The Fourth Player video game podcast

This episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max explore the world of sports videogames and the flip-side of that coin – eSports. With the release of MLB 14 The Show and EA Sports’ hotly anticipated UFC, the team thought it high time to reflect on the sporting game genre and some of our old favourites. We also jump into the subject of eSports thanks to the recent DOTA 2 International and Evo competitions doing their best to throttle our download speeds with excessive streaming. As always we have reader emails and updates of upcoming events hosted by our proud sponsor Games Laboratory. No John Williamsons were harmed in the production of this podcast.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk comfort gaming during the colder months, and why Steam sales have changed the way we consume games. Nathan raises a glass and sheds a tear for the gorgeous Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Paul questions bunny rabbit and cockroach genocide in Pixel’s Cave Story. We have news from the Netrunner regionals, and also announce the winner of our Android: Netrunner twitter competition. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and to our fantastic community for continuing to send in great listener email. Send your questions to mail@thefourthplayer.com and reach us on twitter at @playerfourth or twitter.com/playerfourth

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Moi sit down to discuss E3 announcements of interest including Evolve, FarCry4, Destiny, Amiibos and Bloodborne. We talk about how co-operative mechanics influence the games we choose and how we play them, and in doing so we lovingly lurch all over superb co-op tabletop survival game Zombicide. As Mario Kart drives Nintendo back into the black, we discuss whether heralding an iterative sequel is setting the bar too low for the Big N. We have updates on upcoming events at Games Laboratory and announce a new twitter competition to win the core starter set for Android: Netrunner with thanks to Games Laboratory. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for continuing to send in fantastic listener email.

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While the captain Paul is away, Ben, Nathan, Max (dshban) and special guest Joab Gilroy (@Joabyjojo) from Ausgamers, try and steer the merry ship that is The Fourth Player podcast! In this episode we get an in depth look at the upcoming BattleField: Hardlines from a man who has had hands on with it, the soon to be released EA’s UFC and Nathan’s favourite Nazi shooter; Wolfenstein: The New Order. The guys also wax intellectual about the new generation of consoles and whether they have yet come of age.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return to The Fourth Player Studio B to talk multiplayer experiences and whether you need to be in the same room as your opponent to bluff and instil fear. Max displaces time, space and bullets in puzzler-FPS Superhot. Ben shares new tales of his Crusader Randy McVoltron in Diablo III. Nathan crafts towns in TownCraft, and Paul digs SteamWorld Dig. We have updates on upcoming events at Games Laboratory and announce the winner of our Razer BlackShark Twitter competition. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for amusing listener mail.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) recorded this episode at Battle Arena Melbourne 6 as guests of Melbourne fighting game community Couch Warriors. We forced kids to play Def Jam Fight For NY, and they loved it. Guests include key organiser for the event, Daniel Chlebowczyk from Couch Warriors, Weird and Retro's Stacey Borg, Udon comics artist Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, documentary maker Pabz discussing Final Knockout, a look into the Melbourne Fighting game community, Shadowlogic co-founder and fierce fighting game talent Ali "X" Abdo, and leading player in the fighting game community Xavier "DB_Somniac" Nardella. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and our wonderful hosts, Couch Warriors. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) reunite in our new recording studio to discuss Max's random encounter with a Level 4 Diabetes in the wilds of Japan, Nathan manages his Pawn collection in Dragon's Dogma, Paul falls for Metal Gear Solid, and Ben struggles with medication while playing a losing game of memory. We discuss upcoming events Battle Arena Melbourne 6, and some wonderful tabletop events at Games Laboratory. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for fun reader mail. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes and Lab us on Raze games.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and special guest Daniel Chlebowczyk from Madman and fighting game community Couch Warriors talk about upcoming event Battle Arena Melbourne 6, reimagining Randy McVoltron as the new Crusader class in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, a sidescrolling shooter with a touch of Rougelike-like in Mercenary Kings, linearity in an open world with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, storytelling through flavour and consequence in The Wolf Among Us, and answer some offensive and inoffensive reader mail. Thanks again to Razer for the great prizes for email of the episode. This episode is dedicated to a bowl of petunias and Norway.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and special guest Jamie Galea from New Game Plus talk about cyberpunk Living Card Game Netrunner, Ben's obsession with Patrick Ewing, discuss InFAMOUS: Second Son, Fall for Titanfall, lust for Dark Souls, fail to split-jump in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and answer some wonderful reader mail. Thanks again to Razer for the great prizes for email of the episode.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) hang out to discuss South Park: The Stick of Truth, strategy boardgame turned videogame Lords of Waterdeep, and get fresh with Dark Souls II and the Dark Souls series. We have some excellent reader email, award another email of the episode thanks to the good folks at Razer and discuss future plans for The Fourth Player.

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