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Episode 75 – Death Becomes Us

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Death can either mean everything or nothing in a game. It can be the central obstacle to overcome or a minor inconvenience in a grand adventure. Whatever it means, it’s influence on how we approach and play games is undeniable.

We invite Stu Horvath, editor in chief of Unwinnable, to talk about this macabre mechanic. We talk about games that don’t make death a huge ordeal like Fez and the Lego games. How their focus on exploration and chance taking defines their place in games. We then move on to death teaching us the game, rogue-likes, retro games, and the rise of “hardcore” play-throughs.

We survived this episode, you can too!

Featuring music from 8GB’s Amiga Acid mixtape.

Episode 69 – Whatcha Playin’ 03.18.13

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With Steve’s absence from the show Rich and Matt plow through a 2-man whatcha playin’ pow-wow.

Rich starts the episode with his adventures down the hills with the latest SSX title. We then discuss the limited replay-ability of racing games and the pitfalls that can make a great racing game a very short-lived experience. Also, how awesome Dirt is.

He then abruptly moves on to Persona 3 FES, a game that has spent some time on Rich’s digital shelf. Long, strange, fun, and very Japanese.

Matt just started playing the grindy, tough as nails JRPG Etrian Odyssey. He finds it enjoyable but a very hard game to recommend outside of the very hardcore gaming contingent.

Matt is also, as many loyal listeners know, a big fan of Far Cry 2. His journey into the third iteration of the franchise is not without some skepticism. As much as he enjoyed the echoes of the pervious game he can’t help but think there were some major missed opportunities as far as the story is concerned. How about more of a fish-out-of-water storyline? Can our actions impact the world more than it did in the sequel? How about a likable main protagonist? At least he got to kill a bear.

Featuring tracks from the Hotline Miami Soundtrack.

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