Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Pokemon!

Greetings Listeners! Hope your holiday season is going well! Tonight for New Year's Eve, we have a special treat for you... The return of our New Year's Eve special! Enjoy this blast from the not so distant past! Regular programming will return next weekend.

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Did our New Year's special hold up over time? Does it take more champagne to make a good New Year's Eve party? Which pokemon do you think is the best dancer??? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Green Mario Strikes Again!

Episode 58: the freezing fifty-eighth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast. This week eveyone is sick, and Green Mario steps up to the plate to pretend to play Pokemon! We start off with a quick chat about Super Mario Run, and a spoiler free review of Star Wars: Rogue One! Miz Sylver sent us a list of news items to chat about! This included the Failure of the first Pokemon Sun and Moon Global Mission... The Wolf Doctor blames it on the extra step of registering to participate. Pokemon GO is having their Jotho Holiday Event through December 29th, in which you can catch Pikachus with Santa hats! They also have introduced "baby" Pokemon such as Pichu in egg hatching. You should all enter the Say YES to Nintendo 3DS Sweepstakes, being thrown by Southwest Airlines and Nintendo. Enter daily between now and January 15th. Overwatch's Winter Wonderland special event is running through January 2nd, get holiday loot boxes that can include holiday skins, emotes, and more. Shantae: Half Genie Hero is finished, and if you Kickstarted it you should have your code in hand. We talk about Kickstarter, and how some great successes have come out of it, like Shadow of the Demon Lord.

Then we get to the heavy discussion: D&D Adventurers League! Greg Marks aka aka Green Mario talks about how D&D organized play is incorporating more writers and refuses to spill the secrets on the themes of Season 6 of Adventurers League. (Miz Sylver wrote an adventure for the current season, Giant Diplomacy, which is premiering at NewCon in Portland, Oregon December 30-January 1!) Greg does tell us about a bunch of new improvements being brought into Adventurers League. The new season will see more Tier 4 adventures (for characters level 17-20, high level characters!), to encourage players to continue through the league adventures. The Adventurers League has also incorporated player feedback to make the adventures easier to run. The adventures will feature highlighted story beats, to help ensure continuity between adventures, for example, if the players are supposed to retrieve an item for a later adventure, the DM will know in the current adventure; recurring NPCs will have added characterization so they a more consistent across adventures; encounters that utilize special rules will highlight those rules and have tips and tricks to make the encounter more interesting to play. In addition, Wizards is taking a more active roll in leading the D&D community, through customer service and organizations like the Heralds Guild. It's great that Wizards is paying more attention to D&D! If you want to see Green Mario in person, his early 2017 convention schedule is: How does he manage all this while working a day job and writing official Wizards of the Coast adventures and adventures for Kobold Press and Catalyst Game Labs? Don't forget to check out his most recently released adventure, The Vault of the Devourer! If you want to chat with Greg, you can contact him in many ways! His personal FaceBook, , Google Plus, emailing him at or finding him in the Adventurers League Facebook.

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you play D&D? What are your thoughts on Star Wars: Rogue One? Is Greg more of a Spiky Mario than a Green Mario? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Craig Herndon is Virtually Real

Episode 57: the fantastic fifty-seventh episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast. Our special guest this week is Craig Herndon of Digital Precept! We have a fascinating conversation with him about what drew him to the world of VR, starting Digital Precept with his good friend Jonathan Schrack, the process of developing Digital Precept's upcoming VR title, Kung Fu: Shadow Fist, the stress of showing at PAX South, splitting his time as a member of the Boston VR community and the Memphis Game Developers community, and VR in general! Find him online on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook! Craig gives shout outs to a few awesome games, VR experiences, and Boston area developers: If you want to talk to Craig about VR in person (or just want to check out some great VR tech), go to next week's Boston VR Meetup, Thursday December 15th, featuring MakeField and Ilium VR.
We also talk about some news and events! Miz Sylver attended a talk last week on VR storytelling featuring Julia Sourikoff!

