GWJ Conference Call Episode 214

Conference Call

Half-Life, Thief: The Dark Project, Everquest Beta, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Baldur's Gate, The Best Games of 98, The Future of PC Gaming, Your Emails and more!

What would happen if the GWJ Conference Call was recorded in 1998? Let's find out!

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Music credits: 

Intro/Outtro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks

Everquest Main Theme - Sony Online Entertainment - http://www.everquest.com/everquest.vm - 31:04
Fallout 2 Main Theme (Louis Armstrong - A kiss to Build a Dream on) - Interplay - http://www.interplay.com/ - 1:00:53

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You guys are making fun of that one guy's email from the last conference call concerning new and old games, right? Because I hope that's whats happening. I'm extremely sleepy, and must get to bed, and seeing this episode, listening to it for 6 minutes so far is just making me f*cking lose my mind..... I gotta get to bed.....

Damnit! I can't sleep because you guys are so FUNNY! >:C

I'm tripping balls right now, you guys are either really good actors or something has happenned to the space time continium. I'm pretty sure you guys would be pioneers if you were podcasting in '98, I'm halfway through and am freaking out.

Heh great job guys. I seriously checked the date on the pod cast a few times, like a fool. I don't think Mp3 even existed back in those heady days!

It's funny how easy it is for us to look back on games like EQ1 - games which totally transformed so much - and poo poo them. A shame really - we burned a lot of time of those things; we should respect them more.

What a truly enjoyable show. Loved the bold predictions!

I've been sitting at work with a big stupid grin on my face the entire hour and twenty odd minutes. Brilliant.

Madfish wrote:

...I seriously checked the date on the pod cast a few times, like a fool...

Ditto

Okay, this is one of the best CC's I've heard. Had a guy in the office (who doesn't even listen to the show normally) and I swapping quotes over gtalk. Absolutely brilliant.

edit: corrected for grammar

Still listening, but I might as well get in here and say I'm really looking forward to the next episode where you're all crushingly depressed that it was so much more fun to talk about games from 1998 than it is to talk about games from 2010.

Seriously, though, great stuff. Loving it.

Why is everyone talking like they're listening to this podcast from the future, like it's not December 3, 1998? Did I miss something?

Listening to this is screwing with my head. I'm so confused.

The time travel experiment has brought some Grinders out of the woodwork.

Can't wait to listen.

Cyberhosts!

Wow I think I listened to the whole thing and no anachronisms. This was either extremely well scripted or you guys ate some mushrooms and actually went back in time.

Kudos to everyone for this one, it must have definitely been tough to stay in the right time period.

What an embarrassment of riches that year! It's amazing that so many incredibly influential and innovative games came out in '98.

It's really interesting and fun to hear you "speculate" about the future implications for gaming based on the games you discuss. Kinda makes you think about how your current observations and predictions will play out...

I can't believe you posted a re-run! Thanks for nothing GWJers.

I am not normally a fan of these conf calls... but this was ridiculously unbelievable.

Amazing work. I was mindboggled throughout the whole thing. Really brought me back to the 'good ol' days.'

It's unbelievable how well everyone stuck in character.

Amazing job, guys.

This was brilliant, but it depressed me, primarily because I haven't played the vast majority of the games discussed. (I didn't really get into gaming until 2001.) Now I have to figure out which of these I need to try.

Really entertaining cast. I hope this isn't the last time you guys do something like this.

No recent RPGs? Dudes, even from my dorm, I can tell you that Fallout is the awesomest RPG since Betrayal at Krondor!

Tanglebones wrote:

No recent RPGs? Dudes, even from my dorm, I can tell you that Fallout is the awesomest RPG since Betrayal at Krondor!

Did you miss our long, tawdry debates over Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate, Ocarina of Time? (And of course Everquest.) We had lots of love for the latest releases.

So, you know, put down your beer bong and get your head out of the MUD.

That was really the awesomest podcast evar!

KaterinLHC wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

No recent RPGs? Dudes, even from my dorm, I can tell you that Fallout is the awesomest RPG since Betrayal at Krondor!

Did you miss our long, tawdry debates over Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate, Ocarina of Time? (And of course Everquest.) We had lots of love for the latest releases.

So, you know, put down your beer bong and get your head out of the MUD. :)

I'm only at the 28 minute mark, and one of y'all just said that Baldur's Gate was the best RPG since Mandate of Heaven

Also, streaming this thing on Real Player really blows!

47.8? Good thing I started downloading this last night on my piss poor dialup.

I'm viewing this page in Netscape and it's missing something. Maybe some flaming text or a dancing baby.

Aw man, I've totally got some music from 1998. It would have been awesome to have an alternate universe late 90s theme.

Tiger Walts wrote:

I'm viewing this page in Netscape and it's missing something. Maybe some flaming text or a dancing baby.

You really need to be using stylish...

At first I thought to myself this is stupid. Not one of these fake back in time shows.

Then I gave it a listen. Pretty Funny and great acting.

I haven't listened to the whole thing yet. But when Sean made the comment on how Nintendo 64 cartridges were expensive I cracked up.

I'm not on a PC. I just hope the rumours are true and Half life is coming to the Mac. Can't wait to play it.

Still, I've started playing a new game Myth: The Fallen Lords (steep system requirements: 16 mb of ram, 1 whole mb of video memory and 51 mb of hard disc space.) Looks like it might last me for a month or two. I may even pluck up courage and try the multiplayer.

Podunk wrote:

Aw man, I've totally got some music from 1998. It would have been awesome to have an alternate universe late 90s theme.

That's the one thing I would have changed. A remixed show theme would be great.

Edit: "Haven't had a good [PC] RPG in a long time"? It's been awhile since 1998, but I remember the PC gaming magazines peeing themselves over Fallout at the end of '97. I don't think you all would have missed that one.

We talked about both Fallouts on the show ... how could we not?

Certis wrote:

We talked about both Fallouts on the show ... how could we not?

It just seemed weird to have a conversation about how there hadn't been a good RPG on the PC in so long without someone mentioning it. Even though you went on to talk about both Fallout games, it stood out.

Love the talk about Thief: The Dark Project. I guess no one has played Metal Gear Solid yet? That's the closest comparison I can think of.

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