Game Club: Banjo-Kazooie series and Yooka-Laylee (hosted by Tess) (Dec 21st)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Tess, and their selection will be:

Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie and Yooka-Laylee
Genre: Platformer
Developers: Rare and Playtonic Games

The discussion will take place on December 21st. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Tess says that playing through the first hour or two of each game is needed for discussion.

Her description:

Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel Banjo-Tooie were hallmarks of the late 90s/early 2000s platformer era. Although they didn’t come up with many new designs or technologies, they are often held as some of the best examples of the genre to date, with Banjo-Kazooie selling more than 1.8 million copies in the US alone, Banjo-Tooie selling over 3 million copies in total, and both games recieving scores in the 90s/9s from Metacritic, GameSpot, IGN, N64 Magazine, and Nintendo Power. Banjo-Kazooie wasn’t my first game, but it was the first time I really got into a video game. It was the first time I remember complaining to my parents about the fact that I had to go to bed, or counting down the hours until I would get home from school because I wanted to play more.

So, what was it that made so many people, including myself, fall in love with these games? How do the design decisions reflect the gaming culture at the time? Where do we see the influence of games like these today? With the spiritual sucessor Yooka-Laylee releasing earlier this year to mixed reviews, can games such as this hold up in today’s market or was Yooka-Laylee’s fate inevitable?

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Game Club: Avernum 3 (hosted by Frederika) (Nov 16th)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Frederika, and her selection will be:

Avernum 3
Genre: RPG
Developer: Spiderweb Software

This game is currently available only on Gog.com as part of the complete Avernum collection. https://www.gog.com/game/avernum_the_complete_saga

Avernum is a series of old school style fantasy RPGs which show that a game can be far more than its graphics. The series is set in a world where a single Empire rules the surface and sends its undesirables into dangerous caverns deep underground, a place called Avernum. The people in Avernum have found a way to survive thanks to their eccentric mages and new alien allies, but life in sunless caverns is never easy. Avernum 3 sees the Avernites return to the surface only to find that all is not well for the Empire.

The discussion will take place on Nov 16th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. It’s recommended to play a few hours of it.

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Game Club: Pony Island & INSIDE (Oct 19th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. This month we ran a poll for the games to play, and it was a double feature of Pony Island and INSIDE!

Pony Island
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Daniel Mullins Games

INSIDE
Genre: Puzzle-Platformer
Developer: Playdead

The discussion will take place on October 19th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Both games combined take about 5-6 hours long.

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Game Club: Cities: Skylines

Every month, participants pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games. Our host for this month is Chris, and their selection is Cities: Skylines, developed by Colossal Order.

Manage a vast and populated city, starting from a small township! This city-building simulator has you managing all aspects of running a town, and finding the right balance to keep your citizens happy. Or you could build a city developer’s nightmare, and discover the traffic tolerance limits through a never-ending highway system. The choice is yours!

 

Game Club – Episode 27: Cities: Skylines
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Audio Editing: Constant Hackney

Intro and Outro Music: Robbie Singley

Game Club: System Shock 2 (hosted by John) (September 21, 7:00pm)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is John, and his selection will be:

System Shock 2
Genre: First Person Survival Horror
Developer: Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios

System Shock 2, first released in 1999, is the blueprint for countless modern games such as the Bioshock series, Dead Space, and Prey. You are a hacker on board a starship trying to stem the outbreak of a genetic infection that has devastated the ship, slowly learning what has happened and who or what is responsible.

The discussion will take place on September 21st. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game is about 16 hours long.

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Game Club: Terraria (hosted by Patrick) (Aug 17th)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on August 17th. Our next host is Patrick, and his selection will be:

Terraria
Genre: Action-adventure Sandbox.
Developer: Re-Logic

As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. It’s a long-form sandbox game, so put in as many hours as you want to get an idea of it.

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Game Club: Life is Strange

Every month, participants pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games. Our host for this month is Robert Denner, and their selection is all 5 episodes of Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment for PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Join Max Caulfield, a photography student whose life gets turned upside down when she returns to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon and discovers that she has the innate ability to rewind time. You’ll take a very emotional journey across five days as all your actions have consequences that make the story all the more personal. So grab some tissues, turn the lights down low and get ready for that cinematic experience that proves without a doubt that, well, life is weird.

Game Club – Episode 26: Life is Strange
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Audio Editing: Constant Hackney

Intro and Outro Music: Robbie Singley