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No Fortniting In Baseball

No Fortniting In Baseball
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This week, Josh shares his first impressions of The Division 2! We swap Apex Legends stories and look forward to the game’s first season. Call of Duty franchise spots are going for $25 Mil a pop and it sounds like gaming is getting in the way of gaming between Fortnite and baseball. This episode’s a real home run. Feel free to give us some feedback by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind. Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

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News:  Switch Fortnite crossplay prefers mobile for matchmaking – https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/03/13/fortnite-cross-play-on-switch-no-longer-supported Call of Duty franchise spots are going for $25 mil a pop. — http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/26249076/call-duty-franchise-spots-sell-25-million-per-team Fortnite and baseball – https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/d3m93k/toronto-blue-jays-are-restricting-their-players-fortnite-time and https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/04/23/mlb-players-video-game-fortnite/

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No Fortniting In Baseball

GH53: Overcooked Seasonal Diablo

It’s another week of gaming news including details on the Atari VCS, Call of Duty going multiplayer only, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Nintendo’s latest lawsuit. Then we talk about the Seasonal Diablo III runs we’ve been trying out in addition to Overcooked: Special Edition on Nintendo Switch.

We also talk about some changes to our show format, specifically dealing with our bi-weekly Twitch streams.

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GH53: Overcooked Seasonal Diablo

GH25: Ataribox and Local Co-op

Ataribox shocks the world. Can Splatoon 2 survive the ridiculousness of the Nintendo Switch voice app? PS4 is getting a major update and a new service aims to help people build a better PC. Then, it’s our main topic, local co-op gaming! We talk about its history, its evolution, its near death, and just maybe, its rebirth.

01:35 –  Ataribox and their return to consoles

12:30 – PS4 5.0 Beta

22:45 – Nintendo Switch Voice App and Splatoon 2

30:17 – BLD PC Spec Service

36:00 – Local Co-op and will it survive?

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GH25: Ataribox and Local Co-op

GH15: COD WWII, Gears of War, and Bomberman

We return with a whole new format! We talk about our plans for video game streaming which includes retro games like Super Nintendo and Sega! You can catch some Aladdin game play on YouTube right now. Then, Jon lets us know what’s going on this weekend at Planet Comicon with Buster Props. Plus, I talk a bit about what I’ll be doing for the HPN during the convention. After that, we talk news and what we’re currently playing which includes Gears of War 4, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Bomberman R!

In case you missed it, we talk about the winner of our Video Game March Madness Showdown! Only one remains. Let us know what you think of the winner. We’ll give you a hint…. it’s not Mario.

Then we dive into the latest news (7:45) including the release of the official Call of Duty: WWII trailer and details.

Don’t miss the details for our two upcoming video game tournaments (13:00), one for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and one for Injustice 2.

Then we get some details about Halo 6 (16:00) and will Jon ever get another Xbox or Microsoft console?

This goes into a bit about the Gears of War franchise (20:00), including a little talk about Gears of War 4 (21:10).

And how could we do an episode without talking a bit about Zelda and the Switch (23:00)?

We continue the Switch talk with some discussion about the Super Bomberman R story mode (25:05) and whether or not it lives up to the $49.99 USD price tag, especially when put up against FAST RMX and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.

Don’t miss the closing ceremonies (29:25) as we talk about plans for video game streams.

And our iTunes contest is still going on (30:15)!

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GH15: COD WWII, Gears of War, and Bomberman

GH08: 2017 Predictions and a Side of Switch

2017 is looking to be an interesting year in gaming with Horizon Zero Dawn, the Nintendo Switch, and maybe even Project Scorpio. This week, we sit down to provided our 2017 predictions for the upcoming year. This includes consoles, games, companies, you name it. Who will have their title delayed? Who will surprise us with a crazy new concept? We’ve got three people and 21 different predictions ranging from the generally accepted to the absolutely crazy.

And yes, we also talk a bit about Nintendo Switch as it just released and we managed to each snag one.

But that’s not all! We also announce the winner of our show’s first contest but you’ll have to listen in to find out who the winner is.

1:45 – First iTunes Review Contest Winner & Our Next Contest’s Details

3:25 – Nintendo Switch has Landed: Two must have accessories

10:45 – 1 2 Switch

23:10 – FAST RMX: F-Zero style Indie game

32:40 – 2017 Predictions for Gaming

1:18:30 – Closing

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GH08: 2017 Predictions and a Side of Switch

Gamer Heroes 06: Street Fighter Goes First Person

Pokemon Go finally releases some Gen 2 Pokemon along with some other gameplay changes. Crash Bandicoot returns this summer. Street Fighter enters the FPS world for some reason. Bethesda looks to make us all Prey, and finally, what’s the deal with DLC? All this and more on this week’s episode!

