The Fourth Player

The Fourth Player video game podcast

The Fourth Player Podcast
The Fourth Player video game podcast

Description

A videogame podcast from the mouths and minds of people from the land of the videogame. We are a collection of current and former developers, publishers, journalists and players who talk about the games we love and loathe.

Link: thefourthplayer.libsyn.com/webpage

Categories

Games & Hobbies

Episodes

The Fourth Player - Ep. 130

Jul 29, 2018 01:16:30

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After a little hiatus, the fourth player team is back and better than ever... or at least, the same as ever. Which is still good right?

In this episode Ben regales us with his time in Fortnite, Paul scratches his action RPG itch with Inquisitor and the team discuss the techniques games use to maintain long term play.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 129

Mar 7, 2018 01:04:05

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Cute little piggies, giant dragons and more body part based weaponry than a David Cronenberg film. Yes, Monster Hunter is back. In addition to discussing the latest entry in Capcom's storied franchise, Paul, Ben and Nathan give their thoughts on the Nintendo Labo and the delightful narrative mobile game Florence. 

The Fourth Player - Ep. 128

Jan 17, 2018 01:11:04

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It’s 2018 and the team is back with a brand-new episode. Listen as Max regales all with his attempts to re-enact as much as Persona 5 as possible during his trip to Japan. For his part, Nathan talks about life as a vacuum cleaner in Rumu; in addition to his strange forays into the terrifying world of Doki Doki Literature Club. To round things off, the team discuss what’s getting them hot under the collar for games in 2018. Happy new year!

The Fourth Player - Ep. 127

Dec 14, 2017 01:41:15

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With 2017 coming to a close for The Fourth Player team, the guys have gotten together to let you know their thoughts on the year overall, and to highlight their personal top five games for the year. Merry Christmas!

The Fourth Player - Ep. 126

Nov 14, 2017 01:30:16

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PAX is over for another year, in lieu of our usual on the ground coverage, the team take the time to reflect on their experiences. In addition, the crew discuss the recently released Hand of Fate 2, Shadow of War and hat game of the year, Mario Odyssey.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 125

Oct 9, 2017 01:05:49

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With Nathan off ingesting miniature paints or something, it's up to the rest of the team to dig deep into the open world of NBA 2K 2018 while Max regales everyone with tales of debauchery from his related press trip. In addition Ben gets a master class in eSports and seemingly comes out none-the-wiser for it. Contains traces of Boyz 2 Men.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 124

Sep 3, 2017 01:08:25

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After months of anticipation, Agents of Mayhem has finally hit and... it's something. Paul and Nathan dive in to the reality of Volition's latest title, and how it measures up to their expectations. The team also discussion the upcoming release of Destiny 2, while Nathan explores the free to play mobile dress-up game, Love Nikki.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 123

Aug 21, 2017 01:05:49

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In this latest episode, the team slap on construction hats and get to building in both Fortnite, and Kingdoms and Castles. Paul also weighs in on the mayo / ketchup debate with Splatoon 2. Warning: May contain traces of Paula Abdul. 

The Fourth Player - Ep. 122

Jul 21, 2017 01:26:22

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With Ben returning from a 5 week stint in Europe, the team is finally back together again. Paul explores life as a monster hunter in the original The Witcher, Nathan channels John Wick in SUPERHOT VR and prepares Max to lose friends in anticipation of his first game of Diplomacy.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 121

Jun 19, 2017 01:06:19

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With E3 now behind us, the team deliver their own hot takes on what they thought of this years announcements. In addition Paul gives his thoughts on Nintendo's Arms while Nathan delves into the metal prehistoric world of Horizon: Zero Dawn.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 120

May 23, 2017 01:13:35

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It’s Persona time (much to Ben’s chagrin) so Max jumps into Atlus’ latest poppy JRPG while Paul tries to survive the harsh world of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. Gritty survival and heart stealing thieves? It’s a mix we can only call Toxic.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 119

Apr 30, 2017 01:11:24

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Join the team as Paul and Max spar over Bioware's latest Mass Effect entry and Ben get's his melee on with For Honor. And then, for a bit of extra flavour, we dive into the relationship of the Snorks and the Smurfs for some reason.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 118

Apr 17, 2017 57:10

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Move over Breath of the Wild, Nathan is declaring your time in the sun as 2017's best game is over with the arrival of Yoko Taro's NieR: Automata. In addition, the team analyse the fan and critical reaction to the latest entry in the Mass Effect franchise - Andromeda. 

