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16 minutes ago, Garwoofoo said:

 

It was a particularly gammony podcast this week. Simon Parkin was nowhere near as engaging as Dan Dawkins was a few weeks back, and after half an hour of him running through his CV and discussing what he had for breakfast in 2008 I switched off.

 

Still, it's unreasonable of me to expect them to produce podcasts that are to my exact liking every week! And I did absolutely love the N64 Mini Draft episode. Even if it did consist mostly of Matthew waxing lyrical about Nintendo games for 20 minutes at a time, and Samuel occasionally interjecting with "Yeah, great stuff Matthew".

 

Basically I love these guys when they talk about actual games. The series deep dives into Yakuza, Hitman and Phoenix Wright were absolutely outstanding. I'm going to be more selective I think based on the episode descriptions, skip the magazine episodes where I can and really enjoy the good stuff.

 

Horses for courses, but I have to say I disagree - I found the Parkin episode a lot more interesting than the immersive sim episode, but then I was too young to properly appreciate Deus Ex and Thief, and the like, so I guess that stands to reason.

 

Regardless, though, I don't think 'gammony' is an especially accurate adjective to describe the podcast, even if it is tongue in cheek. They're quite retrospective and nostalgic (some of the time, anyway), but you should probably expect that going in, given that the pod's USP is that it centres in two former magazine journalists discussing their magazine writing heydays. Obviously, there are other episodes that focus on more modern games as well, which I equally enjoy.

 

Anyway. Enjoyed this week's TCGS. Sean's advert was very professional :D Oddly, I'm actually quite tempted to get a Blue Yeti mic now, despite not having any need for one whatsoever. Must be the power of the boys' advertising...

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They’re both in their thirties, aren’t they? How can they be gammony?

 

They‘re more like a couple of honey-glazed hams - tender, slightly sweet and goes well with a nice piece of cheese. I’m already looking forward to my weekly slice. 

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7 minutes ago, Popo said:

They’re both in their thirties, aren’t they? How can they be gammony?

 

They‘re more like a couple of honey-glazed hams - tender, slightly sweet and goes well with a nice piece of cheese. I’m already looking forward to my weekly slice. 

 

Yep. Definitely get some big cheese energy from both of them.

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And we have arrived at another Back Page Podcast draft! Xbox Vs GameCube.

 

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I voted for Big Sammy Holdings this time. The utter audacity to have the Steel Battalion controller. :lol:

 

And Mathew fucked it by poisoning his console with Mario Sunshine.

 

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55 minutes ago, Paulando said:

Started the new Back Page pod while I was out shopping, and I've enjoyed it so far. Noticed some pretty rough editing though - cut mid-word or mid-breath. Sort it out fellas. Can't wait to finish it off though 💖

 

Really? I can't say I noticed that, to be honest. Anyway, really enjoyed the episode. I voted for the Xbox, only because I never owned one, as much as I loved my Gamecube.

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Despite it basically being Matthew's to lose as far as I'm concerned, it was actually a pretty close run thing. 

 

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But voted Matt in the end. The Steel Battalion controller actually works against Sam for me - part of the appeal of these mini machines is that I have less crap in my house, not more! 

 

Also; because I have loads of time on my hands apparently; here are my two versions of the draft. 

 

Gamecube

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Adventure/RPG: The Wind Waker

Shooter: Ikaruga

Fighting/Sports: Smash Bros Melee

Platformer: Super Mario Sunshine 

Licence: Tiger Woods 2005

Launch: Super Monkey Ball

Stealth: The Twin Snakes

Multiplayer: Pac-Man Vs

Racing: F-Zero GX

Wildcard: P.N.03

 

Free1: Metroid Prime 

Free2: Resident Evil 4

Free3: Resident Evil Remake 

Free4: Eternal Darkness

Free5: Luigi's Mansion

Free6: Skies of Arcadia 

Free7: Mario Strikers

Free8: Thousand Year Door

Free9: Chibi Robo! 

Free10: Four Swords Aventures 

 

With my peripheral being four GBAs, haha! 

