The 4205Castactive
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The Kings
The 4205 Cast is a group of five friends who know each other through working at a video game retailer. Joe, Chris, and Anthoney join engineer Theo and host Andre to talk about gaming. Current events, past loves, nostalgia, old man bitterness--nothing is off topic for The Kings.
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USA
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Brooklyn, NY
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2016-01-23
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Well, we're in a February slump, where the news is light and the releases are spread thin, but we managed to talk about a nice potpourri of things, based around throwbacks, remakes, remasters, fun, and prosciutto balls. *music via Toyler Eber on YourTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_lFb-Pq_uk
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In what can be described as our first actual "tradition," we hit our annual review of the games that will be present at Evolution 2018, and ask the eternal question, "When's MAHVEL?" (spoilers: the question should be "Where's MAHVEL?" because it's not at Evo.)
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Try as he might, Andre could not stop the oncoming wave of content that makes him sick. Listen in for Dragon Ball Fighterz, Monster Hunter, news about the the Nintendo Switch's dominance, and other items from the past week.
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Roguelikes galore. From our recent heavy playing of Dead Cells, in addition to Binding of Isaac, and recent newcomer Slay the Spire, we've gone RNG crazy, so we're going to talk about it for a bit if you don't mind. Also, God of War news, and some Nintendo tidbits.
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We took at trip to Carnegie Hall to attend the Distant Worlds Final Fantasy concert. Spoilers: we loved it. Hear us gush about the experience on today's episode.
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A far cry from our "Optimism in 2017" episode, we're starting from a pretty high point from a stellar year in gaming, and we have a lot to look forward to in the year to come. Will 2018 keep the ball rolling? Will we have a 5-man cast for more than one week in a row? So many questions.
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2017 was a pretty damn good year for gaming, and drastically better than 2016.It wasn't all peaches and roses, so here is our year in review, discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017.
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Do you want to win a gaming gift card that's well over $50? How much is it? You gotta listen! All you gotta do is go to our Twitter page to retweet and like this episode's posting up until 1/1/2018 12:01AM EST to enter.
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Today, we engage in a little conversation concerning the importance of art direction and why it's more important to have a strong art style than simply having impressive technical graphics.Also a lot of Xenoblade 2 and Capcom news.**audio credit for ending from moemoemafia: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNW93w8BLhc **
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2017 has been a pretty damn good year for gaming!Some of the year's heavy hitters duked it out at Geoff Keighley's Game Awards for the coveted first place spoty and life lessons about the Oscars. We've got the recap right here.
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We can break this episode up into two halves. First, our escapades on the Thursday Ketchup live tour, and second, when we get a little more serious than normal and hit the net neutrality topic.Getting your net chopped up is a bad deal.
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We know, we know. We've been beating the DLC paywall storyline for a long time now, but there was no way we couldn't talk about the Star Wars Battlefront 2 saga, faux mea culpa, and oddly worded reversal.
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Be warned for the spoilers within this jam packed Super Mario Odyssey spoiler episode featuring Theo and Andre. There are spoilers.Believe us.Also a we fit in little Xenoblade Chronicles 2 talk at the end.
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We're not going to make the "winter is coming" joke. We're just going to talk about Blizzcon and some of the info revealed at the event. Also, EA acquires a new studio to shut down in 5 or so years, and Joe finally finds a game he likes!
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Be warned, spoilers are within for Stranger Things season 2, featuring Theo and Joe
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Who knows what you're going to get on our episode that basically just evolved from a mic test that never ended.There's games talk in there somewhere.
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A fire, a hospital visit, a wedding and a studio closure walk into a bar. Check out the episode for the punchline, as well as our opinion sustainability of AAA development and the current DLC paradigm, based off the fact we have possibly lost the single-player Star Wars game being developed by Visceral.
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Rejoining the world after our Canadian Thanksgiving, our Now Playing list sported a couple games that we weren't expecting to exist, be good, or be relevant. After, we take a look at some of our pleasant surprises that hit out of left field.
