This week on Random Encounters, we’re starting things off with a bit more Persona 5, before moving onto PaRappa the Rapper. How come it’s so easy to screw up a remaster exactly? We go off on a tangent (among tangents) discussing some screwed up HD remasters.

Next we move onto The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. More zombie-killing action, same grueling life choices. Don’t worry, no spoilers.

On the plate next is Tearaway Unfolded. Looking at one of last month’s free PS Plus games makes it readily apparent how hard it can be to translate a portable game to a console. On that topic, we look over some examples of this problem before moving on to our main topic.

Topic, you say? Indeed. This week we’re looking into another talking point, and asking what it takes to re-invent a franchise. How long can you run a series on status quo before you need a major shift? And how do you fix a stagnating series? We talk at length on the idea.


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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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  • OK this podcast is fucken ridiculous. Mike needs to stop representing all of Canada. Where I live families have their bedroom upstairs. And who the hell puts peanut butter on crackers?

    • John Cal McCormick

      Thank God someone is talking some sense. If I only had Mike’s word to go on I’d think you were all living in one floor houses and dipping crackers into anything that goes.

      • In Canada we have everything from living in a duplex – triplex – cottage – condo – apartment – and yes a bungalow. If you have a bungalow than yeah your bedroom will be on the same floor but Mike made it sound like this is standard lol.

        The problem now is they just keep building condos here in Canada and there are so many that if you ever try and sell your condo, you’ll have a tough time making a profit because why would someone want to buy your property when they can buy any of the thousands of vacant condos that have never been used at a cheap cost.

        Canada is way cheaper to live than the UK. If you can afford a house with two floors in the UK you will be able to afford a house with five floors here in Canada.