Podquisition Episode 118: Skeleton Warnings

https://soundcloud.com/jimquisition/podquisition-episode-118-skeleton-warnings

(Yep, Soundcloud embeds are proper fucked on the site now. Just click the link)

The nature of skeletons, rabbit sex antics, and the highness of the woman in the song about a woman being high. What more could you want?

Videogame talk? We got that as well. Thoughts on For Honor, reactions to the Breath of the Wild season pass, and more Nioh bollocks.

You want more? We have AT LEAST SOME OTHER THINGS!

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  • SilentPony

    I’m going into this one with an open mind Jim. Better be more For Honor and less rabbit porn.

    And Sound Cloud is terrible. I’d advise everyone just get the podcast off iTunes.

    • I honestly don’t know why you listen anymore.

      • SilentPony

        FOR HONOR!!

      • Anton

        I tend to think that it’s actually kinda fun to be a contrarian on this site, because unlike most other gaming sites, the vast majority of regulars here will actually try to respond with reasoned arguments, rather than shit-flinging.

        Of course, we do also have a dedicated shitflinger here (one frosty upvote for the person that guesses correctly XD )

        • diamond

          If you’re referring to me you’re dead wrong there.

          • SilentPony

            I liked Fallout 4 *Flees to flame-proof bunker!*

          • Anton

            I mean…it was alright. I had fun with it. I think the issue with F4 is that it doesn’t leave as much of an impression as its predecessors.

          • SilentPony

            I enjoyed the base building and saving survivors.

          • Anton

            I built the crap out of my Red Rocket hangout; that thing is my pride and joy.

            Couldn’t be bothered to do it again with the other 41234134 settlement locations.

          • SilentPony

            Oh you should see my map. Nearly every settlement is a fortress, every survivor is kitted out with upgraded gear and weapons, and a legion of robots roam the land as my caravans. Every settlement is connected to every other settlement.

            There are barely any enemies on the map at any given moment because there’s always a dozen kill droids nearby to gun them down.

          • Anton

            If I ever go back to F4, I might do that too; definitely putting in some materials cheat mods, tho, I’m not scrounging for any more fucking tin cans ever again.

          • InfamousDS

            Once I hit like 10,000 steel in my base I only started picking up things I had less than a few hundred of. The perk which lets you specifically see materials you need is infinitely useful for that.

            I don’t hate the game, I hate the protagonist.

          • Anton

            *spoilers*
            I feel like most major characters were pretty hateable. You had the protag, who was the most boring character in the game. Then there was Shaun – “sorry we sent a professional assassin after you, dad…. we’re cool now, right?”. Maxson was a (post)neo-nazi douche, but I guess that actually fits in with the original portrayal of the Brotherhood, so I’m pretty ok with it. There was the Railroad, whose grand plan to save the synths was to rescue a handful of them and BLOW UP THE REST.

            And then there was the ultra asshole. The route of all evil. The one that makes the game borderline unplayable…..

            …. Mr.Preston “Another settlement needs your help!” Garvey.

            Nick was pretty cool, though.

          • diamond

            I liked Cait and Piper.

          • Anton

            Yeah, they really nailed the Irish stereotype with Cait.

          • diamond

            Strongly disagree there. You want to see a REAL Irish stereotype? Check out Sean Devlin in The Saboteur.

          • Anton

            Ya don’t say, laddie-bucko

          • SilentPony

            Cait…she’s the Jack ripoff right?

          • diamond

            Rip-off of Jack who?

          • SilentPony

            Mass Effect Jack

          • Rachel McVeigh

            I thought it was weird that they went with the Irish version of Kate but not the Irish pronunciation and that they used the American spelling of Shaun. Really confused me until she told me her name herself.

          • InfamousDS

            Since we can spoil now:
            I just hated that the PC’s grand plan was “Befriend all these people, find out a thing that benefits my own goals, and hey: fuck these friends now. They get to die, and so does everyone associated with them.”

            I managed to write a better alternative to “murder everyone” within an afternoon after seeing that the ending was basically the same for all choices. And then I heard about the deleted content leak where you could side with the Brotherhood, take over the area by force after displacing the leader, and force a tenuous peace on everyone without killing them. It was debunked as a fake leak, and the real leak was just more cutscenes… But Still!

          • Jabberlove

            Did that actually work? Did it feel like things were different? I stopped settlement building after my first massive undertaking (building a wall around Sanctuary Hills) appeared to accomplish nothing.

          • SilentPony

            It works great if you wanna feel like progress is being made. Like you’re actually making the commonwealth safer. Robots with miniguns, flamers, hammers, saws, lightning guns, every make up and build from giant bulldozers pots, to hover bots, to sneaky assassin pots, to sniper bots, Khorne Berserker bots, and everything in between.

            And it means whenever a settlement is under attack, there’s usually an extra 15 heavily armed defenders nearby to swarm the mutants, bandits, or whatever.