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We're still all over Samus Returns and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, so we go a bit more in-depth on those titles before touching on October releases and the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer.
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After some big name releases, we took an extended "What are you playing?" segment and turned it into a full episode. We've got looks at Mario + Rabbids, NBA2K18, Destiny 2, Metroid: Samus Returns, and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.
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Join us for a full recap of the most recent Nintendo Direct (8/13/17), and a lot of unfortunate 80s references.
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Business is about to pick up as we enter the fall season of gaming, so we go over some of what is piquing our interests for the upcoming Q4.
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Spoiler Warning episode number 5 (Yes, number 5). In this episode Theo and Joe talk about Netflix's latest original series - Marvel's The Defenders. We talk about our dislikes, likes and a bit more dislikes. So listen up and as always, there will be spoilers.
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(DRAGONBALL SUPER GIVEAWAY FINAL WEEK - LISTEN FOR INFO)Gaming summer officially ended August 29th, and now the heavy punches will start to land. We hit the news this week to cover the Nindies showcase, some Capcom tidbits, and the most official Halflife fanfiction that has ever existed.
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(DRAGONBALL SUPER GIVEAWAY WEEK 4 - LISTEN FOR INFO)As a good way to close out August, we were treated to the European E3, putting the fourth E into play and shoring up some near future gaming news. Tune in for the rundown!
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(DRAGONBALL SUPER GIVEAWAY WEEK 3 - LISTEN FOR INFO)Sonic is back, and he may be having his best outing since the Genesis, so we decided to give it a throw around to see what happened to make the original formula, barely changed, as appealing in 2017 as it was in 1991.
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On today's episode, Theo finally finishes Persona 5, we discuss the August releases, and we debut a new segment that may or may not have nothing to do with Star Ocean.
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(DRAGONBALL SUPER GIVEAWAY WEEK 2 - LISTEN FOR INFO)DLC is, at this point, an accepted part of the gaming landscape. Loot boxes are essentially accepted as well. Now, we're starting to see more loot boxes that contain actual content in them in the form of usable items and unlockables than purely cosmetics. We don't like this one bit.
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(GIVEAWAY WEEK 1 - LISTEN FOR INFO)Pac Man Vs. has finally been re-released, and it's high time the couch-based multiplayer format comes back! Also, we are giving away a Blu-Ray copy of the first 13 episodes of Dragon Ball Super. Listen in for the contest. US shipping only
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Our next Spoiler Warning episode is not only just our normal SW review, but also a bookend on our FF Retrospective series. Also, an effort to shut up about FF14 on the standard episodes. We cover FF14 from beginning to end here, so take a listen and enjoy!
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On today's episode, Theo finally finishes Persona 5, we discuss the August releases, and we debut a new segment that may or may not have nothing to do with Star Ocean.
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Our next Spoiler Warning episode is not only just our normal SW review, but also a bookend on our FF Retrospective series. Also, an effort to shut up about FF14 on the standard episodes. We cover FF14 from beginning to end here, so take a listen and enjoy!
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We're back after the holiday, and we needed to address what Nintendo recently revealed about Super Mario Odyssey. No extra lives, no game overs? Are these systems still needed? Is it important to have a strong price of failure?
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Well, Chris was on, so we had to talk about fighting games, right? Evolution 2017 crowned Street Fighter veteran Tokido as champion, nearly saw ChrisG repeat as Marvel 3 champ, but fall short, a glorious showing out of Tekken 7, and provided an amazing finish to Smash 4. With so much action, there was no doubt that we'd be talking about Evo.
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We're back after the holiday, and we needed to address what Nintendo recently revealed about Super Mario Odyssey. No extra lives, no game overs? Are these systems still needed? Is it important to have a strong price of failure?
