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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
2021 has begun! It’s a new year with the same Make Me A Gamer! No resolutions or format change ups here, just the same TMan and HarveyZ shenanigans you’re used to. This week TMan goes over how Cyberpunk 2077 crashed and burned in December, and then HarveyZ talks about Phoenix Point, the XCOM-like he’s been playing! Enjoy!
Oh hey, didn’t see you there! Surprise! It’s another episode of Make Me A Gamer! That’s right, we’re sending off 2020 with two episodes in the same week! This one is a special, New Year’s Eve wrap-up episode as we’re ending the year looking back on the podcast. Our longest-lasting bit was HarveyZ Snaps, and this episode we’re taking a look back at all the weird either/or scenarios that TMan came up with for his co-host and seeing whether Harvey has changed his mind on what he’d rather keep. We hope you enjoy this final episode of the year and we’ll see you all in 2021! Have a safe and happy new year!
We’ve made it to the end of 2020, and considering all that’s happened this year that’s quite the accomplishment! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some lists with this year’s Manatees!!
This year we have some brand spankin’ new categories like Nicest Smelling Game and Best Game Bug, HarveyZ takes us on a trip through his top 5 games he wished he played this year, and then TMan shares his top 5 games he actually played before both our hosts share their beloved Game of the Year. Enjoy this riveting end of the year discussion!
A bit of a delay but it’s the end of 2020 so everything’s messed up. We’re gonna get back to a regular schedule in 2021, we promise! Regardless, this week’s episode is a very fun one and the first of several 2020 wrap-up podcasts! First, TMan and HarveyZ discuss the true meaning of cyberpunk. Then TMan runs HarveyZ through the second PUBZ Gauntlet as he picks his favorite game from 2020 just based on their names. Finally, HarveyZ takes TMan on another rip-roaring fun trip through the Tower of Babel, also with games of 2020! Please enjoy this laid-back, fun-in-the-sun episode!
Weeeeee’re back with another episode of Make Me A Gamer! Episode 80! That’s a nice round number! This episode is all about games! HarveyZ talks about his experience playing Hearthstone Battlegrounds before TMan gets into Yakuza Like A Dragon and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. There’s also some existential talk about living through history and talk about Battle Royale. We hope you enjoy!