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Frosty Canucks Podcast
95 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Episode 28 - China's Judgment Call on Video Gaming Made Us Cry
Finally the China episode! As Steve said several episodes ago we've finally covered China's war on gaming as it pertains to their youth and what kind of long standing ramifications it may have for China being a growth market for much of the gaming industry. We also cover what makes rogue-likes good and moments in games that made us well up. Warning there is a boat load of spoilers for Valkyria Chronicles in that section, which we do call-out verbally so stay mindful of that if you want to play the game at some point. And what would the Frosty Canucks be if we didn't cover the games we've been playing? Well Steve spent almost all his gaming time playing Strive, but didn't want to bore everyone so we're a bit light this week with Jason carrying the load as we delve into Pokémon Unite, Lost Judgement, and The Surge 2. As always, if you'd like to ask questions or suggest topics please reach out to us. Thanks for listening and stay frosty! Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - What makes a good roguelike good? 0:10:47 - What games caused a really emotional response? (Valkyria Chronicles and Yakuza Spoilers) 0:21:12 - Destiny removing paid expansion content 0:29:42 - China's ban on video gaming 0:39:06 - FIFA and EA's contract renegotiation Games We've Been Playing 0:43:17 - Game Pass 1 dollar deal twice 0:47:14 - Lost Judgment (Spoilers) 1:09:15 - Pokémon Unite 1:29:45 - The Surge 2 1:33:33 - Outro
134 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Episode 27 - A Nintendo Direct Adventure with Special Guest Ian from Adventure Rules
Smash players are the worst. Amirite? It's a Nintendo episode which we're contractually obligated to do (not really) because Nintendo held a big Direct in September. To help with our limited Nintendo exposure regular hosts Jason and Steve brought along Ian of Adventure Rules. We delve head first into all of the Direct goodness and dissect what we feel are the best and not best announcements shown. We also spend a bit of time chatting about Boyfriend Dungeon (with spoilers), Bloodstained, Pioneers of Olive Town, and Streets of Rogue. Big shout-out to Ian for hopping on the mics this week with us. You can find his stuff here: Blog: https://adventurerules.blog/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/adventure_rules Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/adventurerules As always, if you'd like to ask questions or suggest topics please reach out to us. Thanks for listening and stay frosty! Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Special Guest Ian From Adventure Rules 0:01:46 - Nintendo Direct September 2021 Games We've Been Playing 1:13:34 - Boyfriend Dungeon (Spoilers) 1:32:22 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 1:40:57 - Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town 2:01:17 - Streets of Rogue 2:11:10 - Outro
100 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Episode 26 - The Big Anniversary Question Extravaganza
I can't believe we made it a year. This week marks the one year anniversary of the Frosty Canucks podcast. Jason and Steve spend the majority of it answering a variety of user questions we collected from throughout twitter which relate to gaming and non-gaming related questions. As always we close out with the games we've been playing which are chock full of spoilers. Be mindful of the timestamps if you'd like to avoid spoilers for Oxenfree or either BioShock game. There is also a brief rant about Psychonauts 2. As always, if you'd like to ask questions or suggest topics please reach out to us. Thanks for listening and stay frosty! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGPNZ7eIZ3oMH2gZRfeQsiQ Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Chives and YouTube Announcement 0:02:40 - Deathloop Review Bombing 0:11:25 - Anniversary Viewer Questions Games We've Been Playing 0:45:47 - Oxenfree (Spoilers) 0:53:28 - BioShock Remastered (Spoilers) 1:01:24 - River City Girls 1:01:38 - Psychonauts 2 Rant 1:04:53 - Back to River City Girls 1:11:41 - BioShock 2 Remastered (Spoilers) 1:17:58 - Guilty Gear Strive 1:28:19 - Overcooked! All You Can Eat 1:37:02 - Outro
106 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Episode 25 - The Super Secret PS5 Cartel
They just dropped off the shipment! Update the website! This week Jason and Steve celebrate Jason's acquisition of a PS5 by debunking the PS5 cartel and also discuss the effectiveness of boycotts. Spoilers - we don't think they're terribly effective. We then dive into what we've been playing which includes BioShock Infinite, Bugsnax, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and far too much Guilty Gear Strive. As always, if you'd like to ask questions or suggest topics please reach out to us. Thanks for listening and stay frosty! Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Jason Claimed an Elusive PS5 0:12:29 - Do Boycotts Work? Games We've Been Playing 0:35:35 - BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition 0:47:02 - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 1:01:19 - Astro's Playroom 1:08:46 - Guilty Gear Strive 1:26:01 - Bugsnax (Spoilers) 1:35:49 - Wildermyth 1:44:46 - Outro
103 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Episode 24 - Canadian Geese are Arseholes!
