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GWJ Conference Call Episode 207

Civilization V, Minecraft, Alan Wake Stuff, What to Do With $500, Your Emails and more!

This week Julian, Elysium, Allen, Rob Borges and special guest Rob Zacny talk Civ V and imagine what someone new to gaming might want to do with $500.

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Music credits: 

Intro/Outtro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks

Alpha - (b-sides) - - 32:36
Coactive (Over My Shoulder Mix) - Chroma - - 50:36


Sure, but when your budget is $500, you can have darn near. As long as you avoid software more recent than six months, you can amass quite a library. Bioshock, Oblivion, and Fallout 3 can be had for about ten bucks a pop nowadays, Mass Effect 2 for twenty. Why settle if you don't have to?

All this talk about gaming in 5-minute increments during meetings… you guys are the worst workers ever.

"Gamespy is f*cking sh*t!" Oh good, so it's not just me.

"Apotheosis - the ideal example; epitome; quintessence." Really? "Epitome" just wasn't good enough? You hear that sound? That's the sound of a bunch of people visiting, then flipping someone the middle finger.

"You have listened to the podcast before, right?" Exactly. See, he gets us.

"You know what would be great? If nobody released a game for six months." That is the best idea I have heard all show. The dozen or so games in my library are cheering for that idea, as am I.

You know, in some odd way, the fact that there are so many games that are on all the major platforms (Xbox 360, PS3, Windows) may have helped keep PC gaming reasonably priced, because you don't need super high-end hardware on the PC to play a port of a console game. All this time I was lamenting the consoles, but really I should have been embracing them. I will be sure to hug my PS3 when I get home, but I will be scowling at it behind its back when I do.

OnLive seemed like a stupid idea with a stupid name from the beginning, and it's only getting worse. Who wants to watch someone play a game? I want to play games with my friends, not watch them play a game.

burntham77 wrote:

You hear that sound? That's the sound of a bunch of people visiting, then flipping someone the middle finger.

Joystiq's thataway, buddy.

Speaking of OnLive, apparently they made the decision to nix the monthly fee. It still strikes me as a solution in search of a problem, but at least the most problematic part of their business model from a consumer standpoint (being asked to pay $15/mo for the privilege of paying full price for games that disappear the minute you stop paying $15/mo) has been addressed.