Author: ShawnS

Let’s Talk About “Services Overload” with Fwends [Episode 006]

Episode 006: Services Overload.  We’re talking out of our pockets about services hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement of an exclusive streaming platform. When is “just another $10 a month” going to become too much? Let’s talk about it, shall we fwends?

Leave a comment wherever you hear it and let us know what you think or what you’d like to hear us talk about next.

About Us and the Show
Age-old friend Rob and I haven’t recorded much together since the days of NfamousGamers back in 2009. The site is long gone now but our five episodes remain online, as does Rob’s guest spot on an early GameLuv PodShot episode.

That’s not to say we haven’t kept in touch. Across town and across the country we IM and chat pretty regularly but just finally decided to sync up in real-time to record a new (hopefully weekly) show. Based on Rob’s “Let’s Talk About it” videos, the new show will focus on a single topic each episode, frequently about gaming but anything is up for discussion. Right now you can find it on either of our YouTube channels (mine | his) but I’m going to eventually get it up on the podcast circuit so you can subscribe wherever you listen to shows.

Let’s Talk About “The Comeback Games” with Fwends [Episode 005]

Episode 005: The Comeback Games where we discuss the games that launched at full price (no Early Access here) and weren’t so hot but made a turnaround through updates and expansions to become pretty good. Some of the games Rob & I talk about include Diablo 3, No Man’s Sky, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Rainbow Six: Siege, Destiny and of course, the yet-to-make-a-comeback, For Honor.

Leave a comment wherever you hear it and let us know what you think or what you’d like to hear us talk about next.

About Us and the Show
Age-old friend Rob and I haven’t recorded much together since the days of NfamousGamers back in 2009. The site is long gone now but our five episodes remain online, as does Rob’s guest spot on an early GameLuv PodShot episode.

That’s not to say we haven’t kept in touch. Across town and across the country we IM and chat pretty regularly but just finally decided to sync up in real-time to record a new (hopefully weekly) show. Based on Rob’s “Let’s Talk About it” videos, the new show will focus on a single topic each episode, frequently about gaming but anything is up for discussion. Right now you can find it on either of our YouTube channels (mine | his) but I’m going to eventually get it up on the podcast circuit so you can subscribe wherever you listen to shows.

Get Final Fantasy XIV Free, from Domino’s Pizza, in Australia

Get Final Fantasy XIV Free, from Domino's Pizza, in Australia

I love a weird gaming cross promotion. They typically come out of Japan but this collaboration between Square Enix and the Oceania division of Domino’s Pizza makes for a random regional mashup. To ncoincide with the recently released Stormblood expansion, gamers can get a free download of Final Fantasy XIV Complete Edition on PlayStation 4 or PC by buying the gut-busting “Pizza & Gaming Bundle” for $49.95. That includes the game and a combo of 3 pizzas, 1 garlic bread, and a 1.5L drink. Nothing says “hot friday night” like sharing three pizzas and watching the download bar slowly creep across the screen! Just kidding: download codes delivered within 24 hours.

But which three pizzas do you order? For the promotion Domino’s has renamed some tried-and-true topping combos to make alliterative allusions to the game. The Meatlovers pizza is now Moogle’s Meatlovers, the veggie is Curious Cactuar, the supreme is Stormblood Supreme, and the Hawaiian is Heavensward Hawaiian. There is one unique creation, the Chocobo Chow which implies that chocobo tastes like chicken. The toppings include chicken, pineapple, capsicum (peppers), mushrooms, onion and spring onion (scallions).

All told, that saves you about $10 over buying everything individually on top of getting the game. Any Final Fans in Australia or New Zealand up for the deal? Anybody else wish they could get the offer in their part of the world?

When asked for their thoughts, GameLuv’s Heart1lly said she’d “prefer stuff from the Eorzea cafe in Japan” and Katy added “it makes me want to have pizza.” Think it over and leave a comment, I’m with Katy and super hungry for generic pizza right now.

Let’s Talk About “Day One-itis & the Pre-Order Itch” with Fwends [Ep.004]

Episode 004: Day One-itis & the Pre-Order Itch where Rob & Shawn issue the edict: thou shall not pre-order games or buy on Day One… unless, ya know, you want to. Just do it for you and not because of an upsell or an ad. Well, this didn’t solve anything!

Leave a comment wherever you hear it and let us know what you think or what you’d like to hear us talk about next.

About Us and the Show
Age-old friend Rob and I haven’t recorded much together since the days of NfamousGamers back in 2009. The site is long gone now but our five episodes remain online, as does Rob’s guest spot on an early GameLuv PodShot episode.

That’s not to say we haven’t kept in touch. Across town and across the country we IM and chat pretty regularly but just finally decided to sync up in real-time to record a new (hopefully weekly) show. Based on Rob’s “Let’s Talk About it” videos, the new show will focus on a single topic each episode, frequently about gaming but anything is up for discussion. Right now you can find it on either of our YouTube channels (mine | his) but I’m going to eventually get it up on the podcast circuit so you can subscribe wherever you listen to shows.

Mastiff Games has a new Logo and Lineup coming

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Back in 2004 I had a little crush going for tiny third-party publisher, Mastiff Games. While NiS and Atlus scooped up Nippon Ichi’s premiere JRPGs like Disgaea and Phantom Brave, Mastiff brought over La Pucelle Tactics. I think I grabbed it at the time because it was only $20 and I probably assumed that any JRPG would only appreciate in value. I was wrong of course, it goes for about $8 Complete in Box these days, but I enjoyed it and kept my eye on Mastiff’s releases after that.

That same year they brought over Technic Beat, Arika’s oddball rhythm game that featured a bunch of music from Namco titles. I was in my hardcore rhythm game period so I happily grabbed it. Seeing Mastiff’s name next appear on the home version of Pump it Up, my absolute favorite dance game of all time, completely pushed me over the edge. I loved these guys!

Unfortunately, that’s also when things started to take a turn for the worse. Their output slowed down and the games they did release (like Gurumin on PSP) weren’t that exciting to me. By 2009 they had contracted the Wii Itch like so many other publishers anxious to capitalize on Nintendo’s unexpected hit console. They did a licensing deal with Remington and put out several hunting games and then spun that shooting gallery gameplay into the Reload and Heavy Fire franchises. Shortly after, their output slowed but they managed to eek by, porting Gurumin to PC and 3DS and hinting at their rhythm roots with Bandfuse, one of those games that hooks up to a real guitar.

Even though my admiration fell off pretty quickly I’ve kept a little flame burning for Mastiff all this time and it may soon be rekindled. The company announced new branding for their 15th anniversary and, most importantly, a “diverse new lineup of games”, according to president and CEO, Bill Swartz.

“Exactly fifteen years have passed since we founded Mastiff. It was fun then, and it’s still fun now”, declares Swartz. “While the fun has remained consistent, we’re marking our fifteenth year as a game publisher with a slate of exciting new games, a new attitude, and a brand-new logo to mark it all.”

The logo is here now — goodbye you lovably derpy old mastiff dog — but the games won’t be announced until this Fall. All I can say right now is that it better not be a “diverse new lineup” of hunting games. Bandfuse was a sign that there’s still love for rhythm gaming at the company and I hope they continue in that direction. More as I hear it.