- Scribbled on March 5th, 2014 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Action, Hardware Peripherals, Kinect, Legal Brief, Microsoft Xbox 360, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii-U, Podcasts, Shooter
This week sees the return of Paul to the crew, but unfortunately, Jordan’s voice is shot so he can’t make it a team of three. However, Jonah is happy over having a new iPad Air, while Paul laments unemployment. This week’s Gaming Flashback is Team Ninja’s classic Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox.
The news for the week includes:
- Microsoft pulls page discussing Titanfall online preloading
- Report: Ouya Everywhere puts games on TV, PC without the Ouya
- EU takes on “misleading” free-to-play games
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2studio boss, “One must be blind or stupid to give it a 4/10?
- Nintendo separates Quality of Life business unit from consoles
- Project Milo isn’t coming back
No Question of the Week – listener questions are wide open.Comment now » |
- Scribbled on February 26th, 2014 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Industry News, Legal Brief, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo DS, Podcasts, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4
Gaming Podcast is back, as Jonah and Jordan discuss arcade games from yore. This week’s Gaming Flashback is the classic Half-Life 2 by Valve, which ushered in a new age of shooters that get massive delays.
This week’s news includes:
- Twitch coming to Xbox One on March 11
- Microsoft appoints Stephen Elop to head Xbox
- King files to abandon controversial “Candy” trademark in US
- Nintendo wins 3DS patent dispute
- Layoffs at Sony Santa Monica
Also included is Listener Feedback and the Question of the Week: “What was your favorite coin-op arcade game?”Comment now » |
- Scribbled on February 12th, 2014 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Podcasts
Paul, Jordan and Jonah continue to rock on, as they discuss the bizarre circumstance of the iOS app Flappy Bird, while Paul deals with Pinsanity issues (behind the scenes). They also discuss the classic The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay in the Gaming Flashback.
This week’s news includes:
- Watch Dogs release coming in April, May, or June
- Slim Vita is coming To North America with Borderlands 2 in tow
- Nutjitsu and Worms among first Xbox One ID@Xbox games
- Pachter: Sony can’t afford to pay for streamed content like Netflix does
- Gamestop advertising a layaway program for the Xbox One
There’s Listener Feedback with a new Question of the Week: “Did you introduce a non-gamer to gaming?”Comment now » |
- Scribbled on February 5th, 2014 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Podcasts
Paul is back for this episode, as this week actually has a Gaming Flashback and a Game History, the former being Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and the latter being Black Isle Studios.
The news this week includes:
- Followup: PS Vita Slim to launch in UK
- Reports: Microsoft plans cheaper, disc-free, white Xbox Ones in 2014
- Nintendo cuts overheard on executive salaries
- Square Enix responds to Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III launch rumor
- Razer to give Xbox One gamers more peripheral options
The Question of the Week, “What was the best game you played that you felt was unfinished?”Comment now » |
- Scribbled on January 29th, 2014 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Industry News, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii-U, Podcasts, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation Vita
This week’s episode is chock full of very industry-specific news, dealing with sales and numbers and other stuff that would bore Paul.
The news includes:
- Microsoft acquires Gears of War IP from Epic
- Sony issues invites hinting at ‘Slimmest’ product launch
- Apple sells record number of iPhones, iPads
- Surface and Xbox One hits with buyers during the holidays
- Japanese newspaper says Nintendo is about to unveil its approach to mobile development
- Kerbal Space Program lands on various schools’ curriculum
- Sony’s credit rating cut to “Junk”
Sadly, no reader mail this week.Comment now » |
- Scribbled on January 22nd, 2014 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Industry News, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii-U, Podcasts, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation Vita
Sorry for the delay – last week Jordan had a medical emergency, but he’s all better now. In this episode, he and Jonah get sidetracked at one point talking about movies and the film At World’s End.
The actual videogame news they discuss include:
- Nintendo evaluating new business, “studying” smart devices
- Microsoft paying YouTubers for Xbox One mentions
- Star Wars 1313 trademark abandoned
- Sony creating new PS3 hardware for PS Now
This and a little Listener Feedback. This week, we’re looking for you to ask us questions.Comment now » |
Reports that the new Hitman game has been canceled have been circulating, thanks to the Linkedin profile of Square Enix Montreal senior game designer Richard Knight listing the “Hitman Project” for next-gen consoles and PC no longer in development.
Square Enix has responded to the rumors by issuing a statement that insisted the game was still being worked on, writing:
“There’s a bit of confusion around the Hitman projects currently in development at Square Enix owned studios and so we wanted to take the time to clarify what each studio is working on to clear up some of this confusion. Io-Interactive is developing a new, AAA Hitman game that will be coming to PC and next-gen consoles and Square Enix Montreal is fully focused on mobile development of games some of which are related to the Hitman franchise. We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year.”
It must be noted that half of IO Interactive’s staff was laid off this past June 2013.
Stay tuned.Comment now » |
- Scribbled on January 1st, 2014 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii-U, Podcasts, Sony PlayStation 4
The first episode of 2014 is now out, as Jonah Falcon, Jordan Lund and Dan Quick recap the major news of 2014.
