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What's good, Internet? Join Waypoint's Austin Walker, Danielle Riendeau, Rob Zacny, Patrick Klepek, and Natalie Watson three times a week, as they break down the biggest stories in video games, talk about their favorite media, and unfairly compare everything to Dark Souls.

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    Waypoints 51 - HALO, The TV Show

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 90:28

    This week we're bringing you our thoughts on Halo, the Paramount + TV show based on the immensely popular Halo video game franchise. Join as Patrick, Rob, Ren, and Cado discuss the ways this show landed in very different ways for each of them, why it probably shouldn't have been about Master Chief, and how more interesting characters are pushed to the side because of that choice. Then we answer listener questions like "does Cortana still have a dump truck in this" and "what would you do on a date with Master Chief." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 484 - Interview with Layla and Soren Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 92:01

    Rob has invited Layla and Soren Johnson, CEO and Design Director at Mohawk Games respectively, onto Waypoint Radio this week to chat about their time in game dev- from Soren's time at Firaxis as lead designer on Civilization IV and Layla's time in the State Department to transitioning into running their own studio and creating games alongside a dedicated fanbase in early access. They also chat about their 4X game Old World and it's new expansion Heroes of the Aegean, and trying their best to design from different historical perspectives that people might not expect. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 483 - Waypoint Radio Live

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 126:57

    Join Rob, Ren, and Patrick as they answer listener questions submitted to Patrick's new "question bucket google form." Have you ever wondered if Patrick's ever had hypothermia? If Rob would rather spend a life at sea or a life underground? How about if Ren likes power tools or hand tools better? Get all this and more, and follow us on twitch.tv/waypoint to get notified when we go live next! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 482 - But the Inquisitor Is Hot

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 129:12

    It's Friday the 13th so we're kicking things of spooky style. The Waypoint Radio crew discuss the new Alan Wake 2 details, Bethesda's double delay situation, and Rob's new induction stove (which comes with its own set of built in curses). After the break, Patrick drops a cursed plan for... coverage of the next Avatar movie? In slightly (but only slightly) less cursed news, Rob and Ren have been checking out Warhammer 40K - Chaos Gate: Daemonhunters, a new Tactics game with heavy Gear Tactics vibes that makes a great first impression. (Also, the “Inquisitor is hot” per one Renata Price.) Patrick and Ren both dipped into Iron Lung, a submarine based horror game that does some interesting things with space and perception.Discussed: Alan Wake 2 1:58, Bethesda Delays 7:38, Rob's New Induction Range 32:53, Dunkaccino 43:43, Avatar Plans 51:46, Warhammer 40 - Chaos Gate: Daemonhunters 55:32, Peglin 1:26:27, Knotwords 1:36:27, Iron Lung 1:44:07, Rogue Legacy 2 2:01:49, Loot River 2:04:06, Outro and Announcements 2:06:03 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 481 - Playdate Interview and Gunzilla's Neill Blomkamp Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 73:30

    We've got a special double interview pod today! First up: Patrick chats with Panic's Cabel Sasser and Arisa Sudangnoi about the development of the Playdate, the boutique handheld with a crank. They go over how the project started, what working on one thing for nearly a decade is like, and personal crank stories. Then, Rob and Patrick sit down with filmmaker Neill Blomkamp to talk about his involvement with Gunzilla Games and their new Battle Royale game Off the Grid. They touch on the transition from film to game production, Neill's background in games, and how they plan to imbue their multiplayer game with narrative. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 480 - Patrick Klepek, the Profound Everyman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 117:57

    Much how Rob Zacny Predicted, it's becoming clearer that it will be a Banner Year for Narrative Games, and profound everyman Patrick Klepek is here dipping his toes into the game Renata and Cado definitely didn't bring to the table because they were both too busy doing other things: Citizen Sleeper. Rob's also taken a break from commiting insurance fraud to play that hot new game that everyone's talking about, Guardians of the Galaxy. Then we dive back into the question bucket, where some questionable suggestions are made to Rob with regards to the purchase of a new oven.Discussed: Citizen Sleeper 3:40, Steam Deck 41:17, Guardians of the Galaxy 48:02, The Embracer Group Acquisitions 1:06:03, Outro and Announcements 1:19:53, The Question Bucket 1:24:33 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 479 - The Thing (1982)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 114:00

    Rob, Patrick, Ren, Cado and special guest Gita Jackson gather around their pod mics on this cold dark night to discuss The Thing, the classic film that inspired 2002's The Thing video game, Patrick's choice for our next Waypoint 101! We talk body horror, cinematic tension, box office flops, intimacy and the lack thereof between men, and the best dog actor of all time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 478 - Kirsten Dunst Must Pay

