The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly From 2018 – Episode 030

We take a look back at the year that was 2018 in Video Games – critical hits, critical fumbles, guilty pleasures, and more.

Epic Set List

  • Discussion of what video games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
    • God of War
    • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Spyro
    • Jack Box Party Pack

Holiday Recap

  • What did we do over our 2018 holiday break?

Video Game Pickups

  • A holiday season full of gaming & game ephemera pickups
  • VGCollectaholic completes a major North American set

What’s News

  • Law: Police respond to a noise complaint & end up playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Sony: Our players demand single-player experiences
  • Psychology: Do video game players respond to crisis differently?
  • Collecting: NES Classic & SNES Classic production ends
  • Industry: The growth of The Game Awards

Main Event

  • Recaping the best and worst games from 2018
  • 2018 games we wish we had played
  • Things that intrigued us in 2018

Replacement Longbox Cases & The Ship of Theseus – Episode 005

The SNES Classic launched this weekend – maybe you’ve heard about that.  Bethesda unveils their new Creation Club.  And out hosts ponder what the prospect of Limited Run Games’ producing replacement longbox cases for Sega Saturn, Sega CD, and Sony Playstation games means – is a replacement case different than a replacement cart label?

Show Notes

  • Gaming Archaeology – Caleb and Scott recap their recent game pickups, Scott dives into collecting for Sega Master System and picks up some hilarious Japanese games… Caleb wonders if this is one of them:
  • Epic Set List – Discussion of what we’ve been playing recently, including Everything, Last Guardian, Destiny 2, and Ys VIII
  • What’s News:
    • Nintendo hides the original NES Golf inside the Switch – Flog
    • Fallout 4’s Creator Club goes live – is this good or bad for modders?
    • Limited Run Games exploring replacement Sega CD/Sega Saturn/Playstation 1 longbox jewel cases – Caleb & Scott dive into the “Ship of Theseus” problem and ask: what does this mean for collectors?
    • Sony, Microsoft, & Nintendo mandate all physical games must have ESRB ratings
    • Nintendo implores people to not buy SNES Classics from scalpers
    • Atari Box details emerge and it looks like a project without a purpose