What's good, Internet? Join Waypoint's Austin Walker, Rob Zacny, Patrick Klepek, and Ricardo Contreras two 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.
So, Rob may have let this podcast get away from him just a bit. What we thought would be a quick 2 hour tour of Naughty Dog’s zombie game du jour turned into a total 6 hour deep dive into the few highs and many, many lows.with Cado and special guest Maddy Meyers along for the ride, the crew discusses vague character motivations, repetitive didactic morals, and “universal" truths that are anything but.
'The Last Of Us Part 2' Is A Game About Healing, Not Just Violence by Sam Greer
As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last by Jason Schreier
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It’s one of the most talked about games of the year, a swan song for the current generation of consoles from one of the most lauded AAA developers. So of course we here at Waypoint Radio spent nearly 6 hours carefully and thoroughly dissecting why, despite almost universal acclaim, we found the game lacking in the way it presents it’s story, the narrative pitfalls it continually runs afoul of, and some of the real world parallels that didn’t sit right with us. Joining Rob, Patrick, and Cado are special guests Emanuel Maiberg from Motherboard, and Maddy Myers from Polygon, both here to finally get it all out, and put this all behind us.
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It's summer, so why don't y'all cool yourselves in the crisp waters of our question bucket! We dive deep for questions, stay deep for answers, and come back to the surface with some truly cursed knowledge. We talk about the Chicago Bulls, donuts, PR, and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Spoilers for one of the endings of Signs of the Sojourner from approximately 50:18 to 54:25
Do you hear that? That noise in the distance? That’s the Pokémon Hype Train, and conductor Cado is bringing it into the station! He goes over the recent announcement of the PokéMOBA Pokémon Unite and his time in Pokémon Cafe Mix, a very cute mobile puzzle game with some less than stellar signposting around it's microtransactions. Rob has been playing Desperados 3, a real time isometric stealth game that doesn't quite scratch his stealth game itch. Austin is checking out Signs of the Sojourner, a narrative focused game that's a new twist on the "roguelike deckbuilder" whose mechanics are emotionally brutal (in the best way). And finally, Patrick has been playing Mr. Driller DrillLand, a switch port of the gamecube game that never made it state-side.
Discussed: Pokémon Unite 12:19, Pokémon Cafe Mix 20:24, Golf on Mars 30:29, Desperados 3 32:42, Signs of the Sojourner 43:14, Cyberpunk 2077 1:04:29, The Last of Us Part II 1:17:21, Mr. Driller DrillLand 1:23:12, CrossCode 1:27:23 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Content Warning: Discussion around recent abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault allegations from approximately 14:33 - 53:15. Specific reference to abuse within families from 46:28 - 48:29
Over the past several days a still increasing number of victims in the video game industry, from streamers and influencers to developers, have spoken out about their abusers. We discuss how this current wave of allegations came about, the systemic issues that enable abuse, and the hope for a safer future. After the break we catch up with Patrick, who's back from paternity leave with stories of playing games not for content, imagine that!
Discussed: Video Game Industry Abuse 14:33, Gears Tactics 57:56, Divinity Original Sin 2 1:02:26, Hades 1:14:52, Humankind 1:23:05 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It's Announcement Season in the world of video games! Austin took a deep dive into the Steam Game Festival over the weekend and played a bunch of game demos, including the absolutely wild sounding Paradise Killer, a first person mystery game with outrageous characters and killer music. Then both he and Rob talk about dipping a toe back in to Greedfall to find the water is not fine, it's kinda putrid honestly. Gita has relaxing with the calming and meditative Among Trees, going to a place few of us have been in the last couple of months. Then Cado fills us in on the latest Pokémon and Super Smash Bros news!
Discussed: The Last of Us Part II 5:41, Iron Harvest 11:21, Chaos Galaxy 17:19, Paradise Killer 22:48, She Dreams of Elsewhere 30:43, Space Crew 31:51, Greedfall 33:17, Among Trees 1:15:52, Pokemon Presents 1:25:02, Super Smash Bros Ultimate ARMS fighter announcement 1:32:06 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Cado is back so OBVIOUSLY we’ve got to talk Destiny and its new season, but first: special guest Emanuel Maiberg is joining the crew and tells us how Call of Duty: Warzone has become a new place for him to relax and socialize. Gita has been playing Hades and is enjoying how that game delivers narrative in a roguelike setting. After the break we enter the Chill Zone. Emanuel has been chilling out with SnowRunner, a game where you get an increasingly large series of trucks stuck in mud and snow. Austin's finding zen in the art of ship deconstruction with Hardspace: Shipbreaker, and Cado is seeking bliss by becoming a Hanafuda master in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.
Discussed: Warzone 3:12, Hades 18:12, SnowRunner 34:40, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics 1:00:38, Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals 1:06:09 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Come one and all to see the latest curiosities and wonders of the electronic entertainment industry. While back in the Industrial Age we would have had to gather in exhibition halls to see the latest ludological wares, now we can watch things like the PC Gamer Show and the Future of Games show from the comfort of our own homes. What tickles our nostalgic fancy, and what offends our aesthetic sense? The answer won't surprise you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Spoilers for the ending of The Last of Us (Part 1) at approximately 2:23:56 - 2:30:25
We have a truly five star runtime today! Special guest Patrick Klepek joins Austin, Gita, Rob, and Cado to go over the PS5 reveal event, discussing each game shown, picking our favorites, and firing Patrick for besmirching an Arkane game. After the break, Rob and Patrick lead Austin and Cado through their time with The Last of Us II, a game who’s repeated use of extreme violence seems to amount to little by the end of its runtime. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Gita and Cado spent their weekends streaming to raise money for various bail and mutual aid funds, and talk about that experience and how important mutual aid is. Austin has started playing a secret game that Rob is really excited for him to check out, something about victorian cops and wolves? After the break, Cado and Austin re-cap Destiny’s lackluster first “live event” and the general vibe of where Destiny is in it's "it's fine, it's bad, it's good again!" cycle. Austin is playing Xenoblade Chronicles and enjoying the through lines between its lore and mechanics, and Gita has finally dipped her toe into Valorant and is enjoying the new Spike Rush mode.
Discussed: Golfing With Your Friends 2:36, Austin's Secret Game 16:29, Destiny 2 48:15, Xenoblade Chronicles 1:00:04, Valorant 1:10:53 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As protests continue, Austin, Rob, and Cado discuss the ever growing demand for the defunding and abolition of police. In games news Rob had some hands on time with Total War Saga: Troy, a game that eschews the mythological trappings that surround the Trojan War to mixed results. Austin and Cado are back at it again in Valorant, and discuss the changes made for launch and having to learn new agents due to the influx of new players. Cado's been spending time in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics, and has found the tutorials and assists particularly well done. Rob's checking out Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within and finds its reexamination of the Wayne family a compelling story that few other Batman properties have touched on.
Austin's first Valorant ace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoOfgyPWit4
Discussed: Total War Saga: Troy 21:06, Valorant 39:22, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics 39:22, Batman: The Enemy Within 1:28:06, Xenoblade Chronicals 1:32:21 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rob, Cado, and Gita sit down to talk about the past week’s protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police and the myth of there being a “correct way” to protest. After the break, Gita and Rob discuss the two different versions of Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird that they attended way back when theater was still a thing, and how the different casts dramatically change the reading of Sorkin’s script. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We're back at it again talking about Umurangi Generation this week. Gita is taking her first foray into it, and Cado and Austin have "finished" the game but are both far from done with it. Gita is also undertaking a staggering project in The Sims 4, and then we answer a food question.
