You know, we had a long list of topics in the queue for this week. We really don’t want this to be an EA bashing podcast. But dangit, EA is just so busy making noise.
1:00 What’s everyone playing?
Josh is filing taxes. Bo-ring!
Shamus is playing Black Mesa. Thief 2. Kerbal Space Program.
Rutskarn is playing Galactic Civilizations 2. The first entry of his Let’s Play is here:
Galactic Civilizations 2: God Save the Space Queen. He’s also playing some Mountain Blade!
(For the archive archaeologists out there, the posts Shamus wrote about this game in 2006 can be found here.)
Chris is playing Torchlight 2, Super Hexagon, Dishonored DLC.
15:50 Bad SimCity news this week:
Nothing to report. However, they are working hard to give us something to talk about next week.
42:50 An unplanned tangent on Valve’s approach to Half-Life and the fact that it’s obvious they have no plan.
53:00 Heads up: Vary mild spoilers for Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. Additional spoiler warning: The movie could have been a lot better.
57:00 Mail time. We just got a letter.
I Was Wrong About Borderlands 3
I really thought one thing, but then something else. There's a bunch more to it, but you'll have to read the article.
TitleWhat’s Inside Skinner’s Box?
What is a skinner box, how does it interact with neurotransmitters, and what does it have to do with shooting people in the face for rare loot?
Bethesda’s Launcher is Everything You Expect
From the company that brought us Fallout 76 comes a storefront / Steam competitor. It's a work of perfect awfulness. This is a monument to un-usability and anti-features.
A wild game filled with wild ideas that features fun puzzles and mind-blowing environments. It has a great atmosphere, and one REALLY annoying flaw with its gameplay.
The Brilliance of Mass Effect
What is "Domino Worldbuilding" and how did it help to make Mass Effect one of the most interesting settings in modern RPGs?