1:30 – Street Fighter Goes FPS

18:30 – Pokemon Go Gen 2 Update

25:15 – Crash Bandicoot’s Return

31:15 – Bethesda’s Prey

21:30 – Handheld Gaming: Nintendo DS & PS Vita

41:45 – DLC’s Taint on Video Games

57:45 – WoW and the MMO Tangent

1:02:10 – Closing

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Top 5 Boss Themes

The door thunders and opens. Inside, the villain awaits you. He or she says something clever, gets angry, and then you fight. In that moment, as the villain lunges toward you, the music picks up and fuels your adrenaline as you draw your weapon and battle your enemy. For this article, here is my top 5 favorite boss music themes. I will go from my least favorite to my most favorite. Just know that I absolutely love them all. . .

5. Tomb Raider Anniversary

The Tomb Raider Anniversary boss was a difficult one for me in part because I had not fully mastered some of the special moves. There was much dying on my part and beating on pillows or whatever else was next to me. However, one thing that kept me going was the music. The music was a choir that illustrated Natla’s ultimate desire for world domination.

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4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 has you chasing the final boss, who happens to be voiced by Lance Henriksen, in a boat down a river filled with all of his cronies. The desperate theme pumps your adrenaline as you chase down this general with an “ends justify the means” attitude. No enemies or obstacles will keep you from taking this guy down!

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3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic’s music does a perfect job at illustrating your completion of this enormous game. Not only does it reflect the epic nature of the battle taking place between you and Malak, it also shows that your fate is not the only one hanging in the balance. There is a massive battle for the Republic happening right outside the space station as you fight. The fate of your battle with Malak could ultimately decide the fate of the battle beyond.

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2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Ganondorf’s boss theme reflected the happenings of the environment around you. It also painted Ganondorf’s use of the power of the Triforce. It makes you feel like the battle is impossible as he throws his magic at you. Yet, there is a small glimmer of hope.

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1. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

The Sands of Time still remains as my all-time favorite boss battle music. The music reveals to you that, sorcery or not, you know you can beat this old man. You can also hear the deception of the vizier through small sections in the music. He is the one who influenced the Prince to cause all this trouble in the first place. Along with the amazing percussion and Middle Eastern flavor, this music has got to be one of the best boss battle themes of all time.

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Do you have any boss themes you think should have been added? Feel free to post them in the comments.

Top 5 Boss Themes

Call of Duty 2 – Retro Review

The following review was written in December 2010. It has only been modified in the way of format.

Overview:
Call of Duty 2 was one of the last World War II first person shooters. A launch title for the Xbox 360, the game alternates between three major fronts in the war. In the first section, you play as a Russian in Stalingrad. In the second, you play as a British soldier in North Africa. In the third, you play as an American storming the shores of Normandy. As far as a story goes, that about sums it up.

The Good:
call-of-duty-2-131. The game features a lot of varied level design (once you get past Russia) and gameplay. For example, in North Africa, you will fight and take over a village. Once you have the village, you have to climb to the top of one of the buildings and call in mortar strikes on advancing tanks. This helps keep the game interesting enough so you don’t get bored of just gunning down Nazis (which is still pretty fun).

2. The Nazis do not stop coming until you have reached the position you are supposed to take. Remember when you could just sit back and take out the enemy one by one with the sniper rifle? Well, this is not the case in Call of Duty 2. The game forces you to advance and fight the Nazis close and personal. If you do not do this, then the Nazis will continually spawn until you get the nerve to go after them.

capitan_price_call_of_duty_by_march3lo3. In Modern Warfare, we are introduced to one of the most memorable characters in the game: Captain Price. It turns out Price has been around for a long time because he makes an appearance in the game. Of course, the natural conclusion could still be that he’s a descendant of this World War II veteran. Still…

The Bad:
1. This game has absolutely no story and no character development. I do not remember any of the names of the characters you play. The basic premise of each level goes along the lines of “Take this town!” or “Destroy those guns!”

2. Modern Warfare gave us the perfect control scheme; however, this control scheme went through quite a few stages of evolution before being refined in that game. In Call of Duty 2, the sprint button is replaced with some pretty worthless binoculars. Sure, they are kind of cool; however, I rarely used them and found them to be more of a nuisance rather than an aid in combat. The melee also leaves much to be desired since it is not always responsive when you press it. There is no knife.

cod23. Your squad is very unhelpful. They mostly tell you what to do and watch while you go out and get shot. I could overlook your squad’s utter uselessness if it was not for the fact that they also get in your way when you are moving to cover. This often results in your death and makes you want to shoot and kill all of your squad members.