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On this episode we decided to touch on a bit of E3 news that we didn't cover last week, along with a tangent story: the Bethesda Creation Club, which is a function to monetize mods. Is this a direction we are destined to go toward in the industry? Also, new expansion of FF14, a metric ton of Dragon Ball, and one singular tree. *Apologies for the audio issues for the first 15 minutes
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It's E3 and we have a ton of stuff to talk about. So let's just get right into it. Here are some timestamps:- EA: 00:03:49- Microsoft: 00:25:55- Bethesda: 01:22:00- Ubisoft: 01:37:00- Sony: 02:03:00- Nintendo: 02:43:24
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The great swamis of the 4205 Cast tell you exactly what to expect at E3 2017 with several predictions that will be wrong. Take a listen and grade us on our absurdity
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There is a certain bit of irony in the decision to speak on communication when the host is so sick that can barely perform his function, but that's how we roll. Contained therein: Nintendo Switch Online Service and the voice chat boondoggle, June releases, and various Square Enix news with the FF7 Remake delay, Lost Sphear aka Setsuna 2, and releasing the Hitman franchise.
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On today's show we mull over some Pre E3 news bits, with Destiny 2's lack of dedicated servers taking top billing. Also, Nintendo's stock heading up, Red Dead Redemption 2's delay into 2018, a new game show, and a guest star who shows his dedication.
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We're late due to computer issues! Today we examine the relevancy of E3 in light of companies being able to distribute news à la carte. E3 has struck back by making the event open to the public for the first time, attempting to turn it into the de facto "video game con." Does this help or hurt E3's future?
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Is it a fancy dinner?On this bonus episode, Andrew from Thursday Ketchup and Fitz from the Crunchy Duck Gamers join 4205's Andre on the greatest collaboration known to man that will destroy all chances of future collaborations being anything more than adequate.
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Due to Microsoft's revelation of a new VR controller, we decided to quickly revisit the virtual reality topic. What has changed in the year since we first discussed it. Also, personal MMO successes and failures, and kimodo dragons?
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News about Darksiders 3 got us thinking about where open world games came from, where they are now, and our feelings on the state of the mega-genre. What has gone right or wrong in recent times? Plus, Star Wars day and Video Game Hall of Fame entrants.
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The "3"DS is proving to be quite the resilient piece of hardware as it refuses to surrender in the light of the Switch attempting to take over the handheld market. In a rare case of breaking news landing on our laps as we record, we touch on the New 2DS XL, as well as some bits of Capcom news and May releases.
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There will be spoilers in this episode. You will have MANY times to bail if you click play and you're unprepared. Theo and Andre break down the newest entrant into the Zelda franchise including a bunch of stuff we did not know we could do.
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In a bit of a revisit of Episode 6, we discuss the current trend of remaking and porting older titles to current generations, as well as the development of games that purposely try and hit the nostalgia button.(Apologies for the sound quality, but we lost our pro for the day.)
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Never ones to stay away from bizarre news cycles, Nintendo discontinues the NES Classic, puts out a Russia-only (as of this time) Switch bundle, hosts a Nintendo Direct that doesn't build a Virtual Console on the back of cancelled NES Classic, and manages to sell more copies of Zelda than Switch units. When you figure out what's going on here, please let us know.
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We're back after a week off to give the people what they want: a new episode! April has brought some Destiny 2 news along with XB1's Project Scorpio, as well as the western release of Persona 5.Also, Joe had a guest spot on Thursday Ketchup, so check them out @ThursdayKetchup on Twitter, and on iTunes and Stitcher.
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We still play Zelda, Zelda-likes, and open world games overshadowed by Zelda. Somewhere in there we mange to address a couple of listener questions as our main topic of discussion: The XBox exclusive library that catapulted Microsoft into a powerful position is now at the weakest it has ever been. What happened and where does MS go from here?
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On a question posed to us from one of our contest entries, we tackle the topic of gaming's future, and if the Switch has started a new console revolution. Is Cloud Gaming the next step?(The Future Freaks Me Out, but don't ask for any royalties in stealing the title from MCS)
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We've been blessed with the Nintendo Switch, aka The New Face of Zelda Playing Methods. Take a listen to find out our thoughts on Nintendo's newest hardware and the forced purchase newest software for it.
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On the heels of the Switch launch, we take a look at previous generations' launch titles and our memories on those games. Launches are generally considered to be the weakest point in a console's life, but we were surprised by a couple. Warning - long episode!
