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Thursday Night Throwdown 08/19: Monday Night Combat

Well is it Thursday or Monday? Make up your damn mind already!

Thursday Night Throwdown gets dissonant this week with Monday Night Combat, the recent surprise Xbox Live Arcade hit that has been lazily--and fairly accurately--described as a mashup of Defense of the Ancients and Team Fortress 2. Apparently we picked the right game this week, as our friends list has been full up since Monday! If you didn't make the cut, our condolences, though you can still watch as we buy turrets, gun down annoying mascots, and show you the moneyball on our live video stream! If you'd like to crack wise with other like-minded Giant Bomb users, feel free to hop on over to the Official Giant Bomb Justin.tv Channel.
 
UPDATE:  Thursday's Monday Night is over! Thanks to everyone who watched and played, and if you missed it, peep the archived version below.
   
  


   
  

   
  

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Posted By the_hiro_abides

The list must have opened up a bit because I got added today! I did add GB on monday but a few hours after the I love Mondays.

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Posted By Yummylee

Dammit Kessler, did you sabotage their tech out of spite for not being put on permanently?!? Or was it that new guy, Lemon! In any case, the interns will be to blame for no apparent reason!!!

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Posted By ComradeCrash

WOOT! It just started!

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Posted By Emtiff

this is so disappointing - how am i supposed to get in a TNT?  last time i tried to get in one, for Red Dead, i sent the request as soon as the announcement was made and i didn't get in cuz they cleared the list.  so this time i wait until the day of to send the request, only to find out they stopped accepting them days before.  Which is it?  urghhh!!!

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Posted By mutha3

Damn, Jeff, looking good. He's been losing a lot of weight recently.

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Posted By JBird

That was by far the funnist thing jeff has ever said. 100% dead pan talking about sofas. please someone clip that! well done jeff. ur comedy is growing stronger by the day!
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Posted By Scrawnto

Lemon!

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Posted By IPenguinI

yeeeaaah!

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Posted By billmcneal

first time watching Thursday Night Throwdown, and I LIKE it
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Posted By LiquidSwords

Damnit Rookie!

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Posted By mcmets93

Do you think its worth the $15?

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Posted By MetalBaofu
@CandleJakk said:
" I'm not a huge fan of TF2 (don't get me wrong, it's good fun, but it doesn't quite click with me), so I've kept away from MNC - this may sway my mind one way or the other. "
The only real similarity between the two is some of the art style and the fact that there are classes.  Game play isn't really similar at all to me.
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Posted By Vinny_Says

new spot is gangsta!

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Posted By kratier

thats how you advertise an event!

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Posted By Camurai

Damn!
Lost connection to host! 
Anyway, went like 36-8 last time :]  
Good game. I will now be a spectator I suppose...

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Posted By Brackynews

I'm up for a brisk round of BaconShotty!

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Posted By ooo27

 Hey guys Bob Berry here, CEO of Uber Entertainment. Thought I'd take a break from working on the game to check this out. Loving every minute of it :)   Will be happy to answer questions if I hear them. BTW, The Bacon and Ammo reference is from one of our sponsors AmmoMule, half ammo cooler half bacon cooker. "Keep your ammo cool and your bacon hot!"

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Posted By BUCK3TM4N

i hope there are different games

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Posted By AZO

Pro tip. The flapjack/pancake achievement is easiest to do on a deployed tank or gunner. Just hover above them and ground slam.

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Posted By CptBedlam
@ooo27 said:
"  Hey guys Bob Berry here, CEO of Uber Entertainment. Thought I'd take a break from working on the game to check this out. Loving every minute of it :)   Will be happy to answer questions if I hear them. BTW, The Bacon and Ammo reference is from one of our sponsors AmmoMule, half ammo cooler half bacon cooker. "Keep your ammo cool and your bacon hot!" "
Awesome to see you guys here.
 
What are the future plans? DLC for MNC? MNC2 at some point?
 
