AggroChat #138 - The Hipster Mushroom

Welcome to the beginning of AggroChat Season 4!  This evening we are back to recording normal shows…  and man does it feel weird.  At first we thought we would be short a Kodra, but got an 11th hour message from him stating “I NEEDS TO PODCAST”.  Of note he is on unfamiliar internets and a machine that he does not regularly record on… so the sound quality is a little iffy at times.  Tonight we delve into a huge list of topics that hit all around the map of the things folks have been playing.

Some of the things discussed: Diablo Anniversary Events, Diablo 3 Season 9 Start, Wildstar, Elder Scrolls Online Housing, Death of Landmark, Fears for Lord of the Rings Online, MMO Maintenance Mode, Inside, Owlboy, Ducktales, Super Mario Brothers Games, Shadow Tactics, Dark Souls 3, Bloodborne, Superhot, Glittermitten Grove, Frog Fractions 2

Direct download: aggrochat_episode138.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

AggroChat #137 - The Diablo 2 Game Show

Tonight we wrap up season 3 of AggroChat with the November/December AggroChat Game Club Title Diablo 2.  This pick was made by Grace and is largely an attempt at seeing just how well this game still holds up as compared to the titles we are used to.  Join us as we talk about reconciling our memories of the game with the reality of playing it again.  Additionally we get into a bunch of slantwise connected discussions during the process.  

Direct download: aggrochat_episode137.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

AggroChat #136 - Star Wars Gone Rogue

This week we are recording a bit of a special show in that we have a bunch of gaming stuff to talk about… but also Rogue One happened.  So as a result we are dividing the show in essentially two parts.  The first part we talk about a bunch of gaming topics, and in the second part we give an intermission of sorts to let folks know we are about to delve into a spoilery discussion of the new Star Wars film…  Rogue One.  For those really cautious our spoilery discussion begins around 56 minutes into the podcast.

On the non-spoiler side of the table we talk about The Dawning event in Destiny and how awesome the Sparrow Racing League is.  This causes a brief offshoot conversation about how we actually grip our controllers.  A few of the crew have been playing Hex the digital CCG that many of us backed eons ago in kickstarter so there is some discussion about its current state.  Bel talks about the Warcraft community Icecrown Challenge charity event.  Bel also talks about his experiences playing Let it Die the Darksoulsian Rogue-Like set in a Neo Tokyo setting.  Finally wrapping up the pre Star Wars discussion is some talk about the 2nd edition of the 7th Sea Pen and Paper game.

Topics Discussed - Destiny - The Dawning - Sparrow Racing League - Controller Grips - Hex - Hearthstone - World of Warcraft - Icecrown Challenge - bit.ly/icecrown2016 - Let It Die - 7th Sea - Star Wars: Rogue One

Direct download: aggrochat_episode136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

AggroChat #135 - Looks Like A Kahuna

Tonight we got a bit of late start, but once things got rolling we recorded a proper show.  Last week we had pushed off the topic of Pokemon Sun and Moon because we literally ran out of time.  We start recording around 9 pm CST and when it is past midnight…  we know we are in trouble.  So we talk a bit about the game and things that folks have noticed about it.  Several of us are not terribly far along… others have beaten the game.  Grace talks about her addiction to Justice Monsters Five and how no other games really matter at all.  

Bel goes on a discussion about his feelings about various streaming options and why he is moving towards Beam.  Bel talks about how this is the year that he stopped browsing steam, because there is just too much random stuff out there.  This spawns a conversation about games that get lost in the mix…  like Obsidian’s recent release of Tyranny.  This oddly spawns another contorted shift as Bel talks about that he figures out why he doesn’t really enjoy Halo games.  We shift gears and talk a bit about Final Fantasy XIV and the Alexander Turn 11 fight.  Finally we wrap things up with some talk about the new Star Wars Destiny Collectible Card Game.
Discussion points: Pokemon Sun and Moon - Justice Monsters Five - Twitch vs Hitbox vs Beam - Browsing Steam - Tyranny - Bel and Halo - Final Fantasy XIV - Alexander Turn 11 - Star Wars Destiny
Direct download: aggrochat_episode135.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

AggroChat #134 - Bivouacking Boy Band

Belghast laments the feeling of not exactly knowing what day it is… as we return from our Thanksgiving break to start the show once more.  This week there really is only one game we could be talking about that that is Final Fantasy XV which has all of us playing it…  in completely different styles.  We try our best to talk about non spoilery elements of the game, and mostly talk about the look and feel and play style.  Additionally we talk a bit about The Game Awards and some of the announcements and games footage that was shown there.  Similarly we talk a bit about the Playstation Experience and a few of the games that were shown there as well.  Finally we wrap up with some discussion about Moebius Final Fantasy and how it has become Tam’s new sleepytime game.

