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Waypoint Radio

What's good, Internet? Join Waypoint's Austin Walker, Rob Zacny, Patrick Klepek, Gita Jackson, and Ricardo Contreras two times a week, as they break down the biggest stories in video games, talk about their favorite media, and unfairly compare everything to Dark Souls.

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Vice News Reports: Hostile Territory: How The Army Got Trolled on Twitch

The U.S. Army needs recruits, and they're looking to Twitch to find them. With the Army?s new e-sports team, they hope to attract young, tech-savvy enlistees by streaming video games online. But they haven?t found a fully receptive audience. And this isn?t the first time the military has slid into our gaming consoles. VICE News Correspondent Dexter Thomas Jr. digs back in military gaming history to explain how we got here. 

Reporting from Dexter Thomas Jr. and Michelle R. Carney. Produced by Sophie Kazis. 

VICE News Reports is produced by Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, Jen Kinney, Janice Llamoca and Julia Nutter. Our senior producers are Ashley Cleek and Adizah Eghan. Our associate producers are Sam Eagan, Sophie Kazis, and Adreanna Rodriguez. Sound Design and music composition by Steve Bone and Kyle Murdock. 

 

Our executive Producer and VP of Vice Audio is Kate Osborn. Janet Lee is Senior Production Manager for VICE Audio. Production coordination by Steph Brown. Fact Checking by Nicole Pasulka.

 

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2021-02-25
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Episode 376: Caught a Demo ?bout a Week Ago

The Waypoint Radio crew is back and better than ever! We?ve got a full house this episode, as Austin, Gita, and Cado talk about the very intriguing Project Triangle Strategy demo and how it?s trope filled story is possibly saved by strong tactical gameplay and wildly impactful narrative choices. Patrick is finally able to give his final word on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser?s Fury, and Rob is living la vida Babylonian in the ancient city builder Nebuchadnezzar. Austin then takes us on a wonderful journey with AI Dungeon, and Rob?s internet rebels against his Valheim opinions.

Discussed: Nintendo Direct 5:10, Project Triangle Strategy 7:00, Skyward Sword HD 39:54, BlizzCon 48:41, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 1:00:41 , Nebuchadnezzar 1:04:02, AI Dungeon 1:11:52, Valheim 1:25:36

 

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2021-02-24
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RESET Roundtable: Fandom + Regulation and Moderation

?RESET: The Unauthorized Guide to Video Games? is a new show on VICE TV that aims at taking a deep look at the culture and community around video games. Each episode, host Dexter Thomas is joined by a selection of Waypoint Radio hosts, Motherboard writers, and industry professionals for the RESET Roundtable, a panel discussion on that specific episode?s topics. This podcast is the full recording session from the two first episodes, ?Fandom? and ?Regulation.?

Discussed: Fandom 1:10, Regulation 58:22

 

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2021-02-19
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RESET Roundtable: War Games part 1 and 2

Content Warning for descriptions of Military Combat and Serious Injury from 31:14 - 1:25:23

?RESET: The Unauthorized Guide to Video Games? is a new show on VICE TV that aims at taking a deep look at the culture and community around video games. Each episode, host Dexter Thomas is joined by a selection of Waypoint Radio hosts, Motherboard staff, and industry professionals for the RESET Roundtable, a panel discussion on that specific episode?s topics. This podcast is the full recording session from the episodes ?War Games part 1? and ?War Games part 2.?

Discussed: War Games 1 2:58, War Games 2 1:15:23

 

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2021-02-12
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Episode 375: Take That Shit Out and Put It In a Pie

This week, we talk Stadia and Google?s inevitable shuttering of projects, the Mass Effect remaster and what it means to play a choice heavy RPG again this far out from its original release, Cado and Austin talk about the Dark-Souls-Like-but-not-quite Nioh 2, Patrick is excited to talk about Bower?s Fury some other time, and Austin?s going ham on Steam demos.