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2017 has started off pretty well between Resident Evil, For Honor and Nioh, and actually looks pretty good down the line. Take a listen for what we are looking forward to in the new year (psst... Zelda is one)**A quick note that our giveaway contest has been extended to March 3. Please see the pinned message on our facebook page for details**
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Welcome back! On this episode we speak on the card game Boss Monster, and our fun with it before tacking some Nintendo news bits and a more in-depth conversation about the importance of Byuu's odyssey to archive SNES games
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On the 52nd* episode, we debut the new logo and tackle a bunch of news items that we were delayed in getting to due to life getting in the way. Tune in for information on the announced Castlevania Netflix series, the NBA launching their own eLeague, and the latest GameStop controversy.*No comics were used, referenced, or harmed in the making of this episode
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Theo just started recording and we just went with it. We just wanted to go in and talk about nothing in particular. A less regimented discussion closer to our off-mic interactions.
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Our top gaming picks for 2016. What did the grumpy old men at the table, Joe and Anthoney (??), actually like this year? Anything at all...? *crickets*
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The cast returns from holiday, and we were considering a Game of the Year episode, but that had to wait because when Nintendo talks, the gaming world listens. The Nintendo Switch got a huge conference detailing release dates, system information (those controllers are small!), and games. Take a listen to our reactions, and stay tuned after that to hear a quick gameshow: "Real or Fake"
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There will be spoilers in this episode. You will have MANY times to bail if you click play and you're unprepared. Theo and Andre break down the fifteenth installment of the popular series, and then look forward to the prospects of FF16 and beyond based on the expectations set by this title.
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Take a listen to our Christmas special--where we examine what would be different about certain aspects of gaming if there was a crucial component missing, in the vein of "It's a Wonderful Life."
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In a week full of news, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite and Last of Us Part 2 shined the brightest. But we got an unexpected party crasher in fifteen year old game. Yes, Joe has finally found something to play with Vagrant Story--but the challenge is still for you to name a contemporary game for him to play!
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A newly reconstructed cast discusses two of the year's biggest releases. Join us on our look at Pokemon's 7th generation, and Final Fantasy's 15th main iteration.
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Thank you for joining us on our (final...whew!) look back at SquareEnix's flagship franchise, Final Fantasy! In this episode, we take a look at the spinoffs of the mainline games.
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We're back with yet another awesome episode of the cast! As American Thanksgiving approaches, we decided to feast on gaming's biggest turkeys. We cover everything from Tingle to Dan Hibiki. Take a listen and let us know if we left off your call for gaming's biggest turkey!
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Something happened last week...We didn't really get to do much game playing and the new games haven't hit us yet. The blahs were threatening to overtake us all, but heroically, we fought back with Blizzcon news and the games we use to dig out of slumps.
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On this episode we take an extended Now Playing in the way of mini reviews for three recently released games: Dragonball Xenoverse 2, Titanfall 2, and Civilization 6.Apologies for the late upload due to audio issues.
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Thank you for joining us on our look back at SquareEnix's flagship franchise, Final Fantasy! In this episode, we take a look at the direct sequels of the mainline games.
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There were some things that happened this week, but much as the giant in the room is wont to do, some news... overshadowed the rest. After a bit of an extended Now Playing, we get into the official announcement of Nintendo's newest console, the Nintendo Switch.Also featured: Dragon Quest Builders, Shadow Warrior 2, the PSVR, Red Dead Redemption 2's announcement, and the voice actor's strike.
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Thank you for joining us on our look back at SquareEnix's flagship franchise, Final Fantasy! In this episode, we take a look at FFs 10, 12, and 13
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It's Comic-Con! Everyone loves Comic-Con... Ok, maybe not. Join the 4205 Crew as we talk about comics and the many games based off of them.
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Emerging from the Final Fantasy retrospective and a brutal summer release schedule, the cast returns with a slightly more standard episode detailing October's releases.
