Episode 29 – I Am Setsuna Review & Our Favorite JRPGs

The summer months usually mean grilling out, family get-togethers, and lots of time spent outside. Unless you live in Florida (like Derek), and your entire year is summertime. In this week’s episode, we talk about our favorite summer foods as well as some big gaming & TV headlines from the past week.

For our topic of the show, we take a deeper look at I Am Setsuna. How does it compare to the games that inspired it? Is it worth your time?

That, of course, leads us to create our lists of Top 5 JRPGs. What are your personal favorites? Let us know by joining our Facebook group, Fathers of the Grind, and posting your thoughts.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 28 – The Pokemon GO Phenomenon

There’s no denying the sudden and sweeping impact of Pokemon GO, the mega-hit phone app from Niantic and The Pokemon Company. We all knew it would be popular, but few could have guessed that it would be the phenomenon that it’s turned into. We talk about the game itself, and we discuss our experiences with it so far – including time spent with our kids this past week.

There are other things in the world besides Pokemon GO (believe it or not), so we spend some time discussing No Man’s Sky, the NES mini, and some of the toughest boss battles we’ve experienced.

Thank you for taking time to listen & share!

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Episode 27 – Do These Classic Games Still Hold Up?

In this week’s episode, Derek & Tim rewind the clock a bit to revisit some of the most beloved classic games. Do those games still hold up? What makes the best games timeless classics, and which games are being clouded by nostalgia?

We also talk about the games of summer that we’ve purchased, the new Pokemon Go craze, Red Dead Redemption, and Nintendo’s laughable pre-launch sales projections for the Wii U. (Here’s a hint: They weren’t even close)

Want to be part of the show? Send us an email with your question, comment, or audio clip to fathersofthegrind@gmail.com.

As always, thanks for listening!

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Episode 26 – Game of the Year (so far)

We are in the middle of a very busy summer, so in this week’s episode, Derek & Tim discuss how their families are filling the time. We also talk a bit about some new releases like Inside & Technomancer.

Most of this conversation is about our current Game of the Year picks. 2016 has been an incredible year for games so far, so which games are our favorites? Which remaining releases do we think could make the final GOTY cut? Listen to find out our thoughts, but then let us know what your picks are. Join us on Facebook in our group, Fathers of the Grind.

Hope you are having a great summer with your friends & family! Thanks for listening 🙂

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Episode 25 – Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 vs Nintendo Wii

Our console generation discussion series continues as we dive into the 7th generation of video game systems. This time, it’s a match-up between the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360. We share our personal experiences with each as well as some of our favorite games from that console lifecycle. It was a great time to be a gamer!

Before we get to that, we announce the winner of our Paragon giveaway (thanks again Manuel Sandoval!) as well as talk about what we are currently playing. Hint: Casual Tim is out in full force.

Thanks for listening & sharing the show! We welcome your input, thoughts, ideas, and general feelings, so PLEASE connect with us on Facebook (the “Fathers of the Grind” group) or via email: fathersofthegrind@gmail.com.

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Episode 24 – Best Dads in Gaming & E3 Review

It was Father’s Day this past weekend, so we take a moment to acknowledge some of the best (and worst) dads in video games. The majority of this episode is spent reviewing the press conferences and announcements from E3 2016, but before that, we gave a number of shout-outs to content creators who are part of our community.

Minidooey Gaming is a brand new YouTube channel run by our very own Mark Allan. If you like video games (especially Final Fantasy) and manly Scottish accents, this is the channel for you. His latest video provides some great insights into the E3 conferences, so go check it out!

Arianna’s House is a channel dedicated to making incredible food, and it’s created by the entire Martin family. Great work here from John Martin & his crew, so please go show them support!

There are some great quality videos on both channels, so make sure to go take a look and subscribe and all that good stuff.

For those of you who want to enter the drawing for a free copy of Paragon (PS4 or PC), be sure to share this episode using #FathersOfTheGrind on Facebook or Twitter. We will let you know the winner on next week’s episode.

Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us on Facebook in the group “Fathers of the Grind.”

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Episode 23 – Blood & Wine & E3

It’s every gamer’s favorite time of year: E3!!!

We kick things off talking about the phenomenal Blood & Wine expansion for The Witcher 3. Is it the best game expansion ever?  Also, we talk about Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, revisiting Bloodborne, and a ton of other games.

Let’s be honest, though… the most important topic of the week is E3. It’s like Christmas except we only get to hear about the presents instead of actually opening them… And that’s okay with us! We make a few E3 predictions as well as some additions from you, the community.

What do you think about this week’s E3 show? Any predictions you want to share before things kick off? What hopes & dreams were realized or destroyed after you’ve had the chance to see the press conferences and read the news? We want to hear all about it. Join our Facebook group, “Fathers of the Grind” or email us at fathersofthegrind@gmail.com.

As always, thanks so much for listening!

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Episode 22 – Dreamcast VS Gamecube VS Playstation 2 VS Xbox

That’s right. It’s time to take a deep dive into the 6th generation of video game consoles. For this generation there were 4 heavy hitters, including one company’s swan song and another company’s first console. It was an interesting time, and the number of industry-changing games during this generation is noteworthy.

We’ll talk about the launch lineups, price points, our personal favorite systems & games, and our thoughts on what went wrong with Sega.

Lastly, some of our listeners chimed in with some audio clips of their own, so be sure to stick around through the end to hear that.

As always, thanks for listening!

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Episode 21 – Summer Gaming As A Kid

Remember that feeling when the bell rang on the last day of school? The summer break seemed like a vast ocean of time, filled with possibilities. So how did we spend it as kids? (Hint: it involved video games).

We reflect on our time as kids when the summer season hit as well as how each of us are handling things with our own families. We talk about that as well as the No Man’s Sky delay, the games from a very busy month of May, and much more on this week’s Fathers of the Grind podcast. If you have a minute to share this with a friend or on Facebook & Twitter, that would be amazing.

Even if you don’t have time to share… thanks for listening!

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Episode 20 – Uncharted 4 Spoilercast

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of the most anticipated video game releases in 2016. It’s out now, and we’ve played it start to finish. It’s time to talk about our feelings!

Full and complete spoilers for Uncharted 4 (and some moments from 1-3) are in this episode. If you haven’t played the game yet, we highly recommend that you do so ASAP… then come back and listen to the episode.

Also, we want to hear your thoughts! What did you think about the latest Nathan Drake adventure? How does it compare to the previous games?

Hit us up on Facebook or email (fathersofthegrind@gmail.com) and let us know what you think.

As always, thanks for listening!

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