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Played - Episode 49.5

Episode 50 is on it’s way, but until then we’ve got this special God of War 3 episode for you! Mark is back from Sony’s God of War 3 press event with his impressions of the game, an interview with Design Director Todd Papy (sorry about the sound quality!) and pink lemonade all over his shirt. We also managed to squeeze in Chris’s impression of F.E.A.R. 2, so please do enjoy.

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Played - Episode 49

In this episode we’ve got some crazy chatter! We discuss EA’s recent announcement to release several new Spore titles including Spore Galactic Adventures. Additionally we talk about Mass Effect DLC, Mirror’s Edge DLC, our friend Greg Laabs joins us to give his impressions of Sacred 2, Elizabeth talks about Lumines and a few iPhone games like SimCity, Chris talks about the Dawn of War 2 beta, Tomb Raider Underground, and Assassin’s Creed while Mark discusses his recent venture into WoW: Wrath of the Lich King.

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Played - Episode 48

The crew is back with more tomfoolery and a new Haiku contest! We run through some listener comments and questions covering the likes of Fable 2, Diablo 3, iPhone gaming and Valve. Then we move on to some coop goodness with Left 4 Dead and first impressions of the new Prince of Persia.

Plus: There’s Beethoven, Liz’s “thank you” tale of despair, Remo’s befuddlement of multi-gigabyte microstorage devices and Mark’s diary entry from 7 years of age.

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Played - Episode 44

In the latest episode of Played, we kick off with discussion of Nintendo’s ban on designer Shigeru Miyamoto discussing his personal hobbies, then launch straight into what we’re playing.

Xbox Live Arcade is a big theme, with Chris and Mark playing Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (and making unsolicited comparisons to Everyday Shooter) and Chris taking on Braid.  Liz has been into Soul Calibur IV, but less into its absurd achievements.

Finally, Mark has returned to Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune again, and he finally finished The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess almost two years after its release.

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Played - Episode 43

Amazingly, we’re already back, the week after our previous episode.  This time, Chris covers the San Diego Comic-Con and tacks on a bit of residual E3 discussion, including High Voltage’s impressive Wii shooter The Conduit, Lionhead’s Fable 2, and Bethesda’s Fallout 3.

As we move on to what we’ve been playing, Mark revisits Mass Effect and BioShock yet again, and seeths with anger over Siren: Blood Curse’s terrible installation.  Elizabeth admits to boss battle brutality in Space Invaders: Extreme, and Chris has been playing a trio of turn-based titles on Xbox 360: Civilization Revolution, Ticket to Ride, and Catan.

Finally, we address the reactions of two successful musicians, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and John Mayer of John Mayer, to Guitar Hero and Rock Band.  Chris rebuts.  Plus: Everday Shooter!  It’s still awesome!

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Played - Episode 29

Welcome to our Metroid Tribute show!

We’re super excited to present this awesome episode to you guys as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption hits the streets and makes it’s way into your sweaty little hands.

Topics include the amazing characters in the series, the incredibly intricate environments, the uniquely immersive gameplay and, of course, and the moving scores that have helped thread many adventures for us as Samus. Our discussion also spans all the way from the original Metroid through to the impressive Prime series, to the highly anticipated Metroid Dread.

So join us in this informative, entertaining, and fun tribute to Samus and her adventures.

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Played - Episode 50

It’s our 50th Podcast and it’s time to announce the winners of our Haiku contest! Plus we talk Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II, Killzone 2, more Fable 2, King’s Bounty: The Legend, and Mircosofts claim that games are healthy! 

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Played - Episode 47

 
This time on Played, the crew notices that there’s a demo for Left 4 Dead–but none of them have actually played it yet. Mark and Chris have been playing Fable 2, Fallout 3 (4.7 million units sold shipped!), and Far Cry 2, however, and there’s plenty of discussion about those titles, while Liz shares her thoughts on Dead Space.

Plus, Liz’s Gadgetry segment returns, Chris battles a lingering illness, and Played announces a prize-packed theme song contest.

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