Pursuing Pixels
065 - Is Anyone a Real Person in Blaseball?

065 - Is Anyone a Real Person in Blaseball?

August 10, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  Last week, John somehow forgot to mention Blaseball, so we kick things off with a deep dive into the nuances of the newly-emerging sport.  Speaking of new, Kevin's playing Carrion, which just released this past week, and is loving the John Carpenter/David Cronenberg vibes.

From one horror-themed game to another, Randall & Kevin are hooked on Demon's Tilt; a massive virtual pinball table that pays homage to the greats of the 16-bit era.  John has a new main in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and he discusses the pros and cons of playing as Min Min from Arms.

Randall wraps things up with Monster Boy & The Cursed Kingdom, which was his resolution game for 2020.  He's into it so far, and will be keeping us apprised as the adventure continues.

 

Discussed:

Blaseball  -  00:01:54

Carrion  -  00:16:18

Demon's Tilt  -  00:26:45

Super Smash Bros. (Min Min update)  -  00:35:31

Monster Boy & The Cursed Kingdom  -  00:44:34

 

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064 - The Most ‘Michigan’ You Guys Have Ever Been

064 - The Most ‘Michigan’ You Guys Have Ever Been

August 3, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We warm up the mics this week with some Nintendo 64 nostalgia to celebrate this 'milestone' episode.  John keeps the Nintendo nostalgia train rolling with Metroid Prime 2: Echoes—needing to get his Samus fix after discussing In Other Waters last week.

Kevin talks about a bunch of games from Matt Hobbs (aka mmatt_ugh), starting off with his entry into this year's GMTK Game Jam, IMP—followed by his entry from last year's jam, CANNON.  Kevin couldn't get enough of the mmatt_ugh-goodness, and plowed through a couple of other platformers from the indie developer:  MELT & show

[*You can play all of Matt Hobbs' games directly in your browser!?!*]

Randall sees the credits roll in Bot Vice, only to unlock an extra-difficult mode that picks up right where the endgame leaves off.  We rarely talk about a game three weeks in a row on the podcast, but this one earns every single second of its airtime.

 

Discussed:

Nintendo 64 Reminiscing  -  00:01:33

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes  -  00:21:40

mmatt_ugh  -  00:32:34

----->  IMP  -  00:32:34

----->  CANNON  -  00:34:27

----->  MELT  -  00:36:36

----->  show  -  00:39:00

Bot Vice  -  00:41:57

 

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063 - The Wizard’s Butt is Very Well-Defined

063 - The Wizard’s Butt is Very Well-Defined

July 27, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We've finally got the usually trifecta back together, just in time to get into our most recent online session with Risk of Rain 2.  Before we get into that though, Randall follows up with his thoughts on Bot Vice after Kevin's high praise last week.

The GMTK Game Jam 2020 wrapped up this weekend and Kevin checked out a small sampling of the whopping 5,000+ submissions.  Rotational Shift & Pongeon are a pair of single-screen arcade games; You Are Now Possessed & Pink River earned the #1 & #3 spots, respectively, on the overall charts.

John is exploring an alien ocean and cataloguing his discoveries with In Other Waters; a gorgeous, entirely UI-based, narrative adventure.  Randall wraps things up with a retro deep cut, The Immortal, an NES title none of us were familiar with prior to its recent addition to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

 

Discussed:

Bot Vice  -  00:01:17

Risk of Rain 2  -  00:08:05

GMTK Game Jam 2020  -  00:19:50

----->  Rotational Shift  -  00:20:55

----->  Pongeon  -  00:22:34

----->  You Are Now Possessed  -  00:24:28

----->  Pink River  -  00:26:14

In Other Waters  -  00:29:56

The Immortal (NES on Switch)  -  00:37:29

 

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062 - I Was Definitely Getting it Handed to Me

062 - I Was Definitely Getting it Handed to Me

July 20, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  You're stuck with Randall and Kevin again this week.  We kick things off with a quick Animal Crossing correction after a scolding from John in our Discord chat.

Kevin's still poking around on itch.io and stumbles across a couple of gems from developer, rxiSCANLINE is a roguelike run 'n' gun & Shuriken is a Game Boy-inspired mini metroidvania—both developed during game jams.

Randall & Kevin check out Dogurai from HungryBear, another Game Boy-inspired platformer.  This one is of the hack 'n' slash variety, and was also included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality.

Randall 'smoothly' transitions into The Last of Us: Part II from there.  He's still not entirely gripped by the game's narrative, but there are some new gameplay twists that are keeping him involved, and coming back for more!

