Episode 15 - Games That Aren't Really Games

In this episode, Aaron and Chris discuss a listener-submitted topic that’s becoming increasingly relevant in today’s gaming market: Games that aren’t *really* games. The gamers consider which aspects of these experiences classify them as “non-game games” and ponder how that impacts their ability to attract players. They further touch on the unique and amazing aspect of these products along with ways to ensure they continue to exist in the gaming ecosystem. The gamers discuss their current gaming endeavors, including Song of the Deep and Guilty Gear Xrd. Chris relives his youth playing Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo while Aaron contends with age in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Finally, the gamers examine Nintendo’s recent Mini NES announcement, and Chris unveils a new segment coming to YouTube, BC News, providing an executive summary of relevant video game news with commentary, delivered in under five minutes.

Show Notes:

  1. BCG Discussion Topic - Games That Aren't Really Games
    -Early games that seem to have little to no purpose (e.g. The Sims)
    -These games may not have clear stories, goals, or direction
    -Aaron's most memorable non-games: Papers, Please and Frog Fractions
    -Chris' memorable non-games: Three Fourths Home and Gone Home
    -How do we ensure that these games continue to exist, and where do they fit into the industry at large?
  2. What We're Playing
    -Chris plays Song of the Deep for PS4. Good game--not great--that does well for a modern metroidvania but still has some extremely frustrating parts. Controls are a bit lacking, and repetitive enemy gauntlets are time-consuming and annoying. Overall, 7/10 from Chris, and despite the flaws, he recommends picking it up due to its $15 price tag.
    -Aaron plays Guilty Gear Xrd. Despite the obvious pronunciation issues, Aaron has many positive things to say about the game.
  3. Game Assignments
    -Last episode's assignments: Chris - Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo; Aaron - Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
    -Next episode's assignments: Chris - Child of Eden; Aaron - PixelJunk 4 AM
  4. News
    -Nintendo announces the new Mini NES Classic, with 30 games built into a small NES-like enclosure. Unfortunately, no additional games and no network connectivity are big letdowns.
    -Chris announces our latest set of upcoming YouTube segments: BC News! These are short (under five minute) videos periodically posted to give you an executive summary on the important gaming news stories of the previous week. This will be your one-stop shop for gaming news that doesn't impact your busy schedule.