Active Quest Episode 83: Gamescom Reveals and a Possible New Nintendo Switch Model

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the events of Gamescom Opening Night Live, a possible new Nintendo Switch, and what we’ve been playing!

Hosts and Info

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

12 Minutes Stars Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy and Willem Dafoe

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/12-minutes-stars-daisy-ridley-james-mcavoy-and-willem-dafoe/

Gotham Knights Is Not A Games As A Service, Has Self-Contained Story

Michael Leri

gamerevolution.com/news/657289-gotham-knights-not-games-as-a-service

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Has Optional 60FPS Mode on PS5

Stephen Tailby

https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/08/ratchet_and_clank_rift_apart_has_optional_60fps_mode_on_ps

Netflix Reveals First Official Details Of Live-Action Resident Evil Series

Brian Shea 

gameinformer.com/2020/08/27/netflix-reveals-first-official-details-of-live-action-resident-evil-series

Quick Releases

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Delayed To 2021

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/lego-star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-delayed-2021/

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Set for Launch on November 13

Will Harrison

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/08/26/kingdom-hearts-melody-of-memory-release-date-november/

News

Everything Announced At Gamescom’s Opening Night

Zack Zwiezen

kotaku.com/everything-announced-at-gamescoms-opening-night-1844869976

September’s free PS Plus games: PUBG, Street Fighter V

Adam Michel

https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/26/septembers-free-ps-plus-games-pubg-street-fighter-v/

New Games with Gold for September 2020

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/08/27/new-games-with-gold-for-september-2020/

Rumor: Switch Pro Could Release Next Year, May Support 4K

Chris Carter

destructoid.com/stories/the-rumor-that-nintendo-is-planning-a-switch-pro-popped-up-again-could-come-next-year-601587.phtml

Listener Questions

There’s 3 of you and 3 PowerPuff Girls.
So Who’s the Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles of the podcast?

Michael Cwick – DigitalDaysGaming podcast

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph: 

  • Fortnite
  • Warzone
  • A Short Hike

Chris:

  • Fortnite 
  • Kandagawa Jet Girls (review code provided) – cringe
  • My Hero’s One Justice 2

Josh:

  • Spiritfarer (Xbox Game Pass) 
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Active Quest Episode 81: Is Mortal Shell A Great Souls-Like Game? Fortnite vs. Apple and Google, Halo Infinite Delayed To 2021

Joseph, Chris, and Josh are joined by IGN freelancer Wesley LeBlanc to talk about the crazy Fortnite drama between Epic and Apple/Google. Joseph also gives us his first impressions of Mortal Shell.

 

Hosts:

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

The Last of Us Part II update adds Grounded difficulty, Permadeath mode, and more

Matthew Gallant

blog.playstation.com/2020/08/11/the-last-of-us-part-ii-update-adds-grounded-difficulty-permadeath-mode-and-more/

Scott Pilgrim Writer Says Ubisoft Has Contacted Him Amid Growing Campaign To Bring Game Back

James O’Connor

gamespot.com/articles/scott-pilgrim-writer-says-ubisoft-has-contacted-hi/1100-6480948/

Quick Releases

Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher Enters Rainbow Six Siege As New Operator

Chris Pereira

gamespot.com/articles/splinter-cells-sam-fisher-gears-up-for-rainbow-six/1100-6480833/

Mortal Shell is Getting a Physical Release

Daniel Tack

gameinformer.com/2020/08/13/mortal-shell-is-getting-a-physical-release

Rockstar & GTA Producer Lazlow Jones Part Ways After Almost 20 Years Together

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/lazlow-jones-gta-producer-leaves/

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Will Have a Free Upgrade For PS5

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/kena-bridge-of-spirits-free-ps4-ps5-upgrade/

News

Fortnite for Android has also been kicked off the Google Play Store and App Store

Dieter Bohn

theverge.com/2020/8/13/21368079/fortnite-epic-android-banned-google-play-app-store-rule-violation

July 2020 NPD: Paper Mario and Ghost of Tsushima have strong debuts

Jeff Grubb

venturebeat.com/2020/08/14/july-2020-npd-paper-mario-and-ghost-of-tsushima-have-strong-debuts/

Microsoft delays Halo Infinite to 2021

Tom Warren

theverge.com/2020/8/11/21363769/halo-infinite-delay-launch-2021-release-date-xbox-series-x

Listener Questions

Are boneless wings, wings?

