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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Game Club: Avernum 3 (hosted by Frederika) (Nov 16th)

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 Frederika, and her selection will be:

Avernum 3
Genre: RPG
Developer: Spiderweb Software

This game is currently available only on Gog.com as part of the complete Avernum collection. https://www.gog.com/game/avernum_the_complete_saga

Avernum is a series of old school style fantasy RPGs which show that a game can be far more than its graphics. The series is set in a world where a single Empire rules the surface and sends its undesirables into dangerous caverns deep underground, a place called Avernum. The people in Avernum have found a way to survive thanks to their eccentric mages and new alien allies, but life in sunless caverns is never easy. Avernum 3 sees the Avernites return to the surface only to find that all is not well for the Empire.

The discussion will take place on Nov 16th. 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. It’s recommended to play a few hours of it.

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Game Club: Pony Island & INSIDE (Oct 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. This month we ran a poll for the games to play, and it was a double feature of Pony Island and INSIDE!

Pony Island
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Daniel Mullins Games

INSIDE
Genre: Puzzle-Platformer
Developer: Playdead

The discussion will take place on October 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. Both games combined take about 5-6 hours long.

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Game Club: Cities: Skylines

Every month, participants pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games. Our host for this month is Chris, and their selection is Cities: Skylines, developed by Colossal Order.

Manage a vast and populated city, starting from a small township! This city-building simulator has you managing all aspects of running a town, and finding the right balance to keep your citizens happy. Or you could build a city developer’s nightmare, and discover the traffic tolerance limits through a never-ending highway system. The choice is yours!

 

Game Club – Episode 27: Cities: Skylines
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Audio Editing: Constant Hackney

Intro and Outro Music: Robbie Singley