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The Zed to Zed Podcast: The Show For Xbox Achievement Hunters and Gamerscore Junkies

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Jun 29, 2016

028 - Spark Thomas

This week we talk all things Project Spark with Thomas Gratz aka Spark Thomas, the community manager of Team Dakota; and a major announcement from Tarragon.

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Guest:

  • Thomas Gratz aka “Spark Thomas” of Team Dakota

0:00:00 - Intro

0:04:15 - Recap

0:31:58 - Listener Feedback

1:13:51 - News

1:39:34 - Talking with Spark Thomas of Team Dakota

2:56:27 - Knobs & Discos

2:58:45 - Shovelware Cemetery

3:23:21 - Game Delays, Backward Compatibility, Zombie News and Wrapping up

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Jun 22, 2016

027 - Don’t Rain on my E3 Hype Train  

An EPIC length show rounding up everything E3 2016. Join Brandon, Tarragon, Randy with special guest Kyle aka moroniccow, and a special report from Jo too.

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Guest:

0:00:00 - Intro

  • Raincloud Randy
  • Crandy’s mortuary mug
  • Fream’s community challenge: CSGeekSquad vs Titanfall
  • Wishlist: include games collection in game compare
  • DR3 Arcade Mode 4-player Stream - July 2nd?

0:16:54 - Recap

  • Leap Frog: Tarragon still hopping
  • Tarragon completed Project Spark before Fream
  • Kyle’s team out of GTASC, Kyle now playing games for fun
  • Crandy Ratio Dive: Thomas Was Alone, Barbie and her sister’s Puppy Rescue
  • Barbie stream didn’t save :( Sorry Big Ell
  • Crandy is selling entire game collection because Life Is Strange is so good
  • Fream’s Quest for E
  • Rocket League!
  • In Between achievement glitches
    • Do the kill 100 times achievement first (dive it!)
  • OMG people play games for fun?
  • Freamwhole hits 123,456 with “Make It Count”
  • Tarragon buys a lot of games for BALROG/Bean Dive

1:00:21 - News & E3 Recap

  • Goat Simulator adds Moar Goatz as DLC
  • Rand al Thor 19 hits 1 million GS at E3!
  • Phil Spencer takes a shot at (lack of) release dates at E3
  • Hideo Kojima likes naked men
  • Phil Spencer interview with Eurogamer
  • Hank Scorpio
  • VR
  • Twisted Pixel’s Wilson’s Heart
  • No killer app for VR yet? Mostly tech demos and short experiences.
  • PS lock-in on their VR hardware? Scorpio supporting multiple headsets
  • Lord Chabelo asks who is buying a Slim and Scorpio
  • TheJoeDean buying both consoles, likes DR4, BF1, We Happy Few
  • What will Scorpio be called?
  • Who won E3? Crandy: Nintendo; Tarragon: We Happy Few; Fream: Todd Howard
  • Custom controllers
  • No Hololens
  • No Crackdown 3? No wait, Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • No Red Dead Redemption 2
  • New X1 Controller -> Bluetooth

3:25:45 - E3 Other Developers

  • EA
    • Fream nails EA originals, take that Damien
    • Frostbite EVERYWHERE - makes single player games possible
    • FIFA Story Mode?
    • Titanfall 2 campaign
  • Bethesda
    • Quake meh
    • Prey reboot/reimagination - not Prey really
    • Skyrim remake
    • Dishonored 2
    • Actual real game footage
    • Fallout 4 VR …
    • Wolfenstein 2?
  • Sony
    • Yawn
  • Ubisoft
    • Good conference vibe
    • Just Dance bizarre intro
    • Orlando tragedy referenced well
    • New South Park Game
    • The Lie Engine
    • For Honor
    • Division DLC
    • New Trials: Blood Dragon
    • Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a thing
    • Go Pro™: Puke Simulator: The Game
    • Big Ell preodering all of the things
    • Star Trek: Bridge Simulator Conference
    • Watch Dogs 2
    • “Confetti was the best part of Ubisoft’s conference”
  • Activision/Blizzard
    • Balls of Cuty
    • mseweryn asks What about Skylanders Imaginators and Battlecast?
    • Crash Bandicoot is drunk
  • Square Enix
    • FF XV at the MS conference?!
  • No show for Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor 2
  • Gwent game
  • State of Decay 2
  • MattQuin89’s VR Experience
  • Capcom
    • Resident Evil 7 VR
  • Pants Quota
  • Raincloud Randy Strikes Again
  • Xbox Update: Clubs - Zed to Zed Club!
  • Forza Horizon in Australia - Cooper is exciTED
  • Big Ell peed himself on E3 special
  • Stushniken - not related to Rumpelstiltskin
  • Randy's E3 Report Card