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 140:01

    There comes a time when even the most laid-back people will find something that irks them to no end, and Patrick has found that thing this week. Are your monitors level? Are they the right distance apart? Are they perfectly aligned? Probably not, but hopefully it won't be too distracting. Thankfully the news that Sega is pulling old Sonic games in order to re-release them distracted Patrick long enough for us to launch into a conversation about emulation and "stealing." After the break, Ren reports in from the Overwatch 2 Beta currently underway, and finds the changes from 1 deeply underwhelming. Rob's checking out Dune: Spiceworld and enjoying the sowing part more than the reaping. Cado's finding zen in the art of card stacking with Stacklands, a card based rogue-like village builder with chill beats to make small piles of cards to. Then the crew dives into the question bucket to help Ren out with that whole Halo gun situation.Discussed: Patrick's Monitor Woes 1:12, Emulation and Piracy 28:54, Overwatch 2 53:27. Dune: Spiceworlds 1:37:28, Stacklands 1:43:57, Question Bucket 1:52:27, Outro and Announcements. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 477- Interview with Greg Foertsch

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 77:48

    Rob chats with Greg Foertsch, ex-Firaxis art director and founder of Bit Reactor, about his time on Gettysburg!, XCOM, and other seminal strategy games after getting an internship at Microprose right out of art school. Greg reminisces on his time at Firaxis, learning to turn a computer on, and how making games has changed drastically since Gettysburg! was developed. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 476 - Strapped Up With That Glintstone

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 118:25

    We've got a chock full episode for y'all this week, from Rob wondering about one of his recent purchases (Steam Deck) to Rob updating us on an old one (Speaker Update!) We're all still plucking away at Elden Ring, but Rob in particular has a new perspective on his build choice. After the break, we talk about the recent allegations of a union related firing at Nintendo of America, and how even if unionization isn't happening yet, the way contractors are treated may mean it's around the corner. Rob's jumping on to the recent point and click adventure game wave with Chinatown Detective Agency, of which the opening hours left Rob a bit unimpressed with it's puzzles (but to a puzzlemaster, aren't all puzzles simple?) Then Patrick tells us about his time with the Playdate, the new handheld crank-based console from Panic, the company that made that one FTP client back in the day. You know the one, with the little truck? Yeah that one. Stick around after the outro for some musings on US timezones, and how we should all just have our own Time Box (tm).Discussed: Steam Deck 1:49, Elden Ring 5:27, Steam Deck Again 20:25, Rob Speaker Update 24:19, Nintendo Union Busting? 45:00, Chinatown Detective Agency 1:08:05, Playdate 1:25:08, Outro and Announcements 1:44:03 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 475 - Interview with NORCO Developer Yuts

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 47:53

    Ren has invited Yuts, writer and lead developer on NORCO, onto the pod today to talk about the origins of NORCO as a side-scroller, different literary styles, what we mean when we say "the american south" today, hope, and other equally fascinating and bummer topics. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lore Reasons: Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary trailer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 41:25

    Lore Reasons is back for a very special mini-sode! The Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event dropped some new announcements so we had to get Austin, Natalie, Patrick, and Cado back on mic to live react to the announcements! The crew then does a bit of lore sleuthing to see how much they remember about Kingdom Hearts, what the deal with those hoodies is, and which person with an X in their name is which. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 474 - BweeEEEEeeop SLAP

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 103:20

    Rob Zacny, some would say, is a man of taste. And as any man of taste would be, he's incredibly discerning, especially when it comes to his Audio Equipment. Join Ren and Patrick as their whisked away on a tale of audio shops, conspiracies (!?), and audio speaker maintenance. After the break, Ren checked out Gundam Evolution, a new character based team FPS that has surprisingly good Mech-feel. Then she says some objectively wrong things about DOTA 2 that really made this producer question her judgment. Patrick has to address one point of clownification, er, clarification before our NORCO spoilercast drops later this week on Waypoint Plus, and then the crew takes a dive into the question bucket, where we learn that yes, in fact, Renata can be wrong (see: previous DOTA 2 statements).Discussed: Rob Zacny's Audio Saga 1:51, Gundam Evolution 51:54, NORCO 1:20:07, Gettysburg 1:26:04, The Question Bucket 1:28:08 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    WPR 473- It's Got the Wort Wort Worts

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 114:02

    We kick off this weekend with a lengthy discussion of remote vs in office work. COVID has changed how many companies deal with remote work, but some companies are trying to return to the world before. Riot Games is one of those companies, and as Patrick has reported, has taken some poor measures with regards to their employees safety. After the break, Ren, Patrick, and Cado have all been checking out NORCO, the sci-fi? magical realist? point and click adventure that is causing waves and garnering quick Disco Elysium comparisons. Then we check back in with Rob, who's taken his exploration of the Halo franchise to a new level with Halo Wars. Does it have good Halo-feel? Should he be playing with a controller? Was there enough lore? We might answer a few of these questions so tune in!Discussed: Riot Games return to office policies 0:32, Max Payne 32:12, NORCO 46:57, Weird West 1:10:29, Halo Wars 1:19:05, Acti-blizzard announcement 1:44:52, Outro and Announcements 1:47:47 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 472 - You See A Vent, You Go In That Vent!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 104:42

