GWJ Conference Call Episode 26

Conference Call

Beyond The Red Line, Guitar Hero 2 Whores, Download Content And Game Extension, Games For Windows Live and more!

What happens to otherwise reasonable people when a new plastic guitar, nerd points and a chance to spend more money are presented? Things get crazy-go-nuts! We also delve into download content and what it does for a game's success over the long run and what's coming in the future. Also, Microsoft doesn't seem to know what's going on with Games For Windows Live!

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Guitar Hero 2
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Thread of the Week 2: GFW Lambastes Microsoft about Live - souldaddy

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Show credits

Music credits: 

Intro/Outro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks

"Small Comfort" - Apoplexia (Benoit Casey) - 0:21:14
"The Neverwhere" - Apoplexia (Benoit Casey) - 0:43:49
"Impeller" Ian Dorsch - 0:58:02

Comments

I only just skimmed your post, Stylez, but I think you just told me to attack the enemy units in the city with three harvesters. I'm on it!

Hive is fun and simple and a nice little tossaway game for two players. It shared very little in common with Ticket. If you get Ticket, get Markland, which is a vastly superior variant. But any variant of ticket is really a 3 and up experience.

rabbit wrote:

Hive is fun and simple and a nice little tossaway game for two players. It shared very little in common with Ticket. If you get Ticket, get Markland, which is a vastly superior variant. But any variant of ticket is really a 3 and up experience.

Oh, I know all three have nothing in common (other than the fact I've been eyeing each of them for a while now). I was thinking Hive might be a good game to bring to work. Settlers of Catan the card game took to long, Bang! is always fun but people were getting tired of it, and Give Me the Brain... well, that took longer than Catan so it was an out.

Thoughts on Mythos:

Pay for content is hugely viable. momgamer brought up MapleStory, which is a good one. I was thinking more along the line of Pangya and FlyFF. They're not quite as popular as MapleStory, but they're still pretty big, and are driven by the same model where you pay to get extras.

As to the CC itself, I now question why I haven't been listening to this longer

I gotta say, I've never bothered to get into the podcast concept. I just blew it off as simply pre-recorded broadcasts synchronized in some fashion for them to be easily downloaded, with a catchy name that had to include "pod". A lot of amateur conversations about things I couldn't imagine listening to for extended periods of time. It wasn't until I got Sirius and listened to Stern regularly and noticed that I do enjoy talk radio, especially if it's about something I can get into. So, with the podcast medium I can definitely see the appeal: next to nothing cost and unlimited audience potential. It also gives birth to a lot of specialty program that couldn't survive on terrestrial radio and even if it did wouldn't be able to reach the whole demographic that may be interested.

So, I loaded up my ZENcast Organizer (for the first time ever) and proceeded to subscribe and send your latest Conference Call to my Creative Zen Vision:M. I'm impressed, I really enjoyed it. I'm not an avid poster on the forums so I doubt many people know who I am, but it's nice to put voices to the names and hear some friendly banter that came from this great community.

I will now be tuning in every week. Great job guys!

That's awesome stauf, I'm glad you decided to dip your toes in the water. There was a time when I felt much the same way about reading comments and forums back when they were pretty new. Funny how things change.

rabbit wrote:

Without hardware, $1,000 year isn't too far off, unless you add boardgaming and travel into it (Gencon costs me twice that all by its lonesome).

Only twice? Are you including your liquor bill?