Discussed: Stadia 8:16, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 22:01, Nioh 2 43:40, Bower?s Fury 1:01:32, CyberShadows 1:03:47, Black Book 1:06:48, Jupiter Moons Mecha Prologue 1:13:01, Tasomachi 1:14:28, Balan Underworld 1:16:53, Rogue Book 1:23:45, 13 Sentinels 1:24:58

 

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2021-02-09
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RESET Roundtable: Video Game Preservation + The Fighting Game Community

?RESET: The Unauthorized Guide to Video Games? is a new show on VICE TV that aims at taking a deep look at the culture and community around video games. Each episode, host Dexter Thomas is joined by a selection of Waypoint Radio hosts, Motherboard writers, and industry professionals for the RESET Roundtable, a panel discussion on that specific episode?s topics. This podcast is the full recording session from the two first episodes, ?Preservation? and ?Finish Him.?

Discussed: Preservation 4:25, Finish Him 1:28:38

 

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2021-02-06
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Episode 374: Diamond Paws Diamond Claws

The GameStop situation has ... escalated since we last checked in on it. So this week we have Motherboard staff writer Edward Ongweso Jr, who's done some stellar reporting on what is actually going on behind the Redditors and the public breakdowns from hedge fund managers, to discuss who is really benefiting from this situation and consider if it's even possible for the "house" to lose. After the break, Austin checks in with the world of assassination, and has a heaping of praise fort Hitman III's Berlin level (as Cameron Kunzleman has for the site). Edward and Rob continue to find interesting political intrigue in Suzerain. Patrick is checking out the latest in the world of Mario by playing Super Mario 3d World and Bower's Fury, and finds a compelling distillation of Mario Odyssey's flaws without some of the fluff.

Discussed: GameStop Stocks 00:00, Hitman III 39:44, Suzerain 49:09, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 56:07, The Medium 1:06:07

 

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2021-02-02
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The Oral History of Guitar Hero

This week we have special guest Blake Hester to talk about the oral history of Guitar Hero now live on the site. Rob hosts as they discuss the Red Octane/Harmonix split, manufacturing plastic instruments, and more tidbits about the history of Guitar Hero that were left on the cutting room floor.

 

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2021-01-29
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Episode 373: Market Minute with Rob "The Rock" Zacny

The Waypoint Radio crew has been watching in awe as a short squeeze on GameStop stock breaks historic records. Cado and Patrick are having fun being scared by a Giant Vampire Woman in the new Resident Evil VIII demo. Rob's dealing with a broken government, and also he's playing Suzerain. Austin's finding the zen in repetition with Loop Hero.

Discussed: GameStop Stocks 0:58, Resident Evil VIII Demo 13:52, Suzerain 40:39, Loop Hero 56:51, Omori 1:05:31, Cyber Shadow 1:16:17

 

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2021-01-26
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Episode 372: An Expert on English Heraldry

Light Spoilers for the Hitman Franchise throughout.

It?s Hitman day! Special Guest Cameron Kunzelman joins Cado, Patrick, and Rob to talk about the latest escapades from Agent 47 as he travels the world killing the rich and famous. Cam's frustrated with all this story getting in the way of good killlin', Patrick is finding out how fun it is to throw random objects at people, and Rob's starting to see the seams of the clockwork levels and can't look away.

Discussed: Hitman 3

 

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2021-01-22
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Episode 371: The Bitcoin Corruption of Austin Walker

There comes a time in every PC owner?s life where you have to make some tough decisions. Well, for the better part of the last two years, one Rob Zacny has been slowly stemming the oncoming waves of failing computer components but his PC has finally bitten the dust. That means he?s spent the last week exploring the world of Cloud Gaming, and found that landscape treacherous. Austin?s way of saying ?new year, new me? is to finish off some old games, revisiting Hitman 2 and Star Wars The Old Republic to finally put those to bed. Patrick is learning the beauty of HDR with new forms of streaming games to his phone, Cado is becoming his best hacker self in EXAPUNKS, and Rob is finally in on a little known rogue like deck builder called Slay the Spire.

Discussed: Rob?s Streaming Adventures 3:12, Hitman 2 40:04, Star Wars: The Old Republic 43:00, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim 56:19, Demon?s Souls 1:01:50, Persona 5 Strikers 1:03:00, Slay the Spire 1:13:04

 

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2021-01-15
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Episode 370: Yakisoba In A Hot Dog Bun

Light spoilers for 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim at 25:56 - 28:30

After 2021's wild first week, the Waypoint Radio now crew comes to you with a calmer vibe. First up, Gita has been checking out the new Reigns: Beyond, where instead of a monarch you are the captain of a space expedition. Patrick's been getting back in touch with his Anime side by playing 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, and brings a wonderful japanese culinary treat to the crew's attention. After the break, Cado's back on some Star Wars bullshit by finally getting back to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and understanding some of the finer points of lightsaber flourishes. Then they all take a dip in the question bucket and find Rob's Poke-sona.

