I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving and not driving themselves too crazy with online sales and what not. I’m taking the day off from posting so nothing for today. Also, I’m going to be recording the podcast this week tomorrow and I’ll have that posted for Monday.
If you listened to the podcasts earlier this year, then you know that I was hooked on Marvel Puzzle Quest for the first half of 2014. The match 3 gameplay combined with the marvel license was a great hook for me. But eventually the pay walls and F2P design drove me away and I quit cold turkey. Now with Gems of War, the original developers make a return to the match 3 genre with a new F2P game, but blatant micro-transaction tactics makes me hard pressed to say which game is more exploitative.
This week, Nintendo has entered the toys to life market alongside Skylanders and Disney Infinity with the Amiibo line. They’re hoping to leverage the Nintendo IP in the same way that Infinity is with Disney and Marvel. As a concept, the Amiibo line sounds great, but the way Nintendo is handling it has me questioning its long term viability.
This week on the cast, Ken and I had the pleasure to talk with two veterans of the Game Industry — Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. Co-creators of the now famous adventure game Maniac Mansion stopped by to talk adventure game design and their kickstarter for a modern old school adventure game: Thimbleweed Park.