Chris was at GDC this week. Mumbles couldn’t make it. This means no Spoiler Warning. It also means the Diecast is a little lighter than usual. But! We’ll have a special GDC-focused Diecast later this week. In the meantime, here is your weekly dose of NERD:
0:30 Rutskarn is playing Alpha Protocol.
Of course, no discussion of Alpha Protocol is complete without mentioning the Disclosure Alert LP:
And I’ll repeat my suggestion here: We need a term for the “first ten minutes of Morrowind” problem. The thing where an otherwise engaging title has a horrible and off-putting intro.
26:00 Josh is still playing Dark Souls.
38:00 Rutskarn answers Diecast mailbag question from last week, “What game would you give to a different developer?”
From here we launch into a discussion of LA Noire.
42:00 Shamus is still playing Path of Exile.
1) How do you feel about cheat codes and what are your favorites?
We get into a really interesting conversation about what happens when the player hits a frustration point and how they respond when they overcome it.
2) Roughly: What’s the difference between good DLC and bad DLC?
3) Do you think the relative shortage of female protagonists has anything to do with the additional difficulty of animating hair?
Under no circumstances will we be discussing feminism this week. I know this kind of strayed a tiny bit close to that, but let’s not do it. Nothing could possibly be said this week that wasn’t said last week.