Discussed: Reigns:Beyond 6:29, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim 17:38, 13 Sentinels Spoilers 25:56 - 28:30, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 37:52, Question Bucket 48:46

 

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2021-01-12
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Episode 369: The First Week of 2021

Austin, Patrick, and Cado start this podcast off by talking through their feelings on the events of January 6th, when white supremacists stormed the US Capitol building. After the break, Patrick is learning the limits of streaming services by playing Assassin's Creed: Valhalla on Stadia, Austin's checking in on new Monster Hunter Rise demo, and we take some time to reminisce about Flash games.

Discussed: US Current Events 1:25, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla 21:32, Detective Season 1 33:12, Monster Hunter Rise 37:37, Super Meat Boy Forever 52:03, Flash Games 57:28, Carto 1:16:31, Airborne Kingdom 1:19:57, Exapunks 1:23:48, Cyberpunk 2077 1:26:15, Politics Moment 1:32:37 - 1:33:16

 

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2021-01-08
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Episode 368: A Holiday Netrunner Miracle

We?re Back! After a hopefully restful and relaxing break, Rob, Gita, and Cado are here on this most auspicious of Mondays. We avoid the Great Slack Crash of 2021 by podcasting through it and talking about our breaks and how we spent the time. Gita got back into the God of War series and began to draw connections to the works of Michael Bay, and Cado got really into the ?dead? Android: Netrunner card game while looking for his cyberpunk fix, and somehow ended up playing X-Wing instead.

Discussed: God of War 5:11, Android: Netrunner 29:55, X-Wing 48:00

 

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2021-01-05
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Our Favorite Waypoints of 2020

The crew at Waypoint Radio have decided to ring in the new year with one final look back at the last one. Join Austin, Gita, Patrick, Rob, and Ricardo as they each pick a piece of media, a podcast, or what have you that stuck with them through the hell year of 2020. Happy New Year! (Stick around after the show so you can finally understand that joke from our Hot Takes episode!)

 

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2021-01-01
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Our Favorite Games of 2020

The time has finally come to put an end to 2020, and as with any end of year extravaganza on a gaming podcast, that means it's GOTY time. Join Austin, Gita, Patrick, Rob, and Ricardo as they discuss the one game they loved this year, the one that stood out over the rest, the one that challenged them to overcome, the one that brought them comfort during this hellish year, or the one that put a mirror to our reality and stood in defiance of it.

 

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2020-12-30
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Never Have I Ever: Gaming Edition

Never have I ever played a game of "Never Have I Ever" like this! Listeners chimed in with their weird, amazing, and unique gaming experiences and we played never have I ever with them! Come along as Austin, Gita, Patrick, Rob, and Ricardo all share their oddest gaming experiences, from brute forcing RPGS, having parents call a game company, to being taken under the wing of an altruistic online stranger in a multiplayer game, get ready for a hilarious holiday hoopla!

 

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2020-12-28
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The Sorkincast

If you're a longtime listener you'll remember that a few of the staff have a, lets say, complicated relationship with Aaron Sorkin. So in a year where he releases both a movie and a West Wing reunion special, there was a non-zero chance that we'd need to podcast about him. Join Rob and Gita as they discuss The West Wing Reunion, a special that has the cast of The West Wing slip into their old roles with ease, with writing that magnifies some of Sorkin's odd characterizations of the woman in the show. After the break, they discuss The Trial of the Chicago Seven, where Sorkin's editorial choices of what to include from this historic event and what to alter lay bare his unimaginative neoliberalism while simultaneously attempting to co-opt a moment where staunch leftists were harassed while the country watched along.

 

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2020-12-25
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The Games of 2020 - Part 2

Light Spoilers for all games discussed

Welcome back to Waypoint's Holiday Hootenanny 2020! Somehow, despite our best attempts, we ended up going so long on our year in review recording that we needed to split it into two podcasts, who'd've guessed! Join Austin, Gita, Patrick, Rob, and Cado to talk about all the games we played this year, from the biggest AAA let downs to our indie darlings.

