Welcome to GG Episode 7, our gaming podcast here at eciov. In this episode, Sean and Josh talk about Capcom’s Street Fighter 5, a new indie game called Firewatch from Campos Santos and Panic, a text-based mobile game called Lifeline, Blizzard’s new strategy for Hearthstone, and the Thieve’s Guild expansion for Elder Scrolls Online. Wow. That’s a lot of stuff in one episode. Our YouTube livestream ran long, but we cut it down to 27 minutes in the studio. Shout out to Drift Management for letting us use their sound/video studio for the show.

We think we finally nailed the video aspect of our podcast. We also have a plan in place for the next episode that will make our audio even better! You’ll always be able to watch the unedited video on YouTube. The audio podcast lives here on the site and in iTunes. Our typical recording day is Tuesdays, we post the podcast to the website as soon as possible after that. Check out the show notes below for links to the games we discussed on the show!

Our hosts, Sean and Josh, both work in the tech industry and devote whatever free time they can afford to playing games. From consoles to tabletop, they’re interested in all genres of gaming. Josh’s first video game was Pitfall! from the Atari 2600 first released in 1982. Sean’s first game was Duck Hunt on the NES first released in 1985. Apparently, Josh’s parents were cooler than Sean’s… or less responsible. Hard to say.

As we move forward with the podcast, we’ll cover a wide range of gaming topics. We hope to bring other gamers in for interviews, and do some Q&A with our livestream viewers. We also hope you’ll give us feedback. Sure, we’re doing this show because we love gaming, but we’re also here to entertain you. If we mess up, we want you to tell us. If you have a question, ask it. Feel free to leave a comment, and we’ll get back to you.

GG Episode 7 Show Notes

Street Fighter 5 – Capcom is hoping that this becomes the new face of eSports. Sean’s initial impressions weren’t great, but their server issues appear to be fixed. Josh isn’t interested. We think it’s worth a shot if you like fighting games.

Hearthstone – We’ve discussed Blizzard’s Hearthstone previously, but Sean explains how they’re setting the game up for the long term. A new game mode called “Standard” limits the deck to cards from the current and previous calendar years. We’re both excited about the decision; it will make the game more approachable for noobs and casuals.

Firewatch – Developed by Campos Santos and published by Panic, this game is a story-based, first-person adventure game. Most of the game is spent discussing a mysterious series of events with a fellow firewatcher in the Rocky Mountains. The story is just good enough to make the game worth $20. Josh said it was an emotional journey with a few twists. It’s not a long game; you could finish it in one sitting without much effort.

Lifeline – One of Josh’s friends introduced him to the mobile game about a month ago and he couldn’t put it down. It’s entirely text-based and sends you push notifications when the game is ready for you to continue. It’s cheap, buy the first one and see what you think. If you like it, buy the other two. Just don’t go crazy if you die… it happens.

Thieve’s Guild – this is a new expansion in the Elder Scrolls Online universe (one of Josh’s multi-year obessions). Sean’s just getting into ESO, but they’re both very excited to see this iconic piece of Elder Scrolls lore make it’s way into the MMO. There’s a lot of information available about the expansion; we barely covered it. Check it out.

GG Episode 7 Livestream

Josh Carr
Josh founded eciov in 2009 (it was originally an app review site called Cocoa Touch Apps). He wrote for TUAW (AOL) until it shut down in 2015. He's passionate and skilled in all things digital; especially websites. He can make anything with WordPress. He also loves art, music, creativity, bearding, and his wife, Laura... she's awesome.
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