Archive for August, 2012

Episode 45 – Whatcha Playin’ 08.27.12

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Animal Crossing, Nintendo, Sleeping Dogs, 2 Warriors, little scale, Square Enix, PS3, Xbox 360

This week on AJBS, Steve talks about ominous messages in Animal Crossing: City Folk and discusses how Sleeping Dogs is one of the year’s best (unexpected) surprises; meanwhile, Rich has family over and explores how to put together a good gaming session with those who don’t normally play video games.

Matt sits this one out for the sake of brevity.

Featuring music by Coova and Little-Scale from the album Two Warriors.

Episode 44 – Micropalooza

chipmusic, portland, chiptune, lsdj, operation mission, mcfiredrill, mechlo, plain flavored, producer snafu, daddy long legs, electric children, andreas, micropalooza, ground kontrol, pdx, nanoloop

Every year Portland has it’s own chipmusic festival organized by A Jumps B Shoots and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, Micropalooza. This year brought together 8 artists from the Pacific Northwest and California. Here are clips from each of the 8 artists who were kind enough to make this year’s Micropalooza a memorable one.

Mechlo
Plain Flavored
Electric Children
Daddy Long Legs
Andreas
McFiredrill
Operation Mission
Producer Snafu

Episode 43 – Whatcha Playin’ 08.13.12

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Spelunky, XBLA, PS3, Xbox 360, 2K Games, Spec Ops: The Line, Heart of Darkness, iOS, 10000000
This week the discussion focuses around death—whether it’s a game that kills you mercilessly or an examination of uncertainty, AJBS explores one of gaming’s most enduring topics in this week’s Whatcha Playin’.

Rich examines his own mortality with XBLA’s Spelunky, comparing it to rougelikes of yesteryear; Steve tackles Spec Ops: the Line‘s take on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness while Matt plays the App store’s iOS RPG puzzler, 10000000.

Finally, many listeners have said they have been experiencing some problems with the donate button; the issue has been fixed and you can now donate here. Thanks to everyone who brought this to our attention.

Featuring music by I Fight Dragons

Episode 42 – Steady Diet of Video Games


This week we chat with the founder of Shred Veggie, Michael “Milk” Millikin. He has been maintaining his blog as a way to share both how to eat better while gaming, and how to game better while eating. We talk about the history of junk food and video games marketing, how companies are capitalizing on the dual addictions of food and experience points, and various ways and recipes to eat healthier and more conveniently during the short load screens of the latest game your playing.

We also talk about Chex Quest. Yeah, that happens.

Got anything you like to make for long haul gaming sessions? Milk is starting a community of folks who love to game and eat. Contact him here.