Podcast: Controversial Moves

Zero Stars | 10.09.2017

TETRIS

We pull out all of our trick shots for a rapid fire episode that addresses a whole bunch of games. Bob's beaten Dark Souls, Matt's played Picross, Cuphead is great, and Deus Ex is dumb. Matt even found time to play Thimbleweed Park.


Podcast: The Legend of Zelda: The Usual Danger of Sharks

Zero Stars | 10.01.2017

Smoke under the water.

We finally get around to some reader mail, and take a deep dive into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Join us for a very special (and potentially spoiler-ish) episode.  


God Hand is a Problem

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Bob Dorff | 09.28.2017

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The first time you play God Hand, you will either hate it or think it's 'okay'. The second time you play it, you will probably have a similar opinion. Somewhere between the second or third time you experience the game, however, a switch will flip in your brain and you'll need to cope with a disturbing reality: As an opportunity to press buttons and see things occur on a screen, this game is perfect. On every other level, it's an indecent example of everything shameful about video games.

Oh well, you can't win 'em all.


Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a Step Sideways

Matt Rickart | 09.26.2017

Uncharted

There is a time and a place for Uncharted video games; it’s somewhere between 2001 and 2010. Americans needed escapism, heroic gunfights, and they could be forgiven for seeing exotic locales as playgrounds. Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007) was an exercise in Indiana Jones fan fiction and photo-realism. The follow-up, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009) is generally regarded as the pinnacle of the series. A rare sophomore effort that outstrips the first project without over-reaching. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011) was a lot like Among Thieves but somehow dumb, boring, and poorly titled.

Then, from the same studio, came The Last of Us (2013), an astounding video game. Serious, clever, grounded, powerful - a game that probably made Naughty Dog finally feel weird about being called Naughty Dog. The Last of Us was Uncharted with a tight camera, an appropriate feeling of wonder brought on by the contrast of desperation, and guns that felt like guns.


Podcast: Sweat It Out

Zero Stars | 09.24.2017

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It's too hot and we can't think straight on this week's episode. Despite the heat, we manage to talk about Destiny 2, The Witness, Absolver, and Butterfly Soup.


Podcast: Apple Juice Moments

Zero Stars | 09.17.2017

Nips

Mario has nipples, Pewdiepie is a despicable person, and we have been playing the hottest new titles. Tune in for takes on Absolver and Destiny 2

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Favorite things

Matt: Paris, Texas

Bob: The September Issue


Threes is, subjectively, the greatest game of all time

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Matt Rickart | 09.14.2017

THREES

When my parents bought me a fat grey Game Boy in 1991, it came with Tetris (1984). I played a lot of Tetris then, and I’ve played a lot since. Tetris may be the platonic ideal of “video game,” insofar as something so absurdly subjective can be said at all. Safer at least, would be to say...


Podcast: At It Again

Zero Stars | 09.11.2017

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Bob returns from a multitude of weddings and Matt encounters an underwhelming killer clown. After discussing the state of movie award shows, we get down to business with our usual Dark Souls III discussion, follow up on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and the exciting conclusion to Bob's journey in Hyrule. 


Prey Is An Immersive Sim, I'm Told

Matt Rickart | 09.06.2017

Prey

Part One: The first hour of Prey

The week before Prey (2017) came out, I played a free downloadable Playstation 4 demo of the game with Zero Stars co-host and EIC, Bob. The demo takes you through the first hour and a half or so of the game. It’s a very good demo. I’m sure the developers at Arkane know that their game’s opening is strong - probably to a fault.

(And in fact, Prey itself is a good game, just to get that out there.)


Podcast: Wheels of Fight

Zero Stars | 09.04.2017

Wheels of Fight

 We ponder the demise of Nintendo's Miiverse and consider the possibility of an endless Super Meatboy. Matt's quest to find the Onion Knight in Dark Souls III continues, and we also discuss Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Neo Turf Masters.