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Barrel Roll #165 – “PAX Prime Roundup 2012″

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On the much delayed one-hundred and sixty-fifth episode of Barrel Roll, Jesse and Jonah are joined by Adam to discuss all the stuff they played way back a few weeks ago at PAX Prime 2012. This includes such hot jams as Lost Planet 3Rayman Legends, and The Wonderful 101. There is also a lot of talk about the Wii U, because that is what all the hip kids are talking about these days.

In our second segment, Jonah brings FTL: Faster than Light to the table. It’s a roguelike on a space ship and he thought it was pretty good. Adam and Jesse finally get a chance to chat about their New Super Mario Bros. 2 impressions. Adam also brings a strange rhythm game to mix titled HarmoKnight.

All this plus lots more on Barrel Roll #165, “PAX Prime 2012 Roundup”.

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Print Your Own Blendo Big Boxes

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One thing I wish I had collected when they existed were those old PC big boxes. They were a unique, and quite frankly rad piece of gaming history that has become more and more irrelevant in the digital age.

At PAX, I stopped by the Blendo Games booth and saw a set of really sweet big boxes for all of the games the company has released. As booth decorations go, it was an interesting and unique approach that definitely drew me in. Especially when you consider that all of their games so far have been digital only releases.

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Barrel Roll #161 – “Card Battle”

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After discussion of this year’s crazy Steam Summer Sale, the guys break into what they are really here to talk about… the Ouya? Maybe? I guess that’s a thing.

On the 3DS front, Jesse and Adam teamed up to play through the Diablo-esk Heroes of Ruin demo. Apparently some mean ghost is giving the other ghosts a hard time. They are just trying to go about their regular afterlives, but that jerk keeps on messing with their stuff. It’s up to your bemohawked lion-man hero to save the day.

Jesse finished Gravity Rush and Oniken, and even managed to find the start-to-prison ratio of Final Fantasy XIII-2. In other words, he’s been busy.

Adam got a care package from Jesse which included the 3DS puzzler Crush 3D, which he seems to have some mixed feelings on. Meanwhile Mike, who isn’t the one in Japan, started playing Phantasy Star Online 2, because he needed another addicting loot based game in his life. He also played through Dyad for review.

Jonah got a Vita and while it came with Uncharted: Golden Abyss, he forsook the playing of it after a brief stint to move on to Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable and Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention. Because taking on two 100+ hour RPGS at the same time seemed like a good idea.

All this and more on Barrel Roll #161 – “Card Battle”

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Barrel Roll #160 – “Rush, Rush, Rush”

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This week on the show, Jesse, Jonah, and Wes reconvene to talk about video games.

Wes kicks things off with a breakdown of the new Facebook edition of You Don’t Know Jack, the snarky trivia game with no less than 40 releases worldwide, now with the ability to be played directly from your cubicle while you are supposed to be working! He also finished Max Payne 3, and Resonance (which he reviewed), and played the iPhone game The Act.

Jesse tells us about one of his new favorites, Gravity Rush. Not only does it break your mind with its gravity defying gameplay, but it is one more excuse to grab Sony’s new handheld. He also spent some time with the Pokemon/Japanese Warlords crossover Pokemon Conquest, which allows you to use cutesy creatures to determine the fate of an empire in the form of a strategy RPG.

Meanwhile on the PC front, Jonah has spent a lot of time with DC Universe Online, the now free-to-play MMO from SEO. It allowed him to play a Green Lantern game that was actually fun, and for that, he was most thankful.

All this and more on Barrel Roll #160, “Rush, Rush, Rush”!

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Barrel Roll #159 – “Contractual Obligation 4: E3 Talk 2012″

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E3 2012

E3 happened, and you know what that means: we are once again contractually obligated to talk about the show. This year, none of us were present, but this is the internet, so strong opinions were had by returning guest host Adam Anania and regular normal host Jesse Gregory.

Jonah, while he followed E3 to some extent, didn’t really have too strong of opinions either way, and instead played games from ten years ago. Wes returns as well, and has been bit by the adventure game bug once again in the form of Resonance.

After the dust from E3 has settled, Jonah, Jesse, and Adam get in-depth with their Dragon’s Dogma experience. It is quickly becoming one of their favorite diamonds in the rough.

Oh, and did Jonah mention he got to interview the Two Guys from Andromeda? He was pretty excited about that.

