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Gaming Podcast 181: Bag of Fail

July 6th, 2010 by Derrick Schommer · 12 Comments

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This weeks gaming podcast, we’re going through a bit of Sega content, Sonic The Hedgehog CD and the second tier of Sega history. We’ll hit some listener feedback about Steam and Blizzards RealID as well as some meaty news topics including:

  • Starcraft 2 will have a 3D option
  • After four years, Sony is finally making a profit on the PS3
  • Activision comments on Xbox Live
  • Gamers want physical media over digital media
  • Now you really can drink like a Murloc

This weeks question of the week, what video game genre’s could really benefit from 3D gaming that may not have been considered yet?

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  • 1 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Jul 7, 2010 at 12:39 am

    3D on the PC requires a 120ghz monitor so the game can split 60ghz to each eye.

  • 2 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Oh, and Derrick, it sounds like the Blu-ray diode in your PS3 is about to fail. All of the diodes have a set lifespan and WILL fail at some point.

  • 3 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Jul 7, 2010 at 1:20 am

    The booth babes were on their lunch break from some game developer who had nothing to do with Harmonix. They were doing Dance Central because it looked fun.

  • 4 JacobNo Gravatar // Jul 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

    @Starcraft 2 3D? I think the sales of Sc2 will be ground breaking for pc games but the 3D option wont sway buyers

    @ps3 FINALLY making money Took them long enough they should have already intigraded the Plus feture took them to long.

    @ Activison and Xbox live It’s True and if lets say they pull a consolt out of thier asses I bet it’d sale just it would have to already have games being made on it, and of course make CoD a exclusive even then it still wouldn’t sale AS much as xbox, maybe ps3…

    @Murloc Cup? I already have all 3 preorded. LOL because i’m a collector of things. can’t wait to sit it on my shelf as it gathers dust. Btw I’m a die hard WoW fan since you started talking about it and I love it

    My comment: The Update thing on battle.net IT’S BULLSH*T because when i log on when servers come online Turns out onlything that was changed was battle.net and still it was annoying there was no patchs or anything with WoW w.e it’s my bitch of the week and you should try to add a Bitch of the week into your podcast!

  • 5 JacobNo Gravatar // Jul 7, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Btw typed that on my iphone big fingers small keys..

  • 6 Derrick SchommerNo Gravatar // Jul 7, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Forgot to mention in the podcast, we won’t have an episode next week as we’ll be in transit to our vacation spot up north. We will pop one out the week after (just before we head off for another week to a cocktail conference)

  • 7 IvanNo Gravatar // Jul 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Vulnerable I’ve been reading about of blogs about the Real ID. There are many rants that there no privacy & that it will make your account Vulnerable to hackers. I disagree. I believe Real ID allows you to control your privacy its not compulsory. Also Hackers will need more than a account name & real name to obtain an account. I think the issue is that Many accounts are controlled via email. Emails need to be more secure to make them more suitable to be the control to many online accounts. Well anyone have any additional take on Real ID’s ?

  • 8 OnyersixNo Gravatar // Jul 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

    If we are having no podcast next week, will Don be doing a mashup? They are great. Although with recent weeks he’d be struggling to find anything not porn related!

  • 9 eni_No Gravatar // Jul 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

    3D – To play 3D you a screen that has a refresh rate of 120Hz or more and some glasses that split the two images to each of the eyes.
    Basically, you’re getting two sets of 60Hz playback and the glasses split the two sets of playback to go to each eye.

    Currently, the largest screens you can get using this method of 3D (which is the only method that gaming supports as of yet) are around 23″.

    Question of the Week:
    A genre that I think would really benefit from the extra dimension would be flight sims, and it may even re-spark some interest in the (unfortunately rare) space-sim type games.
    I quite like the idea of a subtle 3D touching done so that it really feels like you’re flying a jet at twice the speed of sound…
    A specific game that I’d like to see in 3D would be Mirrors Edge, however. Although that would quite possibly kill the people that already had problems with motion sickness that that game caused.

    It’s been a while since I listened to one of your podcasts, unfortunately. And I’m glad to see you’re still as entertaining as ever.
    Cheers, and peace.
    eni

  • 10 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Jul 14, 2010 at 2:32 am

    I’ll try to keep this short:

    Way to go, Sony! Tell people that the production costs lowered but the price won’t. That should get you lots of new fans.

    I do like to have the physical media. As far as I am concerned, after I got the CD/DVD, the company that sold it can go bankrupt. I got what I wanted.
    So, in some way, as Derrick pointed out, it is an issue about feeling safe.

    Question of the week: 3D goes with any game that has a camera position that will offer depth of field. FPS, flight sims (as Eni mentions), third person shooters, MMOs like Warcraft.

    I’m not sure about using it on an RTS like Starcraft though. In those games, your units are placed on a fairly plane terrain. There is just not enough depth.
    I do know that in Warcraft III you can tilt the camera to an almost third person perspective, but still, I am not fully convinced that 3D will suit such a game.

  • 11 eni_No Gravatar // Jul 14, 2010 at 6:07 am

    @Herr_Alien:
    You’re right about the RTS point… But as you mentioned, newer RTS’s give you control over the camera position to a huge degree now.

    It started off with games like Warcraft III (in fact I think it was Warcraft III that first offered this ability). But now it’s so common-place that if it were left out, people would probably consider that a reason not to buy the game.

    Games like the ‘Total War’ series (which are a mix of Real Time battles and Turn Based campaign strategy) give you control over the camera on both the battle map and the turn-based campaign map. I think that 3D in these circumstances might work quite well, and would certainly give a new angle on playing the game (no pun intended).
    However, as with the new Starcraft, I think that this would be nothing more than a gimmick and something that you may or may not try at some point but would never change your opinion on the game in it’s entirety.

  • 12 TristanNo Gravatar // Jul 17, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Firstly, hope you all had a nice vacation.

    In regards to the Qotw:
    Rail Shooters – The ease of scripted events in rail shooters could really bring out some great 3D moments.

    And in case this was missed in the news section, Valve is releasing another free game on Steam.

    Alien Swarm – a 4player co-op top down tactical shooter. (will be available by the time this podcast is out)

    This is a Source remake of a popular UT2004 mod. The original modders were hired by valve a couple of years ago and have been working on it in their spare time while apart of the Left4Dead and Portal 2 teams.

    And while I’m sure its some savvy business plan by Valve to get more people signed up to Steam, you can’t complain with free and it looks fantastic.

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