          • Jabberlove

            I haven’t ever actually gotten around to finding Shaun so no spoilers please, but it really bothered me that the main character never seemed to consider that he was refrozen after the baby was taken. I may need to try upping my starting Intelligence if I can, but why does he keep referring to Shaun as a baby? He doesn’t know how long ago Shaun was taken.

          • Anton

            I like to think that my Lone Survivor did not even consider such possibilities, as he made it his life goal to collect every single tin can in the wasteland, to build the most useless settlement shit that he possibly could. I called it my “father of the decade” character class.

          • Anton

            I’m just impressed you didn’t say “I disagree”

        • Jabberlove

          Ok, so does diamond get the upvote? Because he kind of guessed correctly, but he also kind of said it WASN’t HIM. I actually find it kind of hilarious. I’m amazed and disappointed Jim hasn’t banned him yet. He’s clearly contributing to the toxicity of the comments, but he always thinks he’s on Jim’s side.

        • InfamousDS

          If that person, themselves, responds to you… do they get the upvote?

          • Anton

            Only if they own it.

          • Jabberlove

            So, then I guess I get the upvote? Because he didn’t own it.

          • SilentPony

            Over my dead body!

          • Jabberlove

            I already guessed right an hour ago.

          • InfamousDS

            I just think its hilarious this is the biggest discussion on the page, and half of it is about Genocide Simulator 4: The Deadbeat Dad Edition.

          • Jabberlove

            IT’S NOT GENOCIDE OK! GHOULS AND SUPER MUTANTS AREN’T PEOPLE! HOW CAN IT BE GENOCIDE IF THEY AREN’T EVEN PEOPLE!?
            TRUMP 2287!!

          • Anton

            #BuildThatSettlementWall

          • InfamousDS

            But they used to be.

          • Jabberlove

            If the opinion wasn’t stupid, openly spiteful of reality, and approaching defense of genocide I probably wouldn’t have put a Trump campaign ad at the bottom.

          • InfamousDS

            If the joke I made had been more obvious, it would have had a meme attached. I just wish I knew what meme would have worked.

            Also I was avoiding my real response, which I won’t bother explaining why I couldn’t write because by explaining it it defeats the purpose of not writing it.

          • Jabberlove

            Oh god, we’re getting too meta for me to follow without putting on my thinking cap, and that things always chafes…

          • InfamousDS

            I’m so meta, Google indexes me!

          • Anton

            Awww…. snap?

          • SilentPony

            …oh God. We ALL built giant walls around our Settlements! We’re monsters!

        • SilentPony

          Oh OH! Is it me?! Am I frosty enough?

          • Anton

            Not even close

      • Jabberlove

        Since we got on the topic of Fallout 4, I’ve been meaning to tell you for some time, since it came up in something you did awhile ago, you still can’t get Codsworth to call you Chungus. But they updated the names he can say and he will do “Chun” or “Chunk” (still no “Gus”). So he can say some close things like, “Chun Humungus” or “Chun Goose.” I noticed “Chun” in the list when I was trying to come up with a funny combination of names for my character. I went with “Dick Plissken,” Snake Plissken’s Wasteland descendant. It was a tough choice between “Dick” and “Goose.”

      • CaitSeith

        Probably nothing good in the Escapist. And with Greg in the hospital, the place will be as boring as it has never been.

  • galactix100

    Buying hard mode eh? Hearing that’s unlocked my soft mode. I’ll admit that may have fallen down a bit, couldn’t keep it up, the joke lacked stamina which is even more disappointing when you consider how short it was.

    I’m talking about dicks by the way.

  • InfamousDS

    I know the song Jim is talking about at the start of the episode.

    I don’t know anything except the same bits he knows.

    • Turquioze Goldscraper

      “She’s So High” by Tal Bachman. Once he talked about Cleopatra, Joan of Arc and Aphrodite, it came right back to memory… AND IT’S STUCK THERE! DAMN YOU JIM F’N STERLING, SON!!

      • InfamousDS

        I never knew the singer/artist, so that wouldn’t have come back to me even if that person was singing it live.

  • Kyle Pierce

    Link doesn’t work for me.

    • SilentPony

      You using a mobile device? I found mobile versions don’t work, but desktop do.

      • Kyle Pierce

        No, but I found the issue. Noscript was blocking it.

  • Jabberlove

    Can we please get some episodes of a proper f*cking length again soon!? Each episode of podtoidquisition should be a movie unto itself, with the video track missing, the plot missing, the direction missing, and many other things missing… Really it should only be movie-like in terms of its length, and its production budget. Speaking of which, when is Adam Sandler coming back on?

  • Jabberlove

    “Tits are ass”
    -Jim Sterling 2017

  • Polishfury5000

    Quick tips for Nioh, in reference to what was mentioned in the podcast:

    -The demons will fall over if you destroy their horns. Either a quick ranged shot, or a high arcing attack can do so.

