It’s all about The International 5 this week! Well, not all, but Kody and Taryn sure have a lot to say about Valve’s annual tournament and James and Kody have a lot to say about the new Fallout Shelter Android release. The topic this week focuses on a video game company that is searching for FDA approval to prescribe their game to sufferers of ADHD.
This week’s podcast features the first one with a fully integrated Interview, this one with a local game store manager. Besides that is the normal watcha been playing and news where we talk about MLB The Show 2015 and the death of Satoru Iwata. Finally after the break we talk for a bit about what the ideal length for a game is.
There’s been a bit of a break in between podcasts for personal reasons but that just gave the gang time to play some VIDEO GAMES! Like Taryn and Kody playing a lot of Splatoon (Kody bought a WiiU) and James playing Darkest Dungeon. Taryn also played some Ori and the Blind Forest. The news is laser focused on E3 because there was a lot to talk about! Unless… you’re a Nintendo Fan.
This ones a bit of a shorty because we all played the same stuff except Taryn who rocked out to Hyperdimension Neptunia. Her opinion will SHOCK YOU! (she likes it, there I saved you a click). Kody continued to play Pillars of Eternity and James continued to play Bloodborne. The news is where it’s AT though because there was a new Deus Ex announced, a LEGO toys to life game, and THE BUTTON!!!!
It’s another podcast! This week Taryn talks about how the honeymoon period with Hyrule Warriors is super short but Child of Light is still good. James died a lot in Bloodborne. And Kody played more Pillars of Eternity and talks about Final Fantasy: Record Keeper. The news filled with more Nintendo talk but there’s also talk of the new Expansion for Hearthstone and a quick diversion on how good World of Warcraft used to be.
Over the past several days a twitch channel showed what appeared to be a man in a prison cell and allowed some control over the cameras and a timed viewer choice. The only tidbits of information we had a was a hash tag to use on twitter and some vague information regarding a new Square Enix reveal. People were immediately interested, but where I think Square Enix went wrong was the time frame they used for this viral marketing campaign. By making it last 3 days with timed countdowns to reveals and choices they didn’t give incentive for people to stay watching and focused the entire time, like you would want for the reveal of a major game. In this case the game in question being the next part of the Deus Ex franchise. Now I will be honest I did not watch the entire thing, and after I read about the leak confirming it was Deus Ex I stopped watching entirely, partly because I saw a lack of a point.
Now instead of a hash tag about progress the words we care about are “Mankind Divided” from what the developers(Eidos Montreal again) are telling us this game will take place shortly after Human Revolution and we will see the actual flash point of the human vs. augmented revolts. I personally can’t wait to see this story because as a fan of the series since the original Deus Ex, it will be pretty awesome to see all the events leading up to the creation of the factions from the original game and the causes of the societal tension that was a central theme of the original. We don’t know for sure if they have made the boss fights any better or if their promises of smarter AI is true or not yet, but from what we’ve seen in the screenshots so far I am already excited for the systems we are seeing being put into place and have a lot of hope for this addition to one of my favorite franchises.
It’s a big week for news but that didn’t stop the quirky gang from playing Video Games! Kody played Dark Cloud 2 and Cities Skylines, Taryn played The Walking Dead Season 1 and World of Warcraft, and James played Infinite Crisis and Dark Souls. You came for the news though and boy howdy did they talk about it in very stern terms starting with Kojima leaving Konami, Nintendo going mobile, and Iwata ruining Taryn’s dreams of a Zelda TV show.