Kevin closes things out with a couple of titles from DYA Games that he's been playing on Nintendo Switch.  Super Star Path is an arcade shoot 'em up mixed with a match three puzzler, and Bot Vice is a gallery shooter akin to Wild Guns that, like its inspirations, doesn't shy away from a healthy challenge.

 

Discussed:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (*quick correction*)  -  00:00:55

rxi  -  00:04:06

----->  SCANLINE  -  00:04:17

----->  Shuriken  -  00:09:08

Dogurai  -  00:12:39

The Last of Us: Part II  -  00:20:29

DYA Games  -  00:28:58

----->  Super Star Force  -  00:29:17

----->  Bot Vice  -  00:36:09

 

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061 - What is this, ‘Guess Who?’

061 - What is this, ‘Guess Who?’

July 13, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  We're a duo once again, with Randall tagging in for John this week.  Kevin wastes no time before correcting his failure to mention BREAKER from Daniel Linssen last week, yet another game included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality.  Randall literally dips his toes into the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons update, which introduces swimming into the mix.  He also finally gets into some Risk of Rain 2 after our incessant begging—and a massive new update that has the game running fantastic on Nintendo Switch!

Kevin talks about a few games from Matt Glanville, starting off with a couple of games that just came out on Switch.  Singled Out seems to be 'Guess Who?' in video game form...with a sniper rifle.  Ghost Grab 3000 is an insanely addictive arcade experience (with a grappling hook!?!) that is beyond difficult to put down.  And the same goes for Switch 'N' Shoot, a single-button shmup where 'one more run' never means 'one more run.'  All three games are available for Nintendo Switch and will only set you back $5 each!

Randall's been sinking most of his time into The Last of Us: Part II, which he's been enjoying on the whole, in spite of some hiccups in the story line along the way.  There's no need to worry about *spoilers* either, as Randall primarily highlights his main interest in the series...the gameplay.

Kevin wraps up the episode with a couple of bullet hell shooters form the itch.io bundle that he teased on least week's episode—Task Force Kampas & Risk System.  The former being a single credit, arcade experience, while the latter is a story-driven, 32-bit pixel art extravaganza; each one baking the concept of risk/reward straight into their core.

 

Discussed:

BREAKER  -  00:01:25

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (update)  -  00:04:02

Risk of Rain 2 (update)  - 00:08:01

Matt Glanville  -  00:14:03

----->  Singled Out  -  00:14:19

----->  Ghost Grab 3000  -  00:15:22

----->  Switch 'N' Shoot  -  00:19:41

The Last of Us: Part II  -  00:23:00

Task Force Kampas  -  00:30:58

Risk System  -  00:34:54

 

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060 - No Chaperones

060 - No Chaperones

July 6, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  John & Kevin warm up the mics by talking about their resolution games from our 2019 holiday episode.  John is actually digging into Transistor from Supergiant Games, while Kevin can't believe that Undertale is not available on Xbox One.

Kevin is still poking around on itch.io and stumbles across a unique developer named Daniel Linssen.  There's a fast-paced puzzler called Adrena-Line, along with a couple of unique 2D platformers—Outline & Birdsong.

John wraps us up by scratching the Final Fantasy Tactics itch with a new game on Switch, Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark.  We springboard into a conversation about visual juxtaposition & cohesiveness from there, before calling it a night.

 

Discussed:

Transistor  -  00:01:38

Undertale / Deltarune  -  00:05:55

Daniel Linssen  -  00:14:54

----->  Adrena-Line  -  00:15:19

----->  Outline  -  00:18:15

-----> Birdsong  -  00:20:05

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark  -  00:24:02

-----> Visual Juxtaposition & Coherence  -  00:37:00

 

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059 - The Intersection of Everything I Love

059 - The Intersection of Everything I Love

June 28, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  John's still exploring the world of modular synthesizers, and finds a new use for his Wii Nunchucks in the process.  Kevin & John have both hyped up Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story in the past—another game included in the itch.io bundle—but Randall isn't quite as impressed.

Speaking of the bundle, Kevin is still plugging away!  First, it's WitchWay, a deceptively cute puzzle-platformer about rescuing bunnies...yeah, it's that cute!  After that, it's Blitz Breaker, an arcade, action-platformer where running is not an option.

We wrap things up with a discussion on Firewatch, which John finally gets around to and can't wait to dig in with Randall, who's also played through the majority of the game.  We do get into some story spoilers towards the very end of the episode, but there's very ample warning, along with a timestamp below.

