Episode 14: Stop Hitting Yourself

We discuss a thousand streaming services, and a thought experiment on violence in games.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Games Sure Are Violent

  • Games are violent
  • Do they have to be?
  • Are games that aren’t violent as compelling? (Adventure Games, Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, etc)
  • Violence as a mechanic. Shooting, punching, jumping on Goomba’s heads.
  • Even games that aren’t known for violence offer some way of causing harm to others.
  • Does it matter?

Final Thoughts

One Dumb Thing: Everyone has a Sub Streaming Service!!!

Credits:

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

Main Topic Music: Mortal Kombat Theme

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

Episode 13: Setting up a Play Date for the Kids

We’re finally back. For good. We talk about cooperative gaming in the truest sense. Coming together for something bigger.

Tangents:

Main Topic: Co-op Gaming

  • Split-screen vs. Local vs. Internet co-play
  • Cooperative vs. Competitive – why working together is better
  • Shared Worlds – survival games, building games – Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, Conan: Exiles, Ark, Fortnite, LEGO games, etc.
  • Cooperative Storytelling – Diablo III, Divinity: Original Sin/OS2, Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
  • Destiny and the co-op Competitive FPS MMOG
  • Party Games – RockBand, Just Dance
  • Hosting a game party – Co-op style!
  • http://www.co-optimus.com/

Final Thoughts

One Dumb Thing: The Dark Tower – Why?

Credits:

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

Main Topic Music: Toejam & Earl

Outro Music : Bearkeys – Classical Piano: Super Smash Bros Melee – Break The Targets

Episode 12: Fans Know Better?

We’re back baby! We talk about Diablo 2… er I mean 3. Our main topic is the cycle of fan games, mods, hacks, creative control etc. Games have a life of their own after they are published.

Tangents:

  • Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer – Neat
  • MegaMaker – https://mega-maker.com/
  • Summer Games Done Quick – final tally – 1.7 Million Dollars… wow Doctors without Borders wins!
  • Castlevania on Netflix
  • Super NES Classic… sure… okay… Starfox 2… WHAT?!
  • Spider-man:Coming Home with bags of ducats… $250 Mazillion
  • New Nintendo 3DS ends production in Japan
  • Toejam & Earl Back In The Groove
1 more than the last Star Fox, but 2 more than Star Fox Zero.
1 more than the last Star Fox, but 2 more than Star Fox Zero.

Main Topic: Hacks, Fan Games , Exploits – A Discussion

  • Is fan created content worth it?
    • Super Mario Maker
    • Only on the Wii U, so…. You know.
    • Corporate Control
  • Mega Man Vs. Street Fighter
    • Fan made, Capcom published
  • Mods
  • Creator Intent vs Fan Actuality
  • Games taking on a life of their own

Final Thoughts

One Dumb Thing: Disney Remaking Their Films

Credits:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU

Main Topic Music: Mega Man X5 Opening

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU

 

Episode 11: rE3-Cap

E3 is over, and well, there’s not much to talk about. So we talk about it for an hour. Nintendo shows off Super Mario Odyssey, and Metroid.

Tangents:

  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm(1993) is coming to Blu-ray next month with a new 2017 1080p HD Remaster!
  • Han Solo Directors FIRED!!! – Back to LEGO movies for you! Opie will see us through!! Way to go Mayberry
  • Ultimate Thor Returns
  • Jared Mini-Reviews ARMS & Nex Machina
  • Update: Flinthook got a twin stick mode
  • Watchmen TV series on HBO? Stop making Watchmen adaptations.

E3 Recap

  • Microsoft
    • Xboxxex X – Microsoft’s XXX Console
      • They had to mention Teraflops….
    • “Xbox – the bro console”
    • Games
      • Metro
      • Crackdown 3
      • Cuphead
      • Anthem
  • Bethesda
    • Creation CLub – pay for free mods todaY!!
    • Vr gAMES – ONE PREDICTED, ONE SURPRISE
    • Wolfenstein II
    • Enemy Within II
    • Dishonored II stand alone expansion
  • Sony
    • All about the games
    • God of War
    • Detroit
    • Horizon: The Frozen Wilds Expansion
    • Spider-Man
  • Nintendo
    • Damn you Nintendo – Shawn’s response
    • Metroid 2/x2
    • Mario Odyssey
    • Xenoblade 2

