But the episode actually only starts proper at 90 seconds, where we splice in a section that we had recorded that morning
time cast pod machine wibbly wobbliness inside time cast pod machine wibbly wobbliness
talk about meta
Squidge was looking forward to seeing Beckski93’s speed run of Tomb Raider. Also friend of the show, and occasional guest, The B was invited on stage with Beckski to provide commentary on her speedrun. This was part of a four day event put on by UKSM in order to raise money for Special Effect.
During the majority of Beckski’s speed run, I was interviewing Craig Snape who is the lead developer of a soon-to-be-released game called Kung Fu Jesus. But the interview only took about 20 minutes, so I was able to catch the second half of the speed run, and it was amazing.
Next came the interview with Craig about Kung Fu Jesus. The interview was done on the exhibition floor, at the Kung Fu Jesus booth, so there’s an awful lot of background noise.
Craig Snape Interview
In Craig’s words, Kung Fu Jesus is:
a story driven beat ‘em up; it’s an RPG… it’s based on a Streets of Rage engine… it’s quite trippy and whacky, there’s a lot of comedy in it as well
This was a super fun interview, and scratched an interesting itch related to martial arts. If you’re interested in checking out the game, you can head over to the official webiste, or the Steam Page for it. It also has a Facebook page.
We mention the hoodies a few times, and it’s definitely worth checking them out. They are the definition of “limited edition”, in that there are only two like them in the world: Squidge’s and mine.
Whilst I was interviewing Craig, Squidge was checking out the Speed Running Zone where they were raising money for Special Effect. The reason he was checking out the SRZ - other than to donate - was that he’d wanted to watch Beckski93 doing her speed run the PC version of the original Tomb Raider… with a PS3 controller
One of the most interesting things about the speed run was that Beckski had only landed in the UK a few hours before her speed run slot.
this was down to the whole Thomas Cook collapsing thing
Even considering that, Beckski’s speed run was fun to watch, hella entertaining, and she was quipping about it the entire time - with the help of her couch commentators, of course. Not only that, but The B introduced Squidge to Beckski - which was amazing of him.
which is a multiplayer, drop-in/drop-out dungeon crawler. I think it’s definitely worth checking out for both the aesthetic and the idea of dropping into a friend’s game to help them with puzzles, then dropping out
or kicking your friends out as soon as they’ve finished helping you out
I also checked out The Messenger. This game has a pretty cool time travelling storyline idea - along the lines of Sonic CD - but I just couldn’t get on with the on-screen dialogue.
After that I tried out Nioh 2, and the controls were a little weird. I had to hold down the right analogue stick to lock on to enemies, but I was also attacking with the Circle button - all the while you use the left analogue stick to move the character around. For folks who might not see why that might not be the optimal way to utilise the PS4 controller, I present you with an image of the PS4 controller:
I guess that I could have held the controller in a non-standard fashion… or maybe it’s not for me. Perhaps I should give it another try, once it’s been released.
This was quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had at a convention or expo. The original plan for this was… well, here’s how it was originally described:
Cinedouken! A massively multiplayer movie experience
Joypad (joypadbar.co.uk) present an Interactive screening of ‘classic’ videogame movie Mortal Kombat (1995) - pick up a controller and be a part of the movie, this is a movie viewing experience like no other!
which sounds amazing.
Only, it was changed at the last minute. You’ll have to listen to the pod to find out why, though.
The Retro Zone - which we checked out after Cinedouken - was amazing. They had, pretty much, every console you can think of, a few arcade machines, and even some pinball machines. Watching folks from all generations play games from… all generations was amazing to see.
Goals For Day Two
There were a few talks that Squidge wanted to go to, we were aiming to try out Streets of Rage 4 and the Final Fantasy VII (2020), sign up for Cyberpunk, and have a look at DOOM Eternal. The chances of trying out FF VII Remake
as you’ll find out in a later episode
were pretty slim. But I also wanted to try out Beyond a Steel Sky
which I incorrectly say as Beneath a Steel Sky
and try to catch the folks from Rebellion and Creative Assembly for interviews.