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Episode 364: Ello, Facebook

October 3rd, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 1 Comment

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This week’s episode has a lot of tangential videogame news, but the discussions turn in interesting directions. No Gaming Flashback or Gaming History unfortunately.

The news includes:

  • Microsoft announces Windows 10
  • Ms Pac-Man joins the fight against breast cancer
  • Facebook apologizes to LGBTQ users, plans “substantive changes”
  • PS Vita firmware 3.30 launches soon, brings theme support
  • The Sims 4 free content updates to include pools, Star Wars costumes

No Question of the Week either – just ask us anything.

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Episode 363: Mammoths With Hats

September 27th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 2 Comments

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The publication of this episode is a little late thanks to uncontrollable circumstances, but while Paul discusses the ending of Slicing Fractions, this week’s episode includes both a Gaming Flashback, Scramble, and a Gaming History which focuses on the Zelda series.

This week’s news includes:

  • Apple fans report iPhone 6 bending in pockets
  • Titan cancellation may have cost Blizzard more than $50 million
  • Wasteland 2 earns $1.5 million revenue in four days
  • Microsoft mistakenly affirms that Windows 9 will be revealed next week (from Ars Technica)

This week’s Gaming History discusses rumors that raged about Zelda games – Paul is not amused.

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Episode 362: Getting Political

September 19th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 2 Comments

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This week’s episode gets a little political as certain factions get into the videogame discussion and have some interesting ideas about them, which is enough to get Paul a little angry and a lot disappointed.

This week’s news includes:

  • Rust creator: “I’d have done the same thing” on Mojang deal
  • Conservative group issues video lambasting gaming’s feminist critics
  • Trade your violent games in for ice cream in California
  • Xbox games may soon be streamed to PC

This episode also features the Question of the Week discussion about preorders and bonus content.

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Episode 361: Dev Stories

September 13th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 1 Comment

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This week is slow in terms of videogame industry news, but rich on developer stories told by Paul, so be prepared for a lot of advice for the kid who wants to make games instead of just play them.

The news includes:

  • Report: Microsoft to buy Mojang
  • Destiny day-one shipments top $500 million
  • Dan Adelman: “Good games are worth paying for”
  • Video game degrees in the US increase by 50% in five years
  • European Women in Games Hall of Fame adds new members

All this and Listener Feedback, with the Question of the Week: “Have you ever created your own content with a game’s editor?”

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Episode 360: City of Warcraft

September 5th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 3 Comments

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This week’s Gaming Flashback is a major one, in particle for Gaming Podcast: World of Warcraft, as the WoW guild established by Derrick and Jennifer is well-remembered. For Paul, however, World of Warcraft was and is the source of some deep pain.

Along with the Gaming Flashback, this week’s news includes:

  • NCsoft might allow players to resurrect the City of Heroes IP
  • Sega accuses Gearbox founder of “doing whatever the f— he likes”
  • Free full-version Xbox One game trials coming for Gold members
  • Thousands of developers sign plea for tolerance in gaming community
  • Dev on PS4?s 8GB RAM: “It didn’t really change that much for us”

All this plus Listener Feedback and the Question of the Week: “What are the strongest memories of World of Warcraft that you have?”

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Episode 359: Longtime Listener

August 23rd, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 3 Comments

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The podcast is back, albeit on a Saturday instead of the usual Friday. No Gaming Flashback or Gaming History, but a good chunk of news, though some of it only tenuously connected to videogaming.

The news this week includes:

  • T-Mobile now offers app that unlocks your smartphone
  • Analyst: Downloadable titles make up 92% of PC games market
  • Driveclub was delayed due to a ‘huge technical issue,’ says Yoshida
  • NHL 15 will be missing some features on Xbox One and PS4
  • YouTube subscription plan leaks: Offline play, no ads, 20 million songs

This week’s Question of the Week is based on the Minecraft convention scam from last week, which the podcast discusses, “Have you even attended a convention devoted to a game?”

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Episode 358: Changes

August 8th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 1 Comment

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The Gaming Podcast is back after three weeks of a forced hiatus as one former host has left the podcast for good. Otherwise, some of the news items are old, some are new, in this long episode.

There’s no Gaming Flashback or Gaming History, but plenty of news, including:

  • Activision won’t launch an EA Access-style program anytime soon
  • Disney Interactive revenue up 45% in Q3
  • Sony agrees to $15M settlement in 2011 data breach class action
  • Yogscast: We have ‘no obligation’ to cancelled adventure game Kickstarter
  • Warner Bros. nabs Space Invaders film rights
  • Report: PC and console market will decline

There’s also some Listener Feedback. The Question of the Week: “Do you think consoles will start doing early access on games?”

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July 26th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 1 Comment

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Gaming Podcast will be in hiatus this week and for the foreseeable future, due to personnel changes. Stay tuned for more info.

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Episode 357: Dan-tastic

July 18th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 4 Comments

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Paul Nowak is on hiatus from the podcast, but former podcaster Dan Quick is stepping in to fill his shoes. This week’s Gaming Flashback is the expansion Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

As for the news:

  • Noriega suing Activision over depiction in Call of Duty
  • The Sims 2 players get expansion-stuffed upgrade as EA ends support
  • Codemasters responds to GRID Autosport Boost Pack criticism (from Videogamer.com)
  • Ex-Call of Duty devs found brand new studio
  • Adam West playing himself in Lego Batman 3
  • Civilization Beyond Earth release date announced

All this and listener feedback.

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Episode 356: Gi-Blow

July 11th, 2014 by jonahfalcon · 3 Comments

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This week’s podcast finally reveals the winner of the E3 Swag Bag. The episode is packed full of show, including a Gaming Flashback about Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the Gaming History celebrating Donkey Kong‘s 33rd birthday.

The news includes:

  • Another EA exec explains why mobile Dungeon Keeper suffered
  • PS4 fails to inspire Japanese market
  • Former Epic director Bleszinski unretires to reveal Project Bluestreak
  • Divinity: Original Sin developer turned off global chat to silence trolls
  • Bartle: “Free-to-play has a half-life

All this plus the Question of the Week: “Have online players caused you to quit playing that session?”

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