Learned from Gaming Podcast
Episode 040 What We Learned from Dungeons and Dragons

Episode 040 What We Learned from Dungeons and Dragons

September 10, 2019

Episode 040 What We Learned from Dungeons and Dragons

 

In which we try really hard not to get too deep into politics or Endgame and/or Game of Thrones Spoilers before we also just do a big ol’ episode on D&D.  With our special guest, Dan Murray, we deep dive into how playing D&D impacted us, what we learned from it and what we continue to learn from table top RPGs to this day.

Games discussed this Episode:

Dungeons and Dragons for table top play

Fortnite for everything

The Witness for contemporary consoles

Hero Quest for table top play

Langrisser for Mobile Devices

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! for contemporary consoles

Monster Hunter World for contemporary consoles

Minion Masters for PC

Dragon Ball FighterZ for contemporary consoles

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 for PS2, Xbox and Game Cube

Risk of Rain 2 for PC

Montezuma’s Revenge on the Apple ii

Lisa for PC

Undertale for PC

Oxenfree for contemporary consoles

Daikatana for PC

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

US politics now also involves Lootboxes: https://kotaku.com/u-s-senator-says-his-anti-loot-box-bill-has-the-video-1834905639

 

Dan brings up Critical Role: https://critrole.com/

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thank you Dan Murray for joining us today.

Dan says check out Torchlight Games and Hobbies: https://www.facebook.com/torchlightgh/

Torchlight Website: https://www.facebook.com/torchlightgh/

Chase wants to give a shout out to Beanduck’s Exalted Content: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5yhKyRq4ox0POZ_wxMW38-ID6twqV8rj

Beanduck’s Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/beanduck

Episode 039 What We Learned from Stalker and Minion Masters

Episode 039 What We Learned from Stalker and Minion Masters

September 6, 2019

Episode 039 What We Learned from Minion Masters and Stalker

 

In which we dive into the world of semi-idle RTS games and how nothing else has really ever tried to be the next Stalker.  We also provide you with audio samples of Stu poking the bear.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Minion Masters for PC

Forced for PC

Majesty 2 for PC

Stalker for PC

Risk of Rain 2 for PC

Detroit: Become Human for contemporary consoles

Langrisser for Mobile Devices

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! for contemporary consoles

Risk of Rain 2 for PC

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Stu and Chase discuss the unusual but maybe not surprising success of Subverse a Porn game.  Here is an article: https://www.pcgamer.com/a-kickstarter-for-a-game-thats-basically-hentai-mass-effect-has-raised-over-a-million-dollars/

 

You can be a professional Story Teller for table top RPGs.  Specifically we are talking about RPG Research, an organization out of Washington DC.  Look them up, they have a podcast and are an incredible resource: https://www.rpgresearch.com/

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thank you Robert Ring for counting episodes with us.

Episode 038 What We Learned from System Shock 2 and Anthem

Episode 038 What We Learned from System Shock 2 and Anthem

August 21, 2019

Episode 038 What We Learned from Anthem and System Shock 2

 In which we discuss the art of removing slivers, we remember a great game from back in the day, and we discuss what happens when you don’t have a team lead and no direction and corporate overlord expectation issues and are all around unorganized, then we shift over to discuss what Star Citizen might be and we even have an email!

 Games discussed this Episode:

Anthem for contemporary consoles

Dragon Age Inquisition for contemporary consoles

Monster Hunter World for contemporary consoles

Warframe for contemporary consoles

Diablo Series for PC/Contemporary consoles

Final Fantasy XI for PC/PS2

World of Warcraft for PC

Red Dead Redemption for contemporary consoles

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for contemporary consoles

Solus Project for contemporary consoles

System Shock 2 for PC

System Shock for PC

Half-Life for PC

007: Golden Eye for Nintendo 64

Star Citizen for PC

EVE Online for PC

Stardew Valley for contemporary consoles

Deep Rock Galactic for PC

Langrisser for mobile devices

Minion Masters for PC

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Jason Schreier’s article on the development of Anthem and employee testimonies of the failings of Bioware/EA: https://kotaku.com/how-biowares-anthem-went-wrong-1833731964

 

What happens when you make games without trying, just to see if they will be used, but like really not trying too hard.  A GDC talk about not trying to make good Slot Games: https://www.gdcvault.com/play/1025766/1-500-Slot-Machines-Walk

 

Stu’s email section article mention: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-02-12-playing-games-can-build-21st-century-skills-research-explains-how

