Ep 051 – Message Quest, Avadon 2: The Corruption (“Is There Anything More 80s Than Bobby Brown?”)

This week, Aaron searches for context. Tony plays a role. And, of course, the heckling is subtle, but present.

0:01:08 – Message Quest
0:48:19 – Avadon 2: The Corruption
1:36:29 – The Plugz

Other mentions include: Star Wars: A New Hope (film), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (film), Blue Velvet (film), Back To The Future (film), Castlevania 64, Castlevania 1-63, Brian Blessed (actor), Boss Nass (character), The Sims (series), WALL-E (character), Mass Effect (series), Captain N: The Game Master (animated series), Where’s Wally? (book series), The Wiz (film), The Wizard (film), Nintendo Power Glove (peripheral), Super Mario Brothers 3, Harry Potter (film series), Splinter Cell (series), Tinkerbell (character), Howzat (song), Guybrush Threepwood (character), Princess Peach (character), The Banner Saga, Song of the South (film), Daisy (character), Rosalina (character), Waluigi (character), Toadette (character), Linkle (character), Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Sam and Max (series), Broken Age, Hot Shots (film), Epic Movie (film), Family Guy (animated series), Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed II, Mario (character), Game of Thrones (TV series), Avadon: The Black Fortress, Avadon 3: The Warborn, Jeff Vogel (developer), Mariann Krizsan (developer), Edna Mode (character), The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings, Diablo (series), Castle Of The Winds, Torchlight (series), Diablo II, Jim Raynor (character), Lorne Michaels (producer), Tyler Durden (character), Fallout 4, Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeons & Dragons (tabletop game), Cyberpunk 2020 (tabletop game), Shadowrun (tabletop game).

Ep 050 – Terraria, Tower Of Guns (“I’ve Obfuscated My Dearth Of Concern”)

This week, Tony delights in a progress bar. Steve checks out these guns. And, of course, Happy New Year!

0:02:15 – Terraria
0:47:51 – Tower Of Guns
1:12:55 – The Plugz

Other mentions include: The Two Ronnies (TV show), Billy Pilgrim (character), Here Comes The Hotstepper (song), Sublime (band), David Tennant (actor), Doctor Who (TV series), Kate Beckinsale (actress), Thief (series), Peter Garrett (musician / politician), Spin Doctors (band), Simple Minds (band), It (novel), Stephen King (author), Zelda (series), Fable (series), You Can’t Do That On Television (TV series), Nickelodeon (TV network), Ghostbusters (film), Minecraft, Steam Early Access (release platform), Fallout 4, The Binding Of Isaac, DayZ, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 3, Shadow Of The Colossus, Lego (toy), Serious Sam (series), Quake (series), Borderlands (series), Mario (series), Drunken Robot Pornography, Rogue, Rogue Legacy, The Binding Of Isaac, Double Dragon, Welcome To The Jungle (film), The Dark Tower (book series), Beastie Boys (band), Santeria (song).

Ep 049 – The Banner Saga, Depth (“Never Go Full Analog”)

This week Steve uses 4 willpower to not be distracted by pretty art. Aaron learns that sharks are the dragons of the sea. And, of course, it’s been a year since we started this, wow.

0:01:13 – The Banner Saga
0:47:12 – Depth
1:34:45 – The Plugz

Telltale (Company), They Might Be Giants (band), (and other music references…), The Force, Skulls Of The Shogun, The Martix, Renowned Explorers; International Society, Grand Theft Auto V, Ernest Hemingway (author), Curlew (bird), Sid Meier’s Pirates!, StarFlight by Binary Systems, Austin Wintory (composer), Crimson Peak (film), Guillermo Del Toro, The Conjuring (film), Princess Bride (film), Fire Emblem (series), Advance Wars (series), Disgaea (series), X-Com (series), Saul Bass (artist), Jaws (film), Chief Brody (character), The Evil Dead (film), James Cameron (director), Deepsea Challenge 3D (film), David Bowman (character), 2001: A Space Odyssey (film), Leon: The Professional (film), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (film), Evolve (game), Left 4 Dead (game), Counter-Strike (game), StarCraft (game), World of WarCraft (game), Goat Simulator (game), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (film).

