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]

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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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Episode #29: A Polite Carjacking

The gang has nothing but effusive praise for Sonic the Hedgehog before delving into a discussion about the relationship between video games and other entertainment media. [Recorded November 11, 2017]

Featuring:
Merve
Wolfman Jew
SewerRatPumpkinPie
The Kappa

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
2:30 – What We’ve Been Playing
35:10 – Project Sonic Watch 2017
49:20 – Works Inspired by Video Games, Pt. 1
58:15 – Video Games on Television
1:00:20 – Works Inspired by Video Games, Pt. 2
1:07:35 – Cartoons about Video Games
1:14:05 – Works Inspired by Video Games, Pt. 3
1:15:25 – Platformers and Nostalgia
1:20:05 – Works Inspired by Video Games, Pt. 4
1:34:00 – Video Game Documentaries
1:40:40 – Works Inspired by Video Games, Pt. 5
1:45:00 – Comic Book Films and Comedies
1:49:40 – Adapting Video Games into Films
1:57:40 – Adapting Films into Video Games
2:04:10 – Gaming and the Japanese Legal System
2:06:20 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep29

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Episode #28: HallowEAn

In this spooky Halloween episode, Wolfman Jew makes his triumphant return to the podcast to discuss Electronic Arts’ development troubles and outsider art. [Recorded October 25, 2017]

Featuring:
Merve
Wolfman Jew
Science is Bad
The Kappa

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:30 – Introductions
7:05 – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
13:40 – SteamWorld Dig 2
18:25 – Middle-earth: Shadow of War
32:00 – Stardew Valley
33:30 – Mass Effect: Andromeda
56:30 – Development Troubles at Electronic Arts
1:10:00 – Outsider Art in Video Games, Part 1
1:27:25 – Outsider Art in Film
1:30:45 – Outsider Art in Video Games, Part 2

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep28

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Episode #27: Kaizovania

In this episode, the gang discusses the difficulty of classic games, the games their parents used to play, and their favourite and least favourite levels in games. [Recorded October 7, 2017]

Featuring:
Merve
Penny B’s Hero Academia
Science is Bad
Kajigger Desu
Andy Tuttle

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
3:20 – What Science is Bad Has Been Playing
12:40 – What Andy Tuttle Has Been Playing
18:15 – What Penny B’s Hero Academia Has Been Playing
31:55 – What Kajigger Desu Has Been Playing
39:10 – The Difficulty of NES Games
46:05 – Parental Gaming
50:25 – What Merve Has Been Playing
58:25 – Favourite Video Game Levels
1:35:55 – Bad Level Design
1:55:35 – Some More Good Level Design
1:57:45 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep27

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Episode #26: Space Off

The gang discusses fighting game rosters, complains about the length of JRPGs, and tries to fix some flawed games. [Recorded September 16, 2017]

Featuring:
Merve
BannerThief
Otakunomike
Science is Bad
Ninjaneer

Editor:
The Kappa

Timestamps:
0:15 – Introductions
2:50 – Merve Has a Nintendo Switch
9:05 – Science is Bad Plays Golf Games
16:55 – What BannerThief Has Been Playing
21:10 – What Ninjaneer Has Been Playing (and Anticipating)
31:35 – Otakunomike Plays Fire Emblem
34:55 – JRPGs Are Long
38:05 – Video Game Doctor: Introduction
39:25 – Let’s Fix Yooka-Laylee
50:30 – Review Controversies
1:01:35 – Let’s Fix The King of Fighters XIV
1:09:50 – Let’s Fix Fallout 4
1:22:10 – Let’s Fix Valkyria Revolution
1:30:30 – Let’s Fix Sunless Sea
1:43:30 – Let’s Fix Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit
1:52:10 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep26

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