Fucking Geese. This week Jason and Steve spend some time looking at Sony's obsession with re-releasing older titles as well as how MLB The Show did releasing day and date with Game Pass. We also talk Herds, Pokémon, and two horrible disasters. You'll have to listen to find out which games we didn't enjoy. As always, if you'd like to ask questions or suggest topics please reach out to us. Thanks for listening and stay frosty! Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - A Mini Canadian Update 0:06:25 - Sony's Re-release Fetish 0:29:09 - Aftermath of MLB The Show being on Game Pass Games We've Been Playing 0:38:39 - Them's Fightin' Herds 0:49:05 - Beyond Eyes 0:54:30 - Agent A: A puzzle in disguise 1:01:58 - Untitled Goose Game 1:09:17 - Disc Room 1:13:55 - Pokemon White Version 2 1:19:24 - Sundered 1:30:00 - A Knight's Quest 1:41:15 - Outro
98 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Episode 23 - A Wild Steve Appears!
What would you attribute to Sony's success over the last several years? This week Jason and Steve cover the impact that third party exclusivity deals had on Sony's success with the PlayStation 4. There's a lot to unpack there so that takes the bulk of the episode before we transition over into the games we've been playing. Some of notable entries this week include Gorogoa which we both played, Resident Evil 7 which we played together, and Ni no Kuni II. If you’d like to ask us a question or suggest a topic please reach out to us. As always, thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Blizzard Lawsuit 0:03:30 - How Important Third Party Support was for PlayStation 0:25:52 - Steam Deck 0:40:24 - A Brief Meme Intermission Games We've Been Playing 0:42:28 - Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom 0:51:01 - Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Spoilers) 1:01:40 - Resident Evil 5 1:10:07 - Sir Lovelot 1:14:49 - Pokemon White 1:26:13 - Enter the Gungeon 1:28:53 - Gorogoa (Spoilers) 1:36:10 - Outro
101 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Episode 22 - Jason's Terrible Taste In Games Strikes Again
Nintendo never change. This week Jason and Frosti cover the recently announced Nintendo Switch OLED model, Assassin's Creed becoming a live-service title, and go over our top 5 games thus far in 2021. Then we delve into what games we've been playing which include Jason's foray into Dark Souls III and Mafia II, while Frosti, coincidentally, spends time talking about 2 of the games from his top 5 list. If you’d like to reach out with questions you can contact us through our social channels. As always, thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Nintendo Switch OLED Edition 0:08:42 - Assassin's Creed Infinity: A Live Service Platform 0:19:55 - Top 5 of the First Half of 2021 Games We've Been Playing 0:46:49 - Dark Deity 1:01:54 - Dark Souls III 1:12:33 - Enter The Gungeon 1:23:04 - Mafia II: Definitive Edition 1:29:31 - Deep Rock Galactic 1:39:35 - Outro
102 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Episode 21 - Torturing Frosti with E3 News
Well E3 certainly happened this year. This week, Jay and Frosti do a wrap up on E3 much to Frosti's dismay. We go through most of our favourite announcements and rip on Nintendo because of course we did. After that we dive into the games we've been playing which includes the classic Gale of Darkness alongside CrossCode, Mini Metro, and Griftlands. If you’d like to reach out with questions you can contact us through our social channels. As always, thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - E3 Microsoft/Bethesda 0:05:43 - E3 Nintendo 0:27:00 - E3 Square Enix + IP Address Bug in Avengers 0:33:19 - E3 The Rest Games We've Been Playing 0:46:29 - The Demo Reel 0:54:08 - Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness 1:02:45 - Griftlands 1:13:28 - CrossCode 1:21:08 - Mini Metro 1:27:39 - Mafia: Definitive Edition 1:40:19 - Outro
102 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 20 - Crunch. A Multiplayer Only Experience.