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Give Fred Rojas some love at Gaming History 101: https://gaminghistory101.com/

 

Episode 037 What We Learned from Emulation, ROMs and playing Swindle

Episode 037 What We Learned from Emulation, ROMs and playing Swindle

June 27, 2019

In which we discuss the strange world of game emulation and JRPGs that never made it to the West back in the 90's, stealth game mechanics and we get a great and engaging email from friend of the show Robert Ring from the Classic Gaming Podcast.  We also have a guest show up right at the end unexpectedly, spoilers it’s Chase’s son waking up so he has to step out a bit early.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Diablo for PC and PS1

Anthem for Contemporary Consoles

Trails of Mana/Secret of Mana 2/seiken densetsu 3 for SNES and now Switch

Final Fantasy Adventure/Sword of Mana for a number of systems

Secret of Mana for SNES

Bahamut’s Lagoon for SNES

Treasure of Rudras for SNES

Front Mission for SNES

Front Mission 3 for PS1

The Swindle for PC

Dwarf Fortress for PC

Mega Man games for everything

Super Mario Bros for NES

Portal for PC and some last gen consoles

Cultist Simulator for PC

Binding of Isaac for PC/Contemporary console

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Chase brings up that Lightsaber dueling is now an official sport in places like France: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/19/18231268/lightsaber-dueling-french-fencing-federation-official-sport

 

Diablo and Hellfire are now on GoG? https://www.gog.com/game/diablo

Blizzard official release: https://news.blizzard.com/en-gb/diablo3/22887361/diablo-now-available-on-gog-com

 

We did not really want to talk about Anthem or the news cycle around it, we just wanted to play it.  Some of us couldn’t even do that though: https://www.polygon.com/gaming/2019/5/7/18514310/anthem-bugs-delays-development-issues-bioware

 

Unreleased NES Wrestling game found: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/03/random_unreleased_wrestling_game_on_nes_discovered_after_30_years

 

A discussion of the design of Super Mario 1-1 from Extra Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH2wGpEZVgE

 

Stu says check this video out about Megaman and game Design and it gets some points across but is NSFW and involves punching Roll, which isn’t cool.  Robots need love to.  Egoraptor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FpigqfcvlM

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thanks Robert Ring for the Email!  Checkout Classic Gaming Podcast at https://classicgamingpodcast.com/

Thanks for all the great work done at Fantasy Anime in terms of JRPG preservation: https://www.fantasyanime.com/index

 

 

Episode 036 What We Learned From Vampire and Theif

Episode 036 What We Learned From Vampire and Theif

May 22, 2019

In which we discuss the arcane nature of Prince the performer, then dive deep into the darker places of the world bringing up games like Vampire the Masquerade, Spycraft 2.0 and Thief: The Dark Project.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Vampire the Masquerade, a table top RPG

Exalted, a table top RPG

Spycraft 2.0, a table top RPG

Dungeons and Dragons, a table top RPG

Thief: The Dark Project for PC

Hitman for PC

Tenchu: Stealth Assassin for Playstation

Quake for PC

Langrisser for Mobile Devices

War Groove for Everything (almost)

Anthem for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Apex Legends for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Super Mario Bros U Deluxe for Nintendo Switch

Into the Breach for Switch and PC

Destiny for contemporary consoles

Warframe for contemporary consoles

Fortnite for contemporary consoles

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

 

In a truly rare display (for 2019) Ubisoft makes money and doesn’t lay people off: https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-makes-strong-profits-doesnt-fire-800-people/

 

Activision/Blizzard makes record highs in revenue then fires almost 800 people: https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/12/18222096/blizzard-layoffs-february-2019

 

The time a AAA Games Executive (Satoru Iwata) took a pay cut in solidarity with his employees to ensure they would continue working: https://kotaku.com/nintendo-boss-is-taking-a-huge-pay-cut-because-of-the-1511382834

 

Extra Credits video comparing Destiny and Warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERepKk7dZSc

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Chase Shoutouts to Onyx Path Publishing: http://theonyxpath.com/

 

Episode 035 What We Learned From Left 4 Dead 2

Episode 035 What We Learned From Left 4 Dead 2

May 15, 2019

Episode 035 What We Learned from Left 4 Dead 2

 

In which we discuss the fun and fury that came from playing Left 4 Dead 2 together, and just what we learned from it.  We also dip a bit into the news and even talk a bit about D&D.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Left 4 Dead 2 for PC and last generation consoles

