NicheCast – Episode 53

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So you’re a regular visitor at Niche Gamer? The obscure games, the niche games, the weird games, whatever you want to call them—we love them and we know you love them as well. We only cover these games on our regular feed, and we only cover them on our podcast, too.

Niche News of the Week

We didn’t do a traditional list this week – we mostly focused on the biggest news from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. A normal Niche News will return next week!

Topic of the Week

Narrative in gaming – it constantly changes, evolves, and is (hopefully) improved upon. However, there are the usual detractors within the industry that continue to insist gaming needs to “grow up” to be accepted as art. We debate this, including the inane arguments over so-called misogynistic games, and more.

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  1. Kiryu
    July 6, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Ooh,NG cast is back,missed it.

  2. Kudan
    July 6, 2016 at 4:41 am

    It’s good to have you back guys, are you on itunes? i listen most of my pocasts there as they download asap.

  3. scemar
    July 6, 2016 at 6:38 am

    mika burger edition

  4. RPG
    July 6, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Great to see the podcast back. I played some Dark Souls while listening to it in the background, haha.
    I just want to give a quick thank you and congratulations for all this site has achieved, and will continue to achieve. As I have said in comments before, this is my favorite gaming news site that I frequent every day (and I am sure I am not alone in that regard), and Brandon, and all the rest of the staff truly deserve all of the continued recognition you are receiving. I am looking forward to how this place will continue to grow as time goes on.
    Cheers Niche Gamer, I shall drink in your honor.

  5. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 6, 2016 at 9:07 am

    It’s on my ever-growing list. It’s usually hard enough to wrangle everyone together and produced this thing by myself, but I will get it done, promise!

  6. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 6, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thank you! I did too, I wish I had more time to prep for this one but we did it!

  7. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 6, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Wow, that’s some high praise thank you! Seriously, the site and you guys are what keeps me going sometimes. It gets tough.. this is like a second job now.

  8. OneClassyBloke
    July 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Oh sweet more podcasts! Also a request, could you enable your casts on soundcloud to appear in your RSS feed so people like myself and others can autodownload? Here’s the link to their RSS for anyone interested, although it’s not worth anything right now. http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:108410367/sounds.rss

  9. EinMugenTenshin
    July 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Nice, didn’t know about this podcast, will add it to my library.

    I agree on the note of voice actor Laura Bailey being king-tier on the VA-scale. Not only did she do Rise (Persona 4) like a boss, but she also did the noticeable roles of Serah Farron (Final Fantasy), Helena Harper (Resident Evil), Cheria Barnes (Tales of Graces F), Kira Carsen (SWTOR), Reimi Saionji (Star Ocean), Christie (DoA), Jaina Proudmoore (WoW), when I scroll over her CV on the behindthevoiceactor (there are a lot more, but these are the more noticeable ones for me personally/games I’ve played). She did all of these really well in my view. What really shocks me is that few of these sound anything alike, which really underlines the actor part of the voice actor role, and the ability to have such an unique character like Rise shine in one, then have Serah Farron on the other side, that just shows skill.

    The voice behind Marie Rose (DoA) was/is Christine Marie Cabanos. She’s had a rather short career (started in 2012 it seems) but done a good job so far, especially on the more Japanese moe roles. The ones I’ve heard her in are Nepgear (HD Neptune series) Usalia (Disgaea 5), Keina Swaya (Atelier Meruru), Chiaki Nanami/Ultimate Gamer (Dangan Ronpa 2) and finally Sophie Neuenmuller (Atelier Sophie). The moe girl roles and/or arch-japanese tropes, they are usually the hardest ones to pull off where we can see many blunder (not fitting with the visuals, etc.), and she seems to somewhat specialize in them. I also wonder if she’s able to pull off more variation in the voice sets as she sounds somewhat alike in a couple of these roles. However, judged from her performance as Nepgear (rather adultish character in that particular series, all things considered (no fence, Neptune, you’re awesome as you are!)) I’d say she has the ability to deliver and I hope to see more of her along those lines as she clearly has the talent for it. That said if the Japanese localizations keep going at current pace she’d probably have her hands full on those jpn-arch-types roles anyways.