Final Fantasy XV - The Game Awards - Death Stranding - Metal Gear Solid - Silent Hill - Hideo Kojima - Mass Effect Andromeda - Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment - Playstation Experience - Marvel vs Capcom 3 - Marvel vs Capcom Infinite - Licensing Difficulties - Last of Us 2 - Uncharted The Lost Legacy - Moebius Final Fantasy
Direct download: aggrochat_episode134.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

AggroChat #133 - Leadership and Games

This week we have a bit of a strange cold open as we talk about our recent system building experiences and the fact that next week we are actually going to need to record a proper sound check.  From there we delve into World of Warcraft and talk about our experiences with the new Karazhan Raid and Trials of Valor, as well as experiences with progression and wrapping up the Emerald Nightmare.  Belghast talks about his experiences in Starfall Prophecy the new Rift raid, and Tam discusses his experiences in Dishonored 2.  Finally we get around to the discussion that named this show as Tam talks about a recent class project.

Things Discussed - Impromptu Building New Systems - WoW - New Karazhan Raid - Trial of Valor Raid - Rift - Starfall Prophecy Expansion - Dishonored 2 -Tam’s Class Project
Direct download: aggrochat_episode133.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

AggroChat #132 - The Cthulhu Game Show

Tonight is the tale of a game that we put off recording the show for weeks in the hopes of clearing up some technical difficulties.  So while we do talk about Cthulhu, the show morphs into a general discussion about the preservation of video games, and what happens to these older titles that don’t quite function as intended on modern platforms.  Additionally we talk a bit about emulation and how it might be the saving grace for especially the early cd based systems.  We talk about this weird time in early FPS games where folks were willing to take chances and make something not entirely in the Call of Duty model.  Given that this is the second of those games we have made a game club title…  it seems like there was something interesting happening that it would be awesome to see again.

Topics Discussed - Technical Difficulties - Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth - Early FPS Titles - Early CD Rom games - Games Preservation - Emulation - December Game - Diablo II
Direct download: aggrochat_episode132.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

AggroChat #131 - Blizzcon Boop

Tonight we wind up delaying the Cthulhu show another week because of continued technical difficulties with that game, which is probably a good idea since we had a lot of other stuff to talk about anyways.  We start off with Bel getting griefed by the rest of the cast as he tries to do the intro, and it just sorta flows from there.  This week was Blizzcon and we talk about some of the exciting stuff to come out of it.  Then we get into a length discussion about our changing attitudes towards Guild Wars 2, and finally wrap things up with some discussion about the new Volo’s Guide to Monsters release.

Topics Discussed: Blizzcon - Overwatch - Sombra - ARG - Diablo 3 - Anniversary Event - Necromancer - World of Warcraft -  Micro Holidays - Argus - Nighthold raid - Tomb of Sargeras raid - Starcraft 2 - Deepmind integration - This is how we make Skynet - Hearthstone - Mean Streets of Gadgetzan - Heroes of the Storm - Varian - Ragnaros - Guild Wars 2 - Fractals - World Events - Mad King’s Labyrinth - Dungeons and Dragons - Volos Guide

Direct download: aggrochat_episode131.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

AggroChat #130 - Ra Ra Rasputin

This week we have a significantly smaller crew because Tam and Kodra actually enjoy going out into the real world sometimes.  They got invited to a Halloween party, and we are left holding down the fort.  The show is dedicated to the Ra Ra Rasputin video that Tam infected us with this week, and our inability to get it out of our heads.  As far as actual commentary we talk Stellaris, the disappointment of Festival of the Lost, the insanity that is the retribution artifact hidden appearance, and some discussion of the Nintendo Switch among other topics that pop into the stream of consciousness that is our podcast.

Topics Discussed - Ra Ra Rasputin - https://youtu.be/WhPvJOnHotE - Stellaris Leviathans - Expansion - Destiny - Festival of the Lost - World of Final Fantasy - World of Warcraft Hidden - Artifacts - Emerald Nighmare - Karazhan Attunements - Nintendo Switch
Direct download: aggrochat_episode130.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:16am EDT

AggroChat #129 - Deckbuilding MMO Design

Tonight we have another in a long line of shows where we go into it not really having a clue what we are going to talk about… then wind up discussing topics for a couple hours.  This week we start off talking about Diablo… the largely forgotten Blizzard game and the beginning of Season 8.  We then veer off into tinfoil hat territory as we talk about some of the popular rumors surrounding Diablo 4.  We talk about how much we are enjoying the new Co-Op PVE mode in Overwatch, and how we wish it was a permanent addition.  We also shift course into a discussion about how games seem to have an obligatory e-sports friendly design these days.  We also discuss our recent progress in the World of Warcraft Emerald Nightmare raid, and now much we are looking forward to Karazhan landing this coming week.  Finally we get into a lengthy discussion about the deckbuilding style of MMO design, namely with Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Secret World and to some extent Rift.

Topics Discussed - Diablo 3 Season 8 - Diablo 4 Tinfoil Hat Theories - David Brevik - Bill Roper - Co-Op Overwatch - Designing For E-Sports - Co-Op Gameplay - Pokemon Sun and Moon Demo - World of Final Fantasy Demo - WoW Emerald Nightmare Raid - Guild Wars 1 Ability System - Deck Building MMOs

Direct download: aggrochat_episode129.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:28am EDT