Discussed: Umurangi Generation 2:57, Totem 23:40, Sludge Life 28:08, The Sims 4 33:45, Question Bucket 44:42 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Spoilers for Umurangi Generation from aprox. 1:06:27 to 1:15:13
The Sims has a new expansion coming out and our resident Sims expert Gita is on the case. She teaches Austin and Ricardo a special lesson on Sims sexual activity (woohoo isn't sex!) and lays out all the new info on the Eco Lifestyle Expansion, which introduces the first "antagonist" to the Sims 4 in the form of pollution. After the break, Austin and Ricardo have been playing Umurangi Generation, a new photography game from an indigenous creator that has a great vibe Jet Set Radio inspired aesthetic and a strong emotive core.
Discussed: The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle Expansion 1:36, Boral Tales 29:01, Umurangi Generation 42:08, If Found 1:21:33, Pirates Outlaws 1:24:29 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Austin, Gita, Ricardo, and Rob gather around their mics this week to talk about video games, but first! What is the nature of Sheev Palpatine's desires? Is becoming Emperor of the Galaxy enough? What drives him once he reaches this goal? Austin has been having some Star Wars thoughts that we gotta work through. Gita spent time being on streams and thinking about the boom of new, inexperienced streamers breaking onto the scene and what experimentation they might bring with them. After the break, Cado's been playing Tonight We Riot, the leftist beat-em-up game about liberating your fellow workers and fighting back against corporations with some really great group dynamics, and Boreal Tale, a mystery-horror-adventure game with an enhanced PS1-era aesthetic and a VHS magical realism narrative. Rob is revisiting Alien Isolation and realizing that hiding from the alien isn't always the right call, sometimes you just gotta walk right past it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rob and Gita both had hands on time with Crusader Kings III, a game about kings, crusades, and offing your heirs so you don't have to play the one with a 5 intrigue stat. They take Austin and Cado through the new game and how this one might be the perfect one for the Crusader Kings-curious to finally hop on. Then after the break, they dive back into the question bucket and discuss sequels that should've been made. If you have a question for us, send them in to gaming[at]vice.com with Question in the subject line. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We’re welcoming Gita back on the podcast this week so she can help Austin, Ricardo, and Rob answer YOUR questions! We’re diving deep and taking questions from when we still had a website up to things after social distancing happen. If you want to ask us a question, be it long or short, serious or funny, you can send them all to firstname.lastname@example.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Next Gen is here and it... looks a lot like the last gen. Austin, Cado, and Rob discuss the recent Xbox Series X presentation, with plenty of trailers and not a ton of gameplay. Then, Austin takes us on a wild ride through Troubleshooters, an SRPG made by korean developers that has a maximalist approach to mechanics that matches its larger than life anime story and characters. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As we get further and further into quarantine, more and more digital events are being held to replace the ones made impossible by social distancing. One such event was this past weekend's INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, where real life racers gathered to race, simulation style, in their favorite sport. One of the many differences between iRacing and real life Indycar is the danger factor, which has led to some wild drama as drivers take each other out and break the agreed upon structure that comes with taking a race seriously. Rob regales us with the details and we discuss the ramifications of drivers breaking this unspoken contract, Austin takes another dip into the Virginian wasteland in Fallout 76, and Cado is learning some hard truths in Valorant. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We’ve got a game packed week because Austin went on a bit wild this week with new games! First up, Rob and Austin discuss Cloudpunk, a new cyberpunk adventure game with a cool aesthetic and interesting world building but more than a few writing pitfalls. Cado’s now on the XCOM Chimera Squad train, but he’s trying his best to not kill anyone, which is harder than you’d think in a game about cops. Austin is disappointed with the Streets of Rage 4 soundtrack, and it’s having an adverse effect on his time with a game he’s otherwise enjoying.
Discussed: Cloudpunk 3:27, XCOM: Chimera Squad 36:35, Gears Tactics 53:43, Horizon's Gate 1:08:38, Gundam VS Maxiboost ON 1:18:46, Streets of Rage 4 1:21:03, The Flower Collectors 1:31:27 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Spoiler Warning for Final Fantasy VII Remake and original FInal Fantasy VII
It's finally time. Or it's happening again? What is time? This isn't just a question about the hours and days blending together while we are all in a pandemic, but also questions we attempt to answer about Final Fantasy VII Remake. Austin, Cado, Patrick, and special guest Matthew Gault gather once more to discuss the differences between the original and Remake, that wild ending, and how you pronounce "Cait Sith"
Discussed: Final Fantasy VII Remake See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peanut?
I shall wear the thousand credit shields, and walk upon B long.
I have heard the Chrysalids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding cityward on the bus
Combing the white hair of the muton blown back
When Jett blows the smoke white and Omen's black.
We have lingered in the garage over by B
By venom-girls wreathed with poison red and green
Till teammate voices wake us, and we drown.
Discussed: XCOM Chimera Squad 3:34, Valorant 1:29:08, Question Bucket 1:41:11, Animal Crossing New Horizons 1:49:01 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Content Warning for discussion of Suicide at approximately 1:10:05
Rob and Austin have finally been freed from their shackles and are allowed to legally talk about Gears Tactics, which reveals just how much XCOM: Enemy Unknown owed to the Gears franchise in it’s design. Gita has been spreading religion in Civilization VI, and Austin has been playing two very different FPS games in Receiver 2 and Valorant.
Gears Tactics 11:52, Civilization VI 37:02, Receiver 2 56:30, Valorant 1:20:29, Question Bucket 1:29:24, Animal Crossing New Horizon 1:59:35 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week, Gita is back to chat Animal Crossing New Horizons and The Sims 4, Rob wishes he could talk about tactics but that's illegal, Austin has been delighted by tactical exploration RPG Horizon's Gate, and Cado's been relaxing to the chill meditative vibes of In Other Waters. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hey y'all, Cado here with a new bonus podcast from the Vice Audio team! The Distance features short, first-person stories from all over the world about how the pandemic is changing the way we live. You can check out more episodes here : The Distance
German LARP enthusiast Gerrit Reininghaus and his friends imagine fictional worlds where we don’t live in isolation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Cado and Austin are playing the Stalk Market in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with more sophisticated and elaborate tools coming out each day to help you maximize profits. Rob's household is getting into Animal Crossing as well, but one super-smart dog has things to say about that. Rob is finally into the new Control DLC which he's likened to a "webisode" set in The Oldest House. The crew then talks about the recent rumors about a Resident Evil 4 remake, and how the term "remake" can carry many different conotations. Then we answer a few listener questions! If you'd like to ask us a question send an email to email@example.com.
Discussed: Animal Crossing New Horizons: 2:35, Final Fantasy VII Remake 17:45, Control 32:48, RE4 Remake Rumors 41:46, Question Bucket 57:35 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We’ve got a whopper for y’all today! It’s been a minute since we’ve had a politics minute so we have a uhhh…50 minute segment where we talk about American politics? But don’t worry, because we somehow manage to also talk about Animal Crossing, Control, Final Fantasy VII, Treachery In Beatdown City, Sourdough Starters, and how great it would be to be a cat!