Crunch? Get that shit outta here! This week on Frosty Canucks Jason and Frosti dive into crunch with the recent announcement that Insomniac developed Ratchet and Clank with no crunch. We've got some insider anecdotes that you'll want to hear. As well as that we talk about the strangely controversial announcement that Battlefield 2042 will only feature multiplayer. Following that it's the games we've been playing with a heavy focus on Jason's recent time playing Resident Evil 4 and Frosti's continued foray into Them's Fightin' Herds. If you’d like to reach out with questions you can contact us through our social channels. As always, thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Personal News 0:03:49 - Crunch - Not at Insomniac 0:22:57 - Battlefield 2042 Discussion About Multiplayer Only 0:40:31 - A Chive's Intermission Games We've Been Playing 0:41:42 - The Variety Hour (that's not an hour) 0:54:59 - Monster Train 1:01:28 - Resident Evil 4 1:13:09 - Them's Fightin' Herds 1:27:08 - LEGO City Undercover 1:32:33 - Overboard! 1:39:21 - Outro
101 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 19 - E3 Go Away, Let's Release the News Today!
Get your Doritos and Mountain Dew ready, gamers, cause it's once again E3! No but seriously, fuck E3. This week on the Frosty Canucks Jason and Frosti talk about news that has come out ahead of E3, but is still related to it. There will inevitably be a lot of game related announcements in the coming weeks so it's good some companies started early. On top of that we talk smack about Sony (again) and spend time talking about the games we've been playing. Entries this week include It Takes Two, Manifold Garden, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Cat Quest 2. If you’d like to reach out with questions you can contact us through our social channels. As always, thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - The Chives Update 0:04:30 - Pre E3 News 0:31:03 - Sony Games We've Been Playing 0:38:40 - It Takes Two (Spoilers) 0:50:36 - Cat Quest 2 0:55:45 - Cozy Grove 1:03:01 - Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (Spoilers) 1:14:12 - Monster Train 1:23:59 - Slime Rancher 1:33:36 - Manifold Garden 1:39:16 - Outro
102 minutes | May 19, 2021
Episode 18 - Patriarch Frosti Requires You to Wait Your Turn
We are once again asking for your full attention. This week on Frosty Canucks Jason and Frosti discuss the recent announcement that Yakuza will remain a turn based RPG. While we were disappointed, we took the opportunity to discuss some of the changes we'd make to spice up the combat. In addition, there is talk of Ubisoft pivoting into free-to-play games and we take a deep dive into why licensed games are usually terrible. And as per normal we go back and forth on what we've been playing. More Dark Souls, Caligula Effect, and Herds but this time they're joined by Celeste, Dishonored and more. If you have any questions or topic suggestions you'd like to submit hit us up on any of our social channels. As always, thanks for listening and stay Frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Yakuza's Focus on Turned Based RPG Disappoints Us 0:17:55 - Ubisoft Changing Focus on Free to Play over Yearly AAA Releases 0:28:30 - Why Do Most Licensed Based Games Suck? Games We've Been Playing 0:42:44 - Dishonored 2 0:54:19 - The Caligula Effect 1:00:14 - Mirror's Edge 1:09:28 - Celeste 1:18:39 - Them's Fightin' Herds 1:29:41 - Dark Souls Remastered 1:36:36 - Cozy Grove 1:40:13 - Outro
99 minutes | May 5, 2021
Episode 17 - Frosti has an Epiphany About Being Evil!
Spreadsheets! This week we didn't have as much to talk about so Frosti spent almost 10 minutes breaking down Sony's earnings over 2020. Then it's games, games, games. We got Caligula Effect, Monster Hunter, Dark Souls, Disgaea, Titanfall, and even a Turnip Boy. No frills this week - just games. As always if you'd like to reach out with questions you can contact us through our social channels. Thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - E3 is happening digitally this year 0:04:30 - Sony's Earning Breakdown 0:13:43 - EA document about pushing microtransactions leaked and shocks no one 0:23:35 - Any games you would have the setting changed? Games We've Been Playing 0:38:40 - The Caligula Effect 0:43:35 - Monster Hunter World (Jason, not Frosti suprisingly) 0:55:17 - Dark Souls Remastered 1:04:11 - Disgaea 1:09:24 - Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion 1:13:03 - Lenna's Inception 1:15:48 - A Short Hike 1:17:56 - Titanfall 2 1:30:23 - Cozy Grove 1:36:56 - Outro
100 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Episode 16 - The Ontario COVID Update... Oh And Some Video Games!