Ep 048 – Viridi, Driver San Francisco (“What Dost Thou Reckon?”)

This week, Aaron watches some succulents but doesn’t get to click very much, while Tony watches some cutscenes but doesn’t get to drive very much. And, of course, we botch the opening.

01:02 – Viridi
52:18 – Driver San Francisco
1:44:43 – The Plugz

Other mentions include: Maximum Overdrive (film), Primus (band), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (film), The NeverEnding Story (film), Mighty Mouse (cartoon), The Riddler (character), Jim Carrey (actor), Warhammer 40,000 (franchise), Peter Gabriel (musician), Fallout (series), Harry Potter (series), Frog Fractions, Call of Duty (series), Mountain, David O’Reilly (developer), Joaquin Phoenix (actor), Her (film), The Fountain (film), Darren Aronofsky (director), Leigh Alexander (writer), Gamasutra (website), Kit Harrington (actor), Varitas, Just Cause 3, Progress Quest (game), Eric Fredrickson (developer), Desert Bus (game), Austin Powers (film series), Game Of Thrones (TV series), Harry Potter (book series), Sergio Leone (director), Trent Reznor (composer), Bill Pullman (actor), John Frankenheimer (director), Vanishing Point (film), The Dukes Of Hazzard (TV series), Trinity (character), The Matrix (film), Carrie-Anne Moss (actress), Bose (company), Audi (company), Pepsi (company), Mario Kart, Need For Speed (series), The Crew, Mission To Mars (film), Driver (series), Wheelman (referred to as “Vin Diesel’s The Driver”), Clive Owen (actor), Drive Angry (film) The Hire (short film series), The Transporter (film series), Burnout, The Hunger Games (book series), The Expendables (film series), Sylvester Stallone (actor), Grand Theft Auto V, Dirty Harry (film series), Michael Bay (director), The Rock (film), Psychonauts 2, Stone (film), Spec Ops: The Line.

Ep 047 – RAGE, QuantZ (“We’re Letting Features Creep In, This Is Great!”)

This week, Tony drives a car but doesn’t get to shoot anything, while Steve matches things in a Snood like fashion. And, of course, we’re not exactly sure what that noise is.

00:54 – RAGE
47:05 – QuantZ
1:18:27 – The Plugz

Other mentions include;
YouTube (website), Ridley Scott (director), Michael Bay (director), Armageddon (film), Tony Stark (character), Iron Man (film), Robert Downey Jr. (actor), Gatorade (energy drink), Jon Snow (character), Ygritte (character), HAL 9000 (character), 2001: A Space Odyssey (film), GLaDOS (character), SHODAN (character), Red Queen (character), Aliens (film), Samantha (character), Her (film), Tennis For Two, Space War, Kevin Spacey (actor), Moon (film), Independence Day (film), Mad Max (film series), Ozymandias (character), Spectre (film), Christoph Waltz (actor), Fallout (series), Far Cry (series), Borderlands (series), Alfred Hitchcock (director), Grand Theft Auto (series), Jesse Pinkman (character), Breaking Bad (TV series), Resident Evil 4, Derren Brown (illusionist/mentalist), Collapse, Snood, Zuma, Fruit Ninja, Super Meat Boy, Hotline Miami, Luftrausers, Jane Fonda (actor) Newsroom (TV series), pachinko, Godus, Big Fish Games, Peggle, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Tetrisphere, Sphere (film), Odin Sphere, Final Fantasy, Chess, Osmos

Ep 046 – Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, The Novelist (“Swiping Right For Google”)

This week, Steve adheres, at least broadly, to The Codex. Aaron is pretty sure he’s actually a ghost, or maybe a muse. And, of course, Tony reveals silence to be the ultimate heckling tool.