Thanks for listening! Do you have a favorite VR headset? Are you planning to go the Boston VR Meetup next week? Do you want to ask Craig about his favorite VR games? Do you agree with the results of our BroQuest poll? Are you only going to see the Assassin's Creed movie because Michael Fassbender is the hotness? If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

FFXV: BroQuest

Episode 56: The fantastical fifty-sixth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! This week we discuss a bunch of news!
We have a long discussion about Final Fantasy XV: BroQuest! Miz Sylver got the Ultimate Collector's Edition and has been losing sleep playing it! She picked up two bottles of Wiz's Energizing Elixer at Target, which is a creamsicle flavored Jones Soda themed to Chocobos. And we have a very important question for you:

Thanks for listening! Do you like the new tracking system in Pokemon GO? Did you score tickets to Defenders of the Tri-Force? Would you call it FFXV: BroQuest or FFXV: Goth Kingdom Hearts? If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

KC of TheSwitchCast Talks Nintendo Switch News

Episode 55: The finest fifty-fifth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast, guest starring KC of TheSwitchCast! The new TheSwitchCast discusses the latest Nintendo Switch news, starting with the promotional videos from Nintendo and following press releases and his favorite reporters Emily Rogers and Laura Kate Dale. Find all of TheSwitchCast's episodes online and follow the show on social media!

We also talk Pokemon Sun and Moon. KC has Popplio pride, and declares Sun and Moon the best game to come out of the main line of Pokemon in ages. We both have high hopes for Moon! (Did you know that Pokemon Stars is a possible title for the Switch?) On the other hand, KC has let Pokemon Go on now go walk out the door. The Wolf Doctor fills him in on the newest Ditto craze, even though she hasn't caught one yet! Thanksgiving is also a double XP event, so it's a good time to get back into Pokemon Go if you are feeling it...

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Will you start listening to the awesome TheSwitchCast? Do you have the same love for Sun and Moon as KC? Can we tell you're a ditto from your pinpoint eyes? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pokemon Sun and Moon Extravaganza

Episode 54: the faulty fifty-fourth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast. We had a little recording trouble this week, so please forgive the iffy audio quality! Miz Sylver and the Wolf Doctor both had gaming adventures this week. The Wolf Doctor went to Tuesday's Boston VR Meetup! Their next event is happening December 15 in Brookline if you want to go! Miz Sylver, on the other hand, played her new NES Classic! And we both managed to enter the My Nintendo Holiday Sweepstakes! And now, we talk about Sun and Moon! We talk a bit about the newest 3DS utility title, SwapDoodle, the love-child of SwapNote and Art Academy. This title brings back the use of SpotPass to send notes and doodles to your friends. Don't post inappropriate content, remember what happened last time... We wrap up talking about some cool events that are happening...

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Are you #TeamSun or #TeamMoon? Litten, Rowlett, or Popplio? Would you like a centerfold of Professor Kukui??? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mobile Updates: Pokemon Go and Miitomo

Episode 53: The fall-time fifty-third episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! This week we discuss the latest updates to Nintendo's leading mobile titles, Pokemon Go and Miitomo!
  • Pokemon Go has added dailies! You can get a "First Catch of the Day" and a "First PokeStop of the Day" bonus, and build a streak over seven days (confirmed) and possibly over a month as well (still a rumor, but you might as well try it!). We also speculate about changes in Pokemon appearance rates, egg drop rates, and PokeStop item drop rates!
  • Miz Sylver reviews some of the upcoming metagame changes in Pokemon Sun and Moon. The new game sees a lot of changes in movesets, move stats like Power and PP, and hidden abilities too. (And we can't help but talk about Snorlax and awesome Z Moves!)
  • Miitomo has just had a huge update! There's a lot of new features, from small things like a new icon, to big things like sidekick Miis, and a lot of promos to celebrate them!
    • You can decorate your "room" now. Right now it's mainly flooring and wallpaper. You can get them through new furniture drops, and there's a lot of promo items. You can also do posters! You get one poster spot for free, the rest cost 99 cents a piece! You can choose your poster from your MiiFotos.
    • Answer Central and Style Central remind us of the Everybody Votes Channel! You can answer Answer Central questions and see answers from people all over the world! You can submit your outfits to Style Central and view other people's submissions from around the world, too!
    • Sideckick Miis are new! You can create additional Miis that you can dress up, put in Miifotos, appear in Style Central for you, and send Messages for you. You can scan Miis using QR codes!
    • Speaking of messages, you can now directly message your friends. Your character will send a private message to your friends. You can send one of your sidekicks, too!
  • We're going to this coming week's Boston VR Meetup featuring Qualcomm and Michelle Osorio! (Tuesday November 15, starting at 6pm at Laugh Boston.) Maybe we will see you there?

