The TBoD Podcast – 67 – Ether One Interview

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This week Quim and I were lucky enough to be joined by the lovely Pete from White Paper games. After a Q&A session about Pete’s work in the industry and in particular on the studios debut title Ether One‘ Pete was kind enough to stick around and discuss some of this weeks big news including;

Yogs(mis)ventures,

early access on consoles,

Journey down roads travelled,

and

Thanks again to Pete for joining us, we had a great time chatting with him and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
The music used in this weeks show is from the Ether One Original Soundtrack by NJ Apostal and is available as part of the Deluxe edition.
Special thanks to Donnie aka @Murderzmedia for the image.
– eremenko

TBoD Podcast – 65 – Interview with Tara “Skunkie” Bellafiore

Hey all,

We were super stoked to have the wonderful Tara “Skunkie” Bellafiore of Punklabs fame join us for this episode. We spend the majority of the episode gaining insight into the life and work of an indie developer but we also manage to cover some news;

Goldfarb goes indie,

Popular YouTubers in cash for vids shock,

the tides are changing,

We had a great time with this one so I hope you all enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Interview special w/Tara

– eremenko

The TBoD Podcast – 45 – Redacted

Yo,

Welcome to another edition of the TBoD podcast.

Hot off the press, onto our lips, and into your ears this week::

The greatest battle evaaaarrrr, and the aftermath.

DayZ updates.

Nintendo boss halves salary.

Elder Scrolls Online will not require PS+.

EA ruin some more stuff.

Octodad gets even more hilariously ridiculous?

Wolf Among Us episode 2 teaser released.

Our indie game is The Vanishing of Ethan Carter; a beautiful-looking Horror Fiction.

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Enjoy and leave a comment if you like.

The TBoD Podcast – 43 – The Neverending Tangent

Yo homies,

Another weekly digest of gaming news, views, and the inevitable tangents you all love us for.

This week we talk about:

Rust and DayZ – sources http://playrust.com/intro-video/http://www.incgamers.com/2014/01/facepunch-knocked-out-by-rust-sales-figures, and http://kotaku.com/dayz-or-rust-which-players-are-friendlier-1501109843?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Twitter&utm_source=Kotaku_Twitter&utm_medium=Socialflow

The Last of Us DLC – http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2014/01/13/your-first-look-at-the-last-of-us-single-player-dlc

PS Plus free game news – http://www.gamepur.com/news/13285-ps-free-games-february-2014-leaked-outlast-ps4-bioshock-infinite-metro-last.html

The Banner Saga – http://store.steampowered.com/app/237990/ and http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/the-banner-saga-review/1900-6415626/

Xbox One features in action – http://kotaku.com/the-xbox-one-can-do-a-lot-more-than-you-might-think-1501411519

The return of Shooter’s Corner – Evolve – http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/01/07/evolve-first-gameplay-and-multiplayer-class-details-revealed

We Called the Dog… – http://kotaku.com/sick-of-shooters-heres-a-mind-bending-first-person-pu-1497750193?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Twitter&utm_source=Kotaku_Twitter&utm_medium=Socialflow

Enjoy!

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Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique

Catchy title huh?

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One Finger Death Punch

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Anyone who’s been following the podcast will know that a couple of weeks back we featured the game “One Finger Death Punch” as our indie game of the week in our “We called the dog…” section, well I’ve been playing it and let me tell you it’s every bit as fast, furious and fun as we had hoped.

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Behind an incredibly simple premise hides a game that is amazingly well crafted. Using only two buttons, you must face off hordes of enemies. From your standard one hit kill henchman to the tricky boss sections every punch, kick, slash, slam and throw is as satisfying as the last this is due largely to the dedication of “Silver Dollar Games” team to recreate classic moves from a selection of martial arts schools.

OFDP_screenshot_2It’s going to take all of your guitar hero hones skills to get out of this one

You may only be a stick man fending off waves of similar dimensionaly challenged fighters but when the combat flows and the combos roll you will feel just like Bruce Lee in his prime pulling off an array of special moves and killer finishing moves as the hapless enemy ninjas fall at your feet. There is no way to move your character except by attacking and you must time your attacks to perfection if you want to get through the levels in one piece. Most of these levels come in the form of “Mob Stages” where you are tasked with taking down a set number of enemies and your ranking comes from how many times you mistime an attack (tip: you don’t want to do this as you are going to get bitch slapped for your troubles). These brawling stages are broken up however by the introduction of special stages like; timed battles, boss stages and the incredibly satisfying and visceral weapons stages my favourite of which features a familiar looking (and sounding) beam sword capable of slicing and cauterizing all in one….. it’s lethal and hella good fun.

