Posts Tagged ‘ microsoft

Episuda 51 – Whatcha Playin’ 10.15.12

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Square, Final Fantasy, Ubisoft, Assassin's Creed, Nintendo, Mark of the Ninja, XBLA
On this week’s whatcha playin’, Rich outlines the Super Famicom classic Clock Tower before going in-depth with Klei’s Mark of the Ninja; Steve slights Resident Evil 6 (for reasons previously stated in episode 48) for the original Assassin’s Creed, comparing and contrasting its design flaws, setting and atmosphere; Matt caps the episode revisits an old favorite from his past in Final Fantasy IV Advance, discussing how his interpretations have changed over the years.

Finally, A Jumps B Shoots is now available through Stitcher’s mobile podcast app. Please check it out!

Featuring music by The Shortsleeves from the album In the Memory

Episode 27 – Shut Up and Take My Money

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, GameCritics, Gamecritics.com, Brad Gallaway, Sylcmyk
The debate over buying new games versus used has an active conversation between consumers, publishers and developers for years. Yet the evidence that it’s a one-sided argument—and one that consumers don’t necessarily have a fair say in—only seems to be growing. We’re joined this week by Brad Gallaway, gamecritics.com senior editor and founder of Drinking Coffee Cola, to explore this multifaceted issue from the nature of retail systems and DLC to the concept of ownership.

Music from Sylcmyk

Aliens: Infestation
Trine
Aban Hawkins &  the 1000 Spikes
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

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 19 – How to Buy a Halo with Ed Fries

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Ed Fries, Halo 2600, Microsoft, Robot Science
Halo 2600
may just sound like the fan project you’d never see, but thanks to Ed Fries—current head of 3D imaging modeler Figure Prints and former VP of Microsoft Studios who can include an instrument role launching the original Xbox, creating Xbox Live and bringing Bungie on board as a first-party developer in his legacy—playing as an aesthetically anachronistic Master Chief is now possible. We had a chance to talk with him about his globe-trotting experiences during Xbox’s formative years, as well as Halo 2600 and his philosophy on game design, from an interview at the 2011 Portland Retro Gaming Expo.


Featuring music from Robot Science

Episode 18 – Portland Retro Gaming Expo ’11

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Portland Retro Gaming Expo, Robot Science
We shopped, we played, we talked—another year and another successful Portland Retro Gaming Expo has passed. For our coverage from PRGE 2011, we talk with expo head Chuck Van Pelt about the challenges of organizing a retro gaming convention; game collecting legend John Hancock gives us some insight into effectively collecting video games from all eras, and Pink Gorilla‘s Gabe Hayward talks game retail and his experiences managing a game store in Seattle. Pat “the NES Punk” Contri also joins us to muse about the good and the bad that came out of the NES era (as well as his web series). Finally, we wrap up our expo coverage with Art Santana, friend of the podcast and manager of Portland’s premier arcade, Ground Kontrol . Go ahead, ask us what we bought.

Featuring music from Robot Science

Shout Outs:

The Wooden Arcade
Fangamer
8bit Craft
Dromstruction
I Play Winner