126- Are Character Roles a Good Thing?

The Holy Trinity: Tank, Damage, Healer.  Does this limit options negatively?  Is total freedom preferable to being railroaded on one path?  Yes and no.  We discuss the move from roleplaying games with strictly defined roles to more independent but less specialized characters in more recent rpgs.  

Apologies in advance for the sound quality.  The interwebs were not cooperating this day.

Direct download: The_Game_Theory_Podcast_-Are_Character_Roles_a_Bad_Thing.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 2:32pm PDT
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125- GT Classic -  Warcraft Warcast

Jeremiah is finishing his dissertation this weekend so we're digging up our most referenced episode ever.  We discuss addiction, video games, behaviorism, and why Warcraft's design makes it very difficult to put down.

Direct download: 125-_GT_Classic_Warcraft_Warcast.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 1:56pm PDT
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SO MUCH SPOILER WARNING!!

 

Seriously, skip this episode if you haven't played this game yet.  So much about this game relies on your initial reaction, untainted by expectations.  Come back when you've spent the 10 dollars and 10 hours to beat this indie gem :)

Direct download: 124.2-_Undertale.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT
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So much news! So many reviews!  Virtual reality! SJW controversies! Japanese sexsuits (news, not review).  Also, Xenoblade Chronicles X was created in a lab to make David lose all his free time.

Direct download: 124.1-News_and_Reviews_for_April_17_2016.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 9:06pm PDT
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123- Difficulte Games and Psychological Resiliency

Why do people play games like Dark Souls?  Are there advantages that these sorts of games can give us beyond bragging rights?  

Direct download: 123-_Difficult_Games_and_Psychological_Resiliency.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 8:19pm PDT
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Happy Easter! We're resurrecting an old episode from our archives about a being that keeps coming back from the dead.  Dracula and Castlevania!

Direct download: The_Game_Theory_Podcast_Intro_to_Castlevania.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 1:38pm PDT
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Raw, unedited footage of our second Edge of the Empire Star Wars roleplay.  This one is lacking the slick editing and sound effects of our first bonus episodes but was requested by popular demand by some of our live play fans.  Feel free to skip to the next episode for more normal Game Theory goodness :D

Direct download: Bonus-_Star_Wars_Edge_of_the_Empire_Live_Play_Ep_2.mp3
Category:RPG -- posted at: 1:16pm PDT
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121- Harvest Moon

With Stardew Valley taking Steam by storm, we investigated the franchise that started it all.  Why is it so fun to pretend to do things in a game that are completely monotonous to do in real life?  How does Harvest Moon prepare you for a life as a gentleman farmer/psychopath stalker?  Why can't we stop playing it?

Direct download: 121-_Harvest_Moon.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 4:19pm PDT
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We discuss that staple of fantasy gaming: Elves.  David takes a pro elf stance, Jeremiah an anti elf stance.  How do you balance such a blatantly over powered race for player characters?  Which take on elves works best? How did Tolkien take them from creepy little goblins to veritable archangels?  Why are we talking about droids so much?  

Direct download: The_Game_Theory_Podcast_Episode_120.2-_Elves_are_Duimb.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 8:52pm PDT
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We're back after another bout with disease.  Plenty of news and preliminary reviews of Undertale and other games that have captured our attention for the last two weeks.

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