    -Those stats you chose at the beginning don’t matter at all. You aren’t locked into sticking to the weapons that you chose, it just gives a permanent +1 to your base stat. It is objectively best to choose the weapon/guardian attributed to Heart, Body, and Spirit because every build will use those stats.

    -It’s a good idea to have a second weapon to learn and swap to for different enemies. I have one I forged for Yokai enemies, and one specifically for humans. Really served me well.

    Happy hunting!

    • Jabberlove

      Some other quick(ish) tips

      – For some equipment sets it is far more fruitful to farm revenants from BLOODY GRAVES who have purple rarity items than it is to try your luck at the forge

      – Revenants of other players drop other players’ items, this can include whatever amazing things they’ve made through Reforging and Soul Matching, so it is worth killing the ones wearing all purple since they are the ones who probably spent the most time on their equipment.

      -Killing revenants is surprisingly simple, even if it is intimidating at first. They don’t learn patterns or change their behavior so you can fight them like pretty much any other enemy, they just move a bit faster.

      -Affecting any enemy with two elemental debuffs at once makes them move really slowly, makes them stagger with every hit, and every hit does more damage. Those thrown fire pots are great at inflicting the fire debuff, but the other debuffs are a bit harder to pull off.

    • SirRichard

      To add a tip on: do invest in Onmyo! The Devigorate and Weakness talismans do work on bosses, and Devigorate (lowers attack) is exceptionally useful on anything even somewhat meaty. There’s also a spell that launches your Guardian Spirit forward for a multi-hit attack, which can tear chunks out of bosses weak to their element. Explore what that screen has to offer!

      • Jabberlove

        Also, once you unlock the Onmyo adept training after the 6th mission, the Sloth talisman will make anything including bosses move and attack significantly slower.

  • Appretaur

    Does Jim disqualify games from Jimquisition Awards on the basis of them having season passes the same way he does for fee to pay elements? If he doesn’t, I’d have to wonder why he’s only willing to punish one specific type of corporate greed made at the player’s expense but not the others.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to the next Nintendo-focused JQ so very much…

    • diamond

      Because season passes aren’t staring you in the face and they are only one time purchases, so they don’t technically count. MTs are infinite and psychologically trying to pummel you into buying them.

      I’m looking foward to seeing Jim bash Nintendo some more myself, if only to see the butthurt fanboys crawl out of the woodwork to suck the Big N’s cock.

      • SilentPony

        I never understood fanboyism for companies. Games sure, defend what you like, but companies? Especially ones like Konami, Ubisoft, Games Workshop, and Nintendo. You know, the ones that treat their customers with contempt and scorn, wanting their money and then getting shitty at the customers for wanting something in return for the money.

        • diamond

          I don’t get it either, it’s possible to like the games a company distributes while still criticizing the company itself.

        • Appretaur

          The idea of thinking only in terms of how good the games are instead of how good the publisher is sounds like a very good way to go. We really should be demanding better from the company because we want to love the games they could be making, as we are paying customers who have been paying for these games for decades.

          I think there’s an explanation as to why so many gamers attach their identity to defending all of Nintendo rather than just the specific Nintendo games they like: It’s Smash Bros. that encourages that behavior as hard as it can. The way Smash Bros is set up specifically presents everything that Nintendo ever made as a wondrous thing relevant to everybody’s happiness (regardless of how woefully certain IPs like Metroid and F-Zero have been handled in the outside world since Smash Brawl) and a significant cog in the Nintendo machine, to the extent that games like Balloon Fight and Mach Rider are enshrined in glorious-looking trophies in Melee without any acknowledgement of their lacking value as legitimate video games.

          Because of how “unified” all of Nintendo’s IPs feel due to their constant association with each other through Smash, it feels odd to be a player that likes a lot of the franchises represented within it but dislikes certain ones, as that can cause you to be treated as the “odd one out” in Smash Bros.’ *intended* consumerbase/fanbase. And because Smash encompasses everything about Nintendo and is supposed to, liking Smash as an individual game intrinsically overlaps with the idea of liking/defending everything about Nintendo as a company; at least, you would have to put in some measure of ideological effort in order to say that you love Smash but not Nintendo’s practices or every single of its franchises.

        • Anton

          What’s not to get? These corporations are gods controlling the video game universes that people love to obsess about. I would imagine that most people would rather think that these companies are benevolent gods, and defend that sentiment at the cost of a realistic perspective.

          TL;DR – massive amounts of denial.

        • George

          Oddly you sometimes see it with Apple and the non video game side of Microsoft as well. It’s weird.

          I listen to a lot to radio and poscasts and one writer on a show called “Tapestries” here in Canada described the phenomenon as an almost religious experience for these people.

    • Allan Weallans

      I don’t know how I feel about this any more. I was fine with season passes (caveat: fine with buying them after playing the game, since that’s the point when I’ll know if I want more or not – I’ll have no truck with pre-order season passes) but after Laura read out the details of BotW’s season pass, I have to think I should be a bit more wary about buying season passes without knowing what’s in them.

