113 episodes

Pick Up Your Sticks is a podcast about why gaming matters. Join hosts Brett Lindley and Walker Neer as they explore a wide variety of topics in gaming including favorite developers, growing up in gaming, gaming culture's influence on the world, and more.

https://puyspod.carrd.co/

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Pick Up Your Sticks is a podcast about why gaming matters. Join hosts Brett Lindley and Walker Neer as they explore a wide variety of topics in gaming including favorite developers, growing up in gaming, gaming culture's influence on the world, and more.

https://puyspod.carrd.co/

    Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator - The Best Alchemy Game

    Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator - The Best Alchemy Game

    This week Brett and Walker talk about the indie delight Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator. Brett has yearned for years to play a proper alchemy game in which the emphasis is on discovering and creating potions rather than just running a shop. Potion Craft delivers in many ways and still being in early access is sure to only improve. Developer Niceplay has created a unique and innovative experience that is one of a kind and very enjoyable to play.
    Episode notes:
    Buy Pick Up Your Sticks a Cup of Coffee: https://ko-fi.com/puyspod
    Join the discussion! All of our links including twitter, discord, youtube, email, and more can be found at: https://puyspod.carrd.co/ (https://puyspod.carrd.co/)
    Music by Misha Zarins https://mekzvsbear.wixsite.com/mekz
    Art by Riley O’laughlin riley_olaughlin@ymail.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Blizzard's Fall From Grace

    Blizzard's Fall From Grace

    This week Brett and Walker discuss Blizzard's fall from grace. While events about the workplace culture have dominated headlines this year and driven many to seek work or play elsewhere, we wanted to explore the degradation in Blizzard's gaming catalogue. A company that constantly pushed the envelope with innovation has failed to innovate in a meaningful way in years. The workplace culture of sexism and misogyny would be sufficient reason to walk away in the first place but the quality of games hasn't held up either.
    Episode notes:
    Buy Pick Up Your Sticks a Cup of Coffee: https://ko-fi.com/puyspod
    Join the discussion! All of our links including twitter, discord, youtube, email, and more can be found at: https://puyspod.carrd.co/ (https://puyspod.carrd.co/)
    Music by Misha Zarins https://mekzvsbear.wixsite.com/mekz
    Art by Riley O’laughlin riley_olaughlin@ymail.com

    • 48 min
    Switching to Nintendo

    Switching to Nintendo

    This week Brett and Walker talk about Walker's recent purchase of a Nintendo Switch. Walker is currently playing Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart, and Smash Bros with a few other titles in the mix. Will Walker ever complete a game on the Switch? Will an MMO come to the Switch to satisfy Walker's constant MMO thirst? Listen in and decide for yourself!
    Episode notes:
    Buy Pick Up Your Sticks a Cup of Coffee: https://ko-fi.com/puyspod
    Join the discussion! All of our links including twitter, discord, youtube, email, and more can be found at: https://puyspod.carrd.co/ (https://puyspod.carrd.co/)
    Music by Misha Zarins https://mekzvsbear.wixsite.com/mekz
    Art by Riley O’laughlin riley_olaughlin@ymail.com

    • 54 min
    Masterful Puzzle Game Hexcells Infinite

    Masterful Puzzle Game Hexcells Infinite

    This week Brett and Walker talk about the incredibly engaging puzzle game Hexcells Infinite. Combining elements of sodoku and minesweeper along with its own unique ideas Hexcells Infinite shows that games can be meaningful and engaging even without cutscenes or character arcs.
    Episode notes:
    Buy Pick Up Your Sticks a Cup of Coffee: https://ko-fi.com/puyspod
    Join the discussion! All of our links including twitter, discord, youtube, email, and more can be found at: https://puyspod.carrd.co/ (https://puyspod.carrd.co/)
    Music by Misha Zarins https://mekzvsbear.wixsite.com/mekz
    Art by Riley O’laughlin riley_olaughlin@ymail.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    What sets Crowfall apart from other MMOs?

    What sets Crowfall apart from other MMOs?

    This week Brett and Walker talk about Crowfall the MMO that released in July 2021. Walker has been eagerly awaiting Crowfall as it offers a variety of unique ideas and systems that could prove to make it the best version of a sandbox MMO. Walker has also cohosts The Crowfall Podcast which shares stories and perspectives from the world of Crowfall.
    Episode notes:
    The Crowfall Podcast site: the-crowfall-podcast.captivate.fm/
    The Crowfall Podcast Twitter: @CrowfallPod
    Buy Pick Up Your Sticks a Cup of Coffee: https://ko-fi.com/puyspod
    Join the discussion! All of our links including twitter, discord, youtube, email, and more can be found at: https://puyspod.carrd.co/ (https://puyspod.carrd.co/)
    Music by Misha Zarins https://mekzvsbear.wixsite.com/mekz
    Art by Riley O’laughlin riley_olaughlin@ymail.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Starcraft Legend Artosis

    Starcraft Legend Artosis

    This week we are joined by Starcraft Legend Artosis. One half of the legendary GSL casting duo "Tastosis", Artosis has been living in South Korea for over a decade casting the highest level Starcraft 2 tournament in the world. Artosis shares about his life prior to moving to Korea, what it was like in the mid 2000s moving to Korea with ambition, a dream, and a few weeks of income. We also discuss why Starcraft and the RTS genre in general is so compelling.
    Episode notes:
    Artosis Twitter: twitter.com/Artosis
    Artosis Twitch: https://t.co/bVhjvV43mb?amp=1 (Twitch.tv/Artosis)
    Buy Pick Up Your Sticks a Cup of Coffee: https://ko-fi.com/puyspod
    Join the discussion! All of our links including twitter, discord, youtube, email, and more can be found at: https://puyspod.carrd.co/ (https://puyspod.carrd.co/)
    Music by Misha Zarins https://mekzvsbear.wixsite.com/mekz
    Art by Riley O’laughlin riley_olaughlin@ymail.com

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

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An amazing show and trip down memory lane!

I wasn't sure what I would get listening to Pick Up Your Sticks. I was afraid that not being a hardcore gamer would hamper me in appreciating the topics of the shows but I am amazed at how awesome Walker and Brett are at talking about games, the design ideas for games, industry perspectives and insights into the larger gaming community. The best thing about the show is hearing them wax poetically at times about old games that I played myself and how their lives were shaped by their experience with games. Without doubt this podcast is one of my favorites and is awesome to play in the background of a rather busy life. Thanks Walker and Brett for picking up your sticks!

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