistan
  • Titan Quest: Ragnarok – Expansion just shows up 11 years after game’s initial releases
  • Big updates coming to Splatoon 2, not that Shawn will play

Main Topic: Cult Classics

  • What makes a game a cult classic?
  • Games where critical reception was less than favorable.
  • Games that have found a new life beyond death.
  • Systems that are no longer around (Turbografix, Neo Geo, etc)
  • Jared’s cult favorites
    • Blast Corps
    • Wonderful 101
    • Windjammers (Neo Geo / Was very hard to find until this year)
    • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Yes the one with the bongos)
    • Pepsiman (No US release for obvious reasons)
    • Uniracers
    • Elite Beat Agents
    • Wario’s Woods
    • Tetris Attack
    • Ikaruga / Radiant Silvergun (Treasure Games, Gunstar Heroes, etc)
    • All Clover Studios games (Okami, Viewitful Joe, etc)
    • Terranigma (No US release)
    • Maniac Mansion
  • Shawn’s cult favorites
    • Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines – still being patched by fans
    • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
    • System Shock
    • Mutant League Football
    • Heroes of Might and Magic III
    • Torchlight
    • Persona 3
    • Destiny (YES DESTINY)
    • No Man’s Sky
    • Gabriel Knight
    • Disgaea
  • Others
    • Policenauts (Kojima)
    • Snatcher (Kojima)
    • Neo Geo Games
  • Indie ≠ Cult Favorite
  • Does the AAA/Indie market allow for cult games?
  • Just because they have a following doesn’t mean they’re great

One Dumb (EA) Thing(s)

  • EA suspends Refunds on Origin & Disables Microtransactions in BF II
  • EA on what free really means ($2000+ to unlock everything or literally days of your life)

Giving Thanks

  • Thank you to everyone who has listened this past year, we truly appreciate it. ( We know It has not been a year yet -Shawn)

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: Pepsiman Theme Song

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Timeline:

00:00:00 – Intro
00:02:58 – Tangents
00:05:32 – Justice League Review (SPOILERS)
00:26:06 – Tangents Continue (END OF SPOILERS)
00:49:46 – Main Topic: Cult Classics
01:16:15 – One Dumb (EA) Thing(s)
01:23:14 – Giving Thanks

Episode 20: Making It All Up

This episode, we talk about Star Wars saturation, Thor: Fraggle Rock, and what it takes to make a game of your own.

Tangents:

  • Miiverse is no longer. RIP.
  • New Star Wars Trilogy – may not be Skywalker based
  • Thor: Ragnarok – Jared’s & Shawn’s Review
  • Sony going BIG with VR – Black Friday discounts on Skyrim VR bundle – There will be a version of Skyrim, Shawn won’t own.
  • TMNT is coming to Injustice 2…. what?… .. okay!
  • Breath of the Wild DLC, still coming out this year… have no idea what it is… but hey… Amiibo.
  • Shawn shares his thoughts about the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
  • Blizz-Con
    • Starcraft II goes free to play
    • New Overwatch Cinematic – Reinhardt
    • New Blizzard World Map
    • New Overwatch hero – Moira
    • World of Warcraft new expansion… and new vanilla server
    • No Diablo… wonder why….

Main Topic:  So you want to be a Games Designer

  • Creating your own games
  • Where to start?
    • Mods
    • Start Small – build that then expand
  • Who do you work for?
  • Tools to make games
    • Systems
      • D20/PF/SF
    • Game Engines
      • Unreal
      • Unity
      • RPG Maker MV
      • Pico
    • Art Resources
    • Writing?
  • Not Tetris – and example of deconstructing a game that is not as fun to play.

Fans Giving of the Back Feeds

@420_Lux: @4Score7Pongs I am offended Jared said loins I would like a refund. Also I play switch 95% of the time handheld. Shaun really shows his age this week.

Shawn Nagle: When it comes to loot boxes, I have no issues…as long as they don’t give you in game advantage. You can choose to buy the boxes that are cosmetic. I like new skins and mounts in heroes of the storm. It adds to a game where you are pretty much doing the same thing over and over.

One Dumb Thing

  • Disney Streaming Service – New SW TV and Marvel TV

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: Torsten Gran-Ruaz – The Elder Scrolls III- Morrowind

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Episode 19: Just Chill Man

Shawn says we shouldn’t let you know when we’re gone. Did you even notice? We talk about some latest news, Mario Odyssey, and how to JUST CHILL. ARE YOU CHILL?

