Slow Day Radio - Episode 9: Half Life update, Horizon Zero Dawn, our favorite good guys & bad guys!

July 17, 2017

Welcome to episode 9 of Slow Day Radio! This week's feature include a special guest (and former Grubby's Games star) - Zach Pearson!

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- Half Life releases a patch update...19 years later?

- Bad news for the Wild West MMO

This week’s 5-Minute-Review game is Sony exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerilla Games. This open-world action roleplaying game takes place on future Earth, when a cataclysmic event in the past caused machines to take over and revert humanity (and the world as we know it) to a psuedo-prehistoric state. The machines have evoloved to take the form of robotic beasts and humanity lives in tribes. You play as Aloy - a young woman seeking to uncover the mysteries of the machines, the past and the secrets of her parents. Horizon Zero Dawn is a gorgeous title with tight controls, a massive world and an intriguing story.

Join us for our Main Quest (our weekly dicussion topic): tell us your favorite video game protagonists and antagonists. Some mentioned in today's episode: Jak (from Jak & Daxter), The Illusive Man (from the Mass Effect series), Nathan Drake (from Uncharter), and M Bison (from Street Fighter). We'd love to hear who you like, and why! Leave a comment on Facebook or Twitter!

This week's Community Shout-Out:

- Zach Pearson, our special guest. Check out the commercial for Grubby's Games he starred in here!

- RocketJump (film company and video game enthusiasts), especially their Video Game High School and Dimension 404 series.

- Nabisco & Oreo (Sara wants cookies!)

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

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Slow Day Radio - Episode 8: DOOMFIST arrives, PUBG updates & video game roommates!

July 10, 2017

Welcome to episode 8 (a special LIVE edition) of Slow Day Radio! This week's feature was recorded in-store at Grubby's Games in Wellsboro during the town's First Friday event and includes interviews with customers!

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- Sony makes a surprising announcement about an upcoming partnership

- DOOMFIST punches into Overwatch PTR

- Playerunknown releases update on roadmap to the game's future

This week’s 5-Minute-Review game is the 2015 Star Wars Battlefront, by DICE and EA Games. This online multiplayer shooter (and successor to the earlier series released on Xbox, PS2 and PC) is a lackluster addition to the collection and, frankly, a major disappointment to Star Wars fans and gamers alike.

The Main Quest - our weekly discussion and main topic - explores a very serious topic this week: if we got to pick any video game character as our college roommate for the next 4 years, who would we choose? Who would YOU choose? We'd love to know! Leave a comment on our Facebook page or tweet us!

This week's Community Shout-Out:

- Johnny'z Hot Rod Cafe in Wellsboro, PA (for some of the best food in town, and great service!)

- All of our listeners, Grubby's Games customers, and anyone who stopped in during First Friday!

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

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Slow Day Radio - Episode 7: E3 Roundup, The Stanley Parable, the problem with Indie Games

June 26, 2017

Welcome to episode 7 of Slow Day Radio!

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- Many new E3 games were announced the past two weeks

- Crazy huge new CPU

- Atari announces new game console

This week’s 5-Minute-Review game is The Stanley Parable, by indie developer/publisher Galactic Cafe. Originally a mod of Half Life 2, The Stanley Parable was eventually redeveloped into it's own title, expanding the experience. The game is a first-person exploration "choice simulator" of sorts, featuring multiple endings. While there isn't any combat or action sequenced gameplay, there are interactive moments during exploration and the entire experience is narrated with humorous commentary. It currently costs around $3.00 on G2A.com and is on sale on Steam for the duration of their summer sale special.

The Main Quest - our weekly discussion and main topic - delves into the world of indie gaming and development. Indie games are difficult to define, but many consider any game that is both developed and self-published by a non-AAA studio could be labled an indie game. Sadly, the indie scene in gaming is in a sour state due to developers' lack of accountability. Learn more in our episode this week.

This week's Community Shout-Outs:

- Nerd On a Budget (YouTube channel with budgeted PC builds)

- Nabisco (and Oreo)

- Alligators (the animal)

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

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Slow Day Radio - Episode 6: CD Projekt Red Blackmailed, Dishonored, E3 Hopes & Predictions

June 12, 2017

Welcome to episode 6 of Slow Day Radio!

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- Updated Fortnight gameplay revealed

- Absolver closed beta starts today (Monday, June 12 at 4:00pm)

- CD Projekt Red hacked and blackmailed

- New Bubsy game

This week’s 5-Minute-Review game is Dishonored, by Bethesda. Dishonored follows the story of Corvo, royal protector to an empress in a fictional world with a steam punk / industrial revolution-esque setting. When the empress is murdered, Corvo is framed. However, he escapes imprisonment and is given special powers from a mysterious being called The Outsider. Will you, playing as Corvo, choose to take revenge on the conspirators or bring a more peaceful justice to the world? (Parental advisory: this game is rated M for Mature.)

The Main Quest - our weekly discussion and main topic - explores the biggest gaming event of the year: the Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3. Every year, the gaming world watches with anticipation (or disdain) to see what video game publishers and developers will announce. Grand reveals of new IPs, sequels to beloved titles, or new consoles and systems - it's the biggest week of gaming news by far. Today, Slow Day Radio examines some of the possible announcements and discusses what we would like to see from E3, whether it be this year or those to come.

This week's Community Shout-Out:

- Rest in peace and farewell to beloved actor, Adam West. You will be missed.

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

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Slow Day Radio - Episode 5: Arrested for Pokemon Go, Overwatch 1-Year Anniversary, Best & Worst Gaming Movies

June 6, 2017

Welcome to episode 5 of Slow Day Radio!

