Couch Podtatoes Episode 94: Regional Considerations

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We’re back at it again, this time we’re joined one more time by Tacktix, and we’re covering a new issue that plagues the gaming industry. Well, it’s not really a plague, that just sounded good. We talk about regions, regional servers, language barriers, cultural differences, and the global gaming community. It’s a shorter discussion because we only had so many points to make, but overall we agree that the global gaming community is a fantastic thing and helps bring mankind one step closer to starship federations and world peace. Or something like that. Anyway, enjoy the show, and we’ll see you in a week!

 

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 94: Regional Considerations (runtime: 44:11)

What are we playing? (starts at 00:53)
Discussion: Regions (starts at 12:02)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Eri
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Tacktix
Blog: Tough Love Critic
Twitter: @TaCktiX

Music Credits:
“Bit Rush” by Riot Games
“Vlad, Son of Dragon” by The Black Dahlia Murder (from the album Abysmal)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

Couch Podtatoes is a podcast about gaming, though we might stray into other forms of media. Sometimes we use strong language, but we try to keep that to a minimum. All opinions expressed by us or our guests are our own and are in no way to be interpreted as official commentary from any companies we discuss. You can visit our official podcast page at Libsyn.com. Be sure to follow us on iTunes, and/or Stitcher Radio.

You can also find the show in video format at The Gaming And Entertainment Network YouTube page. Or, view it here:

Questions, comments and feedback are welcomed and encouraged!

Couch Podtatoes Episode 93: Two Year Anniversary Recap (Part Two)

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Here’s the continuation of our recap discussion from last week. We round off the show with discussion of the latter episodes (or newer ones, depending on how you want to look at it). There isn’t really much else to say about it. At this point, we’re basically caught up after having missed a bit of time. We do have a show recorded that will be released this upcoming weekend as well, so you’re getting quite a bit of content in a short amount of time. Don’t get used to it! 😛

 

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 93: Two Year Anniversary Recap (Part Two) (runtime: 48:09)

Discussion: Recap Part 2 (starts at 00:54)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Eri
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Music Credits:
“Bit Rush” by Riot Games
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

Couch Podtatoes is a podcast about gaming, though we might stray into other forms of media. Sometimes we use strong language, but we try to keep that to a minimum. All opinions expressed by us or our guests are our own and are in no way to be interpreted as official commentary from any companies we discuss. You can visit our official podcast page at Libsyn.com. Be sure to follow us on iTunes, and/or Stitcher Radio.

You can also find the show in video format at The Gaming And Entertainment Network YouTube page. Or, view it here:

Questions, comments and feedback are welcomed and encouraged!

Couch Podtatoes Episode 92: Two Year Anniversary Recap (Part One)

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Wow, we’ve been gone for a little while! Apologies, we had scheduling issues and busy lives got in the way! But we’re back, and we have a load of content for you that will be released in the coming week. Starting today though, we’re diving into our two year anniversary celebration! We decided to do a recap of some of our best episodes and update you all with our current thoughts and opinions on those topics. In some cases our minds have changed, in others they’ve stayed the same, but we regret nothing! We hope that you’ll enjoy joining us in this celebration of what feels like a very long run in the podcast world. Because we were recapping nearly one hundred episodes, this celebration had to be split into two parts, so you can expect part two to be released by mid-next-week. We’ve also already recorded a new show to be released next weekend, so we should be basically caught up from our content drought. Enjoy!

 

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 92: Two Year Anniversary Recap (Part One) (runtime: 1:12:18)

What are we playing? (starts at 2:00)
Discussion: Recap Part One (starts at 15:50)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Eri
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Music Credits:
“Bit Rush” by Riot Games
“A Killing Industry” by Whitechapel (from the album Mark of the Blade)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

Couch Podtatoes is a podcast about gaming, though we might stray into other forms of media. Sometimes we use strong language, but we try to keep that to a minimum. All opinions expressed by us or our guests are our own and are in no way to be interpreted as official commentary from any companies we discuss. You can visit our official podcast page at Libsyn.com. Be sure to follow us on iTunes, and/or Stitcher Radio.

You can also find the show in video format at The Gaming And Entertainment Network YouTube page. Or, view it here:

Questions, comments and feedback are welcomed and encouraged!

The Year in Gaming (So Far)

I’m inspired by a member of the blogosphere once again. This time, it was Mr. Luvva Luvva who wrote about his year in gaming, and it inspired me to copy/paste. 2016 has already been a fantastic year for games, and some of those that I’ve been hyped about since early on have already been purchased and played. Some surprises came out of left field that were immediately purchased and played, and others have been collecting dust in the backlog, and were purchased only because of the discount, or a future feature that is still on the way. I also acquired a Playstation 4 console early on, so there were backlogged games to play there as well, so some of these titles might not be specifically from 2016, but I’m just now getting around to them. I should also note that with Humble Monthly and Playstation Plus memberships, I’m not exactly able to play all these damn games. Some end up being duplicates as well, and some were titles I wasn’t interested in that I gave away. So without further comment, let’s dig into it.

