[Episode 69] Autumn of 69

See what I did there? Because it’s our sixty-ninth episode and we didn’t record all Autumn– and the song title — …Sorry, I’ll go sit in the corner.

We’ve been away awhile, but the good news is, that means we came back with all sorts of games to talk about. It’s been an eventful Autumn and this is a lengthy show with a full-sized cast… minus James, whose absence was keenly felt. The rest of us are a little rusty, but we pulled it out in the end! In terms of topic, it was honestly mostly just games (fancy that), though the Steam sale and the iBuyPower Steam Machine and Steam Greenlight and the Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod on Steam all got mentioned. …So, Steam Steam Steam Steam. Shocking, I know.

Here’s a few of the games that got discussed, with links to ones you might not know: Assassin’s Creed IV: I Was Wrong And I’m Sorry, Batman: Arkham Origins, Eldritch, Risk of Rain, Delver, Nuclear Throne, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Frozen Endzone, Bugbear Games’ Next Car Game, Starbound, Steamworld: Dig, Skyrim, Typing of the Dead: Overkill (and the Shakespeare DLC!) Saints Row III and IV, HexcellsBorderlands 2, the Dishonored DLC, Path of Exile, War Thunder (and some Youtube videos about the same), Alien Breed.

Also, we were happy to be joined by Dennis (OP Nerd on CoG) for this episode, and we talked about his Twitch channel a bit, which you should absolutely check out. He’s also started a streaming community website. He’s an ambitious guy. We hope to have Dennis back for our end-of-year wrap up, which will almost certainly happen sooner in relation to this episode than this one did to the last.

Oh! Steve has a Twitch.TV channel too.

Okay, I’m gonna stop yappin’. You’ve got a long episode to listen to. Let’s talk about the Autumn of 69.

Hosted and Summarized by Eric [Ravenlock]
Participants are Robert [Trebor], Steve [Dukefrukem], and Dennis [OP Nerd]
Produced by Clayton [Voodoo]

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[Episode 68] Other Peoples’ Words

It’s a he-said-she-said kind of show as we start things off with Steam summer sale chatter, anecdotes from Clay and Silent Rob go to QuakeCon, and a healthy dose of current events.

Then, listeners answer the cry for help from last episode with a couple of juicy emails that make up the bulk of our discussion. Per their missives, we touch on the subject of gameplay streaming and commentary – which is sure to come up in greater detail in future shows – whether Steam is becoming more evil, and the merits of The Walking Dead: 400 Days.

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

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Links from this Episode: Mercenary Kings, Game of Thrones mod for Mount & Blade, Teleglitch: Die More Edition, Rogue Legacy, Shadowrun Returns, Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, BeamNG’s Drive! and its crazy vehicle physics, the Left 4 Dead 2 “leak”, and Dennis’ Twitch.TV channel.

[Episode 67] Cut His Mic!

We throw the book away for this punchy episode, and focus on the new consoles, of all things. But don’t worry, the discussion centers around what the new generation means for PC players (if anything). LiquidRain, contributor to the show and Colony of Gamers hardware guru, gave us food for thought on the consoles’ tech and how it measures up.

If that doesn’t grab you, you can still listen in for the delight of Gunpoint, the surprise of Call of Juarez Gunslinger, the anticipation of State of Decay‘s PC port, and the legend of Clayton.

And for an encore, we have just enough time before the host’s mental break to get moony about the Oculus Rift.

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

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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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