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Sonic Mania, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and four men and a baby - Staying In Episode 38

Sonic Mania, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and four men and a baby - Staying In Episode 38

Update: 2017-09-01



From surprise engagements and having babies, to picking fantasy football squads and choosing the right shower gel, this episode of the podcast covers some of life's most important decisions.

But we also can't resist talking, as usual, about the nerd stuff that has been keeping us busy recently.

Dan (@ThisDanFrost) explains why Sonic Mania is the best game the SEGA mascot has been in in ages, Kris (@DigitalStrider) walks us through Playdead's Limbo spiritual sequel Inside, and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) talks about Naughty Dog's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and why Chloe feeling more "real" is a good thing for the medium. Sam (@MrSamTurner) has been far too busy in command of a vessel for games and such.

As always, a quick thank you from all of us to everyone who has left us a review so far - you honestly wouldn't believe us if we told you just how much each and every review means to us.

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00:10 - Revealed: our favourite Twitter accounts (spoilers, it's @leastusedemoji & @darkstockphotos).06:21 - The chaps went to Frankfurt, or as it shall now forever be known, "Coventry Gone Crazy". Plus a visit to the incredible T3 Terminal Entertainment.18:32 - Charity shop find Risk Express is a dangerous game for friendships, from Hasbro and Reiner Knizia.27:17 - We get drawing and scheming with A Fake Artist Goes to New York by Jun Sasaki.35:29 - It's our regular Charity Miles update. There's 15 of us now and our pals Nicholas, Mike Daw, Brittany Harbidge, Kathryn Hopkins, and Qourth are putting in some amazing effort!39:59 - Oh sure, Hypnotising surreal puzzler The Gardens Between is on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but it's best played on Switch, and we'll tell you why.50:38 - "Cheaters never prosper", except in Schummel Hummel.57:35 - Our listener question comes from @Lonegamesman, who asks "what is one aspect of the hobby (board game or video game) that one of your fellow SiP members raves about or enjoys that you do not, and why?". Thanks pal!All that, and a fair bit of Currywurst, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).For links to topics covered - http://stayingin.podbean.comFind us on Twitter - @StayingInPodFind us on Facebook - @StayingInPodcastFind us on Steam - us on BoardGameGeek -
Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Sails of Glory, and The Betway Reds - Staying In Episode 61
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0:00 - Dan's going to be running a fantasy football league, and is hoping you'll take part! Prove him right by heading to, nabbing an account, and entering 1089139-244175 as the code to get involved!5:00 - Kris has gotten himself into a pickle with a christening card. No, we didn't think it was possible either.13:35 - Should The Mind have won the Spieles des Jahres for 2018? Maybe! Sam certainly makes a good case for it.22:17 - Yorkshire puddings and toffee sauce, the concept of “post-modern snacking”, and why you need to think like a child to truly appreciate genius.28:15 - Look, yes, sure, we talk about Civilization V AGAIN in this episode, but it's a good game! Unless you're a complete beginner, which is one of the subjects around that title that we try and tackle.37:30 - Another subject is how games can encourage you to learn through failure, and why that can work if done well, like in Cities: Skylines. Sam and Peter have been hard at work managing their citizens needs and wants in a manner that's got them thinking about whether a game can ever truly escape being “political”.45:33 - “What would you dive into a pool of?” That's the question posed to us by @Adamski_UK via Twitter, and the answers are... well... you'll hear soon enough. And if you've got a question for the chaps then please DM them to us on Twitter or Facebook, or mail them via stayinginpod@gmail.comThat, plus the story of two prawn cocktails, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).Warning! We use Amazon Affiliate links where it makes sense in our podcast description. If you click one, then buy something on the store, then we get a tiny fraction of a kickback from that store. So only do that if you like the idea of the big retailer sending us some cash.For links to topics covered - http://stayingin.podbean.comFind us on Twitter - @StayingInPodFind us on Facebook - @StayingInPodcastFind us on Steam - us on BoardGameGeek -