    As we return to a more regularly scheduled podcasting, the Waypoint Radio crew emerges to find that the return of the immersive sim may be upon us. Rob's been digging into Weird West, a third person isometric view CRPG styled immersive sim, and has found that a few of those gold ingots he dug up might be pyrite. Ren's been checking out Abermore, a first person Thief inspired immersive sim, that had a troubled development, but still has interesting ideas despite it's unpolished nature. After the break, Patrick talks us through his article on his relationship to E3 and the recent news that there will be no E3 2022. He's also been playing Ghostwire: Tokyo, and ended up finishing it in fact. He's not sure why, but he did! Discussed: Weird West 0:44, Abermore 31:53, The Death of E3 59:29, Ghostwire: Tokyo 1:11:36, Question Bucket 1:22:34 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 471 - The Halo 5 Defender has LOGGED ON

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 101:30

    In what was certainly not supposed to be an episode of Waypoints, Rob, Patrick, Ren, and Cado all gather up to discuss the first episode of Halo, the Paramount Plus live action TV series based on the FPS juggernaut. Along the way, we learn that Ren has all of the Halo lore crammed into her skull alongside the assertion that "4 and 5 had good campaigns, actually." The crew discusses the production on the show, how it reads differently depending on your previous knowledge of Halo, and talk about how it compares to previous live action Halo media.Forward Unto Dawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTGqNRhm_qQDiscussed: 0:00 Halo TV Show Episode 1 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 470 - LIVE(?) FROM NEW YORK!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 88:45

    Content warning for discussion of alcohol from 2:38 - 9:58We are all in NEW YAWK CITY???? Getting set up for a STREAM! To raise money for TRANS LIFELINE!!! On this pod though we talk about Norco, little dip of Elden Ring, and a day early discussion of Gran Turismo 7's credit problem.Discussed: Norco 33:56, Elden Ring 44:05, Gran Turismo 7 47:26 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 469 - My Wife Bought Me Heelies

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 140:16

    We're currently setting up for our livestream (March 26th!) and yet we still found time to record one last remote podcast. Ren, Patrick, and Cado (or Ricardo? who could say) gather round their mics today to gawk at the opening hours of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and the bizarre choices that seem to have been made from coming in way too hot. After the break Patrick takes us through his time with Ghostwire: Tokyo, a game with a lot of style but little substance. Then we dive into the pizza bucket. that's right, a whole bucket of pizza to swim around in.Discussed: Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin 29:35, Ghostwire: Tokyo 1:18:19, The Pizza Bucket 1:40:25 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 468 - Paul, the Pizza Guy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 114:44

    Pizza. Keyboards. Tunic? Mechs. This podcast has it all and well, it was a hell of an edit. So we're running into stream time, so enjoy this very light teaser for the most Friday Energy pod we've recorded in a while. Discussed: Keebchat 34:06, Tunic 48:43, Phantom Brigade 1:04:18, Outro and announcements 1:49:46 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 467 - Interview with "Tunic" Developer Andrew Shouldice

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 48:47

    On this special episode of Waypoint Radio, Patrick interviews the ... director? creative visionary? Well, he might not know what to credit himself as but his name is Andrew Shouldice and he was solo dev on the isometric action adventure game Tunic, until he wisened up and got some help! They chat about moving from solo development to team based development, how Tunic's cute fox protagonist came to be, and how finding hidden secrets in video games as a kid influenced the design of Tunic's world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 466 - Canonical Wolf Tornado

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 98:29

    Gita Jackson is back on the pod to join Patrick, Ren, and Cado on their long adventure into the depths of everything Elden Ring. We talk about Elden Ring's immense reach compared to other FromSoft titles, moments of dubious boss balancing in the late game, and that ever present cycle of difficulty and accessibility discourse that we return to with each new iteration of the Souls formula, and the ways we all approach difficulty differently in isolation and within community.Discussed: Elden Ring 8:23, Mechanical Spoilers for a boss fight and a specific area quirk 33:23 - 46:24Steve Saylor on accessibility and Elden Ring youtu.be/FOQFu7OKJ5o See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Waypoints 50 - The Batman (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 119:56

    Patrick, Renata, and Cado all saw a movie this weekend, but first they have to talk about what Cado spend 23 hours doing over the weekend. That's right, it's Raid Time in Destiny and Cado went full gremlin mode. After that, we get into Matt Reeves' The Batman, discussing how surprisingly funny it is, it's issues with character motivations, and how much it really loves cops. Discussed: Destiny 2 Raid 3:06, Raid Encounter 1 Spoilers 7:36 - 14:02, The Batman 36:43, Outro 1:58:39 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 465 - Rob Zacny, A River To His People