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Are you going to the Boston VR meetup? Did you successfully score and NES Classic and an extra controller? Have you hatched a Jynx out of a 10 km egg, and cursed the day it was born? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Still Hauntered by Halloween Edition

Episode 52: The finicky fifty-second episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! This week we talk news and events.
  • The November Pokemon of the Month cards at GameStop didn't arrive on time! They may have them this week... At least the plushes are cute?
  • There's new Hyrule Warriors DLC, themed around A Link Between Worlds! Ravio, the Tom Nook of the Zelda Series, is a playable character now!
  • If you are an Monster Hunter Generations fan, make sure you get the new DLC! Miz Sylver likes the Devil May Cry Dante and Yu-Gi-Oh Meowgic Felyne gear!
  • This weekend is PAX Australia! Of course, lots of stuff is going on, but we can't go :( This year's Pinny Arcade has an awesome Mario World 1-1 Set, which is available at PAX Australia now but will be available on the Penny Arcade Store on November 17th, 2016.
  • Mario Party Star Rush just came out! Along with a bunch of new Super Mario amiibo that are compatible with the game! We compare and contrast the new amiibo with the old! The Wolf Doctor is confused about Wario's biker past and is generally disturbed by Waluigi!
  • Animal Crossing New Leaf had a huge overhaul! Check out the video about the update Animal Crossing Welcome amiibo! There's so many new features! New items, new ways to get characters to move to town using amiibo and amiibo cards, and the chance to trade in your whole town for bells! (Be careful with that last one, don't delete the town without getting an offer from Tom Nook!)
  • The NES Classic (NES Mini? They call it a lot of different things!) is going to be out November 11th, and is already sold out in a few places. If you are getting the US version, make sure you get a second controller, as the system only comes with one! (And the controllers can be connected to WiiMotes!) The Japan version is a Famicom Family Computer version and comes with two controllers! Check out this awesome image made by Andre Ahlgren that compares the games available on the two!

    In honor of all this, Nintendo is bringing back the Nintendo Power Line for one weekend! Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 am and 7 pm Pacific Time. Call (425) 885-7529! We believe that this is free... It's sadly not live help, just pre-recorded tips and insider stories about the hotline, but we're still gonna be calling!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Are you going to sell your town in Animal Crossing New Leaf? Do you think you can best The Wolf Doctor at the newest Mario Party, Star Rush? Did you ever call the original Nintendo Power Line while your parents were asleep like Miz Sylver? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pokemon Go Halloween Party

Episode 51: The frightening fifty-first episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Miz Sylver tells us about her weekend in New York for the League of Legends Championships Semi-Finals, where she was working at the Riftwalk. She was really impressed with the cosplayers! She talked with the women of Spiral Cats and the truly phenomenal Rhoulette Cosplay. We talk about a lot of events, happening this weekend, next weekend, and the FUTURE:
  • BattleFy is hosting Splatoon Tournaments! If you are missing the Splatfests as much as Miz Sylver does, you should hit her up on Twitter (@mzsylver) to get psyched!
  • Smite players! The Reaping: Part III is happening over this weekend, it gets you bonus gems!
  • It's National Halloween StreetPass Weekend! Lots of other Nintendo games like Disney Magical World, YoKai Watch 2, Dragon Quest 7, and Monster Hunter Generations have free DLC to celebrate, check out the link for details.
  • Of course, we touch on all the official Nintendo Switch announcements. The Wolf Doctor is tentatively excited.
  • Did you see the reveals of the final evolutions of the Alolan starters?
  • The Mythical Pokémon of November is Genesect! Get the cards with the download codes at GameStop Nov 1-24. Go early, they often run out!
  • There's a Pokémon TCG Event at Toys 'R' Us (all locations!) on Sunday October 30th, from 2 to 4pm. You can get a free foil Charmander promo card and an XY—Evolutions Collector's Album (Volume 1 of 2). Plus, if you're one of the first 50 attendees, you'll get a special Pokemon figure!
  • Pokemon Go is having a special Halloween event, lasting through November 1st. You get double candy on catching, releasing, and hatching Pokemon, and quadruple candy when walking your buddy Pokemon. The appearance rate of many spooooooky Pokemon has greatly increased. Expect to see Gastlys, Haunters, Gengars, Meowths, Drowzees, Hypnos, Cubones, Marowaks, Zubats, and Golbats way more frequently than usual! (Also, we greatly appreciate the new Gengar loading screen!)

