After a politically tumultuous weekend, one must find solace elsewhere. You know, like talking about how Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek was able to help a dominatrix find the will to punish her clients in Yakuza 0. And that's not even the weirdest thing...
Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker is not with us today—he should be back on Friday—but we didn't skip a beat; we found a great replacement to join Patrick and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau: game critic and Overwatch fanatic Nico Deyo. (She wrote some fan fiction for us over the holidays!) Besides discussing my #1 dad coffee cup and early hours with Yakuza 0, we have Nico walk us through the latest developments in Overwatch fandom, and dip into The Question Bucket.
It's been a soggy, gray week here in Brooklyn, but all those clouds mean that it's been a fantastic time stay in and to play video games.
Waypoint managing editor Danielle Riendeau has been boxing her way up the rankings in Punch Club, Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker's has dug into the difficult police work of Swat 4, and Patrick Klepek—well, Patrick is playing the best game of them all: vacation. In his stead is Waypoint Radio's producer, Tim Barnes, who hasn't played a game since Jedi Power Battles on the Dreamcast. Can you blame him for putting the controller down?
If real-life news is bumming you out, it's a good time to be a video game fan; what's usually a slow period has quickly turned into an avalanche of great releases.
After spending the last week diving into Resident Evil 7 in VR, senior reporter Patrick Klepek hopped on the microphones with Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau to discuss Capcom's successful return to survival horror's roots. Later, we examined the surprising ways Gravity Rush 2 uses class to tell an interesting story in a world of floating cities. Sadly, there wasn't time The Question Bucket today, but don't worry, we'll strap on our gloves later this week.
Today, Donald Trump was sworn in as President. For the time being, at least, this is the new reality. Because of that, it felt fitting to podcast about politics again.
On Monday's podcast, we couldn't get through the swampy bucket of questions people had submitted, so we're getting dirty again. After watching Trump take the oath, Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau, and myself decided to strap on some microphones to dive back in. And though Trump is on our minds, our hourlong discussion is not merely about our new President, it's about how today's new political realities will change the culture of games.
This is not where many of us expected to be in early 2017, but here we are. In just a few days, a man who openly questioned the legitimacy of our nation’s first black President, Donald Trump, will take the oath of office. As you can imagine, this has weighed on us at Waypoint.
Rather than keep those thoughts and anxieties private, we decided to open up. Last week, we asked you so submit questions for the podcast, questions that examined our relationship with politics. This doesn’t just mean our reaction to Trump, but how our politics influences the way we play, cover, and discuss games, the kind of media we consume—we cover a lot of bases.
The slow start to 2017 is coming an end, with Nintendo unveiling price, release date, and other super important details for its new home console, Switch. You can catch up on everything over here. Plus, Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau and Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker had a chance to go hands-on with the machine!
On the podcast, we talk through our reactions to everything Nintendo's announced, and I try to hold back my jealousy that other people have played Switch. I'll just have to watch that Super Mario Odyssey footage again and puzzle over New Donk City. Plus, we take a dip into The Question Bucket.
With its clever narrative framing device, a collection of fantastic acting performances, and a deeply expressive combat model, Hanger 13's Mafia 3 wound up being one of the biggest surprises of 2016. At least that's what I, Waypoint Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, and Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor believe.
Since we we hadn't yet had our fill of talking about the game, we decided to record a little bonus podcast where we could talk to our heart's content about the game. And uh, spoiler warning, because we go all in on this one.
We chat about everything from the game's dynamic gunfights and cinematic car chases to its handling of race and history. We talk about the continuity of open world games that Mafia 3 exists in—yes, including Far Cry 2. We consider the impact the game will have on future designers—including on Gaynor, himself. We even dig into the secret post-credits ending, and talk about what implications about the future of the series that stinger holds.
Yes, yes, it’s Monday, but hey—podcast! Unfortunately, Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau is sick, which means it’s just me and Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker holding down the podcast fort.
We check in with Austin about how he’s 35 hours into The Witcher 3 but not anywhere near the end, discuss how CD Projekt RED does world building in subtle ways, tease our upcoming impressions of Gravity Rush 2, dig into the surprising approach to developing Frog Fractions 2, and dig back into The Question Bucket to mull the way we make arguments on the Internet.
It's official: Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau and Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker have until the release of Cyberpunk 2077 to finish The Witcher 3. That still may not be enough time. Yep, we're still talking about a game from 2015! (One that I managed to finish that year, mind you.) But that's just how Waypoint rolls.
As we stretch our legs into 2017, I talk about my time with Let It Die, Danielle gives us the low down on "real" wrestling, we all mull how to tackle finishing lengthy games like The Witcher 3, and we dip into The Question Bucket to discuss when it's okay to stop playing games you aren't enjoying.
Happy New Year, from your friends at Waypoint Radio! Today, Waypoint Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker and Social Editor Danika Harrod join me in a discussion of games that just barely slipped our top ten lists this year, along with Danika's top picks of 2016.
We all have strong opinions about The Last Guardian, games that hit us right there, and the value of fanfiction, with a nice dip into the question bucket for our first taste of reader mail in 2017.