Which is the best non-buffalo flavor wing sauce?

  • Wesley

Hey gamers, what movie would you insert @Reggie into from the 90s and which actor would he replace? My pick is replacing Tim Allen in Jungle2Jungle. Okay, that’s all the time I’ve got. I got to get back to playing Animal Crossing New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS.

  • #1 Turner and Hooch fan

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Mortal Shell (review code provided by the publisher)

Chris

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Trivia Royale

Josh

  • EarthBound
  • Rayman Legends*
  • Fall Guys*
  • Moving Out (Xbox Game Pass)*

Wesley

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Necrobarista
  • Avengers Beta

Active Quest Episode 80: Will Fall Guys’ Success Continue? Animal Crossing Meets Incredible Sales Mark, and Destroy All Humans Review

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the future of Fall Guys, the huge Animal Crossing sales figures, and the dated Destroy All Humans!

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

PS4 Tops 112 Million Units Sold, PS Plus Subs And Digital Sales Are Way Up

James O’Connor

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/ps4-tops-112-million-units-sold-ps-plus-subs-and-d/1100-6480512/

Call of Duty 2020 teaser appears in Warzone

Cian Maher

https://www.vg247.com/2020/08/07/call-of-duty-2020-warzone/

Quick Releases

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Lands in October, Includes Past DLC & New Content

Michael Cripe

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/pikmin-3-deluxe-lands-in-september-includes-past-dlc-new-content/

Rocksteady Reveals ‘Suicide Squad,’ Its First Post-Arkham DC Game, Raising Questions

Paul Tassi

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/08/07/rocksteady-reveals-suicide-squad-its-first-post-arkham-dc-game-raising-questions/#37e17687ac21

Battletoads Will Leap Into Action In Late August (August 20th, Game Pass)

Peter Glagowski

https://www.thegamer.com/battletoads-release-date/

News

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Sales Reach 22 Million as Nintendo’s Net Profits Rise Over 500% Year-On-Year

Adam Bankhurst

https://www.ign.com/articles/animal-crossing-new-horizons-sales-reach-22-million-as-nintendos-net-profits-rise-over-500-year-on-year

Spider-Man coming to Marvel’s Avengers exclusively on PlayStation

https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/03/a-friendly-neighborhood-spider-man-lends-a-helping-hand-to-earths-mightiest-heroes-in-2021/

State of Play August 2020: The complete recap

https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/06/state-of-play-august-2020-the-complete-recap/

Listener Questions

Do you think that Fall Guys will see the amount of success that Rocket League did with PS Plus? Or was their meteoric rise one in a million? – Indie Pod, the biggest of average podcasts

Okay okay, legit question, what do you think we will see inside the stadium on Warzone? My money is on a full recreation of the basketball game from Flubber.

Oh yeah, and have y’all watched Air Bud lately? That dog shoots mad hoops and got paid in Tapioca pudding cups.

What if they made a game where you used a bong as a peripheral controller called Bongerman? What would the gameplay be, how would this peripheral be used, and why the heck hasn’t Activision returned my calls regarding this idea?

– #1 Turner and Hooch fan

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Fall Guys
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Warzone

Chris

  • Fall Guys (beta code provided by PR rep)
  • Destroy All Humans (review code provided)
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • The Avengers Beta
  • Dance Central 1, 2, and 3

Josh

  • Rayman Legends
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Super Mario World

 

Featured Image via Fall Guys (Devolver and Mediatonic) and Destroy All Humans (THQ Nordic)

Active XP: The Last of Us Part 2 Spoilercast – A Huge Deep Dive Into The Story & Characters

Joseph, Josh, and Chris are joined by Michael Koczwara from The Hollywood Reporter and Vaughn Hyde from Indie Pod and have a huge almost 3 hour deep dive on one of the best games of the year, The Last of Us Part 2.

Hosts:

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Special Guests:

Michael Koczwara (The Hollywood Reporter, IGN, and more) – https://twitter.com/SuperZambezi

Vaughn Hyde (Indie Pod, Go Beyond, and more) – https://twitter.com/HydeLegion

Music:

The Last of Us Part 2 – Sony Interactive Entertainment and Gustavo Santaolalla

Featured Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Active Quest Episode 76: How Will the $70 Price Tag Affect Gaming’s Future? EVO Cancelled, Hyper Scape Impressions

Joseph, Josh, and Chris discuss the controversial $70 NBA 2K21 Price on PS5 and Xbox Series X. They also discuss the horrible sexual alllegation news around former EVO President Joey Cuellar, and the new Ubisoft battle royale Hyper Scape.

