Couch Podtatoes Episode 64: Gaming Value


Apologies for missing a show last week. Followers of my blog will know that I injured my back and was unable to record. Things are better now, so we’re back on schedule, actually a little early! This week I brainstormed the topic of the show and was inspired in part by this article that was linked by Gypsy Syl during a conversation on Twitter. From there we delve into the topic of the value of video games, and some philosophical discussion about what value is and really it comes down to being a subjective thing. We’re sure many of you can relate to our thought processes though, and of course we’d love to know what you think about the topic.


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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 64: Gaming Value (runtime: 48:11)

What are we playing? (starts at 00:56)
Discussion: Narrative (starts at 25:42)

Host Contact information:

Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Blog: Healing the Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Music Credits:
“Bit Rush” by Riot Games
“Receipt” by The Black Dahlia Murder (from the album Abysmal)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

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By The Numbers: Week 5, 2015


This past weekend really put my mind at ease. The past few years, both the 49ers and the Seahawks have been the bane of the Packers in the playoffs. If the first quarter of the season is any indication of how the rest will go, I feel like the Packers are in the best form they’ve been in since their last Super Bowl run, but have a stronger run game to boot. It takes away some of the worry knowing that we can beat some of the teams that have taken us down in the past, and they don’t seem like obstacles anymore. There are still some tough games on the schedule certainly, but at least the games I had my eyes on have gone in the Packers’ favor.


The 49ers will be lucky to make the playoffs, with how bad Colin Krappernick (Sackorpick) is playing. They honestly would have a better time benching him and letting Blaine Gabbert take over. Who knows, maybe he’d turn things around much like Kap did a few years back. Seattle on the other hand, is looking a little better, outside of that terrible call at the end of the Lions game, which basically gave them the win. I would normally just laugh something like this off, but it brought back nightmares of the Fail Mary play a few years ago, and that pissed me off. Seriously refs, get your shit together.


Green Bay is now one of 6 remaining teams who are undefeated, along with the Falcons and Panthers in the NFC, and the Patriots, Bengals and Broncos. It remains to be seen who will be the last team standing, but I have a feeling that the Packers have the edge in the NFC. Honestly, who cares about the AFC anyway? Cheaters and Dinosaurs. Whoop dee do. Enough shit talking, on with the picks:

Colts 21, Texans 13
Falcons 31, Skins 14
Ravens 20, Browns 10
Bengals 17, Seachickens 7
Packers 27, Rams 14
Chiefs 20, Bears 7
Saints 24, Eagles 20
Jags 17, Buccs 3
Bills 28, Titans 10
Cardinals 21, Lions 17
Patriots 38, Cowboys 20
Broncos 30, Raiders 14
Giants 27, 49ers 7
Steelers 20, Chargers 10

The Gamer To-Do List: Update #5


It’s been a little over a month since I’ve touched on my Gamer To-Do List. In all honesty, this column along with my State of the Game column are fairly interchangeable, but where this post is more goal oriented, the other is more progress oriented. Either way, I decided to roll with an update to my to-do list rather than do a SotG this week.

My list has changed to the point where it’s basically time to start a new one. When I look at my last update, I see a clear pattern: I’m not really playing any of the games on that list. I also found the “free agents” and “on hold” sections redundant, as I don’t really need to update what isn’t being actively played (or at least actively thought about). As such, I feel it necessary to deliberate on what happened with what was on that list, so for the sake of continuity here’s an update on that old list:

