It’s an Xmas miracle! In this jumbo-sized edition, your nice hosts play 36 (!!!) games in less than 50 minutes! Each of these games were created during the 40th Ludum Dare online game jam, which took place December 1st – 4th, 2017.
Stephen and Mark participated in this jam with friends of the show Sara Ferret and Lane Davis, and to cap off this episode, Martha plays their game, Widget Satchel.
In this episode, Mark plays the opening chapter of one of Martha’s very favorite games, Borderlands 2, and then Martha takes over to show off her badassitude. Your nice hosts talk about narrative in FPS games, generous loot systems, and how wonderful/terrible Claptrap is.
Game: Borderlands 2 Developer: Gearbox Software Publisher: 2K Games Platform: PC Year: 2012 Genre: First-person shooter
“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, Martha (and then Stephen) are tortured by bad level design and user-hostile game mechanics in the original Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, while Mark praises the oft-misunderstood American version of the game.
NOTE: Mark was wrong. There *were* mid-level checkpoints in the original Super Mario Bros.
Game: Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan) Developer/Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Famicom Disk System Year: 1986 Genre: Platformer