Podquisition Episode 151: Gavin Said Something Brilliant

Gav said something great on this episode and I can’t remember it for the show title quote, nor can I find it again amongst all this GREAT chat.

Rest assured though, Gav is back, and he is good. Also, Shadow of War, the Switch explosion, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins!

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BAH!
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BAH!

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Welcome to anime, Laura.

William Shelton
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William Shelton

Is anyone finding it difficult/ impossible to listen to this in browser on mobile?

dr7sun
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Best thumbnail yet

Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula

I’m guessing the brilliant thing Gavin said was “Loot of the Rings”

Scott C Stewart
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confused how did this meme thing with gav get started I thought he always enjoyed ubisoft games or at least really enjoys the assassin creed games.

dr7sun
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Running joke from when the podcast started was that Gav hated Ubisoft since he obviously did not and Jim and Laura did. They had to stop the joke when it was causing problems for Gav on Twitter.

SithDuck
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Rocksteady IS Warner Bros not 2k. So Gav said 2 things.

MuddyScarecrow
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I think Jim confused it with Rockstar

Oliver Mendes
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I went from 50mb/s to 6. 6mb/s shitty rural mountain internet.

Ayon Windsor
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Ayon Windsor
In the last third Gavin came up with this argument: “I mean, just how frustrating is that for the developers who work on the games. Do you know, it’s one thing for us, the consumers, we’re pissed off about it because it costs us our money but that’s their lives work that’s being just tainted and shit all over.” I’ve heard this so often. Time and time again. I agree with the sentiment and I do believe that there are those very same people, however, different than a whole while back I am now a lot more wary. There may… Read more »
George
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True. This style of gambling mechanic is potentially addictive and thus potentially dangerous.
There may well be some individual dev workers who disagreed with it but at end of day, individual people on the dev team made the choice to work on and create a potentially addictive and consumer unfriendly piece of that product.

It’s up to the individual devs as to how they rationalize it in their personal lives but it’s also up to us to call them on it.

Dragmire
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Dragmire
Friends ribbing each other for a laugh and the audience repeating it as if they were as close as as the cast is something I see fairly often and it never fails to feel strange to me. The jokes work between friends because both people know each other well and understand the limit for how far the joke goes and what is considered too far. Large audiences have people that assume that they are on that social level(*) or believe that their 1 little joke on a personal scale is fine while ignoring the other large quantity of people doing… Read more »
Steven White
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You know what I haven’t heard a word about anywhere. The Switch’s stony silence. There’s nothing while on the dashboard, nothing while in the shop, it’s actually unsettling. You know where I expect that? Those crappy 50-in-1 machines loaded with the worst versions of things you recognize.

GzG92
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So, like the NES Classic.

HEYOOOOOOOO!

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty

I quite like most of Uwe Boll’s films.

Evil Within 2 is also out this week.

I’m actually doing a speech on Microtransactions for my college class tonight, looking forward to doing it.

Lex
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“Gavin said something br…” What!?

GAVIN IS A BOUNDLESS FOUNTAIN OF INSIGHT AND DELIGHT!

I’m still creasing up at his “ErectoPlasm” sex-aid pun from the episode where everyone got a bit too excited at the prospect of being bed fellows with Slimer.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

In many ways Gav is the Jonathan Holmes of Podquisition where the most mild mannered one tended to be the most subversive and come out with some of the most amusing parts of the show.

Chris
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I feel about Souls games the way that Gav describes feeling about Cuphead. I am rubbish at them, I am probably never going to play one all the way through, but I love that they exist and am happy for the people who get joy from them. Now that’s for people who get joy from them as games. If your joy only comes from knowing other people aren’t as good or that they are suffering or struggling then fuck right off. That goes for Souls fans, it goes now for Dark Souls fans, and it goes for fans in general.… Read more »
MuddyScarecrow
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I feel when it comes to difficulty in games there’s something that more people need to grasp that they sadly aren’t: different people are good at different kinds of games. You can have somebody who can barely last five seconds in COD multiplayer but who doesn’t miss a single note in Guitar Hero or Rhythm Heaven. Someone can be a complete dunderhead with Tetris but absolutely destroys in any given bullet hell game. Thinking somebody is bad at all video games just because they suck at one of them is really narrow minded and just pays disrespect to video games… Read more »
GzG92
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Damn, that’s a really good point that I never considered before. I’ve been thinking up and completing challenge runs of Dark Should for almost as long as I’ve been playing it, but I’m totally hopeless when it comes to RTSes or fighting games.

MuddyScarecrow
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And regardless of what any hardcore duke might tell you there is NOTHING wrong with that. A friend of mine gets self conscious about not being good at the kinds of games I am but she absolutely trashes my ass in Fire Emblem. If you’re not good at something you absolutely rock at something else. Spongebob covered this for shit’s sake.

