I was pretty out of it this week, and as a result you’re getting a meandering, unfocused, slightly off-topic Diecast. That’s fine. I know some of you enjoy a good meander.
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Bay Day
When Bay got home she shared this story:
On the way home, her bags were subjected to a random check by the TSA. (The kind where they go through your shit when you’re not looking.) They found a commercially sealed packet of cheese powder and intentionally opened it. She bought this stuff because she can’t get it in Texas, so this was a dick move. But the really infuriating part was that they dumped the cheese into her bag.
Like, if you were checking for drugs or other contraband then you’d open the packet off to the side, into a container where it could be examined. Instead some fuckwit just dumped it all over her clothes. That’s not security, that’s just some asshole having a laugh because they know they can’t be held accountable.
I was sad about her leaving until I heard this story. Now I’m like:
05:00 Steam Summer Sale
I was going to talk about the dwindling effectiveness of Steam sales and how my buying habits have changed, but instead the topic got derailed.
05:59 Satisfactory again!
Sorry for getting sidetracked. You know how much I like trains.
30:10 Mailbag: RPG Mechanics in Everything?
Why have “RPG elements” taken over the industry? It seems like regardless of genre, every AAA game these days has some kind of progression system to earn skill points which can be customizably spent on unlocking abilities and bonuses. It’s a weirdly specific system to have integrated into so many non-RPG games, and unlike microtransactions or fancy graphics, I can’t see any obvious market forces pushing the industry in this direction.
39:19 School Tangents
43:31 Mailbag: Consumer Advice
In your opinion is there an underrepresented niche for videos with consumer advice in short form? Meaning short information whether a game is playable or not without any in- depth review similar TB’s one off “Snarktank” or Campster’s attempts at a new show.
56:03 Device Size
A screencap comic that poked fun at videogames and the industry. The comic has ended, but there's plenty of archives for you to binge on.
Two minutes of fun at the expense of a badly-run theme park.
Starcraft: Bot Fight
Let's do some scripting to make the Starcraft AI fight itself, and see how smart it is. Or isn't.
The Best of 2016
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2016.
Steam Summer Blues
This mess of dross, confusion, and terrible UI design is the storefront the big publishers couldn't beat? Amazing.