The Fourth Player - Ep. 117.5

Apr 17, 2017 32:40

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In this special episode Paul teams up with friend of the podcast Henry T. Casey over a few drinks in New York City. Listen as the two discuss wrestling, their origins in gaming, and more.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 117

Mar 24, 2017 01:17:35

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The Switch is out and, most importantly, so is the latest Zelda installment. Join the crew as Paul and Nathan gush over Link's latest outing while Paul also discusses an incredibly intriguing live game experience he walked through while in Boston for the most recent PAX East. We also take time to discuss amusing moments in the world of game PR.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 116

Mar 7, 2017 01:11:12

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With Paul joining Frank West on his last hurrah with Dead Rising 4, he and the rest of the team take a moment to reflect on the right and wrong ways to end long running franchises. On a slightly less amusing note, the team also delve into the controversy surrounding Pewdiepie and why no tears are being shed over his current woes.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 115

Feb 19, 2017 01:03:16

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It's Dark Souls time again except it isn't. Paul jumps in to Team Ninja's stellar take on the franchise - Nioh, while Max gets ready to make a splash in competitive esports with Smite tactics. We also take the time to discuss the end of an era with the axing of Good Game.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 114

Jan 23, 2017 01:10:12

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The Nintendo Switch is coming and the boys from The Fourth Player are coming at you with their first impressions after an extensive hands on showing of the new console. Kick off the new year right with a look at what may be Nintendo's most controversial console yet.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 113

Dec 23, 2016 01:39:16

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With the end of the year upon us, it's time to reflect on the most important things in our lives... video games. Max delves deep into the life of an assassin with the episodic Hitman and Nathan demands Santa deliver him a puppy-cat for Christmas thanks to The Last Guardian. The boys also discuss the year that was and answer lots of listener email.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 112

Dec 11, 2016 59:01

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Join the lads this episode as Paul delves deep into the mysterious world of hacking and social change via Watchdogs 2 (with, thankfully, no Aiden Pierce) while Nathan slaps a saddle on a chicken and goes chocobo riding in the oft-delayed Final Fantasy XV. Also discover the answer to the big question of the day - Which WWE/WWF wrestler would make the best Santa.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 111

Nov 22, 2016 01:20:19

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It feels like it's been forever but the team is all back together again to talk gaming. This episode, Paul dives into the Skyrim remaster and experiences the joys of modding. Meanwhile Nathan joins forces with BT in Titanfall 2 and discusses with the rest of the team why its release has been so problematic. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.110

Nov 15, 2016 01:36:20

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It's PAX AUS time! Join Nathan as he explores the halls of the latest iteration of Australia's largest games convention. Featuring interviews with journo-cum-dev Dan Hindes, Hand of Fate 2's Morgan Jaffit and boardgame artist extrordinaire Ian O'Toole. Not to mention our very special guest - a tired and overworked Paul Houlihan.

The Fourth Player - Ep.109

Oct 26, 2016 01:22:20

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Grab your motion controllers, slap a helmet on your head and join the Ben and Paul as they enter the realm of VR - discussing both the Playstation VR and Occulus Rift line up. While the others look to the future, Nathan looks to the past with his first impressions of history simulator Civilization VI.

The Fourth Player - Ep.108

Oct 12, 2016 01:11:18

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Cars, ghosts and Lego, oh my. Breathe deep on the petrol fumes of Forza Horizon 3, bust ghosts with the latest entry in Lego Dimensions, and ponder the question of franchise innovation with The Fourth Player team. No Tracy Chapman's were harmed in the recording of this podcast.

The Fourth Player - Ep.107

Sep 29, 2016 01:27:52

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With everyone back in the same room again, the team turn their eyes to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,  then reminisce about days gone by as Paul experiences his first ever LAN. Warning: Podcast may contain ranting Nathans.

The Fourth Player - Ep.106

Sep 9, 2016 01:24:15

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As Ben sits patiently at home awaiting the imminent arrival of his newborn, Paul, Max and Nathan take this opportunity to gush about the Shin Megami Tensei franchise - specifically Persona 3 and Tokyo Mirage Sessions. We also revisit media's reaction to Nintendo's upcoming console.

The Fourth Player - Ep.105

Aug 24, 2016 01:05:57

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With Paul away with what we can only assume is consumption - Max, Ben and Nathan explore space in No Man's Sky, swipe left in Reigns and learn about hentai sub-genres. We're as confused as you.

The Fourth Player - Ep.104

Aug 10, 2016 01:03:44

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Just like the Beatles after a meeting with Mark Chapman, the team of The Fourth Player is down a member this week. So join Ben, Max and Nathan as they talk Double Fine's Head Lander, the Nintendo NX and Overwatch. No hair was harmed in the recording of this episode.

The Fourth Player - Ep.103

Jul 22, 2016 56:47

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max discuss the rise and eventually fall of Pokemon GO, surges in popularity and how the model of a game impacts how we play. We answer some listener email, and give thanks to our mates at Games Lab and Gamebug.

The Fourth Player - Ep.102

Jul 7, 2016 01:08:13

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In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan discuss Pokemon Go as the catch and release 'em up hits smartphones across Australia, how European developed B-grade 'renovator's dream' games scratch that itch and deliver memorable experiences with The Technomancer, and we answer listener email on the subject of lost saves of our past. Thanks to Games Laboratory and gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep.101

Jun 27, 2016 01:34:49

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max speculate on E3 announcements and make up some of our own, Nathan explains world domination done right with Twilight Struggle, Paul shares tales of his time as Ryu, world warrior and Head of State for Japan in a PULP Mega Game. We answer some listener email, cheers to everyone who came to our live show, and thanks to our mates at Games Laboratory and gamebug.com.au. Remember to visit thefourthplayer.com to watch our Live! episode 100.

