Game Club: Cuphead (Hosted by Will) Oct 18th, 6:30PM

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly group discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Will, and his selection is:

Cuphead
Genre: 2D action-platformer
Developer: Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc.

The discussion will take place on October 18th. As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. A few hours should be enough

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Game Club: We Love Katamari (Hosted by Taro) Aug 16th, 7:30PM

We’ve made some major changes to how we run Game Club! Check out all the details here!

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly group discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Taro, and his selection is:

We Love Katamari
Genre: Third-person puzzle-action
Developer: Namco

Description:
The King of All Cosmos grew to stardom after taking all of the Prince’s Katamaris and replacing the stars. His fans knew no bounds and wished to see more Katamaris fill the sky. The king of all Cosmos desired to appease all of their requests and recruited the Prince and his cousins to help.

The discussion will take place on August 16th. As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. A few hours should be enough

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TVGS Game Club Changes! New signup sheet!

Hey all! I’m John, the organizer for the game club discussion and podcast. Over the last few months, we’ve been looking at ways that we can improve both the game club discussion and the podcast, and starting this month we’re enacting some of those changes. Since game club is one of our more popular events, and has mostly been unchanged since we started it 3 years ago, I felt that it would be necessary to write this post up detailing the changes we’re making.

First major change: We’re switching methods on how we’re deciding on hosts, we now have a signup sheet to put yourself down as a future host for game club. We’ll be doing it first come, first served, but this makes it guaranteed that you’ll host at some point in the future. We also now have a mailing list specifically for game club so you’ll get emailed when a game and/or host is selected. You can find the sign up for both at the link here.

Our second major change is we are going to stop recording the monthly discussions from here on out. There’s a large number of reasons for this, but the main one is that any changes we would make to the podcast would alter the way we conduct the discussion, which we are happy with already! So our plan is that we’re going to separate them out, game club discussions as they are now will remain the same, and the podcast discussions will be relaunched as a separate event at some point in the future.

We don’t have any plans for the return of the podcast yet however. The main blocker on developing it is we need a dedicated audio editor to work on our current backlog and any future episodes. (If you or someone you know would be interested in that, send a line over to events@techvalleygamespace.com) Even if we get an editor it’ll probably be a bit before we relaunch it, rest assured that it’ll be posted everywhere once it starts!

Hopefully, these changes will make the game club a more enjoyable experience for everyone! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this, feel free to email me at JohnCeceriTheThird@gmail.com.

Thanks for everyone who’s attended and hosted over the years! I hope I’ll keep seeing you all at the discussions!

~John & The TVGS Team.

Game Club: Never Alone and Mulaka (hosted by William) (June 21st, 6:30PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is William, and his selection is:

Mulaka
Genre: Action-Adventure.
Developer: Lienzo

And

Never Alone
Genre: Puzzle-Adventure.
Developer: Upper One Games

Descriptions:
Mulaka: Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.

Never Alone: Experience the epic journey of Nuna and Fox as they search for the source of an eternal blizzard that threatens the survival of everything they have ever known.

The discussion will take place on June 21st. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Mulaka runs about 8 hours and Never Alone takes about 3.

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (hosted by Sam) (May 17th, 7:30PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Sam, and his selection is:

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Genre: Platform-Adventure.
Developer: Konami

Description: As a descendant of Dracula, you must end the vampire bloodline. Can you rid the world of this unspeakable terror? Uncover the mystery of Castlevania, and challenge an adventure as legendary as its name in this classic PS1 adventure.

The discussion will take place on May 17th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. A few hours in the game will be enough to discuss!

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: Stardew Valley (hosted by Anthony) (April 19th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Anthony, and his selection will be:

Stardew Valley
Genre: Farming and role-playing simulator.
Developer: Eric Barone

Description: You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life!

The discussion will take place on April 19th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. A few hours in the game will be enough to discuss!

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: Political Games (hosted by Taro) (March 15th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Taro, and his selections are:

We Become What We Behold
A classic by Nicky Case about the cycle of media consumption.

Unmanned
In this short chose-your-own-adventure, you step into the shoes of an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot who makes life-or-death decisions.

Every Day the Same Dream
When every day looks and feel the same, how does one break up the monotony?

The Best Amendment
Don’t let the past catch up to you in this score-based shooting game!

Glass Ceiling
A frantic 2-player competitive game where both players fights over increasing their screen estate.

To Build a Better Mousetrap
A metaphorical management sim that attempts to answer the logical conclusion of a capitalistic society filled with AI and robots.

Bonus Video -The Power of Incentives by Extra Credits

The discussion will take place on March 15th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Each game is about 5 minutes long.

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: ICEY (hosted by Greg) (Feb 15th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Greg, and his selection will be:

ICEY
Genre: Side-scrolling Action
Developer: FantaBlade Network

Description: As you follow the narrator’s omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY’s eyes and learn the truth about her world. The narrator will constantly urge you in one direction, but you must ask, “Why? Why am I following his directions?“

The discussion will take place on February 15th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game is about 2-3 long.

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: Donkey Kong Country 2 (hosted by Evan) (Jan 18th)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Evan, and his selection will be:

Donkey Kong Country 2
Genre: Platformer
Developer: Rare

Donkey Kong Country 2 is the sequel to the first Donkey Kong platformer, starring Diddy and Dixie Kong as they go on a rescue mission for Donkey Kong, kidnapped by King K. Rule!

The discussion will take place on January 18th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game is about 6 hours long, but you can play through the first couple hours to get an understanding.

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: Banjo-Kazooie series and Yooka-Laylee (hosted by Tess) (Dec 21st)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Tess, and their selection will be:

Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie and Yooka-Laylee
Genre: Platformer
Developers: Rare and Playtonic Games

The discussion will take place on December 21st. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Tess says that playing through the first hour or two of each game is needed for discussion.

Her description:

Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel Banjo-Tooie were hallmarks of the late 90s/early 2000s platformer era. Although they didn’t come up with many new designs or technologies, they are often held as some of the best examples of the genre to date, with Banjo-Kazooie selling more than 1.8 million copies in the US alone, Banjo-Tooie selling over 3 million copies in total, and both games recieving scores in the 90s/9s from Metacritic, GameSpot, IGN, N64 Magazine, and Nintendo Power. Banjo-Kazooie wasn’t my first game, but it was the first time I really got into a video game. It was the first time I remember complaining to my parents about the fact that I had to go to bed, or counting down the hours until I would get home from school because I wanted to play more.

So, what was it that made so many people, including myself, fall in love with these games? How do the design decisions reflect the gaming culture at the time? Where do we see the influence of games like these today? With the spiritual sucessor Yooka-Laylee releasing earlier this year to mixed reviews, can games such as this hold up in today’s market or was Yooka-Laylee’s fate inevitable?

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