Gamer Podcasts

Parallax Abstraction wrote:
TheCounselor wrote:

I just finished the first half of the most recent Ramblecast while walking the dog this morning. Good show, gents, but Parallax wildly overestimated the cost to make those batarangs. There's no way that they cost $200 each. I'd bet $20-$50 is a way more realistic estimate, which puts the whole promotion at $20-50K.

I mean really, my original point about whether those can ensure another $20-$50K in sales still stands but you really think they were that cheap? Fancy plastic mould with custom designed case, internal display with microcomputer and storage for the video and only 1,000 produced so no significant volume manufacturing discount? I admit I don't work in supply chain management but those things are pretty fancy and weren't made in a great number.

Your original point does stand. I also wouldn't guess that a marketing budget for a game will have detailed consideration for each and every item that's in that budget. At some point, the suit authorizes $X million for marketing, and farms out that marketing to someone (or a marketing firm). They're the ones that decide how best to spend that money.

Even assuming $200K for those batarangs, I'd think that would be more efficient than whatever $200K can get you on a national TV advertising campaign. You're getting (presumably) 1,000 influential people to talk to their audience about your game, if only to mention that they got this crazy thing in the mail.

I listened to Digital Gonzo for the first time. I started with episode 149, Fan Response, because it had the Extra Credits guys and Movie Bob. Very good stuff. I think I'll keep listening. They seem to change up the format from week to week, which should keep it fresh. The editing is pretty good too. Especially when comparing it to other gaming podcast.

Two little bits of UMBCast news for you folks:

Don't believe I mentioned this here but I started a little YouTube channel where I'm throwing up some play sessions that I do while I'm "researching" for the show. Nothing super professional, just me messing around. It's at http://www.youtube.com/umbcast

Second: Big Finish Games, the developers of the upcoming Tex Murphy game, tweeted about my last episode on Tex (http://umbcast.com/episode-38-tex-mu...). That gave me a nice little boost. On top of that, I got a nice little note form one of the lead devs on the series. Pretty awesome to get some feedback from the people I was actually talking about in the show!

Wow. That second piece of news is so awesome and so very cool!!!! Glad UMB is getting so attention!!!

Eleima wrote:

Wow. That second piece of news is so awesome and so very cool!!!! Glad UMB is getting so attention!!!

I was surprised to say the least!

billybob476 wrote:
Eleima wrote:

Wow. That second piece of news is so awesome and so very cool!!!! Glad UMB is getting so attention!!!

I was surprised to say the least!

That's great news! Really liked the Tex Murphy show, going to have to check those out at some point. Looking forward to Populous even though I mostly dabbled in that (and sucked at it) on the SNES.

Congrats man! That's really cool to hear that you got some extra exposure.

I finally unsubscribed from Pixel by Pixel. It's a relieving feeling, even if some of their better 3+ person shows were recent. A cardinal sin was broken, thy dreaded spoiler. Fortunately, I'd seen that particular moment from Dexter, but no warning or edit was given. If they can disregard such a big moment as normal conversation, what other things could be spoiled for me?

I think I may respect PxP passing from my life by reliving it's best moments, aka when it was a duo show.

Yah, I will only let them off because it was a TV show spoiler and not from a show I watch (Dexter). If I ever do watch Dexter down the line, there's a fair chance I will have forgotten it. Certainly, I should probably get on to them about it, just to reduce the chance of it happening again. I think they do read this thread from time to time so... The two previous podcasts I axed were Sony Blogcast and InGame Chat, both for Mass Effect 3 spoilers funnily enough.

I think the problem with the 3+ rotation on PxP is that both Nick and Patrick had different styles that blended together to create a great mix. But Matt (who I have no problem with on his own) and others are all similar to Patrick in terms of comedy and likes. So, now it feels like the podcast is skewed a certain way. If they could get another "Nick"-type then they might be able to make it work better.

Haha, I don't even remember Dexter spoilers going out. Oh well, sorry you unsubscribed Cyrax.

If Matt passes away I'll let you know

Yeah, it did seem pretty inadvertent at the time.

New RambleCast should be up later today. Sorry it's a bit late, we had scheduling issues on the original recording day. They should be resolved now.

Here's a question to those who listen, though: I have two ideas I wouldn't mind discussing on the next episode, but am not sure which I'd like to do. So I'd like you guys to let me know which you'd prefer (or at least, which you'd prefer being discussed first). Idea 1: what makes a game a game (discussing more linear titles like Dear Esther, Gone Home, or Beyond: Two Souls). Idea 2: A discussion on controversial gameplay, such as the torture scene in GTA5 or some of the trigger-warning scenes in Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls.

