Episode 018 What We Learned from Farming Sims, Starcraft and the Dark Places of the World

In which we debate the difference between chips and Pringles.  We also go to some of the darkest dankest places on the internet then crawl back to discuss the really enjoyable Stardew Valley and the legendary RTS Starcraft then we get derailed by an email from Jonathan all about VR.

Games discussed in this episode:

The basics of Table Top Miniature gaming, and essential peripherals

Overwatch for contemporary consoles

Pokemon Sun and Moon for 3DS

Starcraft and Starcraft 2 for PC
Monster Hunter World for Xbox One and PS4

Stardew Valley for all Contemporary Consoles

Gray Goo for PC

Ashes of the Singularity: Escilation For PC

Total War Series for PC

Darkest Dungeon on PC

Blood Bowl for Table Top Play and PC

Items discussed in What we learned this week:

Overwatch and money made through selling emotes on Twitch:
https://compete.kotaku.com/fans-have-spent-over-150-000-cheering-overwatch-league-1823250171

Pokemon Sun and Moon has a whole area dedicated to explaining how a Geothermal Power Plant works and because it’s a JRPG and you talk to everyone you end up learning a lot about Geothermal Power.

Stu has been watching some of the Starcraft 2 IEM.  His take is the push of Starcraft 2 being athletes.  GSL was also happening when we recorded.

Danika Harrod from Waypoint wrote a short article about how Monster Hunter World is making her better at video games and encouraging her to engage with systems she usually avoids.

Article Link: https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/vbpv4d/monster-hunter-world-better-at-video-games

What we Learned from You Discussion:

Jonathan emails in to discuss virtual reality and it’s practical applications.  Chase and Stu share their thoughts on the current condition of the tech, the limitations that presently exist but also what they would like to see in the future.

Shoutouts:

Thanks Jeff for the email!

Stu recommends Altered Carbon on Netflix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhFM8akm9a4

He also suggests checking out Pro Starcraft stuff.  It is a good time.

He additionally recommends Freeman’s Mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbdo8VCAaV4

Sword Art Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALCLCvNJ7iY

Chase promotes the Geek Therapy Network as well: http://www.geektherapy.com/PodcastNetwork/