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

Transition Song from Night Trap by Digital Pictures and Screaming Villains under Fair Use

Quick Notes

Games With Gold: July 2020’s First Free Xbox One Games Out Now

Steven Petite

gamespot.com/articles/games-with-gold-july-2020s-first-free-xbox-one-gam/1100-6478989/

PlayStation Plus July 2020: Sony Celebrates 10 Years With 3 Free Games

Alessandro Barbosa

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/playstation-plus-july-2020-sony-celebrates-10-year/1100-6479079/

It’s Hard To Say Goodbye

Andy McNamara

gameinformer.com/its-hard-to-say-goodbye

Open-world Harry Potter game reportedly on track for 2021 release date

Nicole Carpenter

polygon.com/2020/6/29/21306845/harry-potter-video-game-report-xbox-series-x-ps5-2021

Amazon’s Crucible Flopped So Hard It’s Being Un-Released

Nathan Grayson

kotaku.com/amazons-crucible-flopped-so-hard-its-being-un-released-1844222299

Crash 4 Will NOT have Micro-transactions

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/crash-4-micro-transactions-toys-4-bob/

Call of Duty: Warzone Supports 200 Player Combat Today

Daniel Tack

gameinformer.com/2020/06/29/call-of-duty-warzone-supports-200-player-combat-today

Fallout 76 and Soul Calibur 6 Lead July 2020’s New Xbox Game Pass Games

Adam Bankhurst

ign.com/articles/fallout-76-and-soulcalibur-6-lead-july-2020s-new-xbox-game-pass-games

Fallout TV Show In the Works at Amazon From Westworld Creators

Matt Kim

ign.com/articles/fallout-tv-series-amazon-westworld

Quick Upcoming Releases

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition Hits PC On August 7

Daniel Tack

gameinformer.com/2020/07/03/horizon-zero-dawn-complete-edition-hits-pc-on-august-7

WATCH WE THE PEOPLE IN FORTNITE

Fortnite Team on Epic Games website

epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/news/watch-we-the-people-in-fortnite

News

NBA 2K21 will cost an extra $10 for Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 versions

Eli Blumenthal

cnet.com/news/nba-2k21-will-cost-an-extra-10-for-xbox-series-x-playstation-5-versions/

EVO Cancelled After Allegations Against CEO

Sam Watanuki + Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/evo-removes-joey-cuellar-cancels-evo-online/

thegamer.com/netherrealm-capcom-sonicfox-exit-evo-2020/

Xbox Summer Game Fest will let players try over 60 upcoming games

Austen Goslin

polygon.com/2020/7/1/21310191/xbox-one-summer-game-fest-free-demos-event-destroy-all-humans

PlayStation unseats Nintendo in June with The Last of Us Part 2 l UK Charts

Christopher Dring

gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-07-03-playstation-unseats-nintendo-in-june-with-the-last-of-us-part-2-l-uk-charts

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

RingFit Adventure YAAAAAAAAA
Star Wars Battlefront II
The Last of Us Part II
Chris

Hyper Scape Technical Test
Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (review code provided)
The Last of Us Part 2 (finished)
Josh

The Last of Us: Part II (Replay)
God of War (2018)
Slay the Spire (iOS)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (review code provided)

Active Quest Episode 75: The Last of Us Part 2 Breaking PlayStation 4 Sales Records Because It’s a Great Game

Josh, Chris, and Indie Pod Co-Host Vaughn Hyde discuss the past week’s news, The Last of Us Part 2 and how pineapple pizza is good.

