The PowerSwitch – The Best Games Halfway Through 2017 – Episode 31

TODAY on The PowerSwitch – Gaming’s Call-In Talk Radio Show: The potential candidates for Game of the Year through the first half of 2017, challengers for those spots in the second half of the year, SNES Classic announced, SGDQ 2017 raises $1.76 million for charity, Splatoon 2 Direct, Castlevania series now on Netflix, Doomfist revealed for Overwatch, the Kingdom Hearts III world that may be revealed at D23 Expo, how a strong gaming year hurts a player’s backlog, the American takeoff of the Yakuza series in 2017, a sales pitch for Monument Valley, and advice after a decade of podcasting

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  • (2:38) – Now Playing
    • Horizon Zero Dawn
    • Superhot VR
    • Resident Evil 7 BIOHAZARD
    • Splatoon
  • (4:44) – Headline Roundup
  • (12:55) – Main Topic: The Best Games Halfway Through 2017
    • First Half Contenders
      • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
      • Persona 5
      • Horizon Zero Dawn
      • NieR: Automata
      • Night in the Woods
    • Second Half Contenders
      • Super Mario Odyssey
      • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
      • Assassin’s Creed Origins
      • Sonic Mania
      • Cuphead
  • (20:16) – Caller: Matt (New Jersey)
    • Breakdown of each month’s best games
    • Can Xenoblade Chronicles 2 make a splash?
    • The backlog in a stacked gaming year
    • Discord’s big outage
  • (28:08) – Caller: Doba (Kansas)
    • Yakuza 0 as one of the year’s best games
    • The struggles of marketing Yakuza and why 0 caught on
    • Plug: DetectiveDobaga on Twitch
  • (41:31) – Caller: Anneke (Alberta, Canada)
    • The sales pitch for Monument Valley
  • (47:27) – Caller: Videogameguru64 (Illinois)
  • (53:01) – A Thought On: Advice After a Decade of Podcasting
    • Put effort into creativity as a means of distraction
    • Control your creative product as much as possible
    • Co-hosts have their own motivations and aspirations
    • Push the envelope with bold new ideas
    • Diversify with new projects to prevent burnout
    • As long as the passion is there, don’t give up
  • (1:03:42) – Outro


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Peter Spezia

Editor-in-Chief at Rhymes With Asia
Speaking into a microphone about nerd culture is a passion project for Peter Spezia, formerly known as SMYNYouko. Peter has been an Internet broadcaster since 2007, with past shows including Show Me Your News and WTF, Pokémon. His latest ventures include hosting The PowerSwitch - gaming's call-in talk radio show - and writing for A University of Michigan alum, Peter lives in the Great Lakes State with his wife Rachel as he works in video production for FCA US LLC. When he isn't keeping track of the latest video game industry news, Peter is either playing the guitar or staying fit.