We got to the end of the show this week and I found myself thinking, “Wait. Is that it? This feels… short. But we hit all the topics on my list. I guess we’re done.”
Facepalm. The MAILBAG!
I forgot to look in the mailbag for questions. We’ll come back and get those next week. Please bear with me, I’ve only been doing this show for 220 weeks and I’m still learning the ropes.
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 The Escapist Lives Again
I sort of already covered this yesterday, but this should be good if you were hoping for the more rambling, less concise version.
07:02 No Man’s Sky NEXT
On the show I said that the game wasn’t any better. That’s not entirely fair. The game is better in terms of the ratio between hassle and fun, but the changes don’t really get to the heart of the problem, which is that so much of the design is focused on highly repetitive tasks that put you under inventory pressure.
Imagine a game where you randomly fall out of the level and die every ten minutes or so, losing all your progress. Then imagine the patch makes it so you get more checkpoint saves. Yes, that’s a huge help, but it doesn’t really address the source of the problem. That’s what the No Man’s Sky NEXT update feels like.
19:34 Marco Polo
Anyone else out there use this? Like I said in the show, it’s completely supplanted texting in my family.
And speaking of generating traffic by making people angry…
I’m guessing they’re copying the look & feel of the Marvel Netflix properties? If so, maybe the show will find an audience. I don’t care for that style of slow-burn serialized filler, but it’s really popular.
34:24 Webhost Nightmares
On the show I said everything was up and running again. It turns out the RSS feed is wonky. I have no idea what’s wrong, but I’ve got multiple reports of it not updating properly. I’m looking into it.
Also, I just noticed the new host seems to have some curious throttling. I used to be able to download the audio of this showWhy do I download my own show? Issac uploads it, then I download it. This way I can make sure the link works. in one minute, and this week it took ten. What’s odd is that the site doesn’t seem to be slower overall. Curious.
 Why do I download my own show? Issac uploads it, then I download it. This way I can make sure the link works.
Project Button Masher
I teach myself music composition by imitating the style of various videogame soundtracks. How did it turn out? Listen for yourself.
The Best of 2015
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2015.
Another PC Golden Age?
Is it real? Is PC gaming returning to its former glory? Sort of. It's complicated.
C++ is a wonderful language for making horrible code.
Crysis 2 has basically the same plot as Half-Life 2. So why is one a classic and the other simply obnoxious and tiresome?