on Oct 27, 2014
1:00 The PC system specs for Assassins Creed Unity are kinda steep.
It used to be a regular thing: Upgrade your PC every two years or stop playing new releases. It was that simple. Then we had that nice long console generation and we got used to doing upgrades, “Every four years, maybe, or whatever.” This new console generation is likely going to force all of us to finally get around to doing those upgrades.
(Or, you know, just give Unity a pass. I dunno. I’m not your mum. Do what you like.)
Let’s remember, the real villains here are the video chipset people, because their naming system is poorly-documented balderdash.
15:00 John Riccitiello takes over as CEO of Unity. (The game engine.)
Once again I want to stress that “The company wasn’t losing money” is a completely inadequate defense. Not everyone who made money in the dot-com boom was a genius and not everyone who lost money was an idiot. There’s lots of noise in business. But when you judge the company on the merits of individual decisions, his leadership is far out of touch: The money paid for Playfish. The cost and return of buying Popcap. The green-lighting of The Old Republic. The mechanics of Project Ten Dollar. The absurd lateness and inadequacy of Origin.
He never had his finger on the pulse of gaming. Just having a couple of people who were active in the hobby as advisers could have saved the company billions.
But like we said in the show: He’s not being hired for his gaming experience, so this move makes sense. (Inasmuch as the mechanics of shopping corporations around make sense.)
28:00 Shamus is playing Borderlands the Pre-Sequel
35:00 Chris has played a bit of Beyond Earth.
43:00 Josh is playing more Crusader Kings II.
46:00 Josh got a Surface Pro and tried out Steam in-home streaming.
Greetings again from the totally-not-a-mad-scientist lab!
I have two new questions for the crew:
-Are there any games you think deserve a long form critical LP, but can’t do for spoiler warning? (either because of technical issues, veto, game mechanic, etc.) An example would be Alpha Protocol because of the short conversation timers.
-Does Chris Still hate Guy Fieri?