0:01:26 – Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
0:41:05 – The Novelist
1:31:52 – The Plugz

Jubba The Hut (character), Salacious B. Crumb (Character), DMC, Bayonetta, Dawn Of War (series), Chris Metzen, Skype (internet chat program), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables (film series), Creed (film), Creed (band), Assassin’s Creed (series), Firefly (tv series), Battlestar Galactica (tv series), Scabbers, The Rat (character), Gary Oldman, Metal Gear (series), Iron Man (character), AC/DC (band), Uncharted (series), Halo (series), Final Fantasy (series), World Of Warcraft, Alien (film), Gears Of War (series), Starship Troopers (book/film), Borderlands (series), Luke Skywalker (character), Wikipedia (website), Wikia (website), Star Wars (film series), Metal Gear Rising Revengence, Crytek (company), P.T. (game), Panic Room (film), Transformers (series), Jaws (film), Chief Brody (character), Alfred Hitchcock (director), Vertigo (film), Louie the Fly (mascot), Mortein (brand), IKEA (store), True Detective (TV series), Papers Please (game), Cart Life (game), Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (game), Explosions in the Sky (band), American Beauty (film), Forrest Gump (film), Rainier Wolfcastle (character), Chris Cooper (actor), K-PAX (film), Kurt Russell (actor), Cloud Atlas (film), The Big Lebowski (film), Star Wars (film series), Jeff Bridges (actor), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (film), Casper the Friendly Ghost (comic series), Paranormal Activity (film series), Patrick Swayze (actor), Ghost (film), Keanu Reeves (actor), The Lake House (film), Bruce Willis (actor), The Sixth Sense (film), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (film), Matthew Mcconaughey (actor), Tinkerbell (character), Messiah (game), Geist (game), SBS (television channel), Ernest Hemingway (author), Gone Home (game), Sam (character), Stephen King (author), Greedo (character), Toy Story 2 (film), The Last of Us (game), The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (game), Dear Esther (game), The Witness (game), Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (game), Ed McMahon (comedian)

Ep 045 – Earthworm Jim, LEGO: The Hobbit (“It’s Explained In The A.R.G.”)

On this week’s show, Aaron journeys back to the far-flung past of platforming. Tony solves problems by smashing everything. And, of course, the Statler and Waldorf laughs have been replaced by The Penguin.

0:01:37 – Earthworm Jim
0:48:32 – LEGO: The Hobbit
1:37:09 – The Plugz

Other mentions include: Walk the Dinosaur (song), Whip It (song), Push It (song), Bang Bang (song), Hey (song), Super Mario Bros., Harry Shearer (actor), Hank Azaria (actor), Dan Castellaneta (actor), Mel Blanc (actor), Albert Einstein (physicist), Super Meat Boy, Super Mario Maker, Space Invaders, Double Fine (developer), Greg Rice (developer), Louis Castle (developer), The Lion King (game), Virgin Interactive (company), Disney (company), Blockbuster Video (company), Be Kind Rewind (film), Michel Gondry (director), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (film), The Lion King (film), Earthworm Jim (TV series), Homer Simpson (character), Rainier Wolfcastle (character), Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Heckle and Jeckle (characters), Digimon, Stephen King (author), Needful Things (book), Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Guitar Hero (series), Batman (character), Cult of Personality (song), Raining Blood (song), Through the Fire and Flames (song), Earthworm Jim 3D, Super Mario 64, Crash Bandicoot, Super Mario World, A Theory Of Fun For Game Design (book), Raph Koster (developer), Tenouttaten (blog), J.R.R. Tolkien (author), The Hobbit (film series), Minecraft, Sir Ian Holm (actor), Lee Pace (actor), The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (film), Half-Life, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, Peter Jackson (director), Wyldstyle (character), LEGO: Jurassic World, The LEGO Movie Videogame, Sir Ian McKellan (actor), James Nesbitt (actor), Super Mario 3D World, Fargo (film), Frances McDormand (actress), Steve Buscemi (actor), Peter Stormare (actor), William H. Macy (actor), Burn After Reading (film), No Country For Old Men (film), Antichrist (film), Lars von Trier (director), Howard Shore (composer), Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer).