 

 

Xbox

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Adventure/RPG: Fable

Shooter: Metal Arms: Glitch in the System

Fighting/Sports: Pro Evolution 4

Platformer: Sands of Time 

Licence: Lego Star Wars

Launch: Halo

Stealth: Manhunt 

Multiplayer: Mashed Fully Loaded

Racing: Project Gotham Racing 

Wildcard: Jet Set Radio Future 

 

Free1: Outrun 2

Free2: Halo 2

Free3: Spider-Man 2

Free4: Full Spectrum Warrior

Free5: Galleon 

Free6: Grabbed by the Ghoulies

Free7: Burnout 3

Free8: Ninja Gaiden Black

Free9: Otogi

Free10: Stubbs the Zombie 

 

With my peripheral being a headset for Manhunt. 

 

Can't believe Sam didn't pick Outrun. Reckon that might have tipped it. 

 

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Sometimes the music doesn’t fade down enough before Sam starts speaking but yeah, can’t say I notice any mid-word cuts or anything. Sounds like a playback issue from the podcasting app?
 

What a great episode though, I’m genuinely thinking about it before I cast my vote as they both made great mini consoles. 
 

Also Sam’s laughing in this was such good value. The bit when he found out Burnout 3 wasn’t on GameCube after all the tense sniping they’d been doing was hilarious. 

 

 

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I must remember to share these more. Our last episode was the first in a while where I wasn't stupidly ill. 

 

 

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Want to know how to revolutionise teaching? Then this is the episode for you! If you’re here for the games, you’re well catered for with the diverse likes of Train Life: A Railway Simulator, Lone Echo, Sundew, Stellaris (and the Aquatic Species DLC) & more.

00:05:38 – Resident Evil 3 Remake
00:12:55 – Train Life: A Railway Simulator
00:21:47 – Lone Echo
00:31:40 – The Sundew
00:42:01 – Stellaris: Aquatic Species DLC
00:51:37 – MHG Chat: neurodivergence & the education system

 

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On 26/11/2021 at 13:21, Gambit said:

And we have arrived at another Back Page Podcast draft! Xbox Vs GameCube.

 

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I voted for Big Sammy Holdings this time. The utter audacity to have the Steel Battalion controller. :lol:

 

And Mathew fucked it by poisoning his console with Mario Sunshine.

 

 

Just started this week's podcast and clearly you've touched a nerve! :lol:

 

The draft episode was good. Went with Matthew in the end as the stronger list although would have liked to have seen Burnout 2 (the best of the franchise make an appearance) and maybe things like Star Fox Assault and Battalion Wars which I never got around to playing at the time. 

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Spoilered chat on the Xbox Vs GameCube BackPage Pod:

 

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Quoting @Jolly

 

"Can't believe Sam didn't pick Outrun. Reckon that might have tipped it. "

 

Racing games in general where a massive blind spot on his list - no PGR either - but despite preferences Outrun 2 is so legendary that it has to be on there. So voted against him because of that.

 

Also neither considered Phantasy Star Online. Of course some problems with whether the console is really online with Xbox and for GameCube you would really need Broadband adapter and that ridiculous keyboard controller. But on GameCube it is still a brilliant 4 player offline game and miles better than the dodgy Matrix and Hitman picks!

 

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4 hours ago, MW_Jimmy said:

Spoilered chat on the Xbox Vs GameCube BackPage Pod:

 

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Quoting @Jolly

 

"Can't believe Sam didn't pick Outrun. Reckon that might have tipped it. "

 

Racing games in general where a massive blind spot on his list - no PGR either - but despite preferences Outrun 2 is so legendary that it has to be on there. So voted against him because of that.

 

Also neither considered Phantasy Star Online. Of course some problems with whether the console is really online with Xbox and for GameCube you would really need Broadband adapter and that ridiculous keyboard controller. But on GameCube it is still a brilliant 4 player offline game and miles better than the dodgy Matrix and Hitman picks!

