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Episode 302: Just a Twosome

March 19th, 2013 by jonahfalcon · 2 Comments

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This week Jonah and Jordan go it alone without Paul, which is unfortunately since the Gaming Flashback is the classic Nintendo 64 title Paper Mario. It might be just as well as the events of the last week made the crew ramble on about the industry at length, making the post much longer than usual.

This week’s impressive news items:

  • John Riccitiello steps down as CEO of Electronic Arts
  • Firaxis announces Brave New World expansion for Civilization V
  • Will fans back an Alice 3 Kickstarter, asks American McGee
  • Lord British explains Shroud of the Avatar‘s offline gameplay and DRM
  • Facebook of Italian automobile company mentionsGran Turismo PS4″
  • Team Meat sitting out on developing for next-gen consoles

Lots of Reader Feedback, but no Question of the Week this week – just too much show.

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  • 1 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Mar 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

    @John Riccitiello steps down as CEO of Electronic Arts
    Hmm, no connection to Sim City? Me thinks not. Good point about EA no longer growing. Thing is, there is that much you can grow when all you have in mind is growing. Focus on the games, not on the slide shows for the board meetings.

    I agree with Jordan though, the people guilty for releasing unfinished games is the customers. Greedy EA understands signals like “I’m not giving you my moneyz”.

    @Will fans back an Alice 3 Kickstarter, asks American McGee
    Some folks enjoyed the game (not my cup of tea though, but I’m irrelevant), so I don’t think he’ll have any issues with raising the money.
    The problem is the IP. No amount of money he’ll raise from Kickstarter will get him the IP back. He’d better start working on something else. Keep the mad girl protagonist, keep the wacky universe. Ditch the names.

    @Team Meat sitting out on developing for next-gen consoles
    I agree with Jonah, the barrier of entry should be close to nil, even for the sake of diversity. But hey, I guess Ouya will just have a new developer shipping games for them …

  • 2 DanQNo Gravatar // Mar 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Though I wasn’t available to fill in for Paul on this episode as Jonah noted, I’m indeed excited for Brave New World nonetheless. You can be certain it is to be front and centre for discussion on the next episode of PolyCast, the Civilization series podcast that I lead and produce.

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