After our first official "Lost Episode", our show 102, Tom and Phil drown their sorrows by taking on a completely non-gaming related topic, that of Shakespeare, and his place in literature.
Gagandeep Singh of the Endless Backlog Podcast joins Tom Towers in Smugcast 2, to discuss the Wonderful 101 (get it?), Horizon Zero Dawn, and probably some games things I've forgotten.
However, they definitely debate which is better, Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2; and whether Gagan and his bros simply suck at Metro and Killzone.
0:04:48 State of Gaming Podcasts
0:11:11 The Cat Lady
0:19:01 Mafia III
0:19:39 Splatoon 2
0:29:34 Year Walk
0:38:39 Uncharted: Lost Legacy
0:41:55 SNES Mini
0:45:00 Yoshi's Story
0:46:57 Titanfall II
0:47:22 Yazuka 0
0:47:23 Transformers Destruction
00:49:37 Video Game Criticism
00:57:16 Marxism in Gaming
00:58:19 Back to Pseudo Intellectualism vs Consumer Reports (is there a difference?)
01:23:15 Everbody's Golf and Psuedo Academic New Commercial Post-textual Video Game Criticism
In this episode we discus Rage Racer, Ridge Racer Type 4, the NegCon, the JogCon, Titanfall 2, Titan Souls, Zelda: Breathof the Wild, Transformers: Destruction, Yakuza Zero, Goonies, Uncharted 4 and the Retron 77. Phil also goes over his personal list of the top 100 RPG's of all time.
0:00:29 Corporate Media Video Game Coverage
0:02:35 Aaron Mullan's Nier Automata Review
0:04:46 Old Man Talks About Video Games
0:08:00 Phil Goes to GameStop
0:11:24 Until Dawn
0:32:19 Spoilers until next segment for 2-year old game.
Feature: The Works of Quantic Dream's David Cage
0:47:13 Omikron and David Cage's Tendencies
0:54:00 The FONT!
0:58:26 Fahrenheit/ Indigo Prophecy
1:03:00 Heavy Rain
1:17:58 Beyond Two Souls
1:23:51 Willem Dafoe
1:28:32 Back to Video Games: Beyond Two Souls
0:00:08 Boys Are Back in Town
0:00:45 Phil Gets an Xbox
0:04:18 Phil Buys Three Switches
0:07:18 Tom Plays Wario Ware: Miocrogame$
0:12:27 Yakuza Zero
0:13:10 Review of Team Cherry's, Hollow Knight
0:15:12 Tom Plays Torment: Tiodes of Numenera
0:28:52 How to Know When an RPG is a Keeper
0:30:07 Kickstarter and the Nature of Patronage
0:36:21 Tom and Phil Reivew Bethesda's Doom 2016
0:36:42 Bethesda Bought id for $150 Million
0:38:14 Back to the Review
0:53:15 The Score
0:54:46 AAA and the Mid-Tier
0:58:56 The Mid-Tier Strikes Back: Mafia III
1:05:20 Scarface Games
1:07:20 The Verdict on AAA
1:08:30 The AAA Ghetto
0:00:08 "The Bad Sequel"
0:00:26 Bad Sequels in Video Games
0:02:16 Plagiarism: Charlie Mingus Vs. Chocobos
0:03:35 Is Backtracking Always Bad?
0:05:40 Mafia III, Horizon, Yazuka Zero, Overcooked, The Last Guardian.
0:09:46 In Defense of the Current Indie Scene
0:11:45 Paul Nash
0:19:34 Towers on Inside
0:19:59 Story Spoilers, Gameplay Spoilers From This Point On
0:41:20 Endless Hackjob's GOTY 2016
0:44:56 Our Score
0:44:41 Tom Towers, Ambassador of Indiestan
0:46:05 But First, A Firewatch Rant
0:47:12 Why Make These Games?
0:48:06 Why You Should Make Games
0:49:04 That Dragon Cancer
0:53:15 Beyond Eyes
0:54:05 SALIENT POINT
0:55:00 Dear Esther
0:57:53 TV Show Black Mirror
0:00:08 Signs of Life
(Not) Trademark Banter
0:00:24 Endless Backlog Guest Appearance
Yakuza Killzone Minute
0:02:05 Yakuza 0 Getting Good Coverage
0:04:44 Mafia III
0:06:16 The Mid-Tier
State of the AAA Union
0:09:21 Exhibit AAA: Uncharted 4
0:10:11 GOTY Consensus
0:11:49 Uncharted 4
0:14:36 Tone, Writing and Humour
0:24:13 Some Good Things About The Last of Us
0:26:00 Giraffic Park and Zoo Politics
0:30:52 Back to the Point
0:31:28 Gameplay and Audio
0:39:40 Level Design
0:42:25 The Platforming
0:44:45 Broken Sword
0:46:37 The Acting
0:51:32 Fidelity and Media
0:55:07 Graphical Presentation
0:59:45 Entering, but not Crossing, The Uncanny Valley
1:01:00 PS4=PS1 &< SNES+ PS2
1:04:40 A Balanced Review
1:10:10 Should We Be Scoring It?
