CORE - Core Gaming for Core Gamers
CORE - Core Gaming for Core Gamers
Scott Johnson - Jon Jagger - Beau Schwartz
Hosted by podcasting vet, Scott Johnson, Jon Jagger and Beau Schwartz. Weekly, on the frogpants network. Video games and the issues around them every week! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
CORE 406: Tonight We Dive In Hell
Debate on Sonic vs. Mario for kids' toys. A LOAD of games we played (see below). CORE Crush - Co-Op Edition this week! Other news covers the surprise launch of Dead Island 2 on Game Pass, Elden Ring DLC details, the release of the first Borderlands trailer, and Enshrouded reaching 2 million in sales. Texts, voice mails and more!SHARED GAMESHelldivers IILast EpochBalatroSCOTT GAMESGeometry SurvivorsNo Man's SkyJON GAMESWWE2k3 and Frog WrestlingDeep Rock Galactic: SurvivorBEAU GAMESWoW SoD Phase 2 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Feb 22
3 hr 4 min
CORE 405: The Tournament Times
Microsoft is expanding its gaming reach by releasing four Xbox titles on other platforms, including Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of Thieves, and Grounded. Furthermore, Diablo 4 will join Game Pass on March 28, marking the beginning of Activision Blizzard games on the service. Microsoft emphasized the need to evolve for long-term success, reassuring the commitment to Xbox hardware. We talk about it. The show's break features a Valentine's Day-themed game, "CORE Crush." Other news includes Sony following Microsoft in cross-platform game releases and Diablo's $30 portal pack. Nvidia briefly became the world's third-largest company, and the FCC bans AI voice generation in robocalls. The episode concludes with listener correspondence discussing Palworld's automation element. And more!SHARED PLAYDeep Rock Galactic: SurvivorSCOTT PLAYALL the Unreal TournamentsWH40K: DarktideThe Mobius MachineBlack SkylandsBEAU PLAYHelldivers 2 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Feb 15
2 hr 47 min
CORE 404: Bring The Big Guy
To start, elite controller takes more damage than a toe when dropped on a hard floor. Darktide and the Tribes III demo were great for all of us. Scott played Unreal Tournament 99 and Hellcard. Jon played Rotwood, Star Trucker, and Lightyear Frontier. Beau explores Stormgate's open beta demo, prompting a return to Starcraft 2 co-op commanders amidst the World of Warcraft Shadowlands Phase 2 launch. Rumors of Microsoft Xbox going 3rd Party, a unique Baldur's Gate 3 completion by Proxy Gate Tactician, Disney investing $1.5 billion into Epic for a "persistent universe," and Tencent reportedly developing an Elden Ring mobile game akin to Genshin Impact. Core-Spondence promising an intriguing voice mail on the history of dead presidents in office. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Feb 8
2 hr 42 min
CORE 403: The Guitar Hero We Need
In the latest Sony State of Play, notable announcements include a Metal Gear-like game from Kojima called PHYSINT, a bizarre trailer for Death Stranding 2 featuring puppets and guitar battles, and the stealth launch of Silent Hill: The Short Message, described as a short experimental free-to-play game introducing newcomers to the Silent Hill universe. A remake of Until Dawn for PS5 using Unreal Engine 5 was revealed, and Team Ninja's Rise of The Ronin received a more in-depth look. Other highlights include Metro Awakening VR for PSVR2 and Ken Levine's new game JUDAS, which carries a Bioshock vibe. News about The Suicide Squad, World of Warcraft Classic's GDKP ban in Phase 2 of SoD, the cancellation of Deus Ex by Embracer Group, and the upcoming Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor on February 14th. And your feedback!GAMES WE PLAYED TOGETHER:More Sea of Thieves!Like a Dragon: Infinite WealthGAMES SCOTT PLAYED:Lil' GuardsmanMonster Sanctuary)Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogyAnd more Forbidden WestGAMES JON PLAYED: Boxes: Lost FragmentsBlazBlue Entropy Effect FROG Wrestling returned yesterday! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Feb 1
2 hr 38 min
CORE 402: We're All Pals Here
Massive layoffs hit the industry, affecting Riot Games and ABK post-Microsoft merger. Notable departures include Mike Ybarra and Adham, with Blizzard canceling a survival game and outsourcing customer service. Concerns arise about Blizzcon's future. The Palworld vs. Pokemon debate unfolds, with accusations of imitation and AI stuff. Scott explores Forbidden West and Timberborn, Jon finishes Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Beau engages in TTRPG "Order & Defiance" and ENSHROUDED. Calls and emails and texts too! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Jan 26
2 hr 31 min
CORE 401: Old and New at the Same Time
GTA 6 is now the second-most viewed game trailer on Youtube. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Developer_Direct '24 event unveiled exciting updates, including Obsidian Entertainment's Avowed coming in the fall, Ninja Theory's Senua's Saga: Hellblade II arriving on May 21st, Square-Enix's Visions of Mana (first new game in 15 years) in the Summer, Oxide's ARA History Untold with mechs and crafting in Fall 2024, and MachineGames' Indiana Jones and the Great Circle set for 2024. Other notable mentions include Diablo IV season 3 details and concerns about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Voice mails and texts too! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Jan 18