  1. ESO – I like the game, I really do. I just got sucked back into playing EQ2 for a time and it’s hard to concentrate on more that one MMO with any seriousness. The same can be said of GW2, Rift, and even SWTOR, all three are MMOs that I’ve played a bit and would like to hit level cap in at least, but I just don’t see it happening til I’ve done that with EQ2 first.
  2. LoL – Despite being a game I will always come back to, I haven’t been playing much aside from an ARAM here or there. The new champ got delayed and there are other champs I’d like to buy so I try to earn at least a little IP when I have a little time. I’m basically waiting for the next season to start before bothering with ranked again. So basically I have no immediate goals.
  3. EQ2 – more on this later
  4. Borderlands TPS – I enjoy the game, but like MMOs, this is one of those games that requires a concentrated effort. It’s not happening right now. Still on the eventual to-do list though.
  5. Valkyria Chronicles – Same as above.
  6. Diablo III – I ended up dying when I was nearing the cap on my first (or second) season 4 character. I have a couple of sub 20’s right now but haven’t played in a couple of weeks. Will be back.
  7. The Forest – I haven’t played it. Despite reported improvements I just haven’t been in the mood for this type of game in a while. This is why ARK and H1Z1 are also collecting dust. Plus they aren’t done, so I don’t really worry too much about it. Heavier play once these are nearer or at full release.
  8. Nuclear Throne – I haven’t played for a week or so. I still love this one and it’s coming out of early access soon (finally). I’m re-evaluating what I’m doing with my YouTube channel and/or Streaming activities. I have a feeling it will stay in the rotation, but there is no goal attached to this.

Again, I’m dropping the last two segments of the list there altogether, so there isn’t much to say about those games, save for I’m not playing them. I can also notate that I’ve added some games to the list that I didn’t own prior to my last update, along with some that I actually would have put on the list but have already completed (Original Shining Force for one).  With that said, here’s my current list:

  • EQ2 – Finish Tears of Veeshan expansion. I finished the Chains of Eternity expansion and have just entered into ToV. 
  • Wildstar – Test the game further and play with my guild Obsidian. Wildstar went F2P and I haven’t touched it since writing it off in beta. Still doesn’t seem worth a sub, but a bit of fun and feels better now than when I originally played it. My guild is also getting together for PvP action, so I wanted in on that.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics – Next retro play through. I was on a retro gaming kick for a large part of September. I beat Shining Force (again) during that time, and recently purchased the PSOne Classic FFT. I intend to play through this soon.
  • Humble Bundle 15* – Play these games more. Picked this up recently, and haven’t put enough time into the titles. I’ve enjoyed them all a fair bit to this point.
  • Warhammer End Times: Vermintide – Play the shit out of this. This is a little ways off  as I pre-ordered and release is late this month. I’m supposed to get Beta access prior to release and plan to stream it. 

That’s really all there is to it this time. It’s a shorter and more concise list, which will keep me more focused. There are still a number of games on my to-do list, though many of them require time management that is better than mine when it comes to gaming. I love the hobby, but it’s hard to keep up on everything I want to do in any given amount of free time. That’s where the free agents come into play though, and although I’m not listing them here, rest assured I have a nice, big backlog that I constantly struggle with trying to empty, particularly when I don’t stop buying new titles. What can I say, it’s the collector in me. It has been becoming easier to write games off that I’m not currently enjoying though, and in some cases the game feels better than the first time I tried it (like Wildstar). More in-depth posts on these titles will be coming along shortly.

*This includes: Sir, You are Being Hunted – Goodbye Deponia – Skullgirls – Planetary Annihilation – Xenonauts – and more coming Tuesday. 

Slacktober in Full Effect

I was going so strong.

After Blaugust ended, I was on a mission to keep up the tempo. During the course of the month, I took up a few daily tasks, beyond the mere post per day the event dictates. I started doing daily runs in Nuclear Throne, recording them and throwing them up on my YouTube channel. I also started up my secondary blog, The Digital Backwoods. For the most part, I completed my goals in September. I didn’t post every day, but I did pretty well. I missed a day or two of dailies due to other priorities. I have managed to keep ahead full steam on the picture blog, thanks in part to community submissions. I thank those of you who contributed.

The origin of Slacktober escapes me but I know it came about from someone making post-Blaugust commentary, and basically admitting to themselves that they can’t adhere to a daily posting schedule (without getting paid for it, I’m sure plenty of us would gladly do more for cold hard cash). It may have even been Slacktember, but either way, my forward motion has slowed and I am settling back into a more reasonable posting schedule. I plan to keep up the daily posts on the Backwoods, but posts here will be more sporadic. Fun fact: I actually got more traffic (the most ever in a month on this site) during September than I did in Blaugust, which was interesting but probably not worth dissecting.

Some of you might remember the event I ran last October in conjunction with Eri, called Bragtoberfest. I had thought about doing it again this year, but after running the NBI this year in a larger capacity and then participating in Blaugust and my own endeavors over the past couple of months, I feel a little bit of burn out. It’s not to say I’m not going to keep most of these projects going, but I don’t have the energy to pull together more gaming events that may or may not be of interest to people. So if you liked Bragtoberfest, feel free to share your accomplishments in games and tag it as such, but as for the formal event I’m throwing in the towel this year. With enough interest, I would be willing to host a gaming event, so let me know in the comments if that would be something you’d want to do. The people who joined in last year seemed to have some fun.

The other day I pulled something or pinched a nerve in my back and literally spent a day and a half in bed. Thankfully the League of Legends World Championships started this week, so I watched the rebroadcasts on both Thursday and Friday. Today I’ve watched a couple of the VoDs and I have to say it’s been an entertaining groups stage. I’m amazed that Cloud 9 has been doing so well, and surprised that TSM is doing so poorly. The same can be said about some of the top seeds from the other regions. I could write a whole post on this, and probably will after the weekend’s games are over. I also managed to watch a bunch of Netflix and I would like to recommend Bloodline as a very good series to binge on, and the horror movie Come Back To Me was a trip.

I haven’t really played any games. That means I’ve missed about 3 days worth of daily videos, and I’m starting to think I’m going to either re-evaluate what I’m doing with those videos (i.e. adding commentary or doing some other videos with commentary and getting away from the daily schedule) or if I’m going to bother at all any more. Maybe I’ll start doing clip videos with a week’s worth of dailies. I’m not really sure. I love content creation in all its forms but I’m questioning my direction. Don’t mind my stream of consciousness nonsense. I’ll be back when I have something with more substance.

Terrors of Thalumbra Announced


Most of you who are following Everquest II news will have already heard about the expansion coming down the pipeline, and earlier today there was a live stream detailing that expansion. It is also available for preorder now, with the price tag varying greatly dependent on which edition you choose. If you do preorder, you’re supposed to get instant access to everything that’s currently out, including Altar of Malice and The Rum Cellar Campaign, as these are included in the purchase price of Terrors of Thalumbra. The expansion’s feature set includes:

  • Subterranean Overland Zone – Overland zone deep beneath Norrath’s surface… underland zone?!
  • Signature Quests – Special quests for both Adventure and Tradeskill players!
  • New Level Agnostic Dungeons – Brand new dungeons that scale for players 20-95
  • Upgrade Your Items – Through the new Infusion system!
  • New and Updated Deity System
  • New Best-in-Slot Relic Items
  • Heroic & Advanced Solo Dungeons, Challenging Raid Zones and a New Contested Zone for level 100s!

So basically, there’s no AA cap increase, and no XP cap increase. There’s a big zone, new in depth quests, scaling dungeons, new solos/raids and a contested zone. There’s some new upgrades to the item system, a new slot Relic item, and a new Deity system that sort of doubles as this expansion’s AA tree, but that’s not clear by reading this. You should do what I did, and head over to EQ2Wire’s live blog of the dev stream, where they detail some stuff that isn’t on the pre-order page.

I had been thinking about pre-ordering this, but was unsure if I’d be able to play the older content without a sub. Then I was thinking I could just wait til it releases because then I would get the old stuff for free, and only have to pay when I got to the new area. Then I heard what’s going on with this expansion, and it’s not too exciting. I was thinking level cap increase or big boost to AA numbers. This doesn’t seem to be the case. Screen shots of the new stuff look well enough, but at the same time it’s not out yet, I’m not ready for new content yet, so I’m not going to bother at the moment.

Still, it’s good to see an old game still getting love. Especially from a developer who has moved onto different things over the years. I haven’t played in about a week myself, and am still quite a ways behind. I’ve had fun with the game recently, but at the same time I’m not playing it everyday either. Usually it’s spurts of two or three days in a row then nothing for a week, but hey, it’s not a competition and it’s progress nonetheless. It works for me. We’ll see how I feel when I get to the point that I’m nearly caught up. Maybe then I’ll spring for a sub and new stuff.

Are you picking up the new expansion?