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#1 vinny  Staff

Tuesday 10/20/2020

Ok, this week. Plenty of stuff keeping me busy off-camera this week, mainly how do you take account of and audit 10+ years of production gear when you can't go into an office. Answer? ______________________.

Go check out Jan's Quick Look of Mario Kart Live!

I've been playing that G.I. Joe Operation Blackout game, so look for a Quick Look of that soon. It's not great but I don't really have strong feelings about it. My Transformers knowledge definitely outpaces my Joe knowledge, but I'm not sure this is scratching much of a nostalgia itch.

Ben continues to play Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition so we should get to that this week also.

Look for Breaking Brad this Wed (unless things move around).

Alex should be drumming after the Beastcast.

We've got The HotSpot on Friday and instead of a premium show after we're looking to do a live Jackbox Quick Look, so stay tuned.

Filmed another spooky game with Abby today and that was fun. More positional audio in that one, though it's hard to keep quiet when you're trying to do something entertaining. Feels awkward.

We'll have more popping up so keep an eye on the site.

--Vinny

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Tuesday 10/13/2020

I get nervous and anxious when trying to show off games that either have long histories, complex mechanics, or frantic action. The action ones I don't mind as much because what are you going to do, really? You might just have to stop talking for a bit or you might just bone up the action. That doesn't really bother me. It's the ones where I feel like I need to map out how I'm going to present a game, like Star Wars: Squadrons and what is necessary to dive into (do we need to go over all the power management and menus?) or just show off the action portions? I usually try to approach it from what I think is interesting (so yes, the power management). Ran into a similar thing with Baldur's Gate 3.

I find a lot of the divergences and ways Baldur's Gate 3 adheres to the 5e ruleset interesting, but is that worth sitting on a menu for 3 minutes talking about? How far into spellcasting do we need to go? What if someone is jumping in here as their first CRPG game? What if someone is jumping in here from Baldur's Gate 2? How much of DnD 5e's mechanics, classes, history, lore am I going to misremember in the moment?

My plan was to start from that interesting cutscene at the beginning (eye stuff), go through what's in the character creator, talk about what's not there and what fifth edition is, and then spend more time going into combat/dialogue/gameplay and showing it all off. Sometimes it's hard for me with things that feel complex to not go into tutorial-like explanation mode, but for a game like this it felt like that would be useless.

ANYWAY

Baldur's Gate 3 Unfinished should be up tomorrow (Wed) but enjoy this shot for now:

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Other Stuff

Abby and I recorded another Six Crazy Frights and for a game I apparently played with Patrick around seven years ago. That was a bit of a "been a long road" moment for sure.

Going to try and jump in with Ben and record a Quick Look for Age of Empires 3 in the near future. Played the heck out of 2 but not sure I remember playing 3 a ton. It was a long time ago. I like RTS games where you can build walls, so more of those.

Abby is streaming Wednesday morning and then we've got more Breaking Brad in the afternoon.

Should have some more Breakfast n' Ben this Thursday followed by The Giant Beastcast.

Thursday is currently scheduled to wrap with some Alex drumming away.

Friday we've got The HotSpot and then the thing I'm most excited about... Phasmophobia with me, Abby, Ben, and Jan. Abby and I played a bit more today to test everything out with using just the in-game audio and to also get a better sense of the controls and yeah, it seems great. I died again. I'm not usually scared in games but that one does a number on me.

So tune in! Fun week coming up!

--Vinny

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#3  Edited By vinny  Staff

Tuesday 10/06/2020

I did it. I just finished the campaign portion of Star Wars: Squadrons. Not sure if it was exactly necessary to do that, but I really wanted to get through it before recording the Quick Look tomorrow. Going to spend time with the multiplayer now and see how that is. I think the campaign is... ok? The story didn't grab me, but as a device to introduce you to all the ships it's effective. After I FINALLY figured out how to boost properly (I think I am now... at least) and also how to manage the power on the TIE fighters it was more fun. Quick Look should record and go up on Wednesday.

