We have news this week! Within the course of a couple of weeks, streaming game company OnLive was rumored to have laid off everyone, but really they only laid off half of everyone, then they confirmed that Steve Perlman would continue as CEO, only to then boot him out. Also booted out: the first- and second-place winners of League of Legends Summer Championship after being accused of collusion. Olympians got nothing on gamers.
In the meat of the episode today, we pretty much just talk about games the whole time. And by “we,” I actually pretty much just mean Jonathan.
First, though, Alex shares his initial thoughts on Madden, which are surprisingly positive considered past years. He also gives us another book recommendation, Prince of Thorns, which is all about the bad guy.
Sam brings a couple more games to the table than Alex, one new and one old. The old one, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, ended up causing a bit of obsessiveness in Sam, while the new one. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, has Sam’s opinions mixed.
Jonathan has played through Journey again, and found even more reasons to love it than before. He’s also signed up for Playstation Plus, which ought to keep his game appetite sated for a while.
The game, though, that dominates the podcast is one Alex was curious about last week, Papo & Yo. Jonathan has some personal experience with the subject matter which inspired Papo & Yo, and he’s got a bit of a different perspective on how effective the game truly is at conveying its message. Ultimately, he finds the game fundamentally flawed, but worth playing by anyone looking for a counterargument to Cristoph Hartmann’s idiocy, or who are simply interested in seeing games expand as an art form.
We will no doubt revisit this topic in the future.