Hey Poor Podcast Episode 48: Crystal Joystick Award 2015


The great Crystal Joystick is up for grabs, in the first ever official Hey Poor Player game of the year episode!

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NOTE: Some post-compression audio issues happened with this episode. Everyone’s voices are quiet, while the opening end ending music is really loud. We’re really sorry about your ears, and are working on fixing it.

Come one, come all, to the sparkling diamond thunderdome. Before you stands a shining retro game controller, dazzling and pristine, forged from pure, unblemished crystal. That’s right; for the first time ever, Hey Poor Player is crowning an official game of the year. 12 games shall enter, but only one shall come home with the coveted Crystal Joystick.

Jay Petrequin, Francis DiPersio, Adam Foster and Gary Swallow band together with a bag of 22 nominees, narrowed down to a final 12 for consideration in the great competition of Game of the Year. Two groups of six games each are arranged, with three winners extracted from each. Those final six are brought together, and from them, a single winner pulled. Jay delivers a Shakespearean monologue about Undertale. Frank gets angry about Metal Gear Solid V. Adam nominates a bunch of stuff nobody else has heard of, and pees on Facebook. Gary doesn’t understand adventure games, but does understand The Witcher III. At around the 1:53:00 mark, Jay spoils Batman: Arkham Knight for some reason. We talk about this article on the development of Destiny. There’s no Watcha’ Playin’ or Round Table this time, because who the hell wants that after listening to us do this after two hours?

For those playing along at home, here’s the full list of our final 12 nominees. Enjoy.

  • Life is Strange
  • Splatoon
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • The Witcher III
  • Bloodborne
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Stella Glow
  • Hotline Miami 2
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Undertale
  • Super Mario Maker

Music for this episode includes tracks from all of the above games, as well as Metal Gear Solid V, Until Dawn, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Disgaea 5, Yakuza 5, Read Only Memories, Contradiction, Fallout 4, and Rocket League.


The Hey Poor Podcast can be found and subscribed to on iTunes and Stitcher. In addition to the website, Hey Poor Player can be found in page and group form on Facebook,  screeching away like alarmed barn owls on Twitter, reblogging weird gifs on Tumblr, trying and failing to create anything worth watching on Youtube, and playing away for your entertainment on Twitch. Also check out Jay and Alec’s group, Scrub Tier Gamers.  You can also follow us on Twitter: Jay – Adam – Gary

Jay Petrequin started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but first got his start writing for It's Super Effective, a Pokemon podcast that happened to be a reflection of two of his biggest interests: pocket monsters, and making people listen to him say things.

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