The Radio Cat
Science is Bad
0:15 – Introductions
2:00 – Project Sonic Watch 2017
13:15 – The YouTube Adpocalypse
27:15 – Steam’s Problems
33:55 – Valve’s New Game
40:00 – The Half-Life Story Leak and Valve’s Internal Problems
46:00 – Nostalgic Game Development
48:30 – Nintendo Switch Shortages
54:35 – The Super NES Classic Edition
1:00:25 – Nintendo Switch Growing Pains
1:02:25 – Final Fantasy XV
1:08:00 – Age of Empires IV
1:15:05 – The Good Life
1:20:25 – Death Stranding and Hideo Kojima
1:24:50 – Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Steam Early Access
1:39:40 – Games that Came Out This Summer
1:55:00 – LawBreakers and Multiplayer Shooters
2:02:15 – Gearbox and We Happy Few
2:04:00 – XCOM
2:05:30 – Conclusion
Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep25
Linkdump after the jump. Header image from Yakuza 0.
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Project Sonic Watch 2017 (2:00)
- Sonic Mania is currently sitting at 86 on Metacritic.
- Steam page for Sonic Mania. The current price is $19.99.
- Sonic News Network Wiki article on the Chao Garden.
- Wikipedia article on Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.
- Trailer for Sonic Forces. (Source: Nintendo on YouTube)
- The other programmer who worked on Sonic Mania is Simon Thomley. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Correction: Christian “Taxman” Whitehead is Australian, not British. (Source: Wikipedia)
The YouTube Adpocalypse (13:15)
- An article explaining how the Adpocalypse has affected gaming YouTubers. (Source: Forbes)
- The YouTube thumbnail tests we mentioned were conducted by YouTuber Nero at Totalbiscuit’s request. (Source: Twitter)
- Correction: The Nintendo Creators Program gives 60% of advertising revenue to individual videos and 70% to channels. (Source: Nintendo)
- Official website for new streaming platform Mixer.
- A video explaining how the Adpocalypse might have messed with discoverability. (Source: The Know on YouTube)
- Steam store page for Five Nights at Freddy’s.
Steam’s Problems (27:15)
- Valve shut down Steam Greenlight earlier this summer. (Source: Polygon)
- Valve removed Digital Homicide’s games from Steam after they tried suing users. (Source: Rock Paper Shotgun)
Valve’s New Game (33:55)
- Valve’s teaser for Artifact has 15 times as many dislikes as likes. (Source: PlayArtifact on YouTube)
- Clarification: Kim Swift was previously at Amazon, but now she works for Electronic Arts at Motive Studios. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The Overwatch summer skins. (Source: PC Gamer)
The Half-Life Story Leak and Valve’s Internal Problems (40:00)
- Marc Laidlaw’s story leak for Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Correction: Gordon and Alyx travel to a “research vessel,” not a space station.
- Titanfall 2’s “Effects and Cause” level. (Source: GameSpot on YouTube)
Nostalgic Game Development (46:00)
No links here.
Nintendo Switch Shortages (48:30)
- Nintendo claims the Switch shortage is due to other companies demanding parts. (Source: Go Nintendo)
The Super NES Classic Edition (54:35)
- Correction: The Super NES Classic Edition is being released at the end of the September. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Some information on limited-run items and pop-up businesses in Japan. (Source: Kotaku comments)
Nintendo Switch Growing Pains (1:00:25)
No links here.
Final Fantasy XV (1:02:25)
- Information on Final Fantasy XV’s PC port. (Source: PCGamesN)
- Correction: Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II are also not available on Windows PC, though the former is available on Windows Phone. (Source: Wikipedia)
Age of Empires IV (1:08:00)
- Microsoft recently announced Age of Empires IV. (Source: The Verge)
- Steam store page for Spore.
- Steam store page for Age of Mythology.
- Wikipedia article on Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends.
The Good Life (1:15:05)
Fig campaign page for The Good Life.
The Yoko Taro/PlatinumGames collaboration Merve was referencing was NieR:Automata. (Source: Wikipedia)
Death Stranding and Hideo Kojima (1:20:25)
- Wikipedia article on Death Stranding.
- Metal Gear Wiki article on Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Steam Early Access (1:24:50)
- Steam store page for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
- You see the message “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” game when you win a match of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. (Source: Kotaku)
- Stream sniping is technically against Playerunknown’s Battleground’s rules. (Source: Polygon)
- Steam store page for DayZ.
- Steam store page for Rust.
- Steam store page for ARK: Survival Evolved.
- Steam store page for 7 Days to Die.
- Steam store page for The Forest.
Games that Came Out This Summer (1:39:40)
- Steam store page for Pyre.
- Wikipedia article on Madden NFL 18.
- The Kappa’s thoughts on Madden NFL 18. (Source: The Avocado on Disqus)
- Wikipedia article on Destiny 2.
- Wikipedia article on Persona 5.
- Steam store page for Binary Domain.
- Steam store page for West of Loathing.
- Steam store page for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
- Wikipedia article on Splatoon 2.
LawBreakers and Multiplayer Shooters (1:55:00)
- Steam store page for LawBreakers.
- Cliff Bleszinski dubbed LawBreakers “the Dark Souls of competitive first-person shooters.” (Source: Shacknews)
- Steam store page for Dirty Bomb.
- Steam store page for Battleborn.
Gearbox and We Happy Few (2:02:15)
- Steam store page for We Happy Few.
- Information on We Happy Few’s launch next April. (Source: Eurogamer)
- Correction: BioShock Infinite is listed as taking 11.5 hours to beat on How Long to Beat.
- Steam store page for XCOM 2: War of the Chosen.