Nicole, Linda, Simone, and Courtney engage in the CONSOLE WARS! Not really. We talk about the various ways to game—all the devices and their pluses and minuses. Plus we run down the gaming news and what we played. Listen up! (And send in those questions, listeners! We love you, and we love your questions!)
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We went to GeekGirlCon, met lots of folks at the Pixelkin table, and had tons of fun.
- Mega Yarn Yoshi is coming to Toys ‘R’ Us, exclusively. It’s an amiibo that’ll work with Yoshi’s Wooly World and other Nintendo games.
- More than 9 million people played the Star Wars Battlefront Beta.
- Square Enix is considering using crowdfunding to pay for localization of some of their games.
- Don’t worry: standalone LEGO games are not ending, despite the popularity of new LEGO Dimensions games.
- Halo 5 and Destiny are adding microtransactions and not everyone is thrilled. (Check out the funny Mister Chief REQ system tutorial.)
Handhelds, Consoles, Tablets, Mobile, What Have You
In preparation for the holiday gift season, we go into all the things about all the gaming equipment.
- Handhelds: Just get a 3DS (or 2DS). (But not a Vita, unless you are Simone.)
- PlayStation 4: Simone covers controllers, storage, exclusive games, backwards compatibility (lack thereof), PlayStation Plus, and more.
- Nintendo Wii U: Courtney loves it. She loves Nintendo games, which are on Nintendo consoles only. The Wii U is sort of like a bunch of Nintendo consoles rolled into one because of its backwards compatibility and Virtual Console.
- Xbox One: Nicole likes a lot of things about the Xbox. (Disclosure: Nicole’s husband works at 343 Industries, which is part of Microsoft.) She especially likes the Kinect voice activation and motion games for kids. Also there’s lots of backwards compatibility (you can play lots of Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One).
Look for a post next week that goes into detail about which consoles you might want to consider buying this year.
What We Played
- Simone played WordBubbles.
- Nicole played Alphabear and Hearthstone.
- Linda played Alphabear and The Land of Venn, a fun mobile game for kids that also teaches a little geometry.
- Courtney played Majora’s Mask 3D and LEGO Dimensions. Look out for her LEGO Dimensions review on Pixelkin, coming right up.
This podcast was recorded in the studios of the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. The music is by Pat Goodwin at Novelty Shop Creative. Nicole Tanner, Linda Breneman, Simone de Rochefort and Courtney Holmes participated in this podcast. Thanks for listening and if you liked this episode, please rate us on iTunes and find us on BlogTalkRadio!