3:28:33 - UK Correspondent

4:28:55 - Game Delays & Backwards Compatibility

  • Crackdown 3
  • Ghost Warrior Sniper 3
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Portal 2

4:29:31 - Zombie News

  • DEAD RISING 4
  • Dying Light Xbox account was playing Mortal Kombat X
    • Apologises??

4:31:57 - Outro

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Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms

 

Jun 15, 2016

026 - Someone call a plumber

Brandon is joined by Randy and Damien to breakdown the pre-E3 trailers, leaks and other stuffs.

Show notes are always available on the Zed to Zed website, this week compiled by Jo and Tarragon.

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Hosts:

0:00:00 - Intro

  • Brandon likes the sound of his own voice
  • Dastardly from Red Dead Redemption (Secret) - didn't we already have this one IIRC, still a horrific achievement :(
  • Don't forget that Jo also recorded the pre-E3 special podcast with T and R.
  • How many machines does Crandy own?! Also Damien seems to own loads too. Must be made of monies.
  • Crandy’s Mug - the gateway mug
  • Crandy is married? Congrats. Ownage Pranks forums.
  • Tarragon - 10 years - achievement unlocked :) Major congrats
  • Consoles are dust traps
  • SQUIRREL!

0:22:02 - Recap

  • Tarragon
    • Still LEAPFROGGING - woo! Go Tarragon!
  • Brandon
    • No achievements this week, pah, you call yourself a gamer?!
    • Project Spark and Rayman Legends dailies
    • Destiny
      • Some new expansion in August - current gen only - splitting your character from 360/One, can't cross unlock anymore. Time is running out.
  • Crandy
    • Post-GRAW ratio dive (Crandy Bean Dive)
    • Monopoly Plus
    • Monopoly 360
    • Forza Horizon 2: presents the Fast and the Furious 360
    • Thomas Was Alone
    • Killer Instinct (Win 10)
    • DOOM
    • Life is Strange 360 (FINALLY!)
    • Project Spark (both)
    • Original DOOM tea party! That sounds cool.
  • Damien
    • Swansong on Leap Frog - 8.6 ratio
    • In Between
    • Minecraft 360 TU
    • Goat Simulator
    • Project Spark
    • Three Fourths Home

0:37:32 - E3 Discussion and News

  • Leaks, leaks, leeks, everywhere!
  • Agent of Mayhem - Volition #raincloudrandy
  • Watch Dogs 2. GRAW!
  • Injustice 2
  • XCOM 2 coming to consoles in Sept
  • Deus-Ex Mankind Divided and Deus-Ex Go
  • Remedy 2 new games - not Alan Wake 2, not at E3
  • Something, something, studios
  • New Twisted Pixel game
  • LEGO Dimensions Season 2 - SQUEE!!!!! You called it Brandon :) - J
  • Minecraft Pocket Edition achievements live (as of June 7th)
    • 2 new lists - Gear VR and Kindle Fire!
  • Playstation News - Neo exists, but not at E3 (Playstation News….. ew!) - will Microsoft pass on announcing Project Scorpio? Takes the pressure off.
  • The future of console gaming? THINK OF THE CHILDREN. Why won't anyone think of the children?!
    • Console trade-ins - not a bad idea.
    • Why are we talking about iPhones now….?
    • Of course we want new and shiny - TEH SHINY!
  • TV-DVR feature on hold; oh, darnit. Maybe Xbox pocket TV stick?
  • Hotel Blind has VR support! (Vive compatible - inspired by ZedToZed)

1:34:21 - Listener Feedback

  • KaibaChaos is avoiding podcasts until after E3
  • Stushniken donated a Dark Souls code (thanks!! <3)
  • SaucySlingo poses a question about controllers
  • Keith271179 asks about favourite E3 moments

