GWJ Conference Call Episode 63

Conference Call

Burnout Paradise, Sim City Societies Sponsored By Big Oil, Big Sales, Special Guest Mr. Russ Pitts!, A Hostile Takeover, Your Emails and more!

In our final (real) show of 2007 we have special guest Russ Pitts from the Escapist magazine! Many of you may remember Russ from the front page on this very website and perhaps more notably, as the host of the original Gamers With Jobs Radio! We cover all the hot topics of the moment, your emails and oodles more.

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Show credits

Music credits: 

Intro/Outro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree
Audioworks

GWJ Radio Xylophone/GWJ CC Intro Medly - INTRO
"PodunkStump" Ian Dorsch - 0:31:14
"Steel Whores" Ian Dorsch - 1:12:37
"GWJ Angry German" Ian Dorsch - OUTRO

Comments

I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't insanely excited to hear Russ again.

Agreed, Vrikk. Are these guys laying pipe or what?

Interesting. I send an email to GWJ saying they should have Russ and and a week and a half later hes on? Cool.

Awesome. I'll be listening along while I eat my breakfast

So was that just a coincidence or do I matter or something? Either way an awesome way to end the year for the conference call and probably my favorite episode equal with the 50th with Ken Levine.

Great episode.

All the best for the holiday day season everyone. Hope you don't have to scoop too many sidewalks up there in Canada.

'Passage' sounds a lot, mood wise, like the later stages of Shenmue 2 (spoiler alert :P) where Ryo wanders through the countryside with another character. It's a long sequence and I found it incredibly atmospheric.

None violent gameplay wise, I used to love herb collecting in World of Warcraft. I'd spend hours riding round looking for new herbs and 'enjoying the countryside.' Perhaps that type of gameplay works best mixed in with other gameplay elements.

I have an idea for the rating system. How about: three green rings for 'brilliant,' three orange rings for 'ok' and three red rings for 'bad.' Or would that bring people out in a cold sweat?

Nice to hear Fletcher again =)

You can also move up and down in Passage. It's actually a maze with all sorts of treasure chests that you can pick up that boost your score. You can even dodge the girl, which lets you get into narrower spaces. Of course, just exploring the landscape nets you points too, and you get twice as many if you're not alone.

It's probably a metaphor.

Also, you should've given Fletcher grief for his failed 360 predictions and not shaving his balls. Or is that considered an impolite thing to do to guests?

Certis wrote:

"Steel Hores" Ian Dorsch - 1:12:37

That's missing either a 'w' or an 's'.

I'd thought Russ might show up for episode 50, but then they had that other guy - whatzhisname? - Ken Levine.

Looking forward to listening.

Podunk wrote:
Certis wrote:

"Steel Hores" Ian Dorsch - 1:12:37

That's missing either a 'w' or an 's'. :)

I paste what Rob gives me

And, before anyone says it, no we didn't do any better this week at remembering to keep making it clear which games we're talking about.

It's going to be my New Year's Resolution.

Elysium wrote:

And, before anyone says it, no we didn't do any better this week at remembering to keep making it clear which games we're talking about.

It's going to be my New Year's Resolution.

And like mine to stop building backyard ballista you will fail.
Fail horribly.

Alien Love Gardener wrote:

Also, you should've given Fletcher grief for his failed 360 predictions and not shaving his balls. Or is that considered an impolite thing to do to guests?

"Hi! How ya doing? Great to have you here. So, shave your balls?"

You mentioned on the podcast that you'd drop a link to some other podcast (too lazy to go back and listen for the name), but I don't see it in the links.

Also, great to hear Russ back on the show. Whatever happened to Escapist Radio?

You mentioned on the podcast that you'd drop a link to some other podcast (too lazy to go back and listen for the name), but I don't see it in the links.

Half the crap Certis says he will link to doesn't end up linked.

You mentioned on the podcast that you'd drop a link to some other podcast (too lazy to go back and listen for the name), but I don't see it in the links.

Good catch! I always seem to forget one link. Added now.

The Return of Broadcast Gamer

I haven't been this excited since Escape Radio got announced.

Nice to hear the radio voice again.

I felt guilty when Rabbit and Demi got beeped. Funny skit!

Higgledy wrote:

None violent gameplay wise, I used to love herb collecting in World of Warcraft. I'd spend hours riding round looking for new herbs and 'enjoying the countryside.' Perhaps that type of gameplay works best mixed in with other gameplay elements.

I had an irrational love for mining. I had a regular route I took around the Badlands to hit every single ore node I knew about.

Elysium wrote:

It's going to be my New Year's Resolution.

Which year?

Nice to hear Russ "Still not shaving there" Pitts back. His singing is as scaring as I remember, and it is my pain to pass on:
"Honey, what are you singing", she asks as I'm loading the dishwasher.
"Oh, well, you know the song they played at the end of Family Ties? Well, the eagle semen guy who wouldn't shorn his shack got it stuck in my head...again"
"Honey, I think you need to take a break from the internet again"

Thanks for stopping by the great episode Fletcher. You've been missed.

People wonder why I don't buy a camera for my 360. This podcast just adds validation to that belief.

Edit: "Grab some bench?" What is this, the 1920s? Try using this patented phrase, courtesy of San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow: "Grab some pine, meat!"

Double edit: And Russ does a mean impersonation of Scott the Dick. And yes, I'm drinking as I'm listening to this.

bennard wrote:

You mentioned on the podcast that you'd drop a link to some other podcast (too lazy to go back and listen for the name), but I don't see it in the links.

Also, great to hear Russ back on the show. Whatever happened to Escapist Radio?

Agreed. What happened to Escapist Radio? I saw a little memo saying it will be delayed, then... nothing.

Odd timing. I had just finished Fletcher's "TechTV Employee Number One" articles and was wondering what he was up to. It was a great conference call episode and very funny. I recommend prepending a consumer warning to this episode. Something akin to: "While listening to this podcast it is highly recommended that the listener is not engaging in any of the following scenarios: driving on the highway, drinking a tasty, hot beverage, and/or having sex. The ensuing hilarity of this podcast could cause bodily harm or even death in the above scenarios." I am just saying. My car only swerved a little bit on the highway, drinking my hot chocolate while my.. Look Elvis!

I seriously want Russ' muse. What kind of drunken, surly, George Carlin-esque muse whispers in your ear "eagle semen?"

I don't know how you can quote Carrie Brownstein and not mention that she was in Sleater-Kinney. Seriously. I award you all no points, and my G-d have mercy on your souls.

I didn't listen to GWJ Radio back in the day but I wish I had.
Russ has a great radio voice and fit in seamlessly. I''m sorry Julian and Cory got benched, but the few episodes with guests are standouts.

*Double post*
To make this space more useful, here's a link to the show Rob mentioned near the end.

Rise of the Video Game

Demiurge wrote:

I don't know how you can quote Carrie Brownstein and not mention that she was in Sleater-Kinney. Seriously. I award you all no points, and my G-d have mercy on your souls.

Get back to the fake podcast, you!

I apparently spoke to soon about Rock Band. I can't get the full game until the 28th at the earliest!

I am livid right now. You ever get into one of those situations where your helpless. There is something you want really badly and it just keeps getting snatched away at the last moment and your helpless to do anything about it?

Oh how I wish I could be face to face with the person in charge of delaying the game in Canada. At least than I could haul off and kick the living crap out him or her. I am seriously that frustrated and angry right now, it's not even funny! Although I can understand if my anger gave you all the warm fuzzies inside.

Oh and as an added slap in the face the game is now 199 Canadian, instead of 179 as originally advertised!