Tangents:

  • The end of Toys in Gaming – Lego Dimensions support ends – Amiibo still selling… not sure why… they don’t do anything.
  • PC Destiny 2 has Aim Assist and no Chat…
  • First set of Xbox games on Xbox One BC Released – SWTOR & Prince of Persia!
  • Battlefront 2… is Shawn buying?
  • Dragon Age creative director leaves BioWare
  • EA Death Machine: Killed Star Wars Burnout Crossover Series we didn’t even know we wanted.
  • A Nintendo Switch Knockoff That Can Play Basically All Retro Games
  • VVVVVV is coming to Switch NOVEMBER 17th
  • Rocket League Coming to Switch NOVEMBER 14th
  • Sony Press Conference
    • Spider-man
    • Spleunky 2
    • Shadow Colossus REMAKE 4K HD FRAMES
    • Last Of Us Part II: Depressing World Simulator Murderscape Stabville, Incorporated District of Tortureville
  • Mario Odyssey -Mini-reviews by BOTH of us

Main Topic:  Chill Games

  • Sometimes passing time is just about that…
  • Games as Meditation
  • Relaxation is also about the soundtrack
  • Chill Game Examples:
    • Stardew Valley
    • Journey
    • Katamari
    • Sims
    • No Man’s Sky
    • Starbound
    • MineCraft
    • Animal Crossing
    • Mobile Games

One Dumb Thing

  •  LOOT BOXES

Charity Shout Out

Friend of the show Daphne is raising money for kids. A 24 hour boardgaming marathon. Donate here.

You can follow their Twitch stream here.

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music:   Stardew Valley – Raven’s Descent

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Episode 18: Go Boldly and Carry Hope

We discuss toxic game culture and its impact on gaming at large and people who identify as gamers. We also discuss STAR TREK, and why we need it today, and how Star Trek Discovery doesn’t fill the need.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Why We Need Star Trek

Star Trek Discovery

  • Spoilers!! Star Trek: Discovery – a (not so) quick review
  • Black Alert

What is Star Trek?

  • 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Honest Trailers
  • The Philosophy of Star Trek
    • Mankind will get through this and be better
    • Morality
    • Our enemies are like us
    • Exploration & curiosity drive humanity
  • Timeline confusion & continuations
  • Death of Expanded Universe – Just like Star Wars – Books/Comics, etc. all obsoleted but will be used to pick from – “Black Fleet” comment in Discovery is based on concept by John M. Ford
  • Video Games of Star Trek
    • Good:
      • 25th Anniversary/ Judgment Rights
      • Star Trek: Bridge Commander
      • Star Trek: Starfleet Command (series)
      • Star Trek: Armada (series)
      • ST Voyager: Elite Force (series)
      • ST:TNG Pinball Table
    • Bad:
      • Star Trek: Klingon Honor Guard
      • Star Trek: New Worlds
      • Star Trek (2013)

One Dumb Thing

  • Gotham – The Entire Premise

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music:  Picard Song – Dark Materia

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Episode 17: Why Can’t Metroid Crawl?

We discuss The Orville, Ohio’s unhappiness, Nintendo’s getting violent, and something near and dear to heart… METROID. The last Metroid is in captivity, and this podcast is at peace.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Metroid

  • Why does Metroid still matter?
  • 2D Metroid vs 3D Metroid
  • Jared nerds out ‘bout Metroid lore
  • Jared & Shawn both really like Metroid
  • Two metroid hiatuses only makes the desire stronger
  • Metroid Samus Returns still stands out amongst a cornucopia of other Metroidvania indie games. Does Metroid II justice

One Dumb Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior (Smash Bros. Brawl)

Main Topic Music:  Main Theme (Metroid) (Smash Bros. Brawl)

Outro Music: Menu Select (Metroid Prime)

Episode 16: Indie Games the Podcast

This week Jared and Shawn discuss the growth of independent games and their impact on the industry. Also we review The Defenders (summary: meh).

Tangents:

Main Topic: Indie Game Scene

  • Growth of the indie scene
  • What makes a game indie?
  • Who are the leaders in the space?
    • Shovel Knight
    • Super Meat Boy Forever
    • Braid
    • Spelunky
    • FEZ
    • Party Hard
    • Castle Crashers
    • Flinthook
    • No Mans Sky
    • Downwell
    • Towerfall
    • Steamworld Dig
    • Undertale…….
    • A good list of more

One Dumb Thing

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: Shovel Knight – Strike The Earth (Plains of Passage)… KAZOO’d!

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Episode 15: One Dumb Things

Hey fellow kids, what podcasts are the hippest? Ours! We talk Ducktales, a Joker origin film, Sonic Mania, and our main topic… you’ll want to stick around for.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Main topics. Are they main enough?

  • Sometimes

One Dumb Things

What has Nintendo screwed up this week. SNES Classic Preorders.

Death Note, Why oh god, why?!

Congress tries to be cool…

“The Legend of Zelda series is Nintendo’s best-selling video game franchise enjoyed by more than two generations of gamers. The action-adventure game was released in 1986, only one year after Nintendo’s founding in 1985. And you know what else was released in 1986? Yeah, you do. The last major reform to the American tax code was signed into law in 1986.”

Hey Fellow Kids
Hey Fellow Kids

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance

Main Topic Music: Stranger Things Theme

Outro Music : Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance