0:15 – Introductions
1:05 – What We’ve Been Playing
37:00 – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
50:25 – Microtransactions and Small DLC
1:07:30 – Story DLC and Season Passes
1:23:00 – Standalone DLC, Spinoff Games, and Quasi-Sequels
1:29:05 – Terrible Spinoffs
1:31:25 – Slightly Better Spinoffs and Spinoffs of Spinoffs
1:38:40 – Challenge DLC and Super Bosses
1:43:50 – Fan-Created Mods
1:47:15 – Games that Feel Like Expansion Packs
1:51:45 – Memorable Video Game Deaths
2:19:20 – Cutscene Deaths versus In-Game Deaths
2:34:45 – Killing Characters
2:38:25 – Death in Video Games versus Other Media
2:48:20 – Silly Deaths
2:53:40 – Purchasing Games and Sales Tax
Download link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep7
Linkdump after the jump. This episode is spoiler-heavy, so spoiler warnings for each section of the recording are included in the linkdump.
- Music video for “Heart of Glass” by Blondie.
What We’ve Been Playing (1:05)
- Wii U e-shop page for Jotun: Valhalla Edition.
- Steam store page for The White March expansion for Pillars of Eternity.
- Wikipedia page for Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
- Steam store page for Regency Solitaire.
- We couldn’t find any official acknowledgment that the AI in Marvel Puzzle Quest was rubber-banded, but we did find a lot of forum threads complaining about it. Here’s one from the official D3 Go! forums.
- Steam store page for Faerie Solitaire.
- Steam store page for Cibele.
- Nina Freeman’s Twitter page.
- Steam store page for Final Fantasy XI.
- Steam store page for Her Story.
- Steam store page for Emily is Away. It’s free!
- E3 2013 trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV. (Source: YouTube)
- voidcast’s guide for getting the neutral ending in SMT IV. (Source: GameFAQs)
- Launch trailer for Bravely Second: End Layer. (Source: Nintendo UK on YouTube)
- Nintendo’s official site for the 3DS’s StreetPass system.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (37:00)
- SPOILERS FOR DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED
- Steam store page for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
- The Jimquisition on how Square Enix handled the Deus Ex franchise.
Microtransactions and Small DLC (50:25)
- SPOILERS FOR DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED
- Trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Breach Mode. (Source: Xbox on YouTube)
- Downloadable content guide for Shin Megami Tensei IV. (Source: IGN)
- Guide for shortcut packs for Battlefield 3. (Source: IGN)
- Sebastian Haley of VentureBeat explores what $100 gets you in Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode.
- Overwatch loot box prices. (Source: IGN)
- Some criticism of Overwatch’s loot system. (Source: The Jimquisition)
Story DLC and Season Passes (1:07:30)
- SPOILERS FOR PILLARS OF ETERNITY, DISHONORED, MASS EFFECT 2, AND MASS EFFECT 3
- Difficulty settings in Pillars of Eternity. (Source: Pillars of Eternity Wiki on Gamepedia)
- Soulbound items in Pillars of Eternity. (Source: Pillars of Eternity Wiki on Gamepedia)
- DLC for Fallout 4. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Wikipedia article for Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast.
- DLC for Dragon Age II. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Information about free post-launch DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. (Source: Gematsu)
- Trailer for Mass Effect 2’s Overlord DLC. (Source: Machinima on YouTube)
- Trailers for Dishonored DLC: The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches. (Source: Machinima on YouTube)
- Voice cast information for Dishonored 2. (Source: PC Gamer)
- Trailers for Mass Effect 3 DLC: Citadel and Leviathan (Source: Mass Effect on YouTube)
Standalone DLC, Spinoff Games, and Quasi-Sequels (1:23:00)
- Steam store page for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
- Steam store page for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
- Steam store pages for Half-Life: Blue Shift and Half-Life: Opposing Force.
- Trailers for Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach. (Sources: Machinima and IGN on YouTube)
- Trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. (Source: AtlusUSA on YouTube)
Terrible Spinoffs (1:29:05)
- A list of Resident Evil games. Clarification: Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Umbrella Corps are different games. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Mortal Kombat action-adventure spin-offs. (Source: Wikipedia)
Slightly Better Spinoffs and Spinoffs of Spinoffs (1:31:25)
- The Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series. (Source: Wikipedia)
- According to Wikipedia, there are over 130 Mega Man games. Yikes.
- A let’s play of Mega Man X: Command Mission, the JRPG Mega Man spin-off. (Source: Turner4590 on YouTube)
- A playthrough of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. (Source: HellfirePlaythroughs on YouTube)
- Clarification: Game Dev Tycoon and Game Dev Story are two different games. (Source: Wikipedia)
Challenge DLC and Super Bosses (1:38:40)
- SPOILERS FOR STAR OCEAN: THE SECOND STORY
- Megami Tensei Wiki article about Ancient of Days. (Source: Wikia)
- Gabriel is the final boss of Star Ocean: The Second Story. His more powerful form is called Unlimited Gabriel. (Source: Star Ocean Wiki on Wikia)
- Fan-Created Mods (1:43:50)
- Website for fan game Red Alert: A Path Beyond.