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 88:08

    The crew have been having some computer issues, where for some reason or another their computers won't sleep correctly. I think they should probably stop giving them coffee right before bed, but apparently it has something to do with rogue usb devices. Patrick, Ren and Cado then continue their talk of Elden Ring, and consider where different people can find the Role Playing in a RPG video game. After the break, Rob takes us on a journey of discovery in Gran Turismo 7, where the cars are beautiful and Rob's Racing Wheel driving is not.Discussed: Elden Ring 19:54, Elden Ring Quest Spoilers 45:02 - 46:31, Gran Turismo 7 51:13, Announcements and Outro 1:24:22 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Waypoints 49 - In This Analogy The Death Star is Good

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 128:36

    Ren and Cado have introduced the world of the Wired to the Waypoint crew. They discuss Serial Experiments Lain on today's pod, a late 90's anime that is surprisingly precinct about the malleability of information in online contexts and the formation of identity in a hyper-connected world. After the break, Rob's been considering the supply chain, and how we've ended up where we are now (spoiler: it's capitalistic greed!) Then, finally, after being wrongly cast aside last podcast, Patrick is here with his impressions on his time so far with the Steam Deck.Discussed: Serial Experiments Lain 1:53, The Supply Chain 38:28, Steam Deck 1:10:16Planet Money Podcast - Of Boats and Boxes, American Prospect - How We Broke the Supply Chain See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 464 - Awaken Ye Tarnished

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 120:58

    We open this pod with a short discussion on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the reactions from a few developers that are headquartered in and nearby the affected regions. Then, Ren and Patrick have awoken as Tarnished and seek a better horse in Elden Ring. Ren's enjoying her time but wishes some of From Soft's design ethos was more evident in the open world (and that damn horse), and not just in specific (spectacular) moments. After the break, Cado is exploring a different kind of fucked up swamp in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, the latest expansion which adds a bevy of new mechanics and a more engaging campaign than past Destiny 2 dlcs. Rob's been checking out Grid Legends, an racing game with delightfully charming FMV storyline, and the racing is ok too.Discussed: Ukraine 0:44, Elden Ring 6:40, Small quest spoilers 32:42 - 34:09, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen 57:06, Grid Legends 1:27:53, Outro and Announcements 1:53:37 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 463 - You Could Buy A House With Those Skins

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 49:49

    Patrick interviews Dimitri Pascaluta, writer and host for theScore Esports. They chat about Dimitri's Counter Strike skins, how the CS skin market has exploded during the pandemic, and how that left him with a collection worth about "a down payment on a house." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 462 - Neck Deep in Foul Taint

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 99:00

    You can thank new Waypoint crew Ren for that title, btw. Rob and Ren have been streaming Total War: Warhammer 3 over on our channel and experiencing all sorts of foul taints, like the foul taint of a hard counter faction setting up shop right next to you, or the taint of realizing the game was trying to get you to not have to fight them right away once you've already spent most of your stream fighting them. Cado's been dealing with the foul taint of corporations in Citizen Sleeper, a node-based RPG set on a space station in a future where people rent their minds to corporations to pay off debts, with strong indie TTRPG roots and great worldbuilding. After the break, Patrick makes the hard decisions in Infernax, a 2D pixel art metroidvania with story branching choices. Then the crew dive into the Question Bucket for more Branded Jeep mayhem.Discussed: 0:55 Total War: Warhammer 3 0:55, Citizen Sleeper 41:07, Infernax 1:00:23, The Question Bucket 1:11:16, Outro and Announcements 1:29:17 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 461 - Patrick's Trick

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 105:45

    We have special guest Matthew Gault on pod today to talk about Horizon: Forbidden West. He and Patrick have both put time into it, but they're both starting to experience fatigue around this particular open world design philosophy. If what you've wanted is a prettier, bigger Horizon: Zero Dawn though, this game seems made for you. After the break, Cado puts the end cap on Pokemon Legends: Arceus, confirming his suspicions that the narrative doesn't satisfyingly address the conflict between colonizers and indigenous people that they've based their story on. Then there's a quick dive into the question bucket for some deliberations over being a "Rob Zacny type," accidental boat purchases, and video game branded jeeps.Discussed: Horizon: Forbidden West 12:53, Pokemon Legends Arceus 1:10:38, Spoilers for final mission in Arceus 1:14:24 - 1:16:22, The Question Bucket 1:27:10 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 460 - Welcome Renata!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 94:59

    Our brand new gen-z correspondent Renata Price is on the show today to tell us that gamers age 15-25 did Not like the Nintendo Direct. However, us 30 somethings were hootin' and hollerin' about the various remakes and something called "mouthful mode." Patrick and Cado have both checked in on new MMO du jour Lost Ark, a South Korean produced MMO that's been making waves in its home country for a few years now. After the break, Rob takes us on a journey through his medieval monarch machinations as he checks out the new Crusader Kings III Expansion: The Royal Court. Then we answer some questions and really get deep into the ergonomics of bath sitting.Discussed: The Nintendo Direct 0:48, Lost Ark 29:13, Vampire Survivors 40:26, Crusader Kings III 50:11, Outro and Announcements 1:29:50 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 459 - No Crimes Happening Here!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 128:56