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Are you going to watch the League of Legends Championships tonight? Do you love the Alolan staters? Are you dressing as Gengar for Halloween? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

MisterMinor Schools us on Skylanders

Episode 50: The fun-loving fiftieth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast. We have a very special guest this week, MisterMinor! He's a teacher educator (with a focus on adolescent education and literacy in the digital era), an activist, a dad, and big video game nerd! He's helping us out tonight by telling us all about the new Skylanders Imaginators, which came out on Sunday! The Wolf Doctor knows very little about Skylanders, but Miz Sylver has a copy of the new game in her possession! Our discussion transitions into how video games and digital media play into MisterMinor's literacy education philosophy. Catch up with MisterMinor:

We have a few more news items! Miz Sylver is working at the League of Legends Riftwalk this weekend in New York, today and tomorrow October 22, concurrently with the LoL Semi-Finals. Think Geek is opening a new store in the South Shore Plaza October 28th, in Braintree, MA, with prizes starting at 10am! (Ooooh!) Also, Super League is happening! This week was the testing week for the Fall League, Metropolis Madness, so you can jump in and start next week! Use the code ACTION9 for a discount!

Thanks for listening! Sadly, we were unable to dig up MisterMinor's students' game with the explosive cars. If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you have questions for MisterMinor? Do you share his love of Skylanders? Is your figure collection larger than his? Will you run for president of the Official Wolf Doctor Fan Club? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Debbie "GluxBox" Lee Street Passes New York Comic Con!

Episode 49: the fanciful forty-ninth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast. This week we have special guest Debbie Lee of Street Pass Long Island! We talk about how she started the StreetPass Long Island group, what's happening gaming-wise in her neck of the woods, how she organizes the group, and upcoming events, including the very awesome upcoming SPLI Halloween Party, happening October 30, from 4 PM to 7PM at AONGaming, which is at 21 Brandywine Drive, Deer Park, New York 11729. If you are in the New York area for Halloween weekend go and say hi! Check out the StreetPass Long Island social media to find out more!

Debbie tells us about her time at last weekend's New York Comic Con. She hit the show floor, cosplayed a lot (Team Instinct and Zero-Suit Samus!!!), met up in the new NYCC Meetup area to go to the Pokemon Go NYC meetup, attended Monster Hunter NYC's Game and Chill Party which featured Bartendo prizes from Ink Whiskey, bought awesome stuff from Alfaro Puppets/Imaginarium Galleries and Spirit Hoods, and visited Nintendo NYC for the Paper Mario Color Splash party.

Some quick news:
  • Get Volcanion cards at GameStop until October 31, but we recommend going sooner because they can run out!
  • Tomorrow is Yokai Watch: The Movie. It's sold out in a lot of locations, but check just in case!
  • If you are into Overwatch, check out the Halloween Terror event until November 1st. The Loot Boxes are Halloween themed, with special Halloween-themed sprays, icons, skins, victory poses, emotes, and highlight intros including a PUMPKIN skin for Reaper. This event also includes Junkenstein's Revenge, Overwatch's first-ever co-op PvE Brawl!
  • The Smite Odyssey is ongoing!
  • This Tuesday, October 18th, head to Laugh Boston to check out their newest video-game related event, a Boston Virtual Reality meetup! Moth & Flame and Paracosm will both host presentations and VR demos of their technology! No cover charge for this one, free snacks will be provided, starting at 6 PM!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you have any questions for Debbie about starting a StreetPass group like SPLI? Did you go to NYCC? Are you a mother of dragons? Are you trapped in the Wolf Doctor's closet? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Chris Chung Causes Catlateral Damage

Episode 48: The fantastic forty-eight episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight, we have a special guest, Chris Chung, a Boston-based indie developer and the creator of Catlateral Damage, THE premier cat simulator available on Steam and PlayStation 4, and published through Fire Hose Games. It's playable on the Vive, and will be PS4 VR compatible! He talks about how the game happened, how much work a Kickstarter really is, what it's like to develop for the PlayStation Network, how you're never truly done nowadays with a computer game, his co-incubee 20XX, and what he's got planned for the future! Shout out to Jason Wiser of Yaya Play Games for helping out with the Furightful Lab stage, the Wolf Doctor's favorite!

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(Also on PlayStation 4!)

Chris is also a huge Pokemon fan (he's level 29 in Pokemon Go!), so we chat all the awesomeness happening in Pokemon. October 18th sees the release of the demo version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, which will let you bring Ash-Greninja into your full version of the game. The intermediate evolutions of Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio, repsectively Dartrix, Torracat, and Brionne, have been introduced.