Discussed: Politics 1:09, Animal Crossing 51:23, Animal Crossing “Spoilers” 52:37, Control, Control and The Foundation spoilers 1:06:38 - 1:13:36, Final Fantasy VII Remake 1:20:07, Treachery in Beatdown City 1:28:00, Jet Lancer 1:34:08, Frostpunk 1:37:41, Question Bucket 1:47:29 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Early spoilers starting at approximately 1:00:28
Content Warning for discussion of transphobia, homophobia, sexual assault, and sexual coercion starting at approximately 1:13:21
There are few games, few RPGs, as well known as Final Fantasy 7. For all of the popularity the Final Fantasy franchise had amongst RPG fans, it was 7 that broke through to a wide audience worldwide. So of course the announcement of a remake of this classic game caused a lot of excitement and worry. Would it live up to the original? Should this even be attempted? Join Austin, Patrick, Cado, and special guest Matthew Gault from Motherboard as they discuss Final Fantasy VII Remake, the new battle system, the structural changes made from the original, how the story fits into a modern context. We also answer listener questions! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Exactly one year ago today, Rob and Austin released their Be Good and Rewatch It episode on the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. By sheer coincidence, with two of the regular Waypoint Radio crew out of commission, we decided today to record a podcast on this year's Emma. Join Austin, Rob, Cado, and special guest Natalie Watson as we discuss the film's stellar sets and cinematography, the excellent soundtrack, and the varying adaptation decisions that both land and miss in spectacular fashion. Stick around after the outro for Rob and Natalie's baking corner! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
In a times of peril and great strife, we look to one man’s cooking habits as a sign post of our society. Is his starter healthy? Is his dough rising? How many loafs has he made this week? Rob regales us with a cooking update as Cado curses everyone with a disturbing cooking video. Patrick then takes us through the visually stunning but mechanically lacking Resident Evil 3 remake, who’s area design and ammo distribution defangs it’s horror elements. Rob is replaying Control, but not the new DLC, because much like two of the powers he missed in his first playthrough, he missed the fact that he had a new skip ahead save file for his move from Xbox to PC. We also discuss the recent rumors about a Mario-paloza coming to the Switch, and Patrick takes us through the confounding ending of Ori of the Will of the Wisps. Stay safe everyone.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons 16:32
Resident Evil 3 25:21
Gordian Quest 1:08:05
Deep Sky Derelicts 1:10:23
The Room VR 1:14:05
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 1:21:49 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
You asked and we answered, welcome to our Animal Crossing: New Horizons deep dive! You sent in a ton of questions about Animal Crossing, from questions of about our favorite villagers to the tension NookMiles introduce to Animal Crossing’s slow life pace. But first, we go over the contents of Nintendo’s surprise Mini-Direct, from Xenoblade Chronicles, to XCOM 2 on Switch, to upcoming Animal Crossing events! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It’s finally happened. After decades of waiting, Valve has finally released another Half-Life game, but no, it isn’t the fabled Half-Life 3. Half-Life Alyx dropped today, and Patrick has the goods for us. Special guest Emanuel Maiberg from Motherboard joins the crew to talk about Half-Life’s legacy, Alyx’s strengths, and whether or not Half-Life is just… a slightly better Quake 2? Then Rob shares his hatred for the Marauder from Doom Eternal, Austin and Cado go over their first days of rapid expansion in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and we dunk on Gamestop for it’s shitty retail practices.
Discussed: Half-Life: Alyx 3:42, Doom Eternal 51:18, Animal Crossing: New Horizons 1:18:53, Gamestop 1:39:50 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hey everyone, Cado here. Since this is our 300th(!) episode I just wanted to give my thanks to everyone who’s been listening, whether you're a longtime fan or if this is your first episode, thanks for hanging with us. If you’ve been here for a while, thanks for coming along on this journey with us. Getting to make this podcast week in and week out for the past almost two years, and listening as a fan for the two years before that, has been such an amazing experience. I love working on Waypoint Radio because of this amazing space it fills, a games podcast that is sometimes serious, often hilarious, and always authentic. One where you can have a room full of queer people of color and it isn’t a special episode, it’s just Monday. One where we take the time to give each topic its full due, even if we end up with some five star runtimes. So thanks, for supporting us, for welcoming and allowing my voice on the podcast, and most of all for listening. Here’s to 300 more!
Discussed: Thanks for Listening 00:00, Doom Eternal 21:24, Stellaris 1:05:32, Dialect 1:47:03, Frostpunk: Last Autumn 1:51:24, Mysterium 1:55:35 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It's finally time, one of the most anticipated events of 2020 is finally here: Animal Crossing: New Horizons embargo day! Gita wrote a review for the site, and Austin, Patrick, and Cado are here to ask the important questions, like "Who are your neighbors? Where is Kapp'n? Who died and left that gravestone?" We also talk about out new social distancing hobbies, the games we're playing before Animal Crossing hits, and even take a quick dip in the question bucket! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hello Internet! The Waypoint Radio crew is back to talk about Video Games, but first we process the last tumultuous week in current events and politics. No, You didn't dream it, Sarah Palin was on The Masked Singer, and she did rap Baby Got Back. After the break, Patrick and Austin have been playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps, kicking off a slew of new releases coming out for the next month. Rob is checking out Frostpunk's The Last Autumn dlc, which fundamentally changes the game by setting it before the winter came. Cado is checking out the new Destiny 2 Season where the Cabal are doing their best impression of Gundam's Zeon forces by dropping a space station onto the Last City. Austin's been enjoying his time in the "gulag" in Call of Duty: Warzone, a one on one section of their new 150 player squad based battle royale. Stay safe everyone!
Discussed: Politics and Current Events (including COVID-19 talk) 00:00, Ori and the Will of the Wisps 43:49, Call of Duty: Warzone 1:08:05, Frostpunk: The Last Autumn 1:18:08, Destiny 2: Season of the Worthy 1:31:21, Roundguard 1:39:41, World Flipper 1:45:40 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Content Warning for discussion of suicide from approximately 1:00:47 to 1:02:40
So, we’ve survived Super Tuesday here in the states, but with breaking political news breaking just as we hit record, we’ve got a pretty lengthy ten minute politics minute upfront (see below for specific timestamps!) But don’t worry, we’ve still got plenty of games to talk about after the break! Patrick and Cado checked out the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo, and found that they're enjoying the new action based combat, Rob has been playing Yes, Your Grace, a game where you play a King answering the please of his citizens, with an interesting setup but some questionable handling of some heavy themes. Then, Austin and Cado discuss Murder by Numbers, a new picross game that wears it's Phoenix Wright influence on its sleeve (in a good way!) They're both also playing Grandblue Fantasy Versus, the new anime-fighter from Arc System Works, and Cado has mixed feelings about maining three cat bros and their large tree wife.
Discussed: Politics 00:00, Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo 25:09, Yes, Your Grace 50:51, Spoilers for Yes, Your Grace 59:59 - 1:02:40, Ash of Gods Redemption 1:14:20, Murder by Numbers 1:21:17, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment 1:30:56, Journey to the Savage Planet 1:31:47, The Last of Us HBO 1:34:33, Granblue Fantasy Versus 1:38:15, Granblue Fantasy 1:46:58 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This pod is TOO POWERFUL! We’ve got a full house today, with Super Tuesday around the corner we’ve got a lot of nervous energy to work through, so lets play some games! Patrick is still digging through the world of Dreams and Cado explains Destiny’s latest balance controversy. After the break, Austin talks about taking his first steps into Granblue Fantasy, Rob is having a healthy helping of strategy games with Death Crown and Circle Empires, and Gita is visiting everyone’s favorite anime school in Fire Emblem: Three Houses new Ashen Wolves DLC. There's also a TON of other content in this 5 star runtime pod, including our collective incredulousness at Rob's recording situation.
Discussed: Politics 2:33, Dreams 9:30, Destiny 2 13:56, Valorant 24:12, GDC Canceled 30:34, GeForce Now 43:52, Granblue Fantasy 54:45, Death Crown 1:18:47, World of Horror 1:23:12, Circle Empires 1:30:01, Corruption 2029 1:42:21, Fire Emblem: Three Houses Ashen Wolves DLC 1:49:12, Stellaris 2:09:38, Dwarf Fortress 2:12:57, Total War: Three Kingdoms 2:14:01, Politics round 2 2:25:22, The Rob Situation 2:39:25 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rob made a trip all the way to NYC just for this week's episode! No, he didn't record with us in house, but he did get to see an early look at Baldur's Gate 3, the next isometric RPG from Larian Studios. He's excited by the game's apparent freedom in combat, where physics, spell effects, and a bit of creativity can go a long way. After the break, Patrick has been checking out the weird parts of Dreams, where Mickey can kill Goku and the food can look good enough to eat.