The government total sucks! This episode we've had no short supply of interesting topics to go through be it the launch woes of Outriders, Epic Games buying their market share, and Sony's decision to pivot into focusing on their blockbuster titles. Along the way we also talk about how game systems help to create stories in games that are otherwise not known for their story telling potential and delve into the games we've been playing. As a warning there are a fair few Firewatch spoilers this week, but otherwise topics of Disgaea, Ori, and Utawarerumono are abound among others. As always if you'd like to reach out with questions you can contact us through our social channels. Thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Ontario COVID Update 0:03:03 - Outriders and the Inventory Glitch 0:12:38 - Epic Games Losing Money 0:26:26 - Sony's Obsession with Blockbuster hits 0:37:08 - Immersion and Individualized Stories Told Through Game Systems Games We've Been Playing 0:50:56 - Firewatch (Spoilers) 0:59:08 - Luigi's Mansion 3 1:03:41 - Disgaea 1:14:39 - Suicide Guy 1:18:35 - Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception/Mask of Truth (Spoilers) 1:29:00 - Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition (Spoilers) 1:38:29 - Outro
101 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Episode 15 - Breaking News: Sony is Going Out of Business! And Big Chungus!
Big Chungus. No really...Big Chungus. This week on Frosty Canucks we spend quite a bit of time talking about the closure of the old Sony digital storefronts and about the exclusivity that has plagued the SMT series for its entire history. There is also some chatter about April fools jokes and Cyberpunk's latest patch. As always we wrap on the games we've been playing and OH GOD Frosti is playing a new fighting game. As always if you'd like to reach out with questions you can contact us through our social channels. Thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - April Fools and Big Chungus in a Mobile Game 0:08:26 - Sony Closing PS3/PS Vita/PSP Digital Storefront 0:26:52 - CD Project Red and Cyberpunk Patch 1.2 0:33:38 - Is the Shin Megami Tensei Console Cold War Over? Games We've Been Playing 0:47:29 - Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 0:57:49 - Onimusha: Warlords 1:00:36 - Sayonara Wild Hearts 1:05:39 - Hitman 2 1:18:35 - Mail Mole (not Male Mole) 1:21:06 - Them's Fightin' Herds 1:37:33 - Outro
92 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Episode 14 - Rogers Almost Cancels the Podcast?
Fuck Rogers. Am I right, fellas? This week on Frosty Canucks we take a look at the March SquEnix presentation, developers being dumb, and the possibility of the whole EU banning lootboxes following in the footsteps of Germany. As always we also spend time talking about the games we've been playing. Topics include: Loop Hero, Shadow Warrior, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Ocarina of Time, and more. If you'd like to ask us a question or provide a discussion topic please hit us up on any of our social channels. As always thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Rogers (Canadian telecom company) Discussion 0:03:53 - Square Enix Spring Presentation 0:18:23 - Why Some Developers Don't Understand Their Player Base Discussion 0:33:10 - Germany's Loot Box for Minors Policy and Pokemon Eggs are Loot Boxes? Games We've Been Playing 0:50:28 - Loop Hero 1:00:48 - Monster Hunter World 1:10:04 - Hitman 2 1:12:23 - Shadow Warrior 1:15:28 - Metro Exodus 1:17:57 - A Plague Tale: Innocence 1:20:02 - Sayonara Wild Hearts 1:24:41 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 1:30:11 - Outro
86 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Episode 13 - The Trilogy of Disappointment and Craig's Final Betrayal
DIS-A-POINTED! This week on Frosty Canucks we delve into our takeaways from the Sony State of Play and Pokémon Nintendo Direct (spoiler: they weren't positive). We also discuss the recent death of Anthem and how we feel about shouting out smaller developers and their games. Frosti also lied and spent time talking about Monster Hunter again. As with every week, feel free to reach out to us via our social channels if you have a question or topic you’d like us to cover. Thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Anthem Next Cancelled by EA 0:08:54 - Sony State of Play and the Cost of Patches 0:27:09 - Pokémon Direct 0:35:14 - Do you feel obligated to shout out smaller games/developers? Games We've Been Playing 0:48:13 - Hitman 2 0:53:19 - Slay the Spire 0:56:15 - Monster Hunter World - Practice for Collaborations 1:01:51 - Marvel's Spider-Man 1:08:03 - Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure 1:13:57 - Evoland 1 and 2 1:18:14 - A Plague Tale: Innocence (Spoilers) 1:23:57 - Outro
93 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Episode 12 - Nintend'oh Direct and Double Dating in HuniePop
Space hookers. This week on Frosty Canucks we talk a ton about the recent Nintendo Direct which happened a day before recording (lucky). In addition, we also spent some time talking about Warner Brothers successfully patenting the Nemesis system and about which games we believe would still hold up today if they had never been released. There's also a lot of games talk as Jason's been plowing through his back catalog and Frosti has been enraptured by HuniePop 2. It's all good stuff we promise. If you have any questions or topics you'd like us to tackle please let us know on one of our social channels. Until next time, thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Nemesis System Patent 0:11:12 - Nintendo Direct February 2021 0:37:17 - Which Games Would Hold Up Today if Released with No Improvements? Games We've Been Playing 0:46:17 - Control Ultimate Edition 0:52:22 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 0:58:12 - Concrete Genie 1:01:44 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 1:03:30 - HuniePop 2: Double Date 1:13:00 - Star Renegades 1:23:24 - Hitman 2 1:30:29 - Outro
94 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Episode 11 - Riding Stonks to the Moon!
