Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Episode S7E6: Final Fantasy XV Road Trip

Finally no longer considered vaporware, Final Fantasy XV has had a long road from initial announcement over a decade ago as Final Fantasy Versus XIII to the released game on PS4. On this episode, Ron takes over in the host's chair, and his panel cover at length the latest installment in this 30-years-running franchise. Ep S7E6

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Episode S7E5: One Shell, Two Shell, Red Shell, Blue Shell

Ahh, for the days when the strongest item in Mario Kart was a lightning bolt. Now it's endless blue shells on top of those bolts, but in the ensuing 25 years, Mario Kart has become one of Nintendo's biggest franchises. With the advent of online multiplayer, its popularity has only grown. We take a look at this classic series on this episode. Ep S7E5

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Episode S7E4: PAX East 2017

Now in its 8th year, PAX East descended on Boston, giving gamers of all stripes something for everyone: video games both indie and triple-A, tabletop, board, along with myriad panels, cosplay, and concerts. Brian, Wyatt (from Sprites & Dice), and Shanna talk about their experiences at this year's event. Ep S7E4

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Episode S7E3: 25 Kirbys

In 1992, a round pink cream puff set out on a journey to take back all the food that was stolen by the gluttonous King DeDeDe and return it to the inhabitants of Dream Land. In the ensuing 25 years, Kirby has become one of Nintendo’s major franchise characters, appearing in nearly two dozen of his own games. We get sucked into nostalgia as we look back at 25 years of Kirby. Ep S7E3

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Episode S7E2: The Era of Vaporware

In the realm of video games, the concept of vaporware comes in form of major announcements of games, and then not seeing those games for years, if at all. Some games do finally see the light of day after many years and some are still waiting for a release. Why is this an issue for the consumer? And why do we allow the industry to use it as a marketing tactic? Ep S7E2

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Episode S7E1: Switch-ing Back

In little more than a month, Nintendo's next major console comes out. Only announced this past fall, we don't know yet what to make of it: a console that mixes traditional TV device and portable gaming. Are we looking forward to the Switch, or do we have reservations? Find out on our Season 7 opener. Ep S7E1

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Episode S6E19: From Console to Tabletop

We've discussed how video games have translated into a variety of media, and how tabletop games like D&D influence video games even today. On our season finale, we talk about how video games influence board/tabletop games, a marriage that brings the games loop full circle. Ep S6E19