Idle Thumbs 180: Wars and Pieces

Through examining the clues laid before us, interrogating everyone in sight, and making mental leaps heretofore unperformed by man, we deduce that no matter what they tell you, in video games you’ll never be the Sherlock Holmes of the story; you’re always Watson, and you always have been. Plus, Danielle attends IndieCade and takes two side trips: one to an incredible haunted house, and one to Hell.

Things Discussed: Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, IndieCade, Vietnam Romance, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Murdered: Sole Suspect, Desert Golfing, Desert Bus, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Los Angeles International Airport, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Night

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Idle Thumbs 179: Shadow of Something

We all live in the shadow of something. We all have our daemons. When Chris set foot in the world of Alien: Isolation, all he could think about was the time he killed a billion Orcs who never forgot him. When Danielle played Alien: Isolation, all she could think of was how the love affair would inevitably end, no matter how nicely designed the posters on the wall looked. Jake downloaded Alien: Isolation, but spent the weekend playing Smash Bros on his 3DS.

Things Discussed: Alien: Isolation, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Team Fortress 2: Shadow of the Machines, No One Lives Forever: Shadow of H.A.R.M., Super Smash Bros (3DS), Human Resources, Worms: Armageddon

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If you haven’t checked out the Idle Thumbs Store in a while, you probably missed our latest shirt. We’re pretty happy about how it turned out. And we think it might just remind you of something.

The Wizard: Midnight blue with green logo design, 100% cotton in Men’s and Women’s sizes, screen printed in San Francisco.

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Join us as we all embark on our own personal trips through the dusty dunes. After 15 years clean, Sean gets a taste of Counter-Strike and is feared lost, Chris embarks on a journey of the mind on Desert Golfing’s back 1500 and comes out changed, Jake falls through a time hole into his past, and Danielle is trapped on a deserted island with Carl Sagan and Terry Gross after facing off against one of gaming history’s most controversial figures. Nick Breckon hasn’t been seen for weeks.

Games Discussed: CS:Go, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Desert Golfing, Road Redemption, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Uwe Boll

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Humans of your own choosing have meticulously picked the contents of this episode from over three thousand podcast segments. Following the curation process, they will be algorithmically suited to your tastes by a robot. When the system does its job, you’re happy. You get exactly what you want. You get the good ones

Games Discussed: The Steam Discovery Update, Donkey Kong Doom, Super Smash Bros (3DS), Sunless Sea, Gang Beasts

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We sit in a dark room, split into factions by our actions or perhaps fate, conspiring to destroy each other for reasons unknown. We steal food from each other’s mouths. We eye our friends’ chosen partners jealously, vying to make them our own. Yes, we have been playing board games, so get ready for that. We’re joined by special guest Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency for a trip through the board and video games of this year’s XOXO festival in Portland.

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Idle Thumbs 174: Live from the Metropolitan Ballroom

We went to PAX and recorded an episode live in front of a bunch of wonderful people who could all hear us, though we could not hear one another. That didn’t stop us from trying to communicate, and we think the results speak for themselves. This episode was rated 3 out of 5 hosts by all in attendance; we hope it finds an audience in you.

Things Discussed: Screencheat, Screensheet, Screamsheet, Pikmin 2, Sentris, The Behemoth’s Fourth Game, Michael Crichton’s Orb, Firewatch

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Idle Thumbs 173: Ridonkulous Rift

I heard that social justice war has changed
But I’d always heard social justice war never changes
In the end it doesn’t matter anyway
Because this is the dawning of a brand new day
Where it doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Cause I’m the social justice wizard. 

Things Discussed: Alien: Isolation (Oculus Rift), Invisible Inc., Donkey Kong Country

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I heard that social justice war has changed
But I’d always heard social justice war never changes
In the end it doesn’t matter anyway
Because this is the dawning of a brand new day
Where it doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Cause I’m the social justice wizard

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camposantoblog:

Drinks? Yep. A quintet of game developers? You betcha. If you’re coming to PAX or are in the greater Seattle, WA area, come join us at Devs & Bevs! 

Five independent game developers—including us, naturally—are hosting a bar night at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday, August 31st from 6:00 to 10:00.

The lineup for the evening is extraordinary.

6:00—Fantasia from Harmonix
6:30—Firewatch from Campo Santo
7:00—Tharsis from Choice Provisions
7:30—Below from Capy 
8:00—MASSIVE CHALICE from Double Fine
8:30—Costume Quest 2 from Double Fine
9:00—Gang Beasts from Boneloaf

And more!

If you’ll be in Seattle on August 31, come hang out! Idle Thumbs isn’t at Devs & Bevs in an official capacity but we’re planning to all be there anyway!

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