The Fourth Player - Ep.100

Jun 15, 2016 01:24:37

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Join Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max alongside a live studio audience for the 100th episode of The Fourth Player podcast; the video is available at thefourthplayer.com and https://youtu.be/nQlAYiNCcpE. We discuss the origin story of how the show started four years ago, declare the top 10 games of all time, and battle the audience in gaming trivia. With live listener emails, and a drinking game; it's our best video episode ever. Hosted at Games Laboratory, and available on Gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep.99

May 23, 2016 01:31:18

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max discuss Naughty Dog's final chapter in Sony's series with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and talk about the evolution of advertising for videogames; we lurched from stylised box art to tasteless commercials in the nineties and naughties, and the role of personality-led criticism for games today. We answer some great listener email, and discuss final plans for our live recording in front of an audience for episode 100 on June 4, 2016. Thanks to Plantronics, gamebug.com.au and Games Laboratory. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.98

May 9, 2016 01:04:16

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk Blizzard's beta for arena shooter Overwatch, and discuss how offering early and extended access to audiences impacts the way we see and play games. Max makes tracks with Mini Metro on steam, and we talk about plans for our upcoming live 100th episode taking place June 4 at Games Laboratory in Melbourne. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au and Plantronics.

The Fourth Player - Ep.97

May 2, 2016 01:34:06

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In this episode Paul, Ben and Nathan discuss covenants, fetishisation, death and souls in FromSoftware's Dark Souls 3, Paul's adventures at PAX East 2016 checking out asymmetrical murder simulator Dead by Daylight, Wes Anderson point and drag Burly Men At Sea, and Twitch-powered Runningman social experiment Streamline. We talk more about episode 100 which will be recorded live in front of an audience on June 4 at Games Laboratory in Melbourne. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep.96

Apr 12, 2016 01:27:14

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In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan are joined by returning guest Steve Heller from Surprise Attack and Pixels for Breakfast to talk Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break, and how it measures up to their previous offerings Max Payne and Alan Wake. We talk about Witch Beam's delightful twin stick shooter Assault Android Cactus, and muse on the state of play for Sony's handheld market; a Whodunnit on the death of the PlayStation Vita. We answer some great listener email, and provide updates on our live show for episode 100, set for June 4 at Games Laboratory in Melbourne. Thanks to Games Lab, Gamebug.com.au and Plantronics. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.95

Mar 29, 2016 01:25:27

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In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan form a post-Easter break trinity to talk sick adventures, farming and questionable genocide in Stardew Valley, cunning linguists and animal training in FarCry Primal, and ponder the fate of VR at the launch of the Occulus Rift. We answer some listener email, talk about exciting plans for our live 100th episode set for June 4 in Melbourne, and learn of Nathan's virtual wife. Thanks to our friends at Games Laboratory, Gamebug.com.au and Plantronics.

The Fourth Player - Ep.94

Mar 15, 2016 01:21:29

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In this episode, Paul, Nath and Max are joined by the dulcet tones and fabuolous hair of returning guest Tim Best from Mighty Games to qualify human suffering in Ubisoft Massive's The Division. Drawing on experiences from Fallout: New Vegas, Diplomacy, D&D, Pathfinder, FarCry Primal, Survivor ORGs and Ultima Online, we discuss how games best represent threat and treachery, and how AI and players instil dread by aping our own dark behaviours. We're not gon diss you in the Dark Zone. Cause our mamas taught us better than that. Thanks to our friends at Games Laboratory and Gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep.93

Mar 1, 2016 01:33:25

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In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan butt-tackle topics alongside returning guest Daniel "BezerkDC" Chlebowczyk including public and critical response to Street Fighter V. Discussing the state of play for games-as-service including Splatoon and Street Fighter, the crew also talk about puzzling through The Witness, SEGA's latest grab for attention, and which Kevin Spacey runs the world in Advanced Warfare. Thanks to our friends at Plantronics, Gamebug.com.au and Games Laboratory. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.92

Feb 15, 2016 01:13:28

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max address the rise of the auteur with the release of first-person puzzler The Witness and first-person walker Firewatch. In the footsteps of Myst and Gone Home, these two games have captured conversation and we talk about how their development impacts what they offer as an experience. We answer listener email on the biggest let down we've experienced in pre-release hype. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au, Games Laboratory and Plantronics.   

The Fourth Player - Ep.91

Feb 2, 2016 01:08:34

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max rejoin to kick off the year with talk of delightful vaudeville turn based steam-western Steamworld Heist, turning on fellow humans in The Division, and things answer listener emails to discuss we hope dies in a fire and never returns to the land of videogames. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au, Plantronics Gaming. Nathan's preferred tissues are kleenex.

