March 31, 2014 at 3:15PM •
1 hour 35 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome their first International guest, Guy Cocker, from Wired UK. The Story of the Week centers around Facebook's buyout of Oculus Rift, and the guys debate all sides of the news, plus Microsoft's purchase of AR tech and Nintendo's continued investment into health monitoring hardware. Christian thinks Phil Spector becoming the head of Xbox is a good thing for games, while Guy has his own optimism about UK tax breaks for video game companies. Meanwhile, Jeff loves the way Titanfall is dealing with cheaters on the PC.
In the Playlist, Guy has been revisiting excellent PC games from the last couple of years that he missed, while Christian continues to get the most out of inFamous: Second Son. Jeff is renewing his addiction to Diablo 3 with Reaper of Souls, and just starting to play Elder Scrolls Online.
March Madness hits its Final Four, with Super Mario 64 taking on Half-Life 2 and Last of Us squaring off against Portal.
Then Tabletop Time gets you ready for International Tabletop day with a discussion of great co-op games that can overcome Christian's competition qualms from last week. Space Cadets, Pandemic, and Flashpoint: Fire Rescue are discussed.
All that, plus your phone calls!
March 24, 2014 at 3:30PM •
1 hour 51 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome back Garnett Lee from Garnett on Games to the show to talk about GDC, inFamous, Titan Fall, and much much more. Garnett has hands on with the new Sony Project Morpheus VR headset, as well as Hack and Slash, eye tracking technology, and more! Jeff is excited about the Unreal and Crytek engines being affordable for indie developers, announcements of the new Assassin's Creed and Far Cry franchises, and the comic book Powers coming to Playstation Network as a TV series.
Christian just wants to talk about games! And games there are! Christian defends the brevity of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Garnett digs Tearaway and is uncertain about the staying power of Titan Fall, and Jeff is hooked by Diablo 3 2.0 and inFamous.
Then it is the Elite Eight round of March Madness, and the guys are reeling from last week's Tetris-gate. But the decisions are any easier this time! Your votes and calls help determine which games progress into the Final Four.
And Tabletop Time debuts a new jingle, with Christian discussing his experience playing Wits & Wagers.
March 17, 2014 at 3:15PM •
1 hour 44 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Jeff's old TRS co-host and big time Hollywood movie director, Dan Trachtenberg to DLC this week. Dan kicks Story of the Week off with the announcement of a reboot for the classic arcade game, Gauntlet. Christian is still on the Twitch news bandwagon, arguing that the first mobile game with Twitch streaming integration is a game changer. Jeff cheats by bringing up several stories for SotW, including PS4's price hike in Canada, the producer of the Castlevania series leaving a 20 year long post at Konami, Valiant Comics characters getting tabletop games, Bruno Cathala teaming with Days of Wonder, and most of all, evidence of gravitational waves from the Big Bang being found!
Then, March Madness hits the Sweet 16 round, with some incredibly hard matchups, that have Dan, Christian, and Jeff disagreeing with each other and the audience!
Plus, in Tabletop Time, Jeff and Dan discuss their love of Dungeons and Dragons, and what makes for a good pen and paper RPG.
All that, plus your phone calls!
March 11, 2014 at 10:00AM •
1 hour 38 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Scott Johnson of Frogpants Studios, the podcaster and cartoonist responsible for the comic strip, Extralife, to DLC this week. They start with a big week of news, including big name departures from Sony and Naughty Dog, the new Batman: Arkham Knight debut trailer, and Last of Us as a live action movie.
Scott has great things to say about the new 2.0 patch for Diablo 3, and Christian is back in Killzone Shadow Fall.
Then it is week 2 of March Madness, with some epic match ups decided by your votes and phone calls!
March 3, 2014 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 41 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Phil Kollar from Polygon.com to the show this week. They kick off with Story of the Week, which Phil thinks should be the triumph of Twitch Plays Pokemon finishing Pokemon Red and moving on Pokemon Crystal. Christian thinks that Nintendo shutting down their Wii and DS online servers is the most important story of the week, while Jeff suggests that it is the announcement of Twitch streaming being added to the Xbox One. They also imagine what a Minecraft movie might be, as well as whether a remastered Mass Effect trilogy would be a good thing for the new consoles.
Phil gives his impressions of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Bravely Default, and Christian has been enjoying Thief 4 on PS4.
Then it is time for the first round of March Madness, as the guys tackle the Cannata Division of the bracket with the help of your live calls and votes. Some intense match-ups and a few underdog winners may surprise you.
Finally, it is Tabletop Time, and Jeff recommends the storytelling game, Tales of the Arabian Nights as an interesting alternative to competitive board games.
