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Episode 48 of the Cat Context podcast is now available!

This week, Liore, Arolaide, and I sat down to talk about the games that influenced us as gamers and as people.

From some of the first games that we ever played, to those that sucked us in and didn’t let go, and those that were mostly memorable because of who we played them with, it is a simple truth that none of us would be the same without the games that we’ve played. Each of us talk through five of the games from our personal lists (and try to sneak in a few extras while mean boss Liore wasn’t paying attention), and what they how they have shaped us.

We also talk about about what we have been playing lately, including The Binding of Isaac, Spelunky, and the continuing adventures of Orangelady in SWTOR.

To listen, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions. It’s great to hear from you, and we appreciate the feedback.

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Episode 47 of the Cat Context podcast is now available!

I was on vacation this week, spending my time on a warm beach, so special guest Mangle joined Liore and Arolaide to talk about everything that has been going on for the last couple of weeks. One major thing that has happened? WildStar is getting real! Pre-order details came out! A launch date has been announced! And, yes, the NDA was finally lifted, allowing for a more detailed discussion of adventures in Nexus.

The crew talks about the world, the classes, and whether or not all bunny girls have to be able to model underwear. Are we pre-ordering? Are you? What about that rocket house? Also, what is a rocket house?

On a separate but related note, Blizzard is considering abandoning flying mounts in Warlords of Draenor. What does this mean? Is it just a longer trip from point A to point B, or does it have some hidden effect on map and gameplay design? Make your predictions before the episode starts on who comes down where. I sure did… (Mangle: “Seems cool but I feel bad for people who have flying mounts.” Aro: “Back in my day we didn’t have any flying mounts!” Liore: “I do not have a strong opinion.”)

Also, apparently toddlers love SWTOR! And instant-90s are upon us. Plus, Mangle forces some talk about mobile games!

To listen, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions. It’s great to hear from you, and we appreciate the feedback.

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Also, earlier this week, Totally Legit Movies Episode 3 was released! We talk about why you should love the 2011 version of The Thing, and the black comedy Brick, featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Episode 46 of the Cat Context podcast is now available!

This week, Liore, Aro, and I sat down to talk about all of the information coming out of Blizzard recently. Specifically, regarding Warlords of Draenor. Topics include: instant level 90 characters with a purchase, mass trimming of class abilities, and Proving Grounds-gated heroic dungeons.

Liore tried to get straight to the meat of arguing over the price of a level 90 character, but was interrupted by a discussion of whether it was even something that was a good idea. Arolaide tries to figure out how we are going to define “good players” and separate ourselves if all of the skill-defining abilities are gone. And, finally, we try to figure out what, exactly, is a reasonable level of difficulty/expectation for players attempting the new Proving Grounds. There is heated discussion!

And, of course, what discussion of WoW would be complete without predictions relating to poop quests? Or bitching about Paladins? And reminiscing about that one random time we actually used Mind Vision.

To listen, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions. It’s great to hear from you, and we appreciate the feedback.

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Episode 45 of the Cat Context Podcast is now available!

This week, Liore, Arolaide, and Ellyndrial decided to talk about the Elder Scrolls Online and Titanfall betas. In true Cat Context fashion, we immediately went off the rails and instead had a long and passionate discussion about the meaning of “player generated content” and how it fits into the context of MMOs going forward.

The future of Sony Online Entertainment-produced MMOs is apparently sandboxes because (some) players gobble up content too quickly and the studios don’t feel they can keep up. So they’re turning to the players and hoping that we generate our own content. But what, exactly, does that mean? Is it going to be a future full of EQ Next Landmark/RIFT dimension housing? Where does PvP fall?

Needless to say, we are not all in alignment on this one, and vigorous discussion occurs!

And yes, we do manage to get in a little discussion of TESO and Titanfall.

To listen, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions. It’s great to hear from you, and we appreciate the feedback.

 

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Episode 44 of the Cat Context Podcast is now available!

This week, Liore, Arolaide and Ellyndrial attempt to have a reasonable discussion about Sony Online Entertainment’s announcement to shutter 4 of their MMOs – while also hinting at something new that will totally appeal to Star Wars Galaxies enthusiasts. Instead, we discuss the finer points of cities that were rejected by football teams, how to not do a proper segue, and zombies.

When we DO stay on topic, however, the discussion touches on the ownership of digital goods, how much we will care when WoW goes away and we can no longer fly on our Sparkle Ponies, and how much real world money Liore’s hat collection ought to be worth. We follow up with a bit of discussion on whether SWG would actually be played now, and which parts of it are “good” old school as opposed to “bad” old school.

Finally, we have a discussion about what we have been playing! Serious Sam 3 is awkward. Broken Age is great! Liore really does want some anarchy, even though she is wrong.

To listen, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions. It’s great to hear from you, and we appreciate the feedback.

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cat-context-verticalCat Context Episode 43 is now available!

Arolaide was a Kickstarter backer for Broken Age, and she reflects on the feeling of ownership that comes with that. The crew has a discussion about the ups and downs of the Kickstarter process and what it means. Also, she has actually played the game and gives some early feedback!

We also struggle with knowing that we all own more games than we are likely to ever play – especially since new ones keep coming out! Ellyndrial remains optimistic on his chances of getting through them, but Liore is less sure. We discuss our strategies for tackling these monstrosities, and what exactly it means to complete a game.

And, finally, we touch on the topic of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion for WoW – and specifically, the notion of instant level 90 characters. Do we care? Does it matter? How much is this sort of service worth to you?

Of course, there are the random other topics: Ellyndrial played in the Magic GP Sacramento last weekend! There’s some new MMO up on Kickstarter! We are really professional and have good segues!

To listen, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions. We really appreciate them!

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