GWJ Conference Call Episode 67

Conference Call

Catching Up On Games, The Triumphant Return Of Ken Levine, The Spike TV Awards Incident, RPG Games, Valve Is Awesome, Six Axis Silliness, Multiplayer Value, Your (audio) Emails and more!

We are delighted to once again welcome 2K Boston's Ken Levine for the entire show! You remember Ken, right? The Bioshock guy? System Shock 2? Boston Beard Growing Champion 2004? We range far and wide over gaming industry issues, playing Rock Band in a robe, what happened at the Spike TV awards, your audio emails and more than I could possibly list here!

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Show credits

Music credits: 

Intro/Outro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree
Audioworks

"Nocturne for Rapture" Ian Dorsch - 0:45:05
"Impeller" Ian Dorsch - 1:19:13

Comments

Certis wrote:
pneuman wrote:

Tying the comments on the show with the recent front-page article about gaming fatigue, I'm about 45 hours in to Final Fantasy X, so I must be somewhere pretty close to the end, but I have absolutely no desire to go back and finish it. Am I going to hell for that?

I couldn't even get that far, I ended up watching the cutscenes from the game online. If I was that close, I'd probably tough it out and finish. At that point, it's too much like sex without the orgasm

Actually, I just realised that I would have lost that 45-hour save game when my PS2 got stolen last year, so I think I'll have to pass on that happy ending, so to speak, though watching the last few cut-scenes on line sounds like a great idea. At least I've learned that I never want to play another random-battle JRPG

Hmmm...isn't GTA4 coming out in 2008? That's certainly a huge AAA title. Was that mentioned and I just missed it somehow?

MookieFL wrote:

Hmmm...isn't GTA4 coming out in 2008? That's certainly a huge AAA title. Was that mentioned and I just missed it somehow?

We talked about it more fully in the show before this one. I don't think anyone is dying for it, though. I suspect I'll play it, but it's going to take more than the usual formula to get me excited about the series again.

I think it's important to have a guest during slow release weeks. It's not that we're sick of the regulars . . . well, we are, actually.

I think we are all waiting for Gaald's Rock Band gear to break, it's inevitable. That should fill one of the slow weeks ;).

nossid wrote:

I think we are all waiting for Gaald's Rock Band gear to break, it's inevitable. That should fill one of the slow weeks ;).

Please. I here enough of Gaald on TF2 death talk.

Great show. It sets just the right tone between discussion of actual issues and an easygoing, fun atmosphere.

Regarding the dialogue tree hatred of Mass Effect, It seems to me that there are a couple of different issue there. One is expectations. Your expectations of narrative freedom going into Half-Life 2 Episode 2 are very different from those going into Mass Effect. The second one is story. An emergent gameplay style gives you a large amount of freedom, but tends not to have a powerful narrative unless you create it yourself. Story-driven games, on the other hand, want a filmic story structure with a big climax. I happen to think that Mass Effect's climax is strong enough to justify Bioware's design decisions, but I can see certainly your point that dialogue trees are not the most immersive way to make character choices.

Do you remember the first Vampire: The Masquerade game? That had a multiplayer mode where one person acted as a Dungeon Master and had GM-like powers to control the environment.

I must do it. I cannot resist:
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I'm going to get my IP banned for this, but this is what came to mind when I saw the photo:

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PoderOmega wrote:

His picture they were laughing at in the podcast is just begging to be captioned.

The only time I look like that over there is when they're dying the river green for St. Pat's. Otherwise the squinting is the same, but there's more of a scowl. I'm glad the tourists like to come here and blow their money on the Mag Mile, but I wish they'd do it when I'm busy elsewhere.

He kind of looks like he smells something but isn't sure what it is yet. Ken: From there you're probably smelling the river, car exhaust, or the combined greasy ventilations of the nearby McDonald's and Billy Goat Tavern.