You know what we need more of around here? Controversy. Nothing livens things up more than gnawing on the old bones of a horse that was flogged to death in the flamewars of yesteryear. If we’re lucky, we might get through this without having some kind of rage-driven meltdown.
00:30 We talk about Battlefield 4 and how the matchmaking / server browser is cutting-edge 1996 technology.
18:00 Chris talks about the single-player aspects of Battlefield 4.
This is a non-spoiler discussion, mostly talking about how Telltale is moving TWD forward and discussing what we hope / expect / guess will be in Season 2.
35:00 Mumbles talks about Agents of SHIELD.
Related: This Penny Arcade strip.
Chris references this gem: MST3K – Space Mutiny – The many names of David Ryder
48:30 Shamus is playing vanilla Minecraft 1.7.2.
If you’re curious, the map project I mentioned is this:
Neil (or Neal? Or perhaps Kneel? I don’t have the email handy) asks:
“How much do you think the bad behavior of and reputation of so-called “gaming culture” has to do with it coinciding with the transparency and anonymity of the internet?”
This might be our favorite question so far. It certainly launched the most discussion, and I’ll bet we could have filled an entire episode on the topic if we wanted.
During this discussion I mention this episode of Jimquisition, talking about how most game journalism is simply relaying information provided by marketing. We also discuss Neil Gaiman‘s Angela character. The business side of her character is a lot more interesting than the narrative side.
1:04:30 Why gender-based discussions suck so bad.
Hoping we can get through this topic with minimal loss of life.