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ABTS-021: We Announce Things!

In this episode of ABTS, Doug, Matt, and Bren all discuss the new podcast they are working on as well as finally explaining where they are at with the mobile game. We also play IWTW!

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Announcements:

Almost Better Than Dragons, our new podcast, launches Wednesday (4/1)
-ABTD: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr
-We have taken a new direction with our game and it’s choose your own adventure! Similar to that of Sorcery!

Other things:

Adobe Creative Cloud
60% of Photoshop is pirated
Adobe Audition vs. Audacity
Pixels movie (trailer)
-Do kids these days even know what pixels are?!
Futuristic board-less skateboard
Microsoft is Killing Internet Explorer! Project Spartan

Game to go buy (Email us to play on our ABTS server)!

It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains

I Was The Walrus:

The I Was The Walrus theme song is brought to you by DJ CutmanCheck out his SoundCloud here!

Contestants: Matt vs. Bren
Category 1: Worst place (location) to be interviewed at?
Round 1: Sex Dungeon vs. Atlanta, GA
Category 2: If you slayed a dragon and could only take one piece of treasure, what would it be?
Round 2: Pizza bagels vs. The Arkenstone
Bonus Category: Which Greek God are you?
Side Round: Dionisius vs. Hephaestus
Category 3: If you were a modern day Pharaoh, what kind of tomb would you have built?
Round 3: A satellite laser light show that sprays pizza bagels vs. A giant middle finger

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ABTS-020: Amir Rajan Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug interviews Amir Rajan who had the #1 game/app in the Apple App Store for 19 consecutive days! We also get to play another round of 10 Questions.

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A Dark Room (Developer Log)
The Ensign
Amir’s Twitch Channel

10 Questions Recap:

The 10 Questions theme song is brought to you by Rage Status! Check out his SoundCloud here!

Category: Video Game Console
10. Is it made by Nintendo? No
9. Is it handheld?
8. Is it made by the evil empire Microsoft? No
7. Was it made before ’99? Yes
6. Is it made by Sony? No
5. Is it made by Sega? Yes
4. Guess: Sega Saturn YES!
Answer: Sega Saturn

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ABTS-019: Catching Up With Bren

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Bren casually catch up on games they’ve been playing as well as anime they’ve been watching. We also get around to playing 10 Questions again!

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Games Bren beat but never got to talk about:

Transistor (Bastion) Soundtrack here
To The Moon
Battleblock Theater (Alien Homonoid, Castle Crashers)
Path of Exile (Untold Legends)

Machinima videos we recommend:

Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Power Rangers gritty reboot

Blizzard has mastered the formula for MMOs
Wizards of the Coast mastered the formula for TCGs
Doug’s embarassing card game story: Harry Potter TCG

Anime:

Doug – Aldnoah.ZERO
Bren – Log Horizon

One of Doug’s most anticipated game of 2015: It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains

10 Questions Recap:

The 10 Questions theme song is brought to you by Rage Status! Check out his SoundCloud here!

Category: Casual Games
10: Is it a FPS? No
9: Is it a platformer? No
8: Is it Nintendo? No
7: Is it a mobile game? Yes it’s available as a mobile game but wasn’t initially
6: Can you play it on the computer? Yes
5: Guess: Minecraft
4: Is it free? No
3: Is it on Steam?: Yes
Bonus Q granted: Guess: Scribblenauts
2: Is is set in the future? No
1: Is it an indie game? No
Final Clue: PopCap is the developer
Final Guess: Plants Vs. Zombies
Answer: Peggle

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ABTS-018: John Sonmez Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Matt interview software developer life coach, fitness expert, and podcaster John Sonmez.

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-John’s new book: Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual
-John’s blog: www.simpleprogrammer.com
How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer
Get Up and Code podcast
The Entreprogrammers podcast

3 Actionable, Bit-sized Tips

1. The most productive thing you will ever do in your life/career is to stop watching TV.
2. Invest in people skills. Read How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
3. Have some kind of goal.

