Episode #36: AussieCast 2: Electric Didgeridoo

The gang discusses Valve’s recent controversies, celebrates Swery’s Kickstarter success, and previews E3 2018 in this jam-packed episode. [Recorded May 26, 2018]

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Featuring:
Merve
Ben
Gooch Extension

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
2:05 – What We’ve Been Playing
19:35 – Valve and Campo Santo
26:50 – Steam’s Visual Novel Crackdown
32:00 – Boss Key Productions Shutdown
37:20 – Swery65 and The Good Life
43:15 – Buying Video Games
47:10 – Yakuza Spinoffs and Zombie Modes
50:10 – Naked Fight Scenes
51:50 – E3 Predictions
1:16:10 – Announcement Predictions
1:27:00 – What We’d Like to See at E3
1:51:45 – The Consoles We Owned and Borrowed
1:58:40 – How to Have a Successful E3
2:18:35 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep36

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Episode #35: An Invitation to Cheat

The gang discusses racing, family gaming, online toxicity, gaming habits, and why you should totally cheat at single-player games. [Recorded April 8, 2018]

Featuring:
Merve
DL
The Kappa

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
2:10 – What We’ve Been Playing
32:40 – Gaming with Family
43:35 – Gaming Devices
51:30 – Scheduling Gaming
54:55 – Bad Gaming Habits
1:02:35 – Good Gaming Habits
1:08:45 – Social Gaming and Online Toxicity
1:34:10 – Return to Gaming Habits

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep35

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Episode #34: The Video Game Olympics

The gang discusses the recent Nintendo Direct, speculates about Super Smash Bros., and puts video game characters through their paces by subjecting them to various trials and tribulations. [Recorded March 11, 2018]

Featuring:
Merve
Andy Tuttle
Wolfman Jew

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
1:35 – Nintendo Direct
18:05 – What We’ve Been Playing
35:30 – Video Game Olympics: Best Math Teacher
42:40 – Video Game Olympics: Canine Care
47:20 – Video Game Olympics: Luge
54:50 – Video Game Olympics: Relay Race
1:02:10 – Video Game Olympics: Video Game Journalism
1:05:15 – Video Game Olympics: Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner
1:10:30 – Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mass Effect
1:14:30 – Video Game Olympics: Shoplifting Companion
1:17:55 – Video Game Olympics: Selling a Used Car
1:21:05 – Video Game Olympics: Editing the A.V. Club
1:26:45 – Video Game Olympics: Porn Stars
1:29:50 – Video Game Olympics: Unclogging a Drain
1:34:05 – Video Game Olympics: Next Great American Novel
1:40:00 – Video Game Olympics: Jeopardy!
1:46:35 – Video Game Olympics: Puzzle Decathlon
1:56:40 – Video Game Olympics: Survivor
2:02:15 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep34

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Episode #33: Battle Condom Anime

The gang tackles the tricky subject of RPG combat. [Recorded February 18, 2018]

Featuring:
Merve
Pulprobot
Lord Stoneheart
SingingBrakeman

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
1:20 – What We’ve Been Playing
14:50 – Favourite Combat Systems in RPGs
35:00 – Fallout and VATS
41:25 – Positive Features of Combat Systems, Pt. 1
51:35 – Frustrations in Combat Systems, Pt. 1
56:55 – Positive Features of Combat Systems, Pt. 2
59:55 – Frustrations in Combat Systems, Pt. 2
1:36:20 – Combat and Minigames
1:47:30 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep32

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Episode #32: The Aussiecast

In our first podcast recorded in 2018, we make predictions for what will happen in the games industry later in the year and then run down our most anticipated games of 2018. [Recorded January 20, 2018]

Featuring:
Merve
The Kappa
Ben
PT
gwahir

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
2:45 – What The Kappa Played Over the Holidays
17:05 – What Merve Played Over the Holidays
26:20 – What gwahir Played Over the Holidays
42:35 – What Ben Played Over the Holidays (Featuring Ben’s Cat)
52:35 – What PT Played Over the Holidays
1:00:25 – Nintendo Direct Mini and Nintendo Labo
1:09:15 – E3, Microsoft, and Cross-Play
1:22:15 – Predictions for 2018
2:07:35 – Games of 2018
2:36:50 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep32

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Episode #31: 2017 Year-in-Review Community Extravaganza

We take a look back on 2017 in gaming. First, we run down the year’s biggest news stories. Then, we survey members of the community about their favourite games of the year. And finally, we discuss the most disappointing and most surprising games of the year. [Recorded December 8, 9, and 20, 2017]

Featuring:
Merve
The Radio Cat
The Kappa
Ben
Otakunomike
Pulprobot
Andy Tuttle
Wolfman Jew
Science is Bad

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
1:45 – The Game Awards
8:45 – The YouTube Adpocalypse
20:15 – Patreon Rule Changes
22:20 – Loot Boxes and Microtransactions
34:05 – Visceral Games’ Closure and Multiplayer Shooters
41:15 – Mass Effect: Andromeda
48:40 – The Resurgence of the Japanese Games Industry and PC Ports of Japanese Games
53:40 – The Nintendo Switch
1:05:50 – The Xbox One X and Microsoft’s 2017
1:14:30 – The Super NES Classic Edition
1:16:15 – IGN’s Acquisition of Humble Bundle
1:22:50 – Valve No Longer Making Story-Driven Games
1:30:05 – Ben’s Favourite Games
2:02:20 – Otakunomike’s Favourite Games
2:18:55 – Pulprobot’s Favourite Games
2:45:10 – Andy Tuttle’s Favourite Games
3:13:00 – Wolfman Jew’s Favourite Games
3:41:40 – Science is Bad’s Favourite Games
4:18:30 -The Radio Cat’s Favourite Games
4:29:20 – The Kappa’s Favourite Games
4:42:50 – Merve’s Favourite Games
4:55:25 – The Worst or Most Disappointing Games of the Year
5:22:05 – Surprises of 2017
5:32:30 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep31

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Episode #30: Bungie Jumping with the Wizard from the Moon

Join us for a deep dive on the Halo and Destiny series. [Recorded December 3, 2017]

Featuring:
Merve
The Radio Cat
Zach_Annon
The Kappa

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
4:35 – Halo’s Origins and What It Brought to the Table
23:10 – Iconic Moments in the Halo Series
29:25 – The 343 Industries Games
31:50 – Cortana and the Dinklebot
40:45 – Halo’s Narrative
47:00 – Halo’s Legacy and Future
1:00:30 – Introduction to Destiny 2
1:13:20 – The Story of Destiny
1:19:55 – Destiny’s Development Troubles
1:24:20 – Raids, Strikes, and Endgame Content
1:28:10 – The Destiny Fanbase
1:32:25 – Destiny Weaponry, PVP, and Clans
1:46:10 – Destiny Gameplay
1:50:40 – Gaming with Friends
1:58:10 – Destiny’s Cultural Impact
2:00:30 – Microtransactions in Games
2:08:35 – Cultural Reception to Shooters
2:11:00 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep30

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