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Thank you for joining us on our look back at SquareEnix's flagship franchise, Final Fantasy! In this episode, we take a look at FFs 7 through 9.
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Thank you for joining us on our look back at SquareEnix's flagship franchise, Final Fantasy! In this episode, we take a look at FFs 5 and 6.
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Thank you for joining us on our look back at Square's flagship franchise, Final Fantasy! In this episode, we take a look at the first four titles.
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On this week's episode of the 4205 Cast, things take a turn for the worse for No Man's Sky as the news of heavy returns further darkens the already black cloud around the game. Buyer's remorse strikes the gaming world hard, as we recount some of our more questionable (non-refunded) decisions. Also, several items surrounding the recent Nintendo Direct. Take a listen!
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has created a bit of an actual division in mankind--between those who can accept a good game for what it is, and those who can't ignore cashgrab microtransactions. Take a listen to the Cast's take on publishers' current method of extracting more cash out of their consumers
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Big name release No Man's Sky hops to the forefront this week, as the discussion turns toward titles that received more than their fair share of pre-release (over)hype. This time, as we're sure most would agree, it has not worked out well for this specific title, but how often has it worked for other titles? Take a listen and find out!
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Happy birthday to Samus Aran, the ass-kickingest bounty hunter that ever hunted a bounty! On this episode, we run through the Metroid series talking about the highs and lows of Nintendo's oft-neglected third pillar.
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What a wonderful world we live in, of pirates and hackers, where you can get one company's games from an old system working on another company's newer system!On this week's episode, the 3DS and Vita get hacked, Tokyo RPG Factory posts a loss, (another) I Am Setsuna wrapup, Nintendo Power finding its way onto archive.org, and the aforementioned hacks and emulation which the hacks are generally used for.
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You know what? We were a storm of negativity in the last episode, so we fixed that right up by discussing the opposite topic this week--low expectations that ended up over delivering. Also included for your listening pleasure, the I Am Setsuna wrapup and some juicy, juicy Nintendo NX rumors.
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You never know what to expect when you pick up that new game. You don't know who's going to go far in the tourney. A few things this week had us wondering if we thought we knew what we were doing. Hell, the plans even changed mid-episode! Join us as we manage our expectations about I Am Setsuna., Street Fighter 5, and the Evolution 2016 Championships
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Has the world gone nuts, or were we just flat out wrong about the Pokemon GO sensation in our brief mention last week? Also, new a Overwatch hero, two followup stories to our main topic of last week.GO listen!
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On the landmark 25th episode of the cast we discuss a couple games with "GO" in the title. Newly released Pokemon GO has been taking over media attention, and we give it a quick rundown. We then go along to discuss the recent scandal involving Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and the grey market of reselling virtual items.
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With half the year behind us, we go over some of the notable news and releases of 2016 so far. What events did we think shaped the year to date, and what games are pacing the field in the race of being 2016 Game of the Year? Take a listen and find out!
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4205 Episode Plot Synopsis: Joe wants to do a cold open, and actually mention the word "cold" in it. Andre is annoyed that it made it to cut, while Theo plans how to further integrate weird music into episodes.(E3 happened. No real news. We chat about Overwatch, Steam's sale, and the N64 and Sonic anniversaries)
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The cast has got you covered on E3 2016 news! The episode is long, so we'll keep the description short. Here are the timestamps:01:08 - EA16:14 - Bethesda31:34 - Ubisoft47:50 - PC52:50 - Multiplatform01:00:08 - Microsoft01:27:29 - Sony02:05:22 - Zelda
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E3 2016 is right around the corner, and the 4205 Cast has you covered! This week, we will be talking about what has already been revealed ahead of schedule, what the companies should be talking about, and our *_BOLD_* predictions for what will show up this year.Also, a bit of a close on our Overwatch discussion from last week.
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Overwatch has taken the gaming world by storm, so obviously the 4205 Cast has got you covered! Tune in for our impressions, thoughts, and what the game needs to do to retain it's fat 7 million user base.Apologies for the sub-standard audio quality. Two out of the three recording channels were corrupted, and we were only able to salvage Theo's mic.