 


Agreed with you about the racers but PSO is definitively a Dreamcast game. There’s no way it fits the criteria they were working in. 

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39 minutes ago, Sarlaccfood said:


Agreed with you about the racers but PSO is definitively a Dreamcast game. There’s no way it fits the criteria they were working in. 

 

Strongly disagree. PSO on GameCube and Xbox is vastly expanded, double the size and still the definitive experience. The GameCube version is still the version that I am playing online, and the version I'd want in a mini system.

 

Same goes for PGR over MSR.

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1 hour ago, MW_Jimmy said:

 

Strongly disagree. PSO on GameCube and Xbox is vastly expanded, double the size and still the definitive experience. The GameCube version is still the version that I am playing online, and the version I'd want in a mini system.

 

Same goes for PGR over MSR.


That might be true but it is inherently a Dreamcast game. It is part of that consoles identity rather than the two in question.

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9 minutes ago, MW_Jimmy said:

 

On that proviso you can basically discount around half of Sam's Xbox list!


Maybe a couple but not really. And Sam normally justified their inclusion by noting it was the best version etc. That’s kind of the difference with the consoles I guess, part of the Xbox’s appeal was having the best version of certain multiplat games. 
 

Anyway they talked loads about it themselves (that‘s why MGS Twin Snakes wasn’t in this and RE4 wasn’t on the PS2 mini) so I wont carry on, but in summary:
 

It’s a Dreamcast game.
 


 

 

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1 minute ago, Sarlaccfood said:

Maybe a couple but not really. And Sam normally justified their inclusion by noting it was the best version etc.

 

I mean when you're wrong just double down on the wrongness isn't it? :D

 

Still, I am very much enjoying discussing this imaginary console with its imaginary list of games from a podcast with you.

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13 minutes ago, MW_Jimmy said:

 

I mean when you're wrong just double down on the wrongness isn't it? :D

 

Still, I am very much enjoying discussing this imaginary console with its imaginary list of games from a podcast with you.


Haha fair enough, I should have said the difference is the ones he chose were pretty platform agnostic games to begin with*. Whereas PSO is so intrinsic to the Dreamcasts identity.

 

*I think it’s BS Sam included the GTA double pack as those are very much PS2 games to me. As soon as he did that Matt should really have let loose with Twin Snakes, REmake etc.)

 

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Not that he needed to it turns out. 

 

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Computer Game Show Draft Episode

 

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Surely Sea of Thieves isn't eligible given it came out like 3 years ago? I guess the joke about it being the Pirate DLC specifically is what allows it, but that means it's only the DLC content that can be discussed presumably?

 

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1 hour ago, Radish said:

Computer Game Show Draft Episode

 

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Surely Sea of Thieves isn't eligible given it came out like 3 years ago? I guess the joke about it being the Pirate DLC specifically is what allows it, but that means it's only the DLC content that can be discussed presumably?

 


I believe their new rule is that ANY game can be picked. Whether it came out this year or not. Obviously picking a game that didn’t come out this year runs the risk of not getting through the rounds however I suspect Pirates Life will be seen as enough of an upgrade to get it through. I don’t think it will though as only Sean likes it! Unless, shenanigans!

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1 hour ago, Radish said:

Wait so Game of the Year is now just whatever game you fancy? David should have brought Titanfall 2 again then, especially since Mat only just finished playing it and loved the campaign. 

Not exactly. They had a conversation about how to handle long lived games that can drastically change over time, such as Sea of Thieves and Destiny 2. The ultimate decision was that they would just allow any game to be nominated, but as ever it would fall on that game's champion to justify the choice on the GOTY show.

 

Titanfall 2 would be unlikely to get very far as the obvious argument would be that it came out years ago and remains the same game it was at the time. However if Titanfall 2 had some kind of massive expansion this year with a new campaign or something, there would be grounds to argue its place in the list.

 

4 hours ago, AstroBot said:

I’ve learned to take the tcgs GoTY show less seriously these days.  

I don't think it's ever been meant to taken seriously. First exhibit: Titanfall 2. :D

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