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Special Guest: Vaughn Hyde – twitter.com/HydeLegion

Indie Pod – twitter.com/IndiePod

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. He did an awesome job, so here’s a shoutout! https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

The Last of Us Part 2 Surpasses 4 Million Sold

Chris Penwell

https://www.thegamer.com/the-last-of-us-part-ii-4-million-sold/

Fixes Coming to the Outer Worlds on Switch

Joe Juba

https://www.gameinformer.com/2020/06/26/fixes-coming-for-the-outer-worlds-on-switch

Quick Upcoming Releases

Xbox Game Pass Games This Week, Life is Strange 2 and Others Leaving

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/06/24/coming-soon-xbox-game-pass-june-wave-2-2020/?ocid=XGP_soc_omc_xbo_tw_Video_lrn_6.24.1

Minmin Joins Smash This Week, Vaultboy is Mii Costume

Andrew Webster

https://www.theverge.com/21298847/super-smash-bros-ultimate-nintendo-switch-arms-character-min-min-release-date

News

Pokemon Unite is a MOBA, co-developed by Tencent

Arda Ocal

https://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/29358397/pokemon-company-announces-pokemon-unite-moba

Microsoft is Shutting Down Mixer

Brenden Sinclair

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-06-22-microsoft-shutting-down-mixer

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Creative Director Steps Down after Misconduct Allegations

Alissa McAloon

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/365495/Assassins_Creed_Valhalla_creative_director_steps_down_after_misconduct_allegations.php

Chris Avellone Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Andy Chalk

https://www.pcgamer.com/chris-avellone-accused-of-sexual-misconduct-by-multiple-women/

Happy News! Smite is Getting an Avatar: The Last Airbender Crossover Next Month

Fraser Brown

https://www.pcgamer.com/smite-is-getting-an-avatar-the-last-airbender-crossover/

Listener Questions

The Jorsh – Why do you think the Switch got screwed over with Crash 4?

Jason Courtar – Now that Pokémon is entering the MOBA sphere, what other genre would you like to see the franchise tackle?

Michael Cwick -Thoughts on Twitch finally stepping up and issuing perma bans? Do you have faith in Twitch to keep this up or will they continue to let their platform be a place for abusers and hate speech? If that’s too depressing of a conversation? Is pineapple pizza the worst or the worst?

Hatsube: Here’s a question. Why would you watch a movie in fortnite? Sounds like a terrible idea.

Kaitlyn Red Wing – With the movie night in Fortnite and the previous Marshmellow concert, do you think Fortnite is working on implementing VR into its platform to further amplify those experiences and if so what does that mean for the future of entertainment/VR?

What We’ve Been Playing

Josh:

  • The Last of Us: Part II (Completed)
  • Slay the Spire
  • BioShock 2

Chris

  • Urban Trial: Tricky (review code provided)
  • Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer (review code provided)
  • Ninjala
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated (review code provided)
  • The Last of Us Part 2

Poe & Munro and The Evolution of FMV Games with D’Avekki Studios (Interview)

Chris Penwell chats with Lynda and Tim Cowles from D’Avekki Studios about their latest FMV title Dark Nights with Poe & Munro, the evolution of the medium, and what goes behind the process of making a game in this medium. They also give us a few details of what’s to come from D’Avekki in the next few years! Check it out!

You can find Dark Nights with Poe & Munro on Steam at:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1098170/Dark_Nights_with_Poe_and_Munro/

You can find D’Avekki Studios on Twitter here

Chris’ review for Dark Nights with Poe & Munro at Sip Read Repeat:

https://sipreadrepeat.com/2020/06/11/dark-nights-with-poe-munro-review/

Chris’ Twitter

You can listen to our weekly podcast on Mondays on your favourite podcast platform. Here’s the Apple Podcasts link.

Audio as a transition is from the official trailer of Dark Nights with Poe & Munro from D’Avekki Studios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQzXmgxaVLs&t

Featured image from Dark Nights with Poe & Munro by D’Avekki Studios

Flashback: An Interview with Warren Spector on Epic Mickey 2 from 2012

Joseph Yaden and I were talking about past interviews, and this one came up in conversation while we were playing Far Cry: New Dawn! This was an interview I did for PlayStation Euphoria a long long time ago when it was still around. I was fresh out of high school, and I was incredibly nervous. Warren Spector was the creator of a huge series called Deus Ex, and the Disney PR people were overlooking the whole conversation. They actually shut down the interview as it was going too long. However, I got some great information from him and a surprise interviewee Marv Wolfman, known for his work on DC Comics, such as The New Teen Titans and the Crisis on Infinite Earth. Unfortunately, Disney never told me of his involvement and I wasn’t prepared at all. Awkwardness ensued.  But without further ado, the interview is below. There was an audio version, but it’s long gone!
 