      I bought a FFXV season pass, after finishing the game the first time, but now I’m more excited about the stuff they’re adding to the game for free than I am about the paid content. Yes, I know more about what they’re adding to the game for free, but that’s part of the problem.

    • BAH!

      Maybe because season passes are not inherently greedy in concept? And I’d question your ability to reason if you think it is.

      • Appretaur

        Not *inherently* greedy, sure, but it is based on a foundation of trust that often does not get fully honored by many companies that do roll with season passes. It’s more often used for greed than not, and as Jim explained in the podcast, Nintendo could have been differently forward-facing in a similar way as to how it’s taken usually shitty ideas and done them better – but the kind of content that’s planned to be gated behind it suggested to Jim that Nintendo did indeed want the season pass *first* the way AAA publishers do.

        From my perspective personally, what struck me as not-so-good about Breath of the Wild getting one is that Hyrule Warriors worked ideally to the benefit of both sides when it got strong DLC, then compiled it into a $20 expansion package once all of it was released. Therefore, them asking for the $20 up front this time around seems like a bolder and more questionable attempt to secure the same money when it might turn out that not everyone who buys this pass will be as happy with the overall realized value of their purchase as the surefire, informed purchase they made with HW’s DLC.

        • BAH!

          I agree that offering a season pass as a pre-order method (especially when the game itself isn’t even out yet) is VERY not-good. But I’m merely commenting on the idea that, as a general concept, season passes are somehow equally bad as microtransactions in premium-priced(!) games- which is Jim’s criteria in the first place. They’re not. I just hate it when people apparently assume a season pass is a limited-time offer meant specifically for pre-ordering content. It’s not, and it’s infuriating that people are dumb enough to think it is.

          Also, Mario Kart 8’s SP was offered as a “promise”, as well. THough in that case (as with HW), we had a good idea as to what was going to be offered, rather than the standard of “There’s gonna be stuff! It’ll be awesome!” we see from other publishers. Not much better since it’s still buying a promise, I admit.

          As an aside, If there were somehow a F2P game that managed to properly balance gameplay, free content, and paid content while *also* being really good, I have no doubt Jim would consider it for his awards.

          • Appretaur

            Right, well, I see that now – that as a general concept, season passes are not as equally bad as microtransactions in premium-priced games. And I’ve this thread to thank for putting that into perspective. 😉

          • BAH!

            Any time. I’m always glad to passive-aggressively berate people into accepting my point of view.

    • galactix100

      Season passes are just an alternate way of purchasing dlc, you have to pay for it no matter what which is fair enough. Microtransactions are different because they’re there purely to squeeze more money from the consumer, usually charging the player for stuff that’s freely available in the game already.

  • SirRichard

    I disagree with the notion that Nioh doesn’t explain things well; it does, and in fact I was really baffled by Gav and Laura saying it doesn’t explain what the Living Water skill (ki pulse when dodging) does because the description is literally just “Allows you to ki pulse even when dodging”. That seems pretty clear-cut to me! There’s fairly detailed tutorials, the skill screen has videos showing how attacks are performed and what they do, it’s like night and day with explaining things compared to Dark Souls.

    I switch weapons occasionally, although that’s usually because I don’t want to fight something up close with dual swords and would use a spear for poking. Depends on the weapons you’re using, I guess.

    • Jabberlove

      The problem is it doesn’t explain that it does the ki pulse automatically when you press the dodge button. It says it ALLOWS you to ki pulse while dodging, I still got the skill fortunately, and found out what it actually does, but I assumed you had to press the dodge buttong, then the ki pulse button to get it to work, which sounds incredibly cumbersome and difficult to pull off. And even when it does work the ki used for dodging is still subtracted so new players might not be able to tell that its working all that well.

    • Gorantharon

      Many of the skill descriptions are pretty bad. Like the magic shots that read as if they make your projectiles have elemental effects, not that they are projectiles.

      Jabberlove mentions the Ki pulse dodge, as it does not say dodge triggers ki pulse, but that you can do a ki pulse while dodging. That’s two different mechanics.

      Parry is almost obscure in what you can parry, as many moves you can’t, but the game’s not in any hurry to tell you which.

      Soul Matching inheritance has limitations on which traits can be passed on, but the game flat out only says that it’s limited, but they won’t tell you why.

  • Neto

    My reaction to Gav’s saying “skeleton warriors” was pretty much to yell SKELETON WARRIORS much like Jim did. That’s how you know you’re watching too much Jimquisition.

    Warning: this comment contains skeletons.

    • Kyle Pierce

      SKELETON WARRIORS!!!

    • Sperium3000

      Skeleton Man! Part man, part skeleton!

  • astra

    For gav

    Oni ki works as super armor instead of stamina
    When they’re out theyll still attack but your hits stagger them and interrupt their moves

    • Gorantharon

      Unless when they don’t.

