GWJ Conference Call Episode 79

Conference Call

Dark Sector, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, Mythos Revitalized, Rock Band Malfunctions, Michael Zenke From Massively.com, A Chance To Win A Limited Edition Risk: Black Ops, Your Glorious Emails and more!

We called and you answered! We got so many emails this week we're dedicating the whole show to them. Not only do we have new GWJ contributer Michael Zenke joining us, he was kind enough to offer a limited edition of Risk: Black Ops (the upcoming Hasbro board game) for a glorious new contest! All you have to do is send in a funny picture that involves a board game of some kind to [email protected]! What could be easier!?

To contact us, email [email protected]! Send us your thoughts on the show, pressing issues you want to talk about or whatever else is on your mind. You can even send a 30 second audio question or comment (MP3 format please) if you're so inclined.

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Duoae wrote:

I have no problem with that. Inflating one's (or entrants') ego(s) by imagining that more importance is conferred by an actual event than really is, annoys me. There's nothing outrageous about it as your post seems to be implying by your use of capitals - it's just another form of condescension or arrogance.

I'm not implying that it's outrageous. I'm implying that it's an extremely silly thing to get worked up about.

Duoae wrote:

it's just another form of condescension or arrogance.

I do believe there was some tongue-in-cheek involved in the claim.

Duoae wrote:

it's just another form of condescension or arrogance.

I know other people commented on it, but I wanted to add something:

It really isn't. "In the world," just sounds better than, "in two countries!" Besides, in the "world" of Rock Band, there are only two countries... curious.

Ian Faith: I really think you're just making much too big a thing out of it.

Derek Smalls: Making a big thing out of it would have been a good idea.

To NomadHeretic I'd recommend renting the games you can stand, even just barely, not to buy. Buy some of them, just try harder not to buy all of the ones that seem remotely interesting.

Andor wrote:
Duoae wrote:

it's just another form of condescension or arrogance.

It really isn't. "In the world," just sounds better than, "in two countries!" Besides, in the "world" of Rock Band, there are only two countries... curious.

Just assume that the Rock Band hierarchy of bands works like the American Baseball's "world series".

Anyway, it's nice to see the epic tale of Team Fremont vs GWJ come to a close. Can their background music be The Macarena, or perhaps something Ricky Martin?

nossid wrote:

Another factor that could help lower the average level, depending on how they measure it, is banking alts. Many, if not most, high-level players have at least one of those that see regular play.

It's just occured to me, reading this, that another explanation for the very low level characters is name reservation. I had one level 60 character and lots of very, very low level characters that were holding a name for me. I would play them occasionally and would send them stuff to store away for when I eventually started leveling them properly (which of course never happened.)

Why is there is a need to finally decide whether keyboard and mouse is is "better" than using a controller? It's not better, it is different. A controller may be tougher, but harder does not equal worse. You could equally argue that easier is worse, but there would still be no point in that.

While there is much debate aout the merits of 2K's latest baseball offering, one aspect that is being appreciated by many is the much more difficult pitching controls. It is easier, and much more precise to use button mashing techniques in order to pitch. But the lack of precision increases the reward one gets one pulling off great pitches.

In order to dominate a console FPS, there is a different manner in which you need to excel than on the PC. I think trying to play these cross-platform misses the point of gaming. You need to outplay your opponent under the same conditions. If you really feel like controllers are so inferior, what reward will you get out of wiping out hordes of controller users?

When I play poker at the casino, I stick to fixed-limit play, as I don't have a bankroll that can withstand the variance of no-limit play. Often, no-limit players will sit in becasue they are also cash strapped, or they are waiting for a no-limit table to open up. They look down on the simple game of fixed-limit. While many of these guys really could take my money in a game of no-limit, they don't realize the differences required to play fixed-limit. The limit players usually eat them up. The fact is, neither game is "better". They are different forms of the same game, and dominating one or the other is not better or worse.