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At roughly 19 minutes, Squidge says:
Call of Duty is a pain in the art
Which whilst nor a swear certainly sounds like one.
At roughly 35, Squidge says:
I’m gonna bloody love it
The B returns and we all decided to talk wrestling in video games, which is something that has been intrinsically linked to video games since Tag Team Wrestling (known as The Big Pro Wrestling in Japan) was released in 1983.
It’s also a subject which brings out the silliness in us - as you’ll hear in this episode.
we also decided to use a whole bunch of inside baseball style wrestling terminology in this ep
check the end of these show notes for a link to a glossary, if you’d like to know what they all mean
We also planned to introduce a slightly new format for the show, in the hopes that there would be slightly less un-targeted waffling
the same amount of waffling, just a little more on topic this time
more structured and very well contained waffling
We also mention that AEW wrestler Kenny Omega had recently
at the time of recording, that is
put out a video of him interviewing Yoshinori Kitase about the Final Fantasy VII remake, which we’ll embed here:
Recent Video Games
For those who might be new to the show, this is the part of the episode where we discuss the games that we’ve been playing recently and whether we’d recommend checking them out. These can be retro games that we’re revisiting, brand new games that have just come out, or anything in between.
The B’s Recent Games
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The B’s description of Ori and the Will of the Wisps contains spoilers
Check the chapter markings in your podcatcher to skip them, if you’d like
The B really recommends this game, as you’ll hear in the episode. So it’s worth checking out, I guess
I’ve not checked it, or the first in the series, out yet
don’t tell The B, he might fall out with me
especially if you like MetroidVania games.
Because The B mentioned the soundtrack, we’ll put a link to it in the “External Links of Interest” section, so check it out.
In fact, I’ll do one better. Here’s an embedded player for the album.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps: McGuyvering owls since 2020
Before we can get on to any of our other recent games, we have a discussion about whether video games are art or not. Which we don’t really come to a consensus on other than this:
Do you want to see how pretty games can look, and how beautiful games can look? … [Ori and the Will of the Wisps] is the game to show them
Squidge’s Recent Games
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II
Specifically, Squidge has been playing the GameCube version of this amazing Action-RPG. But this brings up our collective chagrin at the fact that Phantasy Star Online 2 is only just now being released in America, but has been out in Japan for a very long time
like, since 2012
MMORPGs gonna MMORPG.
The B’s Recent Games: Part Duex
Because I’d interrupted The B by asking what Squidge had been playing, we needed to loop back around to him.
We then interrupt him again
because that’s what good friends do, right?
to discuss the dichotomy of high quality graphics, which leads to me referencing this episode of the CodingBlocks podcast - it’s all about the relative size differences in read speed for different hardware. Here’s a snippet of their discussion:
1 second for L1 Cache
i.e. on CPU memory
5 days for memory
11 days for data center
23 days for SSD
15 months for HD
Almost 10 years for internet!
People don’t care when it’s there, but notice when it’s not
And after a long detour, we finally get to the remainder of The B’s recent games:
Shadow of the Colossus
In a shocking revelation, The B admits to have never played it back in the day
then again, neither did I
And that sends us on a diversion about both DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which were just on the cusp of being released as we recorded the episode.
Jay’s Recent Games
After a bit of a tangent about Animal Crossing being a little too much like real life, we finally get to my recent games:
Final Fantasy IX
which I’d nearly beaten, at the time of recording
Phantasy Star Online
Where Squidge was playing the GameCube port of the game, I had been playing the Dreamcast version - the OG version, if you will. The main difference between what Squidge had been playing and what I had, is that the GameCube port had loads of extra content compared to the original.
I’d also been playing online via the Flycast emulator.
I then talk about how I’d broken my, self imposed, one-in-one-out
buy one game, and play it to completion before buying another
with the added ‘bonus’ of only being able to buy one game per month
when I bought Warriors Orochii 4: Ultimate. This leads us down a path of how most folks use a Switch - pick up and play a few minutes, rather than sit down and play for hours.
Squidge then talks about the fact that he was going to get Doom 64, which is something that he streamed a few days after recording this episode.
Because The B had brought up the Final Fantasy VII remake, I decided that it would be a good idea to discuss episodic games. My argument against episodic games is that as soon as interest for the game drops, the incentive to make the other episodes drops and the developers don’t bother.
But will this be something which happens with the Final Fantasy VII remake? The B thinks not, and he cites a number of successful examples as to why
that and the frankly huge download numbers that the demo saw
The most interesting thing being something that Teh B said about the original:
if you consider the original, you can think of Midgar being the tutorial and that the game opens up once you’re out. Whereas this episodic release is pretty much just Midgar. So you’re literally just getting the entire tutorial as an entire game