Special Twin Peaks Intro
Final Thoughts on Virginia
0:01:12 Virginia & What's Makes an Indy Game Indy?
0:02:48 Virtual Review
0:09:02 Tom's Questions About America
0:10:51 A Small Continuation & New Scoring System
Feature: The State of Indie Development
0:16:13 Indie Game Development Mirroring Early Game Development
0:23:45 Constraints of Risk on Commercial Development and the Constraints of Canon on Development in General
0:27:20 Creative Frameworks Limited by Development Philosophy
0:38:24 Just Because You Can, Doesn't Mean You Should
0:39:50 Indie Wave in Film and Correlation to Indie Games
0:56:00 Game Score Archive
0:57:17 Us Being as Arrogant as Possible
Apology Section - Overtime Segment
1:01:36 Tom Forces Phil to Apologize - Our Review of That Dragon, Cancer
0:00:45 Hobo & The Narc Rides Again
0:03:04 Hot Tub Time Machine June 2000
0:05:36 Towers Changes Podcast Rules
Feature: State of the Hardware Union
0:06:37 Nintendo Switch (And the Problem)
0:29:59 Xbox One S
0:32:40 Playstation 4 Pro and 4K in General
Bithell's Tarantino Talk
0:38:30 Directors and Game Devs
0:46:29 VR & AR
Console Macro Evolution
1:03:47 Scorpio and Continental Shift
0:00:21 Hobo and the Narc
0:01:09 Hallo and Cześć to Belgium and Poland.
0:01:48 Fogg Uncovers WTO Scheme to Keep the Player Down.
0:07:41 Fogg gives impressions of this month's Games for Gold bonus; Sunset Overdrive.
0:21:03 Xbox One Streaming to PC Review.
Final Thoughts - Killzone: Shadowfall
0:25:32 Killzone franchise, Dutch satire and Spec Ops: The Line.
0:38:13 KillZone: Shadowfall impressions start here.
1:00:21 Killzone's Future.
1:02:18 Filling the Generation Gap.
1:18:21 Gunstar Heroes (Scored).
1:32:12 Metal Slug Series & the NeoGeo.
1:32:42 Tom Answers an Important Question.
0:00:20 Prolific Phil & Literate Tom,
0:02:49 Naughty Dog Hates Fat People.
0:06:27 Fogg Boycotting Uncharted 4.
First Impressions: Telltale's Michonne (The Walking Dead)
0:10:14 Both Hosts Discuss Michonne.
0:12:40 Larger Discussion of Telltale's prior game, and overall pacing in story based games.
0:19:25 Can Auteur Aesthetic Scale?
0:20:40 Final Fantasy 15, Square and of course... Yakuza.
0:22:20 Let the Michonne Impressions Begin!
0:23:15 The Essence of The Walking Dead.
0:27:17 Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.
0:27:15 Kim Mathis vs Jackie Brown.
0:29:45 Season Two of The Walking Dead - Final Impressions.
0:35:45 Fogg's Pet Peeve.
0:38:08 Towers Points Out "the problem with the French".
0:43:57 An E-Bay Mystery.
0:48:52 Fogg Buys Some Games.
0:51:07 Blizzard Trolls Critics.
0:55:30 We Go There.
0:57:23 First Amendment, Games, and Taking Offense.
0:58:22 Rise of the Tomb Raider.
1:07:04 Female James Bond.
1:10:08 Master of Unlocking is Crystal Dynamics.
1:17:30 Tom and Phi Have a Tiff.
1:20:20 Both Hosts Give Final Impressions of The Order: 1886.
1:34:18 Use of Setting.
1:37:52 We Go There. Again (GTA IV Alternate Plot).
1:45:33 Towers Predicts A Turn
1:56:37 Towers, "...one of the best thigs about The Order".
2:02:49 Scores? Towers Perplexes Fog
2:04:44 Towers Explains Tension
Tom and Phil hope you enjoy this spoilercast, but please do not listen to it until you have finished Life Is Strange. It is certainly a game worth playing, and one whil weighed heavily in our 2015 Game of the Year Considerations.