Warren Spector, the creative director, and Marv Wolfman, the co-writer of Epic Mickey 2 set some time for us so we can have a discussion of the game and violence in today’s video game industry. Enjoy the interview we carried out earlier this week!
 
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Epic Mickey 2, Disney
 

Chris Penwell: Welcome to PlayStation Euphoria, Warren and Marv! I first want to ask about how you both got into the industry.

Warren Spector: I kinda fell into it…probably before most people listening to this were born. I started out as a gamer back in the 70′s and just happened to get lucky [while] getting a job as an assistant editor at a little company called Steve Jackson Games. [I] went from there to TSR, the folks behind Dungeons and Dragons and then I moved on from table top games into electronic games for a company called Origin back in 1989. I’ve been doing it ever since.

Chris Penwell: And how about you, Marv?

Marv Wolfman: I’ve always played games but I never knew that you could write them because most [games] were written in-house but I was asked because of a Superman game and I’ve been writing the Superman comic. I’ve been working on the game to take what they had and try to plus it to make the character a little bit stronger and [those] were the first games I started to do and I’ve been doing them ever since.

Chris Penwell: What’s new in Epic Mickey 2?

Warren Spector: Well, obviously we’re trying to tell a new story which Marv was instrumental in creating but we’ve introduced a bunch of new stuff. The most important thing is probably 2 player co-op. Now it’s not just a single player playing as Mickey Mouse but now you can actually take control of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s first cartoon star and play with a friend; one player will play as Mickey, the other as Oswald. We’ve added full voice so every character speaks every line of dialogue and when you hear Mickey in this game, it’s really Mickey. We’re able to give characters like Oswald and some other characters like the Gremlins who never had a voice [a chance to speak] because they were silent film characters many many years ago so we were able to give them voices for the first time. We’ve added songs, costumes, inkwells that can make you invulnerable or invisible….just a bunch of new stuff. If you enjoyed the first one, [it’s] more and better this time around.

Chris Penwell: How do Oswald’s abilities meld with Mickey’s Paint and Thinner?

Warren Spector: It’s critical that when you do co-op, all the characters are differentiated from each other. Having a character who does 1-8 points damage with a picture which looks like a fireball and a character who does 1-8 points of damage with a picture which looks like a spear is kinda silly. Mickey already had this ability to draw and erase the world. […] We looked at all the things Oswald did in these crazy silent cartoons and said which of those made for a great video game character so he has the ability to fly around using his helicopter ears and Mickey can go along for the ride by grabbing on to his ankles and [Oswald] can remove his arm and throw it like a boomerang to hit things at a distance. We also gave him a remote control which gives him control of electricity so he can actually stun or take control of the robotic enemies in the game and when Mickey uses his Paint and Thinner and Oswald uses his electricty together, magic happens. It’s pretty cool!

Chris Penwell: In Epic Mickey 2, you decided to add voices to the game. Was this your decision or Disney’s?

Warren Spector: It was me. I made a decision in the first game not to have any characters talk because I heard Oswald’s voice in my head [trying to get out]…it was really silly…[…] I think I was probably wrong because when playing the first game, Disney fans told us [that] we really expect our characters to talk so this time around, Marv wrote some great dialogue and we had great actors to speak the lines (occasionally singing them). Every character speaks every line of dialogue. [It was] totally our decision!

Chris Penwell: I also wanted to ask you about your “Play Style Matters” mechanic. Is this back in Epic Mickey 2 in a grander scale?

Warren Spector: Oh yeah, for sure. This is something I really have to count…it’s either my 22nd or 23rd game and every one of them have been about players deciding how they want to interact with the world, the characters and how they want to solve problems. They’re all about that. With the first Mickey game, we had “Play Style Matters Lite” because we were introducing that idea that it’s about how clever and creative you are, to a whole new audience of people who might not be seasoned gamers but now that we’ve done that with this game, we’re going all the way. Your choices really do matter.

Chris Penwell: That was my favorite part of Epic Mickey so I’m glad to hear that.

Warren Spector: Just wait for [Epic Mickey] 2! It’s the power of TEN!

Chris Penwell: That’s fantastic! So will the DualShock 3 Controller work with the game and is it just as good to control with as the PlayStation Move?

