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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:
Let's ruin everyone's fun by listing all the ways in which zombies can't work, couldn't happen, and don't make sense.
Silent Hill Turbo HD II
I was trying to make fun of how Silent Hill had lost its way but I ended up making fun of fighting games. Whatever.
Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Silent Hill 2 Plot Analysis
A long-form analysis on one of the greatest horror games ever made.
Was it a Hack?
A big chunk of the internet went down in October of 2016. What happened? Was it a hack?