8-Bit Cave Hermits – Vidjagame Apocalypse 427

Wise old men who lurk in caves to dispense advice and magical weapons are a trope as old as time – but as far as games go, their heyday was firmly in the ’80s. So this week, three cave-dwelling old men named Mikel, Chris, and Matt impart the wisdom of bearded 8-bit hermits to young hero Robert Beach, on loan from PNB. Once that’s over, we’ll dive into Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game, Nintendo’s OLED Switch announcement, and your personal games of the (half-)year.

Question of the Week: What’s a setting you’d like to see Assassin’s Creed explore?


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Theme song by Matthew Joseph Payne. Break song is It’s Dangerous To Go Alone by Starbomb.


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7 thoughts on “8-Bit Cave Hermits – Vidjagame Apocalypse 427

  1. absolutely xan’t wait to hear your switch OLED reactions…this might be the first time since the 3DS’ launch that fans are split…maybe they’ll lower the price and give out free games again, lol

  2. The topic was great actually. Does the guest guy also get this salty when people talk about *movies* from before he was born? “Wtf is Alien, that was the 70s man I wasn’t even born yet”

  3. Loved the top 5, but WOW, that guest is a massive prick in the first segment. I’m in my 20’s and love hearing about old school obscure games. Like, he’d rather talk about cave diving than NES games, fuckin’ really?

  4. QOTW: I’ve always wanted a AC game either set in Feudal Japan along the lines of the current RPG-lite games, or a smaller, more episodic AC game covering different places affected by WW2 that probably wouldn’t justify one single traditional AC game (imagine hunting down ex-Nazis in South America, helping jews hide and escape in Amsterdam or Warsaw). However, with Japan, Ghost of Tsushima has already scratched that itch and also ruined the bloated AC Valhalla for me by comparison, and having played the recent Hitman trilogy I feel that’s the kind of assassin gameplay I would want from a WW2 game. The most ironic thing about the AC series is that considering it’s literally about shadowy assassins and “blades in the dark” type stuff, actual stealth gameplay has never been a strong focus and we now have this thing where other games are better “AC games” than Assassins Creed itself.

  5. QOTW: I want to play as a distant ancestor of Connor from AC3. A game set in “America” decades before any white people show up could be amazing. It’s also a period of history that I know nearly nothing about. I didn’t know shit about Renaissance Italy before playing AC2, but the game presented it in such a relatable way that it didn’t matter. So it could be a fun way to expose people to a setting that goes largely ignored in American history classes.

  6. Id love to go LA in 1966 so that would have a chance to meet both Elvis during his film career and the formative years of The Doors.

    Then I’d stab them.

    QoTW: Id like an assassins creed game set in space, or whatever.

  7. QOTW: Southern Mesopotamia, 21th century B.C. aka the Sumerian Renaissance.
    By now, we know that “the first blade” reached Greece from Persia, so the region sure had some stabby-stabby tradition beforehand, and it’s just a perfect backdrop imo –
    Having shaken off the foreign kutian (iranian) regime, few city-states enjoy relative peace under the lenient rule of the Ur dynasty. it’s a period of social and political reconstruction, with a steady supply of immigrants form Iran and Arabia, many tribes trying to tweak the fledgling power structure in their favor, vying for economical and spiritual dominance (e.g. the stupendous ziggurat of Eridu, later misnamed “Tower of Babel”, that insolent punk Abraham denying the pantheon, etc.). Little does anyone know that the powers rising in the remote city of Babylon have different plans for them [ominous laugh]…
    Unfortunately this era isn’t nearly as well-documented as other periods featured in AC. Still, one can dream.

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