RPG Cast – Episode 531: “Postage Stamp Emblem”
While you’re going to gaming jail, you’ll want to listen to our show so you know what games to bring with you. Fallout 76 has a new update, perhaps it’ll be a good choice for you. Phantasy Star Online 2 had a wonderful beta, maybe it’s the way to go. Unfortunately, Metal Max Xeno: Reborn was delayed so you’ll have to wait a bit for that one.
Question of the Week
What gaming related experience do you miss that “kids today” wouldn’t understand?
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I miss holding out hope that the portable system would make it to the next time we stopped for gas on a road trip so I could pick up a pack of replacement AA batteries.
Kids today either suck it up or in some cases, just plug in a portable USB power bank.
I could claim that I miss drawing RPG maps on graph paper, but the unplayed Etrian Odyssey & Persona Q games in my backlog reveal that sentiment for the lie it is. Auto-mapping is just too convenient.
I miss real-life, walk-in video game arcades the most. In the USA, they tend to be few and far between, and last I heard their business model had become either “be part of a family restaurant” or “pay an up-front fee to go inside and play the machines, which are all set to free play”.
It’s probably for the best. Online play and streaming services make multiplayer gaming or game spectating easier, cheaper, and more widespread than ever before. But sometimes I miss things like visiting the local arcade on the day the Tekken 2 fighting game character Angel was time-released, just to be one of the first to see or play as Angel.
Kids today will never truly understand the joys and values of gaming magazines. Back in the day, they represented the only way to get hyped over upcoming releases or really know what was worth spending a far higher proportion of your income/birthday money on. Also, back in the day, if (when) you got stuck in a game, and didn’t know anyone else who had beaten it, you had to hope some tips would turn up in the next game mag. Which would be another month away…
Yes! Gaming magazines. Getting a copy with some flashy art on the front. Reading through every page, just to know what is going on. The internet was still a wasteland and access to it was guarded by your parents. They would punish you if they start hearing the death screams of robots when you start up your dial-up connection. So magazines was all there was to know what was coming up. I fondly remember the E3 issues of certain game mags. Those were like magic!