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Normal people associate the holidays with tacky decorations, dinners with annoying family, and an endless barrage of irritating toy commercials. Gamers, however, know that those last few months of the year really bring in a bounty of major game releases. That's why this week's edition of our Bring Your Own Topic podcast focuses on the holiday season of gaming, including a new system that you may have heard of.

This episode, GamesBeat editor-in-chief Dan "Shoe" Hsu sits down with our own Sebastian Haley, Rus McLaughlin, and 1up's Jose Otero to talk about the biggest releases of the holiday season, including the Wii U, Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Halo 4. Also, despite our best intentions, we do delve into a few minor spoilers. That was the warning. We just spoiler-warned you. No complaining now!

This episode's topics:

  • Our favorite holiday games so far
  • Why or why not we're getting a Wii U
  • What makes a triple-A game
  • Disappointing game endings
Direct download: BYOT_Episode_8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

If you're like us, you're currently recovering from Election Fever, the most civic-minded of all imaginary diseases. And if you're not tired of weighing various options against one another, we have you covered here in a retro-gaming-packed episode of our Bring Your Own Topic podcast.

This time around, host GamesBeat editor-in-chief Dan "Shoe" Hsu sits down with Chris Kohler (editor of Wired's Game|Life), mobile developer Red Robot Labs' (Life is Crime) John Davison, and Kingdoms of Camelot developer Kabam's Andy Alamano. They show their age repeatedly while they choose their candidates for the best and worst in games made in those halcyon days before that Street Fighter movie came out.

This episode's topics:

  • Best graphics (at the time)
  • Hardest retro title
  • Most impressive musical moment
  • Which later-released retro game should we have gotten when it first came out?
  • Most rewarding
  • Most disappointing ending
Direct download: BYOT_Episode_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

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