    Patrick and Rob are having heating issues, and are absolutely not going to commit any crimes at all to fix them. Patrick's been checking out Bloodborne PSX, a game that controls too well to have ever actually been on the PS1. Speaking of controls, Patrick and Cado check in with King's Field IV, and find that after some cough cough controller rewiring cough cough, there's a lot of Souls DNA in this PS2 game, more than they'd assume without Miyazaki at the company. Then Rob, Patrick, and Cado put Back 4 Blood to bed after finishing the finale finale on stream last week. Then a quick dive in the Question Bucket is followed by a hefty discussion of this week's NFL controversy.Discussed: Bloodborne Demake and Kings Field IV 29:02, Back 4 Blood 48:18, The Question Bucket 1:16:17, NFL Talk 1:45:25, Outro and Announcements 2:05:41 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Waypoints 458 - The Glover Interest Index

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 120:57

    Rob and Patrick have been parkouring it up in Dying Light 2 this week. Or rather, kinda parkouring it up while they get enough levels to unlock the full parkour suite? They go in deep on the structural problems with the latest from Techland, reminisce about Dying Light and Dead Island, and bemoan the trajectory that first person open world design has taken. Cado is of course still living his best(?) Pokémon life in Pokémon Legends Arceus, mostly because he's finally getting around to unlocking the best rideable Pokémon. Patrick and Cado then dive into the question bucket and remember some uncomfortable truths about an old fighting game.Discussed: Dying Light 2 1:46, Pokémon Legends Arceus 1:03:27, Mina the Hollower 1:20:10, The Question Bucket 1:25:15, Outro and Announcements 1:58:53 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Waypoints 48 - Yellowjackets, The Expanse, and Rob's Motorsports Mania

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 111:04

    Welcome back to Waypoints! What's usually a very video games light show actually gets interrupted by breaking news: Sony is going to buy Bungie, the studio behind the Halo and Destiny franchises. Next, Cado and Rob talk through the Expanse as it closes out it's final season, and track how the show has changed season to season, and the difference between the Syfy and Amazon Prime eras. After the break, Patrick introduces the crew to Yellowjackets, the new Lost-esque show that people have been raving about. Then Rob tells us about his new Motorsports obsession. What's that? Rob's already into Motorsports? Ok maybe but not these Motorsports!Discussed: Sony Buys Bungie 2:15, Halo TV show 27:16, The Expanse 31:41 , Yellowjackets 54:43, Rob's Motorsports Mania 1:25:46 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 457 - A Fungus Among Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 123:12

    Natalie is back after a long time away from the pod, and brings us news from post-COVID life. Patrick has been playing fast and loose with his computer upgrade, but the PC gods have decided to give him a second chance. Then the crew dives into some news updates, checking back in with the unionization efforts at Activision Blizzard, and talking through the new Star Wars game announcement out of Respawn. After the break, Cado's pleasantly surprised to find that Pokemon Legends Arceus is a dramatic departure from Game Freak's usual structure. Natalie is living her best plant girl life in Strange Horticulture, an indie game about plants, witches, and cults. Then we dive into the Question Bucket to decide which X-man we'd least like to cook dinner for us.Discussed: COVID talk 9:06, Patrick's Costco PC 16:34, Activision Blizzard Unionization 27:03, Respawn Star Wars Announcement 31:01, Pokemon Legends Arceus 40:39, Strange Horticulture 1:17:40, Structural spoilers for Strange Horticulture 1:25:35 - 1:38:04, The Question Bucket 1:38:51, Outro and Announcements 1:54:37 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 456 - Cosmic Resonances

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 137:32

    Boy oh boy is it football season. To start off the pod, Patrick and Rob dive deep into the weekend's playoff games. Then they discuss recent developments in the Microsoft Activision acquisition, as workers at Ravensoft begin the process of forming a union. After the break, Patrick checks back in with his final Halo Infinite thoughts, and then he and Cado go full spoiler mode for Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye.Discussed: NFL and Gambling 1:31, Gambling talk ends 4:34, Microsoft Activision Acquisition Updates 32:58, Halo Infinite 1:01:16, Vampire Survivors 1:19:21, Outer Wilds Echoes of the Eye 1:27:21, Spoilers for Outer Wilds Echos of the Eye 1:30:26, Outro and Announcements 2:08:32 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 455 - Jail for Willy Wonka

