Conference Call

GWJ Conference Call Episode 84

Boom Blox, Bourne Craptacular, Haze, Echo Chrome, Spore, Former Civ IV Lead And Current Designer on Spore Special Guest Soren Johnson, The State of Strategy, Working With Will Wright and Sid Meier, Your Emails and more!

This week Soren Johnson joins us to talk about the state of the strategy genre, working with gaming legends and what we should be looking out for in the future. Julian reveals his mail gaming roots and Shawn finds a way to compare Boom Blox and Sins of a Solar Empire. Check out the comments section for an easy link to Rat Boy's epic GTA IV audio email!

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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Music credits: 

Intro/Outro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks

"Luna Machine" (Benoit Casey) - 0:38:53
"Small Comfort" - Apoplexia (Benoit Casey) - 1:23:40


Wow - I'm such a noob... I had no idea I could do that. Thanks very much for enlightening me. I sometimes have a hard time navigating the tube.

Mystic Violet wrote:

GWJ Conference Call mentions SINS

Mentions? Sins seems to be moving into the CC games pantheon with BioShock, LotRO, Rock Band, and WoW.

You really think LotRO gets as much love as the others?

buzzvang wrote:

You really think LotRO gets as much love as the others?

It had a pretty strong run this time last year, and it still comes up from time to time.

docbadwrench wrote:

I'm an old Civ junkie (2 was my first) who may not have the time for the weird, long games I love so much, but there has to be something I can take from them. Something social - something not too demanding - something with a beginning and an end.

I totally hear what you're saying there. Civ 3 with the expansions was such a perfect game to me - but any game I allow myself to get that engrossed in nowadays, needs to have some sort of social component. I think that's why I've consciously drifted to the Guitar Hero Rock Band craze - I can wonk out and get into it, and it's ok b/c it's rock n roll and I like it. And the clearly defined end point of one song is so very manageable.

Wow a lot of good content on this podcast as always.