Episode 102 – 2017 Game Of The Year Debates (Part 1)

The end of 2017 is upon us, and it’s time to take a look back at this incredible year in gaming. Rudy Regalado and Kyle Neely join Tim & Derek to name their picks for Just Plain Fun, Most Creative, Most Disappointing, Badass Award, and Most Stylish game of the year. For some of the categories, we debate a Top 10 list, for others we just name our personal picks, and for all categories we share the winners of our community poll.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts on our final lists for each category!

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Episode 101 – Our Reactions To The Game Awards

The 2017 Game Awards aired this past week, so we break down the announcements & winners. Also, we recap how we did with our predictions from last week.

Before that, we talk about the games we’ve finished this year and which games we started but never finished.

Also… lots of games!

  • Wolfenstein II
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Cuphead
  • ReCore
  • Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Monster Hunter Worlds Beta

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Episode 100 – VGA Predictions | Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Impressions

We made it! We have now officially hit 100 episodes of Fathers of the Grind. We take a few minutes to talk about our favorite moments from the podcast so far as well as share a little bit about why we love doing this show. Thanks for all your support over the past 100 episodes!

The Video Game Awards will air this week, so we make our predictions for the winners for each major category. Also, we have both taken a deep dive into Xenoblade Chronicles 2. What do we think so far? Is it a worthy addition to your Switch collection? Listen to our spoiler-free discussion to find out.

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Episode 99 – Best Food In Video Games

In this episode, we talk about our families’ Thanksgiving experiences (4:44) over the past week. We also chat about a number of games we’ve been playing (8:39) including Rocket League, Wolfenstein 2, Mario Kart 8, Fallout 3, Dead Rising 4, Halo Wars 2, and more. Also, we share some updated thoughts on Assassin’s Creed Origins (32:03)

Tim has been taking his best stab at increasing his handyman skills (15:44), but the money spent there may be affecting his ability to upgrade his consoles any time soon…

And lastly, we talk about food! Food in video games specifically (46:57). Which foods in video games are most helpful? Best looking? Which games have fun cooking gameplay? We take a brief look at some of our favorite food in video games.

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Episode 98 – The History of Microtransactions

­­Microtransactions and loot boxes have become an unavoidable component of mainstream console gaming. How did we get here? Where did this business model first start, and should we worry about where it’s heading? We tackle this question and more as we take a deep dive into the scary world of microtransactions. (28:00 minute mark)

Before that, we share about what we are playing including Rocket League on Switch, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and more!

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Episode 97 – Xbox One X | Assassin’s Creed Origins Spoiler-Free Impressions

The Xbox One X has been out for almost a week now, so Derek walks us through his experience with the console so far (3:20). We also talk about a number of games we’ve been playing recently. After that, we take a deep dive into Assassin’s Creed Origins (47:00) with our spoiler-free impressions of the game so far.

We cover a ton of other games from a variety of systems this week: Call of Duty WWII, Halo Wars 2, Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XV, Forza 7, Need for Speed Payback, Super Mario Odyssey, Star Wars Battlefront II, and more!

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Episode 96 – PS4 Pro VS Xbox One X

The Xbox One X releases this week, and Tim is ready to upgrade one of his two consoles. Should he go for the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X? We break down the pros & cons of both, and hopefully get him one step closer to finally making a decision.

Also, we chat about trick-or-treating and the trend of micro-transactions in video games.

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Episode 95 – Sony Conference Reactions | Super Mario Odyssey

Sony held a surprisingly rich conference at Paris Games Week, and we run through the major announcements with our reactions. Spoiler: It was better than their E3 presentation!

We also take a look at Super Mario Odyssey. It’s finally here, and we walk through our in-depth impressions of it after a few days with the game.

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Episode 94 – What Makes A Game An Instant Classic?

What qualifies a video game to be an instant classic? Actually… is that even a real thing? We talk about it as well as what games recently jumped straight into our top games of all time lists. Before that, we dive into some recent news: Switch system update, DOOM release date on Switch, and EA’s decision to shut down Visceral Studios. Also: Yono, Earth Atlantis, Wulver Blade, and more Shadow of War talk!

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Episode 93 – Our Spoiler-Free Discussion of Middle-Earth Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War has arrived, and we are loving it! We break down our experiences with the game so far, and provide some comparisons to the original. Did Monolith do enough to take a true step forward for this sequel? Let’s dive in and find out.

Also, we talk about Stardew Valley, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, and more!

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