The Fourth Player - Ep.90

Jan 11, 2016 01:11:26

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and returning guest Tim Best from Mighty Games Group talk new year resolutions for 2016; what we hope to see and pray we won't. Nathan admits to playing Senran Kagura, and we discuss how games opting for deliberate art style and mechanics court controversy. Ben shares his FarCry3 experiences while his honeymoon; punching turtles, sharks, pigs, big lizards, Batman pinatas. We discuss our hopes for 2016 in gaming; what we think will and won't happen. Thanks to our friends at Plantronics, Games Laboratory and Gamebug.com.au. We are still getting over Bowie, so listen to the outro and we'll have a quiet cry together. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.89

Dec 21, 2015 01:08:10

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In this episode, Paul and Max are joined by returning guest Stephen Heller from Surprise Attack Games and Pixels for Breakfast to talk 2015 in review. Year of the pony, Rebel Galaxy, Rocket League, Lego Dimensions, Waluigi, beards, unsung heroes, Nintendo working out how games as service works, and bits you may have missed. We shed limelight on games deserving love and your time, and pray to Jesus-Santa hoping her will grant our 2016 hopes and dreams. Thanks for your support this year folks, remember to subscribe, visit Games Laboratory and be good to each other. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.88

Dec 14, 2015 01:08:54

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan and Max talk 'splosions, liberation and open-world building in Avalanche Studios' Just Cause 3, and Defiant Development's deckbuilding tabletop RPG Hand of Fate which scratches that singleplayer boardgaming itch. We discuss the announcement of Psychonauts 2 and whether major indies like Double Fine should be playing in the crowd funding space, and answer some listener email on the topic of microtransactions in seasonal releases; are they ruining games? Ben is on holidays, so this episode contains 90% less ums. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.87

Nov 30, 2015 01:10:08

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk EA DICE's Star Wars Battlefront and how an arcade shooter can walk the line of fan service and a modern shooter. Ban and Nathan have been playing Paladins, a new arena shooter from Hi-Rez Studios and discuss what it brings to a crowded table. We answer listener email on the subject of good party games, and bid Ben farewell on his honeymoon in the only way we know how. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.86

Nov 16, 2015 01:18:19

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In this episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk capitalism and the collapse of the housing market thanks to Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer and Bethesda's Fallout 4. Watching Fallout squeeze modern game mechanics into an ageing engine, Nathan and Paul tell tales of their exploits in the Boston wasteland, Max shares his adventures in Japan, while Ben recounts his favourite moments of PAX Aus. Tom Nook is history's greatest monster.

The Fourth Player - PAX Aus 2015 Panel: Behind the Game Masters Screen

Nov 5, 2015 01:03:29

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In this special PAX Aus 2015 panel, Paul was invited to talk role playing games by veteran tabletop RPG GM and host Anthony Stiller [Creator, MicroAnt], joined by panelists Wade Dyer [Manager, Design Ministries], David Hollingworth [Digital Editor, Next Media], Tania Walker [Illustrator, Small Island Studio] and Nick Carruthers [Evil Mastermind].  

What does it take to be a great tabletop RPG GM? Our panel tackled this difficult question with key aspects on how to level up your GMing skills. Tapping into decades of experience we covered the use of props, campaign building, doing improv, running games at cons, and other tips to help get the best out of your group and yourself. A fun, informative, and interactive panel for fledgling to grognard GMs (and players!) alike.

The Fourth Player - Episode 84

Nov 3, 2015 01:49:15

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This episode, Nathan, Ben and Paul head to PAX AUS 2015! Join the team as they speak to a variety of developers at Australia's biggest games expo. We speak to Naughty Dog about the hotly anticipated Uncharted 4, uncover a massive wealth of talent in Australia's indy scene and Ben has not one but two close encounters with sharks.

The Fourth Player - PAX Aus 2015 Panel: Life After Death

Nov 3, 2015 59:16

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As part of PAX Aus 2015, The Fourth Player presents a panel called Life After Death: What Happens When Studios, Publishers & Media Die. Working in videogames can be a tough gig. When a studio, publisher, or media outlet dies, the consequences are felt by the people who work there and the wider community. But death isn't the end. Find out what comes next.

Paul and Ben are joined by a panel of games industry people including former developer Mark Morrison, former Interplay and current IGDA head Tony Reed, Hyper Magazine editor Daniel Wilks, and former Atomic magazine editor David Hollingworth.

The Fourth Player - Ep.83

Oct 19, 2015 01:21:26

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk Spike Lee's debut in the NBA 2K16 series with his 'unique' approach to narrative in sports games. Paul tries to convince the team that Lego Dimensions is a good thing, and makes his case for his bricktastic adventures made for grown ups. The group topic is inspired by Nathan's time with Destiny in 2015, and how games change post launch. Don't go below the rim. The humming you are pretending to not hear in the background is the hovering ghost of Spike Lee. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lamar Odom. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.82

Oct 7, 2015 01:13:18

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk about the open-world madness of Mad Max, and we hear stories of Paul and Nathan's recent visit to EB Expo in Sydney where they played lots of games including PlayStation VR and Star Wars Battlefront.

The Fourth Player - Ep.81

Sep 23, 2015 01:02:25

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan and Max are joined by guest Stephen Heller from Pixels for Breakfast to talk about games which have tried to cross genres, some succeeding and some failing. Max has been raiding tombs in Lara Croft GO, Paul has been making Marios in Super Mario Maker, Nathan and Stephen have been Phantoming Pain in Metal Gear. Remember to eat you pickles for breakfast, kids. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and our friends at Gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep.80

Sep 8, 2015 01:17:56

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In this epiode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max get together to talk Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain and what it brings to the storied series, and muse on Paul's antics/adventures in Seattle for PAX Prime 2015. We answers some listener emails and twitter questions too! Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and our friends at gamebug.com.au. Party Hard, folks.