Warren Spector: Yeah, you know they’re different! This shouldn’t have come to no surprise for me but it did…the controller you’re using really changes the way you play. If you watch a kid play with the Wii Remote or the PlayStation Move controller, what you see is that they play. They spin it all over the place. Their hands move like crazy. They’re flinging this stuff around all over the place and they’re having great fun; they’re not thinking about it too much. When you watch an adult use those controllers, they stop and they think and they aim at a specific [point]. They don’t want to look stupid and they don’t want to fail but when you watch the same people, the same adults, play with the DualShock controller, it changes because you don’t have that sort of pixel perfect aiming that you have with [the] Move/gestural controls […] so you see adults just start spraying paint and thinner around and playing like a kid which I think is kinda cool! One of the things Disney does better than anybody else is that they remind us all of what’s it like to be a kid and just switching to the standard PS3 controller for example, it just gets you back you to that childlike state which I think more people need to remember.

Chris Penwell: That reminds me of what you said to Games Industry International. In an interview, you said that “the ultraviolence [in video games]  has to stop. We have to stop loving it. I just don’t believe in the effects argument at all but I do believe that we are fetishizing violence and now in some cases, we are actually combining it with an adolescent approach to sexuality. I just think it’s in bad taste” Where do you think the industry should go then because Call of Duty (Actvision) is getting high profits from using the gun mechanics and first person shooting elements? How do you think game developers should make games?

Warren Spector: You know, I was expressing a personal opinion there and I don’t think it’s my job to tell other people what games to make or tell gamers what games to like. Make whatever games you want! I think the problem isn’t so much that we’re making too many violent games or anything like that. You know, I was at E3 when I said that and it was one of a few opportunities to talk to the real world beyond the world of gaming, right?

Chris Penwell: Yeah

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Lollipop Chainsaw, Warner Bros, Grasshopper Manufacturer

 

Warren Spector: I talk to gamers all the time and guys who work at other game companies. Gamers know that we’re not just shooters [and] we’re not just girls with short dresses, chainsaws and lollipops. They know that! They know that we’re also Braid, Flower, Portal and dare I say it, Epic Mickey, but the real world of non-gamers doesn’t know that and at E3 this year, I just felt like that was all we showed people (shooters and sexualized characters) and I was really disappointed.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will release on November 18th 2012 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Wii U. Go and check it out when it reaches store shelves and online retailers! Special thanks go out to Warren Spector and Marv Wolfman for giving 15 minutes of their time for us. I also wanted to thank Joseph Cariati for arranging this interview. Keep an eye out on PlayStation Euphoria for Chris Penwell’s review on Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two this November. 

 

Active Quest Episode 66: Our Top 3 Zelda Games and What We Want from the Series

Joseph, Josh, and Chris give their Top 3 Zelda Games and it gets controversial. Plus Final Fantasy VII Remake Thoughts and Red Dead Redemption 2 Joins Xbox Game Pass.

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Tracks and sound effects used for fair use purposes for criticism from these games. All published by Nintendo and music composed by Koji Kondo :

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Quick Notes

No WWE 2K21

Aaron Mamiit

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/wwe-2k21-canceled/

Uncharted Movie Pushed Up

Jordan Gerblick

https://www.gamesradar.com/uncharted-movie-gets-new-release-date-as-spider-man-3-and-into-the-spider-verse-2-are-delayed/

Stadia Connect

Wesley Yin-Poole

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-04-25-google-to-reveal-a-few-new-games-during-stadia-connect-on-youtube-next-week

Red Dead Redemption 2 Joins Game Pass

Steve Watts

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/red-dead-redemption-2-comes-to-xbox-game-pass-soon/1100-6476411/

PAX West is Still Not Cancelled

Megan Farokhmanesh

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/21/21230014/pax-west-event-dates-convention-safety-public-health

Top 3 Zelda Games

What do we want from future Zelda games?

Listener Questions

Greysun Morales

As a big Zelda fan, I have a secret to share: Majora’s Mask is the ONLY 3D Zelda game I’ve never finished.

What’s that one game that you guys have played before but always felt bad about not finishing?

Jorsh

With this pandemic, do you think the new Zelda game will end up getting delayed? When do you think we will actually see Breath of the Wild 2?

Alex

What is your emotional connection to the franchises/Why does TLOZ resonate with you?

B.S. Byrley

Which side character (besides Zelda) in the entire franchise would you like to see get their own spin-off game?

Personal favorites: Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time, and A Link to the Past.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Animal Crossing

Chris

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

Josh

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Kingdom Hearts