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The Joy of Gaming Podcast, Episode 54:

The Triumphant Return, Starring Fallout 4, Destiny: The Taken King, Black Ops 3 & Halo 5

And we’re back, with a new core lineup and an amazing crop of new Fall games to discuss. And for that reason, we (Rich, Jordan and Kelsey) have decided to dedicate this entire episode to a giant-sized “What We’ve Been Playing” extravaganza! We also discuss some exciting news about the future of the podcast, and announce a Kickstarter comic project from one of our hosts.

Last year’s Holiday gaming season was more than a little disappointing, but this year, game developers have turned up the volume to 11, dropping the proverbial mic with a slew of huge new game releases. Fallout 4, for example, has been anticipated for more than 5 years, and Bethesda had a lot of hype to live up to. We discuss whether or not they’ve pulled it off, and share some of our initial adventures in the commonwealth wasteland. Meanwhile, with the release of The Taken King, Destiny has become Rich’s new obsession, and has taught him the meaning of the words “MMO” and “life-consuming.” And although Bungie is no longer guiding Master Chief’s destiny, 343 Studios took the franchise to new heights with 2012’s Halo 4. Can Halo 5: Guardians keep their streak alive? Jordan has some strong opinions on the subject. And finally, Call of Duty has made it back onto the Joy of Gaming’s radar with Black Ops 3 - Treyarch’s comprehensive new entry in the series. We’ll tell you why. Oh, and Kelsey has played over 300 hours of The Binding of Isaac, and explains to us exactly how that’s possible.

And a bit closer to home, we couldn’t be more proud of our very own co-host, Jordan, who just launched a project of his own. If you haven’t checked out the Kickstarter campaign for “Terminal Protocol” yet, you should probably take a moment now to click and see what all the excitement is about. It’s a sci-fi graphic novel collaboration with Image artist Rem Broo, and it looks outstanding. Also, there’s a Joy of Gaming podcast-related backer reward that you won’t want to miss!

All things considered, this Holiday season is shaping up to be one for the history books, and we’re loving every minute of it. It’s a great time to be a geek, and an even better time to be a gamer. After all, this...is the Joy of Gaming!

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