A Band of Gamers (ABOG) - Video Games & Music
Three best mates podcasting about video games and music. Formerly a more serious endeavor and now an excuse to hang out, talk about their favorite hobbies and drink a few brews. Listen in for gaming talk and to discover new music you may have missed otherwise.

A Band of Gamers shares their approach to managing console hard drive space, which PS2 games they want on the PS4, what they're playing, movie theater etiquette and a fresh tune from Milwaukee's Faux Fiction.

Contents

Icebreaker // What is your favorite science fiction movie?

0:03:25 Gaming // ABOG shares how they manage their console hard drive space. Shane recently bought a second PS4 so the conversation is timely for him. They then hit up the popular Twitter hashtag #ps2ps4 and share the games they'd like to play again on their PS4's - Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, SSX, SSX Tricky, Super Bust-A-Move, TimeSplitters 2, Mister Mosquito, Katamari Damacy, Downhill Domination, Test Drive Unlimited, Bully, Raw Danger! and God Hand

0:14:40 Playing // Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse (Vita), Little Big Planet PS Vita, Jetpack Joyride (Vita), Run Sackboy! Run! (Vita), The Crew (PS4), and Rogue Legacy (Vita), Karl's brand new XBOX One, XBOX One Game Sharing, tales from Saturday night Star Wars Battlefront community gaming session, Halo 5: Guardians, Rock Zombie (XBOX One), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Disney Infinity 3.0 Force Awakens Play Set

0:36:45 Star Wars: The Force Awakens // A brief conversation about the experience seeing the latest Star Wars film in the theater and movie theater popcorn munching etiquette. Spoiler free - listen with confidence.

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Karl's football team has him down and perhaps they won't make his favorites of the year list and Shane is waiting for a price cut on a Christmas tree. The guys converse about end of the year lists, multiplayer games they'd like to play on the newest consoles, what they're playing and listening to and then close it out with a Transformers inspired tune from Blitskald.

Contents

Icebreaker // Real or fake Christmas tree?

0:06:45 Gaming // Tis the season for video game reviews; how do you find value in these lists and are any worth your trust? Who does ABOG put their trust in for year ending best-of lists? Killzone 3 multiplayer is missed by the ABOG community; which other games would the guys like to bring back and play on the latest gaming consoles?

0:23:15 Playing // Drawn to Death (PS4), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS4), The Crew: Wild Run (PS4), Fallout 4 (PS4), Karl's last week with a Vita? Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken and the New World Revolution soundtrack (Vita), Rocket League (PS4), Transformers: Devastation (PS4), Borderlands 2 (Steam), King's Quest (PS4)

0:49:00 Music // Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots,  Frank Sinatra, Garbage "Bleed Like Me", Santana, David Bowie "Blackstar"

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ABOG shares their holiday traditions which may or may not include a hippopotamus, spinning Abbey Road while decorating the tree, Die Hard and knoblauchbrot. They also share a holiday gift guide for gamers with a new PS4 or XBOX One under the tree and go in depth on all the happenings from the PlayStation Experience event. 

Icebreaker // What is your favorite holiday song or album?

0:05:30 Gaming // Holiday gift guide for gamer's with a new XBOX One or PlayStation 4 under the tree, thoughts and reactions to Sony's PlayStation Experience event and all the pertinent announcements

1:05:45 Music // When is it appropriate to start listening to Christmas music? ABOG holiday traditions including the albums they listen to when decorating the tree, Frankfurt Christmas Market, Die Hard, Jingle All The Way, prepping for their favorites of the year show and more.

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The guys lean on Tony Hawk for most of the important decisions in episode 83 except pizza. He helps them with gaming glitches, which new system Joel's brother-in-law should buy, how to use a rubber band to earn a platinum trophy and if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can save his horrible game.

Icebreaker // What is your favorite pizza place and what style of pizza do you prefer?

0:07:45 Gaming // Game crashing glitches and bugs, which new system should Joel's brother-in-law buy?

0:26:30 Playing // Star Wars Battlefront (PS4), Halo 5: Guardians, Karl's rubber band trick in Rocket League, Shadow Complex (XBOX 360), Fallout 4 (PS4), Castle Crashers (Steam), patched Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (PS4), The Crew (PS4)

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Keep those old fashioned flat screens bolted to the wall because it's snowing outside, ABOG has their parents' records cranked and the top 10 favorite snow sports games are heating up the plasma. Afterward they toss around red and green swords in their review of Star Wars Battlefront.

