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Contrast is a show that brings the two perspectives of the Casual Gamer and the Game Developer together to talk about all things games. New Episodes Every Saturday Evening Subscribe to Couch Locked Youtube Channel for the video version as well as to stay up to date with Let's Plays and other weird videos.
 
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Tonight on GeekNights, we review the latest (free-to-play) from Zachtronics with NERTS! Online. It's a live online implementation of the classic card game Nerts, and is worth your while. In the news, a Republican mob led by disgraced president Donald Trump stormed the capitol in an ongoing coup attempt. Twitch rightly removes the PogChamp emote aft…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the decade to date in games and gaming. Tabletop games, role playing games, video games, console games, PC games: we are living in an explosive and amazing era of gaming. In the news, the Star Wars Squadrons patch made the game significantly more fun, Graveyard Keeper is all right, and the Overwatch winter brawls …
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we celebrate another year in gaming, despite being off the air for most of it. It is The Sweeties 2020! And somewhat surprisingly, this is NOT a family friendly show. You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually […]…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Hypnospace Outlaw (2019). It's a true sendup to the early Internet, and is definitely worth playing. In the news, Cyberpunk 2077 had a rocky launch with, among other problems, egregious safety issues, worker exploitation, abysmal performance on previous-generation consoles, and more. A bunch of indie …
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider what is likely now our favorite 18xx train game: 1817. If you have never played one of these before, you may want to check out our reviews of 1846: The Race for the Midwest or 1889: History of Shikoku Railways first. 1817 has short selling, acquisitions & mergers, and loans (with interest) that together serve to p…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the Ricochet Half-Life mod from twenty years ago. It's still playable! And we're playing it semi-regularly again. We talked about it briefly as part of an ensemble show about Tron games back in 2009. In the news, thank you all for helping raise $4,006 for the Democrats in the Senate Runoff in Georgia, Hearthstone pl…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Among Us. It's a social deduction game, but with intrinsic mechanics and surprising depth. In the news, there are unconfirmed reports (now officially debunked) that PAX South has delayed to February 19-21 (which would still be too early to safely attend any convention), and Twitch is trying to milk more money from a…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Star Wars: Squadrons. It's great. It lacks some polish, but the gameplay is sound, the game is solid, and it's almost definitely worth your while. In the news, online chess has a cheating problem, Golden Axed was the product of unethical crunch, and some people are having problems using their Quest 2 due to Facebook…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we are joined by Epidiah Ravachol to talk about his fantastic Wolfspell. The tabletop roleplaying game of adventurers who turn to wolf flesh to fulfill a knotted quest. First appearing in issue two of Worlds Without Master, Wolfspell has been reborn now in print as the liner notes of a trifold album cover and illustrated in g…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider Logitech G's Playmaster software, a training program to master Counter-Strike skills. Like, actually learn those spray patterns. This is a major step in the maturity model of e-sports. In the news, MAGFest is canceled, Djokovic is a bad boy, Hyrule Warriors has a Breath of the Wild version coming, and 8BitDo has a…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider how to be to be good at Modern Art, a Knizia tabletop bidding game we're particularly fond of. In the news, the New York Rangers have the first overall draft pick, Fall Guys is full of cheaters, Dire Wolf Digital is bringing some sort of Dune deckbuilding worker placement game, Luigi's endowment informs us on Bows…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider exercise games like Ring Fit Adventure, Dance Dance Revolution, and Super Team Games. Also those arm wrestling arcade cabinets. (Don't break your arm). Games where the game plays the player and not the other way around. In the news, join us for some train games at 18xx.games, the Nintendo Gigaleak is a fascinating…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble act of modding gaming consoles. From video-output mods to the Playstation "backup" chips to enhanced GBAs, it's a golden (and possibly final) age for the hobby. In the news, Rym's still using his ancient phone, Microsoft Flight Simulator is returning in August (get your HOTAS ready for this and Star War…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the ends of games. When and how do orthogames end? When and how should they end? We're workshopping a new game design panel for a future convention. In the news, Crucible recedes back into the dark recesses of a closed beta after a unilaterally mediocre reception, a whole chunk of the games industry is rightly cal…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the mostly moribund but possibly reviving genre of free space shooters. Games like TIE Fighter or Wing Commander. There is a small chance they live again. Be prepared to dust off your HOTAS. In the news, Sega has a Game Gear Micro (that only Rym cares about), Nintendo messes up their Pokémon DLC, the Steam Game Fe…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Rolling Stock (2011). A Björn Rabenstein tabletop game that's adjacent to 18xx games like 1846: The Race for the Midwest, 1889: History of Shikoku Railways, or 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt, we've been playing it asynchronously online! In the news, Smash Brothers' online mode isn't suitable for Evo Online 2020,…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review 1889: History of Shikoku Railways, an 18XX game by Yasutaka Ikeda. We've previously reviewed 1846: The Race for the Midwest and 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt. In the news, cars are terrible, Valorant is a thing, Cloudpunk is pretty good, Overwatch Hero Pools may only apply to the top tiers now, and that Valve s…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Luigi's Mansion 3 on the Nintendo Switch. It's all right, and is probably the best of the Luigi series to date. In the news, we live streamed this episode with a new RTMP setup, Torchbearer 2e will scratch that "old style Dungeons & Dragons but with a modern sensibility" itch, and Mario Maker is finally complete.…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Animal Crossing: New Horizons! If you want chill times mooching around on an island and talking to animals, this is the game for you! In the news, Overwatch League has replaced hockey for Rym, Cooking Mama isn't mining bitcoins despite what some people are claiming, the Watcher makes Slay the Spire is worth revisiti…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review two new-to-us tabletop games we played at PAX in First Look: No Return: Es gibt kein Zurück! (2019) and Square on Sale (2005). The former is distilled game mechanic. The latter is... interesting, but heuristically a mess. In the news, for the first time in over 15 years GeekNights was recorded remotely (so let us kn…
 
