ABOG Podcast - Video Games and Music
A young at heart trio keeps you up-to-date with the fast-paced video game industry. They also help you discover new music by recommending a record and playing a fresh tune from an independent artist.

You'll never call them late for a beer. Shane, Joel and Karl are back for another video game and music conversation and then reveal the first band playing their MGC Music stage at the Midwest Gaming Classic on April 9th, 2016.

Contents

Icebreaker // How late is late?

0:04:30 Gaming Conversations // Former founders of Criterion Games reveal Dangerous Golf. Sony merges PlayStation into US-based Sony Interactive Entertainment. Lifetime XBOX One and PlayStation 4 console sales and the potential impact on the next few years of ABOG gaming.

0:13:00 Playing // ABOG FC via FIFA 16 (PS4), Tom Clancy's The Division Beta, Lego Marvel's Avengers (PS4), Star Wars Battlefront (PS4), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Halo 5: Guardians (XBOX One)

0:36:50 Music // Suede Night Thoughts, Kula Shaker, Brett Newski American Folk Armageddon and the reveal of the band kicking off this year's MGC Music stage at the Midwest Gaming Classic.

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Shane and Karl survive poison and vampire bites by channeling their super powers, playing video games and spinning records. Must be another episode of ABOG wherein Joel can't come up with the creative words to describe a stellar episode.

Contents

Icebreaker // Would you rather be bitten by a radioactive spider or a vampire?

0:03:45 Gaming Conversations // Iron Maiden's RPG Legacy of the Beast where you can play as Eddie and travel through time battling monsters from the Iron Maiden universe. EA releases some free dlc for Star Wars Battlefront. There's a beta for World of Tanks out on the PS4. The ins and outs of recovering an old gamertag on a new XBOX One after establishing a new gamertag.

0:17:15 Playing // Rocket League Snow Day (PS4), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (XBOX One), Fallout 4 (XBOX One), The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (XBOX 360), Titanfall (XBOX One), Little Big Planet (PS3), Little Big Planet 3 (PS4), NHL 16 (PS4), The Golf Club (PS4)

0:40:20 Music // The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon, Megadeth Dystopia, Dave Mustaine 

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A Band of Gamers toast David Bowie and share their thoughts on his last album Blackstar in Side B. Before flipping sides they talk about Amazon's latest video game announcement, their most anticipated games of 2016, what they're playing and then close out the show with a great tune from Rocketbirds Hardboiled Chicken.

Contents

Icebreaker // If you won the lottery and had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

0:03:15 Gaming Conversations // Amazon announces 20% off preordered and new video games with Prime membership which seems to be a competitive reply to Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked. What about the digital titles? Can we get 20% off on full game download cards? Joel wishes he could.

Which games are the guys most looking forward to in 2016? Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4), Cuphead (XBOX One), Raging Justice (XBOX One), New Legend of Zelda (Nintendo console), Tom Clancy's The Division, The Last Guardian (PS4), Gran Turismo Sport (PS4), Unravel, No Man's Sky (PS4), Crackdown 3 (XBOX One), Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

0:14:40 Playing // Plants Vs. Zombie Garden Warfare 2 (Beta), Lego Dimensions, Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Joel is further from the Rocket League platinum trophy than he thought, Guns Gore & Cannoli (PS4),  NHL 16 Online Team Play (PS4)

0:37:25 Music // ABOG remembers David Bowie and other artists who passed away that left a lasting impact on their lives. They then share their thoughts about the last Bowie record Blackstar.

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VR is a walk in the park to ABOG regardless of the price but they still prefer the old fashioned controller and monitor set-up for gaming. Speaking of monitors, Joel shares the scoop on his new television and then Shane and Karl worry about their PS4's thanks to the added power of the 7th core. This and the usual what they're playing, listening to and another fantastic tune to close out the show.

Contents

Icebreaker // How was your holiday? What did you do on New Year's Eve?

0:04:15 Gaming Conversation // Oculus Rift's price is announced at $599 US, Joel shares his impressions of his new Samsung 4K television after replacing a faltering set and Sony unlocks the 7th core.

0:25:10 Playing // Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), XBOX One game sharing, Just Cause 3 (PS4), Guns, Gore and Cannoli (PS4), Borderlands 2 Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Undertale (Steam)

0:50:30 Music // David Bowie Blackstar, David Bowie Station to Station, Albert Hammond Jr Momentary Masters, Red Hot Chili Peppers Live at Cardiff June 2004 (free download)

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An annual tradition renewed for another season. A Band of Gamers shares yours and their favorite video games and albums of 2015.

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0:02:00 Community Submissions // With contributions from David Sodee @dbsodee, Chris Patrick PSN:beanhead26, Louise Davis @TheLastLurtz, Katie Stubbs @katieee120, Sergio @Musikfool81, Chad @close_2nd, Chris Jones, Michael Bothe @MikePSN2013X, Si Lane, Javier Farfan, William Mackellar @lardteamaker, Rob @nafscub, Scott Ollek @FL1P42

0:22:00 ABOG Favorite Albums 

0:32:05 ABOG Favorite Video Games

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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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