The Fourth Player - Ep.79

Aug 30, 2015 01:14:17

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk adventure games and what makes them special, driven by the latest King's Quest release from The Odd Gentlemen. Paul is off to PAX Prime, and we answer some listener email on the topic of eddible Pokemon. Thanks to Gamebug.com.au and our sponsor Games Laboratory.

The Fourth Player - Ep.78

Aug 14, 2015 01:14:26

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) get back together in their new home of The Arcade in Melbourne to talk artstyles in games with the release of Yoshi's Wooly World. Max experienced the International 2015 for Dota2 at the recent local screening, and discusses his take on the state of the game. We answer some wonderful listener emails, including one about Persona. Beautiful like a walrus punch on the floor.

The Fourth Player - Ep.77

Aug 2, 2015 01:09:23

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) sit down to chat about the latest ineration of Rocksteady Studio's series, Batman Arkham Knight. The group topic this week is game franchises like Batman that have been passed around different development studios; for better and for worse. We answer some great and questionable listener email. Thanks to our friends at gamebug.com.au and our sponsors Games Laboratory. Nathan loves the Wii Fit lady trainer, the outro proves it.

The Fourth Player - Ep.76

Jul 19, 2015 01:05:25

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk false starts with the release of Driveclub on PlayStation Plus and how Evolution Studio's racer marks a black spot for future driving games, and discuss the enormous impact recently deceased Nintendo CEO and programmer Satoru Iwata had on the games industry and how his vision helped shape Nintendo. We answer some listener email and Nathan has a sharp haircut. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and our friends at gamebug.com.au.

 

 

The Fourth Player - Ep.75

Jul 7, 2015 01:27:25

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return to talk indie game darling and FMV torchbearer Her Story, the rise and rise in popularity of non-traditional games like FEZ and Gone Home development, and we answer some wonderfully strange listener emails. Paul talks about his recent adventures in Japan. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and our friends at Gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 74

Jun 21, 2015 01:32:48

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With Paul in Japan, Max, Ben and Nathan are joined by freelance journalist extraordinaire, Joab Gilroy, to discuss the highs and lows of the recent E3 conference in LA. With their fill of the Good ole US of A, the team don their truck caps and head east for the sights and sounds of Euro Truck Simulator 2.

The Fourth Player - Ep.73

Jun 7, 2015 01:00:39

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan and Max (dshban) are joined by veteran PC PowerPlay scribe Terrance Jarrad to talk squid, specifically Nintendo's new IP and surprising online third person shooter Splatoon. Group topic this week is whether innovations in hardware and technology help or hinder a developer's creativity in making games. We answer some wonderful listener email, and thanks to our sponsor Games Laboratory and partners at Gamebug.com.au

The Fourth Player - Ep.72

May 24, 2015 01:18:51

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss The Witcher: Wild Hunt, the third game in the beloved roleplaying series from developer CD Projekt Red, what we do with old games, and how nostalgia plays a role in what we keep, trade and give away. Reader email includes accessibility in game design to cater to wider audiences, and questionable decisions for what to wear to a videogame party. Thanks to our partners at Gamebug.com.au and sponsors at Games Laboratory.  

The Fourth Player - Ep.71

May 10, 2015 01:15:18

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss the latest kategory leader in fighting games with Mortal Kombat X, and where is sits within the genre and series. The topic is downloadable content and how it is shaping how people consume and develop games, and how current trends indicate possible changes in the industry. We also answer some fantastic listener email. Thanks to our sponsor Games Laboratory and partner Gamebug.com.au. Everything with Kays.

The Fourth Player - Ep.70

Apr 26, 2015 01:19:28

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan, Max (dshban) are joined by returning guest and Many Monkeys Development's Tim Best to discuss life as a independent game developer in the wake of 2K Australia's closure, boogie with Crypt of the NecroDancer, ponder solo play in the Mario Party series, and answer listener email about the introduction of paid mods for Steam.

The Fourth Player - Ep.69

Apr 11, 2015 01:10:23

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss the rise, role and responsibility of YouTubers, don aviators and Narc it up in Battlefield: Hardline, question the distinct flavour of Bloodborne against the Souls series, share our darkest moments involving Paula Abdul, and answer some delightful listener emails. Thanks to our sponsor Games Laboratory and our partners at Gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep.68

Mar 29, 2015 01:42:00

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The Fourth Player is a videogame podcast from the mouths and minds of people from the land of the videogame, where a collection of current and former developers, marketers, journalists and players talk about the games they love and loathe.

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss getting started in the games industry when writing about games as a critic or journalist, bloodlust after Bloodborne in Miyazaki's homecoming to FromSoftware, muse on oral history told through games in Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), and answer some wonderful listener email. Thanks to our partners at Gamebug.com.au and our sponsor Games Laboratory. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.67

Mar 15, 2015 01:41:14

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Welcome to The Fourth Player, a videogame podcast from the mouths and minds of people from the land of the videogame. We're a collection of current and former developers, publishers journalists and players, who talk about the games we love and loathe.