Discussed: Baldur's Gate 3 1:25, Dreams 33:22, Candyman trailer reaction 1:11:38 (Content Warning for the sounds of horror movie violence from 1:14:34 - 1:17:05) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Outer Wilds came out in 2019, at a time when politics in the US were at their most divisive. And yet, this game managed to be full of hope, and tell a story about community, crisis, and coming to terms with finality. A game where you explore a clockwork solar system might not seem like the best structure to deliver a narrative, but the folks at Mobius Digital managed to make a world that feels alive and full of history, even as it dies time and time again. Join Austin, Patrick, and Cado as they discuss their time exploring the solar system, having existential crises, and finding hope in the future. Stick around after the outro for some game news and a politics corner!
Discussed: Outer Wilds 00:00, Games News 1:55:05, Politics Talk 2:05:45 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Grab your shovels and pack your bags because it’s (almost) time for Animal Crossing! Nintendo has dropped a new 25 minute(!) long direct detailing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Austin, Gita, and Cado are extremely excited to have a chill time on Nook's island. But first, the crew takes a quick trip to the Politics Corner to talk about the recent, absolutely bonkers Democratic debate. Cado played Wide Ocean, Big Jacket during the debate to help him calm down, a delightful game Patrick reviewed last week before he came down with the flu. Austin, Cado, and Patrick have also been checking out Corruption 2029, the not-so-flavorful follow up to 2018's Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.
Discussed: Politics 3:04, Wide Ocean Big Jacket 13:24, Corruption 2029 24:14, Animal Crossing Direct 42:13, Covet Fashion 1:22:11, Destiny 1:24:25, No Man's Sky 1:25:17 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Over the past twenty years, The Sims has done its best to keep up with a rapidly changing world, and to be more inclusive in terms of what kind of people you can play as. From the first game's notorious same-sex kiss at E3 that lead to the game including same-sex romance in 2000 to The Sims 4's trans-masc icon Morgyn Embers, the franchise has always tried for a maximalist approach to play, including in customizing your character. Gita sat down to interview The Sims 4's executive producer and general manager, Lyndsay Pearson, and talked all about that, and also about their favorite conspiracy theories regarding the disappeared Bella Goth. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Waypoint Radio is back with an all Brooklyn pod! Austin, Cado, and Gita shoot the shit about the games their playing (lots of indie games), the primary (which is going to last forever), and which Dragon Age: Inquisition characters would work in a coffee shop. Cado's enjoying taking photos in Tales From Off Peak City, Austin gives us an MMO Minute FFXIV update, and Gita is de-stressing with... Darkest Dungeon? Stick around after the outro for an extended politics minute.
Discussed: Coffee Talk 6:25, Cook Serve Delicious 3 28:53, Tales From Off Peak City 44:29, Darkest Dungeon 52:31, Daemon X Machina 1:02:36, Final Fantasy XIV 1:04:01, Roadwardens 1:15:13, No Man's Sky 1:18:00 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Like Xehanort and his various vessels standing atop pillars of rock, the Lore Reasons crew has reconvened to talk about the latest entry into the expansive Kingdom Hearts mythos. The structure of the new Re Mind DLC left most of the crew cold, even if some moments and combat sections were legitimately joyous. None of them played Limit Cut, but we do a live watch of the secret endings! So come join us for one last dive and remember: May your heart be your guiding key! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It's been a long year (read: week) but we've made it through! Patrick has been playing Outer Wilds, and Austin isn't letting him get away with not talking about it on the podcast. Rob is finally becoming one with The Force in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and the crew gets into an EU hole. After the break, Austin and Cado are checking out the new season of Apex Legends, and getting really excited about the train.
Discussed: Outer Wilds 13:30, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 24:03, Apex Legends 43:40, ScourgeBringer 59:28, Kunai 1:04:06 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
If there's one thing the internet at large has said about Uncut Gems, it's that it's extremely anxiety inducing. People have posted their heart rates from fitbits showing the wild spikes, people talk about needing something to calm them down in order to get through it. Like much of the internet, it's easy to think this is mostly hyperbole, but after experiencing it first hand, we at Waypoint Radio can confirm they weren't joking. What really makes Uncut Gems special isn't just it's expertly crafter, frenetic, and at times claustrophobic movie making, but also the critique of capitalism and all its influence on the people stuck within it. Join the Waypoint Radio crew as they discuss different readings of it's message, the meta-textual casting, and which scenes made them the most anxious. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Pre-Iowa Caucuses, the Waypoints crew considers where their allegiances lie in this Democratic Primary. They spend a slightly surprising amount of time discussing places where they find themselves adjacent to the Yang Gang, and Rob dreams of leading the Legions of Builders and Destroyers. But then the conversation shifts to Warren, Sanders, how the different candidates construe this political moment and its causes, and whose prescriptions seem capable of rising to it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The wait is finally over, Kentucky Route Zero is complete, and Austin, Patrick, and Cado are enthralled by its magical-realist setting, simple and beautiful imagery, and critique of capitalism through the lens of working class people.The crew digs into the game's seven year long release and their personal histories with the game. After the break, Cado and Patrick have played the Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind DLC, and of course are still confused as to what the hell is going on. We may have to invite a certain Keyblade Master back for a future episode of Lore Reasons! Cado then takes us through Temtem, the totally-not-Pokémon game that has a lot of good ideas that should totally make their way back to Pokémon, and Patrick shouts out his new favorite Super Mario Maker 2 creator.
Discussed: Dental Stuff (Skip to next segment if you want to avoid) 2:11, Kentucky Route Zero 9:36, Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind 1:01:14, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON 1:16:46, Temtem 1:20:01, Super Mario Maker 2 1:34:57 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We're happy to have new Tech desk hire Gita Jackson joining us for her first Waypoint Radio! She's already hard at work on The Sims beat and comes to chat about the tiny house expansion to The Sims 4, Modelland, and Vanderpump Rules. Rob is chomping at the bit to talk about Total War: Three Kingdoms' new expansion, The Mandate of Heaven, and how it might give a new player a better sense of what to watch in a Total War game than the original campaign. Patrick has dipped his toes in FE: Tokyo Mirage Sessions Encore, and was instantly met with one of the hardest decisions in gaming. He's also playing Outer Wilds, which he totally didn't mean to talk much about, but what do you expect when you utter Austin Walker's activation phrase?
Discussed: The Sims 4 3:49, Kingdom Hearts Project Xehanort 35:39, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct 46:44, FE: Three Houses DLC 53:28, Kentucky Route Zero 54:59, Total War Three Kingdoms: Mandate of Heaven 1:01:40, Tokyo Mirage Sessions 1:20:41, Outer Wilds 1:23:06, Question Bucket 1:27:38 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Disco Elysium, by and large, came out of nowhere for a lot of people, including us. A powerful story about the fallout of a failed political revolution and the people left in the rubble, portrayed through the lens of an alcoholic who’s just woken up from a bender so powerful it’s legitimately caused amnesia. And while a lot of games claim to embrace the idea of choice, few grant the player with the shocking granularity offered by Disco Elysium.