This week in our FINAL scheduled episode of Your Parents Basement, we say goodbye to one of our dearest and oldest friends. From 1996, we are playing Super Mario 64, developed and published by Nintendo, for the Nintendo 64! You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes […]…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are working our way through a winter wonderland of clowns and cats. From 1993, we’re playing Batman Returns, developed and published by Konami, for the Super Nintendo. You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use […]…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are experiencing a HIDDEN GEM from Nintendo’s great master Miyamoto. From 1997, we’re playing Mole Mania, developed and published by Nintendo, for the Game Boy. We’re joined by Friend of the Show, Dale! You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show via the […]…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, back briefly from the hiatus of Rym flying around Asia before we head to PAX Unplugged and MAGFest, we consider the fantastic remake of one of the best Zelda games: Link's Awakening. In the news, we consider Steam Remote Play Together, Baba is You and has level editor (without needing hacks), and the Steam Controller is final…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are in the shoes of a pool and ACTING legend. From 1995, we’re playing Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend, developed and published by Data East, for the Saturn and Sega Genesis. You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To […]…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are using whips, baseball bats and knives to rescue our girlfriend from a gang! From 1987 and 1989, we’re playing Double Dragon, developed by Technos Japan and published by Taito, for the Arcade and the NES. We’re joined by friend of the show and famed director Paul Christian […]…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are an entirely appropriate age for the tasks put in front of us. From 1992, we’re playing Lethal Weapon for the NES and Super Nintendo, by Ocean Software. WARNING! This show has much adult language. You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show […]…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, hey – You’ve got a friend in us. From 1995, we’re playing Toy Story for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, and from 1999, we’re playing Toy Story 2 for the PS1, N64 and Dreamcast. Both games are by Traveller’s Tales, and we’re joined by Steve’s old reporting buddy […]…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are journeying across the universe, in order to blow stuff up REAL good! From 1995, we’re playing Stargate by Probe Entertainment and Tantalus Interactive for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. […]…
 
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are closing out Spooptober by redeeming a heroic undead hero. From 1998, we’re playing MediEvil by Sony’s Cambridge Studio for the Playstation! You can manually download this week’s podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device […]…
 
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