Let me know which you'd prefer and we'll gear our discussion that direction.

I vote for idea 2. I think "what is game?" should be lumped in with "are games art?" as topics that have been done to death and are rapidly becoming as trite as "what's your favorite final fantasy?".

I'd go #1 because I still often see comments that say games like the Walking Dead aren't really games but more like interactive stories. Curious which side you guys are on.

shoptroll wrote:

I vote for idea 2. I think "what is game?" should be lumped in with "are games art?" as topics that have been done to death and are rapidly becoming as trite as "what's your favorite final fantasy?".

The same could be said about #2

Cobble wrote:
shoptroll wrote:

I vote for idea 2. I think "what is game?" should be lumped in with "are games art?" as topics that have been done to death and are rapidly becoming as trite as "what's your favorite final fantasy?".

The same could be said about #2

I don't think either are particularly interesting topics.

There's always an option 3: you guys recommend a topic you'd like to hear us discuss.

Actually, the greatest reason I'm considering option two is how positively a lot of you guys have responded to us discussing some of the other more potentially controversial issues. While a lot of these topics have been discussed to death, I'd like to think we'd come at them from a different potential direction, as has seemed to be what people have enjoyed thus far.

Still, I don't expect a big spoiler section for the time being, so I'd say it's probably going to be one of those two topics unless something in the news piques my interest.

The big issue I have for option 2 is that it sounds like you'll be spending the time desperately skirting spoilers for 3 games that I haven't played yet.

Anyway, if I think of something else, I'll come back and post about it :).

Actually, I think that's the issue with option two. I don't think we COULD avoid discussing spoilers. So that would automatically shut some folks out.

HatchetJob 105 - We discuss Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA and how games should portray governments in the future. We discuss a couple of plot points and some locations, but I don't think Danjo considered them major spoilers.

http://hatchetjob.libsyn.com/hj105-s...

1Dgaf wrote:

HatchetJob 105 - We discuss Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA and how games should portray governments in the future. We discuss a couple of plot points and some locations, but I don't think Danjo considered them major spoilers.

http://hatchetjob.libsyn.com/hj105-s...

I'm listening to it now. To be honest I wouldn't have wanted to hear those details of locations and moments of action in the game before playing it (I've played through it twice :).)

They should definitely implement the whole monkey in a drone thing. That way, if the wrong target was hit, you could just blame it on a rogue monkey... or dodgy peanuts.

just wanted to drop in my gaming podcast suggestions in (I'm moving away from video gaming and more towards Warhammer Fantasy and 40k), and here's my current list of podcasts:

Forge The Narrative
The Independent Characters (Explicit rated)
Noobhammer Podcast (Explicit rated)
The 11th Company

Occasionally, I do listen to Some Other Castle (which is a video gaming podcast), but the hosts tend to go off on tangents galore. Did I mention this show is very explicit?

Since I started streaming/capturing my research sessions, I realized I am not very good at games

Here's Dark Forces from last night:

Higgledy wrote:

I'm listening to it now. To be honest I wouldn't have wanted to hear those details of locations and moments of action in the game before playing it (I've played through it twice :).)

They should definitely implement the whole monkey in a drone thing. That way, if the wrong target was hit, you could just blame it on a rogue monkey... or dodgy peanuts.

Thanks for giving it a try. I'll update the website to say there are location spoilers etc.

Had another fantastic RambleCast recording session last night with ccesarano and demonbox. Really can't wait for you guys to hear it, I think it was a really good chat. So glad Chris still tolerates me being on the show, I love doing them.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Had another fantastic RambleCast recording session last night with ccesarano and demonbox. Really can't wait for you guys to hear it, I think it was a really good chat. So glad Chris still tolerates me being on the show, I love doing them. :)

Looking forward to it!

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Had another fantastic RambleCast recording session last night with ccesarano and demonbox. Really can't wait for you guys to hear it, I think it was a really good chat. So glad Chris still tolerates me being on the show, I love doing them. :)

Tolerates, cmon... I'd clone you and put you on other podcasts I listen to. :p

Speaking of, latest one has been live on iTunes and Zune Marketplace (and I suppose RSS feeds), so looking for thoughts. I can also drop the link in here when I'm not so lazy later on for anyone that needs it.

And yeah, at this point I really feel like Gerry is an essential part of the show. If there's an episode without him it'll be weird.

Aww shucks.