- The Skyrim mod TheKappa was referring to is called The Dark Brotherhood Resurrection. (Source: Nexus Mods)
Games that Feel Like Expansion Packs (1:47:15)
- Trailer for Saints Row IV. (Source: GameNewsOfficial on YouTube)
- Let’s plays of BioShock 2 and its DLC, Minerva’s Den. (Source: ChristopherOdd on YouTube)
Memorable Video Game Deaths (1:51:45)
- SPOILERS FOR THE DARKNESS, FINAL FANTASY VI, FINAL FANTASY VII, FIRE EMBLEM: GENEALOGY OF THE HOLY WAR, RED DEAD REDEMPTION, L.A. NOIRE, THE LAST OF US, BIOSHOCK, AND FAR CRY 4
- The Jackie and Jenny on the couch scene from The Darkness.
- Saving Shadow in Final Fantasy VI. (Source: McTricky on YouTube)
- Saving Cid in Final Fantasy VI. (Source: lethihongchi on YouTube)
- General Leo’s death in Final Fantasy VI. (Source: The Gaming Mole on YouTube)
- Aerith’s Death in Final Fantasy VII. (Source: ウントアカ on YouTube)
- The end of Chapter 5 of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. (Source: Archayanami on YouTube)
- Wikipedia article on Om Shanti Om. The plot is even more ridiculous than Merve described.
- A comparison of a scene from the Swedish comedy Kopps and Akshay Kumar’s scene from Om Shanti Om. (Source: Raafic Yusuf on YouTube)
- An explanation of the Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis, which I’m sure all you St. Elsewhere fans love. (Source: PBS Idea Channel on Youtube)
- John Marston’s death scene in Red Dead Redemption. (Source: Ninja Bacon on YouTube)
- Jack Kelso’s first mission in L.A. Noire. (Source: GTA Series Videos on YouTube)
- Sarah’s death scene in The Last of Us. (Source: FusionZGamer on YouTube)
- Mufasa’s death scene in The Lion King. (Source: The Lion King on YouTube)
- Andrew Ryan’s death scene in BioShock. (Source: Shane Phillips on YouTube)
- Far Cry 4’s secret ending. (Source: imperfectplayers on YouTube)
Cutscene Deaths versus In-Game Deaths (2:19:20)
- SPOILERS FOR MASS EFFECT 2, TELLTALE’S GAME OF THRONES, TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD, MASS EFFECT 3, DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION, DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS, AND MASS EFFECT 2
- Death of Kelly Chambers in Mass Effect 2. (Source: Knight on YouTube)
- Plot of episode 1 of Telltale’s Game of Thrones. (Source: Wikipedia)
- No matter whether you save Doug or Carley in Episode 1 of The Walking Dead, Lilly kills them at the end of Episode 3. (Source: The Walking Dead Wiki on Wikia)
- Sera leaving the Inquisition in Dragon Age: Inquisition. (Source: Teh Nazzy on YouTube)
- Zevran’s betrayal in Dragon Age: Origins. (Source: Endolem on YouTube)
- Dragon Age Wiki article on Morrigan’s Ritual. No demon babies on my watch! (Source: Wikia)
- Mass Effect 2 suicide mission guide. (Source: BioWare forums)
- Correction: Mordin wasn’t with the Salarian military, but the Special Tasks Group, which is more like the Citadel’s CIA. (Source: Mass Effect Wiki on Wikia)
- Lydia dying in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. (Source: Johnny Ma’boy on YouTube)
Killing Characters (2:34:45)
- SPOILERS FOR SPEC OPS: THE LINE
- Choosing which of the hanging men to kill in Spec Ops: The Line. (Source: Flounder Box on YouTube)
- Firing on the crowd in Spec Ops: The Line. (Source: Video Games Source on YouTube)
Death in Video Games versus Other Media (2:38:25)
- SPOILERS FOR STAR OCEAN: TILL THE END OF TIME, HALO: REACH, AND GEARS OF WAR 3
- Robert’sdeath in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. (Source: BuffMaister on YouTube)
- “Bitter Dance” from the Star Ocean: Till the End of Time soundtrack. To quote YouTube user shadowagent, “Hey,sorry your dad just died,how about some mood killing phat beats while you go get your revenge?” (Source: HellProclaimer on YouTube)
- Dom’s death in Gears of War 3. (Source: WARF3RE on YouTube)
Silly Deaths (2:48:20)
- SPOILERS FOR COMMAND & CONQUER: RENEGADE
- The Devil Axe from the Fire Emblem series. (Source: Fire Emblem Wiki)
- The Mobius escort mission Command & Conquer: Renegade. (Source: Xelger)
Purchasing Games and Sales Tax (2:53:40)
- U.S. states without sales tax. South Dakota actually does have a sales tax. (Source: The Motley Fool)