Episode 65 – Bottle Season

This is the last episode recorded at the beginning of quarantine season! After much delayed editing due to *gestures at the world* we’re finally caught up and the next episode you hear will be timely and not recorded several months ago! This episode is still a good one, though, even if it’s not talking about the recent hot topic games. Please enjoy, and stay tuned for more regular Make Me A Gamer content in the future!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Part #1: Breaking (lol) News on Fallout 76; Civilization VI and Animal Crossing Updates

Countdown Cauldron: #69 (nice) – Danganronpa 2

Part #2: Chroma Squad & Final Fantasy 7 Remake

(This episode was recorded in late April, 2020.)

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Review: The Last of Us Part 2

I didn’t like The Last of Us. I want that to be clear before we go into this. It was a combination of factors: the internet spewing absolute nonsense about how it was the greatest game of all-time, how it revolutionized storytelling and no video game had ever told a story before like it and all the EMOTIONS that people felt thanks to it was a major one. But I also played it on a harder difficulty that made the actual gameplay a chore, dropped it in the middle due to the difficulty and ended up finishing the second half a month or two later so I was never invested in the story, and really just preferred light-hearted Naughty Dog to “trying to make Citizen Kane: The Game” LOOK AT THESE EMOTIONS Naughty Dog.

I wasn’t going to get The Last of Us Part 2 because honestly I didn’t care about it. But much like Animal Crossing earlier this year, my will bent very soon after release and I picked it up – but for a very different reason than the calm serenity of AC. See, this game has become a hot button in gaming discourse and will be a hot button for months (if not years) to come thanks to all sorts of opinions flying.

I was gonna have opinions on The Last of Us Part 2 no matter what, so I decided it’d at least be better if they were informed opinions. If I didn’t like the game or if it was somehow worse than The Last of Us, I’d at least have tried it and could say so. Thankfully, TLOU2 is a better game than its predecessor – but it’s still not fantastic.

This review will be full of spoilers for all parts of the game, so be warned.

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Episode 64 – I Like Having Numbers Become Bigger Numbers (Civilization 6 Deep Dive ft. Slim & Professor Q)

Hey! It’s slow going but we’re getting closer and closer to a regular weekly schedule again! Here’s another episode from the backlog that we recorded a while back. This is a special episode because not one, but TWO special guests are joining TMan & HarveyZ for a deep dive into Civilization 6 (as well as the Civilization series). Friends of the podcast Slim (previously seen) and Professor Q (in his podcast debut!) share their thoughts and opinions on Civilization 6 as all four of us have recently been playing it.

Then at the end we have a special Trivia-Off where HarveyZ tries to prove he’s been made a gamer as he goes up against Slim and Professor Q! Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded sometime in April 2020.)

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Episode 63 – Sherb Sounds Like A Stoner

It’s been two months since the last Make Me A Gamer episode was released. A lot has happened due to COVID and it feels like time has no meaning anymore. It’s been a hard couple months for me (TMan) so I haven’t felt like editing much, but I’m slowly starting to get back in the groove of things.

This episode was recorded over two months ago when TMan & HarveyZ had both just started playing Animal Crossing. We gush a lot about our villagers and talk about our experiences as both first-time Animal Crossing players. We also talk about #75 on TMan’s top 100 games of the decade, go over some news that is now several months old (like the Last of Us 2 delay, how relevant is that now!), and talk about the “new” character in Slay the Spire (that is also now not quite as new).

We’re still committed to giving you the content we recorded before the coronavirus depression took over, and I’ve got two more episodes to edit and hopefully release sooner than later before we start recording new material. I hope you stick with us, and we’ll come back stronger than ever here at Make Me A Gamer.

Also, this is releasing on my (TMan’s) birthday so happy birthday to me! Thank you all for listening, and I hope you are all doing well.

(This episode was recorded on April 2, 2020.)

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Episode 62 – Any Given Overwatch Day

So obviously everything has been a little bit chaotic due to the state of the world. This episode was supposed to come out over a month ago but due to life it’s just coming out now. We hope you enjoy this throwback episode to a month ago when the coronavirus was not quite a global pandemic yet as TMan and HarveyZ talk Overwatch League and PAX East (and a little bit of Final Fantasy 7).

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Part #1: Overwatch League & The Washington Justice Inaugural Homestand

Countdown Cauldron: #80 – Bayonetta 2

Part #2: TMan Talks About PAX East & Other Conventions

(This episode was recorded on March 5, 2020.)

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Episode 61 – Are You Wearing Pants?

We’ve put sixty episodes of Make Me A Gamer in the can (and some bonus ones!) , but there’s always something new happening here at podcast central! For Episode 61, for the first time ever, TMan and HarveyZ recorded an episode over the internet! That’s right, we’re respecting social distancing here at Make Me A Gamer. Please excuse some audio hiccups and quality issues as this is our first time not recording in the same room. We also kind of broke format and just generally discussed games this week, but hopefully it’ll prove enlightening and maybe entertaining to all y’all out there who may not be getting out much! Enjoy!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Part #1: HarveyZ & TMan discuss Animal Crossing

Countdown Cauldron: #79 – Days Gone

Part #2: TMan talks about what he’s been playing, which is mostly Nioh 2

(This episode was recorded on March 19, 2020.)

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Episode 60 – God of Architecture

It’s Friday! There’s a lot of weird stuff going down in the world, but here’s a new Make Me A Gamer episode for your listening pleasure! Take your mind off the craziness out there and listen to TMan and HarveyZ wax not-so-poetic about video games!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Nintendo vs. Sega

What We’re Playing: Children of Morta, Slay the Spire, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Words with Friends 2

Special Segment: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Review

Countdown Cauldron: #90 – Helldivers

 

Gamer Trivia Round #3

(This episode was recorded on February 20, 2020.)

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Top 100 Games of the ’10s: #100-91

So if you haven’t been listening to the Make Me A Gamer podcast, you’ve been missing out on the fact that I’ve composed my top 100 games of the decade list – from 2010-2019. I’ve been doling out a few numbers here and there as part of our Countdown Cauldron segment and while I won’t be going over every number in the podcast, I did promise to write up companion pieces that outline all the games.

In the podcast we’re working through sets of 10. We started with 100-91 and in the most recent episode moved to the 81-90 set, which means now it’s time for me to release the first group of ten. I tried writing up my Top 100 games of All-Time a few years back and ended up burning out in the 60s, so I’m going to try and keep the descriptions a little more brief so I don’t fall into the same trap. I will note the ones that were discussed on the podcast (and link to the related episode) and keep those even briefer.

Without further ado, #100-#91 of my personal favorite games of the 2010s.

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