Ep 044 – Bookworm Adventures Volume 2, Luftrausers(“I Regret Eating That”)

It’s Phase 2 of the podcast! We’ve cut back to two games per week in an effort to keep our running times more manageable. And don’t worry, we have other things in the works! 🙂

This week, Tony spells for a spell. Steve tells a ‘rausing tale. Aaron heckles. And, of course, there are Muppet references.

0:03:37 – Bookworm Adventures Volume 2
0:48:57 – Luftrausers
1:32:51 – The Plugz

Other mentions include: Huey Lewis (singer), Back To The Future (film), Beaker (character), Animal (character), Scrabble (board game), EA (publisher), Final Fantasy (series), Pokémon (series), Words With Friends, Bookworm, Bookworm Adventures, Plants Vs. Zombies (series), Peggle (series), Bejeweled (series), Puzzle Quest (series), 10000000, You Must Build A Boat, Letterpress (Tony said “Wordpress” on the cast – whoops!), SpellTower, Sleep Furiously, Groundhog Day (film), Ned Ryerson (character), Star Wars (film series), Alfred Bester (author), The Stars My Destination (novel), Earthworm Jim (character), Flappy Bird, GTA, Desert Golf, 1942, Raiden, Xenon 2, Falcon 4.0, A10-C Warthog, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., Lunar Lander, Creed (band), Binding Of Isaac, Nickelback (band), Live (band), World Of Warcraft, Jukio Kallio (artist/band), Ikaruga, Rogue Legacy, Hotline Miami, Firefly (series).

Bonus Recording – PAX Aus 2015 – Catching And Holding A Player’s Interest

This is our panel from PAX Aus 2015, recorded from our phones because we couldn’t find the right adapter cable to get a feed straight from the venue. Bummer.

“Have you ever sat down to play a game for the first time, and found yourself completely engrossed? Or perhaps completely disinterested? Whether we end up loving them or not, we all experience a game’s beginning; a high expectation is placed on the audience, and first impressions are critical. Join three experienced game developers and educators who started a podcast to delve into these very issues, as they discuss how well games communicate themselves to the player in the first ten minutes.”

Ep 043 – Batman: Arkham Origins, Flower Shop: Winter in Fairbrook, Portal 2 (You’re Billy Bob Thornton *And* Bill Paxton)

On this week’s show, Steve batverbs his way to success, Aaron clicks many times, and Tony stares at art while failing to speak. And, of course, there is some singing.

0:01:12 – Batman: Arkham Origins
1:14:38 – Flowershop: Winter In Fairbrook
1:45:00 – Portal 2
2:42:48 – The Plugz

Other mentions include: PAX Aus (expo), Indiana Jones (character), H.P. Lovecraft (author), Rocksteady (developer), Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, Assassin’s Creed (series), Grand Theft Auto (series), Home Alone (film series), Joe Pesci (actor), Shane Black (writer/director), Gregory Day (poet), Just Cause (series), Kevin Conroy (voice actor), Devil May Cry, Zelda (series), Sniper Elite V2, Austin Powers (film series), The Alphabet Song, Simon Says (board game), Bela Lugosi (actor), Guardians Of The Galaxy (film), John Woo (director), Batman: Year One (animated film), Heath Ledger (actor), Jack Nicholson (actor), Mark Hamill (actor), Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Crysis (game series) Game of Thrones (TV series), Hans Zimmer (composer), James Newton Howard (composer), Unbreakable (film), Earthworm Jim 3D, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (series), The Rules of Attraction (film), Bret Easton Ellis (author), The Blues Brothers (film), Super Puzzle Bobble, Tetris, Monster Bash, Bo Burnham (comedian), Amy Schumer (comedian), Trainwreck (film), Device 6, Portal, The Orange Box, GLaDOS (character), The Stanley Parable, Stephen Merchant (comedian), Ricky Gervais (comedian), Pixar (company), Iain M. Banks (author), Alien: Isolation, Chell (character), Stanley (character), Brazil (film), “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (actor), Saints Row: The Third, Hideo Kojima (developer), Metal Gear Solid 2, Wheatley (character).