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 100:24

    What was originally a slow news week got suddenly extremely busy when Microsoft announced their intention to acquire Activision-Blizzard. Rob and Patrick wrote a lengthy piece for the site and go over some of the nuances of the announcement, how we got here, and whether or not the FTC will do anything to stop what seems like a fairly obvious step towards monopoly. After the break, Patrick is enjoying the grind in Nobody Saves the World as much as he didn't enjoy the end of Halo Infinite. Cado ran into a fan in Valorant, and accidentally ended the game in a 3 vs 1 clutch. Rob's "Old Game I'm Revisiting" this week fits right in with the rainy weather.Discussed: Microsoft Activision Merger 1:31, Nobody Saves the World 54:35, Valorant 1:05:58, Alan Wake 1:13:33, Anchorhead 1:28:07, Outro and Announcements 1:29:53 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 454 - The Games We Think Will Come Out in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 111:22

    2022 is barely two weeks old which means there isn't a lot of new games yet, so we look towards the future to consider: "You think that's actually gonna come out this year?" But first, Patrick is sweeping through some 2021 indie platformers, Rob's rediscovering Halo: Combat Evolved, and Cado's griping about the latest Valorant season.Discussed: Coffee Talk 1:11, Filmechanism 22:36, Below the Ocean 29:47, Halo MCC 34:32, Need for Speed: Shift 40:43, Valorant 44:42, Ubisoft NFTs 57:05, Games of 2022 1:03:02, STALKER 2 1:03:17, Pokemon Legends: Arceus 1:09:41, Hogwarts Legacy 1:16:11, Grand Turismo 1:20:30, Elden Ring 1:23:13, Advanced Wars Reboot Camp 1:25:00, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora 1:27:52, Breath of the Wild 2 1:30:03, Warhammer 40k: Darktide 1:35:38, Midnight Suns 1:40:04, Weird West 1:42:10, Triangle Strategy 1:44:04, Stray 1:45:02, Homeworld 3 1:46:02, Starfield 1:47:42, Outro and Announcements 1:48:54 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 453 - Rob's Year of Motorsports

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 114:05

    The most of the WPR crew is getting back into the swing of things by wrapping up some games of 2021, but not before Rob and Patrick can talk about the end of the NFL's regular season. Cado however is going way back, to 2018, to check out Death Crown: the 1-bit art style and short match times made this RTS the perfect fit for a weekend full of other obligations. Patrick is closing the loop on Outer Wilds: Echos of the Eye, an ultimately welcome addition to what was a fantastic base game, even if the DLC does at moments rub the wrong way against the base game's structure. Then a surprise guest, a certain "mech-spert" if you will, joins us to talk about these Armored Core Rumors. After the break, Rob's been checking out WRC 10, a rally racing game in a franchise he's been largely (and maybe erroneously) ignoring.Discussed: NFL Minute 4:31, Death Crown 23:50, Echos of the Eye 35:39, Echo's location Spoilers start 42:34, Spoliers end 43:20, Armored Core Leaks 55:05, NFL Aside 1:16:50, Lake 1:17:57, WRC 10 1:29:27, COVID talk 1:45:57, Outro Announcements 1:50:41 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 452 - The Gremlin Zone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 108:39

    We're back from the holiday break and we're here to share our experiences being tiny little gremlins. Patrick was the least gremlin of us all at first, playing through The Forgotten City in a normal, non-gremliny amount of time. Cado was his usual MOBA gremlin self, just a bit more than usual over the break. Rob's become a nog gremlin, as well as a tactical naval combat gremlin in Highfleet. Patrick re-entered Halo gremlin mode with Halo Infinite, just on Normal mode this time, while Rob is gremlining it up over in the Master Chief Collection.Discussed: The Forgotten City 2:42, Cado's Gremlin Zone 25:08, Cado's Cruise Zone 31:23, Hightfleet 50:47, Halo Infinite 1:19:01, Halo MCC 1:38:19 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 451 - The Final Question Bucket of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 130:06

    As the year comes to a close, Rob, Patrick, and Cado gaher one last time to talk about how cool Inscryption (last time this year, at least). Then they clear out the question bucket for 2021 by trying to decipher the contents of a company christmas "dinner," genres they would be into in an alternate universe, and whether or not this image is loss.Discussed: Inscryption 3:52, The End of Year Question Bucket 41:34 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 450 - The GOTY of GOTY Categories

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 149:48

    GOTY Season. The time when many games media people really reflect on the year that was, and the game that they played through it. But what if instead of a list of just our favorites we talked about the ones we stuck with too long, the ones that we wished we played more, or the ones that caused the most discourse? This year, we asked you, our listeners, to submit your GOTY categories, and we sat down with 20 of the best to take a look back at 2021 from a slightly different point of view.Discussed: Art of Rally 17:26, F1 2021 25:25, Suzerain 31:48, Hell Let Loose 35:00, Loop Hero 36:38, Mundaun 39:35, The GOTY GOTYs 46:19 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 449 - Tarzan's Sting

