Saturday
Jun212014

QCF: Entwined

hether you choose to side in the camp that video games are art, or sit with the folks who think they’re too dumb to be art, there’s generally one consistent consensus that both parties can agree to; gamers from either belief can attest to playing at least one game in their life that made them feel something.

Granted, while there are few games where a majority of people can civilly agree on the game’s merit to elicit whatever emotion they felt, these game do in fact exist, and some of them share even considerably larger common ground within the gaming community than most would accurately presume; some games just have that it factor.

Entwined is such a game, one that’s entirely capable of rendering any who play it into puddle of feelings that they can’t quite explain articulately into words, but can’t deny that the presence of them either.

I’m going to try my best TO articulate these feelings, and why it’s important that Entwined brought them out of me, and became a memorable experience in the process.

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Saturday
Jun212014

PPR Presents Play Play: Destiny-Alpha

hat happens when Press Pause Radio gets invited to an alpha trial weekend of one of the most anticipated shooters to be developed for the Next Generation platforms of video games? We mostly die and stuff, but we share our all too important thoughts none of the less!

This special edition of Play Play, the gang gets together and shares it impressions of Destiny; George and Andrew speculate a number of questions while discussing feedback among each other, and Ser’s explains why he hasn’t bought into anything the new Bungie shooter has to offer so far. One of our longest videos yet, we discuss that, Peter Dinkelage, Phil Fish’s comments regarding the gaming YouTube community’s “Let’s Play” content and more.

Mail us at our new email Mailbag@presspauseradio.com, leave a voicemail at 469-PPR-TALK, and be sure to stop by at our Forums if you haven’t already registered and post your thoughts about the show. Finally, make sure to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and YouTube, follow us on Twitch page and Twitter, and finally take part in our Facebook and Steam group!

Wednesday
Jun182014

QCF: Tesla Effect- A Tex Murphy Adventure

or all of the long lost franchises to reappear, Tex Murphy might just be the most obscure property to surface again. Let’s get one thing straight: Tesla Effect has probably got to be one of the most bizarre game releases in recent memory—not in style or content, but just its sheer existence. For those not in the know the following game reviewed here is a Tex Murphy adventure; as in an FMV Tex Murphy adventure, a “last seen in 1998” Tex Murphy adventure, a “originally appeared on the Commodore 64” Tex Murphy adventure. 

Despite the quality, because of this the game is at least worth some degree of admiration that unfortunately may just be the only thing it deserves from you at all.

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Wednesday
Jun182014

QCF: Avadon 2: The Corruption

f there's anything the last generation taught us, it's that platform specific experiences are quickly becoming a thing of the past. With fewer and fewer exclusive games, it really doesn't make sense anymore to restrict a game to one system. That is of course, unless the game only really works well on one control scheme.

Avadon 2 is a game like this. With its complex RPG system and familiar top-down keyboard controls, it's very hard to imagine this game being on anything but a PC. In essence it's a shout out to a lost era of PC-centric RPG's- with all the advantages (and flaws) that the genre had to offer. And depending on your tastes it may feel like a tribute to the past, or an insult to it.

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Sunday
Jun152014

PPR 86

o how about that E3 huh…it was—great; yeah, we know, we’re really surprised about it too. I guess when it comes down to it, all you really need a great E3 a showcase filled with dozens of games, who’d a thunk it right?

This week’s episode of PPR runs all over the map, as we talk about our thoughts on the Destiny Alpha, No Man’s Sky, Fable Legends, Scalebound, Splatoon, Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros, Uncharted 4, First Light, and so much more. We also talk about Chewbacca and Bryan Cranston a little here and there but that’s nothing new with us because we suck and stuff.

Mail us at our new email Mailbag@presspauseradio.com, leave a voicemail at 469-PPR-TALK, and be sure to stop by at our Forums if you haven’t already registered and post your thoughts about the show. Finally, make sure to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and YouTube, follow us on Twitch page and Twitter, and finally take part in our Facebook and Steam group!

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Thursday
Jun122014

QCF: Mario Kart 8

espite the number of troubles plaguing Nintendo since the launch of the Wii U, there’s one consistent quality in their output that keeps them afloat, and that’s their trademark magic; that undeniably inherent charm in their titles that just focuses on delivering dumb fun.  Call it a trump card, or a desperate ace in the hole, but honestly; Nintendo loves what it does, and Mario Kart 8 is a celebration of what the brand does best—refined no less.

Which is not only fortunate for every Wii U owner out there, but reason enough to be a potential one too as with the Big N’s latest sequel to their cartoon take on Death Race 2000 is one of the more solid entries to the series.

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Monday
Jun092014

PPR 5th Year Anniversary Special: The Podcast

t’s been five years, five years of playing, recording, writing, drinking, traveling, filming, and most importantly; loving. Join us for a super casual, navel-gazing edition of Press Pause Radio as we decide to just share some stories, and talk about video games in a completely different light. We’ll also discuss plans for the future of Press Pause Radio, and where we plan to take it, Thanks again guys, it means a lot.

Also, for those of you asking, my new jobs with RETRO Magazine and 148 Apps do not spell for the eventual end of PPR, All of us have plenty of steam left in this brand, and we have you guys to thank for it, so stay tuned, and keep coming back—we like your company. Also, here’s a 20% off voucher good till June 13th, through Greenman Gaming because we’re awesome and stuff. (UK3A0U-YOVK88-88EMC8)

Mail us at our new email Mailbag@presspauseradio.com, leave a voicemail at 469-PPR-TALK, and be sure to stop by at our Forums if you haven’t already registered and post your thoughts about the show. Finally, make sure to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and YouTube, follow us on Twitch page and Twitter, and finally take part in our Facebook and Steam group!

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Sunday
Jun082014

QCF: Retro Game Crunch

t's certainly no secret that in my faded, old, dying eyes, the golden years of gaming are now a bygone era with only reminders of its glory remaining in my collection of cartridges and CD ROMs that, for the most part, currently reside in the closet of my studio. Pixels and bits trump system specs and polygons. FOR LIFE!

To that end, I'm loving PC gaming more and more, especially with the increasing number of retro-inspired and old-school feeling titles on services such as Desura, Steam and the Humble Store. Sure, there are typically zero physical copies appearing for the PC platform for these games, but that doesn't make the games any less fun and often times, they are nice and affordable.

One game that is sure to strike the fancy of any retronaut like myself is Retro Game Crunch, a delightful collection of 3rd generation-inspired titles, complete with the huge pixels, lo-fi sound and often-brutal difficulty old-timers like myself crave the ever-loving bits out of. Each title is totally different from the last yet somehow manages to stay just as fun and fresh between games. But for $15, is it worth your time? Get ready for a Ser Flash Seven-Part Machine-Gun review for Retro Game Crunch!

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