In our final episode for the year, the boys at I’m Just Playin’ take on the subject of Nostalgia, the Nintendo Switch and what they’re looking forward to in 2017. After what can only be described as a very strange year for pop culture, take a listen to our thoughts on 2016.

Brian’s been playing a lot of Darkest Dungeon and describes his experiences in the brutal randomness in this dungeon crawler. Joseph’s been playing a lot of Mad Max, a game that never got the recognition it deserved. As a game, it’s mechanics, themes and aesthetics are solid. However, due to it releasing so close to other open world games in that year, it got pushed aside for not being more than the others. Which is a shame because overall it’s a rewarding and fun open world action game, that nails the world of Mad Max. No-one got round to asking what Sid’s been playing and he gets salty about it later on in the show.

This episode gets heated as we discuss what 2017 will bring. The most obvious contender for biggest happening of the year is the imminent release of the Nintendo Switch. With an elusive set of specifications and a promise of home console and portable hybrid systems, it’s hard to pin down what this will bring to the industry. Nintendo in recent years, since the launch of the Wii U haven’t been fairing well and have been relying on miking nostalgia and their IP’s to keep sales up.

The Nintendo Switch needs to meet a number of criteria in order to succeed beyond the fanboys. This includes battery life, launch titles and of course, cost. An overly expensive device with poor release titles and meagre battery life is not going to help Nintendo in any way and everyone’s hoping that they pull this one of the park.

The Topic of Nostalgia

We then get into the topic of Nostalgia and how that it’s a bad thing. Nostalgia is being used to milk money straight from the pockets of consumers without providing anything meaningful towards the progress of humanity, and more importantly, video games. With a constant look to the past with remakes, reboots etc. It’s very apparent that using nostalgia is a key marketing ingredient in today’s world.

From there on, it gets really heated and you should experience it for yourself to be honest.