Episode 157: Nose in a Box

Help us return the heart of Te Fiti in this Moana-themed core panel episode! This week, we discuss why TIME named the Nintendo Switch the 2017 Gadget of the Year, look at the parallels between an episode of Black Mirror and China’s new Social Credit System, and brainstorm how Niantic will approach the development of their new Harry Potter-themed AR game. Then we dive into the Lightning Round, where we imagine the possibilities for smellable VR and for Kellogg’s upcoming Super Mario Cereal. Snuggle up to your trusty animal sidekick, track down a helpful demigod, and try not to be too SHINY with us for an hour!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 156: Farm Hard

Grab a stake, a garlic braid, and some sunglasses – we’re huntin’ vamps in very sunny (and very fictional) Santa Carla! On this core panel episode, we pick apart the consequences of Steam barring adults-only game devs from linking to their XXX patches, marvel at Amazon’s bid to make a Lord of the Rings TV series to rival Game of Thrones, and examine the final ratified SAG-AFTRA contract. Enter the Lightning Round, in which we give our thoughts on the new Papers, Please short film and ponder the impact of PlayStation players being able to trade their trophies in for store credit. Join us for an hour of Kiefer Sutherland, feathered hair, and the two Coreys!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

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Episode 155: Trash Witch

Get in the N7 spirit as cybersecurity expert, master craftswoman, and trash witch extraordinaire Scotland Symons returns to the show! We raise an eyebrow at Activision’s patent for a matchmaking system that maximizes microtransactions, offer our thoughts on Venezuelan Runescape players farming gold to put food on the table, and discuss the likelihood of GameStop’s Power Pass subscription service’s survival. In the Lightning Round, we first debate which video games might make decent movies (if any), then we try to pinpoint what makes a piece of writing *good* while analyzing the horror fiction of MIT’s Shelley AI. Take care of your calibrations, rally your Asari commandos, and join us for an hour of Mass Effect mayhem!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine& Scotland Symons

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

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Episode 154: American Han

Ricky Spanish works his mischievous magic on this week’s American Dad!-themed episode! Minecraft Gameplay Programmer and Game Designer Travis Gates joins us to evaluate the appeal of interactive movies, discuss the reasoning behind EA closing its Visceral Games studio, and discover the origins of the urban legend about Polybius, a mind-controlling arcade game allegedly created by the government. We then tap dance our way into the Lightning Round, where we take a hard look at Microsoft’s treehouse work spaces, then brainstorm alternative titles for the upcoming Han Solo origin movie. Grab some chocodiles and join us for an hour!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Nikk Golesh, & Travis Gates

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

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Episode 153: McStabby

La la laaa la la! This week, Riot Games Influencer Relations Manager Becky Taylor helps us analyze the Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box frenzy, call shenanigans on the NRG’s claim of “diversity” within its all-male Overwatch pro team, and discuss ways to prevent the accidental use of traumatic photos from real-life events in games. In the Lightning Round, we marvel at the disaster that was McDonald’s’ Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce promotion, then we get all tied up in Fetlang, the new coding language that reads like bad erotica. Explore the Sick, Sad World with us on this Daria-themed episode!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Becky TaylorJoe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 152: Find the Curve

Brave the Voight-Kampff test with us this week as V1 Interactive producer and core panelist Joe Erskine returns to the show! We celebrate the fun game dev transparency of #blocktober, offer a hard side-eye to Valve’s response to the latest batch of shovelware on Steam, and try to figure out why rapper B.o.B. would start a GoFundMe to prove that the Earth is round. In the Lightning Round, we work on understanding what would compel a person to pay $1000 for a PUBG scarf, then we give our takes on Pac-Man Battle Casino and the future of video games in the gambling space. Join your fellow replicants for an hour while you can – it’s too bad that we won’t live, but then again, who does?

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The Panel: Alexandra LucasJoe Arroyo, Joe Erskine, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 151: Where’s Wookie

The Quickening is upon us as iThrive Games associate producer Sean Weiland joins the show to debate the ownership of PUBG’s “battle royale” genre, tackle the problematic sexual aggression at World of Warcraft’s Goldshire Inn, and celebrate the tentative agreement that the voice actors in SAG-AFTRA have reached with game studios to end their strike. Then we dive into the Lightning Round, where we squee about SpaceX’s new interplanetary rocket simulation videos and marvel at the accidental inclusion of a photo of Yoda in an official Saudi Arabian textbook. Grab your longsword and watch your head – there can be only one!

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The Panel: Alexandra LucasJoe Arroyo, Nikk Golesh, & Sean Weiland

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 150: Breakupbaguette

To Valhalla! Cybersecurity expert Scotland Symons joins us this week to discuss future perks and pitfalls of AR graffiti, to appreciate game industry experts getting fed up with toxic communities, and to welcome the fourth Powerpuff Girl. In the Lightning Round, things get shiny and chrome as we find alternative uses for Xbox controllers – inspired by the US Navy’s use of the hardware for periscope navigation – and then things get out of hand as we take a hard look at Mario’s nipples. Celebrate our 150th episode with Furiosa and the Doof Warrior in post-apocalyptic bliss!

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The Panel: Alexandra LucasJoe Arroyo, Nikk Golesh, & Scotland Symons

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 149: Lemmiwinks

It’s party time – excellent! on this week’s core panel episode, in which we shake our heads at PewDiePie’s latest scandal, pick apart the concept of “tricking” players via good game design, and debate the intended effects of South Park: Fractured But Whole’s skin color slider. In the Lightning Round, we try to get used to the fact that Mario is no longer a plumber, then we share our ideas for making games more accessible to inexperienced adult players. Grab a seat on our couch for an hour – schwing!

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The Panel: Alexandra LucasJoe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

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Episode 148: Light Gnawing

Game editor at Lone Shark Games Aviva Schecterson helps us try to make “fetch” happen this week as we pick apart the fallout of Nintendo’s decision to discontinue the Miiverse, Acid Wizard Studio’s fight against free game key resellers, and the death of the current VR cycle. A very spoopy Lightning Round takes us through Twitter’s #DearDavid ghost story saga, then we revisit scary games from childhood and beyond. Dust off your Burn Book and don your favorite shade of pink for this week’s frenemy-laden episode!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Aviva Schecterson, Joe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode