Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 32] : Shoot the Dumb Bear

The gang returns from a breakfast adventure at Denny’s, remembering fondly the Denny’s Atari Remix app that delivered food-themed versions of Atari 2600 games to our smartphones (yes, that’s a real thing). We also share a newly discovered PlayStation Vita game that is perfect for bathroom visits.

After the break, we break down the Trophies and Achievements craze. We don’t just touch on modern consoles, though; we go way back to Atari’s patch program from the 1980s (a thing Josh totally missed out on as a kid). From there, we explore the origins of Microsoft’s Achievement system and ponder the question: Do Trophies/Achievements enhance video games? Mandi and Josh are Trophy addicts, while Julian is beginning to warm up to them. The Reverend, however, is pretty neutral on the whole concept.

Geralt vs Bear

We’ve got Trophy/Achievement stories galore, from secret rooms in Portal 2 to the “gamification” of just about everything you can think of. Things take a strange, uncomfortable turn as we wander into Minecraft porn and upskirt camera angles in Lollipop Chainsaw, but we get back on course with the Retro Achievements emulator, which is a cool discovery indeed.

So put on some headphones and start racking up that gamer score, folks!

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Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

To see a full list of games mentioned in this episode, visit the Half-Glass Gaming website.

Plus, don’t forget to stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.

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