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Staring at Screens episode 34: Games that Want to Marry You

Staring at Screens episode 34 is out!

(SAS also released a spoiler episode for The Last of Us last week, which can be found here.)

I was expecting to see some Harvest Moon and Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom in the topic based on the title, but it turns out that I was just being an old fart taking things too literally! No, this week's Staring at Screens episode is actually very interesting:

Discussion topic for this week: Games that require high levels of time commitment to play or even get started playing. Along the way we namedrop Ni No Kuni, The Witcher series, Skyrim, the Dragon Age series, Persona 4, the Arkham games, Far Cry 3, Angry Birds, The Sims, The Last of Us, the Alan Wake games, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, the MMO genre, and GTA V.

Head on over to listen to Staring at Screens! We'd also like to congratulate Joel Koh from Staring at Screens on getting married! Bottoms up!

Staring at Screens episode 33: On Being Asian

Staring at Screens episode 33 is out!

This week, in addition to the usual game talk, the SAS crew (with guests Brian Kwek and Cassandra Khaw) discuss how it is to be Asians in the global gaming industry:

In a small departure from our usual gamut of topics, this week the crew and guests explore broadly how being (South-East) Asian has affected their careers are game writers and developers. Naturally, parental expectations are discussed, as well as these careers being "outlier professions" in the eyes of Asian society, issues of creative and technical competency in the region, and the struggles of independent game developers in Asia.

This topic has piqued my interest more than any other so far this year, and if you like games, you should give it some thought, too. Head on over to Staring at Screens to listen to the episode. Don't miss all the interesting links in their show notes!

OMGeek Podcast 3: Player vs. Character

Episode 3 of the OMGeek podcast is here!

Our friend Jayvee Fernandez returns to talk more geek with us. This episode's topic is Player vs. Character: When You Play a Game, Who are You? How meta! Whose mindset do you embody when you step into the shoes of your in-game alter ego -- yours, or your character's?

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Games discussed


Music credits

  • Anamanaguchi - Helix Nebula
  • Anamanaguchi - Airbase

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This Week on OMGeek: Knights of Pen and Paper, Gameboy 1989, and more great gaming videos

Last week flew by in a peaceful blur. At least it did for me. Welcome to the start of a new week! Here's what we have lined up.

Wideo Wednesday - Mike shares his favorite gaming videos. It's gonna be a surprise special, so check back here then! Expect some Battlefield 4, Saints Row IV, and more!

The OMGeek Podcast (Wednesday) - James, Jayvee, Jed, and Mike talk about Player vs. Character: When You Play a Game, Who are You? It's an interesting discussion involving big and small games alike, so be here on Wednesday to grab the latest episode.

Throwback Thursday - James talks about the original Gameboy!

Portable Perks (Friday) - James comes back to tell us about Knights of Pen and Paper, an RPG where you play players playing an RPG! I know! I'm excited too!

Questions? Comments? Corrections? Send us your messages!

OMGeek Podcast 2: Video Game Marketing

Episode 2 of the stupendous OMGeek Podcast is now live! No ludonarrative noodle talk in this one -- just a whole lot of good old game talk.

We are joined by our celebrity guest Jayvee Fernandez of in the second half of the show for our discussion about video game marketing, how it’s different from other forms of marketing, and why it’s important.

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Games discussed

  • What We’re Playing: The Unfinished Swan, Kraven Manor, Rising Storm, Wargame: AirLand Battle, War Thunder, Conclave, Warhammer Quest
  • Video Game Marketing: The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, Red Orchestra 2, Final Fantasy, Quake 3 Arena, Portal 2, Mass Effect 3, Daikatana


Music credits

  • Anamanaguchi - Helix Nebula
  • Anamanaguchi - Airbase
  • Omyiga - Skip The Happy Ending

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Staring at Screens episode 32: E3 2013

Staring at Screens episode 32 is out! And we're in it! Yes! As you could imagine, the feeling was not unlike being dragged onstage at a rock concert to sing with your favorite band -- or being asked to guest on your favorite radio show that you've been listening to for months and months!

Wait. That's exactly what it is. My analogy skills need some tweaking.

We are indeed guests on the E3 2013 episode of the Staring at Screens podcast, and we discussed a ton of content.

In the topical segment we discuss the Microsoft and Sony announcements at E3 2013 vis-a-vis the controversies surrounding Microsoft's Xbox One messaging and the absolute smackdown that was delivered by Sony's PS4 announcment. We also talk about some of the upcoming games flogged at E3, namely the deliciously cross-platform Watchdogs, the mystifyingly-numbered Mirror's Edge 2, the pulchritudinous Bayonetta 2 and the wordily-named Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

We're very grateful to our friends at Staring at Screens for having us on the show. Cheers, guys!

Hey, are you still here? Go on, then. Git!

OMGeek Podcast 1: Character Consistency in Games

It’s true! We’ve been working hard at it, and today we’re proud to announce that the first-ever episode of the OMGeek podcast is now live. Swords for everyone!

This episode’s topic is Character Consistency in Games. We discuss the problem of video game characters and how often and how easily we can play them out of character through the design of the game itself. We also touch upon the topic of ludonarrative dissonance briefly.

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Games discussed

  • What We’re Playing: SimCity, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Pinball Arcade, Bioshock Infinite, Rising Storm, Uncharted 3, Karateka, Little Inferno, Tetris Blitz
  • Character Consistency in Games: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Silent Hill 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Far Cry 3, Left 4 Dead 2, Assassin’s Creed series, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 4, Sleeping Dogs, Uncharted series


Music credits

  • Anamanaguchi - Helix Nebula
  • Anamanaguchi - Airbase

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Staring at Screens episode 31: Underrated Games

Staring at Screens episode 31 is out! And it is brought to you by the word "bra". No, really. Go look. I won't spoil anything.

Underrated games are the topic du jour for the SAS crew in this episode -- something James also touched upon with his experience with Little Inferno.

The topic for the week is games we underestimated and were pleasantly surprised by. Find out which SAS team member has Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to the endless runner genre, which team member is still on dial-up internet, and who has been on the internet since at least 2004. If you have anything to add to our most awkward episode ever — perhaps a game or two that you found unexpectedly enjoyable — we invite you to join the conversation by writing to us at or tweeting us @StaringScreens.

Still here, eh? Go on, then.

Staring at Screens episode 30: Xbox One-ting

Staring at Screens episode 30 is out!

In this episode, the SAS crew talk about the recent Xbox One announcement and everything that comes with it, for good or for ill. It is also the 30th episode of Staring at Screens. In it, they cover the successor to the Xbox 360. If you divide 360 by 30 and then divide the result by the number of regular hosts on SAS, you get:

360 / 30 = 12 12 / 4 = 3

Half-Life 3 confirmed with the help of Staring at Screens.

But wait, there's more!

We played host to Ade Putra from Robots Gone Bad this week! He brought with him an element of sheer hardcore that none of team can hope to match. I mean who plays Metro: Last Light on Hard difficulty?? In other news, Joel puts in way more (commuting) time on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Vick tries her hand at Puzzle Trooper, Dave builds his dream gun in Guncrafter and also gives Sid Meier's Ace Patrol the respect it truly deserves, and we find out how bad Lisa is at dancing.

Are you still reading this?! Go and listen to Staring at Screens now!

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