      There’s some bosses, for instance, who can still use moves that grant them hyper armor even during no ki and the only thing you can do is learn by experience.

      There might be an internal deign logic to it, but several of Nioh’s systems are like that, where they have exceptions that aren’t necessarily obvious.

      Parry are also a bit of a “can I not parry taht or does my timing suck?” thing.

      • astra

        The only moves like that are ones that create yokai realms
        Not just for bosses. All Oni will eventually use that and interrupting that would just be broken lol

        And i never parry so i can’t comment there lol

        • Gorantharon

          I’m not talking about the ki recharge moves. Those make perfect sense.

          Several of the bosses have very short wind up moves and if they get to start them you can’t interrupt them although their ki is gone.

          Hino-Enma charge and grab for instance, which she can definitely initiate between swings of some of the slower stances / weapons.

          The mechanics are just inconsistent.

  • Jerry

    Fucking soundcloud makes you log in to download now. So annoying.

  • Anton

    I never got the sentiment that Overwatch provides any significant depth to its universe. Yeah, there are some pretty cool character designs, but they serve no purpose other than provide a blank canvas for thousands of tomes of erotic fan fiction.

    Yeah, generic manly viking men are lazier, but ultimately it all seems to amount to the same thing.

    • InfamousDS

      I played Overwatch for about a month and a half. I know nothing about any of the characters except that Soldier 76 and Reaper used to be normal-ish thanks to my Origins Edition forced buy-in on PS4.

      If a game can’t take the time to tell me about the people I’m playing, i can’t take the time to go look it up on my own. There’s no initial investment to pique my interest.

      • Anton

        Sounds like you’ve never experienced Destiny’s Grimoire cards, AKA the greatest plot delivery method ever conceived by man.

        • Sperium3000

          I could argue with you, but instead I’ll ask you to visit this site where you’ll find my argument instead.

        • InfamousDS

          I lived vicariously through my brother, who didn’t even bother to make a Bungie account to read his cards.

    • Sperium3000

      I wouldn’t call it lazy. I mean, it’s supposed to be historic accurate to what those warriors were back in ye old times. And as someone who is a bit of a history buff, I legit love the designs in For Honor. Though I say that having my favorite being the female Raider, who is this big beefy viking lady. She can pillage MY village, if you know what I’m sayin’.

    • 09philj

      I think devs often underestimate the capacity of their audience to keep up with their world building. Only RPG writers seem happy to go light on the explanations and let players gain their own understanding of the world through dialogue and observation.

  • craze

    an hour twelve!? is that allowed anymore???!!!

    thank god for podquisition

  • Landy Alexander

    Damn it jim! I have by browser to block things tagged ‘contains skeletons’ and then I get basically assaulted with this bullshit without even a warning.

  • Lies That Bind

    Four Year Strong are an actual band. They play pop punk and are quite good.

    Also the crash trilogy comes out in June too! Whooo!

    Also remember when Metro:LL had a hard mode as a pre-order incentive? Ha ha

    • diamond

      Not a pop-punk fan, I personally despise bands like Good Charlotte, Fallout Boy and Simple Plan.

      • Lies That Bind

        Well as everyone knows all pop punk sounds like that.

      • Polishfury5000

        I would hesitate calling those bands pop-punk. They’re closer to alt-rock, or a mainstream emo.

        Proper pop-punk is just punk rock without all the angst, and none of those bands really have a punk rock sound.

        • Lies That Bind

          Semantics. Regardless of how you classify the bands he’s describing they don’t make good music in general. And pop punk is probably the most angsty genre in music. (besides maybe deathcore)

          • Polishfury5000

            Yeah, I agree those bands don’t do anything for me. Don’t agree on the angst though.

            Pop-punk is just harmless punk rock. It’s more refined and not as raw. There can certainly be traces of anarchy in pop-punk bands, but it’s usually not a running theme.

            What would you consider an angsty pop-punk band?

          • Lies That Bind

            Early blink comes to mind as well as their contemporaries from around that time. Green day, yellow card, new found glory. Then you have the new wave of bands like aforementioned four year strong, menzingers, and the wonder years which all capture that youthful sound.

          • Polishfury5000

            I agree with all those, and good pick on the menzingers, enjoyed last year’s album.

            I still toss those into the ol mix from time to time. Just some harmless fun to listen to.

          • Lies That Bind

            I concur. It’s not my favorite genre by any margin but it’s fun to spin once a blue moon and listen to the new and upcoming bands on the scene. Menzingers just released a new album dealing with the pains of turning 30 that I thought made a different take on their sound in case you were interested. Unless that’s the album you meant that came out last year and I’m waaay behind on release dates.

          • Polishfury5000

            I’m really behind too. I looked out of curiosity, and the album I liked was 2014.

            Going to have to check out that new one, though sounds like it’ll hit weirdly close to home.

            An album about turning 30 that came out the week I turned 30 is a type of omen that I don’t know if I can deal with lol.