I Was The Walrus:

The I Was The Walrus theme song is brought to you by DJ CutmanCheck out his SoundCloud here!

Contestants: Doug vs. John
Category 1: Things that you do not want to find when you come home from work.
Round 1: An asteroid in your kitchen vs. 500 dead hookers covered in bee stings
Category 2: Someone that you would not want to encounter at the supermarket.
Round 2: Voldemort vs. Anyone from Walmart after 2:00AM
Category 3: Worst possible video game concept.
Round 3: A game about being a software developer vs. Podcast Hero (amended to Novel Writer)

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ABTS-017: There’s A Knock At Basta’s Door

In this episode of ABTS, Doug, Matt, and AJ discuss a broad spectrum of topics including: viral memes, an early access game review, as well as a new segment that will probably never happen again!

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Tech stuff:

Doug talks about his Surface Pro 3 and the accessories
Matt defends Windows ME
THERE’S A KNOCK AT MATT’S DOOR 

Lastronaut is now available for iOS!

An interview with the developers is on the horizon!
Doug: 8.7/10
Aj: 8.5/10

DO NOT PLAY GAMES WHILE STUCK IN TRAFFIC
Matt’s Apple spoof video (one of the first YouTube videos ever made)

Games We’ve Been Playing:

AJ: Magic the Gathering, Destiny, Lastronaut
Doug: Grow Home, Violet Storm, Lastronaut

Games that come out this month:

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Final Fantasy X/X-2 Re-remaster for PS4
Bloodborne

Some guy beat Fallout: New Vegas without ever healing once!
Five Nights at Freddy’s / Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 / Five Nights at Freddy’s 3
Worst game of the episode: Pregnancy
ABTS Research Division: You used to be able to get Dunkaroos at Walmart, we are not sure if you can now.

Good News / Sad News

Good: Unreal Engine 4 is free
Sad: Maxis is no more

I Was The Walrus:

The I Was The Walrus theme song is brought to you by DJ CutmanCheck out his SoundCloud here!

Contestants: Doug vs. Matt
Category 1: You’re stuck in a doctor’s office waiting room forever. And you can have one item. What is it?
Round 1: Walmart vs. A Crate of Lunchables
Category 2: What material would your Harry Potter wand be made of? And what would be the core?
Round 2: Igneous Rock and Plutonium vs. Twizzlers and Marijuana
Category 3: What USB extension would you not want to have?
Round 3: USB Heating Gloves vs. USB Sony Walkman

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ABTS-016: Japan Is Dying

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and AJ nerd out and talk about a ton of different anime, including AJ’s Top Ten (in no particular order), as well as a variety of runner-ups. We also play 10 Questions for the first time!

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Recommended Runner Ups:

Dragon Crisis
Ano Natsu De Matteru (Waiting in the Summer)
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Claymore
Sword Art Online
Neon Genesis Evangelion

Evangelion Abridged:
EvAbridged 1.0 This is (not) a Parody
EvAbridged 2.0 Shinji is (not) a Pussy
EvAbridged 3.0 Rei is (not) Pleased
EvAbridged 4.0 This is (not) the End

‘Watch If You’re Incredibly Bored and Wanna Fuck Around’ Runner Ups:

To Love-Ru
Girls Bravo

AJ’s Top 10

Summer Wars (movie)
Speed Grapher
Kaiji
Ben-To
Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann
Princess Mononoke (movie)
The World God Only Knows
Toradora!
Un-Go
Eureka Seven

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10 Questions Recap:

The 10 Questions theme song is brought to you by Rage Status! Check out his SoundCloud here!

Category: Anime
10: Is the main character a boy or a girl? Have we talked about this show before
9: What are the genres? Comedy, detective caper, action, thriller.
8: Guess: Lupin III
7: Guess: Case Closed
6: Did it come out before 2010? Yes
5: Did it come out after 1999? No
4: Did it come out after 1990? Yes
3: Was it ever on Cartoon Network? Yes
2: Is it in space? Yes
1: Guess: Cowboy Bebop
Answer: Cowboy Bebop

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