Posts Tagged ‘ Sega

Episode 65 – Whatcha Playin’ 02.04.13

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This week’s Whatcha Playin’ contains a special guest: AJBS’ very own social media manager, Jarrett Civelli. Jarrett makes it a point to talk about Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the beautiful JRPG mashup between Dragon Quest’s Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, the animation studio of anime legend Hayao Miyazaki. What makes Ni No Kuni so great? According to Jarrett, the PS3-exclusive is the perfect blend of old-school genre feel modernized by sensible mechanics—not to mention the sweeping aesthetics, soundtrack and Ghibli-quality storyline. Well worth your time.

Steve takes on Platinum’s Anarchy Reigns, the budgetish pseudo-sequel to Madworld. There are similarities between the two, namely the comically brutal violence and chainsaw-for-an-arm protagonist Jack, but where Anarchy earns its stripes is through its bonkers multiplayer, which had Steve actually playing online (a rarity).

While it’s debatable whether or not Ron Gilbert’s new downloadable The Cave can be interpreted as an adaptation of Plato’s allegory, Rich’s reservations with it are pretty clear. For such a cool concept (seven inherently awful people are each granted whatever they most want in the world), Double Fine allowed some pretty puzzling math to slip through, though the game is at least worth a peek.

Finally Matt talks about Antichamber, a mind-bending puzzle game that can only be described as two staircases that, when taken, lead you back around to place where you started.

 
Featuring tracks by WMD.

Episode 50 – Whatcha Playin’ @ the Portland Retro Game Expo

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We conclude our trip to the The Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) with Matt walking the floor and asking “Whatcha playing”? We talk with Roo from 16 bit Gems, Mark the “Mad Marquis” of Critical Hit Burlesque, Will Lewis- president of the Portland Indie Game Squad, local Atari developer Sal Esquivel, and Art Santana- Manager of the world famous Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

Throughout the episode, Matt as interweaved some of his favorite songs from the Nintendo Entertainment System. The songs are from the games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Duck Tales, Faxanadu, Castlevania 3, and Blaster Master.

Episode 35 – 2012: A Year In Controversy (So Far)

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Scandals, Video games, Mass Effect 3, Bioware, EA, The Onion, AV Club
From slander against Japanese video game development to making game narrative a democratic process, 2012 has all ready been a newsworthy year, and we’re not quite halfway through. This week we’re joined by Rowan Kaiser of The Onion’s AV Club writ to track the year’s hot topics, scandals and conversations about the industry as observed by Twitter’s game journalist community. What will the second half of the year bring?

Featuring music by Abducted by Sharks from the album Hammerhead

Warlock: Master of the Arcane
Journey
Just Cause 2
Far Cry 2
Rampart
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 

Episode 30 – Gaming, Developing, Conferencing

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Our co-host 
Steve Haske just got back from the 2012 Game Developers Conference, and to celebrate his first foray into the “summer-camp” for industry types and developers, we welcome our friend and fellow game journalist Jeffrey Matulef back to the show to talk about all the goings on at the conference. Among the discussion topics are some of the games that were observed, the kind of community GDC fosters (not to mention hugs between industry friends), the highs and lows of the event’s social elements.

We also talk a bit about the new “digitally enabled folk game” Johann Sebastian Joust, which utilizes Sony’s Move controllers (in an unauthorized fashion), Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos”, and a group of people to form one of the most fascinatingly unorthodox instances of multiplayer gaming this year. You’ll be intrigued.

Featuring music from Knife City‘s self-titled EP

Mass Effect 3
Yakuza: Dead Souls
Binary Domain

Finally, we wanted to make a special thank you to Old Town Computers in Portland, OR. Thanks guys.

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 23 – Perils of Memory

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Pat the NES Punk, Pat Contri, The Punk Effect, Ralp

Have you ever returned to a game fondly remembered from childhood only to bluntly discover it’s not the masterpiece you recall? The dangers of rose-colored glasses, and how they inform our opinion and perception as gamers, are ever-present—particularly in a medium as hooked on nostalgia as video games can be. It’s the reasoning and reaction to our memories that center the discussion this week, on AJBS maiden voyage as a proud new contributor to thepunkeffect.com. And who better to christen the journey with than ThePunkEffect’s founder and veteran retro game reviewer, Pat “The NES Punk” Contri?
(Clearly, no one.)

This goes without saying, but our boundless thanks to Pat for letting us become part of the PunkEffect team.

Featuring music from Ralp

Enslaved : Odyssey to the West
Anticipation
Bastion
Aquaria

Episode 21 – Sega Scream

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Dangerous Kids, freezedream
Retro revivals are ground that must be carefully tread on. What approach can a company take when trying to make a beloved franchise relevant again while not upsetting its already-established fanbase? With the dual 2D-vs-3D gameplay styles of the 20th Anniversary tribute Sonic Generations, Sega finds themselves at an interesting crossroads—and it’s unclear what implications the latest series entry may have on the series. Jeff “Switch” Sorensen from the Dangerous Kids podcast joins us for a discussion of Sonic’s legacy, how the series is an allegory for Sega itself and how past failures have shaped the development of what we can only hope will be worthwhile future developments. Happy birthday, Sonic!

Also, a quick PSA for our Portland listeners: AJBS is co-sponsoring Micropalooza, a full day chip music festival in cooperation with Ground Kontrol and the Jupiter Hotel, on Sunday, November 20th. Details can be found on our Micropalooza blog here.

Featuring music from Freezedream