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Episode 104: Don't Whittle Your Death-Balls
Episode 104: Don't Whittle Your Death-Balls

In which kangaroos are hench. We inhale the heady aroma of Gamescom and discuss its various offerings, Tom F tells another tale of Endless Legend, Tom S flips through N++ and Marsh recounts the cautionary Kickstarter yarn of Zombie Playground.

Plus, the latest splutterings about Life Is Strange Episode 4, some inexpert opinions on The International, reasons to hate our past selves, why Obama needs a cryo-pod, locating the Fuck This Point, what games smell like and tripping balls in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

Show Notes:

  • We mention a bunch of Gamescom games: Dark Souls III, Tomb Raider: Tombs of War - Shitting Men Up With Knives Edition, Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2, Homefront: The Revolution, We Happy Few and Cobalt. You can find all their trailers, and several others, here, with the exception of Cobalt, which you can find here

  • Here is that Bloodborne article Tom F mentions. 

  • Tom F’s toppest Dotes match, in video form

  • Chris’s mega-guide to the competition. 

  • 4X strategy game, Endless Legend . 

  • The neverending development: ninja platformer, N++

  • A particularly spiffy run of levels in N++. 

  • The Adventures of Shuggy will make you hate your past self. 

  • Life Is Strange continues to be great and really annoying in varying measures. 

  • Zombie Playground is an unfinished game inspired by concept art that should, if there was justice on this blasted world, encourage people to be more circumspect about Kickstarter. 

  • Myriad is a game Marsh can’t explain, but it looks and sounds amazing, the latter thanks to composer Mathias Rudsengen

  • Hotline Miami also sounds great, even if the second game is a big load of balls. 

  • Teasels, guys. Teasels

  • Do you even hop, bro?

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter may or may not have induced Tom to experience some sort of psychedelic meltdown.

  • Download the episode here.

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