Abby and I recorded a Quick Look today for The Solitaire Conspiracy which seems like a fun take on solitaire. Look for that soon.

We then tried to squeeze in another recording for Six Crazy Frights but ran out of time as I have to jump into a meeting. The setup and tutorial was a bit more than we were expecting so hopefully we can squeeze that in somewhere else.

There's also a Quick Look for Genshin Impact which I believe is being recorded tomorrow as well with Jan, Jeff, and Jason? People might change.

I believe Brad will have some BugSnax coverage later this week but no Breaking Brad. Taking a week off.

No Mass Alex tomorrow because we're planning on doing it live on Friday! Brad might even join us.

This Wednesday's Playdate is scheduled to be some Left 4 Dead with Abby, Ben, Alex, and Jan.

Breakfast 'N' Ben is on the schedule for Thursday morning as well!

And keep an eye out for more Clue Crew on Friday.

Bombcast / Beastcast / HotSpot all on track.

I'll hopefully get some time in on Baldur's Gate 3's early access stuff before the Beastcast if I can swing it.

Now, off to that meeting!

--Vinny

QUICK EDIT

I am TERRIBLE at multiplayer in Squadrons. That is all.

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Tuesday 09/29/2020

What happened to Monday? Don't know. I know the kids were off and I know I sat at the computer and I know I looked up and it was 10:00PM. There was some leftover Yom Kippur dinner waiting for me, and that was a treat.

I did record more Six Crazy Frights with Abby! That did happen. Check out the one we recorded last week for Slender: The Arrival!

I also know I was able to play some Iron Harvest, and maybe it was playing it after a long day but so far that game seems to move too slowly... I think I'm still ramping up but let's ramp faster please!

I know I still have strange issues with my audio, so I'm reverting some of it back to where it was... but some of it is hard to test, especially when I go from doing one thing that is fine and the next thing it's not fine and we're not sure on which end the problem lies... lays? might lay? Who cares. It's frustrating.

THIS WEEK

Alex and I are trying to see how much Mass Alex we have left. I'm thinking at least two longer episodes. We'll record it normal this week, but if I feel we're nearing the end maybe we do it live as special thing next Friday? TBD.

Sea Beasts! This Wednesday Abby and I are going back in to see how the waters are. While I like the full crew and the... tension it brings there's a lot of fun in when there are just two people on the ship.

Breaking Brad is back on Thursday after the Beastcast, I won't be there for it (editing said Beastcast) but I suspect he will beat the game.

Speaking of beating the game, this Friday is VinnyVania! Last episode? No idea. Honestly. I think someone said I'm nearing the end and the map in the game seemed to be at the top of something so we'll see.

Alex is looking to record a QL for Art of Rally

I'm looking forward to playing Star Wars: Squadrons. I really hope it's good... I think it's out this Friday. Please be good.

Podcasts are all on track, Bombcast, Beastcast, HotSpot.

Ok, I think that's it for now. Enjoy!

--Vinny

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#5  Edited By vinny  Staff

Friday 09/25/2020

Audio issues. That's where I'm at here. I installed some capture software on my PC recently and since then I've been having headaches with my audio. Even after uninstalling the (possibly) causal software I'm still getting sync issues, buffer issues, you name it. I'll probably roll back my PC to a previous backup if I can't get it all sorted out, but what a headache. And it's intermittent too! I hate inconsistency. Too hard to test. BLEH!

But I am happy it's Friday. Got a busy weekend ahead of me but should (hopefully) be productive! Gotta get busy fixing/building/cleaning things over here!

Have a great weekend, watch some of this great stuff below, and see you next week!

