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Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 The terrible imagined obligation of Steam trading cards.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who suffers from this.
15:01 Quake II Raytraced
I wrote about this yesterday.
22:47 Releasing the source for commercial games.
The point of the exercise is to come up with an argument to persuade the typical suit to release the source code for games once they’re done selling. I did my best, but I’m curious what other people can come up with.
I acknowledge that the exercise is essentially impossible. It’s also probably pointless. Modern games are often linked to complex middleware and tool chains that the bedroom programmers won’t have access to. Essentially, even if you did devise a magical argument to convince an executive to give something away for free, the result would be the release of an enormous code base that nobody can compile.
Still, those old source releases yielded useful and educational things. I understand why the practice ended, but I’m sorry it’s over.
Paul beat the game. Sort of. It was a mechanical victory, not a moral one.
47:18 Universe Sandbox 2
Here is the video that convinced me to buy the game:
The Loot Lottery
What makes the gameplay of Borderlands so addictive for some, and what does that have to do with slot machines?
Programming Language for Games
Game developer Jon Blow is making a programming language just for games. Why is he doing this, and what will it mean for game development?
Bethesda felt the need to jam a morality system into Fallout 3, and they blew it. Good and evil make no sense and the moral compass points sideways.
Trashing the Heap
What does it mean when a program crashes, and why does it happen?
Do It Again, Stupid
One of the highest-rated games of all time has some of the least interesting gameplay.