          • Lies That Bind

            Fair enough dude lol

        • Nitrium

          Is Greenday pop-punk? The Prodigy?

          • Polishfury5000

            I’d say Greenday’s early stuff was, like pre-Dookie

  • boylandtheliberator

    Shes so high isn’t that by tal bachman, Nintendo always made unusal decision. Surprised the y have survived the console wars

  • diamond

    I for one am very excited for Sniper:Ghost Warrior 3 and Ghost Recon Wildlands.

    Other games coming out in April and May:ATV Renegades, Flatout 4, Stardew Valley collectors edition, Micro Machines World Series, Syberia 3, Valhalla Halls Definitive edition, Little Nightmares, LEGO City Undercover, The Silver Case, ArmaGallant: Decks of Destiny, the new Prey game, Injustice 2, Portal Knights, Birthdays the Beginning, RiME, MXGP3: Motocross, Redout and Sonic Mania.

    Metro Last Light sectioned off Ranger mode(which was apparently due to an agreement with THQ)

    I enjoyed that photo of Jim and the NES Classic, partially because two of the games I sent him(Alekhines Gun and Federation Force) were also in the photo.

    I actually think the games industry would be plenty interesting without Nintendo(at least without them as a console manufacturer) and I personally don’t see the Switch doing very well beyond the first couple of months.

    Oh man I can’t fucking wait until monday, I do love it when Jim bashes Nintendo.

    I personally never feel the urge to smash my controller no matter how frustrated I get at a game.

    I would take Harley Quinn on a date.

  • The Chairman

    24:27 “And it is *very* moddable.” Well, at least it’s got that going for it. The Mini is kind of a hard sell with the games pre-installed; sure, it’s got the Marios (except for Lost Levels; Japan’s SMB2), and Zeldas, and even a few 3rd party hits from Konami & Capcom, but there are some odd omissions. For example, the US version has Final Fantasy as an exclusive, the Japanese version gets Final Fantasy III as an exclusive, but no region gets Final Fantasy II.

  • George

    The cat puns were so torturous…and it was awesome…the pain was wonderful. hahaha

    Also, This news of a season pass in Breath Of The Wild is a big turn off and just adds more reasons for my coming retirement from consoles …although I will still get Breath Of The Wild (minus the season pass) as my last hoorah, it still looks cool after all.

  • Jennifer

    I have no idea what you’re talking about regarding Dark Souls and blocking. I blocked my way through the whole of the first game. It’s better than trying to use the broken dodge button. It gives a very different experience, certainly – Ornstein and Smough are trivial if you take down Ornstein first that way, and Gwyn is basically impossible (I ended up cheesing him with Iron Body and a face-race with my Black Knight Greataxe) – but I find it odd you’d think it was a bad strategy.

    • Anton

      I agree. Dark Souls has always had perfectly viable blocking. The comment here seem to be based on Bloodborne.

      • Jennifer

        I haven’t played Bloodborne, just seen a let’s play of it. As far as I can tell the shield option there is the plank shield, an obvious joke item, so it seemed odd when Jim mentioned not blocking bosses, specifically. “Don’t use joke items against bosses” seems so obvious it wouldn’t need to be said. But yes, fair enough, I probably just didn’t keep up with the context being discussed.

  • I didn’t mind Laura’s cat…

  • twigcollins

    “If you get into it in a way that you shouldn’t, it’s quite fun.” – Jim Sterling

    This may be my favorite thing you’ve said yet.

  • Oliver Mendes

    This podcast got real furry real fast

  • ENAY

    First JonTron, then Boogie2988. I can’t wait for Jim Sterling to get red pilled. I’m hoping sooner rather than later.

    • qorl123

      Wha…what do you mean?

      • Nitrium

        The Red Pill is “the painful truth of reality” (as opposed to Blue Pill which is “blissful ignorance of illusion”). So I guess ENAY is saying Jim is living in a fantasy world or something. Maybe he’ll clear it up.

        • Alexander Douglas Miller

          Of course the term red pill normally means “what we believe” vs the blue pill meaning “what you believe”, like a cult member telling a member of another cult that they’re deluded. Pot, Kettle, black.

      • ENAY

        Jim has actually become a borderline SJW at this point, something which until recently he has been very proud of not being.
        He’s a funny and intelligent guy though so I have a lot of faith that he is going to wake up soon and come to his senses and stop virtue signalling.

        • Rachel McVeigh

          the concept of ‘virtue signalling’ relies on the fact that you don’t think people have empathy for others and are only saying nice things to be liked rather than because they actually believe that people shouldn’t be racist, homophobic pricks .

          Not all people lack empathy. Jim definitely doesn’t lack empathy

          • qorl123

            People like enay sure have a grim view of human society, don’t they.

          • BAH!

            As a whole, we *are* kinda shit…

          • ENAY

            Actually I have a positive view on the matter, you just made up that fact just there by yourself. “People like” ? The human society grimness isn’t coming from me.