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Space Quest Memories

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If you haven’t heard, The Two Guys from Andromeda (Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy), the original creators of the Space Quest series of adventure games, are back. They have teamed up for the first time in over twenty years to bring the world a brand-new SpaceVenture. They currently have only three days left on their Kickstarter campaign, so if you haven’t already done so, head over to their Kickstarter page to show your support.

The WingDamage staff are pretty big fans of the Space Quest games, as you might have been able to tell from our two part retrospective podcast from 2009 (Part 1, Part 2). I had the privilege of interviewing Scott and Mark this week for SideQuesting.com (and I had a blast doing it). What I came to realize during the interview is that the guys put so much of themselves into the Space Quest games, a series I spent innumerable hours with in Junior High and High School, that it felt like talking to old friends. It also got me thinking about what I loved about the games as a kid, and why they will always have a special place in this gamer’s heart.

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Barrel Roll #158 – “Beware the Brine”

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The most dangerous being in Cassardis is not the huge, heart stealing dragon after all, but the infinite number of brine that live just below the water’s surface. There they wait for the unsuspecting traveler to go for a casual dip on a hot summers day. Then they pounce, devouring anything and everything they can get their microscopic mitts on.

In other words, most of the crew played Dragon’s Dogma this week. The crew being Jonah, Jesse, Wes, and the return of Adam Anania. Because fighting Tolkien-esk monsters in one game wasn’t enough, Wes and Jonah also tried their hand at the Tolkien themed “Lord of the Rings” based game, Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Here Jonah played as a Wizard for a change. He also did in Diablo 3 and Torchlight II, both of which he gave a whirl over the last few weeks.

Not to be outdone by sheer number of games played, Wes brings Max Payne 3, Doctor Who Adventure and Portal 2 to the table. He seems to enjoy them all and would recommend them for various audiences based on which ones are age and content appropriate, but that is really your call.

All this and more on Barrel Roll #158, “Beware the Brine”.

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Barrel Roll #157 – “Is that Snake Coming on to Me?”

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Barrel Roll #157 - Is that Snake Coming on to Me?

On this, the one-hundred and fifty-seventh episode of Barrel Roll, Jonah and Jesse are on their own. It’s up to the two of them to talk about video games and attempt to keep you edutained.

The Portal 2 authoring tools dropped, and both the guys have been playing around with them. They go into the good and bad of using it with no prior design experience. On the board game front, Jonah picked up a copy of Tetris Link, which is kind of broken but has the potential to be really fun. Jonah also finally got his own copy of Kid Icarus Uprising, which leads to talk of multiplayer, and leads Jesse down a dark path of discussing the original Kid Icarus, which he was playing via the 3D Classics edition.

Since there hadn’t been nearly enough wizard talk in a while, Jonah brings up the Civ V styled wizard strategy game Warlock – Master of the Arcane, and the obscure end of the world, flashlight based Wii game Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon.

All this and more on Barrel Roll #157, “Is that Snake Coming on to Me?”

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Journey Review: Over the Hills, and Through the Endless Deserts

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Now that I’m a parent, my time for gaming has dwindled, which is to be expected. When I am looking at new releases, I try to find games that provide a fun and unique experience. I definitely found what I was looking for in Journey.

If you were going to break down Journey to its basic mechanics, you could say that it is a 3D platformer. The problem with that categorization is that it sells the game short. Journey is about your own sense of discovery and your personal experiences on the way to the top of a distant mountain.

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Barrel Roll #156 – “Bizarro Shenmue”

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On this, the one-hundred and fifty-sixth excursion into Barrel Roll country, Jesse and Jonah are joined by the internet’s own Michael Bachmann. While Mike was off playing the Diablo III open beta, Jonah and Jesse spent time with the Dragon’s Dogma demo and character creator. Jesse has also finished up Kid Icarus: Uprising while Jonah played through Journey.

There is discussion of Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry, as well as Bizarro Shenmue, which isn’t a real game, but probably should be.

Getting back to games we actually played, Jesse breaks down Ridge Racer Unbounded and it’s strange drifting mechanics. Jonah started in on The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition on the Xbox 360 while Mike completed the first chapter of The Walking Dead adventure game from Telltale. All this and more on Barrel Roll #156, “Bizarro Shenmue”.

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