It’s also a hard game to talk about without really digging into what happens—because a lot happens. Disco Elysium might take place in a small location, relative to a lot of video games, but it’s utterly dense. It does not require more. Austin and I managed to tiptoe around a bunch of stuff on Waypoint Radio, but with both of us having recently finished the game, it seemed like a good idea to sit down and talk through the whole damn experience. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Spoilers for Knives Out starting at ~ 1:02:17
Rob was gifted a ticket to watch 2015's breakout musical Hamilton, and left with many questions. Austin and Cado join him to discuss the legacy and fandom around Hamilton, and how each of them has had different trajectories with the musical. After the break, the crew gets into a spoiler filled discussion of Rian Johnson's Knives Out, how it toes the line between upholding and shifting genre conventions, and how expertly weaved this story of privilege and racism was told in the guise of a standard murder mystery. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Spoilers for Batman: Arkham Knight at ~35:38
Somewhere, deep in each of our hearts, there's the fundamental truth to our inner-selves that takes the shape of a Pokémon. Lucky for us, we again have easy access to an official personality test that will reveal this form to us. We plumb the depths of Rob's soul with the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX intro, and finally answer who Rob's poké-sona is. We also talk about the games we've been playing, some news stories, and how barren the beginning of 2020 feels compared to last year. Stick around after the outro for some NFL talk (R.I.P. Ravens).
Discussed: AGDQ 2:53, Pokémon Direct 8:03, Rob's true self 13:32, Unannounced Batman Game 29:37, E3 38:54, Total War: Three Kingdoms 44:38, Dropmix 52:19, Star Wars the Old Republic 1:06:58, Final Fantasy XII 1:15:26, Final Fantasy XIV 1:25:04, Q1 Release Schedule 1:36:45 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Waypoint Radio crew spent their holidays feastin' on Star Wars content and now they can't not talk about it! First, we discuss The Rise of Skywalker, and the ups and many many downs that movie had for each of us. After the break, we talk about The Mandalorian, and why Star Wars might work best in a serialized format. Also we talk about Patrick's twitter feed for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Discussed: The Rise of Skywalker 24:33, The Mandalorian 1:07:28 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Happy New Decade! The Waypoint Radio crew is back at it, starting this new year with a new energy, and that energy is chaos. Austin and Patrick both took their holiday break to dive into Disco Elysium, and share some of their favorite fashion tips. Cado finished Control after bouncing off of Destiny's new season, and then got back to the new season to find out, hey, it's actually good! Rob played a game from last gen, and everyone watched a bunch of tv and movies so expect a Waypoints or something soon! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Happy New Year! As 2020 gets started, we're looking back at our favorite TV, music, and movies of the last decade. Natalie Watson joins the Waypoint Radio crew and manages to will a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer into existence through sheer force of will. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The last decade has been a wild one, so it's only fitting that we get some chaotic energy back onto the podcast to talk about it. Ex-Resident Keyblade Master Natalie Watson is back to talk about everyone's favorite games of the decade. The catch? Patrick says we're only allowed to talk for 10 minutes each! The runtime might not be 5 stars, but the takes definitely are. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We're back on our bullshit, again! If there was one other genre (aside from Soulsbornes) that we had to talk about here at Waypoint Radio, it is of course the Immersive Sim. An we would be remiss if didn't bring back Danielle to talk about the best Immersive Sims of the last decade! Join Austin, Cado, Danielle, Patrick, and Rob as they drill down into genre definitions, defining moments, and the future of the genre. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It wouldn't be a year that ends in r without the Waypoint Radio crew talking about the latest game by one of their favorite developers, From Soft. Just one thing, given our tendency for 5 star runtimes Patrick has imposed a rule: we only have 30 minutes to hash out which Souls like is our favorite of the decade! Join in as Austin, Patrick, Cado, and Rob discuss the highs and lows of FromSoft's games, and finally find out why Austin likes Dark Souls 2. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
FIWe're back to continue our recap of the best and worst of 2019. We recorded this episode well before any of us had even a twinkle of a list in our eyes. By this point you've probably read our personal lists, so here's a time capsule back to when we were just figuring things out. Just know that this 5 star runtime was brought to you by us being fully on our bullshit, and maybe drinking a little beer.
Discussed: Life is Strange 2 8:21, Total War: Three Kingdoms 10:14, FI 2019 29:24, Fire Emblem: Three Houses 47:39, Control 1:03:10, Daemon X Machina 1:23:22, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep 1:44:02, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint 1:47:03, Indivisible 1:52:05, The Outer Worlds1:57:37, The Outer Worlds Spoilers 1:58:45, Death Stranding 2:10:20, Pokemon Sword and Shield 2:18:50, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2:21:00, Phoenix Point 2:33:10, Mechwarrior 5 2:35:01 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019, the year that felt as long as a decade. The Waypoint Radio crew is getting ready to drop their individual Game of the Year lists, but first, they have to remember what even came out this year. Join Austin, Cado, Patrick and Rob as they go over the years best games the most disappointing releases. We talked about games so long, we had to make it two podcasts!
Discussed: Resident Evil 2 5:06, Outer Wilds 16:47, Kingdom Hearts III 33:06, Anthem 36:58, Greedfall 45:40, The Waypoint Tech Corner 51:42, Sekirio: Shadows Die Twice 1:01:25, Metro Exodus 1:19:, Ace Combat 7 1:23:09, Apex Legends 1:24:00, Slay the Spire 1:27:47, Eliza 1:28:56, Telling Lies 1:45:29 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
If Hideo Kojima needed two hours at the end of Death Stranding to explain the game through cutscenes, what chance do poor old Rob and Heather Alexandra, visiting from Kotaku, have to unpack the game's layers of strange brilliance, tacky sensibilities, and clunky self-importance? No chance at all, but that doesn't stop them from trying to work through their reactions to the game and many of the moments they were keeping under wraps to avoid spoilers. Now, in this spoiler cast, they are ready to run amok like a Beached Thing emerging from the Chiral ooze. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We're kicking of our end of year podcasts with a new format! We asked for your questions that could be answered in 90 seconds or less, and you delivered! Listen in as Austin, Cado, Patrick, and Rob answer everything from favorite holiday drinks, to best indie game of the decade, to a lightning round mark of mastery makeup exam, all in under two minutes! Happy Holidays! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The holiday season is fast approaching, and so today we have a grab bag of a joint Waypoint Radio/Waypoints episode! Rob starts us off with a detailed description of his delicious looking deep dish pizza, and his kinda sad looking but still delicious NYC style one. Patrick has a an addendum to our GOTY podcasts with late entry A Short Hike, a delightful game he might describe as "Animal Crossing, but you don't do anything that you would normally do in Animal Crossing." We go over the winners and announcements from The Game Awards. Austin presents us with the MMO Minute before Rob has to get something off his chest about The Mandalorian.
Discussed: A Short Hike 23:14, Devotion 46:22, The Game Awards part 1 1:04:55, The MMO Minute presented by Austin Walker 1:19:38, The Game Awards part 2 1:23:47, The Mandalorian 1:46:21, The Clone Wars 1:55:30 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It's the day before The Game Awards. Or, rather, it's the day before the game awards as I'm writing this. You're reading this the day after The Game Awards, which means this is our The Game Awards podcast with predictions and discussion that we recorded before the awards happen! Were we right about Green Day? Did our favorite games win any awards? Well only you know the answer to that. You and well, us in the future from now. Oh also Austin can finally talk about Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries. Rob and Cado ask him about his time at the wheel of a BattleMech while Patrick takes a nap.
Discussed: Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries 3:50, The Game Awards 1:02:10 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We're deep into GOTY season, so we've been hitting the podcast recordings hard. Listen in as we casually drop references for podcasts that won't release for another three weeks, discuss the new Master Sword item that totally changes Super Mario Maker 2, and take a quick dip in the question bucket to bathe in the glory that is Waluigi.
