Jon recaps E3 2015, including press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and he and Cody discuss their reactions to various announcements. Plus, hear what games Cody has purchased so far in the 2015 Steam Summer Sale!

Show Notes:

  • Jon and Cody brace for a podcast with some vicious technical difficulties, and this time it’s actually Jon’s fault
  • As they postulate which Elder God they angered to bring about their horrible luck with computers recently, Cody and Jon debate about how to pronounce the name of H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional character Cthulu
  • Cody is sitting in a chair that is over 35 years old, and he is fine with that
  • Which of the “big three” (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) WON E3 and is objectively better than literally every other one? Cody asks Jon for his input
  • In Jon’s estimation, Sony and Microsoft held very similar press conferences based on their major focus on games and rapid-fire game trailers; however, most of Microsoft’s games are coming this year, whereas Sony talked about a lot of things coming in 2016
  • Microsoft’s press conference:
    • Microsoft announced Gears of War 4, which looks like it will have more of a horror/thriller element than the previous installations in the series
    • Microsoft also talked Halo 5, but neither Jon nor Cody are the target audience for that game… or for Forza Motorsport, because they don’t “do” racing games
    • Rare came out and announced a huge Rare collection, featuring a bunch of their games from the Nintendo 64 era onward, including Blast Corps, Banjo Kazooie, and more
      • Rare also announced an open world adventure game that looks like a pirate-based multiplayer game, which got Jon very excited
    • The new Tomb Raider looks ridiculously gorgeous, and looks like it will be less focused on combat, which Jon supports
    • Dark Souls 3, which will be the last game in the series, should also be pretty good, even though they only showed a teaser trailer
    • Jon goes into detail describing Microsoft’s Hololens, and the Minecraft demo they performed on-stage, which was ridiculous
    • Cody saw some negative reactions after Microsoft announced that they are going to make the Xbox One compatible with Xbox 360 games, but Jon doesn’t think that’s a valid thing to be upset about
    • Jon and Cody discuss the pros and cons of backwards compatibility: it’s not good for everyone, but there are definitely situations where it can be an issue
  • Sony’s press conference:
    • Jon explains the back story behind The Last Guardian, made by Fumito Ueda, the same guy who made Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, which was the game that kicked off Sony’s press conference with a gameplay demo on the PlayStation 4
    • Both Cody and Jon are hot for Horizon, the second game Sony showed off during its press conference, because it is basically the most beautiful game ever and features tribes hunting robot dinosaurs… and as a PS4 exclusive, it could be a system seller
    • Sony somehow nabbed Street Fighter V exclusivity, which will help sell some PS4 consoles
    • An on-stage demo of No Man’s Sky got Cody even more hype for the game, and Jon describes why he’s so amazed by it
    • Jon tells Cody why he should know Media Molecule, and why people were excited for the extremely bizarre game “Dreams,” which they then try to describe
    • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT GET HYPE #HYPE #FFVIIREMAKE #GETOUT
      • Jon explains why it’s such a big deal, but let’s face it, we all know already
    • Jon is actually pretty excited about PlayStation View, which will supposedly provide the ability to subscribe to cable TV channels À la carte, which is ground-breaking
    • Jon accidentally skipped Square-Enix’s announcement of The World of Final Fantasy, and explains why he didn’t care
    • Cody laments the ridiculous amount of time they spent on the most recent Call of Duty: Black Ops game, but points out one feature that he feels could completely change the way first-person shooter games are played online
    • Jon thinks Uncharted 4 looks so beautiful, he has trouble finding words to describe it, and Cody points out some details he may have missed
    • Cody still isn’t going to buy a PS4, but Jon is thinking about it, based on some of the details revealed during the press conference
  • Nintendo’s press conference:
    • Jon explains how the new Star Fox game will be less “linear” than past games in the series, which makes it look awesome
    • Neither Cody nor Jon are interested in buying or playing Mario Maker, but there is one aspect of the game that Cody is actually very, very interested in participating in
    • Jon describes how the creators of Super Mario Bros. discussed how they designed the original game during the press conference, and it was Jon’s favorite part of Nintendo’s presser
    • Anime Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and other stuff didn’t really interest Jon whatsoever
    • The new 4-player Zelda game coming out for Nintendo 3DS does look pretty cool, especially since you can play it online with friends, although obviously it would be more fun to play over a local multiplayer connection
    • Metroid Prime was absolutely the biggest disappointment of E3; Jon struggles to explain what it even is (a “sports battle game?” What does that even mean?)
      • Jon laments that basically his favorite Nintendo franchise is getting some weird amorphous handheld spin-off game that is dumb
    • Jon was similarly unimpressed with Nintendo plugging a random web site at the end of their press event
    • The Skylanders / Amiibo crossover actually looks super-awesome… but, unfortunately, neither Cody nor Jon are 10 years old, so they won’t get to enjoy it as much as the younger generation
    • On the “Smash Bros. front,” as Cody calls it, Roy and Ryu have been announced, and Cody and Jon have differing opinions about how they feel about the new Street Fighter crossover dimension
    • Cody did a Twitter search for the hashtag #NintendoE3 following their press conference, and the reaction was overwhelmingly negative
      • Jon hypothesizes that Amiibo are to blame for fans turning against Nintendo, and feels it may have more to do with Nintendo’s future than anything else right now
    • On the plus side, Jon was SUPER hype for the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles X, which he explains to Cody, since Cody has never played a Xenoblade game
    • Cody also brings up the Nintendo 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors, which zero people on the podcast are excited about
      • On a side note, Cody brings up how many times he pulled off the Max Rupee Glitch and STILL hasn’t maxed out the levels of basically any of his characters
      • Cody compares Hyrule Warriors to the optional boss in Final Fantasy XII, which he has to remind Jon about
    • Jon explains Yo-Kai Watch, which is basically the new Pokemon
  • Jon explains why he’s probably going to buy a PS4
  • Cody talks about the Steam Summer Sale, during which he has already purchased (but not played):
    • Platformer Electronic Super Joy, which features EDM tracks in every level
    • Monaco, which all his friends already own, but which he knows nothing about
    • Broforce was actually gifted to him over Steam, but he knows nothing about it
    • Antichamber, which looks super psychedelic, and he and Jon chat about the concept and design of the game
  • Cody also went on a mini-Xbox 360 shopping spree and got a bunch of indie titles and multiplayer games, including Geometry Wars 3, which hopefully he will be able to review in the future
  • Cody and Jon congratulate the official GonnaGeek.com Podcast for recording their 100th episode this week
    • Cody also plugs the latest episodes of GonnaGeek Network podcasts Tyrion’s Landing and All Things Good and Nerdy
  • Jon thinks that if he had a lightsaber, he would probably just hurt himself

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