When it comes to playing Pokemon now, there's still a lot going on. If you missed the McDonald's Hoopa promotion, you can now use code 2016HOOPA until October 9th to get one for your copy of X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire. Select GameStops in the US will distribute Volcanion download cards October 10-31, and we recommend getting them early! And yes, October's Pokemon of the month is Keldeo!

If you are lucky enough to be at New York Comic Con this weekend, Miz Sylver has picked out a few highlights! Stop by the Square Enix booth for Final Fantasy XV t-shirts, play the GameStop preorder exclusive "A King's Tale", and to play the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue demo and receive a button. Capcom's booth will have the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard VR for PSVR available to play. And if you are in NYC this weekend and aren't going to NYCC but love Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter NYC is hosting a "Monster Hunter's Game and Chill" outside NYCC tomorrow, Saturday October 8th, from 6 pm - 1 am, at Stout NYC, which is at 133 W 33rd St, New York, New York 10001. This is an all ages event! There are also lots of events at Nintendo NYC. Tonight, October 7th, from 6-8 pm is the Super Mario Adventures graphic novel launch party, with Mario & Luigi! And tomorrow, October 8th, from 1-4 pm is a Paper Mario Color Splash Event to celebrate the previous day's release of the game, featuring Mario and prizes!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you secretly wish you were a cat? Are you fired up for the new Sun and Moon Demo? Do you wonder what your Alolan form will be? Are you going to Game and Chill? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Natural Hair Gamer Junae Benne Streams and Chats!

Episode 47: The fabulous forty-seventh episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight, we have a special guest, Junae Benne aka the Natural Hair Gamer! Before we chat with her, we chat a little news!

The Wolf Doctor attended Player 1/Player 2 at Laugh Boston last Tuesday! Friend of the Podcast the amazing Jonathan Holmes co-hosts the show. The next session is Tuesday October 11th. The episodes are streamed live on the OfficialAGE Twitch stream. Episode 1 featured Ichiro Lambe of Dejobaan Games!

This coming Thursday, October 6th, Chris Chung will be giving a talk to the Boston Unity Group hosted by Akamai in Cambridge, MA. Chris is the creator of Catlateral Damage and will be a guest on an upcoming episode, keep your (cat) ears open for that!

Some more news bits and bytes: May's Pokemon of the Month Darkrai is back for Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. October's Pokemon of the Month is Keldeo! There are new Pokemon 3DS home screen themes available for Team Rocket and Team Galactic! Other new 3DS homescreen themes are available now, including a free Sonic theme in honor of the 25th anniversary of Sonic. Also, Yo-Kai Watch 2 themes for 3DS featuring Komasan, Komajiro, and Robonyan in honor of the release of the game. This weekend (September 30 - October 2) is a Street Pass Weekend also in honor of the game! If you visit a Nintendo Zone you may get a code for a 5 star coin for the Crank-a-Kai!

This week's special guest is Junae Benne. She met Miz Sylver while they were both working at the Nintendo Play Summer tour! Junae is a game journalist for Girl Gamer Vogue, Game Skinny, and Black Girl Nerds. She runs Gaming Dojo, a gaming lounge event, and Game On Afterschool, which is a program to teach kids to code through games. Right now she is running a Patreon to help purchase new recording equipment, travel to conventions and tournaments as a journalist to cover the events and increase representation at events like this for women and gamers of color, to help launch her Curls + Controllers subscription box for women of color who are also nerds.

Find Junae on Twitter , Facebook, Tumblr, Patreon, Twitch
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We hope you enjoyed our chat with Junae! Hit her up on Twitter, you'll be in good company with Ava DuVernay!

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Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you have any questions for our awesome guest Junae Benne? Will you try out her new Curls + Controllers subscription box? Do you share our love of Charmander? Do you think Yo-Kai is kinda creepy? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Super League Discount Code ACTION9

Hi all! If you (or your kids) love Minecraft, we encourage you to check out Super League, an organized play league for Minecraft hosted in movie theaters! Miz Sylver has been hosting events for Super League for over a year, and has snagged a discount code for you to use when you register on the website! Just type in ACTION9 when signing up for one day events or leagues! The code will work at any location, not just the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Revere, where she is working for the fall league!

