First of all, we’d like to thank the amazing yuricannes for working with us to create the featured image for this episode. I think you’ll agree that it’s an amazing piece of art, and you should definitely check out their work.
Before we get onto the topic at hand, I make a point of showing off the new website design to Chief. It really is a fantastic design, right? Let us know what you think of it in the comments
But before we could talk about RTS and RTT games, we needed to find out which games Chief (and indeed Squidge) had been playing recently. Because one of Chief’s recent games was Pro Evolution Soccer, I wanted to know what the difference between it and the FIFA games was.
FIFA has the licenses, but PES has the gameplay. Well, that’s my feeling anyway
Which leads us into a discussion on how it’s an accepted thing that football players not only take dives, but they make them more theatrical than the average John Woo movie. We also discuss the proper etiquette for eating cake, and how it’s meant to be eaten with a fork
some say that I'm a little too passionate about how to correctly eat cake
I say that I'm not passionate enough
Then Chief tells us about how he introduced his niece to Persona 5, and has nearly finished it before he has had the chance to finish it. Then again, he makes a point of playing on the hardest difficulty setting.
It’s over to me next, and it seems that I’ve just been playing the one game this month: Resident Evil Revelations 2 - specifically the “Raid” mode.
Then Squidge laments that he hasn’t got much time in the coming month to play new games like Borderlands 3 before we head to EGX in October this year.
Quick side bar on that: as we mentioned last time, we’re planning on creating some content during EGX. This may take the form of episodes of the pod, or it might be blog posts, or both. We haven’t decided yet. Either way, we’ll keep you posted. Check our Twitter and Facebook for the most up too date info on that.
We’ll also have swag to give away at EGX, so seek us out if you’re going to be attending, and you could get free stuff.
Real Time Strategy & Tactics Games
After the catchup session, we handed the reins over to Chief and he decided to talk to us about RTS games - a genre whose golden age has long since passed.
We start with a discussion of how the early Dune games (especially Dune 2) came out before the drag box
click and drag to select a number of units
as such, you had to issue commands to individual units.
I interject with a controversial question:
Are the likes of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fornight RTS adjacent?
Then Chief brings up the original Command & Conquer game, to which I relate a story about how whenever I’m writing software and I have to interrupt the compilation process, I hear the
Unable to comply, building in progress
line in my head. It also then leads to a discussion around this wonderful XKCD comic:
We then discuss the live action segments - especially the ones from Red Alert ow-nards
including such amazing stars as Ric Flair
which may or may not be a tease for an upcoming blog post
And Squidge then comes up with quite possibly the greatest video game challenge ever:
We have to jerry rig something where you have to play Command & Conquer [for Playstation] with a dance mat
We also bring up the topic of Westwood Studios - the OG creators oof many of the best RTS games - disappearing from the gaming industry shortly after EA bought them, which also brought about the end of the golden age of the RTS game.
This is a topic which Arcade Attack brought up on a recent episode