Game Buoy Podcast Episode 73 – Happy VD (A Game Buoy Introduction to Dating Sims)

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, February 21, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick talk about that much maligned genre of game, the dating sim!

FOLLOW-UPS

Square Enix’s PS4 exclusive title is Minna de Spelunker Z.
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will be coming to the west.
An update for Smash Bros. for Wii U has opened 15 new 8 player levels.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is up for voting on Steam Greenlight.
Guilty Gear Xrd’s arcade version will receive the console exclusive fighters.
Golem is the next character for Killer Instinct.
Geoff Keighley confirms that The Game Awards will return in 2015.
Dragon Age Inquisition has recieved special recognition from GLAAD.
Bravely Second has revealed its full Japanese title as well as bonus costumes.
Details have emerged about Persona 5’s protagonist, setting, and dungeons.
One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 will bring back pre-time skip characters.
Different story paths will appear in Bravely Second depending on the jobs you choose.
Theathrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has added music from Nier!
…and also more Nier music as well as FFXIV songs and more.
Neptunia Re:birth 3 V Generation is headed west for PS Vita.
Square Enix has offered some Eidos properties for indie developers to use as part of their crowdfunding initiative, The Collective.
Pokken Tournament launches in Japanese arcades this summer.
The Vita release of Sayonara, Umihara Kawase includes the original Super Famicom game!
Hasbro is launching a Yo-Kai Watch toy line in 2016.
Rodea the Sky Soldier is coming west!
The Danganronpa inter-quel, Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, is coming west this fall.

RELEASE DATES

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D hits North America April 10.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night gets a June release in Japan.
Story of Seasons blooms on March 31!
JAST USA will release the visual novel Hanachirasu on March 10.
Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker finally hits North America on May 5.

OMG NEWS

Westone’s co-founder is working with Games Atelier on a Monster World successor.
Jurassic World and Marvel’s Avengers are the latest franchises to recieve the LEGO game treatment.
Lumines will be returning with a new release on iOS and Android under a new developer.
Feminist Frequency will be releasing two new series in 2015.
Dragon’s Dogma Online has been announced.
A new Mean Girls video game comes in the form of a tower defense game for mobile platforms.
A new Langrisser game has been announced for 3DS.
Iwata Asks is back, with the first new entry focusing on Majora’s Mask 3D!
Capcom is working on an Attack on Titan arcade game.
Lord Magna Maiden Heaven reaches North America this spring.
Cave’s next mobile shooter, Mahouotome, hits Japan on April 16.
Square Enix has pulled the broken The World Ends With You: Solo Remix from the iOS Store rather than fixing it.
Oceanhorn, a Wind Waker inspired game, is being remastered for PC.
Disaster Report and SNK Fighters are two entries now available as PS2 Classics on the Japanese PSN.
Terraria Otherworld is taking the sandbox game to an alternate dimension.
A new Dragon Ball Z 2D fighter by Arc System Works is coming to 3DS and will feature over 100 characters!
Sony Online Entertainment has been sold and will now make games for Xbox as well.

DOOM AND GLOOM

Daybreak (formerly SOE) is laying off a large number of its staff.
Sega Sammy is cutting hundreds of jobs in a digital restructure, which includes Sega of America moving to Los Angeles and focusing primarily on mobile games. Eww.
Tri-Ace has been bought by mobile company Nepro in Japan, which means the end of Tri-Ace as we currently know it.
Rovio’s head of games has “flown the coop!”
Shadow Realms is sadly no more, and its teams and tech will be reallocated to other Bioware projects.

DISCUSSION

This week, the Podcast Pirates celebrate a belated VD (that’s Valentine’s Day, thank you!) by looking at the oft-maligned genre of dating sims. Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick share the early history of the genre as well as notable examples, including prominent Japanese and Western RPGs, that prove that the dating sim has a wider appeal than just for fans of visual novels. They also suggest some good places for everybirdie to start if they are interested in dating sims – no matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life.

RUMOR HAS IT

Netflix and Nintendo are making a live-action Zelda series?!?!?!?!?!

SMASH!! (new title pending)

Oh Godus: What the hell’s going on? (Rock Paper Shotgun)

A well written, well presented look at the 22cans abandoned mess that is Godus.

WHAT’S UP

Captain Spike talks about Diablo 3 Season 2, Minecraft, and MonHun4U. Slagkick talks about Hatoful Boyfriend, Coming Out on Top, Smash Melee, Nidhogg, and Mario Kart 8. Also Rock Band 3 ALWAYS.

SOCIAL LINKS

This week we’re talking about that much-maligned genre of game: Dating Sims. Have you ever played one? Have a favorite?

EXITLUDE

Qoopa Klub, an award-winning* Nintendo-centric LGBT podcast (*award is from their moms)

Orange Lounge Radio, where EVERY gamer has a voice

Video Game Realness, serving up a weekly dose of gaming chit chat among friends

Game Over Take Over, your one-stop shop to “GO TO” for geekery galore

Nintendo Fun Club, a podcast about platformers, positivity, and pop-punk

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

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

La Palanca Podcast, podcast por y para gay gamers latinoamericános en español

X-Nation, an awesome podcast focusing on Marvel’s Mighty Mutants

The Starboard Power Coupling Podcast, a Star Trek podcast you hope doesn’t fail

Tables, Ladders, & Podcast, a professional wrestling podcast for the common man

 

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