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Pushing Buttons with Pokemon Go Plus

Episode 46: the foolish forty-sixth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast. Today we rant and rave about the Pokemon GO Plus. Miz Sylver's is here, and the Wolf Doctor's is on the way! We also talk more about the Pokemon Go buddy system. Both are voted improvements to the game.

Nintendo is having its 127th anniversary this week!

The Smite Odyssey is happening now! The 2017 Odyssey is the third incarnation of this event, where you complete quests and collect items to win Odyssey points that you can use on exclusive items. The top prize is the Demon Anubis skin, which the players got to vote on! One of the early events of the Odyssey is Xing Tian's Mountain, a charity event featuring a player versus environment game mode, which is apparently quite difficult!

Miz Sylver is hosting for Super League again this fall, which is a gaming event where you can go play Minecraft in a movie theater! The four week fall league Metropolis Madness starts as early as October 18th. There are still some one day events before the league starts! Use Miz Sylver's code ACTION9 when you register to get a DISCOUNT!

Listeners, we encourage you to enter the Explorers Wanted contest. BioWare is offering fans the chance to voice a character in the newest Mass Effect game. You record yourself performing one of two provided scripts, upload to the web, and email the link to BioWare. You have until 6:59 AM GMT on September 28th. If you want to share your take with us, please, leave a comment here with the link, too!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Are you still waiting for your Pokemon Go Plus? Do you want us to listen to your Mass Effect Explorers Wanted audition? Do you have a Demon Anubis in your life already? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jonathan Holmes Destructoids All!

Episode 45: the fulfilling forty-fifth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast, starring Jonathan Holmes! The noted guy who writes about games for Destructoid! You can find him in the pages of Nintendo Force Magazine which you can get HERE! He's spoken to amazing game industry professionals in his recently retired Sup Holmes podcast, and this week he graces our podcast to discuss his path to writing about games, the inside scoop on Destructoid, and his secret favorite Pokemon.

Check out Sup Holmes on YouTube!
Or subscribe on iTunes.
on Twitter!

Hear his voice acting in Read Only Memories!

Our conversation covers so many topics, from Tingle to Pinball Wizard, including a mention of his completely secret upcoming game, of which nothing is revealed. Did we mention that he created Constructoid? (Episode 1 is posted below the podcast.) And that you can see him hosting the new Game Over Boston event Player 1/Player 2 at Laugh Boston on September 27th. This is a busy man!

After Jonathan flees our studio, we talk a few news items!
  • Pokemon GO introduces the buddy system, update your game!
  • In theory the Pokemon GO Plus came out on Friday, but we didn't get ours yet :(
  • Miz Sylver is working at Super League this fall! She's working at the Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere location for the one day events on Tuesday Sept 27th and Saturday Oct 1st. The full Fall League at that location will be Wednesdays 4:30 pm - 6 pm, Oct. 19 - Nov. 9. Find locations near you! Katy Rogers of the Revere Journal wrote a nice article about Super League at this location
  • On October 28th, a new New 3DS XL for Pokemon Sun and Moon comes out. It has Solgaleo and Lunala!
  • Dragon Quest VII was just (re-)released for 3DS.
  • The new YoKai Watch Season 2 YoKai Watch Model Zero Toy is now available!
  • And, if you are going to see YoKai Watch: the Movie on October 15th, get there early to get an exclusive Yo-kai Medal for the hero of the movie, Hovernyan! This medal will only be available to those attending the screenings. This exclusive Hovernyan medal will work with Hasbro's new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero toy AND you can scan the QR code on the back of the medal into the YO-KAI WATCH 2 video games for Nintendo 3DS to unlock a special reward!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you have questions for Jonathan Holmes? Were you on the Real World: Road Rules in the 90's? Will we see you at Laugh Boston for Player 1/Player 2? Can you pronounce Solgaleo? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Miz Sylver Talks Tacticon and Demands the Pokemon Go Plus!

Episode 44: the flowery forty-fourth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! This week your hosts are both in the same room together for the first episode in quite a while! First we talk a bit about the PAX West Omegathon finals, which featured Mario again! Mario is all over the place, now coming to your iPhone in a free-running game coming in December! They sneaked in a mention of some new Nintendo emoji, but the other big news from the Apple Stream event is that the Apple Watch is getting a Pokemon Go app! People are already talking about if this will be the killer app for the Apple Watch, or if the upcoming Pokemon GO Plus will take the lead! Miz Sylver is getting one when they come out on September 16th, even though the total functionality is not 100% clear yet... And speaking of Pokemon, more Sun and Moon footage is out, introducing the new Type, Null! And the Aether Foundation, led by the glamorous Lusamine.