VinnyVania: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 - Part 03

The HotSpot - Episode 380

Clue Crew: Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull - Part 2

Party of One: Serious Jeff Plays Some Serious Sam 4

Lockdown 2020: We Be Drummin'! 09/24/2020

The Giant Beastcast: Episode 279

Quick Look: Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Quick Look: WWE 2K Battlegrounds

Quick Look: Hades

Breaking Brad: Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels VII

Mass Alex: Mass Effect 3 - Part 24

Lockdown 2020: Rhythm Hell Fever - Part 9

Quick Look: NBA 2K21

Help Drew Raise Money for the MS Fundraiser 2020!

Giant Bombcast 653: That's Hot Soup!

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#6  Edited By vinny  Staff

Monday 09/19/2020

Meetings and a decent amount of them. They pop up when you least expect them and can chew up a good chunk of your day.

But that's not why I'm writing this, to tell you about meetings. I'm writing this because if I write down that I want to do a QL for Iron Harvest but... I haven't touched it yet it... and that makes me feel more guilty for not carving out the time.

Also, I'm pretty excited to get to the second half of that party in Mass Alex. If you've been waiting for the end here we are. I'm not sure how many episodes are left, but it can't be TOO many.

We're planning on more Breaking Brad and VinnyVania this week. Playing those things once week is hard enough, so sometimes it's best to keep trucking until it's done. I hope both of those games understand that.

Abby and I are trying to find a good spot to record Six Crazy Frights which should be airing soon as we lead up to Halloween. Look out for that in the future.

For Quick Looks we have Hades, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, WWE 2K Battlegrounds, and something in my notes I have written as "Anime Game".

Alex and I will also be looking to do that NBA 2K21 QL this week.

Annnnnd Bombcast, Beastcast, and The HotSpot!

Stay tuned and thanks for watching/listening!

--Vinny

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Friday 09/18/2020

This week vanished into the ether. It is gone now.

The audio from the HotSpot is exporting now and should be up soon along with the video. Brad did me a solid and made the page for it which might not sound a like a HUGE deal, but I really do not like writing the descriptions for things. After over a decade of writing descriptions for things I just sometimes don't know... how to describe them. You'd think I'd have gotten the hang of it. Thank you Brad!

Ok, export is done on the HotSpot. Going to upload it and will update this with some other stuff from week when that's done and the VinnyVania is exporting.

--Vinny

EDIT: Actually, VinnyVania is up and I'm going to grab some dinner because it's tacos and I'm not missing that... update later!

EDIT - THE TACOS WERE DELICIOUS:

Ok gonna keep this short because I just heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away and my mind is kind of reeling.

This weekend I'll be joining Drew Scanlon to help raise money to help fund multiple sclerosis research. You can watch at giantbomb.com/chat or youtube.com/clothmap at 10AM Pacific | 1PM Eastern on Sunday.

You can already make donations here: bikingwhiteguy.com

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Mother mercy... this year.

RIP RBG.

Here are some other things if you need/want to keep busy this weekend:

VinnyVania: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 - Part 02

The HotSpot - Episode 379

Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull - Part 1

Quick Look: Wasteland 3

Lockdown 2020: We Be Drummin'! 09/17/2020

Quick Look: Spelunky 2

The Giant Beastcast: Episode 278

We Talk Over: The PlayStation 5 September Event (The Price One!)

Breaking Brad: Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels VI

Lockdown 2020: Rhythm Hell Fever - Part 8

Mass Alex: Mass Effect 3 - Part 23

Giant Bombcast 652: Gods and Monster Energy

Lockdown 2020: Let's Descend Into Spelunky 2

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Tuesday 09/15/2020

Cripes, I forgot how tiring these virtual school/hybrid learning/remote learning/whatever days are!

Here's a fun thing, though. I do woodworking, but mostly with hand tools and that means building anything takes centuries. A flat piece of wood one might call a "shelf" will take 3 months. So, when we finally decided (3 days ago) that the two kids need proper desks instead of using the kitchen table (fine) and an aluminum folding camping table (not as fine) I got to buy a new power tool. I mean, those kids need desks, right? RIGHT. Dang right. Let me dip right into that household slush fund. Didn't even have to come out of my Transformers budget. Now those desks will only take half a century to get done.