On this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk zoning and megalomania in Paradox Industrie's Cities: Skylines, discuss the rush toward 4 v 1 multiplayer in Turtle Rock Studio's Evolve, chat abou the role PR plays in the videogame industry while answering some great listener email. Thanks to our sponsor Games Laboratory, and we are pleased to announced our new partnership with Australian videogame website Gamebug.com.au.

The Fourth Player - Ep.66

Feb 28, 2015 01:38:43

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max discuss the process of developing a video game and how Quality Assurance influences the final product, how to get into a storied series like Persona, the problems with iOS games, and respond to listener emails about how to handle analysis paralisis and assigning the team appropriate elemental super powers. Thanks to our sponsor Games Laboratory, the power is yours.  

The Fourth Player - Ep.65

Feb 15, 2015 01:13:59

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan and Max discuss the unique flavour and portrayal of non-US cultures in Polish Developer Techland's Dying Light, the benefits of attacking monsters behind for buffs using an Insect Glaive in Monster Hunter 4, and the rise of spectator culture in eSports following Max's trip to the Asian Championships Grand Finals for DOTA2. We answer listener email about what to do with outdated consoles, and update on the latest events at sponsor Games Laboratory.

The Fourth Player - Ep.64

Jan 31, 2015 01:21:58

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan, Ben and returning special guest current game developer and former journalist Tim Best discuss upcoming Obsidian Entertainment RPG Pillars of Eternity, and the importance of endings in video games; when mechanics are married to narrative conclusions. Games referenced in the discussion include Brothers, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, Halo Reach, Shenmue II, Shadows of Mordor, Watch_Dogs. In our email segment we answer a listener challenge to fantasy book E3 as a WWE event. Thanks to Games Laboratory and John Paul Young.

The Fourth Player - Ep.63

Jan 17, 2015 01:21:19

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In this episode, Paul, Nathan, Ben and returning special guest current game developer and former journalist Tim Best discuss great examples of videogames which succeed in outshining the established universes on which they are based, heap praise on the doodalicious Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, and solve puzzles while marvelling at elegant design with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Other topics include Planescape: Torment, Rocksteady's Batman series, Starbreeze's Riddick games, and LucasArt's Star Wars games. 

The Fourth Player - Ep.62

Jan 4, 2015 01:21:07

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In the first episode of 2015, Paul, Nathan and Max are joined by special guest Tim Best to talk about what should stay, start and stop in videogames this year. We scrollsideways, hacking and slashing with Code of Pricess, and trade taxes of carbon while exploding cars in Diplomacy 3.

The Fourth Player - Ep.61

Dec 21, 2014 01:22:43

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This episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max get together in the spirit of Christmas to discuss unsung Games of the Year, kickabout with PES 2015, and speculate on animal warfare in Far Cry 4.

The Fourth Player - Ep.60

Dec 7, 2014 01:26:14

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This episode Paul, Nathan and Max are joined by former PC PowerPlay editor turned game developer Tim Best to discuss how scope and time is balanced when making a game, the impact art style has on how we relate to games, grind rails and teeth about whether Sunset Overdrive is the first party game we wanted or needed, and appreciate good stealth done right with Klei's excellent Invisible Inc.

The Fourth Player - Ep.59

Nov 23, 2014 01:31:45

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The Fourth Player team are joined by cosplayer, charity organiser and all round tops person Eve Beauregard. This episode the team talk about Massive Chalice, Valkyria Chronicles, the charity Medic and some insight into the world of cosplay.

The Fourth Player - Ep.58

Nov 9, 2014 01:05:55

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The Fourth Player team is joined by Nick Hagger of Robot Circus, freelance Journalist Patrick Stafford and James Kozanecki of Surprise Attack to discuss what they won't tell you about working in the games industry.

The Fourth Player - Ep.57.5

Nov 9, 2014 20:20

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The Fourth Player team wrap up PAX Aus 2014 with interviews with the team behind the upcoming Ninja Pizza Girl and the developer of tabletop sound generation app, Syrinscape.

The Fourth Player - Ep.57

Nov 4, 2014 01:59:28

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In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max attend gaming and community event PAX Aus 2014, speaking to people working on games including Never Alone, Battlecry, Smite, and Hand of Fate. Guests include RPG veteran Mark Morrison, freelance journalists Jason Imms and Joab Gilroy, Luke and Kev from Critical Hit, and Shayne from Games Laboratory.

The Fourth Player - Ep.56

Oct 26, 2014 01:42:05

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In preparation for PAX AUS, Paul, Nathan and Ben are joined by PAX Event Organiser Guy 'Yug' Blomberg to talk about what is in store for the upcoming three day games and community expo occurring in Melbourne.  The team is split with Nathan and Paul falling in love with the hair magic of Bayonetta 2, while Ben and Yug wax intellectual about strategic Orc murdering in Shadows of Mordor.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 55

Oct 12, 2014 01:29:34

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In this episode the Fourth Player team explore the pros and cons of short games versus long and how our lives impact our desire for either. In addition Ben explores the bro-ariffic Expendabros while Paul and Nathan get their mitts dirty in Nintendo’s latest addition to the Smash Bros. franchise.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 54

Sep 28, 2014 01:17:24

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In this episode Paul, Ben, Max and Nathan discuss D4, the latest oddball adventure from Deadly Premonition creator Swery. Paul jumps into the living toy space with Disney Infinity 2.0 and everyone has chimes in on the presentation of the mundane in videogames. Apologies to the families of both Nat King Cole and Nina Simone for Paul's musical confusion.

