GWJ Conference Call Episode 48

Conference Call

Lair, Metroid Prime 3, Warhawk, Retail Madness, That Special Gamer Moment, A New Contest, Your Emails and more!

This week we talk about our buying habits in the face of a heavy Fall release list, what's going on with retail and how Elysium is coping with NOT being a manager for EB. We also launch a quick contest with entries due by Saturday afternoon! Submit your experience with gaming retail either buying OR selling to [email protected]. The best story will get a game of their choice from Liongames.com!

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(1)What game/system defined you as a gamer? - GBell

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Show credits

Music credits: 

Intro/Outro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks

"Small Comfort" - Apoplexia (Benoit Casey) - 0:29:20
"Luna Machine" (Benoit Casey) - 0:46:04

Comments

If I win the contest, I want to trade my prize for a signed pair of Elysium's pants.

Funny retail stories? Aw, man... internet shopping sucks!

Hey guys, I'm listening to the podcast and wanted to point out something about finding a friend's game in Warhawk. When you start the game and choose to play online instead of a local game, you can go to the community tab and select your the buddies (it may say friends, I can't remember for sure) tab, it'll list all of your PSNetwork friends and it will even show if they own the game. If they're also online and playing, it'll display that and let you join their game. That was how I found the game Certis set up on Friday instead of scrolling through the entire server list.

I always find out about these things AFTER I open my mouth. *insert foot*

I must be on crack or something. The streaming version on the left is still the last episode (Bioshock opening) and the download version goes silent after the music intro.

edit: Yup, crack.

People DO use that thing, good! I forgot to update the code, that's what I get for posting after 2AM. All fixed!

I gotta say that the music still sounds great in my enclosed headphones.

The Metroid controls are good, but I don't really think they trump dual sticks. They are both good, and excel in different areas, but for me I prefer the fluidity of the sticks over the precision of the remote. Still, I agree that every first person Wii game should use this style of control (but perhaps offer more options with regard to cursor and turning speed).

How could you mention vector graphics games without talking about Battle Zone? Ah the quarters I used to pump into that instead of the Xerox machine at the library.

Tempest also ruled. Yes, I'm older than Rabbit.

The caveman game, Og, that Gaald mentioned and the fairy tale game mentioned by rabbit are by Firefly Games (The link wasn't working when I posted this).

Like Elysium, I've never played D&D, though I tried the Star Wars pen & paper back in high school but it didn't work out. Just don't have the crowd for it. As I get exposed to more and more board games (and spend more money on board games. Thanks, rabbit), my group of board game friends grows and they are slowly becoming accustomed to more complex games. Og is supposed to be a very lite RPG, so it may have a better chance of working out.

EDIT: Hey, cool. I got my watch. Sweet.

I wanted to note that chess is a pretty terrible single-player game.

The arcade across the street was GameWorks. There's one in the Chicago suburbs near where Wizard World Chicago was. Not terribly cheap, but then I tend to go as much for the (overpriced) beer with friends as for the games.

...and I want to be clear that I do not want your pants.

ETA:

Certis wrote:

People DO use that thing, good! I forgot to update the code, that's what I get for posting after 2AM. All fixed!

I usually use that link on days when I forgot to sync my iPod in the morning. I decided to wait yesterday.

The arcade I used to go to as a kid died in the early-mid 90s and became a carpet store. No other arcades nearby, and that wasn't really walking distance except for the determined.

Heh, the shout out to Yellek actually convinced her to listen to the conference call for the first time. At least until you were done talking about her.

wordsmythe wrote:

I wanted to note that chess is a pretty terrible single-player game.

I knew someone was going to be a pratt about that.

rabbit wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

I wanted to note that chess is a pretty terrible single-player game.

I knew someone was going to be a pratt about that.

One T.

wordsmythe wrote:

One T. :lol:

In this case the extra T denotes the level of "prattiness" going on...

Only because he's asking for it!

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Heh, the shout out to Yellek actually convinced her to listen to the conference call for the first time. At least until you were done talking about her. ;)

Actually, I listed to the whole thing, kinda, couldn't follow much of the gaming talk :P. Then I sent off our GWJ donations. I'm looking for anything but work to do today. Can we go back to Seattle now?

I don't care where we are, I just don't want to be at work either. All I'm supposed to be doing is looking at resumes and I have yet to look at one yet today.

Podcast note:

The Star Trek arcade game Elysium mentions is Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1982) Apparently it came out before Star Wars.
I remember wanting to "play" the Kobayashi Maru simulation in the Wrath of Khan. In this game, I didn't do very well. I don't know really if it was it the control scheme, dual perspective and being a 5th grader was really anything to do with it. Maybe I was just wasn't arcade hardcore enough?

You mean this one?

Tekman wrote:

Podcast note:

The Star Trek arcade game Elysium mentions is Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1982) Apparently it came out before Star Wars.
I remember wanting to "play" the Kobayashi Maru simulation in the Wrath of Khan. In this game, I didn't do very well. I don't know really if it was it the control scheme, dual perspective and being a 5th grader was really anything to do with it. Maybe I was just wasn't arcade hardcore enough?

When I was younger, I had a friend with the sit-down version of this game. It was amazing to me at that time (Mid-80's) that someone could actually have a VIDEO GAME MACHINE in their home.

So what's the actual name of that Faries Tales game? Any place selling it other than the defunct firefly website?

I'm still wondering what I need to do to win Elysium's pants.

You don't want to know.