First of all, we’d like to thank the amazing yurricanes 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
But he’s also the guest who has appeared on the show the most
at the time of writing these show notes, which is the beginning of September 2020
having been on 13 episodes (including this one). I know that I said 10 in the episode, that’s because I can’t count… apparently.
We recorded this episode back in April, when my home office was still in a state of disrepair. By the time that August had rolled around it was fixed and re-decorated, but here’s a before and after shot for you:
Hopefully you can see why I referred to it as a dungeon.
The conversation about Borderlands 3 sets Squidge and G off on a wonderfully detailed discussion on the weapons in the Borderlands series, and how some people will only ever use weapons from specific manufacturers
brand loyalty within a game, folks
Squidge’s list of recent games is quite short because we’d recorded the first two episodes in our five episode discussion on th Final Fantasy VII Remake the day before, so check that episode
We also talked about how G was late to the bandwagon with Borderlands 3 because of the whole EA Epic store exclusivity nonsense. To be fair, I still haven’t played it yet - but that’s because I run a Linux based computer which, at the time, only had a 128GB M.2 hard drive.
G’s Recent Games
Shockingly - at the time we recorded - G hadn’t been playing Destiny 2. But that was because of:
all of the f*#$ing hackers
and this is something we deep dive into, with G’s help. It seems like this is a real problem that Bungie are facing, due to players ruining it for everyone else.
A gamer confession came through during G telling us about revisiting Batman: Arkham Knight, in that he’d forgotten to use any of his upgrade points. Which reminded me of when Unaffiliated JZ had told us about how, when he first played the original Final Fantasy
the one on the NES
he’d almost made it all the way through the game without ever buying new weapons or armour for his characters
There’s definitely a pattern to this episode, folks.
My mentioning the Pre-Sequel brought out a conversation about Handsome Jack and just how amazing he is as a character - top tier bad guy, for sure. And, of course, we talked about Butt Stallion
Butt Stallion says hello!
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Chat
Because both G and Squidge have completed all of the Borderlands games and that I’d recently bought The Pre-Sequel, we decided to have an impromptu chat about it. We talked about Nisha and her ridiculously fun special skill “Showdown”, Pickle and his super annoying accent, the Boganella aka “the sweary gun”, and some of the stupid guns in the game.
Also, Squidge gives me a short, sharp education on how to tell whether a Borderlands (and other RPG) weapon is actually any good.
The idea of this segment of the show was to talk about the games that we think are hidden gems - the games that we think folks have missed out on, for one reason or another. They can be for any format, from any generation of video games
anything from this list is fair game… as it were
But you do have to explain why you think it’s a hidden gem.
There are millions of games out there. And as a real example, I’ve pulled up wikipedia’s list of ZX Spectrum games. The ZX Spectrum has a confirmed list of 1,728 video games. And that’s just the confirmed games… but there’s still games being discovered now that weren’t that well advertised games.
What I’m getting at is that this is back when video gaming wasn’t as huge of an industry as it is now, and because of that… there are so many games that it’s easy to miss one which should be a classic when it’s mixed in (with everything else)
Squidge decided to go first with 0 A.D - the free to play Real Time Strategy game which is completely open source multi-platform
yes, you read that correctly
game from Wildfire Games. We’ve talked about 0 A.D in the past more than a few time, and have interviewed one of the folks behind the game in episode 77: 0 A.D. with Stan Dolcini.
G offered up a game that neither Squidge nor I had every heard of, and the story of how he came to learn about it is just as amazing.
Shortly after recording this episode - and when it was allowed, due to my Switch game purchasing rules
Even though you had to play it using one of these controllers:
My bringing this game up brought on a huge wave of nostalgia for all three of us. Squidge and I played this game way before we legally should have done (it’s an incredibly violent game, and Squidge and I were very very young). Whereas G was a little older when he played it for the first time:
In an era before 7.1 surround sound, there was nothing on Earth that was scarier than that f*#$ing Predator