          • 09philj

            Empathy is overrated. You don’t need to feel somebody’s pain to alleviate it.

          • Rachel McVeigh

            Empathy doesn’t necessarily mean you can feel someone’s pain, it means you can the understand and share the feelings of another.

            You need to understand a person’s emotions to help alleviate the issue, because if you don’t then you don’t see the pain someone is feeling you see them as an inconvenience or complaining for no reason.

            the ability to have empathy for each other and other animals is one of the defining aspects of humanity

        • krazykain

          got any more alt right cliche’s you wanna spout?

        • Anton

          Shouldn’t you be at the Daily Stormer?

        • qorl123

          Oh I see, you’re one of THOSE guys.

        • Benj

          It’s a shame that “smug cynical cliches masquerading as enlightened aloofness signalling” doesn’t have the same snappiness.

        • Chris Schwartz-Brown

          I sincerely hope this is an attempt at being ironic, or else you have never, ever read or listened to or watched anything Jim has ever created before. This kind of shit is just depressing, and why I think the internet has pretty much doomed us as a society. See also: the modern Republican party.

          • ENAY

            Naturally I’ve seen almost all of JIm’s content, which is why it pains me to see him fast becoming a virtue signaller on twitter. He should just stick to what he’s good at, videogame jurnaliszm.

          • Chris Schwartz-Brown

            Ahh, okay that makes sense. You’re an idiot. That explains it. Thanks for clearing that up.

          • ENAY

            Insults are your only defense? Well that’s this end of this discussion then. Come back when you’ve discovered rational thinking.

          • Chris Schwartz-Brown

            It wasn’t an insult, just a realization that I was talking to someone who uses “virtue signaling” unironically and therefore is, objectively, an idiot. Come back when you grow out of this internet tough guy, misogynist troll phase.

          • OctopussGrift

            This is what I don’t get about this whole virtue signaling thing, you just made a big show of being offended by a person insulting you and how rational you are isn’t that basically what virtue signaling is?

    • Nitrium

      Red Pill is “the painful truth of reality” (as opposed to Blue Pill which is “blissful ignorance of illusion”). So I guess ENAY is saying Jim is living in a fantasy world or something. Maybe he’ll clear it up.

    • Terriosaurus Hex

      Spoken like the truly indoctrinated. Astounding.

    • Sorry friendo, no intention of being a nazi now or ever.

      • 09philj

        Oh I don’t know, it seems alright to me, because I’m a Nazi, apparently. (But that’s only according to right wing extremists and TERFs, so I feel it may not be an accurate assessment.)

        • thatdamnrat

          Wouldn’t right wing extremists be the absolute authority on what constitutes a Nazi?

          • 09philj

            Ah, but these ones don’t like to think that they’re Nazis, and if they’re not Nazis I must be a Nazi.

      • ENAY

        That’s good to hear. Although I do hope you’re not become one of those “everyone who I disagree with is a nazi”.
        By the way, JonTron, and Boogie2988 are not nazis, just incase you were thinking that.

    • George

      GET OFF THE WEED! GET OFF THE INTERNET! GO OUTSIDE FOR A WALK!!!!!

  • florian

    Clearly the nes classic was not intended for couch gaming, just go sit on the floor to play.

    stands back to watch the new rage

    • BAH!

      It’s funny you should say that, because that was exactly my reaction. It’s not a good idea, obviously, but I wouldn’t doubt if that was the intention.

  • Sperium3000

    And now people are realizing what For Honor really is: A Fighting Game. And it’s too bad they didn’t make that clear in the promotion, because people who aren’t into fighting games are slamming against this game hard like baby seals against a wall of tempered concrete.

    And Laura has to understand that sentiment because she was in the Super Best Friendcast this week and just listened for 20 or so minutes straight as Pat and Woolie gushed over this game and discussed the tiniest of mechanics with startling detail. How many people here know what “Tech-ing the throw” is?

    • BAH!

      As a brother to someone who is pretty deep in the Smash Brothers community, I think I know…

    • krazykain

      I’m a fan of Mount & Blade and War of the Roses, and I find this to be an arcadey version of that. I’m not a fan of fighters, but in this context I really enjoyed For Honor.

      • Sperium3000

        That too, but there *is* a lot of fighting games stuff here. If you can look past it (if you’re not into fighters), good.

  • Drakkenmensch

    The many locations of the worlds whose name bring vivid memories of glorious conflict-deciding battles:

    Juno Beach. Imo Jiwa. Vimy Ridge. Baden Hill. THE PUDDLE.

    • krazykain

      I’m guessing you mean Iwo Jima

      • Drakkenmensch

        Yes. I will blame the fake news media and claim that name as an alternative fact.

        • krazykain

          Damn media… we should also take a minute in remembrance to the Bowling Green Massacre.

  • Chürz

    Good thing you warned us about skeletons, otherwise someone might have gotten triggered. OH NOES! WOE IS ME!