The Fourth Player - Ep. 53

Sep 15, 2014 01:28:38

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This episode, Nathan, Ben and Max are joined by Steven 'Bajo' O'Donnell from ABC TV's Good Game to discuss all things space related in the world of videogames. From the launch of Bungie's hotly anticipated Destiny, to Ben's furtive forays into the Mass Effect universe - the Fourth Player team strap in and set out on a podcast of truly intergalactic proportions.

The Fourth Player - Ep.52

Sep 1, 2014 01:25:14

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This episode Paul, Nathan, Max and special guest star Jamie "Galalagalaga" Galea from New Game Plus congregate to discuss superd RPG Divinty Original Sin, great simple story telling done well in P.T Silent Hills, and the treatment of death in games including Dark Souls, The Swapper, Rouge Legacy and more. Thanks to our wonderful listeners for some great emails, where we chat about the change in hardware for the new 3DS, and announce our PAX Aus 2014 panel. Do as NBA Jam taught; stay in school, and play a positive role in your community.

The Fourth Player - Ep.51

Aug 17, 2014 01:19:58

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This episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max form like Voltron to discuss the good, bad and wonderful of plastic toys in our videogames with Disney Infinity 2.0. Be pleasently suprised by shoot-em-ups turning into platformers with the excellent Velocity 2x, and hear how WWE SuperCard fails free-to-play but wins fans.
We have some fantastic listener emails, and news from our sponsor Games Laboratory of  upcoming events. Thanks to Mike Waters for his email intro, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill at this time, the Indiana Colts and Pacers. We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavours. Also, congrats to Ben for getting engaged!

The Fourth Player - Ep.50

Aug 3, 2014 01:22:54

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This episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max celebrate our 50th episode, thanks to our fantastic listeners and supporters. Fresh from Cannon Brawl and Destiny, the topic this episode is Betas; what really changes between testing and release, and their purpose. Max delves back into Dota 2, and as always we share some fantastic listener emails, and news from our sponsor Games Laboratory of great upcoming events. Thanks to Mike Waters for lending us his musical talents.

The Fourth Player - Ep.49

Jul 28, 2014 01:14:31

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This episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max explore the world of sports videogames and the flip-side of that coin – eSports. With the release of MLB 14 The Show and EA Sports’ hotly anticipated UFC, the team thought it high time to reflect on the sporting game genre and some of our old favourites. We also jump into the subject of eSports thanks to the recent DOTA 2 International and Evo competitions doing their best to throttle our download speeds with excessive streaming. As always we have reader emails and updates of upcoming events hosted by our proud sponsor Games Laboratory. No John Williamsons were harmed in the production of this podcast.

The Fourth Player - Ep.48

Jul 28, 2014 01:05:51

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk comfort gaming during the colder months, and why Steam sales have changed the way we consume games. Nathan raises a glass and sheds a tear for the gorgeous Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Paul questions bunny rabbit and cockroach genocide in Pixel’s Cave Story. We have news from the Netrunner regionals, and also announce the winner of our Android: Netrunner twitter competition. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and to our fantastic community for continuing to send in great listener email. Send your questions to mail@thefourthplayer.com and reach us on twitter at @playerfourth or twitter.com/playerfourth

The Fourth Player - Ep.47

Jul 28, 2014 01:18:33

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Moi sit down to discuss E3 announcements of interest including Evolve, FarCry4, Destiny, Amiibos and Bloodborne. We talk about how co-operative mechanics influence the games we choose and how we play them, and in doing so we lovingly lurch all over superb co-op tabletop survival game Zombicide. As Mario Kart drives Nintendo back into the black, we discuss whether heralding an iterative sequel is setting the bar too low for the Big N. We have updates on upcoming events at Games Laboratory and announce a new twitter competition to win the core starter set for Android: Netrunner with thanks to Games Laboratory. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for continuing to send in fantastic listener email.

The Fourth Player - Ep.46

Jul 28, 2014 02:00:45

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While the captain Paul is away, Ben, Nathan, Max (dshban) and special guest Joab Gilroy (@Joabyjojo) from Ausgamers, try and steer the merry ship that is The Fourth Player podcast! In this episode we get an in depth look at the upcoming BattleField: Hardlines from a man who has had hands on with it, the soon to be released EA’s UFC and Nathan’s favourite Nazi shooter; Wolfenstein: The New Order. The guys also wax intellectual about the new generation of consoles and whether they have yet come of age.

The Fourth Player - Ep.45

Jul 28, 2014 01:52:57

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return to The Fourth Player Studio B to talk multiplayer experiences and whether you need to be in the same room as your opponent to bluff and instil fear. Max displaces time, space and bullets in puzzler-FPS Superhot. Ben shares new tales of his Crusader Randy McVoltron in Diablo III. Nathan crafts towns in TownCraft, and Paul digs SteamWorld Dig. We have updates on upcoming events at Games Laboratory and announce the winner of our Razer BlackShark Twitter competition. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for amusing listener mail.