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty

That’s true, i’m decent at first and third person shooters(and most open world games) but I really suck at fighting and strategy games.

Neto Houraisan
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You know, even though it’s such a meme now, a game where you actually talk to nazis and expose their bullshit through argumentation wouldn’t be a bad idea. You could convince the more innocent “just following orders” soldiers to realise how shitty their cause is and avoid killing them, while having some who are so blind they won’t change their world view no matter what you say, leaving armed combat as the only option. Maybe the last boss could be a Fallout-esque confrontation against some leader who legitimately thinks he’s doing what’s better for the country, and you have to… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

I highly doubt any of those geniuses would actually be convinced. They’ll just label it “SJW propaganda” and make a stink about that.

Barloq
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Not to mention that they’d say the logic is flawed or demand an option where we realize that we’re the ones who are wrong and join the Nazis.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

Let’s face it the people we’re talking about wouldn’t touch it.

GzG92
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I’d play the fuck out of that, actually. Just imagine it — Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: The Nuremberg Trials.

GzG92
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Publisher’s Note: Purchase of the hundred-plus-dollar Complete Edition will only get you like half the stuff left out of the base game; the rest you’ve still gotta use microtransactions, retailer/energy drink/snack food/cell phone service-exclusive DLC, etc. to get.
Sincerely, Warner WeWouldLiterallySendSomeoneToYourHouseInTheDeadOfNightToSlitYourThroatAndHaveSexWithTheNeckHoleIfItMeantWeGotEvenASingleDollarMoreOutOfYourWorthlessFuckingLife I mean Brothers.

Anton
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Anton
Video games have a surprising capacity to inspire passion for history. Teenage me got hooked on WW2 (and then WW1) books after playing through COD2 (silly, right?). The early AC games had a similar effect for crusade and renaissance eras. Just this year, I got into Japanese history thanks to Nioh. Really hoping that AC origins re-ignites my passion for stabby historical tourism, but I’m giving it a wide berth when it releases. For one, there hasn’t been a good AC game since Pirates (I mean Black Flag); for another, I’m convinced that Ubi will stick in microtransactions after reviews… Read more »
Spurious K
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I still hold the first couple of Age of Empires in high regard for not just featuring a suite of not-exactly widely known civilisations, but jamming a a fairly decent (by game manual standards) block of information about them. I wish the Total War games did as much if not more rather than say, screwing up historical battles with weird shit.

Barloq
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I also read Romance of the Three Kingdoms because of Dynasty Warriors, and it’s honestly probably one of the best books I’ve read. Although I’m the sort of person who really enjoys that sort of sweeping epic, almost like reading a history textbook.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I remember playing the first COD:BLOPS when I was studying the Cold War at school. Even though the game a ridiculous power fantasy romp through Cold War settings it really did make history classes more interesting.

Anton
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Anton

The first BLOPS campaign is underrated, imo. Yeah, the plot is dumb as rocks, but it’s entertaining, and the historical(ish) atmosphere and setting makes it great. Unfortunately, it came out right when it became popular to hate on the series… little did people know how much worse it would get.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

Yeah BLOPS was good fun, also the only COD where I bothered to give zombies a go. Playing it while learning about it’s setting was pretty cool because it gave more depth and context to what was going on in the game. It was my last hurrah with the series though. I skipped MW3, gave BLOPS 2 a go but didn’t play much, haven’t played COD since. I’m lucky I got out before Ghosts rocked up and shat the bed.

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty

I liked Ghosts and wished it got a sequel.

Chris
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You made the right call there. MW 1 and 2 and BLOPS managed to really get me into the games, but each game after that got worse and worse. BLOPS frustrated me as a historical game, but I totally get that idea. The earlier COD games, back during the tail end of the World War 2 shooter trend, definitely got me interested in parts of the war I wouldn’t normally have thought about, COD 2 did that with the Eastern Front in particular. And like Jim I got super into Han and Three Kingdoms era history based in large part… Read more »
Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula

I wouldn’t have minded an educational mode or something like that for Watch Dogs to tell interesting facts about Chicago.

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty
Black Ops is actually one of my least favorite COD games and I think the series actually got better as it went on, not worse(didn’t really care for the plot in BO1, felt like it was trying to too hard to be Manchurian Candidate only not has good, and the big plot twist involving a character from World at War was incredibly dumb and predictable and felt like it was ripped straight out of a Shyamalan film). I really enjoyed MW3, BO 2 and 3, Ghosts, Advanced and Infinite Warfare, though I have to say WW2 does not look very… Read more »
MuddyScarecrow
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I’ve always been interested in the mythology of Gods and magical creatures and I absolutely fell in love with Shin Megami Tensei when I found out that every single “demon” you can fight/recruit is a figure from mythology. It even taught me about some I’ve never heard of. Like Kanbari the Japanese God of Toilets. Who is portrayed in that game as a gigantic foot with a face. Ok, sure.

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