“Idea! Idea! Idea! Idea!” Achievements/Trophies; Puzzle Design

This week, your nice hosts talk about Star Trek for longer than usual, and Mortho returns with an NGC Sports Update. Also: Stephen executes a delicious self-own in a discussion on Achievements, Mark sings a song about cities, and Martha hopes to design puzzles that even Stephen will appreciate.

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[0;08;10] Achievements

[0;39;46] Puzzle Design

“Martha’s Philosophy on Life.” Video Game Merch; Starting a Game

This week, Martha goes into more detail about her game, Stephen gushes about all the plushies he wants and Mark reminisces about the good old days of Super Mario Bros. 3.

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[0:07:49] Merch

[0:39:18] Starting a Game

Global Game Jam 2018 Special

It’s Global Game Jam 2018! In this special jam episode you’ll hear field interviews with gamedevs at the Minneapolis Gamecraft site mid-jam as they work on their games. Then your nice hosts talk all about how the weekend went for them and what they each got out of the experience. Martha is a stage manager, Mark can’t help but make artistic developer art and Stephen is the GGJ MVP.

Nice Plays: Nioh (2017)

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

(Watch this and other Nice Plays on YouTube in HD-quality.)

In this episode, Mark dies a lot in Nioh, but his complaining has nothing to do with that.

We’re trying something new with Nice Plays, where we pick up our episode a little ways into a game rather that starting from the beginning. We’ll also be talking about a particular mechanic or feature in the game which relates to a topic we had discussed in detail on a previous episode of the podcast.

We’re taking baby steps in this direction with this episode, where we pick up about an hour into the game, and focus a bit on the loot system. Your nice hosts discussed loot systems (and loot boxes) a few weeks ago in the episode “I have so much feelings.” (http://nicegames.club/2018/01/i-have-so-much-feelings-loot-systems-loot-boxes/)

Nice Plays: Lethal League (2014)

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

(Watch this and other Nice Plays on YouTube in HD-quality.)

All three of your nice hosts play ball in this episode, taking each other to task in the super-playful party fighter Lethal League. Martha almost beats Stephen, Stephen patiently tries to explain it to Mark, and Mark doesn’t understand what’s happening even when he’s winning.