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Gaming Podcast 189: Fort Gay

September 14th, 2010 by Derrick Schommer · 3 Comments

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So this week weโ€™re busting out a new flashback of an old game: Ironsword: Wizards and Warriors II. Weโ€™re covering a bit about some gaming history and a few key news articles of the week including:

  • Microsoft bans user because of town name
  • John Romero doing casual games consulting
  • Sony fighting jailbreaking too
  • Apple taking a leap into social gaming with iOS 4.1

This weeks question of the week, what do you think is the top selling video game genre of all time, not just the last few years.

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  • 1 IvanNo Gravatar // Sep 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Greetings from Aus =)
    @ Question of the week. I’m going to lay down my bets with paid MMORPG due to gaming has become so social accepted in more recent years. This Genre of games is the biggest Lure with money to be made on not only the game itself but in ongoing subscription fees, Micro transactions fees for exclusive / additional content (even I participated in spending $25 to get a shiny horse in WOW). The scale of Revenue these games like WOW, Runescape are bring in is unreal.

  • 2 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Sep 16, 2010 at 2:50 am

    @Microsoft bans user because of town name:
    It’s funny though, they allowed the same word for sexual orientation. That’s a classical case of the left hand has absolutely no idea what the right hand does.
    This reminds me of a stupid censoring mechanism: it turned the word “glass” into “gl*censored*” ๐Ÿ˜€

    @John Romero doing casual games consulting:
    This is a pretty interesting piece of news. Romero had the approach that “game design trumps everything”. This is the reason he left ID. So it makes sense for somebody to ask for consultancy from him.
    Unfortunately, Daikatana didn’t turn out that great: designing is fun, team management is anything but fun.
    I’ll keep an eye on what comes up on the subject.

    @Sony fighting jailbreaking too:
    While the majority owners of PS3 have enough money to buy legit games (heck, they bought a PS3), I do feel that a good deal of owners will not update.
    Derrick, I like your point of view: “if we keep jailbreaking, we won’t be able to buy stuff from you”. I might add, and keep playing pirated copies ๐Ÿ™‚
    History tells me that piracy has a way of working around things.

    @Apple taking a leap into social gaming with iOS 4.1:
    I think Apple is running out of features to advertise their products. There’s also another way to read this: “Until now, iOS didn’t have support for social networking!” ๐Ÿ˜›

    @QOTW: Lol, beats me!
    If we’re talking in terms of number of copies sold, then I guess platformers, through Mario ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean you can see it in both original and pirated consoles, on PCs, on next gen consoles etc.
    If we’re talking revenues in USD, then I think it’s FPS, through MW2 : “After five days of sales, the game had earned revenue figures of $550 million worldwide”


    As for quiz questions, I am trying to come up with some.

  • 3 OnyersixNo Gravatar // Sep 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    @Not getting any email re:quiz for 200, I know I sent some in, and its there in my sent mail box fr proof, so maybe I got the address wrong?

    @QotW – I think this is a very good one. WOW might have 11million (probably more) players, which means that it clearly “sold” 11million copies, but how many people bought it and later on gave up to pursue what some people call a real life?

    Your FPS games like Modern Warfare 2 sold massively in bulk, but that doesn’t mean that it still pulls in sales now.

    The point I think most people will miss is the demand in games like Angry Birds. So many more people can justify spending $5 or less on a game than they can on spending $50.

    So what was the question? Biggest revenue (Modern Warfare 2), or most units sold (WoW)?

    Oh, and just for a sidenote, I bough my PS Move on launch. It is much more responsive than the Wii even with Motion Plus. The Sports game just feels so much better with the HD graphics (Yes, cartoons lose to well rendered images), and you can’t beat the archery and the fact that you actually pull the arrows out of the quiver instead of simply draw the bow string like the Wii.

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