This week on Random Encounters, we’re back with a bit of the Bioshock Collection, talking Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite to begin with. Rarely do games hold up as well as Bioshock Infinite, and we have more than a few words to say on the subject.

Next up is Not a Hero, one of the free PS Plus titles from last month. Is this casual side-scrolling  shooter worth your time? Well, all signs point to yes, especially if you’re into multi-tasking.

Finally, we close things off by taking a trip down memory lane to discuss our time at the arcades back when arcades were still a thing. Among the games under discussion here are Street Fighter IITekkenThe Simpsons Arcade GameTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-Men.

We even wax nostalgic about game and video stores to boot, so tune on in for some talk of a simpler time.


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Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about pop culture. Through some miracle he’s still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there’s hope for him, there’s hope for everyone. He’s the managing Games editor for Goomba Stomp, and the creator of the weekly Buffyversed column.

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  • I used to work at HMV. One of my first jobs. They didn’t ask me in the interview what HMV stands for but I did know in advance just in case. They hired people based on how cool they thought you were and what music you listen to so it was sort of snobby but a ton of fun. I actually held the record for most sales on one day. It was boxing day, and this guy came in and bought $20 000 worth of music, mostly box sets. I had to call three co-workers to help me with the transaction. I quit to go work at the video store.

    • Mike Worby

      I always thought it would be super cool to work there.

      • It was good. I was way cooler working at Movie Land.