4. My biggest complaint with this game is a glitch that kept me from finishing the game. Call of Duty 2 skips the last British mission and moves you straight into the American campaign; however, upon completion of the British mission, the game moves into the first American mission again. I attempted to replay the first American mission again, but, even then, the game would not let me progress.

Conclusion:
Call of Duty 2 was very nostalgic for me. I got my start in first person shooters with the Medal of Honor series. Overall, I enjoyed Call of Duty 2; however, the game relies too much on chaos to keep going. The whole game is fighting past one chaotic thing after another. It ends up being mostly about explosions and not much else.

COD2_Screen_06For some people, this fact would not hinder the game’s enjoyment. For me, part of what keeps me hooked on a game is the story. Part of the reason I finished Modern Warfare 2 so quickly was because I really wanted to know how it was going to end. This is not the case with Call of Duty 2. After walking down another street and seeing yet another tank waiting to be destroyed by my rocket launcher, I got bored.

Thankfully, developer Infinity Ward solved this problem by leaving the World War II genre altogether and giving us Modern Warfare. If one looks at Call of Duty 2 as a bridge between the World War II games of old and what we have today, then one can appreciate its place.

Call of Duty 2 – Retro Review

Should All Video Games Have A Campaign?

Introduction:

With the advent of multiplayer over the years, the traditional single-player campaign has started to take a backseat so that developers can focus more attention on multiplayer. This started to happen with Call of Duty as the campaigns began to feel more tacked-on. However, that franchise has never shed the familiar shell of campaign. A campaign seemed to be obligatory, calling out to the early days of gaming when there was no online play or even splitscreen multiplayer. Then, creating a near precedent in video gaming, Titanfall was released with no campaign and to take this matter further, DICE has already announced that Star Wars: Battlefront will not have a campaign either. But the question remains: do all video games need a campaign? This article will attempt to look at both sides of the issue and possible exceptions.

No, All Video Games DO NOT Need A Campaign

codmw3.03.lgIt is the opinion of many gamers that campaigns are almost a relic of the past. Many gamers of famed franchises like Call of Duty, Halo, and Battlefield do not even bother playing a campaign. Rather, they plunge into multiplayer with their friends. There are many social gamers out there, who prefer to play video games with friends rather than go “lone wolf” with an isolating single player campaign.

Other gamers are frustrated at the prospect of a tacked-on campaign. Clearly, the game was made for multiplayer. Why throw in a poorly composed campaign? Let the game be honest to the developers’ goal of an evocative mutliplayer experience. Don’t ruin a perfectly fine video game with the impurity of a terrible campaign!

Yes, All Video Games REQUIRE A Campaign

Halo takedownThere is another side to the coin. Some gamers prefer all games to have a single player campaign, whether the game had a multiplayer focus or not. Many of these gamers like completing the story the game has to offer or do not have time to mess with multiplayer. They consider a game without a campaign to be incomplete and, oftentimes, sloppy. This is the opinion that all video games need to revolve around a story. The campaign and the multiplayer should reflect that.

The best example that most of these gamers reference would be Halo 4. Everything in that game revolves around the central story of exploring Requiem. The multiplayer even reflects this concept, with Spartan Ops (the cooperative missions) giving teams of Spartans missions on the planet’s surface. In the competitive modes (like Free For All or Team Slayer), the idea is that the individual Spartans are performing training missions aboard Infinity, a ship stationed at Requiem. This particular game perfectly balances both single-player and multiplayer.

What About A Game Like Star Wars: Battlefront?

With Battlefront, the argument of campaign and no campaign becomes a bit hazy. Those in favor of a campaign tend to argue that a campaign is necessary for establishing a story; however, Battlefront already has an established story, albeit the movies. The whole point of this particular game is to recreate the epic battles from the movies. All footage from the game have basically been recreations or reimaginings from battles of the original trilogy.

Since most, if not all, players are familiar with the story and these battles, is a campaign really necessary? In this writer’s humble opinion, no, it is not. Battlefront is a rare case where the universe is already established. Exposition and explanation is not necessary in this instance. Allow the players to hop into the battles they love without focusing unnecessary developmental attention on the creation of a campaign. Of course, this game will also feature single-player, should a gamer wish to fight his or her battles solo.

Conclusion

Titanfall-1The answer to whether a game should or should not have multiplayer has no definitive conclusion. One thing is rapidly becoming certain, however, campaigns are going away in a lot of mainstream games. Titanfall marks the beginning of the end for the campaign. In a few years, it is likely that major franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield will also focus solely on multiplayer. Without a campaign, what will video games even look like?

Do you agree? Is the end of the single-player campaign only a matter of time? Feel free to post in the comments.

Should All Video Games Have A Campaign?