Games Acquired in 2016:

PS4:
Street Fighter V
Uncharted 4
Bloodborne
Destiny: The Taken King
Grand Theft Auto V
SMITE
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Star Wars: Battlefront
Stories: The Path of Destinies
Steamworld: Heist
The Witcher 3

PC:
X-COM 2
DOOM
Paper Sorcerer
Eldritch
Mordheim: City of the Damned
Banner Saga 2
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin
Dragon Age: Inquistion
Pillars of Eternity
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Legendary Edition)
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Crashlands
Final Fantasy IX
Galak-Z
Hyper Light Drifter
Pac-Man 256
REDCON
Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Bloodgate
Cryptark
Dungeon Souls
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander
Bioshock Trilogy
Enter the Gungeon
Eon Altar

Humble Monthly:
Cthulhu Realms
The Red Solstice
Satelite Reign
Wasted
Hurtworld
Mad Max
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls
Dungeon of the Endless
Planetary Annihilation Titans
Crawl
Rocket League
Kentucky Route Zero

That’s a hell of a list. Despite the fact that I’m frugal most of the time, so I did get super good deals on most of these titles, there were the times when I pre-ordered a game for full price (Street Fighter V) or bought a game the week it came out and maybe got 15-20% off at most. The Humble Monthly games though, are always a big bang for the $12, and there’s always at least a couple games that I had on my to-buy list but never got around to picking them up. It’s really great for indies… AAA games not so much.  So, obviously with a job and school and other social obligations, I couldn’t possibly have time to play all of these games, could I? Well, the answer is a mixture of “yeah kinda” and “hell no.” 

Games Played:

It’s actually a bit easier to put the games that haven’t been played on this list rather than those that I have. I’ve dabbled in nearly all of the games up above, with the exception of Dark Souls 2, Pillars of Eternity, Skyrim, Bioshock Trilogy, Wolfenstein, and a handful of the Humble Monthly titles. I have yet to complete the first Dark Souls, so for that reason I haven’t fired up Dark Souls 2. Pillars of Eternity is a game that I will need to focus on to complete, so I’m leaving it sit in the backlog until I’m ready, I just didn’t want to miss the sale price. Skyrim and Bioshock were both purchased only so I could get the remastered versions when they release later this year. Considering I’ve been itching to play Skyrim again (and on the PC this time) and have never finished a Bioshock game, I look forward to those remasters but have no intention on playing them until that time. Wolfenstein was picked up because DOOM was such a fantastic title so I figured this should be good as well – I just haven’t gotten to it. There are several of those humble titles that I haven’t played at all yet, but they keep coming in anyway. I will get to them all eventually. There are many on that portion on the the list that I didn’t bother adding because I either didn’t like them and uninstalled or gave away duplicate or uninteresting keys.

Games Completed:

This is going to be pretty pathetic. Granted, there are titles on these lists that you can’t really “beat,” like Street Fighter V or Battlefront. I also have spent time playing games like Diablo III, League of Legends and SMITE, all of which are huge time sinks and have no completion metric. With that said, how many games did I complete this year so far? Three. Yeah. That’s it. I completed Stories: The Path of Destinies, The Banner Saga 2, and DOOM, most recently. Yeah, those games that no win conditions certainly take up a lot of time, don’t they? In my defense, I did play a huge amount of games outside of those listed above, that I didn’t complete. I also played several of these titles to the point of being nearly complete, like Uncharted 4. I also finished Fallout 4 and the very beginning of the year, but I have yet to jump into the expansion content. Jesus, I’m a filthy casual now, aren’t I?

Goals:

Uncharted 4 is a game that I’m already more than half of the way done with, so I really just need to finish that one off. I’ve just started a playthrough of Dragon Age Inquisiton for the first time, as I picked up the GOTY for $20 a week or so ago. I plan to see that to its end before playing The Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, and some of the other RPGs that are screaming at me from the backlog. All of those tend to take a long time to complete, so I’m likely to also start up another shooter or more action oriented game to play through at the same time. Me and Eri are planning to play some Borderlands The PreSequel together soon, and that one’s been in the backlog for quite some time. Anyway, I think I’ve rambled on long enough.

2016 has already been a great year for gaming, and there are so many more great games on the horizon. Here’s to trying to complete them all before I die!

Couch Podtatoes Episode 91: Female Links and Eri Stinks

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Those of you who have been paying attention will probably have heard the scuttlebutt about the whole Link gender swapping issue that arose over the past week. I wrote a post about it myself, as did Eri and other members of the community. Later, it was clear that though the discussion was a good one, it was stretched out over so many different websites that we should probably combine all of the thoughts into a podcast. I ran a poll, our fans voted and we ended up rolling with it. So we talk about gender swapping of Link and other iconic characters, in video games, movies, and comic books. Later we also relate the same sort of ideas toward the changing of ethnicities as well. I’m pretty sure there’s some dick jokes in there as well, but that’s nothing new. We ended the debate 1-1, so I guess we’ll have to run another round the next time there’s a hotbutton issue that me and Eri at least partially disagree on. Enjoy the rant. We’ll be back in a week.

 

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 91: Female Links and Eri Stinks (runtime: 49:05)

What are we playing? (starts at 2:20)
Discussion: Gender Swapping (starts at 10:02)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Eri
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Music Credits:
“Bit Rush” by Riot Games
“Business” by Oiki (from the album Human Traffic)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

Couch Podtatoes is a podcast about gaming, though we might stray into other forms of media. Sometimes we use strong language, but we try to keep that to a minimum. All opinions expressed by us or our guests are our own and are in no way to be interpreted as official commentary from any companies we discuss. You can visit our official podcast page at Libsyn.com. Be sure to follow us on iTunes, and/or Stitcher Radio.

You can also find the show in video format at The Gaming And Entertainment Network YouTube page. Or, view it here:

Questions, comments and feedback are welcomed and encouraged!