Humble Beginnings

Before the four of us started Swordchomp, we used to host another podcast called "Second Playthrough." Grittier and raw, we would rate video games based off of an arbitrarily-designed medal system. It was founded in 2009 by Fish, Josh, Morgan, and another host, Adam. Fish left in 2010, and Morgan brought in Shea. The podcast went on until 2012, where the podcast was dissolved due to the life constraints for the hosts.

 
 
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Spt #61 pt. 2 - the finale - Mass Effect 3, Journey

The "dark" conclusion of an era.

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SPT #61 pt. 1 - The finale - mass effect 3, journey

The "dark" conclusion of an era.

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SPT #60 - Final Fantasy 13-2, Kingdoms of amalur: reckoning

We discuss Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Final Fantasy 13-2, Twisted Metal, and Starcraft 2.

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SPT #59 - Most Anticipated Games of 2012
In this episode we discuss upcoming games that we look forward to playing in 2012. We voice our biggest hopes and worries about each title.  dary

 
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SPT #58 - End of the Year Awards 2011
In this episode we celebrate our favorite games from 2011. We each award our favorite bosses, weapons, characters, moments, visual styles and music from this year. Also on the program is a discussion of the games that surprised us the most and games that we missed.

 
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SPT #57 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Batman: Arkham City
In this episode, we discuss The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Batman: Arkham City, and Assassin's Creed Revelations multiplayer.

 
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SPT #56 - Skyrim
In our show we share our favorite sidequests, mourn the deaths of our horses, and discriminate against vampires.

 
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SPT #55 - Uncharted 3, Rage, Dark Souls, Battlefield 3
This episode we discuss Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Rage, Dark Souls, Battlefield 3, Sonic Generations, Cursed Crusade, Pixie Junk Sidescroller, Forza 4, Batman: Arkham City, and TLoZ: Phantom Hourglass.

 
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SPT #54 - Gears of War 3, Dead Island
This episode we discuss Gears of War 3, Dead Island, Psychonauts, The Binding of Isaac, and Crimson Alliance.

 
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SPT Podcast #53 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Welcome listeners! Join us as we discuss Deus Ex: Human Revolution! Human Revolution is the third entry in the legendary franchise (released roughly a decade later), and promises to bring true "choice" into the first person shooter. Broadcasting love from an apartment in 2027 Detroit, the crew of secondplaythrough travels through time to set the mood, and discuss the last great game of summer 2011. We are thankful the publishers of Deus Ex decided to keep Human Revolution out of the Fall 2011 release date massacre. A smart move that will hopefully allow many gamers to experience the excellent game before their wallets take a hit starting in September. The glorious glow of the city makes for a nice back drop as the crew discuss their feelings on this highly anticipated (and highly ambitious) first person shooter. ALthough Morgan and Shea both believe it is a top-tier experience for gamers, Human Revolution really hit a sweet spot for Josh. As a gamer that always looks for the stealthy approach, Human Revolution really appeals to Josh's "rogue-like" sensibilities.The crew does unanimously agree that the narrative could have been fleshed out better. Especially when dealing with a game that brings to light a lot of interesting themes like bio mechanical engineering and augmenting human beings, its a shame that the game lacks any sort of emotional impact. We hope you enjoy the show, and join us next week as we discuss the zombie game to end all zombie games, Dead Island. Send us an email, or drop us a line in the comments we love to use them on the show! Have a great one, SPT out.

 
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SPT Podcast #52 - Bastion, Catherine
Who says the summer is a terrible time to be a gamer? As this week's show proves, summers are becoming an important part of the gaming calendar. Most of this is due in part to the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. The first game released in this year's Summer of Arcade was the highly buzzed and critically acclaimed Bastion. Bastion is a throwback RPG with tons of charm and personality. The crew really enjoyed their time with the game. After throwing down the verdict on this year's biggest Summer of Arcade game, the crew tackles the polarizing romantic horror game from the Persona team, Catherine. Shea goes to battle against Morgan and Josh as the crew debate the quality of Catherine. Reviews across the net have been fairly divisive. Critics either love the game, or loathe it. The crew of SPT had similar reactions. You don't want to miss this exciting conversation as we delve deep into one of the year's most talked about games. The crew rounds up the show with some quick hitters concerning the rest of the Summer of Arcade including Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Dust. We love to hear from you, so please drop us an email (address is below in the post) or leave us a comment on the post as well. Have a great one! SPT out!

 
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SPT Podcast #51 - Child of Eden, Infamous 2, Mortal Kombat, Trenched
Our 51st podcast kicks off the summer with a bang! Morgan, Josh, and Shea run through a gauntlet of games, including Child of Eden, Infamous 2, Mortal Kombat, Trenched, and much more. Summer is usually a slower time of year for gamers, so it was refreshing to almost have too many games to cover in one show. We get the ball rolling with the trippy rhythm shooter Child of Eden from the legendary creator of Rez. The crew felt like the game was worthy of a rental for sure, but the final product is a far cry from the game we were hoping it would be. Infamous 2 made for an interesting topic of discussion, as the New Blood Shea lost his Infamous virginity with this sequel, and he enjoyed himself quite a bit. Josh and Morgan, however were left feeling a bit underwhelmed for a series that still has so much untapped potential.  Morgan and Shea finally weigh in on the new Mortal Kombat reboot, and come away surprisingly impressed with their time spent with the game. Josh and Morgan lay down their final verdict on Trenched, the tower defense shooter from Double Fine that has been garnering a lot of attention as of late. The show concludes with some brief verbal sparring over the likes of Plants vs. Zombies in regards to Shea's time spent with the game as of recently. All in all, the final show ended up running about an hour and a half, but it felt great to have so many topics for a summer show. We hope you enjoy the podcast, and stay tuned next week for an epic show where the crew of SPT delves into the sexy Catherine and the epic Bastion. Have a great one! SPT out!

 
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Big 3, you ask? Yes, it's that time again, listeners! Time for a wonderful little traditional show here at the site. Time for an epic SPT Big 3, a show that allows the crew of SPT to sound off on some of the biggest gaming topics running through our heads as of late. This week, we explore the depths of sex appeal and sexuality in gaming for Morgan's topic, inspired by last week's Tomb Raider discussion and the upcoming puzzler Catherine that has been gaining a lot of buzz for its strong sexuality.  Morgan asks the crew what games have used sex appeal in a way that left a strong impression on their gaming souls. Shea brings the topic of Collector's Edition packages to the table, as he asks the crew, "What does it take to sell you on the collector's edition of your favorite games?" A great question indeed, so stay to see what factors cause us to open our wallets and pour out all of our hard-earned cash for special edition games. Josh rounds up the show with some interesting discussion involving gaming vices, asking the crew to flip the switch and admit some of the more aspects of being a gamer.Addiction? Financial investment? Sacrificing of one's social life? Just a few of the interesting discussions we run through when discussing Josh's doozy of a topic. Stay tuned next week as we have a HUGE show where we discuss Child of Eden, Infamous 2, Mortal Kombat, Trenched, Plats vs. Zombies, and more! Have a great one! SPT out!