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- Need for Speed Payback announced

- Nintendo Switch online details released

- Square Enix announces new RPG

- Man arrested in Russia for playing Pokemon Go in church

- Star Wars Battlefront 2 gameplay to be shown at E3

This week’s 5-Minute-Review game is Overwatch - in honor of its 1-year anniversary! We share our favorite characters and roles - what are yours?

The Main Quest adventures into the world of cinema. There have been many movies based off of video games over the past few decades...but sadly, most of them are "okay" at best. At least, in our opinions. Critically, few (if any) have received praise. But why? Today, the crew shares some of their dream director/video game combos. Share yours with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Finally, in our Community Shout-Out:

- We'd like to introduce Joe B and his gaming YouTube channel: gamergrad81

- Our dinner before the podcast was provided by Johnny'z Hot Rod Cafe in Wellsboro, PA

- Oreo. Please send us cookies!

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

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Slow Day Radio - Episode 4: New Xbox Service, Empyrion Review, State of the Industry

May 30, 2017

Welcome to Episode 4 of Slow Day Radio.

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- Xbox to launch new game service

- Titanfall 2 DLC incoming

- Red Dead Redemption Delayed

- Call of Duty WW2 unexpected news

This week’s 5-Minute-Review game is Empyrion, an early access PC game on Steam.

As we embark on The Main Quest, this week we discuss the state of the video game industry. What games have and haven't met expectations within the past 3 years? Fallout 4? No Man's Sky? Mass Effect: Andromeda? Breath of the Wild? Is there anything new left to explore in gaming? Why does it seem like there's a lack of creativity in the console market?

Finally, in our Community Shout-Out:

- Overwatch & Blizzard (plenty of references made today!)

- William Waltz (Thanks for commenting on our last episode, William!)

- On steam greenlight: Remnants of Naezith game

- As always, Nabisco. Please send Oreos.

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

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Slow Day Radio - Episode 3: A.I. to Fight Cyberbullies, Destiny 2 details, & Video Game Trivia

May 22, 2017

Welcome to Episode 3 of Slow Day Radio, featuring Justin, Andrew, Sara, Brad and special guest, Tyler Burgett.

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- Articifial intelligence to combat cyberbullying in games

- Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal spinoff series coming to Netflix

- Life Is Strange 2 announcement

- The Witcher game/books being adapted to Netflix show series (Parental Advisory: The Witcher series is intended for mature audiences.)

- Destiny 2 gameplay and details grand reveal

- Analysis of eSports viewing habits unexpected results

This week’s 5-Minute-Review game is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for PC and Xbox. (This game is also now available on Apple iOS too!)

The Main Quest finds the crew battling for correct answers in Video Game Sounds & Music Trivia! Feel free to join in and guess each gaming sound.

Finally, in our Community Shout-Out:

- Games Done Quick (charity)

- Great Big Story YouTube Channel (specifically their video about empathy games)

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

(Note to parents: some of the games mentioned in today’s podcast carry a mature rating and are not suitable for children. Always be sure to check a game’s content rating before purchasing for yourself or a child!)

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Slow Day Radio - Episode 2: GameStop & Meth, Wild West MMO, Are Video Games Art?

May 15, 2017

Welcome to Episode 2 of Slow Day Radio.

Today, on The Patch Notes (gaming news)

- GameStop sells used video game with meth to 11-year-old

- New Thief Game & Movie?

- Half Life 2 virtual reality launches!

- Leaked Wild West photo is not what it appears to be

This week's 5-Minute-Review game is Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation 1!

On our Main Quest, we discuss the age-old question: are video games art? If so, what about games like Pong? Madden 2017? Ori & the Blind Forest? How are they different and similar to traditional art forms?

Finally, in our Community Shout-Out:

Thanks Peter Reese (@PArealtor84) and Tyler Burgett (@TylerBurgett)!

Also, check out this sweet looking new 2D roguelite platformer: Dead Cells.

Lastly, Nabisco...or Oreos...if you're reading this, how many retweets for a lifetime supply of Oreos? A podcast needs cookies!

 

As always, we love hearing from you! Be sure to like & comment on Facebook.com/SlowDayRadio or tweet us @SlowDayRadio!

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Welcome to Slow Day Radio - a gaming podcast!

May 8, 2017

The Home Page Network is excited to introduce to you our first-ever gaming podcast where we play for fun, to learn, to be inspired and connect with others. Welcome to Slow Day Radio! Featuring the talents and personalities of Justin, Theo, Brad, Sara and Andrew – Slow Day Radio will explore the world of gaming, and they invite you along for the ride.

Each episode will be formatted to include the following featurettes:
– The Patch Notes: an easy to digest segment of important weekly news in the gaming industry.
– 5-Minute Reviews: in no more than 5-minutes, the team will rate and review a different game every week (both new and old titles) to help you find more fun!
– The Main Quest: the weekly topic of discussion or central theme of the podcast, ranging from silly to serious. One week could feature the psychological effects of gaming, while the next could find the group discussing the pros and cons of having a video game character as a college roommate. The listeners may be invited to join the crew in gaming trivia, or maybe meet a video game developer or voice actor via interviews.
– Community Shout-Out: each episode will include a plug of a gaming-related website, YouTube channel, Twitch streamer, developer, Twitter personality or whomever we find interesting or would like to draw attention. This is a huge part of what gaming is all about – the community.

Also – each episode may contain a specific trivia question with a special reward. Correct answers can be submitted in person at Grubby’s Games in Wellsboro to receive a limited store discount or prize!

Half of the fun of podcasts comes from audience interaction – be sure to share your thoughts on podcast Facebook page or Twitter.

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