This week, we escape the Minnesota cold by gathering around a warm mic and lighting up the toasty fire of conversation. We tell tales of Star Wars action figures, reddit arguments about plotholes, and Josh’s bad luck at picking checkout lines.
After the break, we grab some quarters and try to find a concrete definition of the term “arcadey.” Which qualities make a console video game similar to an arcade game? How much of the classic arcade “feel” still exists to this day? How did arcade cabinets encourage players to keep feeding them coins? Are mobile games the arcade games of the present? Is putting “ASS” in the leaderboards an essential part of the arcade experience?
We’ve also got some things to say about short-term vs. long-term gratification, face-scrapin’ in Yakuza 5, the downfall of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, The Reverend’s thematically appropriate choice in beer, wrestling games, and the return of that devious rapscallion Wasserman. (Remember that guy from Episode 7?)
There’s also much ado about the “Sticks to Snakes” spell from Dungeons & Dragons, and, of course, the never-dying “video games as art” debate.
Grab some Surely CynicAle and a pair of headphones; we’ve got a great episode for you, folks!
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