1:52:25 - Knobs and Discos

1:56:04 - Game Delays / Backwards Compatibility

  • Yooka Laylee delayed to 2017 - BOO!!!!!
  • BC: Aqua, Anomally Warzone Earth, Lazy Riders, XCOM: Enemy Within, Foul Play, Monopoly Plus, SEGA Bass Fishing

1:59:06 - Outro

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Songs and sounds that have been used in the show:

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms

 

Jun 12, 2016

025.1 - Pre-E3 2016 Special

A short pre-E3 special show where the crew discusses their thoughts and predictions for E3 2016. “Short”. Yeah, thanks Brandon.

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Hosts:

0:00:00 - Brandon and Damien talk E3

1:42:13 - Tarragon, Jo and Crandy talk E3

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Songs and sounds that have been used in the show:

 

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms

 

Jun 8, 2016

025 - In Between a Frog and a Hard Achievement

Tarragon breaks tradition and buys a lot of games; Brandon yells at a cloud; Crandy does his best impression of Krang; we review brand new puzzle platformer In Between.

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Hosts:

0:00:00 - Intro

012:48 - Recap

  • Tarragon BALROG prep kicking off
  • Tarragon’s New Games
    • Greg Hastings Paintball 2 (EU)
    • Motorcycle Club
    • The Escapists (360)
    • Super Meat Boy
    • Just Dance Disney Party 2 Xbox One
    • Among the Sleep
  • Tarragon Ordered:
    • Tour de France 2015 Xbox One
    • MotoGP 15 Xbox 360
    • Transformers Devastation Xbox 360
    • Psycho Break (Evil Within) Xbox One
    • Zoids Infinity EX Neo (JP)
    • Super Robot Taisen XO
    • Army of Two: 40th Day (JP)
    • Overlord (JP)
    • Cross Edge Dash
    • Hokuto Musou (Fist of the North: Ken's Rage) (JP)
    • Double Clutch (Conflict: Denied Ops) (JP)
    • IHF Handball Challenge 14
    • Rabbids Invasion TV
    • Psycho-Pass
    • Diario: Reverse Moon Legend
    • Momotarou Dentetsu 16 Gold
  • Leap Frog
    • Freamwhole croaked - Project Spark let him down
    • Tarragon is planned to about 13.0
  • Playing Zeds: Crandy vs Fream
    • In Between: Crandy wins!
    • Achievements are backloaded - candidate for preloading?
    • Some glitchy achievements, counters are off
  • Playing Zeds: Community vs Fream or Crandy?
  • Fream played: Project Spark, In Between, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2,
  • Tarragon played: Among the Sleep, Minecraft 360, Killer Instinct, Rare Replay, Six Guns (Win8), Knight Squad, Factotum 90, Xbox Fitness, Blast ‘em Bunnies
  • GTASC: Tarragon’s team survived period 20 and cutoffs have changed

0:39:56 - Listener Feedback

  • WNBA Kirkland = Wife of NBA Kirkland
  • Burnah Bros: re: music
  • Jjaldana: State of Decay 2
  • Kaiba Chaos: should MS give up on Japan?
  • Big Ell: Crandy met his wife online, not on TA though
  • Saucy Slingo: $1 million to never see an ending of a game or movie ever again?
  • Saucy Slingo: topic - cross-platform unlocks?
  • Big Ell: Crandy sounds like Krang from TMNT, should have an alt account called Kraangdy