The news includes:
- PC gaming exploding
- Next-gen launches, including Microsoft’s 180
- Nintendo Wii U suffers
- Nintendo Announces 2DS
- Microconsoles launched
- Tech flops of 2013
Also, some Listener Feedback, and the Questions of the Week, “What was the biggest event of 2013? What was your favorite game?”Comment now » |
Thanks to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Gaming Podcast is running an Outtakes episode, which features mostly Jonah Falcon and Jordan Lund, but a little Paul Nowak and Dan Quick. If that weren’t enough, right after the outtakes is a Dr. Who discussion by usual commentators Jordan, his wife Jennifer and Paul.Comment now » |
- Scribbled on December 11th, 2013 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Podcasts
This week, Jordan reveals that he actually won an Xbox One from work, making him the second owner of the console in the podcast, and the only one with both a One and a PS4. Unfortunately, Paul’s not available for the podcast, making it a podcast of two.
The news this week:
- Square Enix confirms Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for next-gen
- EA donates $1.65 million to American Cancer Society following Humble campaign
- Report: MMOs targeted by intelligence agencies
- Ubisoft polling on Assassin’s Creed 5, non-Assassin pirate game
- Report: Disney taking over Indiana Jones from Paramount
Also, listener Pawel Predki wrote his own review of Tearaway. Read it here.Comment now » |
- Scribbled on December 4th, 2013 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Industry News, Microsoft Xbox 360, Microsoft Xbox One, Podcasts, Rumor Mill, Sony PlayStation 4
Despite the title of the podcast episode this week, nothing is boring. Rather, there’s a ton of banter between Jonah, Paul and Jordan, as they discuss next-gen console gaming.
This week’s news items include:
- Amazon testing package delivery by drone
- Microsoft advises gamers against turning the Xbox One into a dev kit
- There’s “no lack of ideas” at DICE, CEO ponders local weather for Battlefield
- Xbox One beats PS4 sales at Walmart, Target
- Epic: “We’ve yet to see the real value of the second screen”
- Sega: Shenmue 3 trademark listing a hoax
All this and some Listener Feedback.Comment now » |
- Scribbled on November 27th, 2013 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Action, Industry News, Microsoft Xbox One, MMO, Podcasts, Rumor Mill, Sony PlayStation 4
Paul returns to the Gaming Podcast, having doing the major work on the Facebook game he’d been helping develop, Team USA Pinsanity. The trio argue over boss battles, and this week’s Gaming Flashback is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Jordan also finally has a great Vita game to fawn over, Tearaway.
- Take-Two files ‘Bully Bullsworth Academy’ trademark in Europe
- Twitch cracks down on PS4 Playroom inappropriate content
- Blizzard dev apologizes for remarks on sexualized designs
- Sony to make $250M entertainment cuts, “nothing too sacred”
The Question of the Week: “What is your opinion on boss battles?”Comment now » |
- Scribbled on November 20th, 2013 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Apple, Kinect, Microsoft Xbox One, MMO, Nintendo Wii-U, Podcasts, Shooter
Gaming Podcast is back after a week off, as Jordan talks about playing games on his brand-new PlayStation 4, while Jonah is anxious and worried about the Xbox One launch this week.
There’s also a ton of news this week, including:
- Unlucky PlayStation 4 owners face ‘blue light of death’
- Report: Apple in “talks” to purchase co-creators of original Kinect tech
- Ubisoft explains why launch games underwhelm
- Xbox One launch official broadcast available through Spike, GameTrailers
- Survey: only 1 percent of gamers want a Wii U this Holiday season
- Ken Levine defends BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1‘s length
- World of Warcraft not going free-to-play, stop asking
- More Fallout 4 evidence pops up with trademark registration
And the Question of the Week: “What was the best budget game you ever bought?”Comment now » |
- Scribbled on November 15th, 2013 by Jonah Falcon
- Filed in Off Topic
Knack has been a pretty polarizing game. Looking at the reviews, it ranges from a high of 84 at Cheat Code Central to a low of 30 from Joystiq.
For me, as a reviewer, scores less than 50 should be reserved for games that are broken in some way and, honestly, there’s nothing broken about Knack. There might not be anything special or particularly “next-gen” about it, but it is not a broken game.
The world of Knack is a Dreamworks-inspired, candy colored combnation of sci-fi and magic. The energy source everyone relies on to power their vehicles, generators, power drills and elevators are called relics and they literally are that. Energy filled relics from an ancient civilization, dug up from ruins far underground. A scientist figured out that a special combination of these relics could gain sentience and this golem made up of ancient artifacts is known as Knack.Comment now » |
Fresh from the midnight launch, the PS4 is connected and working and it’s time for first impressions.
For starters, the new interface is cleaner, but very different from the original PS3/PSP XMB. Instead of having one horizontal bar with icons for all your different things, there are now two horizontal bars. Initially it was a little difficult to figure out where to go to do things like, oh, the necessary firmware update. Selecting networked items like Web Browser simply brought up an error indicating that you needed to update your firmware before you could access network features.
Finding the section that would actually launch the update didn’t take long and the update itself loaded much faster than any of the PS3 firmware updates I’ve seen, despite the fact that everyone who bought a PS4 was doing the same thing. Good infrastructure move there, guys.Comment now » |