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The (New) Joy of Gaming Podcast - Episode Four
Xbox Live Summer of Arcade Retrospective

On this episode of the (New) Joy of Gaming Podcast, we take a journey back to the halcyon days of Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade, when indie games weren’t as plentiful, but you knew there were at least 4-5 titles you could count on for quality each summer. In a retrospective format, we discuss the numerous masterpiece-level games Summer of Arcade gave us, including Limbo, Braid, Castle Crashers, Shadow Complex, and so many more. We also cover some recent gaming news highlights, run down the latest in Limited Edition Physical Media, Game Pass and PS Plus releases, and share a bit of what we’ve been playing. 

Run of Show:

00:06 - Introduction

08:31 - Recent Gaming News

  • Release Date Roundup
  • Quantic Dream Acquisition by NetEase
  • Wild Arms/Shadow Hearts Dual Kickstarter
  • Assassin’s Creed Rumors pre-Ubisoft Livestream
  • Konami Teasing a game from “World-Loved” Franchise
  • Nintendo Direct Hopes and Predictions 


1:00:39 - Brandon Presents: #ForeverPhysical 

1:18:20 - Rich’s Digital Picks (GamePass and PS Plus)

1:33:21 - What We’ve Been Playing

  • Deathloop
  • Cult of the Lamb

2:01:55 Xbox Live Summer of Arcade Retrospective 

  • 2008 - Braid, Castle Crashers, etc.
  • 2009 - Shadow Complex, Trials HD, etc.
  • 2010 - Limbo, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, etc. 
  • 2011 - Bastion, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, etc.
  • 2012 - Dust: An Elysian Tale, Deadlight, etc.
  • 2013 - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Charlie Murder, etc.

3:15:40 Closing Thoughts

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