0:59:42 - News

1:34:02 - Leaderboard Update

  • Only covering top 25 from now on
  • Started tracking game completions and played
  • Shoutout to the Endless Bean Dive guys: Madeyepadeye, Montana97, seamonkeypowder
  • Game completions: 19% of people on TA have not completed any game, 25% have not completed a game including all DLC
  • Big news:
    • Celtic Force hit 2 million TA
    • smrnov hits 1.3 million GS
    • Stallion83 increases GS lead over smrnov ~7k, narrows TA gap to ~8k
  • Top scorer: Stallion with 40,344 TA and 24,732 GS
  • Other milestones
    • GS
      • 900k: jimmyhova
      • 800k: lucas1987, Minioger, Matt DB87
    • TA
      • 1.8m: Rand al Thor 19
      • 1.7m BIGSXY1
      • 1.6m red tanuki
      • 1.5m ChaosSlayerX187
      • 1.4m Sangriaz, Terrin
  • Battles to watch
    • GS
      • Last month: BIGSXY1 closing on RedmptionDenied for 5th spot
        • RedmptionDenied responded and widened the gap a bit
      • Last month: Spots 14 through 18 are all very close around the 850k mark
        • A lot of activity around this space, from 14 down to 25 almost everyone changed position
      • Matt DB87, currently position 1 on the Games Started leaderboard, is on the cusp of the top 25 for GS
    • TA
      • Fairly quiet month for the top 25
      • Womi lost two positions, and Spawnycher very close to overtaking Sangriaz

1:36:55 - Shovelware Cemetery: In Between

  • SANCTUARY

2:02:14 - Knobs and Discos

  • NBA 2K14 discontinued

2:03:00 - Zombie News Corner

2:06:00 - Outro

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Songs and sounds that have been used in the show:

 

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms

 

Jun 1, 2016

024 - Ell, Michelle, and a Proulx

This week both Randy and Tarragon were away, so Big Ell, Matrarch, and Proulx join Brandon to talk news, gaming and achievements. And there was much rejoicing.

Show notes are always available on the Zed to Zed website

We are on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play! Please give us a rating or review, it will really help us and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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Hosts:

Guests

0:00:00 - Intro

  • Fream is all alone today
  • Achievement sponsor: Hero of the Day from World of Tanks
  • Fream’s Dark Souls Twitch Stream
  • Random To-Do List officially starting soon
  • Tarragon’s list of new games:
    • Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing
    • Active Soccer 2 DX
    • Super Night Riders
    • Level 22
    • Shred It
    • Styling Garden Defense
    • Coffin Dodgers
    • Factotum 90
    • Krinkle Krusher
    • Reagan Gorbachev
    • Mega Coin Squad
  • Fream’s list of new games:
    • Zombie Army Trilogy
    • Rogue Legacy
    • The Escapists: The Walking Dead
    • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Monthly challenges
    • Mostly a complete fail ;)
    • Fream will beat Tarragon on Project Spark due to the weekly achievement
    • Crandy beat Fream on Tomb Raider
    • Fream and Crandy equalized on 5/12 in Geometry Wars
  • Introducing segment: Playing Zed
    • Host vs host weekly challenges
    • First week: Fream vs Crandy - In Between
    • We welcome community vs host challenges!

0:13:47 - Guest Introductions and Recap

  • Introducing Big Ell, Matrarch and Proulx
  • Come back McLovin’, it’s only for one show ;)
  • Everybody still leaping in Leap Frog
  • What achievements are you proud of unlocking during Leap Frog?
  • What point did you start matching achievements to the Leap Frog requirement?
  • UNEVEN GAMERSCORE OH GOD MY OCD
  • Brandon:
    • Project Spark
    • Disney Infinity 2.0
    • PvZ 2
    • Quantum Break
  • Proulx
    • Disney Infinity 2.0
    • Killer Instinct
    • Halo: MCC
    • Mush (WP)
  • Big Ell
    • Shadow Complex
    • Halo: MCC
  • Matrarch
    • The Cave
    • Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
    • Letterquest

0:52:17 - Feature: Community Spotlight

1:24:41 - News

2:02:49 - Listener Feedback

  • Thanks for the review Tatey!
  • SaucySlingo asks about Hololens
  • Keith271179 asks about predictions for surprise game announcements at E3
  • NBA Kirkland asks about Xbox hardware updates, and clarifies free multiplayer suggestion
  • Kaiba Chaos asks why Big Ell hates leaderboards so much

2:21:08 - Knobs and Discos

  • Nothing … oh wait! Mural is back in Killer Instinct. Thanks Big Ell!

2:21:53 - Backwards Compatibility and Game Delays

  • New BC titles: Ducktales Remastered, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Hexic 2, Magic 2012, Domino Master, Unbound Saga, SSX

2:24:06 - Zombie News

2:27:36 - Outro

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Songs and sounds that have been used in the show:

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms

 

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