There's a lot of goodies that are going on right now. Besides being the Month of Victini, there's stuff going on in Monster Hunter, SMITE, and more!
  • Monster Hunter Generation's free DLC for September includes a Star Fox inspired outfit for Felynes.
  • This weekend is Free Overwatch Weekend for PS4 and XBox One. It's going on right now, ending September 12 at 4:00 p.m. PT (23:00 UTC). (That's 7pm for our East Coast peeps!)
  • Camp Lazy Day is happening in Smite. Complete the three events to get a new Bacchus skin, which is a sort of America People-of-Walmart vibe!
  • They've just announces the PlayStation Pro, a new updated version of the PS4, being released November 10, 2016 for $399. It supports 4K everything! Pre-orders from lots of different retailers are linked on the Sony site.
  • YoKai Watch: the Movie is coming to select theaters Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. Movie event tickets on sale now at that site. In the Boston area, it's at the AMC Assembly Row 12 in Somerville, and the Showcase Cinema De Lux in Revere.
Finally, Miz Sylver talks Tacticon. She had a great time hanging Mayhem's Muse. One of her favorite streamers at the Con was Eswoogi, who speed ran FFVII at the Con! Miz Sylver was one of the judges of the costume contest, along with Sam and Mae of Anatomy of Cosplay and Michael, a designer who works with Mayhem's Muse. Miz Sylver got in a lot of fun gaming. She was on RT_LoZelda's channel to play Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, which we Let's Play'ed waaay back in Episode 4. She played a lot of Overwatch, and got to try out Overcooked! One new gaming idea she's excited for is the Board Gamers' League, which is a group where you record your score weekly on different board games to get ranked against other players to compete for prizes! There isn't a branch in the Boston area yet, but maybe our friends at the Compleat Strategist will start one! And don't forget, GenghisCon is being brought to us by the same team in the Denver area over President's Day weekend!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Did you go to a Con over Labor Day weekend? Are you gonna get a PS4 Pro? Did you get Barret on the date in FFVII? Are there spiders everywhere? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Lisa the Omeganaut Spills the Secrets!

Episode 43: The frightening forty-third episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast. This is our first new episode on our new hosting solution! This is our Pre-PAX West episode, featuring an incredible interview with Lisa CherryAngel24 who was one of the Omeganauts for Pax East this past April. She was always a big fan of the Omegathon, and when her chance to be a player came she seized the day! She tells us about the process of becoming an Omeganaut, how she prepared for the contest, her hopes and fears, the perks like getting to go to media hour on the show floor, and her advice for future Omeganauts! If you are an Omeganaut and need a coach, or if you just want to ask her some questions about Omeganauting, you can email her at labmember004 at outlook dot com (you know the drill, substitute @ for "at" and . for "dot" and take away the spaces.) or hit her up on Facebook. She's ready to do a training montage with you!

Meanwhile, Miz Sylver is at Tacticon Colorado. We talk about all sorts of awesome stuff, like September 1st's Nintendo Direct, shown below the podcast. So much good stuff was announced! New Zelda amiibo are coming soon, Yoshi's Wooly World and Super Mario Maker are coming to the 3DS, and there's going to be a new "premium" update to StreetPass Mii Plaza that will up the number of StreetPasses that you can collect from 10 to 100!

September is the Month of Victini! And now there are cute Eevees at Build-a-Bear!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you want to be an Omeganaut? Do you have a Charizard hoodie made of real Charizard? Have you seen this crazy Rainbow Road song video (linked below the Nintendo Direct)? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Updating our Hosting

Hello (Greetings) Listeners, as mentioned before, we are updating our podcast feed and hosting solution. We are converting over to LibSyn, which is a specialized podcast hosting site, and we are pretty excited about it. Tomorrow's episode will be the first new episode published directly on the site! Last week's episode, Episode 42, has been moved over to the new host. We expected our old host to kick the bucket yesterday, but the episodes appear to still be up. Still, we will be moving our old episodes over to ensure accessibility, which will be a slow but sure process, limited by our hosting requirements. Any episode whose show notes are marked as "Updated" in the title have been moved over. (New episodes starting with Episode 43 will have no comments about that.) If you have trouble accessing these episodes in iTunes or the Google Play store, please try updating your feed. Thank you for sticking with us through these technical difficulties!

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