Unique Gaming Feelings


Paul and Joey are discussing unique video game experiences! Breaking through the surface in Minecraft after getting lost for hours underground? Red lights in Gone Home? How about the thrill of an epic Elden Ring boss fight? We cover these and more, and feel free to write us and share your own unique video game moments! We also chat a lot about Elden Ring (duh), trophies (probably) coming to classic PlayStation titles with the new PS Plus, the new union at Raven Software, Arcane, Sailor Moon, Animal Crossing and so much more. Next week we’re talking about some of our favorite weapons in games!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey)

00:03:44: Classic PS games on PS Plus will (probably) have trophies! (via Polygon: https://www.polygon.com/23131569/playstation-plus-premium-trophy-support-spartacus)

00:14:35: Raven Software Employees Win Unionization Vote, Become First Union At Activision Blizzard (via Game Informer: https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/05/23/raven-software-employees-win-unionization-vote-become-first-union-at-activision-blizzard)

00:23:21: Paul’s been kicking ass and killing chickens in Elden Ring, and was very pleasantly surprised by Arcane (Netflix)

00:43:07: Joey’s been felling Fire Giants with Tab in Elden Ring, binging Sailor Moon, scurrying up trees in The Legend of Kage, squashing beasties in Parasite Eve, scouring the islands for his Animal Crossing bae in New Horizons, and burning rubber in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

01:03:35: Unique video game feelings!

01:11:02: Spider-Man (Insomniac)

01:17:00: Minecraft

01:23:22: FromSoftware bosses

01:34:18: Gone Home

01:47:04: BioWare magic

02:00:07: Red Dead Redemption 2

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Summer Playlists


The whole damn Pixels crew is here, ready to talk about our summer playlists! Tab, Paul, Ron, and Joey talk about the games they’re excited to play this summer. We’re talking upcoming games like Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers, but also plenty of games we’re catching up on or revisiting, like Max Payne and Far Cry. We also touch on some movies, shows, and books we’re hoping to dive into, including lots of anime. Sailor Moon! Studio Ghibli! We have a lot to catch up on. What’s on your summer playlist? Email us and we’ll read it on the show! We also talk about Activision Blizzard’s diversity tool, the shocking (?) Starfield delay, the first batch of PlayStation Plus Premium games announced, and a little about Warner Bros.’ new MultiVersus game trailer. And, of course, we get into what we’ve been playing (hint: it’s a lot of Elden Ring).

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @randommox (Tab) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:16: Activision Blizzard’s new diversity tool seems well-intentioned but problematic (https://www.gamedeveloper.com/culture/activision-blizzard-s-new-diversity-space-tool-gets-frosty-reception-from-devs)

00:05:57: Starfield delayed to 2023; Paul weeps for his draft list

00:10:27: Sony releases a partial game list for its upcoming PlayStation Plus expanded tiers (https://blog.playstation.com/2022/05/16/all-new-playstation-plus-game-lineup-assassins-creed-valhalla-demons-souls-ghost-of-tsushima-directors-cut-nba-2k22-and-more-join-the-service/)

00:21:07: Brief discussion about the new MultiVersus trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvborgKG7fw)

00:26:12: Tab’s been making their way through the Far Cry games and pushing through Elden Ring

00:26:59: Joey’s finished (platinum, babyyyy) Elden Ring and is in love with Ranni the Witch

00:35:35: Paul’s been breaking thrones in Thronebreaker and being all social and stuff with board games like Hues and Cues and Telestrations

00:42:27: Ron’s kicking it old school, revisiting Duke Nukem 3D and Max Payne 3

00:49:10: Joey’s also been playing some Animal Crossing New Horizons again

00:52:03: Summer playlists! We start with some of the games we’re planning on playing this summer, then blitz through some movies, shows, and books at the end

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Far Cry Retrospective


Episode 64!!!!!!! *fist pump* *fist pump* *fist pump* Paul is out of town so we’re pushing our “unique feelings” episode back. Luckily for us, Tab was ready to fill in for a big ol’ retrospective of the mainline Far Cry games! They give us a brief history of the series (light spoilers: there are dinosaurs involved!), info on each entry, and lots of analysis and commentary about narratives, characters, settings, and more. The most fascinating thing for Joey, who has only played half of the mainline games, was seeing how what would become staples of the series unfolded via iteration and response to criticism. It’s a massive, chonky episode, and a good time! We also chat a bit about Tab’s new Lego Tallneck, the new Gotham Knights gameplay trailer, Elden Ring, and more! Want to join the discussion? Hit us up at the email below with thoughts about Far Cry or what you have on your summer playlist(s). Next week (if the fates align), the whole pixels crew is coming together to share our own playlists, so write in and we’ll read yours, too!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @randommox (Tab)

00:03:20: The new Gotham Knights trailer looks pretty slick

00:05:10: Tab’s new Lego Tallneck also looks pretty slick

00:12:00: Joey and Tab are still in deep with Elden Ring

00:17:04: Tab started a big cat sanctuary in Planet Zoo!

00:20:05: Far Cry retrospective! We start with our personal intros to the series, then Tab shares a bit of a disclaimer

00:29:04: Series overview

00:37:38: Far Cry (2004)

00:47:14: Far Cry 2 (2008)

01:05:35: Far Cry 3 (2012)

01:31:45: Far Cry 4 (2014)

01:51:27: Far Cry 5 (2018)

02:18:00: Far Cry 6 (2021)

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Video Game 20 Questions Round III


We’ll figure out another original game soon, but until then we’re back on our 20 questions bullshit. Paul, Ron, and Joey grill each other to try and guess three fairly well-known games. Will they succeed? Will you? Play along and let us know how you do! You can also send us games to use the next time we play, or ideas for other games you think would be fun. We welcome any and all ideas! If they’re bad, we’ll just pretend they accidentally got sent to our junk folder! We also chat a bit about the Square Enix sale of multiple studios and IPs, our hype levels for Summer Game Fest, Clippy invading Halo Infinite, Switch Sports, Chrono Cross, GTA Online, old SNES game show games, and Elden Ring. Thanks for listening! We don’t say this nearly enough but we love you and we’re so grateful that you hang out with us every week. See you next time!

Contact us: prettypixelspodcast@gmail.com

We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:37: Square Enix sells off most Western studios and associated IP

00:16:09: Summer Game Fest is arriving June 9

00:25:50: 343 is adding Clippy to Halo Infinite. Truly, the ultimate crossover event

00:31:00: Paul’s been loving up on Elden Ring and his new Dark Plates for PS5

00:40:20: Ron’s been playing a bunch of SNES game show games, Overcooked, and Switch Sports with Joey

00:55:35: Joey platinumed Chrono Cross! He also finally started Elden Ring!

01:14:37: Video Game 20 Questions!

01:15:55: Game 1 (Joey)

01:40:59: Game 2 (Paul)

02:15:15: Game 3 (Ron)

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