Episode 38 – The One With Our New Year’s Resolutions


Watch the balls drop as Paul and Kris spend a rollicking hour talking about the value of ROMs, the most pleasurable gaming explorations of their lives, and the nature of certain types of fandoms — is it possible to scare people away from a thing you deeply love?

Plus some of your letters, our resolutions, and where to find time traveler orgies on America’s historic Mackinac Island.

On a personal note, thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts for your listenership, your comments, your ratings, and the general non-descript loveliness that surrounds each of you in an aura. Please share 28 Plays Later with everyone you know that would enjoy it — it’s been an incredible year! See you in 2016!

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  • Servbot

    Hey I’m Mike.
    I probably improperly conflated Fallout 4 and GTA V, thanks Paul for setting me right.
    My New Year’s resolution is to finish Fallout 4.

  • WillofTheGods

    Paul. PAUL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeny9I7pYAU .

    The man above just said:
    “I don’t like Steampunk Kris. I think it’s ****ing dumb”.

    I like Steampunk. I dislike the excess. But YOU ARE LIVING A LIE.

    • paulverhoeven

      Hah! 😀 In my defence, I then went on to agree with you – that the problem is the wanton excess, not the aesthetic itself. I think I feel the same way about it as I do the band Muse. Small portions? Fine. Hardcore fans with no ability to have critical faculties? Worst. Also, fun fact: my passport photo? Has that moustache on it. Yep.

  • sheanam

    It’s real interesting to see the influence Earthbound has had on today’s young up and coming artists: the game was a definite influence on the famed webcomic Homestuck (I mean, it’s right there in the name), and it’s the most beloved game of Toby Fox, creator of Undertale (which is pretty much a spiritual sequel in a way; it’s got a LOT in common with EB in terms of mood, heart, whimsy and various other aspects, with a touch of Stanley Parable thrown in). Heck, Fox’s first big artistic claim to fame was a Halloween-themed mod for Earthbound, complete with an original song he composed. Which I understand is a very hard thing to pull off re: modding that game!

    Darn it Kris, again with your mutant-hatred! I could go into a very long detailed spiel about the whole mutant situation in the Marvel comics universe and why it does still work even with other heroes around and how even most other non-mutant MU characters aren’t all that loved because whereas the DC Comics world loves its heroes the Marvel world hates theirs. But I won’t. Because I care for everybody’s wellbeing here, haha.

  • Eli Berg-Maas

    If you’re interested in the Far Lands, there a YouTube series called Far Lands or Bust that involves walking there on foot (and sometime by boat). It predates the update that changed the terrain engine that removed the far lands, and is expected to take more than a decade more, so it’s very much about the journey.

  • “You can get through most things if you got a big ol’ dick.” Paul, I don’t even know where to begin with that statement.

    I haven’t seen Somewhere in Time (though I’m aware of Kris’s fondness for it), but IMDb says it was filmed on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Now, I grew up in Michigan, and I know several people who have been to Mackinac Island. Nowhere have I heard it’s a turn-of-the-century relic inundated with orgiastic time travelers. Frankly, I feel rooked.

  • apLundell

    The idea that being spoiled and having lots of games ruins the fun for you is part of the problem with those Atari Retro consoles.

    Yeah, ok. Now I’ve got every 2600 game ever made in a single menu … I’m going to play each one once. Not just because my phone has pretier, newer games, but because as soon as I have a single second of frustration or irritation, I’m switching to the next game in the list.

    When it was a big deal (because money, or because parents) to have a single game, you played that game. You got past those moments of irritation and you learned what was great about that game.