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Episode 60 – 2012: A Year in Review

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Sine Mora, Lollipop Chainsaw, Hotline Miami, Dishonored, Walking Dead, Fez, FTL
2012 is at an end, and with it, AJBS reflects back on the year in gaming: surprises, disappointments and (obviously) favorites of the year. How do yours measure up?

Featuring tracks from Ubiktune‘s Wintertunes Compilation

Biggest Surprises:
Sine Mora
Hotline Miami
FTL

Biggest Disappointments
Lollipop Chainsaw
Where’s The Last Guardian?
Dishonored

Game of the Year
Mark of the Ninja
The Walking Dead
Fez

Episode 40 – Point-Counter-Point: Is Lollipop Chainsaw Any Good?

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Lollipop Chainsaw, Xbox 360, PS3, Warner Bros. Interactive, Grasshopper Manufacture, Suda 51

Frequently on AJBS, we have a unified opinion about most games. Half Life? Loved it. Dead Space? Yes please. Portal? Seconds.

Surprisingly, co-hosts Rich Lau and Steve Haske both exclaimed drastically differing views about Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw. Hashing it out seemed like a good idea, so the boxing gloves were dusted off,  pads were strapped on and sparring commenced.

Is Lollipop Chainsaw a fun romp in a bizarre zombie apocalypse or a cloying, sloppily designed disappointment with Suda 51 seemingly trying to impersonate himself? Let us know what you think.

Featuring music by Producer Snafu

Episode 32 – Smart Media

 

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, unwinnable, unwinnable.com, Stu Horvath, Fez, Splatters, Kill Screen, The Atlantic, Jonathan Blow
The internet has given us a forum to talk about video games with our peers on a scale that we never thought possible. While most game writing sticks to gameplay or the bottom line over in terms of recommending a game, game journalism is broadening its horizons, with some writers and outlets addressing the medium in previously unheard of ways. This week Unwinnable editor-in-chief Stu Horvath speaks with us about the rise of intelligent video game writing—and how its presence helps connect experiences with our personal lives and bridge the gap for people who don’t understand the medium.

Since we include Unwinnable among the smartest destinations for game writing, we also discuss the philosophy and origins of the site, as well as being internet friends with Phil Fish and Al Lowe and a spoiler-free talk concerning Mass Effect 3‘s ending. Prepare yourselves—adventure is upon us on this episode of the A Jumps B Shoots podcast.

Featuring music by 4mat from the album Decades

Fez
Journey
Persona 3 FES
The Splatters
Metro 2033
Diabolical Pitch

Our friends and supporters, Old Town Computers, have decided to use their space on our show to bring attention to Friends of BT, a small donation page for Brian Teirney. Read his story about his assault, shooting, and consider donating to support his family while he is in the hospital.

Episode 26 – Did You Catch That?

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Michael Abbott, Brainy Gamer, brainygamer.com, Souleye
Some stories are puzzles that require time and patience. Bits of narrative may be hinted at, but not brought to the forefront. In these cases it’s our job to piece together the hidden meaning—one that requires a special type of aspirational understanding.

On this episode we invite Michael Abbott back from his podcast and blog duties at The Brainy Gamer to help us understand the purpose of aspirational reading in video games, and how it affects how we view the medium. What kind of experiences can we create through the ludo-narrative, as told by gameplay rather than what’s written? What ownership do we take of our gaming avatars, and what does that roleplaying mean? From Red Dead Redemption to Suda 51’s auteurship, the conversation results in several interesting points (and moves to some unexpected places).

A special thanks again goes out to Michael Abbott for all he does to continue a deeper conversation about video games and our perceptions of them.

Featuring music from the VVVVVV OST by Souleye


Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
Cave Story 3D
Pushmo
Out of the Park Baseball
Stratomatic Online
Amy
Chrono Trigger

Soundtracks:
VVVVVV OST
Bastion OST
Osmos OST

Episode 16 – PAX 2011: The Wrap-up

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Penny Arcade Expo 2011, PAX 2011, 2 Player Productions, Bit.Shifter
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Griffiths

Matt and Steve are joined by 2 Player Productions‘ Paul Owens to recount their overall impressions and experiences with 2011’s Penny Arcade Expo. Among the topics discussed are Grasshopper Manufacture‘s new games, the indie-centric PAX 10, Nintendo’s first-party 3DS offerings (as well as the joy of Mii Plaza conversations) and 2PP’s time taking footage of Minecraft’s Mojang for their upcoming documentary.

Antichamber
Spy Party
Retro City Rampage
The Splatters
Jamestown
Word Fighter
Sine Mora
Black Knight Sword
Lollipop Chainsaw

Featuring music from Bit.Shifter