Chattycast 117: Where Should Pokemon Go?

November 17, 2016

Since its debut 20 years ago, the Pokemon series has endured and become one of Nintendo's hottest properties. While you'd be hard-pressed to find a series more rife with spin-offs, the core has always remained more-or-less intact. Sure, you might go photo hunting or battle in an arena, but the money and recognizable brand has always been with the classic RPG part of the series. Until this year, when Pokemon Go arguably overshadowed its handheld namesake.

This week, the Chattycast takes a deep dive into the world of a Pokemon series at a crossroads. Between the ever-inching-toward-modernization main franchise with Sun and Moon, the social phenomenon of Pokemon Go, and the unpredictable X-factor of the Nintendo Switch on the horizon, Nintendo is in a position to take this beloved series in lots of directions. Which one is right for Nintendo as a business decision, and which would do right by the fans? Are those two incompatible? Where will it go next, and where should it go next?

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Chattycast 116: Now You’re Playing With Power

November 14, 2016

Today marks the release of the NES Classic mini-console, a plug-and-play that harkens back to our collective Nintendo nostalgia. But we've all been dreaming up other fantasy mini-consoles, so this week we're going to try something a little different.

We at the Chattycast have come up with our dream list of 30 games for the seemingly inevitable Super NES Classic. We'll geek out over some of our favorite 16-bit games on the show, and take your suggestions as well. If you make a suggestion that we overlooked, we'll debate whether it belongs more on the list and bump one that we already have in the line-up. The eventual result will be 30 games, mixed between our picks and yours, that would make the ultimate SNES Mini line-up.

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Chattycast 114: “Flaying Skins” Halloween Spooktacular

October 28, 2016

Halloween is almost upon us, and that means it's time for the Chattycast to take its annual leave of its usual somewhat on-topic discussion of current game events and delve deep into the macabre. This week: skins, the most disgusting-sounding name for a mundane game element.

Overwatch's Halloween update is a great example of skins to celebrate a special event, so we're going to spend the week talking all about some of our favorite game skins, holiday-related or not. What are your fondest skin memories? Do you still have ones you use over the defaults?

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Chattycast Special Edition: Nintendo Switch and Red Dead Redemption 2

October 20, 2016

It's been such a big day for news, the Chattycast crew can't just wait another week to respond to it. Today we gather for a special emergency edition of the podcast to cover the announcement of the Nintendo Switch and the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer. 

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Chattycast 113: Red Dead Remembrance

October 20, 2016

This week's reveal and impending trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 has our hearts all pitter-patter, so we're taking the opportunity to do a retrospective deep dive on the best cowboy game in the west, or east, or anywhere really: Red Dead Redemption.

What do you remember most about RDR? What would you like to see Rockstar do with its sequel? Does it deserve to be in the "game of the generation" conversation?

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Chattycast 112: Middle Wares

October 13, 2016

The PlayStation VR launches this week, marking the latest of the big virtual reality pushes to hit in 2016. While companies like Google have gone low-end and entry-level, and Oculus and Vive cater to power users, PlayStation seems contentedly right in the middle in terms of both power and price. More than anything, that just might prove the key to its success.

This week, the Chattycast talks about the PlayStation VR, and the strategy behind positioning oneself as the "mid-tier" product. Where has it been most successful? What risks are associated with not boasting superior price or power? Is PSVR's ties to the PlayStation 4 make it less appealing to the broad market, or more inviting and familiar to those who know the brand?

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Chattycast 111: The Freshman Class of 2016

October 11, 2016

We're entering the annual autumnal madness, which in typical fashion is going to mean plenty of high-profile sequels like Gears of War 4, Watch Dogs 2, and Battlefield 1 for some reason. Since the rest of the release calendar is essentially filled with franchise entries, this week seems like a good time to remember this year's originals.

What are your favorite debut or one-off games from this year? Which ones would you like to see gain a sequel or spin-off of their own? Which ones do you want to see remain a singular and unique entry, and why?

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Chattycast 110: Seriously Video Games

September 30, 2016

Mafia 3 comes out next week, swapping the New York gangster movie aesthetic for civil right rights tensions in the deep south in the turbulent 1960s. It's an uncommon subject matter, and one that could easily misstep, especially for a AAA game that's forming one of 2K's major sales pillars for the year.

This week, the Chattycast talks about games tackling difficult subject matter. Should it happen more often? Have games developed the narrative tools to deliver a story with the right touch? What unique aspects to handling difficult subjects can games bring to the table? Why don't more major publishers attempt to tackle these issues head-on?

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Chattycast 109: Game Time

September 22, 2016

It's no coincidence that as the average age of gamers has risen, so has the trend of selling DLC and microtransactions as convenience items. We all still want to play games, but the sheer number of them, paired with adult responsibilities, makes it impossible to ever really reduce that ever-growing backlog. It's like the twist ending of a Twilight Zone episode: when you reach a comfortable place of adulthood, you can buy games all you want, but you have no time to play them.

This week, the Chattycast gets a little more personal by talking about balancing games into our lives. As the two hosts are married beardos, one with a toddler, fitting in game time is an ever-present threat. We'll talk all about how we manage, or more frequently fail to manage, finding time to play. Have you experienced similar troubles? How do you deal with it?

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Chattycast 108: Hit ReCored

September 16, 2016

ReCore comes out this week, marking one of Microsoft's marquee games for the fall season alongside another entry in Keiji Inafune's startup Comcept. It's budget-priced, and while it has some genuinely good ideas and fun moments--review forthcoming--it certainly shows in the production values at times.

This kind of mid-tier, AA game has largely gone missing in recent years, as the industry stratifies toward blockbusters and indies. But these can be valuable to inject some fresh blood and personality into an almost-big-budget game. Why don't we see more B-tier releases get this kind of attention from their publishers? Should gamers rally around these small-but-not-too-small games to encourage a greater breadth, or does a budget price turn you off as a signal of its quality?

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