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September 2017
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Narrative is important to games. Even from the earliest days of NES there were stories. Plumber rescues Princess. Space Bounty Hunter destroys alien threat. Ducks are hunted. Today, games have evolved to include sweeping narratives that encompass galaxies with gameplay and graphics to match.

JonJon and a sleepy John with an H discuss the nature of storytelling in games framed around last year's sleeper hit, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.


Direct download: Episode_40_Full_44k.mp3
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So, smartphones and tablets are a thing now. That's nothing new. Neither is playing games on the go; we've been doing that since the original Gameboy.

But our experiences are changing. Folks keep talking about how smartphones and tablets will make the 3DSs and Vitas of the world extinct (We know, haters, the Vita's already dead, thanks.) but we don't think it's that simple.

When a device isn't known to be specifically for games, how does it affect the type of gaming experiences we have?

Direct download: Episode_37_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16am EDT

Part 2 of our year end wrap up the Jo(h)ns discuss the first year of the "next-gen" consoles, whether or not they are performing as well as previous transitions, their reliance on previous generation titles, and the over-all ramifications of consoles as a gaming device in general.

Plus some real talk about John's time working for the government and JonJon's experiences being involved with a failed lifestyle magazine. 

Don't sue us please.

Direct download: Episode_33_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am EDT

This week, the Jo(h)ns consider their recent migration from console to PC gaming. How is it that the shift felt so natural? What does it say about the current state of consoles? Why don't they feel more elitist?

Direct download: Episode_31_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36am EDT

As the holiday season approaches, the Jo(h)ns give thanks for the bounty of games that Steam provides by complaining about its flaws!  No but seriously, there's a lot of complaining.  But we love you, Steam!  Never take your amazing sales and wares away from us.

Direct download: Episode_30_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29am EDT

In the aftermath of their #gamergate episode, the Jo(h)ns very organically decide to have a little me time in the form of (with apologies to Nerdist) a non-topic-driven Hostful episode.  Nerdist, please don't sue; we mean no disrespect and you inspire us.  That and we have nothing for you to take, really. Except our love. 
Among the topics discussed:  the bummer that was the Karissa the Destroyer prank(?); JonJon being ethnically Catholic; open-world fatigue; the open-world approach (Skyrim vs. Saint's Row);  accusations of Bethesda language and region-blocking; Lego Marvel and the intent of 2-player-design; John finally coming clean to his mother about his (and everyone's, really) love affair with porn and lots of other stuff!


Direct download: Episode_29_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47am EDT

The Jo(h)ns have an overdue moment. 

Direct download: Episode_28_Full_44k.mp3
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This week, John and a very sleepy JonJon brave the dangers of nighttime to talk about Ubisoft's Valiant Hearts, and touch on whether the game's tone is suitable for its heavy subject matter.  In the intro, IT'S CAPTAINS MARVEL ALL DAY, SON



Direct download: Episode_26_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29am EDT

It's that time again. Another Telltale point and click adventure game has come to a close. Season 2 of The Walking Dead caught us by surprise. The final chapters wrapped up in one of the most harrowing ways possible. So of course we had to discuss the emotions dredged up from the bottoms of our respective psyche. 


Direct download: Episode_24_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36am EDT

This week is our first guest, Ben!! We talk about family and Minecraft in a plethora of stupid, silly voices. 

Direct download: Episode_13_Full_44k.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07am EDT