November 30, 2009

THE LIST: Five "Whoa" Moments

This week's THE LIST asks you for five "whoa" moments from games.

Did a game's story take a turn for the crazy? Did you end up in some amazing world? Fight a ridiculous boss battle? Do you remember a moment while playing multiplayer that just caught you off-guard? How about the first time you popped in a game and were immediately struck by it?

We want your list of five vibrant gaming memories in which a moment from a game has really stuck with you. We'll be reading your THE LISTs on the next podcast.

Oh, and if the game came out in the last year or so, try not to spoil anything for those who haven't played. But if a game is more than two years old everything is fair game.

November 23, 2009

The 50 Games that Defined the Decade

Low Score spent the past two episodes running down our list of what we believe are the games that defined the decade. These choices were based on a number of factors. Popularity, influence, success, and quality contributed with different weight in our decisions.

Is there something we missed? Include it in the comments with an explantation of not only why you think it belongs on the list, but also which game you would get rid of to make room for it.

Think we're totally off base with a choice? Make sure to listen to the podcast to hear our explanation, then argue it in the comments. Remember, just because you love it or it's a great game doesn't mean it belongs on the list. We had to leave off numerous personal favorites like Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy XII, Burnout 3, Fallout 3, and GTA: Vice City. So it goes when you make a list.

Counter-Strike (official retail version)
Deus Ex
Diablo II
The Sims
Dance Dance Revolution

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Devil May Cry
Final Fantasy X
Gran Turismo 3
Grand Theft Auto III
Halo: Combat Evolved
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Super Mario Advance (Super Mario Bros. 2)
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Metroid Prime
Ratchet and Clank
Battlefield 1942

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$

Far Cry
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Half-Life 2
Halo 2
Katamari Damacy
World of Warcraft

God of War
Guitar Hero
Resident Evil 4
Mario Kart DS

Gears of War
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Wii Sports
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Rock Band

Mega Man 9
Little Big Planet
Wii Fit

Street Fighter IV

November 22, 2009

Low Score Episode 33 "The Second Half"

We're proud to bring you the rousing conclusion of our Top 50 Games that Defined the Decade! The full list will be going up in a blog post soon for reference and discussion.

But first we kicked off the show with some late submissions from last week's THE LIST. Immediately following, we run down this week's THE LIST "Five Characters You'd Like to Spend a Day With." Because we didn't put out a call for submissions this time, you can include them in the comments here. We'll read them next time AND we'll put out a new call for THE LIST too. So many damn lists!

We've both played Borderlands and Forza 3, though in reverse proportions. While car enthusiast Bobby was busy collecting loot in the Rust Commons, J the Diablo fan was zipping around race tracks to finish the R3 championship.

GFOTS Jimmy wrote in to ask about peripherals like the DJ Hero turntable and Tony Hawk's new skateboard... thing.

As always, if you enjoy the show, remember to spread the word!

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November 7, 2009

Low Score Episode 32 "The First Half"

We decided to quickly follow-up our special episode with a standard episode. But just because it's standard does not mean it too isn't special in its own right.

We begin by condensing our previous discussion of Forza 3, Borderlands, and Brutal Legend into a solid 20 minutes. If you listened to the last show, you'll hear a bunch of overlap, but much more concisely put.

Then we launch into this week's discussion: The 50 Games that Defined the Decade. To keep it on the shorter side, we're only tackling the first half of the decade this episode, with 2005-2009 to come. We kept ourselves on a timer so that we only talk about the 28 games for 2 minutes each. No babbling here! Except for some of Bobby's "uh, this game was good" nonsense...

But it wouldn't be a standard episode without THE LIST. We asked you for your Top 5 Games Based on Other Media IP, and you responded with enthusiasm! We each run through our lists and then read off the listener contributed lists. There's one game that was overwhelmingly popular that may surprise you (hint: Disney).

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November 5, 2009

THE LIST: Top 5 Games Based on Other Media IP

We want to hear your choices for this week's THE LIST segment. This week? Your top five games based on IP from other media. Movies, comics, TV shows, toys, etc. So leave a comment with your THE LIST and we'll read them on the air!

Low Score Special "Playing Forza 3"

We tried to do something a little different this week. And we accomplished that goal. How it turns out, however, remains to be seen. So how exactly did we switch it up?

In this very special episode of Low Score we invited Good Friend of the Show Jimmy to lead us through some Forza 3. On the first half of the show you'll hear us racing each other, talking trash, and talking about the game. In the second half, we talk a bit about other games we've been playing, whether Bobby should get a PlayStation 3, and an assortment of news. Maybe. It's hard to remember with all that crashing into walls...

Disclaimer: We know that this episode is a little weird and it might be hard to follow. Please let us know if it's at all tolerable. If we can modify the next one in a way that's listenable, we'll do that. If it's beyond saving, we'll discard the idea completely. Constructive criticism always welcome.

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