Game Buoy Podcast Episode 32 – Ouya? OH YEAH!

Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to the Game Buoy podcast – your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and views that maybe aren’t on your radar, but most definitely should be! On this episode, recorded Saturday, July 13, 2013, Captain Spike and Slagkick discuss the little box that could – Ouya!

FOLLOW UPS

Infinity Blade: Dungeons has been canceled.

Ducktales Remastered is coming on August 13 ♫

Scribblenauts Unmasked will release on September 24.

Star Citizen has hit its $14 million stretch funding goal.

Captain Olimar and his Pikmin are returning to the roster for the new Smash Bros. games!

OMG NEWS

The US is classifying international pro League of Legends players as professional athletes.

Rovio has teased an Angry Birds: Star Wars prequel.

The notes for the upcoming Patch 5.4 in World of Warcraft confirms that an in-game store is on its way.

Episodes 1 and 2 of Sonic 4 are on the Ouya, and Sonic CD is on its way.

Nintendo, along with 49 other companies, has won a battle against flashcart developers.

Spelunky is coming to Steam and GOG in August.

The new 3DS StreetPass games have launched in North America for $5 each, or $15 for all four.

Mobile game Deus Ex: The Fall blocked players with jailbroken devices from using guns.

However, an update to Deus Ex: The Fall will fix this issue.

Worms 3 has been announced as a mobile game, with asynchronous online multiplayer and a class system.

Disgaea 4: Return and Criminal Girls are headed to the Vita!

DOOM AND GLOOM

Restructuring at Capcom has resulted in many layoffs, including senior VP Christian Svensson.

ZombiU did not even come close to turning a profit, so Ubisoft has abandoned plans to make a sequel.

DISCUSSION TOPIC

This week, the Podcast Pirates unbox the Ouya and give their first impressions – and they’re pretty positive! Captain Spike and Slagkick discuss how they feel the Ouya platform has succeeded and highlight some of their favorite indie games for the console. They also look at some ways the platform could improve, and their hopes for the future of the Ouya franchise.

WHAT’S UP

Captain Spike spotlights the 3DS eShop gem Picross e. First Mate Slagkick shares his love for the new Civilization 5 expansion, Brave New World.

SMASH OR TRASH

After a busy couple of weeks, the Podcast Pirates have two slightly aged Smashes for you to enjoy.

SMASH: It Doesn’t Matter That Remember Me‘s Main Character Is A Black Woman. (Kotaku)

This well-written piece from Kotaku’s Evan Narcisse discusses how Remember Me masterfully handles the main character’s ethnicity by not even making it an issue, without culture tropes or stereotypes coming into play.

SMASH: MSX: The Little Hybrid That Could (USGamer)

Jeremy Parish returns to true 1UP form with this delightful retrospective about the MSX, which launched in 1983 and featured many classic games and franchises.

SOCIAL LINKS

The Social Links Question of the Week was:

“This week we’re talking about the Ouya! Got one? What’s your take on it? If not, is there a particular sticking point for you?”

Thanks to Rene from Qoopa Klub for his answer! There were also some fun tweets and comments from other Qoopa Klub hosts, and a special message to Captain Spike from Auspher!

FAREWELLS AND SHOUT OUTS 

– Qoopa Klub, a Nintendo-centric LGBT podcast

– Orange Lounge Radio, where EVERY gamer has a voice

– Gayme Bar, the podcast that “fills your brain with hours of gay video game commentary”

– Nerdgasm Network, the wildest 3 hours of shock jock video game radio

– Horde House, the show about all things online gaming but NEVER too seriously

– Girls Gone WoW, for a female perspective on the world’s most popular MMO

– Video Game Outsiders, a podcast for the “average gamer”

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