Discussed: Super Mario Maker 2 2:04, Life is Strange 2 29:20, Final Fantasy XIV 32:54, New Bioshock Game 43:09, Question Bucket 1:04:49 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rob Zacny interviews Paradox Chief Business Development Officer, Shams Jorjani. He's the last of Paradox's old corporate leadership, and has seen the company through a variety of high and low moments, helping to put out fires when needed, most notably during the acquisition of White Wolf when it was under scrutiny for their mishandling of queer history in a Vampire: The Masquerade source book. They also discuss worker compensation and mobility at Paradox, the focus on long term growth over quarterly profits, and why he's stuck it out at the same place for so long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Waypoint crew is (mostly) back from break, and gearing up for the end of the year. Cado "finished" Pokemon Sword, and found the campaign's focus underwhelming, even if structurally this might be the most immersive Pokemon game to date. Patrick is excited about the new Mario Maker 2 update that was suddenly announced Monday, even if he wishes Nintendo had been more forthright about their roadmap for that game. Austin has some killer Final Fantasy XIV music to shout out, and then takes the crew on a casual lap of the question bucket.
Discussed: Pokemon Sword 10:46, Super Mario Maker 2 20:44, Spelunky 2 27:02, Souls Franchise 42:01, The Outer Worlds 47:33, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 1:03:10, Streaming Services that aren't Stadia 1:26:12 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We're on break but that doesn't mean the #content needs to stop! Cado is playing Pokemon Sword and questioning the sentience of Pokemon when they're in The Box (spoiler: they remember everything). Patrick finished Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and the crew takes a dive into the Star Wars canon, old and new. Rob has been playing the board game Gloomhaven, or rather, a version of it with... let's call it a house rule. After the break we dive deep into the Question Bucket to talk about who keeps it real the most (Rob, probably), cooking Turkey (why bother?), and how much Austin cares about Shenmue 3.
Discussed: Pokemon Sword and Shield 4:47, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 21:47, Resident Evil 2 52:38, Gloomhaven 54:16, Question Bucket part 1- 1:01:55, Half Life: Alyx 1:27:45, Question Bucket part 2- 1:42:35 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It’s Monday, and you know what that means. 'MECHS! We have a special BattleTech double episode for y’all today. First up, Rob sat down with Harebrained Scheme's Mitch Gitleman to talk about BattleTech lore and the ins and outs of trying to run an inclusive and diverse games company. After the break, Austin and Rob chat about Heavy Metal, the new BattleTech expansion that adds new 'Mech specific abilities, weapons, crew events, and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It's been two years but he's finally back. Manveer Heir, who came on Waypoint Radio in 2017 to talk about his time working on Mass Effect: Andromeda, has returned to the podcast studio with Rashad Redic, industry veteran whose worked on games such as Fallout 3 and Skyrim. Together they make up two thirds of Brass Lion, a new game studio with a goal to make stories about marginalized people by marginalized creators. Austin sat down to chat with them about their first game, Corner Wolves, their experiences in the industry, and the best hip-hop artists of all time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Spoilers for Afterparty from approximately 1:12:08 ~ 1:25:24
It's fall, time for sweaters, hot chocolate, and anime. Austin and Cado went to AnimeNYC, and they're back to report from the anime front lines. Patrick has been playing the new anime console, Google Stadia, and feels that the tech is more interesting than the experience. After the break, Rob takes us to hell in Afterparty, from the developers behind Oxenfree. Then Cado wraps back around to more anime with Pokemon Sword and Shield, when he explains what an EV is, and says the words "Egg Move." The crew takes a quick detour into a mini Waypoints episode to close it out. Stick around after the outro for Football Takes!
Discussed: My Hero One's Justice 2 6:26, One Punch Man: Hero Nobody Knows 8:02, Google Stadia 12:46, Afterparty 57:38, Spoilers for Afterparty 1:12:08, Pokemon Sword and Shield 1:25:24, Waypoints - 2:03:25 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We hear people like extra long pods for the weekend, so we’ve delivered! Austin and Patrick take us on their journey to reconnect with the Force in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Does a Lightsaber give off heat? Is this finally the game that Star Wars fans have been waiting for? After the break, Rob guides us to the front lines of Unity of Command 2, a strategy game that managed to improve on the perfection of it's prequel. Patrick can't talk Stadia yet, so he takes us through the wild Stadia AMA, where an employee actually said "I will personally deliver this to your house." We run down the announcements for XO19, including Dontnod's new game Tell Me Why, which will have a trans protagonist. And Cado talks through #gamefreaklied, and the many different reasons the outlash to Pokemon Sword and Shield have been so vitriolic.
Discussed: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 6:21, Unit Commander 2 1:03:12, Guildlings 1:22:27, Takeshi and Hiroshi 1:25:45, Stadia 1:28:44, XO19 1:35:49, Pokemon Sword and Shield 2:13:14 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We’re in the eye of the storm, we've had one weekend of relative quiet before another crop of new games drop. For now though, Austin is living his best deliveryman life in Death Stranding. Rob is feeling cold on Need for Speed Heat, a racing game with less than stellar racing but a plot so wild he’s gotta to see it through. Patrick is feeling the burn with Ring Fit Adventure, especially in his deltoids (those overhead presses are no joke!) Cado is catching up by playing … Nier: Automata, a game he should’ve finished two years ago, and Outer Wilds, a game he wished he’d picked up sooner, and both games that will make you feel sad.
Discussed: Ring Fit Adventure 4:48, Need for Speed Heat 17:02, Death Stranding 46:50, Nier: Automata 1:08:48, Outer Wilds 1:15:10, The Outer Worlds 1:21:40, Pokemon Sword and Shield 1:28:20, Stadia 1:34:41, Radio Commander 1:40:01 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Waypoints returns as Austin, Patrick, Rob, and Cado discuss their need for more time off in light of an interesting analysis by the People's Policy Project. Why do US workers do so much more work every year than most of their peers? Looking beyond vacation time and holidays, what emerges is a series of socio-economic problems that too few people can get help for, from retirement to sick leave to family leave. And why do companies, who are so often worried about productivity, ignore studies that show working less hours in a week leads to more productivity? After the break, the gang tries to figure out what to make of Kamala Harris' proposed 10-hour school day. Is the right solution for the wrong problem? Does this proposal lean too heavily on private funding? And might some of the solutions we spoke to in the first half of the podcast target the root of this problem, rather than the symptom? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The fall games season is still chugging along, but this week we're caught in a zone between embargo zones. Patrick is using this time to get fit with Ring Fit Adventure, the new Pilates exercise game from Nintendo. Austin is still on that Final Fantasy XIV grind, and has an ...appetizing story about a certain three headed dog, while Cado took a small FFXIV break to catch up on Nier: Automata. After the break, the crew dives back into The Outer Worlds and the ways the TTRPG origins of the genre have evolved and changed. Austin dipped into S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat, and met some guy named Tuna.
Discussed: Ring Fit Adventure 15:05, Final Fantasy XIV 33:07, Nier: Automata 52:06, The Outer Worlds 56:24, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat 1:21:01, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 1:29:42, Blizzcon 1:47:45 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Embargo Zone has been cleared (partially). We can finally talk about Death Stranding, the first game from Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima's new studio. And to do it, we have Motherboard's own Emanuel Maiberg and Matthew Gault joining us. Austin and Cado have questions, and Rob, Patrick, Emanuel, and Matt have... some answers? There's BTs, BBs, Likes on Ladders, and a plethora of stories of Rob fucking up. We dive deep into the mechanics of the game before getting into early game spoilers at the 36 minute mark. After the break (around 1:20:05) we answer your questions on Death Stranding! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It's finally happened. Austin Walker has finally finished Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Which means he's only got 100 quests to go before getting to the first expansion! Rob, Austin, and Patrick have all dove into The Outer Worlds, and they get deep into spoiler territory for the first area in the game, it's various choices, and how they play out in the long run. After the break we have on Motherboards Emanuel Maiberg to discuss the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the spectacle it presents, and the forever war. Then we check in with Luigi's Mansion 3, a game about acquiring large amounts of wealth for no particular reason.
