Chattycast 122: Switchlash

January 19, 2017

Nintendo's Switch had its big announcement bonanza last week, and there was much rejoicing. But there was also much naysaying and grousing, regarding factors such as price, launch line-up, cost of extra doodads, and a Japanese press conference filled to bursting with dad jokes. Or really, one dad joke repeated several times.

This week on the Chattycast, the crew talks about the Switch announcement, and the less-than-stellar reactions. We'll try to puzzle out what's most responsible for the backlash, or if it's some combination of factors. And those of us who were there with hands on will answer the all-important question: is the system getting a fair shake?

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Chattycast 121: Irresponsible Predictions 2017

January 12, 2017

It's January again, and the Chattycast is reviving an annual tradition: wild, frankly irresponsible predictions about the year ahead. What secrets does 2017 hold? What of the Scorpio and Switch? Will Virtual Reality continue to gain steam? What is our Game of the Year? Is it Zelda? It's Zelda, isn't it?

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Chattycast Special: Game of the Year 2016 Edition

December 30, 2016

The Shacknews Game of the Year has been revealed, and the Chattycast is here to ring it in with a special, extra-long edition. Listen to the Shacknews crew talk about our top ten with deep-dive discussions for each entry as we all prepare to ring in the new year.


Chattycast 120: The Oaties

December 16, 2016

We at Shacknews HQ are all preparing for our annual Game of the Year merriment. We'll have a special Chattycast episode devoted to counting down our top ten, affectionally nicknamed "The Goaties." But first, it's time for a bit of silly miscellany, as we recount some of our favorite other things from the past year. It's the Other of the Year Awards, aka "The Oaties."

We'll come armed to polar bear with awards for such pointless categories to honor the best characters, the most satisfying weaponry, and more. But we want to hear from you! Give us your own special totally arbitrary "Oatie" awards and we might just honor it on the show.

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Chattycast 119: Game Awards and PSX Newstravaganza

December 8, 2016

It's an annual tradition: as game releases slow in December, the games industry uses a few year-end events to get the hype train rolling for the next impending harvest of video games. This week, with GOTY deliberations looming on the horizon, we're devoting a whole show to unpacking all the news to come out in the last week from The Game Awards and PSX events.

Which news shocked, surprised, delighted, or dismayed you the most? 

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Chattycast 118: The Definitive, Authoritative Final Fantasy Ranking

December 5, 2016

Final Fantasy XV is out this week, marking either the fifteenth or the gazillionth Final Fantasy, depending on how you measure. Everyone has their favorites, but most of those people are wrong.

This week, respected Final Fantologists Steve and Bryan will discuss, debate, and eventually create an authoritative, inarguable ranking of Final Fantasy games, from the best, all the way down to that bad one that everybody loves for some reason.


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.


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.