 

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2020-12-23
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The Games of 2020 - Part 1

2020 has been a wild decade, quite possibly the longest decade of the last century. Given this, we need a bit of a refresher as we form our Game of The Year lists. Join Austin, Patrick, Rob, Gita, and Ricardo as they go month by month through 2020 and talk about all the games they've played!

 

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2020-12-21
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Holiday Hot Takes

We asked you for your hottest take inducing questions and you came through! Join Austin, Patrick, Rob, Gita, and Cado as they weigh in on everything from making whisky into ice cubes to the best game in a franchise to Ham vs. Turkey, all with a 90 second timer! So grab your favorite winter drink, snuggle up under a blanket, and warm yourself by the heat of these hot takes!

 

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2020-12-18
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Episode 367: This is for ELVES ONLY

Austin, Gita, and Cado are in the digital studio today to discuss "gaming's biggest night," The Game Awards. They go over their favorite announcements and discuss some of the awards, how they're chosen, and what Game Direction really means. Austin and Gita delve deep into Dragon Age: Inquisition romance options, Cado laments yet another Kingdom Hearts character making it into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the whole crew gets really excited about black-kid-riding-a-bike-and-recording-video-and-sound-and-exploring-mysterious-ruins-game Season. After the break, Austin has been exploring the local ecosystem of a mediterranean island in Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, Cado's been braving blizzards and frozen caves in Unto the End, and the crew discuss their early (and possibly final) impressions of Cyberpunk 2077.

Discussed: The Game Awards 1:26, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure 39:59, Unto the End 48:12, Monster Sanctuary 58:25, Cyberpunk 2077 1:01:52

 

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2020-12-15
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Episode 366: The AI Has Anxiety Now

Spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 starting at 1:06:30

Space is the place this week as we take a trip to Mars to terraform it. Gita's our captain as we dive into sim-builder Per Aspera, where you play as an AI tasked with making Mars habitable to humans, all the while considering your place in the expansion of humankind across the universe. Patrick decided to say fuck it to his ISP and run Cyberpunk 2077 on two different streaming platforms just to feel something. After the break, the crew discusses The Mandalorian, George Lucas's deep lore, and just how hot Pedro Pascal is.

Discussed: Per Aspera 2:03, The Pathless 26:01, Cyberpunk 2077 29:03, The Star Wars Hour 1:06:53

 

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2020-12-11
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Episode 365: "A Better World is Possible" - Cyberpunk 2077

Content Warning for mention of suicide from approximately 55:56 to 57:24

One of the most "hyped" games of 2020, with highly problematic marketing, is finally hitting stores this week and Rob Zacny is here to tell us all about it. Join us as he takes Austin, Cado, and Patrick through the "cyber" "punk" future of Cyberpunk 2077. From a poor first impression to interesting side quest set in a flat world, we discuss all the details of this CDPR RPG. After the break, Cado's learns to love the grind in Demon's Souls, Patrick is enjoying freedom in The Pathless, and Austin is checking out a different kind of Souls like called Morbid: The Seven Acolytes.

Discussed: Cyberpunk 2077, Content Warning: Suicide 55:56 - 57:24, Souls Games 1:28:20, The Pathless 1:32:58, Morbid: The Seven Acolytes 1:41:39, Solasta: Crown of the Magister 1:46:42, Signs of the Sojourner 1:51:12

 

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2020-12-08
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Episode 364: Vice Games New Podcast Deluxe+

Join Austin, Patrick, and Cado for a chill time talkin' bout games. Austin and Patrick have a lengthy discussion on Immortals: Fenyx Rising, what it pulls from Breath of the Wild and how sometimes more isn't necessarily better. After the break, Patrick has finally taken the plunge into Umurangi Generation, Cado's got mixed feelings for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and we take a quick dip in the question bucket!

Discussed: Immortals: Fenix Rising 12:09, Chronos: Before the Ashes 56:03, Umurangi Generation 1:03:11, Spider-Man: Miles Morales 1:16:45, Twin Mirror 1:22:32, Question Bucket 1:38:11

 

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2020-12-04
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Episode 363: PUT IN THE WHISTLE FROM ALL-STAR

We're back from our break to talk about how the whistles from all-star really do go with everything. But first- Gita is back on the pod to talk about Empire of Sin, the new mobster tactics game from storied developers Romero Games. Then the crew talks Fuser, the DJ game from Harmonix that makes DJing fun and nearly effortless. After the break we have our now recurring Demon's Souls minute as Cado sinks deeper into the early game. Austin has been checking in with 13 Sentinels, the adventure/RTS game featuring mechs, alien robots, and time travel.

