Dave and Diana Play Donkey Kong Country Returns

Hey, folks, Dave here. Remember how almost a month ago it was annouced that Diana and I would be joining and adding new content? Turns out I’m really bad at follow-up! Hooray! Anyway, as a bit more of an introduction, here’s one of our early videos from our playthrough of Donkey Kong Country Returns. It’s one of the first videos where we started really coming into our own. We’ll spare you the slower videos leading up to it. Enjoy!

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Announcing! New Content!

Hey bits, miss us? We’ve been missing you! But hey, we’re back and have new content!

While our podcasties are harder and harder to reach (we have a whopping 8 hour difference between some of us now!), we didn’t want to leave you stranded without entertainment so! We’re proud to announce new Youtube content and our new correspondents Dave and Diana! They have been making videos about playing games for over a year now and its great! Check them out and keep an eye out for new content!

Podcast Episode 12: PAX Prime 2012!

Welcome back y’all!

This week’s episode takes place at (and is ALL about) PAX Prime in Seattle! Rogue sat down with a bunch of co-nerds and talked about the this-and-that of PAX. Cohosts include Pete C, Kane and Ross which were around all different areas of PAX over the weekend. Topics including the social life of the 3DS world, the newer developments since PAX East and E3 and what it’s like just cruising about one of the biggest video game conventions.

Listen, download (right click and save as), and share! Feel free to post in the comments section to let us know what you thought was the Best Of PAX2012, or any other opinions you might wanna share with any of the gang! Continue reading

Podcast Episode 11: Sinister Design’s Craig Stern

Hey bits! We’ve got a special treat for your in this episode of 8bits and Pieces. Craig Stern, the President/Designer/Master/General/Captain Awesome over at Sinister Design came in for an interview about his work in progress title Telepath Tactics! We discuss his progress and goals, as well as some of his earlier games and where he got his start as an indie developer. Thanks a lot to Craig for coming on the show, and we hope you enjoy this episode!

Listen, download (right click and save as), and share! Post in the comments if you have any follow up questions for Craig, or opinions on our interview! Want us to do more? Let us know! Continue reading

Podcast Episode 10: Hooray! Origin!

Hope your 4th was grand! We podcasted to our little heart’s content. The game industry is collapsing! But not really, and we’re talking about it. Also, EA and Sony are exploring the digital future, and then we debate the balance of keeping casual and hardcore gamers happy within the same type of game, or even the same title. How do you keep one side happy without annoying or ignoring the other? Awesome topics! Sound off and let us know what you think? Also, Justin needs a microphone filter. TIME TO SHOP!

Listen, download (right click and save as), and share! Post in the comments and let us know what you think about the news topics of this week, as well as your thoughts on the casual vs hardcore players and systems in games! Continue reading

Podcast Episode 9: Dillydallying Devs

Dillydallying? Procrastination? Unexpected delays?! That’s what the team talks about this week! Leanne, Hoober, and Justin talk Chicago Tech Week, game news and delays in Episode 9. Sparked by the recent announcements of Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3 getting pushed back a quarter or two. How do you feel when a much anticipated title gets pushed back? Do you give major companies less slack than indie developers?

Listen, download (right click and save as), and share! Post in the comments and let us know what you think about game delays! Do you care or just sort of take games as they get released? Do you do any sort of pre-orders or do you wait for game reviews to come out before investing in a new game?

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Tech Week Chicago: Video Games!

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Tech Week Conference and Expo is dedicated to startups and digital innovation. Primarily focusing on the social and tech industry, this is the go to place for all tech nerds. And what made it even better? VIDEO GAMES.
I had the pleasure of attending Tech Week in Chicago this past weekend and connecting with tons of Chicago based game developers in the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) Gaming Lounge. I got a hands on with over 15 different titles all coming out of Chicago!  It was great talking to these developers, programmers, and community managers. I could feel their passion for the games they were putting out, and it got me excited to play everything there. So I did. Here’s a few of them. Continue reading

Podcast Episode 8: Post E3 Discussion – Look at my Thighs!

AFTER THE STORM!

E3 BITS! E3 Has drifted away once again, but not without leaving an impression! Leanne, Emmett, Hoober, and Justin are together at last in Episode 8 as we break down all the big press conferences and talk about what wowed us and what put us to sleep! Our man Emmett was on the floor at E3 and he gives us an inside look at all the demos, and the lines!
What was our favorite thing at E3? What was the biggest let down, did any of our wild predictions come true?

Listen, download (right click and save as), and share! Post in the comments and let us know what YOU thought of E3! What was your favorite part? Did any of the big three win? What was your biggest let down? Continue reading

Podcast Episode 7: Pre E3 Edition – Cocktail Mama!

PREEEE EEEEEEE THREEEEE! In episode 7 Justin, Leanne, and special guest Emmett are talking about our hopes and dreams for E3! We discuss what games (or systems?) we are looking forward to the most, what we think will be announced, and how depressed we will be after none of it happens! We also reflect on the past and give our opinions on if all the companies and games lived up to their promises, or if they fell flat on their face.

Listen, download (right click and save as), and share! Post in the comments and let us know what YOU think is going to happen at E3! Also, are you playing or watching any of the same things we are? Let us know your thoughts! Continue reading

Podcast Episode 6: Bond Should Drink Fourloko

HEYYYYYYY BITS! So first off, super sorry this is crazy late. Over a week now, and well, let’s go ahead an blame it on memorial day weekend. Which was awesome! Hope yours went well. BUT ONTO THE EPISODE…

Hoob and Justin are at it again, talking Game of Thrones! Yeah we watched it, but did you know they’re coming out with a Facebook game? Something possibly more awesome is the new 007: Skyfall trailer. Bond is back and we can’t wait. Then we dive into Bungie’s new game franchise (and how it might not actually be so new), Capcom rethinking how it distributes DLC, Valve’s got a new way to take our money – but we don’t mind, and then some HILARIOUS news from the Activision vs West & Zampella case. (Yes we know, it’s now over, we’ll talk about that soon hopefully!)
Listen, download (right click and save as), and share! Post in the comments and let us know what you think about all these awesome, terrible, and borderline hilarious news stories. Also, are you playing or watching any of the same things we are? Let us know your thoughts! Continue reading