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GWJ Conference Call Episode 593

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:29:46 +0000

Evil Within 2, Subnautica VR, Darkest Dungeon, Special Guests Shawn Elliott and Jeff Green, When a Game Becomes Good, Your Emails and More!




Akiba Mystique

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:25:56 +0000

The booming advertisement for Conception II echoes throughout the cement plaza, voices reverberating into the infinite sky above my head. Fanboys, with strands of hair drooping over bandanas, sulk past me with downcast eyes fixated on their shadows. At a nearby train station, a young woman in maid uniform sings into a cheap, portable karaoke microphone. She dances to the music with a smile as artificial yet sincere as my memories of the cheerleaders at my high school football games. A cool, spring breeze carries her lilting notes over the rumbles of the crowd and din of commerce, bringing a smile to my face.

I didn’t come to the UD+ plaza to listen to amateurs, however. I came for the rambunctious crowd disputing with irate and protesting idol singers. Stepping from the stairs and between the two groups feuding like a Twitter War, I stare the lead idol in the eye …

… and lunge forward, brandishing my limited-edition mecha anime poster as if it were Excalibur against forty-eight screaming, scratching teeny-bopper idols.

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed sits at number 10 of my games of the year list, but it was not collector-poster combat or the chance to fight a parody of AKB48 that sold me on the game. It was all the scenes preceding it – from the karaoke maid to the antisocial fanboys – set in a loving recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara district. Dwarfed on all sides by Japan’s grandest and most monster-stomped metropolis, Akihabara has the reputation of being a commercial paradise for fans of geekery. Video games, anime, comics, music, and figurines all feature heavily amid patrolling cosplayers and random musical performances at populated intersections.

Or so the fantasy goes.




February 19 – February 25

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:11:37 +0000

I know you’ve come to expect certain things from The Week Ahead. I know you’re expecting me to pick the game that you’ve never heard of and don’t want to play, expecting Chris to pick the game that you should like but don’t, and expecting Felix to pick the game that you actually care about.

So you might expect me to pick Bird Game, which mixes beautiful, minimalist art design with Star Fox 64, or Them’s Fightin’ Herds, which is a two-dimensional fighting game that will probably be getting a call from Hasbro’s lawyers any day now.

But I’m not picking any of those.




Too Long; Didn't Play: Europa Universalis IV

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:40:24 +0000

I’m going to deploy a European epithet here, and point out that the tutorials are bollocks.




GWJ Conference Call Episode 592

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:32:59 +0000

Civilization 6: Rise and Fall, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Celeste, Checking in With Soren Johnson and 10 Crowns, Your Emails and More!




Heroes of The Realm - Episode 9

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:26:09 +0000

Welcome to Heroes of The Realm, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Karla Andrich as she takes Cory Banks, Amanda Knowlton, Ariel Jaffee and Michael Zenke from the real world and back into The Realm.




GWJ (Doesn't) Play Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:17:23 +0000

Hey folks. After sleeping on it I've decided to remove this video from the front page of GWJ and the Youtube channel. While I stand by my personal views expressed below in the comments, I don't believe that GWJ or its front page are a platform for reflecting my views alone. We're a community here and my coverage of this game has understandably upset some of our members.




February 12 – February 18

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:37:32 +0000

This week, we’re going to see some old things, which will be sold to us as if they were new by merchants confident that we will go all mushy and buy them once again, even though we bought them the last several times they released. Of course we will. We have to. The consequences of not doing it are simply not worth contemplating.




Too Long; Didn't Play: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:54:00 +0000

Hey! Look at that! Greg’s late to the party again!




GWJ Conference Call Episode 591

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:10:34 +0000

Monster Hunter World, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, Assassin's Creed: Origins The Hidden Ones, Subnautica, A Reading By Graham Rowat, Your Emails and More!