The joys and conveniences of modern gaming have been wrought through release after release, and iteration after iteration, over several generations of consoles. What once stood as the pinnacle of a genre is now an unplayable mess.
But we loved it so! Do we have to hate it now?
No, but that doesn't mean we all have to be subjected to it. Matt & Geoff discuss.
Matt gets Geoff's report from A Video Game Con 2018. Started in 2015, A Video Game Con has been a celebration of gaming both retro and modern. They host vendors, free play console and arcade games, tournaments, musical performances, and panels about a wide range of topics in the industry and hobby. For the most part, Geoff bought a lot of video games.
The landscape of video game developers, publishers and rights holders changes drastically from month to month, let alone decade to decade. What can be done to preserve so many of the titles that have been released over the last 40 years? Matt & Geoff discuss what could be lost, and how the digital release movement has skewed our idea of what we're really paying for on a digital marketplace.
When old consoles become obsolete, how do we go back to playing the classics? Emulation! Everyone does it, from consumers to publishers re-releasing old titles. Matt & Geoff discuss their experiences with emulation and where they feel it falls, legally and morally speaking.
Beginning as Japan's digital take on tabletop role-playing games, the JRPG genre has gone through a great many phases and styles. Matt & Geoff reflect on their favorites and how they feel the genre will continue in the future. There is no fervent yelling. There is overt fanboyism.
The difficulty level of a game impacts your experience. But when does it inhibit it as well? Case Aiken joins Matt & Geoff in discussing what can get locked behind the higher difficulties in games new and old.
Matt & Geoff say they're not going to go over every little detail of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Here is an hour of them going over a lot of the big details. Score one for technicalities.
In order to buy a game, you have to know it exists. In order to know it exists, A game company needs to release previews. What is the right amount of game hype. Is there such a thing? Where to start? Matt & Geoff have no idea, but that's never stopped them before.
Professional reviews, online critiques, and popular opinion can help us make smart purchasing decisions as a gamer. But what critically acclaimed duds do we buy? What hidden gems remain unearthed? Without getting too Relativist, Matt & Geoff try to find that fine line between blind trust and contradictory solipsism.
If you want to experience a game fully, do you also need to play all the other entries in the franchise? What about any crossover games that may happen? Does the order matter if the entries aren't numbered? Matt & Geoff tackle the subject of Franchise Fatigue and trying to enjoy new games anyway.
Matt & Geoff talk about some highs, lows, and favorites of superheroes in video games. Whether they come from Marvel, DC, an independent publisher or an original IP created for the game, Video games and superpowers just seem to go hand in hand. Even if they don't often seem to in execution.
Nintendo's NES and SNES Classics have combined sold over 6 million units. Another Pass Podcast's Case Aiken joins Matt & Geoff in speculating about the possibilities of an N64 Classic Edition. Between whether it will ever exist, game lists and sharing N64 memories there's a lot to talk about.
Superman 64 is mentioned.
For the past few console generations, gamers have been asked to pay up front for pre-orders and season passes. Matt & Geoff share some of their experiences with the varying forms of gaming's down payments.
With Nintendo rolling out new version of "My Nintendo" and their new subscription plan due to debut this year, Matt & Geoff talk about their experiences with loyalty programs, subscription plans, and anticipatory revenue streams.
They existed before podcasts, before YouTube, before major gaming sites. For a long time, your best source of gaming news and entertainment was found in countless monthly gaming magazines. Matt & Geoff reminisce and try to figure out what the decline of the physical gaming magazine is for the better or for the worse.