Tony Carnevale, who considers Brogue one of the best roguelkes, explains why the term “roguelike” is being abused terribly by Steam, game developers, and hosts of the Qt3 podcast who consider Spelunky a roguelike. (Apologies for the weird sync issues, which we’ll get sorted out before we record again.)
This week, I talk with Rob in Wisconsin about how Halloween is great for terrifying children, the periodic table of elements, illicit Xbox sales, and the finer points of tennis. Then we talk about Infested Planets, one of the best RTSs that you’ve probably never heard of. And it recently got even better!
This week I get to hang out with one of my favorite Canadians. We talk about the comparative merits of a monarchy and a Trump election, how to win big money in Winnipeg, potentially illegal immigration, not playing MMOs, and videogame dancing. But most importantly, we talk about a game well before its time that far too few people remember.
What happens when one person on a podcast likes Cthulhu Realms and the other person on a podcast doesn’t like Cthulhu Realms? Which one of them will prevail? World traveler, bane of iPads everywhere, and kangaroo expert Skip Franklin tries to convince me Cthulhu Realms isn’t just a cheap reskinning of Star Realms. Whether he succeeds or not, I’d like to point out only one of us has been kicked out a bar in Grand Rapids.
Itinerant Brit Alex Chapman talks about an early rogue-like, a flight simulator, and the unfortunately named Faery Tale Adventure as the games of choice growing up with an Amiga in the house. We also clash so dramatically over his dietary advice that I barely manage to stop myself before comparing him to anti-vaxxers.