  • Laura’s on the Super Best Friendcast? Is she the new Liam?!

    And a Steven Universe podcast! It’s a good thing the weekend just started. I’ve got some listening to do.

    • Darren

      it’s too bad that the friendcast was overwhelmed with false rumors and transphobes tho 🙁 made it really hard to focus on jus the podcast

  • Awful

    Hm, your guys’ critique of For Honor is interesting. You guys seem to not like the fact that the game is a….game. Jim brings up Overwatch as an example of a game with “love” poured into it but as someone who plays games for GAMEPLAY, having “interesting” characters and “deep” lore is just filler (omg one of the characters is gay!! but how does that improve the game?). Give me a game that’s a video game and everything else is just gravy.

    That being said, I’m not buying the game because of the cash shop shit.

    • George

      hmmm…The age old question of mechanics vs narrative.

      I actually agree with you. I think that gameplay/mechanics are more important than narrative or lore. Without good mechanics the lore/narrative is meaningless since the player can not interact with game properly or sometimes at all if the mechanics are shit.

      …The only exception is in visual novels or some point and click adventures but in those cases, how the player chooses to explore the narrative becomes a mechanic in and of itself.

      • twigcollins

        For me, personally, it’s pretty much the opposite. Not to say I have a problem with players who purely enjoy games for the gameplay, but unless I have a compelling reason to be pushing the buttons – fascinating characters, an interesting world, a moral conundrum – I don’t really care about pushing the buttons in a slightly new way.

        So I can overlook mechanical flaws in a game that has a good story, whereas a mechanics player can overlook a bad story if the gameplay is satisfying.

        I think it’s just a matter of preference – and that it’s not a zero-sum game, there’s no reason for mechanics and narrative not to be in harmony.

        I think of the new Doom as a good example of a mechanics-heavy game that still paid attention to the little story touches and character details in a satisfying way.

        • George

          If a game can successfully balance both that is the best case scenario. Doom was a good example and so was Tell Tail’s The Walking Dead (Which I think is more a survival horror rather than a point and click adventure).

          Oh yeah, and it comes down to personal taste for sure. I would never shit on a person who likes narrative over mechanics. Different people want different experiences.

          • YoDude

            I personally need the narrative in a game.

            For Honor is a game I absolutely love mostly for the aesthetic of tearing people apart as a burly viking. The fact my gamer friends all play it with me helps.

            Narrative I found it caustic. I’m hardly an aficionado my idea of the pinnacle of gaming storyline is Legacy of Kain, which looking back isn’t close to perfect but it was the game that Kickstart dd my love of dark things.

            I think it was my first start into my emo phase tbh. Way back when I was just a kid.

        • Max Whiteley

          What about games like PES 17 where there is no narrative at all but as you play the game, a narrative which is unique to that save game unfolds and by the of the season you have many different stories to tell.

          In short what do you think about games that let you create the narrative.

          • twigcollins

            I haven’t played PES 17, so I can’t comment on it specifically, but I’m more of a Witcher 3 than Skyrim player generally, so procedurally generated events on their own aren’t usually enough to keep me interested.

            (Of course, this all depends on the genre as well – I wouldn’t expect the next Forza Motorsport game to involve a multilayered narrative and loyalty missions (although it would go on the top of my ‘to buy’ list if they did.)

            Emergent gameplay has a lot of potential, though, and I imagine it’s only going to become more complex and nuanced from here. I had a lot of fun with Red Dead Redemption, and that seemed like a hybrid of overarching narrative but also with random events that could happen on the world map – the sandbox as a middle-ground between mechanics and narrative.

            Mostly, I just don’t think a game necessarily has to sacrifice one for the other, or that a game that tries for a story as well and falls short of the mark shouldn’t have it noted just because it’s a more mechanics-heavy experience.

        • Alexander Douglas Miller

          Yep, while I can play a game like Overwatch without feeling any need for a single player campaign or an ongoing story, though it has some okay backstory which I don’t mind, I do like it when there’s an overarching narrative that I’m exploring – like in Dark Souls or Bloodborne, Nioh or Planescape Torment, at least for solo play. In the latter’s case I can overlook the flaws in the mechanics, but a really dull or convoluted story just turns me off e.g. Kingdoms of Amalur and Metal Gear Solid. I did enjoy Legacy of Kain though, I must admit. But I really need both decent gameplay even if flawed, and story even if not entirely original so long as it’s told well. With games that I don’t find the gameplay appealing, I enjoy watching the cinematics on youtube – e.g. starcraft 2 recently.

  • Clenchmask

    I thought it was Skellingtons…

  • Alexander Douglas Miller

    Now you’ll have to produce a pin or t-shirt with the logo ‘Warning: Skeleton Inside’

  • suaviant

    Anyone else reckon “Welcome to the Family” should be the new podquisition theme? 😉

  • Marcus Cohen

    “Story content”? What the hell? It’s called a story. Nice and simple.