Idea for a monthly get together - a bit like a book group

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Hi everyone

I’ve had an idea I think might be fun and want to gauge some interest. I was thinking as I listened to the GOTY deliberations that doing something similar with a group might be fun so here’s the pitch.

Monthly a game is selected and we all play it. Then at the end of the month I pull together a panel to talk about their experiences and people can also contribute live via something - discord or the like - to add their pence worth or whatever. We could make it into a podcast after the fact, there might even be weekly mini-episodes in the run up.

Would you listen and or take part?

Thanks, Iain

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Always wanted to do something like this!

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This is a cool idea and sounds like a lot of fun.

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Neat!

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@rejizzle @hack1501 @chipultra @rorie

Great, thanks guys! I will keep you in the loop. I’m thinking Feb will be the first month of as yet unnamed game club ?

Any suggestions for games gratefully received. I’m thinking something maybe a bit older and cross platform like Hyperlight Drifter.

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This is a really fun idea. If you name the game and name the "deadline", I know that I will definitely do my best to play it.

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Sounds like fun. Count me in.

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This sounds fun. Count me in for, at least, playing it...

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I have Hyper Light Drifter and have yet to play it...so Im in for this one at least

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@sloppydetective: I’m in the same boat. Backed it in 2015 and have played a couple of hours at MOST which is a terrible shame. I’ve picked up the switch version recently. Can’t wait.

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This seems really cool! Not sure if I'd be able to actually do it, due to me trying to spend less money, but the idea is awesome.

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@iainfarrell: Great. Been looking for an excuse to replay that one.

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@iainfarrell: I'm absolutely in love with the art and soundtrack but it's just gotten lost in the shuffle of my backlog.

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@acharlie1377: in a similar position, baby 2 arrived last year. This is so I can at least talk about them ?

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I don’t have the setup to join in on discussions via podcasts, but the idea of a monthly GB game is a fantastic one.

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@iainfarrell: I really, really like this idea and would definitely like to be involved if it comes to fruition. Please register my interest and keep me posted. If Hyper Light Drifter is confirmed as the first game then I'll pick it up ready for next month.

Also, if you're into the concept of a "video game book club" then I feel obliged to recommend Giant Bomb moderator @thatpinguino's own podcast project, Deep Listens. Every two weeks, he and his co-hosts play the same game and then dive deep on its gameplay, story and presentation, bringing their own backgrounds in literature and philosophy into the discussions. I admittedly only listen to the episodes pertaining to games which I've already played, as it's become a bit of a tall order for me to get through a game every two weeks (one a month sounds way more manageable for me), but it's nonetheless one of my favourite video game podcasts out there. Plus, they were kind enough to have me on as a guest for an episode on Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath a few years back.

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@iainfarrell: naturally when I go to commit to something things come up in life. I won’t be able contribute for a hand full of months but I would definitely join up with you guys at a later time!

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@danielkempster: thanks for the heads up. I’ll look into Deep Listens. I think I’m going a little less high brow, and a bit more book club. ??

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