Discussed: Super Mario Maker 2 0:33, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 7:36, The Outer Worlds 15:44, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1:09:03, Luigi's Mansion 3 2:25:47 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The walls of the Embargo Zone are starting to crumble. Rob is back from Paradox Con and he's got some great stories to tell. No, not about Paradox games, but about... an anti-socialist game in a Berlin museum? Then, Austin and Rob have both been playing The Outer Wil... Worlds, the new fallout-like from Obsidian games. We then discuss the recent slew of delays, making spring 2020 suddenly an extremely crowded time. Cado and Austin drop by the MMOzone to talk about the crystals in Final Fantasy XIV, and the "shortcuts" you can take to get to the Waking Sands.
Discussed: Paradox Con 1:09, The Outer Worlds 14:53, The Last of Us 2 Delay 1:18:25, Crusader Kings III 1:30:14, MMO minute 1:41:04, Death Stranding 1:50:21, A Bewitching Revolution 1:51:22, Sea Salt 1:55:26 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rob went to Paradox Con and was able to snag an interview with Johan Anderson, Creative Director at Paradox Development Studio. They talk about the company's IPO, failed game systems, his creative goals, and his long career making grand strategy games. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Embargo Zone continues, but luckily our question bucket overfloweth! First up, we touch on the letter from a handful of congress people to Blizzard, and the new kerfuffle regarding Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore in Japan. Austin and Cado take a MMOment to talk about their time in Final Fantasy XIV this past weekend, and Patrick has played more Valfaris. Then we take another dip into the question bucket, which it turns out was full of kickle juice. We take a break in the middle of all that to dunk on Michael Pachter and the ESA.
Discussed: Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Encore 7:51, Watchmen 13:52, Final Fantasy XIV 21:29, Valfaris 43:39, Question Bucket 46:47, Michael Pachter 1:10:15, Question Bucket 2 1:18:05 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We’ve got a real bucket-full of questions from our listeners this week, but first! Austin has been playing more Card of Darkness, and is starting to see stacks everywhere he goes. Cado dipped back into Life is Strange 2, and found a surprising look at the complex backgrounds that make up Latinidad. Patrick has been running his mind through the gravity-bending Manifold Garden. Then, we answer your questions, from pizza preferences to fantasy archetypes, we'll answer 'em all!
Discussed: Card of Darkness 10:16, Life is Strange 2 16:45, Manifold Garden 26:10, Luigi's Mansion 3 36:00, Question Bucket 46:22 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
You have now entered THE EMBARGO ZONE. Most of the crew is playing new things they can't talk about yet, so we spend some time talking about The Mangler, a movie about a ... laundry folding machine? That's possessed by demon energy? Luckily, Austin played a game out of embargo, Disco Elysium, a CRPG with interesting mechanics but a fuzzy point of view. Patrick has been playing more Valfaris, the Metal album art inspired Contra-like, and Cado is still playing Indivisible, where he's made a new friend with a badass pirate. Then we have our MMO Minutes as Cado and his team of community Raiders have finished the new Destiny 2 Raid, and Austin has unlocked his new job as a Bard in Final Fantasy XIV. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We're finally at the end of this long ass week. Rob is back from vacation to talk through his Ghost Recon: Breakpoint review, and the general reaction to that game. Austin checks back in with Final Fantasy XIV and the grind to the DLC. After the break, Cado and Austin have been checking out the tactical John Wick Hex, while Patrick has been fighting a fever in bed while playing Grindstone. Then we have a lengthy news section going over the PS5 announcement and Blizzard's response to the recent slew of Hong Kong protests from Hearthstone players.
Discussed: Ghost Recon: Breakpoint 1:22 , Final Fantasy XIV 14:31 , John Wick Hex 26:52 , Grindstone 38:47 , Warsaw 41:22 , Playstation 5 52:10 , Blizzard's reaction to the Hong Kong Protests 1:02:46 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The fall games season continues, server issues and all. Now that Austin has a bunch of free time, he's been seriously considering getting into that MMO that everyone's talking about... Final Fantasy XIV. Patrick tried out this other game you may have heard of, Destiny 2, and was immediately confused by the new player onboarding. Cado has been playing Indivisible alongside leveling for the new Destiny raid, a new "metroidvania-ish" "jrpg" with a really neat combat system and solid writing. Patrick's data-cap situation is getting out of hand, luckily the "iron maiden cover turned contra" game Valfaris wasn't too big of a download.
Discussed: Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2: New Light, Indivisible, Valfaris, Pilgrims, Apple Arcade Games, Data-caps, Untitled Goose Game For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Waypoint Radio crew is staying in the spooky spirit this week, as Cado reports back from the Moon (still haunted) in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Austin was going to try to join him, but he got spooked by the lack of clarity in Destiny's UI. Danielle brings us the horror of the gig economy in Neo Cab. Rob was both spooker and spookee in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, a game with problematic story, but extremely compelling mechanics. And Patrick regales us with the horrors of ISP data caps!
At the end of the podcast, we talk about a few big changes to the Waypoint Radio crew. Danielle is bidding farewell to her time at Vice, and Austin is stepping back from his editorial role. Austin will continue to host Waypoint Radio, but Danielle will be moving on to bigger and better things. We'll miss you, Danielle! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September is over and that means it’s time to get SPOOKY. The crew checks back in on Untitled Goose Game to ask the hard questions: does revolution ever really end? Rob’s getting into the spirit by playing Ghost Recon: Breakpoint as the Panther, which apparently is the stealth class if you weren’t aware. Austin is getting spooked by the terrors of urban planning in Mini-Motorway, and Patrick is having a surprisingly un-spooky time with the Switch Lite. Stick around after the outro for the weekly NFL check-in.
Discussed: Untitled Goose Game, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Apple Arcade, What The Golf, Mini Motorway, Switch Lite, Close Combat: The Bloody First, Football For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September is over and that means it’s time to get SPOOKY. The crew checks back in on Untitled Goose Game to ask the hard questions: does revolution ever really end? Rob’s getting into the spirit by playing Ghost Recon: Breakpoint as the Panther, which apparently is the stealth class if you weren’t aware. Austin is getting spooked by the terrors of urban planning in Mini-Motorway, and Patrick is having a surprisingly un-spooky time with the Switch Lite. Stick around after the outro for the weekly NFL check-in.
Discussed: Untitled Goose Game, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Apple Arcade, What The Golf, Mini Motorway, Switch Lite, Close Combat: The Bloody First, Football For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
As the fall game’s deluge rages on, Rob Zacny’s got his sights set on the beach, and totally not at all on that one player that ruined a perfectly good race in GRID. Austin is exploring new biomes and getting loot in Cube World, a game that most people figured would never come out, but Austin always believed. Patrick’s been running out of gas in the post-apocalyptic Overland, and Cado is just waiting for Shadowkeep to finally drop.
Discussed: Cube World, GRID, Overland, The Last of Us Part 2, Destiny 2:Shadowkeep, Link's Awakening For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Fall is finally here. The leaves are changing. There's a chill in the air. And the games harvest is plentiful. So plentiful, that Austin went back and played ... a racing game from 1990? He's got a contract out, can you help him understand the physics in F-Zero? Cado and Patrick then comisserate over the best god damn golf game of all time, Kirby's Dreamcourse. After the break, Patrick and Austin talk about the nuanced differences between EDM and pop music. Also Sayonara Wild Hearts. Austin talks about some game that has a goose in it, and Patrick takes us through his journey with Apple Arcade.
