This week is a week late due to various issues, but Hurricane Irma was not one of them, as Scott recorded his part of the podcast from Georgia, while Jonah and T.J. live far away from hurricane zones. In the meantime, T.J. goes from being disappointed with Destiny and being ecstatic with Destiny 2. This week's news includes:

  • Destiny 2 passes 1 million concurrent users
  • Half-Life writer posts possible Half-Life 2: Episode 3 plot
  • American McGee is ready to make Alice 3
  • Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality this year
  • Act 1 of Homestuck adventure game Hiveswap coming out this month (from PC Gamer)
  • Pewdiepie threatened DMCA takedown following his use of the N-word on stream
  • Okami HD spotted for PC, PS4, Xbox One

This week's Gaming Flashback is the original Assassin's Creed. Let us know what you think of the game.

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The Gaming Podcast is back after a week off, and it celebrates the 10th year anniversary of BioShock with its own Gaming Flashback. They also touch on its sequels, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite. It's not all BioShock, however, as the following news items are discussed:

  • Bethesda Game Of Thrones project potentially leaked
  • PUBG becomes the biggest game on Steam
  • $200 price cut brings HTC Vive down to $599
  • Thimbleweed Park’s arcade is now open

Let us know if you enjoyed any of the BioShock games.

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This week's episode is 50% longer as the first 20 minutes or so are devoted to the reaction to Jim Sterling's explosive review of Hellblade and his subsequent recanting later that day. This week has no Gaming Flashback or Gaming History, but there are six news items to make up for it. The items include:

  • EA talks about Nintendo Switch support
  • Rainbow Six: Siege "Operation Blood Orchid" update launches August 29
  • Myth-inspired RTS Deadhold charges into Early Access later this month
  • No Man's Sky "Atlas Rises" update adds story content and "limited" online co-op
  • EA says Star Wars: Battlefront "lacked long-term goals”
  • Moons of Madness is Lovecraftian horror on Mars

Let us know what you think.

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This week's episode not only has a Gaming Flashback, but a Gaming History as well. The Flashback looks at the hardware intensive PC game Crysis, while the Gaming History looks at one of the bigger crowdfunding fiascos, Starforge. Jonah also reminds viewers that the "mayo" in the Splatfest for Splatoon 2 probably wasn't actually mayo. This week's news items include:

  • Lexington video game company sues after personal information posted online
  • New game combines monster taming and Stardew Valley
  • Respawn: "We're doing more Titanfall"
  • Destiny 2 will not offer customization of imported characters

Question of the Week: "What two games would you like to see combined?"

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This week's episode features Jonah being seriously critical of the Zelda series and getting the aghast reactions from his co-hosts (and probably the internet at large). The crew also discusses games on laptops and dreaming about the games they'd played. There's another Gaming Flashback this week, 2007's Game of the Year, Yaris. This week's news includes:

  • Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition to haunt PS4 and PC players in August
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy spotted with Xbox One controls
  • Dragon Quest XI coming West next year
  • Assassin's Creed Origins director says game won't be on Nintendo Switch

The Question of the Week: "What game do you play most on your laptop?"

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Last week's episode was torpedoed by audio issues (who knows, maybe they'll come back in a outtakes episode), so this week returns with half old news and half new news. The Gaming Flashback returns with a vengeance with the classic Popcap game Peggle -- which came out while Gaming Podcast debuted! This week's new/old news includes:

  • Atari's 'PC technology-based' Ataribox will echo NES Classic, crowdfunding campaign coming
  • PC release of Classic action-RPG Ys Seven announced
  • Possible Xbox One X wireless module passes through FCC
  • New trademark sparks rumours of ‘Nintendo 64 Classic’ console release

Also, there's a Question of the Week -- listen in and let us know what you think.

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Nintendo is the main focus of this week's episode, but we can't discuss the company too much or they'll sic their lawyers on the podcast. Other than that, there's plenty of safe things to discuss. This week's episode includes:

  • Evil Genius 2 in development at Rebellion
  • Nobody can find the source code for Icewind Dale II
  • Breath of the Wild players will learn more about Zelda in The Champions’ Ballad DLC
  • Where are all the Nintendo Switch game ports?

Also, learn about who won the contest, which was decided by the roll of a die.

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The The Sims 4 contest is still going on this week, with the winner to be announced in Episode 471. The crew gets back to discussing news, but as is usual, it's a light week in July. This week's news items include:

  • Starcraft Remastered is coming in August in 4K
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes spark pay-to-win fears
  • Only main player will progress in Far Cry 5 story
  • Destiny 2's getting rid of random perk rolls for loot and the response is divided
  • Nintendo Switch Virtual Console will be the only way you can play certain Super Mario games

Again, The Sims 4 Contest is only eligible for US entrants.

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It's Contest Time, as Gaming Podcast is giving away a swag bag that includes The Sims 4 and some videogame merch from E3. Most of the 87 minute podcast deals with more E3 talk, and 5 minutes spend on news items. This week's news includes:

  • Everything known about the Ataribox so far
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone release confirmed
  • Gigantic launching in July, escapes Windows 10

Let us know what you thought of E3 this week in the comments.

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VR has become a major buzzword around the videogame industry these days. For the past few E3 conferences, there have been whole sections of the floor devoted to people strapping on headsets and playing first person titles where you rock climb or pilot a spaceship. Other times you're running in a foot race like the intriguing title Sprint Vector that I demoed at the show.

Then there's Bloody Zombies, developed by Paw Print Games and published by nDreams, which hints at an alternative future for VR gaming.

On first blush, it's a basic four player scrolling beat-em-'up in the 16-bit mold of the arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and River City Rampage -- up to four players walk right, beating up enemies as they do with fists, kicks and various pick-up weapons. At the end of every level awaits a boss with loads of hit points and special moves.

From a gameplay perspective, the game offers some variety and gameplay innovation of the beat 'em up experience. There's a mild competitive element to the game in that the game tracks hit combos, treasure capture, and so on and ranks the player who did the best during a level. Players can "juggle" enemies by kicking them in the air, and punching them to keep them aloft, with the possibility of knocking them into a level hazard for bonus points. Every level also features hard-to-find secrets that earn bonus points, but also take them out of the main fight so they're sacrificing treasure for combo hits.

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However, the game becomes a whole new experience when a player has a VR headset strapped on. Suddenly, looking in each direction reveals not only the entire level, but also things that aren't visible when playing without it. (Amusingly, players wearing the VR headset have their characters onscreen wearing one, too.) For example, the museum level features a gigantic brachiosaurus skeleton. Without the VR headset on, only part of the skeleton can be seen; with one on, the player can see the head and neck arching over the ceiling of the exhibit.

The VR set also has a more practical purpose. Since the player can see in three dimensions while wearing the headset, they can now see if their avatar is on the same plane as an enemy, always a tricky bugaboo of side-scrollers in the past. They can also see upcoming level hazards, as well as secrets.

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The other impressive aspect to the VR is that unlike most games using the headset, there's no motion sickness. The game presents itself is presented as a model set with characters moving through it, as if playing with action figures. Developer Steven Craft confirmed that people who had complained they were extremely sensitive to motion sickness in VR games had no issues with Bloody Zombies because there was no first person queasiness to be had.

Bloody Zombies will be released on Steam, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions following. It will support all VR headsets, including PS VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.

 

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