We discuss the newly announced Microsoft Surface Tablet during this episode's main segment along with a legnthened news segment. Though the new tablet isn't necessarily gaming centric, Microsoft's SmartGlass technology will no doubt feature heavily on their new hardware.
We tackle the much anticipated Diablo 3 in this week's episode, from the launch problems and somewhat antiquated gameplay to our likes and some of the nostalgic aspects of the game. A big blockbuster game with several years of anticipation built up is bound to disappoint a few people, so listen in to hear our thoughts. Here's the notes:
00:01:20- Nibble Bits
00:12:15- what we did
Corey- Came home, saw avengers 3 with Eric and Will. All three enjoyed it.
Eric- Took wife, Justin, and friends out to celebrate them graduating college.
Will- Played Diablo
Dan- first free week as a free man and played a ton of video games, went to midnight
release of Diablo 3
00:22:28 Return from break/main segment- Diablo 3
The Athletes talk about server issues, characters they made, and what they liked and didn’t like about the game. Be sure to listen and leave feedback on your thoughts!
01:01:51- return from break/feedback/new
Voicemails (finally…) make sure to call and leave the athletes a voicemail. 607-527-0547. It’ll be played on the air.
Corey- The Real Reason there will never be offline single player in Diablo 3
Eric- Asking Players for a constant internet connection….
Dan- Game Companies in tough financial spots
01:51:15 What we palyed
Corey- Diablo 3, Tower of Fortune
Will- Battlefield 3
Dan- Beat the Witcher 2
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In our first episode with one of the hosts being skyped in from a remote location, we decide to have a host's choice episode with everyone bringing in a separate topic for discussion. Topics ranged from gaming controversies to movie/game development correlations and even a proposal of sorts. Here's the notes:
00:00;36 Nibble Bits
-Corey: Skrim DLC Dawnguard, Diablo 3 players have the option of global play, Nintendo confirmed self-published games will be available in digital form, Angry Birds Space became fastest growing mobile game, Uncharted designer leaves Naughty Dog, Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 announced, Portal 2 level editor and announced characters for Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
-Eric: Xbox 360 for 90 dollars, new game Unfinished Swam.
-Will: Diablo 3 auction house fees announced and Zynga posts a loss of 85.4 million.
Dan- Steam coming to Linux, Fable Heroes released on XBLA, Calvin Johnson to appear on the Madden Cover.
00:08:50 Our Weeks
-Corey: Move to New York, also saw Cabin in the Woods, Corey’s going away party.
-Eric: Drinking, Trailer Park Boys and near death experience.
-Will: Rough couple days at school
-Dan: Quit his job and had his son’s first birthday party.
00:24:56 Main Segment Hosts Choice
-Corey: The Top 10 Things the Game Industry Can Learn from Film Production: article on Gamasutra
Lesson 3 Story=Concept, Dan brings up Mass Effect.
-Will: Timed DLC and Exclusive DLC
-Eric: Black Ops 2, Is there still room for creativity?
-Dan: Dan’s campaign he’s starting. “Don’t vote, Play Halo”
-Chase tells us about Sniper Elite
-We discuss the Black Ops 2 trailer
-We receive a hockey comments
-Eric talks about the Microsoft and Motorola dispute. Eric also talks about the Oslo shooter.
-Will: Stop Getting So Mad At Game Reviews
-Dan and Corey discuss Wii U launch content.
01:38:00 What We’ve Played
-Corey: Watched Sophie play Botanicula, he also played Soul Survivor and The Walking Dead Episode 1
-Eric: Trials Evolution, and Fifa 12 European Cup DLC
-Dan: More Witcher 2, Final Fantasy 6
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Trailer for Indie Game: The Movie
We do a full episode this week on the new Kingdoms of Amalur, going in-depth on the graphics, gameplay, story etc,. With focus of the game very obviously gameplay in Reckoning, the Ahtletes discuss whether or not story is as important as other factors anymore. Here's the notes!
Episode 30: Show Notes
00:00:35 Quick hits:
We talk about Guild Wars 2 coming out for consoles, the bestselling sports video game of all time, where PAX East will be for the next 11 years, and the potential Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel. Towards the end of the segment, Eric finds his edge.
00:25:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “DragonTales”
00:26:47 Main Segment: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
We discuss that hot new RPG Curt Schilling had something to do with. From combat to crafting, each of us share our experiences with the game and touch on some Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning tips and advice.
01:47:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “There is Magic in You”
A listener writes in about the plotlines in Metal Gear and 3DS as a potential indie game platform. A listener chooses Dead Space 2 for game of the year, and we wonder what a Dead Space is.
Corey comments on Heath Hindman’s GameRevolution article, “Final Fantasy XIII-2 Bombing in Japan?”, which brings to light gamers’ indifference towards holding on to XIII-2 for DLC. Does Square Enix need a miracle?
02:08:13 Dan lists the awards presented in Destructoid’s article, “Skyrim wins big at Annual Interactive Achievement Awards,” by Maurice Tan. Eric expresses more tongue-in-cheek distaste for Portal 2 and Corey wonders why Dark Souls didn’t win more awards.
02:23:20 Eric brings up the IGN article outlining some of the ideas Bethesda may include in future Skryim DLC. We collectively sigh. Eric continues by asking us what we think of Xbox 720’s potential touch screen controller.
02:30:30 Will discusses Skyrim lag issues brought to light in the article “Why Skyrim didn’t play nice with the PS3.” We offer up a couple mudcrab jokes after some speculation.
02:35:15 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “Goblin Dance”
02:36:23 What We’ve Played:
Will tries out Final Fantasy 7 for the first time after accidentally purchasing Final Fantasy 8. As always, the Murtha boys gush all over the Final Fantasy series and Eric hands out tissues.
02:47:50 Corey beats Final Fantasy XIII-2, and likens it to a smelly girlfriend. He keeps the week casual with a free download of Ticket to Ride for iPhone. Dan somehow manages to include beef on weck in the conversation.
02:55:20 Dan relives Mario RPG for the SNES to everyone’s pleasure.
02:57:34 Eric tries out a new formation in Fifa 12. He switches gears to discuss UFC Undisputed 3. Dan and Eric conclude the segment by discussing the Mass Effect 3 demo, with Dan lamenting EA Origin and the ME3 multiplayer policy.
03:16:54 Human Interest : “Video Game Music Finally Get its Due” by Thomas Emanuel
Corey gives a shout out to the University of South Dakota and Thomas Emanuel’s smart opinion of the Grammy’s and how it incorporates video game music.
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