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Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Experienced points will return to the Escapist
I don’t have details yet, but I’m reasonably sure this is happening.
05:37 What was your first game?
Go ahead and answer this in the comments if you like: What is the first game you remember playing?
12:25 What was the first game you remember not liking?
27:02 What’s the oldest game you could still enjoy today?
I notice there’s a pretty hard cutoff for me right around 1998 or so. Anything older than that is hard to play for any length of time. I wonder if this threshold will continue to move forward as I age, or if there was something special about that point in history. (Reminder: I’m pretty PC-centric now, and was even moreso in the 90s.)
32:16 A game that needs to be revived?
36:06 Mailbag: Anime
I’ve noticed that the site contains an anime category which has not been updated since early 2008. My question is, does Shamus or anyone else have plans to do reviews or retrospectives on one of the many anime series that have been released over the years? I would love to see a large, analytical take on some of the more controversial shows, like Sword Art Online.
38:12 Mailbag: No Man’s Sky
Now that your favorite game, No Man’s Sky, has multiplayer, are you going to play it together with Shamus so that the two of you can finally see the brilliance of this brilliant game and eat all your negative comments you made about this brilliant peace of art?
Sincerely, a brilliant troll
On one hand, I really would like to try NMS multiplayer just so I can see what it’s like. On the other hand, I really don’t think Hello Games deserves another sale as a result of leaving GoG players in the lurch.
Also, given the pulpy, random, hand-wavy approach this game has to its science, claiming “every atom procedural” is strange and misleading. This game barely simulates things on a macro level, much less a subatomic one. I mean, the planets are fixed relative to one another and the sun orbits around the planets to create the day / night cycle. Claiming that every atom is procedural is like claiming that Minecraft simulates all the internal organs of the player character. That’s not even something depicted in the game, much less procedural!
Ugh. This game drives me crazy.
42:05 Mailbag: Switch
You and the rest of the diecast crew had an Nintendo Switch launch espectacular in which most of you seemed pretty down on the new console (except Campster and you daughter IIRC). Has your perspective on it changed since? Why do you think the machine is successful?
Why I Hated Resident Evil 4
Ever wonder how seemingly sane people can hate popular games? It can happen!
id Software Coding Style
When the source code for Doom 3 was released, we got a look at some of the style conventions used by the developers. Here I analyze this style and explain what it all means.
Grand Theft Railroad
Grand Theft Auto is a lousy, cheating jerk of a game.
Starcraft: Bot Fight
Let's do some scripting to make the Starcraft AI fight itself, and see how smart it is. Or isn't.
Starcraft 2: Rush Analysis
I write a program to simulate different strategies in Starcraft 2, to see how they compare.