Episode 131: 4 in February Selection

Starting last year, the Thumbstick Athletes took part in the Four in February challenge.  The goal of the contest, to beat four games in February, is a chance for us gamers to check a few games off our backlog lists.  For this week's episode we select each others games, unlike last year when we all picked our own.  We also are leaving the last game on our lists up to a vote, with the available games listed on a previous blog post.  Later on you can hear Eric's thoughts on BioShock Infinite, but be warned, there are some spoilers.  I listed the times of the spoilers both below in the show notes and on the episode blurb.  Corey also played The Banner Saga, and we talk about legal friction between Stoic (Banner Saga dev) and King.com's dispute over the word Saga...

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Episode 110: 2013 Fall Games Preview Part 1

It's that time of year again, when the wallets of gamers are noticeably thinner and it seems that every week there's a new AAA title being released.  This year is a little leaner in the huge release title category, as the community awaits the release of new systems from Sony and Microsoft.  This year our cutoff date for our Fall Games Preview Part 1 is the Playstation 4 release on November 15.  Part 2 will cover everything after that date, including the launch of Xbox One and titles that don't have hard release dates as of yet.  During our other segments, more Saint's Row IV and Skyrim talk.  Show notes and flash player in the link:

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Episode 106: Shadowrun Returns

The newly released, successfully-kickstarted indie Shadowrun Returns is the topic for this week, with Dan, Eric and Will all having played the new title.  You get to find out if the game lived up to Dan's expectations, who had been excited for and written a Watch Out For preview on it.  During our roundtable, we get into the Phil Fish and angry gamer controversy and our thoughts on the creator/critic relationship.  Also CoD fans prove themselves (at least in a small part) to be a hateful bunch.  Show notes and flash player after the jump:

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Episode 105: Steam Summer Sale Recap

After Steam's summer sale has finally wrapped up, the Athletes assess their purchases.  Some games were bought with full confidence that they would be played some day, while others were bought just because they were cheap.  A great time to be a PC gamer no doubt, despite our wallets having quite a bit less girth.  Even Eric, not a PC gamer by any means, made quite a few purchases, expanding his library by quite a bit. Show notes and flash player after the jump.

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