Sunday, November 17, 2013

Game Over! Retry? Podcast: Episode 26 – An Epic Evening with Dennis

Hehehe... Ready for a 2.5 hour podcast?  Enjoy!

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When we invited one of the co-founders of Hope This Works Games to our weekly podcast, we weren’t really sure what to expect. Sure, we knew we were going to talk about what we had been playing, and we knew we were going to discuss the risks and rewards of indie game development. But none of us could predict an over-two-hour podcast with topics running the gamut from the PS4 launch, to Battlefield 4, to Go Go Dancers, to Beer that tastes like Wood, to Diablo 3, to Self Mutilation fetishes. Lots of great game talk was had, and it’s very clear that Mr. Dennis is a passionate and hilariously angry man when it comes to video games. Epic Friday? Epic Friday. Game Over Retry.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Game Over! Retry? Podcast: Episode 25 - Think of the Children!!

I've just realized that this really isn't a "word of the day", but this works just as well as a topic.

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On GOR025, Harold once again comes bearing gifts, which is likely a result of a motion-game driven endorphin high. In this episode, Harold shares his experience with Star Wars Kinect and Wii Fit U, Jon complains about the downsides of Battlefield 4, and Jason plays more online poker, but not the game Harold assigned him to play. We wax deeply on designing for younger audiences, and get into the thick of it. It’s a heady episode, but a great conversation all the same. Or to put it another way … it’s a long one, but a good one (that’s what she said). Special thanks to John Kooistra for submitting this topic!
A few addendum:

  • Star Wars Kinect is still pretty bad.
  • Wii Fit U is decent, but the quick swap of accessories have greatly changed my usage cases: I end up choosing whichever activities that have the same accessory setup as the previous game.
  • The end conclusion about kids games, or games and instructions in general, is that maybe perhaps, as an industry, we've been doing casual/mobile games all wrong.  Think about it, the bulk of games out there right now are just instructions and menus, telling you HOW to have fun.

Game Over! Retry? Podcast: Episode 24 - Unleash the Beast!

Again late to the party... here's another topic that I was more silent than I should be.  What's a genesucks game? :P

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On Game Over! Retry 24, Jon, Harold, and Jason try to dissect the classic Sega Genesis game, Altered Beast, in order to come up with ideas for a modern-day remake. We try to figure who’s a nerd, who’s an ‘anti-man’, and why Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker was such a classic title. Plus, Harold shares his experience with Hotline Miami on the PS Vita, Jon does a show and tell with his new gaming mouse (and yes, I’m aware I said DPS when I meant DPI – jc), and JW schools us with his classic Sega knowledge. All this, and then some on this week’s Game Over! Retry? podcast!
Games Referenced This Episode:
  • Forza Motorsports 4
  • Hotline Miami
  • Battlefield 4
  • Razer Ouroboros
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
  • Altered Beast