TAPTAG 044 — We Actually Review Some Games edition

You could be fooled into thinking that the hosts of this wonderful podcast think about playing games, but don’t actually play any games. That’s not true! We play games, honest! Here we review Total War: Warhammer, Witcher 3, Starbound, Button Frenzy, Hyper Light Drifter, Star Citizen, and Rebel Galaxy. How do you like them apples?

TAPTAG 043 — VR Not Amused edition

Virtual reality! It’s amazing, it’s nearly here for the masses, and it places you in the virtual space in a way you’ve never been able to before. But with that presence comes a vulnerability to the curator of whatever is on the screen in front of you. We’re not trying to fear monger, but the concept of trolling in VR is kind of terrifying if you think about it. So we did! And now we’ll talk about it.

TAPTAG 042 — Skin In The Game edition

How much would you say a weapon skin is worth? Ten cents, ten dollars? How about millions? If you’re one of the lucky folks running a CS:GO skin gambling site, that’s how much you are making in trades between players usually too young to understand the concept of statistics. This week we talk loot boxes, crates, keys, and the gambling economy.

TAPTAG 038 — The Lost Episode edition

Finally! It’s been a long time, but Tim has finally finished digging through the mess of input lag, audio syncing, and quality issues to bring you our great discussion with our friend and collaborator Megan about in-game avatars. Apologies once more for this taking so long, and thanks once again to Megan. You can find her at @scienceninjagal if you want to chat!

TAPTAG 041 — The Magic 45 Minutes edition

This episode Tim is away from keyboard as Ryan from the Magic Hour podcast  steps in for a chat about a wide range of topics including (obviously) being a gamer parent, teaching young gamers, virtual reality, and all the games we’ve been playing. We did have some lag issues later in the episode, but we’ve smoothed that out as best we can. Thanks again Ryan for coming on the show! You can find him @zoso1701, so give him a hello!

TAPTAG 040 — Unfinished Syndrome edition

If a game sits in a Steam library and can’t be finished, does it make you squirm? In this episode of TAPTAG, we’re talking about games that can’t be finished, games that don’t want to be finished, and games that…eh, we don’t really want to finish.

TAPTAG 039 — Gamumentaries edition

As the game creation space begins to accommodate more and more diverse creators, we’re beginning to see the next generation of game experiences coming through. This episode we’re talking about two medium-bending spaces where those creators are making waves: games as documentaries, and virtual reality periscopes.

P.S. You may be wondering, ‘Episode 39? What happened to 38?’ We’re working on it! Megan’s guest vocals will be hitting your ears as soon as Tim works through some audio syncing issues. Sorry for the wait!

TAPTAG 037 — Best of 2015 edition

We’re back from the break and ready to go for 2016! But before we do, it’s time to look back on the year that was 2015 and decide what kept us most entertained throughout. We go through the highs, a few of the lows, and our gaming resolutions for the next year. Join us as we discuss our best of 2015!

PAX AUS 2015: ‘Science vs. Videogames’

It’s finally here! Despite some setbacks and weird audio issues, Tim has managed to put together our PAX Australia 2015 presentation, ‘Science vs. Videogames’, for your viewing pleasure. Big thanks to all those who made it to the packed-out show, and especially to those who came up to us and had a chat throughout the convention. We love you guys!

TAPTAG 036 — Hearth to Hearth edition

There’s nothing quite like coming home. After our trip to PAX AUS 2015, the thought of our homes got us pondering the many virtual spaces we’ve made our own in games. What does it take to make a textured cube your home? How many games successfully recreate the feeling of a place to call your own?