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01:06 - We've not talked about it before, but Sam absolutely LOVES vinegar. So much so that he gives his chips a "double soak", which is about as eye-wateringly acidic as you think.05:24 - What we HAVE talked about before is seasonal playlists for music, and it being Summer, we think Loffee is the perfect accompaniment to this time of year.10:23 - Kris went to Dortmund and had a lovely time of it, but he discovered two shocking things. 1) that he actually does like beer (when it's accompanied by fruit and / or vodka), and 2) that you can swap out the sausage from “pigs in blankets” for an entirely unexpected ingredient and it's pretty hecking tasty.16:05 - XCOM 2 is "probably my favourite game" says Sam, and it's got to partly be due to the fact you can name your characters. And on that note...17:58 - Dan's been playing FTL: Faster Than Light and Sam's been playing Into the Breach, both of which are from Subset Games and in both of which you can re-name your characters (so that's an immediate thumbs up, obviously). They both talk about why they're enjoying these games so much, delving into FTL's roguelike spaceship-em-up and Into the Breach's mech puzzle strategy.35:36 - This section is all about Sam’s Leaking Pipe™.41:00 - Dan's thrown more money at the upcoming Shenmue III, to snag himself a physical copy of the game. So it feels like a good time to discuss why the originals were so pioneering back in the day and, to some extent, how they were very demanding of their players.52:09 - And we have another question to read out, this time courtesy of Richard from We're Not Wizards, and it's all about tattoos and cannibalism, so that's nice.If YOU would like to send us a question about tattoos, cannibalism, or something else entirely, then DM us on Twitter or Facebook, or send us an e-mail via if that floats your boat.So catch up with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner) in this episode and, if you've got this far in the description of this podcast then, hello friend, we would love for you to vote for us over on the, full details of how to do so are right at the start of this episode.Oh yeah, and a friendly reminder that we use Amazon Affiliate links in our show notes when it's appropriate, and if you want to know what that's all about just go here.For links to topics covered - http://stayingin.podbean.comFind us on Twitter - @StayingInPodFind us on Facebook - @StayingInPodcastFind us on Steam - us on BoardGameGeek -
The Last of Us Part II, Gain Ground, and McQueen - Staying In Episode 58
Take me down to time stamp city, where the times are stamped and it's not actually a city;0:00 - We find out all about a very special carb-based de-stress routine and a very exciting (?) Bristol corner shop.4:40 - It's back to the late 80s and early 90s for a spot of reminiscing on Seinfeld, as well as Peter's secret favourite subject, Gain Ground, on account of him currently playing SEGA Mega Drive Classics. There's also an explanation of how evolution works that probably has Darwin spinning in his grave.20:35 - Yeah yeah, E3 2018 is long gone, but by jove Kris wants to talk about Spyro Trilogy Reignited as he's a huge fan of that purple dragon. We also decide that both the Resident Evil 2 Remake and the Final Fantasy VII Remake are poisoned chalices, and relate all this to Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Psycho, because we're fancy like that.32:00 - More E3 chat here, focused on some god tier trolling by certain video game studios, and Dan's love of the look of The Last of Us Part II. We go into the important questions: does the original need a sequel when it has THAT ending? Will it deliver something the first one didn't? And why have a load of dorks got all flustered about a kiss?43:10 - Kris has been off to the cinema (no details on if he used The Grift or not, sadly) and he's seen a documentary called McQueen. Appropriately it's a documentary about legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen who, from all accounts, was a right cheeky chancer. Kris thought the film was great, and he'll tell you why.46:53 - Oh my gosh, it's our first ever listener question and it's a strong one. A huge thank you to @Laneit360 for sending us it, and if you have one for us, you can get in touch via direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or e-mail us via the address listed on our Contact Us page.And then at the fifty seven minute and thirty eight seconds mark, all the wittering from Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) is over for, oh, about another two weeks from now.Please note that we do use Amazon Affiliate links in some of our show notes. If you don't know what that is, then you can click here to find out why it's all perfectly innocent, honest.For links to topics covered - http://stayingin.podbean.comFind us on Twitter - @StayingInPodFind us on Facebook - @StayingInPodcastFind us on Steam - us on BoardGameGeek -
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Sonic Mania, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and four men and a baby - Staying In Episode 38

Sonic Mania, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and four men and a baby - Staying In Episode 38

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