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Leaks, Drakes, Boktai's, oh my! This week we're a crew without a captain. As Dre sets off to the Orange State for much needed R&R, we stay behind and talk about the newly released Overwatch, the reception its received and what value means to you in video games. Also, we throw a house party... Weekend at Bernie's style!
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The Fraternity of Kappa Kappa Kappa has taken over the gaming world. Twitch is essentially inseparable from any current gaming talk, so the Cast now examines another angle of passive entertainment from gaming: Twitch.tv
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A video game movie trailer that actually looks good? Disney puts a stop to Disney Infinity? Chris is back!? A lot of unexpected events happen this week, but you know what's almost always expected? Movies based off of video games to be terrible! This week listen to the 4205 crew talk about the high and many lows of video game movies.
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Today's topic of discussion, which flies straight in the face of Episode 6, is about game franchises that we feel need a sequel or games that are actual deserving of a remake. We had a bit of an extended introduction as we welcome Nina (@RGBHive) on the Episode.
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We do something a little different in this episode -- talk completely off topic about something other than video games! Wait, actually that's not that different from our regular episodes. Join the 4205 crew in our Civil War SpoilerCast where we talk about our impressions, likes, dislikes and most importantly, hot Aunt May!
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Nintendo was in the news a lot this week. When one of the biggest names in the history of gaming starts making moves, you'd better believe the 4205 Cast will be there to discuss!
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Sometimes you just gotta settle into a long riveting session of Candy Crush. Find out the Cast's feelings on the casual vs. hardcore debate. Also, we touch on some Hyper Light Drifter difficulty controversy, Red Dead Redemption 2 rumors, and Gamestop entering the publishing realm.
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We haven't gotten our retirement watches yet, so that means we can talk about the ever popular difficulty vs. accessibility debate in gaming
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Leo. How did he make an entire game series hate him?
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Today the Cast welcomes in Leo as a relief pitcher for Anthoney! We go over Quantum Break, a musical adventure in mobile gaming, and how it's possible for a California elected official to spend over 1000 bucks on Steam with public money. Also, we complete the (totally above board not rigged) tournament started in Episode 11. And the winner is...
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Chris graces us with his presence so that we may have the ULTIMATE TOURNAMENT OF ALL ULTIMATENESS. And the host gets punked out. What else do you need in an episode?
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Has the idea of an upgradable console ever worked? Will it work now? The Kings question the New 3DS, the rumored PS4.5 and the vague Microsoft "upgradable" console. Oh yeah, it's also our tenth episode. Yay us!
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GDC dropped a lot of VR news, and the Kings shall pontificate on this development. Also, we answer a listener question and speak on the Microsoft announcement of their cross play strategy.
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Today the Kings ponder what it means to be warmed over death, and translate that into fighting bosses.
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We get the crew together to answer YOUR questions about Zelda and comment on your comments and stories. Thank you for your help peeps!
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What happens when the engineer takes a night off? He gets remixed in. Oh yeah, we also talk about March games, remasters and remakes, and a comic book movie. Good job missing it Theo!
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The host gets his seat stolen and the interview game is flipped on him. 4205 Cast member Andre fends off the assault
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4205 Cast member Anthoney dishes out some quick info for the world.
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4205 Cast member Chris strikes thrice in this interview
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Find out more about 4205 Cast member Joe as he gets nostalgic on your ass
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4205 Cast member Theo lets us into the darkness of his soul.
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Hey guys... Street Fighter 5 came out. Did you know?
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Anthoney and Chris take a night off and leave the PC guys alone. Sounds like a huge mistake[Unfortunately, we had a catastrophic system failure about 57 minutes into the cast. We were able to recover our recording, but we were unable to correctly configure after recovery. Our apologies for the noticeable decline in quality after that point.]
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You got to hear our one-on-one interviews, now get to know us as a whole a little bit bette
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We talk about fighting games. This will probably happen a lot.
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Initial test of the 4205 Cast featuring a bunch of unknowns who love to talk about gaming
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