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 89:55

    Rob, Patrick, and Cado gather today to record their final podcast of 2021, so of course the first thing they talk about is COVID. After sharing stories about their booster shot symptoms and discussing the way this pandemic just keeps happening, they turn their gaze to The Game Awards. Having already lambasted Geoff's weak response to the culture of abuse at Activision-Blizzard on a previous podcast (that will release sometime in the next two weeks), they take a look at some of the game trailers that have them the most excited, anxious, and confused about the games we might play in 2022. After the break, Patrick has been playing Moncage, a puzzle game that's all about perspective, and Cado has been dropping in a whole new way with Babble Royale, the surprise Scrabble-meets-Battle-Royale that dropped for free this week.Discussed: COVID 2:10, The Keighlies 17:49, A Bit Keighley More 58:51, Moncage 1:06:21, Babble Royale 1:12:14, Solar Ash 1:22:21 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 448 - The Animatrix

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 164:44

    We've got a special treat for y'all on Waypoint Radio today, a glimpse into our Waypoint Plus feed and the discussions on The Matrix Franchise we've been having. Special guest Gita Jackson joins Rob, Patrick, and Cado to dissect the 9 short animated films that make up The Animatrix, the lore and story implications they have, and how transmedia marketing became a diluted standard operating procedure after The Matrix.Discussed: Final Flight of the Osiris 8:17. The Second Renaissance 20:21. Kid's Story 1:08:41, A Detective Story 1:27:59, World Record 1:33:09, Beyond 1:48:02, Matriculated 1:59:25, Program 2:15:41, The Animatrix and the Transmedia Blitz 2:24:41 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 447 - CHOP VS.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 121:43

    Rob, Patrick, and Cado come together on this Keighly's Eve to talk about the things that, well, The Game Awards probably won't talk about. We catch up with the continuing stories coming out of Activision-Blizzard, and the current strike and strike fund to combat against horrible working conditions and the layoffs that happened at Raven Software. After the break, Rob and Cado are taking to the stars in CHOPVS. Er, sorry CHORVS. Wait no, I'm hearing word that it's actually Chorus? An arcady open world space shooter with some questionable marketing decisions around their name, but some pretty fun (well for Cado at least) arcady space shooting action. Patrick's been diving into the XBOX Demo Festival and checked out a few new games, and Rob is playing a game from 2017 that he didn't know had been unlisted from the store, Forza Motorsport 7. Then we take a quick dip in the question bucket to see how deep the roast-your-own-coffee rabbit hole goes.Discussed: Activision-Blizzard 4:13, Chorus 34:36, Xbox Demo Fest 57:04, Overpass 58:23, Loot River 1:00:26, Nobody Saves the World 1:03:47, STALKER 2 1:08:05, The Matrix Awakens - An Unreal Engine 5 Experience 1:13:25, Forza Motorsport 7 1:20:07, The Question Bucket 1:30:57 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 446 - Who's Dune?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 92:10

    Patrick is falling dangerously close to a genre he swears he'll never touch… MOBAs. He's been checking out Arcane, but instead of talking about it, Natalie, Rob, and Cado derail him into an extended news segment? Then, Cado's living his best hacker life in Midnight Protocol, a tactical hacking game you control completely from a command line prompt. After the break, Patrick is back on his platforming bullshit with Solar Ash, the new game from developer Heart Machine that's one part Jet Set Radio, one part Shadow of Colossus, and a whole bunch of parts awesome. Rob's rallying the troops in Company of Heroes 3 multiplayer alpha, the latest in the storied RTS franchise which is now getting a little bit better about giving newer players tools for learning. Then we dip into the question bucket and get to the bottom of Who is dune?Discussed: Midnight Protocol 19:14, Solar Ash 37:42, Company of Heroes 3 45:47, The Question Bucket 1:09:34 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 445 - An "Accidental" Pirate

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 102:07

    We're back! After our half week break we're here and ready to talk about… HDMI splitters and their accidental “perks” if you know what I'm saying. Of course a story about a TV from Patrick was going to lead us into an entire segment on the structure of our entertainment systems and how hard it is to digitally back up our physical media collections. Then, Patrick has wrapped up the end of Unpacking, and find that thankfully the game didn't skew as dark as he once feared it might. After the break, Cado has been checking out Get In The Car, Loser!, an RPG that tells the story of a queer road trip to defeat the Machine Devil while the Divine Order is on your tail, with an interesting Valkyrie Profile-esq battle system and hilarious writing. Rob on the other hand, has more questions than answers as he dives once more into the world of Sherlock Holmes with Frogware's Sherlock Holmes Chapter One. Watson is a ghost? You have to equip your thoughts??? Then we round out the pod with a dive into the question bucket with a lot of followups to the water-refill-at-the-drive-thru debate.Discussed: Unpacking 27:44, Get In The Car, Loser! 43:58, Sherlock Holmes Chapter One 56:06, Question Bucket 1:15:05 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BONUS: WPNMP - Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo and 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 184:46