Discussed: Empire of Sin 10:32, Fuser 27:58, Demon's Souls 50:01, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim 1:22:37

 

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2020-12-01
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Episode 362: I'm the Potato Marshal Now!

It?s Thanksgiving week here in the US so we?re serving up a feast of gaming for you! First up, Rob takes us along his Demon?s Souls journey through rage, bargaining, and (finally) ass kicking. Austin?s been playing Marvel?s Spiderman: Miles Morales and feeling nostalgic about being able to be outside in NYC. After the break, we talk about Patrick?s highly controversial article on PS5?s Activities feature and discuss open world game design, Cado talks about his time in the new Destiny 2: Beyond Light raid, and Austin checks back in with Link and the gang in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity 

Discussed: Demon?s Souls 1:09, Marvel?s Spider-Man: Miles Morales 27:06, Demon?s Souls Part 2 36:20, PS5 Activities 43:36, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity 1:11:41, Destiny 2: Beyond Light 1:21:25, Phantom Brigade 1:28:04

(title reference: https://kotaku.com/the-demons-souls-troll-that-made-me-rage-quit-1691764441)

 

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2020-11-24
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Episode 361: Who Could Say If The Prison of Elders Was Bad?

Austin and Patrick are on their most Waypoint of Waypoint bullshit: Demon's Souls bullshit. But this time, Rob's coming along for the ride! Join as the crew talks through the remake's aesthetic and mechanical differences to the original, and check in with Rob on his new found fandom. After the break, Rob has also been checking out the latest from Zachtronics, Mobius Front '83, a tactics game that feels sparse compared to Zachtronics games usual complexity. He's also been checking out Destiny 2, and Cado has QUESTIONS.

Discussed: PS5 2:15, Demon's Souls 16:51, Mobius Front '83 39:02, Destiny 2 59:18, IO Interactive 1:16:50

 

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2020-11-20
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Episode 360: Gaming Advice Dot Com

The five star runtime continue with a special double crew pod this week! First up, Austin, Cado, and Patrick talk through Rob?s newfound Demon?s Souls appreciation, comparing other third person melee combat to Souls combat, and take a quick dip in the question bucket. In our second half, Rob is joined by special guests Emmanuel Maiberg and Matthew Gault to talk about Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War and it?s various divergences and stances on the actual Cold War.

Discussed: Question Bucket 1:21, Demon?s Souls 3:41, The Pathless 52:13, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War 1:16:06, Assassin?s Creed Valhalla 2:2820

 

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2020-11-17
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Episode 359: Variks, The Prison Abolitionist

We've gone and hit a five star runtime with today's podcast, and for good reason! First up, Austin, Rob, Patrick, and Cado talk all things next gen, from Rob's issues with Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, to Patrick's time with Demon's Souls on the PS5. Cado sneaks a bit of PC gaming in before that though, and talks through the great new DLC for photography game Umurangi Generation. After the break, Austin, Cado, and Gita sit down to talk about the new Destiny 2 expansion Beyond Light, their first impressions of the campaign, some of their favorite lore, the new stasis powers, and everyone's favorite fallen NPC.

Discussed: Umurangi Generation Macro 4:46, Demon Souls 10:57, Godfall 1:02:16, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla 1:14:50, Teardown 1:22:30, Hades 1:25:30, Destiny 2: Beyond Light 1:29:28

 

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2020-11-13
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Episode 358: Everyone Has An AC

We've got a meaty episode for y'all today, Join Austin, Rob, Patrick, and Cado as they debrief after the election results. Then Patrick talks about his time with Bugsnax, a game with a surprisingly touching story about community alongside it's absurd and hilarious food monster catching mechanics. After the break, special guest Matthew Gault joins us to talk all things Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, from choices made about the main character's gender to how much mythology the game leans on. Also if you're seeing this on Monday, we talk about the upcoming Destiny 2 mini-event happening around 9:50 pm EST!