    As for Juliet Starling, she was Tara Strong, aka. the most popular voice actor out there at present, and she did a good job with Juliet and has had more jobs than I bother scrolling over and naming which I’ve played (started with Rikku back in 2001, so she’s been around for a while). I had to laugh when I saw even she had a role in DoA though (she was Rachel). I guess Koei Tecmo see’s the importance of pleasant acoustics as well as aesthetics. Good on them for that and that might be why I’m a fan.

  10. Ubrokemygrill?
    July 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    “NeoGAF Reacts”
    That’s a good idea and a bad idea. I’d say GAF embarrasses themselves enough. Why not just have “Best of NeoGAF” threads on your forums?


  11. Roll_DMG
    July 6, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I listened to the old NG cast, so it was surprising to see this one. Really great hearing it up and running again!

  12. Mr0303
    July 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Great to hear that the podcast is back on track.

    The comparison you made between David Cage and Suda 51 really made sense to me. Both have wacky plots and characters and both suck at making good solid gameplay. I’m not a fan of either of them, but they have their followings.

    The new God of War reveal was the biggest disappointment for me from this year’s E3. Like you guys said it had nothing in common with previous God of War titles – new setting, new gameplay, focus on narrative and a completely different character – that was Kratos in name only (hell, even the voice actor is different). I’d preferred if this was a new IP – Santa Monica is a great studio that makes quality games and I’m pretty sure it would’ve been great. There is a need for AAA hack and slash games and after Capcom murdered the DMC franchise (I remain hopeful for DMC5) there haven’t been many games to emulate that style. The musou games are fun for a while, but they are not a replacement for character action games like GOW or Bayonetta. Watering down God of War to a Last of Us kind of game is a huge mistake in my eyes.

  13. ProxyDoug
    July 6, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Since Tyler knows some Japanese, he can remember Suda’s number by thinking of his name which is Goichi.
    Go = 5
    Ichi = 1

    Nice podcast BTW.

  14. Kudan
    July 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the effort, at least i’ll check in weekly now to listen on the site.

  15. DynastyStar
    July 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! I MISSED THIS!!!!!!!

  16. DynastyStar
    July 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Can I ask you something, what do you mean by “will add it to my library”? I ask because I would like to listen to stuff while I’m on the go and I don’t really know how to set that up.

  17. DynastyStar
    July 7, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    How do you download podcasts? I’d like to be able to listen to podcasts when I’m out and about since it’d save alot of time out of my day. I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII, in case the type of phone is of relevance.

  18. Kudan
    July 8, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I have itunes on my pc where i download the podcasts (you subscribe and they download when available) and on the go i listen with my ipod shuffle, so i can’t help you with that but i’ve heard of apps on Android that you can use.

  19. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Yeah I’m really debating on it. It’d be hilariously bad

  20. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Aw, you should have cut someone else :p

    Also wow thank you! I really want to raise the production quality of the podcast and really put it out there on more platforms (itunes, etc) and make it fun and easy to get into.

    Seriously thank you!

  21. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 8, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    On it! Thank you for supporting us, seriously!

  22. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    It was an effort but it’s so worth doing it again. I really enjoy it, despite how exhausting it is ahahaha

  23. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Yeah I think we had a good mix of opinions on there, and I mostly agree with all the other guys. I am excited for the new GoW game but wish it wasn’t.. just daddy Kratos… sigh…

  24. Roll_DMG
    July 8, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Audio editing can definitely take time, so I feel your pain!

  25. DynastyStar
    July 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Yeah, for now I’ll just have to check weekly for a NicheGamer cast… or every like… 6 months :P

  26. EinMugenTenshin
    July 8, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I personally got a desk job, so I just add it to favorites and have it run in the background. You can also have it run through your phone, as the 4G (or whatever you got) doesn’t soak as much Mb cause it is sound only. This way you can also have your car radio (most of them can hook up with phones) to play it.

  27. scemar
    July 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm


  28. EinMugenTenshin
    August 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Did something happen to the podscast crew? There hasn’t been any releases for 1 months.

  29. Kudan
    August 27, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Any news for a new episode?