February 24, 2014 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 38 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Justin McElroy to the show, from Polygon.com, and the Sawbones and My Brother, My Brother, and Me podcasts. After noting the sad passing of Harold Ramis, Justin kicks off Story of the Week with Irrational Games' massive downsizing and new direction. Christian thinks the launch of the PS4 in Japan is the most important story, even despite hard data on sales, while Jeff looks at the UK price drop and Titanfall bundle of the Xbox One as a very important indicator of Microsoft's desire not to fall behind in the console war. The guys also discuss the new Netflix/Comcast payout, and the pseudo-announcement of new installments in three huge game franchises, The Last of Us, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, and Doom.
Then it is time to talk about what they've been playing, and Justin explains a new iOS game called Calculords, while Jeff professes his enthusiasm for Double Helix's Strider and the new indy Steam release, 99 Levels to Hell. Meanwhile, Christian loves the DLC for The Last of Us, Left Behind.
In Tabletop Time, Jeff finally got Christian to try a Euro board game, and he chose an excellent starter Euro, Wizard of the Coast's Lords of Waterdeep. They also discuss Smash Up and the idea of miniature components in games making them even more fun.
All that, plus your phone calls!
February 17, 2014 at 3:30PM •
1 hour 49 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Garnett Lee from Weekend Confirmed and 1up Yours to DLC. For his Story of the Week pick, Garnett has NPD numbers and more that lead him to believe that Microsoft might be in danger of falling far behind Sony in the console race. Christian is more disturbed by the proposed Comcast acquisition of Time Warner and what that might mean in absence of Net Neutrality. But Jeff is just too excited about his playtime in the Titanfall Beta to think anything other that that could be SotW. He gushes about piloting giant robots, hacking specters, and double jumping his way around the maps. The guys debate the merits of multiplayer-only games, the danger of micro-transactions in the form of Burn Cards, and more as callers weigh in with their feelings on Titanfall, too. There is also the fact that thousands of people have been playing Pokemon together, and the announcement of a new FPS music game from Harmonix to discuss, before Tabletop Time. Jeff fills the guys in on his experience playing T'zolkin: The Mayan Calendar at Orc Con in Los Angeles, and discusses the evolution of worker-placement games. All that, plus the announcement of DLC's upcoming March Madness! Get your submissions for the tournament games in to email@example.com!
February 11, 2014 at 9:30AM •
1 hour 44 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Giant Bomb's Scoops himself, Patrick Klepek to DLC this week, and he's the perfect guy to bring up his pick for Story of the Week, the Flappy Bird saga. Not only is Patrick a great video game news man, he also gave a TED X talk about Internet discourse, which makes for the perfect context to discuss Flappy Bird.
Christian brings up the acquisition of game developer Double Helix by Amazon, and what that might mean for a potential upcoming Amazon home console. Jeff is more interested in the recently concluded DICE conference, its Awards, and one DICE talk in particular, focusing on the value of virtual goods in EVE: Online. That leads the guys into discussing Peter Molyneaux's indictment of the new free-to-play version of his own game, Dungeon Keeper, and the news that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros will only be 2 hours long.
Jeff and Patrick have been playing - and loving - Threes on iOS, and a listener wonders how Patrick gets his "scoops". Then, it is Tabletop Time, and Jeff discusses his very favorite game of all time, Le Havre. All that, plus your phone calls!
February 3, 2014 at 3:15PM •
1 hour 42 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome one of the most knowledgeable people in board games to the show, Tom Vasel from The Dice Tower. They start with Story of the Week, in which Tom discusses the backlash against Games Workshop for their combative consumer practices in the wargaming miniatures space. Christian argues that the biggest story of the week is the discussion going on over "quality control" on Steam, which leads Jeff to discuss his experience this week with Divinity: Original Sin on Early Access. But Jeff's real Story of the Week is more Nintendo news, as Iwata outlines some interesting plans for the house of Mario going forward.
Then, it is a special, extended Tabletop Time with Tom Vasel! Tom pulls back the curtain on an exciting upcoming game that combines Magic: The Gathering, Quarriors, and Marvel superheroes, called Dice Masters - and it has Jeff drooling. Jeff gives his review of new board games, Lost Legends and Trains, and the guys discuss Tom's own co-design, Nothing Personal, as well as the idea of designer board games going mainstream. All that, plus your phone calls!!
January 27, 2014 at 3:45PM •
1 hour 45 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Cory Banks, Managing Editor of PC Gamer to DLC this week. In the Story of the Week segment, Cory is intrigued by the news that Microsoft has secured the rights to Gears of War, and brought over the old series producer Rod Fergusson. Christian is more interested in the news that Microsoft paid YouTubers for positive Xbox One mentions, while Jeff is confused about the need for Candy Crush Saga to trademark the word "candy".
The guys talk PC gaming with Hearthstone, Might and Magic Legacy X, Day Z, and the idea of early access, and ask whether "finishable games" are on the way out?
Then it is Tabletop Time with a question about Dungeons and Dragons style games that don't require a large group. Jeff has many suggestions.
All that, plus your calls on this week's DLC!