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Elmo basically loves RDR2 because it's a poker game with cutscenes! Think Mat did a good job of critiquing the game.

 

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Even though Astrobot is clearly Special, there would have been something nice about The Gardens Between being TCGS GOTY. Always feels like they champion the wee guys like Trackmania and... Breath Of The Wild.

 

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3 hours ago, Radish said:

So far the hottest take has been Sean saying (with a straight face): "PC gamers don't play indie games, so unless it's something like a moba it won't sell on PC". Absolute bollocks :lol:

 

That's what he said at all, assuming you're talking about the Far: Lone Sails bit. He said that PC exclusives tend not to get talked about much unless they're a big MOBA or something, not that they don't get played. My entire exposure to Far before this podcast was a bit of coverage on the Crate and Crowbar when it came out, so he's not wrong in this instance.

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I get what you're saying. I paraphrased slightly to remove the Far: Lone Sails reference in case anyone wanted to avoid that, but the essence of what he said is there imo. At this point it's just pedantry, but the full quote was: "A game like this that is pc only, like, is never.. it's not big news, is it? if its pc only then unless its big news, then unless its a fucking moba or something then it doesn't appeal to the main pc audience." I just take umbadge at the belief that the main pc audience is only interested in "fucking mobas".

 

Just today we found out that Thumbleweed Park sold the most on PC (more than Switch), Stardew Valley has between 2-5 million sales on Steam alone, etc. It's hardly all in mobas. You could (probably fairly) argue that I'm just being overly precious about it but it just goes back to the email the other week about how they have a weird seemingly snobbish attitude towards all things PC.

 

Edit: Far: Lone Sails also got a fair few reviews at launch too. Gamespot, Eurogamer, Game Informer, Edge, Washington Post, DualShockers, RPS etc all covered it.

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15 million viewers watched the last dota International. We're still talking pretty small numbers by comparison. 

 

I'm a PC gamer primarily. I barely heard a word about Far Lone Sails before Sean. The PC space is so crowded with so much to talk about that a lot of games don't get the attention they deserve.

 

I'm actually about to go and play Far as soon as my bloody toddler goes to sleep. Was £7.50 on Steam today. 

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2 minutes ago, Yasawas said:

Whatever happened to Idle Thumbs, is it dead now?

 

Campo Santo, which some/all of the cast worked for, was bought out; Thumbs, Important if True and other shows on the network have all been on hiatus since. 

 

Thumbs was my favourite show by a mile, so it is pretty sad to be six months+ without a new episode.

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Yeah I remember them saying they had dialled back on Idle Thumbs to concentrate on weekly Important if True. Wonder if there's something in their Valve contract not allowing them to podcast any more. I'm surprised their Patreon is still there when they've nod done anything in almost 10 months.

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Not sure how popular it is here, but for those that aren't aware the IGN UK podcast is going to be changing pretty drastically :( Kruper, Powers and Gav have all left IGN and are going off together to seemingly start their own version of Prepare To Try (imo the best thing IGN has done). Alas they won't have the name PPT, but they've said to check their Twitters on Jan 7th for the full reveal.

 

They were my favourite 3 people on the podcast (probably because I've watched so much PPT) so I'll be curious to see what the podcasts like without them. Excited to see what they're up to next though.

 

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11 hours ago, Radish said:

:( Kruper, Powers and Gav have all left IGN and are going off together to seemingly start their own version of Prepare To Try (imo the best thing IGN has done).

 

Assume that means no more Keyword Countdown too, always loved that bit.

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On 22/12/2018 at 21:26, Mafro said:

Yeah I remember them saying they had dialled back on Idle Thumbs to concentrate on weekly Important if True. Wonder if there's something in their Valve contract not allowing them to podcast any more. I'm surprised their Patreon is still there when they've nod done anything in almost 10 months.

The other pity is that they have (had?) a  small but active and really good forum that seems to now be nearly dead since their podcasts stopped. Valve destroys everything good it touches. 

 

Some of the podcasts hosted on their network are still going, specifically Three Moves Ahead, which was always a completely unrelated thing that just happened to be hosted on the same site (but even it hasn't been as good as it used to be recently). 

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Help me out here, I've been trying to think of this podcast for days. One-on-one format with an English host and a notable guest, usually a developer, discussing their formative gaming experiences. I'm sure Tim Shaefer did one and the only other thing I can remember that might help is that the host had a habit of saying "because it's important to have a consistent media presence" or some such when reciting the list of social networks the cast was available on. It's driving me slightly nuts.

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1 hour ago, Yasawas said:

Help me out here, I've been trying to think of this podcast for days. One-on-one format with an English host and a notable guest, usually a developer, discussing their formative gaming experiences. I'm sure Tim Shaefer did one and the only other thing I can remember that might help is that the host had a habit of saying "because it's important to have a consistent media presence" or some such when reciting the list of social networks the cast was available on. It's driving me slightly nuts.

 

Checkpoints! @declan

 

Wonderful podcast.

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Cheers chaps! I’m surprised (& delighted) how many people keep discovering the show despite finishing up back in April. 

 

Also It shouldn’t bother me because but i feel compelled to point out I’m actually welsh/Irish and I live in Scotland. No idea why I have the accent I do. Too much TV probably. 

 

 

 

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Really enjoyed the GOTG TCGS and feel the correct game won!

 

Some thoughts spoilered as based on the reader knowing the result...

 

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While terribly argued I think @murray was spot on with his reasons for knocking RDR2 down a notch, the controls are awful and it does feel last gen in many ways, the walled garden on missions does take you out of the illusion of the open world as they all become QTE quests that can only be played how rockstar want you too - a flaw that is old as the 3D GTA games. 

 

I bounced off the game with about 10 hours on the clock, I hope to go back to it but will wait for a HDR fix , hopefully some improved controls but that’s unlikley!! It clearly has an incredible world and the story is amazing but much like TLOU if the game is an arse to play there is plenty out there to play and many films and tv shows with vastly better stories - when you have games like Astro Bot, Tetris, GOW, Celeste etc etc it’s hard to play a game that isn’t engaging you because the playing part of it is so difficult.

 

Top show lads, good luck @elmo with the family and hurry back, I’m sure the show will be great but having the main one whole cast completes the show :) 

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Is elmo’s seat being kept warm by a guest host?

 

The GOTY cast reminded me to check out Yoku’s Iskand Express and a.m. was delighted to find it on sale for £6 (Xbox One) and it’s really sucked me in after a few hours, not what I expected at all - until I head the podcast.

 

Thanks for all of the podcasts, laughs and your time elmo, hope to hear you on TGCS again!

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9 hours ago, declan said:

Also It shouldn’t bother me because but i feel compelled to point out I’m actually welsh/Irish and I live in Scotland. No idea why I have the accent I do. Too much TV probably. 

 

Apologies! 

 

Shame it is no more, but given I got into it late and haven't really listened to podcasts in a very long time the dozens of episodes that are there should get me through Picross S2 without too much trouble.

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So Retro Asylum has reached 200 episodes! Me and the rest of the current Retro Asylum team go in search of RA hosts of the past to celebrate 200 episodes of “The UK’s No.1 Retro Gaming Podcast”.

 

Join us in our longest ever episode, as we look back at the show and discuss how the UK retro scene has evolved since we began Retro Asylum back in 2011.

 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/retroasylum/RA_Episode_200.mp3

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