2 hr
CORE 400: Rock & Stone & Gold Splatter
How games positively impact work and life patterns, especially Shapez. We played Deep Rock Galactic, with Scott immersed in Horizon Zero Dawn and ChillQuarium. Jon explores Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Final Fantasy X, and Sea of Stars, while Beau tries out MythForce and delves into VR with Dungeons of Eternity. "Dear Martha: This Day in Gaming History" and highlights news like Brian Cox narrating Tekken's story and updates on Final Fantasy XIV's Dawntrail Expansion. The new PS5 controller version and Season 2 casting for The Last of Us. Insights from a listener about Steam's private games functionality and a gameplay leak for Wolverine, along with a science question! And loads more! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Jan 11
2 hr 58 min
CORE 399: Princess Slayed
Square-Enix's plan to implement "aggressive use of AI" in 2024. We have thoughts. Square-Enix's lack of details in their announcements is a problem. Games we played this week were: Shapez, Horizon Zero Dawn, Slay the Princess, Red Dead Redemption II, WoW and Shadows of Doubt in VR. The "Dear Martha Reddit Review" segment explores a breakup over a favorite game insult. Other news includes a 13-year-old beating Tetris, Mickey Mouse going public domain for a horror game, Jack Black voicing Minecraft Steve, Guardians of the Galaxy free on Epic Games, a Heroes of the Storm remake mod, and a City of Heroes private server receiving an official license. Shoutout to a creator, Michael Betts, for his game "Tower Song"!! Emails and calls too!GAMES WE PLAYED THIS WEEK:SCOTTShapez (complete obsession now, cant stop wont stop)Horizon Zero Dawn (yeah, you heard me)(just started Pizza Tower)JON: Slay the Princess - Finished itRed Dead Redemption IIStacklandsQuickies: Baldur's Gate 3, Sea of Stars, Final Fantasy X, Yakuza: Like a DragonBEAUWoW SoD continuesShadows of DoubtVR: Dungeons of Eternity with Crofton Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Jan 4
3 hr
CORE 398: 2023 And Me
Well what do we have here? Our year-end MASSIVE round up of the best games of the year, including a load of categories you won't find anywhere else. Check the RSS feed or Patreon for a FULL text list of the games we covered. Can you guess our number one? Listen and find out!Group Category #1 - Most Anticipated Games of 2024: Scott: Space Marine II Shapez 2 Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League Jon: Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Dragon's Dogma II (Honorable Mention: Hades 2) Beau: Like A Dragon 2: Infinite Wealth Hades 2? FF7 RebirthGroup Category #2 - Biggest Surprises of 2023: Scott: Robocop Death Must Die The Finals Lethal Company Rogue Trader Jon: Remnant 2 RoboCop: Rogue City Bang on Balls Death Must Die House Flipper 2 Beau: WoW SoD Dead Space Remake was actually really good AR is better than you think (Quest 3 is awesome) M$ actually bought ABK WoW SoDGroup Category #3 - Best Non-2023 Games of 2023: Scott: Mark of The Ninja GW2 WoW: Dragonflight Jon: World of Warcraft - Retail, Classic, & Hardcore Octopath Traveler Transformers: War for Cybertron Beau: Yakuza: Like A Dragon Darktide StacklandsThe CORE Crew's Top 5 Games of the Year: Scott: BG3 Phantom Liberty (yes it counts) Starfield Sea of Stars Diablo IV Jon: Baldur's Gate 3 CyberPunk 2077 w/ Phantom Liberty Final Fantasy XVI Resident Evil 4 Remake Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Beau: Baldur's Gate 3 Dead Space Remake Like A Dragon: The Man Who Erased His Name Wartales Diablo 4CORE's 2023 GAME OF THE YEAR: Baldur's Gate 3 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Dec 28, 2023
2 hr 35 min
CORE 397: Touching in Space
Steam Year in Review highlights gaming experiences, shared by Scott, Jon, and Beau. And we played The Finals, Lethal Company, and House Flipper 2 together. Scott played Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader and An Arcade full of Cats. Jon delves into Bang on Balls, Death Must Die, WWE 2K23, and Fortnite. Beau conquers WoW SoD BFD, VR adventures, BG3, and Diablo 4 winter event. Dear Martha: Steam Reviews! Other News: Bobby Kotick's departure, Insomniac's leaks, Steam's profile game hiding, and Sony's 50m PS5 sales success. Oh and the WoW 2024 roadmap is out and it's kinda great. Your calls and more!SHARED PLAY:The FinalsLethal CompanyHouse Flipper 2SCOTT GAMES:Warhammer 40k: Rogue TraderAn Arcade Full of CatsJON GAMES:Bang on BallsDeath Must DieWWE 2K23FortniteBEAU GAMES:WoW SoD BFDVR: Asgard's Wrath 2VR: Arizone Sunshine 2VR: Lego Brick TalesBG3 Multiplayer ContinuedD4 Winter Event Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Dec 21, 2023
3 hr 4 min
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