 

Discussed:

Modular Synthesizers (w/ Wii Nunchuck) - 00:00:59

Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story - 00:05:01

WitchWay - 00:12:31

Blitz Breaker - 00:18:12

Firewatch - 00:24:34

-----> *Spoilers - 00:30:41*

 

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058 - John Could Probably Tell You the Statistics

058 - John Could Probably Tell You the Statistics

June 22, 2020

Welcome back to Pursing Pixels.  We're back to the usual trifecta, as John is back with us this week—and we're burning through a bunch of games in record time!

First, we debate the greatness of Diablo III, as we've all been dipping our toes into the multiplayer experience recently.  Kevin also figures out (some of) the mechanics he was missing in Six Match, and features a couple more games from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality, which we get to a bit later.

Before that, John & Randall talk some more Timespinner, as John points out a couple of KEY elements to the game we neglected to mention the first time around. 

Kevin wraps things up, bringing us back to the aforementioned itch.io bundle with a couple of deceptively simple roguelike experiences.  Gun Rounds offers some incredibly engaging turn-based combat mechanics, reminiscent of the early Paper Mario games.  10S, one the other hand, is pure arcade action in the form of a tennis-bullethell hybrid.

 

Discussed:

Diablo III - 00:01:06

Six Match - 00:07:21

Timespinner - 00:11:05

Gun Rounds - 00:22:30

10S - 00:25:53

 

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057 - The Most Extreme Jelly You Can Imagine

057 - The Most Extreme Jelly You Can Imagine

June 15, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  First things first, we want to give a huge shoutout to anyone involved with the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality (link to the bundle below).  Whether you helped organize the fundraiser, donated a project as a developer, or contributed to the cause as a gamer, it's been truly amazing to see the indie gaming community come together to raise nearly $7 million at the time of writing this episode description—and there's still a little over 24 hours left to go!

With that said, it's just Kevin & Randall this week as John wraps up the extended tax season at work.  Kevin is spotlighting a bunch of titles that were included within the bundle this week, and even recorded some supplemental videos for a handful of them (links to some of those below, as well).  He kicks things off with Spring Falls, a delightful, yet deceptively tricky, puzzle game that can induce a Zen-like state.  After that, it's onto the difficult but forgiving physics-based precision platformer, The Floor is Jelly

Kevin passes the torch over to Randall who briefly talks a little Bug Fables in anticipation of bouncing some thoughts off of John when he returns, who has also started up the game.  Then, it's onto Randall's retro gaming specialty, as he digs into the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, specifically to talk about Kid Dracula from the NES-era, which had never seen a release before this here in North America. 

Before we wrap things up, Kevin's reaching back to the itch.io bundle for a couple more games.  First, it's a match-three puzzler—which you know we can never get enough of—called Six Match that Kevin fumbles his way though explaining (and setting up).  Lastly, he's breaking out the gushers again, as it's nothing but praises for the wonderful, arcade dot-gobbler, Eat Girl.

*Again, there's still 24 hours left to snag the bundle and support an amazing & important cause at the time this episode goes live.  Click on the itch.io link in the 'Discussed' section below to check out the bundle's homepage.

 

Discussed:

itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality - 00:01:20

Spring Falls - 00:05:44

The Floor is Jelly - 00:13:11

Bug Fables - 00:17:38

Kid Dracula (+ Castlevania Anniversary Collection) - 00:20:23

Six Match - 00:30:54

Eat Girl - 00:34:21

 

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056 - I Thought We Figured Out the Format Last Week

056 - I Thought We Figured Out the Format Last Week

June 8, 2020

Welcome back to Pursuing Pixels.  If you hear a faint humming in the background...no, you're not crazy!  It was super hot the night we recorded and John's computer was overheating, so the discerning listener may hear a little extra background noise from the fan on this week's episode.

That said, before we get into games this week, John takes us on a journey through the wonderful world of Modular Synthesizers.  While on the subject of music, Kevin shares a few more thoughts on Ape Out after finishing off the game over the weekend (*link to closing credits tune below*).  Randall convinces himself to pick up the recently announced physical copies of the Blaster Master Zero series on Switch, after checking out the opening chunk of the first game. 

Randall's also the only one of us playing anything new this week, Bug Fables, a turn-based RPG that pulls heavily from the early entries in the Paper Mario franchise.  John continues on the retro bent from last week and fires up his Wii U Virtual Console to talk The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.  We wrap things up with a fairly general Mega Man discussion, inspired by Kevin's recent endeavor into The Blue Bomber's latest adventure, Mega Man 11.

 

Discussed:

Modular Synthesizers w/ John - 00:01:30

Ape Out - 00:12:25

Blaster Master Zero - 00:17:04

Bug Fables - 00:22:21

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - 00:31:04

Mega Man 11 (+ Mega Man Series) - 00:43:07

 

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