If you’re here because you like to hear me whine about games that disappointed me, then you’re in luck! You get a double helping this week. If you get annoyed by “You never gave the game a chance!” and “You quit just before it got good!”, then this is not going to be your favorite episode.
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Visiting a chip Fab
Can anyone explain what those mirror balls are for? It’s really bugging me.
07:38 Good Robot is now open source.
Like I said on the show, the source is open but you’ll still need to art assets to run the gameOr I suppose you can make your own, if dozens of hours of your life are worth less than $9.. I’ve got a few Steam keys left over. If you’re a programmer and you want to play around with the code and you’d rather not buy the game, then email the Diecast (address is in the header image) and I’ll send you a key. I don’t know when I’ll run out, so it’s first-come-first serve.
18:32 Werner Herzog, Shodan, and characters that demand a medium.
Here’s the Errant Signal episode I mentioned.
32:25 Advert Impressions: Littlewood
34:14 Advert Impressions: Grounded
35:31 Phantasy Star Online 2
I don’t know who decided to put a click-through visual novel inside of this MMO, but it didn’t work for me.
52:37 Empyrion Galactic Survival
If this game was still in Early Access, I might have been more forgiving of the jank. But that was a really rough start for something that’s supposedly been “released”.
1:02:56 Mailbag: Twitter
Shamus, I know you’ve voiced your disdain for Twitter a few times, and have since deleted your account. But have you considered using it exclusively for announcing new posts on your blog? Who knows, it might generate some additional traffic.
Here is the podcast I mentioned on the show.
Short answer: Maybe it would yield extra traffic, but the platform is nasty and distracting and I’m afraid I’ll make an ass of myself as so many professionals do when using the platform.
I’m also eager to ditch Facebook, but I keep that for family connections and I’m not sure what will happen when I leave. So for the last year I’ve just settled for logging in once every 4 months to make sure nobody died and then logging out again.
 Or I suppose you can make your own, if dozens of hours of your life are worth less than $9.
A programming project where I set out to make a gigantic and complex world from simple data.
The Best of 2016
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2016.
Project Button Masher
I teach myself music composition by imitating the style of various videogame soundtracks. How did it turn out? Listen for yourself.
Crash Dot Com
Back in 1999, I rode the dot-com bubble. Got rich. Worked hard. Went crazy. Turned poor. It was fun.
Resident Evil 4
Who is this imbecile and why is he wandering around Europe unsupervised?