In this week's episode, we list our 5 favorite videogame characters, the episode title says it all. There are some more standard RPG characters that you would expect to be on list of favorites but also quite a few suprises. Eric's list is a tad different from the rest, as he isn't as into RPG's (especially older ones) as Dan, Will and Corey. There was also a brief interruption that we smoothed out with a little jingle written by our friend Kyle. Here's the notes:
00:01:30 – News Quick Hits:
We touch on the best-selling console worldwide in 2011, who Skyrim predicts to win the Super Bowl, the Game of Thrones RPG release date, how many hours of content are in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Zynga’s success thanks in part to Facebook.
00:07:05 – How Our Weeks Were:
00:13:20 – Music Break: “Short Blues” by Redmagik
00:14:50 – Main Segment: Our Top 5 Video Game Characters:
We count down our top five favorite video game characters of all time. From Pikachu to Solid Snake, and Garrus to Yoshi, with plenty of Final Fantasy love in between, we break down some of the best characterizations in video games.
01:03:10 – Music Break: “Garou-Blues” by JML
01:04:40 – Feedback
A shortened week equals shortened feedback! We discuss a listener’s favorite classic football video games, QB Club ‘98 and NFL 2k5.
01:06:00 – News
Dan talks about potential games in the Mass Effect universe. A Mass Effect MMO or RTS headline the discussion.
Eventually the discussion turns to more Xbox vs. Playstation banter, with some discussion of each online service and their respective controllers, concluding with the origins of our console fanboyisms.
Corey exposes Oklahoma’s proposed “sin tax,” a tax on mature rated video games. Violent games discussion evolves into a road rage tangent.
Will discusses Xbox Live’s Stephen Toulouse’s departure and the banning/hacking circumstances that may be the culprit.
Eric reveals some bad science relating to “problem gaming.” As always, the conversation morphs into something else, tea bagging at an Alabama/LSU game.
01:30:16 – Music Break: “Hänschen, sei gut!” by Raulin de los Bosques
01:32:10 – What We Played:
Eric keeps rolling with Fifa.
Corey revisits why FFVI “sucks.” Family Feud with Friends makes an appearance, including some glaring gameplay flaws. Eric chimes in about Temple Run. Corey rounds out his turn with a cooler opinion of FFXIII-2 thanks in no small part to a stuffy casino, Serendipity.
Dan likes Torchlight’s loot whoring mechanic and some excitement is expressed for Torchlight 2. Rage gets some more love and a couple slight criticisms.
02:01:40 – Human Interest
Our story this week turns somber; a 15 year old Vermont boy is struck by a passenger train while out getting video games from a friend’s house. We cheers in his honor.
We'd like to hear your lists for your 5 favorite videogame characters, which we will of course read on the podcast. You can get the latest epiosde from iTunes/Zune/Stitcher or listen below!