Hey, glad you could make it! Gather around as we take What Happened This Week into its second month! Let me just grab my newsman robe and wizard hat here… there we go. As a heads up, I’ll be away from my computer for a few days next week, so that installment might be a day late. I’ll do my best to avoid a delay, however.
In any case, here are this week’s headlines:
- Cliff Bleszinski gives a speech at GDC, gets selective coverage for maximum outrage; hooray, gaming journalism!
- European customs seizes PS3s over LG and Sony patent bickering, presumably so customs agents can have their own Killzone 3 tournament.
- Visit GeoHot’s page, get your IP tracked by Sony. There’s a meme generator image in this somewhere.
- John Romero, Rupert Murdoch to throw their hats in the Facebook gaming ring. One of these men is to be taken seriously.
- PC gaming did well in 2010, or at least it made a lot of money. That’s the same thing, right?
- Catherine is announced for US release and Homefront should stick to advertising by way of taco trucks.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Cherry-Picking San Francisco’s Facebook Page’ »
There’s a mouthful for you. Hello, me good smilin’ friends! In today’s thrilling episode:
- Xenogears arrives on PSN, nostalgia ensues.
- Name your kid Dovahkiin, get free Bethesda games: madness, or radness? Probably madness. Although…
- Atlus tops Japanese sales charts, is probably fun to hang out with on the weekends.
- Vietnam begins banning online gaming between 10pm and 8am. Now who’s lost in fantasy?
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution personal media blackout begins now, and will last until I have to index more about the game.
- PSP price drop, Unreal Engine 3 on the NGP, and Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil proposition.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Atlus Breaks Internet Curfew in Stolen DeLorean’ »
People of the internet, how’s it going today? Got plenty going on this week:
- Hyperdimension Neptunia looks less weird than advertised.
- Dragon Age 2‘s demo will hit the million downloads, not that it matters for the bonuses.
- Social network gaming versus traditional development: who will inspire more premature conclusions?
- China steals Japan’s spot as the #2 economy in the world, but on closer inspection there’s far more to the story.
- Sony “not deliberating” a PS4, a man gets stabbed over a text message typo, knock-offs, torrents, and reboots.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – China Declines Japan’s Friend Request’ »
Howdy-ho everybody, and welcome back to What Happened This Week! Our topics this time include:
- Fallout New Vegas DLC finally leaves the 360, begging the question of the whole point of timed exclusives.
- The Writer’s Guild of America picks Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for best videogame writing. You’ll be surprised who was (and wasn’t) on the list.
- Fox News picks a fight with Bulletstorm and cherry-picks responses to blame it for moral decay in our youth. The sky is also still blue.
- The future editor of the Washington Post will need a stern talking-to from the Space Pope.
- DICE conference rumors abound, Dragon Age 2 goes gold, and Guitar Hero goes bye-bye.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – BioWare Should Have Bribed the Bouncer’ »
Hiya, folks! Welcome to the debut of our new podcast series, What Happened This Week. Join us every Saturday as we take on, well, I’m sure you can guess from the title. If it’s gaming, if it’s tech, or if it’s big, we’ll break it down for you. Today’s topics:
- What’s that behind your back, PSP2?
- Skyrim: I hope they were paying attention to Fallout 3/New Vegas.
- Tales of Graces F: Namco-Bandai is very, very bad at marketing.
- Twitter and Facebook are not sparking revolution in Egypt.
- Canadian ISPs pave the road to much darker things.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – The Debut’ »
It has been said – by me, using that phrase to mask that it was me saying it – that the gaming industry is where good dreams go to die horrible deaths. Less hyperbolic (and more true) is that sometimes a developer’s pet idea just had to go if the game was to see the light of day; at times, the game had to become something else entirely. Come on in and let us discuss some rather noteworthy examples, and see what they say about our hobby-slash-industry. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll find out someone was in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky that you were not expecting. I bet you can’t guess! Continue reading ‘NPCast 17: Cut Content – Keeping the Dream Alive’ »
As people everywhere take sides in the latest gaming brouhaha – used games and alternate means of publishers getting more money for them – a thought occurred. While everyone was arguing over whether this or that represents some moral atrocity against our hobby, I started wondering if the lumbering green monster wrecking everything around us might warrant closer attention.
Yes, we’re talking about the economy. Money, cash, spendola; the globe just took an unbelievable beating thanks to complex financial instruments and we’re wondering why companies are getting silly about money. Why, indeed. Continue reading ‘NPCast 15: On the Economy – It’s In Your Face, Killing Your Games’ »
Hello again, ladies and gents. Dragon Age: Origins is on a few of our playlists, and while I was waiting for it to arrive, I wrapped up my mandated quarterly playthrough of an older Bioware/Black Isle joint. It goes without saying that the Baldur’s Gate series is critically acclaimed, but it’s got problems; big ones that not everyone can overlook. I wonder sometimes how I got past them, how it became one of my favorite series. Was it in spite of its flaws, or because of them?
Do note that this was recorded a few days ago, just prior to the game arriving. In any case, let’s chat, shall we?
Continue reading ‘NPCast 14: Baldur’s Gate – Better Living Through Ham and Cheese’ »
Let the outtakes commence! Fresh from our last Radio Free Jeuno and Better Know a Dev Team podcasts, we’ve got a pile of audio goofs and silly antics that didn’t quite make the cut. Nerdboy once again instructs us on the proper way to spell tri-Ace, we find out why people ever bother singing in the first place, and good times are had by all. Enjoy!
Continue reading ‘August Podcast Omake: Gone With the Belchwave’ »
This week’s podcast features Nerdboy, CactuarJoe, and SlayerGhaleon talking about tri-Ace, the company that created Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, and Radiata Stories. This podcast was actually recorded last week, but it took us a long time to upload all the awesomeness to our server. Enjoy!
Continue reading ‘NPCast 13: tri-Ace, Not to be Confused with tri-Crescendo’ »
Radio Free Jeuno returns! It’s been over two weeks since the update alongside the release of A Moogle Kupo d’Etat, and we’ve had time to partially digest the changes both have brought. Our impressions: mixed, to be charitable. Join Nerdboy, Alethea, and myself as we discuss the new things lurking about the wilds of Vana’Diel. Also, Nerdboy assaults the elderly. Like, a lot. Eight times.
We are accepting mailbag requests for a Q&A session in our next podcast, so please, fire off those comments and feedback… things! Whatever the plural noun form of feedback is. FFXI stuff, general stuff, questions about fanfiction that I wrote when I was young and stupid two weeks ago, it’s all good. Lay it on us, we’ll answer it. Continue reading ‘NPCast XI-2: This is Three Chocobo! Waaaaaark!’ »
As some of you may have surmised – because we suggested as such in the actual podcast – our latest recording was fraught with difficulty and indeed peril. Behold some of our less shining attempts at getting thirty-six minutes of coherent audio. Nerdboy echoes, Cactuar has a plan ™, Roku types with drama and panache, and Harvest Moon curses our attempts at earnest dialog. I apologize in advance. Continue reading ‘July Podcast Omake: It’s Japanese For Something, I’m Told’ »
Howdy, Vana’Dielians! Some of you may have noticed that Squenix has gotten in on the episodic content thing with their MMOPRG, for which they are doling out mini-expansions at ten bucks a pop. Paired with them are totally free updates, of course. But are they worth it? Fellow Final Fantasy XI denizens Alethea and Nerdboy join myself for a discussion on the latest update notes and how silly they are. Also, this (lack of a usable) chair is an eyesore. Behold! Continue reading ‘NPCast XI: Radio Free Jeuno’ »