Tbh, I haven't bought the game yet but watching this is really making me want this.
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Posted By ooo27
@CptBedlam: We're not yet ready to announce specific plans, but I am comfortable saying we're 100% committed to continuing to support the game and grow the community. We're working on lots of cool stuff :)
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Posted By DoctorWelch

Ugh, this is making me want to get this sooo bad.

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Posted By ooo27

Yes, we are a small company. About 20 people, some of those part time :)

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Posted By CptBedlam
@ooo27 said:
" @CptBedlam: We're not yet ready to announce specific plans, but I am comfortable saying we're 100% committed to continuing to support the game and grow the community. We're working on lots of cool stuff :) "
Good to hear. This really seems one of the very few xbla games that are able to establish a lasting community.
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Posted By Damotello

Intern steve sounds like Adachi from P4.

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Posted By ICryCauseImEmo

Love this game.

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Posted By alexhigh

I getting out oos audio

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Posted By MysteriousBob

Stopped watching when that tosser Matt joined.

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Posted By foggel

We can't pay for that! Haha

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Posted By AZO

None of the animations are mo-capped. It's all made from scratch. I did most of it except the ones that had talking lines. We had other awesome animators helping out.

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Posted By Insectecutor
@alexhigh said:
" I getting out oos audio "
same here
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Posted By ooo27

There are 4 maps right now. They come up at random and you can veto in case you get the same one in a row and people don't want to play it.

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@AZO said:

" None of the animations are mo-capped. It's all made from scratch. I did most of it except the ones that had talking lines. We had other awesome animators helping out. "

I gotta do some character animations for an xbl indie game soon. Any basic advice for a newbie?
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Posted By ImperiousRix

Hey, I didn't do too bad (even though we LOST!) 
Killed Brad at least 3 times...

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Posted By Bionicicide

:( No free-for-all download codes for this.

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Posted By twelve1784

audio issue?
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Posted By Olivaw

Sync issues, audio drops, and total video catastrophes.
 
Yep, this is a TNT alright.
 
You'd think that a bunch of people who run live demos for a living would learn how to run a live demo without so many problems!

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Posted By bongzilla

Why can't they make these into videos you can watch on some other day? I can't always watch them.. Is it too big of a video? anybody know why?

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Posted By AZO
@CptBedlam: 
    I would say the animator should work closely with the game designer and the person implementing the animations into the game( If you're not implementing your own animations already).
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@AZO said:

" @CptBedlam:      I would say the animator should work closely with the game designer and the person implementing the animations into the game( If you're not implementing your own animations already). "

Thanks. We're two guys, a tech guy and a designer (me) ...so that shouldn't be an issue. ;)
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Posted By nirokogaseru

Hopefully, my turn at TNTD will come soon...

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Posted By foxmulder
@bongzilla: They always have the full replay on the JustinTV website
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Posted By ooo27

Hey guys thanks so much for watching and participating. Here's a free Monday Night Combat code   MMTX8-788PV-J8844-RGC4C-V8CWY    Whoever redeems it first gets it!

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Posted By Anthony
@bongzilla: They are available on their justin.tv site.
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Posted By ArbitraryWater

Of course, the one TNT I get on the friends list for is the one that I have yet to be invited to. Hopefully I will get in there somewhere.

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Posted By Sjupp
@ooo27 said:
" Say hi to AZO everyone. He's Uber's ninja animator! When this is over check out his Youtube channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/azoazotube "
Say what?! THAT dude? Holy shit :U
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Posted By Hourai

Fuck, woke up late. At least I can catch the last 40 minutes.

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Posted By WilliamRLBaker

:( but I wanna kill giantbomb staff...*cries*

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Posted By BraveToaster
@bongzilla said:
" Why can't they make these into videos you can watch on some other day? I can't always watch them.. Is it too big of a video? anybody know why? "
You can watch them again. Go to their page on justin.tv and look in the section called Previously on Giant Bomb.
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Edited By Bionicicide