A Band of Gamers (ABOG)
Video games and music. Two hobbies in one podcast. An excuse for three best mates with many miles between them to hang out, talk about their favorite hobbies and drink a few brews together. Episodes include video game news, impressions and reviews along with new albums, gigs and record collecting.

Shane is a gentleman when he chirps at the ballgame and when Karl's son beats his score. English people don't get baseball but they sure play a lot of Rocket League. Joel likes beards on his batters and David Lynch Inside his video games.

Icebreaker

What is your most memorable live baseball game experience?

0:08:55 Favorite baseball video games

  • Baseball // Atari 2600
  • Hardball // Commodore 64
  • Major League Baseball // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Bases Loaded // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Base Wars // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Little League Baseball: Championship Series // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Baseball Stars // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Baseball Stars 2 // Neo Geo
  • World Series // Arcade
  • Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball // Super Nintendo
  • Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. // Nintendo 64
  • MVP Baseball // XBOX
  • MLB The Show // PlayStation 4
  • Super Mega Baseball // Playstation 4

0:24:40 Playing (Impressions)

  • Red Dead Redemption // PlayStation 3
  • Limbo // XBOX One
  • Lost Castle // Steam
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer // Steam
  • Witcher Adventure Game // Steam

0:35:30 Review of Playdead's Inside

0:41:45 Notable New Music

  • NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories
  • Jake Bugg On My One
  • Direct Hit! Wasted Mind

Music Played In This Episode With Permission From The Artists

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets "State of Flux" Drum Synth Fuzz
  • Outro by Direct Hit! "Artificial Confidence" Wasted Mind

Outtakes

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Direct download: 114.mp3
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Pitting the PS3 and PS4 against each other, based on their first two and a half years and everything else being equal, the guys decide which had the better start. Karl drinks to relieve the stress of watching his wallet suffer through the Steam summer sale. Shane hooks his PS3 back up and feels obligated to play Oasis on Super Audio CD. Joel has been spinning his horse's legs all over Mexico powered by a man and his acoustic.

Icebreaker

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?

0:03:40 PS3 vs. PS4 in their first 2.5 years

0:31:25 Playing (Impressions)

  • Brutal Legend
  • Starpoint Gemini 2
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Forza 6
  • Overwatch
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • PlayStation Vue via Roku

0:48:45 Notable New Music

  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium Monolith of Phobos
  • Band of Horses Why Are You OK
  • Direct Hit! Wasted Mind
  • Seth Anderson One Week Records

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets "State of Flux" Drum Synth Fuzz
  • Outro by Zach Quinn "Weakling" One Week Records

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Direct download: 113.mp3
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The guys share their most anticipated games from E3 2016 and then talk through what they've been playing. Shane introduces us to J-pervs. Karl and his banker friends go off the leash to Download Fest. Joel throws tires during concerts and still thinks Killzone 3 is the best.

Icebreaker

Ever have a video game or a song draw you in like a tractor beam?

0:04:30 E3 2016 Most Anticipated Games

  • God of War
  • Injustice 2
  • Spider-Man
  • Technomancer
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Batman Arkham VR
  • Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR Mission
  • South Park The Fracture But Whole
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Gears of War 4
  • Steep
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

0:22:15 Playing (Impressions)

  • Halo Wars 2 Beta
  • Overwatch
  • Rebel Galaxy
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst
  • Super Mega Baseball
  • Akiba's Trip Undead & Undressed
  • Pixel Junk Monsters
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Killzone 3
  • Life is Strange

0:53:10 Karl's Time At Download Fest 2016

  • Beartooth
  • Inglorious
  • Sixx:A.M.
  • Rival Sons
  • Escape The Fate
  • Megadeth
  • The Shrine
  • NOFX
  • Black Sabbath

1:12:55 Notable New Music

  • Rival Sons Hollow Bones
  • William Tyler Modern Country

Music Played In This Episode

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Joel and Shane share their impressions of the E3 2016 Sony and Microsoft press conferences.

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Direct download: 111.mp3
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The Overwatch hype train hasn't passed ABOG as all three guys have been playing the game and share their impressions of it. Shane's face melts off seeing La Sera and he smashes up the place in Dangerous Golf. Karl benefits from being a cheapskate on Steam and shows off his space exploration skills in Rebel Galaxy. Joel faces Doom when entering a mall so opts for no pants and the wrong size shoes instead.

Show notes including links at ABOGpod.com/podcast/ep110

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Direct download: 110.mp3
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Shane finds a clever way to blame shitty episodes of ABOG on the listener and crowns an early favorite of the year after finding a horse head mask. Karl provides some impressions of Overwatch after recruiting his family to earn him achievement points in Solitaire. Joel digs holes, plays the hell out of Doom and adds Midwest Death Rattle's Post-Apocalypso to the growing 2016 top list of records.

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Direct download: 109.mp3
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Sir Willem Something Shane likes puzzle platformers and being treated with respect from customer service. Joel longs for a video game version of Rummy as he spends the week stuck on the same Pixel Junk Monsters level. Karl bakes up a few new gaming experiences on the PC and ruins a couple families teaching kids a basic beat.

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Direct download: 108.mp3
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Shane buys a new console and gets violated PlayStation style. Karl keeps a watchful eye on his wife and reviews Uncharted 4. Joel starts the week with Psych Fest and finishes on the heavier side with Doom.

Full show notes (click here)

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Karl summons disco balls to review Ratchet & Clank while learning 34 songs. Shane is back with his fear of planes but is busier than a dog with two dinks. Joel moves the fish from the basement to the pond and ends up turning into a squid.

Full Show Notes including links at ABOGpod.com/blog/ep106

Direct download: 106.mp3
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Shane brings the chocolate sauce to the ballpark and hits one over the fence with his review of MLB The Show 16. Karl finds a new use for Amiibos, marvels at Ratchet & Clank on the PS4 and lucks into a box of Record Store Day releases. Joel fights the Wii U gamepad in Star Fox Zero and enjoys some Little Blue Crunchy Things.

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Direct download: 105.mp3
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