Icebreaker // Which records did you borrow from your parents collection and spin as a kid?

0:08:15 Gaming // Joel needs a new TV so the guys give him advice on what's important in a gaming set-up, top 10 favorite snow sports games

0:26:00 Playing // Halo 5: Guardians (XBOX One), Gears of War 3 and Judgement added to XBOX One, Fallout 4 (PS4), Star Wars Battlefront (PS4)

0:31:10 Review // Star Wars Battlefront (PS4)

0:49:50 Listening // Black Sabbath Paranoid from Vinyl Me Please, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine

Tangential discussions // Shane will eventually watch Star Wars but not until the original theatrical releases are available

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It's the time of year when the Green Bay Packers bum and the sickness hits.

Icebreaker // What bums you out?

0:06:50 New Hotness // Autumn drop of blockbuster games, XBOX One's new dash and backwards compatibility, EA Access

0:19:20 Playing // Fallout 4 (PS4), Rocket League (PS4), Halo 5: Guardians (XBOX One), Kameo: Elements of Power (XBOX One)

0:47:50 Music // Johnny Marr Adrenalin Baby, My Baby live

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The guys are joined by two friends to battle off sleep 16 hours into the Extra Life 24 hour gaming marathon by recording this podcast episode. And making each other laugh.

Icebreaker // If you could own one arcade cabinet or pinball table which would it be?

0:05:55 Extra Life 2015 // Rocket League tournament results

0:11:00 Playing // Halo 5: Guardians (XBOX One), Hearthstone, MLB 15: The Show (Vita), NHL 16 (PS4), Bloodborne (PS4), Zen Pinball 2 (PS4), Towerfall Ascension (PS4), Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4), Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4), Madden NFL 16 (PS4), Octodad (PS4), Surgeon Simulator (PS4)

And plenty of the usual tangential conversations.

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Shane and Karl battle through colds to bring you another episode of ABOG. In between coughing they chat about gaming news, what they've been playing and then Karl talks about a recent chance he had to see his all-time favorite drummer. 

Icebreaker // What is the most unusual job you've ever had?

0:05:25 News // PlayStation Paris Games Week Conference impressions (Gran Turismo Sport, Detroit, No Man's Sky, Dreams, new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront, Robinson: The Journey, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood), Rocket League drops a puck on the ice? Rock Band 4 reviewed by the dev (from Ben Kuchera's article on Polygon), Batman: Arkham Knight Steam refunds, PlayStation Plus freebies for November, EA Access

0:36:05 Playing // Tales from the Borderlands,  Battleborn (PS4) beta, Broken Age (Vita), Super Meat Boy, Rocket League, Destiny (PS4), Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4), PlayStation 1 classics on the Vita, Capcom Classics Collection, Driveclub Bikes (PS4)

1:14:00 Music // Karl attends Sunshine of Your Love - concert celebrating the life and music of Jack Bruce and gets to see his favorite drummer of all time.

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Fantasy Factory rides on two wheels into Joel's and Shane's mugs and out pours much video game discussion (and rainbows).

Icebreaker // Do you believe in ghosts?

0:05:00 News // Square Enix remaking more than just Final Fantasy VII, Sony cuts PlayStation 4 price in UK and Australia, Halo 5 Guardians (2LP) Soundtrack Vinyl Edition

0:18:20 Playing // Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4), MLB 15: The Show (Vita), tangential discussion on the current fate of the PlaySation Vita, Trials Fusion (Awesome Level Max clones the Fantasy Factory artwork), Bridge Constructor (XBOX One), Guns Gore & Cannoli (XBOX One), Sunset Overdrive (XBOX One), Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked

1:08:45 Music // Vinyl Me Please exclusive release of Blessed Feathers There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow

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Shane and Karl welcome Critters and Ghoulies into their House to bust some Decepti-chops and to chat about the latest in video game news, what they're playing and a review of Transformers: Devastation.

News // Nintendo shipping dev units for their next console? Star Wars Battlefront season pass announced and it's pricey, Witcher 3 gets a big patch, Friday the 13th kickstarter, PS4 price drop. 

Playing // Dark Souls 3 stress test, Rocket League Revenge of the Battle-cars dlc, Hotline Miami (Vita), Kung Fu Rabbit (Vita), Catherine (PS3), Borderlands 2 (PS4)

Review // Transformers: Devastation

Extra Life Rocket League Tournament 11/7/2015 // Sign up details VGEvo thread // Donate to A Band of Gamers Extra Life Team

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