Destiny for all contemporary consoles

Evo for last generation consoles

Deep Rock Galactic for PC (Early Access)

Friday the 13th for contemporary consoles

Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Switch

Into the Breach for contemporary consoles

Monster Hunter World for contemporary consoles

Stellaris for contemporary consoles
Gremlins Inc, a board game

Dungeons and Dragons, a table top RPG

True Sight

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Discussing Bungie/Activision Split and Jason Shreier’s article on it: https://kotaku.com/bungie-splits-with-activision-1831651740

 

Discussion of Sesame Credit in China: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-24/why-china-s-social-credit-systems-are-surprisingly-popular

 

Screen time use in Teens not that big a deal: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-kids-who-use-tech-seem-to-be-all-right/?amp%3Btext=The&fbclid=IwAR2eUMzvl1lBe1KH4Wn_q5FdDDeH_AULucJYHLI8rpTJStdGJh8EqSErF9Y

 

Taken off of the Geek Therapy Community Facebook page, Wired article by Simon Chandler on the use of VR to assist in Diagnosing Mental Illness.

https://www.wired.com/story/virtual-realitys-latest-use-diagnosing-mental-illness/?mbid=social_fb&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=wired&utm_medium=social&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2IuzroyfQjEof2TykUTJdGmdbAVdsfHzMX8Jof0dSB2sEIP7P0WBk29ZU

 

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thanks to Geek Therapy Community https://www.geektherapy.com/

Thanks to Fred Rojas, Gaming History 101 and Gaming History X

Stu recommends True Sight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ass6ztDl5oQ

 

 

Episode 034 What We Learned From Stellaris and the Return of the Obra Dinn

Episode 034 What We Learned From Stellaris and the Return of the Obra Dinn

April 12, 2019

Episode 034 What We Learned from

 

In which we discuss our approximately 30-31 dedicated listeners, we yearn to become robotic as we take over the stars in Stellaris and dive into the Return of the Obra Dinn.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Stellaris for contemporary consoles

Return of the Obra Dinn for PC
Master of Orion 2 for PC

The Quiet Man for contemporary consoles

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch

Fire Emblem Heroes on Mobile Device

Monster Hunter World on comtemporary consoles

Beat Sabre for PC

Deeprock Galactic for PC

Path of Exile for PC

Mystic Veil for table top play

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

ADGQ 2019 occurred.  Check it out and as always support the great causes behind this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o083ySYoekM

 

Stu brings up how game sales as reported in the UK can be considered one of the highest grossing businesses in that area by no small margin:

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-01-10-the-uk-games-industry-in-2018-winners-and-losers

A discussion of Tattoos that are on real people who are represented in games:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/style/tattoos-video-games.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbaker/2019/01/04/lebron-smartly-sides-with-the-producers-of-nba-2k-in-tattoo-copyright-case-but-will-that-be-enough/#6fbec4857663

Extra Credits Because Games Matter videos: A Teachable Moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZsAWciOS4w&list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5AgQCI0R7DY0BDrRLmRjkpw&index=4

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thanks Classic Gaming Podcast and sorry Jay for forgetting your name!
https://classicgamingpodcast.com/

Check out Fred Rojas playing the Quiet Man:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ispslWKg0dE

Gaming History 101, check them out!

https://gaminghistory101.com/

Fred’s video on Final Fight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQDpNH6xSzY

Check out Future Monkeys!

https://futuremonkeys.podbean.com/

 

 

Episode 033 What We Learned From Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3

Episode 033 What We Learned From Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3

March 7, 2019

Episode 033 What We Learned from Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3

 

In which we hit over 1000 total downloads of all show episodes, and we mess up the intro again.  We also deep dive into what we liked and learned from Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Fallout 76 for contemporary consoles

Fortnite for contemporary consoles
Pinball, an actual arcade game, it’s in the shape of an elevated table.

Final Fantasy Tactics for Playstation

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for Gameboy Advance

Final Fantasy Tactics A2 for Gameboy Advance

Bushido Blade for Playstation

Legend of Man for Playstation

Parasite Eve 1 and 2 for Playstation

Disgea originally for Playstation 2 but now on almost everything.

Space Quest 3 for DOS/PC

The Room 3 for PC

Slay the Spire for PC

Return of the Obra Dinn for PC

Demon’s Crest for Super Nintendo

Pokemon Let’s Go!: Pikachu for Nintendo Switch

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Stu brings up the abysmal launch of Fallout 76, and how it is consistently having issues reported about it, as well as just the state of the game at launch.

