GWJ Conference Call Episode 282

Conference Call
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The 40k X-Comalike was called Chaos Gate, and yes it was pretty darn good.

I had completely forgot about the GWJ Conference Call app until I saw the link. Are you going to port it over to the Amazon or Google app stores?

What Cory said:

Demiurge wrote:

This week we're going to be discussing rumors.

What McChuck heard:

Demiurge wrote:

This week we're going to be discussing Rumours.

McChuck wrote:
Demiurge wrote:

This week we're going to be discussing Rumours.

It's about time!

wordsmythe wrote:
McChuck wrote:
Demiurge wrote:

This week we're going to be discussing Rumours.

It's about time!

That's what I was going for!

LockAndLoad wrote:

I had completely forgot about the GWJ Conference Call app until I saw the link. Are you going to port it over to the Amazon or Google app stores?

I might be wrong, but I think we already have an Android version, on the main Android App Store. Unfortunately I can't check myself. Anyone?

Demiurge wrote:
LockAndLoad wrote:

I had completely forgot about the GWJ Conference Call app until I saw the link. Are you going to port it over to the Amazon or Google app stores?

I might be wrong, but I think we already have an Android version, on the main Android App Store. Unfortunately I can't check myself. Anyone?

I can't find it. Doesn't mean it's not there though.

In regards to SSX and giving the option to pay $$$, I think there is reason for concern.

It turns out in this game, I could care less. Points come fast and furious and gameplay is so much fun that I am enjoying leveling up as I go. So if you are buying this game, it's a non-issue.

BUT, this is how EA works. When SSX 2 comes down the pike, you will find the points coming less fast and furious. Suddenly there will be this grind, as EA finds that balance to "encourage" you to spend $$$.

We've already seen this in EA's NHL and Tiger Woods games. After introducing the feature that allows you to play to level up, successive titles have altered the grind. And in that process, it has negatively affected the gameplay. Instead, EA uses the single player grind to create your player in multiplayer. So you can spend dozens, if not hundreds of hours leveling you guy up, or you can send EA $$$ to join the "fun" sooner.

But the single player game is impacted pretty severely. It is not a separate mode. It is THE mode which EA uses to drive sales of boosts. So even if you never plan to play online, the single player mode can easily be ruined.

So SSX is fine. But that model means that bean counters are going to run over the numbers, and try to tune that game to force more money. And those bean counters are not playing the game. It makes a ton of money for EA, so I can't blame them. But I think the informed gamer eventually wises up to the scheme.

Gentlemen: you carve a turn.

Do turns gobble?

A turnkey

I carve a lot of things.

For example, Darth Vader, carved out of butter.

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There's something disturbing about that lightsaber.

It's the girth.

Jayhawker wrote:

Do turns gobble?

Terns might.

Your weekly rundown, brought to you by the patriotic folks at Daiyu Industrious Electronics and Beverages Co. everyone's favorite supplier of electronics and beverages.

00.01.44 Microsoft Flight
00.10.44 SSX
00.22.11 Mass Effect 2, 3, 8? Maybe. I'm skipping this part!
00.26.20 Doom, Roguelike edition
00.27.43 Elysium doesn't want to buy a Vita or listen to this podcast
00.29.29 Rumors
00.50.42 Your emails
01.02.35 GWJ is gonna be at PAX!

I can see a scenario where a ValveBox360 works:

The hardware can run anything currently on the market, or likely to be on the market in the next few years. This can either be by having a monster graphics card, or doing some kind of onlive thing where it streams a lower fidelity version. Future valve games would be optimized for this setup, but still available on Steam for PC people.

Oh, and the games just work. No tweaking settings, no flashing the BIOs, no applying pliers and a blowtorch to whichever graphics card company is currently dominating the market to get a driver update. You load the game, and you start playing it.

The hook is "Hey! Now you can play PC games without having to spend $2500 on a new PC. Just buy this $500 box and you have access to PC exclusives you can't get on the Xbox, PS3 or Wii."