Discussed: Politics 0:50 Bugsnax 24:09, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla 46:43, Destiny 2 1:51:08, Yakuza: Like a Dragon 1:53:55, Ace Combat 1:56:05

 

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2020-11-10
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Episode 357: There's Verified and Then There's Bluechecks

It's been a long week in the US, and the Waypoint Radio crew is ready to talk about it. Austin, Gita, Patrick, Rob, and Cado gather around for a Politics Minute about the election and beyond. Then, Rob brings us his impressions on the new series of Xbox's, Patrick and Gita have the latest on the PS5, and Austin has been playing Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Discussed: Politics Minute 4:52, Xbox Series X 37:08, Marvel's Spiderman: Miles Morales 58:19, Astro's Playground 1:18:32, Yakuza: Like a Dragon 1:54:06

 

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2020-11-06
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Episode 356: The Downfall of Sierra Games

Rob welcomes special guest Duncan Fyfe to do a deep dive on how adventure game behemoth Sierra Games was brought to its from an unlikely reason. You can read Duncan?s full article on this story here: How Sierra Was Captured, Then Killed, by a Massive Accounting Fraud

 

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2020-11-02
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Episode 355: Big Ass Playstation

We?ve got a stacked episode for you today! First up, Rob, Patrick, Gita, and Cado talk about the PS5 and give their impressions on the Dualsense controller. Then, Gita takes us through the new Sims 4 expansion that takes you to a mountainous getaway with hiking, onsen, and more. After the break, Austin, Rob, and special guest Matthew Gault do a deep dive on Watch Dogs: Legion, breaking down how the game?s mechanics seem to be at odds with it?s narrative goals.

Discussed: PS5 4:17, The Sims: Snowy Escape 33:12, Watch Dogs: Legion 46:37

 

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2020-10-30
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Episode 354: The Strangereal - Nier Connection

Content warning for the sounds of bugs in the post pod (Halloween 3 clip)

We've got a spooky episode for y'all today! First, Rob leads the crew into the Streangreal world of Ace Combat 7 and learn that not all Ace Combat games are created equal. Patrick has been checking out the Oculus Quest 2, and Cado's been diving back into Pokemon with The Crown Tundra DLC.

Discussed: Ace Combat 7 5:57, Ace Combat 7 Spoilers 18:49, Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra 32:42, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit 44:54, Oculus Quest 2 50:38, Ghostrunner 1:20:50

 

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2020-10-26
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EPISODE 353: MCGOOSTA MEMORIES

Mechanical and light story spoilers for Amnesia: Rebirth from approximately 23:45 to 27:36

We're getting into the Halloween spirit this episode! Patrick has been playing Amnesia: Rebirth, Austin, Rob, and Cado join him to do a deep dive into the game and the ways it navigates horror game tropes and its precursors. After the break we join Rob as he makes is very own city in the sky in Airborn Kingdom, Austin and Cado are exploring magical land and beating back an all consuming empire in Tenderfoot Tactics, and Patrick has a special story about a pizza place.

Discussed: Amnesia: Rebirth 3:26, Amnesia: Rebirth spoilers 23:45, Fire Emblem: The Shadowdragon and the Blade of Light 52:10, Airborn Kingdom 58:59, Tenderfoot Tactics 1:09:19, Promesa 1:17:50, Disc Room 1:20:17

 

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2020-10-23
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Bonus: Vice News Reports: The Bubble

Introducing a new podcast, VICE News Reports. Episode 2: The Bubble.

We take you inside the NBA/WNBA bubble told through exclusive recordings.

To salvage their 2020 seasons amid the pandemic, the WNBA and NBA create a ?bubble? where players and staff are walled off from the rest of the world. We follow two players, Monique Billings, a starting forward for the Atlanta Dream, and Udonis Haslem, captain of the Miami Heat, during their first months inside the Bubble.

New episodes of VICE News Reports drop every Thursdays. Subscribe, rate and review here: apple.co/vicenewsreports

 

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2020-10-20
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Episode 352: Have You Ever Met a Grad Student?

