Posts Tagged ‘re-play radio

06
Jan
13

Bryan’s Best Games of 2012, Or A Shopping List For Awesome

You’ve hopefully already listened to the latest Re-Play Radio, in which Steve Watts and I discuss the best games from 2012. I think we did a great job covering the best of the best but there was one distinct problem – we had to agree on the choices, and while I love Steve Watts to death sometimes he’s not only the mayor of Wrongtown he is every single resident. Like most things in life, the show would have been better if it was just me, but that is an issue I think we have the platform to rectify right here on the Geekspeak Network blog.

What follows is, in no particular order, a list of my personal favorite games of the year. Not all of these games are the best examples of their genres or on their platforms (though some certainly are) but I spent a lot of time with them and I think they’re worthy of your time as well. So consider these your marching orders.

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  1. THE WALKING DEAD

We talked a lot about why this game is so great on the show, but suffice to say that it is easily the most moving, nerve-wracking video game experience I have ever had in over two decades of time spent with the medium. This game will put you through the wringer, force you to make impossible choices, and make you care about virtual people more than you could possibly have ever thought you would. Yet, for all the doom and gloom and emotional apocalypses in the game, it never feels bleak or exploitative in the way the comic and television show so often do. That’s largely due to the precocious Clementine, the young girl your character Lee Everett is left in charge of as a result of happenstance – not only is she written like an actual child and not a tiny adult, her character serves as a moral barometer and inspirational figure. You’ll find yourself regretting decisions in the game because of how she reacts, or making choices solely based on what she thinks. It’s unusual that a character in a video game inspires such attachment but Clementine does, and it’s a credit to Telltale Games that they were able to implement her so well without the character becoming cloying or obvious.

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07
Apr
11

the state of the union

You’ve probably noticed lately that there hasn’t been a new Geekspeak in a while. There are reasons for that – namely, that I am busy as all get out. As I’ve alluded to on the show, I am currently working on a Ph.D., which is taking up about 98% of my time. That means that most weeks, I have about five other things that require my urgent attention that quite frankly trump making a podcast. We’ve been putting out Re-Play Radio pretty regularly, but honestly part of that is because Steve Watts does most of the work in assembling it (it’s in his contract, right under the part where I have right of first refusal on most of his organs – sorry you didn’t find out sooner, Steve).

But I don’t want you to think Geekspeak is dead. It isn’t. It’s hibernating. We haven’t had a prolonged break on the show for a while – even when I moved across time zones, the show was only put off for a couple of weeks. To be frank, this vacation has been the only way I’ve been able to keep my own house in order. But I know it’s not good for the listeners and it’s not good for us. I’m sure many of you have deleted Geekspeak from your feed list since we never update. I hope that isn’t the case for everyone, but I’m not surprised if several people have decided to leave us out.

The good news is that new episodes of the show will be incoming. I have some ideas that I am about to send out to the cast at large. They are good ideas, I think. Ideas that will set the show apart. One of my biggest problems has always been that there are too many shows named Geekspeak, which confuses the market (we were there first, damn it). To that end, there will likely be a name change, though recently I have felt that the Geekspeak name has been too useful to abandon entirely. We will also likely be switching to a more extemporaneous format in which we will have a structure to the show and stories to discuss, but there will be less scripting. I really enjoyed making that last new episode and I think that will be the show’s model from now on. It saves me a lot of work as well.

When will you be able to expect the new breed of Geekspeak? Right now I am shooting for a mid-April to early May launch. Until then, I’m interested to hear what suggestions you might have for us to take into account as we start to restart this thing. Fire away in the comments below, and thanks for your patience.




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