    Well folks, it's come to this. Through highs and lows, Impacts and Near Impacts, Fantastic Fights and Groan inducing Fan service, the time has come to put a cap on our time with Neon Genesis Evangelion. Join as special guest Gita Jackson joins Rob, Patrick, Austin, and Cado to talk about the final impact this series has had on each of us, both intellectually and emotionally, both positively and negatively. It's time to say goodbye.This podcast is brought to you by Waypoint Plus.We're offering 25% off annual subscriptions to Waypoint+ between Friday, November 26th and Monday, November 29th. Just go to vice.com/waypoint and apply code WAYPOINTHOLIDAY.If you're upgrading from monthly to annual just be sure to click "Already have an account? Sign in" at checkoutIf you're giving as a gift to a friend or family member, go to vice.com/waypointgift and apply WAYPOINTHOLIDAY promo code for 25% off. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BONUS: WNMP - Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone and 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 127:42

    Join Austin, Patrick, Rob, and Cado as they re-enter and re-examine the world of Evangelion once again. What starts as something familiar begins to shift, has us asking why this work is revisited, what all the differences amount to, and where we think Evangelion might go from here.This podcast is brought to you by Waypoint Plus.We're offering 25% off annual subscriptions to Waypoint+ between Friday, November 26th and Monday, November 29th. Just go to vice.com/waypoint and apply code WAYPOINTHOLIDAY.If you're upgrading from monthly to annual just be sure to click "Already have an account? Sign in" at checkoutIf you're giving as a gift to a friend or family member, go to vice.com/waypointgift and apply WAYPOINTHOLIDAY promo code for 25% off. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 444 - Tummy Troubles Are More Problem For Us!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 118:07

    We've got some real chaos energy on this pod, so get ready! We sprinkle emails in amongst some games we're playing, like Patrick checking out the orb game Exo One, a chill game about being a space orb that is sometimes not an orb. Natalie and Cado have been checking out Voice of Cards, the card based RPG that maybe didn't need to be card based at all. Rob is suffering through his time with Battlefield 2042, wondering if a co-op crew might be the answers to his multiplayer woes. Then we fully dive into the Question Bucket to figure out some fast food drive through faux pas, getting into Team Fortress 2 in the year of our lord 2021, and what Class Archetypes the crew kins.Discussed: Exo One 10:24, Voice of Cards: The Dragon Isle Roars 22:16, Dungeon Encounters 37:41, Battlefield 2042 48:59, The Question Bucket 1:08:19 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 443 - Abuse at Activision-Blizzard

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 108:25

    Rob, Patrick, and Cado gather today to talk about the allegations of abuse at Activision-Blizzard. They discuss the ways corporate structures aid abusers, the possibility of ousting Bobby Kotick, and what levers of power workers have to enact lasting change. Then we go stream spoiler mode for Inscryption, the digital card game that ends up being more than meets the eye. After the break, Patrick checks in with Halo Infinite, the latest Halo game from 343 Industries, which takes the Halo franchise open world for the first time. Then Cado and Patrick have a quick check in with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, a game that is harder than Cado remembers, and uglier than Patrick would like.Discussed: Abuse at Activision-Blizzard 1:08, Inscryption 33:47, Inscryption Stream Spoilers 35:17, Xbox Response to Activision 56:06, Halo Infinite 1:05:18, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl 1:33:02 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Introducing: A Show About Animals

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 36:33

    Today we are sharing an episode from one of VICE's newest series -- A Show About Animals. This season, we tell the strange and wonderful story of the wildly famous Koko the “talking” Gorilla. In the early 1970s, a grad student named Penny Patterson set out to investigate a big question: is language unique to humans? So she begins an ambitious experiment -- with the help of a young gorilla named Koko. Pretty soon, Penny says Koko is learning sign language. But, of course, that's not the whole story. You can listen to our weekly series, A Show About Animals, in all the places you get your podcasts. A Show About Animals is hosted and reported by Arielle Duhaime-Ross and produced by Julia Nutter and Pete Lang-Stanton. Our associate producer is Leily Rezvani. Sound design and original score by Pran Bandi, with additional support from Steve Bone. Annie Aviles is our executive editor. Our executive producer and VP of Vice Audio is Kate Osborn. Special thanks to Maximo Anderson for fact-checking. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Episode 442 - Wiggle Waggle Into My Heart

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 122:35

    Natalie and Rob went on a tear through Inscryption on last week's stream, and so now the whole crew has to talk about how awesome this game is. Then special guest Austin Walker joins Cado and Patrick to talk through their time in the Elden Ring network test, and try to contain their hype as they discuss what worked and what questions still remain unanswered about the full game. After the break, the crew talks about the first two episodes of Otherside Picnic, the Roadside Picnic inspired anime about two women who find each other (and quite possibly themselves) in a creepypasta infused version of The Zone.Discussed: Inscryption 3:30, Elden Ring 26:32, Xbox Back Compatibility 1:02:09, Otherside Picnic 1:05:13, Shin Megami Tensei V 1:42:36, Question Bucket 1:45:25 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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