Join Austin, Gita, and Cado as they talk about the latest season of Blaseball and the games they've played over the weekend. First up, Gita's been checking out the murder mystery game Lucifer Within Us, a game with a Phoenix Wright-esq contradiction system, but laid out in a timeline based on multiple people's testimony, and set in a futuristic religious society that has the technology to recognize that demons are real. Then, Austin and Cado go over their Genshin Impact lineups and convince Gita to probably keep playing past the bad stealth section. After the break, Cado has been checking out Tenderfoot Tactics, an open world tactics RPG where the world and nature interact with your abilities to create dynamic combat arenas. Then Gita checks in with Astrologaster and asks the stars some hard questions about comedy.

Discussed: Blaseball 5:55, Lucifer Within Us 9:26, Genshin Impact 16:05, Tenderfoot Tactics 53:50, Astrologaster 1:08:51

 

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2020-10-20
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Episode 351: As Loud As I Wanna Be - The Rob Zacny Story

We?re back from our short break refreshed and with plenty of new games to talk about! First up though, the PS5 UI was released and we have some questions about the future of guides based coverage. After the break, Austin has been talking to spirits in Phasmophobia, a co-op horror game that has you and three friends trying to find proof of ghosts in various haunted locales. Patrick finally made it out of the underworld in Hades, Austin, Rob, and Cado discuss the messy choices of Star Wars: Squadrons? casting for the Galactic Empire.

Discussed: PS5 UI 9:48, Phasmophobia 46:08, Iron Harvest 1:08:29, Star Wars Squadrons 1:14:16, Lightstream 1:31:59, Hades 1:35:11, Watch Dogs Legion 1:38:37, Xuan Yuan VII 1:47:13, From Soft Games 1:50:41

 

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2020-10-16
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Hades Spoilercast

We've had a wave of Hades fever here at Waypoint Radio, so much so that we're doing a spoilercast! Supergiant Games has used their knack for evocative narrative, killer third person isometric action, and beautiful art and design in a roguelite package that has pulled everyone from our most hardcore roguelike players to people who've never touched the genre. Join Austin, Patrick, Gita, Cado, and special guest Jason Koebler as we dive deep into what makes Hades want to delve the depths of the underworld again and again. We have mechanical spoilers throughout, and story spoilers start after the break (approximately 1:22:31)

 

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2020-10-09
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Episode 350: Don't Believe This Podcast Title's Lies

It's been a wild weekend so we spend more than a minute on a Politics Minute. Join Rob, Patrick, Gita, and Cado as they talk about recent events and check in on how everyone's doing. Afterward, Patrick explains the Super Mario Bros. 35 curse that precludes him from ever winning, Gita tells us about IRL Among Us, and Cado and Rob share war stories from their time in Star Wars: Squadrons.

Discussed: News 1:21, Super Mario Bros. 35 12:22, Among Us 22:35, Star Wars: Squadrons 45:11, Tell Me Why 1:01:23

 

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2020-10-05
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Episode 349: Games Criticism Just Got CRITIQUED

2020 has been a wild year, so of course this is when the long meme'd Steve (from Minecraft) has finally and actually received his invitation to Smash. Join Austin, Rob, Patrick, and Cado as they discuss the news and how it broke twitter. Then, Rob's been flying through a galaxy far far away in Star Wars: Squadrons, a game that pulls it's influence from classics like Tie Fighter. After the break, Austin has a fever, and the only cure is more anime. He's been playing Genshin Impact, an action-RPG gatcha game with strong inspiration from the elemental mechanics in Breath of the Wild.

 

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2020-10-02
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Episode 348: They Put The Worm In

You're hearing this on Friday, but we recorded it on wednesday, still partially recovering from Save Point 2020, so it's a weird one! Join Austin, Rob, and Cado as they talk about the new publisher and studios from ex-Blizzard employees, becoming lawyers, and more bad bosses. Also we talk about this creepy mask in the post pod.

Discussed: Ex-Blizzard Employees form new company 7:49, No Man's Sky Origins 28:55, Umurangi Generation: Macro 33:56, Dragon Dogma's Anime 42:15, Hades 42:24, Star Renegades 54:23, Risk of Rain 2 57:55, Emails 1:01:05

 

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2020-09-25
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Episode 347: Microsoft Buys Bethesda

We weren't supposed to be here. After a long and amazing Save Point stream, we were all planning on snoozing our alarms and taking a well deserved rest. Turns out, Microsoft had other plans. About as close as you can get to the "Disney buys Fox" of video games, this acquisition has myriad ramifications that we discuss on this episode.

