Crossovers: A Workhorse Actor

Hey guys,

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking crossovers! Inspired by the release of Mario/Rabbids and the announcement of Final Fantasy 15/Assassin’s Creed, your hosts dive into the merits and risks of mashing up two unique intellectual properties.

Ranging from Marvel’s recent superhero potpourris to the golden age of network TV cross-pollination, Jackson and Daniel cover some of the best and worst examples of the crossover trope over the years.

As for recommendations:

This week you should read The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin 

This week you should play Destiny 2


Dating Sims: 100th Episode Spectacular

Hello for the 100th time listeners,

This week marks the 100th episode of the podcast! Both Daniel and Jackson are very excited to ring in their centennial. In fact, both of them are hoping that you will let them treat you to a very special night out to make the occasion. They are both very excited at this chance for romance, and it seems likely that there will be fierce competition for the opportunity to take you out.

In case it wasn’t obvious, this episode will be about the Dating Sim genre of video games. This is a group of games near and dear to Daniel’s heart, so if you are unfamiliar; prepare to join hands and walk with Jackson as he learns all about how to be the best at romance.

For those who might be curious, here is the complete list of games that Daniels mentions over the course of this episode:

Hatoful Boyfriend

Dream Daddy

Re: Alistair

Always Remember Me

Backstage Pass

Katawa Shoujo

Dandelion – Wishes Brought to You

Asagao Academy

Music provided by:

As for recommendations:

This week you should take a moment to look into the recent events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. We’re not here to pressure you into any specific course of action, but for those feeling inclined to act, here is a good place to start 

The Post-Game: “Nothing pithy, nothing witty – just pity”

Hello again friends,

This week Jackson and Daniel are discussing post-game content and replay value in video games. Every game aficionado has favourites they return to again and again; your hosts try to put their finger on the magical quality that makes those games alluring even in a world flooded with new and exciting options.

One thing that can keep you coming back is a deep pool of content that occurs after the main story is complete. Your hosts take a look at some of the best post-games that they have encountered in their time playing video games.

Also, there are recommendations:

This week you should watch Atomic Blonde

This week you should go back and start up a game you haven’t played in a while, give it a run for old time’s sake

Puzzle Games: Hyper-Violent-Hack-and-Slash

Welcome back listeners,

This week Jackson and Daniel are discussing puzzle games and puzzles in games. Designers can use puzzles to provide unique challenges to their players, but when handled poorly, the in-game puzzle can lead to some of the most frustrating gaming experiences possible.

Your hosts do their best to figure out what makes a good puzzle and go over some of their least favourite examples from their gaming experiences.

Also, the recommend some stuff:

This week you should listen to the podcast Alice Isn’t Dead

This week you should watch Jesse Cox on YouTube 

Blizzard: Donomas

Merry Etcetera everyone!

Whatever your holiday predilection, we at Player’s Guide hope you are happy and safe this season. Considering our recent weather, we have a very apropos podcast for you – one about blizzards! Sorry, one about Blizzard – you know, the video game developer?

From Diablo to World of Warcraft to Overwatch, whenever Blizzard makes a move, they codify a genre. It is impossible to discuss the landscape of modern video games with our discussing Blizzard, so we at Player’s Guide decided to give them their due.

Jackson and Daniel are joined by Donovan, who has finally returned from Calgary for the season.

Your three hosts have some recommendations for you:

This week you should play the complete Bioshock Collection 

This week you should also play Shadow of the Colossus

This week you should watch Krampus

Some bookkeeping. We reference some remarks made in the past by Blizzard employees. For the sake of showing our work, here are links to the dialogue in question:

Pokemon 5: “Y’all some snakes”

Hello again everyone!

Welcome to our review of Pokemon Sun & Moon. We welcome Quinn aka CommanderSanta from the AYBTV podcast to help us go over the new games and muse about Pokemon in general.

As always, beware of spoilers if you’re playing through the games yourself, and enjoy our recommendations:

This week you should listen to Hello From the Magic Tavern from the Chicago Podcast Co-Op

This week you should watch the Netflix-exclusive continuation of Gilmore Girls

While you’re on Netflix, you should probably also check out Black Mirror

You should also check out the things Quinn is involved in. You can start here:

You can also find AYBTV here:

Video Game Stories: Professional Sh*tshow

And we’re back again.

This week you’ll notice some changes with the podcast. We’ve changed up our intro, as well as the recommendation section. All part of the sleeker new Player’s Guide.

The topic on the table this week is writing in video games. Of all of the elements that typically make up a video game, Jackson and Daniel both feel like story is the one most often neglected. To them, this is a tragedy, as it is their favourite aspect. So they talk about some games that do it right, and some games that need to try a little harder. They also spend some time speculating about why it is designers and developers feel that plot is the most expendable element when it comes to game design.

The recommendations this week are:

Playing Shatterhand 

Watching Netflix’s Luke Cage