 

Local media pulls from Bloomberg and vilification of video games: https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/living-story/9062120-fortnite-addiction-is-forcing-kids-into-video-game-rehab/?fbclid=iwar1vvshpw4qj8l9lmp0y6yi2l67iw8j1mjmf-0t3eb58mn63thw3bwynxjo

 

Comparison of community response to Fortnite compared to Pinball’s reception over the last century: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/popularity-fortnite-common-20th-century-pinball-craze-180970721/?fbclid=IwAR0cRoU6WJSPYVKH4sH_PYH0BP8OPxGS_H9dGDrNNGQlIlhkyBe1O94xqMg

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Shoutouts to Geek Therapy for having such a great community and always being a great source for information and stories on nerd culture and how technology impacts us.

Check out Classic Gaming Podcast at https://classicgamingpodcast.com/

 

 

Episode 032 What We Learned from Brave Frontier and Diablo 3

Episode 032 What We Learned from Brave Frontier and Diablo 3

February 14, 2019

In which we get off to a weird and somewhat personal start then jump into gatcha games and fighting Diablo (again!).  We also get into LABO in classrooms, how Tetris can help you defuse/distress, the death of ROM sites (Thanks Nintendo) and I talk a wee bit about Stellaris (again!).

 

Games discussed this Episode:

LABO for Nintendo Switch

Tetris for many different systems

Brave Frontier for Mobile Devices      

Diablo 3 for contemporary consoles

Warcraft 3 for PC

Starcraft 1 and 2 for PC

Hexcells on PC

SMITE on PC

Battlerite on PC

Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch

Castlevania: Requiem for PS4

Stellaris for PC

Starlink for contemporary consoles

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Nintendo is working to get LABO into classrooms: https://labo.nintendo.com/classroom/

 

Tetris can be good for you, and even help stalve off specific types of stress:

NPR Story: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/11/05/662212524/cant-stop-worrying-try-tetris-to-ease-your-mind?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202905&fbclid=IwAR1EF0V7Udq5VNw9DfJGwuWqAJLHOz49zJCf7sF_HBWupk9r3v2uSZgRSgs

Oxford Story: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-03-28-tetris-used-prevent-post-traumatic-stress-symptoms?fbclid=IwAR0SU2fSKrJXzl71IPolZu78YzxRkucjbjMpFm9sOSd5JWKO_fwba4nsohA

Nintendo wins lawsuit against major ROMs site, and the internet reacts: https://ca.ign.com/articles/2018/11/13/nintendo-rom-site-lawsuit-results-in-12-million-judgement

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

 

Episode 031 What We Learned from Diakatana and Infinity the Game (N3)

Episode 031 What We Learned from Diakatana and Infinity the Game (N3)

January 23, 2019

Episode 031 What We Learned from Diakatana and Infinity the Game (N3)

 

In which we discuss miniature war gaming getting Chase out of the house, Stu’s opinions of Daikatana and dive into Red Dead Redemption 2’s work cycle and the story of 100 hour work weeks.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

DOTA 2 for PC

Star Citizen for PC

Red Dead Revolver for PS2

Red Dead Redemption for PS3 and Xbox 360

Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4 and Xbox 1

Infinity the Game 3rd Edition for Table Top Play

Warmachine and Hordes for Table Top Play

Daikatana for PC, N64, and Gameboy

Doom for everything

Doom II for PC

Quake for PC

Quake II for PC

Mario Party for Switch

Into the Breach for Switch

Destiny II for Contemporary consoles

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Stu brings up Open AI’s DoTA2 Bot that can challenge most pro teams.  https://openai.com/five/

 Stu also brings up Star Citizen again, and drops some stats out of his head. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/

 Red Dead Redepmtion 2 RockStar working conditions articles:

Jason Shreier: https://kotaku.com/we-were-working-100-hour-weeks-red-dead-redemption-2-h-1829758281

Polygon: https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/27/18029154/red-dead-redemption-2-working-conditions-rockstar-games-overtime-labor

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/oct/18/rockstar-games-working-conditions-red-dead-redemption-2-rob-nelson

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Ash Barker from Guerrilla Miniature Games!  Check out his YouTube and Patreon: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbO4Vs1vlAA9hz7Ad7IMgug