The good news: I have glorious new audio equipment. It’s super nice. I have a great microphone and even a boom arm. The bad news: I really needed to test it out before we recorded this. I just adjusted things so they sounded fine in my headphones, without testing to see what was actually being picked up by the equipment. The result is I was too close to the mic and it sounds like I’m talking into a pillow. Then sometimes I lean in too close to the mic and it sounds even worse.
Shamus + improved equipment + stunning ineptitude - due diligence = massive downgrade in audio quality.
I should have tested. Kicking myself now. Enjoy the creepy feeling of being trapped in the trunk of a car with my voice.
I promise it’ll be better next week, or I’ll make Josh eat a bug.
1:00 Let’s talk about the Fallout 4 trailer and then get distracted bitching about Fallout 3.
Because of course we do. If you’re hankering to pull the scabs off the old Fallout 3 wounds, I’d encourage you to hold off. I’m about to publish a 5-part 6,500 word critique of the whole thing, so we’ll have lots of time to gnaw on those old bones. Let’s pick on Fallout 4 first, and then we’ll start in on Fallout 3 later this week.
18:00 Steam Refunds are a thing and Shamus tries it.
Also, Games for Windows LIVE is still septic software.
This segment should be more rightly called, “We like this game but Nintendo has no idea what they’re doing.”
34:00 Let’s talk about the X-COM 2 trailer.
Also we do a little X-Com reboot retrospective.
44:00 Life is Strange, episodes 1-3.
Mild, spotty, occasionally obfuscated spoilers.
The Truth About Piracy
What are publishers doing to fight piracy and why is it all wrong?
The Best of 2016
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2016.
Linux vs. Windows
Finally, the age-old debate has been settled.
Deus Ex and The Treachery of Labels
Deus Ex Mankind Divided was a clumsy, tone-deaf allegory that thought it was clever, and it managed to annoy people of all political stripes.
Why Google sucks, and what made me switch to crowdfunding for this site.