We riding stonks to the moon, gamers! This week on Frosty Canucks we cover Nintendo's success with the Switch by way of the recently announced lifetime sales, yet another nail in Staida's coffin, how stacked May is this year, and Thomas Mahler's outcry about shady shit within the game's industry. A not insignificant amount of time is also once again spent going over the games we've been playing so there's lots more Monster Hunter World and Yakuza Like A Dragon (Frosti swears this is the last episode for a while where he'll talk about either at such length). There's also something about stonks in there. As with every week, feel free to reach out to us via our social channels if you have a question or topic you'd like us to cover. Thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - GameStop (GME) Stocks 0:07:06 - Nintendo Switch Sales 0:25:19 - Google Stadia Dead? 0:32:38 - May 2021 is Stacked 0:40:27 - Snakeoil Salesmen in the Gaming Industry Games We've Been Playing 0:47:58 - Monster Hunter World 0:59:35 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon 1:17:46 - Superliminal 1:20:11 - Star Renegades 1:23:08 - GRIS 1:26:33 - MediEvil 1:32:25 - Outro
97 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Episode 10 - Frosti ain't broke so don't fix him. Oh and F the Clutch Claw!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it! This week on Frosty Canucks we take a dive into the recent EU ruling regarding Geo Blocking, which games shouldn't have sequels, and we also talk about the pros and cons (mostly cons) of shaking up an established formula in a beloved franchise. Also Frosti goes on a tirade about Monster Hunter. No spoilerinos this week and apologies for last episode where we went on a massive Yakuza spoiler spree. As with always let us know if you have any questions and thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Geo Blocking in the EU 0:11:30 - Games Core Experience that Changed too Drastically 0:37:20 - Games that Should not have Sequels Games We've Been Playing 0:48:48 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon - Frosti needs to finish it for next episode 0:50:14 - Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise Demo 1:07:05 - Fire Emblem Awakening 1:16:11 - One Piece: World Seeker 1:27:49 - Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen 1:32:16 - Dragon Quest Heroes II 1:35:10 - Outro
95 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Episode 9 - Patriarch Frosti Requires Your Attention
What came first? The overhyped fans, or the overhyping developers? This week on Frosty Canucks we have a special treat for you all. We discuss how your host and cohost came to know one another (it's not that special) talk about our New Year resolutions, and discuss who is at fault for overhyping games. We also spend a lot of time talking about Yakuza and spoil the shit out of parts of it so please be mindful of the timestamps if you don't want to be spoiled. There's also a special shout-out to Later Level's Gameblast 2021 fundraising. Please consider throwing them some cash so Kim and Pete can meet their 2021 fundraising goals. As always you know where to find us if you want to tell us off, provide feedback, or ask questions to be featured in future episodes. Thanks for listening and stay frosty. Show notes to follow: 0:00:00 - Later Levels Gameblast 2021 0:02:46 - New Year's Resolutions and Frosti and Jason's Origin Story 0:23:47 - Overhype for Games and Whose to Blame Games We've Been Playing 0:42:14 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon 0:48:37 - Spoiler Warning - Discussing Story of the Yakuza Games (Flee AK) 0:51:19 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon (continued) 1:15:30 - Solo: Islands of the Heart 1:19:31 - Revisiting Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince and Flipping Death 1:22:54 - Stardew Valley 1.5 Update 1:25:15 - Fire Emblem Awakening 1:33:16 - Outro
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