0:00:33 Not BTTF, Just BFFs
0:01:02 Metallica Roadie Story.
0:03:08 *Spoilers* Africa and Western Australia Conquered by Game Under Podcast
0:05:43 Gold. Just Buy Gold
0:06:47 Global Under Podcast
0:08:47 Endless Backlog Spoilercast for Life is Strange
0:12:08 What Teenagers Want to Play
0:17:21 Tom Towers Games of the Year
0:17:55 Giantbomb Wikipedia Award
0:30:09 Tom Has a Stroke, LIVE, on the Show
0:30:55 We Score Stardew Valley... Yes. Like I said, Tom had a stroke
0:33:00 The Order 1886 Introduction to Tom Towers Games of the Year
0:57:30 Carwash Story
1:08:20 TAN TAN
1:17:15 Sausage Talk
1:38:30 "Populations, Degradation, it's Culmination"
1:43:30 *Hotline Miami 2 Scored*
1:45:06 The MLG Olympiad Podium and Honorable Mentions
*No more timeline from here, it would be spoilers*
2:17:45 Analysis of Awards
2:27:45 What Games Tom is Looking Forward to in 2016
2:43:00 It Continues
0:00:14 Dear Esther (Episode 41)
0:01:09 This Just In (Breaking NEWS)
0:03:30 Tom Troll SuperBunnyHop
0:06:45 Fogg Predicts Dangerous Golf Will Be a Hit
0:11:37 Xbox One Hardware Review
0:24:17 Nintendo's Differentiation
0:28:03 The Turn - The Real Reason Fogg Bought an XB1
0:29:33 Star Wars
0:33:48 Playstation VR Pricing
0:54:45 Stardew Valley
The High Orange Hobby Horse of the Apocalypse: A Complex Entity Composed of an Almost Infinite Number of Incredibly Simple and Minute Things.
In memory of Leigh Alexander.
The Parts and their Players:
The Ancient Vivisectionist: Alfred Hitchock
Pokie, the Orange Horse of Scurvy: Super Bunnyhop, Ahoy, Matthewmatosis, and Sunder
Tom Towers: Tom Towers
The Ghost of Podcast Past: Phil Fogg.
Hugo: Brandon deWilde
Irene: Diane Dors
The Poets: Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens and the vessels through which their words have been transmuted.
Prologue: Alfred Hitchcock and Super Bunnyhop consider the nature of reality; Tom Towers heeds their words, but the seed which they plant is insidious and toxic…
0:00: Censorship of the Vivisectionist’s Apprentice
1:22: The Internet Atheism Bubble: Richard Dawkins' legacy is the internet meme; coincidentally, Richard Dawkins' meme was originally tongue-in-cheek.
Act One: Tom Tower’s humanity is in its death throes, as the seed begins to sprout for the atheistic bubble has burst, disseminating its poisonous pollen.
16:50: To Science
17:38: How Easily Can One Forgive a Dude Talking?: Ahoy, Super Bunnyhop, Matthewmatosis.
Act Two: Tom Tower’s is half man, half machine; lucid but unfeeling—yet signs of his humanity spark like static electricity in the circuits of his mind, expressed as impotent, irrational outrage.
24:58: Au Lecteur
26:04: In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was Post-Modernism: Sunder’s Shovel Knight walkthrough; a Symbol of the failings of videogame criticism in the video format.
Act three: Tom Tower’s descent into mechanical madness is complete, incoherent and frigid he is repulsed by the equally incoherent humanity of others: is man, now, merely a machine posing as a collective pseudo-consciousness in the form of the internet?
41:15: Journey of the Magi: departure
42:31: 9/11: The Event That Revised World History: how to misapply the three act structure, and the myriad ways in which one may be conditioned into misunderstanding another’s or even one’s own culture.
52:05: Journey of the Magi: arrival
53:10: Philosophy: what is it good for?
Epilogue: The ghost of Phil Fogg inspires in Tom Towers one last redeeming glimpse of his own humanity.
58:13: Anecdote of the Jar
58:48: The Ghost of Podcast Past: Tom Towers finds redemption.
0:00:16 No wait! There will be Tom!
00:06:07 Tom and Phil
00:07:00 Ape Escape
00:15:52 Tom Gets a Wii U!
00:26:51 Phil Gets a Wii U!
00:36:10 Podcast Theory
00:39:00 Xbox One Hardware Impressions