Final Score #171: Your Destiny

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WHAT ARE WE PLAYING!

SCOTT:  Destiny and Diablo. Gonna keep zeroing out Joe Danger for no good reason.

BRIAN: One Button Bob (Damnit, YOU HAD ONE JOB BOB!), Super Crate Box (WHY!? so hard)

NICOLE: Destiny, Bioshock on iOS, Fates Forever

NEWS!

How Hard Is Too Hard?
TOPIC
When does a video game stop being fun and start being work? When is it too damn hard!? Dark Souls is a good example from recent memory. What were the toughest games you ever played? Mario? Pac-man? Quake? How do MultiPlayer games rate vs Single Player? I find COD games hard as hell on the Xbox because there are so many great gamers out there already that I never even have a chance? Should they have a kiddie area for noobs like me? Or do I just power through? Which console had the hardest games? NES!
A few games mentioned by the listeners:
LilPhis
@tfsshow The 1991 Genesis (NA release) version of King’s Bounty.aaronsteinberg
@tfsshow Every Mega-Man game ever.allknowingpants
@tfsshow It was the first TMNT for the NES that I kept trying over and over. That underwater level kept killing my favorite turtles.Humfredo
@tfsshow Robowarrior on the NES was a nonsensical pain in the arse.Kainen007
@tfsshow I was waiting for every1 and there dogs to say dark Souls but I’m going for ghosts and goblins. Gd game though. :-)aaronsteinberg
@tfsshow Maximum Carnage for SNESJCB_511
@tfsshow You’re right. Spelunker for the NES was another one. But I played it forever feels like.ProfessorWC
@tfsshow Probably Dark Souls.JCB_511
@tfsshow Kid Nikki for the NES by far the toughest and I played it over an[d over]

TriviallyTravis
@tfsshow the final level (Meat Circus) of Psychonauts

_scoxy
@tfsshow shadow of the beast 2 on the Amiga. Even with the ten pints god mode cheat.

tgossa
@tfsshow Batman and Ninja Gaiden on the NES. Bloody Maaaalth! *shakes fist*

BobCalli
@tfsshow That would have to be a toss-up between the NES Ninja Gaiden games and NES Castlevania games.

DarthMarquis
@tfsshow ok get ready to laugh…COD 2. Always play on hardest difficulty & still haven’t finished it. Still play every now & then…

official_scottg
@tfsshow Donkey Kong Country Returns and the WiiU sequel are extremely cruel. Hardest platformers I’ve ever played (lookin at you, meat boy)

Steam Games tagged with Difficult
http://store.steampowered.com/tag/en/Difficult/
Why are some games so hard? Design or Accident? What are game designers thinking! Can’t we get a little balance!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_game_difficulty_balancing

CONTEST!

For those unaware, Mrs. Nicole Spagnolo is randomly selecting a person each month from the Final Score Group who is online on Steam to win something on their wishlist. A big thanks go to all of you who have continuously donated games to our listeners.

OLD SCHOOL!

Operation Wolf (arcade) 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wolf

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Final Score #170: The MMO Cycle

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On this episode of The Final Score, Scott not that pumped about Velocity. Brian loves monsters. Nicole is tired. MMO update! Also, what about esports as a thing in the future? emails and tweets! Speedball 2 is our old school pick this week, and more!

WHAT ARE WE PLAYING!

SCOTT:  More D3 on PS4 and PC…loving it more than ever. Velocity PS4 (meh). Joe Danger on PS+ on Vita. Towerfall with the kids on PS4.

BRIAN: Monster Loves You! (PC) 5 Nights At Freddy’s (PC) … Dragon Con!

NICOLE: Is tired.

NEWS!

Elder Scrolls Online hit with layoffs, Zenimax will continue to ‘invest heavily’
“As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch,” Bethesda VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines told Joystiq. “Now that we are nearly 6 months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly.”
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/03/elder-scrolls-online-layoffs-bethesda-zenimax/
Wildstar will soon get Megaservers, free realm transfers now available
“Under the new MegaServers, there will be one PvP and one PvE realm per Data Center,” Carbine said earlier on the Wildstar forums. “We’ll also increase the number of available character slots for each Megaserver. There’s lots more information to come, with some questions already answered in our FAQ and more on the way. When the time comes, all guilds, arena teams, circles, mail and auction items will transfer to the new Megaservers. The normal “realm transfer” restrictions will not apply during this transfer. Unfortunately, one of the byproducts of this is that realm rule sets will be going away, so we will replace them with five region-wide chat channels – Roleplay, French, German, French Roleplay and German Roleplay. More details on this will be revealed soon.”
http://www.loadthegame.com/2014/09/02/wildstar-will-soon-get-megaservers-free-realm-transfers-now-available/
TOPIC:
NFL Football kicks off tomorrow night…but I would rather be watching Video Gamers on Twitch compete! It’s just the hardcore gamers who are watching right now…but what does the future hold? Will we even need real people with Madden of the future? Or will we just plug in our fantasy league stats and watch our characters spawn on screen? Who will be the networks? Will the old networks get involved? Is this Amazon Twitch thing even bigger than we could ever have imagined? Who will be our go to portal? Are you guys watching VGHS?
http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/technology/esports-explosion-brings-opportunity-riches-for-video-gamers.html?_r=0
Also, The Kirksey glitch makes me laugh everytime.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb7HJgrQlJ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njnlHYR9r3Q

CONTEST!