Mario Odyssey Looks Insane

  • PC Games Showcase
    • Umm… that happened again?
    • X-Com 2 War of the Chosen Expansion
  • Other Stuff We Liked
    • Beyond Good & Evil 2
    • Monster Hunter World
    • Shadow of War – Shawn’s Game of the Show

One Dumb Thing: E3 or Final Fantasy XV VR Fishing!!!! (Shawn’s Number One Pick of 2017)

Final Thoughts

Credits:

Intro Music: Super Mario Odyssey “I’ll Be Your 1-UP Girl”

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU

Episode 10: E3 Part Scorpio

Tangents

  • Sega does what Nintendon’t
  • The Road to E3 – what do we expect?
    • Scorpio
      • 4K is it a decider for you?
    • Bethesda
      • VR Games
      • New Sci-fi setting?

Other Titles:

  • EA Conference
    • Every Sports game is an RPG now..
      • NBA Live & Madden 18 have storylines and loot systems
    • Anthem – New Bioware game.. Not much shown yet – MS conference
    • Battlefront II – Now I’m sold….
      • New Gameplay Trailer
      • Single Player Campaign
      • Space Combat!!!
        • V-WINGS!!!
      • FREE Expanded content – no Season pass!!!
      • All 3 ERAS!
        • MP Feels like Battlefield meets Battlefront II (original)
        • Points let you unlock ships/specialist classes – no more fighting over cards/icons
        • Phased maps – change gameplay

 

  • E3 Schedule:

Conference Schedule
Conference Conference Time
EA Saturday, June 10 at 3 PM ET
Microsoft Sunday, June 11 at 5 PM ET
Bethesda Sunday, June 11 at 12 AM/Midnight!  ET
PC Gaming Show Monday, June 12 at 1 PM ET
Ubisoft Monday, June 12 at 3 PM ET
Sony Monday, June 12 at 9 PM ET
Nintendo Tuesday, June 13th at 12 PM ET

One Dumb Thing: Spoilers for Marketing

Final Thoughts

Credits:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU

Episode 9: Game Nostalgia Syndrome

We discuss Wonder Woman! We also delve into the world that is emulation, and why it can be important. Are games just commercial products, or are they something more?

Tangents

  • Wonder Woman review from Shawn?
  • Nintendo outlines it’s paid service. $20/year include Classic Game Selection, no word on Virtual Console – VC is “still undecided”
  • Microsoft Gamepass
  • ARMS demo review wiggle waggle
  • Batman & Harley Quinn

Main Topic: Emulation

Final Thoughts

One Dumb Thing: Nintendo’s solution for voice chat

The simple way to do voice chat in Splatoon 2.

Credits:

Intro Music: Serious Monkey Business: 2-01 Roller Disco – ReMixer: Zylance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU

Main Topic Music: Super Mario Bros. 2 Overworld Theme

Closing Music: Wonder Woman TV Series Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx2JdJhAL94

Episode 8: Randomly Roguelike

This week we discuss the great randomness that roguelikes bring to games, and the best DC movie you’ll see this year, and it’s not even a movie!

Tangents

  • Flinthook
  • The Witcher TV Series on Netflix (Book based not Game based)
  • Strafe?
  • Dead Cells Early Access
  • Star Trek Discovery Trailer
  • Injustice 2
  • Everspace

Main Topic: Roguelike Gaming

  1. The origins of the Rogue-like
    1. Rogue
    2. Moria/NetHack
  2. Ever Evolving games
    1. Procedural generation
    2. Tile-based generation
  3. Possibilities
    1. Mega Man
    2. Mario?
  4. Favorite Roguelikes/Hybrid Roguelikes
    1. Rogue Legacy
    2. Diablo/Diablo II
    3. Spelunky
    4. The Binding of Isaac
    5. Darkest Dungeon
    6. Don’t Starve
    7. FTL:Faster Than Light
    8. Crawl
    9. Flinthook
  5. Everything is a roguelike on Steam!!! (NOT)
    1. http://store.steampowered.com/tag/en/Rogue-like/#p=0&tab=PopularNewReleases

One Dumb Thing: None surprisingly.

Final Thoughts

We want your input. Do you want to see us stream games from our backlog. Or more current games? TELL US.

Credits:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnCechD3NU

Main Topic Music: Diablo – Tristram Village

Closing Music: Patrice Bourgeault – Flinthook Original Soundtrack – Galaxy’s Greatest Pirate.mp3