Discussed: F-Zero, Super Mario Maker 2, Kirby's Dreamcourse, Link's Awakening, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Untitled Goose Game, Apple Arcade, Destiny 2, Google Play Pass For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Content Warning for discussion of Sexual Assault from approximately 1:52:00 - 2:07:00
On this week's Waypoints, Austin watched all of Netflix's Mindhunter while he was on vacation and couldn't wait to talk about it with the rest of the crew. It's a look at the FBI during the late 70's, before the term "serial killer" existed, and how some of that methodology was invented. Rob brings us Arrival, Denis Villeneuve's 2016 movie about aliens landing on earth and language, communication, and trauma. Danielle visited Halloween Horror Nights and brings us the scoop on the design and craft of the various haunted houses. After the break, Austin, Patrick, and Rob discuss last week's NFL news, including a segment on Antonio Brown's sexual assault allegations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, you fail. This week, Rob has the misfortune of sharing with us the sad tale of the Krummetses. A humble bread/pastry (breastry? Pastread?) born of misunderstandings and faulty equipment. Luckily, Patrick has had a little more luck with The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, one of the weirder 2D Zelda games, finally dropping on Switch this week. Austin and Cado have been playing (surprise surprise) two new roguelike deckbuilders, Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale and Sign of the Sojourner, and Rob is still finding new surprised in Control. We regret to inform you: Cado will not be acquiring a destiny shirt this year.
Discussed: Link's Awakening, Control, Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale, Sign of the Sojourner, Borderlands III, Mutazione, Kind Words, Destiny 2 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It's fall, and even if the weather doesn't know it, the games industry sure does. Austin takes a quick dip out from his vacation to join us on this episode and talk about mechs, as he's spent some of his vacation playing Daemon X Machina. Rob and Patrick have also been playing Greedfall, a game about colonizing an island. Cado has been playing Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, a game about colonizing an island. Then after the break we dive into the latest Pewdiepie scandal, the new Death Stranding trailer, and that wild Nintendo Fit Ring thing. Also Control still slaps. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mild Kingdom Heart III spoilers from two minutes in through to 7 minutes in.
We've got some BREAKING NEWS on this pod, there's a NEW KINGDOM HEARTS III DLC TRAILER OUT! Listen in as Danielle, Patrick, and Cado react live to the new trailer while Rob pours himself some 15 year old scotch. He then regales us with tales of his new enormous speakers as he gently swirls the drink in his hand, ice lightly clinking against the cold glass. Danielle brings us tales from the woods of Blair Witch, and how great the dog is, while Cado's dealing with the cold in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Patrick is nearing the end of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and realizing how cordoned off the endgame is for the different houses. Then we take a dip in the question bucket, before Rob and Patrick spend 20 minutes talking about sports.
Discussed: Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind, Blair Witch, Iceborne, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Control For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
So, Rob somehow got the keys to Nintendo. The Nintendo Direct this week is evidence of that, and we do a pretty extensive overview of all the wild new things this Rob Zacny led Nintendo is getting up to. Patrick and Danielle give us a history of Deadly Premonition and how good/bad it is. Motherboard's own Emanuel Maiberg joins us to give us his thoughts on the Star Wars Jedi Knight competitive scene, as well as thoughts on Gears 5. Cado spends probably too much time defending Taco Bell.
Discussed: Nintendo Direct, Deadly Premonition, Return of the Obra Dinn, Assassin's Creed, Pokemon, Doom 64, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, SNES on Nintendo Switch Online, Gears 5, Blair Witch For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
It's Madden season! Which means it's time for Patrick, Rob, and Austin to confront pro football and all its ugly contradictions and compromises. First, they're as shocked as anyone by the "in his prime" retirement of star quarterback Andrew Luck. But should they be? What does Luck's decision reveal about changing attitudes among football players toward the game they play? There's a class element to it as well, but that's even more salient with the crass partnership between Jay-Z and the NFL. The gang discuss how Jay-Z has helped the league "move on" from its embarrassing standoff with allegedly blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and why it's a move that makes all the sense in the world for billionaire like Jay-Z. Making somewhat less sense is the long fight Antonio Brown waged on behalf of a beloved helmet. It was an odd hill to die on but on the other hand, how important are helmets really to keeping players safe? Finally, Rob and Patrick spent the summer mesmerized by the Chicago Bears' unprecedented search for a new place-kicker. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Content Warning for discussions of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault - segment ends 27 minutes in.
In the past week, we've seen a slew of survivors of sexual assault and harassment in the games industry take to social media to speak about their traumas. As this wave of accusations began, Motherboard's Lauren Kaori Gurley spoke with three of the survivors. She's joined by Danielle, Rob, Patrick, and Cado as they discuss sexual harassment in the workplace and the power dynamics that surround it.
After the break, Danielle brings us the aptly seasonal Knights and Bikes, with a touch of nostalgia for times past and summer's end. Rob, Patrick, and Cado are playing Control, or is the game playing them? Then Patrick and Cado talk about the Pinball Roguelike Creature in the Well, and just how imprecise the Switch's analog sticks feel all of a sudden. Then we take a quick dip in the question bucket, and pour one out for all our lost save files. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Three major embargoes dropped today, so we're gonna dive straight in! Rob brings us his thoughts on Control, and how it's wild lore is integrated in a satisfying way, much more satisfying than Destiny, a game he hasn't played since 2017, that has totally stayed the same since then and not at all delivered on any of it's lore. [/s] Then Austin talks about the parts of Astral Chain that he can talk about, which apparently don't include some of his favorite missions because embargoes can be weird! Patrick checks back in with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. Cado played some Destiny, but you probably already knew that. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Content warning for discussion of assisted suicide from approximately 1:20:00 - 1:24:00
The fall is almost upon us, and you know what that means! That's right, it's American Football season, and that means we're gonna try and guess the names of the recently revealed XFL teams based only on their team logos! Then we check in on Patrick as he tries to unravel the mysteries of evolution in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. What is the difference between a branch and a stick? Patrick doesn't know, and neither do we. After the break, Austin checks back in with the surprising world of Remnant: From the Ashes, which has some well written narrative moments that he wasn't expecting. Then Cado tells us about the intriguing but frustrating Oninaki, which has an intense narrative setup, but doesn't ever feel good to actually play. Then we get lost in the woods with Danielle as she explores the new Blair Witch game. There is a dog, and you can pet it!
Discussed: XFL, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, Remenant: From the Ashes, Astral Chain, Oninaki, Blair Witch For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
We have a special bonus episode of Waypoint Radio, Austin and Patrick are joined by award winning composer Austin Wintory to talk about his next project, the FMV game Erica. They also discuss horror movie music tropes, the difference between scoring movies and scoring games, and some of Austin Wintory's favorite brands. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
There's a well known joke where you describe something in reference to Dark Souls. Hell, we've done plenty of that on this very podcast. But rarely are those games actually Souls-likes, and even rarer are the ones we enjoy. So imagine our surprise when the "Dark Souls but with Guns" game Remnant: From the Ashes landed with both Austin and Cado, so much so that our descriptions of the game basically sold Patrick on playing it! The Waypoint Radio crew discusses Remnant, Fire Emblem (is it hard enough?), Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and more on this episode of Waypoint Radio!
Discussed: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Vanquish, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Remnant: From the Ashes, Nintendo Indie World stream, Session, Stadia, Idris Elba For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy