This week we talk, alphas, betas, early access, Kickstarters and how a games initial players can influence the development of the game. Plus tales of a trip to Nintendo HQ, the shutting down of an MMO and more.
After that we talk with Dissident Logic's upcoming game: Paperbound.
Kotaku contributor David Heineman joins us to discuss his recent article
HOW TO BEAT 400 GAMES in 4.5 YEARS, and how he manages his massive backlog for fun but also as part of his academic life studying and writing about games--he is a professor at Bloomsburg University.
Before that, Arian, Jagger and previous guest now cohost Joshua Quail creator of the Nerdist's "What You Missed..." series, discuss their own tribulations involving backlogs.
Laurie was unable to make the main segments of the show this week due to scheduling issues, however she recorded some backlog talk with her girlfriend which pops up, easter egg style, after the end music!
Gamify life itself? We discuss the ramifications, including GeoCache fapping. Then, after a brief interlude involving voice commands in Wolfenstein: The New Order, being ever ready for Mecha-Hitler, the UbiArt engine used by Child of Light, we speak with Len Kendall about his upcoming game Cartegram, that sends you out into the real world to find joy away from the screen.
Michael Stearns, creator of Tiny Barbarian DX is on the show! We talk about Tiny Barbarian's Conan origins, Astroman, Tiny Barbarian's new Episode 2, but we don't talk about why the ape wants to kidnap the blonde girl. Don't even think about it.
Before that we discuss POLITICS IN GAMES, including Call of Duty: Ghosts' story of stopping hispanics crossing the border.
Also discussed: WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER, THE WOLF AMONG US, and SYSTEM SHOCK 2.
Comic book scribe, radio personality and Pulitzer Prize sharing journalist Mark Rahner joins us! You may know his as the wordsmith behind DEJAH of MARS, VAMPIRELLA, ARMY OF DARKNESS/REANIMATOR, THE TWILIGHT ZONE ANNUAL, CTHULU TALES and GREEN HORNET!
Before that we discuss the games that baffle our hearts.
Our videogameland segment is in the shop this week getting retooled.
Andrew Kerekes and Luke Burtis talk about their new game FEARLESS FANTASY, before that the gang has a video game poetry slam consisting of both found and original works. Then it's off to Videogameland to talk about Mario Kart 8, beating Spelunky for the first time, Paper Dungeons, Botanicula and more.
There is also some pondering over a Johnny Depp anecdote told to Jagger by someone who worked with Depp recently.
Mario Kart 8's Ludwig Von Koopa voice David J. Goldfarb & Medal of Honor/Call of Duty animator and Xplore: Pangaea director Sunil Thankamushy, who chats about working with Stephen Spielberg.
Plus we try to do an E3 segment like a regular games podcast but end up talking about having magic powers that could turn your opponent into a hot girl or a baby.
Also some chat about Mario Kart 8 with the wife, PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, forcing yourself to kill whales in Assassin's Creed IV, cinematic composition in games, frustration when trying to get all the trophies in Double Fine's The Cave and more.
Roope Tamminen (aka Hypnohustler) the first guest we ever had when we switched to our guest format--IS BACK, BABY. His new endeavor, LAKEVIEW CABIN COLLECTION is on Steam Greenlight! We chat with him about humping flaccid penises, Friday the 13th, part II, The Nightmare on Elmstreet TV series and also about his new game(s).
Before that, Dutch Mogul, Laurie and Jagger do an experiment wherein they play games they have not touched since childhood: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, The Ninja, Commander Keen, Duke Nukem 3D and Bubble Bobble. Let's Bobble, yo.
Interluded gracefully with a Videogameland touching on Snoop Dogg's VO work in Call of Duty: Ghosts and it's new game mode with some LAST DOOR and CHILD OF LIGHT.