CGF Podcast Episodes

#59: Comic Book Adaptations & Games

In this episode of the podcast, Austin has a discussion with old CGF friend and comic book enthusiast Demick. Here we talk about the spectrum of comic book video game adaptations, from NES titles up to recent blockbusters like Spider-Man on PS5.

May 2022
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#58: The Outer Wilds & Majora’s Mask

In this episode of the podcast Austin and Josh discuss The Outer Wilds and compare it to the N64 Zelda game Majora’s Mask.

March 2022
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#57: Microsoft’s Gargantuan Acquisition

In this episode of the podcast we talk about the largest acquisition in the history of the gaming industry: Microsoft’s $86 billion pickup of game industry titan Activision/Blizzard.

February 2022
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#56: CGF 2021 Games of the Year

Another year, another podcast about our favorite games of the year. Not necessarily games released in 2021. Outer Wilds, Factorio, Hades, Paradise Killer, Inscryption, The Long Dark, Doki Doki Literature Club, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, Luck Be a Landlord, Islanders, Westerado, Broken Reality, Void Tyrant, Underhand, Data Wing.

January 2022
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#55: The State of China’s Game Industry in 2022

In this episode of the podcast we examine the state of China’s gaming industry, with particular focus on regulation affecting the global games market and China as a destination for Western games.

This episode follows on several previous episodes in which we perform similar analysis of China game industry conditions. As with most sectors of China, the central topic of discussion is central government, law, and regulation as it intersects with economy and culture.

January 2022
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#54: Exploring the Depths of Hades

In this episode we finally go deep into one of our favorite games from the last year: Hades. Considered by many to be the best game released in 2020, we share our favorite aspects of the game, our tips and strategies for defeating it, and why Hades has left such a strong impression on so many.

April 2021
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#53: 2020 Games of the Year

In this episode of the podcast we discuss our favorite games from the last year. Unlike many other annual lists, ours is not exclusively about games released in the year 2020, it includes some previously released games as well.

March 2021
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#52: Lockdown Games with Edd

Joined here this week by good friend, and CGF Mortal Kombat champion, Edd to discuss his experience with games in lockdown. Talking about experiences with the Switch as well as upsides and hardships.

February 2021
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#51: Lockdown Games with Jason

The penultimate episode of the lockdown series, joined by Jason. We talk about dynamic multiplayer experiences and first person shooters and why he preferred multiplayer over single player experiences for a lot of the quarantine. He just got a playstation at the onset of the virus and dove deep.

July 2020
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#50: Lockdown Games with Demick

In the second episode of this virus mini series I am joined by Demick. Discussing his love of PlayStation and what games he’s played during this trying time and how he’s made the most of it and maximized having so much free time.

July 2021
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#49: Lockdown Games with Aedan

This week, in the first of a series of episodes about experiences during Covid-10, Aedan joins us. Discussing his experience leading up to the outbreak and through quarantine as well as some of his CGF memories.

June 2020
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#48: The Best Games of 2019

In this episode we review our favorite games of the year 2019, both in terms of games released during the year and games we enjoyed and completed. This is an episode with a large volume of games mentioned, and while 2019 might not have been the banner year some were expecting with a number of high profile delays, there were some stellar surprises.

January 2020
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#47: Everlasting Life in Call of Duty: Zombies

In this episode of the podcast we talk about the 11-year long history of Call of Duty’s lesser-known game mode which has as cult following: zombies mode. Since being introduced as a secret easter egg with the 2008 release World at War, this mode has taken on a life of its own, spawning dozens of maps and a surprisingly deep narrative arc.

November 2019
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#46: China’s Growing Influence on Global Games

In this episode of the podcast we analyze China’s rising role in influencing the content of games and the behavior of game developers outside of China.

October 2019
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#45: What the Exploding Subscription Model Means for Games

With Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass among other game subscription services, we’re seeing an explosive new model in the games industry, but what does it mean? We review the latest developments and forecast what the future of gaming might look like with the industry divided by competing subscription services.

October 2019
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#44: The Past, Present, and Future of VR Gaming

After existing on the fringes of the gaming industry for about three years, VR is going mainstream. In this podcast we discuss the past, present and future of the immersive new format while talking about every platform from SteamVR to PSVR.

September 2019
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#43: Inside China’s Biggest Retro Game Exhibition

Right now Chengdu is hosting the “Game On” exhibition, which is the largest retro game collection ever exhibited in China. With over 100 pieces of authentic game hardware which visitors can play, from Missile Command and Ms. Pac-Man to Steel Battalion and Star Wars Arcade, it is an incredible collection. In this episode we speak with one of the event organizers, Leonardo Araujo, about how the exhibition came to be, how they select and maintain games in the collection, and what his favorite pieces in the collection are.

August 2019
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#42: “Goombagate” & Mario Maker 2

In this episode of the CGF podcast, Austin is joined by guest Josh Lamm, creator of the Mario Maker 2 stage “Mario’s Remorse”. According to charges published on Ryan’s From Game to Brain blog, Kotaku editor Chris Kohler plagiarized elements from Josh’s stage in his own stage, titled “That Goomba Had A Family.” Austin and Josh explore the controversy and talk about Mario Maker 2, the latest hit Nintendo Switch release.

August 2019
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#41: The CGF Trivia Podcast

This podcast is a follow-up to our recent CGF Trivia Night, an event which we hosted in Chengdu in May 2019. On that night we had five teams competing, with a single team emerging the winner after a Jeopardy-style trivia battle.

In this podcast three participants (Austin, Charlie and Ryan) participated in a trivia competition live, with questions provided by CGF member Josh Lamm. The format was simply a question asked, with a buzzer for participants to guess the answer.

In about 50 minutes we go over a total of 100 questions in 12 different categories, including a bonus round with video game music. Play along and see how you score!

June 2019
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#40: Killing for Peace in Tencent’s PUBG Rebrand

In this episode of the podcast we discuss the latest wild development which has appeared in Mainland China’s game industry: the rebranding of smash-hit PUBG as “Game for Peace”. In this new Chinese regulator-approved version of the game players collect weapons and ammo and shoot at opponents who, instead of bleeding dying when shot and killed, kneel and wave goodbye before fading away. Game for Peace features a number of other unusual quirks, but what does this game say about the future of China’s game industry? We discuss that and more.

June 2019
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