Game Buoy Podcast Episode 67 – The Obligatory World of Warcraft Episode (or, Desperately Seeking Susan Express)
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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 Sunday, November 16, 2014, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick celebrate the 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft and release of its latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, with a look back at the world’s leading MMO.
– Nintendo’s first quality of life device will focus on helping users monitor their sleep.
– Driveclub’s PS+ version has been delayed until further notice.
– The character transformations in Final Fantasy Explorers will be completely optional.
– Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is coming to PC.
– The producer of Sword Art Online: Lost Song promises a better English localization.
– The Dark Below, Destiny’s first expansion, hits on December 9.
– Ninja Theory says that Hellblade only needs to sell between 200,000 and 300,000 copies to be profitable.
– More amiibo are on their way!
– Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is getting new Play Arts Kai figures.
– The Banner Saga, Armikrog, and other indie gems are making their way to PS4 in early 2015.
– Bravely Default tune are coming to Theathrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call!
– The next batch of Sega 3D Classics is making its way west.
– Final Fantasy VII G-Bike is now out in Japan!
– Dragon Quest Heroes is coming out on February 26 in Japan.
– Yakuza Zero is out on March 12.
– Dragon Ball Xenoverse arrives in North America on February 17.
– Final Fantasy XIII-2 comes to Steam next month with support for 60 fps and 1080p.
– Valkyria Chronicles is available for PC on Steam.
– Nobuo Uematsu wants to make a 2D RPG with the Final Fantasy VI team.
– Luigi’s Mansion gets an arcade game in Japan next summer.
– Rodea the Sky Soldier has been revived for Wii U and 3DS and is due out in Spring 2015.
– The Game Awards 2014 debuts on December 5.
– Clannad’s English localization is getting a Kickstarter campaign.
– Pac-Man, Don, Wonder Momo, Katamari Prince, and more appear in Famista Dream Match, the revival of Namco’s Family Stadium series of baseball games.
– Kenka Bancho 6 pits brawling against school life in January 2015.
– Tony Hawk is working with Activision on a new console game for 2015.
– Splatoon has gotten a release window of Q2 2015!
– Duck Hunt is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console!
– A Pikmin 3 demo is live, and the Pikmin Short movies are availabe in 3D and HD respectively on 3DS and Wii U.
– The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arrives in Spring 2015!
– Heroes of the Storm is getting new characters and maps and will enter beta in January.
– Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void will also be available as a standalone game.
– Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes gets a December release.
– Blizzard has announced Overwatch, a 6v6 team based shooter and their first new IP in over 15 years.
– Here’s What Blizzard’s Titan Actually Was (Kotaku)
In light of the announcement of Overwatch, this great insight to Blizzard’s cancelled MMO, Titan – which originally ran on Kotaku in September – reveals that it laid the groundwork for the company’s new IP; on its own, the article is a great investigative look at the MMO that could have been.
DOOM AND GLOOM
– EA’s MOBA, Dawngate, has been canceled after a six month open beta.
– Japanese developer Hit Maker has filed for bankruptcy.
With the release of World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, and the MMO’s 10th anniversary coming soon, the Podcast Pirates take a look at the history of Blizzard’s powerhouse and how the game has grown and evolved over the years. Starting with a historical look at both the Warcraft RTS franchise as well as old school MMOs such as Everquest and Ultima Online, Captain Spike lays the groundwork for the development and launch of “vanilla” WoW and shares his experiences with the game’s original iteration. Then, First Mate Slagkick joins in to discuss the game’s five expansion packs: The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, and Warlords of Draenor. The Podcast Pirates discuss classes, playable races, notable additions to the game, quality of life improvements, and major story arcs along with their own personal experiences in game. Wrapping up, they look at the legacy of WoW and the Warcraft media franchise, and what makes the game still special a decade down the line.
Captain Spike has been playing Bayonetta 2 and mobile games Ninja Village and Monster Strike while also playing World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor with First Mate Slagkick!
This week, the obligatory World of Warcraft episode. Share your thoughts/experiences on the ten year anniversary of this ten year MMO titan.
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