GWJ Conference Call Episode 324

Conference Call

Our 2012 Wrap-Up Continues, A Jeff Green Segment on His 2012 Favorites and Disappointments and more!

Part two of our 2012 retrospective! Catch our top three games and a visit from Jeff Green!

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Chairman_Mao's Timestamps
00.02.14 FTL and the rise of difficult games
00.18.35 Torchlight 2
00.21.38 Guild Wars 2
00.27.04 Sleeping Dogs
00.29.47 Dishonored
00.35.47 Kickstarter
00.47.29 Mark of the Ninja
00.51.08 Tokyo Jungle
00.52.51 Borderlands 2
00.58.08 Halo 4
01.02.00 10,000,000
01.02.21 Orcs Must Die 2
01.06.47 X-Com 2
01.13.19 Wii-U
01.20.42 - 01.39.29 Friend of the Show, Jeff Green!
01.40.08 The stepping up of PAX
01.45.25 Soundshapes
01.46.11 Black Mesa
01.47.19 Far Cry 3
01.49.34 Assassin's Creed 3 - disappointment of the year?
01.52.16 Hitman Absolution
01.53.15 Warlock Master of the Arcane
01.54.09 Board games!
01.56.02 Dust: an Elysium Tale
01.56.45 More gaming disappointments
01.57.49 Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
01.59.48 Aaaaaand the GWJ Conference Call's Top 3 picks of 2012!

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Show credits

Music credits: 

8-bit Samples - Dexter Britain - - 1:23:00

Blink - Workbench Music - - 1:42:15

Intro/Outtro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks


I have it all figured out, y'all: You need to hand out GWJ challenge coins at PAX. It could be amazing. It's a minimum 450 investment, but you could hand out to your favorite Cos-players; booths; etc.

This could be amazing. Just sayin'. Y'all talked in the show about handing out "best of PAX" awards. Make 'em challenge coins.

I again second the Persona 4 talk near the end there. I'm now sitting at 135 hours on my second pass. I'm probably going to get all of the trophies except 1 this time around. I missed one of the books both times. I'm actually looking forward to playing through a 3rd time just for that trophy.

I'd also up-vote Sound Shapes and Tokyo Jungle. I really need to go back to play more Tokyo Jungle though...

It's only fair that Xbox gets Dust: Elysian Tale as the PSN has gotten so many other great indie games... It's a game that I'm really hoping jumps to other platforms so I can play it though. It'd be a day 1 purchase for me.

Just going to post here, but I binge listened the two in a row. Gosh, I love these end of the year podcasts. Really, really enjoy them. And I really appreciate that you make an effort to "remember" the first half of the year, because it's just soooo easy to forget them with all these shiny new fall releases.

A note on pre-orders, I usually avoid them, because I like my "get something for my money" rule, not "get something later for my money" (which is why I'm not too keen on Kickstarter as well). I tend to bend the rules for games I'm really, really looking forward to and/or if there are goodies I want. I was really anxious to get my hands on Mass Effect 3, and I wanted the collector's edition too. Borderlands 2 I also pre-ordered, because I wanted the Marcus bobblehead. Most of the time, though, I tend to wait for Steam sales now, and have switched to digital distribution with a passion. Moving four times in 5 years will do that to you.

+1 to OMD2 as game of the year!