This week we bring you yet another show, now with 15 extra minutes of show. You get 25% more show for the same money. That’s a good value! On the other hand, the first 25 minutes are basically a spoiler for my column later in the week.
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Blizzard’s new game.
Last year, Shamus wrote an article about stuff the industry should do, and one of the points listed was “hire a gamer.”
This year at Blizzcon, one of the major announcements was a new Diablo game! …for phones! The reaction was negative, to put it lightly.
I’m not going to be one of the “they shouldn’t have made this game” people, but I will say that didn’t anybody in a marketing position realize how this would go over? Did they just not KNOW that there’s a lot of overlap between “willing to go to Blizzcon” and “holds phone games in contempt”? I’m hoping this won’t turn out like Dungeon Keeper Mobile or Command & Conquer Rivals, because Activision isn’t as bad as Electronic Arts, but they’re still pretty bad, and phone games have a reputation for being bad, cash grabby, and frequently both, to the point that it’s newsworthy when a mobile game that gets popular isn’t sucking ass and money at the same time.
In short, do you think if anybody in a position of power actually knew anything about the culture, would the announcement of this have been a quiet aside instead of a major deal?
Here is the YongYea video talking about how Blizzard has mobile versions coming out for all of their IP:
20:52 No Time for Programming
24:30 Witch Watch
We’re going to be spoiling most of my book, which you can buy on Amazon. Although now that we’ve spoiled it you’ll probably be less likely to do so. Whoopsie.
45:12 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
During this segment I said that the movie came out in 1979, but it was actually from 1977. I was six when it came out, and probably 10 or so when I saw the movie for the first time. In case you missed yesterday’s post, here’s the music I made as a result of watching the movie:
53:09 California is on fire again?
Or perhaps California is still on fire? I’m not sure how it works.
59:04 Mailbag: Long-lasting games.
Hi there, Diecastians!
Recently, I had to explain in one sentence to a non-gaming person what is Heroes of Might and Magic 3, and I chose to focus on its longevity, since I have friends that still play it on a semi-regular basis. What are your favorite games that have (so far) stood the test of time?
Thank you for your thoughts and lovely voices,
Here is a link to Paul’s World of Warcraft photojournal.
Final Fantasy X
A game about the ghost of an underwater football player who travels through time to save the world from a tick that controls kaiju satan. Really.
WAY back in 2005, I wrote about a D&D campaign I was running. The campaign is still there, in the bottom-most strata of the archives.
Top 64 Videogames
Lists of 'best games ever' are dumb and annoying. But like a self-loathing hipster I made one anyway.
Why Google sucks, and what made me switch to crowdfunding for this site.
Silent Hill Origins
Here is a long look at a game that tries to live up to a big legacy and fails hilariously.