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This title truly is a Kung-Fu masterpiece and is for me the most satisfying martial arts games going. Anyway the game is available on Xbox live for the paltry sum of 80 Microsoft Pacmen so what are you waiting for go buy it and have fun.

10pcTougher enemies always wear crowns …. obviously

-eremenko

Thomas Was Alone.

What with all podcasting and video making we have been doing as of late, I thought that it might make a refreshing change to get back to my roots and actually put pen to paper…or keyboard to internet, whatever.

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Certainly a game that, in my mind and indeed that of the BAFTA awards, is worth writing about is Thomas Was Alone. Originally a flash game, this lovely 2D platformer has been out for PC and Mac for a while now and recently made it onto the PlayStation Network. In Thomas Was Alone you take control of some AI’s who find themselves suddenly self-aware and trapped within some kind of corrupted computer system.

Although not graphically stunning, this was never the aim of its creator Mike Blithell, who didn’t have the budget to make a huge fireworks display like the Beijing Olympics, he instead set out to tell unique and engaging story. Without getting too near the realm of spoilerville he achieves this by building an excellent narrative and bringing these little quadrilaterals to life by giving them those every day insecurities we find in our society today. To illustrate what I mean this next paragraph mentions a couple of characters you come across very early on in the game and how they are portrayed. If you really don’t want any kind of spoiler then just skip it.

thomasYou start off as the title suggests meeting Thomas, a fairly optimistic rectangle who views the world with wonder but who doesn’t want to be alone in this strange environment he inhabits, which I guess is the embodiment of the human condition in that we want to live our lives and share our experiences with others. Then there is Chris, a little orange square which suffers from short man’s syndrome somewhat and a general feeling of inadequacy. The first female character you meet is a rather large block named Claire, who on first encounter comes across as a woman worried about her weight and is rather depressed that she doesn’t fit the expectations of society.

Of course a well written story needs an excellent narrator and in the case of Thomas Was Alone this comes in the form of Danny Wallace – a british actor, comedian, writer etc.

Danny Wallace

Danny Wallace

Wallace’s narration really breathes life into the characters, his intonation and humour are as integral to driving this game forward as the mechanics or storyline. He won a BAFTA for his voice work and although I don’t necessarily think that anything that wins an award must be praised, in this case I think it’s deserving. The humour in Thomas is certainly very English but not so much that it would alienate international players, which again I guess has helped in its success.

Gameplay is not challenging really but again for those who may be disappointed with the difficulty level are kind of missing the point with Thomas Was Alone. I played it on the PS3 I thought the ability to use the D-Pad to move through the game was a lovely little hark back to the days of old, not that I did this, after 14 years of having a thumbstick on my controller since the days of my N64, if given the choice I will use it every time, more is the pity for me I guess because playing it the old school way would certainly inject some nostalgia into this modern-day retro platformer. Of course Thomas isn’t just one long nod to the old school platformer, there are plenty of new twists on the platforming genre mechanics found throughout, in fact everything after chapter 5 turns a lot of the conventions on their head and creates its own rules too.

The music, well I don’t have much to say on that front, I certainly cannot criticise the soundtrack at all. At times it promotes a serenity in the player, it is mesmerizing throughout and is perfectly paced to match the evolution of the narrative in each level.

It’s not a long game at all, about 4-5 hours in total, but it tells a story of heroism and selflessness as convincingly as, if not far better than, many triple A titles.

I conclude by saying this, if you need a break from firing bullets into the faces internet morons, or maybe you are just sick of gaining that XP to unlock that pointless bit of gear then give Thomas Was Alone a shot.

If you must to drink gallons of really sugary chocolate milk everyday, once in awhile you need to take a sip of ice water to refresh your palette.

If you have played Thomas Was Alone and want to talk about your thoughts on the game please leave me a comment, or if you think I am talking shit (i.e. that last pretentious sentence) then put me in my place. Thanks.

-The Quim Ninja

TBoD TV – It’s a Jungle out there – episode 1

Welcome back to TBoD TV, this new series follows the exploits of Cartoon Robinson and newcomer Zoiie as they take to the post apocolyptic Tokyo streets as a pair of dogs trying their best to simply survive and further thier lineage in Tokyo Jungle on ps3.

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(and I apologise for the piss poor vocal audio quality. eremenko)

Thanks!