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We begin part three right where we left part two
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in fact, we start with Squidge asking:
Quick question JZ, my pal, my friend: are you any good at improv.
You see, in the time since the episodes on EGX 2019 Squidge has been coming up with new segment for the show. And we wanted JZ to be the first to try out his most fleshed out idea: “Your turn; You try”. What’s great about this, is that even before we get to the new segment, JZ reminds us all of the time when I sent him (and the other Coding Blocks dudes) 100 Jaffa Cakes. They even talked about it on episode 112 of their show
if you’re a developer, you really should be listening to their show
Your Turn; You Try - The Rules
Video games of the future are now decided via public decision, like on The X-Factor. Attendees and public votes will be counted, and the successful game will be given the resources so that it can be developed.
Sounds easy, right?
The catch is: there are a number of different reels which are spun to give you different parameters to work with.
Your job is to, on the spot, come up with a pitch for a game and sell it in a conference like setting, and answer questions about the game after your initial presentation.
The name of the game has to be the last thing that you say.
JZ’s goal was to come up with a game which:
is set in a pastry shop
is an action / fitness game
and the main character is a retired open source toilet cleaner
it has to be on the Famicom
and the wildcard is that: the currency of the world is cakes.
The game JZ came up with sounds like a lot of fun
you’ll have to listen to the episode to hear his pitch
even though there was a minor controversy.
Whereas my goals where:
the main character is a retired stunt double
who finds themselves on a submarine
it is an MMO / strategy game
released on the Commodore 64
and the main character must have a crippling fear of chickens
My pitch wasn’t as good as JZ’s, but it was a wonderful excuse for an epic build up to a stupid pun
although it did give me a chance to reference the 1931 Marx Brothers film Monkey Business
One thing which occurred to me when editing this episode together was that Jay had described (in detail) the majority of the late-stage PR for Death Stranding. You may not believe me on this, but we record these episodes up to a month before they go out, and Death Stranding’s use of Rick & Morty as advertising fodder hadn’t been revealed by this point.
JZ then drops the bomb that he has the ability to go to the grocery store and order a fried chicken sub. And Squidge follows my pun up with a pun of his own.
We then discuss whether I’ll be buying any of the holiday season specials for my new Switch, which causes me to fall over my words a little. And that leads us on to a late breaking tweet from a super fan of the show:
and we end up talking about JRPGs for a bit, and my term of endearment for Metal Gear Solid 4
term of enragement, more like
The JZ drops the Kojima bomb by mentioning what I call the Amazon Prime Simulator; meanwhile Squidge laments the lack of good quality JRPGs which aren’t just re-releases. Then suddently the podcast becomes:
Jay gets on his high horse about the Metal Gear Solid series being pretty damned terrible
But JZ interrupts with the fact that games are too long these days, and that there aren’t enough roguelikes. And that there should be more boss-rush modes in games - which is something I agree with. 70 man battle mode in Shenmue, anyone?
That reminds me: you should all check out Adventure in Aellion. The drop-in, drop-out playstyle reminds Squidge of Diablo III. And things slowly become a detailed discussion about Diablo and it’s sequels.
What Is The Best Christmas Game?
A serious topic of conversation
then ensues, as we try to think of the best game set at Primary Gifting Period. And JZ tells us a story which took place in his home town, and was all about “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. And since I mentioned it on the pod, yes Hulk Hogan did release an album back in the day. Here it is, in it’s entirety:
dat synth during Hulkster In Heaven, though
We then bring up this selfie:
Today we met an absolute gaming legend. Definitely check out the Deathtrap Dungeon game from @BranchingNarra . The demo they have at #EGX2019 is a lot of fun and incredibly innovative. #selfieWithStoo
and Squidge tells us the story of him getting his tattoo. Which then become all about Macho-Man impersonations, and a bit of a discussion about how tattoos work from Dr. Squidge.
This month is a good month for killing Nazis
A discussion about zombies (and how much easier life would be as one) circles around to a discussion on just how many knockoffs of Untitled Goose Game to expect within the next year; which then becomes a discussion about Enchanted Portals and how far you can take “inspired by” before it becomes a blatant knockoff. We then blow JZs mind by telling him about the Tomb Raider arcade game - which is a light-gun game.
Also how many plane crashes does Lara Croft need to be involved in before she decides to drive? Especially since she’s meant to be a quantillionaire… or something.