For those unaware, Mrs. Nicole Spagnolo is randomly selecting a person each month from the Final Score Group who is online on Steam to win something on their wishlist. A big thanks go to all of you who have continuously donated games to our listeners.

OLD SCHOOL!

Speedball 2 – Brutal Deluxe (1990)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speedball_(video_game)#Speedball_2:_Brutal_Deluxe

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Final Score #169: Soul Patch

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On this episode of The Final Score, Scott plays yet more Diablo III. Brian Splatters stuff all over the place. Nicole gets her Devil on the case. Politics of games. Take the money and RUN is our old school pick this week, and more!

WHAT ARE WE PLAYING!

SCOTT:  Diablo 3 UEE on console, and D3 2.10 on PC! It’s been a Diablo week! Also, raided in wow, and still spending time with Rogue Legacy on Vita

BRIAN: Super Splatters (Demo), Max Gentleman (F2P) and on my radar is : Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather

NICOLE: Diablo 3 on PS4, Detective Grimoire (iOS), Devil’s Attorney (iOS)

NEWS!

What are we feeding our kids?
When politics and social issues get into your game what do you do? Do these really speak to the kids? Or is it just in bad taste? There are no ratings for these type of quick flash games that have straight foward agendas. How do we protect our kids minds from that? Or do we?
Mission Majority – Platformer for the NRSC to help vote republicans into office
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvhY57EYt9c
http://www.missionmajority.com/
Ferguson ‘type’ Game (Calling out the media’s framing bias)
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/08/a-video-game-for-ferguson/379110/
Spermania – Yeah..it’s life creation education from the West Bank city of Ramallah.
http://spermania.com/
for deeper thought….
Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i_RPr9DwMA#t=25
she makes people angry btw.

CONTEST!

For those unaware, Mrs. Nicole Spagnolo is randomly selecting a person each month from the Final Score Group who is online on Steam to win something on their wishlist. A big thanks go to all of you who have continuously donated games to our listeners.

OLD SCHOOL!

Take The Money And Run! [Odyssey 2] (1980)
https://archive.org/details/Take_the_Money_and_Run_1980_Philips_EU_US

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Final Score #168: Mount Your Friends

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On this episode of The Final Score Scott continues his love affair with Rogue Legacy, Brian Mounts his Friends and Nicole puts her games list in at the last second. Gamescom so far and TMNT: Turtles In Time is our old school pick this week, and more!

WHAT ARE WE PLAYING!

SCOTT:  LOTS and lots of Rogue Legacy on PS4 and Vita. Pulstar. More Necrodancer.

BRIAN: Mount Your Friends (PC), The Maker’s Eden (PC) – OMR :

NICOLE: Castle of Illusion (thanks Nef!), DeathSpank…again :)

NEWS!

The Important stuff from Gamescom so far
- Kinect is basically dead.
– Tomb Raider is a holiday exclusive on Xbox One.
– Sony sold 10m PS4’s.
– Sony intruced Share Play
– Lots of Xbone bundles coming. (I want a white one)
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/12/playstation-gamescom-2014-press-conference-round-up-wild-hellb/
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/12/xbox-gamescom-2014-press-conference-round-up-tomb-raider-halo/
We miss Robin Williams…and he was a HUGE gamer!
Loved WoW, Zelda, etc
http://www.businessinsider.sg/robin-williams-will-live-on-in-world-of-warcraft-one-of-his-favorite-games-2014-8/

CONTEST!

For those unaware, Mrs. Nicole Spagnolo is randomly selecting a person each month from the Final Score Group who is online on Steam to win something on their wishlist. A big thanks go to all of you who have continuously donated games to our listeners.

OLD SCHOOL!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles:_Turtles_in_Time

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Final Score #167: Everything Has A Bro In It Now

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On this episode of The Final Score, Scott spends time dancing in the crypt. Brian puts on his Secret Poncho. Nicole really likes video games. What happens when Nintendo loses one of their best online voices? Your TWEETS!

WHAT ARE WE PLAYING!

SCOTT:  Crypt of the NecroDancer, Secret Poncho (thx ScottyD), Road not Taken PS4, Royal Quest PC, & a lot more Marvel Heroes and Bro-Force for who knows why. (and Expendabros)

BRIAN:  Secret Ponchos (Steam), Only If (Steam F2P) – [On My Radar] – Road Not Taken

NICOLE:  All iOS games – Hearthstone (Finished 3 Naxx Quarters), Bonza and Revolution 60

NEWS!

Nintendo’s Indie Lead Dan Adelman Leaves The Company, Returns To Twitter
http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/08/04/nintendos-indie-lead-dan-adelman-leaves-the-company-returns-to-twitter/

CONTEST!

For those unaware, Mrs. Nicole Spagnolo is randomly selecting a person each month from the Final Score Group who is online on Steam to win something on their wishlist. A big thanks go to all of you who have continuously donated games to our listeners.

OLD SCHOOL!

Pepsiman
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsiman

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