Episode 90 – More Like Oscar the Grouch Than Batman

After taking a mental health break for a few weeks, Make Me A Gamer is back with an all new episode that was recorded before the break was taken! Atma and HarveyZ go over BlizzCon Online’s announcements regarding Hearthstone and Overwatch 2, then Atma goes in-depth on the Mortal Kombat trailer before talking about Valorant and their new obsession with it and why it’s hitting better than Overwatch currently. Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded February 24, 2021.)

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Top 100 Games of All-Time: #69 (Nice)

Overwatch

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Platform Played On: PS4/PC

2018 Placement: #27 (-52)

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What It Is:

A hero-based shooter that took the world by storm and created a lot of, ahem, fan art. Overwatch is known for each character having a unique weapon and play style, from Mei’s freezing and ice walls to Hanzo’s arrows and dragonstrike. But each character also has a vibrant personality through both design and voice acting making the game one of the most talked about new multiplayer releases for a long while: eventually spawning the Overwatch League as a professional e-sport league attempting to create local town support for their teams.

The game itself is a 6v6 objective-based first-person shooter, where there’s an Attacking and Defending team either trying to escort a payload to a destination or taking/defending a specific point on the map. It requires a lot of teamwork to execute between managing your own ability cooldowns, syncing up with teammates’ abilities, and guessing at what the other team has lined up to compete against you. Between the DPS, Tank, and Support roles there’s something for everybody to play as even if you aren’t a particular crack shot with aiming.

Why It’s Important To Me:

I spent an ungodly amount of time playing Overwatch on PS4 with a group of online friends. I participating in six-person stacks nearly every night for a while, playing with people from a forum I visited at the time. It was the most I ever got into an online multiplayer game: usually my online experience is mostly co-op with friends I already know, and I stay away from shooters because I’m just bad at them. But the Tank and Support roles were up my alley; I could play with a group and affect the match without having to worry about my K/D ratio and the world was so vibrant that it instantly captivated me. I also loved how unique the heroes and abilities were: that’s what really separated this from a regular shooter.

I also got extremely into the Overwatch League once it began. I’ve never been an e-sports fan and rarely watched any competitive matches of any other game, but for the first two seasons of OWL I was glued to my computer watching every game I could on Twitch. I watched more Overwatch than normal sports and became a huge fan of the LA Gladiators and Washington Justice, to the point that I own merch for both of them. I love discussing teams and players and OWL matches online with people and it just makes me excited to watch matches live – I get into it as much as I would the Super Bowl.

My Strongest Memory:

I went to see the Washington Justice play live at their two-day Homestand in February 2020, not knowing at the time it would be one of the last outings I participated in for over a year. It was actually exhilarating to experience the match live with the crowd of fans getting into the game being played on the screen in front of them. The weekend we did it, me and HarveyZ both agreed that two full days of Overwatch was a little much but looking back it was absolutely worth seeing it live and getting to experience the rush first-hand: especially since many other teams’ Homestands were cancelled due to COVID.

As for a specific memory of playing the game, I don’t really have one. I have a fondness for the PS4 crew (that I don’t play with anymore since I switched to PC and mostly just dabble around in it now) and the good times I had playing online with them. I could tell you about how excited I got every time I unlocked a new trophy on PS4 after pulling off a new skill with a new character, because every time I got one of those (and I got nearly all of them) I was so proud of myself. I’m especially proud of finally achieving the Lucio’s The Floor Is Lava trophy, although Reaper’s Waste Not, Want Not still eludes me.

Why It’s #69 (Nice):

I have a rocky relationship with Overwatch. I want to love it a lot more than I currently do. I’m still excited for Overwatch League and enjoy watching other people play it. But every time I log onto it by myself I play a few matches and realize how much fun I’m not having. If you don’t have a squad and aren’t playing with other people, the game is toxic and unbearable, especially at lower skill levels. Teammates don’t try to listen or work together, everyone thinks they’re the best at the game and don’t try to improve their own abilities, and mistakes are met with yelling and toxicity. The balance of the game also fluctuates wildly and because the team is working on Overwatch 2, there hasn’t been any significant content updates for over a year. That’s why Overwatch has the single biggest drop in the top 100 from the last time I did this. But I still love the game despite all the mess, will watch OWL when it starts in April and I’ll definitely be jumping into OW2 when it comes out.

(But also, fuck Bobby Kotick.)

