8: Handplant or Eggplant
February 24, 2014 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 38 minutes •
Jeff and Christian welcome Justin McElroy to the show, from Polygon.com, and the Sawbones and My Brother, My Brother, and Me podcasts. After noting the sad passing of Harold Ramis, Justin kicks off Story of the Week with Irrational Games' massive downsizing and new direction. Christian thinks the launch of the PS4 in Japan is the most important story, even despite hard data on sales, while Jeff looks at the UK price drop and Titanfall bundle of the Xbox One as a very important indicator of Microsoft's desire not to fall behind in the console war. The guys also discuss the new Netflix/Comcast payout, and the pseudo-announcement of new installments in three huge game franchises, The Last of Us, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, and Doom.
Then it is time to talk about what they've been playing, and Justin explains a new iOS game called Calculords, while Jeff professes his enthusiasm for Double Helix's Strider and the new indy Steam release, 99 Levels to Hell. Meanwhile, Christian loves the DLC for The Last of Us, Left Behind.
In Tabletop Time, Jeff finally got Christian to try a Euro board game, and he chose an excellent starter Euro, Wizard of the Coast's Lords of Waterdeep. They also discuss Smash Up and the idea of miniature components in games making them even more fun.
All that, plus your phone calls!