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Let’s Talk About “Free to Play & Play & Play & Play” with Fwends [Episode 002]

On Episode 2, Rob & Shawn almost finally get the intro right. And then talk about the free-to-play lifestyle, its perils, and how we feel about all that. It’s a real premium episode, one that’ll make you subscribe and follow along while we grind our way to the level cap, err, Episode 3.

Some of the games covered include Crossout, Marvel Heroes 2016/Omega, Spelunker World and Ace Combat Infinity (naturally), and some free-to-play MMOs like ArcheAge, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Allods.

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

Original Dragon Quest hidden inside Dragon Quest XI

Original Dragon Quest hidden inside Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age just launched in Japan on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS but players have already found a special Thank You gift hidden in the game. Play-Asia’s guide starts with “after finishing the story”, which is already crazy considering the game has only been on sale for about a week.

Anyways, first you finish the game, then you take a pair of sisters back to the Tree of Life where you can watch a hidden credits video. During the video the “Spell of Restoration” appears — the password system from the Famicom and MSX versions of Dragon Quest — presenting you a download code to punch into the Nintendo eShop or PlayStation Store. Better take a screenshot before it scrolls by.

Once redeemed you’ll have your very own free copy of the original Dragon Quest that nobody else can play, sorta. Some comparisons by fans indicate that this hidden game is a port of the mobile version that’s been kicking around on smartphones since 2013. But, nobody else can play it on a PlayStation 4 (it’s totally got trophies) or Nintendo 3DS, just yet anyways.

The “Spell of Restoration” apparently has a shelf life and the free download codes hidden in Dragon Quest XI will expire on January 28th, 2018. By then I totally expect this version of Dragon Quest to be available for all to buy, followed shortly by more mobile ports of Dragon Quest 2 through 6.

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Let’s Talk About “This Digital Life” with Fwends [Episode 001]

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 get it up on the podcast circuit so you can subscribe wherever you listen to shows. But for now, here’s Episode 001: This Digital Life where we try to wrangle the entirety of digital media – games, movies, and music (oh yeah, and print too!) – and how the move away from physical goods sits with each of us.

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

A quick run through Spelunker World’s NieR: Automata Update

I went ahead and grabbed the requisite update for Spelunker World over the weekend to check out the NieR goodies. After one run through the event stages and a 10x Doggie Diggin’ session I wound up with 1/20th of a 9S outfit. Yup, Spelunker World is still very much a grind. Have a look above. Brushing the dust off my Spelunker skills is hilarious on its own.

NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

Tozai has revealed the latest Spelunker World cross promotion after a long break from new content and naturally it features Square Enix’s most goodwill-garnering title of 2017, NieR: Automata. The details page is broken at the moment but all you really need to see is that new loot that lets you dress up your hapless spelunker as 2B, 9S, A2, and Emil.

The promotion begins July 27th and runs through August 24th in both the U.S. and Japanese versions of the game. I’m not sure if I’m ready to return to the grind just for some chibi gear but I might pop in to see if they did anything clever. NieR subverts a lot of video game conventions and if they squeezed something like that into Spelunker World I’d hate to miss it. Video probably coming soon!