Speaking of getting it done. I'm currently awaiting Alex's files of Mass Alex so I can process them for tomorrow morning. We thought we'd get through most of the party DLC stuff, but turns out... it's very long! Still very enjoyable though. Strap in for some pull-ups.

Tomorrow is the Sony thing and I just made a YouTube upcoming for it. I swear they change that interface every 30 seconds... Or I'm extremely old. Or both.

If you're wondering if I played Factorio during my two weeks off I didn't except for one, very fun, multiplayer session with my brother. I don't think I touched anything but Microsoft Flight Sim and Spiritfarer the whole time.

Vinny's Top Ten Games of 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator and/or Spiritfarer... Last of Us 2? I can't do this now.

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Monday 09/14/2020

Well, that's some news to come back to work to!

If you don't know, it was announced today that ViacomCBS is selling CNET (which includes us) to a company called Red Ventures.

I know folks are extremely curious about what this all means, but we, or at the very least I, honestly don't know the answers. A lot of meetings today but detailed information isn't available yet and especially nothing yet that I could even translate into how this might affect you and what we do.

So the week continues!

Alex and I are hoping to get Mass Alex recorded tomorrow! WooHoo! Give me my comfort food!

We're going to talk over the Sony's PS5 event on Wednesday. Price? Has to be, right?

Quick Looks for things like NBA 2K21, Spelunky 2, and Captain Tsubasa are on the calendar. They should be hitting later this week.

Brad, Matt, and I recorded some early play of Spelunky 2 today and you could check that on the site right now.

We're also looking to get some Breaking Brad AND some VinnyVania later this week, so look at for that.

And....... I'm still checking two weeks of email and catching up, so going to end here.

--Vinny

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Friday 08/28/2020

Friday! Am I right? Busy, but not so bad as Friday's go. Unless maybe if you're Alex who got the back-to-back-to-back Triple Dipple stream goodness today with Clue Crew, HotSpot, and VinnyVania. Thanks Alex!

Our site video player allows us to put an archive of the show back on the site almost immediately after it's broadcast, but only if we don't reuse the same chat for another stream. In practice, that means if there are two shows back to back you have to close the chat, boot everyone out, and have everyone file back in if you want to use that function. It's why, even for premium things, we generally weren't able to use that version of the archive for shows during the heat of Lockdown. That being said, with some breaks between shows now, we're able to use it again. When you see a version of a show up that doesn't have Download options, that's what you're looking at. It's basically just replaying to you what was streamed, at that same quality it was streamed.

I say that because The HotSpot and VinnyVania are currently in that state on the site as I type this and begin to process those archives. They should be fully archived soon.

Rorie's The Hellfire Club stream also just ended as I'm typing this all out so make sure to check out the archive when it's up!

Here's some stuff from this week to also keep you busy:

VinnyVania: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 [Part 01]

Clue Crew: Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock - Part 2

The HotSpot - Episode 376

Quick Look: Battletoads

The Giant Beastcast: Episode 275

We Talk Over: Gamescom: Opening Night Live 2020

Quick Look: Spiritfarer <-- Don't Ignore This Game!

Quick Look: Madden NFL 21

Unfinished: Rogue Legacy 2 (08/26/20)

Playdate: Among Us (08/24/2020)

Lockdown 2020: Rhythm Hell Fever - Part 5

Giant Bombcast 649: Courtnite

Mass Alex: Mass Effect 3 - Part 22

Lockdown 2020: Rhythm Hell Fever - Part 4

Best of Giant Bomb: 195 - The Art

I'll be on vacation next week so probably no VinnyVania and Mass Alex (mmmaaaybe... we'll see).

To celebrate, here's a clip of when Alex and I were trying to record the QL for Madden and as soon we started my microphone stopped working and then I hard crashed. For some reason I find it very funny.

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Enjoy the end Celebrate the passing of summer and see you in a bit.

--Vinny