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Free, right? The best things in life are free. So goes the refrain. And yet, with games, it certainly has not always been so. Is that changing?

Let’s talk about that.

It’s been awhile since we dedicated an episode to surveying the landscape of Free To Play games, and this seemed like a good time to circle back around on that topic. The ever-growing list of free games on Steam beckons to the frugal gamer, but time is money – are they worth your time? Surprisingly often, it seems these days that they are.

Many of the games we discuss can be found in the above link, but we call out and give attention to Neverwinter (a game to which I give a deserved apology), Star Trek Online, Tribes Ascend, and Planetside 2, among others.

In a different part of the show, I entreat you to check out Monaco, and I totally forget the name of Intrusion 2. Sorry, Intrusion 2, but to be fair, for being such a fun game your name is crazy generic. Regardless, do you like Contra-styled side scrolling action games? Play that one. It’s good.

Not quite as long as our last episode, but there’s still a solid couple of hours in store, so settle in.

Don’t worry. It won’t cost a thing.

Hosted, Summarized & Clumsily Edited by Eric [Ravenlock]
Participants are James [Vigil80] and Robert [Trebor]

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[Episode 65] PAX Infinite

Remember back when E3 was the thing we cared about every year? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure E3 will still have some surprises, but for me, it’s all about PAX now.

In this episode we bring you tales of PAX East, and the many things that we saw and played there. Well, that Steve and I saw and played, mostly. We’re the ones who went. We talk about Transistor (watch video of what I played here) and Quadrilateral Cowboy and Delver’s Drop (I really like that one) and DiveKick and Apotheon and Shovel Knight and Contrast and Hawken and geez there were really a lot of indie games there this year. I’m sure I’m forgetting some. We talk about a couple AAA things too, but let’s be clear – the indie developer was the star of PAX this year. I’m okay with that.

And after that, it’s time to go to spoilertown on Bioshock Infinite.

There’s a segment of the show where we just talk mechanics, with no spoilers, and we give you fair warning when that changes; from that point on, it’s off to the races. Stop listening there if you intend to play the game and don’t want the ending spoiled. (This is not a game you want spoiled, trust me.)

Are we clear? Okay, then. Welcome to PAX Infinite. It’s a long show.

Hosted & Summarized by Eric [Ravenlock]
Participants are James [Vigil80], Robert [Trebor], and Steve [Dukefrukem]
Produced by Clayton [Voodoo]

(Don’t forget to follow our Twitter feed, and if you want to join the discussion, come visit the forum thread over at Colony of Gamers.)

Don’t be alarmed, but Tomb Raider and SimCity just came out, EA screwed up with their customers, and the Immortal Machines crew is talking about computer games. Take a deep breath; we’ll sort out this strange new world somehow.

In addition to those shocking headlines, we also try to decide how to feel about Assassin’s Creed 3: Assassin’s Creed 4, and give the Dead Space series a suspicious look. And if you need a new way to make yourself feel bad, Eric has the game for you.

Hosted by James [Vigil80]
Participants are Eric [Ravenlock] and Steve [Dukefrukem]
Produced by Clayton [Voodoo]

Links:
GiantBomb retrospective on Proteus

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[Episode 63] 2013 – Year in Preview

We have divested ourselves of 2012, and we’re ready for 2013 to take us on the ride all over again.

The crew weighs in about the games we’ll be watching to make a big splash, like Bioshock Infinite, as well as some titles we kind of hope will just blow over, such as The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. And there are a heap of others, including some you might not yet know you can’t wait to play. What does that sentence mean? Listen and find out!

And if there wasn’t enough to fancy and fear this year, we also throw the bones about Gabe Newell’s words on the future of Steam, found in this article from Gamasutra.

Hosted by James [Vigil80]
Participants are Eric [Ravenlock] and Robert [Trebor]
Produced by Clayton [Voodoo]

Other links:
ROAM at Kickstarter

Think we’ve got a game pegged wrong? Did we miss one of your 2013 hopefuls? Let us know on Twitter, in an email, or in the Colony of Gamers discussion thread.