Discussed: Microsoft Buys Zenimax 1::32, Lab Zero Implosion 31:31, Hades 35:50, Co-op Shooters (they're fun!) 45:17

 

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2020-09-21
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Episode 346: Save Point 2020 LIVE

Save Point 2020 is running from September 16 - September 20th, this year we're raising money for National Bail Out. Go to http://savepoint.stream for a schedule and to watch and donate!

 

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2020-09-19
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Episode 345: Three Turkeys and a Caveman

Sometimes a game comes along and you think it's ideal, a perfect expression of it's component mechanisms, and that nothing more should be added. Then, as Patrick learned this week, sometimes a sequel drops and it's somehow an improvement on what seemed like a closed loop. Spelunky 2 is that game, and Austin and Patrick have been playing it! Join them as they talk through the new mechanics, their time with the original, and the possible rekindling of old rivalries. After the break, Gita and Cado have been checking out the raids in Destiny 2 and talk about the experience of raiding for the first time, Austin has another update on his Crusader Kings III dynasty and his murderous offspring, and Cado's been feeling nostalgic playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 and listening to "Superman" by Goldfinger on loop.

Discussed: Spelunky 2 3:15, Destiny 2 raids 40:11, Crusader Kings III 48:50, Star Renegades 1:16:34, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 1:35:06

 

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2020-09-15
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Episode 344: This Is You, Allegedly

Perhaps you expected a shorter episode. It?s a pre-next-gen season, AAA games are slowing down. But that just means we have more time for indie games! Join as Austin, Patrick, Gita, and Cado talk about all the news surrounding next-gen consoles that dropped this week, from Xbox console pricing to the future of Digital vs Physical game sales. Then after the break, Austin has a wild story from Crusader Kings III, Gita brings us post-apocalyptic vibes from Wasteland 3, Cado and Austin have both been playing the Sherlock-consulting-detective-by-way-of-vaporwave Paradise Killer and roguelike time shifting RPG Star Renegades. Make sure to stick around to the end of the podcast for an exciting announcement!

Discussed: News 10:42, Crusader Kings III 53:32, Paradise Killer 1:21:33, Wasteland 3 1:43:44, Gordian Quest 1:57:41, Star Renegades 1:59:42, Special Announcement 2:24:24

 

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2020-09-11
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Episode 343: Out Damn Sauce!

It's Labor Day here in the US, meaning that the Waypoint Crew is enjoying some well earned time off. Luckily for you dear listener, we've pre-recorded a mailbag episode for you to enjoy! Join Austin, Rob, and Cado as they dive deep into the "food rivalries and bad bosses" question bucket!

 

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2020-09-07
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Episode 342: Ms. Marvel's Miss-ed Opportunity

It's a-me, a surprise Nintendo Direct! Austin, Patrick, Gita, and Cado gather this week to discuss the 35th anniversary Mario Direct that dropped early Thursday morning, filled with a variety of Mario news, from a new compilation to Mario Battle Royale. Then, Patrick and Cado have smashed back into the world of Marvel's Avengers to find that the game is secretly about Ms. Marvel more than you'd expect, and lament that it didn't go more in that direction. After the break, Gita brings us to a galaxy far far away, but not so far that you can't go there with your Sims! She has her impressions on the new Star Wars Stuff Pack in The Sims 4!

Discussed: Mario 35th Anniversary Direct 0:17, Marvel's Avengers 30:39, The Sims 4: Star Wars: Journey to Batuu 1:07:07

 

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2020-09-04
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Episode 341: I Love Bath Theater

It's finally here, the day Gita, Rob, and Austin have long been anticipating: Crusader Kings III day! Come and hear the tale of intrigue, deception, and baths, then check out Gita's review. After the break, Gita taps out and Patrick joins to talk about Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, an RPG originally released in 1997, now finally coming to the west. Patrick did an interview with one of the original developers that's a touching look at a life of game development. And in-between there, we sneak in a segment on the RTS Iron Harvest, and it's throwback campaign.

Discussed: Crusader Kings III 0:41, Iron Harvest 59:51, Moon 1:06:12, Captain Tsubasa 1:31:16, Control: AWE 1:44:02, News + Emails 1:51:30

 

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2020-09-01
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