The ability to play PC games without having to become the computer equivalent of a person who knows what the hell "gapping a spark plug" means.

I'd be tempted, if only because I don't have the time to spend on products that don't work out of the box. Of course, I can see how this would ruffle feathers among the glorious-PC-master-race types who get upset that someone can play Mass Effect 3 on an Xbox360 because it degrades the PC experience in some way.

wordsmythe wrote:

It's the girth.

A band called Girth Quake recently played in my town. I think that is a new power in SWTOR.

I'd be tempted, if only because I don't have the time to spend on products that don't work out of the box.

This is exactly my situation, I haven't upgraded my PC in almost 3 years and I don't have any plans to anytime soon. Switching to a SteamBox + iPad + Macbook would suit me just fine.

Because Certis forgot to link to it (or chose not to), here is the link for the Doom Roguelike, which is free to download and play.

http://doom.chaosforge.org/

I also played it a bit last weekend. I'm not a roguelike fan, but I played it for about an hour and enjoyed it.

PyromanFO wrote:
I'd be tempted, if only because I don't have the time to spend on products that don't work out of the box.

This is exactly my situation, I haven't upgraded my PC in almost 3 years and I don't have any plans to anytime soon. Switching to a SteamBox + iPad + Macbook would suit me just fine.

Thirded. And the picture fits very nicely with the idea of a "post-PC" computing / gaming ecosystem.

My only reservation is that by the time any Steambox comes out it might be better to just get one of the thin client solutions like OnLive.

My only reservation is that by the time any Steambox comes out it might be better to just get one of the thin client solutions like OnLive.

Right, the whole thing about making a PC into a settop box is it's obsolete before you can get it to market. That and a Windows license.

Who knows, I'd love to see it but it'd be quite a tightrope to actually make it to market.

Would it be possible for you to record your panel at PAX and post it on GWJ?

MeatMan wrote:

Because Certis forgot to link to it (or chose not to), here is the link for the Doom Roguelike, which is free to download and play.

http://doom.chaosforge.org/

I also played it a bit last weekend. I'm not a roguelike fan, but I played it for about an hour and enjoyed it.

Interestingly I am a roguelike fan and I don't really care for the game, though it does have a good reputation.

Looks like your predictions were correct, guys. Lombardi says the "steam box" was just an internal build.

http://kotaku.com/5891697/shooting-d...

PyromanFO wrote:

Right, the whole thing about making a PC into a settop box is it's obsolete before you can get it to market. That and a Windows license.

Who knows, I'd love to see it but it'd be quite a tightrope to actually make it to market.

Instead of the set top box strategy, I'd love someone like Valve or Google to put together a low overhead gaming OS that would run on a basic PC hardware reference platform. Bypass the microsoft tax, as well as the windows OS overhead. SteamOS!

ceson wrote:

Would it be possible for you to record your panel at PAX and post it on GWJ?

I'm not sure PAX will let us, but we'll try to look into it.

During the listener-questions segment many games are discussed. Since these aren’t included in the show summary on the web site, here’s a list of the games mentioned in this episode.

Question on League of Legends and trolls

Question on Elemental: War of Magic and Fallen Enchantress
Sins of a Solar Empire and expansions

Question on tile combat/tactics, D&D, Heroscape, Heroes of Might & Magic V
Jeanne d'Arc
Final Fantasy Tactics
Fallout Tactics
Advanced Wars (Dual Strike, others)
Panzer Corps
Unity of Command
King’s Bounty
Silent Storm
XCom
Warhammer: Chaos Gate (Thanks, Redwing)
Board Games
Command and Colors Games like Memoir 44
Tide of Iron

We absolutely can and will release this as a regular show. That's the norm for "live podcasts" and I had already asked about this for Three Moves Ahead (which is doing sunday afternoon).

Bottle wrote:

Looks like your predictions were correct, guys. Lombardi says the "steam box" was just an internal build.

http://kotaku.com/5891697/shooting-d...

Uh-oh. I'm pretty sure that one of their predictions being right is a herald of the end-times.