Posts Tagged ‘ Steam

Episode 79 – Whatcha Playin’ 07.08.13

WP 07-08-13

We’re playin’ them up and spitting them out.

Steve takes us to a god-forsaken post-apocalyptic hell hole when he talks about the game The Last of Us. Spoiler free so don’t be afraid to listen if you haven’t played yet. Rich picks 2 of the smattering of games he’s played. First off is the new Mortal Kombat in which he talks about how he was pleasantly surprised about how tight the story is for a fighting game. He also brings up Neir, a genre bending fantasy. Lastly, Matt gets his Rogue-like on with the game Rogue Legacy. A game where your kids take your place in the battle, and nobody is perfect.

Featuring music from Tonight We Launch.

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 55 – Whatcha Playin’ 11.19.12

Emily Jarrett decides that we aren’t too shabby a podcast and sticks around for a Whatcha Playin’. Emily conjurs up a conversation about completionism when she brings up the game Psychonauts. What is it about the gamer’s brain that drives us to search every corner to complete every single aspect of the game? SPOILER ALERT: We don’t provide answers, we just shout our question to the heavens. She also teaches us about the existance of two very interesting RPG board games – Discworld’s Ankh-Morpork and Fiasco. Rich challenges Steve’s opinion of Dishonored after exploring the detailed ins and outs of the game. Finally, Matt owns up to an Iphone game addiction brought on by Touch Arcade, Jetpack Joyride. Why do they have to put your friend’s scores on the top every time you open the game? He’s only 50 points ahead… I can do this. And so it begins…

Featuring music by Bear and Walrus from the album Lake Poems

Episode 48 – Whatcha Playin’ 09.24.12

faster than light, plague inc, papo and yo, minority, that game company, journey, robot entertainment, orcs must die, resident evil 6, capcom, steam, ios, multiplayer, fangamer, gerritt rosa, leeni, headphones on your heart, jed foundation, love is louder

For this episode we invite Gerritt Rosa from Fangamer to talk about the games we’ve been playing. Gerritt exposes his secret love of management systems with the games Faster than Light and Plague Inc. Rich strips away the peels of rotting flesh from his PS3 to reveal some pretty wonderful gaming experiences with Popo and Yo and talks about the silent multi-player aspect of Journey. Steve gets scared for the future of Resident Evil with it’s sixth installment. Finally, Matt digs into his pile of Steam shame and pulls out a gem of a tower defense game with Orcs Must Die.

Featuring music by Leeni from the album Headphones on your Heart EP.

As a side note, all of the proceeds from Leeni’s new EP will be going to the JED Foundation to support their Love is Louder campaign to support suicide prevention. This is a great cause and I urge my listeners to take part in this and buy a copy of the album. — Matt

Episode 41 – Whatcha Playin’ 07.30.12

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Botanicula, Steam, Picross 3D, The Darkness II, 2K Games, Nintendo
Today’s Whatcha Playin’ is a study in predecessors: we talk about each of this episode’s games in context to its predecessors and look at how this informed our opinions on the titles in question. Rich talks about the magical plantlife of Botanicula and how it differs from the gunmetal grey land of Amanita’s previous game, Machinarium; Steve continues Jackie Estacado’s saga with The Darkness and moves on to the Darkness II (which is better?) and Matt gushes over some of his favorite puzzle games for the DS, Picross and Picross 3D. Does the third dimension add another level of engaging gameplay or horrible frustration? Spoiler alert: you won’t be able to put it down. Featuring music by I Fight Dragons

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 22 – PIG Squad’s Indie Game Adventure

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, PIGSquad, Portland Indie Game Squad, Chipocrite, Mechlo
In this episode we talk with Will Lewis and John Henrich, founders of the Portland Indie Game Squad, about the creation of their developer collective as well as the philosophy of what does—or does not—make a game “indie”. Whether an indie descriptor defines an actual genre, what constitutes an independent developer and the standard fifteen dollar price point are among discussion topics. (Skeletor also makes an appearance.) So, are AJBS snobs for only playing indie games? Well, maybe.

Featuring music from Chipocrite and Mechlo and the Bad Bits recorded at Micropalooza 2011

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Micropalooza album, available soon!

Game Dev Story
Binding of Isaac
Adult Swim Games
Gemini Rue