“Right the dang now!” Scope Creep; eSports

In this episode, Stephen fights his demons, Martha likes sports now, and Mark learns a lot about both.

Stephen will be speaking at the November IGDA Twin Cities meeting! Details will be posted at igdatc.org soon.

[0:02:41] Scope Creep

[0:30:53] eSports

Nice Plays: Thirty Flights of Loving (2012)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.

In this episode (Nice Games Club’s 50th!), Martha plays (and finishes!) a game Stephen once recommended to Mark (but Mark forgot about). A first-person narrative, Thirty Flights of Loving is a 5-year old game written in a 10-year old engine, but still holds up, according to your nice hosts, anyway.

Game: Thirty Flights of Loving
Developer/Publisher: Blendo Games
Platform: PC (Windows, Mac)
Year: 2012
Genre: First-person Narrative

Notes:

Nice Plays: Pajama Sam 2 (1998)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.

In this episode, Mark plays one of Martha’s favorites, the classic PC point and click adventure Pajama Sam 2, and learns why she loves and is inspired by this game’s development studio so much.

Game: Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren’t So Frightening
Developer/Publisher: Humongous Entertainment
Platform: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Year: 1998
Genre: Point & Click Adventure

Notes:

  • We mentioned, but didn’t show, the game’s intro cutscene.
  • As it happens, Pajama Sam was voiced by one of Mark’s favorite comic actors, Pamela Adlon, although she’s more famous for voicing Bobby on King of the Hill. She is currently starring in the show Better Things, which she created and produces, and for which she was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy in 2017.
  • This game includes references to other Humongous titles, including Backyard Sports.
  • Boris Karloff played Frankenstein’s monster.

“I do business.” DLC and Expansions; Genre in Games

This week, Stephen finally gets a theme song, Mark plays devil’s advocate, and Martha gets dangerously close to a topic your nice hosts swore to never talk about on the show.

[0:02:40] DLC and Expansions

[0:38:34 ] Genre in Games

“Evil Games Club 2!” Crafting Systems; Game Jams; Bad Gamedev Habits

Uh oh… they’re back… it’s EVIL GAMES CLUB!

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Snide laugh! Malicious gafaw! In this, our second evil episode, your evil hosts revisit some of the dumb topics Nice Games Club covered in previous episodes, and correct the record where required. We’re at it again, being evil, that is!

Intro

  • Dale posts bugs on Instagram now.
  • This is the spider Dale was talking about in the intro.

[0:02:46] Crafting Systems

(This topic is a followup to the episode “It’s against the law to stop.”)

[0:26:23] Game Jams

(This topic is a followup to the episodes “Bananas, from here to eternity” and GDC 2017 Special, Part 1.)

[0:52:39] Bad Gamedev Habits

(This topic is a followup to the episode “Can I tweet about this?”)

  • While this topic was mostly evil talk directed at Nice Game Club, it also included some uncharacteristically sage advice from your evil hosts. Take heed, or suffer!