This Diecast barely happened. Thanks for Josh and Rutskarn for making the effort to show up when they had so much else going on. Thanks also to my daughter Rachel, who edited this so I could do other stuff. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.
New record: We made it through half the available questions!
1:00 Early Access for AAA Games?
how do you think the B:AK launch fiasco would have played out if WB had released the game in it’s current state, *but* at reduced price and clearly labeled as a beta/early access version? That way, people who can run it sufficiently well could already play it, but it would have been clear that the game is far from optimized. I guess you would still get anger from people wanting to play the final version *right now*, and wondering why the consoles get it early.. but at least you would know what you’re getting.
Obviously, they could have also gone the GTA V route and delayed the PC version, but why not give it to people early along with a big warning that it’s not well optimized yet, if they really want it?
13:00 Spoiler Warning of Dragon Age: Origins?
I’ve long since accepted that we’re never getting a proper Spoiler
Warning season of Dragon Age: Origins. Is there any chance, though, of
some kind of partial season, the way Half-Life 2 was, or the way
Marlow Briggs was supposed to be, so we can at least get to hear your
thoughts over game footage? I know that the Cuftbert muttonchops are
an option for human male characters, so there’s that…
Room in the fridge
What are your thoughts on Tacoma, the new game from Fullbright (creators of Gone Home). Do you think the simple walking and examining mechanics can support a larger scale game?
32:00 Games harmed by additional content.
Dear Diecast Mailbag Black Hole:
Some games frequently receive major post-release content updates, while with others you’re lucky to get a patch for critical bugs. In some cases the updates can change the nature of the original game quite a lot. Have you ever been turned off a game because an update changed something you liked, or only gained interest in a game after new content was added?
40:00 Participating anonymously.
Have any of you participated in your own comment sections or forums under alternate pseudonyms? If so, why? I can think of a number of good reasons but I’m curious to hear your experiences. Or those of others in the biz that you know (this may be a good one to reserve for the next time you have a guest).
50:00 Square Enix has plans for Hitman.
Following its announcement at E3, Square Enix has released some details concerning a rather unusual release plan for the new Hitman game. Namely, they plan to release some of the game on December 8th, and continually add to it across 2016.
Do you think this is a good sign for the game’s development, and do you think other AAA Developers may follow this release model?
At some point in the show (I forget where) I mentioned the graphical glitches I found in Shadow of Mordor. In case you’re curious:
Is this Elven magic or do I need to reboot?
TASTE THE RAINBOW. FIGHT THE RAINBOW.
You can’t see because of the ridiculous bloom lighting, but eventually the rainbow engulfed an entire stronghold. I’m up here on the rooftops, looking down into what should be a city.
The graphical glitches I can forgive. But the juvenile debasement of Tolkien lore? Not so much.