Episode 77 – Beeps and Boops

We’re back with another episode of Make Me A Gamer! This week starts off with a lively discussion about music which leads to a discussion about video game music! Then TMan and HarveyZ have an unintentional spooky episode where they discuss their progress in Stasis and the two games TMan has been playing recently: Darkest Dungeon and Dead By Daylight. They end with a contemplative chat about the nature of playing video games you don’t necessarily like right away, but still feel compelled to play for some reason. Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded October 28, 2020.)

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Episode 62 – Any Given Overwatch Day

So obviously everything has been a little bit chaotic due to the state of the world. This episode was supposed to come out over a month ago but due to life it’s just coming out now. We hope you enjoy this throwback episode to a month ago when the coronavirus was not quite a global pandemic yet as TMan and HarveyZ talk Overwatch League and PAX East (and a little bit of Final Fantasy 7).

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Part #1: Overwatch League & The Washington Justice Inaugural Homestand

Countdown Cauldron: #80 – Bayonetta 2

Part #2: TMan Talks About PAX East & Other Conventions

(This episode was recorded on March 5, 2020.)

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Episode 59 – You Don’t Deserve Me At My Grookey

Ok, it’s been nearly a month since a Make Me A Gamer episode went up, but man what a crazy month it’s been. OWL Homestands, PAX East, LASIK surgery, hot water heaters dying – and that’s mostly just TMan’s schedule. BUT we’re back with a new episode that I hope you all enjoy, and sorry for the delay! A regular schedule should be resuming soon-ish!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Facebook vs. Twitter

15 Minutes of Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Countdown Cauldron: #88 – Tomb Raider (2013) & #85 – You Don’t Know Jack (2011)

E-Sportsball Updates: First Weekend of Overwatch League & XFL

(This episode was recorded on February 13, 2020.)

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Episode 58 – Jig News

Sorry for the delay! Life comes at you fast, and in TMan’s case it was so fast he had trouble finding time to edit the podcast! In addition, somehow during this particular episode TMan’s mic managed to pick up a radio station so editing was a little rougher. I think the background audio was scrubbed well enough that it should have come out okay, but if there’s something off about this week’s episode, that’s why! Apologies for making you wait, but let’s get on with this episode’s Make Me A Gamer entertainment!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Parallel Parking vs Metered Parking

Breaking News: Overwatch League YouTube Deal & Coronavirus Delays

The Countdown Cauldron: #100 – Return of the Obra Dinn & #95 – Uncharted 3

Special Segment: Making the Gamer D&D Class

(This episode was recorded on January 28, 2020.)

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Episode 49 – Get Your Flu Shot

It’s Tuesday! Which means it’s time to make somebody a gamer! And maybe that person it you! Give us a listen and enjoy!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: WWE vs. AEW

Main Course #1: Topic Thunderdome (w/ news that’s happened the last few weeks); BlizzCon & Overwatch 2

Make Me A Gamer Minute: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Main Course #2: Disco Elysium

HarveyZ’s Game of the Week: Overland

(This episode was recorded on November 7, 2019.)

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Episode 46 – Professional Men of the People

Back on track with a Tuesday episode! (Note: We talk about Overwatch League in this episode but this was recorded before the Blizzard controversy broke. We address the Blizzard/Hong Kong news in episode 47.)

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Fire Emblem vs. XCOM

Main Course #1: Fire Emblem Three Houses & the Overwatch League Grand Finals

Make Me A Gamer Minute: Deadly Premonition

Main Course #2: Fallout 76 helmet mold, Brain Age for Switch, and TMan’s feelings about The Last of Us

TMan’s Game of the Week: Observation

(This episode was recorded on October 3, 2019.)

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Episode 42 – I Can Be Your Keanu

It’s been one whole year of Make Me A Gamer! Join TMan and HarveyZ as they celebrate one year of podcasting by doing what they do best – making everything up as they go along!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Genesis Mini vs Switch Lite

New Segments: Topic Thunderdome and the Make Me A Gamer Minute!

Main Course: The Nintendo Direct (Smash Bros characters, Overwatch on Switch) and what co-op games we’ve enjoyed.

TMan’s Game of the Week: Control

(This episode was recorded September 5, 2018.)

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Episode 39 – Can We Launder a Podcast?

Sorry for the delay! But an episode on Friday is better than an episode never! Enjoy!

This Week on Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Stephen King’s It vs. Stephen King’s The Stand

Main Course: Overwatch balance changes & Overwatch League news

TMan’s Game of the Week: Nowhere Prophet

Random Discussion of the Week: Harvey Z’s “science” experiments & the benefits of milk

(This episode was recorded July 18th, 2019.)

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