The Fourth Player - Ep.44

Jul 28, 2014 01:03:19

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) recorded this episode at Battle Arena Melbourne 6 as guests of Melbourne fighting game community Couch Warriors. We forced kids to play Def Jam Fight For NY, and they loved it. Guests include key organiser for the event, Daniel Chlebowczyk from Couch Warriors, Weird and Retro's Stacey Borg, Udon comics artist Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, documentary maker Pabz discussing Final Knockout, a look into the Melbourne Fighting game community, Shadowlogic co-founder and fierce fighting game talent Ali "X" Abdo, and leading player in the fighting game community Xavier "DB_Somniac" Nardella. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and our wonderful hosts, Couch Warriors. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes.

The Fourth Player - Ep.43

Jul 28, 2014 01:46:31

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) reunite in our new recording studio to discuss Max's random encounter with a Level 4 Diabetes in the wilds of Japan, Nathan manages his Pawn collection in Dragon's Dogma, Paul falls for Metal Gear Solid, and Ben struggles with medication while playing a losing game of memory. We discuss upcoming events Battle Arena Melbourne 6, and some wonderful tabletop events at Games Laboratory. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for fun reader mail. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes and Lab us on Raze games.

The Fourth Player - Ep.42

Jul 28, 2014 02:07:23

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and special guest Daniel Chlebowczyk from Madman and fighting game community Couch Warriors talk about upcoming event Battle Arena Melbourne 6, reimagining Randy McVoltron as the new Crusader class in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, a sidescrolling shooter with a touch of Rougelike-like in Mercenary Kings, linearity in an open world with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, storytelling through flavour and consequence in The Wolf Among Us, and answer some offensive and inoffensive reader mail. Thanks again to Razer for the great prizes for email of the episode. This episode is dedicated to a bowl of petunias and Norway.

The Fourth Player - Ep.41

Jul 28, 2014 01:53:48

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and special guest Jamie Galea from New Game Plus talk about cyberpunk Living Card Game Netrunner, Ben's obsession with Patrick Ewing, discuss InFAMOUS: Second Son, Fall for Titanfall, lust for Dark Souls, fail to split-jump in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and answer some wonderful reader mail. Thanks again to Razer for the great prizes for email of the episode.

The Fourth Player - Ep.40

Jul 28, 2014 01:47:31

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) hang out to discuss South Park: The Stick of Truth, strategy boardgame turned videogame Lords of Waterdeep, and get fresh with Dark Souls II and the Dark Souls series. We have some excellent reader email, award another email of the episode thanks to the good folks at Razer and discuss future plans for The Fourth Player.

The Fourth Player - Ep.39

Jul 28, 2014 01:47:29

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return to chat about vulnerability in videogame protagonists and length in The Last of Us DLC and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, build a better community in Banished, tempt fear with Outlast and drink our own blood in Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2. Thanks to our listeners for some excellent reader mail, and we award our first ever email of the episode. Wet and or Wild.

The Fourth Player - Ep.38

Jul 28, 2014 01:25:11

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Paul, Nathan and Max (dshban) fuse to fuss over fictional deities, form like Voltron and rock em' sock em' with the Titanfall Beta, wax litigious in Castle Doctrine, Punk Jazz in JazzPunk and mine Quarries of Scred. Thanks to our amazing listeners for great reader mail.

The Fourth Player - Ep.37

Jul 28, 2014 01:43:34

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Paul, Ben and Nathan are joined by special guest and resident Fourth Player Science Officer Stacey "@DrCurlytek" Borg to sing shanties and ponder Gilligan's meaty balls in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, do fully sick tricks in Roll7's OlliOlli, heave cleavage and lust after beat 'em ups with Dragon's Crown, and achieve summoning sickness while tapping that in Blizzard's Hearthstone. This episode is brought to you by the raw power of science, food porn, 8-bit Spice Girls, Maximum Carnage and Digimon.

The Fourth Player - Ep.36

Jul 28, 2014 01:26:31

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return in 2014 to talk piracy in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, point-and-click adventures in Broken Age, sweet backforming action with Gucameelee and murdering bunnies in Don't Starve. Also some boardgaming banter and we respond to some wonderful reader mail.

The Fourth Player - Ep.35

Jul 28, 2014 01:32:46

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Paul, Nathan, Moi, and Max (dshban) talk THE FUTURE, Max channels Paul Walker in Need For Speed Rivals, Paul walks a line in The Walking Dead, Moi experiences weightlessness in Gravity Rush, and Nathan Whoopis his proverbial Goldberg in Ghost Trick. Props to the crazy kids for some great reader mail. Email us at mail@thefourthplayer.com.

The Fourth Player - Ep.34

Jul 28, 2014 01:37:02

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Paul, Ben, Moi and Max (dshban) discuss the end of a long year in video games, Paul paddle-saws through Dead Rising 3, Ben wants to collect more bits in Marvel Lego Super Heroes, Moi slides into Vanquish, and Max discovers indie board game brilliance at a recent community meet up. Also some great emails from our even more great community.