The USgamer Podcast: Otakon Fun, Sonic Mania, and PUBG's Eligibility for Game of the Year

The USgamer Podcast: Otakon Fun, Sonic Mania, and PUBG's Eligibility for Game of the Year

PODCAST | Join Kat, Caty, Nadia, and Mike as they talk about cosplay, hedgehogs, hedgehog cosplay, and lots more.

The USgamer Podcast is our weekly flagship podcast that is updated every Wednesday. You can find the previous episodes here.

The USgamer podcast is back... again! Join Nadia, Caty, Mike, and myself as we gab about all the latest in gaming! (download link here).

It's been a week of fun, merriment, and non-stop work. All of us here at USgamer a-hopping. Partially from joy, partially from excitement, and partially from exhaustion-induced insanity.

This week, we (as in Kat, Mike, Caty, and myself) discuss the adventures Mike and I had at Otakon (separately from each other, alas), StarCraft Remastered, and Agents of Mayhem's attempts at humor. Also on the menu: We discuss Sonic Mania and ponder what makes a good Sonic game, though I suspect Plato himself couldn't put a finger on a solid answer.

Finally, we ask whether PUBG should be considered for a "Game of the Year" award even though it hasn't received an official release yet. When is a game "done?"

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Show Description

Kat, Nadia, Caty, and Mike get together to discuss adventures at Otakon, StarCraft Remastered (11:14), Agents of Mayhem (24:30). Then they review Sonic Mania: Is it a successful revival for a beloved franchise? How does it compare to New Super Mario Bros? And what makes a good Sonic game in the first place? (36:36). That all leads to our big discussion for the week: Should PUBG be a GOTY contender despite being in Early Access? (1:05:26)

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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