In the thirteenth episode, we discuss Valve’s community driven Steam Awards. No Man’s Sky’s have announced their Foundation Update and Ubisoft’s new approach to extended content.

Sid, Joseph and Brian sit down to discuss their nominations for Valve’s Steam Awards. Unlike most awards, Valve have opted to allow the community to decide on the winners in unconventional categories. Awards for “Best Use of a Farm Animal” and “Just Five More Minutes” have allowed any game to be nominated. We go through each of the categories and discuss our individual selections for the awards. Consequently, their choices spark up some surprises as we learn more about each other.

In a slow week of news, No Man’s Sky developers, Hello Games, have finally resurfaced after over 9 weeks of little to no communication with their customers. With the 1.1 release, titled the Foundation Update, comes the addition of new games modes, Base Building, new materials, freighters and farming. As a result, controvery has started as previous issues including interface problems, combat, and multiplayer features have yet to be addressed. It appears that they’ve been working on features without delivering the original game that was promised. With some new features looking promising, there’s a lot of cynicism. However Joe is adamant on supporting Hello Games and hopes they deliver a game that Hello Games can be proud of.

Other side topics include how Geralt of Rivia sounds like the most bored man in the entire world and how Ubisoft seem to be doing their best to become a better consumer-friendly company.

 

After what seems like a very long week, Sid and Brian are back again, and in this episode they’re discussing the nominations for Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards 2016.

In a surprise move, Joseph has returned from his damnation to join us for a three hour episode of shenanigans. In what was planned by Sid as a method to create some interesting discussion and heat between Brian and Joseph, let’s just say it backfired. It turns out, two very different co-hosts may end up having some similarities.

The Game Awards 2016’s nominations feature a lot of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. One of the biggest releases of the year. Both Brian and Joseph feel that the game doesn’t deserve this many commendations. However, Sid does his best to explain that the Jury that are both nominating and deciding on this year’s winner are more likely to pick something like Uncharted as it’s the biggest system seller and the most overall appeasing game across anything released in 2016.

Other notable nominations include Overwatch, Blizzard’s newest game and IP aswell as Doom, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2.

The most interesting categorys in this year’s selection seem to be the Action, Action/Adventure, Strategy and Independant Game categories. All with strong contenders that make it hard to choose and/or decide what the final outcome will be.

In other news, Collector’s Editions of Mass Effect Andromeda no longer include an actual copy of the game. Naturally Brian and Joseph aren’t too happy at the proposition.

In conclusion, we hope you enjoy this double stuffed episode of I’m Just Playin’ and welcome back Joseph to the team.