Episode 97 – The Senator Does Not Appreciate Semi-Colons

It’s time to finish the Make Me A Gamer Madness bracket! The final division, the final 16 is here as we dive into HarveyZ’s preferences in Smash Bros characters! Well, first we talk about post-pandemic hangouts and HarveyZ’s dating life but after that, Smash Bros characters and the Final 4 conclusion to these multi-episode bracket shenanigans! We hope you’ve enjoyed this experiment and next week we’re back to your regularly scheduled Make Me A Gamer – whatever that may be! Enjoy!

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

Episode 96 – The Board Game Episode

We’re back with a new episode of Make Me A Gamer! The Bracket of Many Names continues this week with the Board Game Division and HarveyZ is breaking down his favorites from what Atma’s chosen! We’re all board games this week, no video games in sight, so buckle up and get ready to see a different side of gaming! Hopefully y’all enjoy!

(This episode was recorded on April 28, 2021.)

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

Link to Valorant Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlfkp_O3p7w

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

Episode 95 – Oddly Sexy Kano

We’re back with a new episode! Despite what you might think by the title, this episode is NOT about the most recent Mortal Kombat movie. Instead, it’s about round 2 of HarveyZ’s Make Me A Gamer Madness bracket! This round is dedicated to 16 video game movies as Harvey decides which one moves on to the final 4. We also talk briefly about Sony’s decision to reverse shutting down the PS3 and Vita stores and a little bit about the Overwatch League opening weekend. Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded on April 21, 2021.)

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

Episode 94 – This Episode Is A Secret

We’re back with a new episode of Make Me A Gamer! We’ve got another one of our famous “off the rails” episodes this week as HarveyZ immediately takes a left turn out of the gate in a way only he can. Atma gets back on track with some April Madness as we begin the first round of a HarveyZ 64-item tournament. Then they both talk about Into the Breach for a while before HarveyZ takes us on another left turn into the world of video game porn parodies. Enjoy? Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded on April 7, 2021.)

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

Episode 92 – That Was Awesome!

This week on Make Me A Gamer, HarveyZ gets to talk about his accomplishment over the last year: watching 12 seasons of Criminal Minds. Then Atma and Harvey get down to gaming business where they first talk about Scott Pilgim vs. the World before moving on to beat ’em ups in general, after which Atma educates HarveyZ on the awful character designs of Dragon’s Crown. Finally Atma gives their first impressions on the PS5, DualSense, and Astro’s Playroom. Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded on March 17, 2021.)

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

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.)

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

Episode 87 – Big Money Z

Are you ready for a full episode of amateur quarterbacks waxing and waning about the stock market? Well that’s what Make Me A Gamer is giving you this week! Bookended by a quick gaming stock market quiz for HarveyZ and a Fantasy Games Critic league update, this entire episode is a no-holds-barred discussion on the recent developments with Gamestop’s stock. You thought this podcast was about games? Well sometimes we throw you a curve! Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded January 27, 2021.)

TMan on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tmanplaysgames

HarveyZ on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ThaZIsSilent

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

Episode 86 – Bagels In Milk

It’s a new week and TMan and HarveyZ have new opinions to share and argue about. Join them on their journey as they debate the best types of cookies and what is allowed to be dunked in milk. They do eventually talk about games, going over a semi-eventful first week in their fantasy draft before talking about the Indiana Jones and Star Wars game news. Finally, HarveyZ’s BS-o-meter is put to the test as TMan throws Pokemon names at him to see if he can pick out what’s real and what’s not. We hope you enjoy!

(This episode was recorded January 20, 2021.)

TMan on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tmanplaysgames

HarveyZ on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ThaZIsSilent

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!

Top 100 Games of All-Time: #100

The Lost Vikings

Release Date: April 29, 1993

Platform Played On: SNES

2018 Placement: #92 (-8)

Capture

What It Is:

Before Norse mythology was cool and you could be an Assassin in Valhalla, there was the trio of lost Vikings. Erik is the agile one: he can jump and dash. Baleog is the muscle: he’s the only one that can attack with either his sword or bow. And Olaf is, well, he’s definitely not the brains. But he CAN hold a shield and block dangerous obstacles, along with hang-gliding for the fun of it.

Erik, Baleog, and Olaf are normal everyday Vikings who get kidnapped by a spaceship and end up rocking and rolling through time and space, from the prehistoric times to a weird fun house-esque world to ancient Egypt and more. It’s a game about solving puzzles while avoiding enemies and navigating death traps while you switch back and forth between each Viking and use each of their specific skills to progress. There’s humorous dialogue between the three Vikings as they progress through the stages which keeps the game light in tone despite some of the horrific deaths you can put them through.

Why It’s Important To Me:

In the early years of video gaming, there weren’t a lot of options for co-op. Either you played brawlers like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, you shot things together in games like Contra, or one player was a lackey like Tails while Sonic did all the work. The Lost Vikings was a game I really enjoyed playing with my friends because we got to navigate and solve platforming puzzles together. We also got to fuck with each other and completely mess up an entire level’s worth of hard work because one of us accidentally fell onto some spikes or messed up Olaf’s hang-gliding at the wrong moment or used a bomb for funsies and couldn’t progress anymore.

While it’s absolutely an enjoyable single player game I get distinct happy feelings when I think about this game because I can remember sitting in my basement playing it with my friends as we tried to navigate every single level. And then writing down the password of each level as we progressed because there weren’t save states back then, only motherfucking passwords. But when you lost the sheet of paper that had all the passwords and had to start over…anyway, that’s neither here nor there.

My Strongest Memory:

It’s weird, but the first thing that always pops to mind for me with this game is the aforementioned fun-house world. There’s a specific mechanic where the Vikings can inflate themselves like a balloon to traverse the area. And while it didn’t awaken anything in me, when I close my eyes I can still see the sprite of poor inflated Olaf. He looks so hilarious compared to the other two when they’re inflated because the other two keep their left-to-right look but he ends up looking straight at the camera with his arms wide like a little helpless ball of Norsitude.

Just don’t think about what happens when he hits the spikes. (Pop.)

Why it’s #100:

This game is mostly fond nostalgia for me. When I looked at the lower numbers on the list I made in 2018 that were in danger of being knocked out thanks to new games, I mentally told myself “Lost Vikings has to stay on the list no matter what.” And if I had that visceral a response to it’s inclusion, well, it deserves a spot on the list. But I also couldn’t put it above many other games I enjoyed that are new to the list. So that’s how we’re starting this epic adventure off – with a game I wanted to keep on this list through hell or high water.

 

Episode 85 – Zombie Animal Crossing (Inaugural Fantasy Draft)

Hello it’s a Monday and we’re here with your weekly Make Me A Gamer episode! Are you ready for the rough and tumble world of fantasy drafting? Because this episode TMan and HarveyZ throw hands as they participate in a head-to-head fantasy gaming league and pick their contenders for best 2021 releases, complete with a real reward for the winner at the end! Strap yourselves in and see what they pick as they go over some of the games possibly coming out this year! Enjoy!

(This episode was recorded January 13, 2021.)

TMan on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tmanplaysgames

HarveyZ on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ThaZIsSilent

Make Me A Gamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MakeMeAPodcast

E-Mail Us at: makemeagamerpodcast@gmail.com

Discord: https://discord.gg/xNVvTSB

As always, thank you so much for listening and please leave us ratings and feedback however you’re listening to our podcast! Please stay safe out there and stay out of groups if you can!