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The Best Games Period

Ever found yourself wondering about the best games period? Join Jeremy Brown, Jack Gardner, and Daniel Jones as they debate, argue, and sometimes agree over the best video games. The trio bring years of podcasting, game criticism, and somewhat related tangents to the table to create one of the most interesting podcasts you'll find in this corner of the internet.
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May 30, 2016

The second most sold game of all time, Wii Sports dominated gaming culture and beyond when it released on the Wii back in 2006. Bundled with the Wii and sold on the promise of bringing gamers and non-gamers together, Wii Sports made waves for being the harbinger of a new wave of motion controlled games that would change the landscape of gaming forever. While the promise of what the Wii could deliver ultimately fell shorter than what many had hoped, Wii Sports remains as a fond memory for many. Is it one of the best games period?

We ran into some technical difficulties with Daniel's audio this week. Apologies if the somewhat garbled sound detracts from what is otherwise a very fun episode!

Outro music: Bayonetta 'Lady in Black' by Dj Mystix (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02527)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 23, 2016

The 2007 indie game Passage could be considered one of the standard bearers for the art game genre. Created by Jason Rohrer, for a game jam event, Passage went on to receive a significant amount of attention in the mainstream press with some critics outside of the gaming world claiming it was the first game to make them cry - essentially a proof of concept to some industry outsiders that games could be vehicles for emotion and meaningful expression. 

Passage is free and can be downloaded on Jason Rohrer's website: http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/passage/

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Please, please make it rain...' by Benjaipod (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03347)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 16, 2016

Since Naughty Dog recently released the fourth Uncharted game, we took the opportunity to talk about the 2007 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. As the title that resurrected the third-person shooter for the modern age and proved to the world what the PlayStation 3 was capable of rendering on-screen. Is Nathan Drake's initial adventure one of the best games period?

Outro music: Crash Bandicoot 'Hogging Molly' by Brandon Strader and Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02413)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 9, 2016

From breaking through the Iron Curtain of Soviet Russia to being labelled as a cause of medically confirmed hallucinations, Tetris has a fascinating history both within and without the video game industry. Alexey Pajitnov and Vladamir Pokhilko's classic puzzle game has become one of the most widely available video games on the planet and a common household name. To this day, Tetris appears near the top of best games of all time lists, but is that merely nostalgia or a mark of genuine quality? 

Outro music: Tetris 'The Peddler's Legacy' by Vurez (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02202)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 2, 2016

This week we tackle our first multiplayer-only and first free-to-play title, Valve's Team Fortress 2. The online FPS has been around for almost a decade and still sees an incredibly active community, due in no small part to the decision to make it free-to-play in 2011. Joining us in our discussion this week is Jack Packard, former Funny or Die funnyman, Red Letter Media staple, and co-host of the YouTube channel Previously Recorded. 

Part 2 centers almost entirely on Team Fortress 2. The aesthetic, comedy, emergent narratives, and even the cross marketing. Have you ever wondered if a conga line can ruin a video game? Jack Packard's argument certainly might make you think differently about the seemingly innocuous party dance. 

Outro music: Tiny Barbarian DX 'Vators Gonna Bait' by Hylian Lemon (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03298)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find Jack Packard on Twitter: @Harlack 

Or on Previously Recorded (https://www.youtube.com/user/PreRecRLM) and occasionally on Red Letter Media (http://redlettermedia.com/)

 

May 2, 2016

This week we tackle our first multiplayer-only and first free-to-play title, Valve's Team Fortress 2. The online FPS has been around for almost a decade and still sees an incredibly active community, due in no small part to the decision to make it free-to-play in 2011. Joining us in our discussion this week is Jack Packard, former Funny or Die funnyman, Red Letter Media staple, and co-host of the YouTube channel Previously Recorded. 

In part one, we all take our sweet time to get to anything related to Team Fortress 2, instead discussing Jack's twisting career path, Dark Souls 3, Stardew Valley, and the life of an internet creator. Maybe we were having a good time or maybe we were mirroring the 9 year development process that Team Fortress 2 went through. Who can say?

Outro music: Double Dragon III: Sacred Stones 'Trouble in Japan' by Nostalvania (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03307)

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You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find Jack Packard on Twitter: @Harlack 

Or on Previously Recorded (https://www.youtube.com/user/PreRecRLM) and occasionally on Red Letter Media (http://redlettermedia.com/)

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